The Skin Map Review

Kit Livingstone is an ordinary Londoner who lives a somewhat boring life until he meets his great grandfather in a strange alley. Suddenly, he meets Cosimo, his great grandfather who is somehow still alive. Using ley lines, the two of them travel through space, time and universes. Unfortunately, Cosimo has made some enemies in his world-jumping. Fortunately for the reader, it makes the story more interesting. The “good” group of time-traveling world-jumpers are called Questors and one of them tattooed a map of these ley lines on his body—hence the book title, The Skin Map. (Yes, the map was…removed after his death.)

Oh, and Kit has a girlfriend, too, who tried to follow him and Cosmo. Wilhelmina (what an unfortunate name…) ends up in Austria in the 17th Century. Her story is mixed in periodically.

I was really looking forward to reading some Lawhead (this was my first book by him), so maybe my hopes were set too high. While the book was okay and enjoyable, it was not spectacular. I have been spoiled in my fiction reading, so I’m sure others will pick this up and love it. Unforunately, for me, this isn’t a book that I’ll be buzzing about nor is it a book I will constantly recommend to people.

Also, this book is also the first of a series, The Bright Empires series; perhaps further books will spice up this story, but unless I stumble upon a free copy, I won’t be buying them.

This book was provided for free from BookSneeze (like a year ago), a branch of Thomas Nelson Publishers. I was asked to honestly review it, and a positive review was not required.

Posted by Jane | at 9/10/2011 04:38:00 PM | 1 comments

Consider this:

Consider this: Consider that the Creator sent His only Son—His only Son (He didn’t have any others and there were no backups.) And this Son is also God—the Son is God just as God is God—And God sent His Son, God—Jesus—to earth to die. Seriously. To die a human death and to take on everything that humans face. He lowered Himself to human level; the Creator became creation.

He did all of this for us.

But even if He hadn’t done it, He would still be so worthy of every praise, of every blessing, of every life. He is worth of all, regardless of what He has done for us.

We are all called to be a pinprick of Light in the darkness that is this world. Whether you're supposed to light up your neighborhood, your school, your local business, Africa, Mexico, the Philippines, or any other place. Wherever you're called to be, that is where you are a light. 

May you shine like "bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people." -Phil. 2:15b NLT

Thanks to one of my roommates for the inspiration on this.

Posted by Jane | at 9/04/2011 08:00:00 AM | 1 comments

Vigilante Review

Nolan Gray is dead, but manages to take on the evils of the world anyway. With his faith in God fueling him, he has already managed to escape the worst torture any man has ever known and lived to tell about it. Years later, he is dead and ready to be the ultimate vigilante in New York City. I’ve read a few thrillers in my life and this one is at the top of that list. Parrish writes an ordinary man with extraordinary abilities and throws him into impossible situations.

This book took me eight hours to read through—I started it in the morning and couldn’t put it down. By the end, I was left as a puddle of tears as I thought of the type of hope that my ultimate Hero brings to this world. "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."

I highly recommend this book to those who are believers and to those who are not. Perhaps even more so to those who are not. The Light shines through the darkness in this novel, and whether you’re looking for it or not, it will find you.

The wicked have had their day.
Morality’s time has come.
There is a better way.

Read an excerpt of Vigilante on Scribd or buy it on Amazon for under $10.

Posted by Jane | at 9/03/2011 06:20:00 PM | 0 comments