A Searcher Summoned Book I of the Ryo Myths

Perrin Pring

Amazon Digital Services, 308 pages, (ebook) $2.99,
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

It doesn’t take long for Perrin Pring to sketch out an ambitious and detailed universe in A Searcher Summoned, a dense melding of science fiction and fantasy that looks to be the first entry in an intended series.

Within the first 30 pages, Pring outlines the complex cosmology of an alien world in dizzying detail. […]

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Hidden Treasures

Louise Dupont

Trafford, 53 pages, (paperback) $22.32, 9781466922693
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

On April 7, 2003, Louise Dupont’s 21-year-old son André jumped in front of a truck on Winnipeg’s Perimeter Highway, throwing his family and friends into the long, painful process of recovering from his suicide. Nearly a decade later, the author compiled this short book as a way to share what she learned along the way, […]

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The Hidden Chamber in the Great Sphinx

Linda Cadose

AuthorHouse, 101 pages, (paperback) $14.95, 9781468508079
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

For centuries, many have conjectured that hidden chambers lie beneath the Sphinx and under the sands surrounding the Great Pyramid. In the first young adult novel of a series starring archeologist Cliff Post, Linda Cadose sends her hero to Egypt on an expedition to discover what rests under the right front paw of the mysterious […]

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Awakening the Divine Within

Jim Armstrong

iUniverse, 328 pages, (paperback) $22.95, 9781450255172
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

Former engineer and chemist Jim Armstrong tells about how he and his wife, Anne, came to run spiritual new age workshops all over the country. After being plagued with illness, Anne discovered through hypnosis that she had special abilities. And Jim, after exploring a multitude of careers, decided that his place in the world was […]

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The Teacher

Duane Broxson

Trafford, 341 pages, (paperback) $24.95, 9781425155254
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

In the preface to The Teacher, science teacher Duane Broxson gives readers a sense of how spirituality and science have come together for him in one grand quest: “I began to see a connection between the metaphysical aspects of quantum mechanics, the great physicists search for ‘truth’ about our universe and our own spiritual search […]

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Revealed: A Personal Encounter with God

Sandra Ruth Penro

Xlibris, 143 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781441569394
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

Sandra Ruth Penro’s book of poems Revealed: A Personal Encounter with God is made with uncluttered language and is permeated by a positive “can-do” attitude. While Penro asks God in the poem “My Prayer” to “Bless [her],” she also asks God to “make [her] a blessing” to God, to others, to the world. This approach […]

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Korea (Our War) 1950-1953

Peter W. Cuthbert

Trafford, 311 pages, (paperback) $26.50, 9781553697466
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

Proud of his military service during the Korean War and anxious for his descendants to understand his role in the fighting, Peter W. Cuthbert pieced together a memoir based on letters he and his beloved wife Nan sent each other, his own recall (which he admits is precarious), previous books about Korea, plus a variety […]

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Life, Love, and Death

Mary F. Tucker

Xlibris, 172 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781450005388
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

This story follows the life of the author’s mother, Fran, from the time in 1915 when she was ten and was left homeless when her mother died, until she died at almost 75, with 11 children, grandchildren, and alcoholic husband at her bedside.

As a growing girl, Fran was beautiful, the descendent of a Cherokee […]

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The Elusive Hold and Other Poems

Larry Odegaard

Trafford, 202 pages, (paperback) $18.95, 9781412083560
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

Larry Odegaard’s voice in The Elusive Hold and Other Poems is passionate and his poet’s eye painterly, as in the title poem, which begins: “Night washes the twilight’s leave-taking / in darker hues / with a restless, brooding brush. / The way grows entangled” and in “The Connection,” in which he makes effective use of […]

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Journey Through Life with Irene Riot

Irene Riot

Xlibris, 74 pages, (paperback) $15.99, 9781469165301
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

In this brief book, physician and mother Irene Riot shares poems, photographs, and stories that explore timeless themes of love, heartbreak, and resilience.

Journey Through Life has eleven sections; most of the poetry sections have four poems each, while the story section includes seven short prose pieces. The majority of poems are shorter than one […]

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