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Book Review: Free* Book
February 24, 2010, 7:02 pm
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Free* Book                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                By Brian Tome 

This was an interesting book with a twist on traditional conservative thought that brings to light a compelling question- how to be free and let go of all of the constraints that we as Christians often times place not only on each other but on ourselves. The author is passionate about freedom in Christ through a relationship with Him. He takes the tone of agitator throughout the book, oftentimes creating a sense of aggression against those who constantly follow the rules with a strict sense of doing what is “right” in the eyes of so many. The author creates a new sense of self in those that break the rules and live a life of freedom, yet still comply with the life of a Christian- loving the Lord with everything that we do. As he states (and I believe) Jesus was a man that loved everyone, not just those that were clean and well-to-do, he loved the dirtiest, filthiest and poorest and brought them into His kingdom for no other reason than that he loves them, as he loves us. Even in the dirty ways in which we live with temptations and lies surrounding us, He loves us completely. The main theme in the book is to let go of those things which bring us down and tie us to the thoughts of “I have to do this to be loved, accepted, etc.”. God loves us, with all of our faults and His true love shines through everything we do. He wants us to live fully with freedom to live a life created by Him.

There are challenges in getting through the book at the author consistently challenges conservative thinking on so many levels. I think he was trying to punch though the wall that many have that Christians are uptight, rule givers who don’t have any fun (which is unfortunately true in way too many cases).

Throughout the book I liked that the Scripture being referenced was both natural in the conversation and referenced at the bottom of the page. The principles were solid and the suggestions to break bondage, deal with the spiritual, and enjoy freedom were presented much well as the book progressed. My thoughts on the book- it is worth the read if you take it with a grain of salt and apply it to your own life as applicable.

Thomas Nelson provided this complimentary copy to me for review.


Book Review: The Crimson Rooms
February 23, 2010, 5:06 am
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The Crimson  Rooms                                                        By Katharine McMahon                                                                                                                                                               By Katharine McMahon

About the Book:

There are events that happen in our lives that change everything from that moment on. In the life of Evelyn Gifford that defining moment was a ring of the doorbell and an officer announcing the news that no one wants to hear- her beloved only brother had been killed in action in the Great War. Life goes on, but she is still haunted by the immediate loss.

Evelyn is completely unprepared when a young nurse named Meredith, and her six-year-old son Edward appears on their doorstep one night. To add to the angst and mystery, Meredith claims that Edward is the young son of James, conceived in a battlefield hospital. The grief-stricken Gifford’s’ take them both into their home with trepidation but with a sense of duty as this is family- even if newly discovered. This move proves to be stressful on all fronts- Meredith bursts into the very conservative home run by the Gifford women with a bit of extravagance and spunk, which puts them all on edge.

Evelyn is a struggling newly appointed attorney to Bascomb and Breen, a firm run by men that are taking a chance on hiring a woman to the firm, and a bit resistant to what she brings. Her first two clients are challenging to say the least. The first, a woman, Leah Marchant, who gave up her children to be cared for by the social services, but then decides she wants them back. And an intriguing murder mystery- Stella Wheeler, found dead in a field of grass after a picnic with her new husband. Both cases weigh heavily on both the time and thoughts of Evelyn who is working so hard to break into a man’s world. Coupled with the weight of having to support her entire family financially at a time when work for women lawyers is almost nonexistent leads to much anxiety and fear in Evelyn’s life.

My Review:

This story has twists and turns that keep the reader engaged and interested in the lives of the characters. The author has a compelling style that kept me guessing about where the storyline was headed and how it was all going to wind up. She is a brilliant writer in creating memorable storylines and characters. A good read for anyone interested in this time- 1920’s London and how women in this time period were on the edge of creating new careers for themselves. I really enjoyed it and now plan to read more by her!

The book is now available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indie Bound and other online retailers.

“I wrote this review while participating in a blog campaign by MotherTalk on behalf of G.P. Putnam’s Sons/Riverhead and received a copy of the book to facilitate my candid review. Mom Central sent me a gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate.”