Live Above the Clouds

Pamela Jean Garner

Xlibris, 56 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781450025010
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

Pamela J. Garner’s Live Above the Clouds is a collection of heart-felt poems of inspiration and devotion expressing her abiding faith in and connection with God. Her unadorned, even plainspoken language provides an effective setting for the all-but-inexpressible convictions she’s trying to put into words.

The ballad-like poem, “At Jesus’ Feet,” demonstrates Garner’s quiet, unobtrusive […]

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Poetic Stories from theYin and Yang of Life

Angellia Moore

Trafford, 136 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781426967115
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

In Poetic Stories from the Yin and Yang of Life, Angellia Moore doesn’t shy away from including cues from her training as a sixth-grade teacher as she explores her creative side. Individually, the poems explore themes of perception, doubt, confidence, freedom and, as her title indicates, basic issues of balance. Collectively, they share a tone […]

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The Sea and the Hills: The Life of Hussain Najadi

Hussain Najadi

Xlibris, 285 pages, (paperback) $29.99, 9781469180939
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

Observers of international finance and Middle Eastern intrigue will be fascinated by this timely self-portrait of the dynamic –-and controversial – Bahraini investment banker who, in the 1970s, began urging Arabs to divert their petrodollars into the emergent economic powerhouse of Asia. Founder of the Arab Malaysian Banking Group (current assets: $16 billion), Hussain Najadi […]

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Never Good Enough…UNTIL NOW

Sharon Gardiner

Xlibris, 229 pages, (paperback) $29.99 AUD, 9781469161204
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

Never Good Enough… UNTIL NOW, by Sharon Gardiner, is a heart-wrenching story of the author’s arduous process toward liberation from her mostly harrowing past. While her history has sweet spots, her abusive childhood created decades of difficulty. Despite her many challenges, Gardiner became a caring nurse and then, perhaps surprisingly, a police officer. When the […]

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Intimate Expression

Dennis J. Dodt

Trafford, 72 pages, (paperback) $11.25, 9781466911918
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

Both Oliver Twist and author Dennis J. Dodt share bleak upbringings in which few, if any, adults can be trusted. But unlike Dickens’ classic novel, Dodt’s Intimate Expression is a true story of poverty, abandonment, addiction, anger, and sexual abuse. The author eventually finds redemption through hard-won self-awareness and spiritual awakening, but readers will find […]

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The Lost Valley

Leonardo Deangelo

AuthorHouse, 88 pages, (paperback) $13.66, 9781467890137
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

Starring Sam and his much-loved companion Spot the dog, Leonardo Deangelo’s fast-paced adventure novel for young boys takes young readers on an intense journey through time and into a world of menacing dinosaurs, evil wizards and time travelers.

When Sam wakes up one Saturday morning, he’s in the mood for adventure. Luckily, he owns an […]

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A Riddle in Stone Deciphered

Joseph Turbeville

Trafford, 116 pages, (paperback) $27.89, 9781425186395
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

This slim volume gathers a collection of articles by Joseph Turbeville relating to the dimensions of the Great Pyramid and its relationship to many historical mathematical numbers and/or functions. Turbeville has developed a computation process called “Glimmer Tables,” and in many of his articles included here, he ties together these two subjects. The book’s purpose […]

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Greece — The Untold Story

Elizabeth Kinnell

AuthorHouse, 344 pages, (paperback) $17.99, 9781434336408
(Reviewed: May, 2012)

In Greece: The Untold Story, author Elizabeth Kinnell recounts the tale of her time teaching in Greece, the “ land of olives, feta cheese, and eternal sunshine!” Kinnell, a New Zealander, had taught English to Chinese students in Auckland, but she had a deep desire to travel. So when she had the opportunity to take […]

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Who Me?: Choosing Radiance, a Better Way of Being

Ward Smith

Xlibris, 136 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781462850372
(Reviewed: May, 2012)

Can we choose the destiny of our own lives and where, exactly, are we going? These are two crucial questions that underlie Ward Smith’s intriguing book Who Me?

Comprised of 26 short essays on such topics as the nature of sin, the function of the brain in spirituality, interconnectedness, free will, and the tensions between […]

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Singapore and Asia–Celebrating Globalization and an Emerging Post-Modern Asian Civilization

TK Ti and Edward SW TI

Xlibris, 308 pages, (paperback) $29.99 AUD, 9781469183633
(Reviewed: May, 2012)

Singapore and Asia is a profile of the city-state of Singapore in the context of 21st century globalization. The father-and-son co-authors present Singapore as an example of a multiracial society with a highly developed economy that offers an alternative to Western models of globalized societies.

The book covers Singapore’s historical background, as well as recounting […]

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