Book: Level 2
Author: Lenore Appelhan
Recommend: This one was strange… even for me.
Picked this one up because I’ve had it in my hands five or six times and haven’t read it yet. Decided that instead of it being on the bottom of the stack that it should be on the top so that I would finally get to it. Which I did. Kind of wishing it had stayed on the bottom and hadn’t gotten read.
Okay, this is about a girl who dies horribly in a car crash and goes on to basically limbo. Already losing my interest here. Unbeknownst to said girl, she is stuck right in the middle of the war between two factions of angels. My thought was – really? I’ve seen this about a hundred times. One set wants these departed souls to move on, the other doesn’t. Yep. Seen this before too. Then the author starts into tying everything into Greek mythology loosely. Wait? What? I thought we were doing some strange version of the Christian afterlife. Guess not. Then said girl joins the rebels reluctantly. Seen this before and whatever interest the author gained by combining the two ideas of heaven is now gone. The rest of the book follows a predictable pattern. There is a love story – of course – but it is every bit as uninteresting as the book.
The only thing I found unique about this was that the main character had some definite issues to work through and when you found out what those issues were she started to make a whole lot more sense but by the point you figure out what is going on with her, you’ve been so bored for so long that it is hard to really get into it.
Overall, this was just a strange little book and won’t be surprised to see it go nowhere.
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Book: The Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible
Author: A.J. Jacobs
Recommend: I’m on the fence about this one. It had it’s good points and it’s sad points.
I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to get when I dove into this one. All I knew was the title had definitely peaked my interest. What exactly would it be like to attempt to follow some of the more obscure Biblical rules for a year?
As a Christian, I figured this would be interesting look from another perspective on the Bible and faith in general. An outsider looking, Jacobs takes the literalistic interpretation to the extreme. As someone who understands why we don’t follow all the cultural rules in the Old Testament anymore, I found of of it very amusing in a sad sort of way. The beard and hair alone was enough to cause massive laughter. While he did point out the separation of moral laws from cultural ones, he doesn’t really seem to get the point that the law was put there to show us that we couldn’t do it all ourselves and that we needed a Savior.
However, the fact that the author doesn’t really address a mainstream, moderate approach to Christianity (or Judaism) was strange to me. He seemed determined to seek out the extremes. From the Pat Robertsons to the gay Bible study, there really didn’t seem to be a moment where he sat down with the type of moderate Christianity that prevails today. The kind that centers on the Bible but isn’t extreme in either direction. I think the author missed out on a large part of what Christianity is about. When he does hit those things they seem reluctant and begrudgingly admitted.
I think the biggest tell of this whole book was his dealing with the Creation Museum. Instead of going in with an open mind, he freely admits that there is only so far his mind will stretch. I think for him, this was about looking at the rules but not really looking at the heart of the matter. If he had, this book would have been less light-hearted and more reflective in nature.
As a Christian I did find merit in reading this book, it was good to see how someone views faith from the outside looking in. However, I left it wanting to talk to the author and try again to convince this skeptic that he was missing the point.
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Book: The Fiddler
Author: Beverly Lewis
Recommend: If you are looking for an easy, enjoyable read.
Beverly Lewis is one of those authors that I’m reluctant to mention as someone I really enjoy. Her books are just simply not my normal fare. If you were to ask people who know me well, they might be surprised since I tend to shy away from Christian romance novels in any shape or form. However from the time my gram (my dad’s mom) handed me The Shunning, I’ve been hooked. When I saw that the newest book was about a musician, there was no way I could stay away.
Amelia is an amazing violinist who leads a double life as Amy, a fiddle player (yes, there is a huge difference). When she gets a flat tire coming back from a concert, she ends up quite literally on the doorstep of a young man named Michael who, despite being 25, hasn’t decided what life he wants to live.
I really enjoyed this sweet, fluffy book. I would classify this as book candy. A sweet light confection of a book that is a breath of fresh air after reading more heavy literature. While the story is a bit predictable, it doesn’t take away from the pleasure of it. Sometimes it’s nice to know what’s going to happen in the end.
For my friends and readers out there who enjoy this kind of read, this one is definitely worth the time.
Get it used…
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Book: When She Woke
Author: Hillary Jordan
Recommend: Not in a million years.
I found the idea of a modern version of the Scarlett Letter to be interesting so I picked this book up. When I started reading, this is what I found inside:
- A woman who aborts her baby and is punished for murder by chroming or turning her skin bright red, the color reserved for murders
- A Christian run society that attacks people for their mistaking, including a sick cult like halfway house that forces those who aborted their children to carry around dolls meant to represent their dead children,forcing them to relive their abortions, watching graphic material and breaking down their minds, driving some mad.
- A society that ignores the murder of criminals by the hands of ordinary citizens
- Multiple scenes of very descriptive sex including one including the two people of the same-sex.
- The heroes standing up for the right to have an abortion
If you are one of my Christian readers, you can see why this book is not something I would recommend. If you are not a Christian, books like these twist the truth completely, making those who believe into cruel monsters driven by rules meant to keep people from things that they think will make them happy. In addition, this book has been largely marketed to teens as YA fiction, but it is about a twenty-six year old woman and the situations in the book are extremely adult in nature. This one is not YA in any way, shape or form. Don’t be fooled by it!