Rainy Day Reading

After Dinner last night, we retired to our lovely little private tent.  Amoeba and I were tired.  We’d gotten up before the sun, driven to Vancouver, then bused and ferried another several hundred miles.  It was 9 p.m., the sun was just setting and we were ready for some relaxing.  I wanted a bath.

Ella did, too, and she beat me to the tub.  She was pretty upset when I explained that she was just too small and once there was enough water in the tub to turn the jets on, it would be decidedly over her head.

Ella in the Spa Tub

I helped Ella out of the tub and prepared the bath. She +peeked over the side at the hot, roiling water and decided she’d just have a shower, thanks. I found the tub exquisite.

This morning we woke to the pitter-patter of falling rain on our canvas roof. I opened the bamboo blinds and peeked outside. “Oh my gosh,!” I excalimed. “Somebody stole the ocean!”

Amoeba commented that it appeared they were trying to replace it with plenty of fresh water. The rain poured down and the fog came in to the shoreline.

Ella grabbed her book, snuggled back into the covers and said it wasn’t fit weather out for elephant or beast. And then she asked us to go fetch her breakfast from the lodge!

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Chosen Ones, The Aedyn Chronicles, by Alister McGrath

current contest stats:

— Nessa — 27
— Susan — 18
— Barbara — 16
— Raven — 10
— Alice Audry — 5

Contest: Chosen Ones, Alister McGrath

Chosen Ones

by Alister McGrath

The Aedyn Chronicles
Book One

Pam Mettler of Zondervan has offered a
FREE COPY
of, Chosen Ones, to five of my readers.

For Contest details click here.

First Wild Card did a tour of this novel a few weeks back.  Here is their presentation:

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old…or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!

You never know when I might play a wild card on you!

Today’s Wild Card author is:

and the book:

Chosen Ones (Aedyn Chronicles, The)

Zondervan (April 13, 2010)

***Special thanks to Pam Mettler of ZonderKidz for sending me a review copy.***

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


Alister E. McGrath is one of the most respected Christian theologians of this century. Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Dr. McGrath currently serves as Professor of Theology, Ministry and Education, and Head of the Centre for Theology, Religion and Culture at King’s College, London.

Visit the author’s website.

Product Details:

List Price: $14.99
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Hardcover: 208 pages
Publisher: Zondervan (April 13, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0310718120
ISBN-13: 978-0310718123

TO BROWSE THE BOOK, CLICK ON THE BUTTON BELOW:

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Chosen Ones (The Aedyn Chronicles)

MyThoughts:
Great description. Compelling narrative. Sibling rivalry. Good vs. evil. Believable characters. And even though you’ll think you know where the plot is going, the ending will surprise yet satisfy you.

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Current Contest Stats

— Nessa — 22
— Susan — 13
— Raven — 10
— Alice Audry — 5
— Mama Zen — 4
— Melissa — 4
— Barbara — 4
— Karen FL — 2
— Jim — 2
— Teresa — 2
— Kelley — 2
— Bing — 2
— Brian — 2
— Claire — 2

Never Blame the Umpire, by Gene Fehler

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old…or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!

You never know when I might play a wild card on you!

Today’s Wild Card author is:

and the book:

Never Blame the Umpire

Zonderkidz (March 1, 2010)

***Special thanks to Bridgette Brooks and Pam Mettler of Zondervan Publishing for sending me a review copy.***

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


Gene Fehler, an award-winning and widely published poet, is the author of ten published books and over eighteen hundred published poems, stories, and articles. He and his wife, Polly, live in Seneca, South Carolina, where he writes, teaches, and participates in sports.

Visit the author’s website.

Product Details:

List Price: $12.99
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Hardcover: 192 pages
Publisher: Zonderkidz (March 1, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0310719410
ISBN-13: 978-0310719410
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5

AND NOW…THE FIRST CHAPTER: Just Press the Button:

My Thoughts: Never Blame the Umpire, by Gene Fehler, is an excellent read.  The story and the characters feel authentic.  Fehler took a difficult subject and handled it very well, doing an incredible job of relating the story from the view point of eleven year-old, Kate.  Through Kate’s eyes and thoughts we experience her reactions to her mother’s illness as well as the reactions of her mother, brother, father, and various other members of the community.  The book never preaches, but it does reveal the comfort one can find in a loving Christian community and faith in God.

Never Blame the Umpire, would make an excellent read-aloud, discussion book for family reading time.  As a teacher I would love to be able to read it in a classroom setting, but it would never be allowed in a secular school. This is also a story a teen could easily identify with.  Younger children might need some guidance as they read because the thought of losing a parent can be terrifying.