Thursday, November 19, 2009

Thirsty Review & Giveaway

For some of you, you are very excited for a movie release this week. For some of the rest of us, we are not sure what all of the hype is about.

Yes, I am talking about New Moon from the Twilight Saga.

I am a lover of books and I have read almost every genre, but for some reason, I still have not picked up any of the books from this series. For one thing, when I start reading a series, I think I need to read the whole thing, one book right after the other. Have you seen the length of some of those books, I don't have that kind of time right now.

When I had the opportunity from Liz at Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing to review a book by Beth Felker called Touched by a Vampire: Hidden Messages in the Twilight Saga, I decided to take it.

Since I have not read the books, I was glad that she summarized the books in her book so that I knew what messages she was writing about. After reading this book, I still have mixed feelings about the Twilight Saga. I still don't know if I will ever read them. If you are curious about the Twilight Saga from a Christian view, I encourage you to pick up this book.

Here is summary of the book from Waterbrook Multnomah:

People around the world are asking the same question, enraptured with Edward and Bella’s forbidden romance in the Twilight Saga, a four-book serial phenomenon written by Stephenie Meyer. The bestsellers tell the story of a regular girl’s relationship with a vampire who has chosen to follow his “good” side. But the Saga isn’t just another fantasy–it’s teaching girls about love, sex, and purpose. With 48 million copies in print and a succession of upcoming blockbuster films, now is the time to ask the important question: Can vampires teach us about God’s plan for love?

Touched by a Vampire is the first book to investigate the themes of the Twilight Saga from a Biblical perspective. Some Christian readers have praised moral principles illustrated in the story, such as premarital sexual abstinence, which align with Meyer’s Mormon beliefs. But ultimately, Beth Felker Jones examines whether the story’s redemptive qualities outshine its darkness.

Cautionary, thoughtful, and challenging, Touched by a Vampire is written for Twilight fans, parents, teachers, and pop culture enthusiasts. It includes an overview of the series for those unfamiliar with the storyline and a discussion guide for small groups.

The second book I received from Liz at Waterbrook Multnomah was called Thirsty by Tracey Bateman. This book is about vampires, but their is so much more to the story and it is written by a Christian author.

I really enjoyed this book by Bateman. The story has a lot to it that kept me intrigued. The story of Nina, a recovering alcoholic and her teenage daughter has depth and meaning. I think that if you are intrigued by the Twilight Saga, this is a great Christian alternative that you can pick up here.

Here is a summary of the book from Waterbrook Multnomah:
There's no place like home, they say.
"Hello, I'm Nina Parker…and I'm an alcoholic."
For Nina, it's not the weighty admission but the first steps toward recovery that prove most difficult. She must face her ex-husband, Hunt, with little hope of making amends, and try to rebuild a relationship with her angry teenage daughter, Meagan. Hardest of all, she is forced to return to Abbey Hills, Missouri, the hometown she abruptly abandoned nearly two decades earlier–and her unexpected arrival in the sleepy Ozark town catches the attention of someone–or something–igniting a two-hundred-fifty-year-old desire that rages like a wildfire.

Unaware of the darkness stalking her, Nina is confronted with a series of events that threaten to unhinge her sobriety. Her daughter wants to spend time with the parents Nina left behind. A terrifying event that has haunted Nina for almost twenty years begins to surface. And an alluring neighbor initiates an unusual friendship with Nina, but is Markus truly a kindred spirit or a man guarding dangerous secrets?

As everything she loves hangs in the balance, will Nina's feeble grasp on her demons be broken, leaving her powerless against the thirst? The battle between redemption and obsession unfold to its startling, unforgettable end.

The best part is that Waterbrook Multnomah gave me a copy of each of these books to giveaway to one of you! All you have to do is leave a comment in this post. You can comment until Sunday, November 22nd at midnight. I will announce the winner on Monday.

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