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Sliding Beneath the Surface – Review

Sliding Beneath the Surface (The St. Augustine Trilogy, #1)Sliding Beneath the Surface by Doug Dillon

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When I think of Ghost stories, I usually think of hauntings, or possessions. I think scary,terrifying or even sometimes unrealistic. This book put a new spin on the whole Ghost – haunting – you story.

We have a boy ,Jeff, with a very special gift. That gift takes him on a 2 day journey with what started out as horrifying nightmares. He shares these nightmares with his neighbor, African American girl named Carla. She too has a special gift. Her other neighbour, Lobo, has helped her with her special gifts, so the two trot over to see Lobo only to find themselves on a terrifying yet accelerating adventure.

This adventure focuses around Lobo’s house and the cemetery. It focuses on the fact that Jeff’s ancestor is trying to contact him to get Jeff to help him. We don’t know if this Ghost is friendly or malicious but we do know that it is putting Jeff’s life in danger.

I liked the fact that we see the Ghost, not as a devil or spiritual thing, but as a real human who happened to be caught in the afterlife. The Ghost seeks out Jeff to help him find rest and peace in the afterlife.

I would definitely let my teens read this book. It is clean, has little swearing, yet has a few small graphic scenes that might scare the Bajibers out of ya 🙂

Overall a great book that I was happy to read in exchange for an honest review.

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The Weight of Silence -Review

The Weight of SilenceThe Weight of Silence by Heather Gudenkauf

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A beautifully written book.

I was browsing Amazon one day and came across this book. So I ordered it. Then I read it and found a new favorite book.

Each chapter is written from a different perspective form one of the main characters -Antonia, Ben, Calli, Martin, Deputy Sheriff Louis. With most books this can be confusing or hard to follow but Heather Gudenkauf pieces it together quite wonderfully.

She immerses the reader into the lives of these two families.She combines the past and present to give us a complete picture of the struggles, heartbreaks, and love.

A book I would highly recommend.

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Art Project Gone Awry

I saw a post the other day on Facebook and went to check it out. I found a really neat craft idea that Polly @ Helping Little Hands had done: http://helpinglittlehands.blogspot.ca/2011/09/melted-crayon-art-and-pointillism-books.html

She called it: Melted Crayon Art and Pointillism. So naturally I wanted to do it!

I went to our local dollaramia store and bought some craft boards. Then at home I gather candles crayons and some paper to put under to catch the drips

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then we got to work 🙂 We had troubles with the candles always going out. Plus it was kinda tedious to keep doing small circles all the time. But overall the children had fun! They enjoyed doing!

HoneyBear and mine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SuperHero and CaptainJr.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The result! 🙂

 

 

 

 

NeverDark – a review

This was a wonderful story about faeries, trees and lots of woodland creatures. I was able to get a free paperback courtesy of the author. Thanks so much.I really enjoyed reading it.

My emotions ran from frustration and hate at the beginning. Lord Darkwater is just a big meany who wants the fair Princess Fiera as his bride. To a great sadness when the Great Mother Oak is almost destroyed because of greed. To happiness at the very end when all is restored and hope is brought forth.

Being a faerie book and following Fair Fiera’s quest to find Mother Oak, you meet creatures such as noble ants, to Mexican crows, to feisty squirrels. Each makes a lasting and deep impression and friendship!

The one spot I had trouble with was how quickly Darkwater went from a bitter, greedy man to a hopeful, happy man who changed his name to Clearwater. My question was how can someone with that temperament turn from mean to nice so quickly? But when you think of his life story, he wasn’t really mean. Just a misguided genius who had great plans that went awry. When he was able to get his mind right again he used his brilliant mind to change things and make things better..

A great story that I think all people, children and adults alike would enjoy!!

 

NeverDark by C.S. Einfeld

Shepherding A Child’s Heart

I am always on the lookout for parenting books. Especially Christian parenting books. I might not buy them but just to read the excerpt in the back or flip through a few pages to see what they have to offer.  You see, my Hubby and I have a distinct set of parenting ideas we stick to already and I try to find books that help me accomplish that. 5 Love Languages of Children by Gary Chapman and Ross Campbell is one of those books. I saw Shepherding a while back and then again a few days ago. So I bought it.

WOW! That is all I can say. Normally a Christian parenting book doesn’t affect me. This one though cut me to the core. I never realized I had so many issues (or rather I knew but thought them safely hidden) that would come boiling to the surface. I don’t like this book. I don’t like, what I felt, was extreme Christianity. I don’t like absolute authority. I have always felt there is a fine line between talking with your kids and getting them involve in their own lives. Letting them be the miniature people that they are. Verses what I say goes. I am the parent,  just listen and obey.

I am going to give you my review now. ** If I offend anyone please accept my apologizes but know that this is truly how I feel about this book and life itself.   🙂

REVIEW

When I  first saw this book, what drew me was the title : Shepherding a child’s heart.  One of my ideas as a parent is to get to the heart of my children. I am always trying to get them to talk with/to me. I want them to honestly tell me what they are feeling. I want miniature people in my house not little robots that obey my every whim. So I though this book would help me guide my child’s heart in an honest, godly direction.

The first few chapters really spoke to my heart.

“The only safe guide is the Bible” pg xvii (intro)

“The parent is the child’s guide” pg xix (intro)

“The heart is the control center of life. Parents often get sidetracked with behavior. If your goal in discipline is changed behavior, it is easy to understand why this happens. The thing that alerts you to your child’s need for correction is his behavior. Behavior irritates and thus calls attention to itself. Behavior becomes you focus. You think you have corrected when you have changed unacceptable behavior to behavior your sanction and appreciate.” pg 4 I like these quotes. How often do we focus on the “you are being bad” instead of why are you acting this way.   “We demand changed behavior and never address the heart that drives the behavior” pg 5

Then he brings in God.

“Everyone is essentially religious” pg 20

“All people have God’s clear revelation of truth, but wicked people suppress the truth. In the language of Roms 1, your children either respond by faith or they suppress the truth in unrighteousness.” pg 20

“They are subtle idols of the heart” pg 22

These are some of the quotes that spoke to me. Our children need God. Our children have a heart of their own and they eventually need to find God, and what God means to them. I guess I don’t believe in immersing children in religion. I believe that we should let our children know there is a God, that he created the world, that he has a set of love letters, rules, and laws meant to govern us, Then when they children are older they can choose themselves which direction to take.

The next chapter: “You’re in Charge” is when it really gets on my nerves. I have come to the realization that I have a problem with authority. I don’t like someone ruling my life completely, letting someone tell me how to live my life, or who to visit or not visit. That kinda hits a nerve with me.  We are free creatures under God and I believe God has given us a world in which to live. Yes, there may be restrictions and things we ought not to do but that is a person choice and his alone to make. That is between a person and his God. How does this tie into children? Children are free people. Children have a right to decide things, They have a little mind and should be allowed to use it. Parents are there to guide the children. Make them realize that some things in life are not good, that there is a path to take in life, that we must get along with others. And that is why reaching their hearts are so important.

“If you are going to shepherd your children, you must understand what makes them tick” pg 33

Anyway I could go on and on about this book and maybe I’ll write more in a later post but for today this is all. This little book has a few gems of wisdom in it but overall it is way to extremist Christian for me.

A Demon Made Me Do It -review

A Demon Made Me Do ItA Demon Made Me Do It by Penelope King
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really liked this book. It was fun and enjoyable.

The main character(s) Liora/Lucky have a complicated existence. Liora exists during the day and Lucky exist at night. One is a human and the other is a demon. Both live in the same body.

The other main character is Kieron. He too is a half demon. The girls fall in love with him cause he is all handsome and sexy and charming. Normally I don’t really like love-stories where the main characters fall in love right away but being seeing as how they are demons, it works.

The story line was very simple but intriguing. However, I did find the ending was a cliffhanger. Not overly but enough to make you want to continue the story.

I think this book would be good for older/more mature teens seeing as there is only one minor scene. Otherwise a good read!

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Water -Review

WaterWater by Terra Harmony
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

First off I was able to read this in a day. That tells you that I really enjoyed the book. It says that this was a book that sucked me in and I couldn’t put it down.

I like books with a strong heroine. I enjoyed the fact that there were a bad guy and a good guy even though both are supposed to be good. The main character has magic abilities and is able to control the environment.

Which is my only complaint. I am not much of an environmentalist and I felt this book kinda went a little too much that way. But that could just be me and my opinion.

This book was fast-paced, an enjoyable read, and a page-turner. It has action, magic, s*x (not overly graphic) but no real love crushes. It has a kidnapping but no torture. This is definitely an adult book for sure.

Will be looking forward to the next one. The ending to “Water” had a good ending but diffidently left you with a taste to see what might the future hold.

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