Friday, November 16, 2018

Secrets by Beckie Lindsey Book Review

Beckie Lindsey's book Secrets takes on four high school students, Mackenzie, Sadie, Tammy, and Krystal. It shows the struggles teens go through. For example, depression, sexual drama, and even suicide. We see the girls go through spiritual warfare.  Lindsey does an amazing job intertwining all four of these girls experiences together. Her writing was descriptive, vivid and emotional. I could relate a little to these girls. The struggle with demons is real. This is not only a great book for teens but adults could relate and find the book to be interesting. I know I had a hard time putting it down.  It was so interesting reading about the battles of demons and angels. I could see this being made into a movie. I can't wait to read book #2.  

I would give this book 5 out of 5 stars. 
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Author: Beckie Lindsey
Genre: Young Adult
Release Date: February 2018
Every girl has a secret she hopes the light will never find- but the demons already have. Four girls. Four sets of secrets. Four searching for answers.
Mackenzie is a shy, awkward new girl at school, depressed and desperate for a real friend. When she stumbles upon the deepest secret of a sarcastic, angry-at-the-world track star, Krystal, they become instant enemies-especially about the flirtatious baseball player, Bryce.
Tammi, a gloomy singer/musician who couldn't care less about what others think of her meets Sadie, a dancer and a people-pleaser with a cotton candy disposition. They have nothing in common until their lives begin to collide in more ways than one.
As the girls' worlds begin to converge, their secrets rather than their similarities draw them together. Meanwhile all that's kept hidden has left them vulnerable to a battle in an invisible realm where demonic creatures fight to keep the girls chained to their pasts while angels of light work to free them.
Can good ever come from evil? Can beauty ever arise from ashes?

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Beckie Lindsey is an award-winning poet, author, blogger, and the editor of Southern California Christian Voice, a division of One Christian Voice, a national news syndicating agency. She is a major coffeeholic and enjoys a good book with a cat on her lap. She also loves to hike and hang out with family and friends. Beckie and her husband, Scott have three adult children, two adorable cats and live in California.
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Why I write YA and the BFA series by Beckie Lindsey
I believe a teenager still exists inside each of us. 
We hear a familiar tune from our "glory days" and are instantly tapping our toes. Mentally, we're back in high school-- poofy bangs, scrunchie, neon off-the should sweatshirt-- and all. Oh, wait. That's me back in the 80s! 
Ah, yes, There is something wonderfully awful about those coming of age years. 
From the first kiss to the first breakup, tehre are memories we cherish and some we dont care to ever revisit. Being a teen can be exciting, confusing, painful, joyous, or even all of those things at once! 
No matter how different your teenage experience was from mine, one thing is true for us all: these years have an enormous impact on who we become as adults. We can all sympathize with the plight of puberty and the longing for independence and acceptance. Yeah, there’s still a teenager in all of us!

These are the reasons I write YA. 
 My hope is to use the power of storytelling to move past barriers and open hearts to accept how much God loves and desires a personal relationship with us.
At every age, we all need the grace and love of Jesus.  In the Beauties from Ashes (BFA) series, I write about relatable characters with difficult issues and traumatic pasts to enlighten readers about the unseen spiritual battle referred to in Scripture. Each character has a secret that has left them vulnerable to the battle in an invisible realm where demonic creatures fight to keep them chained to their pasts and angels of light work to free them.
The characters and their issues are complex, just like real life. In fact, some of the topics are often considered too taboo to talk about openly. But what is left in the dark, festers and grows. It is only in the light that we can be free. In the BFA series, readers experience the character’s quest for truth, love, grace, and freedom while hopefully finding the same for themselves.
To celebrate her tour, Beckie is giving away a grand prize of a $30 Amazon gift card. Giveaway Code: d56f
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Sunday, November 11, 2018

The Scroll by Miriam Feinberg Vamosh Book Review


The Scroll takes the reader back to 73 AD at the last stand at Masada.  You are taken through a number of generations ending at the end of Bar Kochba in the 130 AD. Miriam Feinberg Vamosh takes you into the constant tension between the Jewish people and the Roman government.  This was an inspiration to him from the divorce scroll which is an actual archeological found in the 1950s.  This tale begins with the failed rebellion against the Roman Empire at Masada and goes through several generations. You find yourself learning about their history and culture. You see the characters struggle to survive.   If you want to learn about Jews this would be a great book to read. For example, how the household was run and how women were treated. This is a "happy ever after" novel, but it sure does pull at your heart. I felt bad for a lot of the characters. I found The Scroll to have some really interesting historical information, however, I have a hard time following the characters, but then again I have always had a hard time following anything in this time frame unless it is in a documentary.  

About the Book

Author - Miriam Feinberg Vamosh
A sensational but little known archaeological find, the divorce document of a woman named Miriam issued at the desert fortress of Masada is the basis for this new historical page turner. Beginning with a fateful decision by Miriam, a strong-willed survivor on Masada's final, horrific day, the tale spans three generations of her descendants. This saga extends from the depths of her despair on a barren desert plateau to the glittering city of Alexandria where Miriam sought love and a future, and back to the Holy Land, where, amid the clashing cultures at Beit Guvrin, the storied city of Zippori and, finally, at the emerald oasis of Ein Gedi, the past continues to stalk her, threatening to devour her children. 

The Scroll is an adventure-rich voyage through the ancient customs and beliefs of Judaism and early Christianity and the challenges both faced in a hostile world. Readers are transported to the very roads and markets, palaces and hovels, synagogues and village squares of ancient Judea, where The Scroll's characters choose between nation and family, and finally, between life and death. Will Miriam's descendants learn the lessons of her life, or will enemies within and without rob those lessons from them? 

Although The Scroll deals with events that took place two millennia ago, it sheds light which helps make sense of the complexities of today's Israel and the choices its leaders make.

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Disclaimer: I was given a copy of this ebook to read for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own. Just Read Tours

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