Saturday, September 01, 2012

Review of Story by Steven James

Stories are an integral part of the human condition, the way we have passed on history and information and inspiration for millenia. Using the power of imagery and the drama of narrative, bestselling author and professional storyteller Steven James leads readers through a journey into the greatest story ever told. From creation to Christ's birth, from his first miracle to eternity and everything in between, readers will see familiar scenes from the Bible like they never have before. These stories, retold as only Steven James can, will wake readers spiritually, re-inspire their faith journey, and jolt them into action.

A few months ago, I read my first Steven James book, The Queen, and loved it. This is a totally different type of book by the master storyteller. "Story" is a book about the Bible. But from a different angle. It's more of a journey through his eyes of stories in God's word. He does a great job weaving present day to Bible times and how it is relevant to us still today. He uses stories as imagery and parallels, examples if you will. He captures you from the beginning and takes you on a journey, helping you discover Jesus again, and how we are a part of God's bigger story that He is crafting.

 Available August 2012  at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

Revell Books sent me this complimentary book to review for them. The opinions expressed are mine alone. 

Review of Lethal Legacy by Irene Hannon

The police say her father’s death was suicide. Kelly Warren says it was murder—and she has new evidence to prove it. Detective Cole Taylor doesn't put much credence in her claim, and nothing in his case review suggests foul play. But when Kelly ends up in the ER with a life-threatening medical condition, Cole digs deeper—and discovers a startling secret that links her to a long-ago crime. Is history repeating itself? And does someone want Kelly silenced?

Irene Hannon has done it again. Written another fantastic book that keeps you on the edge of each page up until the end. One thing I was thankful for was that the "who-dunn-it" guy was revealed early in the story as it was clearly evident early on who this character was. My first thought was that it was obvious and it was going to be a long book waiting for the other characters to figure it out. But thankfully the author revealed it shortly after.

On the romance end of it, it could have come down a few notches and been more centered on the mystery aspect, but it was better than previous books.

Available August 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

Revell Books sent me this complimentary copy to review for them. All opinions expressed are my own.