Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Andi Unstoppable

Title:  Andi Unstoppable (An Andi Boggs Novel)
Author:  Amanda Flower
Pages:  176
Year:  2015
Publisher:  Zonderkidz
My rating is 5 stars.
There are two other books in this wonderful series with the main characters Andi and Colin one is Andi Unstoppable followed by Andi Under Pressure. The author’s aim is for the audience between ages 8-12 although these novels can be enjoyed by adults too.  I loved that Andi and Colin are best friends and know each other so well even when they don’t share their thoughts. 
In this story, we have a school assignment for Andi and Colin’s science class that turns out to be a lot more than just trying to locate and document birds over the weekend.  Colin’s aunt has shown up and being a bird enthusiast offers to take the kids for the weekend to the park and help them with their assignment.  While sitting around a campfire with other campers, a tale is told of local folklore regarding a ghost that haunts the woods from the Civil War era.
What makes the novel so intriguing is the depth of the tale, characters and surprise twists that draw the audience’s attention as the story deepens.  I love how some adults are definitely good role models and others aren’t in the novel.  I love too how the hearts of these middle graders are touched when they learn about the heartache a classmate is struggling to cope with daily.  All three books by this author would make excellent gifts to encourage reading in any family or friend!
With all the books being offered today to this age range and some of them not good; it is nice to see an author write to bring a wholesome and godly message!

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” 

Monday, October 5, 2015

Firefly Summer by Kathleen Y'Barbo

Title:  Firefly Summer
Author:  Kathleen Y’Barbo
Pages:  208
Year:  2015
Publisher:  Hometown Romance
My rating is 5+ stars.
Let me just express from the get go that this novel holds more heartfelt emotions that I am not quite sure how to express!  Novels that contain romance as the major theme usually can be found for a dime a dozen.  Here though is a very unique tale that brings hope, faith, and love from deep within the heart of the reader right from the opening scene till the very end.
This is a tale of tragedy, pain, loss, surprises and uncertainty to a place where God heals, restores and rebuilds the lives of the major characters in the book.  Here is tale of a mother’s heart and prayers, hopes and dreams that end in a way that would cause a depth of pain beyond expression.  Later we see God walk through the dark days with the mother to the other side where hope shines bright and faith blooms.
I don’t want to say too much for fear of ruining it for other readers.  Yet one thing is very clear, this novel needs to be read and shared.  I came away with renewed hope and faith that God may answer my prayers differently than I hoped, but has never left me to face each day alone.  I think the author did a stupendous job of reflecting the reality for some of humanity and the joy He can pour into hearts once broken apart!
Firefly Summer is one of my favorites for 2015 and I hope you will agree once you read the book for yourself.  Then perhaps bring some friends together for pie and coffee to talk about an outstanding and well-crafted piece of work!

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” 
This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Firefly Summer
Redbud Press (June 23, 2015)
Kathleen Y'Barbo


RITA and Carol award nominee Kathleen Y’Barbo is the best-selling, award-winning author of more than forty novels, novellas, and young adult books. In all, more than one million copies of her books are currently in print in the US and abroad, and her books have been translated into Dutch, German, and Spanish, to name a few.

Kathleen is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. She holds a BBA from Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School and a certification in Paralegal Studies, and is a former member of the Texas Bar Association’s Paralegal Division.

A tenth-generation Texan, Kathleen Y’Barbo has four children of her own as well as seven bonus kids she gladly inherited when she married her own hero in combat boots (read about their real-life romance here!). Kathleen is proud to be a military wife, even if it did mean giving up her Texas drivers license.


A new cowboy romance from award-winning author Kathleen Y'Barbo.

Trey’s biggest challenge isn’t performing surgery…it’s restoring Sessa’s heart!

Artist Sessa Chambers may never recover from losing her prodigal son. Even as she grieves the tragic decisions that led to his death, and left her with a toddler to raise, she’s asked to work on her dream project—restoring carousel horses for the Smithsonian. But she can’t do it on her own…

Dr. Trey Brown can’t pick up a scalpel again. Yes, he acted in self-defense, but the events of that awful night haunt him. He was trained to save lives, not take them. When he goes to the young man’s widowed mother to apologize, she’s not at all what he expected. For one thing, she’s not as alone as he thought—not with the fearsome ladies of the Pies, Books, and Jesus Book Club in her corner. For another, she’s beautiful, and being in her presence is more jolting than any eight-second bronco ride from his former rodeo days. Before he knows it, she’s captured his heart as easily as they capture the fireflies gracing Sessa’s Texas ranch.

How can they overcome their past to embrace a future together?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Firefly Summer, go HERE.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Finding Noah

Title:  Finding Noah Movie
Release Date: October 8, 2015 (One Night Only)
Author/Producer:  Brent Baum
My Rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
Finding Noah is a documentary film about several archeologists, theologians, geologists, and other scientists who undertook a journey to Mt. Ararat in eastern Turkey to search for Noah’s Ark on the glaciated mountain.  The film compares other discoveries that started out as legends or cultural stories that have been passed down through the ages and were proven to be true, including the finding of King Tut’s tomb and Machu Pichu.  In like manner, the story of a global flood can be traced to many cultures in every part of the inhabited world even in cultures that had no contact with each other until modern times.  The Gilgamesh epic is quite similar to the biblical account in many respects, and there are similarities with high percentages of different cultural stories that match many of the key components.
The film is about the journey in search of finding evidence for the ark’s remains on the mountain.  For most of those who undertook the expedition, the experience of spending time together in the inclement weather while searching was more important than finding the ark, which they did not find on this particular trip; however, after many core samples from the ice, the men of the expedition found where the ark is not located.  It is important to realize that Ararat is a very large mountain and there are several places that are impassable and others that are dangerous to get to.  The air is thin, which slowed how much work could be done each day, and the occasional ice and hail storms and high winds contributed to an already limited schedule allowed by the Turkish government.  Although the team did not find what they were looking for on this particular search, the members were not hindered in their belief that the ark is somewhere buried in the ice on Mt. Ararat, and it will be discovered when the time is right.

In addition to the team members’ determination, I was impressed that they used scientific equipment and methods in their search for the ark.  They did not go looking based on blind faith, but they all started with a reasonable faith and integrated the science into the search for knowledge.  They have not given up on the goal of finding Noah’s Ark, and they are optimistic that one day it will be found.  None of them felt that they failed even though they did not find any indication of the ark’s possible location.  One of the team members even related the story of when Thomas Edison was questioned about his failures and responded that he had not failed.  He found ten thousand ways not to get it right.  I appreciate that those men who went on this expedition adopted that same attitude and that they want to go searching again.