The Grand Scheme: Understanding God’s Plan for Your Life is a cheerful and enthusiastic Christian non-fiction book. Author Tega Folivi sets out a simple list of ways to identify how God is working in your life, and urges people to embrace a confident, powerful connection with God by looking beyond confusing situations towards His ultimate plan. The book has 10 chapters that outline God’s characteristics as a master guide for people’s lives and each chapter gives strategies for channeling this divine plan into their daily practice. There is also a short set of prophetic affirmations for the reader to use at the end.
This book is a ray of sunshine! The Grand Scheme: Understanding God’s Plan for Your Life delivers plain-speak about getting in touch with God—how, why, and what to expect—and is very clear about the humility and clear communication practices that are necessary. Tega Folivi upholds God’s work in her own life and encourages others to believe in His purpose for them as well. Her absolute commitment propels the book forward in a very strong way. God’s presence in her and of the type of person she defines as a “God-lover” is described beautifully. One highlight for me also was the variety of Scriptures quoted from many different translations and I liked how sensible a lot of the topics were—a loving spirit towards others, real immersion in God’s Word, and acceptance that tough or surprising situations might actually be His design. I highly recommend some of the common sense the author puts forward.
KeeKee’s Big Adventure in London, England is part of a series of European travel picture books starring KeeKee the cute and curious little cat. Author Shannon Jones joins up with illustrator Casey Uhelski to unfold for a small child’s eyes what sightseeing in the amazing metropolis of London is like. KeeKee has been to several big cities in Europe and now, starry-eyed and excited, she drifts with her little hot-air balloon (what a fun way to travel) over London. After going on a tour of major locations with a local, KeKee runs into a sedate little woman in a blue hat who takes KeeKee to tea—the Queen, of course. After learning a lot about England, the cheerful kitty drifts off in search of more places to explore.
This is a great way for kids to learn about some of the major tourist attractions in London. Every Londoner KeKee meets is a little animal like herself, presented as mostly her size and very friendly. Shannon Jones nailed a panoramic glance over most of the attractions you might visit during a day touring London and how fun it to be there for the first time. KeeKee feels special as she is guided by friendly Shakespearean actor Will through a beautifully illustrated medley of sleek modern subways, old stone buildings, and unique British cuisine, and she is genuinely excited and spontaneous as she learns about this great city. A happy tone of really enjoying oneself laces gently through the book and that made me have as much fun with KeeKee’s Big Adventures in London, England as KeeKee herself did.
The Seed: Into the Darkness is a Christian fantasy story by R. L. Barker. It shows the events of Biblical history, especially the time of Christ, from Satan’s point of view as he tries to prevent Jesus Christ (the Seed) from defeating him. After Satan tempts Adam and Eve, things look well for him—but God tells of a Seed who will crush Satan’s head. Immediately, Satan’s obsession to get rid of this Seed begins, in a war against humanity spanning thousands of years. The problem is Satan doesn’t know who the Seed will be. Although powerful in the underworld, Satan doesn’t know everything—and so he discovers one day when he is startled to realize at long last the Seed might be really arriving.
The Seed: Into the Darkness is a profoundly enjoyable book. There is integrity to the character development and a good literary quality which created an immersive novel. Satan was portrayed in a down-to-earth way that was even light-hearted at times, but his menace and evil purpose towards Christ and Christians was also exceptionally clear. His small-minded mania and obsession was excellently developed, as were his parade of semi-comic and grotesque minions and the humans in his path like eccentric, wild John the Baptist and sour, corrupt Herod the Great. And Jesus Himself, shown only in sketches, possessed a quiet presence that proved He is what the story is really about. From the thundering chambers of Satan’s underworld to the joyous beauty of resurrection, R. L. Barker’s story certainly delivers the themes of the Bible in a fictional package worth putting on your shelf.
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