Friday, February 13, 2015

The First Principle: A Novel by Marissa Shrock

  • ISBN-10: 0825443571
  • ISBN-13: 978-0825443572

Ages 13 and Up

Kindle version on sale for $1.99 through February 15, 2015!

From the publisher:

In the not-too-distant future, the United Regions of America has formed. Governors hold territories instead of states, and while Washington, DC, is gone, the government has more control than ever before. For fifteen-year-old Vivica Wilkins, the daughter of a governor, this is life as usual. High school seems pretty much the same--until one day, that controlling power steps right through the door during study hall. When Vivica speaks out to defend her pregnant friend against the harsh treatment of Population Management Officer Marina Ward, she has no idea she's sowing the seeds of a revolution in her own life. 

But it isn't long before she discovers her own illegal pregnancy. Now she has to decide whether to get the mandatory abortion--or follow her heart, try to keep the baby, and possibly ruin her mother's chances at becoming president. A rebel group called the Emancipation Warriors, who are fighting to restore freedoms once held unalienable, offer her asylum. Can Vivica trust these rebels to help her or will they bring everything crashing down around her? 

Accepting their help may come with consequences she isn't ready to face. Marissa Shrock's debut novel crafts a chilling story of what may be to come if we allow the economic and moral crises currently facing our country to change the foundations on which we built our independence--and of the difference one person can make when they choose to trust God's lead.

My Thoughts:

The First Principle: A Novel by Marissa Shrock is her debut novel and I have to share that this book is a great read. I found this book to be intriguing, engaging and somewhat disturbing. 

More to the point, my teenagers really liked this book and recommend it for reading! (Now that's high praise)

While the novel did not come out and fully state the story takes place during the end times, it is pretty evident that it does. For example, Vivica's world is governed by US regions rather than states, government has taken over the citizens individual rights and controls what food they can eat, jobs they can have, population control through forced birth control and if necessary, forced abortions. The government in this novel has dictated laws on what is taught in school, what can be discussed in personal and private lives, and most of all the outlawing of Christianity and the Bible.

My Thoughts ~ 

I found it intriguing that the perspective of The First Principle while strongly referring to God, His message through the Bible - salvation, the story's focus was not on the rapture itself.  Rather, the focus was on a very realistic version of what life might be like for a teenager living during the end times. 

It portrayed the government's revocation of it's citizen's personal freedoms ~ the freedom to choose how to live, choices of what we believe and how we raise our children and how many children to have; the right of free speech and the right to religious freedom.     

The phrase "in the not-too-distant future" was an eye opener for me. It was rather scary even as a Christian to realize that I could clearly see how today's issues in our government, society and religion could be the seeds that sprout and bloom "in the near future" into the type of society and government so evident in this book.  

It most definitively left me feeling unsettled and opened up some very earnest and thought provoking family discussions, including faith in Jesus Christ.

My family and I highly recommend reading The First Principle!

Many thanks to Kregel Publications for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest and up front review. 

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

The Heir by Kiera Cass ~ Waiting on Wednesday

This week, I am eagerly awaiting Book 4 in The Selection Series ...

  • ISBN-10: 0062349856
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062349859

Release Date:  May 5, 2015

From the Publisher:

Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won Prince Maxon's heart. Now the time has come for Princess Eadlyn to hold a Selection of her own. Eadlyn doesn't expect her Selection to be anything like her parents' fairy-tale love story...but as the competition begins, she may discover that finding her own happily ever after isn't as impossible as she's always thought.

What book releases  are you eagerly anticipating?

Friday, January 30, 2015

My Little Life of Jesus Blog Tour

Written by Karen Williamson

Illustrated by Amanda Enright

  • ISBN-10: 1781281319
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781281314

Ages: 3 and up

From the Publisher:

My Little Life of Jesus introduces the story of Jesus' life to 3-to 5-year-olds. It follows Jesus from His birth, being baptized by John, meeting the disciples and teaching them how to pray, telling His stories to people in nearby towns and villages, right through to His return to the heavenly Father. Illustrated throughout with adorable artwork from a popular Candle Books artist, there is also a map included to show the land where Jesus lived. This padded hardcover comes complete with a presentation page for gift or award giving.

My Impressions:   

My Little Life of Jesus  is a wonderful introduction for young children to learn about God's word and His love for us.  

The book's hardcover will withstand being used and read time after time.  It's illustrations are colorful, creative and definitely eye-catching. The story is written in a simple yet beautiful way that will delight the heart of children. 

My Little Life of Jesus lends itself to reading for parents and children or a great book for an older child to start reading on their own. Frankly,the message contained in this book is truly for children of all ages! 

Many thanks to Kregel Publications for the opportunity to review this book in exchange for my honest and personal review of this book.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Rogue: The Paladin Prophecy Book 3 ~ Waiting on Wednesday

It's been awhile since participated in this meme and I'm glad to be back.   

I came across a wonderful children's book series  for ages 9 and up.  My youngest son just inhaled the first book The Paladin Prophecy and is now reading book 2 of the series, Alliance.

I read them along with him and I have to share that I was just as captivated.  It is absolutely awesome to see him so excited about a new series! 

Needless to say, we are both eagerly awaiting the release of Book 3 in this series ~ 

  • ISBN-10: 0375870474
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375870477

  • Release date: September 8, 2015

From the Publisher:

Will West is playing a dangerous game. Months after uncovering the sinister Paladin Prophecy plot, Will continues to work with the mastermind behind the project—none other than his own grandfather, Franklin Greenwood. Will cooperates in order to keep his friends safe. But are they really secure in the hands of a madman?

Under constant surveillance, Will and his friends secretly devise a plan to defeat Franklin Greenwood and his Knights of the Charlemagne. The team must enter the Never-Was and find an elusive group of supernatural beings called the Hierarchy. But as the battle approaches, the alliance uncovers old secrets that threaten to tear them apart. Can they protect Earth from the demons beyond? Or will a rogue player destroy them and the world they live in?

Thrilling mystery and electrifying suspense abound in Mark Frost’s action-packed Paladin Prophecy series, which is compelling to the very last page!

What books are you waiting to read? 

Friday, January 23, 2015

Feeln from Hallmark ~ Yes!!!

Just a note: I have no connection to the Feeln company, other than being a very happy customer.  I have not received any incentives or freebies from them in exchange for writing this post.  

I have loved Hallmark Hall of Fame movies and the Hallmark channel since I was a teenager. I eagerly wait for my favorites to air on the Hallmark Channel.   

A few months ago, I started seeing the Feeln (formerly known as Spirit Clips) advertisements around the web and blogging world. I glanced at it but really didn't take notice till I found out it was a streaming service with family friendly movies, tv shows and Hallmark Hall of Fame movies. 

I eagerly researched it further and found that they were offering a free trial week.

I tried the one week free trial and fell in love with this streaming service!

I checked out the price and found it to be very reasonable. If you subscribe for a year in advance, it averages to $3.99 a month. If you subscribe month to month, it's $4.99 a month.  These Prices are a Steal! 

They have so much more than just Hallmark Hall of Fame movies! There are a plethora of family friendly movies of all kinds, kid's TV shows, heart warming series, educational documentaries and so much more! It really is family friendly. 

There's something for everyone in the family to watch ~ including the Dads!  

When I joined there were a few glitches with their streaming speed but I suspect that was due to everyone joining up faster then they may have anticipated.  The issue was resolved in about a week and since then, I have NO problems at all with streaming from their site. 

They are adding more and more movies, tv shows and documentaries. I can't say enough as to how much I am enjoying this website. It is so refreshing to watch uplifting movies and tv shows that not only I enjoy but that our whole family enjoys together!