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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Choosing by Rachelle Dekker Review


I'm excited to be part of a book tour for this wonderful book!  The Choosing is the debut novel of Rachelle Dekker, daughter of Ted Dekker.  Before I go to much further with my own thoughts, let me give you the "official" blurb for The Choosing:

Like all citizens since the Ruining, Carrington Hale knows the importance of this day. But she never expected the moment she’d spent a lifetime preparing for—her Choosing ceremony—to end in disaster. Ripped from her family, she’ll spend her days serving as a Lint, the lowest level of society. She knows it’s her duty to follow the true way of the Authority.

But as Carrington begins this nightmare, rumors of rebellion rattle her beliefs. Though the whispers contradict everything she’s been told, they resonate deep within.

Then Carrington is offered an unprecedented chance at the life she’s always dreamed of, yet she can’t shake the feeling that it may be an illusion. With a killer targeting Lints and corruption threatening the highest levels of the Authority, Carrington must uncover the truth before it destroys her. 


About the author:

 The oldest daughter of New York Times bestselling author Ted Dekker, Rachelle Dekker was inspired early on to discover truth through storytelling. She graduated with a degree in communications and spent several years in marketing and corporate recruiting before making the transition to write full time. She lives in Nashville with her husband, Daniel, and their diva cat Blair. Visit her online at www.rachelledekker.com

OBM says:  Initially, I was a little concerned that this might just be a "Christianization" of the very popular current dystopian secular story concepts that have been so successful lately.  But I have to say I was pleasantly surprised.  The dystopian world Carrington live in is one of a faith made up of rules and not relationship.  Those rule keep the populace in line to a fault.  Anyone who disagrees is carted off to prison or worse, publicly executed.  Carrington's dreams are shattered when she finds herself not chosen as a wife and therefore cast aside as "lint" to forever serve the drudgery-type needs of the city with no prospect of ever marrying or escaping her lot in life.  She finds kindness in several encounters with one city guard, a position normal characterized by coolness toward the general population and unflinching loyalty to those in authority.  He, like Carrington, has had his fate chosen for him due to a stutter that makes him not prime marriage material.  The plot thickens as both realize this "utopia" is really far less enchanting than they ever imagined and that that disenchantment has nothing to do with their lack of position and everything to do with the beginning seeds of real faith being sown through an underground movement that recognizes the real Truth is out there waiting for everyone to make their own.
I loved The Choosing.  I read it in two days, and then quickly passed it on to my teen son.  I'm glad it's part of a series and that Carrington's story continues.  My only disappointment is how long I will have to wait for the next book in the series, as I believe it won't be out until 2016!

Thanks to Tyndale House Publishers for giving me a copy of this book and allowing me to review it!

If you want to keep up to date on Rachelle Dekker, here are all her social media links:
-          Twitter: @RachelleDekker
-          Facebook: facebook.com/RachelleDekkerAuthor
       -       Instagram: @rachelle_dekker



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Friday, May 8, 2015

Plumb's Exhale CD Review and Giveaway



About PLUMB:
Tiffany Arbuckle Lee, better-known by her stage name Plumb, is a songwriter, recording artist, performer and author. Plumb has sold more than 500,000 albums and over two million singles worldwide, co-penned songs for numerous other artists, including Michelle Branch, Mandisa, Mandy Moore, Jaci Velasquez, and Natalie Grant, and had music placed in many films and television shows.Originally signed as a Christian Contemporary Music (CCM) recording artist in 1997, Plumb is now known as well as or better in alternative rock, electronic dance music, and for the use of her music in film and television than she is in the CCM market.


About the album:
EXHALE, the seventh studio album from acclaimed multi-genre singer, songwriter and author PLUMB, expresses a new focus and vision. After the runaway success of NEED YOU NOW (the album, title track and book), which coincided with her own moving story of brokenness and ultimately healing, Exhale brims with worshipful songs of gratitude and hope.

The defining concept of EXHALE was born from a sermon at Plumb’s home church, wherein her pastor Pete Wilson expressed the notion that the Church doesn’t exist for itself. Rather, believers come to church to breathe in grace and truth, be changed, and then go out and “exhale” that hope into their surrounding community.

“That idea of exhaling hope hit me right away and I couldn’t get to the Notes section on my phone fast enough. I started writing the chorus of Exhale right then and there,” explains Plumb. “I have been made new by the ultimate hope, and I want to share and exhale that hope in every way I can.” 
OBM says:  I don't know that I've ever reviewed a CD on my blog!  I LOVE Christian music, and we have certainly listened to Plumb's music on Christian radio, but this was my first time in forever actually listening through a whole album by just one artist.  I enjoyed the different "feeling" the different songs had.  "Sleep Will Be Sweet" especially spoke to me.  That and the song "Restored."  But they were all wonderful.  I'm thrilled to be able to offer a copy to one of YOU, my readers, to win.
If you don't win the copy below, you can buy Exhale on iTunes.   And you can follow Plumb on Twitter or follow Plumb on Facebook or follow Plumb on Instagram.


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