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”.

Let’s Go Back To Childhood and The Hundred Acre Wood Once Again

Yesterday afternoon/early evening, I traversed to the local movie theatre in Peterborough to finally bring back my childhood, though I’m not sure if I ever needed to bring it back. I finally went to watch Christopher Robin. Ever since the trailer for it came out many months ago, I was ecstatic to watch it. I’ll admit it, Winnie the Pooh was my childhood. Even at 33, I don’t care what people think of that (Partly because I’m going into Children’s Ministry? who knows).

As soon as I heard Pooh’s voice, it was like a trip back through memory lane (Which is what the movie is about!) and how they have the original voice actor too!

I don’t know how many times I watched the trailer or saw any of the tv spots, but my first reaction was that it is just like the film Hook. If you haven’t seen the Robin Williams movie from the 90s, he plays a grown-up Peter Pan who doesn’t remember that he’s Peter Pan and travels to Neverland and finally remembers who he is. It’s a lovely movie if you get a chance to see it.

After watching Christopher Robin, I think it’s much more than Hook. Ewan McGregor plays the role of a grown-up Christopher Robin absolutely well. He remembers everything about his childhood, but now that he is all grown up and buy in the workforce, he doesn’t have time for the fun and games and anything from his childhood (There is a scene in the movie with the daughter, but I don’t want to spoil it for those who haven’t seen it!).

Christopher Robin is like us. We get so caught up in the world and life that we miss the important things. We miss seeing what’s right in front of us, we might miss family (which is true in many situations nowadays), and everything might become too serious because all we can think about is making money and saving up for things. We miss amazing opportunities because we can get so one-way street minded, we don’t take time to look around us.

And then one foggy day in the Hundred Acre woods, Winnie the Pooh goes through the door of adventure from so long ago, covered with vines that magically opens. Maybe I’m being too literal thinking here, but maybe the fog comes as a sign that something is lost and that Christopher Robin needs to be reminded of joy?

I’ve heard comments about how Pooh, Tigger, etc., could look better, but maybe it’s because Christopher Robin forgot about The Hundred Acre woods as he got older and moved into adulthood? (By the way, I think they look amazing).

This movie is just a reminder of how when we grow up, we tend to forget about things. We forget about joy, laughter and just having fun. We replace it with work and focusing on improving our careers and moving forward. It almost seems like the spark of childhood that we once had seems like it could get lost in the midst of growing up. We replaced it with getting married and starting a family.

I said earlier that I wouldn’t post a spoiler, but I’m going to break it. so If you haven’t seen it, you can stop reading. It’s just some quotes from the movie. that emphasize this point.

Christopher Robin: [comes home] I’m sorry, I got held up at work.
Evelyn Robin: You’ll be working this weekend?
Christopher Robin: It can’t be helped.
Madeline Robin: Father, I never see you.
Evelyn Robin: Your life is happening now, right in front of you.
Christopher Robin: I am sorry, Madeline.

Sometimes life happens right in front of us but we’re so focused minded we completely miss everything. It’s like a racehorse that can only see the track in front and nothing else.
Christopher Robin: If I work really hard now, in the future our lives will be…
Evelyn Robin: Impressive? Worse? We don’t care. We want you.

What we need to focus on is what we think is important in our lives, so we don’t miss what’s right in front of our face. Sometime’s we might say that we’ll never forget something, but honestly, if we aren’t thinking about that thing all the time, we’ll forget about it.

There is a scene in the movie where Christopher Robin wonders how Pooh got to London because the door was somewhere else, and Pooh replies that it’s where it needs to be. It reminds me about The Chronicles of Narnia, and how the children get to Narnia by different means, with Aslan mentioning that you can’t get to Narnia the same place twice.

It reminds me of discovery and adventure, finding new things so it doesn’t get stale and old because you know where it is all the time.

Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, and Tigger go through the door to remind Christopher Robin of the joy and fun that he once had as a child. We get so worried about everything that when get older, but maybe we shouldn’t be. Maybe we should go out and have fun, laugh a little with friends, and not miss the opportunities that are in front of us because they will be gone the next moment.

Christopher Robin also reminds me of Mr. Banks from Mary Poppins, who is also uptight and trying to provide the best for his children, even though he misses opportunities that are right in front of him.

Both characters have families and children, and they miss what’s dearly important to them because they are so focused on their careers. By the end of each movie, they know realize and figure out what’s important to them. They live and have the best life that they can have. We all need something or someone in our lives that will help us with this. Help us to never forget the joy, wonder and beauty of life.

Do you have a Winnie the Pooh in your life? Where is your Hundred Acre Woods?

The 49th Mystic – Ted Dekker Book Review

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The Circle.
Other Earth.

The world from Thomas Hunter’s dreams. Or are they?
Ted Dekker returns to Other Earth and The Circle Series, one of my favourite book series to this day.

Even though it’s been a number of years since Black, Red, White, and Green – The 49th Mystic has the exact same feeling when you read it.

Rachelle Matthews is the main character this time around. Born blind, they try to fix her sight, but what happens is so much more. When Thomas Hunter died, that was just the beginning.

This book is heart pounding from the first page to the last, just like any other Ted Dekker book and you’ll be transported back to the familiar places and the familiar characters we all know and love.

Ted Dekker writes with the same passion and intensity never wavers. You’ll be gripped to the book right from the first page and trust me, you won’t want to put the book done. This book nails a lot of things on the head. You can read it without having to have read the four previous books, but I would absolutely recommend reading Black, Red, White and Green. You’ll understand the story a whole lot better, plus anything that you might be wondering about will be revealed a whole lot better.

The 49th Mystic is the first of two books in the Beyond The Circle series. Both books will be released in the same year. All of the heart racing, mind exploding action you’ve come to expect, plus a lot of whole new things to expect. It has everything you want in a book, and Ted Dekker writes it in such an absolutely beautiful way.
Definitely, an action-packed thriller that you want to read until the very last page. It’s something that you won’t want to miss.

“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”.

 

Samson movie review

One of the newest Biblical movies, Samson is a story of betrayal, heartache and redemption.

 

This visual adaption is quite strong and absolutely powerful.
This review is based on a clip of the movie that was viewed. The images that this shows is of power. Everyone who has been to Sunday knows the story of Samson, and this does a really great job of showing it. The casting does a great job portraying the characters that they are representing. I have not seen the full movie yet but this is one that I cannot wait to see.

 

“Film montage has been provided courtesy of Pure Flix and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.”

One Dominon Book Review

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I am a proud Canadian, seriously. Hearing about this book and the history of the Church in this great country it  is a must read for Christians, for people who enjoy history, and it’s a great book for anyone who is proud to be a Canadian!

This book traces the history of the church from the start of this great land up to the present moment and everything in this book is just simply beautiful especially all of the photographs and images used within these pages.

It is definitely a perfect gift for any Canadian for this special 150 Birthday

It is definitely worth a 5 out of 5 stars!

Book has been provided courtesy of Bible League Canada.