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Kregel Publications A Season of Mysteries, Seasons Series #2

Faith was relatively new to Zack, Donnie, Skeeter, and the other boys who had played together on the 1971 champion Little League team. That baseball season was forever imprinted on their souls, due in large part to the life-changing actions of a boy named Rafer. But this summer-1976-they would discover the real depth of their souls and the dangerous influences battling for control of their lives.
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Review 1 for A Season of Mysteries, Seasons Series #2
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Friendship and Growing Up

Date:June 8, 2013
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Location:Irvine, CA
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Rusty Whitener in his new book, "A Season of Mysteries" Book Two in the A Season Of series published by Kregel Publications brings us into the life of Richard Powell.
From the back cover: In the vivid reality of his memory-a haunted and disturbed memory that is cursed gift-Dr. Richard Powell relives his season of mysteries, a season filled with Boy Scout adventures, blossoming relationships, and realities he cannot fully comprehend. Richard and his friends find themselves drawn into the world of the unexplained-into the realm of the supernatural, and ultimately into the seismic battle between good and evil.
Are there truly demonic entities loose in Richard's world, and if so, what could they possibly want with him?
Eliciting a panorama of emotions, A Season Of Mysteries is an engaging amalgam of the pranks, adventures, and romance of teen life in a pre-politically correct era, and the sobering reality of a world of seen and unseen influences bent on claiming unsuspecting victims.
"A Season of Mysteries" takes place takes place in 1976, five years after the events of the first book, "A Season of Miracles" and can be read as a stand alone without reading the first book. Once again the book has a warm feeling to it as it is told from memory in first person narrative. It is a story about friendship. It is a story about growing up. It is also a story about how teens have to face the spiritual world and face the battle between good and evil. Mr. Whitener has done an outstanding job with this book and I look forward to more from this very talented author.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Kregel Publications. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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Review 2 for A Season of Mysteries, Seasons Series #2
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My Review

Date:June 7, 2013
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In the summer of 1976 Richard and his close friends experience life in a way that no one has been able to forget. Discussions and discoveries pertaining to the unknown and supernatural surface leaving mystery at the forefront. Richard, at a mid point in his life, find his thoughts and reminiscing carry him back to his youth, of baseball, boy scouts, friendship, faith and fun.
A coming of age story where forces of darkness and evil are introduced. This book was a strange yet creative read that reintroduced the characters from A Season of Miracles and adds an element of more imagination. This could possibly be a stand alone novel although it is the second book in a series. Character development was excellent and scenery was highly descriptive. At times however, the storyline drug in several places and the plot shifted slightly. I found the overall message inspiring and faith challenging. I received a complimentary copy from Kregel Publications for this blog tour for my review.
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Review 3 for A Season of Mysteries, Seasons Series #2
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Date:June 6, 2013
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A Season of Mysteries has a seemingly light topic: Boy Scout Troop 44 in the summer of 1976. But deeper things are going on beneath the carefree surface of a summer camp. The reality of Light and Dark is discussed as this group of boys learn the reality of both. Encouraging to see the way these friends grow in their faith and share it with others. The deeper subject matter is balanced by humorous moments sprinkled throughout. Rusty Whitener writes an enjoyable and easy to read dialogue.
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Review 4 for A Season of Mysteries, Seasons Series #2
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Date:June 4, 2013
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Location:Indiana
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I chose this book based on the title and picture on the cover, thinking it was a mystery with a classic whodunit to solve. I couldn’t have been more wrong. This is definitely not a typical mystery. This story involves some mysterious happenings, but has more to do with becoming aware of the unseen battle between good and evil fought 24/7. What role do we play, if any, in this battle? This is a follow-up to the author’s first novel, A Season of Miracles, which I haven’t read, but plan on doing so.
The story is told from the point of view of Richard Powell. It begins with him as a 52-year-old professor, who thinks he might be going a little crazy as he can’t get conversations out of his mind. He is an ability to remember conversations verbatim, and he has started reliving conversations from 1976 and can’t stop. His two professor friends advise him to journal his thoughts/conversations as therapy. Via flashback technique, we visit Richard as a teenager in his home state of Alabama.
Richard is a 15-year-old genius who tries to hide his intelligence because he just wants to lead a normal life and fit in with all the other kids. He is extremely well-read and on course to graduate high school very early. He is a fan of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. He has four or five very close friends, who are fellow Christians like himself. They have a bond that was formed during a Little League baseball season five years prior in 1971 and their relationship with Rafer, who has since died. They attend church and Boy Scouts together. Just to read about teenage life in 1976, which is when most of the story takes place, is so very enjoyable. There are many funny scenes and comments sprinkled throughout.
Things take a more serious vein and talk turns to angels and demons. Are they real? Can a person believe in angels and not demons? What is their role? Can they be seen by humans? Can they harm humans or influence their decisions? The questions and thoughts Richard has are sometime mind-blowing in their depth. What a mind! Richard is in the habit of thinking before he speaks which I admire greatly and wish I could do better myself.
This book made me think about what I believe and why I believe what I do. It made me laugh out loud. It took me back to memories of my teenage years. The teenagers portrayed in this story appear so much more sophisticated and intellectual than I remember myself or any other teenager I knew at that time. It was really stunning to hear some of their conversations and their comments or questions were sometimes very thought-provoking and deep. The book has a very entertaining plot with characters that come to life and leap off the pages right into the readers’ thoughts. The writing is excellent! Put on your thinking cap for this one and get ready to use it for sure.
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Review 5 for A Season of Mysteries, Seasons Series #2
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Good over Evil

Date:June 4, 2013
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We meet Dr Richard Powell in the beginning of the book. He is at the home of Dr David Woodruff. He has a unique gift, or curse? Depends on how you look at it. He proves it with recounting every word that had been spoken at the house, since he arrived. He is there to recount a complete dialogue of the summer of 1976. A time of his youth, and challenge to his faith.
He was growing up that summer, a gifted learner. He has his first date with Julie Prevette, he is also on the winning Little League Team. We are with him when he learns how to pitch, with the help of Mr Peachy, and again when he remembers and uses the pitch!!
You will love the antics of these young teens, and the dialogue he remembers verbatim. Typical boys being boys!
We learn about UFO's...Demons??? What an interesting way to describe them. We also experience Spiritual Warfare with these teens, and challenges to their new found faith.
Enjoy the story of Good over Evil, God over Satan. It is a real page turning, fast pace read.
I received this book through Kregel Publishing, and was not required to give a positive review.
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Review 6 for A Season of Mysteries, Seasons Series #2
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A brilliant coming of age story with a message!

Date:June 3, 2013
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"But I'm afraid the day is coming when people will, I don't know"-he sought the right words - "push Truth off the map, and set up their preferences as the boundaries in which they'll live."
This is one of my favorite lines from the latest novel from author Rusty Whitener in A Season of Mysteries. This is the sequel to perhaps one of my favorite all time novels, A Season of Miracles which is coming to the big screen very soon. In this novel that group of young boys that we discovered in the first novel, now dubbed the Fellowship of the Rocks have all but grown up after having a life altering time after meeting Rafer Forrester. Now that each of them has found a solid foundation and given their lives to Christ, one of the boys Richard Powell now fifty two, is having real issues in his adult life.
He keeps reflecting in precise detail to one particular time in the year 1976. A time in which the Fellowship of the Rocks spent the year indulging in Boy Scout Campouts, and truly reflects on each boys coming of age story. But it is why Richard keeps remembering this one particular year that is the basis for the book. As he reflects on chronicling this time in writing, he desperately wants to be freed from the memory of the words that seem to haunt him. He can literally remember every single word spoken from that time frame until now and he's desperately searching for an answer in how to free his mind from this unusual gift.
We see Richard Powell, now as a Literary Professor who seems to have grown up with a gift for being able to process information beyond his years. In fact the Fellowship have dubbed Richard, the Brain. He is called upon to meet with members of his church and boyscout leaders to help explain the reason behind the latest mystery sittings of UFO's that appear on a picture one day during their baseball game. Are UFO's real or is there another reason for their random appearance. Not only do Richard and Zack see them during the game, but also Duffey and Willie see them during a late night encounter during a camp out.
Just what does an old man who goes by the nick name Peachy have to do with all the UFO appearances and how does the fact that Richard is now able to utilize a pitch in his baseball game that once taught to him by Peachy can't be taught to anyone else? What does the year 1976 have to do with what is happening to Richard even now? Is it possible to unlearn something once you have been exposed to it? To find out, you'll have to read A Season of Mysteries by Rusty Whitener to find out.
I received A Season of Mysteries by Rusty Whitener compliments of Kregel Publications for my honest review and received no monetary compensation for an honest review. This is such an incredible novel and a different coming of age story for a group of amazing young men you are introduced to. As I was reading this one the movies Stand By Me or even The Goonies, immediately became my focus to the similar group of boys that becomes the Fellowship of the Rocks. The were united by a small gift that Rafer gave them in the first novel and those same rocks have enabled them to bond in amazing ways as they have moved on through high school. Each of them offer something unique to the group and just spending time with them in 1976 provides the reader with the ability to be an invisible part of what happens to them and how they deal with things. It definitely gives you something to think about long after you finish the final page. I easily rate this one a 5 out of 5 stars and hope that this isn't the last novel dealing with these young men.
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Review 7 for A Season of Mysteries, Seasons Series #2
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Memories, realism, gospel clarity…Great book

Date:June 3, 2013
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I'll start off and let you know I truly enjoyed this book. There are many reasons it stood out and had me reading to completion in just a couple of days (a rarity with the To-Be-Read pile I have teetering on my desk).
First are the memories A Season of Mysteries elicited. Much of this novel was a flashback to the youth of the main character, the days as an early adolescent. I found myself, time and time again recalling episodes of my own youth: places visited, friends made, adults of significant influence, church and more. Almost every time I picked up A Season of Mysteries, I felt transported back to my days as a teenager, longing for more out of life, spending time with friends and hoping I could find my way.
Whitener also writes with a strong sense of realism, at least as far as the non-spiritual warfare scenes are concerned. When the 'kids' were hanging out together, there were times I had Brian, Dave, Gary, B., Croft and others faces on those of the teen characters in this story (these were all kids I grew up with in our church youth group). The places the author describes come alive with his use of words (the pizza parlor scene was all too real!). Personalities were really well-developed.
The most delightful aspect of this Christian fiction novel for this pastor/reader was the amazingly clear presentation of the Gospel over and over again. I realize this is one of the great tension points among authors writing Christian fiction: how much of the Gospel needs to be present in order for the book to truly be classified as Christian? Whitener leaves no doubt, no question, no tension whatsoever. The reader will have no suspicions arising in his mind about the nature of this novel. Christ is clearly the only way to have a relationship with God for us undeserving sinners. I could only wish that more and more Christian authors would follow this pattern. It never seemed false, contrived or hokey in its presentation. Thank you, Mr. Whitener.
If I have any concerns or cautions to hold out to any reader, it would be this: if you've never read anything involving spiritual warfare, be careful. While A Season of Mysteries is nothing like Frank Peretti's more graphically portrayed novels (think: This Present Darkness; and I believe this is a very good thing for Mr. Peretti probably did more damage to this biblical concept than help), it does have its moments of spiritual conflicts with the forces of evil. While no demons are depicted (a la Peretti), there is a clear sense of the warfare that wages in this world (cf. Ephesians 6). However, the focus is still upon the faith of Christ's believers and the victory He has already won for them, rather than on a seemingly hopeless battleground for the Christian.
I highly commend this book to you.
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