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The Dragons of Chiril is a story of a girl who lost her father many years ago, only to discover that he is still alive.  Unfortunately, he needs three of his statues in order to return for good, and she sold them long ago to keep her mother and she alive.  She and her father, as well as a wizard and his librarian, four minor dragons, a great parrot, an artist, and a dragon keeper head out on a quest for these three statues.  During the duration of the quest however, it becomes apparent that this quest is about more than just statues.  It is about a belief in an unseen God.

This book is the first book I have ever read by Donita K. Paul, and I must admit it is well written.  The story was slow in the beginning, but picked up the pace soon after.  Although I never got truly wrapped up in the story, it is one I would recommend to someone who wants to try something new.  The bit about Wulder (the God of this world), I felt left much to be desired.  It gives little hints throughout and then ends abruptly as soon as I felt like the message was getting through.  Other than this, the book was well written.  I do look forward to trying her other dragon novels.

This book was reviewed for Blogging for Books.

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Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and Me: A memoir… of sorts by Ian Morgan Cron is the story of Ian’s life from childhood to his first time leading the congregation through the liturgy of Great Thanksgiving.  It is a tale of sadness and despair; of hope and redemption; of forgiveness and love.  The story talks a lot about Ian’s desire to be noticed and loved by his alcoholic father who every so often worked for the CIA. Ian tried the bad boy route of drinking and drugs, but that worked to no avail, so he tried the good student approach.  However, alcohol became a huge part of his life, especially after his father’s death.  But through it all, Ian survived to tell his story.

The thing that caught my eye and made me want to read this story was the part about the CIA in the title.  However, the book only has tiny snippets of it, usually just mentioning that his dad worked for them.  This provided a huge disappointment to me.  However, the book as a whole is interesting and well written.  I did have a little difficulty following the jumping around of the different passages, feeling as if some passages ended before they were supposed to, as if a page was missing.  Overall it was a good book that anyone who has had a struggling past could gain some hope and encouragement from.

 

This book was reviewed for Thomas Nelson Book Review  Blogger Program http://booksneeze.com/blogger

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