Angels Cried

I am torn about my feelings of this book, part of me is so proud to be a part of this project, the other part is saddened that this project even has to exist. As everybody knows on 12/14/12 Sandy Hill Elementary was attacked and 26 angels found their way to heaven that day. There have been many tears shed and humanity has shown that there is still a sense of love and unity as the nation’s, the world’s, heart reached out to Newtown, CT and the families effected by this tragic event. I was contacted by Stephen Wilson asking me to be a part of this project and I said yes, without thought without hesitation, as an Indie author there may not be much that I an do, but to write a short or a poem and donate it to raise money for the effected community was the bare minimum I could do, I have inserted myself in several projects to help these families. But this has got to be the one I am most proud of. Why? Because indie authors around the world, the world not just the United States, but the world, stepped up and donated their works for this anthology. All the works are wonderful and express so much emotion, that I can only hope that the friends and families of the victims, and any person going through similar grief, will find a level of comfort from these short stories and poems. The souls of many have been scared by this tragic event, and I pray that as a nation, as a world, we can step up and prevent another community from having their hearts and souls torn apart from a tragic event such as this one in Newtown, CT.

On 12/14/12, tragedy struck. Authors and artists combined, so that their expressions of emotion could be put to good use. Contributors from around the world came together and we shared our souls for charity. Our effort has combined to create the anthology “Angels Cried.” Please purchase this book. The proceeds go to the Sandy Hook School Support Fund, managed by the United Way.

Contributors:

Meghan Arcuri
Michael Bailey
Jen Baker
Ency Bearis
Julian Brooklyn
Allison Bruning
Elizabeth E. Castillo
Crysta Dawn
Guy Anthony De Marco
T.J. Edison
George S. Geisinger
Charlie Giardino
Marianne Halbert
Reyna Hawk
Zrinka Jelic
Cyma Rizwaan Khan
John Kovacich
Rachel E. Kovacs
Catherine Mahoney
Don Martin
Tami Kidd Masincupp
Paul Morrison
Melisha N. Murray
Eri Nelson
Matthew Christopher Nelson
Roseville Nidea
Linda Bonney Olin
Moses Opara
Alan Place
Katherine Rochholz
Kit Roe
L.K. Russ
Sara St. Claire
Crystal Schall
Zantippy Skiphop
Daron Smith
Brien Sparling
Gretchen Steen
Christena Antonia Valaire Williams
Lisa Williamson
Stephen L. Wilson

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Twelve Unlikely Heroes John F. MacArthur Review

Twelve Unlikely Heroes: How God Commissioned Unexpected People in the Bible and What He Wants to Do with YouTwelve Unlikely Heroes: How God Commissioned Unexpected People in the Bible and What He Wants to Do with You by John F. MacArthur

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

“What kind of people does God use to accomplish His work?”

Far from the children’s tales depicted in picture books and nursery rhymes, the men and women highlighted in the Bible were unnervingly real. They faltered. They struggled. And at times, they fell short. Yet God worked through them in surprising and incredible ways to accomplish His purposes. Scripture does not hide their weaknesses, caricature their strengths, or spin their stories as a display of human nobility. Instead, it describes these heroes of the faith with unflinching honesty and delivers an unexpected ending: “God is not ashamed to be called their God” (Hebrews 11:16).

In “Twelve Unlikely Heroes,” pastor and best-selling author John MacArthur uses his deep knowledge of the Bible and history to take us back to see these three-dimensional men and women in their own times and cultures. In doing so, it becomes clear how their dramatic stories apply to us today. People who might at first seem foreign quickly become familiar and unforgettable–particularly as they reveal the true Hero behind every witness, the power counterbalancing every weakness, “the Author and Finisher of “our faith” (Hebrews 12:1).”

I love when I can learn something from a book and this one doesn’t disappoint!  I found out a lot about the twelve unlikely heroes of this book.  This is the first book I read of John MacArthur and was not disappointed in the book; however that being said there was something missing, can’t quite put my finger on it but something left me wanting more from this book.  Though this is a good starting point for anybody wanting to know more about people that are spoken about in the bible, it would be just that a starting point.  This book took me longer than most to read, but it was very enlightening and informative. And this book encourages me to read his other works or to seek out more information about these twelve unlikely heroes.

*Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for free and all opinions above are my own. I did not receive any other compensation for this review.*

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Hunted Excerpt Copyright 2012 Katherine Rochholz All Rights Reserved

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            “I should have taken this threat seriously.  Normals killing witches and warlocks?  I never thought they could catch one of us.  For the first couple of hundred years they were just killing their own.  But now something has changed.”  Antonio stated.

            “What do you think it is?”

            “Nobody knows!”  LaVonne stated loudly.  “Don’t get any ideas in his head James Porter, this young man is going to be the Potions Professor at the school where I can keep him out of trouble.  You may have known his mother in school but I knew her, her whole life!  I will not see both of her children go to the grave before me!”

            “Calm down LaVonne.  I wasn’t implying that the boy should go hunt down the hunters and beat it out of them.”

            “I want too.”  Antonio stated.  “But Sera asked me not to with her dying breathe.”

            “Well that is a good reason.” 

            “We all have our reasons, let the Guardians handle the hunters.”

            “Who is the head Guardian now?”  James asked.

            “Hepburn.  He said Sera’s case, along with about a dozen others, is the top files on his desk.”  Antonio responded.            “Hepburn?  The English chap?”  James asked.

            “Yes.”

            “Hmmm…”

            “He isn’t so bad he sided with America, as I did, in the revolution.”  Antonio stated.

            “Did you know him in the war?”

            “Heard his name once or twice, mostly kept with my own troop.  John asked me to keep an eye on some of the younger warlocks and witches who wanted to help with the war.”

            “Hancock?  You know John?”

            “Yes.  He was a friend of my father’s.”  Antonio stated.

            “He just got promoted to Head of History at Bridgett’s.”  LaVonne stated.

            “Yes he was born to teach.”  James stated.

            “Yes he told me about the school he left.  He was here earlier.”

            “Yes he has to go back and do interviews for a spot with the headmaster.  Headmaster Amayeta would have come if it was not for the interviews.”

            “I understand.”  Antonio stated.  “It will be better once I am back in the Colonies.”

            “The United States now.”  James stated.

            “Yes, we gained our freedom there.”

            “I must go now.  Antonio, see you next week.  I am going to be your reference for the job         .”  LaVonne said as she hugged Antonio and teleported.

            “Nice to meet you, son.  Hope to see more of you, but I should go as well, seems the group is breaking up.”  James said and shook Antonio’s hand.

            “Thank you again for coming.”  Antonio said.

The Reason William Sirls Review

The ReasonThe Reason by William Sirls

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When facing the impossible, will you believe?
Storm clouds gather over a small Michigan town. As thunder shakes the sky, the lights inside St. Thomas Church flicker . . . and then go out.

All is black until a thick bolt of lightning slices the sky, striking the church’s large wooden cross—leaving it ablaze and splintered in two.

When the storm ends—the search for answers begins.

James Lindy, the church’s blind minister, wonders how his small congregation can repair the cross and keep their faith in the midst of adversity. And he hears the words “only believe.”

I liked this book because the situations are believable many of us go through many of the things that these characters when though, it was relate-able and that is why I would recommend this book to anybody.  These characters ask questions that we all want answers to, in fact we all have asked these questions a time or two and though these characters don’t have the answers they still have faith and still believe. The author really showed that no matter what God loves us and He always knows what is best for us and that things in our life happen to make us who we are and to lead us down the path we are suppose to be on. The supporting characters in this book I loved, they were there for the main characters when they needed them and that was the best thing of all.  I don’t tear at most books but there was a tear in my eye at some parts of this book.  I was on the edge of my seat and read this book very quickly! I was disappointed about some of the loose ends still trailing in the wind a the end of the book but I still would recommend this book to anyone.

*Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for free and all opinions above are my own. I did not receive any other compensation for this review.*

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