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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Book Review: Atlantis by David Gibbons

Atlantis by David Gibbons is a fascinating and in-depth story that explores the archaeological discovery of Atlantis with just enough action thrown in for suspense. The story is very detailed when it comes to the archaeological aspect of the discovery of Atlantis and I like this refreshing perspective from a novel. Although there are parts that are hard to work through due to the detail, I applaud Gibbins for working through the story with a more academic viewpoint than the usual shoot 'em up scenario where those finding the treasures are not true archaeologists but more bodyguards or guides. There is also quite a bit of action throughout the story and it helps to break up the monotony that can make this a long read at times.

Jack Howard is a marine archaeologist on expedition with his friend Costas and crew when they find a wreckage that delivers to them a unique gold disc with strange markings on it. They discover the wreckage is Minoan and, unbeknownst to them, holds a secret to let them explore a lost civilization in the very near future. This is also the time when a startling discovery is made regarding the lost civilization of Atlantis and a group of the best minds meet together to begin discussing the implications of what has been discovered in the wrappings of a ancient mummy. Howard meets Katya Svetlanova as well during this meeting and she travels with Howard and Costas as they travel and search for the lost city. They begin plotting on ancient maps and travel times to discover the general area where Atlantis will be found and set out to begin the search. As they begin their excavations of the sea they locate structures and land that fit with what they are looking for and begin exploring the area with excitement until they make a frightful discovery. Not only have they discovered the lost civilization of Atlantis but they have also stumbled on a lost Russian nuclear submarine that nations and terrorists will do anything to get their hands on. Time is of the essence as Jack Howard and crew race against the clock to stock a nuclear holocaust and save a lost civilization.

I have to admit that there were quite a few times when Atlantis was very tedious to read through. I had to put the book down for a day or two several times and then start again. I love details in a story so that it helps give you a better view on what the characters are experiencing and the details Gibbins shares helps give the story a more archaeological and scientific feel to it. I do feel that Gibbins went into a bit too much detail on a few things throughout the story though. Overall, this is a excellent book and well worth the read. It's slightly different than the Tyler Locke or Payne and Jones series but still a great read and recommended.

Monday, October 8, 2012

The Most Misused Verses in the Bible [Book Review]

I always hear people quoting Bible verses and know that many times they are either not in the Bible or they are misquoted. In fact you can find many articles on this subject. One thing I had not though a lot about is what Eric J. Bargerhuff writes about in his book, The Most Misused Verses in the Bible: Surprising Ways God's Word Is Misunderstood. This is a great journey through 17 of the most commonly misused verses in the Bible and Bargerhuff's explanations and arguments for why these verses are misused are easy to understand and follow.

This book is not meant to be a theological break-through that will change the world but rather a simple explanation into how to properly interpret the Bible and apply its meaning to our lives. Without properly understanding the context of these verses, we can fall into misrepresentation of the Bible and our witness and understanding of God's Word is hurt. Reading this book has helped me better understand how to put into context the verses that I am reading and then to look at them with news eyes so that I can properly apply them to my life and learn how they are applicable to my life.

This is a very good book that is easy to read and understand. New Christians or those who would like to have a new perspective on how to read the Bible should give this a try. It will help you understand the context of these 17 verses better and give you insight on how to begin putting what you are reading into context so that you can properly apply it to your life.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

God on the Streets of Gotham [Book Review]

I love comics and the heroes (or villains, at times) that grace those pages. I love fantasy and seeing a whole new world brought into creation symbolically representing our everyday life. It allows you to look at yourself and the world around you in a slightly different way that helps you to understand the interactions that take place between yourself and everything else. Batman is no different as his story of fear, pain, failure, love, redemption, and so many more human characteristics takes us on a journey to discover our own paths in life. With the new Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises, coming out I felt this was the perfect opportunity to review God on the Streets of Gotham: What the Big Screen Batman Can Teach Us about God and Ourselves by Paul Asay.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Chasing the Sun (Land of the Lone Star) [Book Review]

This is the first time I’ve ever read a book by Tracie Peterson. I have really enjoyed reading Chasing the Sun (Land of the Lone Star) and it definitely keeps me on edge wonder what’s going to happen next. This is the first of her series called Land of the Lone Star and it is definitely a must read. Read my review after the break.....