Reviewer: Stephanie Thomason
In Unlocking the Truth of Daniel, Laura J. Davis methodically and thoroughly analyzes the dreams, visions, and complex prophecies of the Old Testament’s Book of Daniel. She traces its relationship to history through her comprehensive year-long studies of a variety of non-Biblical sources. Davis explores each verse from the KJV (literal) and NIV (meaning-based) translations of the Bible. When the literal and meaning-based translations differ, she draws upon the meaning of the original Hebrew/Aramaic word, so readers can determine the appropriate way to derive meaning in the passage.
The book starts with the story of Nebuchadnezzar, whose frustration in interpreting his dream of a statue leads him to the prophet Daniel. Daniel interprets the dream as it portends the fall of Nebuchadnezzar’s powerful Babylonian Empire, to be followed by the fall of the Medo-Persian Empire, the Greek Empire, and the Roman Empire. Davis draws parallels between the books of Revelation, Daniel, Ezekiel, and Psalms and past history and recent times to offer theories on the Antichrist and what to expect during the end times and when such times may occur.
To anyone who wants to learn more about the complex prophecies and life of Daniel, Davis’ devotional is a must-read. To anyone curious about the way that current institutions and societies may have been foretold thousands of years ago, this devotional is a must-read. To anyone desiring historical support of the prophecies in the Bible, look no further than Davis’ Unlocking the Truth of Daniel. I highly recommend you invest your time in this well-developed and articulated devotional. It can be read individually or within groups in inductive Bible studies.
Reviewer: Stephanie Thomason
Genesis ignited something within my soul that I haven’t felt since reading the Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis or The Golden Key by George MacDonald.
The book starts a little slowly with a little bit of “telling” instead of “showing,” yet after the first few chapters, the pace increased, excitement mounted, and I no longer sensed any “telling.” Shores’ knowledge of the Bible and use of biblical characters enhance the Christian message, which is woven throughout this beautiful story. I fell in love with the lead character, Essie, and grew deeply concerned about the choices she was making between what she knew in her heart to be right and her escalation of commitment in what was wrong. I found myself carried away into a spiritual world with contrasts between angels and demons, humility and pride, and love and deceit. I cannot wait until her sequel comes out as the characters are still etched in my mind and I long for the choices Essie makes to be those guided by God above.
Reviewer: Laura J. Davis
The Sanctum by Pamela King Cable is quite probably the best book I have read this year (and I've read some really good books) and reminds me of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. In fact, dare I say this might even be better than To Kill a Mockingbird? Would that be sacrilegious to literary critics? The main character, Neeley McPherson, has endured more than any child should and the one person she loves most in the world is now wanted by police simply because of the colour of his skin, setting the stage for a cast of characters and a storyline that is filled with sorrow, joy and surprises that will grip your heart and stay with you for days.
The Sanctum takes place in the South during the turbulent 1950's. Yes, there is language that is inappropriate today because the "N" word is used. However, this book would not have felt real if it had been omitted. The author has dug deep into the lives of her characters and shows the good and the bad, along with exposing the racial hostility that defined so much of the South during that time period. But the relationship between Neeley (a white girl) and Gideon (a black man who is her best friend) is both endearing and heartbreaking because of what they must endure to keep each other safe in a world that isn't willing to accept their special relationship. But through it all Gideon keeps his faith in God and Neeley begins to learn what true Christianity is all about.
The surprising twists this story takes will keep you on the edge of your seat and have you grabbing for tissues before you are finished. If this doesn't get made into a movie I will be in shock. Kudos to the author! This one is a keeper.
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