It’s a Bama Thing!

Rob Lewis

WestBow Press, 150 pages, (paperback) $11.95, 9781664274037
(Reviewed: March, 2023)

It’s a Bama Thing! overflows with joy as Rob Lewis blends biographical information with two great loves: his worship of God and his enthusiasm for the state of Alabama, particularly the University of Alabama’s football team.

Lewis divides his chapters thematically and then braids in information from his life, religious beliefs, and appreciation for home. […]

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Something New in Cloverville?

Janet Stuart

AuthorHouse, 24 pages, (paperback) $12.49, 9781452077017
(Reviewed: March, 2023)

A turtle wins a new and unique contest in the picture book Something New in Cloverville?

Mayor Eddie, a hedgehog, wants to create a new event for Cloverville’s Summer Celebration, and he’s inspired by a tomato display in Sophie Skunk’s store. Together, they come up with the rules for the first-ever tomato-rolling contest, with a […]

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Speaking While Female: 75 Extraordinary Speeches by American Women

Dana Rubin

Real Clear Publishing, 398 pages, (hardcover) $30.00, 9781637550304
(Reviewed: March, 2023)

In Speaking While Female, Dana Rubin assembles a comprehensive anthology of vibrant female voices from over 200 years of American history.

Female orations, explains Rubin, were rarely published and generally excluded from the mostly male canon of America’s historical speeches. But women, too, were eyewitnesses to injustice and had something to say about it, she […]

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Living with Cancer

Gayle Leslie Henderson

iUniverse, 266 pages, (paperback) $20.99, 9781532089282
(Reviewed: March, 2023)

In 2015, Gayle Leslie Henderson was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. Aiming to share her experience with other survivors, she has collected 14 of her essays on the spiritual, emotional, and practical aspects of this new reality in Living with Cancer.

Henderson gets it. She understands the confusion, loss of control, and exhaustion that comes […]

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Jetsam: A Divemaster Ricky Adventure (Book 3)

Tracy Grogan

Tracy Grogan, 358 pages, (ebook) $4.95, 9798985014037
(Reviewed: March, 2023)

No matter where Ricky Yamamoto scuba dives, she gets in hot water. In Jetsam however, most of the calamities she encounters aren’t aquatic.

In the third of Tracy Grogan’s Divemaster Ricky Adventures, Ricky leaves the Sinai Peninsula, where she’d previously led dives and narrowly escaped with her life. Now she’s headed for a gig in […]

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Deep Light

Dennis Martineau

iUniverse, 346 pages, (paperback) $20.99, 9781663248145
(Reviewed: March, 2023)

Dennis Martineau’s debut novel is a page-turning fusion of science fiction adventure and cosmic horror set on a remote space station, whose crew is developing a device that can create controllable black holes and, ideally, glimpse into the darkness within.

The Deep Light device on the Parallax space station is just hours away from increasing […]

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A Japanese Boy Sees a New Light: Escaping from North Korea

Shu Shimizu

Partridge, 138 pages, (paperback) $13.27, 9781543770957
(Reviewed: March, 2023)

In this lucid, well-crafted true story, Shu Shimizu relates his perilous escape from North Korea at the end of World War II.

Shimizu was living with his Japanese parents and two brothers in the northern Korean city of Kisshu, where his father worked for the Korean Railway Company, when Japan’s Emperor Hirohito surrendered on August […]

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Along Came Hell, or So I Thought

Lois Young

Xlibris, 220 pages, (paperback) $17.99, 9781669835158
(Reviewed: March, 2023)

Lois Young chronicles her journey to a life of peace and contentment from what she considered hell on earth in this compelling memoir about trusting God through life’s darkest days.

After 44 years of marriage, Lois Young’s husband—a respected leader in their church of 30 years—was convicted of a felony for child molestation and sentenced […]

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Everyday Awakening: Five Practices for Living Fully, Feeling Deeply, and Coming into Your Heart and Soul

Catherine Duncan

Amplify Publishing, 172 pages, (hardcover) $22.95, 9781637556085
(Reviewed: March, 2023)

Catherine Duncan’s self-help book Everyday Awakening is the culmination of what she’s learned at critical junctures in her life.

At age 11, Duncan was given a slim chance of survival when battling cancer. But she beat the odds, and “this childhood experience cracked me open,” she writes. “….I had awakened to the preciousness of being […]

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Open For Interpretation: A Doctor’s Journey Into Astrology

Alicia Blando, MD

She Writes Press, 232 pages, (paperback) $17.95, 9781647424701
(Reviewed: March, 2023)

As a medical student questioning whether she was on the right path, Alicia Blando yearned for what she called a “rule book for life.” Four decades later, she’s written that rulebook, based on astrology and titled Open for Interpretation.

Blando writes that she was first attracted to astrology as a teenager, when she discovered horoscopes […]

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