Saturday, February 25, 2017

But Then I Came Back by Estelle Laure

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Book synopsis(via Goodreads)

Eden Jones, a 17-year-old girl, feels lost after surviving a near fatal accident. Unable to connect with her family and friends, Eden forms an unlikely relationship with Joe, a boy who comes to the hospital to visit Jasmine, a friend who may soon be gone forever. Eden is the only person who can get through to Jasmine, but is she brave enough to face a world that’s bigger and more magical than she ever would have allowed?

***Many thanks to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Net Galley for the advanced reader's copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. This novel is set to be published in April of 2017***

This insomniac's opinion:

I truly enjoyed this author's novel This Raging Light, of which this novel is a companion to. If you haven't read it yet, I highly recommend that you pick it up.

While I admit that I did not enjoy this novel as thoroughly as This Raging Light, it was a fascinating read. Estelle Laure writes with beautiful, flowery language and is swept away into a story in which the author is unfraid to tackle such subjects as death, the afterlife and recovery after tragedy.

I think that young girls and women especially will enjoy this YA read.


3.5 stars

Worth staying up all night to read?

Yes, particularly if you are a young woman. 


Unclobber by Colby Martin

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Book synopsis(via Goodreads): 

Churches in America are experiencing an unprecedented fracturing due to their belief and attitude toward the LGBT community. Armed with only six passages in the Bible often known as the clobber passages the conservative Christian position has been one that stands against the full inclusion of our LGBT brothers and sisters. Unclobber reexamines each of those frequently quoted passages of Scripture, alternating with author Colby Martin's own story of being fired from an evangelical megachurch when they discovered his stance on sexuality.

UnClobber reexamines what the Bible says (and does not say) about homosexuality in such a way that breathes fresh life into outdated and inaccurate assumptions and interpretations.

***Many thanks to Westminster John Knox Press and Net Galley for the advanced reader's copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. ***

This Insomniac's opinion: 

This book came along at just the right time for me. I had left a church that i had attended for many years due the pastor's discrimination against an homosexual pastor. On the same day that i publicly denounced that pastor's actions, I saw a post by Glennon Doyle Melton(who wrote the forward of this book) about this amazing book. Then, again the same day, I saw that this book was available to me as an advanced reader's copy for free. Kismet. 

This isn't necessarily the kind of book that one enjoys, per se. It is, however, full of information for those of us that are tired of "Christians" using what Mr. Martin calls the "clobber verses" of the bible to denounce and choose those who may identify as LGBTQ. It is a book that is full of kindness and compassion and gives the reader many things to ponder. I highly recommend it. 


4 stars

Worth staying up all night to read?