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Review – Is a Good Man Hard to Find? by Gorgon Duncan (Paperback)

Why another book about men, Godly men, training Godly men, elders, and all of that stuff? The simple answer for another book is that we need to keep looking at the scriptures, looking at what we’ve done (and not done), asking good questions, and then we need to look at the scriptures again.

And hopefully, in the process, we will see Godly men grow, be raised up, and reproduce themselves for the church, for the good of everyone involved, and ultimately to the glory of God).

This book is a humble attempt at just those things. Available July 9th everywhere, “Is a Good Man Hard to Find?” hopes to be an honest confession and guidebook to help us get there.

I’ve known Gordon for about two decades and I’ve seen him go through a variety of changes, but one thing that’s never changed is his devotion to God and helping people understand scripture. I’ve also seen his writing grow. He has an ability to explain things in a concise, frank manner with wisdom and humor. All of these are good things, especially when it comes to writing a book on what it means to be an elder and how a body should chose the right man for the job.

I enjoyed this book a great deal. It’s a fairly quick read, but it’s anything but a superficial treatment of the subject. He tackles the scripture behind the topic and gives his audience a clear exegesis. While he and I don’t see precisely eye to eye on all spiritual/theological matters, I find no fault with how he presents things in this book. He challenged and encouraged me.

The only ding I have with this is, I’m not sure who the audience is. If it’s intended for elders I would think that they already have a grasp of this (though a refresher never hurts). If it’s for candidates/laity then it’s worth having a look at.

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Sacrifice of an Angel – Ebook Giveaway

Congratulations to Jeff Brackett! His copy of The Judas Syndrome will go out today.

Today’s book is Sacrifice of an Angel by Tonya and Sophie Duncan.

“Harry Potter (with grownups) meets Midsommer Murders with a magical version of C.S.I. thrown in for good measure.” – Rob Drake

The body of a beautiful girl dressed in a ceremonial robe is found on a playground roundabout. Her throat has been ripped out and the roundabout has a bad case of perpetual motion. Is it a ritualistic, magical murder or a setup to distract from the real killer?

That is the question that faces twins, Theo and Remy Haward, detectives in the Sorcerous Crimes Task Force (SeCT), when they are called to the scene in the middle of the night. That and who could commit such an act. They must find the answers to these and other questions, all the while ensuring the general public finds out nothing about the magical world that co-exists with their own.

Armed with their experience, their natural magical abilities and their complimentary instincts, Remy and Theo must identify the victim, follow the evidence and find the killer before anyone else dies.

This is one of my favorite sorts of books, the genre mashup. My current mashup favorite is probably Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson. What’s yours?

I plan on giving away a book a week this year, but none of them will be my own. Why? Well, I believe in helping introduce people to new authors and nothing does that like FREE! The contests will be as simple as leaving a comment on the blog, or showing me that you’ve left a review on Amazon or Smashwords of books you’ve picked up in the past. I’ll try and change things up to keep them interesting, but by and large you won’t have to work hard.

If you’re an author and you’d like to pitch your hat into the ring, let me know. I’m not asking you to give me anything for free. I plan on buying your e-book from Amazon/Smashwords as a gift for the winner. So in addition to you getting your name out there, you’ll also get a sale for the contest. The most I can budget per week is $2.99, so if you have a book in the $.99-$2.99 price range let me know. I reserve the right to turn you down, but I will try and do so gently. I’d like to have a variety of genres represented.

If you have a free book and would like me to just get the word out I can do that, but you won’t be part of my contest. If your book is more expensive and you would like to donate a copy, that works too.

Shoot me an e-mail, a DM, or leave me a comment to enter your book.