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Magic City Book Basket 2015 No 3
By R.P. BenDedek
Feb 6, 2015 - 12:16:50 AM

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"Magic City Book Basket 2015" brings to the attention of readers via publication of publicity material, various new book releases. This year the frequency of publication and number of books in each basket will vary and while we still have book reviewers at Magic City we unfortunately can't do book reviews for every book. We are still offering to assist authors in promoting their books via a "No Charge - No Pay" self-promotions service. We invite authors to send in 'stand alone' articles on a topic that readership might find interesting.

  • This is not an opportunity to rehash publicity material and authors should not use their book title as the article title.
  • When we publish author articles, we do include author bios and a photograph of the book cover and additionally add the link to a purchase page.

We are extremely grateful to those authors who took advantage of this offer in 2014 and a list of those authors and their articles for July-Dec 2014 may be found here. At the end of last year our book reviewers cut back on their book requests while waiting to see what changes would occur with a new editor in 2015. With the book baskets now recommenced our reviewers have once again started requesting books and once those books are received and read, will once again be offering us their reviews. (Books Reviewed July to December 2014)

Author Articles January 25th - February 6th

  1. Granddad's Forecast for America in 2015 by Michael Moffitt author of "Granddad's Dictionary: Reflections on Life in America"

Book Reviews Published Since Book Basket No 2

Milt Gross Book Review: "On the Road with Davy Crockett" by Bob Thompson
Feb 5, 2015

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.

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NOTE: I am no longer Editor of Magic City Morning Star but for the time being I am continuing to irregularly publish Book Baskets.


No. 1

"Aryan Papers"

by George Dynin

"Aryan Papers" by George Dynin
ATLANTA -- Mankind is capable of extreme cruelty, which we notice throughout the years of history classes and current news. But Holocaust survivor George Dynin still believes hope can give one the strength to overcome the worst of circumstances.

Dynin is now sharing his unique perspective of surviving the Holocaust in his new memoir, "Aryan Papers." In his memoir he shares how his family escaped to Lithuania from Poland and how he and his mother joined the Polish Underground, where she became a spy, providing information on the Germans whereabouts, and thereby sabotaging the Nazi's and saving lives. Encompassing his father's capture by the Soviets and deportation to Siberia, Dynin explains his struggle of being responsible for his family's welfare at the age of 15.

"'Aryan Papers' reads more like an action book by describing my inner thoughts," said Dynin. "While there are some depictions of the extreme cruelty, they are only a fraction of what I actually witnessed."

Through the eyes of a teenage boy, "Aryan Papers" documents how his family endured the atrocities of World War II, even explaining how they survived by acquiring false documents and becoming Polish aristocrats by changing one letter in their surname.

"With new identities, my mother, young sister and I traveled to Horodyszcze, Belarus," said Dynin. "Through many powerful and thought-provoking episodes, 'Aryan Papers' shares stories of those harrowing days, including how my mother became a secretary and translator to the mayor of the town, a Nazi collaborator."

George Dynin studied economics at Tel Aviv University, Israel and currently resides in Athens, Ga. He is fluent in English, Polish, Hebrew, Russian and German. He has served in the Israeli army during the War of Independence. He moved to the United States in 1958 and eventually started his own import and export company, American Foreign Trade, Inc.

"Aryan Papers"
by George Dynin
Retail price: $17.99
ISBN: 978-1-4808-1137-9

No. 2

"Twisted Forms of Love"

By Sarah Salem

"Twisted Forms of Love" By Sarah Salem
TORONTO -- "Turning to face your problems is the best way to understand them and come to terms with them," said Rania Chmaysani. "Then you can rise above them, even if you can't leave them completely behind"

Chmaysani was at a serious crossroad in her life. As she sat down to write what could have ended up being a suicide note, she just kept writing and writing. What may have been a cataloging of the difficulties she had endured--read only by a few--has transformed into a project that encourages others to fight for their futures. The combination of her goodbye note, personal diary and furious writing evolved into the novel "Twisted Forms of Love." Her book follows the story of Hannah, a girl who has survived the violent civil war in Lebanon. Not only having to worry about the violence occurring in the streets, she also has to navigate the dangers of a physically, psychologically and sexually abusive family situation.

After Hannah immigrates to Canada, she meets a man who would grow into the most abusive man she has ever met--as well as become her husband.

"At first I just wrote all this to feel better. I felt myself changing while I wrote about all the things that had happened to me in my life." Chmaysani said. "But I've also learned that there are other abusers out there. Sometimes they can be nice and attractive at first. I hope my story can show others how I came to make my mistakes, so they don't make their own."

Chmaysani hopes to help other women avoid the relationships it took years for her to escape and to provide solidarity and hope to women who are surviving them.

Rania Chmaysani published "Twisted Forms of Love" under the pen name Sarah Salem. She is a daughter and mother of one. Since her early childhood, which she spent in Lebanon, she has enjoyed books and listening to stories. Sarah's first tale is based on her true story. She hopes to reach readers, knowing that many people can relate to her story. Sarah Salem www.srsalemauthor.com is the author of "Twisted Forms of Love"
And:- "Bittersweet Tones of Love"

"Twisted Forms of Love"
by Sarah Salem
Author House
Published Sept 2014
ISBN-10: 1496941187
ISBN-13: 978-1496941183
422 Pages
Hardcover $23
Softcover $20
Kindle $5

No. 3

"Beyond Myself: The Farm Girl and the African Chief"

by Anita Dennis

"Beyond Myself: The Farm Girl and the African Chief" by Anita Dennis
Anita's college anthropology class in the 1960s led to an incredible journey with God, as she eventually married her college professor, who was also an African chief.

God sustained her interracial, cross-cultural marriage--especially as she played the role of chief's wife in a remote village in Liberia, West Africa. In her journey to world citizen, her life was full of extremes. She met the president of Liberia in the Executive Mansion--and slept in a mud hut. She visited European capitals--and lived in a remote African village.

She flew on transatlantic flights--and was carried through the high forest in a chief's hammock. Share her struggles as she is accepted into the Mende tribe and lives in Vahun with an "off and on" kerosene fridge, swarming termites on the screens, a cyclone barely missing the house, and pungent elephant meat delivered in the middle of the night.

Upon her husband's passing, Dennis penned a memoir of their time together titled "Beyond Myself: The Farm Girl and the African Chief"

"In addition to entertainment value, I hope that my story provides a forum to share racial and cultural experiences and thus expand understanding between races and cultures," Dennis said.

Beyond Myself: The Farm Girl and the African Chief"
by Anita Dennis
Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Published 11/20/2014
ISBN-13: 9781490859576
296 Pages
Hardcover $29
Nook Book $8.50

No. 4

"Deceit"

by Mary Tibble

"Deceit" by Mary Tibble
United Kingdom -- Mary Tibble doesn't just write crime fiction -- she masterfully crafts wholly-unique narratives that give readers a chilling insight into the minds of society's most dangerous. This has earned her two previous novels a stellar reputation for catching readers out by surprise, a culture than runs deep through volume three of her 'D.I. Strong' series. 'Deceit' depicts a murder with less-than-ideal motives; leaving D.I. Strong with about as much evidence as a single silver earring can boast.

Synopsis: When a body is found in an abandoned factory warehouse in Steepham, the evidence of murder is all too apparent and Detective Inspector Strong is called to the scene. It soon becomes apparent that the crime mystery will be one for the murder casebook, as the police investigation turns up a similar murder committed several months before in Kendal. The mystery and suspense deepens as it becomes apparent that the criminal behaviour shows planned murder rather than crimes of passion. Detective Inspector Strong and his partner, Taffy, have only a single lead: a single silver earring found at murder scene in Kendal. However, as the police investigation stumbles over motives for the crime mystery and suspense lead on to the startling discovery of the killer's identity. Third in the murder casebook of DI Strong, this gripping and complex crime thriller will lead you through twists and turns of the hunt for justice, giving insight into criminal behaviour and the chilling evidence of murder most foul.

"There's something extremely adventurous about starting a new book with a clean slate, and weaving together a crime and detective story that goes against the grain of existing material already out there," explains the author. "This third novel has an extra dose of the 'intense' -- and literally anything is possible."

Mary Tibble is in her fifties and retired to West Sussex due to ill health. She wrote her first book in 1999, Desires of Innocence, which was printed in paperback and copies can be purchased through Amazon. It took her several years to return to writing but once she'd written the first DI Strong novel she realised how much she enjoyed writing and continued. She is currently doing research for another book. She not only writes murder mysteries but has penned a totally different book, The Enlightenment of Celia Frump, which is very saucy and not for those easily offended. She is currently compiling a set of short stories and poems for her grandchildren.

No. 5

"The Mindfulness Response: Inner Happiness Every Day"

By Deborah C. Moore

"The Mindfulness Response: Inner Happiness Every Day" By Deborah C. Moore
NEW YORK -- People consistently operate at stress levels higher than what is healthy, according to information gathered by the American Psychological Association. While stress is a reality, there are methods for effective management that no longer make stress and happiness mutually exclusive.

Family therapist, life coach and educator Deborah C. Moore, PhD has more than 25 years of experience researching how the brain and nervous system influence people's behavior, personality and motivation. Her careers as a licensed marriage and family therapist and a lieutenant in the New York City Police Department have provided Moore with a first-hand look at the far-reaching impacts of untreated stress.

"After spending 20 years in one of the most dangerous and stressful occupations -- law enforcement -- I witnessed how the demands of the job can lead to unhealthy relationships, decreased life expectancy and physical ailments," Moore said. "Learning how develop inner resiliency and strength became the cornerstone for my survival."

The powers of mismanaged stress are visible not only in all jobs, but also in family life, self-esteem and everyday problems. Moore has collected her findings, experiences and advice in her new book "The Mindfulness Response: Inner Happiness Every Day." Based on her decades of research on the effects of stress on individuals both physically and emotionally, the book offers step-by-step techniques for developing internal stability and managing stress.

"We cannot change everything we might wish to change in our lives," Moore said. "But, through a mindfulness response, we can learn to accept our experiences, perceive events differently, and respond more effectively to the everyday hassles of life."

Deborah C. Moore, PhD, is a licensed marriage and family therapist and life coach. She is owner of Human Development Services: Counseling, Coaching and Consulting. Since retiring from the New York City Police Department, she has been active in developing programs to promote health and well-being in the community. Moore currently lives in New York, New York. For more information about Moore's services please visit www.drdebimoore.org

"The Mindfulness Response: Inner Happiness Every Day"
By Deborah C. Moore, PhD, LMFT
ISBN: 9781452522944
Softcover $12

 

No. 6

"Living With Arabs: Nine Years with the Petra Bedouin"

by Joan Ward

"Living With Arabs: Nine Years with the Petra Bedouin" by Joan Ward
United Kingdom -- After a three-decade teaching career, including two years in Amman, Joan Ward decided to immerse herself in West Asian culture by literally moving in with Jordan's Petra Bedouin. Now back on Western soil, Ward is finally able to share what she saw -- the shocking, the funny and the heart-warming. Ward shares all in 'Living With Arabs: Nine Years with the Petra Bedouin'.

Synopsis: Horrendous news from the Middle East fills our newspapers and screens every day. How can we begin to understand what drives people to treat each other as they do? "Medieval" is a word often used. Well-informed commentators analyse political and military issues but give little insight into the cultural and domestic backgrounds of the protagonists. Living with Arabs is an account of nine years spent visiting and living among the Bedouin tribes of Petra in southern Jordan; in some ways a world away from the neighbouring war zones. Through insightful accounts of day- to-day life, a world of nobility and simplicity is revealed: so too is a world of violence, gender imbalance, and the significance of Islam. It is a story that begins viewed through rose-coloured spectacles and that moves to a gripping realisation of the reality.

"I take my readers on a journey which begins with my arrival in that alien world and the baptism of fire which filled the early years; fracturing my ribs, being bitten by a scorpion and killing a deadly snake. There are intimate accounts of my neighbours' lives, my first Ramadan, the differences in the lives of men and women, the realisation that much in the culture needed to be resisted and, finally, leaving" says the author.

This is one of the only books to tell such a story from someone who has been there, with boots on the ground, living with Arabs on a daily basis. Since its release, the memoir has garnered many positive reviews. The writing is vivid, utterly compelling and deeply unsettling throughout. This book is required reading for all who wish to understand the Middle East.

'Living With Arabs: Nine Years with the Petra Bedouin' is available now: http://amzn.to/1xoT64o. For more information, visit the author's website: http://livingwitharabs.com Follow her on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/joanmward

Joan Ward was born and bred in Birmingham, UK. She spent four years commissioned in the Royal Air Force before starting a teaching career that lasted 33 years. From 2004-2006, she was Head of English at the International Community School in Amman. On her retirement in 2006, she remained in Jordan and spent six years living in Um Sayhoun with the Petra Bedouin.

No. 7

"A Visitation from Jesus"

by Rev. R.E. Tucker

"A Visitation from Jesus" by Rev. R.E. Tucker
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The second coming of Christ is an event often discussed--when is it coming? Is it coming? Reverend R.E. Tucker explores this topic in his book, "A Visitation from Jesus."

Dr. Tucker, considered an expert in Eschatology and the books of Daniel and Revelation, provides an important and timely exploration of the Book of Revelation, current events and an impending visitation from our Lord in "A Visitation from Jesus."

"Through much heart searching and the fear of the Lord, I have attempted to simply explain what the Spirit has shown me," Dr. Tucker said. "While I was seeking God in my prayers, the Lord Jeus visited me and spoke to me to write the things the Spirit would show me. I was told to break the bread of the book of Revelation."

In this second edition printing, Dr. Tucker practically and insightfully walks readers through the signs that are all around us of the impending second coming as prophesied in the Book of Revelation. Reader will feel the urgency of Dr. Tucker's message as they explore their own personal relationship with and acceptance of the Lord.

Dr. Richard E. Tucker has been ministering as an Evangelist since 1954 and has pastored churches for 31 years. He is an ordained and licensed Minister with the Assemblies of God and was Senior Pastor of Calvary Assembly of God church in Stanton, California for 24 years. He graduated with a Bachelor of Theology in 1980 from California Graduate School of Theology located in Glendale California and completed his postgraduate work at International Bible College & Seminary where he earned his D.D. in 1983. In 1981 he founded, Southern California Theology Seminary. In addition to founding his own school, Dr. Tucker's zeal and love for teaching God's word has taken him to International Seminaries around the world as a Professor of Pneumatology. He is considered an expert, by many, in Eschatology and in particular the books of Daniel and Revelation.

"Visitation from Jesus"
By: Rev. R.E. Tucker
ISBN: 978-1-46534-640-7
Softcover $19.99
Hardcover $29.99
E-book $9.99

No. 8

"Evolution: The Long Journey Home"

by Jeri Travis

"Evolution: The Long Journey Home" by Jeri Travis
PHOENIX -- While author Jeri Travis holds degrees in naturalistic medicine, and has a strong love and understanding of physics and natural science, Travis is also a religious person. In her new book, Travis explores the thought that religious beliefs and scientific understanding can coincide.

"Evolution: The Long Journey Home" is a fictional look into scientific and religious truths. For anyone who believes in their heart and soul that God exists, but questions or disagrees with religious dogma, "Evolution" will bring them on a journey towards a closer relationship with God and his unconditional love for us all.

"I understand science, physics, mathematics and evolution. There is no denying the truth of these topics," Travis said. "I don't feel my belief in God contradicts any of these subjects. I expect the day that physics proves the existence of God. That day is closer than most realize."

Reminding readers that life does not end with death, but is a doorway through which we go home, Travis has written a truly unique work of fiction that will jump off the pages into the minds of readers.

"Evolution: The Long Journey Home" was written for anyone who believes in their heart and soul that God exists, but questions or disagrees with religious dogma. I understand science, physics, mathematics, and evolution. There is no denying the truth of these topics. I don't feel my belief in God contradicts any of these subjects. I expect the day that physics proves the existence of God. That day is closer than most realize.

Jeri Travis holds a degree in naturalistic medicine and has studied many religions and feels that most carry truths. Travis greatly enjoys the topics of physics and natural science and believes we need to continue learning all our lives. Travis currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona. For more information, visit www.evolutionthelongjourneyhome.com

"Evolution: The Long Journey Home"
By: Jeri Travis
Balboa Press
Published July 10, 2014
ISBN-10: 1452517363
ISBN-13: 978-1452517360
224 Pages
Softcover $14

No. 9

"God's Trinity Demystified: The Veil Covering It Is Finally Removed"

by Adedeji David Adeoye

"God's Trinity Demystified: The Veil Covering It Is Finally Removed" by Adedeji David Adeoye
According to the doctrine of the Trinity, the God of the Bible is taught to consist of three almighty persons as the Father being God, the Son being God and the Holy Spirit being God.

Adedeji David Adeoye's new book, "God's Trinity Demystified: The Veil Covering It Is Finally Removed," employs logic to examine this notion that has been denied and derided by individuals who do not believe it.

"The theological controversy surrounding the truth of God's Trinity is finally laid to rest through a deep study of the creation story as documented in Genesis, Chapter 1," Adeoye said.

While clearly defining the role that each of the members of the Trinity played in the course of creation, Adeoye highlights that God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit are co-eternal entities.

"There is a hierarchy among them even though they are three-in-one," Adeoye said.

With nearly ten years of scriptural research and prayer, "God's Trinity Demystified: The Veil Covering It Is Finally Removed" ascertains that the Trinity is a foundational doctrine of the Bible and will appeal to many people wanting to read about the subject.

"God's Trinity Demystified" is an academic and resource material for seminary and university students and lecturers, pastors and teachers of God's Word. It confirms that the decision of the ecumenical councils of Nicaea (AD 325) and Constantinople (AD 381) to authorize the Doctrine of Trinity was right, because the decision was in agreement with the Bible, even though the word "trinity" is not mentioned in it. God's Trinity Demystified reveals what qualified Jesus to be called "the Word." It also reveals that the pronoun "us" in Genesis 1:26 does not refer to three persons. Read and see reason explain mystery.

"God's Trinity Demystified: The Veil Covering It Is Finally Removed"
by Adedeji David Adeoye
Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Published 7/28/2014
ISBN-13: 9781490840994
212 Pages
Nook Book $4.50

No. 10

"Giving Up Is Not an Option"

by Hazen Meek and Linda Pierson Meek

"Giving Up Is Not an Option" by Hazen Meek and Linda Pierson Meek
A Valentine's Day answer to: "Is it really better to have loved and lost?"‏ Unfortunately, such questions can only be pondered by those who do not yet have the experience needed in order to gain insight that can only be learned a posteriori. To learn the answer to this question usually means that you have suffered a horrible loss. Linda Meek suffered such a loss. Her husband Hazen passed away from several complications due to failing health. Before his passing, they co-wrote a book about their beautiful marriage and exemplary love titled "Giving Up Is Not an Option."

"Hazen really wanted to publish this book... not just for us but because it could help others who were dealing with failing health and the loss of a loved one," Linda said. "He was the only person I really ever loved... it sucks."

Readers can be reminded to appreciate the important people in their lives through Linda's perspective. Linda and Hazen's skinny memoir packs a punch, but even though it is sad, it is more inspiring than tragic. Linda hopes to help others appreciate the love in their lives and use her second Valentine's Day without Hazen to remind people that giving up should never be an option.

When Linda Pierson first met Hazen Meeks at an amusement park, it was love at first sight. Hazen, a candle maker and rock and roller, captured Linda's heart from the moment he walked by her photography booth. As Linda and Hazen began dating and eventually married, she had no idea of the challenges that would await both of them in the coming years. After Linda joined Hazen in work and in life, he suffered two strokes considered 'reversible' through physical therapy and a change of medicine. But just two years later, he suffered another stroke that robbed him of his ability to walk and lead a normal life. As Linda and Hazen bravely faced their new challenge together, she details how he set out to prove the impossible was possible and surprised everyone around him by accomplishing more than anyone ever believed he could. As his health crises led him through a heart attack, quadruple bypass surgery, and eventually cancer, Linda shares a glimpse into a caregiver's heart as she tended to his physical needs and, most importantly, loved him unconditionally. Giving Up Is Not an Option is the true story of one couple's journey together through nineteen years of health challenges as they persevered through their darkest days with love, faith, and hope. (Overview at Barnes and Nobel)

"Giving Up Is Not an Option"
by Hazen Meek and Linda Pierson Meek
Abbott Press
Published 8/28/2014
ISBN-13: 9781458217288
82 Pages
Paperback $9
E-Book $4


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