Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Decked Out by Neta Jackson

dsc06903.jpgAre you ever in the mood just to let our mind wander anywhere? You are not looking for a heavy read – but basically fluff. A no brainer that you can pick up read a few pages and get back to whenever… if ever.

Well, that is how this book found its way into my hands. Purchased for the plane ride to Honduras, I skimmed it and didn’t finish until I had returned home. At that point just finishing it to see if it had a point (which it didn’t) I did stumble across one gem in this book.

Towards the end of the book I learned about the Watch Night Celebration, which stems back to Abraham Lincoln’s reign before he freed the slaves. The Watch Night Celebration was what the slaves would do on New Year’s Eve… it was a time to be in deep prayer over the past year, and for the year that was upon them. They pray through the new year. I love that idea!

In the book, they have a similar celebration where they potluck together as a church, as family and friends, and on New Years eve they eat together, laugh together, and as midnight draws near, they pray through the new year, thanking God and praising Him for the past year and praying for the new one.

That right there, made the book for me.

The Contractor by Charles Holdefer

dsc06899.jpgAbout a year ago I stumbled across a website called Book Movement. It has reading group guides for book clubs and a monthly book give away by authors who want opinions on their just released books.

Well… Hello!

I jumped right on this band wagon and faithfully signed up for each and every one of their book giveaways every month. In December I opened their latest e newsletter to a surprise – our book club had won 12 copies of the book The Contractor! I was so excited! I mean winning free books! Wow! But what exactly was The Contractor?

Funny thing is…. after reading the book as a group in February, I can still ask that same question, “What exactly was The Contractor?”

The book is of course, about a contractor. Someone who tortures others in secret prisons for information…. but the book quickly turns from what you think the book is going to be about – to basically our main character George pondering over his crumbling marriage, life choices, and conversations with the family cat.

In a nut shell (and I use that term loosely…) The Contractor leaves you feeling a bit empty and cheated. You never get a strong grasp of who any of the characters are and as it comes to a close – you really do not have closure.

Our book club (The Bookies) were offered to do a phone conference with the author and unanimously declined. As one of our group stated, “What really would we say to him besides, Why? Why did you write this?”

While it was exciting to win the books – I am now more choosy in my book contest choices.

Brother Odd by Dean Koontz

dsc06900.jpgI have been a Koontz fan for years – this man has a wild imagination, is well written, and best of all has an incredible sense of humor. While I don’t follow all of his books, the Odd series has been a lot of fun to read.

This book is the third in the series, following Odd Thomas, and then Forever Odd. In this book, Odd is now in a monastery and solving crimes at his normal neck breaking speed.

Typical Koontz.

The Innocent Man by John Grisham

dsc06904.jpgI have been a fan of John Grisham’s writing for many years (loved The Street Lawyer!). Our book club chose this book as our January read and I was excited as this is Grisham’s first non fiction book.

Based on the true life story of Ron Williamson from Ada, Oklahoma, Grisham tells of his walk in the big league as the up and coming Mickey Mantle to his fall into being accused of a crime he did not commit.

Grisham handles accurate details as he shares the years that Williamson is in prison, the accommodation’s and his fight for justice as the true killer walks free due to police errors.

True to Grishams style, the book holds you to the end as you hope beyond hope for a miracle… a miracle that comes too late.