2.02.2015

On the Stack // February

Wow!  It's hard to believe February is already here!  Feels like we were just ringing in the new year.  Anyway, I'm here today to share the books I plan on reviewing this month.  The next few months I'm gonna be super busy, working 2-3 full days a week plus trying to fit school in.  So, yeah.  Until my schedule lightens up or I figure out how I'm going to swing it, I'm going to cut back my reviews per month to two.  I might throw in some mini-reviews, though, which I should be able to do pretty quickly.  So without further ado, let's get to the books.  


Another month, another recreation of Sherlock Holmes.  This time, he's married, and his wife, Mary Russell, seems his equal in just about everything, and I'm excited to finish it.  I gotta say, though, the writing is incredible.  Like, wow.  Laurie King is an incredible writer.  Amazon description:
Laurie R. King’s New York Times bestselling novels of suspense featuring Mary Russell and her husband, Sherlock Holmes, comprise one of today’s most acclaimed mystery series. Now, in their newest and most thrilling adventure, the couple is separated by a shocking circumstance in a perilous part of the world, each racing against time to prevent an explosive catastrophe that could clothe them both in shrouds.
 
In a strange room in Morocco, Mary Russell is trying to solve a pressing mystery: Who am I? She has awakened with shadows in her mind, blood on her hands, and soldiers pounding on the door. Out in the hivelike streets, she discovers herself strangely adept in the skills of the underworld, escaping through alleys and rooftops, picking pockets and locks. She is clothed like a man, and armed only with her wits and a scrap of paper containing a mysterious Arabic phrase. Overhead, warplanes pass ominously north.
 
Meanwhile, Holmes is pulled by two old friends and a distant relation into the growing war between France, Spain, and the Rif Revolt led by Emir Abd el-Krim—who may be a Robin Hood or a power mad tribesman. The shadows of war are drawing over the ancient city of Fez, and Holmes badly wants the wisdom and courage of his wife, whom he’s learned, to his horror, has gone missing. As Holmes searches for her, and Russell searches for herself, each tries to crack deadly parallel puzzles before it’s too late for them, for Africa, and for the peace of Europe.


 I got this book for my birthday last year, and I have been meaning to read it.  This book is also on my winter TBR stack, so I am excited to crack it open.  It's all about understanding God's Word and its God-breathed-ness, and I've heard a lot about it.  Amazon description ahead:
Can we trust the Bible completely?
Is it sufficient for our complicated lives?
Can we really know what it teaches?
With his characteristic wit and clarity, award-winning author Kevin DeYoung has written an accessible introduction to the Bible that answers important questions raised by Christians and non-Christians. This book will help you understand what the Bible says about itself and the key characteristics that contribute to its lasting significance.
Avoiding technical jargon, this winsome volume will encourage you to read and believe the Bible—confident that it truly is God’s Word.
I'm excited about the books for this month, and I'm looking forward to reviewing them!  Thanks for reading!  xo, Ella

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