Knocking at the Open Door: My Years with J. Krishnamurti

R.E. Mark Lee

Balboa Press, 281 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781504365024
(Reviewed: February, 2017)

Author R.E. Mark Lee spent 20 years interacting with the renowned philosophical teacher J. Krishnamurti and most of his adult life furthering Krishnamurti’s work through his foundations. Knocking at the Open Door, a title referencing the doors of perception, details Lee’s early years as a spiritual seeker and the decades that he spent in leadership […]

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Healey on Health

Gregory J. Healey MD

Xlibris, 274 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781524557881
(Reviewed: February, 2017)

Healey on Health is a collection of thoughtful, well-written weekly newspaper columns by a small-town family physician.

Dr. Gregory J. Healey has practiced nearly 40 years in Ontario, Canada, and upstate New York, and each column, printed in the St. Lawrence Plaindealer between 2013-2015, addresses a subject of interest to his community.

Healey’s goal is […]

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The Stuff of Life

Asif Zaidi

iUniverse, 245 pages, (paperback) $13.99, 9781532009563
(Reviewed: February, 2017)

What is the purpose of our existence? What is the relationship, if any, between faith and reason? What is our duty to our children and our families? In this book of essays, Asif Zaidi, a banker and advisor to business leaders, takes on fundamental questions of meaning and morality.

Zaidi conveys his thoughts in brief […]

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Sarah’s Adventures: The Special Tree and Its Secrets

Patricia Martin, illustrated by Ramir Quintana

Xlibris, 90 pages, (paperback) $13.70, 9781514445884
(Reviewed: February, 2017)

In Patricia Martin’s debut children’s story, a seven-year-old girl visits her aunt and discovers a magical tree in her garden.

An only child who lost her mother when she was young, Sarah eagerly looks forward to her visits with her kind Aunt Floss, her mother’s older sister. One morning, Sarah sets out to […]

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The Dichotomy: Facts and Perceptions

Lenkwane H. Mathunyane

Partridge, 112 pages, (paperback) $15.99, 9781482808636
(Reviewed: February, 2017)

South African educator Lenkwane H. Mathunyane is looking to change the world for the better, one family at a time. In The Dichotomy: Facts and Perceptions, the author offers readers a guidebook, rooted in Christian social teaching, for a productive and more inclusive society, hoping to “enable parents, teachers, and students to broaden and […]

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Handmaidens of Rock

Linda Gould

iUniverse, 284 pages, (paperback) $17.95, 9781491745434
(Reviewed: February, 2017)

In this novel, a trio of young women cast their fate with the members of an aspiring rock band as they pursue their quest for fame and fortune in the tumultuous 1960s.

Told through the alternating points of view of Candy, Hope and Theda, the story begins when the characters are high school […]

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River of Gold, River of Blood

John R. Pickett

Trafford, 551 pages, (paperback) $26.97, 9781466940420
(Reviewed: February, 2017)

With its visceral jungle setting and action-packed set pieces, John R. Pickett’s adventure-romance novel recalls the movie Romancing the Stone, albeit with mixed results.

The book opens on American river trader George Smith, known as Jorge, as he travels down a river in an unnamed Central American nation. When attackers shoot up his […]

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Thunderhoof: Way of the Centaur

Greg Kauffman-Starkey

Xlibris, 249 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781524514075
(Reviewed: February, 2017)

In his author bio, Greg Kauffman-Starkey points to a longtime fascination with the element of choice in narrative fiction, a feature that steers his debut novel, Thunderhoof: Way of the Centaur.

Modeled broadly on the “Choose Your Own Adventure” gamebook series of the ‘80s and ‘90s, Kauffman-Starkey’s novel offers readers options in laying […]

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Changing the Worlds: The For-Profit Plan to Mine Asteroids and Terraform Two Planets in One Human Lifetime

John Amabile

Archway Publishing, 227 pages, (paperback) $17.99, 9781480807174
(Reviewed: February, 2017)

In Changing the Worlds, John Amabile outlines a plan for mining asteroids and terraforming Mars and Venus.

As a first step, the author proposes rescinding the Outer Space Treaty of 1967, which was signed by many nations and designated space as “the collective possession of mankind,” as well as prohibited the placement of […]

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Freddie Takes Daisy for a Walk

Diana S. Duncan

Partridge, 29 pages, (paperback) $21.18, 9781482880458
(Reviewed: February, 2017)

Freddie takes Daisy for a Walk is a heartfelt story about a serious girl who learns a lesson in fun from her gregarious family dog.

The story is told in smoothly flowing rhyming verses. As it begins, Daisy’s father worries that she spends too much time reading, doing homework, and worrying over her […]

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