Book Review: Siren Song by Markie Madden

Siren Song (The Undead Unit Book #4) by Markie Madden

Siren Song by Markie Madden coverI’ve read all the previous books in The Undead Unit series. The relationships of the main characters is amazing.  A team that is exceptionally close as you would expect of law enforcement partners.  I love Kazz, the shifter, with her unquenchable appetite. She is quite an entertaining character. I’ve enjoyed the entire series though I did not feel this one was quite up to the quality of the previous books in the series. Don’t get me wrong, the plot was still good and her characters remained consistent with their development in the series.

I felt that there was an inordinate amount of dialogue used to promote the SPCA, assuming it will still be in existence in a hundred plus years. Too much about the character’s pets was included that I felt did not add to the story. There was also a number of mentions of service dogs in the story. Those moments were a little awkward in my opinion. The timing was rather early for the characters who would need them and nothing was said about the training the humans need when getting a service dog. This too did not substantially add to the plot. I’m not against the mission of these organizations, but, when their inclusion does not for the most part add to the plot or character development then a passing mention is more appropriate in my opinion.

Other than those elements I enjoyed the story and read it straight through. The idea of a siren in the role of a famous musician is consistent with the traditional mythology of sirens.  In a time when supernaturals are recognized and openly integrated into society the talents and abilities of those so gifted often would determine their occupational choices.

The series is appropriate for teens and adults who enjoy detective novels with a paranormal twist.

Enjoy!

Grandma Peachy

http://www.amazon.com/Siren-Song-Undead-Unit-Book-ebook/dp/B01MQY4LYO

http://www.amazon.com/Markie-Madden/e/B00O17AOHM

http://www.facebook.com/markiemaddenauthor/

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Divisiveness in Society

There is so much division within our society. Reading comments and heated arguments on various social media outlets I can see that things are declining. I would venture to guess pretty rapidly too. The recent mass shooting in Las Vegas has again brought the arguments about additional gun control laws to the forefront. Instead of being compassionate for the victims and their families affected by this tragedy people are arguing about banning the sort of weapons used. I say that is not the solution, but, those who are convinced that more gun laws are the solution simply do not want to listen to other opinions. They are blinded to reality. Criminals are just that, criminals, and no amount of gun laws will keep firearms out of the hands of criminals. The only thing gun laws do is keep the honest citizen from owning them. How does that help? It doesn’t.

Then there are the myriad opposing militant groups out there. I won’t even begin to list them, anyone who reads this will know the groups that are always on the forefront of the news. The divisive, angry, destructive and quite vocal people, who are most likely influenced by media, are always in the news. The people and groups who would like to unite us are not newsworthy. Instead the news outlets, both mainstream and alternative, cover the activities of these divisive groups ad nauseum. There are so few good reports of what people do who care and help one another, who are united in an effort for public good.

Politics, oh my! This has to be among the most divisive topic out there. Conservatives and liberals both, regardless of where they stand, refuse to listen to anything the another side has to say. Are there any truly free thinkers out there? So many are wrapped up in their own agendas that they can’t even begin to see another’s point of view.  Our government is corrupt on all sides. At this point I believe that politicians on both sides are in favor of the New World Order agenda. That agenda is not in the best interests of ordinary people. However, in the end the Bible does state that there will be a one world government and a one world religion (Revelation 13).  I’m not a Bible scholar, but, I don’t think that now is the time for that system to manifest, though it is not too far into the future.

What I do know is that rational, peaceful people need to distance themselves from those who cause divisions. Divisions are not healthy for us as individuals nor for society as a whole. In this age we are seeing much violence because of divisive influences in our world.

Romans 16:17-18 Revised Standard Version (RSV)
17 I appeal to you, brethren, to take note of those who create dissensions and difficulties, in opposition to the doctrine which you have been taught; avoid them. 18 For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by fair and flattering words they deceive the hearts of the simple-minded.

To be united even in our diversity is a much better way of life. We are humans, created in the image of God.

Psalm 133:1 King James Version (KJV)
133 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!

This is what you get when I go onto a graveyard schedule with my DH. Middle of the night contemplations and ramblings. Blessing and peace to all of you my readers and followers.

Blessings and love,

Grandma Peachy

Link for Bible verses:

https://www.biblegateway.com

 

 

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Mass Shooting Thoughts

I was saddened to hear this morning about the mass shooting in Las Vegas at the outdoor concert festival. Looking at various news reports on-line and the myriad comments I felt that I would give my thoughts in a forum where there isn’t so much anger and hatred voiced.

First and foremost my prayers are going up to the Heavenly Father for all those who lost loved ones in this mass shooting, for healing for all those who were wounded, and for all those who are affected by this senseless act of violence. People who where there but managed to get out without being wounded will have emotional scars and my prayers for their healing are included.

There is some speculation that the man who did this was ex-military. I don’t know and won’t until reports confirm this. But, if that is the case, then my thought is that we are not providing enough support for our veterans. Could this act have been the result of mental illness suffered as the result of his military service? Possibly. (Update: it seems that he was not ex-military from news reports. We are being told he had antifa literature in his hotel room and ISIS claimed he had converted to Islam a couple months before. I have no clue if that claim is really true. Many are claiming there is something odd about the whole incident. To that I have no comment.) 

Many who hear about this will be talking about gun control. These people simply do not understand that gun control laws only keep guns out of the hands of ordinary, responsible citizens. Criminals can get their weapons on the black market and there is no law that could ever be passed that will prevent the black market from trading in weapons. Look at Chicago with the strictest gun control laws in the country and one of the highest violent crime rates in the country. Have those gun control laws helped at all? I think not. One individual with a cache of weapons does not mean that gun control laws will have any impact on the problem. I think the problem goes much deeper.

Months ago during my morning devotion and prayer time the Holy Spirit told me that the evil that is in this world is greater than any of us can imagine. When people speculate about a ‘deep state’ being behind things like this shooting, I can imagine that as a possibility. I can also imagine that the man was possessed of an evil spirit and he was not in control of his thoughts. There are many possibilities and we probably will never know why this man committed this heinous crime. He’s dead, they say he probably took his own life. There will be no answers that make sense.  (Update: According to later reports the police officers who were part of the take down team shot him because he was shooting at them. I wasn’t there so I just have to take their word for it.)

What do I think is really the cause? When Yeshua answered the question his disciples asked about the signs of his return and the end of the age he told them that lawlessness would increase.

Matthew 24:11-13 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

11 Many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. 12 Because lawlessness will multiply, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But the one who endures to the end will be delivered.

We’ve been told, we need not be surprised when these acts of violence occur. Saddened, prayerful, but not surprised, we’ve been warned. More of these things will happen, regardless of what we do.  I don’t want to be a doom and gloom person. Individually we have hope. Our hope is in Yeshua, our redeemer and our salvation. The Son of God who came to earth as a man, preached repentance to his people, died on a cross for our sins, rose again conquering sin and death for us and was taken up into heaven. He will return again, this time not as a suffering savior, but as a conquering King.  Evil will have no place in his Kingdom.  Accept Yeshua as your Savior to be the Lord of your life so you can have eternal life in the place he prepares for you in paradise.

Blessings to all and prayers for all affected by the Las Vegas shooting,

Grandma Peachy

Romans 10:9 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

Links:

https://www.neighborhoodscout.com/il/chicago/crime

https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/2017-chicago-murders/timeline?mon=9

http://www.biblegateway.com

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Fruit of the Spirit (Part 5) – Kindness and Goodness

Galatians 5:22-23 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith,[a] 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law.

I had thought that this one would be an easy blog post to write, however, it was more difficult than I imagined. So I didn’t get the post fully written in the week period I’d been planning. I’d rather be late and have a well thought out post than it be hurried with scattered thoughts laid out in disjointed sentences. Even so, I’m not sure I can achieve that end.

I began with the following statement: Kindness and goodness are closely related. As I perceive it, kindness is goodness in action and goodness is the moral state of the heart that results in kindness being shown to others.

From there I went on to seek what the Bible says about these two fruit of the spirit. There is so much in scripture about Yahuah’s lovingkindness to his people.  That word lovingkindness is one of several translations for the Hebrew word chêsêd, or the Romanized version hesed, a word that has no true English translation. It is a covenant word and would take this post in a whole different direction than I want to go. Maybe I’ll cover it another time.

I have read scripture through more than once and many parts hundreds of times. I know in my heart that God is kind to his people, yet when we do not walk in his ways he is a strict disciplinarian, as any parent can understand. In his kindness and goodness he is patient, though, and gives us opportunity after opportunity to repent of our sins and turn back to following his instruction. He loves us and does not desire that any should perish.

For me, God’s kindness and goodness is abundantly clear as I look back on my life. The kindness he has shown me is far beyond my human ability to display. It is only through the Holy Spirit that I can be kind to others. I won’t tell of any particular instances where I’ve shown kindness to others, honestly, it is the Spirit of God who does those things through me. Most I probably cannot remember anyway because it is just a way of life when you walk in the ways of God.

God shows kindness to his servants. There are many accounts in the Old Testament of his kindness and favor toward his people.  The Lord showed kindness to Lot when he rescued him from the coming destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 19). He showed kindness to Abraham when Abraham sent his servant to find a wife for his son Isaac (Genesis 24). God showed kindness to Joseph when he was sold into slavery in Egypt by his brothers. First when Potipher made him head over his household, then afterward when the jailer gave him control over all the prisoners and again when Pharaoh made him second in command of the entire land of Egypt so that he could prepare the country for the coming famine. The many examples of what Christ did during his ministry, healing the sick, forgiving sins, teaching about the Kingdom of God are all manifestations kindness toward us. God’s kindness to us is an example of how we should treat others. Unless we have God’s Holy Spirit in our lives it is difficult to show kindness to others. The Bible tells us that the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel (Proverbs 12:10). We are all born as sinful creatures, for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). In our fallen sinful state kindness does not come naturally.

Yeshua said in Matthew 10 that only God is good.  Yahuah is abundant in goodness (Exodus 34:6).  His goodness is manifested in his benevolent mercy toward us, his creation, and his long abiding patience with sinners in giving us time to repent of sins and return to him.  In regard to the fruit of goodness in man Easton’s Bible Dictionary has this to say:  “Goodness in man is not a mere passive quality, but the deliberate preference of right to wrong, the firm and persistent resistance of all moral evil, and the choosing and following of all moral good.” When we have the fruit of the Spirit then the goodness in us comes from God and we are able to choose the good over evil that tempts and assaults us daily. Only from the Lord is it in our heart to be of  good moral character and that because we know Yeshua his Son.

May goodness and mercy follow you all the days of your life.

Blessings,

Grandma Peachy

Links:

http://www.bible-researcher.com/chesed.html

http://www.biblestudytools.com/dictionaries/eastons-bible-dictionary/goodness.html

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Book Review: Life in the War Zone by Paul White

After reading a promotion for Life in the War Zone – A Collection of Personal Stories Based on True Accounts by Paul White I went to the promo web page.  I mostly read on the Kindle app on my phone. There was a link to contact the author for an e-book version so I contacted him asking about an electronic version and how I could pay him. He was kind enough to send me a free copy of the pre-final edit version.

How do I describe why the topic interests me? I have always been a compassionate and sympathetic person. I want to understand what hardship does to people so I can understand them and what they’ve been through. It is the same for war, disease, abuse, and any other tragedy that affects humanity. I could have read this faster than I did, but, I had to stop between some of the stories. I can only read so much tragedy before I have to put it down and recover.

The series of short stories and testimonies contained within the pages of this book, though not pretty, are deep, emotionally engaging and enlightening. We who are not directly affected by war need to understand the consequences of war on ordinary people.

This collection of testimonies is told through the voices civilian citizens of various war zones and soldiers on both sides of several conflicts. Their individual stories are heartbreaking and the effects of war are long lasting; lives are permanently changed, homes and loved ones are lost, physical injuries and emotional scars are left that may never fully heal.

Life in the War Zone met my expectations of what I’d be getting into when I read it. I’m glad I read it and recommend it to anyone who feels a human interest in the effects of war on ordinary individuals.  You will be informed, emotionally heartbroken, and most likely enraged at what humans are capable of doing to each other in times of war. This book was well put together. I would liken the stark documentary nature of the individual stories to a written version of a National Geographic film documentary. You cannot be unaffected by the personal accounts found on these pages.

Peace and Blessings,

Grandma Peachy

Links:

http://www.amazon.com/Life-War-Zone-collection-personal/dp/1542338700

 

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Book Review: Pigeon by Pres Maxson

A delightfully entertaining and outrageously absurd detective story. This is the kind of read that I call “cotton candy” for the brain. It is reminiscent of reading Douglas Adams books.  In serious novels one expects well developed and deep characters, in cotton candy one easily accepts the eccentricities of very shallow characters; I do mean shallow as opposed to under developed characters. Think of the movie Shallow Hal. I takes talent to develop and portray the absolute shallowness of the members of the Paris Publique Plouquette Pitch, Grounds, Gardens, Grass Court, and Lawn Club, PPPPGGGCLC for short.

In this story a young bus boy is mistaken for the greatest detective of all time and is hired by the ultra-elite club to find a particular trophy that was stolen many years prior. The comedy of errors that ensues when the young bus boy decides to play the part is wonderfully done as he bumbles his way through the investigation.  Among the absurd things he encounters are over the top exotic, impossible even, animals and a game that no one except the excessively snobbish ultra-elite even knows about.

Pigeon is light reading at its finest. It took me a day to read through this charming detective novel. This is definitely a ‘G-rated’ book.

Enjoy!

Grandma Peachy

Links:

http://www.amazon.com/Pigeon-Novel-Pres-Maxson-ebook/dp/B07572GTJ8

http://www.facebook.com/presmaxsonauthor/

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Book Review: The Clay Remembers by Sharon K. Miller

The Clay Remembers: Book 1 in The Clay Series

by Sharon K. Miller

For people who have been victims of childhood or spousal abuse this book may not be you. There are numerous scenes that could be triggers. That said the author crafted a splendid story.

The setting is in and around Tucson, AZ in the 1980’s. Having lived in Tucson during the time frame of this story I found the author has an excellent understanding of the geography and culture of the area. Her descriptions are detailed enough that I could picture the scenery yet those descriptions were not too lengthy.

The main characters are archaeologists and the author did an excellent job of describing archaeological dig techniques. Archaeology tries to be understand the ancient peoples who occupied the area; in this case the Hohokam natives of the Tucson basin. Though given a fictional name the site dig site in the book is much like the one in the Santa Catalina State Park. Woven into the story the mystical elements of Native American folklore develop the main characters and draw the reader into the stories of the modern, 19th century historical, and ancient Hohokam characters.  There is smooth flow of the integrated story lines of each era.

This was an enjoyable read; historically, geographically, and culturally accurate. The well developed characters and plot were altogether believable and engaging. I believe this story is not for younger readers as there is a minor sexual encounter and several abusive scenes that I feel is not appropriate for readers under eighteen. I may be a bit old fashioned in that respect, so I would recommend parents read it first to determine if they would let younger teens read the book.

I’ll be reading books 2 and 3 of the series in the near future.

Happy Reading!

Grandma Peachy

Links:

http://www.amazon.com/Clay-Remembers-Book-ebook/dp/B00W2GUQ40

http://www.sharonkmiller.com/

http://www.facebook.com/Sharon-K-Miller-224191497755568/

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4551573.Sharon_K_Miller

https://authorsharonkmiller.com/

 

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