Karen Witemeyer's STEALING THE PREACHER is her best book yet. A followup book to SHORT STRAW BRIDE, it's the story of Crockett Archer, a newly ordaine...moreKaren Witemeyer's STEALING THE PREACHER is her best book yet. A followup book to SHORT STRAW BRIDE, it's the story of Crockett Archer, a newly ordained preacher, who is kidnapped off a train as the birthday present for rancher's daughter Joanna Robbins. The kidnapper, her father, doesn't realize she wanted a preacher for the purpose of saving her father's soul as well as having a church where there has been none for years, but Silas Archer didn't count on sparks flying between the kidnapped minister and his precious daughter. Crockett is touched by Joanna's sincerity, and when circumstances deny him the church he thought he would pastor, he voluntarily returns to the empty church near the Robbins' ranch, and Joanna herself.
What follows is a story of redemption--for Silas, whose train-robbing career has never been paid for, salvation, and love between two children of the Lord who belong together. Even the secondary characters in Witemeyer's books, such as Spivey Jackson, are appealing, and her female villain is perfectly drawn. I can't wait till her next book comes out, and if you haven't read any of them before, what on earth are you waiting for???? Blessings, Laurie Kingery(less)
I've always liked vampire books, so when I got the opportunity to review this books for Waterbrook/Multnomah, I jumped at the chance to see how a Chri...moreI've always liked vampire books, so when I got the opportunity to review this books for Waterbrook/Multnomah, I jumped at the chance to see how a Christian author would handle this subject.
TOUCHED BY A VAMPIRE, by Beth Felker Jones, is for every parent who's wondered if their teenaged daughter's obsession with the TWILIGHT series is a good thing, and every reader who wants to examine the phenomen more deeply in light of Christian truth. I was particularly interested because of a granddaughter who's been reading these books and watching the movie. The author examines whether the good themes in this book, such as the fact that true love waits for marriage, outshines the more troubling aspects of the series, such as the heroine's utter obsession with the hero before she has ever become her own person. The book contains an overview for anyone who has not read the TWILIGHT series but still wants to understand them.
I was glad that the book examined the series without insisting on a premise that no true Christian should read these books or allow her children to do so. It's thoughtful and thorough without being arbitrary. It's also not an anti-Mormon treatise (the author of the TWILIGHT series is a Mormon), though it examines the series in light of Mormon themes; for example, the emphasis on family as represented by the Cullen clan.
Ultimately, I've come away from reading TOUCHED BY A VAMPIRE thinking that while a temporary obsession with the TWILIGHT series won't hurt the teen who has parents who have taught her not only that true love waits, but true love does not drown individualism either, and that the love of a mythic creature such as a vampire with superpowers cannot compare with the love of God. I'm proud to say my granddaughter has such parents, so I'm not worried about her being warped by reading TWILIGHT. But perhaps the teen who has not developed her own sense of identity, and more importantly, does not understand that the One who loves her most is God, may come out of reading the TWILIGHT series looking for a magical Edward Cullen equivalent who does not exist, and come away disappointed.
I've always liked vampire books, so when I got the opportunity to review this book for Waterbrook/Multnomah, I jumped at the chance to see how a Chris...moreI've always liked vampire books, so when I got the opportunity to review this book for Waterbrook/Multnomah, I jumped at the chance to see how a Christian author would handle this subject.
In THIRSTY, Nina Parker is a woman at a crossroads. As a teenager, she underwent a terrifying event that haunted her ever since, though she doesn't clearly remember it. Now an alcoholic, she has lost the custody and the love of her daughter, Meagan, and her ex-husband wants no part of her. But when she is forced to move back to her hometown and move in with her sister, Nina seizes a chance to take her daughter along during her spring break. Meagan is interested in getting to know the parents Nina has given up on there, though she makes every moment difficult for her mother. A series of murders and animal killings leaving bloodless bodies and carcases alarm her, her sheriff sister, and the town. A mysterious neighbor seems way too interested in her. Is he a good man or does he represent danger? Can she stay away from the bottle which is calling her back to alcohol addiction, or can she trust those who love her? Should she be worried about the alluring woman who has her daughter and several other teenage girls enthralled with her yoga classes and unusual influence? Is there truly no recapturing the love her husband once had for her? Author Tracey Bateman brings this ale of obsession and redemption to a dramatic, unforgettable conclusion.
he sub-genre of Christian vampire novels is a relat ively new one, and as a Christian and a vampire novel fan, I am always looking for more of them to...more he sub-genre of Christian vampire novels is a relat ively new one, and as a Christian and a vampire novel fan, I am always looking for more of them to read, so when I was offered the opportunity to review Beth Maze's RABBIT:CHASING BETH RIDER, I jumped at it. And in reading it I discovered a unique, fascinating world. Beth Rider is a southern novelist who's written a best seller which brings a message of redemption to the Rakum, a vampire-like race who prey upon humans, making some of them into Rabbits, who are subject to endless torture by their Rakum captors. There are also Cows, who are humans who inexplicably donate their blood freely to their particular Rakum. Beth's novel brings her to the attention of Jack Dawn, a huge nightmare of a Rakum who threatens her at a booksigning, then assaults her later in a hotel room, making her a Rabbit, then looses her for the delight of other Rakum to hunt down. But Beth is fortunate in that the first Rakum who finds her is Dawn's proselyte Michael Stone, who falls for her instantly and is sure that his Master erred in making her a Rabbit. Michael knows the fatal cost of trying to protect her, but with the aid of several other Rakum, he risks all to go to her aid. The Rakum who meet Beth are all drawn by her winsome message of light and salvation, and when Beth is captured, they join her in a Hell-like place of Rakum assembly that will pit Beth and her invisible, Heavenly protector against the ancient evil Rakum Fathers. I was cheering at the triumphant conclusion of good over evil, Light over darkness. Big New York publishers won't often take the chance on a novel like this. It's too different. As a result, what they publish is often anemic. It is left to small presses and determined authors like Ellen Maze to think outside the box. It could have used a "scosh" more proofeading (but to be honest, so could most New York-published novels these days), and a few fewer characters--I got lost in the panoply of Rakum, Cows and so forth. But that fault may be mine. Brava, Ellen Maze, and thank you for allowing me to review your uniquely entertaining novel! Blessings, Laurie(less)
This the best medieval I've read since KATHERINE by Anya Seton. The characterization is masterful. You probably won't like Margaret Beaufort/Stanley/S...moreThis the best medieval I've read since KATHERINE by Anya Seton. The characterization is masterful. You probably won't like Margaret Beaufort/Stanley/Stafford but you will understand the forces that shaped her. Brava, Ms. Gregory! Laurie Kingery (less)