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Screwtape Letters Audio Review
October 7, 2009, 11:44 pm
Filed under: Fiction review, Tyndale Review

I love C.S. Lewis, he is such a great writer and thinker! But, sometimes I’m just not in the mood to sit down and delve into one of his books. That was why I was so excited to learn that one of my favorite Lewis book was turning into an audio drama. Some books are just richer when they are read out loud and Screwtape Letters is one of those books.

Focus on the Family has an extensive repertoire of great audio dramas and so had a reputation to keep up. They have recently dramatized a fantastic drama of all seven books in The Chronicles of Narnia series, but i think they showed up everyone and even themselves with their production of “letters”. Granted, with Andy Serkis (Gollum in Lord of the Rings) playing Uncle Screwtape how can you possibly go wrong?

The actors’ voices are perfect for their respective roles, the sound quality and effects are well done. I would caution against listening to this drama while in the car, or with small children who might be frightened by loud and sudden noises.

One of the bonuses that i particularly enjoyed was a collection of 10 songs inspired by Screwtape Letters, this is the first time i have ever heard of anything like that included on the cds of a audio drama.
Also, be sure to check out the DVD that comes with this collector’s edition, it has some neat features!
On a side note, the visual artists did an amazing job on the cover and inside art, you can’t see what i’m talking about based on the cover above, but it’s awesome! 🙂

click on the picture above or on this link to learn more about this great audio drama!

in accordance with new rules by the FTC, this is my disclaimer to let you know i received this book for free in exchange for a unbiased review. I have not been compensated in any way other than with the review product itself.


Stand:Unleashing the Wisdom of God
September 1, 2009, 11:26 pm
Filed under: Non-Fiction Review, Tyndale Review

Stand: Unleashing the Wisdom of God By Alex McFarland

I have to admit, as soon as i opened the package i exclaimed “how cute!”.
It’s one of the smallest books i’ve seen, it’s as tall as most books but the width of it is tiny. However, the words within are anything BUT cute.
The writer dives right into the nitty gritty of the message in Proverbs, WISDOM. He doesn’t skirt around issues or try to brush them up to make them appear better, he tells it how it is without any sort of apology.
He explores deep into the Proverbs and Solomon’s life, and also shares great, funny stories from Alex own life. He is very transparent, and that makes for a relatable read. I’m not sure how “original” this book is, since many books have been written for youth focusing on wisdom and Solomon, but this is certainly one to check out. I’m looking forward to reading the others in the series!

The Stand series of three books are written specifically with youth in mind. The titles are Stand: Unleashing the Wisdom of God, Stand: Diving into God’s Words, and Stand: Seeking the Way of God

The Justice Game
July 30, 2009, 10:54 pm
Filed under: Fiction review, Tyndale Review

Justice Game

about the book
After the target of an investigative report storms a Virginia Beach television station, he kills one of the anchors before the SWAT team takes him down. Following the victim’s funeral, her family files a lawsuit against the gun company who manufactured the killer’s weapon of choice. The lawyers for the plaintiff and defendant—Kelly Starling and Jason Noble—are young, charismatic, and successful. They’re also easy blackmail targets, both harboring a personal secret so devastating it could destroy their careers. Millions of dollars—and more than a few lives—are at stake. But as Kelly and Jason battle each other, they discover that the real fight is with unseen forces intent on controlling them both.

My Review
A couple of months ago Randy Singer put out a call for people be the jury for an upcoming novel of his. The verdict reached at the end of this book is the result of that poll.
Randy Singer always delivers a great legal thriller. I’ve exhausted his shelf at my library and have enjoyed them all. The Justice Game certainly didn’t disapoint. I thought it was a tightly plotted and intricate story, with heartfelt charcters that I cared about. It’s full of things i didn’t expect, at all! Randy Singer kept me reading and kept pulling me into the story.

This is a book you will not want to miss. You may or may not agree with the final result, but it will raise some questions and hopefully get some discussions going.
Even though I did like the book I didn’t quite connect to the story and characters as much as I have in his previous works. Given that, it was great, and one that a lot of readers have strong opinions about the subject. For other people though, it’s been their favorite Singer book yet. It’s not (in my opinion) the best Randy Singer book i’ve read, but it is worth reading.

watch this video to learn more about this great book!

Woman of Mystery
June 18, 2009, 2:34 pm
Filed under: Non-Fiction Review, Tyndale Review

Re-posting from my “regular blog”! 🙂
Woman of Mystery
Here’s a great new book by much loved teen author, Hayley DiMarco.

Every woman longs for some form of romance, and God longs to fill that romantic need. Hayley is honest, real, and engaging in her newest book.
I received this book today from Tydale Blog Network today and LOVE it. Hayley quotes some fantastic movies and people in the book. One of the quotes was from a movie my sister & I watched yesterday, Ever After (with Drew Barrymore), I thought that was fun!
I almost couldn’t STOP reading the Woman of Mystery! It’s a seriously engaging read. I’ve read quite a bit of Hayley DiMarco’s books and i have to say that so far this has been my favorite. The Woman of Mystery is written both for women who have found their mates and those of us who haven’t yet. She shows that the single ladies are to be preparing for future husbands, and married ladies are to understand their spouses needs. She also reminds us that we are to be living wholeheartedly for our Heavenly Bridegroom too. Great book, I highly recommend it for a woman of any age, whether married or not!