Review: Captives by Jill Williamson

Wow! Let me say it again... WOW!
Captives by Jill Williamson is a truly amazing read! Not only is the story really engrossing and the characters realistic, but the author has managed to weave in a wonderful Christian theme without being preachy.

So many of today's Christian fiction books for teens are preachy, but not Captives. Also, so many of today's fiction for Christian teens tends to avoid the "sensitive" subjects such as drug abuse, marital relations before marriage, materialism and others - but not Captives! Author Jill Williamson tackles these issues head on - in a genuine and utterly wonderful way that allows readers to sit back and just enjoy the story without getting caught up in the issues.

I'd give the book ten stars on a five start scale, if I could. It was that good.

Here's the blurb from Zondervan:
One choice could destroy them all.

DawnSinger and WayFarer by Janalyn Voigt

DawnSinger: A headstrong young princess and the guardian sworn to protect her fly on winged horses to the Gate of Life above the Well of Light in a desperate bid to release the DawnKing, and the salvation he offers, into a divided land. Will they each learn in time that sometimes victory comes only through surrender?






WayFarer: When an untried youth ascends to the high throne of Faeraven, his mistakes tear kingdoms apart and allow just one chance at redemption. He must humble himself before the man he banished.
Elcon, an untried youth, assumes his duties as High King. But as trouble stirs between nations and rebellion threatens Faeraven, his position is far from secure. Can Elcon trust that the Elder youth accompanying Kai is the DawnKing, sent by the High One to deliver his people? Or has something gone horribly wrong?
Driven to prove himself, Elcon embarks on a peace-keeping campaign into the Elder lands, where he meets a beautiful Elder princess. But Aewen is betrothed to another, and Elcon has promised to court the princess, Arillia, upon his return. Declaring his love for Aewen would shame them both and tear apart the very fabric of Faeraven.
Elcon’s choices lead him into the Vale of Shadows, where he learns that to deliver his people, he must first find his own redemption.

Worth the Wait by Laura Jackson

Worth the Wait Ellie Lansing has a picture-perfect life with a close-knit family and the perfect boyfriend. But her world is suddenly knocked off center when her drool-worthy boyfriend cheats, and her always-has-it-together mother is diagnosed with cancer. Ellie doesn't get it. She always does the right thing - doesn't God owe her a happy life? Through her heartache, Ellie learns that sometimes what seems like the end is really just the beginning and that what God has for us is always worth the wait.

About the Author: Laura Jackson loves books---reading and writing them. A life-long reader, Laura studied English in college and taught 7th grade language arts before earning her Master's degree and becoming a school librarian. Now, she spends her days sharing great books with kids and her evenings writing books about teenage girls discovering God and His plan for their lives.

Do Life Big by Jamie Grace

Do Life Big by Jamie Grace Bonus! For a limited time, go to http://www.gotee.com/artistsinfo.php?id=39 to get a free download of Jamie's song Revolvin' (You have to sign up for a free account first)

I had a bad day...

Yesterday, I woke up and I was immediately in a bad mood. I'd had kind of a crummy day the day before, so I attributed my bad mood and subsequent bad attitude to that. The mood stuck around all day, everything seemed to be against me. Everything I tried seemed doomed to failure. I wondered why I tried at all. Everyone I encountered seemed to be a life-force leech, always wanting something, and never giving anything back. I was seriously down in the dumps.

This is unusual for me. I'm usually a cheerful person. I don't get in a "mood" very often, and when I do, it is usually because something seriously bad has happened in my life. But yesterday, that just wasn't the case.

So, just to see what good advice the Bible would have for me, I went to look up the verse of the day in YouVersion (the iPhone Bible app I currently use), and it was Luke 6:35-38:
"35 But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.

36 Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.

37 Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:

38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again."

These verses - verses that spoke to me at the very moment I needed to read those very words - were the verses of the day. This brought a smile to my face as nothing else had through the whole day. God knows what we need before we even need it. I just needed a reminder to adjust my perspective.

Gungor's Beautiful Things

Do you ever feel lost? Do you ever wonder if your life will really change for the better? Do you sometimes think that your life is so messed up that there is no hope for it? Don't despair, there is always hope with God. The song, Beautiful Things, by Gungor will help you remember that.

"Beautiful Things" Lyrics All this pain I wonder if I’ll ever find my way

I'm Not Perfect Poster

This poster from lifeposters.org says it all. When are any of us perfect? But, God still loves us!

You can find the poster here at http://www.lifeposters.org/shop/christian-posters-for-youth-im-not-a-per...

Forgiven by K. Worth

No matter how bad things get in our lives God will never leave us. His truth saves us and he forgives us so we can rest in him. If we have faith we have hope. God will always be with us.

Graphic art by K. Worth

Lady White by Gina Bovyn

A book by a teen author! Gina Bovyn is nineteen years old. Her novel, Lady White, was released last October.

Christian Love Art by J. Worth

Christian Love...
John 13:34-35
"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

Right click on the image to save a copy to your computer, or order a poster for $9.99 plus shipping and handling.

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