Thursday, June 15, 2017

The Chamberlain Key by Timothy P. Smith

After completing the book, I still feel a bit unsure about the conclusions drawn. I will say that the book was a quick read and a fascinating one. The more detailed explanations of his analysis were a little hard to comprehend. If this were a fiction book, I'd have no qualms recommending it because the topic was quite fascinating and mysterious.

As for its authenticity as truly unlocking some mysterious code that God embedded in Scriptures, I will have to reserve judgment. The fact that what got him started was seeing the Hebrew version of his name and some other personal information in coded form in Genesis seems really difficult to believe. Additionally, Smith asserts God communicating to him through dreams.

Could God have built hidden messages into the Bible? Of course! And can God communicate to others through dreams and visions? Absolutely. An infinite God who created all things and exists outside of time, is capable of anything. Without having much of a personal understanding of the software employed, nor knowledge of Hebrew, I don't feel qualified to verify his findings. I am hoping that experts in the field will weigh in on his conclusions. Random House Studio and Jupiter Entertainment have partnered to create a television documentary series based on the book slated to air at the end of 2017.

For now, I'm taking a "wait and see" approach. If Timothy Smith's work draws readers to a relationship with God, that is a marvelous thing. I just hope that people won't be more fascinated by the hidden messages than by the Word right before us and the Author who penned it.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of The Chamberlain Key from Blogging for Books for the purpose of review. No other compensation was received.

Monday, June 5, 2017

The Runaway by Claire Wong

The Runaway

Rhiannon is heading out of town. An orphan being raised by a widowed aunt, she has known her share of sorrow and struggles. An argument is alluded to but the reader never really does learn what precipitated her running away.  I can appreciate suspense but to not fully explain it by the end of the book is rather unfair to the reader (things are hinted at but not fully explained). I have to say that was a little off putting to be thrown into the aftermath of something so monumental but be completely in the dark.

Story development was rather slow with much detail about her leaving and how she sets up for herself in the woods.  Book skips around between her location and the town she left. There is a search for her but it almost seems half-hearted and her disappearance doesn't seem to bother her guardian all that much which made me rather ill-disposed towards the aunt.

Readers will get an interesting glimpse at village life and the ways in which people often repeat the failures of the past. One wise woman of the village does her best to impart wisdom but only a handful are willing to listen.  The coincidental arrival of a brother and sister provides an interesting view of the village from an outsiders perspective. They added an interesting facet to the history of the village.

Generational secrets and grudges have had their hold on the village and Rhiannon's escape may just be the shake-up needed to confront the mistakes and regrets of the past.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of The Runaway from Kregal Publications for the purpose of review. No other compensation was received.