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Posted February 16, 2012
Restorer Expanded Edition Review:
I will preface this by saying I’m a fan of the original The Restorer by Sharon Hinck. So when Marcher Lord Press made the Expanded Edition available, I gladly bought it for my Nook. I’ve been more than delighted with it. I've been able to reconnect with some dear characters, Kieran is a favorite of mine, and the added chapters have a real treat. Anyone who enjoys the “bonus features” on a DVD or Blue Ray will appreciate the add-ons to Sharon Hinck’s story.
For those who haven’t read the Restorer, the expanded edition gives you a lot more glimpses into Sharon’s world, as the bonus chapters are written from different points of view than the main character.
In The Restorer, the reader travels with Susan, who is pulled to another time and place and dropped into the midst of a people in desperate need of a heroine. Because the story is told in tight first person, one of my favorite points of view, the reader only has Susan’s eyes and ears in this amazing world. This is fantastic, as you experience the same blind-sided reality that Susan faces, but there are tantalizing glimpses of a much wider vista that the reader doesn’t get to see.
In the Expanded Edition of the Restorer, you’ll still read the tight first person of Susan’s point of view, but also have the option of a broader look at the world with bonus content links.
For example, when Susan crosses paths young fellow named Noland, you’ll have a choice. You can either continue to read the chapter, or chose to follow the ‘bonus content’ link in the text and be presented with a first-person narrative of how Noland got to the point in the story where he meets up with Susan. At the end of the bonus content, just click the link and you’ll be brought to where you left Susan and can continue onward from there.
Not only do you have more to read in The Restorer, Expanded Edition but thanks to Sharon’s recipes, and recordings, you will be immersed into her world like never before. Using smart codes or links, you’ll find the online content which includes an amazing audio recording of The Eyes of the One being sung and delicious recipes to try the food and drink Susan describes in her travels. At the back of the book, there are devotions that will take you past the heart of Sharon’s story and Susan’s and deeper into your own story with Christ.
I think this would be a phenomenal tool for book clubs. With the delicious sounding recipes for victuals and drink, the musical score, and the added spiritual content, you couldn’t ask for a more immersive and uplifting experience.
Posted November 25, 2011
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Now that there is an expanded version I was eager to read the additional material that is being added to a novel I already enjoyed so much. This book is already so different and brimming with scripture and now the expanded edition has multiple discussion and devotional guides that takes the novel and breaks it down to be an even greater tool than it already is to prompt inner reflection and scripture study. ¿ Then to also add extra chapters, it is like when you watch the deleyed scenes of a favorite film. You would rather have the director¿s cut of the story as it can change the plot, but you can enjoy it as edited as well. But even watching the deleted scenes later, it is like meeting a long lost friend.
This latest release has added features to enrich your experience of the original story. There are bonus scenes giving you insight into secondary characters, a devotion guide digging deeper into the book¿s Biblical parallels, and other special features such as audio files, recipes, and more!
When I agreed to read The Restorer for review, [back in 2008] I was fairly excited about it. I had seen the book in a bookstore and almost had purchased it then. The cover completely intrigued me with a woman in normal khaki and sweater attire while holding a medieval sword. Upon receiving the task to read and review The Restorer¿s Journey, the third book in the series I knew I had to read all three in order, especially since I had heard so many good things about the creativeness of author Sharon Hinck¿s mind. I¿m new to read the sci-fi/fantasy/speculative fiction Christian world and I am loving it. There are so many things that I do not have a basis for imagery, but just giving myself a brief image I am fully learning to use the capabilities of my imagination again.
The Restorer takes a normal, average woman and throws her into an alternate world and as I reader you think she might be dreaming or just plain crazy, but as each chapter and page reveals itself you stop caring about the reason why she is where she is and about what she will do next, and how she can survive. Hinck has performed an incredible task with her writing to really make the reader understand and feel what is going on in the life of our main character Susan. She doesn¿t just pick up a sword and become a super-hero, she goes through doubt and fear and through a realistic turn of events crazy and wonderful and terrifying things happen.
This story gives a reader an escape from reality, everything that Susan needed at the time. But it does so in a fashion that brings you back stronger and more optimistic about what really needs to be accomplished in reality. (Confused yet? Don¿t be, because that is not what is important.) There are so many things in our lives that are overwhelming and we just sometimes want to run away inside ourselves. It is possible and we are capable of doing just that, but that will not solve anything and really make life harder on the people we care about around us. It is when we realize that we need God