Book Reviews, Poetry, Quotes

Trespassing on the Mount of Olives by Brad Davis – review

“Though I have never been to Mount Olive, New Jersey,I have spent years of my reading life on the Mount of Olives,trespassing, looking for a brown-skinned teacher…” writes Brad Davis in his book’s title poem, “Trespassing on the Mount of Olives.”* The poem summarizes well the quest which Davis shares with us in the collection… Continue reading Trespassing on the Mount of Olives by Brad Davis – review

Book Reviews

The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich – review

The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William L. ShirerMy rating: 5 of 5 starsIf you’re a history buff, you need to read this book! Written by William L. Shirer, an American journalist active in Europe and Germany during WWII (his dates: February 23, 1904 – December 20, 1993), this is a history… Continue reading The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich – review

Book Reviews, Fiction, Religious

My Mother the Man-Eater – review

My Mother the Man Eater by Tracy KraussMy rating: 4 of 5 stars MA host of issues resurface when Joleen Allen’s ex-husband Harold—newly out of prison—sues her for a bundle of money. Does he even have a case? What (besides the money) is his motive? Joleen suspects a main one is to turn their five… Continue reading My Mother the Man-Eater – review

Book Reviews, Christian fiction, Fiction

Bitter Truth – review

This cozy mystery quickly turns chilly with a murder and an attack in the opening pages. Main character, Landon Smith, still shaken from her adventures in Hidden Secrets, (Book 2 of the Green Dory Series), is determined not to get involved. However, she soon finds herself in the thick of the investigation despite how events… Continue reading Bitter Truth – review

art, art instruction, Book Reviews

The Simple Secret to Better Painting – review

The Simple Secret to Better Painting by Greg AlbertMy rating: 5 of 5 starsLately I have been taking in some webinars by the successful Canadian artist Tim Packer. He is big on composition! He says: “A strong composition can result in a successful painting even if the artist has only moderately competent technical skill.“No amount… Continue reading The Simple Secret to Better Painting – review

Book Reviews, history, Memoir, nature, Non-fiction, Public Domain

South: The story of Shackleton’s 1914-1917 Expedition – Review (repost)

It was a thrill to hear, yesterday, that Sir Ernest Shackleton’s ship Endurance was found in Antarctica’s Weddell Sea. If you’re interested in the story of the exploratory expedition to Antarctica, during which the Endurance was crushed by sea ice and sank, I recommend Shackleton’s riveting book South. I read and reviewed it in 2020.… Continue reading South: The story of Shackleton’s 1914-1917 Expedition – Review (repost)

Book Reviews, Christian living, Memoir, Non-fiction

It’s All About Love – review

It’s All About Love: Confessions of a Caregiver by John Murray My rating: 5 of 5 starsWhen John Murray’s wife Rita was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease just over 13 years ago, it wasn’t a big deal to them. However, in the years following, the disease has impacted the life of this senior couple in increasing… Continue reading It’s All About Love – review

Book Reviews, Christian fiction, Fiction, Historical fiction

Christianus Sum – Review

Over the last few weeks I've been cleaning out some shelves. In the process, I've come across a few books (paper books) that I have been meaning to read, but never got around to. Christianus Sum by Shawn Pollett is one. I read it earlier this year. Here's what I thought. When Senator Valerianus returns… Continue reading Christianus Sum – Review

Biography, Book Reviews, Christian living, history, Religious

God’s Firestarters – review

Did you know that Katharina was the one who proposed marriage to Martin Luther, that Charles and John Wesley met with scandal and opposition in America, and that John Newton was a bad-tempered, rebellious alcoholic. Ed and Janice Hird reveal these historical bits and many more in their recently released book God’s Firestarters—Preparing Our Families… Continue reading God’s Firestarters – review

Biography, Book Reviews, People, Religious

An Arrow Pointing to Heaven – review

Rich Mullins: A Devotional Biography: An Arrow Pointing to Heaven by James Bryan SmithMy rating: 4 of 5 stars Streaming services make it easy to connect with musical memories and artists of many eras. I used to listen to Rich Mullins—had several CDs of his back in the day—but he had slipped my mind. However,… Continue reading An Arrow Pointing to Heaven – review