Raglands: The Anamnesis of Life “Anwen”

Nikki Goodwin

Trafford, 170 pages, (paperback) $14.77, 9781466914612
(Reviewed: May, 2012)

As Nikki Goodwin explains in the author’s note to her debut novel, the word “anamnesis” means “the recalled memory of a life.” Here she “recalls” the character of Anwen, a peasant girl in 1500s Wales who appeared to Goodwin in a vision.

Pure, good, kind and beautiful, Anwen is born with special powers that enable […]

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Haunted Life

Sarah M. Summers

Xlibris, 125 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781456861933
(Reviewed: May, 2012)

In this witty novel by author and college student Sarah M. Summers, a teenage girl tracks down a serial killer with the help of a geeky friend, a ghost sidekick and a werespider.

Seventeen-year-old Ceria and her twin sister Lucia have been helping ghosts move on to the hereafter ever since their father died and […]

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The Congo: Where Men are Eaten

Juan Rodriguez

Xlibris, 142 pages, (paperback) $13.99 UK, 9781456894382
(Reviewed: May, 2012)

The intriguing title of this book comes from the final chapter of Juan Rodriquez’s memoir, which recounts his stint as a mercenary in the tumultuous Belgian Congo of the mid-1960s. Leading up to this hair-raising climax are tales of his youth in Madrid.

In 1947, his father dying of illness contracted in the Spanish Civil […]

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On The Cutting Edge: Redemption

Jody Isaackson

Trafford, 136 pages, (paperback) $12.87, 9781426937873
(Reviewed: May, 2012)

In J.J. Luepke’s novel, On the Cutting Edge: Redemption, Cassandra Coven is sleeping her way to the top at Sanderson & Sons Agency when the talented new girl -–young, competent Josie Buchanan – arrives on the job. Threatened by Josie, Cass begins taking credit for Josie’s ideas and trumps up reasons to reprimand her. Worried […]

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Poetically Correct: Banned By the Free Press

Ciera Louise

Trafford, 172 pages, (paperback) $13.96, 9781426973895
(Reviewed: May, 2012)

The questioning spirit of the poems in Poetically Correct: Banned by The Free Press makes for a reflective read. Arranged “in the chronological order of my life,” beginning in December 2003 and ending in April, 2011, the organization of these relatively short, mostly one-page poems provides forward momentum for the reader.

Acknowledging C.S. Lewis and […]

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The Disciple’s Guidebook

A. Victoria Chance

A. Victoria Chance, 81 pages, (paperback) $15, 9780986001017
(Reviewed: May, 2012)

The Disciple’s Guidebook by A. Victoria Chance is a straightforward Bible study intended to provide Christian readers with a workout plan to build spiritual strength, character, and a deeper and more robust faith in the works of Jesus Christ.

The book centers on the “Armor of God,” a metaphorical idea first proposed in Paul’s Letter […]

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Living Temple or Rundown Shack

Sue Godwin

Trafford, 82 pages, (paperback) $11.95, 9781425106331
(Reviewed: May, 2012)

While thousands of books have been written about diet and nutrition, Living Temple or Rundown Shack? takes a unique approach. The slim book, by Sue Eudy Godwin, a devout Christian, examines nutrition and health through a Christian lens, emphasizing personal responsibility (to God) to take control of one’s health and well-being.

The author devotes the […]

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Creative Mindpower Techniques

Frank Lea

Frank Lea, 244 pages, (paperback) $16.86, 9781426948398
(Reviewed: May, 2012)

Frank W. Lea’s self-help primer offers an overview of what hypnosis is and what it can achieve, as well as numerous techniques for successfully reaching the subconscious. Hypnosis, he says, can help the body heal from injury; help someone to perform better in sports, public speaking and test taking; ease labor and childbirth; and help […]

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As Free as the Wind Is

Times Richardson

Trafford, 93 pages, (paperback) $12.18, 9781425136833
(Reviewed: May, 2012)

Is “free will” truly free? Or does this “free” gift from God come with great costs and responsibilities?

Such theological questions sit at the heart of As Free As the Wind Is, a treatise on free will and its consequences by Catholic layman Times L. Richardson. At age 74, this believer set out to explore […]

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Be A Winning Coach

Robin Clarkson

Trafford, 168 pages, (paperback) $17.95, 9781426908248
(Reviewed: May, 2012)

With its title and a cover depicting a man wearing a headset and holding a clipboard, Robin Clarkson’s Be a Winning Coach suggests it will cover a variety of sports. The book’s focus is actually is somewhat narrower. The majority of its specific instruction most closely relates to field hockey, though there is some crossover […]

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