Thursday, May 24, 2018
Imagine the horror of being trapped within a body considered vegetative by medical standards but very much alive and aware. Having the ability to think, feel, and experience pain but no way to communicate with the friends and loved ones who have come to visit.
Tilda has no recollection of the circumstances that preceded her arrival at the hospital. Spending hours and days coming in and out of consciousness, readers experience the entirety of the book through her thoughts. While authorities are treating her injuries with suspicion, her brother and father are fighting over her future medical care.
Childhood memories, projects for work, the progression of a dating relationship, all flit through Tilda's mind like a crazy quilt of experiences. And while Tilda feels very much alive, no on knows she can her them. She is left to question every person in her life and whether a colleague, boyfriend, or roommate tried to kill her.
Will Tilda find a way to make her presence known? Why hasn't her boyfriend come to visit? Who will decide whether she lives or dies? The questions keep piling up and the answers seem to slip further and further away.
The Key to All Unknown was a brooding mystery filled with plenty of twists and turns to keep readers turning page after page. Make sure to include this on your summer reading list!
Disclaimer: I received a free digital copy of The Key of All Unknown from Instant Apostle Reader Reviews for the purpose of review. No other compensation was received.
Friday, May 18, 2018
Michelle Rayburn has crafted a beautiful parable that helps make Biblical truths understandable for young readers. The full page illustrations beautifully complement the story and draw readers into Jewel's world.
Jewel is a peasant who tries her best to be a help to her grandparents. When her chores are done, she likes to explore and tries to imagine what it would be like to live in the castle she can see in the distance. When the prince comes to visit Jewel's village, not everyone believes what he tells them. Jewel learns that she must decide for herself whether or not to trust him.
The author includes excellent discussion questions at the end of the book to guide children toward the deeper meaning of the story. Michelle includes Scripture passages to help readers make the connection between the parable and their own life and need for a Savior.
This would be a lovely gift for a first communion, baptism, child dedication or confirmation. Or for a loved one's birthday, Easter basket or Christmas stocking. It's refreshing to find a beautifully illustrated book with a solid Biblical message. A great addition to any church, homeschool or family library!
In honor of the Royal Wedding, Michelle is offering this wonderful story as a free Kindle download through Sunday, May 20! Once you read the story, you'll want to buy physical copies for every young lady in your life!
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of Jewel: A Parable About Living as a Precious Treasure for the purpose of review. No other compensation was received.