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He is my audience of one. Last week, I heard a talk by the professional snowboarder Kelly Clark. She is a five-time Olympian and three-time Olympic medalist. One of the most amazing things about her, though, is that God defines her, not her breathtaking accolades. Kelly spoke about her journey as a snowboarder and how grateful she is for the opportunities and experiences that God has given her. She knows she is on a journey for Him. In her talk, Kelly spoke about goals and dreams.

I am not sure there is a better person to learn from in this area. She challenged us to write our goals down. That applies to you and me. She referenced Proverbs , which I have read previously, and actually have part of it highlighted in my Bible, but this time I saw it in a new way. He wants our best effort. If you want to win, you need to write your dreams down. Kelly admitted that God might not have her accomplish all of her dreams or goals, but through pursuing her dreams she would truly be living.

When going after her dreams she is striving to reach her potential, which allows her to live fully. So, we should dream big, work hard and let God do the rest. It is about the journey and who we are molded into. The freer I play, the better I can worship God through my sport and actions.

Big dreams push me to play my best. God wants to be my audience of one. During my time at Duke, I was a part of Athletes in Action a Christian ministry for student-athletes. God gives us great power and passion. It roars within us. We need to make space in our hearts to unleash the roar inside of us.

This is difficult, but worth striving for. Only two weeks into a new life chapter, I am trying to live in the power of Christ and dream big.

He did not give us spirits of timidity, but of power, love and self-control 2 Timothy He gives us our refuge Psalm Having recently graduated, she moved to Ireland to play for Shelbourne FC. My reason for losing one star - I was uncomfortable with Stevie's vision and how it eventuates. It was just a little too unrealistic for me.

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In Colossians , Paul (who is assumed to be the author for the purposes of this article) writes of 'the hope stored up for you in heaven' (New. New International Version and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, New Living Translation and we.

I had already struggled a bit with the contents of the plane and the vision was too much! No spoilers there but you will understand what I am referring to if you read the book. It is still a very good book and I am looking forward to finding out what the future holds for Cork View all 7 comments. Jo O'Connor joins a coalition of representatives from several Native American groups for a trip to Seattle.

Something happens en route over Wyoming and the plane disappears. A distraught Cork lends a hand to the search teams as they fight time and weather to locate the plane. The themes in this story resonated loud and strong as Cork encountered competing objectives, motivations and cultures in his quest to find his wife. As usual, the settings were just as much a part of the plot, this time the Jo O'Connor joins a coalition of representatives from several Native American groups for a trip to Seattle.

As usual, the settings were just as much a part of the plot, this time the beautiful but treacherous mountains and foothills of Wyoming. Buck Schirner narrated this one again though I found his performance much better than the last. This series never disappoints. Mar 25, Michael rated it liked it Shelves: wyoming , native-american , fiction , mystery , thriller , minnesota , magical-realism. His wife Jo disappears with a charter plane with some Indian leaders in a snowstorm in Wyoming, and Cork, a PI and ex-sheriff in rural Minnesota, is compelled to help find the wreckage and understand what happened.

The main problem for me is that it takes about half the book to pin down that there are bad guys, and we are tormented too long for my taste by the emotional wrenching of his grief and fruitless searching. I also liked the coverage of the all too common conflict within tribal communities over the prospects and dangers of pursuing casino or oil production ventures on their land as a means to address their pervasive poverty.

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But with this story, the path of corruption taken by some of the characters was too extreme to be plausible. View 2 comments. Jan 30, Liz rated it it was amazing. This is an incredibly beautiful, suspenseful, and compelling story. Krueger plausibly weaves the Native mystical elements into all of his stories, creating the per This is an incredibly beautiful, suspenseful, and compelling story.

Krueger plausibly weaves the Native mystical elements into all of his stories, creating the perfect setting in which the earth, the sky and the spirits are almost complete characters in themselves. In fact, it is a vision seen by his own son which propels Cork on the path that he must take in this book and it never once felt outlandish. What I always tell people who are considering reading these books is that Cork is a wonderful character about whom I love to read, well developed over the course of the series. This is a man who understands his limitations but does not let them define him.

Who always tries to follow the high road, even if not always successful. Above all, he will take care of his own, no matter what. If this is a person you would like to know, then you should try this series. View all 13 comments. Oct 12, David Tindell rated it it was amazing. I first saw Krueger's novels on the shelves of a local store. Well, how interesting could that be? I live near a small northern Wisconsin town, and while it's a very nice place, not much of interest to the outside world happens here which is fine with us.

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I picked it up after her, just for something to read. I was hooke I first saw Krueger's novels on the shelves of a local store. I was hooked. Two months later I've just finished 9 in the series, "Heaven's Keep". In this, Cork faces the most daunting challenge of his life, the search for the truth surrounding the disappearance and apparent death of his wife, Jo. Readers of the series know that things haven't always been terrific between Cork and Jo, but as the years passed and they faced great challenges together, from raising their children to facing down the bad guys, they grew ever closer.

My wife refuses to read this entry in the series, but I jumped in. Krueger's writing has always been deft and deep, bringing to life the woods and lakes and small towns of northern Minnesota and the people who live there. I would imagine this novel was his biggest challenge.

He decided to kill off one of his best-written, most popular characters and put the life and emotional well-being of his protagonist on the line. Something like this could have easily gone south quickly, but Krueger handles it well. Better than well. As a stand-alone novel it would be a fine read, but do yourself a favor and start at the beginning. You won't regret it. Dec 27, Brenda rated it it was amazing. What a powerful book! Right from the beginning, with a gut-wrenching prologue, Krueger took me on an emotional journey to Wyoming, where massive snow storms are covering a desolate, bleak land, and questions arise with no easy answers.

I was glad to see Stephen's maturity and hope to learn more of his time with Henry Meloux. I'm also glad Cork had a partner and friend in Hugh Parmer. If you're reading this series in order, this book will shock and astound you. I can hardly wait to read the next What a powerful book!

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I can hardly wait to read the next one. View all 6 comments. Sep 19, Angela rated it really liked it Shelves: mystery. If you plan to read this series. Make sure you don't read the blurb on this book. I thought the blurb was quite a spoiler for the book if you use your powers of deduction. This was a pretty heartbreaking read when I've come to know and love the characters. I don't know where the story can go on from here.

I know it will, but still I can't quite believe how events transpired overall in Heaven's Keep and I wonder why the author took the direction this books lays out for the future. All in all thou If you plan to read this series. All in all though, another good addition to the series. The mystery was compelling and it was a little harder to work out the culprits or the elaborate lengths that can be taken to hide the truth. Jan 23, Kris - My Novelesque Life rated it liked it. I have been trying to find this one on audio as that is the only way I can do this series now.

I love the narrator and since I don't know how to pronounce some of the words it is nice to hear them said correctly. Warning you now, this is a book with lots of emotion. Jo's plan has gone missing and thought to have crashed. Her and all those on the plane are considered dead.

Cork won't believe it till he sees for himself. I don't know if it was the plot or what but it's like I refused to connect with this book. I just wanted to get through it. Aug 19, Andrea rated it liked it Shelves: books-read-in This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I am very invested in this book and the series.

I am so disappointed that Jo died in this book. I kept holding out hope that she would somehow be found alive. I realized that was unlikely, but it felt even more cruel to me for Cork and Stephen to discover that she survived the original massacre, only to die after being in a coma at a hospice in Mexico. View all 3 comments. Jan 21, Harry rated it it was amazing Shelves: detective-mystery , western-detectives , favorites.

Frankly, in reading the reviews of this setting I managed to barely stifle a yawn. Small town mysteries set in a frozen wasteland? Needless to say, I wasn't thrilled. And yet: In and , Krueger won back to back Anthony Awards for best novel - a feat only matched by one other writer since the award's inception. And, as I was in a hurry and needed something to download to my Kindle, fully prepared to read yet another book full of flat characters, resigned myself to boring ethnographic descriptions, I said: "Screw it, let's give Mr.

Krueger a try. That he does this through the juxtaposition of Catholicism and the folklore and beliefs of the Anishinaabeg, or "Original People", and that he does so by fusing that carefully within the storyline so that it never seems gratuitous, over played, or cause the outcome to be dependent on irrationality is masterful. As Mr. Krueger says: "In the mysteries that I write, I often deal with the whole question of the spiritual journey.

But I certainly believe in eternal life. Krueger is careful to not enforce the stereotype to which most have come to: [ The Anishinaabeg are far more complex culturally, rich historically, and textured spiritually, than I will ever be able to adequately portray in my writing. This book reminds me of my boyhood heroes. In the Netherlands where I was born, it wasn't cops and robbers we played while kids:it was cowboy and indians; my fictional heroes were Winnetou and Old Shatterhand a YA series published in the Netherlands but not available in the states.

Krueger manages to convey the Native American culture spanning centuries, on into modern day America, in such a way so as to recall my boyhood dreams. There are terrifying moments, men bound to trees and being tortured, honor among killers, and dishonor and deceit within ordinary people. As to Cork O'Connor the hero in this series. As most who read my reviews know, I thoroughly enjoy the loner as heroic, a man or woman who understands that despite social conventions often designed to hide facing this man is essentially alone, a creature running around on this planet with hopefully purpose.

And, as most also know, I despise flat characters Vince Flynn comes to mind - sorry, Leon! Cork is the former, not the latter.

As a father I understand the inexplicable guilt one feels towards one's children upon facing divorce. And as a father I have come to admire, as Cork does, the resiliency children have to overcome such a situation and make the best of it far better managed than us adults! Everything is about juxtaposition. Cork O'Conner is a man who believes in justice, not as meted out by often corrupt law enforcement, but the justice of not denying reality, the justice of truth.

When Cork sets his mind to resolving a mystery that to others seems clear cut, ready to be put to rest, he is like a rabid dog unwilling to lessen the vice like grip of his jaws no matter what the consequences to himself and those he loves.

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We feel his struggle with morality, his disappointment with an almighty being, and yet feel his empirical longing for a peace that the world has consigned to other worldly systems. Cork is, forever, the man in between. The plot is superb. The writing carefully edited so as to give us a straight mystery detective while infusing us with a pleasurable knowledge of Aurora, it's inhabitants, and the evil that belies even the most tranquil of locations. Yeah, I liked it! And, the usual disclaimer, if you've read this review of one of the O'Connor series, you've read 'em all.

Good reading! First Sentence: In the weeks after the tragedy, as he accumulates pieces of information, he continues to replay that morning in his mind. He learns her plane has disappeared from radar over the Wyoming Rockies and, with his son, travels West to be part of the search, but to no avail.

So where is Jo? Krueger creates interesting characters that seem very real. Here, he had almost a cameo role. Henry sends him on a vision quest, but we have no idea what happened as it was all off-stage. This descriptions are wonderfully evocative and his dialogue true to the ear. I would not have been appropriate to the story, but I missed the wry humor usually apparent in this books.

It seemed a bit over the top and lacking the usual suspense. Most of the book I felt was very good, but it did fall apart toward the end. Krueger is still an author whose style I very much enjoy. By no means is he off my buy list. View all 4 comments. Mar 25, Linda Branich rated it it was amazing Shelves: mystery-suspense-thriller.

Krueger hits another one out of the ball park with Heaven's Keep--all the way to Wyoming, and at the end, even further. Cork O'Connor's wife's plane disappears from the radar screen somewhere over Wyoming, when it is en route to a Seattle conference, carrying not only attorney Jo, but also several other prominent Native Americans. One plot twist after another keeps the reader guessing about motive, method, and reason behind the plane's disappearance.

Although Krueger takes Cork and his son, Steve Krueger hits another one out of the ball park with Heaven's Keep--all the way to Wyoming, and at the end, even further.

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Although Krueger takes Cork and his son, Steve, far from the northern parts of Minnesota, he sets a great stage that contrasts with Minnesota. Even the snow in the Wyoming Mountains is far more severe and dangerous than what is found in Minnesota. The reservation is stark compared to the one in Minnesota. Different tribes and different languages, yet still the same basic problems and discrimination that residents of the Rez face.

Together, Cork and Steve search for wife and mother. Hope rises and falls. Father and son bond even closer during their quest. Steven skips carefree young adolescence when faced with a man-sized challenge. This is well worth reading. As always, Kreuger's style draws the reader right into the story, where one feels the bitter cold, the anger, the fear, the frustration, and the beauty, ruggedness and majesty of this part of the country.

I especially enjoyed the sub plot and relationship between Cork and wealthy developer, Hugh--from enemy to supporter, and finally ally and friend.

Dec 28, Alison rated it it was ok Shelves: contemporary-fiction , read-in This book never engaged me However, one of Krueger's other books, Ordinary Grace, is one of my favorites so I'll put in a plug for that one! This one tugs at your heartstrings. Cork refuses to give up finding the answers to the crash of the plane in which his wife dies. He searches along with Steven, who is following his vision concerning his Mom. Thanks to the help of new and old friends, cork and family find peace.

Dec 02, IslandRiverScribe rated it it was amazing Shelves: private-investigator , z-read , z-library There will be no scenes that contain happiness in this book — not a one. What you will read is page after page containing stress, tension, unmitigated sorrow and life-threatening danger. Weaving this all together will be the bold threads of dogged, unrelenting detective work.

Now, those words just written do not constitu There will be no scenes that contain happiness in this book — not a one. Now, those words just written do not constitute a heartless spoiler meant to ruin your enjoyment of the book. The question is why they died. And this is a question unlikely to be answered quickly as not only did the plane disappear off radar, it disappeared off the face of the earth.

Perhaps the plane was sabotaged in flight and lies buried in a snow-filled crevasse. Or perhaps the final transmission from the pilot was a fake and the plane has been deliberately flown to a hidden destination. For us, the readers, it would seem that the natural progression of the novel at this point would be to find the plane, find the bodies, let the evidence onsite lead to the who and why of the matter, and have Cork pursue the perpetrators from that point. Actually, knowing that Jo is already dead makes reading this entry far easier. You quickly find yourself totally wrapped up in trying to solve the mystery right along with Cork and his temporary partner, Hugh Parmer.

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When an author kills off a major secondary character, the purpose is usually to allow that author to turn the series in a different direction. However, this series has never placed much focus on sex, rather centering itself around family values and personal responsibility, particularly in the light of First Nation culture.