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Review of Low Country Boil by Susn M Boyer

This first book by Susan won won the Agatha Award for First Novel, The Daphine du Maurier award for exellence in Mystery/Suspense, and RWA Golden Heart finalist. I would love to give it an award myself for exellence in using the goast of a chikdhood friend to move the story along at a good pace. She says she’s not a goast, she is a spirit, but they are the same thing so I call her a goast. I loved this book and know anyone who likes a good mystery will too.


My Review of
The Last Ember
Daneil Levin

A young American lawyer and former doctoral student in classics, Jonathan Martin, is summoned to Rome to examine a client’s ancient artifact and with a map of ancient Rome discovers secrets that will keep the reader on the edge of his or her seat from start to finish. The author has a flare for storytelling and did his research well. If you like history, adventure, mysteries, or thrillers you’ll love this book.

My Review of Origins A Reformed Look At Creation, Design, & Evolution By Deborah B. Haarsma & Loren D. Haarsma

Because Christian beliefs about creation, design, and evolution vary so much and no one who thinks for himself or herself would agree about everything to do with science or creation the authors of this book help us all to understand a variety of different views.

The different views do tend to provoke arguments in the combatitive sense of the word. This book can help the reader to argue the points in a more rational way, whatever view he or she happens to hold.

The authors remind us, on page 241, that “having the “right” view on every issue is less import”  to the Christian than that the Church lives, works, and lives in unity.

It is my opinion that this would be a good book for study groups, not only in churches in the Reformed tradition, but for all youth groups and any adult, with or without a church affiliation.

My Review of The Priviledged Planet by Guillermo Gonzalez and Jay W. Richasrds

I found this book to be a fascinating and well writen scientific evaluation of the uniqueness of our solar system and Earth in particular. It is not just for scientists however. It is written so that even someone like me  – who clepted the sciences in college in the 1990s so I could finish college with a degree when I was closer to 70 than 60 years old – could understand and appreciate it.

This book has a lot of illistrations and there are 19 plates in the center of the book for greater understanding and pleasure.

On page 231 the authors talk about Copernicus, how he lived during the Renaissance and early Reformation which were periods of enormous change and upheaval – periods that helped form his own revolutionary ideas. He saw the problems of Aristotelian “epicycles” and “equants” and wrote his mathematical model which proposed that the earth rotats around its axis while it revolves around the sun along with the other planets. That was in 1543 so the idea was static then, but it opened the door for Newton to go through.The authors show Copernicus to have been “a Christian neo-Platonism in which the material worls itself, as the creation of an omnipotent God, could reflect the precision of mathematics, something unthinkable to the strict neo-Platonist.”

There are almost a hundred pages of notes for the reader to persue.

I recommend this book to both arm chair scientists and anyone who likes to go to You-Tube and see the videos from outer space, especially Christians.

Review of The Lost World of Genesis One

This is the way the book is described on amazon:

In this astute mix of cultural critique and biblical studies, John H. Walton presents and defends twenty propositions supporting a literary and theological understanding of Genesis 1 within the context of the ancient Near Eastern world and unpacks its implications for our modern scientific understanding of origins. Ideal for students, professors, pastors and lay readers with an interest in the intelligent design controversy and creation-evolution debates, Walton’s thoughtful analysis unpacks seldom appreciated aspects of the biblical text and sets Bible-believing scientists free to investigate the question of origins.

This is my review:

I got five copies of this book for a book study that never materailzed. I read it and wanted to share it with others because it was so good. Each chapter is a new proposition. It is a fascinating look at the first chapter of Genesis from the viewpoint of who it was writen for and the understanding of the people it was writen for at the time it was writen. It is revelent for us today of course, but easier to understand if we are aware of the way the ancients understood cosmology. There is a question and answer section at the back and a chapter for summary and conclusions. Although the writer recommends this book for students or people who are interested in science, I recommend it to everyone who loves the god of the Bible and needs a better understanding of his Word – that would be you I think. Anyone interested in getting a copy of this book by paying the postage may contact me at akleslieprice@gtmail.com

Review of Garden of Reflection


What a wonderful read. This book drew me in and kept me interested to the end. It is a fantasy with a lesson that I enjoyed, even though I didn’t need the lesson. It is told so well I could almost hear the birds singing and the water falling in the fountain. The author paints wonderful pictures with her words. I recommend it to anyone, especially women, who has a working imagination.

Review tribute to J. I. Packer’s book Knowing God

Our aim is to know God
Who loved while we were yet in sin.
I enter in.
His righteousness is mine.Eternal life is knowing God.
Being loved and cared for by him
I am known of by him
And Jesus Lord is mine.The best thing in life is to know God –
My father, my Shepherd, my King divine.
Joy not dim,
Is this fellowship so fine.

God reveals himself to man
Through the incarnation of Jesus his Son.
To know God, We must Know Jesus.

Jesus the King, the Lamb,
The Shepherd, the Door, the Way bids us come;
To know God through knowing Jesus.

Filled with the Holy Spirit,
I develop a deep acquaintance with with Jesus, my God and my Savior.

Knowing God
In 2006, Christianity Today voted this title to be one of the top 50 books that have shaped evangelicals! During the past 20 years, J. I. Packer’s classic has revealed to over one million Christians around the world the wonder, the glory and the joy of knowing God. This anniversary edition is

Done Deal by Rene Schultz

A great book to get involved in. Lots of interesting facts about computer geeks, political non-integrity, etc. A personal in-depth look at what it is like to fight cancer unto death. Cissy is my hero. She not only goes through months of weakness and pain courageously thinking of others more than self, but she devises and ingenious plan to leave a legacy only two living people will ever know about, but possible millions will benefit from.
The author, Rene Schultz is also an ingenious plotter and writes another book that I gladly recommend to everyone in the civilized world.

Cissy is just your typical hard working, single mother, who leads a very simple life until one day, when a cancer diagnosis leave her spinning in circles. Not one to sit around and do nothing, and with experience in the medical field, she decides to research new medication and clinical studies

Review of Times of Turmoil by Cliff Ball – Read the book and tell me what you think.

He, Too, Has a Family. It's Up to You to See H...

He, Too, Has a Family. It’s Up to You to See Him Through – NARA – 534274 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

National Baptist Evangelical Life and Soul Sav...

National Baptist Evangelical Life and Soul Saving Assembly of the U.S.A. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We have all heard those conspiracy theories – or are the well educated guesses? – about the ultra-rich of the world who have been running things behind the scenes in the world for centuries. In Times Of Turmoil by Cliff Ball we have an example of what one of these families could have been plotting since the second world war.
Cliff does a good job of giving us a compare/contrast report of two families.
One is his idea of a worst case scenario: a portrait of one family whose only desire is more and more power. Money is important only as a means to further power. War and terror are another means to dominance. Everything they do is centered on aggregate power in the world for that one household.
On the other end of the spectrum is a God-fearing Baptist family whose only desire is to live and love in the Light of the God of Peace.
I recommend this book to anyone who likes history, anyone who is interested in a thrilling – and frightening – end time books; and all other Christians.

Times of Turmoil: a Christian Thriller (The End Times Saga 1)
The first book in the End Times Saga – Christian FictionIn this prequel to Times of Trouble and Times of Trial, we follow how the Evans family gained their riches and eventually their power to influence events in the United States. We see important events that the Evans family gets themselves inv…

Review of Evelyn’s anxious Bench by Talleyrand

5.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing Read, November 18, 2013
By Talleyrand (Sydney, Australia)
This review is from: Evelyn’s Anxious Bench (The Baker Family Saga) (Kindle Edition)
A fantastic female story of empowerment set during the sojourner days of the early 19th Century in the historic Wilamette Valley, Evelyn’s Anxious Bench is an absorbing read from the first page on. I was hooked by author Allison Kohn’s expert handling of characterization and fell in love with her protagonist. Kohn knows how to keep the reader glued and does this through an accumulation of details – both emotional ones related to character and wonderfully incisive observations linked to time and place. An utterly authentic and brilliantly written character study, this is a strong recommendation for lovers of historical adventure and romance.
Evelyn’s Anxious Bench (The Baker Family Saga)
The first book in the baker family saga is about Evelyn Baker Brook. Evelyn doesn’t want to leave her comfortable home in Maryland and blaze a