In the third book of the “Merlin’s Immortals” series, Sigmund Brouwer weaves a tale of intrigue and adventure in Martyr’s Fire. The book begins with a takeover of Magnus Castle by a group of men called the High Priests of the Holy Grail. Thomas must pose as a beggar to escape from his castle and begin a quest for an ancient secret that dates back to Merlin, King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. As Katherine and Hawkwood watch over Thomas and his journey to the Holy Land, he uncovers an ancient conflict.
Although I did not read the first two books in the series, I enjoyed the suspense and mystery of Martyr’s Fire. I think I would have caught on to the story faster, however, if I had read the other two books. My only criticism is the fact that it takes a while to get up to speed if you haven’t read the previous books.
Once I was familiar with the characters and background story, I thoroughly enjoyed this read. Martyr’s Fire is recommended for readers age 12 to 17, and I recommend it for readers of all ages who want to get lost in a great tale.
To order Martyr’s Fire or learn more about the series and the author, visit this page or Sigmund Brower’s website.
FTC disclaimer: I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review. All of the opinions in this review are my own; I was not required to give a positive review.
As you know, Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines with unprecedented fury on November 8. It lived up to forecasts as the strongest recorded storm ever to make landfall. With electricity out and nearly half a million people displaced, the 1.7 million children in the typhoon’s path are particularly hard hit.
According to an article by the Associated Press, wind and storm surge damage as well as infrastructure problems are hampering relief efforts in the Tacloban area. Authorities hope, however, that the reopening of two airports in the devastated region will help.
With its usual focus on children and families, Compassion International is mobilizing to provide emergency food, water, shelter, school supplies, trauma counseling and much more. Click on this page to find out more about Compassion International’s work in the Philippines, and how you can help. God bless!
When we picture the Kingdom of God, we may visualize a faraway place of perfection, where there are no troubles, tears or messy situations. In fact, it may be difficult to picture anything other than heaven itself. In his book This Beautiful Mess: Practicing the Presence of the Kingdom of God, Pastor Rick McKinley helps us see the Kingdom at work all around us, in our lives here on earth.
To illustrate what he calls a “revolutionary reality,” McKinley uses examples ranging from environmental stewardship and creation care to solidarity with the suffering. Chapter by chapter, the book shines a light on the Kingdom of God that is hidden, right in front of us. McKinley challenges Christians to preach with our lives. He reminds us that God loves the world, and that He created people from the earth. The book challenges the “my-home-is-in-heaven-so-why-care-about-the-world” way of thinking.
To me, This Beautiful Mess is a breath of fresh air. As a Christian who cares for God’s creation, I appreciate the emphasis on living in the Kingdom here and now. In one of my favorite parts of the book, Pastor McKinley encourages the use of the word “solidarity” as an expression of partnership and belonging. I recommend This Beautiful Mess to anyone who is looking for solidarity with the Kingdom of God as they travel through this life.
Interested in this book? For starters, you can read Chapter One of A Beautiful Mess, and you can visit author Rick McKinley’s website.
FTC Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Blogging for Books in exchange for writing a review. I was not required to write a positive review; all opinions in this review are my own.
Today is Wordless Wednesday at Create With Joy. Hope you’ll join us! Also shared at Sincerely, Paula.
These pictures were taken during a late-summer weekend at a cabin in Sedona, Arizona. Time to exhale and “just be.”
John took this picture…
Photo by John G Evans 2013
…and I took these pictures.
After two weeks on the road and visiting friends in Arizona, I am refreshed and ready to write! Many thanks to Ann Voskamp at A Holy Experience for hosting Multitudes on Mondays.
164. A wonderful two-week vacation with my husband John, touring Texas, New Mexico and Arizona. The scenery, such as Arizona’s painted cliffs, was like nowhere else on earth.
165. Visiting friends in Flagstaff, Arizona more than four years after I moved to San Antonio, Texas. Northern Arizona’s San Francisco Peaks come into view on Highway 40:
166. My Arizona friends — who are family to me — finally met my husband! John and I especially enjoyed attending the annual banquet for the women’s shelter where I worked and lived.
167. Peace and quiet at our rented cabin in Sedona, Arizona, where the only sound was the rushing waters of Oak Creek. We had a chance to relax, take pictures of the scenery, and adjust to the altitude!
168. Thundershower our last night in Sedona filled the canyon with clean, fresh post-rain air.
169. A scenic trip home through Las Cruces New Mexico. Stunning views of the San Andres Mountains from our hotel, and a stunning sunrise:
170. A safe arrival home to San Antonio!
It all started with a simple trip to the store to pick up a few groceries. As we were putting the groceries in the car, a gentle but steady rain refreshed us. When John started the ignition and the sun started to shine through the drops, I wondered out loud if we’d see a rainbow.
Good thing I had my phone camera…
About an hour after we got home, blue skies broke through the clouds. This time, I had my trusty Nikon D5100, so I was able to practice taking some HDR shots.
Good reminder to keeping looking up!
“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. In the heavens he has pitched a tent for the sun, which is like a bridegroom coming forth from his pavilion, like a champion rejoicing to run his course. It rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other; nothing is hidden from its heat.” Psalm 19:1-6
The sun and clouds will be trading places in the sky all day today so I’ll have plenty of chances to take more pictures. Love that sky!
I’m still learning about my new camera, especially with the effects dial. This afternoon, my husband John and I practiced taking “low key” images, which created a silhouettes in these pictures.
Here’s the picture I took of John, with a little post-editing…
…and here’s the one John took of me!
Hope you’ll visit John’s blog, Photo-News — John Evans Photography, Poetry and Travels.
As for me, I’m just beginning to understand the creative possibilities of digital photography…fun!