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Monday, December 28, 2015

#REVIEW:The Lion Comic Book Hero Bible



Title: The Lion Comic Book Hero Bible
Series: None
Author: Jeff Anderson, Siku (Illustrator)
Published Date: November 1, 2015
Publisher: Lion Hudson
Genre: Christian Biblical Graphic Novel
ISBN: 9780745956176
Buy it link: Amazon

SynopsisA stunning new comic book version of the Bible, now given the superhero treatment by the team behind The Lion Graphic Bibleand The Manga Bible
 
The story of the Bible is a unique tale of origins and cosmic powers; of the ageless battle between good and evil; of human potential and human treachery; and of a Messiah—a savior for the world.  This is indeed the stuff that graphic novels are made of. Superheroes are the biggest comic genre of all, with many heroes having their origins in biblical characterization and imagery.  This is the first Bible retelling to engage with the superhero genre. The Lion Comic Book Bible is a dynamic expression of the Bible’s depth and power, produced in the style of Marvel Comics. You've heard of Spiderman, Superman, and Wonder Woman.  Now meet Earthman, Lawman, Warrior Man, and many others. With dynamic illustration using a range of styles, Siku (Old Testament) and Jeff Anderson (New Testament) bring the Bible stories alive for a new and graphically sophisticated generation.

My rating: 5 Stars

My review: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 
My oldest one is 10 years old, and she whines and balks about going to church, or anything related to God.  However, at the same time, she has started getting more interested in Comic books, or as they are termed now, graphic novels. I was really hoping this would be an in for her, and amazingly enough, it was, for awhile. 
She does love reading it. The stories are short and exciting enough for her to keep her attention. My only hope is that she keeps going back to it or remembers her time with it.
I was reading through it myself, the graphics are superb, I love them.They are realistically drawn with the graphic book qualities that are so intense. The stories are extremely short, usually one or two pages but these snippets get to the heart of the snapshot we are shown.
If you have a child who loves graphic novels, and you want to introduce them to the Bible, this would be a great present for the child.


Friday, December 11, 2015

#REVIEW: The Abbess of Whitby by Jill Dalladay

Title: The Abbess of Whitby
Series: none
Author: Jill Dalladay
Publisher: Lion Fiction
Published Date: October 27, 2015
ISBN: 9781782641554
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Synopsis:
The dramatic story of a seventh-century evangelist
Chosen as Eostre s handmaid, Hild will serve the fertility goddess for a year before being wed. Her future is predictable until King Edwin claims her as kin and she learns that her father was murdered.
Her first love is given a command in Edwin s forces and vanishes from her life, wed to her sister. The court is baptized, ending the old religion and Hild s role. Life looks bleak. She can t stop wondering who killed her father.
Suspecting Edwin, she challenges him, only to be married off to safeguard his northern frontier. Struggling in a loveless marriage, she is intrigued by the Iona priests making pilgrimages to spread Christ s love. When home and family are lost in Oswy s sack of Edinburgh, she finds herself in enemy hands, but meets the charismatic Aidan.
Inspired and guided by him, she builds communities to live and teach Christ s love. She attracts followers. Even her old enemy, King Oswy, entrusts his child to her, gives her Whitby, and seeks her help to reconcile divisions in his kingdom.
She never ceases battling against old superstitions resurrected by storm, plague, and solar eclipse, but at last she receives a bishop s blessing from a man she trained herself.

My Rating: 4 Stars

My Review:

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This book is a fascinating story of the gradual transition from the old Roman and Greek Gods in Europe to Christianity. It revolves around the life of a young girl named Hild, just chosen to be the maid of Eostre, as she grows up in a violent and battle ridden area of what will later become England.
It goes through her life, from growing up to marriage, to motherhood, and eventually to how she becomes a woman in a group dedicated to Jesus and the Christo-Judean God.
I think the most fascinating part is of the whole book is watching Hild evolve from a young woman, very much a believer in the old Gods and Ways, to her unbelieving baptism where everyone was baptized because their liege lord was, to her full conversion to Christianity.
The book seemed long as times, and dragged, but overall, it was a good read.

#BLAST: The Height of Perpetual Love by Monica F Hudson

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The Height of Perpetual LoveThy love is ageless, it penetrates the depth of time and encircles the face of your abiding love. In the shelter of the storm it shines it majestic power, giving soothing tranquility to the stormy seas. Know thy flames can never be extinguished or humanity hold its essence in the palm of their hands, for it is the power of the Holy Spirit that radiates its light and gives strength to the weary. It flows as music on air its notes give harmony and feeds the heart compassion.

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About the author

monica hudsonMonica F. Hudson has given her writing ministry a visionary depiction of boldness and creative awareness through her covers that leads you down a path inside the pages of not just truth, but a praise dance that any saint would give up a rejoicing word for. She is after all a spiritual writer, who has a genre that includes Christian discipleship, empowerment, and spiritual inspirations, leading her to a string of book, journals, and articles that look like a hymnal turned inside out. She is the author/publisher of Hudson Publishers, a company that markets Christian books for those who want a deeper meaning in their walk with Jesus Christ. She is a member of Allen Temple A.M. E. Church in Pine Bluff, AR. She is a member of the American Christian Writers, Spiritual Writers Association, Association of Writers and Writers Programs just to name of few. Find out more about this writing ministry at www.2cdivineanswers.com.

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Saturday, December 5, 2015

#REVIEW: The Original Jesus by Daniel Darling

Title: The Original Jesus
Series: none
Author: Daniel Darling
Publisher: Baker Books
Published Date: September 1, 2015
ISBN: 080100649X
Pages: 160
Buy it: Amazon
Synopsis:
"Who do you say that I am?"

From hit songs to bumper stickers to football eye-black, Jesus is trending high wherever you look. But at the end of the day, many "try Jesus" and come away disappointed in the experience. That's because the Jesus of popular culture looks much more like us than the God-man who appeared in the flesh two thousand years ago. We've developed plenty of imposter Jesuses that feed into our selfish desires--Guru Jesus, Braveheart Jesus, Dr. Phil Jesus, Free-Range Jesus. The problem is, they don't have the power to save us or transform us into new creations.

The Original Jesus calls us back to the Jesus who demands our worship--the potter who molds us, the clay. Seekers, skeptics, and sojourners in the way of faith will see Jesus for who he really is: God in the flesh, calling us to surrender our very lives that we may truly live.
 

Rating: 3 1/2 Stars

My review: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 
When I received this book, I was truly hoping to read about the REAL Jesus. Instead I got a book that focussed on all of the myths behind Jesus. You know the ones, the Jesus that would be conservative and back the Republicans, the left-wing hippy type Jesus that promotes Marxism, and let's not forget my absolute favorite: Prosperity Jesus, the one that says that if you follow God, He will bring you earthly riches beyond your wildest dreams.
While the author did a great job of bringing into the spotlight each of these Jesus' we have created, I don't feel as if he shed light on what Jesus was truly like. Unfortunately, all of these Jesus' that have been created are American Jesus'. Perhaps this is on par with the audience the author is focussing on, but he could be so much more inviting and explanatory in regards to other countries as a whole, or to humanity as a whole.

Friday, December 4, 2015

#REVIEW: The Sparkle Box by Jill Hardie



Title: The Sparkle Box
Author: Jill Hardie
Series: None
Publisher: GuidepostsBooks
Published Date: October 1, 2012
ISBN: 9780824956479
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Synopsis: During the Christmas season, Sam and his parents participate in various acts of kindness to others and record their good deeds on slips of paper to be placed in a sparkly box, as a gift to Jesus.

My rating: 4 Stars

My Review: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Sam is a boy who can't wait for Christmas, a very familiar situation for any of us with children, or anyone who remembers the excitement of Christmas as a child. For Sam, and for most children, young and old, it is all about the gifts we receive, the ones we are hoping to get.
But when Sam sees a sparkly box on top the mantle, he asks him mom about it. She answers rather vaguely and the holidays continue. He helps his mother donate to a homeless shelter, and learns his father's company has donated enough money to help dig a well for a village in Africa. When Sam sees a homeless man come into a store, the lessons he has learned about giving to the less fortunate finally pay off. In the end Sam learns that it is better to give than to receive.
This is a beautiful little book that shows this winter holiday time, no matter what religion you adhere to, is a time for giving to those less fortunate than us. While this book has a decidedly Christian slant to it, which as a Christian I found beautiful, I am sure it could be used with any religion.