Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Beyond Reach by Melody Carlson

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The Back of The book: Exhausted by her role in the dramatic rescue of Kayla Henderson, Samantha McGregor is ready for a vacation from her God-given visions. But when Sam gets her wish and the visions actually go on hiatus, she's beginning to wonder is she's lost her spiritual gift forever. To make matters worse, her police friend Ebony needs her help!

Peter Clark has been dead for several years, an open-and-shut case of suicide, but Ebony's not convinced. Why would he do it? And why does Ebony suspect foul play? Sam has been no help in the investigation, and just when she's lost all hope, God gives her a vision of a guy jumping from a railroad bridge. Suddenly, the floodgate open and all of Sam's visions involve suicide.

Who is the guy? And what does this have to do with Peter's death? It's a race against the clock as Sam worries about every brown-haired guy she meets: her lab partner, Olivia's rocker friend, Peter's little brother--they all fit the description!

Whoever the guy in her vision is, his identity is just beyond Sam's reach, and he's definitely losing his grip fast...Trusting God will will lead her, Sam's determined to send a message of hope and find him before he gives up.

My thoughts: This book shows even more that God does have special gifts for us, and that they do help others. They aren't just fake gifts, but actually God given gifts, and that they are pretty cool.

God chooses when and how for us to use them. I think this would be a good book for any teenager who is curious about gifts from God and what they can do. Not all gifts are the same, but Samantha shows us that any gift from God used for Him is important.

Sometimes the gift is making someone happy, or knowing when someone's upset about something and needs to talk. They are not all the same; they are all different, but they are all important.

Find out what your gift from God is, and use it for Him.

Til then, hold my place for me!


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