Thursday, August 2, 2018

Book Review:

When Through Deep Waters

By:  Rachelle Dekker
Tyndale House Publishers, 2018

When Through Deep Waters tells the story of a young woman named Alicen who goes through a terrible tragedy and loses everything she has.  Her life is just a shell, and she comes to realize that life was lacking long before her tragedy.  She can’t get away from the guilt.  She begins what she thinks is stress-induced hallucinating, hearing voices, seeing things that others don’t see.  When others see what is happening, they assume that she has gone crazy just like her grandmother before her.  Alicen is so desperate to escape what she thinks she has done that she attempts to take her life and ends up in a mental hospital.  Upon release she, along with her best friend, settle into a summer home from their childhood, hoping that good memories and friendship will take the place of the bad and help Alicen heal. 

Alicen struggles not only with her perception of her guilt, but with her relationship with her mother who is overbearing and controlling.  Thinking it will help her with her guilt and struggles, she enrolls in an outpatient program at the local mental hospital.  She is eventually convinced by her mother and others that she needs to be committed, and nearly loses her life as the result of the dark thinking of the director of the hospital who has hidden mental problems and spirit guides of her own.  Through it all, spirits in the form of children will not leave Alicen alone, tempting her to follow them to spiritual enlightenment, what is in the story one “form” of spiritual salvation – salvation from her guilt?

Will Alicen empty herself, give up control and follow those spirit guides?  Will she give up her sanity in her attempt to find peace?  And how will it affect her relationship with her mother and those around her?

Rachelle Dekker is a daughter of popular author Ted Dekker.  Following in her father’s footsteps, her story has dark elements, twists and turns.  In When Through Deep Waters Ms. Dekker takes license with spirituality, or rather the true way of salvation.  In truth, there are no spirit guides who lead you to salvation.    The Bible states quite the opposite – John 14:6 says, “Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.'”  And although the Bible speaks of the Holy Spirit, He does not appear as spirit children or any other compelling form. 

I struggled with whether or not I should recommend this book because it is interesting, but because of the use of the spirit children drawing Alicen to “salvation” I just can’t recommend When Through Deep Waters.  I find it irresponsible when Christians give the idea, even in fiction, that there are other ways of salvation.

This book was provided to me by Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

When it Rains

Monday evening I took my dinner and a milkshake to the local Shakespeare Park, but sat in the car because it was raining.  It wasn't too bad.  As I was sitting there, I looked out the driver's window and saw the view over the lawn and pond.  I decided that maybe I would try to capture the scene with my phone.  This is what I came up with, after playing around with them a little bit at home:

Then I noticed the view out the front window, through the rain drops.  After very little manipulation, this is what I came up with:

Isn't this cool?  What do you do when it rains?  

Thursday, May 10, 2018


by Jennifer Marshall Bleakley
Tyndale House Publishers
Released May 2018

Wow, what an amazing story!  I am always a sucker for horse stories, so when this book became available, I immediately requested a review copy.  Add the fact that it is a true story, it is about a horse with a disability, a horse who was rescued, who helped others, and I was a goner.  I had to read the book.  The author did not fail to deliver.  By the end of the book I had wiped away quite a few tears. 
Joey was an ex-show horse, a competitor in show hunting and dressage.  He and his rider were so good that they were close to qualifying for the Olympics.  Then he suffered an injury.  Joey was sold, and after a series of misfortunes he ended up on a rescue farm, malnourished and permanently blind.  Kim Tschirret, owner of Hope Reins, heard about Joey and decided to purchase him sight unseen.  Whether or not Joey could ever help her as a therapy horse, Kim had to give him a forever home. 

Throughout Joey's time at Hope Reins, he proved his winning spirit was not lost.  He was eventually able to allow kids to ride him as part of their therapy.  In showing his winning spirit he proved to kids, his handlers and the surrounding community that your circumstances don't define you.  Joey's winning spirit inspired many to reach beyond what they dreamed they could accomplish.

I dare you to read this book without being touched!

This book was provided to me by Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.