Archive for March, 2011

The Hangman’s Daughter

Posted: March 24, 2011 in Book Review

The Hangmans DaughterThe Hangmans Daughter by Oliver Potzsch
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this historical thriller. It gives us a snapshot into the life of medieval Germans. It just has a very authentic ring to it. Although, the translator uses some rather modern language here and there in his translation…it was originally written in German. In fact the authors family is the actual family of our hangman in the title. This hangman is a 5th generation executioner, a medicine man, and a tough guy. He and the mid-wife in the town share helpful solutions back and forth when someone is ill…midwives were notoriously suspected of witchcraft whether they partook of quackery or not. When someone starts slaughtering children of the village, one by one, she is quickly suspected, thrown in jail and tortured to confess….by our hangman, who is also trying to find the true culprit before he has to burn her at the stake. Lots of twists and turns, and much learning of Germany in the meantime. Good read, and a great first novel from this German author.

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The Skin MapThe Skin Map by Stephen R. Lawhead
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I liked this book, and would have said that I really liked it, but it ended in such an awkward spot that I withheld a fourth star. However, it shows a lot of promise. dmullen

ANYTHING BUT ORDINARY Kit Livingstone has led a terribly humdrum life. Even his girlfriend is dull. But soon all that changes when, with the help of his deceased great-grandfather, Kit is catapulted into worlds unknown in The Skin Map, the first book of the Bright Empires series by prolific writer Stephen R. Lawhead. Dynamic settings are mixed with unpredictable adventures as we follow Kit through his new life, which includes parallel worlds and time travel. Most interesting is the lost map many are battling to find, the map that is crucial to traveling the cosmos and, more importantly, getting back to Earth. And yes, it’s tattooed on the mapmaker. But soon the reader discovers that, as intriguing as the map is, that’s not the real prize. It’s only square one. –BookPage

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Jesus & Sex Abuse

Posted: March 2, 2011 in Book Review, Samson Society

Breathe: Finding Freedom to Thrive in Relationships After Childhood Sexual AbuseBreathe: Finding Freedom to Thrive in Relationships After Childhood Sexual Abuse by Nicole Braddock Bromley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It is always painful to hear stories from those who have been sexually abused. Miss Bromley offends us with the things that happened to her, without ever offending us with her own person. This story is a stumbling block, as Isaiah say, a rock to make us stumble, a stone that makes us fall. Go ahead, be angry with God, shake your fist, cry, wrestle with Him….but in the end The Only Place In The Universe where we find healing is in this same person we think has abandoned us to our fate. But he hasn’t…his name is Jesus, and he can handle your pain.

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