Saturday, June 1, 2013

Sherlock Holmes and the Needle's Eye by Len Bailey
Embark on a journey through the Old and New Testament with Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson as they explore exotic and spice-laden places in search of clues. 
The detective and the doctor travel back in time with the help of a Moriarty-designed time machine to investigate ten Bible destinations, unlocking clues to ten Bible mysteries. The most fascinating crime cases are those that are already solved, those that have been investigated by the police and brought to a swift, satisfying, and almost inevitable conclusion. So it is with Bible stories which the reader may consider familiar and unremarkable. But under close scrutiny these stories give up their hidden clues, their long kept secrets. Like a jewel newly polished, they sparkle and shine with a fresh, introspective light.

If you enjoy time travel,, Sherlock, the Bible, and mysteries, this book is for you. Probably. 

In this book, Sherlock and Watson are challenged to solve ten of the biggest Biblical mysteries. They travel by the Needle's Eye, a mysterious time traveling device. 

This book was pretty good. I enjoyed some of the ideas and logic behind solving the Biblical mysteries. Some of the adventures were paced well and enjoyable. Then others were boring. I felt like I was back in Basic Greek 101 at times. Other times it just felt forced and I didn't buy a word of it. 

I will say that this book does extremely well in reflecting the original Sherlock stories. That's a definite good point about it. I think I probably got too excited by the idea of the book that I hyped it up in my head more than I should have. (I really shouldn't do that). It fell flat at times to me. 

I still recommend the read as it is quite an interesting concept. Three of five stars from me. 

 has provided Of Cabbages and Kings with a free copy of this book for an unbiased review. 

Persecuted: The Global Assault on Christians by Paul Marshall, Lela Gilbert, and Nina Shea 
A timely journalistic look inside worldwide Christian persecution.
The persecution of Christians is widespread and increasing in many areas. In 2010, the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, the gold standard of contemporary religion statistics, concluded that Christians are the most widely persecuted religious group in the world. In December 2010, the Vatican reported the same conclusion. This timely and well-documented book tells this story well, in a journalistic and lively way, punctuated with compelling stories.
"Persecuted "offers readers an overview of Christian persecution, analyzing patterns of repression, abuse, and violence across the globe. It explores the reasons that specific ideological, religious, and political groups and establishments target Christian believers as enemies. Woven throughout are vivid examples of Christians persecuted and harassed for their faith. These cases illuminate the courage it takes to be a Christian in today's world. The book provides examples of how the church, including the American church, has successfully diminished or halted repression in other countries, and suggests the steps we can take together in the future.

Let me start out by saying that this book isn’t for everyone, but if it’s for you, you’re lucky.
Another thing this book is not for: the faint of heart.

Persecuted takes a journalistic look at stories of persecution that is taking place in the world around us. Western Christianity takes their religious freedom for granted. This book tells you how. In depth and detailed accounts of the many trials and hardships and even deaths that Christians in this world face.

Broken down by stories by country, this book provides an intense study of persecution. I’ve already used this book as a source for several papers in my college classes and will probably continue to do so for the duration of my studies.

If you’re a missionary, you need to read this book. If you want to be a missionary, you need to read this book. If you’re a Christian under fire for being a Christian, you need to read this book. If you’re living in Western Civilization and you’re taking your religious freedoms for granted, you need to read this book.

I do caution that it gets really, really intense. Take this book in small doses because the weight of these stories will bring you down if you’re not careful. These stories are true, the drama is real, the pain is excruciating.

Step in to the world of the Persecuted, you will not ever be the same again. 

has provided Of Cabbages and Kings with a free copy of this book for an unbiased review. 

I Am Not, But I Know I AM - Louie Giglio
We wear ourselves out trying to be smarter, bigger, the center of attention. But dynamic communicator Louie Giglio’s latest book puts success back in perspective. When John the Baptist said that he must decrease while Jesus must increase, he was expressing the secret to astonishing freedom…and incredible rest. This book will teach you the rich, meaningful lifestyle of being small. Free from the worries that used to strangle you, you’ll radiate the power of the God who is all the things you aren't!

I am not, but God knows my name.

I am not, but He has pursued me in His love.

I am not, but I know the Creator of the universe.

I am not, but I know I AM!

If you see life as your own one-act play and history as your story, you could be in for a rude awakening when the curtain finally closes on your tiny tale—and you discover that life wasn’t all about you after all.

The real story of life is God—I AM—the main character and true star of time and eternity. He is at center stage in all of Creation, and He wants you to know Him by name. Knowing I AM means embracing your smallness in light of His greatness.

Savor the true meaning of life as you learn to work and rest in His power, spending your life for what lasts forever—the unending glory that is God’s alone.

I Am Not, But I Know I AM
Louie Giglio

This book is about the exploration of the name of God. Who is God? HE IS.
I found it interesting that Giglio explains that the term I AM actually translates in English into the verb form TO BE. It could be taken to mean that, quite literally, GOD IS. He always was, always will be, He is eternal. HE IS.

The book contains several down-to-earth examples and stories of life and how we live it. It talks about how we go astray in our thoughts and actions. I loved that Giglio used humor to get a serious message across. Because, make no mistake, this message was quite heavy.

He’s very real in this book, Giglio is, but he doesn’t make you feel like trash as he points out our flaws. Gentle is good. I found this book to be encouraging and enlightening as well as eye-opening.

I have to say though, it wasn’t all good for me. I adore Giglio’s messages. If you ever get the chance to listen to this man (via youtube or a conference) seize that opportunity. You could never in a million years regret it. But this book wasn’t all that for me. It was good, make no mistake, but his talks are just a thousand times better. He’s 1003% a speaker. Far better at speaking than he is at writing.

That being said, the book was still good. Not great, like his sermons, but GOOD. Solid. Worth the read.

Two stars from me because it was good, but not great.

 has provided Of Cabbages and Kings with a free copy of this book for an unbiased review.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

OK, so if any of you are actually still with me,
Of Cabbages and Kings will be down for a few months.

There are going to be some MAJOR changes coming. 
Mostly a change in topics. 
I'm still a YA writer, but I've pretty much exhausted my advice for you all. 
I've given you what I can, take it and run with it.
Be awesome. And keep in touch. 

As you will know by a few of my previous posts, I'm going to be going to seminary soon. 
After that, the world. 

I'm just kidding.
(but only a little)

I'm really excited about this.

So from this point on, this blog will be a journey of my life. 
A few things will stay the same. 
I will still be doing book reviews. 
I will also still do book giveaways. 
Perhaps even more than before. 

But mostly it will just be my journey. 
Follow by email if you'd like to be notified when this is back up and running. 

I hope to see you soon.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Hello, hello, my darlings.
Good morning to you!
Today I get to share something exciting with you. 

This is the day that my friend Sharon Johnston's book cover is revealed to the general public! (i.e. that would be you).
So squee and delight in it. Because how intense does that book look? I mean really.

About the Author:

Sharon is a writer from Mackay in Queensland, Australia who has short stories published in anthologies and was also runner-up in the Australian Literary Review's Young Adult short story contest with KARMA. By day she is a public relations executive and by night she writes weird fiction and soulful contemporaries while her husband, two sons and cat are fast asleep.

About the Book:

Title: Sleeper (Book I in the Toy Soldiers series)
Author: S. M. Johnston
Release Date: December 2, 2013
Publisher: Entranced Publishing
Genre: NA speculative fiction

After a life saving heart transplant, eighteen-year-old Mishca Richardson is plagued by nightmares and an urgent desire to find her birth parents, which she puts down to post-operation depression. But her new heart seems to bring more than a second chance at life in the form of speed, strength and love at first sight.

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

SO, as anyone who actually reads my blog will have noticed, I've somewhat been slacking in the blogging department.

Here is my list of excuses:
-I've been busy with school
-I've been busy teaching
-I've been busy doing nothing
-I'm just lazy
-I've been traveling a lot this past week
-Mostly I'm just lazy

All of the above are incredibly true, however, they are still nothing but excuses.
So please accept my apology and enjoy this picture of Wilbur:

So from now on I will try (keyword being try) to keep better track of this.
Until I get my act together, random spontaneous posts is what we're all going to have to settle for here.

Thanks for reading, congratulations on having the ability to read, and goodbye until next time.

Sunday, April 21, 2013


so we have a condo on the lake

and last year we were here and there was a hole in the ceiling so we stuffed toilet paper into it, right?

We got stuck in the same room this year.

The toilet paper is still there.

I find this probably much funnier than it really is... 
But anyways.