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Merlin’s Nightmare – Robert Treskillard

Merlin's Nightmare is published by Blink, a trademark of Zondervan.

Merlin’s Nightmare is published by Blink, a trademark of Zondervan.

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Summary: Book Three in the “Merlin Spiral” Series, Merlin’s Nightmare takes place 18-ish years after Merlin’s Shadow ends. Arthur is now grown and Merlin is ready to settle down with his family. In a twist of events, Arthur goes missing and Merlin goes off to find him. While they’re gone, Arthur’s true identity is revealed to him and he must decide if he’s going to embrace it or run away from it. Merlin, also, must decide if he’s going to overcome his fears or let them destroy him. And what of Natalenya, Garth, and Caygek? Pick up Merlin’s Nightmare and find out!

Review: Truly one of the best series that I’ve ever read. There have been many series I’ve read that have started out good and fizzled out by the end, but not this one! If it’s even possible, Merlin’s Nightmare was better than its predecessors Merlin’s Blade and Merlin’s Shadow.  Robert Treskillard does an amazing job of story-telling and painting pictures with his words. Definitely a page-turner novel that you won’t want to put down! For being a newer author, he’s quickly becoming a favorite in our household. And just in case you’ve missed my reviews of the two previous books I’ll say it again because it’s worth repeating, Robert Treskillard gives a whole new perspective on the Merlin/Arthur/Camelot stories of old with his “Merlin Spiral” series.  Merlin’s not a magician/wizard, as he’s often portrayed, he’s a bard and follower of Christ.

There really were so many parts I liked, it’s hard to pick a favorite. The Epilogue was the perfect ending to the “Merlin Spiral” series; enough closure to feel complete, but enough “what’s going to happen?” to keep you interested in the upcoming “Pendragon Spiral” series. A close second is all of Chapter 34, but especially the conversation (pg. 357-358) where Merlin is asked “WHO IS YOUR KING?” and eventually ends with what readers will recognize as Matthew 10:28 (or Luke 12:4-5). Talk about tears.

HIGHLY recommend this book, especially for those who love Merlin/Arthur stories. The whole series is amazing and I look forward to reading more from Robert Treskillard.

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own, no other compensation was received.

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Moment Maker – Carlos Whittaker

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Traditionally, with my book reviews, I open with a summary and then move into the review portion. Today I’m doing things a little different. I want to get you started with an amazing video. You may have seen it on social media at some point but you should watch it again. It’s about 6 minutes long but so worth every second!

Did you get goosebumps?! I do every time I watch it. Talk about an amazing moment! If you want to read the whole story, it’s in Carlos Whittaker’s book Moment Maker.

Moment Maker is all about living life to the fullest. God didn’t intend for us to live life in a rut or just trudging through the day. In John 10:10, Jesus says, “I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance.” (HCSB). Being a #MomentMaker is all about having life in abundance. Sometimes you make it happen, like when you give your kids their dream birthday party or you sit down with them to read their favorite story a couple hundred times in a day. Sometimes it happens to you, in simple ways or in big ways, like Danny in the video. But when it happens, however it happens, a life is changed for the better. Not only do our words have power, so do our actions. Los Whit does a great job of blending personal experience with Scripture to show readers how Jesus made moments, and so can every day “average” people.

“It’s not about just making a moment that stands out and is spectacular. It’s about making someone feel valued through that moment. Because of the thought you put into it. Because they know they are worth that much.” (Loc 238 of 1909. Sorry, I’ll grab a page number when I’m looking at the physical book…)

That about sums the whole book up for me. What better way to show God’s love than through making someone feel valued? That’s how you bring people to Christ, by loving them there. And Moment Maker is all about doing that! Thank you Carlos Whittaker for the reminder.

If you’d like to have your own copy of Moment Maker to highlight and read, enter to win a Kindle version of the book right here: a Rafflecopter giveaway (open until 5/24/14 @ 12:00 am)

Disclaimer: I received a copy of Moment Maker for free from Carlos Whittaker and Zondervan in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.

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Merlin’s Blade – Robert Treskillard

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Summary: You know the story of the round table. You know the story of King Arthur. But do you know the story of Merlin? Merlin’s Blade is the first book in the new series “The Merlin Spiral”, by Robert Treskillard. It all starts with a mysterious stone and ends as an epic tale of overcoming fears and becoming who God intended you to be. Follow Merlin as he uncovers mysteries, battles druids, and becomes baby Arthur’s bard. Truly a work of amazing writing from new (at least to me) author Robert Treskillard!

Review: I absolutely LOVE anything Merlin/King Arthur/Camelot and Merlin’s Blade fit the bill. I’d never thought much about Merlin’s past or even though of him from a Christian perspective (as in, Merlin was a Christian). Vast oversight on my part! At first I was a little skeptical because I’d never even heard of the author but Robert Treskillard did not disappoint. I loved reading this book with all the history and swordplay and how it all came back around to Merlin figuring out who God wanted him to be.

Most stories of Merlin that I’ve come across all paint him as some wizard with mysterious magical powers, but this Merlin was different. He believed in God and his “power” wasn’t anything magical, it was a gift from God. In addition to that different look at Merlin, the book itself was well-written and really takes you for a wild ride! Once I started reading I had a hard time putting it down because I wanted to see what happened next. That, to me, is the sign of a great writer! I look forward to reading more in “The Merlin Spiral” series.

About the only thing I’d have to say to those thinking about reading the book is that it is pretty intense so younger readers or those who can’t handle a lot of action (with vivid, but not gory, description) should probably take it easy. I won’t say not to read it because it’s definitely worth reading, but know that there are good descriptions of sword-fighting and all that comes with it.

Disclaimer: I received this book for free through the BookLook (formerly BookSneeze) program in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. No other compensation was received.

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