Through Blogging for Books, I received a review copy of ON HEAVEN AND EARTH, which is subtitled Pope Francis on Faith, Family, and the Church in the 21st Century. This is a bit of a misnomer since the entire book is a conversation between Pope Francis (before he was Pope and was an Archbishop in Argentina) and Argentinian Rabbi Abraham Skorka. The book is divided into short chapters which cover their conversations about a wide variety of topics and how they are viewed in the Catholic and Jewish faiths: God, family, sexuality, world issues, euthanasia, etc. It is easy to read and a great book to pick up if you only have a short time to read, as you can cover a chapter or two easily. I felt like I was sitting in a room, listening to these two men discuss the issues. Their conversations were insightful and intellectual, yet respectful and open.
Highly recommended if you enjoy reading and learning about religion or, if you are Catholic or Jewish, want to better understand your own faith!
I downloaded the YA novel RIPPED from Net Galley before our recent trip to Hawaii. In this fast-paced and riveting story, teenager Katie Lennox discovers she can travel through time from present day London to the time of Jack the Ripper using the “London Stone”. Katie takes on the task of thwarting Jack the Ripper before he can do his evil deeds. She also holds in her heart the secret desire to see her deceased parents again. What Katie discovers is that changing history is no easy feat, and small events can have big consequences. The theme of “be careful what you wish for” is oft-repeated in this story.
I really enjoyed reading this novel! I see that it has won several awards, which is not surprising as it is well-written and well researched. I love historical fiction and mixing it up with time travel just makes me love it more! It is a bit lengthy (over 500 pages in print), but eager readers should have no problem plowing through it.
I look forward to more novels from Ms. Carr, and I see she lives locally, so perhaps our paths will cross.
Thanks, Net Galley and New Book Partners Publishing, for my copy!
Hello! You haven’t heard too much from me lately because we are on vacation in Hawaii!
I try to unplug when we go on vacation, and while I do have a post or two scheduled to run, I will return to “regular programming” once I return at the end of the week.
I am reading a great YA book by Shelley Dickson Carr – RIPPED – about a teen who time travels in order to thwart Jack the Ripper; and I’m also reading CALL ME ZELDA by Erika Robuck, about Zelda Fitzgerald’s time in a mental hospital (it’s a great read!). I recently finished ON HEAVEN AND EARTH which is a conversation between the current Pope (before he was Pope) and an Argentinian Rabbi as they discuss everything from heaven to hell to gay marriage to the role of women.
I wanted to post a picture of the beauty here. This is the view from our lanai (balcony).
This week I am really excited to be hosting a giveaway!! (cue cheering and clapping)
STONEFLY by Scott Holliday is the first book in the Jacob Duke series. I am reading it now, but Amazon blurbs it as:
Jacob Duke has come back to Braketon–a sleepy, backwoods town bordering Dover, the mental institution where he spent his formative years. Jacob’s intention is to enjoy Braketon’s woods and water for the first time as a free man, but he soon discovers that Dover isn’t through with him yet. Driven by a curse that compels him to grant any wish he hears, Jacob is drawn back into his disturbing former life by a young boy’s desire to see his own father dead. Complicating things is the irresistible and erratic Lori Nelson, who continues to put new boyfriends in Jacob’s path, along with Motown, Jacob’s friend from his years at Dover, who carries a secret that rocks Jacob’s foundation and makes him question his own morality.
Here’s the rules:
1) You MUST be a follower of my blog to enter. You can follow my blog itself, or follow me on Twitter (@BethsBookBlog), or be one of my personal friends/family members who connect through Facebook.
2) Leave a comment and say “hey!” and tell me how you follow me (honor system here, folks!).
3) ONE entry per person.
4) Open to US and INT’L!!
5) I will use random.org to generate the winning entry number. I will post who the winner is by Monday, August 26. You can contact me with your mailing info, which I will send in to the publicist for your copy.