Month: October 2019

The Book of Revelation Made Easy

The Book of Revelation Made Easy, written by Kenneth L. Gentry Jr. and published in 2008 by The American Vision Inc, is a thought-provoking read that takes you through a brief overview of the biblical book of Revelation. This book falls under the Christian Theology genre.

This book takes a look at the main themes of Revelation and points out how best to interpret them using the original Greek text, historical evidence, and a solid worldview. You will dig deep into the literary flow of this oft-misinterpreted book of the Bible, and discover what the author was really trying to convey through the Divine inspiration granted to him.

I would highly recommend this book for ages 14+. It’s a mind-blowing read with deep theological insights and challenging questions. 4.5 out of 5 stars.

 

All Quiet on the Western Front

This book is to be neither an accusation nor a confession, and least of all an adventure, for death is not an adventure to those who stand face to face with it. It will try simply to tell of a generation of men who, even though they may have escaped shells, were destroyed by the war. *

All Quiet on the Western Front, written by Erich Maria Remarque and published first in 1928 by Ullstein A. G. and later in 1929 by Little, Brown and Company; is a sobering tale of growth and war told from the perspective of Paul Bäumer, a young German student who fights on the battlefront in World War One. This novel would fall under the war and historical fiction genres.

I am young, I am twenty years old; yet I know nothing of life but despair, death, fear, and fatuous superficiality cast over an abyss of sorrow… *

Paul enlists with his classmates, consumed with romantic ideas of fighting for glory, fresh with youth, high on enthusiasm, and full of patriotic ideals. But when they’re out on the front lines, seeing the carnage of war, having their friends blown to bits before their eyes, they begin to reconsider. Maybe war isn’t all that the propaganda made it out to be, and maybe the young men on the other side of the war are much the same as Paul and his friends; boys made to grow up too fast, with big guns, scared eyes, and the same commands drilled into their heads. Fight, kill, never mind the shells exploding or the gunfire taking out your comrades beside you.
Throughout the war, one thing keeps Paul going despite the horrors and filth and loss of war; he must fight against whatever it is that sets men against men, makes them monsters, kills their brothers. He must make it out. He must come back from the western front alive.

We are forlorn like children, and experienced like old men, we are crude and sorrowful and superficial—I believe we are lost. *

I recommend this book for ages 18+. There is intense violence, mature elements, and mature language as well as detailed atrocities of war that are not suitable for younger children. All Quiet on the Western Front is a phenomenally well written book however; with memorable characters and excellent imagery. All in all, 4.5 out of 5 stars. (1.5 out of 5 stars for inappropriate content.)

*All quotes taken from All Quiet on the Western Front, written by Erich Maria Remarque and published first in 1928 by Ullstein A. G. and later in 1929 by Little, Brown and Company

Keeper of the Lost Cities

Sophie Foster is an extraordinary 12-year-old girl. Ever since she was 5 years old, she’s had a very special ability-she can hear people’s thoughts. Because of this unexplainable talent, she never fits in anywhere, and never really feels like she belongs. When she meets a boy named Fitz who can do the same thing she can, she finds out that she’s not all that she thought, and that there is somewhere for her to belong. She has to leave everything behind and embark on a wild adventure in a new place, with new rules to learn and a new culture to experience. Learning to control her massive powers and abilities is just part of her new life. When her new friends discover that there are hidden secrets inside of her head, they have to endeavor to keep her safe; for there are things inside of her that people would kill for. Sophie has to discover who she really is, and why she was hidden with the humans; for she might be the key to unraveling her new world…unless her enemies reach her first.
Keeper of the Lost Cities, written by Shannon Messenger and published in 2012 by Aladdin, an imprint of Simon and Schuster Children’s Publishing Division, is a riveting story of new beginnings, belonging, and a fantastical world. This book would fall under the middle grade fantasy genre.
I would highly recommend this book for ages 12+. There is some violence and romance to watch out for, but it is a very well written book with memorable characters and fun world building details. All in all, a book well worth the read. 4 out of 5 stars.