I was chosen to be part of the LitFuse Blog Tour for The Twilight Gospel by Dave Roberts
About the book: The blockbuster Twilight Saga is being read by teenager and adult alike. These powerful novels are gaining even more popularity as the movies hit theaters. But what should a Christian response be? And is there a helpful way to approach a teenager or young adult captivated with the books without alienating her?
Dave Roberts read The Twilight Saga and while he appreciated the literary qualities, there werealso parts that troubled him. As he considered the books as a whole and spoke to teenagers who read them, he saw the need for a resource. In The Twilight Gospel Dave brings to bear a Biblical lens showing that while there are important moral and spiritual lessons to be learned, there is also a promotion of a non-Christian worldview. He addresses such topics as the cult of beauty, the appeal of the self-disciplined vampire Edward, life after death, the use of myths and legends, sexuality, personal spiritual power, and the lure of materialism.
Crisply written and with a gracious spirit, The Twilight Gospel will help teens, their parents, and their pastors discern what is good from what is unhealthy in the novels and equip them to be biblically literate readers. Read an excerpt here.
About the author: Dave Roberts is a professional journalist, editor and speaker. For more information please visit his website at www.thinkchristian.co.uk.
Having read all the Twilight books, I was interested in reading The Twilight Gospel. I’ve had many people ask me my thoughts on the book and there’s just not one right answer. I praise author Dave Roberts for covering all four books and offering this resource for the curious mind or the parents of teens exactly what they’ll find in this book and whether they should be worried or not about it from a christian perspective. I like how certain topics such as self image, consumerism, and lust among others are brought to light.
The author states that Meyers is asking her readers to look more closely at their own lives, their religion and their spirituality but in order to do this you should come at the series with a questioning mind and discerning heart and I couldn’t agree more. I think this book would also be fantastic to discuss with your teen because in one way or another every person drawn to this series is comparing and relating to a character in more ways than one, I guarantee it.
This book was a fast read for myself, either a day or definite weekend read for most. I give this book 4/5 stars.
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Perhaps one of the biggest issues all women face is their own insecurity. Beth Moore, one of today’s most admired and trusted Christian writers, wants women to be free from the insecurity trap.
So Long, Insecurity will strike a chord with women everywhere, as Beth speaks truth into the lives of readers, showing them how to deal with their innermost fears, rediscover their God-given dignity, and develop a whole new perspective—a stronger sense of self. Women of all ages and backgrounds will resonate with this message of security and discover truths that will free them emotionally and spiritually and lead them to a better life as they walk with God.
So Long, Insecurity is the first Beth Moore book that I’ve read, believe it or not. I know many church groups study from her books but I never had the opportunity to jump into one of those.
I must say I like how this book is laid out, there are eighteen chapters in total. Each of the chapters tackle a different area where most if not all of us struggle to gain security in. In fact the first 7 chapters talk about instability in the home, significant loss, rejection, life change events such as a move, contemporary culture, and pride/perfectionism. The second half of this book talks about what we as woman can do about our issues by finding our security in God Almighty.
I found the personal stories in each chapter close to my own heart and I truly gained much knowledge from the scriptures she included. I felt as if Beth was sitting in the same room having a heart to heart talk with me. I love conversational writing style and am truly glad God led her to write His truths out for his daughters!
I am glad to have read this book by Beth on my own and quite willing to share my thoughts and possibly study it again with those that I know! I give this book 5 stars.
Disclaimer: Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for review.
An epic journey into the deepest mysteries of our faith. Lost is NOT just a television show. It has become larger than that—a massive story filled with mystery that has garnered over twenty million participants. Some might call them viewers, but one does not just watch Lost, one participates in it. It demands that you dialogue with the story, seeking theories and comparing yourself to characters. Lost breaks all the formulas for television, and in doing so has drawn together millions of people on a shared journey that explores life, faith, history, science, philosophy, hope, and the basic questions of what it means to be human. It is the seemingly infinite ideas, philosophies, and biblical metaphors that make this story so engaging.
The focus on faith and truth is never more clearly explained than in the words of John Locke as he questions Jack Shepherd asking “Why do you find it so hard to believe?” Jack responds quickly “Why do you find it so easy?” But Locke declares “It’s never been easy.” This tension between Faith and Reason drives every episode and story line. Locke summed this up as he explained to Jack “That’s why you and I don’t see eye-to-eye sometimes, because you’re a man of science…Me, well, I’m a man of faith.”
Faith and Reason – The war within?
Guilt –The single common denominator that binds everyone on the island
Fate – Do we choose our path, or does fate happen to us?
Quantum Spirituality – What if everything and everyone is connected?
Dharma – Is there any truth to be found in Institutional Religion?
Island Life – If we are made for the garden is it the consumer world that is killing us?
Salvation – Will it ever come, and will we recognize it when it does?
Chris Seay’s fascinating book explores each of these elements in a spinning analysis of faith and metaphor that will attract a multitude of readers who desire to go even deeper into the journey.
My Personal Thoughts…
I’ve been a fan of Lost since the very first episode aired many years ago. What drew me to this series were the people. They weren’t shallow, they weren’t fake, They were real people with real issue like the rest of us. Sure they are stuck on a mysterious island where a lot of pretty strange things happen but despite not knowing all the answers, the growth of each characters is what keeps me watching.
Author Chris Seay does an excellent job interpreting how each character can some how relate to those in the Bible. I enjoyed the fresh look on this widely watched show compared to the Word. I can’t help but think to myself that taking pop culture and comparing it is much like how Jesus gave visuals to the disciples through many well known parables.
A story that truly touched me is found on the last two pages of this book. I don’t want to give away exactly what it is because I want others to experience it them for themselves. I know this much and if you have a heart you truly will be touched, challenged, and broken after completing this book. Note that The Gospel According to Lost is more than just thoughts and comparisons about the show Lost but it’s a tool to look within yourself to live more like Christ.
If you are a fan of Lost, this is a great book for you. I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Winner of the
2008 Christian Writers Guild Operation First Novel Contest!
Christy Williams finally has her life on track. She’s putting her past behind her and working hard to build a career as an antiquarian book buyer. But things begin to unravel when a stolen Hemingway first edition is found in her possession, framing her for a crime she didn’t commit. With no one to turn to, she yearns for her estranged younger sister, May, whom she abandoned after their parents’ untimely deaths. Soon, Christy’s fleeing from her shattered dreams, her ex-boyfriend, and God. Could May’s Triple Cross Ranch be the safe haven she’s searching for? Will the sisters realize that each possesses what the other desperately needs before it’s too late?
As soon as I began reading this novel, I was drawn in right away as there was never a dull moment. The suspense and mystery kept me wondering what was going to happen next and I was excited in seeing it come to pass with each turning page.
This story is told in the point of view of several characters but our main focus is on the two sisters, May and Christy Williams, sisters that grew apart after the fatal death of both of their parents. I felt these characters were real and had issues that most people deal with on a daily basis, such as struggles of rejection, guilt, and hopelessness.
Many topics such as alcoholism, abortion, brokeness, and abusive relationships are covered as well as grace and redemption all without being over the top. I can admit to reading some books in the past where many topics such as these were covered and they felt just thrown in because they could leaving a huge mess that really didn’t feel right.
Of the two sisters, I relate the most to May and can only hope I can learn to have a Faith as big as hers as well as a cheerful demeanor even when things are going wrong. Though at times in my life, I’ve found myself with characteristics that Christy held such as not feeling worth the forgiveness God and others chose to give me.
This book kept me on my toes and also left me in tears. I look forward to more works from author C. J Darlington but until then, I think I’ll read this book again.
With careful attention to detail, emotion, and scene-setting, C.J. Darlington scores with her debut effort. Here is a special writer you won’t want to miss. —Jerry B. Jenkins, New York Times best selling author
If you love a good read filled with adventure and ultimately redemption, I encourage you to brew the tea, settle into your favorite chair and pick up the page turner that is C.J. Darlington’s imaginative new novel of a modern day sisterhood that triumphs over separation and the raw challenges of life to find the real endurance of both family ties and God’s amazing grace. —Rebecca St. James, Grammy award winning Christian singer and bestselling author With Thicker than Blood, C.J. Darlington proves she’s a novelist for the long-haul, a strong new voice in Christian fiction. This book speaks to the heart, from the heart, about the heart. Readers will not soon forget it. —Sibella Giorello, Christy award-winning author of The Rivers Run Dry & The Clouds Roll Away
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About the Author:
C. J. began writing the story that would become Thicker than Blood (her first novel) when she was a fifteen-year-old homeschool student. She has been in the antiquarian bookselling business for over a decade, scouting for stores similar to the one described in the novelbefore cofounding her own online bookstore. Thicker than Blood was the winner of the 2008 Christian Writers Guild Operation First Novel.
C. J. co-founded the Christian entertainment Web site TitleTrakk.com with her sister, Tracy, and has been actively promoting Christian fiction through book reviews and author interviews. She makes her home in Pennsylvania with her family and their menagerie of dogs and cats. Visit her website www.cjdarlington.com for more info.
I Run to the Hills: Reflections on the Christian Journey by C. Maggie Woychik is full up uplifting, inspirational, words of wisdom that will challenge it’s reader personally on the road in which their journey with Christ has taken them.
This book is not huge in size so it’s a really good read for when you may have that little time alone or if you have a whole day to yourself. I believe this book and the unique writing style in which it’s written will be quite refreshing in places where other books have not.
“I Run to the Hills” was exactly what I needed throughout the hustle and bustle that life has been taking me on personally . Peace is one thing that can be so hard to come by, especially during the Holidays so I’m grateful for the God ordained words that C. Maggie Woychik choose to share throughout the pages. I highly recommend it to all!
You can find this book to purchase at Amazon for 8.99.
Poems from the Heart Of a Child of God by Megan Lowmaster
A little bit about the author…
Megan grew up mostly in Oregon. She was homeschooled from 4th grade through high school. She attended Puget Sound Christian College, Washington 1998-2002 graduating with a Bible certificate. And enjoys writing as a hobby. Her hope and prayer is that the poems in her book become an inspiration to all who read them.
I’m very blessed today in sharing about my sister-in-laws book, Poems from the Heart Of a Child of God. She wrote this book after feeling God’s tugging at her heart to share her words of inspiration with those around her.
I really enjoyed reading Poems from the Heart Of a Child of God. I personally can see much heartfelt dedication as Megan’s very character and personality seeps through each and every poem featured throughout her book.
You can purchase Poems from the Heart Of a Child of God by Megan Lowmaster at Amazon and at createspace for $16.00. Note that part of the proceeds go to African New Life Ministries.