The Borrower: A short story by Estevan Vega

The Borrower is a chilling tale as told by the brilliant mind that is Estevan Vega.  He. oh so eloquently speaks of life and of death in such a way that is both eerie and beautiful.  This short story speaks of a man that has lived for several centuries because of a choice he one made to live forever.  It speaks of loss and grief and warns us against the perils of wanting more than we have been granted on this earth.  Estevan creates his tale in such a way that reminds me strongly of many an Edgar Allen Poe story.  The beginning of his tale is a little hectic though and does take a little to get into, but the writing skill is very very prevalent and so I applaud Estevan for this work.  It had me intrigued and really made me think about what was really going on.  I do wish to note that though I was given the book by the author as a part of his new book Arson, this in no way influenced my opinion of his work.  I supremely enjoyed it and I hope you will pick up a copy of Arson if only to flip to the back to read this short story of his, truly brilliant! (Please don’t just flip to the back however as Arson is truly a great read as well, and I will post my review of that later on today! I do hope you enjoy it, I sure did!)

Immanuel’s Veins by Ted Dekker

Immanuel’s Veins is the upcoming fantasy novel by Ted Dekker for a release date of September 7.  I recently was among those lucky enough to receive an Advance Reader Copy of the book from the publisher, and from the moment I opened the package I could rarely put it down!  I hope to give you a small glimpse at this new tale from the pen of Dekker, and I really hope that you enjoy it!  Immanuel’s Veins is truly an amazing tale of love and of grand adventure, but what is it about this book that held me and couldn’t let go?  I couldn’t stop reading about all the action, the intrigue, the blood….  yes the blood, Immanuel’s Veins is ALL about the blood. Continue reading “Immanuel’s Veins by Ted Dekker”

Demon: A Memoir by Tosca Lee

Tosca Lee’s work, Demon: A Memoir is a story surrounding the character of Clayton, or Clay for short, and his interactions with a demon.  This spirit has a story to tell and Clay needs to hear it.  His career as a book editor may depend on it.  But what does this spirit want to tell Clay?  Everything.

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Burn by Ted Dekker and Erin Healy

Ted Dekker’s recent novel, written alongside Erin Healy, is an amazing and powerful novel based on the battle between the good and the evil within us.  It is a trip into the realm of the paranormal and the twists will leave your head spinning.  When I was reading this book there were many times that I had to stop and wrap my head around what had just happened.  Sometimes people gave me funny looks as I kept saying WOW! aloud throughout the book.  It is in this book, simply entitled Burn, that you will fall down a previously unseen rabbit-hole. Continue reading “Burn by Ted Dekker and Erin Healy”

This Is Your Brain on Joy by Dr. Earl Henslin

What does our brain have to do with our happiness?  Does all that grey matter really govern over our ability to experience joy?  Of course it does, and Dr. Earl Henslin explains how it all works in This Is Your Brain on Joy.  What’s better is he manages to keep it simple for the everyday reader.  I have to admit that when I began reading this book I did not expect much, and I thought it would be a rather boring book.  I was very wrong.  In fact, as I was reading the first part of the book I was happily distracted by an amusing look into the author’s own life and family.  It was this and other points like it that kept me interested and reading.  You will be too! Continue reading “This Is Your Brain on Joy by Dr. Earl Henslin”

The Noticer

The Noticer by Andy Andrews is a great story, written as an allegory of sorts.  The author begins by telling a bit of his own story, how he came from nothing, and how with a bit of perspective, he grew to become a very successful speaker.  Of course, as is a work of fiction, Andy took the liberty of introducing the person of Jones into his own life story.  It’s just Jones, no mister.

Jones first appears in Andy’s life when he was at his worst, crying underneath a pier. Jones does what he always does and introduces a new perspective on his life to Andy.  He leaves shortly after imparting his wisdom, but not before giving him a few books to read. Biographies of successful people who came from nothing. Andy reads those books, and reads and reads more and more, and it wasn’t long before the things he learns from these people begin to turn his life around. Continue reading “The Noticer”

The Bride Collector by Ted Dekker

Ted Dekker is a New York Times bestselling thriller author. Heralded as a “master of suspense” by Library Journal, Dekker has sold millions worldwide, establishing himself as one of the most widely recognized author brands (he is the fourth most popular thriller writer on Facebook and more than 40,000 readers congregate on his website, www.teddekker.com).

The Bride Collector

This book starts off with FBI Special agent Brad Raines standing in a gruesome crime scene. A Denver serial killer has killed four beautiful young women, leaving a bridal veil at each crime scene, and this is his latest. Brad uncovers a note left by the killer which leads him to a most unusual place: the Center for Wellness and Intelligence, a psychiatric institution for mentally ill individuals who are also intellectually gifted. He meets Paradise, a woman who has the extraordinary ability to see the ghosts of the last moments of a person’s life when she touches a dead body. However she is plagued with her own problems. When she was little she witnessed her father murder her family and barely escaped with her life. She has been followed by her past, and it is the reason she is in the CWI. Continue reading “The Bride Collector by Ted Dekker”

What is Love?

Most people have many questions about Love.  It is something that we don’t fully understand, and even those who have studied it for their entire life don’t quite get it.  We ask: am I “In Love” and what does that mean?  Is it right or wrong to have a strong emotional bond with someone and is that all there is to love?  Is love just a feeling?  Is love not a feeling for that matter, does true love really need time to develop or can someone truly believe in “Love at first sight”? I would now like to humbly offer my views on love and its implications, and also what the Bible has to say on this matter.

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The Problem of Pain by C.S. Lewis

The Problem of Pain

The Problem of Pain by Christian Apologist and Author C.S. Lewis is an exploration of pain and how is raises so many theological and intellectual problems. It focuses on one question, but explores every aspect of the debate thoroughly. Why would an all-loving, all-knowing God allow people to experience pain and suffering? Reading this great book is not for the casual reader and you should expect to be intellectually challenged. The Problem of Pain is a very difficult read, but it brings up ideas and concepts that most writers ever attempt to bring up, but as long as you can get past all of the big words, the lessons to be learned are much bigger. Continue reading “The Problem of Pain by C.S. Lewis”

Tea With Hezbollah by Ted Dekker

Tea with Hezbollah

Tea with Hezbollah is a journey to find out whether it is possible to truly love one’s enemies. It is both awe-inspiring and downright terrifying at points, as the authors Ted Dekker and Carl Medearis embark on this highly unusual journey. This journey covered thousands of miles, and not a single mile of that was wasted. Continue reading “Tea With Hezbollah by Ted Dekker”