Democracy on Trial

Dr. Richard Lasso

Xlibris, 382 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781450066853
(Reviewed: September, 2011)

After receiving a law degree in his native Panama, studying at the London School of Economics and settling in the United States as a political refugee because of persecution by a dictator back home, Ricardo Lasso furthered his already extensive education–as an autodidact.

Fascinated by the divergent evolution of government philosophies in the three countries […]

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Modern Approach to Classroom Discipline and Management

Edwin Earl Felix

Xlibris, NULL pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781456824303
(Reviewed: September, 2011)

This work looks at a crucial and contentious aspect of education: how good educators can minimize disruptive behavior in the classroom.

To address this issue, Felix compiles an encyclopedic reference of modern research on classroom management. He touches on the student-teacher relationship, the school-student relationship, as well as the school-parent connection. According to Felix, the […]

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The Improbable Advocate

A.T. Cullen

Xlibris, 303 pages, (paperback) $29.99 AUD, 9781462851157
(Reviewed: September, 2011)

Today’s courtroom thrillers are dominated by two lawyers – John Grisham and Scott Turow. They’ve defined the genre so well that writers without law degrees won’t even try to compete.

So Australian barrister A.T. Cullen at least has the background to play the game with The Improbable Advocate. Readers can assume Cullen has nailed the […]

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Quiet Horizon

Greg Jemsek

Trafford, 360 pages, (ebook) 9.99, 9781426911279
(Reviewed: September, 2011)

A mystical experience at age 10 coupled with an early childhood trauma primed the author at age 20 to become immersed for three years in the ’70s in a socio-spiritual group called Ananda Marga. In Quiet Horizon, he uses his experience to examine how well-intentioned people lose their “inner compass” and become consumed by such […]

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I Want to Go to Heaven…But, Not Yet

Joe Wise

Xlibris, 183 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781456801304
(Reviewed: September, 2011)

Joe Wise, a minister and counselor for nearly 50 years, has certainly had his fair share of troubles over the years, from long bouts with alcoholism to a series of debilitating illnesses. Now the author has written a touching and deeply personal memoir about his struggles – and the faith that carried him through the […]

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Persona: Stratus the Reborn

Harry G. Mohan

Xlibris, 278 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781456856526
(Reviewed: September, 2011)

A good story puts its main character into ever-increasing conflict, and the fantasy novel Persona: Stratus the Reborn wastes no time doing exactly that.

In the opening pages, teenager Raj (a.k.a. Stratus) investigates his parents’ death at the hands of gang members and confronts the gang’s leader. A few pages later, beings from another planet […]

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Diamond’s Fate

Angie Singleton

Xlibris, 296 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781456888770
(Reviewed: September, 2011)

This intriguing novel relates the hardships and joys in the life of Diamond Pearl Hope, a biracial reporter living in Florida. Born to a white father and African-American mother, Diamond moves to her grandmother’s home after her mother’s death. Her aunts and cousins, also living with her, frequently torment her over her light skin and […]

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After the Cleanse 2012

Russell Four Eagles

Xlibris, 340 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781450074483
(Reviewed: September, 2011)

In After the Cleanse 2012, Russell Four Eagles’ narrative alternates between two future timelines–one far off, one very near. The first portrays a young man (Bear Paw, later renamed Gifted) coming of age in a future society based on Native American traditions. The other depicts the lives of people who survived worldwide flooding in 2012. […]

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Gentle Annie

Carol Tipler

iUniverse, 248 pages, (paperback) $16.95, 9780595471768
(Reviewed: September, 2011)

Set in Australia and powered by aboriginal mythology, Anne Ravenoak’s novel is a deeply spiritual yet thematically inefficacious story that follows Annie, a free spirit idyllically existing in the Dreamtime — a timeless place between death and rebirth — who is called by the Master Dreamer time and again to return to the world to […]

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The Amplified Light

Alice Brooks

Xlibris, 334 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781436378277
(Reviewed: September, 2011)

In The Amplified Light, English teacher, marriage counselor, and devout Christian Alice Brooks has created a daily devotional drawn exclusively from the Amplified Bible. Completed in 1965, the Amplified Bible sought to show the depth and texture of the language of scripture by “using synonyms and definitions [that] both explain and expand the meaning of […]

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