Reviews by Laurin B
On 1/23 Laurin B wrote: Archer Keaton is more than just your average high schooler – he’s also a Dreamtreader, able to pass into the world of dreams to keep the evil from seeping out into the waking world. But when his neighbor, Rigby, and ex-friend, Kara, use their company, Dream, Inc., to take people on dream “safaris,” ... Great young adult fantasy
On 1/6 Laurin B wrote: When Clara meets Elias on the plane, she is both drawn to him and repelled by him. Yet, she can’t begin to fathom how this strangely intriguing young man will change her life. It begins with a mix-up of their bags and continues with a crazy, cross-country adventure, which opens their eyes and forces ... Not as good as I wanted it to be...
On 12/2 Laurin B wrote: In the year 2047, Earth is threatened by a group of alien invaders from the distant planet, Tanis, in the Orion Nebula. The only ones who can save the earth from total destruction are the members of Talon Squad, an elite group of soldiers with unique gifts, headed by the lovely Commander Tarakia Sol. ... Cool concept, poorly executed.
On 10/17 Laurin B wrote: The day I found out my Bible study was going to be moving into the Book of James, I happened to see this commentary in the list of books available for review. I was so excited! Unfortunately, however, I did not find James: Faith Becomes Real to be the resource I’d hope it would be. I really dislike ... Moments of insight, but needs work!
On 9/30 Laurin B wrote: I have tried many different devotional Bibles over the years in the hopes that I could find one that I both learned from and enjoyed. The NIV God’s Word for Gardeners Bible seems to fit that description for me. As a sometimes-successful (but more often frustrated!) gardener, I was quickly drawn to ... A lovely devotional Bible
On 9/6 Laurin B wrote: She lives in a world where being different can be deadly – and her white hair marks her as not only different, but unique. Nymia has spent fourteen years at the whims of slave owners, paying in blood and pain for the guilt that suffocates her. But a twist of fate has landed her in a new situation…train ... Wonderful fantasy!
On 7/11 Laurin B wrote: I’ve been looking for a new study Bible, and I think I just found a great one. The NIV Essentials Study Bible combines the best bits from six different NIV resources – the NIV Study Bible, the NIV Quest Study Bible, the NIV Archaeological Study Bible, the NIV Student Bible, The Great Rescue Bible, ... Terrific Bible study resource!
On 6/5 Laurin B wrote: In this third and final book of The Merlin Spiral series, we catch up with Merlin, Natalenya, and Arthur sixteen years after the end of book two (Merlin’s Shadow). They’ve been living in relative quiet in the north of Britain, until a herald brings a request from the usurper, Vortigern, to send men ... Loved it!
On 4/8 Laurin B wrote: Elizabeth (Elys) Trelawny doesn’t want to marry the marquess her parents have chosen for her; she longs for love and freedom, not social status. So she escapes to the only place she’s ever known those feelings – her grandparents’ estate in Cornwall. On her way, however, she meets a stranger who ... A pleasant read!
On 3/19 Laurin B wrote: Veronica’s life seems to be falling apart – her dad left years ago, her mom has a new (creepy) beau, her boyfriend has decided to move on to greener pastures, and she’s begun to have weird daydreams of a guy she’s never met. So, when her best friend, Mackenna, offers her a summer escape to a ... Not as good as I'd hoped...
On 1/16 Laurin B wrote: Merlin’s Shadow is another sweet treat in Robert Treskillard’s series, The Merlin Spiral. After breaking the power of the Druid Stone, Merlin and his friends – Natalenya, Colvarth, Garth, and the young Arthur – are being pursued by Uther’s betrayer, Vortigern. But he isn’t the only one who ... Another excellent book!
On 12/18 Laurin B wrote: Wow! Can I just start with that? I have always been fascinated by the stories of King Arthur, Merlin, the Knights of the Round Table... And now, Robert Treskillard has managed to take them to a whole new level! Treskillard reimagines the legend of Merlin - where he came from, what he believed, how he ... Love this reinvention of the tale!
On 10/13 Laurin B wrote: When Kirsten needs relief from the stresses of life, she cuts. One evening, as things in her life seem to start spiraling out of control, the cut ends up much deeper than usual, and she ends up in the psychiatric ward. No one seems to believe that she wasn’t really trying to kill herself and that she’s ... Beautiful story!
On 7/9 Laurin B wrote: Susanna Truitt’s just a simple Georgia girl – until her world is turned upside-down. The man she’s designed her future around leaves her, her dream job just isn’t working out, all of her carefully laid plans are ebbing away faster than the tide. Then Nate stumbles into her life and things begin ... Kept me smiling...
On 6/17 Laurin B wrote: herlock Holmes has found a way to travel back in time – and someone wants him to investigate mysteries of the Bible. Intrigued, Sherlock and Dr. Watson step through the Needle’s Eye, witnessing history and following the clues. They investigate a wide variety of biblical tales, from Ahithophel to ... Very Sherlockian!
On 5/15 Laurin B wrote: The monastery is under attack again, but the Tribe isn’t behind it…this time. As Jagger fights to keep his family and the monks of St. Cath’s safe, he’s suddenly seeing things that seem beyond the possible – men with golden lights glittering around them, creepy creatures of all shapes and sizes, ... Wowzers!
On 5/6 Laurin B wrote: Amelia Barrett has made her decision – nothing shall stop her from keeping her foster daughter, Lucy. But since her inheritance hinges on getting married before she turns twenty-four in a few weeks and her fiancée doesn’t want Lucy around, Amelia’s going to have to find a way through. Her plan? ... Wonderful story of redemptive faith
On 4/5 Laurin B wrote: So Shines the Night is yet another wonderfully written historical novel by the talented Tracy L. Higley. Set in Ephesus in the middle of the first century, it centers around Daria, a female teacher (quite the rarity for that time) and Lucas, her “student.” When Daria witnesses sorcerers torturing ... Amazing blend of historical fiction and Biblical truth!
On 3/16 Laurin B wrote: Carol Cook has done a wonderful job of taking us into the lives of eight remarkable women of the Bible. Starting with Bathsheba (and continuing through Sarah, Hagar, Rebekah, Leah, Rachel, Tamar, and Eve), Cook shares the joys and tribulations of these women from their points of view – what they may ... Fascinating perspective!
On 1/29 Laurin B wrote: What if you could see the spiritual warfare that is taking place around us all of the time? Well, the Stone children can. After all, their mother is a nephilim - half-fallen-angel, half-human. Jonah, Eliza, and their little brother, Jeremiah, are quarterlings who have the ability to step into the hidden ... Fire Prophet by Jerel Law
On 11/18 Laurin B wrote: Tessa is called a “marble Athena” – cold and hard, but beautiful. She’s found it’s the only way to survive: she has to cut off her feelings lest she be overcome by the sadness of her situation. After all, Tessa’s mother sold her into slavery ten years ago, where she was trained to be a “companion” ... Well-written historical fiction
On 11/8 Laurin B wrote: Battles are constantly being waged for souls. And Reece Roth knows that he has been chosen by God to teach other believers to help God fight for his fellow man, help them find true freedom in Christ. A prophecy was spoken over Roth, telling him that he would train up four warriors to actually enter other ... Intense and thought-provoking!
On 11/1 Laurin B wrote: For me, Max Lucado books are like warm, peanut butter cookies - they hit the spot every time, filling me with a pleasant and satisfying happiness. And Grace doesn't disappoint. Grace is one of those topics that, as a Christian, you think you know, you feel you've got the inside scoop on it. Yet, as with ... Fabulous!
On 10/5 Laurin B wrote: A small church in a small town is rocked by a lightning storm, but that's nothing compared to the storms they face next. A stranger has blown into town with the storm, stirring up memories, shaking up faith. As they face unimaginable triumphs and tragedies, the phrase "only believe" becomes their battle ... The Reason by William Sirls
On 6/30 Laurin B wrote: Max Anders' book, What You Need to Know About Bible Prophecy, is twelve chapters of questions (such as "Why study prophecy?" and "What are the major views on the Rapture?") and answers, with a few questions for further thought and discussion at the end of each chapter. Anders gives definitions for ... What You Need to Know About Bible Prophecy: 12 Lessons That Can Change Your Life by Max Anders
On 5/17 Laurin B wrote: In 1777, America is in the midst of the Revolutionary War, and the peaceful Pennsylvania Amish communities are stuck in the middle, being forced to decide to remain neutral and appear to support the English cause or to deny their faith by supporting and even fighting for the Colonists. It is in this ... Arms of Love by Kelly Long
On 4/29 Laurin B wrote: Do right. Fear nothing. That is the mantra Sam Hopkins comes to know as his own. Sam starts his journey as a rather typical preacher's kid who is not quite popular, but wanting that to change. Like any high school student, he makes questionable choices which put him in awkward, and even dangerous, situations. ... Crazy Dangerous by Andrew Klavan
On 3/17 Laurin B wrote: Robert Liparulo's The 13th Tribe is a fabulous read! The premise is that when Moses was with God on Mt. Sinai and the people of Israel got impatient and rebelled by worshipping the golden calf (Exodus 32), some of those who engaged in the pagan revelry were punished by being eternally separated from ... The 13th Tribe by Robert Liparulo
On 3/12 Laurin B wrote: What a charming story! The Wedding Dress by Rachel Hauck is one of those sweet stories that make you smile and give you that warm feeling when you finish. When bridal shop owner Charlotte Malone finds the dress in a trunk she bought on the spur of the moment, she sets out to find its history . . ... The Wedding Dress by Rachel Hauck
On 3/6 Laurin B wrote: Touching, heartwarming, inspiring, encouraging, and so much more, Three Hearts, presented by Samaritan's Purse, is a documentary that will change your heart as surely as it changed the hearts of the children in the story. The Children's Heart Project, a division of Samaritan's Purse International Relief, ... Three Hearts DVD
On 2/15 Laurin B wrote: The Final Summit: A Quest to Find the One Principle That Will Save Humanity by Andy Andrews is the story of a group of very diverse people from throughout history who are brought together in what we infer to be a sort of heavenly conference room to discuss what humanity must do to bring itself back from ... The Final Summit by Andy Andrews
On 1/5 Laurin B wrote: I must begin by saying that the subtitle to this devotional Bible is completely accurate: "Enjoying Peace in His Presence." As I read through Sarah Young's (Gen. Ed.) devotions, interspersed throughout this NKJV translation of the Holy Scriptures, I felt myself relaxing into His Word. I'll admit, it ... Jesus Calling Devotional Bible, NKJV by Sarah Young
On 12/14 Laurin B wrote: The Voice New Testament: Revised & Updated is a new version for a new age. It reminds me of The Message (by Eugene H. Peterson) in how it reads much more like a story. Yet, I enjoyed the format of The Voice even more than that of The Message. It took me a moment to understand why it seemed so different, ... The Voice New Testament: Revised & Updated
On 11/10 Laurin B wrote: Max Lucado's No Wonder They Call Him the Savior is a moving examination of the man, Jesus Christ, His sacrifice on the cross, and the meaning it has for all of us. Lucado takes us through the words of the cross, the witnesses of the cross, and the wisdom of the cross, revealing insights ... No Wonder They Call Him the Savior by Max Lucado
On 10/27 Laurin B wrote: Powerful is the best way I can find to describe Jennie Allen's study, "stuck: the places we get stuck & the God who sets us free." This Bible Study designed for a women's small group hits all those spots we don't want to admit that we struggle with, but need to face in order to be free of them. With ... stuck: the places we get stuck & the God who sets us free by Jennie Allen
On 9/29 Laurin B wrote: I took this book with me to a church function last weekend and got some pretty interesting looks turned my way. I spent quite a few minutes explaining to some of the more traditional people in my church that Jeff Kinley's "The Christian Zombie Killers Handbook: Slaying the Living Dead Within" is ... The Christian Zombie Killers Handbook: Slaying the Living Dead Within by Jeff Kinley
On 8/19 Laurin B wrote: Eileen Button's memoir, The Waiting Place: Learning to Appreciate Life's Little Delays, is a collection of memories spanning the author's life. Button shares a wide variety of her life's events through vignettes which seem to illustrate how even the apparently unimportant or uninteresting moments ... The Waiting Place: Learning to Appreciate Life's Little Delays by Eileen Button
On 5/24 Laurin B wrote: Art, history, technology, and suspense are woven together in Sweet and Wagner’s novel about the end times. History professor Paul Binder finds himself caught up in a series of life-altering events that were put in motion before he was even born. Set in the year 2048, The Seraph Seal brings in all sorts ... The Seraph Seal by Leonard Sweet and Lori Wagner
On 5/10 Laurin B wrote: Time and space travel along ley lines can be a bit confusing – especially if you don’t intend to do it. Just ask Kit Livingstone whose day starts out just as mundane as any other, until he stumbles across a portal to another time and place. There he meets his great-grandfather and learns that there ... The Skin Map by Stephen R. Lawhead
On 5/4 Laurin B wrote: How does a forensic entomologist get ready for his own wedding? By running off to track down a killer, that’s how. Well, at least that is how Dr. Nick Polchak – the Bug Man – does it. Will his betrothed – beautiful, but mysterious cadaver-dog trainer Alena – track him down and drag him back ... Nick of Time by Tim Downs
On 4/27 Laurin B wrote: The Fight of Our Lives: Knowing the Enemy, Speaking the Truth, & Choosing to Win the War Against Radical Islam is one of the most thought-provoking books on my bookshelf today. Bennett & Leibsohn bring to light the truth behind the political double-speak (also known as political correctness) ... The Fight of Our Lives by William J. Bennett & Seth Leibsohn
On 4/4 Laurin B wrote: Have you ever met someone who seemed just too cool to be for real? The ladies of the Triple Threat Club have met her, too. Only this time, she’s definitely fake. Elizabeth Avery has wedged herself into the middle of the ladies’ friendship, and her intentions are anything but honorable. Will ... Heart of Ice by Lis Wiehl
On 3/8 Laurin B wrote: In her book, A Conversation with God for Women, Marcia Ford presents an array of questions you’ve always wanted to ask God, but have maybe been unsure of how He would react to your doubts and fears. This book helps you realize that God is very approachable, very reachable – all you need to do is ... A Conversation with God for Women by Marcia Ford