Mini-Review: Encounters with Spirits, Chronicles of the Unexplained, As Red as Blood

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Time for some mini-reviews! What are mini-reviews, you ask? As the title suggests, these are short reviews, consisting of one paragraph tops, about a book. It’s a way to catch up on the books I’ve read a while ago, but never got around to reviewing.

Encounters with Spirits

Tite: Encounters with Spirits

Author:CAN ũa Waya

Genre: Non-Fiction, Spirituality

Rating: 3 stars

Purchase: Amazon

I have never been to heaven and neither have I ever been to hell, but both have come to me.

Amidst an exotic landscape of distant lands, intra-clan rivalries, and family legacies begins the honest, humble, and achingly sincere autobiography and testimony of CAN ũa Waya. While most stories begin in the “ordinary world,” Waya’s ordinary world was populated by witchdoctors, werewolves, and shape-shifters.

In this book he tells of his life in which spirituality—in some form or other—has been inextricable from the everyday events of his life since earliest childhood. Waya has experienced the many faces of God as he journeyed through complicated relationships with his family and encountered both catastrophic and mundane obstacles, yet he still arrived at an unconditional, unshakable faith in God.

Though Waya examines demonology, extraterrestrials, and the occult with an uncommon intimacy, his main goal and purpose is to point those seeking lasting freedom from demonic oppression to Christ Jesus, whose compassion remains unchanged.

“Do you want to be helped?”

I answered and said, “Yes. Please help me, Lord.”

And that was all the praying I did that morning.

There may be no prayer dearer to the heart of God.

Review: An okay read, but very wordy, and a little over the top for my tastes. I find it hard to believe some of the things the author experiences. I can live with spirits and demons, but werewolves? Witchdoctors? I was skeptic, and the book didn’t convince me to change my view.

Forsaken

Title: Chronicles of the Unexplained

Author: Gary Gillepsie

Genre: Non-Fiction, True Haunting

Rating: 3 stars

Purchase: Amazon

Chronicles of the Unexplained presents a lifetime of true paranormal experiences. The stories are from a broad range of individuals, many of whom would be the last people you would expect to be willing to communicate with anyone on such subjects. The true tales are interspersed with the story of the author’s own battle with a not-so-hospitable entity and the unforeseen circumstances that were associated with the completion of this book.

Review: An okay read of true haunting tales, but not a lot of details on them, and no references or investigation into any of the hauntings. Most interesting were the stories that did come with witness interviews, and the ones the author personally experienced.

As Red as Blood

Title:  As Red as Blood

Author: Salla Simukka

Genre: Young Adult, Thriller, Mystery

Rating: 2 stars

Purchase: Amazon

In the midst of the freezing Arctic winter, seventeen-year-old Lumikki Andersson walks into her school’s dark room and finds a stash of wet, crimson-colored money. Thousands of Euros left to dry—splattered with someone’s blood.

Lumikki lives alone in a studio apartment far from her parents and the past she left behind. She transferred into a prestigious art school, and she’s singularly focused on studying and graduating. Lumikki ignores the cliques, the gossip, and the parties held by the school’s most popular and beautiful boys and girls.

But finding the blood-stained money changes everything. Suddenly, Lumikki is swept into a whirlpool of events as she finds herself helping to trace the origins of the money. Events turn even more deadly when evidence points to dirty cops and a notorious drug kingpin best known for the brutality with which he runs his business.

As Lumikki loses control of her carefully constructed world, she discovers that she’s been blind to the forces swirling around her—and she’s running out of time to set them right. When she sees the stark red of blood on snow, it may be too late to save her friends or herself.

Review: A fast-paced read that is miles away from an actual fairytale retelling, but still somewhat intriguing. Lumikki is an engaging, complex main character and the Finnish setting offered an extra layer. However, Lumikki’s skills are over the top (James Bond can hold no match to her), and the villains are completely laughable. Everyone except Lumikki seems to miss half a brain. Interesting, but not my cup of tea.

Book Review: Gabby, Angel of God by Greg Sandora

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Author: Greg Sandora
Genre: Christian fiction / fantasy
Age Group: Adult
Rating: 4,5 stars
Buy: Amazon
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

Gabby, Angel of God is an Angel Encounter – Adventure!

When Bo, a grieving widower, meets Gabby, he’s struck by her beauty, grace and laughter that wash over him like the sweetest song in heaven. Gabby is unlike any angel ever dreamed of—evil has no strength against her and the dark one and his minions are no match for this warrior of God. All Bo knows is that Gabby is every man’s dream and every woman’s nightmare…until she shows her true character and everyone loves her for the force of righteousness she is! Rescuing those in danger, providing for the poor and lifting up those in despair, Gabby does it all while wearing killer stilettos and a fab little black dress or tight jeans and a leather jacket.

Bo falls in love with Gabby, but she won’t let her own desires interfere with God’s orders and her mission. He realizes her short stay in his life is bittersweet because he’s going to lose another woman he loves. He’s been insensitive to the women in his life after his wife died, but Gabby has taught him the eternal power of love. Ever relentless, Bo is determined to exploit that power to the nth degree to get what he wants—never realizing he can destroy his destiny and the glorious future God has for mankind!

The story starts out with a young widower, Bo, raising two small children and the three heartbeats that will change his life. Ride along as stunningly beautiful Gabby, takes this human man on the no-holds barred adventure of a lifetime!

If you’ve ever lost a loved one this story is for you!

A story of Peace, Love, Hope, Charity and the strength of Faith, you’ll love Gabby, Angel of God
Gabby, is gorgeous, powerful, and able to take on forces that would make the most powerful armies turn and run for their lives.

When a widower who feels he has lost everything meets an angel, he finds out that his life is just beginning. Gabby is an angel of God who shows him that life is always full of surprises, adventures and a lot more meaning than we can easily fathom. She shows Bo how to help others, be open to love again and find the hidden strength that lies within all of us. It is a story with heart and hope that will take you on an adventure of faith with one amazing angel.

Reading Gabby, Angel of God will leave you feeling good about your life and dreaming of heaven.

In Gabby, Angel of God, Bo is a grieving widower when he first meets Gabby. He’s struck by her beauty, her easy-going ways, and she sparks something inside of him that he never thought possible. In fact, she’s almost too good to be true, helping those in need, wanting to take care of everyone, and in general just being a good person. Although caring, she’s also quite tough and capable of standing up for herself and others. But Gabby is actually an Angel, and she’s come to help Bo find his path to the destiny God has written for him a long time ago. Bo never thought something of the sort would be possible, let alone would happen to him, but it does so either way.

The story is a little bittersweet at times though. Because while Bo falls for Gabby, she won’t let her own desire interfere with God’s orders and the mission she’s been sent to do. Bo on the other hand will lose another woman he loves. Of both characters, I liked Bo the most, probably because it’s easier to relate to him, with him being human and all. Gabby comes across as angelic, unattainable, harder to comprehend for the reader – which makes sense, of course, but this made it easier to relate to Bo’s struggles than to hers.

There’s an interesting view on the supernatural in the book, on religion and divinity, all while bringing a heart-warming and inspiring story. Ideal for the holidays, and in general for anyone who likes books that reflect on spirituality and faith, or just a good read for that matter.

Book Review: The Luddite’s Guide to Technology by CJS Hayward

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Author: CJS Hayward
Genre: creative non-fiction / religion and spirituality / technology – social aspects
Rating: 4 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

Mammon, as it is challenged in the Sermon on the Mount, represents such wealth and possessions as one could have two thousand years ago. But that is merely beer as contrasted to the eighty proof whisky our day has concocted. The Sermon on the Mount aims to put us in the driver’s seat and not what you could possess in ancient times, and if the Sermon on the Mount says something about metaphorical beer, perhaps there are implications for an age where something more like eighty proof whisky is all around us.

In The Luddite’s Guide to Technology, author CJS Hayward poses a few intriguing questions: why are we driven by material possessions? How can we stop ourselves from being ruled by technology? The author comes to some fitting conclusions in his articles and essays represented in this collection. “iPhones and Spirituality” is the start to the collection, and it immediately sets the tone. It focuses on the iPhone to establish an example, which is then looked upon in much broader view in the following articles “Religion and Science is not just Intelligent Design vs. Evolution” and “Technonomoicon: Technology, Nature, Ascesis”. Next up, there’s an article focusing on a music video, “Veni, Vidi, Vomi: A look at, “Do you want to date my avatar?”. Then the author revisits Plato’s allegory is “Plato: The Allegory of the…Flickering Screens” which for me, was more of an eye-opener than the article about the music video. Considering Plato’s original dialogue, and then how it can be translated to today’s world, and the significance of what’s being said, I considered that one of the most important articles in the collection.

“Religion without Bounds of Amusement” was another great article, a satire really, and one that works to get the author’s point across. “Singularity”, a few articles later, was another eye-opener. The book ends with “The Luddite’s Guide to Technology”, a solid article raising some valid points.

Book Tours: Starter Day Party for The Luddite’s Guide to Technology

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I’m hosting the starter day party today for the book tour for creative non-fiction / religion and spirituality / technology – social aspects book “The Luddite’s Guide to Technology”. I will review the book on November 20. Stay tuned for the review, and in the mean time, visit the other tour stops.

Tour Schedule

October 9:  Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

October 11: Promo Post @ I’m an Eclectic Reader

October 13: Book Excerpt @ 365 Days of Reading

October 15: Promo Post @ Cassidy Crimson’s Blog

October 17: Guest Post @ The Book Gazette

October 20: Book Excerpt @ The Single Librarian

October 23: Promo Post @ The Writer’s Life

October 25: Book Review @ I’m an Eclectic Reader

October 27: Book Excerpt @ Bookaholic Ramblings

October 29: Guest Post @ Hollow Readers

October 31: Promo Post @ Forever Book Lover

November 3rd:: Book Excerpt @ The Book Daily

November 4:  Book Review @ The Book Daily

November 8:  Author Interview  @ Hollow Readers

November 10: Guest Post @ Majanka’s Blog

November 12: Book Review  @ 365 Days of Reading

November 14: Author Interview @ Bookaholic Ramblings

November 16: Book Excerpt @ Books Direct

November 18: Book Review @  The Book Gazette

November 20: Book Review @ I Heart Reading

November 22: Book Excerpt @ Editor Charlene’s Blog

November 24: Guest Post @ Cassidy Crimson’s Blog

November 26: Book Excerpt @ Bookish Madness

November 28: Author Interview @ Editor Charlene’s Blog

November 30: Promo Post @ Endazzled Reading

December 1: Book Review @ Forever Book Lover

December 3: Book Excerpt @ The Reading Guru

December 4th: Author Interview @ The Reading Guru

December 5: Guest Post @ The Single Librarian

December 7: Book Review @ Endazzled Reading

December 9: Author Interview and Review @ Bookish Madness

About The Book

the_luddites_guide_to_technology_iiTitle: The Luddite’s Guide to Technology

Author: CJS Hayward

Genre: creative non-fiction / religion and spirituality / technology – social aspects

Mammon, as it is challenged in the Sermon on the Mount, represents such wealth and possessions as one could have two thousand years ago. But that is merely beer as contrasted to the eighty proof whisky our day has concocted. The Sermon on the Mount aims to put us in the driver’s seat and not what you could possess in ancient times, and if the Sermon on the Mount says something about metaphorical beer, perhaps there are implications for an age where something more like eighty proof whisky is all around us.

Author Bio

cjsh_square_fullChristos Jonathan Seth Hayward wears many hats as a person: author, philosopher, theologian, artist, poet, wayfarer, philologist, inventor, web guru, teacher.

Some have asked, “If a much lesser C.S. Lewis were Orthodox, what would he be like?” And the answer may well be, “CJS Hayward.”

Hayward has lived in the U.S., Malaysia, England, and France, and holds master’s degrees bridging math and computers (UIUC), and philosophy and theology (Cambridge).

Links

​http​://amazon.com/author/cjshayward

http://CJSH.name

http://fan.CJSH.name

https://CJSHayward.com

http://tinyurl.com/luddites-guide-technology

Release Day Party The Luddite’s Guide to Technology

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About the Book

the_luddites_guide_to_technology_iiTitle: The Luddite’s Guide to Technology

Author: CJS Hayward

Genre: creative non-fiction / religion and spirituality / technology – social aspects

Mammon, as it is challenged in the Sermon on the Mount, represents such wealth and possessions as one could have two thousand years ago. But that is merely beer as contrasted to the eighty proof whisky our day has concocted. The Sermon on the Mount aims to put us in the driver’s seat and not what you could possess in ancient times, and if the Sermon on the Mount says something about metaphorical beer, perhaps there are implications for an age where something more like eighty proof whisky is all around us.

Author Bio

cjsh_square_fullChristos Jonathan Seth Hayward wears many hats as a person: author, philosopher, theologian, artist, poet, wayfarer, philologist, inventor, web guru, teacher.

Some have asked, “If a much lesser C.S. Lewis were Orthodox, what would he be like?” And the answer may well be, “CJS Hayward.”

Hayward has lived in the U.S., Malaysia, England, and France, and holds master’s degrees bridging math and computers (UIUC), and philosophy and theology (Cambridge).

Links

​http​://amazon.com/author/cjshayward

http://CJSH.name

http://fan.CJSH.name

https://CJSHayward.com

http://tinyurl.com/luddites-guide-technology

Book Tours: Starter Day Party for The Best of Jonathan’s Corner

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I’m hosting the starter day party today for the two-month long book tour for creative non-fiction / spirituality / religion “The Best of Jonathan’s Corner”. The tour runs from August 29 to October 29. I’ll be reviewing the book on October 27. Stay tuned for the review, and meanwhile, check out the other tour stops.

Tour Schedule

August 29th: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

August 29th: Promo Post @ Renee Entress’s Blog

August 31st: Book Excerpt @ Cassidy Crimson’s Blog

September 1st: Promo Post @ The Single Librarian

September 3rd: Book Excerpt @ Bookaholic Ramblings

September 5th: Author Interview @ Endazzled Reading

September 7th: Guest Post @ Mythical Books

September 9th: Promo Post @ Forever Book Lover

September 11th: Book Excerpt @ Hollow Readers

September 16th: Guest Post @ Plain Talk BM

September 18th: Author Interview @ The Single Librarian

September 20th: Promo Post @ 365 Days of Reading

September 22nd: Book Review @ Forever Book Lover

September 24th: Book Excerpt @ Bookish Madness

September 26th: Promo Post @ The Book Gazette

September 28th: Author Interview @ Cassidy Crimson’s Blog

September 30th: Promo Post @ Endazzled Reading

October 2nd: Guest Post @ Hollow Readers

October 4th: Book Excerpt @ Books Direct

October 6th: Promo Post @ The Book Daily

October 8th: Book Review @ 365 Days of Reading

October 10th: Book Excerpt @ I’m an Eclectic Reader

October 12th: Author Interview @ Majanka’s Blog

October 14th: Guest Post @ Editor Charlene’s Blog

October 16th: Book Review @ Bookish Madness

October 18th: Guest Post @ The Book Gazette

October 20th: Book Review @ Editor Charlene’s Blog

October 22nd: Guest Post @ I’m an Eclectic Reader

October 24th: Author Interview @ The Book Daily

October 27th: Book Review @ I Heart Reading

October 28th: Book Review @ Bookaholic Ramblings

October 29th: Book Excerpt @ The Reading Guru

About The Book

the-best-of-jonathans-corner-front-coverTitle: The Best of Jonathan’s Corner

Author: CJS Hayward

Genre: Creative non-fiction / many genres / religion and spirituality / Eastern Orthodox

The Best of Jonathan’s Corner, newly expanded ​ after getting five star reviews​, is a collection of varied works of Eastern Orthodox mystical theology. It spans many topics and many different genres of writing, but it keeps coming back to the biggest questions of all. It is inexhaustible: the works are independent, and you can read a few, many, or all of them to suit your taste. Fans of CS Lewis and GK Chesterton will love it.

Author Bio

wardrobe_full Christos Jonathan Seth Hayward wears many hats as a person: author, philosopher, theologian, artist, poet, wayfarer, philologist, inventor, web guru, teacher.

Some have asked, “If a much lesser C.S. Lewis were Orthodox, what would he be like?” And the answer may well be, “C.J.S. Hayward.”

Called “Jack of all trades and master of many” by one boss, he also wears many hats professionally: open source / IT generalist, front end developer, JavaScript programmer, back end web developer, Pythonista, PHP and Perl user, Django developer, end to end web developer, Unix/Linux/Mac wizard, LAMP guru, SQL generalist, Unix shell (both using existing shells and implementing a new shell), system administrator, researcher, technical writer, usability advocate, UI developer, UX/IA enthusiast, and more.

Hayward has lived in the U.S., Malaysia, England, and France, and holds master’s degrees bridging math and computers (UIUC), and philosophy and theology (Cambridge).

Links

http://tinyurl.com/best-of-jonathans-corner

http://CJSH.name

http://amazon.com/author/cjshayward

http://JonathansCorner.com

Release Day Party for The Best of Jonathan’s Corner

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About The Book

the-best-of-jonathans-corner-front-coverTitle: The Best of Jonathan’s Corner

Author: CJS Hayward

Genre: Creative non-fiction / many genres / religion and spirituality / Eastern Orthodox

The Best of Jonathan’s Corner, newly expanded ​ after getting five star reviews​, is a collection of varied works of Eastern Orthodox mystical theology. It spans many topics and many different genres of writing, but it keeps coming back to the biggest questions of all. It is inexhaustible: the works are independent, and you can read a few, many, or all of them to suit your taste. Fans of CS Lewis and GK Chesterton will love it.

Author Bio

wardrobe_fullChristos Jonathan Seth Hayward wears many hats as a person: author, philosopher, theologian, artist, poet, wayfarer, philologist, inventor, web guru, teacher.

Some have asked, “If a much lesser C.S. Lewis were Orthodox, what would he be like?” And the answer may well be, “C.J.S. Hayward.”

Called “Jack of all trades and master of many” by one boss, he also wears many hats professionally: open source / IT generalist, front end developer, JavaScript programmer, back end web developer, Pythonista, PHP and Perl user, Django developer, end to end web developer, Unix/Linux/Mac wizard, LAMP guru, SQL generalist, Unix shell (both using existing shells and implementing a new shell), system administrator, researcher, technical writer, usability advocate, UI developer, UX/IA enthusiast, and more.

Hayward has lived in the U.S., Malaysia, England, and France, and holds master’s degrees bridging math and computers (UIUC), and philosophy and theology (Cambridge).

Links

http://tinyurl.com/best-of-jonathans-corner

http://CJSH.name

http://amazon.com/author/cjshayward

http://JonathansCorner.com