Thursday, January 30, 2014

Mark of Evil The End Series Volume: 4 Review



Mark of Evil The End Series Volume: 4
By Tim LaHaye and Craig Parshall
Published by Zondervan

Economies have fallen, freedom has been suppressed, and peace is a distant memory. The world is falling apart. Joshua Jordan’s protégé Ethan March, along with Jimmy Louder and Rivka Reuban have been left behind in a world that is rapidly coming under the complete influence of the Antichrist.

Technology is growing by leaps and bounds, with BID-Tag implants, robotic police units, and drone-bots flying overhead . . . all designed to control and dominate those who resist the Antichrist’s reign of evil. As Biblical prophecy is fulfilled each new day, Ethan and the others in the Remnant struggle to eat, to procure necessary goods, and to avoid the Global Alliance---in short, to survive.

But when the forces of evil attempt to pervert the world’s most powerful information system to their own sinister ends, eliminating everyone who gets in their way, it’s up to Ethan and the Remnant to subvert their dark ambitions. From New York Times best-selling author Tim LaHaye, creator and co-author of the world-renowned Left Behind books, and Craig Parshall, Mark of Evil is the final thrilling chapter in The End series.

With high-tech thrills against a background of prophetic events that seem to leap from today’s news, this is the story of global tribulations bringing the world one step closer to the reign of the Antichrist and the return of Jesus Christ in glory.


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Dr. Tim LaHaye (www.timlahaye.com), who conceived the idea of fictionalizing an account of the Rapture and the Tribulation, is a noted author, minister, and nationally recognized speaker on Bible prophecy. He is the founder of both Tim LaHaye Ministries and The PreTrib Research Center. He also recently cofounded the Tim LaHaye School of Prophecy at Liberty University. Presently Dr. LaHaye speaks at many Bible prophecy conferences in the U.S. and Canada, where his current prophecy books are very popular.

Dr. LaHaye holds a doctor of ministry degree from Western Theological Seminary and a doctor of literature degree from Liberty University. For 25 years he pastored one of the nation's outstanding churches in San Diego, which grew to three locations. It was during that time that he founded two accredited Christian high schools, a Christian school system of ten schools, and San Diego Christian College (formerly known as Christian Heritage College).

Dr. LaHaye has written over 50 non-fiction books and co-authored 25 fiction books, many of which have been translated into 34 languages. He has written books on a wide variety of subjects, such as family life, temperaments, and Bible prophecy. His most popular fiction works, the Left Behind series, written with Jerry B. Jenkins, continue to appear on the best-seller lists of the Christian Booksellers Association, "Publishers Weekly," the "Wall Street Journal," "USA Today," and the "New York Times."

Another popular series by LaHaye and Jenkins is The Jesus Chronicles. This four-book fiction series gives readers a rich first century experience as John, Mark, Luke, and Matthew recount thrilling accounts of the life of Jesus. Dr. LaHaye is co-author of another fiction series, Babylon Rising. Each of the four titles in this series have debuted in the top 10 on the New York Times best seller list. These are suspense thrillers with thought-provoking messages.


Cassandra's Review- In today's world you would not think twice about some of the stuff mentioned in this book. You might not ever give the vast filled knowledge a second thought. Some might even turn their head and look the other way instead of indulge in the vast concepts within these pages. To know of a possible truth and to feel it in your soul is not always easy. It will keep you wondering and thinking which is what a great book should always do in my opinion. 


I have received a complimentary copy of this book from Book Sneeze.

Perfect Ending Book Review



PERFECT ENDING
by Robert Jeffress
Why Christ's Imminent Return Matters To You


Over the past year, Robert Jeffress has received more national media exposure than any other pastor with multiple appearances on O'Reilly, Bill Maher, Fox News and CNN shows. Jeffress is considered by the media as the go-to person for evangelical views, assuring television coverage of his book.

Perfect Ending is designed to help Christians understand the intriguing, but often confusing subject of Bible prophecy and apply the truth of Christ's return to everyday life. Written in an easy-to-understand way, the book explains and applies the realities of the rapture, the tribulation, heaven and hell and relates those future events to our world today. Wouldn't the knowledge of your future be a comfort to you in the present trials of life?

Robert Jeffress (DMin, Southwestern Theological Seminary; ThM, Dallas Theological Seminary) is an author and the senior pastor of the 11,000-member First Baptist Church of Dallas, Texas. His bold, biblical and practical approach to ministry has made him one of the country’s most respected evangelical leaders and earned him a Daniel Award from Vision America. He regularly appears on major mainstream media outlets such as Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, The O’Reilly Factor, Cavuto on Business, ABC’s Good Morning America and CBS’s The Early Show. He also hosts a television program, Pathway to Victory, and teaches a daily sermon series that airs on 1,200 television stations and cable systems throughout the nation and in 28 countries around the world.


Cassandra's Review-  To understand complex and interesting facts are not always the easiest thing. This book will help you to break down the information so that you can really benefit from it and not have to refer to many other books to translate what is being said. I was thrilled to experience the knowledge and fact that was inserted in the pages of Perfect Ending. I would recommend this book to both adult and young adult as they would get the most out of it.  


I received a complimentary copy of this book from Worthy Publishing.

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Curious Critters Volume I and II review


Cover of Curious Critters Volume One by David FitzSimmons

Text and Photography by David FitzSimmons

Amazing animals – from a beautiful butterfly to a crabby crayfish – posed for portraits. Good thing photographer and writer David FitzSimmons jotted down what the pink katydid, jabbering jay, poetic opossum, and other Curious Critters had to say!  (Juvenile/Nonfiction: Animals/Science & Nature • Ages 2 to 8 • ISBN 978-1-936607-69-3 • 32 pages • 11 x 9.5 • $19.95)


Five National Book Awards:


2012 IBPA Bill Fisher Award for Best First Book (Children's/Young Adult)

2012 Nautilus Silver Book Award (Children’s Nonfiction, Grades 1-6)
2011 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards, Silver (Non-Fiction - Picture Book)
2012 Skipping Stones Honor Award (Nature and Ecology Books)
2012 Publishers West Book Design Awards, Bronze (Children's/YA Illustrated)








                         


Award-winning author and photographer David FitzSimmons has a unique

approach to animal portraiture, and he loves sharing it with kids. Instead of
seeking rare animals in exotic locations, David photographs common animals
—many found in your own backyard—against plain, white backgrounds,
producing detailed close-up images that are simply striking. These images
are the visual foundation of his “Curious Critters” children’s picture books.
Volume one won five national book awards. Volume Two will be released in
February.

FitzSimmons’ unconventional approach allows animals’ colors, textures, 
shapes, and “personalities” to shine through. “Kids focus on the animals. 
That’s when the learning begins,” David explains. “They focus on and notice 
clues about animals’ behaviors, diets, life cycles, and habitats.”

Besides the extraordinary photography, each of the twenty animals in 
“Curious Critters Volume Two” gets a chance to tell its story. Take, for 
example, the proud papa Northern cardinal, who explains how he and his 
“crested cutie” built their nest:

As I flew in with twigs, then leaves, then grapevine bark, and, finally, 
grass and pine needles, my singing sweetie put our cup-shaped nest 
together.

Then, after laying three eggs, my orange-beaked beauty began sitting 
on our eggs while I brought her seeds to eat. A dozen days later, our 
hatchlings pecked their way out. They looked so cute!
The second volume of Curious Critters also includes the airline pilot monarch 
butterfly:


Air traffic control, this is Monarch Flight 1 preparing for takeoff, flying 
from Milkweed, Minnesota, to Oyamel Fir Forest, Mexico. The estimated
flight time for our two-thousand mile journey is just over two months.
Then there’s the buccaneer bluegill, who’s the pirate of the pond:

Ahoy! Call me Cap’n Bluegill. I ply these waters looking for good eatin’.
Me tall, flat body and me ruthless rigging—you know, me fearsome fins
—allow me to sail smartly and steer sharply. If a snail, a worm, or a 
dragonfly larva dares to dally in me waters, I chase ’em down, then 
suck ’em in. Gulp!
Other characters include the muscle-bound green frog with an East-coast 
accent, the American Kestrel with his high dive circus act, the sidewinder 
magician, and the leucistic gray squirrel, who grows weary of people thinking
that her white color means she’s an albino. 
Of all the characters, however, children may delight most in the four Eastern 
cottontails.
As cute as the bunnies are, their childlike conversation about coprophagy—
yes, rabbits eat their own poop!—is sure to have children and parents 
groaning with delight.
You mean we eat our own . . . feces?!
Feces? What are feces?
You know . . . poop.
Who said that?
I did. That’s what I heard.
Yep. By eating grasses twice, we get more nutrients the second time 
through. All rabbits do it. What’s wrong with that?
Eeew!
That’s disgusting!
“Curious Critters Volume Two” is filled with other fascinating fauna, including
a beautiful butterfly, a Spanish-speaking armadillo, a mathematical moth, a 
bellowing alligator, a back flipping beetle, and other amazing animals.
The second book in the series is not only entertaining but also educational. 
Before David began composing the short vignettes accompanying each 
photo, he reviewed national science education standards. “Curious Critters 
Volume Two” meets all the National Research Council’s life science 
standards for grades K-4.

The picture book also features additional natural history information for each
Critter and a two-page spread of life-size silhouettes, where readers are 
asked to identify the animals, find one whose shape has changed, test 
geometry skills in looking for reversed silhouettes, and figure out what the 
various colors represent. The book also includes a glossary

New! Curious Critters Audiobooks
Audiences, thrilled with author David FitzSimmons dramatically reading 
Curious Critter character voices at book events and school visits, have been 
calling for recordings of the book’s voices. So, simultaneous with the release 
of “Curious Critters Volume Two,” Wild Iris Publishing will be releasing 
audiobooks for “Curious Critters Volume One” and “Curious Critters Volume 
Two.” In writing the “Curious Critters” books, David imagined that each critter 
talked to him during its portrait session and that he was just writing down 
what was said. Both audiobooks capture the sometimes calm, other times 
excited, and occasionally irascible personalities David envisioned. Calling 
upon a stable of diverse and animated voiceover talent, the two audiobooks 
bring forty-one animals to life. 
Highlights include the Richard Simmons wannabe gold green sweat bee, who
likes sweat...but only when she gets to lick your sweat; the bench pressing 
green frog who just came out of a Boston gym and sits by the edge of the 
pond to sing to the “froggie girls;” and the eyed elater, who, amidst constant
castanet-like clicking, explains how he rights himself if upside down: 



My name is eyed elater
No beetle’s jump is greater.
Click. Click. Click.
If on my back I’ve landed,
and upside down seem stranded,
Click. Click. Click.
I bend my back way under,
then click as loud as thunder.
Click. Click. Click



These and many other delightful sound effects provide fun, natural sounds 
that contextualize the animals: water swishes when the Eastern spiny 
softshell turtle climbs onto a log; the sidewinder rattles his tail before and 
after his disappearing magic act; and a wood block provides the acoustic 
punch line to the knock, knock joke of the baby Eastern bluebird, ready to 
emerge from her beautiful blue egg.

Perhaps most endearing of all are the young talent who give voice to juvenile

Curious Critters in both volumes, such as the cute-as-a-button baby bluebird 
and the not-quite-ready-to-fly red-eyed vireo fledgling.
The character voices reach their pinnacle in the volume two audiobook when
four bunnies discuss mom leaving them all alone while she “goes out to eat,”
puzzle over running all “zig-zaggy weird,” and act dismayed over eating their
own “feces” to provide more nutrition the second time through: “Eeew! 
That’s disgusting!” Four young girls, ages 3 to 9, bring with their voices 
heartfelt charm!
Rounding out the soundscape of both audiobooks is the upbeat singing of 
nature-folk singer Foster Brown, who plays the part of the singing spotted 
salamander and the warbling diving beetle. And beginning and ending both 
audiobooks is Foster’s catchy “Curious Critters” theme song, rich with the 
bluegrass sounds of a guitar, banjo, mandolin, and upright bass:
Curious Critters all around,
in forests to farms and in our town.
With beaks, scales, wings, and paws,
feathers, fur and teeth and claws,
some hop and crawl or walk or swim,
fly or glide or slither in.
Curious Critters to be found.
Come listen in. Come gather ‘round.
The Curious Critter’s web site, www.curious-critters.com, has additional 
resources, including puzzles, coloring pages, e-cards, teacher aids, and 
stories about the making of the books. 
David hopes that his “Curious Critters” books will inspire children and adults 
to conserve nature. “To protect our natural world, we first have to care about
it. I hope that my animal pictures allow people to see common animals—from
frogs and squirrels to caterpillars and katydids—in a whole new and 
meaningful way. I hope the photography captivates and inspires people.”
Curious Critters volume one, which has sold over 100,000 copies to-date, 
won five national book awards, including the IBPA’s coveted Bill Fisher award
for Best First Book (2012).
More amazing animals coming soon!

Cover of Curious Critters Marine by David FitzSimmons (Coming soon!)

In “Curious Critters: Marine,” meet fish, birds, crustaceans and other animals

from the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, as well as the Gulf of Mexico. Hear what
the black sea bass, candy stripe shrimp, pencil urchin, California sea slug, 
horseshoe crab, blue lobster, and other seaworthy Curious Critters had to 
say! Available Fall 2014.


CURIOUS CRITTERS Volume Two is now available! Following 100,000 copies sold of the CURIOUS CRITTERS Volume One, the sequel features a mathematical moth, buccaneer bluegill, bilingual armadillo, and many more amazing animals. Sample pages at www.curious-critters.com
AUDIOBOOKS of Curious Critters Volumes One & Two are now available. Hear samples at www.wildirispublishing.comCheck out David's SIGMA Pro blog: tips, techniques, and more...David's blog


Image of David FitzSimmons



David FitzSimmons is a free-lance photographer and writer as well as a university professor. David photographs and writes for various magazines, including Outdoor Photographer, Popular Photography, and Shutterbug, newspapers, and online publications. His 100+ calendar credits include numerous titles by BrownTrout and Barnes & Noble. Dave currently is at work on a handful of books. His most recent books include Animals of Ohio's Ponds and Vernal Pools (Kent State UP) and Curious Critters (Wild Iris, September 2011).

One of five Sigma Pro photographers in North America, David presents seminars and workshops to a wide variety of audiences, from public school groups and college classes to nature centers and civic organizations. His works have been exhibited at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute and the National Center for Nature Photography, and the Telluride Photo Festival, among other venues.

David, a former high school English teacher, has been teaching for 20 years. He is a professor at Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio. He holds a Ph.D. in English from Ohio State University, with a specialty in narrative theory--investigating the components of storytelling--something that influences his photography and writing.

Dave was inspired to photograph and write about nature by his parents, Mick and Judy FitzSimmons, active environmentalists and life-long teachers, and he is assisted in his natural history endeavors by his wife, Olivia, a naturalist, and his two daughters, Sarah and Phoebe.

Cassandra's Review- A grand slam of a series that has hit its mark 100% . My whole family and friends enjoyed sharing the books and listening to the audio books.  The music is groovy and the information is jammed packed. My favorite part are the pictures because they are SO beautiful and make me feel like I am visiting with each image. I would recommend for teachers and parents to enjoy with the special kids in their lives!


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