I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I first picked up my copy of of “God in the Movies: A Guide for Exploring Four Decades of Film”, edited by Catherine M. Barsotti and Robert K. Johnston. Published by BrazosPress in 2017, the purpose of the book is to “encourage movie lovers and small groups to reflect critically and theologically on some of the best movies of recent years.”
“God in the Movies” is a thick volume with in-depth discussions for 40 movies, all released between 1981 and 2014. This extensive list includes classics such as: “Chariots of Fire”, “Groundhog Day”, “Up”, “Life of Pi”, and of course many more. Continue reading
I have been anticipating my return to the fictitious town of Teaville for many months, until finally Melissa Jagear’s second Christian Historical Fiction novel in the “Teaville Moral Society” was released this summer. Published by Bethany House, “A Love So True” contains many recurring characters from her previous book “A Heart Most Certain” (and novella “Engaging the Competition”), but brings in a new cast, new challenges, and a new romance as well. Continue reading
Cleopatra, Ancient Egypt’s most famous queen, is a fascinating character who has intrigued many throughout history. When I discovered that Angela Hunt’s newest Biblical Fiction novel from Bethany House would be about this infamous woman, I definitely wanted to give it a try! “Egypt’s Sister” is book number one in “The Silent Years” series, and tells the story of Cleopatra through the eyes of her (fictitious) childhood friend and daughter of the royal tutor. Continue reading
“With the greatest risks come the greatest rewards”. As one of it’s primary themes, this phrase is given many different layers and meanings in Roseanna M. White’s newest release, “A Name Unknown”. Before beginning this novel, I felt rather indifferent to it. I was neither excited about it, nor did I not want to read it. I simply thought I would give it a try, and had neither high nor low expectations for it. What I didn’t guess was that it would quickly rise to number one on my list of favourite books! Continue reading
Kate Breslin has proven herself to be a masterful author. After tremendously enjoying her last novel “Not by Sight”, I was eager to obtain a copy of her newest release, “High as the Heavens.” Would her most recent novel prove to be as stellar as her previous? Well… In some ways yes, in other ways, I’m sorry to say definitely not.
“High as the Heavens” contains an absolutely phenomenal plot. It is a dramatic, ever-changing saga of espionage, danger and secrets, and every reader will be left gaping at the page in shock at least once along the way. In fact, to be completely fair, “High as the Heavens” holds one of the very best plots that I have ever read. Additionally, not only is it a grand adventure, but it is also strengthened by many faith-building elements. So what’s the problem? Continue reading
“Could Following the Opportunity of a Lifetime Cost Them the Love of Their Lives”? Calling all fans of Christian Historical Fiction. . . Jody Hedlund’s newest series from Bethany House has begun with an absolute must-read novel! “With You Always” is the first installment in the “Orphan Train” saga, and what a masterpiece it is. With vivid imagery, lifelike and lovable characters, and an enthralling storyline, this book was nearly impossible to put down and left me eagerly anticipating the sequel. Continue reading
Clayton King has done it again – he has written a book so powerful it is life-changing. Clayton King has a gift, without question, of delivering God’s message to us, the folks who need and want to hear it. My favorite chapter of Clayton’s new book “Overcome: Replacing the Lies That Hold Us Down with the Truths That Set Us Free” was Chapter 4 – Understand the Purpose of Suffering. I’m coming through a season of suffering, and I am thankful to Clayton for helping me understand more. This chapter came from God, through Clayton, to me. Thank you. Continue reading
As we all know, July 1st, 2017 is the 150th birthday of our beautiful, powerful, incredible nation called Canada. Dominion Day, or Canada Day, is always a chance to celebrate our homeland, but this year is special, a true milestone. Compared to many other nations, Canada is still young—and yet Canadians live in a country that is blessed with freedom, abundance, opportunity, and beauty. As a way of celebrating Canada 150, Bible League Canada has published a beautiful keepsake book entitled “One Dominion: Celebrating Canada, Prepared for a Purpose”. Written by Bob Beasley and Paul Richardson, and designed by Graf-Martin Communications, “One Dominion” is a compilation celebrating not only Canada as a whole nation, but also the individual men and women who were courageous and wise in the Christian faith, and as a result changed the course of Canadian history forever. Continue reading
“London 1879: Forced to leave all she loves behind, she seeks a new life in a city bursting with opportunity, but fraught with danger”. Although these words only give a tiny peek into the story, they revealed enough to capture my interest in this first novel of the “London Beginnings” series. “The Captain’s Daughter” is a Historical Fiction novel written by Jennifer Delamere and published by Bethany House in 2017. While this story undoubtedly contains all the best elements of Historical Fiction including sweet romance, realistic characters and interesting setting, one other facet is unique to this book in particular… Continue reading
Supernatural suspense is not my normal genre of reading material. In fact, until now, I’d barely even heard of it. Still, when I read the description for Bethany House’s new release “Invitation”, there was just something I couldn’t resist. It promised thrilling mystery, perilous adventure, and gripping paranormal phenomena. Did it deliver on these promises? Oh yes, and so much more.
The four novellas contained within this book, each one from the minds of four bestselling authors, follow the journeys of a team brought together against all odds. Fighting supernatural darkness that is emerging throughout the world, this unlikely team comes together time and again to bring the power of God into victory, and the demons to their knees. Continue reading