God, Kim Burrell, Ellen Degeneres, and beer

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Earlier I watched Pharrell on Ellen and they spoke about Kim Burrell. You can watch their discussion here. This was a really great way to deal with The Kim Burrell’s ‘sermon’.

This was a really great way to deal with The Kim Burrell’s ‘sermon’.

Tolerance of intolerance is itself, intolerant.

Unlike the Gaine’s family – Kim decided to step out into this subject and condemn and even spoke about ‘gay people dying in 2017.”
But if Kim actually read her Bible, and was a Biblical Literalist – she had no business preaching in the first place. The Bible strictly prohibits women, preachers. It also prohibits women in pants. And cutting their hair. And speaking to men in an authoritative position and on it goes. It’s not only a sin – it’s an abomination.

And the list of abominations and sins was not to make a laundry list so people can…

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The Church of Whosoever: Extra Grace Required

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The Church of Whosoever: Extra Grace Required by Robert Hill

Followers of my blob will be surprised at this review. It isn’t my normal genre, but as I know the author, I promised to read and review.

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The Church of Whosoever: Extra Grace Required follows the intersecting lives of LGBT Christians as they strive to express their faith and cope with the after-effects of their pastor’s heart attack. Among the congregants are a single grandmother, evicted from her home and marginalized by her family, wondering what comes next; a lesbian couple struggling to be good foster parents to a young man who’s discovering his way; an African-American female impersonator returning to COW after a long absence and finding the love of his life; a dual-gendered man, whose son runs away after finding him dressed in women’s clothes, giving these clothes to Goodwill and vowing to play it straight; a nameless chain-smoker lurking in the church’s shadows and imagining the worst; and diverse others – whose stories touch upon the challenges faced by LGBT Christians as they strive to embrace and share God’s love and reconcile themselves to a world that often doesn’t support them – collectively considering how to respond to their long-serving pastor’s imminent retirement.

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This book is roughly based on a real church. A church where everyone is welcome regardless of age, gender, race, orientation, or financial circumstance. In other words, whosoever. Whosoever walks through the door is welcome.

For a first novel, the writing is not bad.

The author has stated he feels this is a new genre, LGBT/Christian fiction, which it is not. Many people think that LGBT and Christian are not compatible. I do feel, however, that this genre has a limited audience.

Although the publisher has listed this as a romance, I feel it is more of a drama. There are romantic undertones, but they are not the main focus. The main focus is on a deep faith and fellowship with God and Jesus.

If you are looking for a ‘feel-good’ read that emphasizes a true Christian spirit, you’ll like this book.

 

I’m giving it 4 stars because there are a few problems in editing.

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Robert Hill was raised in an Army family, then served 20 years as a U.S. Army officer. After retiring from active duty, he spent a decade working in broadcasting and education and, as fate would have it, returned to the Army as a civilian, writing doctrine and developing curriculum. He’s been a life-long churchgoer, going where the spirit has led. Over the years, he and his family have been members of Episcopal, Methodist, Presbyterian and Metropolitan Community Church congregations. After spending a year in Afghanistan from 2009-2010, he decided at age 54 to get a tattoo. He chose these words from 1 John 4:18 — There is no fear in love, for perfect love casts out all fear. This is his first novel.

Familiar Path by A. M. Burns

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Familiar Path by A. M. Burns reviewed by A. T. Weaver

A gay Harry Potter? Why not?

At the beginning, Familiar Path seems all too familiar. A young person reaches a certain age and strange things happen. Sounds like Harry Potter and Sabrina the Teenage Witch. However, that is only the beginning. From there, it branches out to an enjoyable read for young people.

 

Lugh McNeal doesn’t know he was named for a Celtic God or that his birthday falls on the Pagan holiday of Lughnasadh.

He and his mother just moved from sunny Florida to Steamboat Springs, CO. after the death of his father.

On his fifteenth birthday, he wakes to an overwhelming urge to go to the river. There with the aid of a local teenager, Wyn, he rescues a gray kitten that was thrown into the raging current.

It turns out the kitten is the offspring of a cat belonging to the owner of a local magic shop who turns out to be his father’s sister of whom Lugh had no knowledge. She informs him his father was a Magus. She also tells him the kitten is apparently his familiar and that two of his littermates have been killed.

Lugh is surprised to find he has family he never knew including a cousin, Abby, who is his age. His Aunt Catherine and Abby begin teaching him how to harness his newfound powers and abilities.

As Lugh bonds with Bran, the kitten, they uncover a group of Shadow Magi who are out to destroy the Magi of Light.

It was just a year ago Lugh told his parents he thought he liked boys more than girls. He feels an attraction to Wyn but isn’t sure of the other boy’s feelings.

 

This is an exciting, delightful book and I look forward to reading more about the adventures of Lugh, Wyn, Abby and Bran.

Your Alpha My Mate by Rachel Ravenheart

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Jamie is a shifter.
But he can’t shift. That’s what he wants his pack to think.
Truth is, Jamie is a white wolf. The biggest, best, strongest kind of wolf. He refuses to shift because his pack, and his parents, treat him as a misfit. An outcast. And when he takes matters into his own hands by fleeing to join the Lonestar Pack, his fate is already determined.
There will be sacrifice.
There will be war.
There will be death.
Above all, there will be love.
And love always wins.

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My rating 5 stars

For the most part, I found this book to be fast paced and attention holding. One thing I did appreciate is that the author did not go the mpreg route. One thing that bothered me is the fact it’s rated Y/A. I feel the sex is a bit explicit for anyone under the age of at least 16.

If you like wolf shifters, m/m sex, and action, you’ll like this book. Looking forward to reading more from this author.

I’d like to thank the author for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book.

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I just realized it’s been almost a month since I posted anything. I haven’t even updated to add The Black Fin Case to my list of books.

Breaking the Ice by A. J. Marcus

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Ben Miner is happy with his life as a business major at Colorado University Boulder. For the first time in his life, he’s getting things planned out. He’s about to graduate and ready for anything life can throw at him, as long as he doesn’t have to go home to Hardwood Valley. He’s tired of the shifter community there and wants to stay among the humans.

Felix Chantal is doing his best to support himself and his sister as they struggle to get their degrees. When hunters ambush them at his sister’s work, the two fight back, then find themselves on the run.

When Ben and Felix run into each other, their lives change forever. They have an instant attraction, but with hunters on their tails, do the badger and bat have time to explore the feelings welling up within them before a hunter’s bullet ends everything?

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This is the third of the Hardwood Shifters series. The action continues. This time it’s a brother/sister duo of bat shifters and a badger who are in the hunters’ sights. They not only have to contend with trying to elude the hunters, they have to deal with a Colorado snow storm.

Ben is shocked to learn the identity of two hunters who track them from Buena Vista.

Will they make it home to Hardwood Valley? Will Ben, Felix, and Shelly be able to return to the outside and complete their educations?

This book may be considered erotic by some standards, but the sex is well-handled. It isn’t overwhelming to the point of being ridiculous.

Although this is the third of a series, you don’t have to have read the first two to enjoy it. However, the mention of characters from the previous two books will make you want to read them also.

I was furnished a free copy of this book for an honest review.

5 Stars

 

Cougar Chaos by A. J. Marcus

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“Parks and Wildlife Officer Brock Summers-Weir and his new husband, wildlife rehabber Landon Weir-Summers, are on their honeymoon high in the northern Colorado Rockies when they find an orphaned cougar cub. They quickly discover that there have been a number of cougars injured or killed in the area around Steamboat Springs. Although they are supposed to be on vacation, they work with local officials to try to find out what’s happening to the big cats.

When they get too close to the answers, their camp is ransacked and an ominous message is left. Rather than letting this intimidate them, they step up their investigation in the hopes that they can find the people responsible for the carnage and still manage to have a happy honeymoon.”

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This is the fourth in the series about Brock and Landon, and once again, I was on the edge of my chair. The author knows how to build drama and excitement.

As usual, with little regard for their own safety, Brock and Landon work to ensure the safety of the wild animals of Colorado.

The author has deviated a bit from the usual erotica, but I find it in no way detracts from the story. After all, this is not a romance; it is an adventure and mystery.

People who feel that sex is a necessary ingredient in a story about gay men will probably not enjoy it. However, if you like excitement and drama, don’t miss it.

I was furnished a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

My rating: 5 stars