Tuesday Book Review: “When A Woman Is In Love With God”

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When A Woman Is In Love With God

by Darnelle Wilson

Publisher: Outskirts Press

ISBN: 9781478778691

Synopsis*:

When a woman loves God, she tries to please Him and do His will through daily studies of the Bible. When times are difficult, she stands on His Word and promises. Her love for Him gives her the strength to weather the storms of life. She has a safe place in the Word of God. When a woman loves God, her position in Him is anointed and appointed by God. She is bought with the precious blood of Jesus Christ. She is neither proud nor envious in her position, and pleases God as she walks in humility. God has placed her in a position to love others, even her enemies. He has given her everything she needs.

Are YOU a woman who loves God?

In times of trials and tribulations, when even friends and relatives have turned on you, your love for Him will sustain you. This inspirational book will encourage you to give God your unconditional love so that He will love you right into His Kingdom. Dr. Wilson share her studies on When a woman loves God she pursues to please God and His will through daily studies in the Bible. When times are difficult she stands on His word and promises. Her love for Him gives her the strength to weather the storms of life. When troubles come His love causes her to pursue and not retreat in difficult times. His love has her to remember in the Word of God we’ve got a hiding place. When a woman loves God her position in Him is anointed and appointed by God. She realizes she is bought with a price the precious blood of Jesus Christ. She is neither proud nor envious in her position. She pleases God as she walks in humility with God. God has placed her in position to love others even her enemies. Competition is not a thing for her, because she knows God has given her everything she needs.

 * courtesy of Amazon.com

Reviews

This is beautifully written book that takes a Biblical approach to studying various women of the Bible. It was exiting to read about each woman and their relationship with God. This book provides useful insight into their lives and how we can use them as an example to help us see characteristics of a truly Blessed Woman. A wonderful must read!

– Amazon reviewer Elunda M Geddis

This is a well written book for all genders to read. I recommend this book to the world to read.

– Amazon reviewer Shirley

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Tuesday Book Review: “Let There Be Spring”

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Let There Be Spring

by Lofty Basta

Publisher: Outskirts Press

ISBN: 9781478768777

Synopsis*:

What happened to the “Arab Spring”? Was its derailment inevitable? What is the likelihood that Egypt will recover from her recent travails? Dr. Lofty Basta, now an American citizen, was born and raised in Egypt. Keen on keeping up with current events in his native country, Dr. Basta began documenting his reflections on Egypt’s uprising and political turmoil in 2011, in the form of over fifty articles which he shared with opinion makers in America, Canada, Europe, Egypt, and many others connected to social media. He also conveyed them to Egyptian political leaders, heads of political parties, and ministers in government. Let There Be Spring is a compilation of these articles in their original form, representing the author’s reactions and interpretations of events as they took place. Understandably, Egypt’s citizens are anxious to see the fruits of their uprising, but a new chapter is being written and the story is by no means complete.

 * courtesy of Amazon.com

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Let There Be Spring: Trump is Not the Future of Egypt by Dr. Lofty Basta is a compilation of essays and articles that provide critical insight into the “Arab Spring” revolution in Egypt. It contains the unique observations of a native Egyptian, now an American citizen, with a very keen intellect. These letters follow every major event in the Egyptian people’s struggle for a government that represents their interests and rights. As a member of an Egyptian minority himself, he addresses the need to protect the rights of all people, especially minorities. Dr. Basta clearly illustrates what has happened in Egypt and what the ramifications are for each major event. He presents these in the order that they happened and in a way that everyone can clearly understand.

Dr. Lofty Basta’s Let There Be Spring is a fascinating analysis of the ongoing Egyptian revolution. He has vividly described the reality that nation building is neither a fast nor an easy process. He also cautions the world to be patient and reminds us of the rough road the United States had to traverse on its way to the signing of the U.S. Constitution. Let There Be Spring was written by a true patriot who knows and loves Egypt and its people. He also has faith that a nation, that has been for thousands of years the heart and soul of what we now know as the Arab world, will develop into the model for universal human rights. Anyone wanting to clearly understand Egypt and the Arab Spring needs to read this book!

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A different perspective from an Egyptian American author closely and personally familiar with the dynamics of Egyptian politics and the Arab Spring. Provides an alternative view to what has been covered in the American media with a call for a path forward to a new hope which is sorely needed. Highly recommend this book.

– Amazon reviewer Nadia Bishai

The book shows how t he so-called “Arab Spring” turned into a nightmare for the Egyptians, particularly the Christians among them. They saw their homes and churches burned. This caused great numbers. of Christians to flee the country.

Mohammed Morsi, the Muslim Brother, who became President of Egypt, appointed his cronies to all the important positions in the country, changed the constitution to an Islamic one, and was taking the country into the darkness of hatefulness and regressing all aspects of life.

This book is easy to read, The author has depicted the events accurately and faithfully. Excellent job!

– Amazon reviewer Amazon Customer

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Tuesday Book Review: “Toxic Sphere”

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Toxic Sphere

by C.N. Sky

Publisher: Outskirts Press

ISBN: 9781478733751

Synopsis*:

A package vanishes. A ship sets sail. A manhunt begins. The year is 1007 EE, and four great powers–Cadona, Domataland, Sohn-Sur, and Visstel–are battling for world dominance. Leeha Ritsagin is one of the seventeen billion humans caught up in the battle of the giants. She enjoys old movies, works hard, longs for a boyfriend, fears elevators, cares about the world, and is a wanted criminal. Her story begins on a drive across town, and while she worries about getting lost, the danger she faces doesn’t wait for her in the slums of Cadona City. Rather, it comes inside a simple paper bag that appears in the backseat of her old car. Powerful members of the Back-to-Basics Club launch a manhunt to catch the thief who stole their package at a time when Club leaders are primed to take control of the Cadonan government, start a war against fabricated enemies, and deploy the world’s most powerful weapon: Toxic Sphere.

In response to growing international peril, the rising nation of Domataland dispatches its Goodwill Ship to aid a threatened ally. When news of the package’s disappearance reaches the desk of Domataland’s president, he instructs his intelligence chief to find the thief, hoping to use the mysterious package against his Cadonan adversaries. With Leeha’s life in danger, investigative journalist Bob Fullerby begins his own search to find the young woman before her hunters do. C. N. Sky’s debut novel is an ambitious saga with engaging characters, pulse-quickening action, and well-crafted suspense-a definite must-read by an up-and-coming new voice in fiction.

 * courtesy of Amazon.com

Featured Review: Dystopia, religion, politics, and a girl.

This book was quite a surprise! It kind of echoes the scenario of the lord of the rings, wherein a simplistic person is whipped out of their comfortable shell, into a world being manipulated by a handful of different powers. It weaves two themes throughout the book: the workings of a few elite; and the struggle of one “small” person. It’s generally done quite well, and the author is a master at whipping you through mystery and action scenes. The visions of various lands and people are left imprinted very strongly in your mind. One thing that didn’t suit my taste, though, was the presentation of the “elite, royalty” types of characters. They were quite a jarring, deliberate, slow-down from the main character’s journey. If you like classic sci-fi, you’ll love this book! If it had Heinlein or Philip K. Dick’s name on the cover, I’d have been fooled! Looking forward to seeing more like this, if anyone has more recommendations to share?

– reviewed by Waytoofunky

A friend asked me to give this book a read. Usually I ignore such requests but, for some reason the story sounded interesting. Something really resonated with me for some reason.
Long story short: I devoured it in short order.
The story is not from Earth but it so eerily reflects elements from the societies of our planet. People do bad things for selfish reasons, hurting many others in the process. This book presents a similar but different narrative though there always seems to be hope. For every bad thing that happens there is someone ready to stand up and at least try to do right. Even as the tension grows.
There must be a whole series of books because this first volume seems to set up soooo many more twists and turns than one more book could deliver.
Honestly, I kept thinking that this could be a story for a TV series or movie. There are just so many visually dramatic opportunities.

– reviewed by David R. Grindy

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Tuesday Book Review: “Big Albert the Camel”

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CIPA EVVY Award 3rd place

Big Albert the Camel

by Dr. Peggy Turnage

Publisher: Outskirts Press

ISBN: 9781478729792

Synopsis*:

This is a children’s book about Albert the Camel and his owner Mr. Geoff. Albert and Mr. Geoff try to find work, but Albert always has problems. This book is published by Outskirts Press. The author taught school for 28 years and had strange pets.

 * courtesy of Amazon.com

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This sweet picture book has been overlooked by many and shouldn’t be; the author, Dr. Peggy Turnage, passed away in 2015 and was unable to promote her work to the degree that many others are able. This said, the book itself features gorgeous illustrations by Sally Taylor, full of life and color, vim and vigor, and earnest sweetness. The story follows, as is perhaps expected from the title, Big Albert the (somewhat grumpy old) camel as he journeys through life and learns just what it means to live in this world … and with others!

One of the most attractive elements of this book to us, personally, has been the balance of text to page. Many children’s picture books cram the page so full of text that younger children (under the age of 3, specifically) really struggle to pay attention. Turnage and Taylor manage the text gracefully, here, with just the right combination of image and text–and that text is big and bold and easy to read, perfect for demonstrating finger-reading (when you begin to indicate to children how to read a page by following the words with your finger, which is usually paired with first teaching children their letters and numbers). Really, we couldn’t have invented a more perfect book to cozy up with this winter.

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A clever and interesting children’s book. It should encourage little ones to read.

– reviewed by Professor H

 


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Tuesday Book Review: “When Love Never Ends”

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When Love Never Ends

by J. Alec Keaton

Publisher: Outskirts Press

ISBN: 9781478770626

Synopsis*:

When Love Never Ends is the love story of Sam and Sara, once separated, then reunited, then lost to each other again … unless Sam can find a way to change their destiny. As with many young couples, Sam and Sara meet at a dance, start dating, and soon fall in love. Sam is a college man; Sara only a junior in high school-but for Sam, the age difference doesn’t matter. Sara is the girl of his dreams. He wants to be with her, and she with him, and they look forward to a future together. Plans for that happy future, however, are squashed when Sara’s bigoted father, Ralph Henderson, finds out about Sam’s mixed Japanese-Caucasian heritage. Henderson refuses to allow his daughter to date a “breed,” and devises a cruel scheme to separate them for good. Years later, Sara seeks legal help, and the lawyer she contacts is Sam, now a partner in a prestigious law firm. Though she’s in a difficult personal situation, Sara’s feelings for Sam are easily rekindled, as are his feelings for her. Just when it looks like they will be able to have a future together after all, catastrophe occurs.

After months of crippling grief and depression, Sam develops an interest in his friend’s pet project dealing with time travel. Though Sam once scoffed at the idea, the improbable now seems his only hope: to travel back in time and change the order of events-to change their destiny. When Love Never Ends is a rich saga of a love that endures beyond all bounds. J. Alec Keaton’s evocative images, true-to-life characters, and clever plot twists are exactly on point. He deftly maneuvers the complex concept of time travel in a manner that is both satisfying and convincing. As his main character comes to realize, “Time goes on forever, and life is just a fleeting moment.”

 * courtesy of Amazon.com

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AVOCADO BREAD
(A J. Alec Keaton Favorite)

3 eggs
1 cup Imperial margarine (microwave to soften)
½ cup of nuts (optional)
1 cup diced avocado
2 cups flour
1 ½ cups of sugar
½ tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. baking soda
¼ cup allspice

Soften margarine and mix with sugar until fluffy. Add eggs, beat well. Add dry ingredients, nuts and avocado. Spray 3 loaf pans with PAM and pour mixture evenly.  Bake at 350 in oven for 45 minutes. (the time may vary slightly depending on the exact temperature of your oven)

Double recipe to make 5 loaves.

 

Review

Sam never uttered the words “I love you” to any woman with whom he had a sexual relationship.  He had said those three words only to Sara, who was the love of his life. Threatened and intimidated by her father, Sam had walked away from her a long time ago. That happened in 1966 and now, thirteen years later, he was still in love with her.  Sam tried not to think of her, but in the deepest reaches of his heart, he could never forget her.  A man never forgets his first love.  Sam’s ultimate desire was to correct the one mistake he’d made long ago.  His friend, Dr. Jeremiah Ebenezer Pike, always talked about the possibility of time travel.  If it was possible to travel back in time, then I’d correct the mistake I made in leaving Sara, Sam thought.

It was only since the loss of his wife four years ago that Ebb had been obsessed with the concept of time travel.  On a Wednesday, Sam met Ebb for dinner.  “Ebb, tell me more about your project of time travel.”

Sara’s father was a bit of a bigot.  When he found out that Sam was part Japanese he forbid Sam to see Sara.  With there being a 5 year age difference he threatened Sam with statutory rape, along with threats regarding Sam’s parents as well as Sara herself if he didn’t break it off with her immediately without allowing her to know that her father had intervened.  Sam had always wanted to be an attorney and this dream would be destroyed if he went to jail. He also worried about what would happen to his parents if his dad lost his job and how Sara would thrive with her father controlling her every move.  He had no choice but to break it off, hurting both of them more than either could imagine.

Sam saw his dream and became a graduate of Harvard University.  He met Elliot Benson who was the controlling partner in an exclusive law firm that represented some of the more wealthy clients in Seattle.  Benson took an immediate liking to Sam and offered him a position within the firm.  Sam was impressed but had committed to work for Senator Kennedy in Washington for four or five years.  After completing this he would return to Seattle and if Benson still wanted him he was his.

After returning to Seattle, Sam’s life was still incomplete.  The missing element was Sara so when she walked into his office one day asking if he would represent her in her divorce against an abusive husband, Sam felt the missing pieces of his life coming back together.  Until……

This book is so beautifully filled with love and commitment.  It also holds hate and disappointments.  But then it holds the possibility of everything being corrected and happiness falling upon everyone within Sam and Sara’s lives.  This was a truly enjoyable book with a surprise around every corner.

– Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat; Think With Your Taste Buds

“When Love Never Ends” is a wonderful portrayal of young first love. In the summer of 1965, Sara Henderson, a junior in high school, attends a college dance with her best friend Becky.and her sister Rose. At the dance, she meets her “Prince Charming”, Sam Stephens, a senior and a quarterback.at the college. For Sara, Sam is all that a girl could ever want in a man, handsome, tall, charismatic, and intelligent. Sam and Sara date throughout the summer and fall madly in love.

Sara’s father, Ralph Henderson, upon meeting Sam immediately dislikes Sam, because he looked a half breed. He had his buddy, Detective Frank Sorenson to investigate Sam. Ralph and Frank are members of the Mountaineer Club, consisting of men with similar racist & bigoted views. Upon learning that Sam is half Japanese and half Caucasian, they derive a scheme so Sam would never see his daughter Sara again.

Years later, Sam graduates from Harvard Law School and becomes successful lawyer/partner with the top law firm in Seattle but he never stopped loving Sara, One day, she walks into his office seeking his council and the love that they had for each other is rekindled, but tragedy does not elude them.

The author, J.Alec Keaton, superbly writes about young love and what their life could have been if we could travel back in time and change the course of action in our lives. He reminds us that wrong decisions we make today can adversely affect our future. It is book of fantasy of “What ifs”.

– reviewed by Donald M. Hashiguchi

“When Love Never Ends” is a very touching love story which combines some sad, hurtful events with racial overtones that tug your heart. Keaton portrays the intense power of first (and forbidden) young love with skill and sensitivity, but also with some intense and tantalizing erotica that makes the pages turn fast and furious.

– reviewed by Joanne

A story of love and caring. Sam is able to travel back in time with the help of his friend Ebb and right the wrongs of the past so that he might live a happier life. He also changes the past for Ebb so that they both share happiness in their future.

– reviewed by Julia Miyakawa

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Tuesday Book Review: “Christmas Eve: A Kiwi Elf’s Dream to Join Santa”

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Christmas Eve: A Kiwi Elf’s Dream to Join Santa

by Stephen J. Groak

Publisher: Outskirts Press

ISBN: 9781478766735

Synopsis*:

Every big dream requires a leap of faith.

This is the story of a Kiwi elf named Yvette (her friends call her Yve) who lives on Rakiura/Stewart Island–the third largest island in New Zealand. And this little elf has a very big dream…

The great wish of her heart, of her mind, of her soul
Was to join St. Nick’s team at the frosty North Pole.
But how does an elfish lass follow her dream?
With a smoldering passion, and a will full of steam.
New Zealand is a long, long way from Santa and the North Pole, but Yve is determined to join St. Nick and his eight reindeer…and this Christmas Eve, her wish just might come true!
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Christmas Yve is very eloquently written and has so much depth that you will enjoy listening to it again and again and hear something new each time. It is a true work of art that is not only excellent for children but also for the spiritual seeker looking to understand the deeper meaning of Christmas. Stephen paints pictures with his words and you feel part of the story. The message I got was: not to be afraid and to trust with all of your heart. If you do- one day you’ll have the opportunity to Jump into the love you yearn to feel. If you do Jump you will experience a whole new life that you could only dream was possible before. It will be your new reality. Savor this work of art! You’ll love it!

– Amazon Reviewer Michelle

“Christmas Yve” is a magical journey that expands your imagination to the yonder years of your childhood. Yve reminds us of the innocence that each child experiences during Christmas, as well as taking the leap of faith; “the impossible jump to growing up”.

– reviewed by Amazon Customer

A tale of Christmas so sweet and enchanting, you’ll be hooked from the start—such passion and rhyming! Reminiscent of writings so clever, but whose? Not Tennyson, Not Kipling, Not Emerson, but SEUSS! So heed this advice–(you’ll be happy you did!)–snuggle up on the couch and enjoy it with your kid!

– reviewed by Alan Kendrick

What a heartwarming Christmas tale! The New Zealand setting sets it apart from most Christmas stories. I especially loved the charming Kiwi accent of the narrator and the life lessons intertwined throughout the story. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and look forward to sharing it with my family this upcoming Christmas season.

– reviewed by wiggle

“For Yve’s way of thinking, Santa Claus was a saint, more than a white beard, red suit – oh, so quaint- but a servant to Him without equal, bar none, the Christ in Christmas: the “only Begotten Son.”” I love this line in the book. I want my children to know that Christmas is not just about Santa, it is also about Him. This is a must read for my family during the holiday season.

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Tuesday Book Review: “Touchstone”

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Touchstone

by Linda Eatmon-Jones

Publisher: Outskirts Press

ISBN: 9781478773092

Synopsis*:

TOUCHSTONE by Linda Eatmon-Jones is an inspirational biography of her husband, Earle F. Jones’ life and the incredible family legacy he was born into. The devastation of a Ku Klux Klan raid, burning down all of his family’s property in the early 1920s, created a determination in his grandfather not to let that traumatic event define the family’s future. The resiliency, strength and courage his grandfather used to create a new future for their family started a legacy of success that contributed to the successful man Earle is today. The lessons taught to each generation of letting education guide your destiny is Earle’s road map to being a life student, compassionate friend, accomplished professional and caring citizen of the world. The essays, written by family, friends and colleagues bear out how Earle embodies those lessons created by a family legacy.

 * courtesy of Amazon.com

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Touchstone is an open love note of appreciation from a loving and devoted wife to a husband who has shouldered the many burdens of the world and amazingly found a way to remain steadfast in such a way that will inspire generations beyond his family unit.

Jennifer M. Stewart, Ph.D., President, Stewart Strategies & Solutions, LL

Linda did an absolutely outstanding job bringing Earle’s family to life on paper. The book captures all his phases in life, and makes them come together as, “the slices of a whole pie” and they fit nicely together. As his sister-in-law, I have an advantage that most don’t have in seeing him up close and personal. His logical thinking makes you do an “aha” sometimes. His advice is mostly never off course and the book conveys his character to a tee.

– Reverend Jennifer Gatling-Sharpe

Reading the book makes you think about your own legacy. Motivational and inspiring!

Helen Latten, Retired Administrator, Fairfax County (VA) Public Schools

The book is about “Love” and strong family ties that show how the author’s husband is destined to help others live a better life. I use it as a teaching tool to some of the kids in our sports tennis club. It lets them know there is nothing you cannot overcome if you put your mind & heart into it.

Carroll Spyke Henry, President, Smart Activities for Fitness and Education (S.A.F.E.)

A very warm and touching demonstration of how the life of one man can have an everlasting positive effect on so many people in seemingly wide-spread and unrelated worlds.

Sylvia Turrell, Ph.D., Retired Professor Emeritus, University of Lille, France

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