Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Review for The Future Door

The Future Door
By Jason Lethcoe

In volume 2 of this Sherlock Holmes knockoff series for kids, Griffin Sharpe is deemed “the world’s most secret detective” and he and his uncle Rupert Snodgrass find themselves traveling through time through the use of a time machine in the form of a teapot invented by the uncle to battle the ever evil and sneaky Professor Moriarty. 

While I enjoyed the definite “Holmes’ flavor of this juvenile literature’s setting, I found myself putting off finishing it after I had gotten into the first few chapters. One problem was that the character’s names seemed misapplied. Rupert, the name of the uncle, seemed more fitting for the younger detective, and Griffin seemed an older name. The passing of twenty-five years in one descriptive chapter dragged my attention down  as well. Despite these obstacles, The Future Door is a nice read for youngsters. Especially Holmes aficionados who may have difficulty trudging through the verbiage of the creator of Sherlock Holmes,  Sir Conan Doyle, who wrote two centuries back, which may present a time travel problem of a different kind.

I received a complimentary copy of The Future Door from Thomas Nelson publishers in return for my honest opinion about the book.

Rolling in the Deep

Adelle is seemingly at the top of her world, mainly due to the success of,  among other hits, "Rolling in the Deep", a song ironically lucky for her, about  failed love.

While I have listened to, and enjoyed my quota of  'Adelle-bytes', the deep that I am currently rolling in has nothing to do with failed love and everything to do with another kind.

In Cowman's  Streams in the Desert  a devotional book first published in 1925, she describes an immersion 'into the deep of God's purposes...until He becomes a bright, dazzling, sweet, fathomless summer sea, in which we bathe and bask and breathe, losing ourselves and our sorrows in the calmness and peace of His everlasting presence."

Frankly, this kind of thing is hardly possible, ironically once again,  without falling into deep waters of one kind or another.

The truth of God's great love and His deep purpose for me has been illuminated by difficult times. May it be true for you if you happen to find yourself 'rolling in the deep'.

Thanks, Adelle. Glory to God.