Book Review: In His Image

In His Image

I looked at his face, for the first time feeling a sense of common humanity with him. Before I had subconsciously been thinking of the inhabitants as different from us, somehow not truly human, whatever their biological makeup might be. But that was wrong. This young man had a life just as real as mine; a heart, a mind, and emotions, as genuine as my own.

It’s so fun to see authors’ works improving as they continue to write. Several people told me that In His Image was way better than Radialloy and they were so right. I liked Radialloy, but it took me a while to get into it and I found it a little difficult to follow at times. No such problem here.

Andi and her adoptive father work the sickbay on board a space craft that searches for extra-terrestrial life. As Christians, neither Andi, her dad, or her cousin Crash believe in such a thing. After all, people are uniquely created in the image of God. Right? When the team experiences a rocky landing on an exploratory trip to a new planet, all of them are shocked to find themselves pulled into a colony of people. How did the civilization get there? Are they aliens or humans? And what should the crew of the Surveyor do about them?

The characterization in this books was fantastic. I could sense Andi being stretched and growing as a person. Elasson came to life even though he had limited dialogue due to speaking a different language. There were some tantalizing hints dropped about Crash’s past. Plus some pretty neat developments with August.

For those of you who might raise your eyebrows at the fictional discovery of extra-terrestrial life, it’s handled well. Promise. A totally Biblical worldview and explanation spiced with the age-old author game of, “What if?”

P.S. I read this on my kindle, therefore I can lend it to someone. Who wants to borrow the Kindle copy of this book? If you’d like to be considered, leave a comment saying so!

Me getting ready to read last night.

Me getting ready to read last night.

Guess a Quote (9.08.14)

Guess a Quote (9.08.14)

I’m a week late with this post. Oops! Sorry for skipping last week’s Guess a Quote without warning. I just never got around to it. In better news, work on Counted Worthy is continuing to move right along, and I’ve even started thinking about a new book! Fun stuff! Don’t forget to keep an eye on the Story Shop for new prizes (including sneak peaks) and new ways to earn points.

The last quote came from Howard Pyle’s, Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. You can read it free on your kindle. (Don’t you just love hearing that? I know I do!) CJ was the only reader to successfully guess the correct title.

We’ve been doing so many classics lately. Let’s break the mold and try a contemporary book it seems everyone is talking about.

You don’t forget the face of the person who was your last hope.

AND

That is Mahogany!

Happy Guessing!

Book Review: Running a Micro Business

Running a Micro BusinessTaking another slight detour from the type of books I normally review here. Maybe this month’s theme should be “books that don’t fit the mold.” :) I know that a lot of my readers have entrepreneurial minds. From book formatting to web design to Etsy shops, you find creative ways to make money. And maybe some of you who don’t currently run your own “Micro Business” would like to, you just don’t know how.

I would recommend this books (and it’s companion books) to any young person running or interested in running their own business. Here’s the review I wrote on Goodreads.

I picked this book up at a local homeschool conference. Because I have a bachelor’s degree in business, I figured most of it would be review but thought it might be a useful reference to have handy. I was right. It’s like having notes from my college classes in a simpler, more practically applicable form. Some of the information was a little over simplified for me, but for a teen or young adult just learning about business, it would be perfect. About half of this book focuses around proper record keeping, which is always dry, but at least in this book it’s understandable and concise. Anyone should be able to read through this book quickly and come away with a better understanding of how to run a micro-business.

I’ve been referencing Running a Micro Business and Money and Taxes in a Micro Business a lot as I work to publish Counted Worthy! As an added bonus, author Carol Topp has answered a couple questions I tweeted about her about taxes. Yay for friendly authors! :)

While we’re on the topic of businesses, how many of you are running entrepreneurial ventures? Share links to your websites, Etsy stores, etc. in the comments!

Book Review: The Chocolate Soldier

Chocolate Soldier, The

God’s summons today is to the young men and women of Great Britain and America and Christendom, who call themselves by the name of Christ.

The Chocolate Soldier is rather different from the books I normally review on this blog. It’s not a story, is only an estimated 17 pages in length. More of along essay than a book. However, I’m sure some of you, like me, appreciate a quick read sometimes. The Chocolate Soldier would be perfect for an extended devotional time.

I first heard C.T. Studd’s name five years ago when Eric Ludy came to speak at a homeschool conference. Mr. Ludy is a great admirer of C.T. Studd’s. Because of that endorsement, I quickly downloaded this short book when I found it for free on Amazon.

Studd wastes no time in getting to his point. He defines a “Chocolate Soldier” as a Christian who shrinks from the nitty-gritty of Christianity.

They are chocolate soldiers who merely go to see battles, and cooly urge others to fight them. They had better save their journey money and use it to send out real fighters instead.

Studd exhorts Christians to revive the heroism and determination exhibited by faithful men and women in the Bible.

Real Christians revel in desperate ventures for Christ, expecting from God great things and attempting the same with exhilaration.

Studd’s thought process and wording confused me a few times, but for the most part I enjoyed his whirlwind tour through heroes of the Bible. And the reminder not to be lukewarm is always beneficial. I think the message in The Chocolate Soldier would find a receptive and appreciative audience among many of you who read this blog.

Let me know if you check it out!

Guess a Quote (8.25.14)

Guess a Quote (8.25.14)

Wow! I’m really surprised more people didn’t guess the quote last week. Morgan Huneke and starshining4ever both correctly guessed that it was from The Giver. I mentioned that there was a reason for posting this quote right now. It’s because the movie just released. I haven’t seen it, but I know several of you were pretty excited for it, so I figured it would be fun to throw the quote out there. You can read a review of The Giver here on Leah’s Bookshelf or check out Morgan Huneke’s more recent review. How many of you plan to see the movie?

Here’s the quote(s) for this week. They come from a well beloved tale-become-legend.

Will you come with me, sweet Reader? I thank you. Give me your hand.

And…

(H)ope, be it never so faint, bringeth a gleam into darkness, like a little rushlight that costeth but a groat.

Happy Guessing!

Book Review: Abaddon’s Eve

Abaddon's EvenConfession. I have not been reading much lately. In fact, I haven’t finished a book in over two weeks. For someone who needs to post a book review once a week, that’s not a very good thing. :P The good news is, I’m sticking to my deadlines for Counted Worthy. Maybe when it releases one of you can guest post a review of it. ;)

Abaddon’s Eve is the last book I finished (Goodreads says I completed it on August 6th). Here’s what I thought of it.

Rechab and Alack, young people on the cusp of adulthood, have no idea how drastically their lives are about to change. Alack wrestles with his genuine but impossible love for Rechab, while Rechab does her best to shield her heart from her imminent and permanent separation from her childhood friend. Their parting occurs far differently than either expected. Kol Abaddon, the crazy prophet from the wilderness, comes to Bethabara preaching destruction on The People of the Great God. When Alack catches a glimpse of the vision, he follows the prophet into the desert to begin his training as a prophet of the Great God. At the same time, Rechab finds an unlikely friend in Flora, a wealthy woman considered to be unlucky. When a foaming servant declares that Rechab is marked for service to a false god, she flees Bethabara with Flora’s retinue. Neither Rechab nor Alack truly know the Great God they now serve, but their journeys will bring them closer to Him.

I really enjoyed this story and look forward to the next book. Anyone who has enjoyed Prophet by R.J. Larson will most certainly like Abaddon’s Eve as well. Though not one of two focal characters, my favorite character in this story is Flora (the rich woman who befriends Rechab). She is introduced as a powerful, smart, savvy woman, but her vulnerability unfurls with the story. She is a seeker, a lover of God who fears she cannot be fully accepted by Him because she is not of The People. She’s a flawed character with great strengths and a beautiful heart. I can’t wait to see where this journey brings all of the characters.

Giveaway!

I read Abaddon’s Eve on my Kindle, so I can lend it to anyone else who has a kindle or kindle app. If you would like to borrow it for 14 days, just leave a comment, and I’ll pick one of you to lend it to.

Also, Prophet is still free for Kindle. If you haven’t read it yet, go for it while it’s still free.

E-Reader Survey & New Story Shop Prizes

New Prizes Added

Just in case you missed the survey posted yesterday, here’s a post dedicated to it. I’m currently hosting a survey to see how many of my blog followers have e-readers. You’ll want to participate in this survey for two reasons.

  1. The results will probably influence future giveaways. If you have an e-reader, e-book giveaways are simpler for me and convenient for you (especially if you don’t live in the US but really want to participate in the giveaways). On the other hand, if you don’t have an e-reader, you’ll want to make your voice heard too because you won’t be able to participate in e-book giveaways. Don’t worry, I’m not going to switch to entirely one or the other. I just want to know if people do or don’t have access to reading e-books!
  2. You can earn a point to spend in the Story Shop by taking the survey. Just leave a comment here or on yesterday’s post verifying that you participated, and I’ll award you your point!

And speaking of the Story Shop, there are two NEW prizes available. You can now purchase books from Shop My Bookshelf using Story Shop points. For 30 points you can get a free book and pay for shipping yourself. For 80 points you can get a free book AND free shipping. Visit the Story Shop page to find out how you can earn points and invite your friends to do the same.

 

Guess a Quote (8.19.14)

Guess A Quote (8.19.14)Last week’s Guess a Quote was pretty quite. Only one person correctly guessed the quote. Kudos to Hanna R. for being the champion guesser last week! As you can see in the picture, last week’s quote came from Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott. If you have a kindle or a kindle app, you can read this one for free.

Actually, I’m curious to see how many of you own e-reader devices. If you take a second to answer the survey at the bottom of this post and leave a comment confirming participation, I’ll award you 1 point for use in the Story Shop.

Before we get to that, though, here’s this week’s quote. Some of you might understand and appreciate the posting of this quote at this specific point in time. ;)

The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It’s the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared.

Happy Guessing!

Don’t forget to answer the survey and leave a comment confirming your participation!

 

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