The God Within

Martine Racine

Trafford, 170 pages, (paperback) $37.48, 9781426912146
(Reviewed: April, 2012)

Author Martine Racine is a Jungian psychoanalyst and ordained minister. In The God Within, she describes how the divine lives in all of us.

Racine posits that our center of power, creativity, and morality doesn’t come from extrinsic sources. Rather, they reside in our being and are tapped into when we feel from our hearts. […]

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Be That as It May!: or Ten Stupid Things Governments do to Mess up “Edyukayshun”

Roberta Maclise McDonald

Trafford, 193 pages, (paperback) $15.88, 9781425140168
(Reviewed: April, 2012)

The old adage that you can’t tell a book by its cover is born out by the illustration on the front of Be That As It May. Readers seeing the Statue of Liberty with an apple replacing her torch and the words “school text” adorning her tablet should naturally expect a treatise on education problems […]

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All I Wanted Was a Home: Raised in an Orphanage

Clark Watts

AuthorHouse, 142 pages, (paperback) $12.99, 9781438969473
(Reviewed: April, 2012)

Clark Watts was seven when his father deserted the family, leaving the author’s mother with five children and a sixth on the way. When she deposited the children two years later at the Buckner Orphans’ Home near Dallas, Watts understood why. “The reason we came to the home was poverty, with no other way out,” […]

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Heaven’s Message: How to Read It Nowadays

Christopher Stubbs

Trafford, 184 pages, (paperback) $14.50, 9781466906754
(Reviewed: April, 2012)

Heaven’s Message explores natal astrology: the theory that astrology and genetics are intimately connected. Consequently, the author says, in order to fully understand a person’s character, relationships, career and health, an astrologist must interpret two charts: an epoch chart based on when the person was conceived, and a birth chart based on the date, time […]

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The Neurosurgeon

Travis Robertson

iUniverse, 320 pages, (paperback) $19.95, 9781469700281
(Reviewed: April, 2012)

The cover of The Neurosurgeon is a moody illustration of a nude woman underwater with the twin snakes of a doctor’s caduceus wrapped around her. The image is so ominous, along with the jacket’s description of the beautiful nurse who “harbors evil intentions” and a noir-ish prologue, that it seems to presage evil and violence.

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Patchwork Culture

Roy Mackpenfield

Trafford, 243 pages, (paperback) $21.28, 9781425122003
(Reviewed: April, 2012)

In Patchwork Culture, Jamaican-born Roy Mackpenfield makes an adventure of returning to his native country after living for more than 40 years in Wales. His mission is to uncover the details of this island nation’s historical roots.

Mackpenfield, aged 62 and partially sighted, squelches his doubts about his deteriorating vision and his ability to write […]

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A Personal Journey into the Quantum World

Jean Paul Corriveau

iUniverse, 610 pages, (paperback) $36.95, 9781440148255
(Reviewed: April, 2012)

Clocking in at over 600 pages, Jean Paul Corriveau’s A Personal Journey into the Quantum World is an ambitious examination of a number of scientific ideas, including the relationships between time, matter, space, light and motion; gravitation; dark matter; and the origins of the universe. Yet, Corriveau is less concerned in presenting a straight-ahead examination […]

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Henrietta the Guard Chicken

Iris-Arla Moore

Trafford, 32 pages, (paperback) $14.95, 9781412086158
(Reviewed: April, 2012)

Iris-Arla Moore has taken the unusual and true story of Henrietta, a Bantam chicken, and turned it into an appealing children’s book. In this picture book geared to preschool children and beginning readers, photos illustrate how Henrietta came to live and “work” with Dan.

Dan owns an auto repair shop, and one day a chicken […]

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Ashes to Alleluias

Cheryl F. Damina

Xlibris, 50 pages, (paperback) $15.99, 9781425799335
(Reviewed: April, 2012)

The themes of Cheryl F. Damian’s Ashes to Alleluias are well represented by this slim volume’s packaging. The cogent cover copy highlights the author’s affection for the natural environment, which is further developed by Shirley Springsteen’s charming illustrations in black and white throughout the interior. Realistic pencil sketches of ladybugs, butterflies, sunflowers, and roses decorate […]

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A Test of Alien Alliance

Norma Druid

Xlibris, 227 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781456863289
(Reviewed: April, 2012)

In Norma Druid’s novel, A Test of Alien Alliance, overpopulation has forced humans to migrate to a habitable interplanetary system in a faraway galaxy. Also inhabiting that system are Varangians, a rather aggressive race of horned humanoid aliens. For 500 years, the two races have coexisted in relative peace, but when three Varangians disappear in […]

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