In his poem, “Tintern Abbey,” William Wordsworth makes a god out of nature and declares “nature then… / [to] me was all in all.” Wordsworth praises nature for possessing attributes which previously were reserved for God alone. In “Tintern Abbey,” nature exemplifies God’s attributes of omnipresence, omniscience, and omnipotence. Continue reading
Uncle Tom—a loving husband, father, friend—lived in Kentucky, a black man enslaved because of white superiority. In Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe, the author deals with the harsh realities of slavery by emphasizing how slave masters treat their slaves. The entire story centers on a slave named Tom who was sold after his original master could not pay his debts. The three masters in Uncle Tom’s Cabin are Shelby, St. Clare, and Legree, each playing a key role in portraying a picture of slavery. Stowe’s firm belief that blacks are humans and therefore should be treated as such plays itself out in how these three masters treat poor Uncle Tom. Continue reading
Ever since the discovery of America by Europeans, the nations of Indians and whites have clashed over and over again in bloody battles of human brutality. This conflict would continue until the late 1800s. Many books have been written about the struggles between the Indians and the colonists, but one of the most gripping accounts is that of Mary Rowlandson’s captivity, which started after her house was attacked by Narraganset Indians on January 20, 1676. After her rescue, Rowlandson wrote a detailed account of her captivity in order that her friends might be able to see how good God was in sparing her life. Not only does she thank God for His many provisions in the narrative, but she also blames the Indians for their savage nature. During the eleven weeks that she spent as an Indian captive, Mary Rowlandson observed Indian life and agreed with her original prejudice that Indians were indeed barbarians.
I finished my master’s thesis on the diary of Almanzo Litchard. He guarded Washington, D. C. during the first year of the Civil War. During this time, he visited the Smithsonian, the White House, and Mount Vernon, met President Lincoln, and listened to Congressional debates. My research adds historical significance to his diary entries as well as telling his life story.
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– Hannah S. Bowers
Police Chief Luke Granger’s witness to a murder, Amy Griffin, has been on the run for years. Her family thinks she was murdered eight years ago, but Amy chose to accept a life in the shadows in order to protect her sisters’ lives. Now unveiled secrets about their father have thrust the sisters into the public spotlight. The man who wants Amy dead now sees her sisters as the way to locate her. Luke and two of his homicide detectives are determined to stand in the way. They are each falling in love with a different sister, and it’s become a personal mission to keep them safe. But chances are that at least one of them will fail, and facing the future will take a faith deeper than any of them currently knows.
This suspense thriller is another favorite from Dee Henderson. The underlying theme of faith through times of adversity is thoughtfully woven throughout the book.
– Hannah S. Bowers
Kelly Jacobs has already paid the ultimate price of loving a warrior; she has the folded flag and the grateful thanks of a nation to prove it. Navy SEAL Joe “Bear” Baker can’t ask her to accept that risk again—even though he loves her. But the man responsible for her husband’s death is back—closer than either of them realize. Kelly’s in danger; and Joe may not get there in time… Continue reading
Milwaukee, 1997. In a city reeling from the crimes of Jeffrey Dahmer, a series of gruesome kidnappings and mutilations draw authorities into a case like nothing they’ve ever seen. Cops think a Dahmer copycat is on the loose.
But Patrick Bowers, working as a homicide detective, suspects this is more than an ode to the infamous cannibal. When he discovers that the shocking acts reference some of the most notorious and macabre killers in our nation’s history, the investigation spirals into a nightmare of manipulation, brutality, and terror.
Wielding groundbreaking investigative techniques, Bowers must now face off with a killer who will stop at nothing to get his message out to the world. Chilling, gritty, and packed with twists and turns, Opening Moves is Steven James’s most heart-pounding novel yet. Continue reading
It’s a summer of change for Jennifer O’Malley. The busy physician has a pediatrics practice in Dallas, and meeting Tom Peterson, and falling in love, is adding a rich layer to her life. She’s sorting out how to introduce him to her family–she’s the youngest of seven–and thinking about marriage.
She’s falling in love with Jesus too, and knows God is good. But that faith is about to be tested in a way she didn’t expect, and the results will soon transform her entire family.
Sara is terrified. She’s doing the one thing she cannot afford to do: fall in love with former pro-football player Adam Black, a man everyone knows. Sara’s been hidden away in the witness protection program, her safety dependent on staying invisible–and loving Adam could get her killed!
While covertly investigating a controversial neurological research program, exposé filmmaker Jevin Banks is drawn into a far-reaching conspiracy involving one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical firms. After giving up his career as an escape artist and illusionist in the wake of his wife and sons’ tragic death, Jevin is seeking not only answers about the questionable mind-to-mind communication program, but also answers to why his family suffered as they did.
Rooted in ground-breaking science and inspired by actual research, Placebo explores the far reaches of science, consciousness, and faith. Readers will love this taut, intelligent, and emotionally gripping new thriller from master storyteller Steven James.
Steven James has created a new series centered around an illusionist who realizes he has a gift for solving crime. Placebo delved into the morality of genetics and the risks scientists are willing to take to make new discoveries. The book had multiple plot twists and was extremely well-written. The next book in the series is Singularity (November 2013).
– Hannah S. Bowers
Someone snatched his cousin’s wife and son. FBI agent Luke Falcon is searching for a kidnapper and sorting out the crime. He’s afraid it’s the work of a stalker. He’s afraid they’re already dead. And he’ll do anything required to get them back alive… but he didn’t plan on falling in love with the only witness.
The quick tempo of this suspenseful novel kept me on the edge of my chair as I read. I simply could not put it down. I highly recommend this book for anyone who loves plot-twists and thrillers.
– Hannah S. Bowers