for Chasing the Texas Wind
“This is a great book. It has action,adventure,love, God,deception and so much more. I enjoyed it because it was a page turner, made me feel good knowing others were being kind to a stranger. I learned some things from it as well. The characters were very discriptive so you could see them in your minds eye. I felt as if I were there. A very believable story and good humor, too.”
“Self-publishing can rise to the occasion, and honestly, Mary Findley is one of those authors who stands a head above the rest in her effort to achieve perfection. For those who love medieval history, the Crusader period in England, all things knights and espionage, everyday estate life, and purity of period detail, you will find an absolute GEM in this story.It’s not a mystery, nor meant to be, when a long-missing son returns from the holy land to beg his father’s forgiveness. Having been to hell and back, Sir Chris has at last found peace with the true Christ, something his father longed for but could not teach a hot-headed young man betrothed to his toddler cousin. Going to war in an exotic land seemed a better choice.Hope and her mother went to live at Colchester after the death of Hope’s father. Colchester is the family estate of Hope’s mother, Ada, and where Hope is schooled by Ada’s brother, the Baron, the father of Hope’s betrothed, Richard, a man twenty years her senior who has been missing for most of Hope’s life and presumed dead by all but his father. When Richard, masquerading as Sir Chris under the herald of a black lion, returns with his Arab brother in heart, Sadaquah, he is framed by another Crusader for the fire that nearly destroys Colchester and his family. Hope, who escaped with the help of her mother, accepts the aid of the Knight of the Black Lion and his surly friend, who has a strange history of his own. Their quest for truth and justice is an action-packed thrill ride, with spot-on period speech and costume that will set you down in thirteenth century England and live the adventure with these daring people.Hope not only learns the secret of her knight-protector, but also the secret of his Samson-like strength, and is able to share it with those who need it most. Allegory, romance, action, this book will provide hours of enjoyment; suggestion: savor, don’t gulp. And read through the enormous, impressive research the author did. This is why I don’t write history but sit at the feet of those who do.”
for Biblical Studies
“The Findley’s took on a massive task and have created an educational resource that is grounded, thorough, well-supported and able to be understood. As a homeschool mom, I’m excited to put this in my curriculum for my son’s junior year. It’s meant to be an adult curriculum, but for upper-classmen, I think it can be comprehended. I appreciate the scientific approach to Creation apologetics, and as a long-time user of Answers in Genesis materials, I was pleasantly surprised to find a few new concepts and validations that I had not come across before.
I appreciate the historical lessons and context given, often showing how ancient religions and mythology pull from Biblical truths or distort them. When a non-biblical illustration is effective to make a point, the Findley’s aren’t afraid to use it. Students are given solid refutations for common arguments against the validity of Scripture, or its scientific/historical/archaeological accuracy. The foundation provided in the units on Creation science, and the History of the Bible parts one and two is solid and concise. The History units answer questions many believers likely have about the nuts and bolts of the Bible, what it covers; its journey from pen to press, and modern translations.
The quizzes are well-crafted and comprehensive. They could be broken down into smaller chunks at the teacher’s discretion, or used as discussion guides. It’s easy to see there are portions of Scripture where the authors are extra passionate and particularly knowledgeable, specifically prophetic passages, and they take great care to break things down understandably and as accurately as possible. I appreciate their attention to detail when it comes to the prophetic, considering the times in which we live. I’d like to see more from the Findleys in the way of breaking down individual books of the Bible. There are a few included with this overview curriculum, and I hope they keep adding more.
A rather large section uses a companion text: The Great Doctrines of the Bible by Rev William Evans, PhD, D.D. There are comprehensive study questions to be used with that book. I don’t have Dr. Evans’ book, so I was unable to review that section. I will say, that I was encouraged to see notes from the Findleys explaining a few differences they have with Dr. Evans, which gives me confidence they have thoroughly examined his book and it’s not just cited as filler. It actually takes a lot of wisdom to defer to Dr. Evans’ book if the Findleys deem it accurate and well-written. It’s a risky choice, but why reinvent the wheel?
There are links to videos that supplement portions of the text. If you don’t have wifi access, the videos are easy to locate through the Findley’s website/youtube channel. Considering the volume of material they cover and knowing a bit about the resources available to them, I found the videos to be useful in illustrating the text and making it easier to remember and understand. Some may compare the Findley’s videos to other Christian studios’ work and I feel that would be an unfair comparison. Mary & Michael and their family have done a fine job illustrating and enhancing this curriculum.
There’s a lot of foundational and historical info here as well as comprehensive breakdowns of several key books, and I’d encourage Christian Education committees to take a close look.”
for Send a White Rose
“The best part of this story for me was the vast array of characters. I was particularly fond of Leah Master’s brother, Randall, and liked his part in solving the mystery of the plot. Though I did not agree with all elements of the Christian Faith presented, overall it worked well with the story and didn’t seem out of place. Setting was good. Overall, an enjoyable read for a few hours of my time.”
for Empire Saga
“I really liked the book. It is actually six very short books put together into one decent-sized book, which would make a good part one of a trilogy. I had read “City On A Hill” a while back and liked it. The basic idea is that when the anti-christian persecution gets really heavy the church escapes off-planet with the Lord’s blessing. You can read about the prophecies pointing to that in Hezekiah 6 & 7. The saga starts with that book, adds Sojourner, and the three parts of the Empire Trilogy. I had started with part one of the empire trilogy, but I never really got it going in my head. Then I found out that “Empire One: Redemption” was part three of the Saga, so I dumped parts 2 and 3 and bought the saga instead.
It’s an intriguing tale with the rapidly degenerating true church as an Empire in space, a Fourth empire of 20th-century-type scientists in hiding, while the Church stands in the despicable splendor of dead religion on the earth. The true believers in the story seem to be on earth, as we see in part one (which is part three of the saga). Of course, there’s non-believers on earth too, but I don’t think I met any of them except for some soldiers and the hidden 4th empire. I would guess that the earth’s corrupt government is empire two, or something like that. There is a lot of truth covered in the story, and it’s well done. Yes, it is all confusing, but then it really is, isn’t it? Have you taken a look at the US in the 21st century?
The people are interesting and well-developed. The problems and issues are realistic, given the shape of civilization at that time. I was sad to discover that the author is a man who believes that it is acceptable to leave the end of a book hanging with little or nothing resolved. I’m hoping there will be a part two of the Saga to tie things up.”
for A Dodge, a Twist, and a Tobacconist
“… Intrigued. … never read much Steampunk … could not stop reading this little jewel. I cannot wait to see what Ms. Belle has in store for her readers next.”
“Adored the old books …like a reunion of them all. Authors would be proud to see their characters treated with such tactful respect, in a novel that also deals with the same social evils … ”
“Fun story … strong Christian references I didn’t expect. I don’t usually read Christian fiction, so I was a bit surprised. The Steampunk/Victorian lit. connection is super fun!”
“Not my usual genre, but I really enjoyed … Unique characters and excellent writing kept me turning the pages. I think this may be a classic unto itself …”
“Favorite characters, young and old, from all around the world, … together with their families … mysterious hotel … I am visually overwhelmed … exciting and there is always something happening on every page.”
“…Wondering what will happen in the next installment … Delightful addition to the body of Christian fiction, and will be a very… fun read for anyone who enjoys that genre.”
“…The inventions are fun, the characters memorable, the mystery engaging and the writing enjoyable. … Illustrated edition full of vintage images and neat little Victorian touches.”
“I even read it … walking to and from work. I kept smiling in disbelief when a new character … someone who I could never see in the company of the others … fall into place and join the company with perfect ease.”
“Cleverly written in Victorian era where characters’ lives cross paths … There the fun begins! … Had me chuckling throughout. The illustrations were great too … added extra flare.”
“Fun mix of characters. Heavy Christian references, … not mentioned in any of the reviews I read. Not sure if I liked that aspect or not, but is a big part of the story.”
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for The Pinocchio Factor
“I love great stories. In The ‘Pprentices, the Puppets, and the Pirates, Sophronia Belle Lyon gives us a great story. I heartily recommend it. I realize I may be setting the bar of expectations unreasonably high, but if you … sit back and let it entertain and tell its tale, I can’t imagine you being disappointed.”
“Sophronia you’ve done it again. … Keeps you guessing with a wonderful message of hope woven throughout. Loved getting to know the awkward Oliver a little bit better. Keep it up.”
“Hang on to your Bibles and your sense of humor, but check your inhibitions at the door. This is not your grandmother’s marriage manual. It is a daring, often humorous but nonetheless sobering exploration of a variety of hard-hitting relationship issues ranging from intimacy to abuse. Using the vehicle of fiction and embracing a literal interpretation of the sizzling Song of Solomon, Mary C. Findley delivers a wild ride, some parts of which may jolt a bit, like straight talk often does.
This entertaining collection of stories revolves around the adventures of Sam and Vivian Tucker, a blissfully unorthodox Christian couple whose quick thinking, devotion to each other and unconventional approach to life in general and marriage in particular draw them time and again into the worlds of the troubled individuals who cross their path. The first installment is sure to stir controversy, shedding new light on the biblical notion of “making sport” with one’s spouse (as in the case of Isaac and Rebecca)”
I also appreciate the many scripture references in this book.