Personal Writings And Book Reviews

Coming Home November 4, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — novelized @ 3:17 pm

ImageLet’s just face it. Max Lucado is brilliant. Coming Home is yet another beautiful allegory from this talented writer who skillfully engages children while teaching them Biblical truths.

Fantastic life like paintings by Justin Gerard compliment this heartfelt story about Argo and Arion, twin brothers who are shipwrecked on an island and given very specific instructions by their captain to stay out of the forrests of Terrene while he is away. 

The Captain tells them that he is going to a color-filled island that is alive and perfect for them. He promises to return and bring them there, but first they must wait and endure the temptations of Terrene and it’s dismal greyness.

The response of one brother is not without consequence as his color fades and he becomes like the forrest he was warned to avoid.

Will Arion be able to sway his brother back to the Captain’s side before his return? Will he be left no choice but to leave the island without his brother?

I loved the depth and message of this story and enjoyed sharing it with my children. My only disappointment was that  Argo does make a bad choice and recovers at the last second, as the boat is leaving the shore. I found this sad. 

I believe that the opportunity to be rescued from sin is there until the last second and that God’s will is that none perish, however, who wants to achieve forgiveness at the last second? Essentially Argo makes it by the skin of his teeth, a scary and avoidable position. 

God’s mercy is HUGE. Yet, unfortunately, there will be people who don’t “come home”, but linger in the forrest. This is a reality. Admittedly, I’m not sure how you can tactfully present that concept to children, but I still felt it was an element that was important and lacking in this story.

This book is available at Crossway for $15.99.

*In compliance with the Federal Trade Commission Rules please note that Coming Home was provided for review by the Crossway Book Review Program.




Lady in Waiting

Filed under: Uncategorized — novelized @ 2:23 pm


I’m a sucker for historic fiction. Lady in Waiting by Susan Meissner does not disappoint. With a clear handle on history, a vivid imagination and loads of emotion, the author brings Jane Grey to life in this unique and heart wrenching story.

It’s not enough to know what a historical figure feels or thinks. That’s been done so many times before. Susan Meissner applies a different strategy, exposing this intriguing character through the eyes of Lucy Day, her fictional dressmaker. How Lucy feels about Jane tells so much more about this character and adds depth to the story in a fantastic way.

The reader doesn’t start in the past though. This book begins it’s journey with Jane Lindsay, a present day antique dealer with a shop in Manhattan. The first section is told in her voice and we learn that she is dealing with a failing marriage and business pressures when her international assistant sends some newly acquired antiques her way including a prayer book and rosary that belonged to a Jane as well as a ring which has been carefully embedded in the spine of the book.

This begins a mystery and the weaving of past and present as we meet Lucy Day and discover the connections she has to the prayer book, rosary, and more importantly Jane Grey.

I was hooked into the story very quickly. My fascination for British royalty kept me glued to the page.

This book has two story lines which tie together well remaining somewhat separate. Of the two story lines I preferred Lucy. Her perspective of Lady Jane was heartfelt and connected me emotionally to history, which I loved. I think the historical aspect is truly this author’s strength and so I could have read an entire novel about Lucy alone.

There are discussion questions in the back of the book which are great. If you have a book club, don’t miss these questions. They are really great questions.

I not only recommend this book, I’ve shared my personal copy with others. I truly enjoyed this book and believe others will as well.

Pick up your copy today at Amazon, CBD, or Barnes and Noble.

Like to try before you buy? Read the sample here.

*In compliance with the Federal Trade Commission Rules please note that Lady in Waiting was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group