Saturday, May 20, 2017

The Evaporation of Sofi Snow by Mary Weber

The Evaporation of Sofi Snow
Mary Weber
(Thomas Nelson 2017)

So rare it is that I come across a book that I am obligated to review, and at the same time WARN readers about. But with many Thomas Nelson books I am seeing more and more of what is marketed as Christian books actually being mainstream, secular books that have many attributes that go against Christian beliefs. To me this is not a Young Adult novel that any respectable parent would allow their children to read.

Here is my review in its entirety: 

This book's rating floated around the 1.5 and 2 star review. Out of mercy I give it 2. It is an okay book.

I chose this book because I wanted a Christian speculative story for my son to read. And I was duped. This is NOT a Christian story, despite it being published under the line Thomas Nelson. There were no hints, references, or even allegorical themes that hinted at a Christian faith or any faith for that matter.

The other things were the thinly veiled use of language. "Heck" and "gad" were the chosen favorites that were quite abundant to replace the worldlier uses of "hell" (taken out of context) and "God". The one use of "WTF" was quite startlingly; used early on and in what I had assumed at the time to be a Christian market book. "Freaking", although mild by today's standards, was used liberally throughout and this is usually not what readers of Christian fiction expect or want. And to top it off, which almost made me throw down the book, is the use of "p*****" out of context. I abhor that word. To me it is the most vulgar and crudest word to express the emotion of anger.

Other than the language, some of the scenes that alluded to sex seemed a little more mature than what I would have given a YA book.

If this was a book on the regular market, I would have hesitated to even pick it up. I don't expect the more secular writers to raise above what sells on the market; but as I mentioned, this was marketed as Christian fiction.

I will say that the writing is sound for a YA book. The scenes do push the story forward. The only hitch on that thread is that the ending was a little too abrupt for my liking.

Would I recommend this book? No.
Would I read any other books by this author? Probably not based on this book's contents.

***I received this book through BookLook Bloggers in exchange of an honest review*** 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Scientists Discover God

William Dallas
(Ambassador International/Ambassador Books and Media 2012)

This book from across "the pond" is one that melds Christian faith and science. Written in layman terms, William Dallas takes sciences such as quantum physics, quantum theory, natural selection, geography, etc. to show that many discoveries (past and present) and theories prove the existence of God.

For one example: The Big Bang Theory states that nothing existed beforehand and yet science proves that nothing can be created from nothing.

The first third of the book cites many sources, secular and faith, to set up his argument. The second third explains the Christian faith. The last portion concluded with a merge of the two.

Being a nerd in all things dealing with the universe, quantum theory and physics, etc., I found this book ideal for an introduction into the deep topic, and a controversial one. It was thought provoking and informative, a highly recommended read for the curious. 

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Monday, May 8, 2017

KJV Thinline Bible

(Thomas Nelson 2017)

I normally do not review Bibles, but sometimes I come across one that seems as though it may be interesting to see how it was printed and how well it is constructed.

With this one, I found the print to be amazingly easy to read and soft on the eyes. I enjoy having Christ's words in red. It makes for easy referencing. 

The thinness of the Bible lends to the onion-like pages of older Bibles where the reader would reverently turn the pages. Instead of the soft, leather or soft, plastic covers that barely protected the book from wear, scratches, or stains, the hardback, cloth-like cover of this one has the ability to keep the contents safer.

The cover itself has a wonderful terry like feel. To me, this is a great book to give to a newer Christian or one who needs larger print.

As always, I am partial to the King James Version and the New King James Version. 

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***I received this Bible from BookLook Bloggers in exchange of an honest review***