Posts Tagged ‘Religion’

Seventh Son

December 5, 2012

Seventh Son

Author: Orson Scott Card

Title: Seventh Son

Genre: Fantasy

Publication Date: July 1987

Number of Pages: 241 pgs.

Geographical Setting: Northwestern American Territory

Time Period: Late 18th to early 19th century

Series (If applicable): Tales of Alvin Maker Series; Book One

Plot Summary: Alvin Junior is the seventh son of a seventh son. Such a birth brings to one great powers, even those of a Maker. Evil forces however, are set on killing the child before he can reach adulthood and realize his true potential as a seventh son of a seventh son. This evil force, known as the Unmaker, uses those around Alvin in attempts to kill the child, including his father and Reverend Thrower. There is hope for young Alvin though, a young girl has been acting as a guardian angel, watching over him. She is known as a torch and can see the heartfires in everyone around her. This young girl, along with the help of Taleswapper and Alvin’s family, will help Alvin learn how to best use his powers and relinquish the forces of evil.

Subject Headings: Magic; Healing; Good and evil; Frontier and pioneer life; Maker, Alvin; Guardian angels; Nineteenth century

Appeal: Brothers and Sisters, Historical Figures, Good Vs. Evil, Alternative American Frontier, Religion, Builds in Intensity, Folklore, Fantasy, Hexes, Magic, Guardian Angels, Late 18th to early 19th century

Three appeal terms that best describe this book: Magic, Good vs. Evil, Alternate American Frontier

Three Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors:

1. Storytelling : An Encyclopedia Of Mythology And Folklore edited by Josepha Sherman  (2008)

If you liked reading about different types of myths and Folklore found in Seventh Son, then you may want to check out his book. It’s a compilation of different Myths and Folklore stories told throughout the world. In these stories you will hear about both good and evil creatures that live among us (so to speak).

2. Children of the West: family life on the frontier by Cathy Luchetti (Apr 2001)

Like in Seventh Son, this book shows you what life was like, for families, back in the early 19th century. Alvin and his siblings worked hard each day to put food on the table even with the help of their special knacks. Read about the daily life and activities of real people who grew up during this time.

3. The arrow and the cross: a history of the American Indian and the missionaries by John Upton Terrell. (1979)

This book recounts how missionaries form the Protestant and Catholic church set out to convert the Native Americans to their own religion and the resistance they received from them. In Seven Sons, Alvin is visited by a Native American Indian who wishes to show him the ways of good. Reverend Thrower wants to fulfill his duty and see to it that a church is build and those in down renounce their beliefs in magic. This book will also give you a good insight on what can be expected in the second book of the Alvin Maker series, Red Prophet.


Three Relevant Fiction Works and Authors:

1. Armageddon’s Children by Terry Brooks (Aug 2006)
If you liked reading a story about a young boy who possess powers to save the world from evil you may want to check out this book. Set in a futurist United States, where evil forces enslave survivors of the ruined country, one man sets out to find a child that could save them all.

2. The Briar King by Gregory J. Keyes (Dec 2002)
An evil force of death is reawakening. A monk realizes that the text he is translating contains ancient curses meant to awaken this evil. Only a special lineage can prevent the evil’s take over. Those who have the power to stop this evil fight for their lives. If you like reading a story about good vs evil, a small few banding together to save the world, and folklore, than this book is for you.

3. New Spring by Robert Jordan (Jan 2004)
If you liked reading about the fate of the world resting in the hands of newborn boy, then this book is sure to please. After hearing that a boy born of prophecy, and destined to lead the world against the dark Shadow forces, two men set out to find and protect the infant known as the Dragon Reborn.

Name: Madison Gailus

90 Minutes in Heaven

April 11, 2012

Author: Don Piper, Cecil Murphy

Title: 90 Minutes in Heaven

Genre: Non-Fiction, Christian, Religion and Spiritual

Publication Date: 2004

Number of Pages: 207

Geographical Setting: United States,

Time Period:  Contemporary

Series (If applicable):

Plot Summary: On the way home from a conference, Don Piper’s car was crushed by a semi that crossed into his lane. Medical personnel said he died instantly. While his body lay lifeless inside the ruins of his car, Piper experienced the glories of heaven, awed by its beauty and music. Ninety minutes after the wreck, while a minister prayed for him, Piper miraculously returned to life on earth with only the memory of inexpressible heavenly bliss. His faith in God was severely tested as he faced an uncertain and grueling recovery. Now he shares his life-changing story with you. 90 Minutes in Heaven offers a glimpse into a very real dimension of God’s reality. It encourages those recovering from serious injuries and those dealing with the loss of a loved one. The experience dramatically changed Piper’s life, and it will change yours too.

Subject Headings: Christian Faith, Heaven, Ministry, Religious, Memoir

Appeal: Bravery, Strength, Spirituality, Religion, Inspiration, Heaven, Christians, Spiritual Life, Thought-provoking, Engaging, Death-religious aspects, Christian men, Family, Fast Paced, Biography,

3 appeal terms that best describe this book: Spiritual, Inspiration and Family

Similar Authors and Works (why are they similar?):

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors

The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven: A remarkable account of miracles, angels and life beyond this world by Kevin Marlarkey. When Kevin and his son Alex are in a horrible car crash, Alex is paralyzed and in a coma for a few days. When he finally awakes, the six year old shares his incredible story of entering heaven and meeting Jesus.

Facing your giants: a David and Foliath story for everyday People by Max Lucado. This inspirational novel sees to inspire people by suggesting that God can help ordinary people to overcome obstacles just as David did when he faced the giant Goliath. What Pastor Lucado brings to life is the same challenges that face people today and using David as an example to win over the challenges.

The Vow: A Kim and Krickett Carptendor story. An inspiring true story of a man and a woman who meet, fall in love and begin their life together as a newly married couple. A few months into their marriage, the couple endurs a car crash that leave Kim barely alive and Krickett fighting for her life. After what seems like a miracle, Krickett recovers from her injuries including a short-term memory loss which leads her to forget ever meeting her husband, dating or even marrying him. A gripping novel of what it truly means to take a vow of love for better or for worse.

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors

The Shack by William P.Young. A father name MacKenzie Phillips took his children camping and lost one of them to a man who has kidnapped and killed others. Mack has grieved since then. Understandably, his relationship with God has suffered. Then, one wintry day, he receives a note in his mailbox inviting him back to the woods, to the shack in which his daughter’s dress and bloodstains were found. The note, it would seem, is from God.

The Ice Queen: a novel by Alice Hoffman.  A novel- Inspired by fairytales, an eight-year-old girl wishes to never see her mother again. During that same night, her mother passes away in a car crash. As an adult, she lives with this terrible tragedy of her wishing come true. An insightful, entertaining and through-provoking novel young teens and adults will benefit from.

The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom.  This psychological and inspirational novel explains the meaning of traveling to Heaven and finding out people who will be there. Eddie, through his own encounters meets with five people who have all impacted his life in some way or another. One by One, Eddie’s five people discuss the connections and the meaning of an afterlife.

Name: Caitlin