Saturday, 31 March 2012

What I'm looking forward to... (Book Lookout)

I'm so excited! For this:

The Kingdom by Bryan Litfin

You may or may not have heard of the Chiveis Trilogy, by Bryan M Litfin. Let me tell you, they are are a must-read! With a unique, action packed plot and engaging characters, The Sword, The Gift and The Kingdom will keep you hanging onto the edge of your seat!

Four hundred years after a deadly virus and nuclear war destroyed the modern world, a new and noble civilization emerges. In this kingdom, called Chiveis, snowcapped mountains provide protection, and fields and livestock provide food. The people live medieval-style lives, with almost no knowledge of the "ancient" world. Safe in their natural stronghold, the Chiveisi have everything they need, even their own religion. Christianity has been forgotten—until a young army scout comes across a strange book.
With that discovery, this work of speculative fiction takes readers on a journey that encompasses adventure, romance, and the revelation of the one true God.


I found this series to be unique and gripping in both its story and message, and have definately taken away something good from them. I loved the various sybolisms I was able to draw from the plot, and also the message of God's sovereignty throughout the ages.

Check out the book trailer below: 

Monday, 12 March 2012

Tyndale Blog Tour: MIRACLE FOR JEN + Giveaway!

A tragic accident,
a mother's desparate prayer,
and heaven's extraordinary answer.
On the night of November 5, 2006, the Barrick family was driving home from church when their van was struck by a drunk driver. Fifteen-year-old Jen suffered multiple skull fractures and severe brain trauma and was not expected to survive the night. But against all odds, she did. As she lingered in a coma, doctors warned that if Jen ever woke up, she would be cursing and screaming in confusion due to her brain injuries. Instead, after five weeks she opened her eyes and began praying and praising God. Jen didn’t remember her middle name, recognize her parents, or recall that she had a little brother—but she remembered Jesus and every word to every praise song and scripture she had hidden in her heart before the accident. As any loving mother would, Jen’s mother Linda wanted God to heal Jen—make her like she was before. Normal. But a loving God had something else in mind—instead of making her normal, God is making Jennifer—and the whole Barrick family—extraordinary, miraculous. Miracle for Jen is the remarkable true story of a family who overcame tragedy and learned to trust God's plan for their lives in a whole new way.
My Review:
What can I say? It always amazes me how God can use even the most hopeless of situations for his good purpose. Jen Barrick is a living testimony to God's healing power and grace in her life. There were times when I laughed, there were times I cried, and also times I was shaken to the core by the absolute horror of what the Barrick family had to go through. Miracle for Jen challenged me to step back and look at how I am living for God in my life.

Written from Jen's mother's point of view, Linda Barrick, MFJ takes the reader on a remarkable journey of Jen's life. The writing is both gripping and detailed, and is intensely moving. One of the thing I grew to look forward to were the snippets of Jen's journal at the beginning of each chapter, a glimpse into the mind of the amazing girl whose relationship and love for her saviour is extraordinary, in the midst of unbearable pain and suffering.

This is a very meaningful story which is hard to describe. There are so many personal elements added, which makes it all the more special. The whole book is very encouraging and is sure to give you a new perspective on the important things in life. One of the most important things I took away was a lesson in trusting God through every situation, just like the Barrick family were able to do.

Find out more about Jen here.

About the Author:
Linda Barrick is an inspirational speaker with a broad record of radio, television, and writing experience. Linda leads a weekly Bible study of five hundred women at Thomas Road Baptist Church, and cohosts the Christian television program Lighting the Way with her father, Dr. Ed Hindson. She and her daughter, Jennifer, are accomplished speakers who frequently share the platform at church, school, and community engagements. The Barrick family lives in Lynchburg, Virginia.

And now for the Giveaway!
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Monday, 5 March 2012


Unlikely romance is sometimes just an inconvenient marriage away...
Book Description: Charlotte Beck may be entering adulthood, but she can’t seem to keep to her stubborn, independent spirit from bucking social protocol. Fed up with her behavior, Charlotte’s father Daniel pressures her to settle into a nice marriage despite knowing she is set on going to college. Then Daniel sees Charlotte with the handsome but annoying English astronomer Alex Hambly, and everything changes.

Though Alex and Charlotte can barely stand one another, Daniel offers them a deal they can’t refuse: if they agree to marry, he will save Alex’s family from financial ruin and grant Charlotte the freedom to go to college. Reluctantly the couple agrees, but in private they plot to annul the marriage as soon as possible.

But when Alex’s feelings change and he refuses to dissolve their contract, will Charlotte find a way out of her vows? Or will she discover that maybe this marriage isn’t so inconvenient after all?

My Review: 3.5 stars
This was the first book I have read by Kathleen Y'Barbo, which is the final installment in a trilogy. However I didn't feel lost for one second as I was caught up in the very sweet and humourous life of Charlotte Beck!

There were times when I literally laughed out when I was reading this. Charlotte was a funny character, and I liked her almost instantly despite the fact that sometimes she acted like a spoilt child when she didn't get her own way. She still had a good heart, and I admired her desire to make amends where she had done wrong.

Viscount Alex Hambly was a witty and roguish character, who was the only one who could 'handle' Charlotte's uncompliant persona. I liked his chivalrous behaviour, especially how he sought to help a more often than not, hysterical Charlotte.

The 'Marriage of convenience' aspect was quite well portrayed and very believable, and the fact that one party was unwilling to annul it after they had pre-arranged to do so made it all the more interesting!
The plot did seem a bit cliched at times, however it was still very enjoyable.

The previous books in this trilogy include''The confidential life of Eugenia Cooper" and "Anna Finch and the Hired Gun ", and backtrack on Charlotte's younger days. I flew through this book in one sitting, especially since Katheen's writing style is very smooth and not overly descriptive. A good one time read!

~Read the first chapter here

About the Author:
Kathleen Y'Barbo is a bestselling author of 40 award-winning novels and novellas with over 950,000 books in print. Kathleen is a tenth generation Texan, a graduate of Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School, and the mother of three grown sons and a daughter. She recently enlisted for a happily-ever-after of her own with her hero in combat boots. Find out more about Kathleen at

*FTC disclaimer: I received this book for free from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group in exchange for my honest review.