Saturday, January 21, 2017

Killing Us Softly Review

Killing Us Softly by Efrem Smith. Now, let me just say right off that this is not a mystery. That seems to be most of what I've reviewed here is mysteries, and with "killing" in the title I'm sure you'd assume right off that it's a mystery. But it's not.

That said, Killing Us Softly is a book about sin and redemption.

God's world was perfect in the beginning. Then sin entered into it, and it turned, as the author puts it, upside-down. Like Bizarro World in Superman. Mr. Smith painted a vivid picture of our world today and how it compares to the fictional Bizarro World. Things are all wonky and crazy. Animals kill each other. People kill each other. Diseases are rampant. Hopelessness abounds. How can we endure it?

There is hope. God has a plan for taking us away from all of this. And it's wonderful. So wonderful, in fact, that he wants to change us to conform to what he wants rather than what the world wants, so we can tell others about God, and that they can see a difference in us.

But to do that, we have to die to certain things. It may feel like God is killing us, very softly.

It's a powerful book and I really enjoyed reading it.

I like what he said about race: "There is no biological basis for 'race.' What we mean by race is not based on ethnicity or nationality; it has no correlation to particular behaviors or intelligence. It's based entirely on arbitrary classifications such as skin color." Also, "God did not create racial groups of human beings." However, then he goes on to say that such-and-such white guy killed people and he was arrested. Such-and-such white guy killed people and he was arrested. Such-and-such white guy killed people and he was arrested. And then, 9 black people had run-ins with cops, and they were killed. I don't like this. And I don't agree with it. The situations were vastly different. I almost quit reading the book right then and there.

But I didn't. And I'm glad. Because it really is a wonderful book. It teaches about the power of sin and what it does to man, and about how to be redeemed from that sin.

As for me, it's a pleasure to be killed softly by the loving hand of my Creator.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

A Ghostly Reunion Review

Tonya Kappes has done it again! Seriously!

I really love Tonya's books. They're fun, engaging, and easy to read. She writes like people talk. Meaning she doesn't use overly complicated words or phrases that are difficult to understand. For me, that makes her books very enjoyable to read. You can concentrate on the story rather than decipher complicated imagery or whatnot.

That said, let's talk about the book. It's a mystery, so I can't tell you too much.

Jade Lee Peel was a beauty contest winner from Sleepy Hollow, Kentucky. She made it big as a reality show star, and came back to Sleepy Hollow to attend her high school reunion. 

But clearly, someone wasn't happy with her. Because they killed her. Now it's up to Emma Lee Raines, owner of Eternal Slumber Funeral Home, and her hunky boyfriend, sheriff Jack Henry Ross, to find the killer. 

There's something I haven't told you about Emma Lee... thanks to a bump on the head, she can see and hear ghosts. So not only does she have super cute Jack Henry to help solve the crime, she has Jade Lee herself. 

This book is fun from the first page to the last. (And the killer is quite a shock.)

Each Ghostly Southern Mystery ends with Emma meeting up with a new client; the ghost from the next book. At the end of A Ghostly Reunion we meet her next client, one I am personally very sad about. It's a beloved character. So I really can't wait until February 28th when A Ghostly Mortality is released. 

Anyways, this is another home run for Tonya Kappes. I really enjoyed it, and I hope you do too. :)