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The Martian by Andy Weir

An AMAZING BOOK! This is a very realistic novel about a NASA mission to Mars that goes wrong and leaves an astronaut stranded on the planet. The whole book becomes a Mars survival story which adds a lot of dimensions to a typical survival book because it’s a different planet with no people or life whatsoever.91c4ZDFCn1L._SL1500_

There are a lot of technical explanations and engineering that at times are hard to completely understand but for the most part, I was able to follow. Weir presents dozens of “impossible” situations which seem to point to the certain death of Mark Watney, but every time he amazes and cleverly solves each problem. Problem solving is at the heart of this story.

Be warned that there is quite a bit of profanity throughout the book – in fact the very first sentence kicked it off. If that offends you, don’t read this novel.

Weir keeps us in suspense throughout – at no point does it get slow or boring. There is a great balance between Mark Watney, earth, and the crew. If I had time, I would have read the book in almost one sitting. It’s one of those stories where you just HAVE to know what’s going to happen and how he is going to survive this one.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Blogging For Books program in exchange for this fair and unbiased review.


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Blessed Child by Ted Dekker and Bill Bright

_240_360_Book.957.coverA thriller from start to finish, this is one book I had a hard time putting down. I’ve read Ted Dekker before and so I knew his writing was strong and gripping – I wasn’t disappointed. What WAS surprising, was the strong evangelistic emphasis in this novel. Maybe that is the influence of Bill Bright.

Although the story follows the boy Caleb’s miraculous ability to heal, the message is not that healing of the body is the most important, but the greatest healing is that of the soul. This was strongly emphasized in the second half of the book. And in the end it was made very clear that there is only one way to the Father and that is through Jesus Christ.

At times the spiritual experiences described in this book seem ‘over the top’ but as Bill Bright comments in a note at the end of the book, these miracles are no less spectacular than those found throughout the Scripture. We are normally so closed to the spiritual world that we don’t see it as real.

I finished this book encouraged in faith and longing for a closer relationship to Christ. That’s more than most novels are able to accomplish. 

This book has been reviewed as a part of the Book Sneeze Blogger review program. Thanks to Thomas Nelson Publishers who provided a copy for review. I was not required to write a positive review.

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