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Merlin’s Blade, written by Robert Treskillard, is the first in a trilogy series. I usually don’t pick a fictional book as a Christian book review choice, but I found it to be a refreshing change. Being familiar with other Merlin accounts that I read as a child/teenager, I found that this story stayed true to many of the expected elements of tradition, but it also had enough originality to keep me wondering what would happen next.
The characters were many in this book, and sometimes I lost track of who was who, but most of the characters took on vivid personalities that were very believable and often complex. The main character, Merlin, was easily connected to from the beginning as the reader becomes quickly acquainted with the tragedies of his sufferings and humble, yet courageous spirit. The setting took place in an ancient time where living conditions were harsh, and traumatic events including injury, suffering and death were common place. The conflicts of right/wrong, good/evil, loyalty/betrayal, honor/power, and Christianity/pagan worship were woven throughout the plot and story development. Although the style of the author is not necessarily easy reading, I found that at times I could become very engrossed in the reading and not want to put the book down at the end of a chapter.
This type of book genre is not for everyone, but if you enjoy historical and adventurous fiction, then this is sure to be an interesting series to follow. I personally plan to read the remaining books, and look forward to more of Merlin.
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“If I was the only one I wouldn’t be littler or bigger, would I? I’d be just me, wouldn’t I?”
― Fynn, Mister God, This Is Anna
It’s back to school time, and unfortunately, that also means the return of many children to an unfair world of comparison and peer pressure. For those who are not considered one of the “in crowd” this can be a tough time, and the devil uses such opportunities to bring our children into the bondage of insecurity, and possibly even self-hate. How do we help our children keep the right perspective on their value and keep their God -given potential from being tarnished? Read the rest of this entry
Hi! It’s Party Time in Blog World Again. Hope you join in on the fun of meeting new people and exploring new blogs as part of the 7th annual Ultimate Blog Party Celebration.
For those who are new to Grace and Grit….I am a wife, mother, physical therapist, exercise enthusiast, crafter, novice gardener, avid book and blog lover blessed with a great big helping of God’s Sweet Grace and a side-dish of Southern raised Grit to go with it.
I believe that life should be a great adventure as we get to know God better and form a close walk with him. Hope you will join me on my journey. Read the rest of this entry
This is WEEK 48 of the Character Development Series I am doing for 2012. So glad you stopped by!
The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature. -Marcus Aurelius
All the gold which is under or upon the earth is not enough to give in exchange for virtue. -Plato
Wisdom is knowing what to do next; virtue is doing it. David Starr Jordan Read the rest of this entry
This is WEEK 46 of the Character Development Series I am doing for 2012. So glad you stopped by!
Prejudice is a learned trait. You’re not born prejudiced; you’re taught it. -Charles R. Swindoll
In examining the evidence of the Christian religion, it is essential to the discovery of truth that we bring to the investigation a mind freed, as far as possible, from existing prejudice, and open to conviction. -Simon Greenleaf
If people are informed they will do the right thing. It’s when they are not informed that they become hostages to prejudice. -Charlayne Hunter-Gault Read the rest of this entry
Confidentiality is a virtue of the loyal, as loyalty is the virtue of faithfulness. -Edwin Louis Cole
No more duty can be urged upon those who are entering the great theater of life than simple loyalty to their best convictions. -Edwin Hubbel Chapin
Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens. – J. R. R. Tolkien
The highest spiritual quality, the noblest property of mind a man can have, is this of loyalty…a man with no loyalty in him, with no sense of love or reverence or devotion due to something outside and above his poor daily life, with its pains and pleasures, profits and losses, is as evil a case as man can be. – Algernon Charles Swinburne Read the rest of this entry
This is WEEK 28 of the Character Development Series I am doing for 2012. So glad you stopped by!
Joy is the simplest form of gratitude. -Karl Barth
There are souls in this world which have the gift of finding joy everywhere and of leaving it behind them when they go. -Jean Paul
“Scatter joy!” -― Ralph Waldo Emerson
“There is no joy in the soul that has forgotten what God prizes.”-― Oswald Chambers Read the rest of this entry
My laptop died from complications that occurred approximately 2 months ago….You see, the laptop’s owner (that’s me) accidentally dropped the laptop on the floor. Although a little tape and a few tweaks by hubby seemed to have salvaged the laptop to keep cruising on in WI FI land, an unknown problem lurked beneath the surface….a hairline fracture in the mother board.
The hairline fracture grew over time, and finally caused the fatal BLACK SCREEN of impending death. Luckily, The Geek Squad was able to salvage MOST of the data, pictures, and documents from the old laptop and convert them to a shiny new laptop, but the disruption of life has not yet returned to normal. Please be patient with me while I continue to mourn my laptop and get adjusted to the new one….
Next week’s topic…Humility vs Pride. Yes, this week has definitely been a lesson in humility as I have had to admit my mistake, and pay dearly for it in many ways.
But I have learned that God is with me, even when my laptop is not…..He is my true life source, and He has provided an important data and sacred document keeper….HIS WORD …it will never crash, be disrupted, or fail.
Til next week, my prayer for you:
May God bless you this week with the comfort of His unfailing presence and resources. May you stay connected to Him as the absolute most vital source of your daily life. May you have a blessed 4th of July!
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I am so excited to be part of the Ultimate Blog Party 2012!!!!! Please check it out and do some blog hopping!
If this is your first time visiting my blog, let me tell you a little about Grace and Grit for Living Life.
I started blogging in May of 2011, so I am close to reaching my one year anniversary in the blog world. Stay in touch for a blog give-away next month in celebration. To me….Grace is what God is all about and without it, we would be nothing so I want my blog to share that message of grace to others. I also want my blog to reflect messages that hopefully encourage, cause one to ponder or reflect on Christian values, and help to foster Christian growth….for I believe that God wants Christians to be empowered to make a difference, to leave an imprint upon this world and the lives of those in our world. God wants to give us the grit we need to live out his values and to be light unto a fallen, dark world that needs His love. This year, I have dedicated to studying Christian Character traits. Hope you will join me as I look at a character trait each week.
I look forward to visiting other blog sites to learn and be encouraged. Blog Party is such a great event to bring fellow bloggers together. The worldly view is so prevalent in our lives, that I believe Christians need to have the support of knowing they are not the only ones trying to stand apart and life a life that honors God. The blog community allows people to get to know others from around the world and share a common ground. Isn’t that what Christianity is all about?…..a community of believers helping each other to grow in love and being mentors to each other.
Thanks for stopping by….and thanks fellow bloggers for all you have contributed to my life!