Laure McCourt Lopez Book Review: "No Longer on Pedestals" by Carol Kuhnert
I was so personally moved by this book; as upsetting and disturbing were the revelations, I gained enormous insight as to not only the reactions of the Catholic Church but was shocked by the behaviors exhibited by some parishioners against the victims. Throughout the pages of the book, the author unveils the years of pain and torment her family and others endured upon learning that the family member in their midst had sexually abused an ever-growing number of young congregants of the various parishes that Fr. Christian served in.
Mar 22, 2015 - 3:24:50 AM
Martha Stevens-David Book Review: "Pathways to Fight or Flight" by Rose Mae Carrier
"Pathways to Fight or Flight" by novelist "Rose Mae Carrier" is not a book that will appeal to every reader because its topic is very difficult to read about... Left to the mercy of her narcissistic, self-absorbed mother, the little girl is left to fend for herself in every way, shape and form. While this book in and of itself is a very difficult read, that being said, I think that the story still has merit and should be read.
Mar 21, 2015 - 12:16:20 AM
Milt Gross Book Review: "Golden State" by Sichan Siv
To be fair, the first page lists five other of Sic's published books, and a New York Post review called it "Required reading." Just not required for me. I only read a quarter of it. It was so confusing that I realized at that point I knew nothing of what had happened. The part that I read seemed to occur all over the globe, and maybe later in the book there's a connection among them. But I found the writing so awful and going nowhere, that I couldn't bring myself to finish the trip.
Mar 21, 2015 - 12:10:01 AM
Martha Stevens-David Book Review: "Love Letters for a Japanese Bride" by Stephen E. Price
This story, as it unfolds, filled me with so many emotions, I felt; beauty, humbleness, great love, dedication, affection, spirituality, sadness, defeat, kindness, and so many more, many more. And I wasn't prepared for the ending which made me sit and wipe a good many tears from my old reader eyes. I truthfully can't recall having read another book in all my long love of reading that touched me the way this story has.
Mar 21, 2015 - 12:05:24 AM
Martha Stevens-David Book Review: "Road to Freedom" by Alfred Lenarciak
This book details the dangers, abuse and prosecution of their own people by the Communist leaders of Russia, Poland, Czechoslovakia and Germany after the post-war days of the 1940s. This young man had a dream and that dream was to one day be free and through sheer determination and will power, he finally achieved that dream when he made his way to freedom and Canada.
Mar 13, 2015 - 10:57:49 PM
Martha Stevens-David Review: "Pursuit" by Harry Taylor
This writer has an excellent command of words and his descriptive phrases of both the characters and story situations were believable and held my interest throughout. I was sorry to have finished both books and find myself wishing that there was another to read because my mind keeps going back to the ending and thinking, "What if..."
Mar 13, 2015 - 10:45:06 PM
M. Stevens-David Book Review: "The Belly Bug Bully" by Sabrina Panfilo
In all my years as a reader, writer and reviewer I cannot say that I have ever come upon another book like this. But after having read the story several times, I realized that the message the author, "Sabrina Panfilo" was trying to convey was that one must be strong and have courage to deal with all the challenges one must face and overcome in this life.
Mar 13, 2015 - 6:29:15 AM
Milt Gross Book Review: "Lake News" by Barbara Delinsky
What looks like a quiet tale from the shores of a country lake is actually the story of a woman tricked by a city reporter to tell of a friendship with a priest. The reporter turns it into a secret romance, and she flees the city for home, a rural town on the shores of a lake. The author, who lives somewhere in New England, has seen more than sixty novels published.
Mar 13, 2015 - 6:26:21 AM
M. Stevens-David Book Review: "The Monster Under My Web" By Charlene Gresham
"The Monster Under My Web" By Charlene Gresham is a well-illustrated, colorful children's story about Annabel a spider who lives a corner of the ceiling in little Jimmy's bedroom. I found the short story charming and especially loved the stories' rhymes as I'm certain a child would too.
Mar 11, 2015 - 7:03:15 AM
Milt Gross Book Review: "The Clock" by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier
The book tells the story of a teenage girl, who in the 1800s was forced by her father to work in a textile mill. The manager at the mill attempted to assault her, but her father owed a lot of money and had her remain at her job despite that attempt. Eventually, she and a friend discovered the mill manager was stealing wool, and Annie told the wealthy owner of the mill.
Mar 7, 2015 - 12:57:20 AM
R.P. BenDedek Book Review: "A Humble Hero" by Jianxin Huang
"A Humble Hero" is not the sort of book to appeal to the 'feel good' reader since it does not 'edify' and nor is it in any way 'entertaining,' even in a dramatic sense. It is however, for those with a thirst for real knowledge as opposed to popular fictional 'non-fiction,' an excellent insight into the changes that occurred in China during the Twentieth Century. I have lived in China for 12 years and actually live not far from the places mentioned in this tale, and I am well aware that what western people "learn from most books and other media" about China today, is quite different from reality on the ground. While this book does not have the literary merit of the two books mentioned earlier, I have to say that I was more moved by this story, and do express to the author my thanks for such an enlightening biographical tale.
Mar 7, 2015 - 12:51:50 AM
M. Stevens-David Book Review: "Meet Twinkle Toes" by Faye M. Parsons
This author, "Faye M. Parsons" is a teacher, and she has used her background in education to do a wonderful job in depicting how the world is changing. Not only is it beautifully illustrated but the story is "in the moment" in that, it deals with "being different."
Mar 7, 2015 - 12:48:45 AM
Milt Gross Book and Movie Review: "The Virginian" by Owen Wister
I would make the judgement that the book was better reading than the DVD was viewing, but I doubt if you can find a copy of the 1902 original book. Dolores found mine at the town's recycling center. I'm sure glad she found it and brought it home to become a part of my permanent library.....I wonder if the writer ever actually considered these ideas as he wrote. Or were these ideas added by others who read his book. Wister, it seems, was from a wealthy family, had the best education, and did a lot of writing in addition to this worthy western. He was born in Philadelphia in 1860, which must have been a good year as it also the year my grandfather was born, perhaps in Missouri.
Feb 26, 2015 - 10:58:35 PM
Martha Stevens-David Book Review: "Upson Downes" By Dottie Maley
This book, though small, contained many humorous references and incidents that only folks of the "older" generation can dearly appreciate. The community of Upson Downes is full of quirky characters and shows life can be unexpected at any age. I recommend the book as a great and quick read!
Feb 24, 2015 - 7:38:45 AM
Milt Gross Book Review: "The Fur Person" by May Sarton
I occasionally stared at one of our two cats as I read this. "Is what she wrote true?" I asked the furry critter with sharp claws. May Sarton (1912-1995) was an avid writer, having penned many poetry, novels, nonfiction, and childrens' books. The Fur Person, the cat in the book, was actually Sarton's real cat, Tom Jones. Sarton Copyrighted the book in 1957 and again in 1978, apparently for a publisher. It was first published by W.W. Norton & Company, etc. in 2015.
Feb 16, 2015 - 5:26:35 AM
Martha Stevens-David Book Review: "Amish Scrambled Eggs With Humor" By Joseph 'Chool' Crawshaw
"AMISH SCRAMBLED EGGS with HUMOR" is a charming collection of short stories written by an innkeeper from the "Amish" hills of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. As I proceeded through the stories, it soon becomes apparent that Joseph "Chool" Crawshaw has found his "neich" in the way he relates his often humorous experiences with his guests.
Feb 12, 2015 - 9:18:20 AM
Milt Gross Book Review: "On the Road with Davy Crockett" by Bob Thompson
In addition to the tales of the author's travels, the author shares Crockett landscapes as they are today, the restaurants, hotels, parks, and other geographical features of today in the Crockett world. The author was a long-time feature writer for the Washington Post and the editor of its Sunday magazine. During his years at the Post, he was known for his pieces on the intersection of American history and myth.
Feb 5, 2015 - 7:49:12 AM
Martha Stevens-David Review: "The Longest Distance" by David Scott
This is more than a simple love story, it delves deep into our hearts and psyches to reveal hidden truths and desires that many of us wanderers fail to ever deal with or acknowledge in our lifetimes. "The Longest Distance" will take you in hand, take over your heart and your mind and just maybe, leave you asking the simple question, "why not?"
Jan 13, 2015 - 4:45:56 PM
Milt Gross Book Review: "Custer's Gold" by M. John Lubetkin
"M. John Lubetkin's novel carries the reader through the world of railroad surveyors, military escorts [and Indian fighting] in the early 1870s," states a review on the book's back cover. I agree that the book takes us through a little-described part of history, the part just before and after George Armstrong Custer and his military group are wiped out in a battle with American Indians at a battle near the Big Horn River. But it adds a bank robbery to the true story and mixes it and its characters up with the actual facts.
Dec 28, 2014 - 1:30:33 AM
E.M. Parke Review: "Authentic Christianity" By Gordon Haresign
I have recently completed reading Gordon Haresign's book 'Authentic Christianity' and found it to be a very well written, well researched, informative document, containing a wealth of information for students of the biblical book of Revelation. The fact that Mr Haresign is quite an authority on his subject becomes evident the further the reader progresses through the book. He also presents as a writer espousing typical fundamental, protestant views which he has no difficulty in outlining for the reader.
Dec 24, 2014 - 8:00:00 AM
E.M. Parke Review: "Monastery to Matrimony" by Mary Ann Weakley
Whilst this book is located in a convent setting, it is not presented as an overly- religious manuscript, but rather, it celebrates the triumph and resilience of the human spirit and the way that it can develop under difficult circumstances and duress. Although this book may not be first choice of reading by serious Bible scholars, I would expect its readership to be found amongst those who appreciate a book that promotes good, old fashioned, basic, honest values, honourable behaviour and family life.
Dec 24, 2014 - 7:45:03 AM
Martha Stevens-David Review: "Secret Intelligence: Dark Rim" By Enoch Chang
Upon sitting down to read, I was impressed by both Enoch Chang's knowledge and his ability to put forth a book of this caliber. The story line is interwoven with criminals, intelligence agencies and a young boy who is seeking to find an answer to all of his problems.
Dec 21, 2014 - 3:15:38 AM
Milt Gross Book Review: "Nor the Battle to the Strong" by Charles F. Price
Nor the Battle to the Strong is one of the most realistic books I've ever read about any part of America's history. The part it covers is the American Revolution in the South. It stays in the South so much there is no mention of George Washington crossing the Delaware of any of the popular tales of the Revolutionary War we encounter so often.
Dec 21, 2014 - 3:13:26 AM
Martha Stevens-David Review: "Redemption" by Ian Prattis
I found this book, "Redemption," to be well-thought out as only a story that the writer has experienced himself can be. As I read the horrific and heart breaking things the main character, Callum Mor, had to endure in his search for life of his own, I was reminded of an old saying that my own parents and grandparents always told us when we were young and unwanted hardships were forced upon us: "Remember, that which doesn't kill us makes us stronger!" And so it was with this book's main character.
Dec 17, 2014 - 6:05:24 AM
Martha Stevens-David Review: "The Blueberry Patch" by Laura Lee Royale
Unless one had experienced this type of illness in one's own family, one cannot understand what a difficult journey the patient and family goes through upon being diagnosed. "The Blueberry Patch" helps the reader to understand how the different "medical" establishments view patients with mental problems/diagnoses and how the patient is treated.
Dec 17, 2014 - 5:55:31 AM
The Works of Philo
The Hebrew Scriptures were known only to the Jews until the king of Egypt, Ptolemy Philadelphus, arranged for their translation into Greek, the common language of Egypt, Syria, and Judea of that day. The Jewish historian Josephus, a contemporary of Philo, gives an account of how these books of the Old Testament came to be translated. King Ptolemy offered in exchange for their translation one hundred talents in gold, twenty flasks wrought of gold, thirty flasks of silver, five large basins of gold, and a table for the show-bread, which was made of solid gold, and which was three feet long, one and a half feet wide, and two feet high. This amounted to about U.S. $2 million, an offer that Eleazar, the High Priest of the Temple in Jerusalem, graciously accepted.
Dec 14, 2014 - 12:25:20 AM
Martha Stevens-David Review: "Send Me some Love In The Mailbox" by Cherie Turlington
I found the book to be beautifully illustrated and the content takes one back to another place and time. A time when if one had a "mailbox" and lived in a rural place, then the mailbox was the place that one would run to everyday to check the mail and the mailman's schedule was closely watched and committed to memory. Sadly, with all of the additions that this "modern" world has produced such as the cell phones and computers, just to name a few, we have lost touch with ourselves and our ability to touch others.
Dec 7, 2014 - 5:40:16 AM
Milt Gross Book Review: "Moo" by Jane Smiley
The back of Smiley's 1995 paperback describes as "born in Los Angeles, grew up in St.Louis, and studied at Vassar and the University of Iowa, where she received her Ph. D." And Moo was "selected by the Book-of-the-Month Club," according to the same page.
Dec 7, 2014 - 5:05:02 AM
Laure McCourt Lopez Review: "Read Matthew to Live Your Life, Read John to Save Your Soul" By Douglas Kindred
There are many handbooks, DIY manuals and self-help journals that adorn the vast cyber bookshelves of the literary nook of the internet as well as its more old school component, The Book Store, yet this offering by author Douglas Kindred is a welcome breath of fresh air to a reader who is seeking a hands on approach for application to the spiritual journey. Don't let the mere 124 pages fool you; there is ample amount of wisdom in this book whose title touts a DIY approach: "Read Matthew to Live Your Life, Read John to Save Your Soul." This sage advice, relayed by the author's mother, acted as a healing balm particularly during a turbulent season of life that brought Kindred to his emotional spiritual knees.
Dec 3, 2014 - 7:58:05 AM
Martha Stevens-David Review: "Lord Forgive Me... but I was a (Business) Bullsh*t Consultant" by Anthony Bunko
Lord Forgive Me... but I was a (Business) Bullshit Consultant" by Anthony Bunko (who has written many bestselling books for grown-up people with heads like damaged fruit) is described in the publicity material as "quite frankly a side-splitting blooming good laugh and one of the most entertaining reads of the year" and I think it perhaps lives up to this description.This book may not be everyone's cup of tea but held my interest and it was very informative about how the "real" business world really works.
Dec 3, 2014 - 7:53:21 AM
Martha Stevens-David Review: "Wishes and Dreams" by I.H. McDonald Jr.
I think that any child would be mesmerized by the words and drawings in this book. And to read his poem from which the book's title was taken, "Wishes and Dreams" only makes this memorial book even more precious. I shall treasure it always.
Dec 2, 2014 - 8:53:21 PM
Milt Gross Book Review: "Heidi" by Johanna Spyri
I found nothing online about the Swiss author, who includes much Christian content as a vital part of the story. I think she wrote it well and made it a complete story. If I came across a book written today with as much evangelicalism, I would label it as evangelical and probably not even read it. I found it a touching, complete story in which the storyline overcomes the evangelicalism, or actually, uses it to tell the story.
Nov 30, 2014 - 12:05:17 AM
R.P. BenDedek Review: "The Third Heaven Conspiracy" by Giulio Leoni
The historical Dante became a 'Prior' (town councilor) in Florence in 1300 at a time when members of the ruling Guild were referred to as 'Whites' (moderates) or 'Blacks' (extremists) in relation to their support for the pope and his plans of gaining temporal power throughout Italy. The Dante of this story is a moderate who does not trust the Pope, and wishing to keep Florence as an independent republic, he uses his influence to oppose a papal power grab. Historically, Dante was a prior for only about two years before he and four other prominent 'whites' were arrested on presumably false charges and sent into exile, thus removing an obstruction to papal intentions.
Nov 25, 2014 - 7:50:02 AM
Estelle Parke Review: 'Why Did Jesus Have to Die?' by Chris Conrad.
Mr Conrad, whilst in no way diminishing the necessity for exercising faith in our pursuit of Christ, has presented a logical and convincing case for approaching the claims of the Bible from the perspective of both logic and evidence. Having just read this book, I am encouraged to read right through the Bible and take a closer look at some of the foundational truths that can become very familiar and, as such, can be easily read over, without due consideration being given to them.
Nov 23, 2014 - 12:25:13 AM
Pollyanna Sees the Light
We ought to leave aside our preconceived notions about the name "Pollyanna." It is after all a name we call those who are persistently and annoyingly optimistic. The movie is quite different from the book by the same name by Eleanor H. Porter. Rather than teaching the virtue of positive thinking, Pollyanna in the movie challenges her fellow man to think on a higher level. Adopted by a rich aunt, and given a home in a palatial mansion, Pollyanna is a living example of the virtues of simplicity and poverty. She softens the stern preaching of her village pastor with a message of Christian charity. She urges her neighbors to see in every setback, illness, and disappointment the opportunity to find something good; and this she calls "the Glad Game."
Nov 23, 2014 - 12:07:34 AM
Milt Gross Book Review: "Lost on a Mountain in Maine" told by Donn Fendler to writer Joseph B. Egan
I've never been lost on a mountaintop or even in the woods like Donn Fendler was when he was a kid. I've been turned around a few times, and I've been on Katahdin and enough other Maine mountains to remember that frightening feeling of being there alone with all those rocks and the wind. Rereading the book makes me realize I can't imagine the fear Fendler felt, when he realized he was lost on Katahdin.
Nov 23, 2014 - 12:05:24 AM
The movie Alien, as does the best science fiction, retells certain familiar stories from the Bible. Non- believers reject the truth of the Bible, but they are moved when they see that same truth portrayed in cinematic form. The battle in the heavens shown in Alien is a retelling of the enmity between woman and the Devil as set forth in the Book of Genesis:
Nov 19, 2014 - 12:30:31 AM
Laure McCourt Lopez Book Review: "Casting Lots" by William D. McEachern
Set in journal format, and punctuated with various quotes from the classic writers such as Ovid and Cicero, the reader is immediately immersed in a world that is framed by mass crucifixions, tyrannical Roman rule, bustling marketplaces filled with every human trait imaginable and the development of a friendship of two men that represent two forms of slavery, one of legal agreement and the other an enslavement of the heart. At the behest of his slave master, Lucinius sets out to meet Cornelius, who possesses a multitude of stories particularly centered upon his encounters with Jesus, the Christ.
Nov 16, 2014 - 12:17:27 AM
Milt Gross Book Review: "A Woman's Eye" introduced and edited by Sara Paretsky
This book contained a few I found somewhat gripping in the sense that I wanted to see what happened at the end of the tale. Sara Paretsky is not my favorite writer. In this 1991 publication by Delacorte Press, New York were a handful by writers I've followed for years, such as Sue Grafton. Her story was good, as are all her stories, most of which I've read by her being novels...whodunnits.
Nov 16, 2014 - 12:03:36 AM
R.P. BenDedek Review: "The Spirit of Things II" by Carole Mann
In reading this book of experiences I found its style and content very similar to what one might read in a Christian book with a similar theme. "The Spirit of Things II" serves as a vehicle to share the author's spiritual beliefs and provides examples from real life that justify those beliefs in 'spirit guides, nature spirits, premonitions and spiritual intuition.'
Nov 9, 2014 - 3:47:32 AM