Thursday, June 19, 2014

Book Reviews by RaMona Callahan

"There will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars... Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near." -Luke 21:25, 27-28

After reading John Hagee's Four Blood Moons, I have a whole new appreciation and understanding of what those words mean. This book presents the alignment of history and scientific study with scripture. It is exciting to realize how the activity of the sun and moon has perfectly coincided with the modern history of the Jewish nation. It also explores the possible meaning of the next upcoming series of the sun and moon called a tetrad. I recommend this book for anyone who enjoys learning about history, prophecy, or the events of the Jewish nation. It is easy to read, making a rather intimidating subject matter much easier to comprehend. Reading this book has taught me to pay closer attention to the unfolding events of the world.  

Wonder by R. J. Palacio is a book about kindness and transition. It tells the story of Auggie who was born with a bone structure deformity. Because of multiple surgeries, he was never able to go to school, but now he is entering fifth grade at Beecher Prep Middle School. Some of the other kids are really nice to him, and others are really mean. The story progresses as we see through his eyes the experiences and relationships the year of fifth grade holds. You will laugh and cry, be angry and happy, but it all ends well with a wonderful surprise. I recommend this book for kids, teens, and adults. It is appropriate for group discussion or just for enjoyment at any age. It is not Christian fiction, so there are some mentions of God and the universe that may catch your attention, but they are not the focus of the story. The focus is about being kind. I hope you will enjoy this easy read. 

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