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Living the Good Life

Betty Shaffer

Xlibris, 64 pages, (paperback) $15.99, 9781796066968
(Reviewed: May, 2020)

In Living the Good Life, Betty Shaffer examines ten ways Christians can deepen their relationship with God and enrich their spiritual lives.

In this brief, self-described “drive-through book,” Shaffer encourages Christian readers to work daily on self-improvement. Her first chapter centers on a basic salvation message, which she uses as a springboard for subsequent chapters […]

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Nine Horrible Days: The story of the kidnap of Archbishop Kattey

Ignatius Crosby Ogboru Kattey, DD

Partridge, 216 pages, (paperback) $14.83, 9781543754575
(Reviewed: May, 2020)

Author Archbishop Kattey of Nigeria was the victim of a terrifying terrorist abduction in September of 2013. In Nine Horrible Days, he chronicles his experience.

Kattey holds a high position in the Anglican Church of Nigeria and at the time of kidnapping would have been easily recognized—and an easy target. When he and his wife […]

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Mrs. Katz Was Troubled

Bob McElheney

Xlibris, 54 pages, (paperback) $24.99, 9781796023862
(Reviewed: May, 2020)

In this sweet story about the importance of generosity, a family of cats tries to learn why their human companion seems upset and how they can help her.

Elderly Mrs. Katz lives with ten loving, opinionated cats: Gumshoe, Bogart, Pajamas, Jellyroll, Ms. Purr, Jitterbug, Southpaw, Dizzy, Picasso, and Powderpuff. One day the cats notice that […]

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Walking the Narrow Road

Olivia Olajumoke Adamolekun Young

Xlibris, 482 pages, (paperback) $23.99, 9781796045703
(Reviewed: May, 2020)

Looking to offer spiritual guidance and bolster understanding of the Old and New Testaments, Olivia Olajumoke Adamolekun Young presents an inspiring collection of meditations, reflections, and prayers to help readers grow closer to Jesus.

In short chapters, the author covers numerous topics, including forgiveness, resurrection, the consequences of sin, the need for gratitude, compassion for […]

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A Lyrical Collective

Neil J. McKenzie

iUniverse, 106 pages, (paperback) $13.99, 9781532084003
(Reviewed: May, 2020)

The poems that comprise Neil McKenzie’s Lyrical Collective are broad in scope, touching on everything from relationships and love to Native American lore and slavery.

The slim book consists of 85 true- and slant-rhymed poems. It starts with a sequence of narrative poems recounting Native American lore, then turns to the history of American slavery, […]

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Joe Barrett

Black Rose Writing, 254 pages, (paperback) $19.95, 9781684334926
(Reviewed: May, 2020)

In this satirical novel, a tech multi-millionaire digitally unplugs to re-connect with the world around him.

Thirty-two-year-old Dan Johnson has what others dream about: a huge net worth from inventing an app; Clancy, a beautiful on-again, off-again girlfriend; and a life of leisure. But when he decides that he can live without the luxury in […]

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The Past is Not Forgotten

Keven Leslie

iUniverse, 680 pages, (paperback) $28.99, 9781532072857
(Reviewed: May, 2020)

The first installment in Keven Leslie’s series features two unlikely pop-culture superstars in an amalgam of mainstream thriller, metaphysical journey of enlightenment, and erotic romance genres.

When house husband Walter Lemon, 48, takes his wife Claire, their four children, and his son’s 19-year-old girlfriend Layla to Tampa for vacation, the group is accosted by criminals […]

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Second Harvest

Don Agey

Xlibris, 158 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781796068689
(Reviewed: May, 2020)

Don Agey’s Second Harvest is comprised of mostly rhyming poems that ruminate on the speaker’s life, including his past relationships, religious and political worldview, and the challenges of his writing process.

Each poem is presented on the recto page of the collection and preceded by an explanatory prose passage on the verso page. Some are […]

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53 Years of Marriage (23 in Socialism and 30 in Capitalism)

Sevastita Lazarescu

Xlibris, 282 pages, (paperback) $20.69, 9781796007138
(Reviewed: May, 2020)

This matter-of-fact memoir captures author Sevastita Lazarescu’s highs and lows from early childhood in Russian-occupied Romania just after World War II through her family’s later emigration to western Australia.

Despite harsh conditions and famine, Lazarescu’s family trusts in God to help them through hardships. In 1966, the author meets Gabriel; they marry and have two […]

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Is God Incompetent? A Study of Meaning in Natural Calamity, Disaster and Disease

Geoffrey E.L. Bennett

AuthorHouse, 286 pages, (paperback) $18.67, 9781728391724
(Reviewed: May, 2020)

Geoffrey E.L. Bennett has seen suffering. As a hospital chaplain’s assistant, he dealt daily with the sick and dying. He suffers from diabetes and cancer and saw his wife die after paralysis from brain tumors. His father sustained severe burns in a medical accident.

These experiences led Bennett to interrogate the Christian God: Is God […]

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