Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Seed Police by Gayla Prewitt-CWA


ISBN-10: 1497583020 | ISBN-13: 978-1497583023 | List Price: $8.99 print/ $6.99 Kindle | Format: Paperback and Kindle | 
Page Count: 146 pages

It's the not-too-distant future, and no one but the government is allowed to grow food. Owning seeds is illegal.  

Teenagers, Chance and Emily, along with their families, who call themselves the “Seed Savers,” are in a race against government patrols and a deadly pandemic.  The pure seeds the families have hidden may hold the key to human survival, in this action-packed political thriller.



Profanity: none
Violence: minimal
Sexuality: minimal
Religion: strong
When I saw this political thriller novel up for review I knew I wanted to read it. I come from a long line of farmers so my uncles make sure I am aware of the reality of the real "seed police," that are putting local farmers out of business. This is a real fight we are facing today. I think that is what made this book so terrifying for me. Yes, this is a work of fiction, but the implications for food modifications are real. 

This book is short (146 pages), but very impact-full. Gayla does a wonderful job in this fast paced thriller with tons of plot twists that keep you engaged till the very end. Emily and Chance are great characters with depth, courage and a call to protect humanity. You find yourself routing for them,their family and cause throughout the book. 


The book does have a strong christian theme running throughout. Mainly that  of God being the creator and in control of all things. It also does a good job of bringing awareness to real life situations and the importance of being aware of what the government does and regulations of the powers it has. I ended up using this book with my 9th grade class and they loved it, despite the grammatical errors in the book!


Want to learn more about this real fight? Here are several links to keep you up to date and informed: 

http://www.responsibletechnology.org/
http://ecowatch.com/
https://www.organicconsumers.org/


Disclaimer: Thanks to the CWA Review Crew and the author for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on the reader’s honest opinion.




Gayla Prewitt has a background in broadcast journalism and is a part-time instructor at a university near her home.  She is married to a firefighter,  has four beautiful children, and a wonderful son-in-law. A health crisis with her children prompted her to re-examine the world, making her much more diligent in researching the safety of the food and many other things which her children encountered.  Some of the information gathered was the catalyst for writing this novel.


To learn more about Gayla and her writing, visit her website:
www.seedpolice.com.  You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter. Please follow her Facebook Fan page too. Your followers can purchase their copies of Seed Police on the book's Website or on Amazon.
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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Beneath the Forsaken City (The Song of Seare #2)

  • Series: The Song of Seare (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: NavPress (January 16, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612916317
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612916316
  • Purchase on Amazon
Conor and Aine have barely escaped Seare with their lives. Conor knows he must return to find the harp that could end the Red Druid’s reign of terror, but in the midst of their escape, he and Aine are torn apart once more. Surrounded by despair and thrown into as much danger as they left behind, Conor and Aine must cling to the whispers of Comdiu’s plans for them and the homeland that depends on their survival. But at what cost? Will they learn to depend on Comdiu completely? Or will they give up hope?


 ~ My Impressions~

I love when I can enter into a series at the 2nd book and still feel like I read the first one! The author does an amazing job of giving you just enough background information and detail that you missed,but without overdoing it so those that did read the first book feel its redundancy.

I really enjoyed getting to know Connor,  Eoghan and Aine. They are both strong characters that are loyal, honest,kind, loving, full of integrity, brave,and more than what they appear! They are the epitome of what you want to see in lead characters. The plot moves the story along quickly, making this an enjoyable read that you do not want to put down. Which says alot for me since I normally do not like fantasy type books, but I am actually looking forward to "The Sword and the Song" right now.

Filled with all things Celtic, action, romance, mysteries and the whole good versus evil that we would expect to find, this book will not disappoint. When I received this book I did not realize that Laureano was a christian writer, so I was pleasantly surprised to see though was  how well the book kept in align with christian principals and morals. Now I really can not wait for next book.



~Disclaimer~
I received a copy of the book from Tyndale Blog Network for this review. However, the opinions expressed are my own

~About the Author~

C.E. Laureano's love of fantasy began with a trip through a magical wardrobe, and she has never looked back. She's happiest when her day involves martial arts, swords, and a well-choreographed fight scene. When pressed, she'll admit to a love of theater, travel, and good food, which she attributes to her romance-writing alter ego, Carla Laureano.

Appropriately, she's the wife to a martial arts master and mom to two boys who spend most of their time jumping off things and finding objects to turn into light sabers. They live in Denver, Colorado with a menagerie of small pets.

Life in 6 Words-Dare to Share Ministries

Ever Wonder About God?

Have you ever wondered about God? You’re not alone. Most everyone comes to a point in their life where they wonder about God —whether He exists, what He’s like, and what He wants from them.
These are important questions. And if you just watched the Life in 6 Words: The GOSPEL video, you’ve gotten a glimpse of what the Bible has to say about these questions. Here’s a brief summary of what you just heard on the video:

You can find a more comprehensive explanation of these six truths here.
- See more at: http://www.lifein6words.com/connect-with-god#sthash.nbu2vjyF.dpuf

Ever Wonder About God?

Have you ever wondered about God? You’re not alone. Most everyone comes to a point in their life where they wonder about God —whether He exists, what He’s like, and what He wants from them.
These are important questions. And if you just watched the Life in 6 Words: The GOSPEL video, you’ve gotten a glimpse of what the Bible has to say about these questions. Here’s a brief summary of what you just heard on the video:

You can find a more comprehensive explanation of these six truths here.
- See more at: http://www.lifein6words.com/connect-with-god#sthash.nbu2vjyF.dpuf

Ever Wonder About God?

Have you ever wondered about God? You’re not alone. Most everyone comes to a point in their life where they wonder about God —whether He exists, what He’s like, and what He wants from them.
These are important questions. And if you just watched the Life in 6 Words: The GOSPEL video, you’ve gotten a glimpse of what the Bible has to say about these questions. Here’s a brief summary of what you just heard on the video:

You can find a more comprehensive explanation of these six truths here.
- See more at: http://www.lifein6words.com/connect-with-god#sthash.nbu2vjyF.dpuf

Ever Wonder About God?

Have you ever wondered about God? You’re not alone. Most everyone comes to a point in their life where they wonder about God —whether He exists, what He’s like, and what He wants from them.
These are important questions. And if you just watched the Life in 6 Words: The GOSPEL video, you’ve gotten a glimpse of what the Bible has to say about these questions. Here’s a brief summary of what you just heard on the video:

You can find a more comprehensive explanation of these six truths here.
- See more at: http://www.lifein6words.com/connect-with-god#sthash.nbu2vjyF.dpuf
  • Paperback: 53 pages
  • Publisher: D2S Publisher (2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985735228
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985735227
Have you ever wondered about God? You’re not alone. Most everyone comes to a point in their life where they wonder about God —whether He exists, what He’s like, and what He wants from them.
These are important questions.


 

Ever Wonder About God?

Have you ever wondered about God? You’re not alone. Most everyone comes to a point in their life where they wonder about God —whether He exists, what He’s like, and what He wants from them.
These are important questions. And if you just watched the Life in 6 Words: The GOSPEL video, you’ve gotten a glimpse of what the Bible has to say about these questions. Here’s a brief summary of what you just heard on the video:

You can find a more comprehensive explanation of these six truths here.
- See more at: http://www.lifein6words.com/connect-with-god#sthash.nbu2vjyF.dpuf

Ever Wonder About God?

Have you ever wondered about God? You’re not alone. Most everyone comes to a point in their life where they wonder about God —whether He exists, what He’s like, and what He wants from them.
These are important questions. And if you just watched the Life in 6 Words: The GOSPEL video, you’ve gotten a glimpse of what the Bible has to say about these questions. Here’s a brief summary of what you just heard on the video:

You can find a more comprehensive explanation of these six truths here.
- See more at: http://www.lifein6words.com/connect-with-god#sthash.nbu2vjyF.dpuf
~My Impressions~ 

This is a simple, engaging way for teens to share the gospel with not only their friends, but anyone they interact with in day to day life in a non-threatening, non-confrontational way. Broken down into concepts that are easy to understand and deliver. The book reads almost like a magazine. I would compare the look and layout to the popular tech magazine Wired. It has that same multi-font size and styles,  inviting look, that is hip, colorful, bold and the use of random photos that link the topic.

The book works off the word GOSPEL (God, Our, Sins, Paying, Everyone, Life) to breakdown the gospel message in meaningful chunks that people can really relate to and personalize.  I loved the invitation at the end of the book. To me it either lets the person solidify their new relationship with Christ, or allows you to keep probing into other questions they might have concerning Christ. What I found that this book offers (if you leave the book with who you are sharing) is so often after you have shared the gospel and left the new believer or the one with questions, there is seldom follow-up by the person sharing the message. This leave the new believer confused, lost and right back where they started almost. Having the resources in this book, gives them  place to begin their new journey and a spot to get plugged in with other believers who can help guide them on their new walk. Sharing the gospel does not end when you accept Christ, but it keeps going.I would recommend that before you give this book to someone that you put your contact information on it. Even if the person you gave it to does not use it, you never know who God intended it for that will. 

Although this book is aimed more for teens to use to share the gospel, it would be a excellent resource for adults to keep on them to use when they encounter teens or tech minded individuals.






~About the Author~
  My name is Greg. I'm a husband, a father, a preacher, an author, a twitchy revolutionary and a fanatic for Jesus.

I love my wife, my kids, and my God (not in that order!)

Give me Starbuck's coffee, wi-fi, time at the park with my kids, a movie-dinner night with my wife and I'm a happy man.

What makes me mad? Lukewarm Christians, bad theology and passionless churches.
What makes me furious? Horrible Christian drivers with stupid Christian bumper stickers
What makes me happy? Jesus (the real Jesus that is), Java, arenas full of teenagers and vacations with the fam.


~Disclaimer~

The Word Changers

young adult fantasy

About the Book: 

Escaping from the turmoil of her home, fifteen-year-old Posy finds herself at her usual haunt ... the library. When she chooses an unfamiliar book from the shelf, she does not devour its words as she usually does...

Its words devour her.

Posy is pulled into the pages of a fairy tale in turmoil. Characters whisper of rebellion against their Plot. And Posy must find a lost princess whose role in the story is crucial, before her own role in the book comes to a horrible end.

With the haughty Prince Kyran as a reluctant companion, Posy ventures past the Borders of the Plot, into the depths of the treacherous Wild Land forest that lie beyond. Secrets are buried there, dangerous and deadly.

Yet the darkest secret of all is the one Posy carries within herself.

Soon it's clear that finding the lost princess is the least of Posy's concerns. The Author of the book must be found. His Plot must be put to rights again, his characters reminded of who they were first created to be. Only then will the True Story be written, both for Posy, and for the tale she has now become a part of.


My Impressions: 

I adored this book. I don't know who among us would not like to have the ability to be able to pop into our favorite book.  Granted, Posey, did this by some magical force at work, but I still love the idea. The book has this weird twist, where Posey is replacing Princess Evanthe, who is destined to die. The kicker is the people try ad reassure her by letting her know not to worry each time a person reads the book you get to repeat the whole process over again! I am not so sure that would bring me comfort. Yes, you are going to die, but don't worry when someone reads the book you come alive to die again! I think these people are a little twisted personally. 

This book reminds me so much of real life. Trying to figure out who your friends really are, who you can trust, you is just using you and how will your story end, and how much control can you have over it when all these outside factors are a t play.  Posey is not alone in her struggles in life.  The author does an amazing job of creating characters that you can relate to, appreciate and struggle with. The plot, although slow at times, is one we can all relate to on some level. I can not hep but feeling that Posey being trapped in the book is an allegory to how we can feel trapped in our own lives and desiring to escape. 

About the Author: 
Ashlee is the author of Christian fantasy for young adults. She lives in the heart of Missouri with her husband and young son. While most of her days are balanced between writing, reading and homeschooling, she also finds time to enjoy tea with friends, forest walks, photography, and piano playing.




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Awesome Science Ep 9 – “Explore Dinosaur National Monument” DVD

Noah explores Dinosaur National Monument in western Colorado. He’ll explore this amazing site, where hundreds of dinosaur skeletons have been found in a mass graveyard. He’ll take a look at the evidence for the Biblical record of dinosaurs living in recent history and why meteorites just don’t make sense for their demise. He’ll share how the global flood makes much more sense of how they met their end, as well as how they came off the ark and survived for a while after the Flood.

You can also buy this episode anywhere in the world using Online Video OnDemand for your computer or mobile device.

Format: DVD
Length: 37 Minutes
Ages: 8-18
Published: 2014
Video On Demand Option ($9.99 purchase or $1.99 rental)

In 1909, a huge deposit of dinosaur bones were found on the western side of the Rockies, in a vast area of western Colorado and eastern Utah of which 200,000 acres have been set aside as the Dinosaur National Monument. Explore this mysterious area and learn:
  • Which are the most common dinosaur fossils found at this huge site
  • What are the various rock layers in which the fossils have been discovered
  • The significance of fossil Unio clam shells, Native American petroglyphs, & more!
This series is produced by Kyle Justice, whose work has appeared on such networks as National Geographic, ESPN, and the Outdoor Channel, along with his creative homeschool-family team. Teen host Noah Justice serves as your guide to truth on the ground at national parks and other geologic locations, bringing you an educational and entertaining adventure!


My Review: 



Awesome Science: Explore Dinosaur National Monument with Noah Justice is just one more great video episode in the creation science catalog that is biblical based, informative and engaging. I love these videos. They point out time and again how science and the bible can align.  Plus in each episode you get tons of history, vocabulary, geography, science and lots of tid bits you probably did not know before watching the video. Did I mention the wonderful the scenic location photos are? 

This is the 3rd Awesome Science video I have watched and the videos I have seen always maintain a Biblical Worldview throughout, but does make sure that it mentions secular ideas as well without losing biblical authority as its basis. Plus, it continually points us back to the word of God to link science and biblical truth together. 


Episodes within this series: 

1 – Explore the Grand Canyon – Buy DVD     Worldwide Instant Video
2 – Explore Yellowstone National Park – Buy DVD     Worldwide Instant Video
3 – Explore Petrified Forest National Park & Meteor Crater – Buy DVD      Worldwide Instant Video
4 – Explore Yosemite & Zion – Buy DVD     Worldwide Instant Video
5 – Explore Mount St. Helens – Buy DVD     Worldwide Instant Video
6 – Explore John Day Fossil Beds – Buy DVD    Worldwide Instant Video
7 – Explore Glacier National Park – Buy DVD    Worldwide Instant Video
8 – Explore Rocky Mountain National Park – Buy DVD    Worldwide Instant Video
9 – Explore Dinosaur National Park – Buy DVD   Worldwide Instant Video 
10 – Explore The Mammoth Site – Buy DVD    Worldwide Instant Video
11 – Explore Arches National Park & Bridges National Monument (release in Spring 2015)
12 – Explore Mesa Verde National Park (release in Spring 2015)


Online Resources:

www.awesomescience.tv Awesome Science YouTube Awesome Science Facebook Page
Awesome Science Twitter Feed
Worldwide Instant Video Access Awesome Science Podcast Awesome Science Flickr Page

About the Author:
Kyle Justice
The Awesome Science series is brought to you by Kyle Justice, the same producer of the “X-Nilo Show” and “The Creation Network.” His work has appeared on such networks as National Geographic, ESPN, and The Outdoor Channel. A true family project, Awesome Science is brought to you by 14-year-old host Noah Justice, producer and father Kyle Justice, and younger brother Jeremiah Justice who helps with video editing and their website.

Learn how earth science actually supports the biblical record

Awesome Science is a high quality DVD series produced by a family that homeschools and works on the series together. Kyle Justice, Noah Justice’s dad, has produced videos which have appeared on various TV networks including National Geographic, ESPN, and the Outdoor Channel. Noah is the field guide and host for all episodes which explore the globe to discover evidence of the accuracy of the Bible. The series can be used in any Christian education setting including churches, schools, and homes. Excellent quality!
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