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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

GIVEAWAY!!!!

I am thrilled to offer my very first book giveaway on Rapid Reader!!!

John Faubion's book, Friend Me, is a really pulse-pounder, I want want to share it with one lucky winner.
How do you get in the game?

Simple:
1.Leave a comment below on this blog post

2. Go to Howards Books' Facebook page and click"like".
https://www.facebook.com/HowardBooksSimonandSchuster

3. Go to Howard Books on Twitter and follow.
https://twitter.com/Howard_Books

I will announce the winner on my blog on February 11th!!!!

Friend Me - A Profound Psycho-Thriller


Virtualfriendme.com promises the perfect friend - always just a click away; always caring and totally concerned about you and only you.

Lonely and under appreciated wife and mom, Rachel Douglas, stumbled across Virtual Friend Me while on Facebook. Curious, she decided to set up an account and create a virtual friend modeled after her best friend, who had died several years ago.

Impressed with how real her new computer generated friend was, she shared the site with her husband, Scott, who became equally intrigued. 

So much so, that he decided to create his very own friend on the sly– a woman he named Angela. Angela, who looked like a model, who was delighted to hear about his day, and who lived to tell him how amazing he was. This virtual vixen made him feel like the most incredible male in the world.  His wife, it seemed, had recently rescinded her My Husband Is The Best fan club membership, and Scott needed a little female encouragement.

And what was the harm?  She wasn’t real, after all.  Right?

What Scott, didn’t count on, when he created his online dream girl, was falling in love with this cyber-Stepford Wife.  His relationship with Rachel continued to slide downhill, and because of some questionable dealings at work, he was in danger of losing his job.  And what complicated matters more – Angela was more real than he believed.

Friend Me, a novel by newcomer John Faubion, is a timely psychological thriller that is taut and suspenseful.  A cautionary tale of contemporary disconnect from flesh and blood humanity in favor of a fantasy Internet community.

Friend Me is a real nail biter to the end, but what I love even more than the many steal-your-breath-away moments, are the insights into our logged-in society.  Faubion masterfully captures our obsession with online lives - hours spent on social media connecting with people we don’t even know - creating relationships with personas that we only know through pithy tweets or Facebook posts while our own families become more and more distant. 

Faubion doesn’t stop there.  He paints a portrait of a Christian couple gradually moving apart.  Increasingly frustrated, Scott and Rachel don’t find solace in each other but online. 

But Friend Me is not a preachy, stuffy novel.  It moves quickly with moments that defy you to put the book down.  And Faubion’s scissor-wielding, cyber-psycho is one creepy chick.

Friend Me kept me in suspense and got me thinking as well, a great combination.  I’m hoping and praying Faubion has more in store for his readers.   With his first book showing such promise, it would be a shame to let the friendship fade.








Home Run - A Leadership Book That Hits It Out Of The Park


Being a Christian is supposed to be all about abundant life – a life overflowing with joy and peace, right? 

So why is it so many Christians find themselves banging their heads off the wall wondering when things are going to turn around.  Wondering when that life of abundance is going to kick in.   Are they not sincere enough, dedicated enough?

Pastor Kevin Myers was both dedicated to God and sincere in his faith, but yet he found himself knee deep in self-doubt and frustrated faith after trying to plant a church in Georgia.  He was ready throw in the towel. He was burned out and low on hope.

But according to Myers, during this time of trial, God was revealing to him a pattern of living that would turn his life and ministry around.

Home Run: Learn God’s Game Plan For Life and Leadership, co-written by Kevin Myers and John C. Maxwell, shares that revelation in a way most Americans can relate to – through the game of baseball.
Does a trot around the bases seem a little simplistic for a life-changing epiphany?  Not being a fan of the National Pastime, I was skeptical of the import of this metaphor.  But a couple pages into Home Run and I was ordering peanuts and Cracker Jack….metaphorically, of course.

As Myers struggled to plant a viable church in the suburbs of Atlanta, he had the opportunity to be mentored by John Maxwell, the preeminent authority on Leadership, highly respected in both the secular and Christian spheres. Throughout Home Run, Maxwell offers his insights on Myers offerings, relating stories from his own experiences, which give credence to Myers’ observations.

Myers offers his readers a realistic game plan for life involving running the bases.  Starting with Connection With God at home base, Myers presents a succession of life commitments (Character, Community, and Competence) represented by first, second, and third bases.  His contention? We mess up our lives by running the bases in the wrong order.

Home Run has the potential of helping many overcome slumps in whatever inning of life they find themselves.  Myers has a winner here.

Home Run is an enjoyable read packed with scripturally founded advice.  Myers’ theory of base running is simple – without being simplistic.  And with sidebar contributions from heavy hitter Maxwell, Home Run puts it over the wall.

Home Run was received courtesy of FaithWords in exchange for an honest review.