mpbooks, I feel bad for saying this but I have to confess that I didn’t like Confessions by Saint Augustine translated by R. S. Pine-Coffin and published by the Penguin Group in 1961. The beginning of the book was interesting, even good, but as the book wore on it became less and less about St. Augustine’s life and moved into theology. The stuff St. Augustine was debating was not stuff I thought was worth all the pages St. Augustine devoted to it.

Maya Papaya


The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Spoilers!)

The Lord of

the Rings

The Fellowship of

the Ring


J. R. R. Tolkien

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Frodo and Sauron


Sauron lives in Mordor where no one dares to go. He is constantly searching for the one ring which will make him practically invincible. As he himself is nothing but a fiery roving eye he sends out his Black Riders or Nazgul to do his bidding.


Frodo was just a ordinary hobbit until one day his older cousin and guardian, Bilbo,  disappeared leaving him a ring that will make you turn invisible. Gandalf informs Frodo that the ring is dangerous and that Sauron will do anything in his power to get it back. Frodo embarks on a journey to destroy the ring in the Cracks of Doom in Mordor.

Hobbiton and the rest of the world


Hobbiton is where Frodo used to live with other hobbits like Sam, Pippin, Merry, and Bilbo. It is where this book begins and where it stays for the better part of the first four chapters.

The Rest of the World

Frodo realizes soon after he leaves Hobbiton that the rest of the world is not always a friendly place. While there are relatively friendly places like Bree no place is completely safe for Frodo while the ring is in his possession. Frodo also has to go places that are unsafe for Gandalf let alone a little hobbit. The most prominent of these are the Mines of Moria.

Climax and Resolution


As the story continues in the next two books there isn’t much of what you would call a climax in this book. I would say the most climactic part was when Boromir tried to steal the ring from Frodo.


Frodo realizes that he has to go on to Mordor alone. He tries to sneak off but Sam catches him and persuades Frodo to let him come with him to Mordor. Everyone else is searching for Frodo.

Blind Spot

I received a free copy of this book from the Bethany House Blogger Review Program in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

Blind Spot was written by by Dani Pettrey and published by Bethany House in  2017.

Blind Spot is about two groups of detectives. One group is trying to figure out how to stop a terrorist attack they believe will happen soon. The other group is looking into a suicide case. As you can imagine, the two cases are connected.

Declan and Tanner are assigned to work together on the terrorist case. They fall more and more in love with each other as they get closer and closer to cracking the case. Meanwhile, on the other case Declan’s former coach commits suicide. When Declan’s coworkers look into they begin to feel more and more like it wasn’t a suicide at all. What could these two cases possibly have in common?

I enjoyed this book. The many characters and the way the book jumps from case to case make it a little confusing at first but it is well worth the read. Also, the ending leaves a little bit to be desired. It felt like the author had reached her deadline and was trying to tie up all of the loose ends really fast. Other than that the book was great.


The Sword of Shannara

The Sword of Shannara was written by Terry Brooks and published in 1977 by The Random House Publishing Group.

Brooks writes about the conflict between man and the supernatural. It is not a fair fight but with planning and ingenuity, not to mention a magic sword, man just has a chance.

Shea Ohmsford was a normal guy until he met Allanon and his whole world got turned upside down. Allanon tells Shea that he is the only heir to Jerle Shannara and so only he can use the Sword of Shannara to destroy the Warlock Lord. Together with some friends, Shea and Allanon embark on a quest to find the Sword of Shannara and destroy the Warlock Lord.

This book was a little slow at the beginning but it picked up towards the middle and the end. Overall, I liked this book.


The Church History


mpbooks: Today on mpbooks we have a real treat for you. Maya Papaya is at the Colisseum reporting live the trials of five criminals. Over to you, Maya.

Papaya: Thank you mpbooks. Yes, I am currently in the Colisseum where in just a few minutes we will get to see how the Roman Empire deals with people who break the laws. Let’s see what the people have to say. Sir, any comment?

Random Roman Guy: What? erm, yes this seems to be quite the trial. I hear that if the Christians refuse to burn incense to the gods then they will set the bears on them. we haven’t had a good bear fight in weeks.

Papaya: Wow. Now… I didn’t catch your name

Manny: Manius Dossenius Vestorius

Papaya: Now Manny…

Manny: It’s Manius

Papaya: Whatever. Have you been to a lot of these brawls?

Manny: Of course I have. What do you take me for a peasant?

Papaya: Sorry I didn’t mean to offe…

(Manny storms off)

Papaya: Well it looks like the trials starting better grab a seat. Look here they come three men and two women. They look strangely peaceful despite what’s happening to them. Psst… what are the charges again?

Random Roman Woman: Shhh! You’re ruining the show!

(grumbles of agreement)

Papaya: Well I guess we’ll have to find out after… Oh wait! I think that guy’s reading them out right now!

Random Important Roman Guy: blah blah blah Christianity blah blah offer incense ( the accused shake their heads) blah blah blah bears

( everyone except the 5 Christians evacuate the arena)

( slowly a gate opens and a bear lumbers out and growls)

( cut to Maya Papaya standing outside the Coliseum)

Papaya: Sorry about that folks we assumed that these Christians would fold. We never believed that people could believe in something so much to die for it. And with such courage too. Maybe there is something to this religion after all Anyways over to you mpbooks.

mpbooks: Thank you, Maya. You can read more about martyrs and the persecution of Christians in The Church History by Eusebius translated by Paul L. Maier.