Yesterday's Promise. Vanessa Miller. Rating: 3.5/4 stars. Dream 4 More Rating: Sweet Dreams. 4.24.10.
This is a different style of writing for Vanessa, in comparison to the Rain and Storm series that I loved so dearly since it covered "redemption" and anyone can turn their lives over to God.
In Yesterday's Promise, speaks about two people stubbornness, where Melinda helps her father, Bishop Johnson, mega-church ministry and expects to be next in line to lead the flock but sees it was passed on to her ex-fiance, Bishop Steve Marks. Steve Marks believes he can rekindle his love and ask a second time for the hand of Melinda Johnson in marriage. But his stubbornness is believing from listening to his father that women cannot minister in the church. I like some of the passages delivered in the book about why women are in ministry and the other views that have disregarded women to lead the flock in the congregation--to be silent in the church based on Paul's perspective in the Word of God.
We will see if they can mend their past hurts, love, and stay in the will of God regardless of their views of one another or beliefs. Can they re-commit their love-relationship for one another after they see the light of God's views on women in ministry.
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*This is the opinion of the reviewer that does not reflect the views of Dream 4 More Firm. We received a copy from the publisher for a book review and interview with the author.
Adverse Intentions. Cher-Rhonda Woodard-Lynk. $11.95. Rating: 2.5/3 stars. Dream 4 More Rating: What a Dream! 4.15.10.
This is the second saga of the collection written by Cher-Rhonda Woodard-Lynk. With this book, it starts out with suspense and wonder what is going to happen with Eric, Angelique's past lover and becomes obsessed with her after it is over. What leaves me, why is he so obsessed in which the story never really tells us. Maybe more will be told in book 3, "Vanessa's Revenge."
Overall, I felt the story was rushed, parts undefined and empty (e.g. Tremel passing out and then characters speak of her death without setting the scene; or Tremel loses blood, medical condition, saves the baby and days later she passes out...dead. Did she have a C-section; natural birth, other?). Yet, I like some of the suspense scenes but execution left me clueless in some areas--should not be rushed and developed more.
The book is shorter than the previous book too. It is best to read the first book in order to see characters developed and understand relationships; otherwise, readers may be lost on who are some of the characters and even those added in this book where I had to re-read to make sure Lance and Vortex were not the same people at first.
*The opinions of the reviewer does not reflect the views of Dream 4 More Firm. We received a copy from the author to provide a review.
The Littlest Donkey. Gail G. Faust. Illustrator: Tanya Bungardt-Price. $12.00. Rating: 4.5/5 stars. Dream 4 More Rating: Wooed Us Dream! 4.10.10.
I enjoyed reading the children's book, "The Littlest Donkey", when at first it reminded me of the Engine who could, where the little engine said, "I Think I can I think I can". This is the part when the mother donkey told her little donkey that he could and will be somebody that will be remembered by all men. At first, Sarah (mother donkey) did not believe she could have a child in her old age. We believe we cannot do things, it is impossible, but with God, all things are possible. This story delivered so many messages and morals for our young people to grasp and understand. One, we need to believe we can, and with God--it is possible. We should not look at size since we are created for purpose and have greatness in each one of us. Little Donkey looked at his size and was seeking approval from others but instead was laughed at. But God sees the best in us. Little Donkey prayed not to be sold. We later see that prayers avails much since he was not sold, only borrowed for a short time in which he was remembered by all men for eternity because the man of God rode on his back. What a glorious moment! He was also never ridiculed again, even was honored and those who laughed bowed to him. He was chosen for a purpose. This is the ultimate lesson--we are all created for purpose.
While working in the library, I was thinking of writing a children's book to minister to our youth, whom we are losing today to media, TV, radio, and fashion. I was honored to see the artistic illustration by Tanja Bungardt and see the message of God's Word delivered in a children's book that was written by Gail G. Faust--which was my prayer after looking at the pictorial books that our children are reading. They have the lesson but not from a godly perspective. I wanted to write a book to demonstrate God's love and purpose of which this book delivered both! This is a book all parents should have in their library for their children to read, or to read to their children. I am blessed to add this book to my reading collection.
Recommended for ages 8-10 for reading purposes, younger children can be exposed to the book if read by their parents or guardians.
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Lust of a Dope Fiend. Jerome Livingston. $10.00. Rating: 2.5/3 stars. Dream 4 More Rating: What a Dream! 4.7.10.
While reading, “Lust of a Dope Fiend”, we see how a man has once cursed God after his mother’s death and later will find God (spiritual awakening). He once lived in a Christian-home and background, but he started getting high at a very young age with friends. He was also rebellious child since the age of six. What would you do for a taste of heroin? You will discover the answer as you read this book. He also experimented with different methods to get high. Later, one believes that Jerome changed his life after being sent to Job Corp to get his life back on track and raise a family. Ironically, one would never think that man-rape would happen in Job Corps but expected to occur in jail/prison. Yet, he defeats a rape-threat in Job Corp but meets up with this dude in jail later. He constantly turns back to drugs without any clarifications or realization, only to fulfill the lust of the flesh—craving to get another high whether it is ‘reefer’ (old school term), ‘cocaine’, or ‘heroin’.
Moreover, I felt the story skipped to different characters and scenes from time to time. The ending, was just one sentence about ‘spiritual awakening’ and no indication—why, how, and what will happen next. Throughout the book, we read about his life experiences and drug-use and even spending time in jail but when we get to his spiritual enlightenment…only words and nothing more. Maybe, this is for another memoir to speak more on this notion. In addition, there were typographical errors such as the word, ‘vain’ used instead of the word, ‘vein’. There was also some grammatical and punctuation issues in the book. When he was speaking or a person was speaking, there were no quotes (“”) used.
*This is the opinion of the reviewer that does not reflect to any views of Dream 4 More Firm. We received a copy from the author for a book review to be posted on site and sent to author (not available on Amazon).