Mister God, This is Anna by Fynn
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Mister God, This is Anna is a book a bout a man who finds a little girl wandering the streets, and he takes her home. This always tickles me, because: how insane! Granted it does sort of explain itself out of that hole, and the book is set in the 1930s so it is forgivable, but still, it makes me giggle. Then again, if you pulled that kind of thing today, would anyone notice? I think it’s probably less likely than we expect.
Anyway, the book is ok, I suppose. I don’t think you need to be a believer in God to enjoy it, you simply need to be respectful of religion, I suppose. Anna is a precocious little thing who spends her days puzzling the narrator, Fynn, with intense questions and poignant observations about the world around her. It does get a bit blahblahblah in the middle, but all-in-all it is quite a sweet story.
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Melissa Moore works behind the scenes as a producer for WSGA, Macon, Georgia’s very own television station. The young and beautiful Alyssa Andrews and the womanising Tim Donaldson are a team in front of the cameras and a couple behind them, presenting local news each day. When their affair goes south, both Alyssa and Tim go AWOL and Melissa goes on screen to save the situation. But her on-screen persona can’t reflect her rather dowdy and dated daily self, so Melissa’s daughter Kelly and best friend Candace help her to revamp her wardrobe and make over her hairstyle. An even bigger problem is that her marriage to husband Chris, a portfolio manager for Macon’s largest financial firm, has gone stale. Melissa fears that the empty nest created by Kelly going off to college will be empty of her husband too if she can’t revitalise their relationship. With Candace’s Dr Phil inspired wisdom and her faith in God, Melissa tackles her career challenges along with her relationship problems. Continue reading
Christian fiction is not a genre I am familiar with, but I had preconceived notions of what kind of stories it would contain. Assumptions are usually flawed and mine were no exception.
The Baker’s Wife is the tale of a missing woman, presumed dead, and her family and neighbours. The twists and turns of the intriguing plot include teenage pregnancy, clinical depression, job loss, alcoholism, religious zealots, and more. As a reader of many hundreds of novels, I usually can foresee how a plot will be resolved, but this book kept me enthralled and wondering. Continue reading
Title: The Final Summit
Author: Andy Andrews
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Where I got it: Booksneeze sent me a free copy in exchange for a review
I feel a little emotional as I write this. I do realize that I might be a bit of an odd book reader, and being brought to tears by literature is something that happens to me often, but I did very much appreciate this book. Andy Andrews seems to have taken all the genres I generally avoid (Christian, self-help and historical) and meshed them into an extraordinary tale. Now when I say I avoid these three genres, it is not because I don’t like them so much as it is a case of I have never bothered with them because I know what I do like. And I do like most genres.
I must admit that I expected to not like this one. I stay away from Christian fiction because I am rather arrogant when it comes to doctrine and I have little patience for doctrine pushers. Andy does not preach though. And yet after reading this book I feel like I have just attended a rather successful conference of some sort. It has left me smiling.
To put it simply, The Final Summit is about David Ponder who has been summoned by the archangel Gabriel to find a solution to the problems of the world. With the help of many historical figures (Churchill, Lincoln, Edison, Joan of Arc) he sets out to figure out the answer. the story is presented simply and is straightforward in it’s wisdom and insight. Everything that was discussed seemed to “count” on a very real level, and I am still reeling from the incredible and historically accurate (but relatively unknown) story of Eric Erikson and his wife Ingrid. I cried through the entire passage.
It’s definitely worth a read for anyone who likes to read about history in an informal manner as well as for anyone who likes motivational and inspiring texts.
I am humbled by how much I enjoyed this book. There is something very lovely about writing with such innocence.