Monday, June 21, 2010

Imaginary Jesus by Matt Mikalatos

I was enthralled and super impressed by this book. I have so many people that I wish would read it! Imaginary Jesus is "in your face" and will knock over "sacred cows" with many people. In this book, the author, who is also a main character faces issues in his life by identifying where he has been following an imaginary Jesus instead of the real Jesus Christ. 

I think Matt did a wonderful job with this book. I didn't come away from it with out praying and asking God to show me any places that I was following any thing that seemed like Jesus, or God, but wasn't or isn't. I grew up in a Christian home and I have watched many many "Christians" follow a Christ that isn't quite right. That point seemed to be well honed in Imaginary Jesus. 

If my Internet works, I hope to post more thoughts soon. For now I will leave you with the thought and wish that this book should be passed out for mandatory reading in most of the churches I have been in. Are you following the REAL Jesus Christ, or one that is imaginary and seems to be real?


Product Description

Is the pleasant robed man at the coffee shop really Jesus---or just Matt Mikalatos's conveniently created imitation of Christ? With the help of the apostle Peter and a talking donkey, Matt searches Portland---determined to exorcise the impostor, find the real Jesus, and confront him with the question that's haunted him for years. . . . 288 pages, hardcover from Tyndale.
Imaginary Jesus by Matt Mikalatos, starring Matt Mikalatos, and published by Tyndale. 

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In conjunction with the CSFF Blog Tour, I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.

Participants’ links:
Brandon Barr
Keanan Brand
Grace Bridges
Beckie Burnham
Valerie Comer
R. L. Copple
Amy Cruson
CSFF Blog Tour
Stacey Dale
D. G. D. Davidson
Jeff Draper
April Erwin
Andrea Graham
Tori Greene
Becky Jesse
Cris Jesse
Jason Joyner
Carol Keen
Krystine Kercher
Dawn King
Rebecca LuElla Miller
John W. Otte
Donita K. Paul
Crista Richey
Chawna Schroeder
Rachel Starr Thomson
Steve Trower
Fred Warren
Phyllis Wheeler
KM Wilsher

Maid To Match by Deeanne Gist

Hi Everyone! This was a nice book to read. Deeanne Gist has a style appreciate by so many! I am just not into romance of late, so it is harder for me to give a better review. 

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Maid to Match
Bethany House (June 1, 2010)

Deeanne Gist


After a short career in elementary education, Deeanne Gist retired to raise her four children. Over the course of the next fifteen years, she ran a home accessory and antique business, became a member of the press, wrote freelance journalism for national publications such as People, Parents, Parenting, Family Fun, Houston Chronicle and Orlando Sentinel, and acted as CFO for her husband’s small engineering firm--all from the comforts of home.

Squeezed betwixt-and-between all this, she read romance novels by the truckload and even wrote a couple of her own. While those unpublished manuscripts rested on the shelf, she founded a publishing corporation for the purpose of developing, producing and marketing products that would reinforce family values, teach children responsibility and provide character building activities.

After a few short months of running her publishing company, Gist quickly discovered being a "corporate executive" was not where her gifts and talents lie. In answer to Gist’s fervent prayers, God sent a mainstream publisher to her door who licensed her parenting I Did It!® product line and committed to publish the next generation of her system, thus freeing Gist to return to her writing.

Eight months later, she sold A Bride Most Begrudging to Bethany House Publishers. Since that debut, her very original, very fun romances have rocketed up the bestseller lists and captured readers everywhere. Add to this two consecutive Christy Awards, two RITA nominations, rave reviews, and a growing loyal fan base, and you’ve got one recipe for success.

Her 2010 books, Beguiled and Maid To Match are now available for order.

Gist lives in Texas with her husband of twenty-seven years and their two border collies. They have four grown children. Visit her blog to find out the most up-to-the-minute news about Dee.


Falling in love could cost her everything.

From the day she arrived at the Biltmore, Tillie Reese is dazzled, by the riches of the Vanderbilts and by Mack Danvers, a mountain man turned footman. When Tillie is enlisted to help tame Mack's rugged behavior by tutoring him in proper servant etiquette, the resulting sparks threaten Tillie's efforts to be chosen as Edith Vanderbilt's lady's maid, After all, the one rule of the house is no romance below stairs.

But the stakes rise even higher when Mack and Tillie become entangles in a cover-up at the town orphanage. They could both lose their jobs, their aspirations...their hearts.

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Thursday, June 3, 2010

Deceit by Brandilyn Collins

Hello All!

Wow! Is it just me or does each book I read by Brandilyn Collins get better? I couldn't put this one down, it was wonderful. Not only did I need the distraction just now, but this good paced mystery was good for me. It was not too heavy, nor too scary, it was just right. 

I love how Joanne Weeks eats Jelly Bellies. It was just a wonderful real touch, so much like someone I know. The information on being a Skip Tracer was fascinating to read about. I would imagine skip tracing is a job that has little publicity and tends to be more "mundane" but for Joanne's character it was perfect!

This book had plenty of intrigue so that you didn't completely see the ending coming. Suspect a possibility, but not see it coming way before. I like that in a book because I have a terrible knack of knowing the end of many books or movies before they get to them. :0

Very enjoyable, I am glad I got to read it!
Carol :)

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing


Zondervan (June 18, 2010)


Brandilyn Collins


Brandilyn Collins is an award-winning and best-selling novelist known for her trademark Seatbelt Suspense®. These harrowing crime thrillers have earned her the tagline "Don't forget to b r e a t h e..."® Brandilyn's first book, A Question of Innocence, was a true crime published by Avon in 1995. Its promotion landed her on local and national TV and radio, including the Phil Donahue and Leeza talk shows. Brandilyn is also known for her distinctive book on fiction-writing techniques, Getting Into Character: Seven Secrets a Novelist Can Learn From Actors (John Wiley & Sons). She is now working on her 20th book.

In addition, Brandilyn’s other latest release is Final Touch, third in The Rayne Tour series—young adult suspense co-written with her daughter, Amberly. The Rayne Tour series features Shaley O’Connor, daughter of a rock star, who just may have it all—until murder crashes her world.


Skip Tracer Joanne Weeks knows Baxter Jackson killed his second wife---and Joanne's best friend---seven years ago. But Jackson, a church elder and beloved member of the town, walks the streets a free man.

The police tell Joanne to leave well enough alone, but Joanne is determined to bring Jackson down. Using her skip tracing skills, she sets out to locate Melissa Harkoff, now twenty-two, who lived in the Jackson home at the time of Linda Jackson's disappearance.

As Joanne drives home on a rainy winter night, a hooded figure darts in front of her car. In her headlight beams she glimpses the half-concealed face of a man, a rivulet of blood jagging down his cheek. She squeals to a stop but clips him with her right fender. Shaking, she gets out of her car in the pouring rain. The man will not let her see his face. Before he limps off into the night he warns her not to talk to police.

As Joanne tries to find Melissa, someone seems to be after her. Who was the man she hit on the road. Is Baxter Jackson out to silence her? Or is some other skip she's traced in the past now out for revenge?

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