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.”

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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.

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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.”