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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Book Giveaway: The Beckoning by Michael Minot

In celebration of Michael Minot's new book, The Beckoning, Nearly Brilliant is giving away one copy of the book (print or ebook, winner's choice). To enter, leave a comment below with your email stating why you'd like to win a copy. Here's more about the book and the author.

Several years after graduating from law school, Michael Minot discovered something profound: the strong atheistic views he had held for so long failed miserably against the strengths of God's truth.

Michael Minot felt he was living the American dream. For a number of years he’d been reaping the professional and financial rewards of being a commercial litigation attorney. To him, life was great and getting better all the time. He first gained notoriety around his hometown as a nationally ranked tennis player. But now, years later, he was becoming known for his skills as a lawyer and as the youngest elected official in the area. And then, in his late 20's, Michael unexpectedly discovered something that turned his world and his entire idea of life upside down.

About the Book: In a response to a challenge from a friend, Michael agreed to investigate issues relating to science, philosophy, and the Scriptures. Comfortable with his life as an atheist, he began reading with an indifferent attitude. But what started as a casual inquiry soon turned into a time of intense research. What follows is the story of Michael’s journey, his thoughts and reactions to the evidence he discovered, and the new life that soon followed.

 To help people process their questions, Michael has a new book that explains what he discovered during his initial investigation. The Beckoning will equip readers with answers to the questions of how and why the complex parts of the environment we live in fit together. It also will explore how life doesn’t have to be an unsolvable, frustrating puzzle. God’s truths will be presented in a way so readers don’t just acquire knowledge, but understand the abundant life God offers and how to fully engage in it.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

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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 things happen?

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.   

Here's the link on

The Beckoning: Examining the Truths That Transformed an Atheist Attorney Into a Believer In God (Morgan James Faith)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014


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.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Author Interview on Book Goodies

Book Goodies just notified me that my author interview with them is now live on their site.

Here's the link on book goodies if you're interested. 

I notified them that my newly released second edition of The Treasure Seeker: The Quest to Find God, Faith, and Spiritual Intimacy is now available in Kindle format (just .99 right now) and paperback. 

Here are the links.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014


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 pianist.

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 Publishing.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


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.

Here's the link My Temporary Life

Tuesday, October 7, 2014


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.

Here's the link The Right Ingredients


James Maddox plods through life detached from emotion following the heartbreak of losing the love of his life, Emilia. He’s plagued by a recurring bloody nightmare of Emilia’s death that will give him no peace. Then he receives a cryptic letter sign with the words “I am innocent” signed with only initials. As his life falls apart, both his friend and his current girlfriend call his attention to the fact that something is terribly wrong with him. The story hooked me right from the beginning and kept me turning pages. In the vein of Edgar Allen Poe, Rhino unfolds a story with troubled, sympathetic character harboring deep pain and a horrific past. Just a note of caution, the story contains language and some violence. I felt the writing at times needed tightening up but because it held my attention until the end, I give it 4 out of 5 stars. 

Here's the link on Amazon The Unseen Face

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Book Review: Sherlock Holmes, The Definitive Furies Collection

Penny Cartawick has an entertaining selection of short stories in store for you with Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson as her central characters. The tales move at a rapid pace and do not disappoint with the famous sleuth and his sidekick finding themselves in a variety of locations with an assortment of mysteries to solve. From the Egyptian Pyramids to London and beyond, Cartawick takes her readers all over the world. The short stories are perfect for busy mystery lovers who can read a story in one brief sitting and come away satisfied. I give this four out of five stars.

Here's the link