Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The Cover Story by Deb Richardson-Moore

In the second book in a series featuring Branigan Powers, A Cover Story, Ms. Powers investigates a crime that hits close to home: her niece and a friend were run off the road by an unusual vehicle. Investigating the crime takes Branigan onto the college Greek scene.

When another crime is committed against a homeless young woman whom Branigan had tried to help, she begins to suspect a connection between the two crimes. With the assistance of Malachi, man [living] on the street, Branigan closes in on the killer and exposes the dark secrets of the Greek culture on campus.

Readers will enjoy the story and mystery even if they haven't read the previous novel. The story touches on the plight and struggles of the homeless without being preachy or political. The crimes are not glorified or sensationalized; the focus is on Branigan's process of closing in on the criminal. A very satisfying, clean read that doesn't get bogged down with a too-complex plot or too many characters.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of The Cover Story from Kregel Publication for the purpose of review. No other compensation was received.

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.