Sunday, May 6, 2012


Title:Footsteps of St. Peter
Publisher:One Way Books
Pub Date:September 28, 2010
Author:     Mac McConnell
Category: FICTION - ADULT: Other: Christian

In Mac McConnell's novelization of the early life of St. Peter, the author attempts to fill in the gaps that the Bible and history has left blank.  In this, the first book of the series, we begin with Simon bar Jonah's life as a child in Bethsaida, the son of a fisherman.  Because little is known as to why Simon bar Jonah came to reside in Capernaum, the author has given us a fictionalized account of his life, and the events that transpired in his early years.  Certainly, Peter's personality as we know it later would indicate struggles as a child and as a young man with temper and impulsiveness.  This novel takes us up through the years as he becomes acquainted with Zebedee and his sons and to the point where he first hears of John the Baptist and the one they believe to be the promised Messiah.  

At 142 pages, Mr. McConnell's novel is not a lengthy read, nor a difficult one.  He has done an excellent job in presenting a possible back story to the life of one of the more memorable disciples.  His writing style is so comfortably crafted in the first person, that I was not surprised to learn that he also presents one-man Biblical dramas.  While this is intended for the adult Christian fiction reader, there is certainly nothing objectionable in the novel and it would be suitable for the student who is an advanced reader.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Netgalley  <> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”    

from One Way Drama

"Mac McConnell, an entrepreneur at heart, expanded a modest picture framing studio into three art galleries, won Small business of the year, featured in Inc Magazine, and Décor magazine as innovative management. Mac, a record setting pilot and TaeKwon-Do Black Belt, sold it all founding One Way Productions – – writing and performing hundreds of one-man dramas, throughout the US and the Middle East. His award winning historical novels are based on his dramas. Mac's is now available with his 25 minute motivational presentation, "What Are You Working For?" He and wife Linda, live in Ft. Lauderdale, FL."



ARMS OF LOVE                                                                      

Publication Date:  April 3, 2012

Company:  Thomas Nelson


Kelly Long's latest novel, "Arms of Love", is set in Revolutionary Era Pennsylvania.  The Amish theology does not allow for bearing arms, whether in anger or in an act of war.  Adam is torn between his love for Lena Yoder and his desire to defend his freedom.  Lena's mother has exacted a promise from Adam on her deathbed that could cost him their future together.  Meanwhile, Adam is battling repressed memories of an act that shaped his life and could ultimately ruin it.

Kudos to Kelly Long!  I try not to let too much of my personal opinions shape my reviews, but as a serious "Amish-phile", this book is far and above the rest.  Not only does the author construct a more complicated plot than is usual for Amish fiction, but the historical and geographical  setting is different.  Instead of being set in the ever popular state of Ohio, usually in modern times, the novel is set in Pennsylvania.  And where most Amish fiction is of the "plain vs. modern way of life" variety, setting this story in the Revolutionary War era changes that.  The Amish are not that different from their neighbors in their housekeeping and farming, but a perhaps more serious difference arises; that of the Amish refusal to fight in a war, when their neighbors are ready to fight for our country's independence.  Even if a reader does not enjoy the usual Amish fiction found at the local Christian bookstore, if they enjoy historical fiction, religious or secular, they can appreciate this one.  

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


"Kelly Long was born and raised in North Central Pennsylvania. There was an Amish hitching post at the small grocery store in her town. She loves to write Amish romance and is the author of novel, Sarah's Garden, the novella Amish Christmas Expanded Edition with some other great Amish authors, Amish Love with Beth Wiseman and Kathy Fuller, and Lilly's Wedding Quilt--the sequel to Sarah's Garden. She lives in Atlanta with her husband and children."  - from Amazon  


Until next time, Happy Reading!  : )

Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book.  ~Author Unknown



As a book blogger/reviewer, dedicated bibliophile, and just plain serious reader, I have way too many books around here.  Therefore, it is necessary to start clearing some of these bookshelves around here.  For the next few weeks, I will be doing a couple of book giveaways a week.  The giveaways will begin each Saturday and end on Friday midnight of that week.  Unless otherwise noted, these books are my VERY CAREFULLY read review copies.  So, technically, they are used, but you can hardly tell it.  Ask anyone in my family; I'm a nut regarding the way I read books.  I try not to open them too widely,or leave them splayed open, and I never!!! fold pages down.  Yes, I have issues, but it's going to pay off for some of you. : )

BECKON by Tom Pawlik          

People are missing.  Jack Kendrick, a 21-year old anthropologist, is searching for his father.  Elina Gutierrez, on administrative leave from LAPD, is searching for her cousin.  But missing persons are only the tip of the iceberg in this suspenseful tale of supernatural evil.  
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