Archive for April, 2010

April 21st, 2010

The Twilight Gospel by Dave Roberts – Review

by Gwen

About the book: The blockbuster Twilight Saga is being read by teenager and adult alike. These powerful novels are gaining even more popularity as the movies hit theaters. But what should a Christian response be? And is there a helpful way to approach a teenager or young adult captivated with the books without alienating her?
Dave Roberts read The Twilight Saga and while he appreciated the literary qualities, there were also parts that troubled him. As he considered the books as a whole and spoke to teenagers who read them, he saw the need for a resource. In The Twilight Gospel Dave brings to bear a Biblical lens showing that while there are important moral and spiritual lessons to be learned, there is also a promotion of a non-Christian worldview. He addresses such topics as the cult of beauty, the appeal of the self-disciplined vampire Edward, life after death, the use of myths and legends, sexuality, personal spiritual power, and the lure of materialism. Read an excerpt here.

My Take: There are times that I am really glad that I don’t have children. I don’t have to censor everything that comes into the door to see if it follows the values that I would want to portray to them.
The Twilight Gospel was in interesting take on the Christian ideas that can be taken from or were left behind in the Twilight series. My problem with it is and remember, this is my opinion, there wasn’t much to the book and the conclusions were ho hum. To me, it was more a case of trying to capitalize off of the success of Twilight as opposed to an intense study of the religious issues in the books.
Still, this is an important issue to many and it just might be the ticket for you.

About the author: Dave Roberts is a professional journalist, editor and speaker. For more information please visit his website at

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Thank you Litfuse and Dave Roberts for sending me the book and allowing me to be a part of the tour!

April 18th, 2010

What Are You Reading? (April 18, 2010)

by Gwen

Books completed last week:

Books on tap for this week:

Posts/Reviews last week:

Books I Still Need to Write Reviews On:

My Good News:

The biggest part of the move is happening tomorrow. Internet connectivity is still up in the air. I may go nuts, but we shouldn’t be without a connection for long.  Miss me terribly will you?

April 17th, 2010

Show Your Love of Books

by Gwen

I am still moving, so I will stick with that theme. You can’t read all of the time and what do you need when you get a new house? ART! (Not my Art, get your own art below)
Ideal Bookshelf 16, JMM (print)
Ideal Bookshelf Print, by Jane Mount, $25
European Travel Art Print
European Travel Print 12 X 24 in, by, $17.99
Vintage DICTIONARY Print - Keep Calm and Carry On (Red) - 8x10
Print on Vintage Dictionary Page 8 X 10, by Little Bluebird Studio, $10
READ MORE BOOKS - Limited Edition Art Print - (2 of 50)
Read More Books Limited Edition Print, by Lake Illustration, $18

Now I just have to figure out where to hang this beauties in my new cottage that Dawn at Cottage State of Mind has dubbed ‘Thumbelina’.

Do you have any bookish art to share?

April 16th, 2010

31 Bond Street by Ellen Horan – Review

by Gwen

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Who killed Dr. Harvey Burdell?
Though there are no witnesses and no clues, fingers point to Emma Cunningham, the refined, pale-skinned widow who managed Burdell’s house and his servants. Rumored to be a black-hearted gold digger with designs on the doctor’s name and fortune, Emma is immediately put under house arrest during a murder investigation. A swift conviction is sure to catapult flamboyant district attorney Abraham Oakey Hall into the mayor’s seat. But one formidable obstacle stands in his way: the defense attorney Henry Clinton. Committed to justice and the law, Clinton will aid the vulnerable widow in her desperate fight to save herself from the gallows.
Set in 1857 New York, this gripping mystery is also a richly detailed excavation of a lost age. Horan vividly re-creates a tumultuous era characterized by a sensationalist press, aggressive new wealth, a booming real-estate market, corruption, racial conflict, economic inequality between men and women, and the erosion of the old codes of behavior. A tale of murder, sex, greed, and politics, this spellbinding narrative transports readers to a time that eerily echoes our own.

I LOVED this! The era and the setting made it such an escape and it was amazing to think of how trials were conducted at the time. You think that they are a media circus now, you should see how it was done in 1857.

The defense attorney, Henry Clinton, and his wife were people that I would like to have as friends. They were thoughtful, never quick to judge and the romance and respect between them was uplifting.

It was one of those mysteries that you change your suspect with every chapter. Your minds changes as the story evolves and your judgment of the characters changes with every page. I really enjoyed that aspect of it.

Set in a New York that you can only dream of having lived in, 31 Bond Street made me grateful that I live now. Women were nothing unless they were married or trying to get married. We were defined by our husbands, not our own minds. Just how does a woman stand up for herself in a time where she couldn’t vote, couldn’t own property unless she was a widow, couldn’t really do much of anything except for trim roses and pop out kids?

You will have to read it to find out.

31 Bond Street by Ellen Horan

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; 1 edition (March 30, 2010)
  • ISBN-10: 0061773964
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061773969
  • Special thanks to Harper Collins for sending this to me!

    April 15th, 2010

    Death at the Alma Mater by G.M. Malliet – Review

    by Gwen

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    Some alumni from the 1988 are called back for a reunion to St. Michael’s College in Cambridge. It seems that the school is desperate for money so only a handful of the most successful are invited in the hope that they will remember their school fondly and with their checkbooks.

    Lexy Laurant, the jet setting fashion queen, turns up strangled and the investigation begins and goes on and on and on. This book was rather formula and honestly quite boring. Though I must say, the end had a nice twist.
    G.M. Malliet was given an Agatha Award for another book, Death of a Cozy Writer, but I see very little of that same Agatha Christie magic here.

    The narrator/inspector held too much back to keep me in suspense or interested. Up until the last pages there wasn’t enough info on any of the suspects to pick one that stood out. Isn’t that supposed to be the fun in these kind of mysteries? Guessing the who dun it for yourself?
    Walk away from this one.

    Death at the Alma Mater by G.M. Malliet

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: MIDNIGHT INK; 1 edition (January 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738719676
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738719672