Friday, March 13, 2009

A few book reviews... :)

I thought I'd put up little blurbs about a few books that I love, to make up for not having posted in forever. :)

As most of you probably know (or can tell) I absolutely love to read! Jane Austen once said, "The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid." I could not agree more. :)

Spider's Web by Agatha Christie

This book was a play adapted into a book. Very fast paced and keeps the reader interested. The story of how a newly married woman finds a dead body in her house. She would call the police but there is a slight problem. Her husband is bringing a *very* important and secret guest from his business home for dinner. She makes a quick decision to hide the body and with the help of a few friends deposit it in the woods nearby. What she does not expect is that the police will knock at her door. Who is the murderer and why is the body in her house? At times down-right hilarious and just plain fun! :) Agatha Christie is swiftly becoming one of my favorite authors! Highly recommended for those who love a light-hearted mystery. :)

The Circle Trilogy by Ted Dekker

(consisting of "Black", "Red" and "White")
It's so difficult to put into words what I love about these books. I would call them an allegory, but some may say differently. What I do know is that these books paint a picture of the love Christ has for his bride in the most beautifully descriptive way I have ever seen.
Here is a description of the first book in the series, "Black":
Enter an adrenaline-laced epic where dreams and reality collide. Fleeing his assailants through deserted alleyways, Thomas Hunter narrowly escapes to the roof of a building. Then a silent bullet from the night clips his head...and his world goes black.From the blackness comes an amazing reality of another world-a world where evil is contained. A world where Thomas Hunter is in love with a beautiful woman. Then he remembers the dream of the chase as he reaches to touch the blood on his head.Where does the dream end and reality begin? Every time he falls asleep in one world, he awakes in the other-both facing catastrophic disaster. Thomas is being pushed beyond his limits...even beyond the limits of space and time. Black is an incredible story of evil and rescue, betrayal and love, pursuit and death, and a terrorist's threat unlike anything the human race has ever known. Some say the world hangs in the balance of every choice we make. Now the fate of two worlds hangs in the balance of one man's choice.
The only thing that I would warn about these books is that I would not recommend them to anyone under the age of 16. They can be a bit violent and scary at times. But that is my only caution. I love these books without reservation! Ted Dekker is an incredible author. I'm working my way through reading all of his books. (And I'm almost there! Only 5 or so that I haven't read yet!) :D

The Martyr's Song by Ted Dekker

This books is very short (about 150 pages or so.) but worth every moment of those pages. Beautiful, breathtaking, and moving. I cried, I wanted to sing...this book will fill your heart and stay with you long after you're finished. I also highly recommend listening to the song "The Martyr's Song" sung by Todd Agnew that is included with the book. Beautiful! Here is a short synopsis of the novel:
What would you die for? That's the question suddenly thrust upon a small band of women and children in Bosnia at the close of World War II. When a group of bitter soldiers stumble upon their peaceful village, they suddenly face an insidious evil...and the ultimate test.
It is then, in the midst of chaos and pain that the Martyr's Song is first heard. It is then that the window into heaven first opens. It is then that love and beauty are shown in breathtaking reality.

Well, those are some books that I greatly enjoyed reading this month and thought y'all might enjoy looking into. :) I'll try to keep posting. Hopefully more often then I have of late. *grin*

Have a marv week!




Ella said...

I should read that Agatha Christie story. I enjoy her works.

I have never read Ted Dekker. Probably because I used to think they were going to be too intense. But now, I like intense....just maybe not at night =)

Check out my blog, Jess. I am in the midst of a book I think you would enjoy. (Hint: It's Jane! =)

Bailey said...

Book reviews!! I really must check out Agatha Christie. ;) Something tells me my sister might get a kick out of reading light-hearted mysteries. (Ahem - if you haven't read her contest entry on LL and found out. LOL) And there's just the chance I might fall in love with them too. :D

You have a marvelous week, too!



Erin said...

Hey! I used to love Dekker, but then his work kind of got too dark for me. Just check out his website! You'll see that 'dark side' for sure! But I did really enjoy the Circle Trilogy. I also loved Blink and Obsessed. I hope you're able to check out those two sometime!!

It's good to see you on again!! :))

Lisa Winton said...

I haven't much time to read currently, but I like to file away recommendations for the future. :o) Jess, do you ever do blog design? Can you look and see if there is something you could do or recommend to kind of 'jazz' up our site a bit? I love what you've done here and your mom's new look. I'm just not computer-literate enough to know how to make mine look so good!

Jessica NicDhòmhnaill said...

Ella, The only books of his that I've read and not liked are "Showdown" and "Saint". Just a bit too "physiologically scary" for me. :) His other one's are EXCELLENT though ("Blink" and "Thr3e" are two other one's that I love.)!
Oh, and I'll go look right away!!

Bailey, Not all of Agatha Christie's mysteries are light-hearted, but the one's I've read have been! Except "And Then There Were None"....which is actually really interesting, though not light-hearted. I still recommend her books though. *grin*
Aack! I need to go check LL out...I haven't been on there in forever. :(

Erin, Yes, I've read "Blink" and "Obsessed" and love them! :) I don't really think his books are dark...but maybe that's because I've read some Frank Peretti and comparing the two, Dekker is *far* less scary. :) More "thriller"-ish. :)

Mrs. Winton- I do a *little* bit of blog design. I'm not a pro or anything, but I'd love to help if you'd like! If you would like me to help you out, just email me (you should be able to find my email address on facebook, I think.) and let me know what kind of design you'd like and colors and such! I'd love to help! :) I'm not *extremely* computer literate...just to warn you ahead of time. *grin* But I do my best! Oh, and I may not be able to do it right away as I have to finish my term paper so I can graduate in two months. But I'll do it as soon as I can!

Thanks sooooo much y'all for the comments! God bless!!

Love in Christ Jesus,


Anonymous said...

Could you do a post on your favorite movie reccomendations? I've watched Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Sense and Sensibility, Persuasion (Really like that one!),Mansfield Park, Little Women, Ever After (Really like that one too!)Enchanted (Loved the music in this one!) Among others. I would really like to watch some more but I have run out of titles. Any suggestions?