Rise Of The Mystics by Ted Dekker – Beyond The Circle Book 2

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It all started with Black and someone by the name of Thomas Hunter, who entered another world – Other Earth as it’s called, and radically changed things by saving the world from an airborne virus.

All these years later, Rachelle, a girl born blind who was also able to enter this Other Earth,  changed the world as well, finding the first 3 seals in the previous book, only having two seals left to find…

Rachelle Matthew’s character is beautifully written, how she struggles to figure out what is going on and why she thinks things. She knows how to stand strong against the darkness that is in front of her, both in the present world and Other Earth. Some familiar faces return, as they play an amazing part.

Ted Dekker is one of my favourite writers and I have been a fan of The Circle Series since I first found out about it. Now, all of these years later (or has it been?), comes the conclusion of Beyond The Circle.

Ted Dekker hooks you with every page turning scene without wanting to put the book down. It is another heart-pumping adrenaline ride, finding out what happens to Rachelle Matthews and her father, along with Vlad Smith and everyone else. It is so beautifully written – every scene, every character. How they work together or against, and just how evident Christianity is within the pages of this book. It’s almost like a modern version of The Chronicles of Narnia if it could be compared to that.

Ted Dekker knows how to write, and he writes so amazingly well.

If you haven’t read the first book in the adventures of Rachelle Matthews, I would definitely recommend you read that. Further, then that, I would even recommend reading Black, Red, White, and Green – The Circle Series. They aren’t necessary to read Beyond The Circle, but they might help you gain some better insight I think is the right word?

If you want a book series that is absolutely worth the money, I would highly recommend this book.

Is the Circle truly finished?

“Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group”.

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The Return – Lacey Sturm

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Honestly, I was really excited to read this book. I’m not just talking about how she was in Flyleaf, but I’m talking about the fact that every book that she has published, she is openly honest with everything.

This is, I believe the third book that she has released, and they only get better and better. Lacey Sturm, is open, honest, and does not hold anything back. She truly writes from the heart and in this book, amongst personal stories (and even recipes!), she dives in the topic of how do we love God back?

It can be a tough pill to swallow sometimes, depending on the circumstances and what is happening in our lives. It could be a number of things, and all of these can change the how that we look at God. The thing is though, even in the circumstances that we are facing in our lives, we just need to love God back because He first loved us.

Being honest, Lacey is one of my favourite non-fiction authors simply because of how honestly open she is, because she wants to the readers to find the joy in loving God back how she found it.

“Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

Available at your favourite bookseller from Baker Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group”.

 

Selfies Book review

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Selfies by Craig Detweiler is a look at how God is portrayed through the age of social media.

Pretty much everyone has a smartphone. All of those people all over the world take numerous pictures of themselves, or “Selfies” as they are called. Pictures are posted on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and pretty much everywhere else that a picture can be posted online.

Throughout this book, Craig takes a serious look at how this phenomenon changes the way people look at God. Does God perhaps get shoved to the back burner because we are so occupied with taking pictures of ourselves, or even looking at photographs that our friends or other people have posted online?

This book also looks at how we can move from a place that is so focused on ourselves to a place that God wants us to be in so that we can grow in Him and what is wanted for our lives instead of always focusing on what pop culture and the world gravitates towards. this generation needs to push past the boundaries that culture has placed on them, and they, along with all of us, need to be the people that God has called us to be. We need to represent Christ and be Jesus to the people that we all meet on the streets, instead of them seeing us always on our cell phones.

We need to get back to the real world.

“Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

Available at your favourite bookseller from Brazo Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group”.