Michael Minot, a lawyer, is a former atheist who now follows
Christ. The Beckoning is not only his
story regarding how his beliefs changed but an orderly and methodical account
of how the methods he applied to find authentication and proof of God’s
validity as he conducted research of the scriptures.
While still single, Minot was challenged by a Christian
friend to set aside time to once and for all study the Bible and decide for
himself whether it held real truths or was the fabrication of people who want to believe God is real. Minot determined to keep an open mind and
remain as objective as possible. He not only looked at scripture but at science.
What transpired is reminiscent of how newspaper journalist Lee Strobel set out
to prove the Bible was bunk. Both Stroble, author of A Case for Christ, and Minot, not only ended up believing but
dedicating their lives to following Christ and his teachings.
Minot’s 13 chapter book divides his research into
categories. Topics covered include his findings on such matters as intelligent
design related to the cosmos and the body. He also covers the authentication of
prophecies and even counterfeit messengers (those claiming to know Christ but
acting counter to Christ’s teachings.) Chapters I enjoyed the most include
those on intelligent design and his candid discussion of counterfeit Christians.
His findings and experiences in that chapter took me by surprise as he ended up
finding church fellowship in a very conventional setting of a Baptist church.
The author also discusses the education of pain, sharing how the early loss of
three close friends and his young son to death, caused him to use an argument
many atheists use; how can a caring God, if he really exists, let such bad
Minot’s book is logical and well written. Though I didn’t
quite find the wow factor I had expected, the book provides insight into why
atheists think the way they do. It also exhibits logic useful for discussion
with those who might be spiritually seeking or open to dialogue about God’s
existence. I give it four out of five stars.
I’ve reviewed a lot of books, especially romances, so original
plots such as this one are rare.
When Serena Gray’s husband died she learned in a letter of a
secret he kept. It divulged he had a child years earlier from a fling during
his youth. When Serena meets up with
handsome Adam, a widower, she soon realizes that Adam’s daughter, Niki is her
husband’s child. As the romance between Adam, a school principle, and Serena, a
nurse, blossoms, she wrestles with how to tell Adam about Niki.
A good romance with likable characters and a good storyline.
I would have given it a higher rating except it seemed to need a bit more
editing (multiple typos and a lot of telling rather than showing action.) I
give it 3 out of 5 stars.
This is my first introduction to Desmond Cory and his
British Intelligence man Johnny Fedora. Cory is known for these spy novels
among other written works. The first Fedora novel made its debut in 1951 and the character actually predates the first James
Bond book by about three years I believe. I have never read a James Bond novel
but have watched the movies and enjoy them. I can say the same for my first
Johnny Fedora book. Half Spanish and half Irish Fedora is a professional who is
both attractive to women but also attracted to beautiful and exotic women as
well but he is also a hardened by his job and past experiences (even being
captured and tortured) and he is a lethal weapon. He’s also an accomplished
He and foreign office sidekick Sebastian Trout cool their heels
at Mediterranean villa just to relax . By coincidence it happens to be the exact
location that Moreno a professional psychopathic KGB assassin is bound for in
order to retrieve hidden “spyglass logbooks” which hold political secrets and lead
to a sunken German U-boat. Fedora and Trout are drawn into the intrigue when they find a
headless body in their pool. Fedora eventually ends up diving to get to the
U-boat and of course Mareno is there ahead of him. The underwater scenes are
very cool. I only wish that scene lasted
a bit longer. Good story and writing. So
glad I am now acquainted Cory and his man Fedora. If you are a fan of Ian
Fleming, the author of the Bond novels, you are sure to enjoy Desmond’s Cory’s
Johnny Fedora series as well. I give if five stars. The books are being re-released by Ostara
A sensitive coming of age story
of Malcom Wilson who is shuttled between divorced parents. He lives part of his
time in Canada with his promiscuous mother and the other half in Scotland with
his hard working, tough father.
Along the way Wilson learns how
to survive and make the best of his situation no matter how hard and also what
it means to experience kindness from strangers and the importance of standing up
for and caring for those who are mistreated.
As an adult finally choosing to
make his home in Canada, Malcom meets Heather, a girl who will change his life
forever. But she has a secret, an abusive childhood and a child she gave away.
The story moves from literary fiction almost to thriller status as things rev
up and Malcom returns to Heather’s home town to try to help her reclaim her
child and stand up against an abusive father who happens to be a cop.
If you read this story without
becoming a fan of Malcom and an advocate for the mistreated, I will be very
surprised. I give it a rare five our of five stars.
This romance will make your taste buds water. Ann co-owns
and runs a local bakery but the long hours and hectic pace leave her little
time for any kind of life. She’s also an introvert with little experience with
dating. When Tom literally walks in one day and saves the day, they are immediately
drawn to each other. He’s a single widowed dad with a charming young son. Ann
isn’t familiar with what it means to have a relationship with Christ, but her
business partner is. Slowly, she begins to gain an understanding, and her heart
is drawn to God and to Tim. Both are exactly what she needs. A charming and enjoyable read. Four out of five stars.