Sweet Mystery of Life: A Judeo-Christian Exogesis

June Raleigh

June Raleigh, 71 pages, (paperback) $8.95, 9798583918119
(Reviewed: February, 2021)

In Sweet Mystery of Life, author June Raleigh seeks to provide a critical explanation and clarification of selected portions of Scripture. Her aim is to give those searching for God and the meaning of life a better understanding of the “rules to live by” from the Old Testament and “a path to the afterlife through […]

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The Battle of Jettena Junction

A.W. Bennett and Ben Lewis

Balboa Press, pages, (paperback) $33.99, 9781504323055
(Reviewed: February, 2021)

In this lengthy offering, A.W. Bennett records and re-imagines the American Civil War. Instead of writing a novel “with a dash of history,” he puts history first, using “plot as the backdrop,” according to the back cover.

The core story involves events in the Civil War’s waning days. Northern forces seem headed for victory after […]

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A Ray of Light Reaches Down to Man

Jewel Sparks

iUniverse, 116 pages, (paperback) $13.99, 9781532093470
(Reviewed: February, 2021)

Jewel Sparks’ A Ray of Light Reaches Down to Man is a book of Christian poetry that explores the ups and downs of a life of faith from the perspective of a narrator who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder but is able to transcend her illness through the support of God and Jesus.

The […]

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Once There Was a Nothing

Annie Penland

Xlibris, 54 pages, (paperback) $24.99, 9781796066081
(Reviewed: February, 2021)

In this emotional picture book about loneliness, an outcast finds the joy of friendship.

Joe is a young boy who feels like “a nothing.” He’s teased at school and often yelled at when home. His circumstances make him feel small and vulnerable and seem to take away his voice, making him quiet and difficult to […]

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The Adventures of Gorio

Sherwin Zarate

iUniverse, 184 pages, (paperback) $13.99, 9781663210760
(Reviewed: February, 2021)

Sherwin Zarate’s The Adventures of Gorio is a fantasy novel focused on a group of teenagers with extraordinary powers.

The story introduces the titular protagonist Gorio. Through first-person narration, Gorio relates how a giant ghost, which he calls a “kapre,” assaults his home in the Philippines. Gorio manages to escape, but not before the monster […]

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Your Destiny is Inside You: Be Your Own Guiding Light

Ana Pat; translated by Rob Pagett and Aleksandra Oszmianska-Pagett

Ana Pat, 201 pages, (paperback) $10.99, 9781698908267
(Reviewed: February, 2021)

Polish writer Ana Pat offers spiritual wisdom in Your Destiny is Inside You.

Pat has racked up more than a lifetime of accomplishments. He writes that he has traveled to seven continents, taken expeditions to the highest mountains and to the North and South Poles, is an artist and meditator who taught meditation in Nepal […]

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Becoming Soul: Seven Steps to Heaven

El Alma

Balboa Press, 128 pages, (paperback) $15.95, 9781504320863
(Reviewed: February, 2021)

In this fictional narrative, protagonist Asina illustrates the seven stages a soul goes through in its physical existence on Earth in order to learn, grow, and impart lessons to others.

Before Asina arrives on Earth for her birth, a being of light tells her to find a black purse in a kitchen alcove once she’s […]

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Your Next Big Idea: Improve Your Creativity and Problem-Solving

Samuel Sanders

Heard Publishing, 280 pages, (paperback) $14.99, 9781734913026
(Reviewed: February, 2021)

In Your Next Big Idea, serial entrepreneur Samuel Sanders shares, with clarity and finesse, the process he’s used since a college class assignment to come up with more than 100 ideas a week. Overall, he aims to help readers learn to be “innovative, creative, good at solving problems, and an ace at coming up with […]

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Getting Right With God

Joseph C. Way, B.A., B.D., MDiv.

Xlibris, 258 pages, (paperback) $13.99, 9781664129528
(Reviewed: February, 2021)

The question of who or what God is, and how belief in Him fits into one’s life, is universal. Here, Joseph C. Way attacks that imponderable while challenging conventional wisdom and examining how “presuppositions” (his term for beliefs) block living a life of Truth.

Pulling no punches, Way immediately proclaims he will share his truth. […]

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The Fundamental Principle of Digits of a Number: d=9k

Chibamba Mulenga, Ph.D.

Outskirts Press, 115 pages, , 9781977231444
(Reviewed: February, 2021)

In the hands of the right person, an intriguing idea can be nurtured into an innovative new philosophy. Such is the case with Chibamba Mulenga’s The Fundamental Principle of Digits of a Number: d = 9k, a speculative take on the well-known mathematical Rule of Divisibility by 9.

Mulenga patiently builds and defends his principle […]

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