Joshua Harris, best known for writing "I Kissed Dating Goodbye" , tackles the tough subject of lust in his third literary outing. Harris candidly writ...moreJoshua Harris, best known for writing "I Kissed Dating Goodbye" , tackles the tough subject of lust in his third literary outing. Harris candidly writes about his personal struggles and also recounts stories and insights from others who have written letters to him.
The simplicity of his language and the organized chapter structure make for an easy read. In addition, the fact that he’s done his research is evidenced by the resources he quotes (C.S. Lewis, John Stott, Jerry Bridges and others.. astig tlga!!!!) and the practical advice he offers.
This particular message of hope is directed to everyone — male, female, married or single — who struggles with lust or any habitual sin. One part theology, two parts testimony and a generous dosage of biblical teaching, "Not Even a Hint" provides valuable guidance on the path toward holiness. (less)
This book is great for high schoolers and adults. Mr. Chips is a wonderful study in what teaching used to be. Except for corporal...moreBring some hankies!!!
This book is great for high schoolers and adults. Mr. Chips is a wonderful study in what teaching used to be. Except for corporal punishment, I think he was a wonderful teacher. I loved this book, and, although I read it many years ago, I still have endearing memories. It is very sad in spots, but heartwarming most of the time. Much better than Lost Horizon. (less)
Shocking Pink is a beautifully constructed, creative suspense story with snappy dialogue among well-developed characters. I didn't give it a five star...moreShocking Pink is a beautifully constructed, creative suspense story with snappy dialogue among well-developed characters. I didn't give it a five star rating because it moves too slowly at the beginning and it is often repetitive. As the novel unwound, I began to realize that the repetition was long-time romance author Erica Spindler's way of showing obsession, but I wondered if the same point could have be made more subtly. How many stories have you read where some horrible event has been witnessed in childhood and the viewer has been forever changed? It happens here, and Spindler's novel explores the impact on the viewers, demonstrating how horror can become a catalyst that profoundly affects the life of the viewer.
It is summertime for 15 year olds Julie, Raven and Andie who live in Thistledown, Missouri. They discover that in an unoccupied home in a nearby neighborhood sexually deviant activities are going on between a Mr. and Mrs. X. -- so named because they are masked with black scarves, employ cuffs, ropes, etc. The teenagers investigate and that means watching every time they can. Their secret observations gradually begin to erode their friendship as each reacts differently to what they are seeing. Eventually Mrs. X is found dead, hanging from a rope in a position the kids had seen before, blindfolded by a black scarf. Her murder remains unsolved.
Julie is the daughter of a religious zealot who has psychologically abused her. From the X's she learns desire. Raven, the daughter of a physically abusive man, learns power from Mr. X. Andie, the daughter of parents who have just split up because her father found someone new, learns compassion.
Fifteen years later, the three best friends are together again in Thistledown. Julie has just returned, her third marriage broken. Raven has a very successful interior design firm. And Andie is a psychiatrist.
One of Andie's abused clients snaps and kills her husband, the mayor. Andie becomes involved in the high profile case and again meets Detective Nick Raphael who had investigated Mrs. X's murder. As a result of the publicity, she starts seeing a new patient, David Sadler.
David, talk, dark, handsome and rich has just returned to Thistledown having spent the last decade in St. Louis. He is seeking treatment for sexually deviant behavior. At the same time Julie starts dating David, Raven is employed to decorate the new homes his firm is building and Andie and Nick are attracted to each other.
Suddenly, all three receive newspaper clippings of the 15 year old murder. Then a black silk scarf appears on Andie's bed, and other acts occur that show someone is watching and taunting them.
To reveal any more of the plot than I have would do a great disservice to author Erica Spindler. Her ingenious twists and turns in a story that features friendship, obsession, sexually deviant behavior and murder will be long remembered by this reviewer.(less)
Dear Zoe is a letter, from Tess DeNunzio to her younger sister, who died in a hit-and-run accident on a day when the world’s attention was focused els...moreDear Zoe is a letter, from Tess DeNunzio to her younger sister, who died in a hit-and-run accident on a day when the world’s attention was focused elsewhere, with no grief to spare for Zoe’s death, except in Tess’s family. On September Eleventh, 2001, Zoe died, leaving Tess and her family devastated. It’s certainly something we don’t think about, all the personal tragedies that played out on that day. When you hear the words ‘September Eleventh,’ you see the towers falling or the Pentagon smoking, not the individual deaths of all of those people, related or not to terrorism, on that day.
That’s not what that day means to Tess, though. To fifteen-year-old Tess and her family, it means the loss of her little sister, Zoe. It means their lives are changed forever, in ways the rest of the world (to whom that day may seem life-changing as well) can never imagine. Still, Tess has to find a way to handle it all, to go on with her life, to keep on living even if Zoe can’t.
Philip Beard’s Dear Zoe is a powerful and emotional story about love, grief, growing up, and moving on even when forgetting is impossible. It’s a story about one personal tragedy on a day when everyone else mourns the deaths of thousands of others. In Dear Zoe, Tess is just one of a cast of very real characters; her voice is powerful, and will have the reader’s attention from the beginning to the end, keeping the reader breathless and racing through the book, but still not going too quickly–wouldn’t want to miss something!
Dear Zoe is a powerfully moving, beautifully written story that will haunt readers even after closing the book at the end of the last page. This painfully real, breathtaking novel is sure to be a favorite with all who read it.
Rating: 10/10 (And I’d give it more if I could…Wait, who says I can’t? 20/10!) (less)
"Dear Nicky, I hope that when you grow up everything you want comes your way, but especially love. When it`s true, when it`s right, love can give you...more"Dear Nicky, I hope that when you grow up everything you want comes your way, but especially love. When it`s true, when it`s right, love can give you the kind of joy that you can’t get from any other experience.” Katie Wilkinson cannot believe her luck, she has met and fallen head over heals in love with a seemingly perfect man, Matt. But no sooner has he entered her life than he disappears without word, and when he sends her a diary through the post she starts to understand that he seems to have a whole separate life that is being played out in the idyllic surroundings of Martha’s vineyard, America.
The Diary is written by a lady called Suzanne, and each day’s entry is written to her newborn son, Nicholas. Suzanne left Boston after suffering a near fatal heart attack at the age of thirty-five, this near death experience forced her to re-evaluate her life and she decided to take up general practice on Martha’s Vineyard. It was while finding her feet on the Island that she started getting friendly with Matt, an amiable and handsome man who was fixing up her beach side house to make it habitable. Gradually as Suzanne adjusts to her new more relaxed way of life she starts to fall for Matt, a feeling that he reciprocates immediately. Love blooms and eventually marriage follows, and as if to complete the utopia they find themselves in Suzanne gives birth to Nicholas, a bright and bouncing baby boy. The diary is Suzanne talking to Nicholas daily, and in it she lets her hopes and fears, her love for Matt and Nicholas, and her plans for the future all flow from pen to paper in an emotional and heartfelt way. Sadly, as so often happens in such perfect situations, things start to go wrong, and Katie is left reading page after page detailing the man she thought loved her, and the way in which his life plays out away from her. “This is a love story, Nicholas. Mine, yours, Daddy`s! It`s about how good it can be if you find the right person. It`s about treasuring every moment with that special one. Every single millisecond.”
Now, I’m a big bloke, and very much a mans man, but I don’t think any other book I have ever read has made me cry like Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas did. I was sceptical about reading a book from one of my favourite thriller writers that was described as “A love story as suspenseful as any thriller”, but I needn’t have worried. James Patterson has shot up in my expectation after reading this, how can a man that writes some pretty darn bloodthirsty thrillers turn his hand to a love story, and not just turn his hand to it but completely pull it off. I was stunned at the beautifully subtle yet heart wrenchingly sweet way the story is written, Suzanne starts every entry with Dear Nicky, or My Sweet Nicholas or other similar words and the love that she expels onto the page for both Matt, Nicholas and the ideal life she finds herself in is moving. “Nicholas, you are growing up before our eyes and it is such a glorious thing to watch. I savour each moment.”
Unfortunately, this being a James Patterson book there is a couple of twists at the end that very nearly broke my heart and caused a tear or two to slide down my cheeks. And that is the appeal of this book, a love story that is not overly sentimental but painfully true to life, it deals with love, loss and hope – something we all have to go through in life. I give Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas the full five stars out of five, and the recommendation that you really should read it. Woman who read it will love the sentiments contained within while men might just learn something, but whatever you do make sure you’ve got a box of tissues handy for the ending.(less)
his book was a bertday gift from franz.. hehehe.. so i need to read it. lol. peace
Now in her fifties, quilter Laura Bartone looks forward to the annua...morehis book was a bertday gift from franz.. hehehe.. so i need to read it. lol. peace
Now in her fifties, quilter Laura Bartone looks forward to the annual extended family gathering in Minnesota. Her husband Pete and their two children will accompany her as she gets together with her parents and her two siblings and their families. However, before they leave, her younger sister Caroline calls Laura to ask for some private time with her and their brother Steve.
When the siblings meet, Caroline explains that she is very depressed and considering a divorce. Laura thinks back to how as a child she used to abusively tease her sister, who always tried so hard to gain approval from their aloof mother, but failed. Caroline explains that she is getting professional help, but believes her melancholy stems from childhood abusive events that she buried. She asks her siblings if they can recall any cruelty from their parents, especially their mother towards her. At first in denial, Laura and Steve start recalling frightening horrendous incidents and other revelations surface, but whether that will help the depressed Caroline or make things worse for her and her now stunned siblings, only time will tell.
THE ART OF MENDING is an intriguing deep look at how adults cope or fail to muddle through childhood traumas. The story line is clearly a character study that enables the audience to see deep inside the three siblings, but is told from the lens of Caroline. Though the spouses and children seem so perfect (almost Stepford) so that they never negatively "impact" on the trio especially Caroline, fans of an insightful family drama will welcome Elizabeth Berg's solid perceptive work(less)
A young boy named Leigh Botts writes letters to his favorite author Mr. Henshaw. He later starts a diary of his own because Mr. Henshaw tells him it's...moreA young boy named Leigh Botts writes letters to his favorite author Mr. Henshaw. He later starts a diary of his own because Mr. Henshaw tells him it's a good way to start writing because Leigh wants to be an author too. I was surprised this book was all letters. I thought the letters would be in the book but I didn't know the whole book was letters. It was interesting way to tell a story and it really did tell a good story. Children could write letters to someone, like the librarian or if they could, maybe to their favorite author too. They could also keep a diary during the school year. And like in the book, the classroom could write their own stories and compile it into one big book.(less)