Book Review: The Dark Crystal by A.C.H. Smith

10/10

I never watched The Dark Crystal, but I’ve heard people talking about it. And one thing that many recommended reading the novelization of the movie first. And I’m truly glad I did.

The book has so many wonderful details. The story is much more fleshed out and things that weren’t explained in the movie are explained in great detail. The world is so real, yet so fantastical, and the characters were wonderful. Their backstories were so sad yet so beautiful, and the ending is satisfying.

I would recommend the novelization to any who were confused by the movie. It is amazing and will clear up any plot holes that you thought were there in the film. I love this book. If you love fantasy, this is the book for you!

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Book Review: The Secrets of Ms. Snickle’s Class by Laurie Miller Hornik

9/10

I read this book when I was young, and the theme always stuck with me. It makes sense that teachers live at school (for students at least) because that’s the only place you see them! This delightful children’s book is just as funny now that I’m older, and I’m glad I reread it.

Ms. Snickle isn’t like other trleachers, and she doesn’t have many rules. But one that she stresses emphatically is, “No telling secrets.” And when one student breaks this rule, chaos ensues. The friendly students become fussy and angry, and when Ms. Snickle’s secret is revealed, it lands the teacher in hot water. The class must then put aside their differences to bring back the teacher that they all love.

This is a whimsical tale, with both realistic secrets and some that are a bit magical. from bed-wetting to your mom being the Tooth Fairy, these secrets might just teach you something of what a secret means and why it’s important to be trustworthy. I recommend this book for children of all ages, and anyone else who wants to see through young eyes again.

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Book Review: Women & Power by Mary Beard

7/10

This is a book that I feel conflicted about. It contains two different essays written by the same author over a few years. The subjects are women and public speaking and women and power. And it is certainly an interesting read.

The connection between masculinity and public speech is a really unusual point. I agree that males in general put great value in this trait. But I find it difficult to admit that women have had no power in the world.

I don’t mean just in public squares, because women have not always had as much precedence in government. But women have a domestic power. I will not go into the details of how my faith intertwines with this topic, but this book has made me think about gender roles and my own beliefs.

This book is something I would suggest for people who want to know more about women and their positions in history. This will start a conversation amongst friends, and I enjoyed the essays, even though I didn’t agree with everything. Great book!

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Book Review: Becoming a Woman of Extraordinary Faith by Julie Clinton

10/10

Julie Clinton leads women on a deep dive on the subject of faith in this devotional book. With clear writing and a beautiful love of God that drenches each devotional, we can see the lessons learned through God’s patient teaching.

Using faith as the springboard, she branches out into ten different parts that are keys to building faith. From the topics of beauty and hope to passion and discontent, Clinton shows us the path to a deeper intimacy with God. But, even though God uses her to illuminate the way, the choice to follow is still yours.

Honest and discerning, this book will no doubt lead many women to understand what it looks like to have extraordinary faith. If you struggle with faith yourself, or if you simply want to grow closer to God, this is the book for you.

If you want to see my full reading list, read, currently reading, and want-to-read, visit my Goodreads here.

If you are interested in learning more about my novel ‘9 Ways to Normal’, you can visit my author website here. You can read a sample of my book here.

If you are interested in helping me to make my book the best it can be, visit my GoFundMe page here. Even if you can’t donate, share the link on your socials. Spread the word. The sooner we hit the goal, the sooner my book will come out.

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God bless!

Book Review: No God But One: Allah or Jesus? by Nabeel Qureshi

10/10

Putting his wonderful story in another book, Nabeel Qureshi uses his experiences to expound upon the information that ultimately changed his mind about Islam and Christianity. With his unique voice and difficult journey, the author explores both religions deeply, and the facts don’t lie.

Nabeel explains the beliefs of Islam, his first religion, and Christianity, the religion he became convinced was true. Taking an unbiased observer’s perspective, he categorically and systematically looks at both religions. Looking at the characters of Jesus and Mohammad, the historical reliability of the accounts of their lives, and the integrity of the Bible and the Qur’an, Qureshi compares and contrasts the available information about these two very different religions.

I recommend this book for both Muslims and Christians who would like to know more about Islam and Christianity. Nabeel is the perfect person to explain this topic. Definitely a book worth reading.

Book Review: Revolution in World Missions by K.P. Yohannan

9/10

K.P. Yohannan takes a look into a different kind of missionary work that will fit with the more restrictive borders and rejection of Westerners. National missionaries are the key in this new era of missions, and Yohannan does not mince words about the importance of bringing the lost to Jesus.

Full of stories that show the great impact of the Word, this book is an interesting look into the realities of the Asian peoples. It is impossible to read through this book and not care about the lost souls of Asia. The passion of both Yohannan and the national missionaries is made clear in these pages.

This is a great book for missionaries who would like to learn more about the national missionary movement as well as the importance of teaching the Gospel in a culturally appropriate way.

Book Review: The Pilgrim’s Progress in Modern English by John Bunyan

10/10

I have wanted to read ‘A Pilgrim’s Progress’ for years, but every time I tried to read the original, I struggled with old language and unfamiliar words. When I received this book for Christmas, I was thrilled to finally have a copy that I could understand.

This Modern English translation of Bunyan’s beloved allegory is incredible and extremely accurate when compared to the original texts. The story of Christian is told in a fresh way that doesn’t detract from the beauty of the character’s journey. What can I possibly say that hasn’t been said before?

I recommend this book to those who are on their journey like Christian but cannot fully comprehend the old language that Bunyan used. Even if you enjoy the original, perhaps this translation will shed some new light on this old, yet still true book.