• Books,  Celebrate Lit

    Sympathy for the devil …. NOT!!!!!

    Clive Staples Lewis’ Screwtape Letters is about correspondences from a demon to Lucifer discussing a specific patient, Screwtape fails and he ends up meeting an ultimate demise. We are not given any opportunity to feel sorry for him in any way, Screwtape is a demon, evil through and through. He’s learning to destroy people in the process, mainly Christians, and we get the benefit of learning some of the tactics that may be used. Now we have this: About the Book Book: After You Author: Sunshine Rodgers Genre: Christian fiction, thriller, suspense (PG-13 Dark Fiction) Release Date: April 27, 2018 Oh, that’s right, we talk about your love life. We sit with you in…

  • Books,  Celebrate Lit

    Nellie Oleson, the kid we loved to hate …

    I like historical novels/fiction, historical landmarks, historical cities, historical movies, historical documentaries. I also enjoyed shows like The Waltons, and Little House on the Prairie and not just because they were nice shows, but because they were based on real people and real history. When we mention Little House, one character that is sure to come to mind is Nellie Oleson .. ugh. We all could not stand her. She was horrific and for the sake of good story-telling, she was the perfect antagonist to the Ingalls girls as protagonists. We all loved to hate her. (Hate is a harsh word, but when we deal with fiction, as far as I’m…

  • Books,  Celebrate Lit

    It’s a mystery …

    The description was so good, so intriguing, I signed right up to review it. It’s a mystery taking place during the period of time when my parents were young, Geneva, the leading lady has the challenge of failing vision and overbearing parents and the strong desire to serve her country in some way. Mix a planned marriage and a being suspected of a murder in, it’s the makings of a real page turner, edge of the seat thriller. About the Book Book: Murder of Convenience Author: Linda Shenton Matchett Genre: Historical Mystery Release Date: October 15, 2018 May 1942: Geneva Alexander flees Philadelphia and joins the USO to escape the engagement her parents have…

  • Books,  Celebrate Lit,  Christmas

    Comfort and Joy

    It’s been cloudy and chilly, it seems for weeks. Nothing says “curl up with a good book, a blanket and a hot cup of tea” like perpetual clouds and chilly air. If you love a good cozy mystery, or a nice little romance, or even a ghost story of sorts, then you’ll enjoy this little collection of Christmas novellas .. or what my friend, Chautona Havig likes to call “Noellas”. Get your blanket and tea or hot liquid of choice and snug down for a really good read (or two or three!!). About the Book   Book: Comfort & Joy   Author: The Christmas Lights Collection: Alana Terry, Toni Shiloh,…

  • Books,  Celebrate Lit

    Old Testament stories … yeah, I’ve heard them all before

    When you grow up going to church, Sunday school, youth group, bible studies, you get very familiar with all the stories of the Bible. They become routine and you take them for granted. Overall, a lot of times, some of us think of the Old Testament as tedious, old and unrelatable. But sometimes, you find a teacher who will help make it all real for you. In this book, Ruth: Redeeming the Darkness, we are shown that Ruth is full of drama: tragedy, love, family tensions, LIFE!!  Just because it’s terse and lacking in thousands of words, doesn’t mean there isn’t a story. About the Book Book: Ruth, Redeeming the…

  • Books,  Celebrate Lit

    Real life and fictional life …

    One of the criticisms I hear from people who don’t like fiction is that it’s not reality (to which my snarky inner voice says “well, duh!!”). And some people think it’s not right to submerge yourself into a world lacking in reality. And this may be true for people who don’t know how to distinguish reality and fiction. For some reason, even at an early age, I knew that there was a huge difference between what was seen on TV or read in books, and the reality of things in this world. A quick example is, people say that kids who see Moe poking Curly’s eyes will think that they…

  • Books,  Celebrate Lit

    The Battle is Real

    We walk through our days, unaware of what is happening in the unseen realm. I’m not talking about ghosts … I don’t believe in ghosts. I do believe in demons. And it is my humble opinion that they from time to time manifest themselves as ghosts, to give people the impression that when they die, they too can wander around earth, instead of having to face their judgment before our mighty and fearful Creator. But this isn’t about ghosts – I was just tossing that in, as a point to ponder for some of you. The Bible teaches us that there is a lot going on, that we don’t see.…

  • Books,  Celebrate Lit

    TMI – Not that kind

    Usually, when we are on social media, someone will say something that is more information than we need to know, that would be best kept to themselves. Oftentimes, someone (usually me) will respond TMI. If you are not up on the current internet lingo, TMI means “Too Much Information”. In reading excellent stories, we sometimes come across a different kind of TMI, absolutely NOT related to the above (ultra-personal things), but I don’t want to start on a negative for such a very good book. Let me start with this, Chosen People was not a book that required me to read the first few chapters, hoping it would grip me.…

  • Books,  Celebrate Lit

    I’m terrible with names … fictional names … even worse

    I am good at some things, but of all my weaknesses, remembering names is one of my greatest. I have to see a person over and over, talk to them, get to know them and then maybe I’ll have the chance of remembering their name. Even then, sometimes, my brain completely blanks out when it comes to using their name. It’s just embarrassing. Fortunately, when you read a book, it’s OK if you forget someone’s name, until there are many of them right at the beginning of the story. Then you need to have a printed list of the cast of characters. Thankfully, Wayne Thomas Batson provides that right away,…

  • Books,  Celebrate Lit

    Re-visiting Old Friends (in a book????) … only a book lover will understand this

    I have read books that have been great and I’ve enjoyed them, but I was able to stop reading and be done with the book, the story and the characters. But others somehow work their way into my mind and I almost feel I have found some friends. An Hour Unspent is like going back to visit old friends. About the Book Once London’s top thief, Barclay Pearce has turned his back on his life of crime and now uses his skills for a nation at war. But not until he rescues a clockmaker’s daughter from a mugging does he begin to wonder what his future might hold. Evelina Manning…