Friday, April 15, 2016

"Beyond Reach" by Melody Carlson

About this book:

  If You Thought You Needed Vision, Would You Ask God For It?
  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 if 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 floodgates open and all of Sam’s visions involve suicide. Who is this 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 lead her, Sam’s determined to send a message of hope and find him before he gives up.”

Series: Book #2 (of four) in “The Secret Life of Samantha McGregor”. (Book #1 review, Here!)

Spiritual Content- Joel 2:27-29 at the beginning; All about Samantha’s gift of visions from God; Many prayers (including praying foul spirits away); Bible reading; Many, many Scriptures are read, mentioned, quoted & talked about; Many, many Talks about God, gifts, forgiveness, faith & Him being in control; ‘H’s are capital when referring to God (but not in Scriptures); Witnessing; Thanking God; Youth Group & a sermon; Sam asks for a break on her visions & regrets doing so; Sam’s mom is mad at God; Many mentions of prayers; Mentions of Bible reading; Mentions of those in the Bible; Mentions of Church, youth group & pastors; Mentions of Heaven; Mentions of Christians;
*Note: A mention of cavemen; A couple mentions of psychics & mediums.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘dumb’, an ‘idiot’, an ‘oh my gosh’, a ‘shut up’, a ‘what the heck’, two ‘sissy’s, five ‘crud’s, five ‘duh’s, six ‘stupid’s; Mentions of curses (most are covered by saying/reading ‘blanking’ or cut off); Sam & her mother bicker bit; Blood, smoke, a fire & Nightmares (semi-detailed); All about deaths, murders, suicides, foul play & a suicidal website; Many mentions of drugs, drug dealers, rehab & meth; Many mentions of parties, alcohol, bars, drunks & hangovers; Mentions of Book #1’s brutal murders & kidnappings; Mentions of terrorists, strangling, bombs, knives & blood (up to semi-detailed); Mentions of abuse, hitting & bruises; Mentions of past temper tantrums; Mentions of divorce; Mentions of tattoos & piercings; A couple mentions of violent video games; A mentions of dog poop;
              *Note: A mention of Oprah, Banana Republic and The Gap.

Sexual Content- two cheek kisses, three not-detailed kisses; a ‘hot’ and two ‘sleazy’s; Talking to & many mentions of a young man who thinks he might be gay (from his father’s bullying) and is unsure if he is actually gay; Mentions of flirting & jealousy; Mentions of dating, boyfriends & who-likes-who; Mentions of boys, prom & dancing; Mentions of Book #1’s cyber creep, Kayla going down to meet him & him sexually abusing more than six girls; A couple mentions of wondering if a guy likes another guy; A (teasing) mention of s*x change; A mention of a lesbian;
              *Note: A ‘butt out’ is said; Mentions of underwear.

-Samantha McGregor, age 16-17
                                         1st person P.O.V. of Sam
                                                        244 pages

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My personal Rating-
{Add a star for girls in Public School}
Like the first book in this series, when I was younger (prior-to-BFCG-younger…so long ago. ;) ) I loved this series. I still enjoy this series, but it does deal with some real-life/heavy topics. It’s what this author does best. ;) All the Spiritual Content in this series, though, is so nice & refreshing. :)

See y’all on Friday with a new review!

*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.

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