Tuesday, April 6, 2010

The 13th Hour by Richard Doetsch

What if you could go back in time and change a single moment? The 13th Hour by Richard Doetsch is a tantalizing thriller that explores that very question.

The story begins with the brutal murder of Nick Quinn’s wife, Julia. While being held for questioning, Nick has a brief encounter with a mysterious visitor who gives him a gold talisman, a letter and a timeline of 13 hours he can use to save his wife. As Nick travels back through each of the thirteen hours since before his wife’s murder, he stumbles on a scheme of vengeance and greed, with Julia as one of its victims. Each time he travels back, Nick becomes more and more involved in the events leading up to his wife’s death. In the race against time, he discovers truth and deceit in places he least expects them.

Don’t plan to do anything else once you start this book as it will keep you totally engrossed the whole time.

Home Tonight by Henri Nouwen

During this Lent and Easter season many readers are drawn to books of a spiritual nature. One such book, Home Tonight by Henri Nouwen is recommended by a staff person and it is this week’s recommendation.

Henri Nouwen was a professor at Harvard, a Catholic Priest and a member of L’Arche Daybreak Community in Toronto. He was also a gifted writer and communicator.

In Home Tonight Nouwen speaks about a dark time in his life and the healing that he experienced afterwards. The book was inspired by Rembrandt’s painting, ‘The return of the prodigal son’. This reader especially liked the sections at the end of each chapter called, ‘Spiritual Listening’, ‘Journaling’ and ‘Communing with God’ in which the reader is encouraged to take steps to connect personally with the unconditional love of their Creator.

Home Tonight is a practical guide for the inner journey home.

World of the Weird by Tracey Turner

School break can be a challenging time for families. All branches of the South Central Regional Library have just added many new titles to the children’s collection and any child is sure to find something entertaining to engross themselves in.

One new book that is certain to catch the eye of a young reader is World of the Weird by Tracey Turner. Boys especially love reading about things that are weird, gross, or unexplained. This book has it all, UFOs, ghostly tales, revolting science, weird facts, superstitions and much much more. Each strange phenomenon has 2 pages of text and pictures, so it is easy for everyone, including reluctant readers to enjoy the book.

If you’re trying to decide how to entertain children during the school break, spend a few minutes at your local library and your kids are sure to find something that will satisfy their unique interests and personalities.