We have a new member of our family! Last Wednesday, my dad, grandpa, sister, and cousin trekked across the state to pick her up. Thursday night, she came home.
Everyone, I’d like you to meet Chippewa.
She had a bad cut and then her owner moved away, so she hasn’t been ridden in over six months. However, when he did ride her, he mostly rode her bareback. She’s about four years old, so I’d pretty much be retraining her. Anyways, if my book reviews turn slightly Chippewa too… you now know the reason. 😛
If you want the thrill of reading about a real life pioneer who went beyond the bounds of safety and took unbelievable risks because he believed God had called him to carry the Gospel around the world, you will want to read this book. No Olympian runner ever carried a firebrand higher or ran with greater purpose and passion than did the farm boy from southern Ohio. Without hesitation, for a lifetime Ralph G. Finch crisscrossed America and the world holding high the torch of right and holy living. He thrilled with the excitement of the race and always saw victory ahead. He kept his face set like a flint of steel and never veered to the right or left. His fervent, pioneer spirit drove him to always explore new opportunities for ministry. His willingness to go to the hard places never ceased. He had the ability to make any place he went to, glow with expectancy and hope. To him, missions was not just an enthusiasm, however interesting and glamorous, that passed with time, but a fervor springing from a heart aflame with a burden to help hurting humanity the world around, which lasted throughout his whole life.
Tox did the mission the States wanted him to do. He left the country like they wanted to. In exchange, the States let his team off the hook. Yet when his niece Evie is threatened, he doesn’t hesitate to break those agreements to save her.
Instead of saving Evie, he finds out it was nothing but a ruse to draw him out of hiding. The States needed him to do another job for them. An assassin needs finding, and they think Tox is the best guy to do it. The assassin leads Tox and his team across the world to Tzivia’s dig site, where a dormant, century-old disease was uncovered and unleashed. Before long, they realize they’re battling an ancient super secret society with a super secret goal. With time
With time running out and the threat of a global pandemic rising, Tox and his team realize their sole chance might be to reach back through the centuries of silence to find the only answer that can save them all.
At first, I was a little hesitate about reading this book. Sure, the military/mystery thing had me interested… but tracking down sicknesses and such? Archeological dig sites? Uhhhh… weeeeellllll….
However, it quickly drew me in. The plot line was interesting. They were always on the move, always off to some place new. Ram was mysterious. Tox was quiet but intriguing. Kasey/Haven was the little ray of romance (that, of course, has to be in every book… or so I’ve been told). Poor Levi. Tzivia was feisty, and a go getter. Cell was awesomeness. Chijioke was awesomely loyal. And the ever-elusive Tanin… I loved all the tension in the story and the plot line behind it. As soon as I’m done with this blog post, I’m gonna go find more stories by Ronie Kendig and add them to my TBR pile.
One thing I did not like about this book. *Spoiler* The plague that was unleashed was the same plague that God sent on the Israelites when Korah rebelled? *coughs* This was a divine plague sent by God and also taken away by God. Why would He leave a trace of it behind? It just doesn’t make sense to me. If only it wasn’t such a big part of the story. *End spoiler* Besides that, I enjoyed the book thoroughly. I would recommend picking it up if you get a chance and don’t mind skipping over a little here and there for the spoiler reason.
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts expressed here are my own.*
Normally, I don’t do the non-fiction that’s offered via the blogging programs. Yet I made an exception for Troy Schmidt’s The 100 Most Encouraging Verses of the Bible was an exception. I’m glad I made that exception too.
It was a great book to read through. If you glance through my copy, you’ll see sentences that I highlighted, little thoughts that Troy Schmidt brought up that I never thought of before or just a phrase that I need to remember throughout my daily life.
Numbers 11:23 – Once His arms are there, they won’t let go.
Isn’t that just an incredible thought?
The format of the book was great. The first thing you saw was the verse; then his thoughts laid out like a short two minutes devotional. While I don’t like the idea of “five-minute devotionals,” I think this would be a great addition to a longer devotional or a small group lesson or something.
One thing I think would make this book better is if he would have added the references to other verses pertaining to the same things. That would make it a much more indepth study. Like with the 1st verse, he talks about God’s promises. Okay, so at the end of that little devotional, add verses about God’s promises or the verses where we can find God’s promises.
Other than that, however, it was an excellent little book. I would definitely recommend it.
Mare Barrows– pickpocket and trouble maker. Red blooded. Inferior.
As is customry, the officers are Silvers, and Silvers have nothing to fear from us Reds. Eveyone knows that.
She’s always going to be inferior, she knows. That’s why the Red blooded people don’t have powers. That’s why they’re the slaves of the Silver blooded. There’s no jobs that she can find… everyone has taken one so that they aren’t conscripted into the army. Which leaves her.
When everything goes wrong and her best friend is about to be conscripted, she tries to pick the pocket of the wrong… or maybe right… person. Either way, he catches her.
“Thief,” he says, a strange surprise in his voice.
I blink at him, fighting the urge to laugh. I don’t even have the strength to protest. “Obviously.”
And instead of getting her into trouble. He gives her coin and asks about her life. For some reason, she opens up. Tells him about the hard stuff. The next day she has a job in the palace of the Silvers. When Evangeline attempts to kill her as part of her show, she finds out that she has powers too.
And her life flips upside down.
I opened it up and started to read. First I thought it was going to be a simple twist on The Hunger Games, but it was not so. Then I thought it would be The Hunger Games and The Diabolic mixed together. But that was not so either. Then I realized it was a wonderful collection of dozens of stories all mixed together and topped with awesomeness.
The only reason I’m giving it a four is the love triangle thingy. First, it seemed a little wishy-washy. You’re surrounded by Silvers, you’re scared out of your wits, you… have plenty of time to ponder whether you like Cal or Maven better? Wouldn’t it be much better to think about how to avoid, um, brutally dying? Then, <spoiler>once she and Maven are engaged… are we supposed to feel happy when she’s kissing Cal? Uhhhhh…Even if she didn’t love him, she still agreed to a commitment. End of story. But I guess the fun of this story is backstabbing. <end spoiler> Yeah, okay, whatevs, Mare.
Other than that, I loved it. It’s 383 pages long and the only reason I didn’t finish it in one afternoon was because we had company over. I would most definitely pick it up if you ever get a chance.