Logan Learns All About Maple Syrup

Leora Janson Sipp

Trafford, 34 pages, (paperback) $14.50, 9781466916845
(Reviewed: August, 2012)

Leora Janson Sipp’s new picture book is a loving celebration of the family farm and the springtime ritual of waiting for the sap to run and then making maple syrup. Linda Shaw’s lovely watercolor illustrations reveal all the surprising colors of the northern woods at the final edge of winter, bringing this nostalgic book to […]

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Beyond the Gift of Life: Making the Commitment to Be a Stay-at-Home Mom

Nikki D. Blake

Trafford, 66 pages, (paperback) $11.95, 9781426955495
(Reviewed: August, 2012)

In her slim book Beyond the Gift of Life, Nikki Blake takes on a touchy and personal subject, arguing that the world would be a better place if more mothers stayed home with their children.

An English teacher who stayed home until her children were school age, Blake believes women are caught up in the […]

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Nightingales Are Singing

James Fearn

Xlibris , 255 pages, (paperback) $29.99 AUD, 9781469199184
(Reviewed: August, 2012)

Give James Fearn credit for sincerity and ambition. The 83-year-old novelist attempts to chart the bumpy course of American racial justice from 1899 to 1940 in Nightingales Are Singing, the saga of one multiracial family. Fearn takes pains to invoke most of the era’s major players: the Ku Klux Klan and the NAACP, the labor […]

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Victimized by Love

Marshelle Teasley

Trafford, 61 pages, (paperback) $10.43, 9781466932630
(Reviewed: August, 2012)

Victimized By Love is presented as a novella of sorts. A woman named Tracie reviews her difficult life, beginning with her abandonment at birth and tracing a long path through horrendous abuse, neglect, foster care, life as a runaway, and a series of relationships, each of which seems more abusive than the one before. Nevertheless, […]

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Spiritual of Love

Chelsey Louise Lloyd

Xlibris, 55 pages, (paperback) 9.99 UK, 9781462893560
(Reviewed: August, 2012)

In this highly personal collection of poetry and essays, Chelsey Louise Lloyd explores traumas ranging from lost love, adultery, addiction, violence, bullying and poverty, to the ravages of aging, abuse and war. The author, whose faith is unshakeable, offers spiritual solutions to these crises that swing between “The healing power of the cross” and “…the […]

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Among Teachers

Peter Fenninger

Trafford, 184 pages, (paperback) $14.50, 9781466933354
(Reviewed: August, 2012)

In Among Teachers, Peter L. Fenninger has distilled a lifetime of experience into a positive book that would be excellent for those who would like to conduct an armchair archeological dig through the life of a teacher at the end of a rewarding career.

In the first of three sections, Fenninger recounts his 30 years […]

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Walking Away From Texas

Sharon Bradley

iUniverse, 105 pages, (paperback) $10.95, 9780595326723
(Reviewed: August, 2012)

In this coming-of-age debut by author Sharon Bradley, Texas high school senior Katie Mitchell confronts her romantic feelings for her best male friend and realizes where her heart must lead her.

Katie has been best friends with football jock Alan since kindergarten and now wonders if their relationship could be something more. But it isn’t […]

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I David

David J. Lamb

Trafford, 99 pages, (paperback) $9.88, 9781466938168
(Reviewed: August, 2012)

David J. Lamb drew the short straw when parents were handed out. He was born to a mother who already had seven children from dalliances with other men. David (birth name Joseph David Sharp) resulted from an affair between his mother, Mary, and an elevator engineer who, like the other men, abandoned them all.

Mary, […]

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Creative Evolution Revisited: A New Theological Theory of Evolution

Donald C. Austin, MD

iUniverse, 665 pages, (paperback) $37.95, 9780595531455
(Reviewed: August, 2012)

In Creative Evolution Revisited, Donald C. Austin, a third-generation doctor, attempts to revive the ideas of French philosopher Henri Bergson (1859-1941), whose concept of élan vital (creative life source) was a response to the atheistic evolution theory of Charles Darwin.

Austin reviews the history of theistic evolution and discusses the concepts of mutation, moral values […]

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Boloney’s Kingdom

Anthony Burns

AuthorHouse, 244 pages, (paperback) $15.99, 9781420870527
(Reviewed: August, 2012)

In Anthony Burns’ young adult novel, Tony Boloney is a sweet-natured, bullied schoolboy who has just begun to question his place in the universe. He’d much prefer to stay home, read about astronomy and play with his cat than face the daily grind among his classmates. Then one night, a spirit named Zefnia appears and […]

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