On The Way To Casa Lotus

Lorena Junco Margain

Cuco Press, 184 pages, (paperback) $17.00, 9781736390511
(Reviewed: April, 2021)

In this inspirational memoir of healing and forgiveness, Lorena Junco Margain shares lessons learned from surviving a medical nightmare with the help of family and her cherished Mexican cultural roots.

Struggling with a mysterious post-partum illness, Junco Margain senses something is wrong. Doctors prescribe anti-depressants, to no avail, as the loss of her abuela and […]

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A Shepherd of Wolves

R.J. King

Tenant Publishing, 264 pages, (ebook) $9.99, 9781736570227
(Reviewed: April, 2021)

R.J. King’s A Shepherd of Wolves is a crime drama that explores the disparate lives of a serial killer and the detective determined to catch him, as well as the choices they’ve made that lead their paths to cross in their hometown of St. Anna, South Carolina.

Edmund Glass is considered “odd” by nearly everyone […]

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We Three Kings

Lyle Fugleberg

iUniverse, 288 pages, (paperback) $16.99, 9781663205957
(Reviewed: April, 2021)

Lyle Fugleberg’s novel We Three Kings, tells the tale of time-traveling Confederates and three men touched by their appearance.

In November 2020, three men see a “flash” near Franklin, Tennessee, that precedes the appearance of a handful of Confederate soldiers yanked from the Battle of Franklin in 1864. The men set out to explore the […]

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Reflections in the Mirror: A Literary Collection of Selected Poetry, 2014-2019

Gary Bateman

AuthorHouse, (paperback) $31.65 pages, 618, 9781665582216
(Reviewed: April, 2021)

The pervading impetus that drives and supports each poem in Gary Bateman’s collection Reflections in the Mirror is the author’s love for poetry.

“Poetry is the/ one literary undertaking that I like to do the most,” the author confides in “Don’t Talk About It—Write About It.” “My love of poetry is for all eternity,” he […]

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Nine Lives of a Scouser

David C. Pickard

AuthorHouse, 132 pages, (paperback) $14.34, 9781665581851
(Reviewed: April, 2021)

For more than a half century, David C. Pickard had an inside view of England’s post-war industry. He tells his story in Nine Lives of a Scouser. (Scouser is a term for a native of Liverpool, where he was born in 1937.)

Pickard skims through his childhood in just six pages. Much of the book […]

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Architecture in Black and White

J.M. Yielding

iUniverse, 352 pages, (paperback) $20.99, 9781663208644
(Reviewed: April, 2021)

J.M. Yielding’s novel Architecture in Black and White tells the story of Calvin Weems Johnson, a black man in the mid-20th century South.

The novel begins when Calvin is six and closes when he’s middle-aged. He engages in activities: school, family dinners, church picnics, helping his parents re-design the attic for renovation. After he graduates […]

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From Ordinary People to Great Leaders: An Application of Biblical Models to Contemporary Leadership Issues

Everette W. Howell and Dr. Siegfried E. Howell

iUniverse, 270 pages, (paperback) $20.99, 9781663213402
(Reviewed: April, 2021)

Leadership is difficult. But according to Everette W. Howell and his son Siegfried, it doesn’t have to be. We can turn to the Bible to find insights, revelations, and practices that help regular people lead lives of integrity and vision.

In From Ordinary People to Great Leaders, the father/son team examines the lives of “biblical […]

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Fix This Next for Healthcare Providers

Kasey Compton

KC Consulting, 196 pages, (paperback) $20.95, 9781736211908
(Reviewed: April, 2021)

Too many entrepreneurs are just “working to work” without making real progress, writes entrepreneur and mental health therapist Kasey Compton. In Fix This Next for Healthcare Providers, she urges her readers—healthcare professionals who own their own businesses— to focus on the single, vital fix that will help them grow.

This book is an extension of […]

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Cross-Cultural Leadership Training: Managing the Cross-Cultural Challenges of the Nigerian Priests on Mission in the United States with a Predeparture Training

Leonard U. Ahanotu, PhD, EdD

iUniverse, 286 pages, (paperback) $20.99, 9781663207852
(Reviewed: April, 2021)

Leonard U. Ahanotu is a parish priest studying pastoral psychology. With this PhD dissertation, he helpfully identifies areas for cross-cultural training for Nigerian Catholic priests assigned to U.S. parishes.

Ahanotu’s narrative is more engaging than the dry, narrow title suggests. His impressive literature review and analysis make a wider sweep, referencing other professions and countries, […]

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When I Grow Up, I Want To Be A…/ Cuando Crezca, Quiero Ser Un…

John W. Coburn

AuthorHouse, 54 pages, (paperback) $10.99, 9781665503877
(Reviewed: April, 2021)

In this English/Spanish bilingual book, a boy imagines all the careers he could pursue and the skills he’ll need to do so.

The first-person narrative introduces readers to a boy who can’t decide what he wants to be when he grows up. Lying in bed, he ponders whether he could be a construction worker, accountant, […]

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