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Faith and Fangs Blog Tour

Faith and Fangs

Welcome to the blog tour for two books that are absolutely apropos for this time of year, particularly with the release of "New Moon" today.

Thirsty was an engrossing, thought-provoking read. Tracey Bateman really branches out with this one, away from her usual chick-lit and mom-lit and prairie-romance-lit, and she does a superb job. I follow her online, and it is interesting to me that she wrote a lot of this book in the late night hours. I think I ended up reading a lot of this during the late night hours, and it spoke to me during that time. The book prompted me to think about addiction, and whether or not a person is born to her addiction, or if the tendency is impossible to ignore. Nina's journey is so understandable, even if you've never touched a drop of alcohol.

The book about the Twilight series is a good resource for parents and those who like the books. It gave me much food for thought.

From Multnomah:

What do you need to know about vampires? You may think that you don’t need to be educated about the vampire trends in media—especially the Twilight Saga—but your family is being bombarded with messages from books (Twilight, Wuthering Bites) to television (Vampire Diaries, True Blood) to movies (New Moon releases TODAY, November 20).

One of the most popular vampire outlets is the Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer. The second book New Moon is being made into a movie that hits theaters in November, so we want to make sure that you and your family are prepared to make the decision if you’ll go see it, and if you do see it to have thoughtful discussion about some hidden themes it holds.

Book: Touched by a Vampire

Author: Beth Felker Jones

Summary:

EXAMINING TWILIGHT THROUGH A BIBLICAL LENS

People around the world are asking the same question, enraptured with Edward and Bella’s forbidden romance in the Twilight Saga, a four-book serial phenomenon written by Stephenie Meyer. The bestsellers tell the story of a regular girl’s relationship with a vampire who has chosen to follow his “good” side. But the Saga isn’t just another fantasy–it’s teaching girls about love, sex, and purpose. With 48 million copies in print and a succession of upcoming blockbuster films, now is the time to ask the important question: Can vampires teach us about God’s plan for love?

Touched by a Vampire is the first book to investigate the themes of the Twilight Saga from a Biblical perspective. Some Christian readers have praised moral principles illustrated in the story, such as premarital sexual abstinence, which align with Meyer’s Mormon beliefs. But ultimately, Beth Felker Jones examines whether the story’s redemptive qualities outshine its darkness.

Cautionary, thoughtful, and challenging, Touched by a Vampire is written for Twilight fans, parents, teachers, and pop culture enthusiasts. It includes an overview of the series for those unfamiliar with the storyline and a discussion guide for small groups.

Book: Thirsty

Author: Tracey Bateman

Summary:

There's no place like home, they say.

"Hello, I'm Nina Parker…and I'm an alcoholic."


For Nina, it's not the weighty admission but the first steps toward recovery that prove most difficult. She must face her ex-husband, Hunt, with little hope of making amends, and try to rebuild a relationship with her angry teenage daughter, Meagan. Hardest of all, she is forced to return to Abbey Hills, Missouri, the hometown she abruptly abandoned nearly two decades earlier–and her unexpected arrival in the sleepy Ozark town catches the attention of someone–or something–igniting a two-hundred-fifty-year-old desire that rages like a wildfire.

Unaware of the darkness stalking her, Nina is confronted with a series of events that threaten to unhinge her sobriety. Her daughter wants to spend time with the parents Nina left behind. A terrifying event that has haunted Nina for almost twenty years begins to surface. And an alluring neighbor initiates an unusual friendship with Nina, but is Markus truly a kindred spirit or a man guarding dangerous secrets?

As everything she loves hangs in the balance, will Nina's feeble grasp on her demons be broken, leaving her powerless against the thirst? The battle between redemption and obsession unfold to its startling, unforgettable end.

Here are links to these books at the WaterBrook Multnomah website. Here you will see all of the different options where you can purchase these books online.

Touched by a Vampire: http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/catalog.php?isbn=9781601422781

Thirsty: http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/catalog.php?isbn=9780307457158

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