When Lilacs Bloom

Donald E. MacKay

Trafford, 264 pages, (paperback) $24, 9781412073774
(Reviewed: July, 2012)

This collection of 15 short stories tackles heady philosophical themes and delivers no easy answers. Among its offerings: A small man, overlooked by his peers, is visited by departed spirits and allowed to become a hero. Creatures battle a black hole that turns out to be a lesson in perspective. A seeker of spiritual truth […]

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The Strength of My Spirit

Patrick McKenzie

Trafford, 229 pages, (paperback) $21.40, 9781425163167
(Reviewed: July, 2012)

A young boy overcomes an impoverished childhood in rural British Guiana to become Chief Agricultural Officer of independent Guyana in this engaging memoir.

In 1931, author Patrick McKenzie was a happy, well-loved boy, living in a village with no running water, electricity or proper medicine. “Puncture wounds were filled with soft grease… a lighted match […]

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Guinevere’s Walk of Life

Kristen Mylonas

Xlibris, 75 pages, (paperback) $19.99 AUD, 9781465300973
(Reviewed: July, 2012)

Guinevere is 18 years old and about to graduate from high school. She’s typical in most respects, but unique in another: she’s a witch. You’d think spell casting would make life easier, but Guinevere’s got girlfriend trouble, boyfriend trouble, a talking cat who doesn’t know when to pipe down, and a demon abduction to contend […]

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22 Years: That’s More Than a Life Sentence

Michael Wood

Trafford, 98 pages, (paperback) $12.99, 9781426912269
(Reviewed: July, 2012)

Englishman Michael Wood served 10 years in the British military before becoming a local police officer during 1985. He kept notes about his police training and service in Northamptonshire, and three years ago published selected portions as a book.

Because police work is inherently dramatic from time to time, occasional portions of Wood’s account offer […]

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Diverse Love

Sharon Downey

Xlibris, 70 pages, (paperback) 9.99 UK, 9781453586402
(Reviewed: July, 2012)

Diverse Love by British-born, London-resident Sharon Downey is a volume of poems written in an earnest, innocent voice. As the title indicates, the poems bring the reader through different kinds of love–romantic, familial, spiritual, and of the natural world.

Several of her poems exhibit nostalgia for a past, as in “There Was a Time Long […]

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My Prayer Life

Glynn Owen Jones

Xlibris, 64 pages, (paperback) 9.99UK, 9781477113004
(Reviewed: July, 2012)

“How far in life will prayer take a Christian, a follower of Jesus Christ?” Author Glynn Owen Jones admits that this question is impossible to answer, but judging from the stories he relates in My Prayer Life, talking to God on a daily basis can lead to a very beautiful life indeed.

This short little […]

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Breaking Free

Rob Lubitz

iUniverse, 259 pages, (paperback) $17.95, 9781462052868
(Reviewed: July, 2012)

The whole point of reading thrillers is to live vicariously exciting lives through the characters in the books. Authors like Dumas and Ludlum take it a step further and have created characters in their books that escape their fictional lives for new ones as they take the reader along with them. That is the author’s […]

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Revelations for Genesis

Sonia Bascos Jethani

AuthorHouse, 65 pages, (paperback) $12.99, 9781468531299
(Reviewed: July, 2012)

Something in a number of the verses collected in Sonia Bascos Jethani’s Revelations For Genesis sounds a bit like Emily Dickinson: a light, dry touch, a (self) mocking humor that can, and does, turn quietly and intensely serious.

We see this most clearly in a short poem such as “Anarchy,” which reads: “The trees have […]

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Memories From the Out House Mouse: The Personal Diaries of One B-17 Crew

Compiled and transcribed by G. Robert Harvey

Trafford, 197 pages, (paperback) $21.50, 9781553695233
(Reviewed: July, 2012)

G.R. Harvey has done a valiant job transcribing the diaries of the combat crew of the World War II, B-17 plane known as Out House Mouse. Harvey’s father E.J. (Joe) Harvey was the crew’s pilot. His daily accounts from January to mid-June 1945 inspired his son to keep this historical record alive and to give […]

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What is Happening? A Mystical Dialogue

N.E. Boddy

Trafford, 286 pages, (paperback) $20.61, 9781412045261
(Reviewed: July, 2012)

At the end of his dialogues, where Socrates explored the meaning of truth, the good, or the components of ethical action, he often, according to Plato, declared that all he and his fellow Athenians had really discovered was what they didn’t know. Then Socrates would do a curious thing. He’d move beyond the limits of […]

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