Monday, July 25, 2011

"The Shadow Within" by Karen Hancock (2004) - REVIEW

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The next few weeks will feature one of my (and my Husband's) favourite series of novels called "Legends of the Guardian King" by Karen Hancock. The second book in the series is "The Shadow Within". You can also see my review of the first book "The Light of Eidon".
Back Cover Blurb:
Four years after his legend-spawning defeat of Beltha’adi, Abramm returns to Kiriath to claim the crown he thought he would never wear and prepare his people for the inevitable attack of the resurrected Armies of the Black Moon.
 Though fiercely opposed by his own kin and reluctant to cast Kiriath into civil war at the worst possible time, he nevertheless believes this is the destiny Eidon has laid upon his life. And Kiriath’s only hope of salvation.
In the midst of this turmoil a headstrong princess from a neighboring realm endeavors to uncover Abramm’s secrets—including his heroic exploits as the White Pretender and the fact that he wears a golden shield upon his chest. Is she friend or foe, and will her interference bring Abramm closer to his destiny or destroy any chance he has of maintaining his rightful place as King?

Review: The second book in Karen Hancock's "Legends of the Guardian King" series is actually the first book my husband and I read from this compelling series. It was awesome! Masterfully put togeter, weaving a beautiful picture of everyone's internal and external struggle to overcome 'the shadow within' and embrace God's love completely. Suspensful, action-packed and insightful, this book is hard to put down for long! Wonderfully appropriate for all ages and highly recommended!
My Rating: 5/5

Have you read "The Shadow Within" by Karen Hancock? I would love to know what you thought!
Want to read it? Find it on Amazon!
Happy Reading!

Monday, July 18, 2011

"The Light of Eidon" by Karen Hancock (2003) - REVIEW

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"The B.B. Weekly Review"
The next few weeks will feature one of my (and my Husband's) favourite series of novels called "Legends of the Guardian King" by Karen Hancock. The first book in the series is "The Light of Eidon".

Back Cover Blurb:
Abramm Kalladorne has dedicated the last eight years of his life to becoming worthy to touch and tend the Sacred Flames of Eidon, and he expects to be blessed for his devotion and sacrifice. But on the eve of taking the vows that will irrevocably
separate him from the life he was born to—as fifth son of the king of Kiriath—he is betrayed by his spiritual mentor and sold into slavery by his brothers Swept along by the winds of a new destiny, Abramm is forced to compete in the gladiatorial games of his new masters. When the oppressed masses rally around his successes, he discovers his suffering has molded him into something greater than he ever thought possible—to serve a purpose he never imagined.
Set in a world of swords and cloaks, of glittering palaces and mystical temples, of galley ships and ancient mist-bound cities, The Light of Eidon is the first volume of the new epic series, LEGENDS OF THE GUARDIAN-KING.
Review: My husband and I read the other three books in this sreries before we found the first book. After several months and having to special order it in, we finally had book number one! We were not dissapointed.The first book in the "Legends of the Guardian King" series by Karen Hancock was well worth the effort and of course it was good to finally understand all of the 'past' mentioned in the other three novels. Though less engaging than the other three novels, we thoroughly enjoyed this book and read it outloud together while driving. I would reccomend the entire series to anyone who likes to read history, fantasy, and a little bit of romance.

My Rating: 5/5

Have you read "The Light of Eidon" by Karen Hancock? I would love to know what you thought!
Want to read it? Find it on Amazon!
Happy Reading!

Monday, July 11, 2011

"Redeeming Love" by Francine Rivers (1997) - REVIEW

First of all I would like to wish a very big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my Sister Lydia!! Check out her blog Style Independent as I'm sure she will have a brilliant birthday outfit to share!

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Back Cover Blurb:
California’s gold country, 1850. A time when men sold their souls for a bag of gold and women sold their bodies for a place to sleep.  Angel expects nothing from men but betrayal. Sold into prostitution as a child, she survives by keeping her hatred alive. And what she hates most are the men who use her, leaving her empty and dead inside. Then she meets Michael Hosea. A man who seeks his Father’s heart in everything, Michael Hosea obeys God’s call to marry Angel and to love her unconditionally. Slowly, day by day, he defies Angel’s every bitter expectation until, despite her resistance her frozen heart begins to thaw. But with her unexpected softening come overwhelming feelings of unworthiness and fear. And so Angel runs. Back to the darkness, away from her husband’s pursuing love, terrified of the truth she can no longer deny: Her final healing must come from the One who loves her even more than Michael Hosea does…the One who will never let her go.  A life-changing story of God’s unconditional, redemptive, all-consuming love. Over 1 million copies sold!

 I loved this book! It was absolutely beautiful, heart wrenching, soul cleansing...and so much more! This book truly shows the beauty of God's redeeming love! I sobbed throguh at least half of the book, laughed and audibly panicked throughout the rest. A wonderful read that was worth every minute. This novel will make you think about your life, but more importantly, the lives of those around you. Who are you condemning unjustly? This is the retelling of the story of Hosea, the Old Testament Bible Prophet. Definite recommendation, although the subject matter is for a more mature audience.

My Rating: 5/5

Have you read "Reedeming Love" by Francine Rivers? I would love to know what you thought!
Want to read it? Find it on Amazon!
Happy Reading!

Monday, July 4, 2011

"Thunder Voice" by Sigmund Brouwer (1995) - REVIEW

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This week concludes my revies for Sigmund Brouwer's 'Same Keaton Legends of Laramie' series; 'Thunder Voice'. You can also see my reviews for the rest of the series: 'Evening Star' 'Silver Moon' and 'Sun Dance'.
Back Cover Blurb:
Marshal Samuel Keaton wasn't all that shocked when the town drunk was found with a bullet in his back. Especially since the old man was so far gone another shot of whiskey might have killed him anyway. So why would two of the thoughest Texas Rangers to fill a legend suddenly show up and start asking questions?
But just as the entire situation appears to be out of Keaton's hands, the dead man's niece arrive to beg his help in solving the crime. And while her Eastern charm and good looks certainly appeal to a small town marshal's sense of gallantry, her promise of a shared fortune once the old man's will is found is just as tempting.
What starts out to be a fairly simple infatuation and more money than he'll ever need, becomes a lot more complicated as Samuel begins to discover what's behind the fortune-and the convictions he may have to compromise to keep it.
The final novel in the Sam Keaton saga is anything but boring. Murder, intrigue, money and a rich widow try to seduce and defeat Same Keaton over and over again. The mystery behind a series of events that can no longer be called coincidence draw Keaton into a whirlwind tour that leads him far away from Laramie and everyone he loves. Will he be able to solve the mystery and return home alive? This exciting end to the series will keep you riveted until the end. Like the first three, parts are very predictable, but it seems to ad even more of an element of reality to the stories, and just enough 'cowboy' flare!

My Rating: 4/5

Have you read "Thunder Voice" by Sigmund Brouwer? I would love to know what you thought!
Want to read it? Find it on Amazon!
Happy Reading!

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Fabulous Finds...

Hey all! I have some more fabulous finds to share with you! Bills Books & Bargains is a wealth of good books... if you have the time to sort through them that is!

My latest purchases are:

-Oryx & Crake by Margaret Atwood
-The Professor by Charlotte Bronte
-According to Jake and the Kid by W.O. Mitchell
-Roses are Difficult Here by W.O.Mitchell
-True Grit by Charles Portis

Wow! I LOVE NEW BOOKS!!! Now I just need to find time to read them all....

Happy Reading!

Monday, June 27, 2011

"Sun Dance" by Sigmund Brouwer (2000) - REVIEW

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This week's pick is the third novel in Sigmund Brouwer's 'Sam Keaton Legends of Laramie' series; 'Sun Dance'. Also check out my reviews of the first two books: 'Evening Star' and 'Silver Moon'.
Back Cover Blurb:
Someone wants Samuel Keaton dead. Naturally, ever since he pinned on a badge he's had to overcome lots of bad intentions. But this time the danger seems to be coming from the very officials who hired him to guide them to Sioux territory.
Too late, Keaton discovers that this is no ordinary expedition. And when Sioux women and children are slaughtered in a calvary raid, the finger of blame points squarely at him. Neither his honorary status as blood brother or the efforts of a chief's beautiful granddaughter can forestall the results of a Sun Dance-the legendary and gruesom revenge ceremony.
To survive means living through the darkest days of his fledgling faith. And unless Keaton finds the real culprit, the whole territory may erupt in senseless violence.

The third novel in Sigmund Brouwer's 'Sam Keaton Legends of Laramie' series brings Sam and his readers face to face with fear, shame, guilt, hurt and temptation. After agreeing to accompany a military expedition into Sioux country in hopes of reconnecting with his love and fulfilling his militray debt, Sam's world is rocked beyond comprehension. Death would be welcome and is only avoided time and again by God's grace and the help of faithful friends countless times. Will Sam be able to bounce back and continue with life in Laramie? This is another intriguing and fast paced novel that continues the adventures of Sam Keaton and keeps the reader coming back for a little more.

My Rating: 4/5

Have you read "Sun Dance" by Sigmund Brouwer? I would love to know what you thought!
Want to read it? Find it on Amazon!
Happy Reading!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Fabulous Finds at Bills Books & Bargains in FSJ!!

I just couldn't resist telling you all about the fabulous finds I made at a used book store here in town (which I am ashamed to say I had never been in before!!). The store itself is crazy... when you walk in, the walls, floors and everything in between is stacked with thousands of books (mostly paperback trash). Walk a little further in to the store and it is an entire emporium of marijuana paraphenalia, knives, belt buckles, signs, etc... with, or course, the walls and shelves still stacked high with books, books and more books. All books are $2 unless otherwise marked... but of course 'Bill' likes to bargain.

I spent my lunch hour rifling through stacks of books and this is what I came up with:

The Anne of Green Gables series by Lucy Maud Montgomery, all new and in perfect condition!
-Anne of Green Gables
-Anne of Avonlea
-Anne of the Island
-Anne of Windy Poplars
-Anne's House of Dreams
-Anne of Ingleside
(They had lots more... Emily of New Moon series, Avonlea series, etc... but I only had so much money!)

The rest of the 'Little House on The Prairie' series that I was missing:
-Farmer Boy
-On The Banks of Plum Creek
-By the Shores of Silver Lake
-These Happy Golden Years
-The First Four Years

I picked up a few clissics I have been wanting to get for quite some time:
-Lord of the Flies by William Golding
-Animal Farm by George Orwell
-Beowulf (I only had this work in collections, not on its own!)
-Middlemarch by George Eliot
-Little Men by Louisa May Alcott
-The Red Pony by John Steinbeck
-The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White
-The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks

I also found some great historical children's books by Pierre Berton:
-Trapped in the Arctic
-Steel Across the Shield
-Steel Across the Plains
-The Capture of Detroit
-The Death of Tecumseh
-Attack on Montreal
-The Men in Sheepskin Coats
-A Prairie Nightmare
-The Railway Pathfinders

And since I am mentioning new books, I also picked up a couple of classics on my last trip to Kamloops:
-1984 by George Orwell
-Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell

What a great day!!! What have you picked up lately and are anxious to read?
Happy Reading!!

Monday, June 20, 2011

"Silver Moon" by Sigmund Brouwer (1994) - REVIEW

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Today I am reviewing the second novel in Sigmund Brouwer's 'Sam Keaton Legends of Laramie' series; 'Silver Moon'. Also see my review for the first book 'Evening Star'.
Back Cover Blurb:
The fall of '74 was a bad time to start wearing a badge in Laramie. Try as he might, it seems to Samuel Keaton that, like his pay, too many things just don't add up. An unsolved bank robbery and a double murder only add to the frustration of knowing that many of the townspeople don't trust him.
To make matters worse, a fast-riding, hard-drinking band of ex-Confederate renegades sweeps into town, led by a bold outlaw as cold-hearted and tough as she is beautiful. And even if he can withstand her considerable charms, Keaton still faces the prospect of an explosive showdown-one that will test more than his skill as a gunfighter.
The stakes are high. So much is riding on the outcome and the only person who seems able to help is a doctor haunted by his struggles with sobriety. Now, as he considers his odds for survival, Samuel Keaton wonders if he'll still believe in the truth when all the dust has settled.

Life has changed for Sam Keaton and he now finds himself on the other side of the bars: as Laramie's new Marshall. A double murder and a bank robbery break in Sam's new career and nearly break him as well. Things heat up around town and good friends are made along the way including Doc and Jake, the newly hired, one-armed deputy. The more Sam digs, the more complicated things become. Will he lose his life and his new faith in the midst of everything? Though very predictable, that is what makes this 'cowboy' novel a fun read. I really enjoyed this second book in the 'Sam Keaton Legends of Laramie' novel and recommend it to all ages and genders.

My Rating: 3/5

Have you read "Silver Moon" by Sigmund Brouwer? I would love to know what you thought!
Want to read it? Find it on Amazon!
Happy Reading!

Monday, June 13, 2011

"Evening Star" by Sigmund Brouwer (1994) - REVIEW

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"The B.B. Weekly Review"
For the next several weeks I will be reviewing an author I recently discovered... well actually I bought the whole series of books about 10 years ago and didn't get around to reading them unitl this year, so recent is relative I guess!
This week's pick is the first novel in the 'Sam Keaton- Legends of Laramie' series by Sigmun Brouwer.
Back Cover Blurb:
Samuel Keaton wasn't looking for trouble when he rode into Laramie. Like so many other cowpunchers on payday, having a good time was uppermost in his trail-weary mind. But a few short hours later he was in the saddle again-this time at full gallop and trailing blood and a posse.
In the aftermath of a gunfight he hadn't provoked, Samuel rediscovers that life on the run is a long gamble with uncertain returns. Aided by an enigmatic Indian, he must summon all his resources to evade not only the law, but the vengeful brother of the man he shot, a slick New York detective, and a roving band of Pawnees.
His only hope for survival lies in unraveling the puzzling tribal legend of Morning Star. But Samuel is uncertain how much he should trust the beautiful woman who holds the key, or what she really wants from him. Complicating matter further are the feelings he just can't ignore, and the nagging sense that there has to be more to a man's life than what he can see or touch.

Review: A true cowboy novel! Full of gun fights, marshals, 'Injuns', horse chases and buffalo, yet honest about personal weakness and failure (Sam Keaton always talks about the 'dime novels' that portray cowboys as invincible and how he has to practice really hard to shoot two handed, etc). The novel also includes historical figures and events mixed with the exciting fictional qualities the 'Wild West' demands. Two worlds collide as Sam Keaton tries to escape his past and the law, while Rebecca Montcalm dives headfirst into an unknown world in search of freedom, family and answers. At times the language seems too 'formal' and forced for the setting, but an all around easy and interesting novel.

My Rating: 3/5

Have you read "Evening Star" by Sigmund Brouwer? I would love to know what you thought!
Want to read it? Find it on Amazon!
Happy Reading!

Monday, June 6, 2011

"Never Cry Wolf" by Farley Mowat (1963) - REVIEW

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From the Publisher:

Hordes of bloodthirsty wolves are slaughtering the arctic caribou, and the government's Wildlife Service assigns naturalist Farely Mowat to investigate. Mowat is dropped alone onto the frozen tundra, where he begins his mission to live among the howling wolf packs and study their waves. Contact with his quarry comes quickly, and Mowat discovers not a den of marauding killers but a courageous family of skillful providers and devoted protectors of their young. As Mowat comes closer to the wolf world, he comes to fear with them on onslaught of bounty hunters and government exterminators out to erase the noble wolf community from the Arctic. Never Cry Wolf is one of the brilliant narratives on the myth and magical world of wild wolves and man's true place among the creatures of nature. "We have doomed the wolf not for what it is, but for what we deliberately and mistakenly perceive it to be -- the mythological epitome of a savage, ruthless killer -- which is, in reality, no more than the reflected image of ourself." -- from the new preface to Never Cry Wolf
Review: Mowat is one of my favourite authors and once again live's up to Canadian's expectations with this tale of life in the North; "Never Cry Wolf". The book itself is very interesting and educational, both with regards to wolves and human nature. Mowat's signature satire and sense of humour keep you engaged throughout the tale of living and observing the great Canadian wolves. Definitely recommended.

My Rating: 4/5

Have you read "Never Cry Wolf" by Farley Mowat? I would love to know what you thought!
Want to read it? Find it on Amazon!
Happy Reading!

Monday, May 30, 2011

"All The Tea In China" by Jane Orcutt (2007) - REVIEW

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Back Cover Blurb:
Every good young Englishwoman knows that her destiny depends upon a good marriage match. But Isabella Goodrich is not your typical good young Englishwoman.
After an encounter with those less fortunate than she, witty and fun-loving Isabella makes a shocking decision.
Against everyone’s advice and wishes, she is going to become a missionary in the Far East.
Fighting against cultural expectations, common sense, and a mentor who is not as he seems, Isabella leaves her predictable Oxford life behind and sets sail to a new world fraught with danger.
Can she trust the mysterious missionary Phineas Snowe? Or will her adventure end before it even begins?
A delightful story for readers who like high adventure, twisting plots, and a hint of romance.
Review: The cover and the back cover blurb made it sound interesting. "All The Tea in China" by Jane Orcutt was disapointing, anticlimactic and at times, hard to get through. I confessed to my husband wanting to throw it aside after two pages, several grammatical errors and a misspelled word (I used to have a misguided sense of obligation to finish any book I picked up... I no longer have this problem as I value my time more). Self published? If only. This book was not worht the time. It would, however, probably be ok it you are just looking for a quick feel good romance.

My Rating: 0/5

Have you read "All The Tea In China" by Jane Orcutt? I would love to know what you thought!
Want to read it? Find it on Amazon or check out the Author's website.

Monday, May 23, 2011

"The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde (1890) - REVIEW

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Back Cover Blurb:  When the exquisitly handsome Dorian Gray see his portrait he dreams of remaining young forever whilst his painting image grows old and in a sudden moment he offers his soul in return for perpetual youth.
While his beauty remains unblemished, the portrait begins to reflect the wildness and degredation of his soul as he surrenders to the worship of pleasure and infinate passion
Review: Oscar Wilde's classic, "The Picture of Dorian Gray", gives us a sneak-peak at the gruesome nature underlying humnities beautiful facade. This was a captivating novel. When Dorian Gray's true beauty is captured in a portrait by his friend Basil, Dorian makes a wish that he will always remain as he is in that picture. Little does he know the implications of that wish will shape the rest of his life. Dorian grows old and rotten to the core, but his exterior remains young and beautiful. His beastly behaviours magically transfer to the lovely work of art whihc he now keeps hidden because of it's ghastly appearnce. This is a wonderful look into the human soul and teaches us the age old truth; never judge a book (or person) by it's cover.

My Rating: 4/5
Have you read "The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde? I would love to know what you thought!
Want to read it? Find it on Amazon!
Happy Reading!

Friday, May 20, 2011

TGIF at GReads!

Good morning lovely readers!

I have found a new Friday follow-along sight that I thought might be fun to try out here today... to get myself back into the swing of things after a few months sabatical. Simply put, TGIF is a way to recap what I reviewed this week, and answer a question from Ginger over at GReads. TGIF!!

This week I reviewed 'Tahn' by L.A.Kelly- a book that I gave 3/5 stars. Check it out and let me know what you think!

GReads question this week is:
What was the first book you reviewed on your blog?

'Life With Father' by Clarence Day Jr.. This is a great little classic novel that I thoroughly enjoyed and gave 4/5 starts. Check it out!

What was the first book YOU reviewed on your blog???

Happy Reading!

Monday, May 16, 2011

"Tahn" by L.A. Kelly (2005) - REVIEW

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Back Cover Blurb:
Trained in his youth to be a mercenary but troubled by the deeds of his past, Tahn Dorn must now choose between the commands of a master and the urgings of his own good conscience. When his latest orders instruct him to kidnap Lady Netta of the House of Trilett, Tahn realizes that following his conscience won’t be easy, especially with the lives of his young students at stake.
As Tahn’s struggle continues, neither he nor Lady Netta can foretell the series of events that will unfold and change both their lives forever. Wrestling to understand Netta’s God, Tahn is filled with doubt, and Netta herself wonders how such a man is willing to risk his life for a ragtag band of little children.
The bravery of an unlikely hero, the love of an honorable lady, and the innocence of each wayward child resonate throughout this gripping tale of courage, faith, forgiveness, and unconditional love.

Review: This novel was a little hard to get in to, but was easily finished. The initial wording and odd language choice took a few chapters to become rhythmic in my head, but once I was in the groove, the story was quite enjoyable. Sometimes, however, events and plot lines soomed to end abruptly or occur without enough cause which was distracting and disorienting. Overall it was an easy read and a good story.

My Rating: 3/5

Have you read "Tahn" by L.A. Kelly? I would love to know what you thought!
Want to read it? Find it on Amazon or check out the Author's website!
Happy Reading!

Monday, February 28, 2011

"Kathy Little Bird" by Benedict & Nancy Freedman (2004) - REVIEW

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I bought this book because it is a "Mrs. Mike Novel". I am not really sure what that means anymore, because it kind of disapointed my expectations. I enjoyed the book, it just was not what I was thinking it was going to be and sometimes expectations can really taint a book!
Description: From her Cree mother, Kathy Little Bird has heard stories of her grandmother, Mrs. Mike. She has also learned to sing in the Cree tradition. It is a talent that will serve her well-and soothe her shattered soul-when she becomes a famous country music singer in the 1970s.
My Review: "Kathy Little Bird" recounts the journey of a native girl trying to find herself and live her dreams- neither of which seem to coincide very often. She is a real life character who makes mistakes, screws up and has regrets. I was expecting  more or a romantic-feel-good novel- which is not what I got. Instead, I found a true to life story of mistakes that haunt the future, but eventually work together for good. Because I was in the mood for a feel-good book, I did not really enjoy this book to its full potential. Perhaps one day I will have to pick it up again...
My Rating: 3/5
Have you read "Kathy Little Bird" by Benedist & Nancy Freedman? I would love to know what you thought!
Want to read it? Find it on Amazon!
Happy Reading!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

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Monday, February 21, 2011

"One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest" by Ken Kesey (1962) - REVIEW

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Review: This was a fairly good and interesting read. The novel wanders and details life in an insane asylum through the eyes of an inmate. Kesey details the everyday life and struggles of the patients against the "Big Nurse" and how their antics and lives change once R.P.McMurphy , a 'rough n'tough gamblin' man' enters the ward. The inmates journey towards freedom in a world where they are meant to be anything but free. It was a very interesting book, though I probably wouldn't read it a second time. There was some course language and subject matter, making it suitable for a more mature audience, but all in all a good read.  If you like different books, you will enjoy this one, but it is not for everyone.

My Rating: 3/5
Have you read "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" by Ken Kesey? I would love to know what you thought!
Want to read it? Find it on Amazon!
Happy Reading!

Monday, February 14, 2011

"The Shack" by William P. Young (2007) - REVIEW

Welcome back to The Benterud Bookshelf! It has been a very busy New Year, but I am glad to say I am finally back in the book review world! Happy Reading!

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"The B.B. Weekly Review"

This book caused quite a stir when it first came out, and I was not quite sure what to believe about it. I finally read it, however, and thoroughly enjoyed it for what it is, A NOVEL and a touching story.
Review: What a profound look in to the love and concern and true relationship that God wants to have with each and every one of us! It is an amazing glimpse at true forgiveness and healing of the heart. A Father's pain and the realization that God cares and hurts for us. A man meets with God in the most horrible place he can think of, and is transformed and miraculously touched. A story that will touch anyone's heart and provoke much thought and discussion. A great Evangelistic tool that breaks down the Christian faith to the bare truth. Definitely a great read, but it is still fiction and should not be read as absolute truth. I would not recomend this book to brand new Christians as there may be some doctrinal issues, misinterpretations or  miscommunication that can cause misunderstanding.

My Rating: 4/5
Have you read "The Shack" by William P. Young? I would love to know what you thought!
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Happy Reading!