Dark Glass Ponderings

For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. -1 Corinthians 13:12

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It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books.  A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured.  The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old...or for somewhere in between!  Enjoy your free peek into the book!

You never know when I might play a wild card on you!

Today's Wild Card author is:
and the book:

Zondervan (May 7, 2010)

***Special thanks to Krista Ocier of Zondervan for sending me a review copy.***


Melody Carlson has written more than 200 books for teens, women, and children. Before publishing, Melody traveled around the world, volunteered in teen ministry, taught preschool, raised two sons, and worked briefly in interior design and later in international adoption. “I think real-life experiences inspire the best fiction,” she says. Her wide variety of books seem to prove this theory.

Visit the author's website.

Product Details:

List Price: $9.99
Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Zondervan (May 7, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0310717868
ISBN-13: 978-0310717867

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Julia's Review:  3/5

In my opinion, Melody Carlson does a fantastic job of dealing with issues teenagers face. I decided to pick up this book because it sounded like a fun concept. I used to watch What Not to Wear. I’m at the age where I’m just about midway between being a teen myself and having teenagers. So I guess I was enough out of the loop to have difficulty relating to all the pop culture thrown in to the book. I also wonder if that would leave it a bit dated in a few years.

I think this read would be enjoyed by many teenage girls, fashion fans, and fans of reality television. I definitely plan on reading more Melody Carlson because I like that she doesn’t shy away from covering the issues teenagers face. I think her books will help me to be prepared for some of the issues I may face in the future as a parent.


I've decided to switch this week and next week's giveaway, since this book was on FIRST today. 

(1) Question of the week: Do you like watching any fashion themed shows or have you ever been in a fashion show?

(2) In order to be entered, leave your comment on THIS post.  I use random number generator, so I cannot enter you if you comment on another post.  The comment box is AT THE TOP.  Sorry, I know sometimes they are at the bottom so it can be confusing.

(3) Include your email address in this form please:
name (at) where (dot)com

(4) Contest ends Tuesday, August 10th.  That means I draw names the following morning.

Good luck!


I have never been that interested in the latest fashion. Being only 5ft tall I am limited on what I buy anyway. For yrs they did not have petite clothes but even with them I have to hem and alter so I'm just not that into fashion. As long as I look OK and everything fits I am fine. lol

Thanks for the opportunity to enter this giveaway. I enjoyed the first chapter.

misskallie2000 (at) yahoo (dot) com

Count me in. I like her YA books.


I've not had the opportunity to read any of Melody's books. I read the first chapter and it's great!
Please enter me in the drawing.

I am a faithful fan of What Not To Wear!


My teenage daughter and I love to watch "What Not To Wear". I think she would enjoy reading this book.

Thanks for the chance!

hspruitt {at} juno {dot} com

I was in a wedding fashion show when I was in college. Very fun.


I have always enjoyed Melody's books, and am a big fan of What Not to Wear, too. :o) Please sign me up!

orca0024 at yahoo dot com

I have always been very interested in clothes and enjoy watching some of the reality shows. This book sounds like it will be very interesting.


I would love a chance to read this book!

Julia M. Reffner

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Christ-loving bookworm & homeschool mom of 2 stealing the rare quiet moments to pursue that all elusive writing dream. I also write book reviews for Title Trakk and The Historical Novel Society.


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