Tuesday, April 09, 2019

The Book of Spells by John Miller Review


Transporting the reader back to Southern England into the midst of the seventh century, THE BOOK OF SPELLS takes readers to the Kingdom of Vilgar, governed by a generous king in whose household an evil wizard has positioned himself.Convincing the king that his powers of magic and premonition will benefit the kingdom, Malecar becomes the court wizard, surreptitiously studying the dark arts in his quest to rule over the kingdom.When Martir, a kind and gentle wizard arrives, he is appointed Malecar’s apprentice and becomes a close friend and confidant of the king’s son, Audric.The forest bordering Vilgar is a refuge to three witches.

The women are in possession of a book they cannot open. Dabbling in the dark arts so that they might protect themselves, they realize that the book may contain the darkest of spells.Confronted by Malecar, the sisters give him access to THE BOOK OF SPELLS, and the evil within him allows him to open it.What happens when an evil wizard has access to powers beyond his wildest desires? Or when a gentle wizard becomes his nemesis and the only protection for the Kingdom he serves?

Working its magic on young and old alike, THE BOOK OF SPELLS will carry readers to a time and place where magic is the norm, where good and evil are at odds, and where maybe—just maybe—the gentle are stronger than they ever imagined they could be.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's  Review- I think that the story was enjoyable because it takes you to a whole new place and drops you off for the start of an adventure.  The Characters are written so that you can imagine them to be real which makes this a perfect read out loud book.  I feel like it is not for younger children but a youth adult who enjoys fantasy would not be disappointed especially if they enjoy the older century realm. 

I Think You're Wrong By Sarah Stewart Holland Review

I Think You're Wrong (But I'm Listening)A Guide to Grace-Filled Political Conversation
By Sarah Stewart Holland & Beth A. Silvers

More than ever, politics seems driven by conflict and anger. People sitting together in pews every Sunday have started to feel like strangers, loved ones at the dinner table like enemies. Toxic political dialogue, hate-filled rants on social media, and agenda-driven news stories have become the new norm. It’s exhausting, and it’s too much.

In I Think You’re Wrong (But I’m Listening), two working moms from opposite ends of the political spectrum contend that there is a better way. They believe that we can

choose to respect the dignity of every person,
choose to recognize that issues are nuanced and can’t be reduced to political talking points,
choose to listen in order to understand,
choose gentleness and patience.

Sarah from the left and Beth from the right invite those looking for something better than the status quo to pull up a chair and listen to the principles, insights, and practical tools they have learned hosting their fast-growing podcast Pantsuit Politics. As impossible as it might seem, people from opposing political perspectives truly can have calm, grace-­filled conversations with one another—by putting relationship before policy and understanding before argument.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  I know never to talk politics with most people because it can really turn into something ugly even if I try to agree with them.  I think everyone has an opinion and set mind and so instead of listening to each other everyone seems to just be talking. The book shares on a hard topic and keeps everything neutral.  I know that even after some people read it they may still not bother to take notice of anything that could be helpful that the authors are putting out. If you can read this book without feeling like you should be arguing a point, then this is going to be a great gift.