I am a missionary mom who has been addicted to blogging since 2006. I post reviews on my blog and at various sites such as Goodreads, Amazon, Christianbook, and my Facebook page (Hammock Librarian). I homeschool my own children, as well as teach young adults in a variety of subject areas. I love to read and review books, from fiction to self-help to DIY.
We operate a youth center that includes a small library, wherein we offer a variety of books to English-as-a-second-language students and to other missionaries. In that capacity, I am the unofficial librarian.
Since being involved in a serious motorcycle accident in early 2011, I'm on a bit of respite from normal life. This has given me almost unlimited time to read and blog.
I'm from the southeastern United States but now live in South America, enjoying the freedom to crawl into the hammock under a shady mango tree and drown in the pages of my ebooks.
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Combined Edition: The Awakened Books One Through Three
on Dec. 05, 2011
I really, REALLY liked this book, enough so that I bought the other two books within minutes of finishing the first one. These book is along the lines of Ted Dekker's Circle Trilogy, with parallel worlds, a battle over the future of humanity, and a prophecy that could turn an unlikely hero into a possible savior. I stayed a little confused (I like that) with the plot, not knowing which direction this would play out. I really enjoyed getting to know the characters, and felt the author did a great job of developing them for their epic journey. A few open story lines leave space for more books to come, I hope.
on July 30, 2012
The overabundance of grammar and punctuation errors made this a pretty tough read at times, and the ease at which characters made decisions to accept Christ felt a bit stiff. But the story flowed well and kept my attention. These amateur detectives are constantly finding themselves in danger, related to either the drug-trafficking biker gang they're spying on or the abused teenager they seek to rescue.
In the middle of all this constant commotion, the two manage to make decisions about the possibility of their relationship progressing past friendship. Through it all, they demonstrate Christian morals and fierce bonds of loyalty. I love Brian's opinions on dating and marriage, and how these are worked into the conversations he has with Andrea.
The author draws from her experience in CMA to form the Sons Riders, a group of motorcyclists who minister to other groups. I particularly like the way Mrs. Derksen fleshed out the ministry strategy of these men, explaining how they form relationships with those they want to reach out to. Motorcyclists who read this will enjoy the accuracy in descriptions of handling the bikes, the use of terms common to riders, and the humor of newbies trying to figure it all out.
**I received a free copy of this ebook to review. I was not required to write a positive review, nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with FTC Regulations. I am part of The CWA Review Crew.