Book Review: Indelible

Posted by Max02 | Labels: , , | Posted On Wednesday, July 27, 2011 at 2:32 PM
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Indelible, a novel by Kristen Heitzmann, is set in the mountain town of Redford, first seen in Indivisible, another novel by the same author.

Indelible
relates the story of Natalie Reeve, a talented sculptor with a rare disability, and Trevor MacDaniel, a member of a Search and Rescue team driven by an emotional past.

After the daring rescue of her young nephew, Cody, Natalie Reeve’s life is turned upside down by the strain in her relationship with her brother and sister-in-law, the struggle to have a normal life, and her growing feelings for Trevor MacDaniel, Cody’s rescuer.

Little do the inhabitants of Redford know that a dark figure, who has fixed his twisted attention on Trevor, is making its way to their seemingly idyllic town.

Although this book could have used a few more passes by an editor, it is a compelling story driven by emotion and strong characters.

I did not find it necessary to read Indivisible first, but it would have added extra insight to the many references made in this book.

I would recommend this book to any casual reader looking for a good story.


I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

Short Story: Then he heard the music...

Posted by Max02 | | Posted On Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at 11:20 AM
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Comfortable chair, enveloping his aching muscles. How long since he hasn't felt one pain or another?

Hmph
.


A faded memory ghosts across his mind. When was the last time he smiled?


*sigh*


Old friends, children, work acquaintances long gone. One by one they slipped into his memory, their final resting place.


Life continues, ambivalent to the pain in his heart, the ache in his step, and the knowledge that someday, maybe soon, he, too, will slip into memory.

He knows he's not alone. Another person occupies the house, in another room, somewhere else.


She, who once had been his wife, his lover, best friend. Now, little more than roommates; occupying the same space and time, yet worlds apart.


When had love turned to appeasement, devotion to apathy?

They ate, they slept, discussed niceties, "Fine weather we have today."

"Yes, quite nice."

He had resigned himself to this existence.

We're too old to change now.

Then he hears the music...

At first faint, it grows in volume as he directs his wandering thoughts. The music takes shape, changes, unearthing old thoughts and emotions in his tired mind and heart.

I know this song.

Walking into the small room, he sees her. No longer able to glide, she sways in the rhythm. Eyes closed, lost in emotion, surrendered to the melody

This is our song.

His heart beat quickens.

She's beautiful.

When had he forgotten this simple truth? Though transformed by age, her beauty remained in the curve of her body, the softness of her hair, the peaceful smile on her face.

How had I missed this?

Opening her eyes, she sees him standing in the doorway. Her feet become still. Breath caught in her throat, she stands silent, watching him in turn.

The brightness in her eyes had not faded over time.

Why did she stop?

He walks forward, more certain with each step.

Standing before her, he raises an upturned palm.

Will you dance with me?

Unsure, yet unable to turn away, she rests her hand in his. The weight is familiar, the touch unchanged.

I know this hand.

Stepping closer still, he wraps his other arm around the small of her back.

As one, they begin to dance.

Each step is measured, confident, remembered.

We still fit together.

Holding her in his arms, he is surprised by all that hasn't changed.

Gazing into his awakening eyes, she is surprised that, once again, she exists in his world.

And what began as a waltz, ends in an embrace.

Time has no meaning in this moment.

They stand together.

Then, for the first time in what seems like ages, they kiss, thankful for the music that brought them back to each other.

Book Review: 31 Days of Drawing Near to God

Posted by Max02 | Labels: , , , | Posted On Thursday, July 14, 2011 at 4:22 PM
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Written by Ruth Myers, this book is a 31 Day devotional created to help you draw near to God. It was also previously released as The Satisfied Heart.

I appreciated the fact that she opened up with her back-story. It adds credibility and immediately connects the reader emotionally.

The book doesn’t so much read as a devotional, as it is more like a beloved aunt, mother, or grandmother sharing very personal and very deep life lessons from collected journals.

Each day’s reading is designed to help you learn more about and fall more deeply in love with the God who created us. The readings are filled with relevant scripture, a prayer, and wisdom Myers has learned along the way.

Expect to be moved emotionally, spiritually, and intellectually as you read through this book.

I highly recommend this book.


I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review