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TED DEKKERS 49th MYSTIC REVIEWED

The 49th Mystic
By Ted Dekker
Published by Revell
ISBN#978-0800729783
432 Pages Release Date May 15, 2018


ABOUT BOOK: Some say the great mystery of how one can live in two worlds at once died with Thomas Hunter many years ago. Still others that the gateway to that greater reality was and is only the stuff of dreams.

They are wrong. In the small town of Eden, Utah, a blind girl named Rachelle Matthews is about to find out just how wrong.

When a procedure meant to restore Rachelle's sight goes awry, she begins to dream of another world so real that she wonders if Earth might only be a dream experienced when she falls asleep in that reality. Who is a simple blind girl to have such strange and fantastic dreams?

She's the prophesied one who must find and recover five ancient seals--in both worlds--before powerful enemies destroy her. If Rachelle succeeds in her quest, peace will reign. If she fails, both worlds will forever be locked in darkness.

So begins a two-volume saga of high stakes and a mind-bending quest to find an ancient path that will save humanity. The clock is ticking; the end rushes forward. Ready? Set?

Dream.

REVIEW: Confession Time! When my husband enthusiastically told me, he had received an advanced review copy of Ted Dekker’s new book and wanted me to read it with him. I was apprehensive. I tried to share his excitement; let me explain.

Years ago, my world was turned upside down by a series of books this author wrote which completely changed my view of Christian Fiction. It gave me hope and challenged me. The books were in The Heaven Tribology series (Heaven’s Wager, Thunder of Heaven, and When Heaven Weeps) these novels rocked my world. I had no idea that the Holy Spirit could touch me to the core of my being like He did as I read this series. Wow, I wasn’t prepared for that. I couldn’t stop talking about Ted Dekker and how I instantly connected with his characters and their struggles. They were suspenseful novels I couldn’t put down. After that I read all of Ted’s books but ran into a road block titled Three. It was the first time one of his novels scared me. I don’t do scary and/or gruesome. I’m a chicken little when comes to reading or watching images on T.V. like that. My husband kept reading Ted’s books and shared the contents with me.


Recently I watched Ted Dekker share his heart on video about the Forgotten Way. I could see that the Lord had touched Ted’s heart and he was doing a new work in him. Because of this and my husband’s excitement about this new novel The 49th Mystic I thought I’d give it a try.


The prologue instantly grabbed my attention. I could totally relate with Rachelle Matthews a 16-year-old girl who's been tormented in her sleep since age six. Rachelle says, “The dreams betrayed my deepest fears that nothing would ever change, but still, it was just a dream. I reminded myself every morning.”


She is being tormented by the Shadow Man. A man who tells her lies that make her afraid. “Rachelle bolts up in bed, screaming.”

She remembers what her father told her,” all negative emotions are rooted in fear, most commonly fear of loss, my father said. The fear of losing worthiness created jealousy, fear of losing honor created anger, fear of losing security created anxiety, and so it went. In the end, fear was the only challenge facing all humans he believed.”


After I got used to navigating the different worlds Eden and the Other Earth and learned who was who and what was what. I felt something deeper happening in my spirit as Rachelle learns her true identity as the 49th Mystic. She learned that she could only fulfill the prophecy of the 49th Mystic; if she overcame her own fears. The only way to do that was to find the five seals of truth….” Not only did she have to recognize the truth but she had to know it like a husband and wife knew each other. When she experiences this, her life is touched and changed forever. Powerful!


Rachelle’s fears were mine. I didn’t expect that revelation. I hadn’t planned to be on the journey with Rachelle as she seeks freedom from fear. I was excited and unnerved as the Holy Spirit revealed things to me through this young girl; like He’d done in previous books I’ve read by this author.


Then there was an unexpected game-changing event in the story that got my full attention and blew me away. I was glued to the story hook, line, and sinker.  When I started reading this novel I was looking for an entertaining story. But wow, it was so much more.


I’m thankful I had the opportunity to experience this story that touched my heart and soul; and had me think about my identity in a whole new light. I highly recommend this novel for your book club and/or for an amazing, wild fun ride.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”


Nora St. Laurent

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TWILA BELK FB "LIVE" INTERVIEW


ABOUT AUTHOR: Twila's seventh book--The Power to Be: Be Still, Be Grateful, Be Strong, Be Courageous released March 1, 2018.

Her most recent book before that is a one-year devotional titled Raindrops From Heaven: Gentle Reminders of God's Power, Presence, and purpose.

In addition to writing and speaking, she enjoys teaching at writers conferences across the nation and coaching writers on their next steps as The Writer's Champion. She's worked full time with veteran author Cecil Murphey since June 2007 and looks forward to carrying on his legacy after he retires.

Twila and her husband, Steve, live in Bettendorf, Iowa, near the Mississippi River and the home of American Pickers, John Deere tractors, and Whitey's ice cream. She is Mom to three grown children and Grandma to three precious little boys.

For more information, visit www.gottatellsomebody.com


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ABOUT AUTHOR: Raised in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, Pamela has published articles various magazines. In her non-writing life, she has served as a sign language interpreter for her church, and is currently a leader of a women's Bible study group.

Her author tag line, "Take a Sentimental Journey" describes her stories, both contemporary and historical, as most are centered in small Wisconsin towns.

Her books include Thyme for Love, Surprised by Love in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, Second Chance Love, and Safe Refuge, which just released at the end of March 2018. She also has a novella, If These Walls Could Talk, in Coming Home, A Tiny House Collection. Coming in 2019, Whatever is True and Shelter Cove.

Pam resides in Illinois with her two rescue cats. She's not too far from her native Wisconsin, where you will often see her nosing around for more story ideas.


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DAWN KINZER FB "LIVE" INTERVIEW

ABOUT AUTHOR: Dawn Kinzer writes fiction because she believes in the power of story to comfort, challenge, and inspire.

Her work has been published in the Christian Fiction Online Magazine, Backyard Friends magazine, The One Year Life Verse Devotional, A Joyful Heart: Experiencing the Light of His Love, and featured on the radio ministry, The Heartbeat of the Home.

Dawn’s historical romance series, The Daughters of Riverton, takes place in the early 1900s. The setting and some of the characters were inspired by her rural Wisconsin hometown. Sarah’s Smile is the first story in the series, Hope’s Design is the second, and Rebecca’s Song completes the trilogy.

A mother and grandmother, Dawn lives with her husband in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Favorite things include dark chocolate, cinnamon, popcorn, strong coffee, good wine, the mountains, family time, and Masterpiece Theatre.

Readers can find her at www.dawnkinzer.com



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THE LYONS LIFESTYLE REVIEWED



The Lyons Lifestyle
By M. Frank Lyons II M.D.
Published by WestBow Press
ISBN#978-1512740271
222 Pages Health, Fitness & Dieting
Release Date June 14, 2016


BACK COVER: We have seen an explosive deterioration of Americas health in the past 50 years. 70 million people suffer from metabolic syndrome, 700,000 individuals die annually from heart disease, untold numbers are affected by cancers. We have seen an epidemic of esophageal reflux, fatty liver disease, gout, kidney failure, autoimmune disorders, inflammatory diseases and vitamin D deficiency. Why? One of the primary reasons for our failing health is our nutrition. We have been following guidelines that are deeply flawed and now nearly all of us is affected by one or several of these maladies. This book enlightens you about those flaws and the remedies for you to correct them. True health care reform starts with your own nutritional health and this book guides you through the steps needed to improve your nutritional health and perhaps even reverse some disease processes presently affecting you.

REVIEW: I was fascinated by the time line of what happened in our country and how it related to the food industry. It was crazy to see how things changed to accommodate the people’s situation. Some changes were necessary because of WW’s others out of convenience. It was interesting to read about how and why in 1909 Crisco was born and how it changed the food industry forever. Also after WWII there was a shift in the labor industry because women entered the workforce to support the Allied forces because of this change the fast-food industry grew, and the rapid expansion of processed foods started to be available on grocery store shelves. The Dr. says “…by 1960, the typical American diet had moved away from farm fats to trans fats.”

It was fascinating to see how changes in the world, society and family lives caused us to be in the crisis we are in today. I liked that this author gives hope and a plan. Each chapter covers a topic and at the end leaves you with pearls to ponder (important points to remember). I like how this Dr. discusses things in layman’s terms. I’ve heard many of these things before, but he makes complex topics understandable and changes doable. I also liked how he discussed other eating plans and why they work for a little while and the overall effects on our bodies, he talks about Paleo Diet, Nutrisystem, Atkins, Jenny Craig, Mediterranean and several others. He discussed about how to find the plan that works for you. There is a lot to assimilate I like how he breaks things down. He makes you think. The author had me checking out a few things on my own before going to the next chapter. He stresses that we need to come up with a healthy life style that allows the body to function at it’s best. It takes a little more time to read food labels, listen to your body, understand what it’s telling you and to also realize what food works best for you and your family. This book was published in 2016 and has current information in it that I found very helpful. I’m encouraged. I’m still working on the balance that works best for me and my family. This author has given me hopeful steps on a healthy lifestyle plan.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”

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LAUREN K. DENTON'S NEW NOVEL HURRICANE SEASON REVIEWED



Hurricane Season
By Lauren K. Denton
Published by Thomas Nelson
ISBN#978-0-7180-8425-7
391 Pages Release Date April
Farm, Sisters, Girls, Alabama, Lauren Denton, retreat, Art, Single, Fertility, Opportunity, Hurricane Season

BACK COVER: Betsy and Ty Franklin, owners of Franklin Dairy Farm in southern Alabama, have long since buried their desire for children of their own. While Ty manages their herd of dairy cows, Betsy busies herself with the farm’s day-to-day operations and tries to forget her dream of motherhood. But when her free-spirited sister, Jenna, drops off her two young daughters for “just two weeks,” Betsy’s carefully constructed wall of self-protection begins to crumble.

As the two weeks stretch deeper into the Alabama summer, Betsy and Ty learn to navigate the new additions in their world—and revel in the laughter that now fills their home. Meanwhile, record temperatures promise to usher in the most active hurricane season in decades.

Attending an art retreat four hundred miles away, Jenna is fighting her own battles. She finally has time and energy to focus on her photography, a lifelong ambition. But she wonders how her rediscovered passion can fit in with the life she’s made back home as a single mom.

When Hurricane Ingrid aims a steady eye at the Alabama coast, Jenna must make a decision that will change her family’s future, even as Betsy and Ty try to protect their beloved farm and their hearts. Hurricane Season is the story of one family’s unconventional journey to healing—and the relationships that must be mended along the way.

REVIEW: This novel is leisurely paced as the author gives the reader time to get to know each sister and their family. They can see how each sister deals with the challenge they face. Jenna is the younger free-spirited type; her parents couldn’t identify with. But  Older sister Betsy was the responsible one, married to Ty the dairy farmer; who tried to get her parents to look at another side of Jenna. It was a constant struggle growing up..

Jenna has been given a scholarship to attend an art retreat. She agonizes about what to do. She had tried to make ago of the photography business before she had children, but kind of put it and her dreams on hold as she raised two precious girls on her own.

Jenna’s city girl’s go to stay at Betsy’s home for the summer and have the time of their lives. Jenna goes off to chase her dreams and jump start the creativity she once had and re-focus her eyes as she learns to capture on film things people don’t usually see.

Betsy and Ty get a front row seat on what it might look like to have kids. Raising children has been their hearts dream.

This is a character driven story that has the reader in the heads of the three main characters Ty, Betsy and Jenna. Mostly in the sister’s heads as they face hurricane season.

I enjoyed hanging out with Ty, Betsy and their girls on the farm. They had so much fun. These characters examine their own feelings, thoughts, and motives as they face a pending storm brewing on all fronts. Each is stretched to the max as they get to know each other and find a new normal. Jenna navigates her way at the retreat. Things are not what she expected. She too is put to the test as she creates a profile of pictures she hopes will take her places.

This is the first book I’ve read by this author it won’t be the last. There are ten discussion questions to help your book club have a lively fun meeting.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from BookLookBlogger site. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”

Nora St. Laurent
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Jared A Brock's new historical book it's taken him 3 yrs to write. It's based on Josiah Henson a man who rescued 118 slaves, sparked Civil War and inspiration for Uncle Tom's Cabin Check it out


ABOUT AUTHOR: Jared A. Brock is the author of Bearded Gospel Men, A Year of Living Prayerfully, and newest release The Road to Dawn. Brock is the director of Over 18, Red Light Green Light, and Josiah, and has been interviewed on TODAY.com, 100 Huntley Street, and the 700 Club. Brock is happily married to his best friend, Michelle, and his writing has appeared in Esquire, Huffington Post, Elite Daily, and Writer’s Digest. Visit jaredbrock.com for free chapters and updates.

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HALLEE BRIDGEMAN'S COURTING CALLA REVIEWED


Courting Calla
By Hallee Bridgeman
Published by Olivia Kimble Press
ISBN#978-1681901129
186 Pages

ABOUT BOOK: CALLA VAUGHN has spent the last three years desperately trying to get her life in order so that she can go back to culinary school. No matter how hard she works, though, she feels like she is just treading water and can't see any way out of the hole dug for her by a con artist who stole her identity. When flowers she sends to her best friend with a dinner invitation accidentally get delivered to IAN JONES, she decides to cook him the best meal he's ever had. By the time she admits that the flowers were never for him, he is as convinced as she is that God orchestrated the mistake in the first place. All that's left is to tell him the dark secret about her father's widow. She waits a little too long, though, and is carted off to jail for questioning on felony charges before she gets a chance. Will Ian understand her situation, or will the deception surrounding Calla destroy any trust he has in her?


Ian saves the day by pushing her car to safety. This is a guy she’s liked for three years from afar. This is the first time they’ve met. She couldn’t believe it had to be like this. I instantly connected with Calla. She’s friendly and loyal and mixed up in something too big for her to handle by herself.

I enjoyed this sweet, clean fun romance story with important things to think about. Calla has special culinary gifts when it comes to making most anything, but she had no super powers when it came in dealing with her step-mother. Calla doesn’t know how to stand up for herself and how to stop playing the victim. I respected and appreciated how this author dealt with recognizing broken things in our heart, recognizing and taking the time for healing; finding out who you are; then proceeding with personal relationships. I liked how she handled the themes of forgiveness, and redemption during all that.

This author includes five recipes you can enjoy Chicken Florentine, French Bread, Sautéed Green Beans, Wild Rice, and Basil Infused Whipped Cream. There are twelve discussion questions to help generate lively discussion at your book club meeting.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and Book Fun site www.bookfun.org . I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”

Nora St. Laurent
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THE HEALING POWER ESSENTIAL OILS by ERIC ZIELINSKI, D.C. REVIEWED


The Healing Power of Essential Oils
Eric Zielinski, D.C.
Published by Harmony Books
ISBN#978-1-5247-6136-3
305 Pages

BACK BOOK BLURB: Eric Zielinski, D.C., host of the Essential Oils Revolution summits, offers a soup-to-nuts guide to mastering essential oils for vibrant health and well-being, featuring dozens of recipes and formulations for restful sleep, reduced inflammation, balanced hormones, and more.

Achieving true health is not an easy task. For many people, it might be easier to pop a pill or push aside lingering discomfort in favor of finishing everything on your to-do list. In The Healing Power of Essential Oils, Eric Zielinski, D.C. shows readers how to make their health a priority with the life-changing benefits of essential oils. Essential oils are the natural solution to everything from anxiety and depression to deep-seated inflammation. For beginners, Dr. Z teaches everything you need to know to get started, including the top seven oils you should stock from Day 1 and the commonly used techniques and tools. He illustrates daily practices you can follow to enjoy the properties of essential oils, including a five-minute devotional using frankincense and neroli to set you up for a productive and stress-free day, and a simple bedtime routine harnessing the soporific effects of lavender.

Backed by extensive research, Dr. Z also supplies essential oil blends that promote hormone balance, reduced inflammation, improved digestion, increased immunity, and so much more. You'll be armed with over 150 recipes for every health need, and a special section on women's health includes dozens of formulations for PMS, fertility, pregnancy, candida, and menopause. Even those well-versed in essential oils will benefit from this thorough approach. With your newfound knowledge, you can begin tailoring an essential oils practice to your unique pain points and lifestyle right away - and start experiencing amazing results.

REVIEW: Dr. Eric Zielinski D.C. author tells readers how he got into using and researching essential oils. He shares how he was reluctant to use them but after extensive research he can across discoveries he had to share. He provides extensive research on why and how to use essential oils, along with how to choose what is right for you. It’s personal. What works best for you may not do it for me. We’re all different. I liked that approach.

I’m very new at all this so for me it was great. I like his straight forward approach which was simple to understand. I love all the recipes for personal care products, health conditions and illnesses. I liked his safety tips too. He mentions how he put a type of oil on his skin directly and his skin burned. These oils are concentrated. He gives specific measurements and tells you how to apply the oils for inhaling, cooking etc. I liked that.

There are recipes for tough cleaning jobs, dish soap, Kitchen counter spray, Gardener’s Hand Cream, Deet-Free Bug Spray, All types of body oils for many conditions. It’s a fascinating book. It’s not one to rush though. There is so much to soak up and many recipes to try.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Blogging for books site. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”

Nora St. Laurent
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EASTER LOVE LETTERS FROM GOD REVIEWED


Easter Love Letters from God
By Glennys Nellist
Illustrated by Sophie Allsopp
Published by Zonderkidz
ISBN#9780310760656
32 Pages HB Released Jan 30, 2018

4-8 years Grades 2-3

REVIEW: I’ve read other books by this author and have enjoyed them. This one is beautifully illustrated and the letters from God are sweet and personal just like the other books but what makes this book very different from the others is the message.

On the page titled The Gloomy Garden scripture quoted Mark 14:12 - 42 Jesus prays in the garden the author writes,  “Did I have to die? Is there any other way that we can teach the world about heaven?”

This book lacks theological truths about why Jesus died for our sins. God didn’t send his son down to earth to die for us to learn about heaven. Jesus died for our sin.

For these reasons I cannot recommend this book.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the BookLookforBloggers site. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”

Nora St. Laurent
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I CAN ONLY IMAGINE PICTURE BOOK REVIEWED



I can Only Imagine
By Bart Millard
With Laura Neutzling
Illustrated by Sumiti Collina

ABOUT BOOK: Encourage your children’s sense of wonder and faith with I Can Only Imagine, inspired by the hit song by MercyMe. This beautiful picture book will capture your family’s childlike faith and imagination. 

I Can Only Imagine asks questions a child might ask and invites families to wonder together: What is heaven like? What does God do? What would it be like to spend a day with Jesus? Children will see that although experiencing the glory of heaven may be far off, we can enjoy a friendship with Jesus every day - right here on earth. Whimsical, playful illustrations and thought-provoking questions make this a book that families will cherish.

Fun and vibrant illustrations offer a vivid visual and will help your children see that God can be found everywhere, every day.

REVIEW: Author Bart Millard is the recording artist behind the hit song that touched me to the core of my being along with millions of others around the world; as this artist imagines heaven and what we’ll do there.

This hard-back book is beautifully illustrated and depicts a young boy, his family and dog as they talk about heaven; what it might be like, what you do there, and other interesting questions; like will I have to brush my teeth, and hair. What will we eat? Will we build tree houses? If so, what could they look like?

The boy gets more excited as he imagines the possibilities and adventures there could be in heaven. The boy wonders about ice cream? “It’s a heavenly treat! Strawberry swirl is my favorite to eat. I bet heaven serves ice cream before lunch each day. And the scoops are ginormous, like the ice cream bouquet.”

As the day closes and night falls; he looks at the night sky he thinks, “I’m sure of one thing that will always be true – I don’t have to wait to spend time with you! You’re here in my heart. Your spirit will guide. You’ll never leave me. You’ll stay by my side!”

This book is a fun adventure that will help generate great discussions with your family about faith, hope and love. Great companion to the song and new movie. Keeping the main thing the main thing.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from BookLookfor bloggers site. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”

Nora St. Laurent
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JAMES RUBART'S NEW NOVEL THE MAN HE NEVER WAS REVIEWED


The Man He Never Was
By James L. Rubart
Published by Thomas Nelson
ISBN#978-0718099398
371 Pages 14 Discussion Questions
Release Date February 20, 2018
Classics & Allegories, Contemporary Fiction

ABOUT BOOK: What if You Woke up One Morning and the Darkest Parts of Yourself Were Gone?

Toren Daniels vanished eight months back, and his wife and kids have moved on—with more than a little relief. Toren was a good man but carried a raging temper that often exploded without warning. So when he shows up on their doorstep out of the blue, they’re shocked to see him alive. But more shocked to see he’s changed. Radically.
His anger is gone. He’s oddly patient. Kind. Fun. The man he always wanted to be. Toren has no clue where he’s been but knows he’s been utterly transformed. He focuses on three things: Finding out where he’s been. Finding out how it happened. And winning back his family.

But then shards of his old self start to rise from deep inside—like the man kicked out of the NFL for his fury—and Toren must face the supreme battle of his life.
In this fresh take on the classic Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, James L. Rubart explores the war between the good and evil within each of us—and one man’s only chance to overcome the greatest divide of the soul.

REVIEW: I was instantly caught up in Toren Daniels quandary; as he wakes up in a strange place and doesn’t know how he got there. If that wasn’t scary enough he discovers he’s been presumed dead by the world because he went missing eight months ago. Crazy thing is he doesn’t remember any part of the past months.

Toren felt something new inside. Something he’d never experience before; a peace he felt bubbling through his entire being. He’s puzzled. Where did it come from? Where has he been for eight months? What did they do to him there? He must have answers.

I was hooked from the first page. I couldn’t put this novel down. I was just as curious as Toren was about where he’d been all that time and how his anger wasn’t controlling him anymore. What happened to him that he couldn’t remember? Toren begins to think seriously about life and his future. I liked how this book gradually build in momentum throughout, resulting in a gripping and compelling conclusion.

This author grabbed my heart and imagination by his brilliant contemporary re-imaging of the Jekyll & Hyde story. There were characters you cheered for and others you didn’t like very much, each were well developed. It makes me want to go and read the original story and see how they differ. This was a fun novel giving readers a hopeful thought provoking ride. We are all on a journey filled with opportunities; reminded of the fact we always have choices of which path to walk down. We can have hope if we accept the invitation and walk on the narrow trail and agony if we don’t. No one said the path would be easy. This is a great novel for a book club pick. The author includes 14 discussion questions. There is so much to discuss
  

ABOUT AUTHOR: James L. Rubart is 28 years old, but lives trapped inside an older man's body. He thinks he's still young enough to water ski like a madman and dirt bike with his two grown sons and loves to send readers on journeys they'll remember months after they finish one of his stories.

He's the best-selling, Christy, Carol, INSPY, and RT Book Reviews award winning author of eight novels as well as a professional speaker. During the day he runs his marketing company which helps businesses, authors, and publishers make more coin of the realm. He lives with his amazing wife on a small lake in eastern Washington. More at www.jameslrubart.com More at http://jameslrubart.com/ and on Facebook:
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