Monday, January 29, 2018

The Empowered by Craig Parshall Book Review

 Grab a large cup of coffee or some Red Bull because you will need it.

The Empowered by Craig Parshall, a Christian crime drama about Trevor Black an ex-attorney who has the power of seeing demons.  This Travor Black sequel touches heavily on human trafficking.  Black takes on investigating a mysterious death in Washington, DC.  This investigation takes him to New Orleans where he tracks a shadowy Internet-driven child abduction group who has pagan sects of the Old Testament. There he discovers the human trafficking of young girls.  The supernatural catches up with him by creating a carefully staged a murder in his hotel room putting him on the top of the suspect list. Soon after the murder setup, his daughter goes missing. He is running out of time to save his daughter's soul. While trying to rescue his daughter, Heather, he uncovers a human trafficking ring that extends far beyond isolated murders, enslaving scores of innocent children with its head perhaps linked to the highest seats of power. The demons only give him a certain amount of time to save his daughter. 

Craig Parshall isn't new to criminal justice. As a constitutional attorney, Craig currently serves as Special Counsel in Washington DC with the American Center for Law and Justice.  He is also a commentator on issues involving culture, faith, freedom, law, media and technology and frequently debates the most controversial and engaging issues of the day with atheist groups and separation-of-church-state leaders. He has even made appearances on legal and constitutional issues before mainstream media including FOX news, CBS television, CBS radio, CNN, NBC's Today Show, Inside Edition, PBS, NPR, and Court TV among others. His cases have even been featured in major newspapers and magazines including the New York Times, the National Law Journal, the Chicago Tribune, the LA Times, the Boston Herald, Atlanta Constitution, Newsweek, and U.S. News and World Reports. 

I found this book to be very Bible preachy. I felt Parshall wrote this book not to tell a crime drama story, but a way to preach scripture. Every problem Black encountered was quickly and easily fixed within 2-4 chapters. The conflicts didn't last long. Human trafficking and scripture seemed to be Parshall's main themes.  I believe Parshall main theme of this book is if you trust in the Lord everything will come easy and turn out better than planned.  At times, I found this book to be very hard to follow. 

"Rely on the Spirit, that's what. Make room for faith in all this, Trevor. this isn't like improving your golf game, you know."  (p. 333)

My favorite part of the story was when his daughter went missing because I felt drawn into the story. This was an actual conflict happening. I was the suspense of him having to find his daughter in a certain amount of time would last through book and at the end of the book Black would find his daughter, but that did not happen. Sadly it only lasted three chapters. 

"Self-pity is a destroyer. A tool of the enemy. " (p. 333)
My least parts of the book are the Voodoo. Everything in this world seemed to be Voodoo to black. If you aren't on your knees begging for God to bless you then you are Voodoo demon.  Basically, I felt there were too many stories going on in this book. I wish he just stuck with having to find his daughter. I would tell you more, but I don't want to ruin the book for you.

The reason why I said get your coffee or a Red Bull because to me this book was very hard to finish. I was very disappointed in this book. For the life of me, I could not feel connected to these characters. I wouldn't recommend this book unless you are church book club.

Author: Craig Parshall
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Craig Parshall is a fiction writer who has authored or co-authored twelve suspense novels. His fiction work has appeared on the New York Times Best Seller List and on the CBA bestseller list. Craig is a current events columnist and has also co-authored several nonfiction books with his wife Janet, a national syndicated radio talk show host on Moody Radio. He was the founding director of the John Milton Project for Free Speech, a pioneering Internet investigation that brought him into contact with world experts on the dangers of the web. Craig has made appearances on mainstream media such as The Today Show, FOX News, CBS TV and Radio, Inside Edition, and many more. Craig is a cum lade graduate of Carroll College (English/Philosophy/Religion) and Marquette University Law School where he received his J.D. degree. As a constitutional attorney, Craig currently serves as a Special Counsel with the American Center for Law and Justice

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Release Date: January 2018.
ISBN: 978-1-4964-1137-2
Publisher: Tyndale

Friday, January 12, 2018

Jewelry Addiction

Stargaze Jewelry

I may be all about film, theatre, and health, but I am also addicted fashion and style.  I may be broke, but I do have good taste especially shopping at thrift stores. Anyways, my grandpa got me hooked on jewelry. He would always buy me jewelry right and left.  After he passed I am always on the lookout for the style of jewelry he used to buy for me. I am so excited that I found a company that sells the type of jewelry he would buy for me. Stargaze Jewelry 

Their style is so gorgeous. Their jewelry is high quality and makes me feel incredibly pretty.  Their pieces also have a vintage/antique look to them. What  They also have some gorgeous clothing.  The best part is their prices. There Jewelry is as low as $9.99 to the most expensive piece is $44.00. They have amazing sales. That is how I buy my pieces.  They are always putting new pieces on the site. The one negative thing is their pieces sell out fast so if you see something you better get because if you come back to it later likely it gets sold out.

A got a coupon code for you to use: CYBER.

Paris Choker- Stargaze Jewelry

Diamond Cross Necklace Stargaze Jewelry 

Naya Choker- Stargaze Jewelry
Luna Choker- Stargaze Jewelry

Saturday, January 6, 2018

My Cat Has Cancer

As most people are celebrated the holidays I get the news my cat has squamous cell carcinoma. He has been having a runny eye for the past month. Our vet gave him some steroids thinking he might have a cold. He is 15 going on 16 years old and she didn't want the cold to go to his lungs. He was doing not too bad when he was on the steroids. A week later, after the medications ran out.  his eye was running even more. I took him back to the vet. I noticed that his right side by his nose looked a little swollen. My vet saw it too. She thought it could be a tooth root abscess and wanted him to get his teeth cleaned. My mind thought the sooner the better, so we got him in the next day.

7:00am in the morning I dropped him off. I hate leaving him at the vet. They told me they would call around 12:00pm. 12:15pm came and I still didn't hear anything so I called. Come to find out they still haven't gotten to him. I was pissed. You are having him dropped off early in the morning to sit in a cage hearing a bunch of animals crying.  1:00pm came around and still didn't hear anything. 1:30pm I called again and they still didn't get to him yet. At this point, I was fuming. 2:30pm I called again luckily this time they said they just got started working with him. Good because otherwise, they wouldn't like the words that were about to come out of my mouth.  Finally 3:15pm the vet called to tell me his teeth look extremely good, but they did an x-ray to find there is a small mass near the sinus cavity. I asked if there is a way to remove it. Sadly they said no unless you want a deformed looking cat. I don't care if he is deformed as long as I can have him for another 2 or more years. Well, come to find out he would have lots of infections and problems eating, etc.  The vet said there is nothing they can do and it is really painful. I don't want my baby to be in pain, but he is playing, eating and cuddling. We get there to pick him up and come to find my vet didn't do the procedure a different vet did. If I knew that I wouldn't have scheduled him the next day. I am bailing in the room. The vet brings Jakie in the room. She kindly asks what I would like to do with him. Excuse me?!?! I am taking him home. If he wasn't eating, cuddling and playing then that would be another story, but he seems to be doing very well. His fur coat is gorgeous and his eyes are bright and clear. If I listened to the vet 5 years ago he wouldn't be here today. Five years ago, he was diagnosed with a mass on his liver.  They told us it could be a benign mass, but it could also be cancer. They told us it grows fast and if I'm lucky I might have him for another four months to a year, well it has been 5 years now.

His blood work looks awesome for his age, other than the liver enzymes. I am determined to make this vet wrong again and I know he is too.  When I found in July 2017 that the mass got a little bigger than the year before I freaked out and took him to a cancer doctor at Bluepearl. I spent $200 to be told they have to do a biopsy of the liver, but if they go in to take the biopsy there could be a pretty good chance, if it's cancer, to spread. BluePearl said they could take part of his liver, but being 15 years old he is going to have a hard recovery and there is a pretty good chance he could die on the table. I was not going to take that chance. They sent him on his way with a pain medication, but nothing to help slow it down. My mom and I did a lot of research on trying to get cancer to slow down. I will let you know what I find out and tell you his progress. All I ask is for him to be in your prayers.

- Stephanie Norton💜💙

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