Thursday, November 27, 2014

THE PICTURE KILLS

THE PICTURE KILLS
By Ian Bull
Murder, rape, vengeance

 One chapter is from the standpoint of the female protagonist, a new movie star, and the next chapter would be from the standpoint of the male protagonist, Stephan, an ex-ranger who now makes his living by photographing as a paparazzi.  Ordinarily this would make a story easier to read, but this is a story in which there are so many new characters in each chapter and it becomes so convoluted, that the reader can lose sight of the plot.
It is definitely an action story, action in many different ways, even to the extent that a reader wonders if, especially some of the medical procedures, are possible.  Of course, since this is fiction, the author can make up anything he wishes.  But each chapter is so long, and there is so much action and so many characters that the reader becomes impatient for the chapter to end. 
The characters are strong, the scenes are strong and yet there were times when I was bored because the actions were so complex and strung out so far.  For readers who simply like to read stories filled with violence and sex, this will be your cup of tea.
I was given a complimentary copy for an honest review.

                                                                                                                                                    


                                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                     


Monday, November 24, 2014

PRISONER OF BELIEF

PRISONER OF BELIEF
By John Van Dixhorn, Ph.D
The Memoir of a Suffering Christian

The author is the son of parents from Holland who immigrated to Wisconsin and he along with his eight siblings were raised in the Dutch Reformed Church.  The creed of this religion included the exacting teachings of Calvinism, which allowed no room to question anything the Bible said.  As a result, the congregation lived severe lives, totally judgmental of anyone who sinned as the Bible described it, and obedience to God was more important than love or compassion for sinners.
As the author grew up and reading the Bible daily, which was a family practice, he realized that the God of Christianity was a God of wrath and love often demanded of Moses the death of other countries that the Jews passed through.  Particularly, it bothered the author when God demanded Abraham to kill his son as a sacrifice.  This memoir is the story of his path of pain and confusion that he traveled even into his now advanced age of 76.  Through his early years as a minister after spending hours trying to reconcile these condemnations and judgments, even unto death, he could not give up the Bible and he spent hours, searching himself and others to try to justify the viciousness of the orders of God, which many modern day churches still follow.  When in the pulpit, he attempted to by-step some of the verses of the Bible and interpret them differently.  But he was talking to congregations raised in this judgmental pathway and they would complain until he had to leave as minister.
As time passed and he continue to attempt to justify those unloving parts of the Bible, he never really could and because he wanted to use the Church as a place of love and compassion, he began to take college courses in psychology, but at the same time, had to find churches who were more liberal.  He was most stubborn in his determination to convince others, especially ministers, that fundamentalism was not the message that Jesus was sending, but it didn’t work.  Since he was a man and stubborn, he suffered much emotionally and mentally, even making enemies of his family.
This is a good book for Christians who also cannot relax with a God of wrath and love as promoted in many Churches of Christianity and perhaps find solace in the suffering of this man.
I was given a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review.