Quit Ruminating and Brooding

Olle Wadström

AuthorHouse, 126 pages, (paperback) $14.85, 9781728381121
(Reviewed: April, 2019)

Humans think, therefore most of us ruminate. But for sufferers of OCD, hypochrondria, jealousy, and anxiety disorders, rumination is a relentless disturbance that interferes with life’s satisfactions. In Quit Ruminating and Brooding, licensed psychologist and therapist Olle Wadström offers a cure for the problem.

Wadström defines rumination as “a pointless attempt to seek answers to […]

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Islands on the Fringe: A year of Micronesian Waves and Wanderers

S. Jacques Stratton

PhantaSea Books, 266 pages, (paperback) $12.49, 9780692192849
(Reviewed: April, 2019)

S. Jacques Stratton’s memoir offers a brief slice of his life, beginning in mid-1999, when he spent a year living and teaching at the College of Micronesia on the island of Pohnpei.

At the time, Stratton was recovering from a broken engagement—his fiancée wanted a more cosmopolitan life; he sought adventure and surfing—and Micronesia seemed […]

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The Most Unlikely Champion

Vera Koo with Justin Pahl

Balboa Press, 172 pages, (paperback) $13.99, 9781504388481
(Reviewed: April, 2019)

Vera Koo—professional sport shooter and eight-time winner of the women’s National Rifle Association (NRA) Bianchi Cup—relates how her unwavering focus, determination and faith in Jesus enabled her to conquer the biggest challenges of her life.

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Koo immigrated to the U.S. with her family when she was 12. In middle […]

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If I Were Human

W.B. Tyler, illustrated by S. D. Page

www.wbtyler.com, llc., 32 pages, (hardcover), 9781543944884
(Reviewed: April, 2019)

A dog who daydreams of being human asks her animal friends to imagine what their lives would be like, too, in W.B. Tyler’s children’s book, If I Were Human.

Brina, a Scottish terrier-like pup, is watching one of her human housemates play a video game one day when the father of the house remarks that […]

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Suicide Tango: My Year Killing it with a Shrink

Tripsy South

Adagio Press, 280 pages, (paperback), 9781944855239
(Reviewed: April, 2019)

Suicide Tango: My Year Killing it with a Shrink, ostensibly written by Tripsy South (edited by ghostwriter William Garner), chronicles a year of therapeutic sessions between a suicidal patient and her psychiatrist.

Narrated by the psychiatrist and intended for young adults, most chapters contain a series of individual sessions between Tripsy, a mercurial yet unusually […]

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The Laws of Vanity

J. Taylor Baker

Eagle Cliff Press, pages, (paperback) $14.99,
(Reviewed: April, 2019)

Novelist J. Taylor Baker explores the significance of beauty and the bounds of friendship as two young women pursue their Hollywood dreams in The Laws of Vanity.

Blonde, statuesque model Courtney Suveau moves to Los Angeles to pursue a Hollywood career. A college dropout, her beauty provides her with income, attention, and an upcoming film […]

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Jesus Christ, His Life and Mine: The Story of Jesus and How It Applies to Us in the Twitter Era

R. Christian Bohlen

Carpenter's Son Publishing, 256 pages, (paperback) $16.99, 9781949572001
(Reviewed: April, 2019)

In a fast-paced world often dominated by the chaotic ebb and flow of social media, it’s easy to lose our values and ethics. The remedy? For R. Christian Bohlen, it’s turning away from our smartphones and focusing our attention on Jesus. “Even in the Twitter era,” Bohlen writes, “Jesus shows the way up and out […]

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The Day Moose Left Home

Lee Dunstan

Xlibris, 25 pages, (paperback) $25.05, 9781543495263
(Reviewed: March, 2019)

Lee Dunstan’s The Day Moose Left Home tells the story of a lost turtle named “Moose.”

The story begins with a family visiting their local pet shop so the youngest boy can buy a turtle for his birthday. He chooses the smallest turtle with the intention of taking such good care of his pet that […]

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Caribbean Middle Child: Passion and Pains of Learning Life

Mikkemé François

Xlibris, 281 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781984522856
(Reviewed: March, 2019)

Mikkemé François’ autobiographical novel follows a young man’s coming of age on the fictional island of Triskara (which appears to be a stand-in for Trinidad).

Carlen, one of six children, gets into many scrapes involving daredevil hijinks, often in pursuit of fruit or other treats. Despite the thrashings he gets from his parents, Carlen cannot […]

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A Message of Love: A Guide to Finding Real Love and Your Purpose in Life

Sandra Brown

Xlibris, 51 pages, (paperback) $15.99, 9781499062199
(Reviewed: March, 2019)

In A Message of Love, Ms. Sandra explores the biblical meaning of love and offers insight into how a correct view of love brings peace, purpose and fulfillment.

In this brief work, Ms. Sandra contrasts definitions of love from the Bible with popular modern perceptions to redirect misguided understanding. She opens with a biblical definition […]

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