#1 New Wizard of Oz Allegory: No Space Like Home

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Swirling Starfield

I’ve encountered more than one Wizard of Oz allegory in my life, and more than one of them has been very Sci-fi in nature. I especially enjoyed the movie on the Sci-fi network a few years (decades) back. I have to say, though, that today’s book, No Space Like Home is by far the best. This book takes on a Wizard of Oz Allegory with both futuristic/spacetravel fun, and the Good Shepherd into the bargain. It’s like a perfect collection of my favorite elements! Were you a fan of the Wizard of Oz movie growing up? I’m sure the splash … Read More

100+ Best Middle-Grade Books of All Time

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Today let’s talk about how to determine the best middle-grade books of all time. (and yes, I plan on tackling a quality high school reading list soon, too) The Best middle-grade books of all time are timeless – the story isn’t so bogged down in some issue that would not apply 20 years later. Ageless: Tthe best books for middle school students are truly enjoyable (and understandable by) 1st graders and grownups alike. The best middle-grade books of all time are personable – it is easy to connect with the characters, both the kids and the adults. Moral lessons discovered, … Read More

Can You Untangle The Glittering Web of Deception?

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Today is #ChristianBooktober, Day 14: Enter a web of deception in The Glittering Web by Richard and Linda Nathan. This futuristic fiction delves into some deep territory! We can far too easily be deceived by what’s normal and accepted if we’re not careful in our study of the Word of God! I have not read the book, but I believe it’s worth spotlighting here. If I’m not mistaken, it will give any reader much to think about. If you enter the giveaway, you have a chance of winning a copy of The Glittering Web to read for yourself!  About This … Read More

Experience Synapse: Steven James New Book

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Welcome to #ChristianBooktober Day 11: Synapse- Steven James New Book I thoroughly enjoy Sci-Fi. You can call me a Trekkie and I wouldn’t mind. Shows like Sliders and Eureka are fun! But they all lack that thread of faith, of being able to trace the fingerprints of God. I also enjoy Crime shows like JAG and NCIS. They cover some awful stuff, but Justice wins. A little graphic sometimes, but satisfying to see the good guys solve the case. Steven James new book, Synapse, has the best of both of those, without any bad language or graphic displays that you … Read More

3 Biblical Parallels That You Need To Watch For

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In my opinion, Biblical Parallels are one of the best things about reading Christian fiction. I find Biblical allusions in literature are a great educational tool. You can find out more about why authors use Biblical allusions in literature and those best Biblical Parallels below the book review, but first: From Celebrate Lit, here’s the latest in Allegory / Fantasy! ?Please note that this post contains affiliate links for your convenience.  If you make a purchase through one of these, I may receive a small commission at no cost to you. I also received an advance copy from the author … Read More

Wayne Thomas Batson with an Epic Sword in the Stars

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When I saw that Wayne Thomas Batson Author of this week’s Celebrate Lit Book Review was from the same part of Maryland as I was, It made me smile! Please allow me to introduce you to today’s Epic: Sword in the Stars, the beginning of the Dark Sea Annals. *Please note that this post has affiliate links. If you make a purchase through one, I may receive a small commission at no cost to you. I did receive a copy of The Sword in the Stars from Celebrate Lit, though this does not influence my opinions. For my full disclosure … Read More

The Top 10 Best Christian Allegories and Adventures

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Christian Allegories are very special to me. I’ve been drawn to them from a very early age. They can be fun or serious, but they always make a point, in a parallel way, without just saying “You messed up. Look what you did/should have done/are capable of!” In that way, they are kind and make you think. Some of my favorite Christian Allegories from the Bible are Nathan’s story about the lamb, to get David to realize and confess just exactly what he’d done, and repent. (2 Samuel 12:1-4) The King’s dreams, interpreted by Daniel, which told the future (Daniel 2& 4) The Parable of the … Read More

Top 5 Amazing Christian Time Travel Books & Series

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Challenge your Faith with Christian Time Travel

Today’s topic, Christian Time Travel Books for youth (and the young at heart). Have you ever wondered what it would be like to find yourself in another time entirely? This has always fascinated me. (And NOT just because Captain Kirk and Spock made a habit of it…? ) Would you be able to maintain your faith? Would you be able to embrace the challenge of living in another time, and share Jesus Christ with those around you? Or maybe even meet Him yourself, in a grand new way? Amazing Christian Time Travel Books and Series With these Christian Time Travel … Read More

Could There Be Good Dragons in the Bible?

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Dragons can teach us Faith

Do you like Dragons? I do. The good ones, anyway. If you give them half a chance, they can show you some of the best characteristics, the ones that inspire you to live as Jesus wants you to. And the bad dragons, well, they show you what the consequences are for bad choices, and what you REALLY don’t want to look like. But, are there any Good dragons in the Bible? I know the dragons in the Bible, in Revelation at least, are NOT good. So Let’s take a quick look through a few ‘dragons in the Bible’ verses and see what … Read More