Sunday, November 29, 2009

The Y Factor

Every now and then I like to share with my readers quotes that I've come across and written in my journal. These are some that have recently touched my heart, and it's my prayer that one will touch yours today.

Live near to Jesus, Christian, and it is of secondary importance whether you live on the mountain of honor or in the valley of humiliation. Living near to Jesus, you are covered with the wings of God and underneath you are the everlasting arms. -Charles Spurgeon

Flee temptation and don't leave a forwarding address. -Unknown
Holiness is not freedom from temptation, but power to overcome temptation. -G. Campbell Morgan

It may be that faith is no more and no less than a choice between the words "it may be so" and "I will live as if it is so." -Thomas Schmidt

If you are right, take the humble side, -you will help the other fellow. If you are wrong, take the humble side - and you will help yourself. -Unknown

Samson's lion yielded honey and so will our adversities if rightly considered. -Charles Spurgeon

It is a great deal better to live a holy life than to talk about it. Lighthouses do not ring bells and fire cannon to call attention to their shining - they just shine. -Dwight L. Moody

That to which your heart clings and entrusts itself is, I say, really your God. -Martin Luther

He who seeks more than he needs hinders himself from enjoying what he has. -Hebrew proverb

It is a sin to be good if God has called us to be great. -Thom Rainer

When we disobey the Lord, we put ourselves and our loved ones better. -Warren W. Wiersbe
As all rivers run into the sea, so all pleasures center in our Beloved. -Charles Spurgeon
Respect is what we owe; love is what we give. -Phillip James Bailey

Faith is like a radar that sees through the fog - the reality of things at a distance that the human eye doesn't see. -Corrie ten Boom

You might spent the wealth of the Indies, but the infinite riches of God you can never exhaust. -Charles Spurgeon

God has decreed to act in response to prayer. "Ask," He commands us. And Satan trembles for fear we will. -Ruth Bell Graham

Courage is fear that has said its prayers. -Stan Toler

You can travel to heaven first class or second class. Second class is "When I am afraid, I will trust in you." (Psalm 56:3). First class is "In God I trust, I will not be afraid." (Psalm 56:11) -Dwight L. Moody

All of our fret and worry is caused by calculating without God. -Oswald Chambers

You are the way you are because that's the way you want to be. If you really wanted to be different, you would be in the process of changing right now. -Fred Smith

The shortest distance between a problem and a solution is the distance between your knees and the floor. -Charles Stanley

To know the will of God is our greatest knowledge. To do the will of God is our greatest achievement. -George Truett

Sometimes God calms the raging storm. Sometimes He lets the storm rage and calms the child. -Barbara Johnson

The Y Factor for Liam Roberts is a fast-paced action packed thriller about genetics and terrorism. Eric Colburn takes a job at the National Genographic Society after the mysterious disappearance of a friend who was working for the company in Egypt. His girlfriend Alana also takes a job with them in hopes of discovering the truth. The two quickly find themselves caught up in a high-stakes game of terrorism and intrigue that puts their lives at stake. Ahmed Alomari, a shadowy Muslim figure has a secret plan to elevate Muslims into positions of power around the world with the information the Society is discovering in its genetic research, and he's not about to let Eric and Alana get in his way. There's lot of action and nail-biting suspense as the couple travels around the world, battle robed figures, and try to get to the bottom of Alomari's insidious plot. Alana's faith carries her through the rough spots, and Roberts does a good job of making both characters realistic in their prayers and discussions about religion. The book ends with too many unanswered questions. Eric never discovers the truth about his friend's disappearance, the initial impetus for his joining the company, and the truth about Alomari's research is never disclosed. If there's going to be a sequel, these questions really need to be addressed. If this is a stand-alone it's serious flaw in the plot. His descriptions of a Navy SEALS mission seems incredibly realistic and is a highlight of the novel.

Thank you to Glass Road Publicity for providing me with a copy of this book for review.