A World of Culture, Oil and Golf

David Allard

Total Publishing and Media, 322 pages, (paperback) $21.49, 9781633020368
(Reviewed: February, 2018)

In the last sentence of his memoir, David Allard writes: “Through all my adventures and misadventures, successes and failures, I have one constant thought to share: may the roads you travel cause you to look breathlessly.”

That summarizes the outlook and life of Allard, a geologist who has worked in the oil business for more […]

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To the Fire of Normandy and Beyond

Frank Kozol with Neil Kozol

Archway Publishing, 519 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781480843028
(Reviewed: February, 2018)

This memoir provides an intimate look at the daily activities, thoughts, and feelings of a Jewish enlisted man in the U.S. Army during WWII.

Author Frank Kozol notes that although he has changed names in the story (he calls himself “Paul Kramer”), “everything he writes about is true.”

As a medic, Kozol saw the bloody […]

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Country Living: Five-Book Series

Donald Ball

Xlibris, 261 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781543455106
(Reviewed: February, 2018)

Country Living collects Donald Ball’s five chapter books about Ted Hunter, a teenager growing up in rural Oklahoma during the Depression.

Ted loves his after-school job at a boat shop, and as Country Living begins, he aspires to build his own sailboat. Through hard work, saving money and scrounging for scrap supplies, Ted makes his […]

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Working the Edge

Melvin R. Gudknecht

Xlibris, 197 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781543444803
(Reviewed: February, 2018)

In Working the Edge, Melvin Gudknecht recounts details of his impressive law enforcement career.

Gudknecht spent more than two decades as a Special Agent, Intelligence Division, IRS, U.S. Treasury Department. Much of that time was with the Office of Labor Racketeering and Organized Crime, a hand-picked group tasked with pursuing the mob. During his career, […]

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Jacobus: A Eunuch’s Faith

Paul Trittin

AuthorHouse, 493 pages, (paperback) $28.99, 9781524698195
(Reviewed: February, 2018)

Jacobus: A Eunuch’s Faith illustrates the life of a eunuch during biblical times, using the author’s bold interpretation of New Testament bible verse Matthew 19:11–12 to weave his narrative.

The story’s Preface, written by Rev. Dr. Marvin G. Baker, offers his brief history of eunuchs throughout time. Baker claims that Jesus saw eunuchs as belonging […]

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Childhood Memories

Ingrid Habib

Partridge, 60 pages, (paperback) $26.82, 9781543743340
(Reviewed: February, 2018)

Ingrid Habib shares her recollections of growing up in Lebanon in her children’s picture book Childhood Memories.

Through a collection of personal vignettes, Habib tells of her childhood, which features many elements near-universal to children: playing dress-up, enjoying her dolls, family gatherings, and the like. But her anecdotes of life as a child in Beirut […]

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The Young Sailor

Al Cadondon

iUniverse, 219 pages, (paperback) $13.99, 9781532028977
(Reviewed: February, 2018)

The title of this novel’s first chapter, “A Happy-Go-Lucky Sailor,” provides an apt description of the story’s main character: an amiable young man originally from the Philippines who joins the U.S. Navy to see the world and live the adage of having a girl in every port.

The story begins in Boston, where protagonist Albert […]

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Thoughtful Proclaimer: A Bottom-Up Guide to Preparing Bible Messages That Transform You from the Inside Out

Elizabeth Wright Anderson

WestBow Press, 332 pages, (paperback) $13.95, 9781512797213
(Reviewed: February, 2018)

Ever been bored in church by a lackluster sermon or confusing homily? Most believers have, including Elizabeth Wright Anderson. In Thoughtful Proclaimer, Anderson aims to remedy that situation by offering a step-by-step guide to help pastors and lay people “make faith in Jesus Christ accessible” and ultimately exciting “to new generations.”

In what she calls […]

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Julie Halliwell

Off the Porch Press, 236 pages, (paperback) $13.95, 9780692883402
(Reviewed: February, 2018)

Julie Halliwell’s debut novel—a work of speculative fiction aimed at young adults—is a breath of fresh air in a category inundated with dark dystopian and post-apocalyptic storylines. This ambitious tale is more than hopeful or inspiring—it’s visionary and possibly life-changing for those open to receiving the author’s simple message.

The story revolves around […]

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Tommy O’Tom in a Tub O’Trouble

JTK Belle and Mike Motz

Picklefish Press, 30 pages, (paperback) $7.99, 9781976891625
(Reviewed: February, 2018)

Tommy O’Tom in a Tub O’Trouble is a delightful picture book for both parents and children, bringing an element of wonder into the familiar setting of bath time.

Tommy is enjoying himself in the bathtub when he’s joined, one by one, by a few unexpected guests: first a giraffe and hippo, who are soon followed […]

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