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LORILYN ROBERTS’ BOOK REVIEW: “The Coming Apostasy,” by Mark Hitchcock and Jeff Kinley

I found The Coming Apostasy by Mark Hitchcock and Jeff Kinley, narrated by Paul Christie, to be very informative about an often overlooked topic in Biblical eschatology.

In the Olivet Discourse, Jesus talked about end times events when His apostles asked in Matthew 24:3 (NKJV): “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”

At this point, the church had not been birthed. Jesus was addressing specifically the nation of Israel during the time of Jacob’s trouble, referred to by many Christians as the Tribulation and the Great Tribulation.

After Jesus died on the cross, His twelve disciples and the Apostle Paul, with the church’s birth, expanded on what Jesus said and warned, specifically in the book of Revelation, about the attack on the church in the latter days.

Recently I heard Pastor Jack Hibbs make a fantastical statement about the church of Laodicea in the book of Revelation. He said he didn’t believe the Laodicean church even believed in Jesus Christ. As Hibbs pointed out, Jesus was outside the church knocking on the door.

Revelation 3:20 (NKJV) states: “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.”

Why is Jesus standing outside the church? The Coming Apostasy focuses on this very issue concerning the condition of the church before His return. Most churches, sadly, will be deceived. Jesus said the number one sign of the end times will be deception.

Specific topics addressed include homosexuality, the falling away from sound Biblical doctrine, the decay within the church (referred to as the fifth column), and compromise with the world. I appreciated Mark Hitchcock’s and Jeff Kinley’s many colorful illustrations to make their points clear to the reader.

As someone who loves the Lord and wants to remain faithful, I found the book helpful and inspiring to encourage me to “keep on keeping on.” The day of our Lord and Savior’s return is near. I Peter 4:7 (ESV) states: “The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers.”

I highly recommend The Coming Apostasy to help Christians appreciate the treacherousness of these days in which we live.

To purchase from Amazon (including audiobook format), click here.

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LORILYN ROBERTS BOOK REVIEW: “End Times Scenario” by Dr. Chuck Missler

I had many questions about the progression of end-time events, and it’s amazing to me how God used this book End Times Scenario to answer those questions.

I’m thankful that Dr. Missler’s presentations have been preserved in audiobooks like this one. He was not afraid to address or explore controversial biblical topics, and for that, I’m grateful. With faithfulness and humility, Dr. Missler presents the Word of God.

May he rest in peace until that day when our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, returns and we shall meet Him in the air. End Times Scenario will help you to see that day approaching.


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LORILYN ROBERTS BOOK REVIEW: “President Trump’s Pro-Christian Accomplishments” is a Game-Changer – New Book by Pastor Steve Cioccolanti


Top review from the United States

Lorilyn Roberts

5.0 out of 5 stars President Trump’s Pro-Christian Accomplishments
is a game-changer.

Reviewed in the United States on September 13, 2020

President Trump’s Pro-Christian Accomplishments is a game-changer.
I urge everyone to read President Trump’s Pro-Christian Accomplishments from cover to cover. Our country’s future depends on our decisions. No one can make an informed
decision without knowing the truth. Unfortunately, a handful of corporations now control
most of the U.S. media.
If you love America, read this book.
If you love truth, read this book.
If you want a future for your children and grandchildren, read this book.
If you want liberty, justice, and peace, read this book…before more of your freedoms
are restricted, your money stolen, and your dreams vanquished.
If you care for the unborn child, please read President Trump’s Pro-Christian Accomplishments.
What Trump has done so far is nothing short of a miracle. I don’t know of another
historical figure, except for Winston Churchill, who could have accomplished what
Trump has despite the attacks, lies, ridicule, and mockery from many who hate him.
Read this book…And buy several copies to share with friends, family, and coworkers.

Click on this link. Four-time #1 Bestselling Author on Amazon: TRUMP’S PRO-CHRISTIAN ACCOMPLISHMENTS, Divine Code. Pastor of Discover Church

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LORILYN ROBERTS BOOK REVIEW: “Live Green: 52 Steps for a More Sustainable Life,” by Jen Chillingsworth


Live Green: 52 Steps for a More Sustainable Life by Jen Chillingsworth shows the reader how to live an eco-friendly lifestyle. With cover-to-cover captivating artwork, innovative ideas and suggestions leap off the pages of Live Green.

Topics on sustainability include sprucing up the home with anti-pollutant plants, spicing up the dinner table with wholesome foods, buying natural products for hair and skin,  and creating Christmas decorations from organic materials.
In addition to ideas to encourage a greener lifestyle, the author lists sources of inspiration for those who want to dig deeper.

My favorite chapter, “Eat Green,” challenged me the most. As a two-year breast cancer survivor, the quest to eat healthier stretched me to try healthier foods and forego sweets, deli meats, and soft drinks. I would encourage the reader, if this seems daunting, to incorporate changes slowly. Even for the most determined, it takes time to make significant lifestyle adaptations.  

The underlying theme in Live Green begins with awareness. I recommend starting simply. For example, I began by growing herbs beside our front door and planting lettuce and onions in a winter garden. More strategies in Live Green include how to compost and buy products in bulk.

Modest changes like bagging groceries in hemp or cloth bags instead of plastic ones help the environment. For Christmas, I gifted reusable straws to my daughters. After years of hounding me to recycle, they are impressed with how far I’ve come. Small adaptations help sea creatures not only to survive but thrive.

Live Green: Fifty-Two steps for a More Sustainable Life is one giant leap toward helping all of us to live greener. Future generations will thank us, and our oceans, air, forests, birds, honeybees, and animals will reap the benefits of our more sustainable life choices. 

My herb garden

To purchase Live Green from Amazon,
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LORILYN ROBERTS BOOK REVIEW: “Remembering Christmas,” edited by by Yvonne Lehman

Book Review by Contributor Lorilyn Roberts
When I finished reading Remembering Christmas, so many tears filled my eyes that it was hard to see. From sweet stories to special moments, funny anecdotes to heart-wrenching tales, soft poetic lyrics to bold eschatology, there is a story for everyone in this book.
I tried to decide which one was my favorite, but couldn’t. They were all beautifully written. Still, one memoir unexpectedly touched my heart.
In “The Return of the King” Bob Blundell shares a trip he took to Israel, where he stood at the edge of the Valley of Armageddon. This incident was particularly memorable to him because when he was in college, he had read Hal Lindsey’s best-selling book, The Late Great Planet Earth.
Forty-five years earlier, I attended an event at which Hal Lindsey spoke when I was a student at the University of Georgia. What an impact hearing him speak had on my life. Many years earlier, I had also read The Late Great Planet Earth and seen the movie by the same name.
By coincidence, I had listened to a Hal Lindsey YouTube video in my car only a few hours earlier. I was returning home with an old treasured lamp someone had fixed for me for free as a Christmas gift.
“I can tell how much that lamp means to you,” the man said. “Merry Christmas.”
I felt so blessed by the store owner because it took him a while to fix the lamp, and the store rate for repairs was $90 per hour.
Wonderful books tug at your heartstrings. They stir your emotions and cause you to ponder, remember, hope, laugh, and weep. They take you down roads less traveled and quench a longing you might not even know you have.
Remembering Christmas is one of those books. In this season of giving, I’ve enjoyed a quiet moment to read and reflect on the profound meaning of Christmas, not only historically and spiritually, but personally. I will put this poignant book on my bookshelf and look forward to reading it again next Christmas and beyond.

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LORILYN ROBERTS BOOK REVIEW: “The Divine Code, Volume 1” by Steve Cioccolanti

 “The Divine Code: A Prophetic Encyclopedia of Numbers,” by Steve Cioccolanti, is one of the most fascinating Christian books I’ve read. Before reading “The Divine Code,” I’d never read the Bible with a focus on numerology, just as I’d never paid much attention to numbers in the world around me, except for noting that I tend to reorder them.
As a student in years past, I recall my obsession with double-checking calculations on math tests. To me, numbers were a necessary evil to get through school, especially when it came to college chemistry.
Besides my issues with reversing numbers and not having a proclivity for math, my idea of numbers reflected the often-held view that numerology is akin to astrology, tarot card reading, or checking one’s daily horoscope—something the Bible relegates to the occult. As a result, I never looked at numbers as having Biblical relevance. My ill-conceived notion of numbers was turned on its head when I watched some of Steve Cioccolanti’s presentations on YouTube when he occasionally touched on numerology—and God opened my eyes to what the Bible really says about numbers. When I became interested in numerology, I tried to buy an earlier version of “The Divine Code” on Amazon, but Amazon listed it as “out of print.” When Pastor Steve updated and re-published The Divine Code,” I was thrilled.
As I read “The Divine Code,” God revealed to me a new aspect of His nature through the precise prism of numerology. The numbers are exact. One plus one always equals two. God is a God of order, and God created numbers for His glory. Through numbers, He imparted orderliness to the universe that removes all randomness and invokes communion and worship of Him as our Creator.
To be afraid to study the constancy and meaning of numbers in the world around us because of a fear of numerology, I now see as an evil attack on God’s Divine Nature. “The Divine Code,” as the book is so aptly named, is inscribed everywhere—in the heavens above, in the triple helix of our DNA, and in powerful movements of music, like Handel’s Messiah. “The Divine Code” skillfully weaves a tapestry of numbers from one to one thousand that glorifies God theologically, historically, scientifically, spiritually, militarily, and even romantically.

With God, there is no beginning and no end, and even scientists recognize numbers as being infinite. What else in the universe is small and large at the same time?
I imagine Steve Cioccolanti has only begun to tap into the mathematical nature of God in these two books. My mind is not like the mind of a mathematician, but in “The Divine Code,” for the first time, I see the awesomeness of God through numbers, and I would never have imagined that before reading “The Divine Code.” Understanding the value that God puts on numbers has awakened a desire in me to see the world through a numerical prism. I also have a keener appreciation for how Biblical numerology reveals the holiness of God.
Lastly, I want to emphasize that “The Divine Code” is a must-read for anyone wishing to understand the role numbers play in God’s prophetic timetable and future end-time events. I can’t wait to read book two.
Steve Cioccolanti, BA, M.Ed., is a Christian social media influencer with over 250,000 followers on YouTube, the pastor of Discover Church (, and a prolific author of hundreds of videos and multiple books–including his critically acclaimed “From Buddha to Jesus” (translated to 6 languages to date) and his magnum opus “The Divine Code: A Prophetic Encyclopedia of Numbers, Vol 1 & 2” (now in its 10th Anniversary Edition).
Known for his unique gift of researching complex concepts and presenting them in simple and multi-sensory ways, he emphasizes Biblical balance and ‘heart’ transformation over ‘head knowledge’. His appealing approach to End Time prophecy is both practical and spiritual: we should pray and preach the Gospel AND we should engage in the politics of Justice and honor God’s chosen vessel, which in America is currently Donald Trump. His mission is to help usher in the next Great Awakening with others who feel a sense of urgency.
A sought-after speaker on history, prophecy, and justice, he appears as a guest minister at big and small churches, and on international TV including Daystar. He has traveled to more than 45 countries for Jesus.
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LORILYN ROBERTS BOOK REVIEW: If You Only Read One Christian Nonfiction Book This Year, This Should Be It – “Living Backward,” by Angelique Cooper McGlotten

If you only read one Christian nonfiction book this year, this should be it. “Living Backward” is inspiring and God-breathed. In my almost fifty years of being a Christian, I have dealt with almost everything Angelique talks about, but so quickly I forget some of these lessons and how much I need to be reminded.
Thank you, Angelique, for sharing these wonderful Biblical truths and encouraging me that even when I fail, not to give up, but to keep my eyes on Jesus, and to remember that we are just passing through this world on our way to the next. I loved the analogy of the airport and the quote, “Every person alive is on a spiritual layover.” 

I was convicted more than once of things I need to change in my own life, and as I prayed for God to make me more holy, the evil one took notice. What a battle we face!

“Living Backward” will make you think about things that are eternal and draw you closer to God as His Holy Spirit speaks to your heart. I wish every Christian would read this book. Thank you for writing “Living Backward” and helping me in my walk with God. What a blessing!
Angelique’s bio from Amazon: “If you asked me what I do, I’d tell you that I teach, mentor, and volunteer in a variety of capacities. I also write poetry and prose. If you said, Angelique what do you most enjoy doing?, I’d respond that whether it’s lending a helping hand, sending a greeting card out of the blue, or picking up thoughtful gifts for others, I love to give. I also love, love, love being used as a channel of God’s grace to bless people. Because I absolutely enjoy encouraging others, my husband and children affectionately call me “Triple E” (Encourager, Edifier, and Exhorter). In fact, my latest book, Living Backward, is birthed from my desire to inspire others to live out God’s plan for their lives and in so doing experience contentment, genuine success, and lasting significance.”
I (Lorilyn Roberts) chuckled when I read Angelique’s bio. Angelique is a member of the John 3:16 Marketing Network. Many times when I have needed a word of encouragement, Angelique has emailed me to let me know she was praying for me. Her kindness has inspired me to try to be a blessing to others in the same way she has been to me. The right word at just the right moment is the most wonderful gift this side of eternity. Once you have received it, you want to “pass it on.”
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LORILYN ROBERTS BOOK REVIEW: The Gopher & The Erstwhile Wizard, by J.L. Rallios

The Gopher and The Erstwhile Wizard is a delightful story I highly recommend for ages 5 to 14. 
My children are past this age now, but I wish they were young enough that I could read it to them. And yes, I read to my daughters into their teens—family togetherness at its best. This book is also a wonderful story for readers of all ages who love allegories and enjoy Narnia-type books with talking animals and unusual creatures.

I worried about the gopher relentlessly, who always seemed to go from bad to worse in his journey of life, but rest assured, the ending is full of redemption and fulfillment in a way you do not expect.

If you are a Christian, you will see a lot of subtle symbolism. If you are not a Christian, the story will resonate with you because Rallios is a great storyteller. The Gopher & the Erstwhile Wizard is well written, has characters you will love, and a classical feel. I hope readers will pick up The Gopher and The Erstwhile Wizard and add it to their Kindle library. Don’t miss out on this one!
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LORILYN ROBERTS BOOK REVIEW: “Why Brilliant People Believe Nonsense” by J. Steve Miller and Cherie K. Miller

When I began reading Why Brilliant People Believe Nonsense, I was surprised to discover people who I thought were brilliant—like Steve Jobs and Albert Einstein—sometimes believed nonsense. They might have been brilliant, but their thinking was also flawed at times in significant ways. The number of examples J. Miller gives showing how successful people succumb to fallacious thinking surprised me.

Dozens of illustrations of fallacious thinking are cited, including misinterpreting data, drawing erroneous conclusions, asking incorrect questions, exuding overconfidence, being under-confident, married to brands, blinded by prejudices, and on and on. I had a few “ouch” moments myself. I have fallen into some of these ridiculous ways of thinking without even being aware of it.

As an author, I found many parts of the book enlightening. For example, how to ask deeper questions when developing the plot, take the time to reflect, and not make quick assumptions.  I write historical fiction—know my sources, if they are authentic. Are they accurate? (As I work on “The City in the Seventh Dimension Series,” I found this especially convicting as I’ve come across many conspiracy series dealing with the last days).
J. Miller used the example of author Dan Brown and “The Da Vinci Code.” Mr. Brown relied too heavily on conspiracy theories and not enough on solid historical facts. Thus, his book lacked the authenticity it needed to be true, and too many people “bought” into the idea of it being accurate without a thorough examination of the sources.  This is just one example of many that Mr. Miller expounded on to show why brilliant people believe nonsense.

If the smartest people in history have made some of these common mistakes, how many more have the rest of us made? And can we become better thinkers? “Why Brilliant People Believe Nonsense” can make us aware of these fallacies and challenge us to think more creatively and intuitively.

Hopefully, the insights I’ve gleaned will allow me to write more thought-provoking books and be aware of the pitfalls of erroneous thinking. “Why Brilliant People Believe Nonsense” is a great read for anyone who enjoys learning how to be a better thinker, and the fascinating stories woven through the pages about people we all know and respect makes this book a delightfully entertaining read.

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LORILYN ROBERTS BOOK REVIEW: “The Chosen,” by Chaim Potok

Book Review by Lorilyn Roberts
The Chosen was written in the first person and the many themes were handled realistically and authentically. I felt like I was reading a memoir from the protagonist, Reuven. Chaim Potok writes in a matter-of-fact style with a smoothness that is comforting and reassuring. I could relate to and understand the protagonist’s problems as well as that of his friend, Danny Saunders.
The story was set during World War II in New York. Potok wove the war into the story to magnify the issues of faith, life, and death. Some of his references were very specific which intensified the meaning and drama of The Chosen, as if the name of the book had a double meaning; i.e., D-Day, President Roosevelt’s death, the subsequent discovery of the concentration camps, the horror of learning that six million Jews had been slaughtered, and the determination of Reuven’s father to give the Jews a homeland in Palestine. 

The conflict between Danny and his father was the most intriguing theme for me: Would it be possible to never speak to my father except when debating the Talmud? It seems improbable, but Potok did succeed in making me believe it was true. The lengthy passages about how the Hasidim sect began, the meaning of Apikorism, the finite differences in Judaism between Danny and Reuven, the intensity of the meaning of their Jewishness, and the biographical sketch of Reb Saunders’ history and family members (his genius brother and what happened to him) helped to create the realism that he and Danny never spoke to each other except when debating the interpretation of the Talmud.

Pokok took a complex theme (family relationships and faith) and wove the story into one that is universal, particularly for the Jewish people, who have suffered for thousands of years as God’s “chosen” people. I believe this type of book is important for the younger generation where so much that is written is fluff and superficial. I believe most adults tend to underrate what young people are capable of understanding and embracing. The Chosen has raised the stakes in challenging all of us to respect the difficult choices that some young people must make when dealing with family, faith, values, and destiny.
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LORILYN ROBERTS BOOK REVIEW: “Tales of Faeraven – DawnSinger,” by Janalyn Voigt

I reviewed the first book in the Tales of Faeraven Series: DawnSinger, and found it to be a masterpiece that will someday no doubt become a classic. I look forward to reading Wayfarer.

Lorilyn Roberts’ Review from Amazon
DawnSinger is poetry in motion, woven into a classical story that penetrates the soul. Sometimes I found myself stopping to re-read a sentence where I just wanted to soak in the way Janalyn Voigt had penned it. 
As an author, I wanted to admire the craftsmanship. Where did she learn to write like that? You can’t teach this kind of artistry. Janalyn has a gift. 
If you love books by JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis, you must read DawnSinger as well as the second book in the series, WayFarer, just published. Otherwise, you will deny yourself the enjoyment of some of the best literature written in the last 20 years.

Tales of Faeraven Series 


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Janalyn Voigt’s unique blend of adventure, romance, suspense, and fantasy creates worlds of beauty and danger for readers. Tales of Faeraven, her epic fantasy series beginning with DawnSinger, carries the reader into a land only imagined in dreams.
Janalyn is represented by Sarah Joy Freese of Wordserve Literary. Her memberships include ACFW and NCWA.
When she’s not writing, Janalyn loves to discover worlds of adventure in the great outdoors.
Author Site for Janalyn Voigt: (author journals, travel journals, guest journals, and book news)
Site for Writers: Live Write Breathe (teaching articles plus free How to Edit PDF)
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LORILYN ROBERTS BOOK REVIEW: “Wuthering Heights” by Emily Bronte

This is the first year (10th grade) that my younger daughter has been in public school. We homeschooled most of elementary and middle school with a stint in private school. I had no idea what to expect, except that I sincerely hoped she would get a good education that would prepare her for college. 

I have to admit, I am surprised that Wuthering Heights is one of the books she’s had to read for English. I reviewed it a while back and believe it to be one of the most perfect books I’ve read. I praise the school system of Alachua County, Florida, for exposing my daughter to some of the best classics ever written. 
Wuthering Heights
By Emily Bronte

Critique by Lorilyn Roberts
Wuthering Heights is one of the most perfect novels I have read.  Here are my thoughts on what makes Wuthering Heights an outstanding read and why it’s considered a classic:


There are no extraneous characters introduced into the story. Each person serves a purpose and is often complementary to another character in the book, like a mirrored reflection or a duality, sometimes the same, sometimes opposing; i.e., Catherine and Heathcliff, Edgar and Isabella Linton, Hindley and Heathcliff, the younger Catherine and Hareton, Mr. Lockwood and Nelly, Nelly and Joseph, the two families at Wuthering Heights and the Grange, the mother Catherine and the younger Catherine, and Isabella and Heathcliff. The relationships among the characters are complicated and evolving. If you were to take one of the characters out of this story, the plot development would be negatively altered. The plot is character-driven and tightly woven throughout the story.


The tone of the story is brooding and dark. The sensuous feeling is foreboding, first exhibited in the setting that Emily Bronte describes in detail. There is an element of overarching suspense and aversion to the characters:  The morose Heathcliff, Mother Catherine who dies of a brain disorder, the drink of Hindley, the tragic life of Isabella following her marriage to Heathcliff, the delightful younger Catherine who succumbs to depression after coming under the control of Heathcliff. The depressing scene and dysfunctional characters that greet Lockwood’s arrival prompt him to ask Nelly to explain the history behind Wuthering Heights.


I was struck by how Emily Bronte weaves the social status of the characters into the story: Joseph and his barely intelligible English; Nelly, the servant, and principal narrator, and her portrayal of others from an inferior social position; the many differences between the upper-class Lintons and the middle-class Earnshaws; the emphasis on social structure with less opportunity for upward mobility, which impacted the “heart” of the story – mother Catherine sacrifices her desire for Heathcliff to achieve a higher social status by marrying Edgar. The characters’ traits, flaws, and attributes within the structure of society make for believable people that the reader both loves and hates.


The differences between the generations were striking: Heathcliff and mother Catherine seemed unable to change with the passage of time or grow as individuals. They were locked into extremisms that became dead-end roads. Eventually, their flawed natures doomed them to early deaths, providing an opportunity for the next generation in Catherine and Hareton to overcome the past. In contrast to their parents, they were able to adapt and redeem the past, and through their transformation, the reader is filled with hope for the future. The multi-generational aspect of time adds to the completeness of the story—this is a family with a history, a past that threatens to destroy the future.


Emily Bronte probes deeply the psychological aspects of people’s behavior and the ramifications of the dark side of human nature. The story touches on the spiritual nature of the individuals, with references to the small church, the recurring battle with death, the repeated references to ghosts, and Joseph’s incessant recitation of Scripture.


The many themes are timeless—love that is forbidden, prejudices that hurt people, the meaninglessness of life without hope, hate that destroys, the vindictiveness of human nature, and the darkness of the soul without God.


Established in the first paragraph, a “perfect misanthropist’s heaven.” Right away, I am told a lot about this story in a unique way which encourages me to keep reading.

Classic Author Similarities:

I am struck by the fact that many classics, like this one, have been written by individuals who have experienced tremendous suffering. I wonder if there is a relationship between the giftedness to write great stories and the degree to which one has endured hardship. Perhaps the strong emotions that are pent up in a tortured soul find solace in the pen as a healing balm.


Creative, original stories take risks. For instance, there isn’t one protagonist versus one antagonist in Wuthering Heights. Ninety-five percent of the story is dark and unsettling; the story reinforces negative stereotypical issues and characters. The orphan is the troublemaker and destroyer of the family, perpetuating a common “myth” among adoptees.

Joseph uses the Bible in a beguiling way to demean people, contrary to the Good Book’s ultimate purpose. The submissive role of women and their inability to escape from abusive husbands or families is also perpetuated in Wuthering Heights, reinforcing the long-held notion that women are inferior to men.  Despite these risks, Emile Bronte creates a masterpiece.

Fictional Dream:

Emily Bronte immerses the reader into a world that is vivid and dream-like, with colorful characters and a complex plot. She uses literary techniques that make this a compelling read, one worth pondering after the last page is finished. It’s a shame she died so young—what other books might she have written?

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LORILYN ROBERTS BOOK REVIEW: “Tadeo Turtle” by Janis Cox

“A Delightful Children’s Picture Book That Will Leave You With a Warm Fuzzy Feeling”

Tadeo Turtle is a one-of-a-kind children’s book with a wonderful message—God has made you perfect just the way you are. In addition to being entertaining and imparting a strong spiritual message, the illustrations will capture the heart and mind of a young child. 

Colorful drawings of a scary cat, a sweet squirrel, and other animals in their natural surroundings will open the door to discussions about the need to preserve all of God’s creations. Ms. Cox has cleverly provided resources at the end with web links for further study.

The endearing image of Tadeo and his problem will make this a favorite story for young and old alike—a story with which we can all identify.  The craft activities included will broaden inquisitive young minds to explore God’s creation further. Tadeo Turtle is the best book for children I have read in a long time. 

I look forward to taking this delightful book with me to Nepal to help orphan children with their reading.

To purchase on Amazon, click here

Janis Cox is a faithful follower of Jesus. She is a wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. Married to a wonderful husband they have three grown children who are married; they have six grandchildren and a new one on the way.
She is a writer, watercolour artist and a person who always is involved in doing something. She has her fingers in many pies – but all of them are delicious. A friend once told her that she saw a vision of her – with a whole bunch of coloured balloons and she tried to capture each one of them.
As a former public school teacher, she loved to write poems for her kids. With this background, she has now published her first illustrated children’s book, Tadeo Turtle.
She runs a group blog Under the Cover of Prayer. She is a member of The Word Guild, Inscribe and American Christian Writers. Her website is

LORILYN ROBERTS BOOK REVIEW: “Hobbits, You and the Spiritual World,” by Jill Richardson


Enjoy my review of Jill Richardson’s new book 


I am a Lord of the Rings and Hobbit fan and loved this book. As a Christian, I really appreciated the author’s comparisons to the Bible and her in-depth study gave me insights that had escaped me when I read all the books and watched the movies. 

With the second Hobbit movie coming out, I can’t wait to see it, now that I have a better understanding of the characters. The more I learn about the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, the more I see Tolkien as being one of the greatest writers of all time. Jill Richardson’s commentary and analyses helped me to see the genius in this epic masterpiece, the creativity, and the passion of JRR Tolkien. Great insights for those who love Tolkien’s works.

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LORILYN ROBERTS BOOK REVIEW: Excerpt from “Spiralling out of Control” by Michelle Dennis Evans

Temptation, depression, seduction, betrayal … Not what Stephanie was expecting at fifteen years of age. Uprooted from her happy, all-girl high school life with a dream-filled future and thrown into an unfriendly co-ed school, Stephanie spirals into depression. 
When charismatic high school senior, Jason notices her, Stephanie jumps in feet first and willingly puts all her faith and trust in him, a boy she barely knows. 
Every choice she makes and turn she takes leads her toward a dangerous path.
Her best friend is never far away and ready to catch her … but will she push Tabbie too far away when she needs her most? 
This novel contains adult themes.
Recommended reading audiences 17+ 

Spiralling Out of Control is well-written, realistic, and scary. As the mother of a 15-year-old daughter, I would not want my daughter to read this book, however. While rated by the author for 15 and up, I would go with 17 and up. The content is for mature teens only. Sex, booze, drugs, rape, overdose, pimps, and illegal activity are dominant themes, with hints of Christian spirituality. As a Christian, I also struggled with the fact that there wasn’t the redemption that I hoped for at the end — but I suppose, when teens go so far down this path of destruction, they may not be able to be saved, though I know that you are never out of the reach of Jesus Christ.

If I had a teen who I felt like I was on the brink of losing, this would be a book I would recommend, Christian or non-Christian. I personally don’t like dark books, but if I were to recommend one, this would be it. I hope in the sequel that the author will work on the redemption for which the spiritual part of me longed. I would strongly recommend that a parent read this book first before recommending to his or her son or daughter. I believe the content can serve as a good starting point for a troubled teen that needs counseling and direction spiritually, emotionally, and mentally. 
This book also reminded me of the need to be involved in my daughters’ lives, praying for them and being there for them. Spiralling Out of Control may serve as a wake-up call — our kids need parents who love and care — all the time, day and night, when it’s convenient and when it’s not! We need to be available to meet their needs, even when they think they don’t need us.
Excerpt – Chapter 2 part b
“Stephanie,” April called.
“Go away,” she mumbled from under the pillow.
“Steph!” April flung the bedroom door open. “Steph, I’m practicing a new routine, come watch.”
Stephanie pulled a tissue from the box to wipe her face. She grabbed a handful more and dragged her feet along the short hallway and halfway down the stairs. Slumping over her knees, she hugged an arm through the vertical posts to watch her sister flipping and cartwheeling around the empty lounge room. Stephanie glanced at her mother standing in the kitchen doorway and clenched her teeth. April. Always the favourite! 
“Gymnastics display finished.” April took a bow. “Your turn.”
“Where’s Dad?”
“Oh, he just had to pop into the office for a bit to sort things out there.” Her mother shook her head.
Would they really see more of him now that his office was so close?
April stood at the base of the stairs. “Come on Steph. Dance.”
Stephanie refused, denying herself the chance to dance, and ran back upstairs. She swallowed. Her stomach churned.
“Don’t you want to dance?” her mother called after her.
Of course, I want to dance, but you can’t seem to find the money.
Stephanie closed her bedroom door and leaned against it. She cried until she’d saturated all the tissues in her hand. Flinging her wardrobe open, she dug out any dancing gear she could find and threw it all into the bin. Done. Over. Gone. Season of life finished.
Her mother’s words still stung. ‘We might have to check the cost.’ Gah! It seemed the star gymnast’s fees came first.
She needed to hide. From the world. From her parents. From her sister. Climbing into bed she pulled the covers over her head. She drifted between awake and asleep until she startled awake. Light shone through her doorway. Musk, the scent of her mother, tickled her nose. Her body stiffened as she closed her eyes—the last thing she wanted was a conversation with her mother.
“Lord, watch over her as she sleeps,” Diane whispered.
Stephanie held her breath until her mother padded out of the room and clicked the door closed. She cried until her tears stopped flowing, then she took a breath and tears rolled again until she slept.
Michelle Dennis Evans writes picture books, chapter books, young adult contemporary novels and enjoys dabbling in free verse poetry. Her debut novel Spiralling Out of Control and poetry collection Life Inspired both reached #1 in subcategories on Amazon in their first week of release. Michelle is passionate about seeing people grow and move forward in their journey. She lives on the Gold Coast with her husband and four super active, super fun and super time-consuming children. 



LORILYN ROBERTS BOOK REVIEW: “The Power and the Glory,” by Graham Greene

I initially had a tough time getting into this book—couldn’t find anything to enjoy about it. I came to the conclusion about midway through The Power and the Glory that this wasn’t a book to be enjoyed. It was a book to ponder deeper meanings of faith, politics, humility, commitment, sin, and consequences.

The protagonist, the priest, who is never named, is the only priest left in a certain state of Mexico where priests have been outlawed. He has spent the last eight years running from the police to evade capture. He is an imperfect archetype of a savior/martyr, haunted by his past failures and yet still struggling to remain committed to the priesthood. 

The priest is a conflicted individual, but his character grows; at the beginning of the story he tries to escape on a boat, but at the conclusion, he goes back to the state where priests have all been shot. Knowing he will be caught and killed, he returns to hear the confessions of a dying murderer.

There were many characters in this book representing “types,” such as the antagonist, the lieutenant who hated the clergy; and the mestizo, a type of Judas. The many children represented hope, as poignantly shown in the final few pages when the young boy lets the priest into the house to hide him from the police. I most identified with the priest and his internal struggles. Greene did an excellent job of showing the priest’s outward struggle to avoid capture as well as his inner turmoil of sin and unrepentant spirit with reference to his illegitimate daughter. All the characters were real, deep, and memorable.

The takeaways from this book to help me be a better writer include:

            1. Make every character in the book count for a purpose and a deeper meaning than just “another person” to fill up the pages.

            2. Include qualities even in the antagonist that make him a sympathetic character—the story will be more believable. No one is all good or all bad.

            3. Be willing to tackle a controversial position—a protagonist that is severely flawed and that falls short of the standard can still be redeemed, changed, and become a hero.

            4. Think of ways to use people or animals or locations to enhance symbolic meanings that grow the story. For instance, the priest’s fight with the dog over the bone; the references to the dentist’s equipment and working on teeth;  the numerous beetles bashing themselves against walls—symbolize pain, the fight for survival, the baseness of human depravity, and loss of dignity.

            5. What you write will linger later in the mind of the reader—shine a light of hope; i.e., the priest who knocked on the door and was met by the young boy.

            6. Not all books are to be necessarily enjoyed, but perhaps serve a greater purpose. Do you want to only entertain, or are you willing to probe the deeper meaning of life and leave the reader with significant ideas to grapple with and ponder?
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LORILYN ROBERTS BOOK REVIEW: “Treasures of Darkness,” by Trish Jenkins: A Beacon of Light on a Dark Street Corner Near You

A Beacon of Light on a Dark Street Corner Near You
For anyone who wants an amazing book, you should read Trish Jenkins’ story, Treasures of Darkness. It’s a memoir about her prison journey – and to me, it seems allegorical about life. Matthew 24:12 says in the last days, “Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold.” In the end times, much of what Trish endured and experienced in prison will be the norm. We are headed there now, like a frog that is slowly brought to the boiling point unawares—the dysfunctionality of our country, the threat of war in the Middle East, and the compromise in morality on many fronts. 
When you think of anti-Christ – the opposite of Christ—in order to survive in prison, the guard and other inmates try to break you and convince you that you are no different from the others and your faith is the problem. They attempt to pit you against your convictions by flipping your world upside-down – seeing Trish throw her pearl (Jesus Christ) before swine was heartbreaking. What would I do if I found myself in a similar situation—would I have the courage of my convictions? Would I be willing to pray for those who wanted to hurt me?
I will let you read Treasures of Darkness to see what Trish’s story is about and how she landed in such a horrible place. Think of working for someone like Bernie Madoff unawares and getting in over your head – it could happen to any of us. Trish’s testimony and how God used her in the lives of her prison mates left a lasting impression on me—one of those books that will stick with me for life.
I am reminded of the words spoken by the 1600th-century evangelical preacher and martyr, John Bradford, “but for the grace of God, go I.” Would I be able to endure this trial and still love my Lord and Savior, not the same, but even more? You won’t see your relationship with God or the opportunity to be a shining beacon despite persecution or hardship in the same way after reading Treasures of Darkness.
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LORILYN ROBERTS BOOK REVIEW: “Getting Out of the Bed in the Morning,” by Author Alice J. Wisler


For those who’d rather stay in bed, put this book on your nightstand and read it. As a Christian sojourner, I have walked my own Via Dolorosa. I couldn’t imagine during my lowest moments that anyone would understand my pain or sorrow. I would cry myself to bed at night poring over the Psalms, the only book of the Bible that I had the strength to read.

Getting Out of Bed in the Morning: Reflections of Comfort in Heartache will help anyone who loves deeply and grieves deeply. If your pain is so overwhelming that you are having difficulty coping, get this book. God won’t abandon you, but having resources to help you through your sorrow can be healing and comforting. I wish I’d had this book to read. I found myself remembering – memories I had actually forgotten, which is a good thing, but without God’s healing on my heart, I could have been stuck without experiencing God’s power to overcome that pain.

Getting out of Bed in the Morning will help anyone who is struggling to get beyond the pain – anyone who wants to give up, or sees no reason to go on living. There can be nothing more painful than losing a child, and while I haven’t experienced that, I have come close, walking a road where I wasn’t sure of the outcome, and I have lost others in my life through death and divorce. Grief has no preferences for status, race, or gender – it visits all of us at some point. Getting Out of Bed in the Morning: Reflections of Comfort in Heartache will help you to transform your hopeless grief into grief that will bring healing.

I highly recommend Getting out of Bed in the Morning: Reflections of Comfort in Heartache to anyone who is suffering now, to anyone who might suffer in the future, or to anyone who has suffered in the past. Wherever you are on your own Via Dolorosa, you can be encouraged and reminded by Alice J. Wisler’s Reflections of Comfort in Heartache that God is faithful, no matter what. Hearing it from someone who has walked that difficult road and loves God, even more, is a gift worth reading.

Get your copy of Getting out of Bed in the Morning: Reflections of Comfort in Heartache here from Amazon: 

From Alice J. Wisler:

“For over twenty years, I’ve written for magazines and devotionals. Writing is what I love to do.

I also travel the country and teach Writing the Heartache Workshops at seminars and conferences. I’m a big advocate for writing through sorrow. I founded Daniel’s House Publications after the death of my four-year-old son Daniel in 1997. Helping others cope with grief is important to me.

My days are spent writing novels, blogging (I have three blogs), reviewing books, writing for a variety of magazines and websites, crafting my two newsletters, and teaching grief-writing courses both online and at conferences.

My five published novels are: RAIN SONG, HOW SWEET IT IS, HATTERAS GIRL and A WEDDING INVITATION (all by Bethany House) and STILL LIFE IN SHADOWS (River North).

My devotional, GETTING OUT OF BED IN THE MORNING: Reflections of Comfort in Heartache(Leafwood Publishers), is my tribute to my son Daniel and in praise of a God who sustains us on our journey.

In addition, I’ve taught English as a Second Language in my birthplace of Japan, worked as a social worker, a cake decorator, and taught English in a refugee camp in the Philippines. I was an office manager at a non-profit for education and worked at a portrait studio.

Specialties: I can sing Go Hiromi’s “Otoko to onnanoko” at any Karaoke event. I enjoy creating Asian dishes in my kitchen. Most of all, I enjoy conversations over cups of hot Earl Grey.”

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LORILYN ROBERTS BOOK REVIEW: “Mission Possible,” even on Valentine’s Day, a Spiritual Covering, by Deborah L. McCarragher

Mission Possible Spiritual Covering (Paperback and Kindle)

by Deborah L. McCarragher
Valentine’s Day is a day for celebrating all kinds of love –and especially for husbands and wives. Mission Possible is a wonderful read for any Christian woman who loves her husband, especially for a wife who is determined to pray her husband into the kingdom.
Prayer makes all the difference in our relationship with God. I prayed my mother into the kingdom—at least I felt like it gave me the assurance of her salvation. It took many years, but today she is a walking example of steadfastness in prayer.
While I didn’t pray my ex-husband into the kingdom, I take comfort in the fact that I did pray anyway—and even hid a prayer letter in a book that my ex took with him following our divorce. The outcome is always in God’s hands. As long as my ex-husband is living, there is hope he will be saved. May all married women find comfort in this delightful Valentine’s read that will help them to keep on keeping on—don’t give up.  Eternity is forever.
Review by Lorilyn Roberts
The Value of the Praying Wife for the Unsaved Husband
Mission Possible is a well-written book that should encourage and instruct any wife who yearns for a Godly husband–who loves him enough to pray for his eternal salvation even when she doesn’t see any fruit in the present. Ms. McCarragher’s insights into how to be a Godly wife and “helpmeet” are supported with Scriptural references that give profound wisdom to help anyone struggling in this area.
Even though I am not married, I found much Godly wisdom as a single woman to apply in my walk with God, knowing these kernels of truth have application not just in marriage but in all relationships–including children and friends. We never know how God is working to bring about a miracle in all the lives we touch. This book is a must-read for anyone who is committed to prayer, steadfastness, and faith for a Godly marriage and home.
Valentine’s Day is all about showing love to your spouse, parents, children, and those you care about the most.  As a Christian woman, there is only one way to love your husband… with the love of Christ.  This Valentine’s Day give your Heavenly Father a gift that will keep on giving – namely – the decision to love your husband as God intended while you are living in a spiritually mismatched marriage.
Introduction to Mission Possible
Women, are you in an unequally-yoked marriage?  Are you tired of attending church alone? Do you yearn for a relationship with your husband that’s spiritually satisfying?  You can influence your home for Christ even within a spiritually mismatched marriage.
Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to stand in the gap for your mate’s soul. This small book is a powerful tool for any woman who is married to a man who does not share her passion for Jesus. It will encourage and challenge the reader to embrace God’s promises for their spouse and future together.
Mission Possible was awarded the Readers Favorite 2010 Gold Seal Best Christian Non-Fiction book.
In Mission Possible you will:
— Discover how to believe with radical faith for your spouse’s salvation.
— Learn the secret to “staying the course” while you wait for your promise.
— Find out why many women don’t like to share their “secret sorrow”.
— Overcome your own fears and doubts about your husband’s future with God.
— Join other women in the knowledge that God has a perfect plan of unity for you and your spouse.
“For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband; otherwise your children would be unclean, but now they are holy…For how do you know, O wife, whether you will save your husband? Or how do you know, O husband whether you will save your wife?”   (I Corinthians 7:14,16  NKJ)
Deborah McCarragher began her journey of creative writing soon after coming to know Jesus as her personal Savior in 1989. She enjoys using her spiritual gifts of encouragement and teaching.  Deborah served on the board of a local intercessory prayer ministry and has been active in her home church and various women’s bible studies for years.  Her primary goal is to share her personal testimony with others while bringing hope and practical help through her book.
Deborah has been a small business owner for over 25 years and formed Alabaster Box Publishing several years ago as a vehicle for producing and promoting her Christian writing projects.  She is a devotional contributor to the E-zines “Ruby for Women” and “Living Better at 50+” as well as for the print magazine “An Encouraging Word”.  She and her husband have one married son serving in the U.S. military. They reside in northeast Florida.
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LORILYN ROBERTS BOOK REVIEW: “They Stood Alone, 25 Men and Women Who Made a Difference,” by Sandra McLeod Humphrey

They Stood Alone instantly captivated me. The stories inspired me to see how one person can make a difference. As a mother, I noted most of these men and women had Godly parents who encouraged their young children never to give up on their dreams

The theme of They Stood Aloneappears in this beautiful quote from the last chapter: “Live your own life as only you can live it. Do what you love and love what you do. Discover your passion and have the courage to follow your heart. Remember, you, too, can make a difference. May you always follow your heart and never give up your dream!”

Some of my favorite stories included Jackie Robinson, Neil Armstrong, Henry David Thoreau, and Leonardo Da Vinci. I saw a part of myself in them and enjoyed seeing how they achieved their dreams, oftentimes in spite of insurmountable odds.

So it is for all of us. Those who go before us pave the way for those who follow, instilling hope that we, too, can reach our dreams. In the process, we can build a better world for those who come after us.

Be inspired by the lives of these heroes who were at heart down-to-earth men and women. Enjoy a trip back in time as you read in these pages the amazing stories of passion, hope, determination, and courage. These are people who lived life to the fullest despite the obstacles or status quo or prejudices that beset them. These are lives worth reading about and honoring in a day when true heroes are hard to find.

They Stood Alone would be an easy read for children over ten and an enjoyable book for a parent to a younger child. In time, I expect this book to become a classic because it’s so well written and presented.
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