My all-time favorite contemporary novel is Rooms by James L. Rubart. I found its message to be life-changing. The way Rubart weaves a supernatural feel into his down -to-earth stories will take your breath away. And that’s a good thing…
On a rainy spring day in Seattle, young software tycoon Micah Taylor receives a cryptic, twenty-five-year-old letter from a great uncle he never knew. It claims a home awaits him on the Oregon coast that will turn his world inside out. Suspecting a prank, Micah arrives at Cannon Beach to discover a stunning brand new nine-thousand square foot house. And after meeting Sarah Sabin at a nearby ice cream shop, he has two reasons to visit the beach every weekend.
When bizarre things start happening in the rooms of the home, Micah suspects they have some connection to his enigmatic new friend, Rick, the town mechanic. But Rick will only say the house is spiritual. This unnerves Micah because his faith slipped away like the tide years ago, and he wants to keep it that way. But as he slowly discovers, the home isn’t just spiritual, it’s a physical manifestation of his soul, which God uses to heal Micah’s darkest wounds and lead him into an astonishing new destiny.
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By Jennifer Hallmark
Acts of kindness. One reason I like sharing what others are doing to make the world a better place is to inspire others. Everyone can do something. From helping a neighbor to donating time and/or money to community projects, you have value inside of you to share with others.
I found this article on the top ten most amazing Christian charities. You can look over their sites for ways to volunteer and/or donate.
(1) Samaritan’s Purse
(2) Compassion International
(3) Lutheran World Relief
(4) Operation Blessing International
(5) Advancing Native Missions
(6) Children’s Hunger Fund
(7) The Salvation Army
(8) Catholic Relief Services
(9) Lifeline Christian Mission
(10) Food For The Poor
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Whether you look within your community or around the world, opportunities abound to help others. Here’s a good video by Matthew West that made me think.
The first Friday of the month is when I share my best-loved classic fiction and Margery Allingham is one of my favorite authors. In her long series of literary detective fiction with universal uncle, Albert Campion, The Tiger in the Smoke is the most thrilling. It will keep you looking over your shoulder…
The Tiger in the Smoke
London, ‘the Smoke’ to Cockneys and the hipsters who appropriate their slang, is living up to its nickname: an unusual cold snap has combined with the fug from coal-fires to produce the ‘Great Smog’, blanketing the city in choking shadow. And lurking in those shadows is Jack Havoc, a killer with a particular fondness for knives. Havoc is by far the most dangerous villain that Albert Campion has ever encountered, and his startlingly realistic menace, combined with the light touch common to all the Campion novels, gives the book a modern feel, as it straddles a line between Golden Age detective fiction and contemporary psychological suspense.
My two favorite genres are Southern fiction and fantasy. Yes, I know, it’s a weird combination, but it’s what I like. Today’s novel is by one of my favorite contemporary Southern fiction authors. I’ve read most of her books and this is one of my favorites…
Nicole Michelin avoids airplanes, motorcycles, and most of all, Japan, where her parents once were missionaries. Something happened in Japan…something that sent Nicole and her father back to America alone…something of which Nicole knows only bits and pieces.
But she is content with life in little Mount Olive, North Carolina, with her quirky relatives, tank of lively fish, and plenty of homemade pineapple chutney. Through her online column for the Pretty Fishy Web site, she meets Harrison Michaels, who, much to her dismay, lives in Japan. She attempts to avoid him, but his e-mails tug at her heart.
Then Harrison reveals that he knew her as a child in Japan. In fact, he knows more about her childhood than she does…
Today’s book is in the science fiction genre. Alone is a dynamic read that, at times, reminded me of the debut Star Wars, my all-time favorite science fiction movie. If you like science fiction, you’ll love Edie Melson’s debut novel…
After her family is killed in the cleansing, Bethany’s purpose in life has changed. No longer will she be allowed to work to save her dying planet. As a slave, endurance is her goal as she marks each day as one moment closer to an eternity spent reunited with those she loved. But when her planet is invaded, everything changes.
Now she must decide either to align herself with those from her planet who condemned her faith and killed her family, or with the warriors who have conquered her world. Ultimately her choice will mean life or death for more than just her planet’s ecosystem.
She alone holds the key to a powerful secret, and the fate of the entire galaxy depends on her decision.
When I watched this on You Tube, I was awed by what this young lady started in her school and how it had spread to other schools. Enjoy and be inspired…
Mitch Albom has written many great books and this is one of my favorites. The characters and story itself grabbed hold of me and wouldn’t let go. I think you’ll enjoy it too…
The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Eddie is a wounded war veteran, an old man who has lived, in his mind, an uninspired life. His job is fixing rides at a seaside amusement park. On his 83rd birthday, a tragic accident kills him, as he tries to save a little girl from a falling cart. He awakes in the afterlife, where he learns that heaven is not a destination. It’s a place where your life is explained to you by five people, some of whom you knew, others who may have been strangers.
One by one, from childhood to soldier to old age, Eddie’s five people revisit their connections to him on earth, illuminating the mysteries of his “meaningless” life, and revealing the haunting secret behind the eternal question: “Why was I here?”
Suspense is normally a genre I don’t read because, well, it’s so intense. But every once in a while I happen upon a book I just can’t put down. Like the one written by my friend, Fay Lamb, that will be well-worth your time.
The walls have ears … and voices. Voices that threaten …
Abra Carmichael’s husband, Beau, has been murdered. She begins to realize that the man she loved was never who he seemed. Beau’s secrets endanger Abra, their twin sons, and everyone who loved him. When Abra’s life and the lives of their boys are threatened, she flees to Amazing Grace, North Carolina, and to Beau’s family–people she never knew existed until the day of Beau’s funeral.
For six years Shane Browne, an award-winning songwriter had both wished for and dreaded the return of his cousin. Beau’s departure from their small hometown left behind his family and his inheritance, a grand Victorian with its legend of secret passages, which lay empty. Empty until Abra moves to Amazing Grace, into the house Beau willed to her only weeks before his death. Shane finds himself deeply drawn to Abra and her sons, desiring a future with them and his daughter.
But the danger follows Abra to the peacefulness of the North Carolina mountains. Abra and Shane are both threatened, and Abra claims to hear noises deep within the walls of the old home. Shane will do everything possible to keep Abra and her boys safe, even if that means revealing secrets of his own that will completely shatter Abra’s already broken heart and destroy his relationship with everyone he loves.
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Hello, book lovers! There’s nothing like first opening a new book, whether the pages crinkle in your newly purchased delight or you swipe open the e-book you’ve waited for with your finger. I LOVE BOOKS.
So, each Friday, please join me as I display the cover of a book I love and a blurb telling you, the reader, what you’ll find inside. On the first Friday of the month, I’ll share a cherished classic. The rest of the month will consist of newer fiction that has captured my heart. Ready? Let’s start with a classic.
I love mysteries and detective stories, especially ones that take place before the 1950’s. Here’s the one that started it all.
Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Collection
Sherlock Holmes is a fictional detective of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, who first appeared in publication in 1887. He is the creation of Scottish born author and physician Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. A brilliant London-based detective, Holmes is famous for his intellectual prowess, and is renowned for his skillful use of deductive reasoning (somewhat mistakenly – see inductive reasoning) and astute observation to solve difficult cases.
He is arguably the most famous fictional detective ever created, and is one of the best known and most universally recognizable literary characters in any genre. Conan Doyle wrote four novels and fifty-six short stories that featured Holmes. All but four stories were narrated by Holmes’ friend and biographer, Dr. John H. Watson, two having been narrated by Holmes himself, and two others written in the third person. The first two stories, short novels, appeared in Beeton’s Christmas Annual for 1887 and Lippincott’s Monthly Magazine in 1890.
The character grew tremendously in popularity with the beginning of the first series of short stories in The Strand Magazine in 1891; further series of short stories and two serialized novels appeared almost right up to Conan Doyle’s death in 1930. The stories cover a period from around 1878 up to 1903, with a final case in 1914. in this collection you will find: Novels: • A Study in Scarlet • The Sign of the Four • The Hound of the Baskervilles • The Valley of Fear Short Story Collections: • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes • The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes • The Return of Sherlock Holmes • His Last Bow • The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes