Monday, April 22, 2013

CSFF Blog Tour Day 1: Broken Wings

The last CSFF Blog Tour I did was for the first book in this series, Angel Eyes, and I was happy to see Broken Wings was slated for this month.

I really enjoyed Angel Eyes, by Shannon Dittemore, and was looking forward to see what was in store for Brielle, Jake, and the town of Stratus. Broken Wings was different than Angel Eyes but it moved the story along really well and we were able to get to know the characters better and meet someone new.

I'll go into more detail on what I thought about the book in another post, but there was something that stuck out to me spurred on by a thought from Pearla, a cherub. Near the end of the book, as things are coming to a head, there is a chapter from Pearla's point of view. She thinks -
"It's the greatest expression of love, she knows, to lay one's life down. But she wonders if humans know just how unique the ability is to do that. Death is not something an angel has to offer loved ones. How glorious it must be to have one's days numbered by the Father. How precious it makes each and every one."
 This one little quote has a couple of ideas that are pretty deep. The fact that we are mortal really is a gift, if we let it be. Jesus said there is no greater love than to lay down one's life for a friend. The fact that life is so precious makes that the most precious gift we can give.

We are constantly reminded of the fragility of life. That fragility is exactly what makes life so wonderful. But in our busyness it's so easy to forget how precious life is. It's easy to forget that our days are numbered and that each day is vitally important. Another gift from Our Father.

If we live each day as if it's our last and treat each life as precious as God sees it, the world will be a better place. Life is a gift, cherish it. Each day is a priceless, do something with it.

To find out more about the author, Shannon Dittemore, you can visit her website.

Day Two of the Broken Wings CSFF Blog Tour
Day Three of the Broken Wings CSFF Blog Tour

Take a look at what the other CSFF Blog Tour Members have to say:

Gillian Adams
Julie Bihn
Jennifer Bogart 
Beckie Burnham
Pauline Creeden
Janey DeMeo
Theresa Dunlap
Emma or Audrey Engel
Victor Gentile
Nikole Hahn
Becky Jesse
Jason Joyner
Karielle @ Books à la Mode 
Carol Keen
Emileigh Latham
Shannon McDermott
Meagan @ Blooming with Books
Megan @ Hardcover Feedback 
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Joan Nienhuis
Nathan Reimer
James Somers
Kathleen Smith
Jojo Sutis
Steve Trower
Phyllis Wheeler

*In conjunction with the CSFF Blog Tour I received a free copy of this book


  1. Shane, it sounds like Broken Wings is a great sequel to Angel Eyes. You made a good point about the contrast between man's mortality and the angelic immortality. Hadn't thought about that before your post.

    Oh, and IT support rocks! :)

    1. I never really thought about it either, until that one quote hit home.

      I'm blessed I have a job I love. :)

  2. I've always thought that God's most precious gift to us was time (and look how we waste it). You agree, apparently!

    1. I do agree. I'm guilty of wasting time more than I'd like to admit. I try to keep in mind that the good can be the enemy of the best.

  3. Argh; I quoted this line in my review for Tuesday! Boo.

    I'm not so pleased about mortality, to be honest (one of the ideas of why Jesus wept when Lazarus died was because it's not supposed to be like that--we're created to be immortal). But DEADLINES are an absolute necessity for me. And mortality gives us a big looming deadline. We just don't know when we have to put our pencils down!

    1. Sorry Julie. I'm sure your take will interesting and better. :) I'll be checking it out for sure.

      Mortality definitely wasn't in God's plan, but it can be a gift if we use it that way. If our days on Earth weren't numbered we might not have the opportunity to appreciate each day in the same way. Just as we appreciate the good times because of the bad, the fact our time on this earth is limited let's us appreciate the gift of each day. So while we don't want to go through bad times, they can be a gift. I meant to put something like this in my post but forgot. :)

  4. What a lovely post, Shane. And the discussion here is delightful too. I want to thank you for taking the time to read and and spread the word about Broken Wings. I know it is a sacrifice of time and it does not go unnoticed. God bless, friend.

    1. Thanks so much, Shannon. It really has been a pleasure to promote Broken Wings. I look forward to Dark Halo.

  5. I liked your thoughts. Mortality is something we have been given and the gift of after life is just as precious if we have the assurance of spending it with our Savior.

  6. I was struck by that passage, too. It seems a lot of readers were.

    I enjoyed reading your thoughts. I need to be reminded of these things - to keep me from wasting time or being ungrateful.

    1. I have to be reminded of these things as well. Time is too easily wasted but so important that it shouldn't be.


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