Forty Days to Forgiveness: A Christian’s Field Guide to the Forgiveness Journey

Ronald D. Ramsey, MEd, DMin, LMFT

WestBow Press, 438 pages, (paperback) $34.95, 9781664217638
(Reviewed: October, 2021)

Clinical Chaplain Ronald D. Ramsey offers a large-format manual to address the complex aspects of human forgiveness, underpinned by his professional expertise and deep Christian faith.

Ramsey has worked as a marriage and family counselor in private practice and is involved in hospital and palliative counseling. He believes the inability to forgive is at the […]

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It Was Always Her

J. L. Witterick

iUniverse, 338 pages, (paperback) $8.95, 9781532065606
(Reviewed: October, 2021)

J.L. Witterick sets her second novel in the near-future United States, following 18-year-old West Point student Bruce Meyer on a mission into the past to stop a Third World War.

Chosen because of his background and perceived expendability, Bruce is given a secret letter before a hush-hush mission from General George Emmerson sends him back […]

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A Wicked Wind: The Archanium Codex, Book Two

Nicholas McIntire

Black Dove Press, 661 pages, (ebook) $3.99, 9781733849142
(Reviewed: October, 2021)

Nicholas McIntire’s dedication to elaborate world-building is more impressive than ever in A Wicked Wind, his sprawling sequel to 2019’s The Hunter’s Gambit.

In his second journey to the realm of Ilyar, McIntire builds upon an imagined world of angels and demons, monsters and mysticism and the Archanium, “a vast and complex network of energies” […]

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Winterset Hollow

Jonathan Edward Durham

Credo House, 280 pages, (paperback) $17.99, 9781625862082
(Reviewed: September, 2021)

Jonathan Edward Durham’s engrossing novel, Winterset Hollow, mixes dark fantasy and horror in an allegory about retribution and reparation.

Protagonist Eamon was raised in isolation by a paranoid father who disappeared when Eamon was 14. Bounced around the system, he escaped into books, his favorite being E.B. Addington’s Winterset Hollow. Ostensibly a cozy fable of […]

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Sparky’s Electrifying Tale

Janelle London and Matthew Metz, illustrated by Ilya Fortuna

Mascot Books, 38 pages, (hardcover) $16.95, 9781645438601
(Reviewed: September, 2021)

With the aid of his sister and a pet hamster, Rory learns about oil, gasoline and electric-powered alternatives, in the enjoyable and educational children’s picture book Sparky’s Electrifying Tale.

Rory receives a hamster, Sparky, as a birthday gift, and is overjoyed. As he looks for a tunnel for Sparky to play in, Rory’s sister Tina […]

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A Journey of Faith: An Autobiographical Narrative

Serville Waterman, PhD, DD

iUniverse, 88 pages, (paperback) $10.99, 9781532097195
(Reviewed: September, 2021)

A Journey of Faith chronicles Pastor Serville Waterman’s unusual spiritual journey from childhood to adulthood.

Waterman briefly explores his childhood in Barbados. Born in 1945 to a prophetess and a father who often disappeared, he was the 11th of 13 children. Four siblings died at birth. He notes that during his childhood, he experienced “special […]

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The Hawk’s Message: Of the Wing, Book 2

P.K. Butler

Pinchey House Press, 150 pages, (paperback) $7.99, 9780982034255
(Reviewed: September, 2021)

In the second offering of P.K. Butler’s Of the Wing trilogy, 11-year-old Claire, who has a mystical connection with birds, goes on a trip with a billionaire ornithologist to find a rarely-seen species.

Whenever Claire wears a T-shirt with a picture of a bird, that bird will come to her. She has a special relationship […]

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Three Dimensions: Lizzies Scaries

Elizabeth Reinach

Xlibris, 86 pages, (paperback) $36.03, 9781984592712
(Reviewed: September, 2021)

This slender collection of short-short stories centers on mysterious, magical and sometimes eerie circumstances.

In the opening story, “Aladdin’s Cave,” a young woman turns 18 and can now trade her “dreary” school uniform for the colorful, fine clothing of an adult. She dreams often of clothing, and when the magazine astrologer, Gypsy Meg, promises a […]

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10 Steps to Help You Get On With Your Life

Mary Dunbar

Xlibris, 50 pages, (paperback) $14.99, 9781664158986
(Reviewed: September, 2021)

Equal parts self-help and biography, 10 Steps to Help You Get On With Your Life, offers proactive, faith-filled tactics for approaching life’s daily hardships.

Encouraging readers to delve deeper into biblical scriptures and practices, author Mary Dunbar guides her audience in a 10-step process to overcoming life’s challenges, beginning with prayer. Step 1 is titled […]

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A Rake Like You

Becky Michaels

Mildred Press, (paperback) $14.99 pages, 360, 9781735140155
(Reviewed: September, 2021)

In this entertaining Regency romance, the second in the Linfield Hall series, an independent spinster requires much persuasion to entrust her ne’er-do-well neighbor with her fortune, her future, and her heart.

Hurt when her childhood acquaintance Charles Finch, Lord Bolton, becomes intrigued by an opera singer while he’s supposed to be feigning interest in her, […]

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