Wednesday, September 21, 2016
With Story Genius, Lisa Cron's second book, she dives into the practicalities of actually telling a story that appeals to people. It takes all the brain science from the first book and applies it to the storytelling process. Not all stories resonate with people. Some just don't connect with people at all. As storytellers, we want to tell stories that people are intrigued by and that don't leave them after they've read the last page.
Cron tackles some misconceptions about how to tell a story in the beginning of the book, challenging some common wisdom. At times, it feels like she's just arguing semantics, but she makes some great points. Storytelling begins with a character, and it's the inner journey of that character that causes us to resonate with the story so well.
Story Genius will give you much to think about in terms of being a better storyteller.
Review copy provided by Blogging for Books
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
The Gap of Time takes this story and brings it into a more modern world, taking place in American City called New Bohemia (New Orleans). Like in the play, a man named Leo ends up separated from his young daughter because of a blind jealousy. From the very first page until the end, it's the intense story of a father's mistake and a redemption that shouldn't be possible.
While The Gap of Time doesn't perfectly capture the essence of Shakespeare's play, it works as a great ode to a masterpiece. It's a compelling story and is sure to keep readers going until its climactic end.
Review copy provided by Blogging for Books.
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
I loved The Choosing, and as a longtime fan of Ted Dekker, I was very impressed with the skill Rachelle exhibits that's every bit as intriguing as her father's. There's no doubt that she learned a lot from being the daughter of Dekker, but her stories have a distinctive feel that's all her own.
The story was reminiscent of when I read The Hunger Games. It's a very different story, but it definitely had that feel. In fact, it's one of the reasons why I enjoy the story because when I finished The Hunger Games trilogy, I wanted to read something that made me feel the way that story did.
The first book in the series was written from Carrington's perspective, and the The Calling is from Remko's perspective. The transition from female to male voice in between books was flawless and you get a real sense of the struggles Remko deals with, especially his fear. The only complaint I have about the book is that I wish the theme of the book hadn't been written as a subtitle on the book's front cover. I would have rather discovered that from my own reading of the story, rather than having it fed to me before I even began the book. Of course, that's a publisher issue rather than an author issue. The theme is handled well, and I could identify with it.
Rather than ending this review with a "If you're a fan of Ted Dekker... ," I'd say if your a fan of fast-past thrillers that deal with some of the world's most burning questions, check out The Calling. I look forward to the conclusion of this trilogy.
Review copy provided by Tyndale Blog Network
Sunday, January 24, 2016
In his latest book, Happiness, Alcorn tackles the question of whether or not God wants us to be happy. Christians are frequently taught that God cares more about our holiness than our happiness. Often, we're told to have joy instead of happiness, as if the two are completely separate things. With these teachings in mind, many Christians assume a life of grudging sacrifice is what God most wants for us. Happiness presents a God who not only desires our happiness but is himself infinitely happy.
Like Heaven, Happiness dives into the relevant Scripture passages to challenge the assumption that God isn't interested in our happiness. It turns out that God cares deeply about our happiness and fights for it every day.
Happiness is a game-changing book because it challenges something many of us have accepted as part of the Christian narrative for so long. Happiness is important. God is happy, and he wants to share and expand his happiness with us.
Review copy provided by the Tyndale Blog Network
Sunday, December 20, 2015
Many people have developed serious misconceptions about what the Bible teaches about heaven, and McKnight's book seeks to tear away these misconceptions. Like Randy Alcorn's Heaven, McKnight tackles the relevant passages from Scripture to paint a picture of heaven that is often very different that what most people have come to understand.
I enjoyed the tone of this book and the hope that it gives for the biblical conception of heaven. My favorite book on the subject is Randy Alcorn's Heaven, but this a great addition to the conversation.
Review copy provided by Blogging for Books
Saturday, November 14, 2015
This book helps you to develop the skills to draw any figure without reference and create drawings that come out just as you imagined them. After some foundational instruction on perspective in drawing, the author, David H. Ross, walks readers through several types of figure drawings, giving them the reference points to draw any figure from imagination.
If you want to learn how to draw from memory, Freehand Figure Drawing for Illustrators will help you to develop the skills you need.
Review copy provided Blogging for Books
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
I have loved reading the Jesus Storybook Bible to my children because it paints a clear and endearing picture of God and his pursuit of us in the life of Jesus. Now, Sally Lloyd-Jones repackages the text of the Jesus Storybook Bible for adults.
What's great about Lloyd-Jones' writing is that the stories are beautifully told and cover key points in the entire biblical story. A common refrain of the book is that every story of the Bible whispers the name of Jesus. It's a fresh retelling of the redemptive story that is faithful to that story.
If you've never read anything by Lloyd-Jones, The Story of God's Love for You is a great introduction. If you have children, the Jesus Storybook Bible is just as great.
Review copy provided by Book Look Bloggers