Monday, March 30, 2015

Wakulla Book Review: Am I Okay God? Devotionals from the Seventh Dimension, by Lorilyn Roberts

Summary: A devotional of hot topics that affect the lives of teens and young adults with excerpts from the author's book, “The Door.” It explains how Shale dealt with these issues in her own turbulent life and how 
God brought her through them.

Author’s Purpose: In writing this devotional, the author reaches out to those going through tough times. Each devotional touches on a particular issue in young adult lives.

Theme: Hurt, pain, uncertainty, fear ‑‑ Lorilyn Roberts uses the experiences Shale survived to encourage 
those in like positions and those likely to experience 
the same.

Thesis: Ultimately, no matter the issue, God is the 
one to supply relief. God is our helper, provider, protector, and is in control of the outcome.

Author's Stand on Controversial Issues: Throughout the writing of this devotional, the author takes the reader back to Shale's life and struggles. In bringing us time and again to how she dealt with these things, she also shows us turning to the Lord and seeking His stand on morals and temptations is the 
road to delivery.

Enjoy the Book: Yes. The book is well written and presented. Its quotes are accurate, and its references to “The Door” allows it to be a source “companion.”


Reviewed by: R. Pechler a Wakulla Book Review

I want to personally thank all the men who are reviewing the books written by JOHN 3:16 AUTHORS. I am thankful that we are able to bless them and appreciate the encouragement given to us by their reviews. 

Their insights, comments, and encouragment means a lot. Steve said I (Lorilyn Roberts) could visit the prison and I hope to do that sometime in the near future. I ultimately look forward to the day when we are all free in the Lord's presence to worship together our Risen King!

Each WEEK (Usually on Tuesday), we are posting reviews from Wakulla Correctional inmates of 
John 3:16 books. 
Inmates are loving the new books from John 3:16 authors. Chaplain Steve Fox  is adding the new books to the prison library in this initiative to "change lives to ensure a safer Florida."

Friday, March 27, 2015

Book Review: Only One Way Home by Deborah Heal

Only One Way Home - Fun, Romantic, Unique!

Author: Deborah Heal

Published: January 2015
Kindle $4.99
Print $10.99
Buy on US Amazon

Reviewer: Cheryl Colwell
My Review:
Deborah Heal continues to amaze me with her creative stories and passion for historical research.
"Only One Way Home" is the second book in this delightful series, but it's not fluff.

Professor Merrideth Randall is researching her client's genealogy, but that search drops the reader in the middle of the Cherokee Nation's Trail of Tears. Heal's dramatization held me spellbound and left me feeling grief and relief at the same time. If you love inspirational romance, history, and mystery, don't miss this series. 
Professor Merrideth Randall’s latest after-hours genealogy consulting gig takes her and friends Abby and John to the small southern Illinois town of Golconda on the Ohio River.

She expects to have to research the old-fashioned way at the courthouse. But thankfully, her client’s ancestor Matthias Frailey once hung out in Golconda’s ancient Ferry House inn, and that means Beautiful Houses, Merrideth’s time-rewinding software, will work after all.

I was given a copy of this book to read. The opinion express is my own.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Wakulla Book Review: Crooked Lines, by Holly Michael


Crooked Lines [by Holly Michael] follows the story of Rebecca, a young girl living in Wisconsin and Sagai, a young boy living in India. Rebecca dreams of one day going to India, while Sagai dreams of becoming a priest.

The book follows each of their lives, the choices they make, lessons learned, struggles, and tests of faith endured while working toward each of their ultimate goals. The author uses hardships, sidetracks, and uncertainty to illustrate the crooked zigzag lines that make up life while God’s ever present hand is guiding us.
This book would be an excellent read for young adults unsure of their future and God’s purpose for their life.

The main theme of Crooked Lines is that God is always there, never letting go, even when we cannot feel His presence in our lives. If we are able to put our trust in Him, to keep pressing on, He will guide us to where He wants us to be.

The thesis of the book is clearly stated in the first chapter with a quote from Romans 8:28. “For we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose.” NIV

My first foray into Christian literature, I enjoyed Crooked Lines. It allowed me to look back and see the good that comes out of the hardships and struggles. I would definitely read another book by this author. 

Reviewed by: Nathan L., a Wakulla Book Review

Each WEEK (Usually on Tuesday), we are posting reviews from Wakulla Correctional inmates of 
John 3:16 books. 
Inmates are loving the new books from John 3:16 authors. Chaplain Steve Fox  is adding the new books to the prison library in this initiative to "change lives to ensure a safer Florida."

Friday, March 20, 2015

Book Review: Dead Dreams by Emma Right

Dead Dreams 

A young contemporary adult psychological thriller and mystery. Book One.

Author: Emma Right
Product Details
Kindle $1.99
Paperback: $10.99

Reviewer: Cheryl Colwell

Eighteen-year-old Brie O’Mara has so much going for her: a loving family in the sidelines, an heiress for a roommate, and dreams that might just come true. Big dreams--of going to acting school, finishing college and making a name for herself. She is about to be the envy of everyone she knew. What more could she hope for? Except her dreams are about to lead her down the road to nightmares. Nightmares that could turn into a deadly reality.

I don't usually read YA, but this story was too compelling. Great character development and well written, this story brings the best of mystery and suspense, ending with a titillating
twist that makes you anxious to read the book two ASAP.

John 3:16 Books donated to orphans and library in Nepal