Sunday, December 18, 2016

Review/Givaway: A Seed For The Harvest, by Greg M. Dodd

A Seed For The Harvest is a Christian-based fictional novel written by Greg M. Dodd.

The book is about Jon Smoak, an abiding Christian man who has recently come to realize that his relationship with God has been a series of organized steps, and he has just been 'going through the motions'.

Relevant scripture passages introduce the chapters.
In an attempt to really understand his faith and develop a deeper relationship with God, Jon sets out on a journey and crosses paths with many people who wind up changing his life.

I found the book to be well written, easy to follow, and humorous at times. With twists and turns along the way and an excellent ending, this book is definitely worth the read for anyone who enjoys contemporary Christian fiction.

As any Christian knows, there are times when your faith is tested. I feel like "A Seed For The Harvest" lets you know that it is okay to question yourself or seek more wisdom during these times.

The story highlights the extent to which your Christianity can truly change your life.

I really enjoyed how well the main character was developed; Jon Smoak is completely relatable to the average reader's everyday life. I found the book to be inspirational and made me want to deepen my own faith and strengthen my relationship with the Lord.

As someone who has recently been through some very trying situations, "A Seed for the Harvest" came along at a very appropriate time.

I would recommend this novel to anyone who is in need of some inspiration, whether you are a life-long religious follower, or a new-found Christian. It may even be an interesting read for some non-believers.

I don't want to give away too much of the plot, but I did want to share my favorite part of the book, especially now, at the holiday season.

It is a chapter where Jon, his daughter Holly, his mother, and his friend Brant and the friend's young son Jacob are all gathering at Jon's house for Christmas. Being a family-oriented person, I love big family gatherings, especially around the holidays.  The main character discusses how he decorated at the last minute the day before the dinner.

Possibly this stood out the most to me, because I currently live in Germany away from all family and only get to visit for a short time out of the year when prices are most convenient. This year I got lucky and got to be home for the holidays - but this is not always the case.

 The main character's relationship with his mother throughout the book is also very special and interesting to me, so chapters in which she was relevant were especially heartwarming.

Additionally, the scripture opening this chapter was about encouraging each other and building one another up out of the book of Thessalonians.  It is listed in the book as I Thessalonians 5:1, but it is actually 5:11:
"Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing."

Author Greg M. Dodd
There is a part within the chapter where Jon takes time to build up his friend. I find it extremely important to build up others or give compliments and be encouraging; you never know what someone may be going through.

Lastly, Jon's dog plays a good part within the chapter (appropriately titled, "The Dog That Saved Christmas" and really, who doesn't love a good dog story? 😄

If you'd like to curl up with a good book this winter and join Jon in his pilgrimage toward a closer relationship with his Christian faith, I recommend A Seed For the Harvest.

The author, Greg M. Dodd, is offering a paperback copy of his novel (currently for sale on Amazon for $15.73) as a giveaway to one of our US readers (including those of us with an overseas APO address).  Read on to see how you can enter to win!

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  1. Admittedly not my genre but I know a friend that could really use this

  2. I learned it's a fictional story...for some reason I was thinking it was non-fiction. Looking forward to reading it either way.

  3. Thank you for the review and thanks for sharing with us at Over the Moon Link Up. Have a Merry Christmas and a wonderful 2017. Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond

  4. I look for a good story and good content in all the books I read. thankyou, ken

  5. ive never sought out christian fiction before but i would hope it's not too pushy but sublte, with a compelling story and good morals

  6. I learned he has a book coming out in 2017. I look for books with a good message.


  7. I learned it's a fictional story. It's a compelling story with great morals.

  8. I learned it got 4.9 out of 5 stars. I like to read inspirational Christian stories. I feel like I could get something out of this book because I feel as if I'm going thru the motions just like the character in the book.

  9. A story about morals which will be released in 2017.

  10. I enjoy most christian novels, so would love to read this one!

  11. I love how you pointed out the part about building each other up. If only we all spent more time doing that for one another... Thanks for joining us at #FridayFrivolity!

  12. I learned it is a fictional story. I like to learn different things from this genre such as compassion, morals and direction.

  13. This book sounds really good and inspirational. Mr. M's faith was put to the test, and he was recently questioning his faith with the Lord after his car accident. This is a book he needs to check out.


  14. This isn't something I would normally read. However, it sounds like it has a good story line.

  15. It's a good christian novel with a great story line.

  16. I learned that he is the Winner of the Illumination Book Awards 2015 Enduring Light Silver Medal for Christian Fiction. This is just the type of book I would want to read. Pam C.

  17. This isn't something I would normally read. However, it sounds like it has a good story line.

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