Category Archives: Heather Ring

Fyodor Dostoevsky by Peter Leithart

Daravoe. Fyodor’s favorite memory. He could remember when his parents bought the three-room bungalow there, complete with thatched roof and clay walls. Oh to be in those woods filled with terror and excitement, to run through the quiet cottage, to explore! He felt the whole family become free as they entered the countryside. It’s where he first gathered literary material and had his first taste of grace.

Fyodor Dostoevsky
by Peter Leithart
Thomas Nelson Publishers
September 2011

Back in Moscow Fyodor and his siblings would often cower around their father. He was a good father, instilling them with the Word, and teaching them Pushkin, who would always stay close to Fyodor’s heart. But unlike their kind and compassionate mother, their father was given in irritable rages and tirades. However the children cherished his love and teaching of the arts, and his story telling at night.

After publishing Poor Folk, his first novel, a masterpiece unlike anything yet written in Russia, he became involved in numerous literary circles, listening to writers he respected. Deemed socially awkward and sickly, he was also known for his short fuse at such events. One night, while goaded into an impassioned speech, by a colleague, he met his demise, having been overheard by a spy. The next time he would see these friends, they would all be emaciated and standing in front of a firing squad.

Having been spared at the last minute, he spent years of exile in the bitter cold of Siberia. Sleeping in lice infested beds among criminals, he found the harsh conditions and his own sociological studies began to form the basis for one of his best selling novels.

Upon release, he kept on with his urgency to write and print his views. Sometimes hardly having enough money to eat, other times at the pinnacle of public admiration. He found love, he found lovers, and he met with loss. But then he found Christ, which radically changed him and the peoples adoration of him forever. Once despised he grew to be a most loved author.

As someone who enjoys Russian classic literature, I was eager to read this book. The author does a good job helping the reader gain more insight into Fyodor’s personal life. I did like the book, but I found a couple areas to be a little slow. However, it was really almost true to form for classic Russian works where the author most often fills pages with his views on the political state of his country. It was a short and quick read, I did enjoy it and I do feel it’s worth a read. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to know more about Fyodor, or enjoys fictionalized biographies.


Heather Ring say that books are her plane ticket into another world, “I’d feel lost with out them. Reading is a part of me. However I am also an avid lover of the outdoors and pouring into my creative outlets. But I think my biggest passion, is spending time with my family and friends.”

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

Bound For Glory by Tim R. Botts

I feel I need a paint brush to help you understand the contents of this book. Starting with the front cover, your senses will be enlivened with vibrant art, and it doesn’t stop there. Each and every single page of this book is alive with beautifully painted scriptures, African American Spirituals and hopeful phrases.

Bound For Glory
Celebrating the Gift of African American Spirituals through Expressive Calligraphy
Tim R. Botts
Tyndale House
October 2011

Inspiration and history flow from these pages. Never would you expect such a vivid display of creativity when expressing a very painful past. But hopefulness has been captured in a way that comes alive. A window has been opened for you to now see instead of hear the emotion in the Spirituals that were and are still sung among this most expressive culture.

En-capturing the ‘God who delivers’, this Spirit-filled collection of colorful calligraphy is sure to help you see how the afflicted can still give their Jesus praise in the midst of trials. Reflections of the past and thoughts for the present and future, dot almost every page, making this not only a beautifully crafted piece of art, but a delightful read. No colors were spared, no amount of emotions left out. This book is an explosion of vibrant history!

I really enjoyed looking through this book. And while I can say it doesn’t pertain to my personal history, it is intriguing and insightful nonetheless. It’s amazing to see the amount of detail and emotion the artist put into each of his paintings. This would make a really great coffee table book. It’s expressive and colorful, and it appealed largely to my creative side.

Whether it will be familiar to you because it’s a part of your history and culture, or simply because, like me, you love to learn and be exposed to peoples from every walk of life, you will find this book very pleasing and well done.


Heather Ring says that books are her plane ticket into another world, “I’d feel lost with out them. Reading is a part of me. However I am also an avid lover of the outdoors and pouring into my creative outlets. But I think my biggest passion, is spending time with my family and friends.”

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

Sunrise on the Battery by Beth Webb Hart

With three beautiful daughters, a loving husband of twenty years, an immaculate home, and promises to climb the social ladder, Mary Lynn has it all. This is a life she never dreamed of as a child. It’s a life she loves- one she thrives in.Then why does a Christmas Eve church service leave her longing for more? Having an encounter with the Lord, she realizes He is missing from her family life, and she longs for Jackson, her husband, who has all but forgotten God, to share this new part of her. So she prays for him.

Sunrise on the Battery
Beth Webb Hart
Thomas Nelson
October 2011

Jackson is an intellect and a buisnessman. He abundantly provides for his family and soaks in all the education he felt he was deprived of while being forced to farm with his father. But his drive to know more and do more has blinded him to the pressures he bestows on his daughters and the choices they make in spite of them.

Accidently leaving behind some of his books on the plane to England, Jackson is desperate for something to read. Anything will do. Mary Lynn, trying to keep him from fidgeting, hands him The Message, a modern interpretation of the new testament. When he reads it front to back and goes out to buy the old testament too, she feels her prayer has been answered. She had no idea what his zealousness would unleash.

Feeling betrayed by her husband’s faith, socially shunned and wounded by God, she is forced to make some decisions. What is most important to her? Will she choose what her husband has found? Or will she let her bitterness take roots and grow?

I really enjoyed this book! I kept waiting for the part that would make me say ” eh, it’s a little too cheesy” or ” well, at least it had a happy ending”. But that part never came. I enjoyed every part of this book. It made me laugh, tear up, cringe and smile. Beth Webb Hart does a great job telling her story. As someone who loves the arts, I loved all of her classical references. This is the first book I have read by this author, and I would most definetly read her other books. I feel she expresses her faith is a very real and undaunting way. I would reccomend this book to all Christian fiction readers, and all those who just like a good read.


Heather Ring say that books are her plane ticket into another world, “I’d feel lost with out them. Reading is a part of me. However I am also an avid lover of the outdoors and pouring into my creative outlets. But I think my biggest passion, is spending time with my family and friends.”

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

The Scroll by Grant R. Jeffrey

Having left his faith behind in Herod’s tunnel, Dr. David Chambers, leading archaeologist, forges a new path, one that doesn’t involve a God whom he believes has forgotten him. Perfectly content, he now spends his time teaching at one of Boston’s most prestigious schools. But digging is a part of who he is, and he yearns to be under ground, discovering something yet to be found. Heartlessly he decides to pursue the Olmec’s, something much safer than biblical digs. As he picks up the receiver to call in a few favors, HaShem decides to have someone call him.

The Scroll
Grant R. Jeffrey
Alton L. Gansky
Waterbrook Press
September 2011

Before he can even decide if he has made the right choice, he finds himself on a plane to Jerusalem, at the invitation of his old and well loved friend, Ben-Judah. Discovering who will be at the dig sites with him, almost sends him packing. And it won’t be the first time he lets his new found temper get the best of him. But when things start to heat up, he finds himself in the middle of what could start a war in the Middle East. Dr. Chambers has to choose if he will let the hurts of his past, his lost love, and his seemingly uncaring dad; decide who he becomes today. Does he still love his former fiancé? Will he stay with this project that is shrouded in secrecy and threatened with uncertainty? Will he Let God back in?

In a race against danger and towards love, Chambers finds a lot more than artifacts. Things he wasn’t seeking. Perhaps it was they that found him.

I enjoyed this book; being that is was different from a lot of books I have previously read. I did find a little bit of cheesy dialog at times (which I have to admit I find often in Christian fiction). But it doesn’t negate the author’s ability to draw you into his story. This book would be a great read for someone who is interested in the biblical and political history of Jerusalem. The authors are very detailed in their research, so be prepared to learn a lot while you are enjoying the story. I did feel that the story had quite an abrupt ending. I was hoping for there to be a little more development and excitement before the epilogue. But I would still recommend this book to modern/historical fiction fans.


Heather Ring say that books are her plane ticket into another world, “I’d feel lost with out them. Reading is a part of me. However I am also an avid lover of the outdoors and pouring into my creative outlets. But I think my biggest passion, is spending time with my family and friends.”

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

Oops! by Bill Myers

If only life could be normal for TJ. But with a name like Thelma Jean Finkelstein, it seems the outrageous had already been planned for her. Not many girls her age, or any girls for that matter, could say they were the cause of a charging African elephant through the school gym or the reason one cafeteria mealtime suddenly turned into everyone’s thoughts being broadcast for all to hear. And though many people could say they can count their best friends on one hand, how many can say two of them can be anything they want to?

Oops!
TJ and the Time Stumblers #3
by Bill Myers
Tyndale House Publishing
September 2011

Tuna and Herby don’t seem in the least bit put out when they converse as a goldfish or canary, and are only slightly annoyed when TJ has to cover up their conversations, so others won’t wonder at the invisible voices. It seems the trio leaves a wake of unexplained and hilarious events in their path. If only they could uncover Bruce Bruiseabone’s whereabouts and intentions before Hesper Breakahart, her sisters and Chad (who by the way has the dreamiest eyes) discover her unusual circumstances.

I enjoyed this book. It is the third book in a six book series, but I don’t think it is necessary to read the others before this one to enjoy it. The author does a great job helping the reader step right in. I did feel it was a bit of a cliff hanger, not understanding what got accomplished. But I think maybe all my questions would be answered if I were to finish the series. I like the way the author added wit with a touch of pop culture and a lesson in good values. He seems to know how to grab the audience this was intended for, which I would say is pre-teen to early teens. It was a short read, but enjoyable. I would recommend it.


Heather Ring say that books are her plane ticket into another world, “I’d feel lost with out them. Reading is a part of me. However I am also an avid lover of the outdoors and pouring into my creative outlets. But I think my biggest passion, is spending time with my family and friends.”

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.