Wednesday, May 06, 2009

The Ark, the Reed, and the Firecloud, by Jenny Cote

Who among us wouldn't love to re-enter history to see exactly how God worked things out that we have read about in Scripture? I know I would. I doubt that I would have picked the Flood, simply because staying aboard a ship with all those animals for a year would drive me nuts. Yet I've thought about walking around with Jesus during His earthly ministry, or following David from shepherd to king of Israel. I think I'd have enjoyed being part of the "battle of Jericho", and these are only a few of the many riviting stories that come to mind. Wouldn't it truly be great to re-enter history during one of these stories? Jenny Cote has found a way to do so in an imaginative way (that's what reading fiction is, right?) and added a little plus to it. What if, instead of seeing things unfold from Noah's point of view, we were able to see it all unfold from the animals' points of view? What if we could experience the trials it took to get to the ark, not knowing where they were heading? What would it be like on the ark itself? How did they get along with one another. (Max has a definite thing against wolves). There's so much packed in here that It's really hard to find a starting point. Yet just the idea of seeing it all through the eyes of the animals gives the story a new life all its own. To do this Jenny had to create some rather amazing, and sometimes rather not so amazing and predictable, characters. There are several underlying teachings that aren't really spoken, but come through anyway. One of those is all these animals, or at least most of them, got along with each other, so why can't we as people. It's a rather embarrassing thing to admit that animals can be more tolerant than we can, without giving up their own standards. So there is a message of learning to live at peace that isn't really stated, but it's in there. I challenge you to get yourself a copy and mine the other "precious gems" out of this wonderful novel. Get it for your kids and read it to them if you're embarrassed to buy it for yourself. Wise people realize that the children have much to teach them, while children who are wise realize they need us grown ups to help them learn. If we work together at this we can figure our how we are to train up our children, because they are teaching us all the time. For a period they are open to what we say. If they like what they hear they remain open much longer. If we fail them as parents, then that opportunity slips by and neither the child nor the adult are blessed by the wisdom of the other. So get it for your kids, or nephews and neices, or cousins, and read THE ARK, THE REED, AND THE FIRECLOUD to them. As you do learn from them as they learn from you.

Another thing I should mention is that THE ARK, THE REED, AND THE FIRECLOUD is being made into an animated movie. In my opinion it's about time Christians have more respectable movies and animations. Personally Veggie Tales just doesn't do it for me, and don't get me started on Bibleman. If done properly this would have the look of a professional animated movie that would appeal to children of all ages.

The following CFRB members will be posting reviews and/or interviews this week. We're gonna be sneaky though and not tell you who is posting when. So you'll just have to click on each of the buttons throughout the week and find out for yourselves. It's what we call a Tag Team Tour. In this way you will be able to discover new and exciting blogs even if they haven't put up their post for THE ARK, THE REED, AND THE FIRECLOUD yet.

Visit Jenny's site to learn more at JennyCote.Com

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Tangerine by Marilynn Griffith

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is posting about Tangerine (Revell, January 2007) by Marilynn Griffith (fellow CFBA member, blogger, writer, and mother of *GULP* seven!)


Marilynn Griffith is wife to a deacon, mom to a tribe and proof that God gives second chances. Her novels include Made of Honor (Steeple Hill, Jan. 2006), Pink (Revell, Feb. 2006), Jade (Revell, June 2006), and If the Shoe Fits (Revell, 2007). Her other credits include Chicken Soup for the Christian Woman’s Soul, Cup of Comfort Devotionals and her Shades of Style series (Revell, 2006). She lives in Florida with her husband and children. To book speaking engagements or just say hello, email:


Tangerine is the third book in the Shades of Style Novels.

Fans of Pink and Jade will eat up Tangerine, the third book in the cutting-edge Shades of Style series. Jean Guerra, a designer at Garments of Praise design firm, doesn't like surprises. These days though, the unexpected meets her everywhere. Since Jean's return to the church a year ago, her God-encounters occur with increasing frequency, along with thoughts of her husband-the one she vowed to divorce and gave up on long ago. The one nobody at work knows about, not even her best friend, Lily, or her boss, Chenille. But when the designer assigned to work with Jean on a line of men's suits shows up, her heart flips. It's her husband, Nigel Salvador. Jean is finally rendered speechless. Can her bruised heart become whole enough to love again? Or will she remain in the trenches of loneliness forever?

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THE 3RD COVENANT - a Comparison

The following table shows where THE 3RD COVENANT stands against 7 top authors and 14 other books.



Times out

times per month

Judge and Jury

Cold Moon

Death Dance

Promise Me

The 3rd Covenant

The Camel Club

Violet Dawn

3rd Degree

The Collectors

Web of Lies

The 12th Card

Words of Silk

Above and Beyond


No Second Chance

James Patterson

Jeffery Deaver

Linda Fairstein

Harlan Coben

David Brollier

David Baldacci

Brandilyn Collins

James Patterson

David Baldacci

Brandilyn Collins

Jeffery Deaver

Sandra Brown

Sandra Brown

Linda Fairstein

Harlan Coben


CHO 17

CHO 17

CHO 16

CHO 11

CHO 21


CHO 34



CHO 17

CHO 29

CHO 30

CHO 19

CHO 31