Thriller Thursdays: SHATTER POINT by Jeff Altabef

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“A thriller that grabs readers and doesn’t let go, skillfully twisting, turning, and manipulating its plot for maximum impact.” – Donovan, eBook Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

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3D-ShatterPointEvolved Publishing presents a gripping glimpse of the near future, in which a twisted serial killer finds power in a corrupt political culture.

When her 19-year-old son Jack miraculously recovers from a serious head trauma, Maggie is sure her luck has changed. But when she’s abducted by a shadow from her past – a phantom with dangerous sapphire eyes – it’s up to Jack and his younger brother Tom to unravel the mystery and save their mom from a deadly psychological battle.

The brothers seek help from their colorful great aunt, who exposes them to a world of nefarious family secrets, explosive government conspiracies, and a series of horrific murders. Together they must navigate a dark underworld full of political subterfuge and class warfare.

Yet as they search for their mother, Jack changes—raked by skull splitting headaches and weird visions. How exactly did he recover from his coma, and how does this tie into the psychopath who’s abducted their mother?

Will Jack and Tom save Maggie before her abductor reaches his shatter point? Does Jack have enough time left?

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Shatter Point is an exciting novel of suspense, action, drama and even a little bit of horror…. It’s definitely one of the best novels out there right now.” – Next Page Reviews

“When I reached the last 100 pages no one was going to be able to stop me reading until I knew the ending!” – Olivia’s Catastrophe

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Friday Free-for-All: Movie Review: THE GOSPEL OF JOHN from the Lumo Project

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I’m not a fan of “Bible” movies mostly because so many of them get so many things wrong. They stray so far from what they’re supposed to be representing that I, for one, feel cheated, disillusioned, and even sometimes angry that God’s Word is being made a mockery in such a way.

I do not feel this way about a movie I just recently had the privilege of seeing: THE GOSPEL OF JOHN from the Lumo Project.

This movie doesn’t stray from the Bible because it IS the Bible (the script, anyway). I watched the King James Version with my husband (he’s a staunch KJV devotee), and I loved every minute of it! He even agreed that it was a “good” movie, and that means a lot coming from him…he’s even harder on Bible movies than I am.

The scenery is gorgeous. The acting is solid (and I LOVE the fact that Jesus isn’t portrayed as a blond-haired, blue-eyed model type). And the narration for the KJV was provided by Scottish actor Brian Cox (Troy, Braveheart, etc.), who brought a beautifully Shakespearean flair to the whole thing.

The only flaw we caught in the whole film was when Jesus was crucified, and the Roman soldiers drove the nails through his palms. Most people get this wrong, though. It’s unlikely that nails in the palms would’ve worked. They would have torn right through the delicate flesh and bones of the hands, causing Jesus to fall off the cross. The wrist is a much more stable part of the body. But that was one minor flaw to a really amazing movie.

It is over two hours long (it IS the whole Book of John, after all), so you’ll want to carve out a good chunk of time to see it. My husband and I had to watch it over the course of two days because we just couldn’t get that much uninterrupted time together with two little girls in the house. I don’t really recommend watching this with very young children because it won’t hold their attention for very long (unfortunately), and some parts (like the trial and the crucifixion) might be a little too gruesome and violent for little eyes to see. Still, I think everyone else – seriously, EVERYONE ELSE- should see this movie.

And you can see it right now on Netflix. There’s even a Spanish version available. I’ve been talking about this movie to everyone for a couple of weeks now. I can’t recommend it highly enough. You need to watch it. Go to Netflix now!

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

— John 1:1

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About the film and the project:

FOUR GOSPELS. FOUR FILMS. ONE JESUS STORY. FOR EVERYONE.

The Lumo Project is a ground breaking, multi-language biblical film resource transforming the way we discover, study and engage with the life of Jesus through the four New Testament Gospels: redefining the standard of visual Biblical media. The Lumo Project presents four films – one for each Gospel account – that will revolutionize the way we all experience the story of Jesus and the world of First Century Palestine in which he lived.

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The Gospel of John takes the story of Jesus from John’s gospel with its own unique characteristics. For John, Jesus is the Word of God made human. John is clear that that when encounter Jesus, we encounter God.  The gospel writer points to the miracles (the ‘Signs’) and teachings as evidence of Jesus’ special relationship as the divine Son of God.

This full-length feature film about the life of Jesus takes the actual Gospel text as its script, word for word, unedited. Five years in the making, this epic production has been critically acclaimed by leading religious scholars as a unique and highly authentic telling of the Jesus story. Narrated by leading British actor David Harewood (‘Homeland’, ‘Blood Diamond’, ‘Merchant of Venice’) it is based on the latest theological, historical and archaeological research. With specially constructed sets and the extraordinarily authentic villages and countryside of rural Morocco, it immerses the viewer in the world of first century Palestine.

#JohnOnNetflix – https://twitter.com/TheLumoProject

 

Tuesday with Yeshua: WHAT’S IN THE BIBLE? JESUS IS THE GOOD NEWS!

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Shortly before last Easter, one of my fellow church members posted a video clip on Facebook…from the What’s in the Bible? DVD series. It told the story of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection in an easy-to-understand and fun-to-watch way that both my little girls enjoyed…over and over again.

Then, I got the opportunity to review this DVD (which has that segment on it plus a whole lot more), and I jumped at it. My girls and I (and even my husband) love watching this together. They really enjoy “Jesus” stories, and I encourage them to watch (and read and listen to) everything they can about Him.

They begged for this particular DVD for so long, but we just didn’t have the money at the time to invest in it. Turns out, God provided just what we needed at just the right time…which is what He always does, as this DVD so beautifully points out. We were all thrilled to receive it! The girls wanted to watch it as soon as I got it out of the package.

I loved every minute of this 60-minute DVD, and I especially loved that it was something I could enjoy with my children. The puppet characters are super fun, and the animated segments are very well done. Plus, there are a couple of catchy tunes that’ll get stuck in everyone’s heads for days…but they’re songs with a message, and that makes it okay, in my book.

This is the perfect Christmas and/or Easter gift for any child. And now you have the chance to win your very own copy of this great DVD full of fun (and Bible education) for the whole family. Just leave me a comment before 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, December 11, 2014, and you’ll be entered in the giveaway.

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About the movie:
Volume 10: Jesus Is the Good News! / Run time: Approx 66 min
Let VeggieTales creator Phil Vischer and a bunch of hilarious new friends explain the entire Bible to your kids in this groundbreaking fast-paced and fun-filled DVD series. Includes TWO 25 minute episodes: God’s Perfect Timing – Buck Denver and crew learn about the 400 years between the Old and New Testaments and how Jesus arrives at just the perfect time & The Messiah Has Come! – Learn about the life and ministry of Jesus-how He died for us and rose again to launch the kingdom of God in the world and in us!
Check out the official website here!
Check out and share the trailer here!

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

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Black Friday Weekend Sale!

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This Free-for-All Friday (Black Friday, of course), I’m part of a big Kentuckiana Authors ebook sale. All of these books are written by authors who live in Kentucky or Indiana, and they’re all 99 cents or less for Kindle.

My own SHADOWS OF THINGS TO COME is among them. I hope you’ll check it out! :-)

Originally posted on Kentuckiana Authors:

The Kentuckiana Authors have banded together and dropped our prices for Black Friday!

Most books are 99c, which is less than half the usual price! The sale will run through Cyber Monday. All links here are Amazon, however the author may have listed their books for sale at other platforms, so be sure to check.

Pick up a new read for less than you can usually buy it, and discover a great author today.

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Friday Free-for-All: The Woman Who Didn’t Have Alzheimer’s

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Not very long ago, a friend asked me to give her a ride to a book signing because she didn’t feel comfortable driving on the busy interstates anymore. Since she was offering me a space at her table and I didn’t have anything else to do, I readily agreed.

In further conversation, she let it slip that she had what the doctors suspected was early Alzheimer’s. That was the main reason she didn’t want to drive any great distances at any great speeds by herself. I couldn’t blame her. After hearing about EXPERIENCING GOD author Henry Blackaby’s disappearance last year (which was actually due to his blood sugar issues, and not Alzheimer’s, although several recent studies have shown there may be a link between the two), I can understand her concern. It’s easy to get confused when you have Alzheimer’s, and if you’re out driving alone, you may just end up in trouble.

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Well, fast forward a few months. This same friend posts a Facebook status update that says something to the effect of: “I went to the doctor today. After four months of telling me otherwise, the doctor confirmed that I do not have Alzheimer’s. This is the exact outcome I was praying for, and I praise God for it. …But now, after months of catering to my every whim and coddling me, my children have decided that it’s time for me to be the mother again.”

As happy as I was to hear this…especially for her because I know this diagnosis bothered her (probably more than she let on), I also felt a little sad because not everyone gets to say this about their supposed Alzheimer’s. More than 5 million Americans are living with this illness, and their family members and friends are also having to learn to live with it.

Until you know someone who has Alzheimer’s, you aren’t aware how crippling the disease can be…or how stressful it can be on the ones who are responsible for taking care of the Alzheimer’s patient. There’s no magic cure for it. There’s no pill you can take that will just make it go away, although (as in the case of my friend) if you pray and ask God, He just might take it away—He is the Great Physician, after all. But sometimes God says, “No,” for His own perfect reasons, and that’s when you and your loved ones will need to learn to cope with the illness in the best way possible.

That’s just what Helping Hands Press author Carol Howell did in her bestselling book, LET’S TALK DEMENTIA: A CAREGIVER’S GUIDE. This is an invaluable, user-friendly resource to help family members and friends better appreciate the impact of dementia for the person living with it AND for those trying to offer support and help. Even though I’m not closely involved with anyone who has Alzheimer’s, I’ve read through this book (it’s a quick read), and I highly recommend it to anyone who’s living with (or knows someone who’s living with) Alzheimer’s. Ms. Howell speaks out of her own personal experience, and she offers a lot of sound, practical advice that is sure to be helpful to everyone!

Sweet Romance Sundays: A Lifelong Love by Gary Thomas (Book Review)

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One of the things I like best about sweet romance stories is that they almost always end in marriage. That’s the happily ever after we learned to expect from listening to our parents read us fairy tales as little girls…so that’s what we look for in a lifetime partner, whether or not he happens to be a prince.

But…in sweet romance novels, the story usually ends after the wedding. That’s not the case with real life. After the wedding comes marriage, and the marriage (if it’s going to last for any extended period of time) is not always going to be easy, to put it mildly. This, of course, should be obvious when looking at the current divorce rates in the United States alone, which indicate that almost 1 out of every 2 marriages will end in divorce at some point. It’s even more alarming that the divorce rates among Christians aren’t much better. So what is the root cause of all these divorces, and how can couples divorce-proof their marriages?

These are some questions Thomas addresses in his A LIFELONG LOVE: WHAT IF MARRIAGE IS ABOUT MORE THAN JUST STAYING TOGETHER. But he goes even further than that. He says not only can you stay married for life, but you can actually ENJOY being together for your whole lives. Your marriage can thrive and be a blessing to others…but it might take some work and some self-sacrificing.

For those who have read Thomas’s SACRED MARRIAGE (as I have), this idea won’t come as a complete surprise. That’s a fabulous book and well worth a read, and this one is too – for married couples who are happy (as my husband and I have been for 7 years), for married couples who are unhappy but want to regain that happiness, and even for unmarried couples who are looking forward to taking that next major step in their relationship.

There’s plenty of wise counsel and sound advice in this book. I loved every minute I spent reading this book (with my husband), and I highly recommend it! And now you have the chance to win your very own copy of this potentially marriage-saving book right here on this blog. Just leave me a comment before 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, November 11, 2014, and you’ll be entered in the giveaway.

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About the Book
Hardcover / 316 Pages 
Discover how to live out a sacred marriage. You believe your marriage has eternal purposes. you long for it to reach beyond your home and encourage others. But what does it look like to have a spiritually intentional relationship in the midst of dirty dishes, work deadlines, and car pools? In Sacred Marriage, Gary Thomas showed us that God designed marriage to make us holy more than to make us happy. Now, in A Lifelong Love, Thomas gives us the practical tools to craft our marriages into inspiring relationships that breathe spiritual life to others. Whatever season of marriage you are in, A Lifelong Love gives your the practical help you need to infuse your marriage with a spiritual passion that will not only change you but will change the world around you.
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Gargary thomasy Thomas is writer-in-residence at 2nd Baptist Church in Houston, a frequent guest on Focus on the Family and FamilyLife Today radio, and a popular speaker. His award-winning books, including The Sacred Search, have been translated into over a dozen languages and have sold more than a million copies worldwide. Thomas and his wife have been married 30 years and have 3 children.
Follow Gary on Twitter@garyLthomas

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

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Mommy Memoir Mondays: THEIR NAME IS TODAY by Johann Christoph Arnold (Book Review and Giveaway)

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My husband’s been having a particularly difficult time lately dealing with the children. Don’t get me wrong – he’s an excellent father. I mean, he works long hours at a day job while I stay with the children during the day. But, when he gets home, he has to take charge of the household duties (including the children) while I get my writing and editing work done in the evenings. So, his days are even longer. He gets tired. And children are demanding (ours, especially, because they’re only 3 and 5). I know they’re demanding. I’m with them, basically, 24/7 (except for the time, now, that the oldest one is at school).

One early, quiet morning (he’d already gone off to work, the oldest was at school, and the youngest was still in bed sleeping) I read a passage from this book – THEIR NAME IS TODAY by Johann Christoph Arnold.

When I think about it, it is much easier to live with children who fear you than it is to live with children who love you, because if your children fear you, when you come home they’re gone. They scatter. …But if you have children who love you, you can’t get them out of your hair! They’re hanging on to your legs, they’re pulling on your pants, you come home and they want your attention. You sit down, they’re all over your lap. You feel like a walking jungle gym. You also feel loved.

I cried when I read those words, feeling the truth of them for both my husband and myself. Our kids love us, and they know that we love them. I called him immediately and read that passage to him, and I think it did exactly what I meant for it to – it encouraged him in the knowledge that we may not be doing everything right as parents, but we are doing SOMETHING right. We’re teaching our children about real love…and letting them know that they always have a safe, welcoming, accepting place to come back to with Mommy and Daddy.

It was just the right message at just the right time, and I’m grateful I got the chance to read this powerful little book.

There were some things I didn’t like. The author’s political ideologies were a bit too liberal at times, especially for someone who is a pastor. Also, there was too much (I thought) “bleeding heart” sentiment – this idea that children are born completely innocent. I don’t buy that. I can’t, as a Christian, because I believe in Original Sin and in the fact that we are all tainted by it (except for Jesus) at birth. I do, however, believe that children are closer to God than those of us who are older because they have not yet had as much time to act on their inherent sinful natures.

I agree with much of this book. Children are oversexualized, overmedicated, and objectified and are basically not allowed to be children anymore because it makes it easier for the parents to “handle” them…or, in other words, to not love them or raise them properly. This, I think, needs to stop. And this is the one main point of Arnold’s book. All parents should read it…and most educators could benefit from reading it too, although often (as Arnold mentions) their hands are tied by the system that continues to keep children from being children.

Wise words from a wise man that are well worth a read. And you have the chance to win your very own copy of this thought-provoking book right here on this blog. Just leave me a comment before 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, October 29, 2014, and you’ll be entered in the giveaway.

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About the book:

Softcover / 192 pages 
 
“If you want to glean insights into how to raise and influence children to be more compassionate and considerate, more courageous and confident, more independent, secure, and unselfish; if you want your children to be more loving and joy-filled, then get reading!” —excerpt from Mark K. Shriver’s Foreword (President of Save the Children Action Network)
 
Despite a perfect storm of hostile forces that threaten to deny children a healthy, happy childhood, courageous parents and teachers can turn the tide. Yes, we can reclaim childhood, says Johann Christoph Arnold, whose books have helped more than a million readers through the challenges of education and family life. In Their Name Is Today, he highlights drastic changes in the way our society treats children. But he also brings together the voices of dedicated parents and educators who are finding creative ways to give children the time and space they need to grow. Cutting through the noise of conflicting opinions, Arnold takes us to the heart of education and parenting by defending every child’s right to the joy and wonder of childhood.
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About the author: Johann Christoph Arnold
A noted speaker and writer on marriage, parenting, and end-of-life issues, Arnold is a senior pastor of the Bruderhof, a movement of Christian communities. With his wife, Verena, he has counseled thousands of individuals and families over the last forty years, as well as serving as an advisor at several innovative private schools. Arnold’s message has been shaped by encounters with great peacemakers such as Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Teresa, Dorothy Day, Cėsar Chavez, and John Paul II. Born in Great Britain in 1940 to German refugees, Arnold spent his boyhood years in South America, where his parents found asylum during the war; he immigrated to the US in 1955. He and his wife have eight children, forty-four grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. They live in upstate New York.
Acclaim for the author:
 
“A much-needed message not only for South Africa, but for the whole world.” -Nelson Mandela, on Why Forgive (one of Arnold’s books)
“In this book we find a message needed today in every part of the world.” -Mother Teresa, from her foreword to Sex, God, & Marriage (one of Arnold’s books)
“Written in a way that is easy to grasp…indeed, very beautifully.” – Pope Benedict XVI, on A Little Child Shall Lead Them (one of Arnold’s books)
 

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

 Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”