Wednesday, May 29, 2013
A Great Review Prompts a Book Giveaway--enter to win
Sometimes Amazon reviews of your book make you want to cry. Sometimes they make you smile. This one made my day. It described my book better than I could. I wanted to share it with my followers. I also would like to give away a print copy of my book, The Big Debate to say thanks to my readers.
All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this blog post. I will randomly choose the winner next Wednesday, June 5. Make sure you leave me an email address or a way to contact you if you are my winner.
Frank's book, The Literary Loom, warms a place in my heart as one of the best Young Adult novels capable of steering youth on a course to knowing whether or not God lives. Two well-written and memorable characters, both of whom I grew to love, Josh and Ester, suffer major teenage problems that prevent them from fitting in at school and from being anything except loners. One believes in God, one doesn’t.
When pushed together by an evil, control-freak teacher, Josh and Ester turn for help with a class assignment to Ester's loony but lovable uncle who has invented a fascinating machine, called the loom, which allows them to travel into books and step into the lives of famous historical figures. Wouldn't that be cool?
Together in the loom, Ester lives the life of heroine Joan of Arc, while Josh takes on the role of her devoted page, Sieur Louis de Conte. Joan, of course, willingly places her neck on the stake to be bound, then burned, for claiming she hears the voice of God. How'd you like to feel that? Maybe not, but Ester does, and Josh—as Louis—is the last to touch her hand. His witness of Joan’s divine conviction to save France from English rule produces one of the major questions of the book: Why did God care about freeing the French from British rule when so many other countries had fallen to them?
The book is worth reading for that answer alone—and don’t cheat by reading author interviews! But truly, this is one book not to be missed because halfway through, Josh is challenged to a debate to prove there is a God. To discover the truth, Josh ventures back into the loom, first as General George Washington, and then as priest William Tyndale. Just as Ester’s character arc takes a growthful leap into self-confidence from having lived as Joan of Arc, Josh’s character arc curves high when he is strengthened by the power of George Washington, who on the battlefield bows his head and utters fervent prayers before he makes life and death decisions that risk the lives of his men. And as Tyndale, racing down back alleys and grasping a satchelful of translated holy documents while being chased by the law, Josh experiences the burning passion Tyndale held onto to his very death as he dedicated his life to bringing the word of God--the Bible in English--to the common man. But remember, Josh doesn't even believe in God. So, when his adversary frames him to fail at the debate in front of the entire school, Josh has to decide whether or not to wimp away, forever controlled without freedom, or to stand as firm as Tyndale, as certain as Washington, and as convinced as Joan of Arc. But they did that because they believed, and Josh doesn’t believe. Is there a way to believe? Is there a way to know for sure? I highly recommend reading this book to find out!