Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Cover Reveal: "A Time to Rise" by Nadine Brandes

(Cover done by Kirk DouPonce, DogEaredDesign)
Eeek! Super excited for this book! October 14 can't come soon enough!


What more can you sacrifice than your life?
Parvin Blackwater is dead.
At least…that’s what the Council—and the world—thinks. But her sacrifice tore down part of the Wall long enough to stir up hope and rebellion in the people. Now she will rise again. Strong, free, and fearless.
Parvin and Solomon must uncover the mysterious clues that Jude left behind in order to destroy the projected Wall once and for all. Meanwhile, the Council schemes to new levels of technology in its attempts to keep the people contained. Can a one-handed Radical and a scarred ex-Enforcer really bring shalom to the world?


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Sadly, the pre-order set-up is a bit late so we aren’t able to include the pre-order link in the cover reveal posts. :/ Oh well!

Links to previous books in the series:

A Time to Die

A Time to Speak

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Friday, July 1, 2016

Book Review: "Bathsheba Bathed in Grace" by Carol Cook


Bathsheba Bathed in Grace: How 8 Scandalous Women Changed the World
by Carol Cook

Synopsis from Goodreads:


Adultery, lies, deception, scandal, murder, cover-up, heartache, pain, and loss--stories with these sordid elements are relevant today. And women with shady pasts--labeled, shamed, and linked with tragedies--are part of our heritage. Bathsheba, a victim or temptress, Eve outside of Eden, Tamar posed as a prostitute, Leah stole her sister Rachel's fiance...Sarah gave Hagar to her husband and Rebekah masterminds a grave deception.



Bathsheba Bathed in Grace: How 8 Scandalous Women Changed the World by Carol Cook is a compilation of eight retellings of the lives of women in the Bible. In order, they are Bathsheba, Sarah, Hagar, Rebekah, Leah, Rachel, Tamar, and Eve. Each of those women has a tale that is less than perfect, making readers wonder about them. These tales portray the women as flawed and misunderstood but redeemed by God’s grace.

Personally, when I read those stories from the Bible, I tend to want to think of the ladies, especially women like Bathsheba, as flawed or taken advantage of, not evil. That is the way these stories are told. Carol Cook looks at these women’s lives and writes how they were redeemed by God’s grace and shows how relatable they are to the contemporary world, even though they lived in a different time and culture.

Each of the women’s stories took up a separate chapter in the book. They were told mostly by narration with a little bit of dialogue. There were some points in the stories that I wish the author had expanded on a little bit, but overall, Carol Cook wrote their tales very well as short stories.

I recommend this book to those who enjoy Biblical fiction and short stories.

I received a free copy of this book from Book Look Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.