The Methuselah Project by Rick Barry

Order at Amazon Order at Barnes and Noble Order at Kregel Since I’ve been overbooked, I asked a friend of mine, Joe Fausnight, to read and review this book for me. Here’s his take: Captain Greene was an American Pilot from Indiana who was flying missions over Germany in 1943 when he was shot down.  As his plane fell he cried out to God.  He landed in a woods between to giant oak trees destroying his plane but leaving him and the cabin of the plane intact. He was picked up by the Nazis and a civilian car was following the truck he was in.  Taken to a secret underground lab he was number 7 guinea pig for a Nazi science project for long life and quick wound repair. After they had gassed and worked on the men the place was bombed by the Allies. The scientist who had come up with the project was killed as well as number 1 through 6 men.  He survived as did the assistant scientist and he was kept in a cage for many years after the war was over as they experimented on him and tried to duplicate his success.  He looked and acted like a 30 year old even as decades passed.  He knew nothing of the outside world except what he was told that the war was still going on decades later. They gave him lots of books to read to pass his time and after reading many classics he asked for a Bible.  He got a lot of comfort from it over the years.  He exercised daily as well as taking flying trips in his mind including all the safety checks so he didn’t forget how to fly. Did he ever get free?  Did he ever find anyone who cared about him other than as a lab rat?  Did he ever discover the changes in the world since his capture?  You will find out and enjoy this book when you read it.  A very good read and worth the time to read. I give this books five stars. Kindly tweet this: Methuselah Project by Rick Barry gets a 5-star review!    ...

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Beautiful voice, 5-star book–you gotta read this one!

I’m extremely excited today because one of my favorite author’s debut novel, Like There’s No Tomorrow, comes out today! I discovered this beautiful writing voice some years ago and I’m thrilled it’s finally hitting bookstore shelves! Camille Eide writes heart-tugging tales of love, faith, and family. She lives in Oregon with her husband and is a mom, grammy, church office manager, bass guitarist, and a fan of muscle cars, tender romance, and Peanut M&Ms. I have always loved this story. Eide’s soothing voice is like a soft cashmere sweater. You’ll want to wrap yourself up in this story and get lost in it. Like There’s No Tomorrow is about a Scottish widower named Ian MacLean. He lives with a mischievous grannie, bitter regrets, and an ache for something he’ll never have again. To ease the burden of caring for his ornery grandmother, he decides to bring his grannie’s sister home from America. But he soon learns he’ll have to convince her sister’s lovely neice, Emily, to let her go. Emily Chapman devotes herself to foster youth and her beloved Aunt Grace. Caring for others quiets a secret fear she holds close to her heart. When Ian walks into her life, asking to whisk Grace off to Scotland, everything Emily needs to protect—including her heart—is at risk. Like There’s No Tomorrow is an amusing yet tender love story about two kind, single caretakers, two quirky, old Scottish sisters,  and too many agendas. It’s a tale of family, fiery furnaces, falling in love, faith, and the gift of each new day. I give this book a glowing 5/5 stars. Tweet This:  Did you like “You’ve Got Mail?” You’ll love #LikeTheresNoTomorrow!  @CamilleEide   ow.ly/BKbm9 ...

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The Blessings of Friendship by Mary Engelbreit — 5 /5 stars

I had little doubt when I ordered The Blessing of Friendship to review for BookLook that I would fall in love with it. I’ve been an Engelbreit fan for at least twenty years. I especially love her “Queen of Everything” theme and own several products from that line. The Blessings of Friendship, is a  cheerful and touching treasury of poetry, Bible verses, and quotes that celebrate the delightful charms of friendship. Coupled with Engelbreit’s enchanting illustrations, they teach children what it means to be a friend: helpful, encouraging, listening, sharing and loving one another. This book made me smile the minute I set my eyes on it. It’s absolutely beautiful, cover to cover. I want to frame every page! There’s nothing I don’t like about this book. It would make a great gift from a friend to a friend, and to children of all ages. I don’t have a gift for art and I envy anyone who does. This is just another reason why I love her work and especially enjoyed watching her at work in this video: I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. I have no doubt that anyone who loves beautifully illustrated children’s books, will love it, too. Tweet this: Engelbreit’s friendship book is gorgeous!  ...

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The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron: 4.5/5 stars

If you enjoy WWII fiction, you’ll want to read Cambron’s book, The Butterfly and the Violin. This love story is about an art gallery owner’s search for a haunting painting found at Auschwitz-Birkenau. I normally don’t like to read about the Holocaust because it’s too painful for me. I internalize much of the pain and it takes me days to shake loose from the horrors I read about. But this was about a violinist, and as a violinist myself, I wanted to see what it was about. The beautiful cover of this book, I admit, also influenced me to choose it as a book to review for BookLook. The author seamlessly ties the story of the violinist’s experiences of Auschwitz with the modern telling of the art gallery owner, Sera. In each story line there is a compelling romance. Adele and Vladimir are in love in the 1940s and both end up in concentration camps after they’re caught helping a Jewish family escape Austria. In modern times, Sera falls in love with Michael who is searching for the same haunting painting of Adele that she is. The intertwining of art and music was what I enjoyed most about this book (besides the romance). I did find a couple of glitches in the story (which is why I gave it a 4.5 instead of a 5). However, they are extremely minor and those who aren’t violinists won’t even know they are there. This book is definitely worth the read and would be a safe first book for someone who doesn’t know much about the holocaust. It’s not terribly graphic yet paints a clear picture of what women in concentration camps suffered. But it’s still a lovely escape into the past and into the world of art and music. I highly recommend this compelling book. Tweet this: Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron: 4.5/5 stars–compelling...

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Introducing Steampunk author Michael Vetter and a giveaway!

I am very pleased to introduce you to Steampunk/Sci-fi author, Michael Vetter. I became intrigued with Michael’s work after meeting him on a Steampunk forum. I’m fascinated with this genre and have been researching it for a book I’m formulating for the YA market. I’m also leaving next Tuesday to attend the Realm Makers conference in Pennsylvania! I’m looking forward to rubbing shoulders with fantasy genre authors as I have much to learn. I have a burden to write YA books that point young people to Christ. It’s much needed. Which is what drew me to Michael’s work. Michael very graciously agreed to be interviewed for my blog. I think you’ll find him and his work fascinating! (By the way, dear reader, if you leave a comment or question and tweet about this post (I’ve provided a handy dandy link below as well) you’ll be entered to win a free digital (.pdf) copy of one of his books — your choice!  If you use any of the other buttons, you’ll be entered each time you promote this post on social media. What a deal!) Thanks so much, Michael, for agreeing to this interview. Please tell us a little about yourself: My father worked for Pan America Airways so I grew up around airplanes and airports in Latin America all my life.  When I went to college in the U.S. I studied engineering, met my wife, Mary, and joined the Air Force. While stationed in Florida, we heard the Gospel for the first time and, after months of questions and resistance, accepted Jesus Christ as Savior. We grew spiritually through the years, served in many capacities at Salem Bible Church (www.salembible.org) while I worked in the defense industry, and recently retired. My wife and I have a grown son, two grandsons, and are involved in several ministries. Besides teaching adult Bible Sunday School and writing novels, I edit a newsletter for Grace Dental and Medical Missions (www.gdmmissions.org) and am a translator on medical missions trips to Spanish-speaking countries. We live in Salem,  NH, where the one month of brilliant fall foliage makes up for long winters of snow and cold. We enjoy long road and rail trips together and kayaking in the summer. What a fascinating journey to this point in your life you’ve had! I long to take a rail trip sometime, too. How can we find you online? Web page:  http://www.michaelvetter.net Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/ChristianAdventuresBibleThemes?ref=hl Where do you write? (What’s your office like?) My best creative writing is done where I’m free from distractions so that means not in my cluttered office! My home office is where I have access to my reference books for research and Bible studies. Libraries...

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Today is my birthday!

Today is my 53rd birthday! In some ways it freaks me out that I’m heading toward old lady status, but in some ways I’m happy because I know a lot of people don’t get to live this long on earth! I’m thankful today that I’m still alive and healthy. In honor of my birthday I’m giving away a free copy of my book, The Pastor’s Wife Wears Biker Boots. I know some of my readers already have a copy, so maybe you’d like to win a copy to give to someone else? I am giving away the format of your choice — autographed print or digital. Click to order Here’s how you can win. You get an entry for each item you complete: 1. Sign up for my newsletter. You can do that on my homepage in the upper right-hand corner. 2. Sign up for my blog posts. You can do that on this page in the upper right-hand corner. 3. Tweet about this giveaway by clicking the tweet below. 4. Post this post on Facebook using the Facebook link below. 5. Pinterest this post on Pinterest by using the Pinterest button below. 6. Google+ this post using the Google+ button below. 7. Post this on on LinkedIn using the LinkedIn button below. 7. Blog about this on your blog and post the link in your comments below. If your link isn’t allowed in the comments, email them to me at kkakins@gmail.com 8. In the comments below, let me know how many of the above items you participated in. I’ll trust you! Please allow three to four weeks for delivery of your prize as I will be out of town until mid-June. Have fun! And thanks for helping me celebrate my 53rd birthday! Tweet this: Help @KarlaAkins celebrate her birthday by winning a free...

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