China, Cults, And Persecution (oh my!)

Christian persecution in China – is it still existent? Are there dangers even worse for Christians than imprisonment and torture? Read more

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Your Ticket To Greece

When one thinks of Greece, what is the first city that comes to mind?  The common answer would be either Athens or Sparta. If you’re a fellow travel lover or history nerd, wouldn’t you love to go there? Who wouldn’t want to walk the paths of the ancients or see the megalithic temples? But let’s be honest, everyone visits those two cities! Isn’t there something different to see in Greece? Have you considered Patmos? Read more

His Music Could Not Be Stolen

My soul has vanished within the pages, but it couldn’t be happier.  The book introduced me to itself as a mutual friend of From Dust And Ashes. As Goyer’s second novel about Mauthausen concentration camp, I became overjoyed to know its acquaintance. Part One was a casual stroll meeting the new characters and generally getting to know the plot. It reminded me some of the previous book, but still contained its own personality. I sighed for days of yore, but still respected it as its own person. Part Two, we ran deeper into the woods until we were finally sucked in during Parts Three and Four. My soul, hand in hand with the book, has now been lost. Deep inside the recesses it fell in love with Night Song never to be seen again. Read more

Whale of a Tale

As with all books, it’s a sad day when the last page is turned. It has been with me up the mountains, and has stayed by my side during late nights. As with every other novel, it has gone where I have gone. Now, I lay it to rest upon my shelves where it will be mourned for at least an hour to a day before I start on my next adventure.

Moby Dick- Herman Melville

Rated S – c

 Some cussing throughout

 

You may have heard many rumors about this leviathan sized novel which would unnerve even the greatest of bibliophiles. Rumors about its exhaustive detailing and constant plot interruptions. Hearing these, we run away and hide from the weariness of such a book. Instead, why doesn’t this invoke curiosity? What does Melville find so important to tell us that he jeopardizes his plot by interrupting it with details and useless facts?

These facts subsists almost wholly on the mighty whales and sea voyage life.  Did you know the whale’s spout isn’t connected to its throat? Also, it uses his spout to blow out air, not water. What we see instead is the air’s condensation. These are just a couple examples of the hidden gems inside Moby Dick…plus some research of my own. (I had to get questions answered! Things Melville could only speculate and theorize about are now common facts today. Throughout the book, his theories became my points of research.) Instead of looking at the details as constant interruptions, look at them as expanding our knowledge of these great creatures.

I’ve heard also that Moby Dick is to be considered as an allegory. Through Captain Ahab, we see our inner beings at their worst. We see what we could be when completely obsessed over evil and see it swallow us whole much like The Oath by Frank Peretti illustrates.

Melville’s work may only become enjoyable once our attitude of dread changes to one of an excitement to learn. Give it a go and tell me what you think.

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A Good Book Always Contains A Dragon

This book was loaned to me about a year ago by my amazing friend, Butterscotch and Berry’s! Not only is she the greatest for seeing my enthusiasm and allowing me to keep it, but she also showed me through this read that thick books aren’t actually all that scary. She definitely changed my reading habits for the good!

This is one of my last favorites from 2015 (only have two more to do). It is…

The Oath by Frank Peretti

S – sx, c

I do advise much more caution with this book. The two main characters talk about sex, but then the chapter skips to the next day. Also, I didn’t know if his use of OMG was literally calling out to God, or if it was being used in a casual sort of sense.

If you’ve read previous Peretti books, you know that it’s hard to grasp what on earth is going on. Only till the end does the author explain the situation and symbolism. So, I wanted to share the symbolism before you read it. (It knocked my socks off; it was so good!) The small hometown of Hyde River is troubled by corruption, an odd illness, and most importantly, a rumored dragon. Those in the town who come down with this odd illness are sooner or later doomed to meet it. Technically, the symbolism is when you allow sin to corrupt you instead of getting it fixed, it will eventually eat you alive. The illness is the effects of the sin that people refuse to deal with, and the dragon is symbolised of the consequences. Now I’m not going to give away all the secrets, so you’ll have to find out for yourself how this dragon is defeated.

This was such an amazing book! I almost literally couldn’t put it down! It was if the pages were glued to my fingers. I couldn’t go anywhere without it! So even though a strong caution is advised, it did help me spiritually. And hey, who can say no to a dragon?

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