Celebrate Family: Strategies for Creating Lasting Joy in the Home

Don Voss

AuthorHouse, 73 pages, (paperback) $11.90, 9781434388865
(Reviewed: August, 2012)

It would be easy to dismiss Celebrate Family, Don Voss’ roadmap to building a close, happy family through familial celebrations, as a cloying throwback to another era. Certainly there is a Brady Bunch feel to his description of the complicated rituals in his home in the 1960s and ’70s — often based on religious themes […]

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Stormy the Cloud

Jessica Lasser

AuthorHouse, 17 pages, (paperback) $17.99, 9781468562149
(Reviewed: August, 2012)

In Jessica Lasser’s new picture book, a small cloud feels out of place but finally discovers his own particular gift.

Stormy is happy to be a cloud, though he has none of the special talents his fellow clouds display. A show-and-tell session at which all the other young clouds show off their skills leaves Stormy […]

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Davey’s Half-Way Home Cafe

Davey Doby

AuthorHouse, 256 pages, (paperback) $18.00, 9781456726690
(Reviewed: August, 2012)

In just about every American town you’ll find a small restaurant where someone like Earline Edison-Broomfield treats customers like family. The owner of Davey’s Half-Way Home Café in Mississippi, Earline poured her heart and soul into her country cooking until she retired in 2010 at age 80. This cookbook is a paean to her love […]

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Dust in the Wind

Tom Morrow

iUniverse, 317 pages, (paperback) $19.95, 9781469790817
(Reviewed: August, 2012)

The archetypal hero of this raw-boned novel about growing up is 17-year-old Dave White, who, in 1960, flees his parents and girlfriend in dead-end Crane, Oklahoma to seek adventure–and to make enough money for a decent used car. “I guess I was one of the rovers,” Dave muses, “and it ran deeper in me than […]

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Noto of Java: Tale of Love, Struggle, and Ascension in the Land of Ambiguity

Jono Hardjowirogo

Xlibris, 255 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781469199962
(Reviewed: August, 2012)

Jono Hardjowirogo’s Noto of Java, begins in the 1960s social and political unrest of Indonesia, where the mostly Muslim Javanese tribe is dominant. In 1965, protagonist Noto, comes with a mysterious letter of introduction to live with Javanese relatives in Solo after his parents have been killed in a melee between the Nationalist Party and […]

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Overcoming Life’s Challenges

Nseobung Utuk

iUniverse, 202 pages, (paperback) $17.95, 9781475906950
(Reviewed: August, 2012)

In Overcoming Life’s Challenges, author N. George Utuk effectively presents practical everyday steps Christians can take to help them face today’s challenges. Using scripture references along with personal experiences, he skillfully touches the heart of our everyday lives.

Utuk is founder of the Word of Faith Ministries, Inc. and pastor of Abundant Life Word Fellowship […]

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The Wisdom of White Wing: Volume 2

Donald M. T. McQueen

Trafford, 364 pages, (paperback) $30.87, 9781412081207
(Reviewed: August, 2012)

In 1927, a group of seekers belonging to a spiritual sect, the Circle of Light, met in London and again periodically on Vancouver Island until the ’50s. One of its members, Harry Drake, acted as a channeler, receiving the words of a spirit known as White Wing. (For the uninitiated, a channeler communicates between humans […]

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Ravenslea

Pamela M. Parry

Trafford, 378 pages, (paperback) $27.48, 9781425119980
(Reviewed: August, 2012)

Ravenslea is a story about a place — a grand manor in the English county of Devon. But even more, it’s a story about the people who make that place what it is. Pamela M. Parry’s historical novel begins in 1833 and takes readers on a luxurious ride spanning more than seven decades and several […]

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Autobiography of an Ordinary Couple Facing Extraordinary Circumstances

Dr. E.R. Buckler

Trafford, 454 pages, (paperback) $23.99, 9781466917538
(Reviewed: August, 2012)

With the intent of helping others in similar situations, E.R. Buckler chronicles 56 difficult years of married life with Wilma, who suffers from a bipolar disorder and dementia.

In the first third of this autobiography, Buckler briefly introduces Wilma as coming from a dysfunctional family and then introduces himself as a kind person coming from […]

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The Entrant

Ronald L. Nanton

Trafford, 89 pages, (paperback) $12.50, 9781425159344
(Reviewed: August, 2012)

At their best, the poems in The Entrant by Ronald Nanton are dense, articulate and ambitious, crowded with sharply remembered details of a life that seems to have been lived at breakneck speed.

Born in 1946 in Port-of-Spain in the Caribbean, Nanton initially studied to become a Catholic priest and later worked as a reporter […]

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