Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Wakulla Book Review: Seventh Dimension - The Castle, Book 3, a Young Adult Fantasy


Wakulla Book Review

Seventh Dimension Series – The Castle,
a Young Adult Fantasy, Book 3



Summary:  Chased by the Romans for crimes he didn't commit, Daniel takes refuge among the crowds headed to Jerusalem for Pesach. There he becomes a witness to the events surrounding and including the death and resurrection of Yeshua.

In a quest for Daniel's soul, demons use lies and temptations to keep these truths from shattering his traditional Jewish beliefs, which say that Yeshua was only a prophet—not the Meshiach promised of old. But God has other plans. Through Yeshua's acts of mercy and love and selfsacrifice, Daniel finally accepts that Yeshua is the Savior of the world.

With a well-hidden twist at the end, Roberts reveals that the Lord's plans for Daniel are only beginning, and that he is far more important to his Jewish brethren—and the world—than initially thought.

Author's purpose:  Through a clear and concise presentation of the 
Passion Week, Judaism is shown that its Meshiach has already come.

Themes: Roberts uses the fulfillment of Old Testament requirements: By his own sacrifice, he became the foretold priest; by his lineage, he sits on the throne as king; and as the one told of by Moses, he was the prophet to come, to prove that Yeshua was the Son of God.


Did I enjoy the book: Yes. As one redeemed, it reaffirmed all I have come to believe and assured me that the rock on which I stand is truly the cornerstone from which the promises spring.

--Wakulla Book Review by Ronald

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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. 



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, October 23, 2015

Another Great Mystery Novel by Christian author and speaker, Dana Rongione




My Fears Relieved:  A Delaware Detectives Mystery
Book Three is now available!

About the book:  
It all began with a pocket knife which led to a mysterious inscription which led to a wolf. But there are no wolves in Delaware...or are there? It's up to the Delaware Detectives to find out.
·       In book one, Abby and Jamie, along with their friends Scott and Phyllis, followed a trail of tantalizing clues to uncover a hidden fortune.
·       In book two, the curious siblings embarked on a nearly-impossible mission to find a missing man.
·       Book three thrusts the detective team into a new mystery they are determined to solve no matter where the clues may lead. But are the kids prepared to discover what's really lurking in the woods of Beaver Valley?

While this book is appropriate for readers of all ages, gender and educational status, it was designed with the homeschool student in mind. To that end, the book contains a Glossary of Terms that can be used in the subject of Spelling and Vocabulary. The author has also included a Science Center, a History Hideout and a special Art Academy—all of which provide valuable insight and activities based on information from within the story itself. Could this be the perfect addition to your homeschool curriculum?

For the entire month of October, your can pick up a Kindle copy of My Fears Relieved
for only 99 cents.  Haven't read the rest of the series?  No problem. 
They're all on sale this month only!  Click here for more information.

About the author:
Dana Rongione is a Christian author and speaker living in Greenville, SC with her husband, Jason, and her two spoiled dogs, Tippy and Mitchell.

For a living, she writes quality Christian books for audiences of all ages and speaks to women on a variety of inspirational and encouraging topics. For fun, Dana devours more books than she does chocolate (though not by much).  She also enjoys hiking, playing the piano, and spending time with her family.


To find out more about Dana and her ministry, visit her website at www.DanaRongione.com.  

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Wakulla Book Review: Every Hill and Mountain by Deborah Heal



A very good ending to a very good series. I most enjoyed the book and the series. It was a well-written book that had some very bad thoughts, that were handled most expertly.

When a person starts to write about the slavery question, and ends up with a book such as one the author has written here, and does a superb job of it, then kudos to her. This lady has my apple to nibble on whenever she desires.

The last few pages of book three did an outstanding job of full disclosure upon the whole series. Outstanding.

This has to be the most bestest three book series I have read in quite some time. Thank you so much for your effort in getting it to me.


Book Critique by: Bob L.




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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. 



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, October 16, 2015

John 3:16 Book Review by Lisa Lickel: Nana's Three Jars: Spending Wisely by Carol Round




Giving Generously, the third book in the delightful children's series of stories with a moral, is now available in time for Christmas from Author Carol Round. 

Nana’s Jars series
Children’s Fiction

Carol Round
ISBN 978-0692532423
September, 2015

$12.95 paperback only at this time

Buy on US Amazon

From the publisher:
Charlie has a dilemma. Christmas is approaching and he wants to give his teacher a special gift. He’s been saving his money to purchase a present for Miss James but until he and Emma make a trip to visit Nana, he isn’t quite sure what he will do. Join Charlie and Emma as they learn more about the third jar — spending wisely — and why it’s just as important as the giving and saving jars. “Nana’s 3 Jars: Spending Wisely” is an interactive book for adults to read and then make hot chocolate mix with children using the recipe in the back of the book. It is the third and final book in the “Nana’s 3 Jars” series.

My review:
Carol Round’s delightful third book of her series of children’s stories with a moral is a great read with sweet illustrations to subtly teach children about giving gifts with a purpose. Gifts are personal and meaningful when they come from the heart and are created with thought, based on affordability. The stories are based on a lesson Charlie and Emma’s grandmother teaches about earning and saving money, when to give, and when to spend it. Charlie visits his grandmother on the farm and sees the perfect holiday gift for his teacher. His grandmother and mother help him create the gift using donations and purchased items from his savings for him to give.


Included in the book are the directions for this gift—hot chocolate mix in a jar, directions, as well as labels to create readers’ own Saving, Giving, Spending jars. Beautifully illustrated, not too long for a good sit-down read, and easily read.


Volumes One and Two, Giving Generously, and Saving Pennies, are available as well.
See Carol Round's Amazon Page, US, for more information.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Wakulla Book Review: Unclaimed Legacy by Deborah Heal



As an audio book also


As the second book in a three-part series, this book should have been less than the first one was. Actually, it was just as good if not better. A very well written and thought out book. A very good basis for her characters.

This lady has an ability to get an exact mileage out of the characters that she places in front of you. I won’t lie and say that I like all of her characters, which I don’t, but I will say that she uses each one to the best of her ability. Also that ability is increasing along with her story plots.

My personal feelings are that this is a special 10.5 out of 10 on the scale., an exceptional work given to us to enjoy, and I truly did so.


Wakulla Book Review

Book Critique by: Bob L.




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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. 



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."

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Interview of Australian Author/Poet/Doctor Eyitemi Egwuenu by Lorilyn Roberts



I am excited to have Eyitemi Egwuenu as a guest today on the John 3:16 blog.  Eyitemi is one of the more interesting people I've met through the John 3:16 Network. A doctor who writes poetry and Christian fantasy is a rare combination. I have started reading Tetelestai and it is truly unique. I hope you enjoy this interview of Eyitemi Egwuenu


Lorilyn: For those who aren't familiar with your work, can you tell us a little about yourself?

Eyitemi: I am Eyitemi Egwuenu. I live in Sydney, Australia. I trained as a Medical Doctor, with PhD in Neuroscience. Despite my scientific training, I consider literature and the arts above all else. There is none, I believe, greater than a man or woman, gifted with original thoughts and the power of language to express them.

Lorilyn: How many books have you written?

Eyitemi: I have written three books, with contributions to a fourth:
Poetry contributions to an anthology, "A Melody of Stones"

Lorilyn: Can you tell us about your new book?

Eyitemi: "Tetelestai," the novel, is a re-telling of the Easter story from an entirely new vantage point. It's the tale of the betrayal, trial, crucifixion and resurrection of Christ from the perspective of the Holy and Fallen Angels. It chronicles the accounts and the experiences of the Angels as they watched, and participated in the events of the Passion. We have accounts in the gospels of how the disciples and other characters reacted in the unfolding drama of the crucifixion, but we were not told how the angels perceived events. Where they afraid? Did they have disagreements on how to conduct themselves during this most trying period in their lives? These are interesting questions, and TETELESTAI tried to answer them, using fiction.

Lorilyn: How long have you been writing?

Eyitemi: I dabbled in writing in my university days - mainly poetry. It was a productive way to pass the time. Well, not that I had a lot of time on my hands in medical school, but writing poetry provided a medium of expression for my thoughts and a way of structuring my observation of the world around me.

Lorilyn: What inspired you to write this book?

Eyitemi: I never set out to write a novel. It started as a short piece which I had written for a blog post, titled, "Confessions of Lucifer -  A Diary". It was a first person narrative of the Cherub, Lucifer, sharing his perspective; about the way he perceives the world and how he interacts with humans. That set me thinking about the broader story of redemption. We all know the stories as recorded in the gospels, but I wondered if there was more to the story from a supernatural point of view, – from the perspective of angels, both fallen and holy, and if they played any role in the way events unfolded.
  
Lorilyn: What is your favourite time of day to write?

Eyitemi: I have no particular preference either in location or time when I write. I have written while on the train (there is something about the scenery whizzing past that encourages the imagination), while watching television, and even while doing something as mundane as mowing the lawn. As often as possible, I carry a folded piece of A4 paper in my back pocket everywhere I go. I scribble a lot - a sentence, a paragraph, dialogues that pop into my mind from nowhere. Inspiration comes at odd moments, and I try to be ready.

Lorilyn: What is the hardest thing about writing for you?

Eyitemi: The most difficult thing about writing is consistency. To maintain a constant writing rhythm is hard and requires a lot of discipline. Writing is part-time for me. My regular job gets in the way. It's difficult to find a sufficient length of time that one could devote solely to writing. That's why I scribble everywhere I go. I have written whole chapters of my novel while commuting on a bus. I try to make use of the break time between the duties of my regular job. I am still learning in this regard, and I believe most writers struggle with this as well – that is, having the discipline to write anyway, even when you absolutely don’t feel like it. If you wait for inspiration to come first, you will never write anything.

Bio: Eyitemi Egwuenu is an Australian poet and novelist. He trained as a medical doctor and obtained a PhD in cardiovascular neuroscience. He is the author of the collection of poems, The Brimming Chalice, the collection of poems and essays, Torque, and the novel, Tetelestai.



Visit his author page, and follow him on Facebook, Twitter and Youtube here:
Author page: http://amzn.to/1NCY9dN

YouTube Channel: http://bit.ly/1I3W7w7

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Christian Fantasy Author Lorilyn Roberts: Guest Author Lorilyn Roberts (YA Fantasy) - win signed copies of "The Door" and "Am I Okay, God?"

Christian Fantasy Author Lorilyn Roberts: Guest Author Lorilyn Roberts (YA Fantasy) - win signed copies of "The Door" and "Am I Okay, God?"

Wakulla Book Review: A Summer in Oakville by Lisa Lickel and Shellie Neumeier, Review by Booker T.




Four of the Hasmer family are about to learn about love, forgiveness, and God. Contessa, known as Tessa, is seeking to divorce her husband Phil who has moved away to a big city and a job promotion—or so it seems. An old boyfriend is back in town, whom she’s attracted to.

Lindsey is a college graduate who can’t find a job so she moves in to her grandparents’ home and takes up the fight to save their farm.

Andy is an out of control teenager who’s lost his mom in a helicopter crash and is unable to connect with his father.

Arthur, or Art, is Andy’s father and is suffering from his wife’s death, his son’s out of control behavior, and his own demons concerning his brother Otto’s death years ago

Back on the farm in the summer, they find Oakville, Wisconsin to bring therapy, love, and a relationship with Christ into all four lives.

Purpose: One story has many different sides. The authors show how it differs from person to person.

Themes: Broken marriages and renewals. Letting loose and taking a chance on love. Forgiving yourself and others. Connecting and communicating to stop the pain.


This is a really good book. I enjoyed having the story from each of the four main characters. It really put a different spin on the whole story each time and left me sorting through my mind to connect the facts, feelings, and realities in the end. Good job, ladies.

Wakulla Book Review
Review by Booker T.




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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. 



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."