Free Audiobook of Frankenstein

Random House Audio is giving away a free audiobook of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein in exchange for an email address on their Facebook page.  You will have to have a Facebook page to access it and you will have to use a computer to actually download the file. (You can stream the book on a smart phone or tablet, but not actually download and save the book.) reviewed a different edition of the audiobook in 2012, but the review should hold true for a different narrator.

Click-Clack the Raddlebag by Neil Gaiman

Reposting this 2012 Review because the short story is again free until Oct 31
Click-Clack the Rattlebag: A Free Short Story Written and Performed by Neil Gaiman | [Neil Gaiman]I am a big fan of Neil Gaiman.  I like his writing style, the sense of wonder that he brings into books and his literate references.  But he has a dark, but romantic side.  So nothing ends quite as you think it will, but most of the time there is still hope.

Gaiman is trying to start a movement where people write short stories and give them away for Halloween.  This year he wrote a short story, Click-Clack the Raddlebag, and recorded it (I think he is a great narrator) and is giving it away.  For each download, Audible will contribute to

You do not have to be a member of Audible to get the story.  So there is no reason to not try it out.

I love Gaiman, but I am not really a fan of the horror genre.  I like creepy and suspenseful, but not blood and guts.  This story has all of the creepy, none of the bad stuff.

It is about a young man that is putting the younger brother of his girlfriend to bed.  The boy asks the young man to tell him a story.  I won’t give any more away.  But the ending is great.  You really don’t get the creepy factor until the very last line.  Go get it. It is free. (Only 11 minutes)


12 Free Christian Kindle Books

Andrew Murry: Destined to Serve, A Biological Nvel by Olea Nel

249 pages, 18 of 18 reviews are 4 or 5-star, Lending Enabled

A boyish and fun-loving Andrew Murray arrives back in South Africa after being ordained at the Hague on his twentieth birthday. He soon discovers that his preaching lacks the power displayed by his heroes of the faith. He therefore decides to embark on a quest to become a powerful preacher filled with the Holy Spirit.

But not long after his appointment as pastor to the Dutch emigrants beyond the borders of the Cape, he finds that he is being shunted off course by a frenetic round of preaching tours that sap his energy and leave him little time to spend with God. He also finds himself having to cope with an overly demanding church council, as well as walk a tightrope between the Boer farmers and the British Settler community who are bent on land speculation to the detriment of neighbouring tribes.

Feeling overwhelmed by the task, and knowing that he was pressed into taking it, he starts to doubt his calling. It does not take him long to realize that he has to either man-up or bow out.

The God Who Solves Pain by Stephen Morrison

136 pages, 14 of 15 reviews are 4 or 5-star, Lending Enabled

The God Who Solves Pain is written for anyone who has ever wondered, “where is God in my pain?” With biblical proofs and logical conclusions, this book seek to redefine how you understand God and His relationship to pain. The questions dealt with in this book are ones many struggle with before, or after believing in Christ. These questions include: “Does God cause pain?” “If God is good, why does He allow pain?” “Where is God in my suffering?”

This book may not give you all the answers you’re looking for, but it will certainly offer a new perspective on these age old questions. Most of all, Stephen D Morrison writes to convince you that God is GOOD. Absolutely good!

The Great Darkening by RG Triplett (Epic of Haven Trilogy #1)

454 pages, 45 of 53 reviews are 4 or 5-star, Lending Enabled

When the great burning tree of Haven begins to die, leaving the otherwise unlit world of Aiénor in a state of ever-growing darkness, a young man sets upon a quest to discover a new source of light before the unknown evils lurking in the shadows unleash their fury upon the unsuspecting world.

Fear strikes the citizens of Haven at the diminishing of their holy tree, and they determine that the only way to fend off the impending dark is to set about making their own light. There are plenty of trees in the forests of Aiénor to burn. But what happens when the timber has been consumed and the great tree has failed?

Could it be that one will emerge who will uncover the prophecies of old and seek the promised light?

How People Change by Timothy Lane and Paul David Tripp

272 pages, 163 of 171 reviews are 4 or 5-star, Lending Enabled, Previously Free

A changed heart is the bright promise of the gospel.

When the Bible talks about the gift of a new heart, it doesn’t mean a heart that is immediately perfected, but a heart that is capable of being changed. Jesus’ work on the cross targets our hearts, our core desires and motivations, and when our hearts change, our behavior changes. It’s amazing to watch people who once seemed stuck in a pattern of words, choices, and behaviors start living in a new way as Christ changes their hearts.

Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Summary: A 14 year marriage is in danger, and a magic phone to the past may be just the thing the marriage needs to be saved.

Rainbow Rowell is definitely now in my list of ‘favorite authors’. Like most I first heard about her because of her breakout book Eleanor and Park. From there I moved on to Fangirl and Attachments and now Landline.  With each book I was even more impressed.

I, and I think many others, still think of Rowell as a young adult author.  Although even Eleanor and Park was not originally published as a young adult book. And all of the rest of her books deal primarily with adults.

So with Landline, it feels a bit like Rowell is again trying to breaking free of her young adult label and writing a much heavier and more adult oriented novel.

Georgie McCool (yes it is her real name) is a TV script writer. Just days before Christmas, and the day before her family is scheduled to fly to Omaha to spend Christmas with her Mother in Law, her dream comes true. A Network wants to see a script for a pilot and four additional episodes for her own series.

But that means that she cannot go to Omaha with her husband (Neal) and daughters. And instead she will have to stay in LA and write with her best friend and writing partner, Seth.

The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson

Reposting this 2013 review because the Kindle Edition is on sale today only for $1.99

Book Review: The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson - A young adult steam punk novel worth readingBrandon Sanderson develops a new magic system for each fictional world he crafts–and this steampunk young adult novel, set in alternate (yet strangely reminiscent) history of the US, is no exception. And yet… A magic system of lines written on the ground in chalk, where the monsters that threaten to eat you alive are actually two-dimensional, hand-drawn creatures? It’s weird, sounds kind of boring on the surface, and is actually pretty complex to grasp. It’s amazing (and impressive) that Sanderson explains it so well, and that he makes it as exciting as he does.

Joel desperately wants to be a Rithmatist–one with the gift for working with and manipulating those chalk lines–but cannot due to circumstances out of his control. So he does the next best thing: study the discipline as thoroughly yet surreptitiously as possible. Although magical in the sense that it’s not true to our world, the whole Rithmatic system is very logical and based in physics and geometry, so Joel is able to grasp and apply all the basic concepts in his head–even if he can’t execute them personally. This comes in handy as he becomes involved in an investigation of mysterious disappearances (possibly murders) of Rithmatist students at the local university.

8 Sale Christian Kindle Books

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis – $3.99

220 pages, 3122 of 3376 reviews are 4 or 5-star, Review

Narnia . . . a land frozen in eternal winter . . . a country waiting to be set free

Four adventurers step through a wardrobe door and into the land of Narnia, a land enslaved by the power of the White Witch. But when almost all hope is lost, the return of the Great Lion, Aslan, signals a great change . . . and a great sacrifice.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe has become part of the canon of classic literature, drawing readers of all ages into a magical land with unforgettable characters for over fifty years.

Know the Creeds and Councils by Justin Holcomb – $1.99

183 pages, 51 of 53 reviews are 4 or 5-star Note: has reviewed the companion book Know the Heretics and will review this one before the end of the year.

In every generation, the Christian church must interpret and restate its bedrock beliefs, answering the challenges and concerns of the day. This accessible overview walks readers through centuries of creeds, councils, catechisms, and confessions–not with a dry focus on dates and places, but with an emphasis on the living tradition of Christian belief and why it matters for our lives today.

As a part of the KNOW series, Know the Creeds and Councils is designed for personal study or classroom use, but also for small groups and Sunday schools wanting to more deeply understand the foundations of the faith. Each chapter covers a key statement of faith and includes a discussion of its historical context, a simple explanation of the statement’s content and key points, reflections on contemporary and ongoing relevance, and discussion questions.

The Shack by William Young – $1.99

298 pages, 6525 of 8230 reviews are 4 or 5-star

Mackenzie Allen Phillips’s youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation, and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later, in this midst of his great sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend. Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack on wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare. What he finds there will change his life forever.

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg

From the Mixed Up FilesSummary: The children’s classic story about running away, living in a museum and solving a great mystery all the while finding the important things in life.

Children’s books are great for adults to read occasionally.  In addition, to just being a change of pace, I find that the simple straight forward stories get to the essence of so many things. Chidlren’s book don’t have to have multi-layered plots with anti-heroes or twists and turns.

Instead children’s books tell simple stories that often do a great job of getting to root meanings of life.

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankweiler is one of the classics that I think has held up fairly well. Claudia, a 12 year-old oldest child that feels like she is underappreciated by her parents and decides to run away. Her younger brother, Jamie, comes with her mostly for the adventure. Most kids would identify with one or both of these reasons for running away.

4 Free Christian Fiction Kindle Books

Moving On by Trisha Grace

415 pages, 64 of 91 reviews are 4 or 5-star, Lending Enabled

For twenty years, Tyler Hayes had been ripped from his childhood home. After the horrific accident that took away his parents’ life, Tyler’s grandfather removed him from the mansion and sent him away.

Now, after twenty years, his grandfather had passed away and he could finally go home. However, even in his death, Tyler’s grandfather had betrayed him once again, leaving the mansion to a woman he had never met.

Even though Kate Mitchell had never met Tyler, she knew all about the accident that changed the Hayes’s family. Unbeknownst to her, was how she was going to end up being caught in the middle of a long estranged relationship between two different generations.

Two complete different personalities would have to learn to get along and play nice in order to survive a will that would change their lives.

Gretel and the Orange County Hair Farmers by Joseph Gomez

3 of 3 reviews are 5-star, Lending Enabled

Isaac struggles to find his way home. Book is set in the early to mid nineties, and the kid has grown into a troubled young adult. Haunted by passed missteps and many mistakes he is attempting to make things right. Being drowned by a blanket of depression young Isaac cries out to Jesus, and the Lord answers. Isaac moved with his family to Colorado at the age of 17 from the sunny California coast.

Shaken Awake Book Release Contributor Allen Madding releases his new book Shaken Awake today. I invited him to write a post introducing the book and its background. You can buy Allen’s book at Amazon

Shaken awakeOver 50 million people in America struggle with hunger[1] and 610,000 are homeless[2] while many churches are completely oblivious to the struggle to survive that is going on just outside their front doors. I find it appalling that 1 in 6 adults and 1 in 5 children struggle with hunger in one of the most affluent and powerful countries in the world. But I find it even more appalling that numerous churches are not actively seeking to alleviate the suffering. I wonder what it would take to change the hearts and minds of the leaders of the church bodies that are smack dab in the middle of communities struggling with these issues. If a homeless man froze to death in the front steps of such a church, would it make any difference? Would it give leader pause to reconsider their priorities and reevaluate their mission?

Fierce Convictions: The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More—Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist by Karen Swallow Prior

Released today
Takeaway: Not everyone important is known.

I have written before of the importance of good Christian biography as part of spiritual growth. (And by good, I mean actually biography, not hagiography, that looks at an honest portrayal of the real person.)

Karen Swallow Prior has written a very good, imminently readable biography of Hannah More. A woman from history that I had never heard of before Prior’s work.

Hannah More lived in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. She was a poet, playwright, devotional writer and activist. Her colleagues, William Wilberforce and John Newton are much better known, but More played an active role in bringing attention to slavery and helping to move public opinion toward abolition. She died just months before England outlawed the slave trade, but she deserves credit for her active role in abolition.