CONTEST: BOOK GIVEAWAY

This week I am giving away one copy of
Matt Mikalatos’ newest book:
Night of the Living Dead Christian

Winner chosen at random will be announced at 10:00PM, Sunday.

Here’s the deal ….
CONTEST:   YOU write the story …
Each comment will be the next line in the story!

To enter:
1)  Read the comments below – specifically the most recent comment.
** I will open the story with the first comment which will be the first few lines from chapter 1 of Night of the Living Dead Christian, by Matt Mikalatos.
2)  Add your ONE SENTENCE comment as your version of what the next line in the story should be. *Please continue the story from the previous comment only.
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Note: I will remove any comments I see as inappropriate.

Have fun.     Ready …. Set … WRITE!

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Night of the Living Dead Christian

Night of the Living Dead Christian
By Matt Mikalatos
Published By Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

What an entertaining read!  Just made me smile.

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I didn’t really know what to expect. Night of the Living Dead Christian is the first book by Mikalatos I have read. Though it took me a few chapters to get a grip on his unique style of writing, I am very glad I stuck with it.

The story-line is centered around Mikalatos and his interesting, to put it mildly, neighbors.  Making his rounds one evening to assure the security of his neighborhood, Mikalatos accidentally stumbles into the midst of a unique experiment by a couple of mad-scientist type characters.  These “characters” turn out to be a neighbor and his robot creation. As Mikalatos is unintentionally, and very much reluctantly, pulled into their scheme, he begins to see many of his neighbors in a completely different way.  The humor of the plot keeps the read light, while the theology woven throughout is sound.

Written with comic book style humor, light mystery, and sprinkled with biblical theology, Night of the Living Dead Christian will appeal primarily to teen and young adult readers. Which is a good thing. Without getting too “preachy” while presenting thought provoking doctrine, I can see this book serving as an evangelical outreach to a usually somewhat overlooked group of readers.

Recommend? Absolutely.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher, Tyndale House Publishers, through the Tyndale Blog Network book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. 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.”

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Book Giveway Starts Tomorrow!

Watch tomorrow for a new BOOK GIVEAWAY!
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Night of the Living Dead Christian
by Matt Mikalatos, author of My Imaginary Jesus

You’re gonna LOVE it!!

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Invasion

Invasion

By Jon Lewis
Published by Thomas Nelson

Ok.

I just couldn’t get into this book.

I mean really?  Are you ready for an alien invasion of earth? …

“Think of it this way. The membrane that separates our world from others is getting thin in spots, and if our teams don’t catch where they rip, things slip through.”
“I thought that’s been happening forever. I mean, that’s how stuff like the Loch Ness monster got here, right?”
“Yeah, except it’s been happening more often. There’re so many weak spots we can’t keep up.”
“Is there going to be an invasion?” Colt asked. From the way Oz looked at him, Colt thought he must have said something wrong.
“It’s already started,” Oz said.  (excerpt from Chapter 27)

The storyline centers around the life of teenager Colt McAlister.  A number of truly unbelievable things happen that begin to dramatically change his life.  After the death of both his parents, Colt begins to discover family secrets, that are extremely unrealistic. Colt soon finds himself in the midst of an even more unrealistic situation, a war on aliens – specifically an alien invasion of earth.

Invasion is a very clean read.  Unfortunately, I did not pick up on any references to Christian themes.  It might be good for young readers.  But with descriptions of “thin” areas in the membrane that separates alien worlds from our earthly world, monsters with multiple arms and heads, and (the most absurd) a alien conspiracy theory including alien collaboration with the Nazis, Invasion comes across as a silly, childish read.  Invasion is written very unrealistically.  My thoughts were basically – is the reader really expected to buy into this theme?  This reader did not.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. 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.”

See a preview of this book here.

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Love & Respect Experience

The Love & Respect Experience
A Husband-Friendly Devotional that Wives Truly Love

By Emerson Eggerichs
Published by Thomas Nelson

Dr. Emerson Eggerichs did not originate the idea of love and respect in marriage. Marriage, as well as love and respect within marriage are God’s ideas. Specifically, God, through the apostle Paul wrote in the book of Ephesians: “However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.” (Ephesians 5:33 NIV)

Eggerichs has taken the intertwined, God ordained concepts of love and respect and developed an entire study series for married couples. The study series includes books, videos and conferences based on love and respect within marriage as described in Ephesians 5:33.

In The Love & Respect Experience, Eggerichs focuses on fifty-two practical devotions that husbands and wives can use to help apply the love and respect concepts to their own marriages. Eggerichs states in his introduction to the book that he was aiming specifically for “husband friendly” devotions. Personally, as my husband has not yet read these devotions, I cannot speak from that viewpoint. Though I would love to see us discuss the devotions together in the future.

For those who have not read the more extensive book Love & Respect before delving into this book of devotions, a brief synopsis of the basic concepts is included. The initial devotions are also laid out so that the reader can grasp a basic understanding of the Love & Respect concepts early on. Helpful discussion questions and marriage resources are included at the back of the book as well.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. 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.”

See a preview of this book here.

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A Most Unsuitable Match

A Most Unsuitable Match

By Stephanie Grace Whitson
Published by Bethany House Publishers

Nice relaxing read.  I thoroughly enjoyed being swept away in time and place from sophisticated St. Charles, Missouri, into the wild Montana Territory, late 1800’s.

The story opens as free-spirited, eighteen-year-old Fannie Rousseau grapples with making her own way out of her sheltered world with only her lifelong handmaid and friend left at her side.  As Fannie uncovers a bundle of letters written to her recently deceased mother, topped with an unfamiliar photograph, she embarks on an adventure that proves to be the journey of her life.

The beginning did start out just a bit slow, switching back and forth between the characters of Fannie Rousseau and Samuel Beck.  However, it did not take long to pick up the pace.  As soon as these two characters’ paths cross, I was completely immersed into their journey.  The twists and turns of the storyline are anything but predictable. It was only a few pages before the ending was revealed that I started to guess it was even a possibility.   Each chapter is prefaced with a relevant Bible Scripture.  How that Scripture applies becomes obvious as the chapter unfolds.  From a Christian view, the truths applied are very biblically solid.

A Most Unsuitable Match is very well written, well developed and very much enjoyed by this reader.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher, Bethany House Publishers for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. 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.”

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Three Cups

Three Cups

By Tony Townsley with Mark St. Germain
Published by Thomas Nelson

Through a story of a little boy receiving three nondescript cups for his birthday, authors Tony Townsley and Mark St. Germain teach the principles of financial stewardship to young and not-so-young readers alike.

Told in first person from the perspective of a five-year-old boy, who is none too excited to open his birthday gift only finding three cups that he recognized from his family’s own cupboard. When his mother shows him the accompanying envelope of money, she explains he will now be receiving a weekly allowance.  She continues to explain how he is to divide his allowance each week among the three cups and watch as they take him on exciting adventures. One cup for savings, one for spending and one for giving. The story continues through the boys’ growing-up years and ends with his own five-year-old son opening a birthday gift … of three cups.

A very helpful parent’s guide is included at the back of the book to explain how the reader can start their own “three-cup” progam at home. We started a similar thing with our children when they were small to teach them the value of money and good stewardship.

The only thing I would like to see added to this book would be scripture to reinforce the biblical principles of being good stewards of all God has blessings.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. 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.”

See a preview of this book here.

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