Friday, August 24, 2012

"Faith, Hope & Gravity" by Merrill Osmond and Shirley Bahlmann (review/giveaway)

Faith, Hope & Gravity by Merrill Osmond and Shirley Bahlmann

Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Genre: Inspirational fiction
Source: Received eBook to review

Book Description: "Faith, Hope and Gravity" is the spiritual, magical adventure of teenage Liam Kane as he discovers some of the same lessons Merrill Osmond learned as the world-traveling lead singer of the Osmond Brothers. Merrill, like Liam, was often misunderstood for his visionary quests to understand those who looked for answers to life's questions.

           Liam's talents gain him international notoriety as "The Prophecy Boy" who swims with dolphins, dreams of a mysterious red door, and champions those who are misunderstood.
          Surviving kidnapping, near-drowning, and imprisonment ultimately leads to the discovery that despite inherent differences, when people respect one another's unique abilities, the thread of commonality that runs through mankind grows ever stronger.
          Turn the pages and join the unforgettable journey.

My thoughts: As the book opens, Liam is twelve and suffering from problem's with bullies.  An incident takes matters too far and Liam is hurt physically.  This event causes him to withdraw from society and seek the shelter of his home, the beach, his dog, and his dolphin friends.

Liam's journey toward discovering his purpose and place in the world is hard for him.  He leaves his home in Hawaii and travels to places and countries that he didn't want to go to.  His companion on some is one of the two boys who tormented him as a child.  He must learn to forgive and understand.  His challenges are compacted by the fact that he dreams of events that foretell the future.

The idea behind the book is one of overcoming and learning to have faith.  There is a very Christian theme that runs throughout the book.  Liam is blessed with a mother who seeks to help her son fulfill his destiny and think of others, not to focus so much on his pain.

I found this book to be interesting, there were a few parts that felt a little sluggish to me, overall it is an enjoyable book.

About the author's:

Merrill Osmond is a world-class entertainer, producer, author, motivational speaker and renowned lead singer of the Osmonds. Merrill and his siblings have produced 47 platinum & gold records and Merrill has written the lyrics for five #1 hit records. Merrill is a co-founder of the Osmond Foundation, which originally produced “The Children’s Miracle Network” Telethon. He has produced presidential inaugural events for both Reagan & Bush. Merrill is excited to release his first novel, Faith, Hope & Gravity.
Merrill's links:  Facebook / twitter / website

Shirley Bahlmann has written a wide variety of genres, including historical fiction, novels, biographies, how-to, and how-not-to books. One of her favorites is a children’s book titled “When the Chicken Crossed the Road” which comes with instructions and a chicken-colored washcloth so you can roll your own chicken! Shirley finds the most annoying thing about being a prolific writer is sleep, because she’d rather be writing.

Shirley's links:  website  / blog

Giveaway opportunity: 

Audio book of Let the Reason Be Love written and narrated by Merrill Osmond
Let the Reason Be Love - In this new medium, Merrill Osmond continues to entertain us through real-life journal excerpts and fascinating life stories set against a show business backdrop. But more than a melody of family and fame, he blends into this work the harmony of his faith. Just when we feel alone or unprepared on this stage of life, here are new tunes and steps to motivate and inspire. The middle man in this famous family not only presents us with a backstage pass into his unusual life, but beckons us open-armed into his unusual heart, offering the best reason of all to keep singing and dancing. To followers of Christ and truth-seekers everywhere, here is a gift, as down-to-earth as a book about God can be.

Use the rafflecopter form to enter for this audio book.  See my full giveaway policy in the right sidebar.  I will be passing on the winner's information to another source, who will get the prize to the winner.  Contest will end on September 7, 2012. a Rafflecopter giveaway

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