Review: The River: A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel

The River: A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel
The River: A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel by Ray Keating

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Pastor Stephen Grant has run into trouble multiple times near the home front of New York City in recent years. Trouble finds him again in Las Vegas when what should be a business and pleasure trip turns dangerous and deadly.
Ray Keating delivers lots of excitement in this fast-paced thriller. Action, character development, and plot are all solid in this 4th installment of the Pastor Stephen Grant series. “The River” may be my favorite so far.

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Review: Blessed

Blessed
Blessed by Christopher Mitchell

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book took me a long time to get through. I just couldn’t quite get into it to breeze through it. However, it was full of good information and insight.

“Blessed” was an interesting word study of how the Hebrew word brk is used in Scripture. I love the conclusion:
“[God] comes to us with blessing through a virgin’s womb and a Father’s love, by His promise and benediction, in good times and in bad, and death shall never part us. May God look upon us and all nations with His favor and give us His peace. Amen.”

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Review: My Grandfather’s Son

My Grandfather's Son
My Grandfather’s Son by Clarence Thomas

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A wonderful and engaging story about the American Dream, “My Grandfather’s Son” tells the story of how Clarence Thomas journeyed from a poverty-stricken kid from Georgia to the second black justice on the United States Supreme Court.

Through social injustices, racial prejudice, and hard-fought successes, Justice Thomas has written an inspiring story that should be required reading in American high school classrooms. If young adults in the United States could learn from the example of someone who took as a motto a saying from Bobby Knight, “everybody has a will to win. What’s far more important is having the will to prepare to win.” In other words, everyone wants to succeed, but you have to work hard to get to that point. Hard work, a good education, and the will to carry on through adversity are virtues that American children need to learn and emulate.

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Review: The Messengers: Discovered

The Messengers: Discovered
The Messengers: Discovered by Lisa M. Clark

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this story. It is a dystopia with real hope, because the secret faction is comprised of Christians trying to preserve the Word of God.

Simon Clay loves to find hidden pamphlets, but it can get him into serious trouble with the government. When he finds out by accident that his father aids the Messengers at night, he discovers a Word that offers Truth that he wasn’t sure existed anymore.
Simon begins a journey of faith and true knowledge that leads him to share the Word to his own peril.

This novel could have used a better proofreader, but it was well-written and a quick read. I am looking forward to the next installment.

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Review: The Executioner’s Redemption: A Story of Violence, Death, and Saving Grace

The Executioner's Redemption: A Story of Violence, Death, and Saving Grace
The Executioner’s Redemption: A Story of Violence, Death, and Saving Grace by Timothy R Carter

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was convicting for me. I realized while reading that I hoped to read carnal stories about people’s crimes that brought them to death row. What I got was a kick in the pants about how little I seek God’s kingdom in His Word and through prayer on a daily basis. Thank you to Rev. Carter for giving me Law and Gospel in this book.

I would recommend this book to any police officer, correctional officer, etc. that deals with inmates and law enforcement on a regular basis. I can think of a few people that work in that industry that I will be recommending this book to. It is a good reminder of how a Christian is called to love even the human wolves among us.

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Review: Journey to the Center of the Earth

Journey to the Center of the Earth
Journey to the Center of the Earth by Kathleen Olmstead

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was an exciting retelling of the original. My kids really enjoyed it. My 9 year old asked if we could read the original Jules Verne novel soon. This Classic Starts edition definitely did its job of introducing a classic novel to children and making them want to read the original story.

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