I am happy to announce that Neb the Great made Honorable Mention in the 2014 Hollywood Book Festival in genre based fiction. This means that every book of The Deliverance Trilogy has won something. ARAM won runner up for an Indie Publishing Contest. Ishtar’s Redemption made finalist in the Tuscany Press Writing Contest and now Neb the Great has won this Honorable Mention in the Hollywood Book Festival. Also ARAM and Ishtar’s Redemption has won the Catholic Writers Seal of Approval while Neb the Great is under review for that. What a great way to start a Monday!
Here are this week’s top picks!
There are very few books I would strongly recommend to Christians across the board but The Scholar’s Challenge qualifies. I found this book to be interesting as well as
vastly informative. It is really two books in one. Both are told from a servant’s point of view but the first is focused on Origen, the great third century Christian thinker and philosopher who did wonders to organize early church documents into a coherent whole. He did some serious speculating which put him into serious trouble but he was obedient to the Apostolic Tradition and bowed to church authority. The second book focused on Jerome, another early Christian thinker, who did a great deal to carry the message of Christ and the teaching of the church to the next generations, albeit, not always without controversy. I am not nearly as good a scholar as Julian Bauer so I can’t pretend to outline all his points but I found his book to be very insightful, well balanced, and engaging. I learned a lot from this book, though I’d need to read it over a few more times to pass any serious quiz. I have already put this on next year’s reading list for all my high school students. I can’t imagine a teacher who wouldn’t want to buy and share this book with inquisitive young minds. Wonderful job!
Generally I do not read romances as I tend to find them rather shallow and predictable but A Subtle Grace has more substance than fluff. There were some very interesting questions raised and some serious issues addressed even as the reader is led through the events centering on a young woman (Kathleen’s) transition from childhood to womanhood. I found myself reading later than I intended, turning the pages over and over, wanting to know how the author, Ellen Gable, (also president of The Catholic Writers Guild and author of three other Catholic NFP romance books) would finally address some of the touchier points including: What qualifies real fatherhood/motherhood? How do the sins of the parents effect the next generation? and What defines true love? Excellent issues with honest characters.