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Book Review: Road to Bethlehem: A Prelude to The Seeds of Christianity Series by E.G. Lewis


road_zpsc45sab6j About the Book:

Having heard the Christmas story told and retold more times than we can count, it is easy to view Mary and Joseph as nothing more than paper people whom we encounter every year on the Christmas cards that crowd our mantle.

In Road to Bethlehem, a prelude to his popular Seeds of Christianity Series, E. G. Lewis rounds out this flat, two-dimensional view of Mary and Joseph. In his hands they become real flesh and blood people who live, love and interact with the world around them. Relying upon meticulous research and masterful storytelling, he has crafted a wonderfully entertaining, thought-provoking, and deeply informative novel. Through careful attention to detail he immerses the reader into the daily life of the new carpenter in Nazareth and a young woman named Mary who has caught his eye.

There’s a beautiful innocence to Mary and her thoughts. The author has a gentle way with words, explaining just enough to intrigue, leading enough to entice. Wise lessons are threaded into the tale…the power of forgiveness, the gift of mercy, and the healing capacity of love. The God of these pages is ever-present in the characters’ lives, but never intrusive. You’ll come away from this novel with a deep understanding and newfound respect for both Mary and Joseph. Like all of E. G. Lewis’ Seeds of Christianity books, Road to Bethlehem is both historically and Biblically accurate. As always, it includes Author’s Notes full of interesting insights designed to enhance your reading experience.

You can purchase your copy at Amazon.

About the Author:

Author of ten books, writing has always been a major part of E. G Lewis’ life. A former newspaper editor and publisher, his articles have appeared in many national and regional magazines. He also wrote and directed corporate training films. He has a graduate degree in Economics from Ohio State University and worked in management and corporate planning before becoming a full-time novelist. He and his wife, a writer and book editor, live on the Southern Oregon Coast.

My Opinion:

Often thought of as just a Christmas story, the story of Mary and Joseph is much more than that – it is a display of love, faith and sacrifice – and one that should mean much to the Christian year ’round. I’ve always been intrigued by what Joseph and Mary were like, what they did, how they interacted with those around them BEFORE the angel of the Lord came to them. The Bible doesn’t tell us much and I know it’s because it doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things but as a watcher of people I like to know these things. E.G. Lewis gives us this glimpse, using historical information he weaves a tale with both accuracy from what is given us in the Bible as well as from facts, like how the Jewish people would have interacted with one another in daily living.

I almost thought the book was going to be dry and boring, but I was proven wrong, E.G. Lewis’ way of writing pulls the reader in and enchants them, pulling them into the world of the characters and making it feel like the reader is really standing in Joseph’s wood shop, inhaling the smell of fresh cut wood, stain. The whole book was masterfully written and is a great read whether in spring time before Easter or at Christmas time as we await Christ’s birth. Also of note is his author’s notes at the end – these are especially interesting to the reader who may wonder how Lewis got some of his details or are interested in more history surrounding the Bible’s account of Mary and Joseph. This is a fantastic read and I cannot wait to find E.G. Lewis’ other books and begin reading them!

 

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Book Review: Cast Me Not Away by Zara Heritage


cast1_zpsapgl4zrs About the Book:

Aktion T4, a largely secret program approved by the Nazis in 1939, was designed to rid the nation of young children deemed unworthy of life. It eventually took the lives of over 200,000 children and laid the groundwork for the destruction of millions of Jews and other perceived enemies of the state. Despite Nazism’s defeat, its wickedness lives on. Today the world wrestles with concepts such as quality of life, meaningful medical benefit, and rationing care for the sick and elderly. Where will it end?

Fast forward to a time and place where the future meets the past and the abortion/euthanasia movement reaches its inevitable conclusion. Family size is strictly regulated, the unborn are routinely aborted, and unwanted children are labeled useless and sent away to be gassed and their bodies incinerated.

In this time of societal darkness, Mira Hastings and Grayson Stevens join a cadre of brave individuals who stand against this juggernaut of evil by putting their lives on the line to rescue ill-fated youngsters from certain death. In a bold attempt to bring down the beast, they publicly expose the greed and corruption that drives the system. Declared enemies of the state, Mira and Gray are forced underground as they flee the wrath of a vengeful government. While on the run they encounter danger at every turn. But, with the aid of a network of supporters, they also encounter hope, joy…and eventually love.

You can purchase a copy on Amazon.

My Opinion:

Since this is Zara’s debut novel I was a bit nervous about how the book would actually be written and I was so pleased by it. The book is well written and the characters well formed and add a dimension of reality to the entire story. Set in the future when family sizes are limited and if you want more than allowed you have to get permission or chose which child to get rid of. Heartbreaking. Thought provoking. This book runs the gamut of emotions from the feeling of justice for an unnecessary murder, to love both the protection kind and the truly agape love of the Bible. As I said the characters come to life on the pages of Cast Me Not Away, from the bad characters to the good, they all come to live with Zara’s vibrant writing.

The scary part about this book is that it’s only a matter of time before these fictional happenings will become reality – in fact with abortion and even letting babies born alive after an abortion attempt die or be killed – is already coming to fruition. The thought of it being allowed by law to kill a child up to age 4 is beyond our comprehension, for those who view children as valuable and as blessings, no matter their abilities levels. What about the family that has “too many” and must make the decision to give their pre-born child away or abort it or give away a child they’re already bonded too? As the saying goes, evil triumphs when good men do nothing, and so Zara’s novel will open many eyes, or at least I pray it does.

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