The Big Picture by Jenny Jones

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
The Big Picture
(NavPress Publishing Group April 15, 2008)
by
Jenny B. Jones

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Jenny B. Jones is the author of A Katie Parker Production series. The other books in the series are In Between and On The Loose. Though now an adult, she still relates to the trauma and drama of teen life. She is thrilled to see her writing dreams come true, as her previous claim to fame was singing the Star Spangled Banner at a mule-jumping championship. (The mules were greatly inspired.)Jenny resides in Arkansas, where, as a teacher, she hangs out with teens on a regular basis.

ABOUT THE BOOK
Sometimes there’s a fine line between comedy and tragedy—and Katie Parker is walking it.

School is winding down for the summer but Katie Parker is having a bad day. After leaving the drive-in, where her imploding love life was the main attraction, Katie arrives home to a big surprise on the Scott’s front porch.Her mother, Bobbie Ann Parker, a former convict and recovering addict, wants to take Katie away from her family, friends, and church. Now Katie’s life will be changed by a series of dramatic choices as she struggles to understand what family and home really means.Katie is forced to walk away from In Between, leaving behind a family who loves her, a town drive-in to save, and a boyfriend who suddenly can’t take his eyes off his ex. When the life her mother promised begins to sink faster than one of Maxine’s stuffed bras, Katie knows she needs to rely on God to keep it together.But where is he in all this? Can Katie survive a chaotic life with her mother—and one without the Scotts? And if God is there, will he come through before it’s too late?

A Katie Parker Production series offers teen girls real-world fiction balanced by hope and humor. The The Big Picture helps us realize that the difficult chapters in our journey are only part of God’s big story for our lives.

You can read the first chapter HERE

“A heroine to love. Jones just gets better with every book, and The Big Picture is her best one yet.”
~BARBARA WARREN, author of The Gathering Storm

“Such inspiration in a package of fun and faith!”
~EVA MARIE EVERSON, author of the Potluck Club series

MY REVIEW: In The Big Picture Katie has finally found her place in life, a place where people love and support her, good friends, and normalcy. When her mother comes back into her life and takes her away from everything she has come to depend on, Katie must rely on God to help her cope.

The Big Picture tells Katie’s story beautifully with all the humor and angst that can be so much a part of a teen’s life. The story is honest contrasting Katie’s life with her addicted mother with the care and support of Katie’s Christian friends. Even though everything is not all tied up with pretty ribbons (and when is life ever that way?), God’s love and intervention are evident. I would recommend The Big Picture for teens and young adults.

Jenny can be reached through the Contact link on her Website

And here’s the complete list of everyone posting for The Big Picture on this tour! Go visit their sites to see what CFBA bloggers have to say!

Amy at Simple Folk Schoolhouse
Amy at sprightly
Amy at My Life
Andie at frommipov
Angela at One Baby, Seven Dogs, and a Mommy
April at Projecting A
Becky at Becky’s Christian Reviews
Becky at Savvy Mom
Beth at The Write Message
Betsy Ann at Betsy Ann “Writer at Large!”
Bonnie at Bonnie Writes
Brittanie at A Book Lover
C.J. at C.J. Darlington.com
Camy at Camy Tang
Cara at the law, books, and life
Carla at Carla’s Writing Café
Carol at Blogging With Carol
Carolyn at Serenity
CeeCee at Book Splurge
Cheri at Kudzu and Koolaid
Christy at Christy’s Book Blog
Courtney at A Mom Speaks
Dave at Novel Spotlight
Dawn at Book Junkie Confessions
Deborah at books, movies and chinese food
Deborah at Country At Heart
Debra at Soul Reflections
Deena at A Peek At My Bookshelf
Delia at Gatorskunkz And Mudcats
Georgiana at Georgiana D
Gina at Portrait Of A Writer
Gretchen at Inspire Me
Heidi at Reviews by Heidi
Jackie at Journey Into Grace
Janis at The Nearsighted Bookworm
Janna at Cornhusker Academy
Jenn at Blessed is She…
Jennifer at Musings on This, That, & The Other Thing
Jennifer at So Many Books…So Little Time
Jenny at Come Meet AusJenny
Jessica at Praise, Prayers and Observations
Jill at Christian Work At Home Moms
Jo at Life Sparks – Jo’s Journal
Joleen at timetotalk
Karen at Mommy of Three”
Karla at Ramblin’ Roads To Everywhere
Katie at Christian Novels
Kelly at Scrambled Dregs
Kim at Window To My World
Kimberly at QuiddamChickee To Save The Day
Krista at Welcome To Married Life
Kristy at I Need To Read
Lacy at Novel Inspirations
LaShaunda at See Ya On The Net
Laura at Laura William’s Musings
Leah at Ponderings From My Heart
Linda at Mocha With Linda
Linda at Faith In Love
Lynnae at Lynnae’s Bookshelf
Margaret at Creative Madness
Michelle at Edgy Inspirational Author
Michelle at Just A Minute
Michelle at Michelle’s Great Blogs
Michelle at Raising Little Women
Mimi at Mimi’s Pixie Corner
Pam at Mom’s Mutterings
Pam at Daysong Reflections
Peg at Sips ‘n Cups Cafeteria
Pepper at Great Christian Fiction
Rachelle at Stifled Squeal
Rel at Relz Reviewz
Ruth at Booktalk & more…
Ryan at loves to read
Sean at Bookmark Cafe
Shauna at Shaunarumbling
Stacy at Vader’s Mom
Susan at New Every Morning
Tabitha at 123pizza’s Weblog
Tami at Tree Swing Reading
Tara at Tara’s View Of The World
Amber at Amber Miller
Tracy at Pix-N-Pens
Tricia at It’s Real Life
Victoria at Footprints In The Sand

Where Would Cows Hide? by D. C. Stewart

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Where Would Cows Hide by D. C. StewartThe Parker twins, Brad and Charlie, didn’t want to join their parents on vacation in Hawaii. A little sister can be annoying, but little sister, Zoey, was over the top. “The three of us aren’t going to Hawaii,” she told them. Her parents were shocked by her statement even though it was true. This was not the first time Zoey offered surprising knowledge of future events, nor would it be the last. Arriving at their grandparent’s cattle ranch in Oklahoma, the twins learn of the disappearance of cattle from the ranch. This knowledge would set of a series of events that would challenge any detective. There were the mysterious neighbors, the strange lady at church, a psychic lazy dog, and a weird little sister to keep the twins totally confused in their efforts to solve this strange mystery.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
D. C. StewartD.C. Stewart grew up in Thomas, Oklahoma. She began writing short stories in high school, and won a writing competition at Southwestern Oklahoma State University at age 17. After graduating, she attended Northwestern Oklahoma State University and earned a degree in History. She worked for a church in Maumelle, Arkansas as the Communications coordinator for five years, and after returning to Oklahoma, she chose to pursue her dream of being a full-time writer. D.C. Stewart lives near Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and the American Christian Fiction Writers.

Visit the author’s website.

MY REVIEW: Where Would Cows Hide? is an entertaining, humorous mystery written for ages 9-12, otherwise known as “tweeners”. Twins Brad and Charlie try to solve the mysterious disappearance of their grandfather’s cattle while visiting their grandparents ranch. Their investigation leads them into dangerous situations while trying to avoid their “weird” little sister Zoey. The story has enough action, humor, and suspense to keep a child’s interest while getting across some valuable spiritual lessons.

Read the first chapter of Where Would Cows Hide?

Winter Haven by Athol Dickson

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Winter Haven
(Bethany House April 1, 2008)
by
Athol Dickson

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Athol Dickson’s university-level training in painting, sculpture, and architecture was followed by a long career as an architect then his decision several years ago to devote full time to writing. Athol Dickson’s writing has been favorably compared to the work of Octavia Butler
(Publisher’s Weekly), Daphne du Maurier (Cindy Crosby, FaithfulReader.com) and FlanneryO’Connor (The New York Times).His They Shall See God was a Christy Award finalist and his River Rising was a Christy Award winner, selected as one of the Booklist Top Ten Christian Novels of 2006 and a finalist for Christianity Today’s Best Novel of 2006.He and his wife, Sue, live in Southern California. Visit AtholDickson.com for more information.

ABOUT THE BOOK:
Boys who never age, giants lost in time, mist that never rises, questions never asked…on the most remote of islands off the coast of Maine, history haunts the present and Vera Gamble wrestles with a past that will not yield. Will she find refuge there, or will her ghosts prevail on…Winter Haven

Eleven years ago, Vera Gamble’s brother left their house never to be seen again. Until the day Vera gets a phone call that his body has been found…washed ashore in the tiny island town of Winter Haven, Maine. His only surviving kin, Vera travels north to claim the body…and finds herself tumbling into a tangled mystery. Her brother hasn’t aged a day since last she saw him.

Determined to uncover what happened in those lost years, Vera soon discovers there are other secrets lurking in this isolated town. But Winter Haven’s murky past now seems bound to come to light as one woman seeks the undeniable and flooding light of truth.

MY REVIEW:

Winter Haven is a brooding, emotional, suspenseful tale that kept me absorbed to the end. Vera’s quest to discover the cause of her brother’s mysterious death leads her on a journey to the remote island of Winter Haven, Maine where she is soon immersed into the secrets, legends and history of the island. As she questions and explores the island, she soon finds herself in fear for her own life with no idea who she can trust.

Dickson has superbly crafted a novel that equals the best of gothic fiction and has skillfully woven a story that proves that nothing is really as it seems. I would highly recommend Winter Haven to everyone who enjoys a good mystery.

Click here to purchase Winter Haven .

 


The Begotten by Lisa T. Bergren – Day 2

The Begotten by Lisa T. BergrenWhile The Begotten has all the elements that compose a good novel, it also caused me to reflect on similarities of the historical setting of the book and our present day lives. I definitely don’t claim to have all the answers (far from it), but these are some of my thoughts brought to the surface by this book.

In medieval Italy, the church frowned on individual citizens possessing a copy of the Bible, stating that only the “church” could properly interpret it. Today the Bible is the best selling book in the U.S., yet how many of us actually read it for ourselves? Even though we are free to interpret it for ourselves, we rely on our pastors, our Sunday school and Bible study literature, Christian television and radio personalities, and the wealth of Christian books available to us. How do we know what to believe if we don’t test the scripture for ourselves?

We have many different views on just the one subject of spiritual gifts. On one hand we have well known dispensational teachers and authors telling us that spiritual gifts are not relevant for today. On the other hand we have charismatic and pentecostal teachers and writers stating that the gifts are very much still active. Who do we believe? Do we blindly follow everything we are told by whatever leaders we follow? Do we accept what meets our personal comfort levels or do we seek the leading of the Holy Spirit through careful study of Scripture?

It is easy to understand the confusion of the characters of The Begotten as they struggle with the teaching of the church and the leading of the Lord because we face similar issues ourselves. We only have to watch the news to know that evil is still active and increasing. We are surrounded by lost and hurting people who need the hope that we possess. Heaven only knows that we need the power of God in our lives to meet these challenges. Just maybe, we should step out in faith like Daria, Father Piero, Gianni, and the others to see where and how the Lord leads us. Could it be that we are also among the Gifted?

Lisa’s Web Site:  http://www.lisatawnbergren.com/home.html

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D. G. D. Davidson | Jeff Draper | April Erwin | Karina Fabian |
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Kait | Carol Keen | Mike Lynch | Terri Main | Margaret |
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Steve Rice | Ashley Rutherford | Chawna Schroeder |
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Steve Trower | Speculative Faith | Robert Treskillard |
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