Monday, November 12, 2012

Novel Crossings - Your Christian Fiction Fix

Are you looking for one website that has all of the Christian fiction books that you want to read and the authors you want to stay up-to-date on? I know I did. I have searched and searched for such a site. I eventually thought there was no such place until I heard about Novel Crossing.

I have to say that I am impressed by not only the rich content on this website, but the also the friendly customer support that is behind the scenes. You will NOT be disappointed, so please check this website out.

Listen to what authors are saying about Novel Crossing. http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=0JM01JNU

You can check out this website yourself at http://www.novelcrossing.com/.



Here are some reasons why you should visit the site....

Novel Crossing is a website for Christian fiction lovers. It's like Facebook meets Goodreads meets your favorite Christian fiction blogs...all in one place! Whether you're into romance, Amish fiction, mystery, action, sci-fi, historical fiction or any other genre...Novel Crossing is your new trusted source for ALL Christian fiction across ALL publishers!

Novel Crossing has it all...
    • Stay in the Christian-fiction-know with the latest news and feature articles written by top fiction authors, industry professionals, and fiction aficionados.
    • Find your next read (or avoid spending money on a crummy novel) with quick book overviews via 1-sentence reviews or a deeper look at books through full-blown reviews from fiction lovers like you.
    • Get connected with a community where you can friend and follow fellow Novel Crossing members and keep track of new books or articles from your favorite authors.
    • Stay organized with and keep track of the books you're reading, have read, or want to read.
    • Don't miss a beat...get email updates when new books come out from your favorite authors or genres



Monday, November 5, 2012

The High Calling: Everday Conversations about Work, Life, and God

After reading through one of the weekly newsletters for The High Calling, a website that focuses on everyday conversations about work, life, and God, I am impressed at the depth and openness of the experiences shared in their articles to the people who subscribe to them. From the sampling that I read, I can see how this could be a major source of encouragement to those who need to see that we are all human and that we all struggle with various parts of our lives. This community seems to be aware of the fact that we all need a nudge to get us going when times are hard and they stay hard for a short time or the long haul. We are called to be an encouragement to each other - to raise each other up and to remind everyone of why we are here and what our ultimate purpose is. While life is different for each of us, it is still a challenge and we all need some encouragement along the way. I would recommend this newsletter/ community to anyone who wants/needs a better way to integrate their life into all aspects of their life.

The Orphan King by Sigmund Brouwer



The Orphan King takes you to a medieval time filled with knights, lords, earls, and the ominous struggle of two secret societies each trying to shape and mold this time for their own means – one for the pursuit of good and one for their endless lust for power. In the midst of the struggle between these two groups comes a prophesied boy who is desired by both groups, but neither knows where his allegiance lies thanks to the diligence of his mother who hides him from both until she could finish raising him. She dies when her son, Thomas, is only 11 years old making him an orphan left to finish his own preparation to seek out and take hold of his destiny which goes much deeper than he could ever imagine.

Through careful preparation to fulfill his destiny, he finds himself surrounded by unlikely companions – a mysterious knight, a young pickpocket, and a deaf and mute girl. He is unsure about this group, but he has no others to help him on his journey, so he brings them along, but not without some reservations. Are they who they claim to be? Will they help him fulfill his destiny, or will they sabotage his plan along the way? Who can he trust, and who must be keep a close eye on? These are the questions he wrestles with along each step of his journey that brings him closer to what he is drawn to do as a pledge to his mother. 

In addition to these troubles, he is lost in his own heart. He is an orphan making his way to what he knows is before him, but he deeply desires to become a part of a family at the end of his journey. He is grateful for the feeling of belonging to this motley group, but he hopes to reach a much more permanent sense of belonging after running this course set by his mother. His heart aches to be part of a whole. He longs for the unconditional love and sense of connection that comes with a real family. 

This is the story of one working to fulfill his destiny. He knows he is supposed to do something great, but his vision is much too narrow for what ultimately lies before him. He has the courage to the take the steps to move forward, but is it enough to keep the momentum going? Will his courage and strength to hold out? Does he have what it really takes to grab hold of what is his and take it without fear? As he struggles with these questions, he also finds himself thinking more and more of the God that his mother talked to him about as a child. He finds himself confronted by those who also believe in this same God and wonders what good this God has done in light of what all he has seen and lived through himself. He finds himself calling out to this God in his most desperate hours.

I found myself mesmerized and astonished by the beautifully captivating storyline and the simple yet intricate characters that weaved their way throughout the plot. The story while simple at first glance quietly becomes one wrought with mystery and deception that is blown wickedly about by the cruel winds of the moors. I was utterly enthralled by this story as I crept deeper into the life of this orphan boy named Thomas. He drew me in through his unwavering devotion to his mother and his determined sense of purpose to change his life into something greater. I was sad to see this story end, but overjoyed to see that it is only the beginning of his journey. There is much more to learn and discover about this simple yet intriguing orphan boy.