Review of Ghost Boy by Martin Pistorius

A South African boy succumbed to a strange illness that left  him trapped in his own unresponsive body. Aware of his surroundings but unable to respond, Martin was vulnerable and lonely.  One amazing massage therapist began to suspect that there was more to Martin than anyone guessed. An excruciatingly slow journey of learning to communicate began. Martin’s experiences “speak” for themselves as testaments of what is possible for many people in similar medical dilemmas.

Today, Martin has broken forth with the fervor of enjoying life and advocating for others. You can follow his adventures on Twitter and Facebook.  I also enjoyed watching this video that he made when submitting his book for publication. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T69LBvjwCdc  Seriously, who could resist that smile?

 

Citrus

Tempt your family’s bulging book elf with these recipes. Citrus by Valerie Aikman-Smith and Victoria Pearson is an enticing collection of recipes featuring a variety of citrus fruits. Grab your whisk and get started! There are recipes for the common fruits in your fruit bowl as well as the unusual ones such as Buddha’s hand. The multiplicity of recipes is so appetizing the reader cannot resist.There are drinks, main dishes, salads, spreads, and desserts. Some recipes tasted a little strong but can be easily adjusted to an individual’s preference. Greek Lemon Herbed Potatoes was my family’s favorite.
I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for a review.

Seriously, who could resist this cover?

 

The Most Difficult Book I Have Ever Read

Most people know that I do not enjoy reading “tearjerkers.” I avoid romance novels (and math books) for this very reason. Emotionally manipulative books should die a slow death on dusty shelves next to used tissues.  When I saw the cover of this book, I rolled my eyes and thought “Oh there’s another one of those.”  But it wasn’t one of “those.”  Look beyond the cover.  This book has teeth.

Forgiven by Terri Roberts did make me cry. On almost every page.  However, I was not crying from manipulation, I was crying because of the beauty that grew from this tragedy. The author of Forgiven is the mother of a man who shot little girls in an Amish school house.  She leads the reader through a storm of horror, loss, and forgiveness. The Amish community effected by Charlie Roberts chose to forgive. Of course, it was a difficult choice to make. To most of us it was a surprise. This community did not just say, “Okay, I forgive you” and walk away. They protected and provided for the killer’s family. This absolution healed Pennsylvania families and carried an incredible message to other victims of violence around the world. That is real forgiveness.  We all need a lesson in what real forgiveness is and the healing power that it brings.

I received this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for a review.

Avenue of Spies- A Review of an Alex Kershaw masterpiece

Paris has been called a city of light.  During World War II it became a city of darkness. It was Hitler’s prize and a privilege for high ranking Nazi officers to live on the prestigious Avenue Foch.  Torture chambers were a normal part of some households along this street.  Ordinary French citizens kept their windows and doors tightly shut through the long hot summer to prevent hearing the screams. Paris was a city abandoned to hopelessness and terror.
There were some who resisted the smelting pot of evil. Living on the very same street as several dedicated Nazi officials was one family who was determined to kindle hope and resilience.  The Jackson family endured the increasing pressure of ordinary life in Nazi France while using their home as an extraordinary escape route for those fleeing from the terror.
The Jackson family was determined to resist  the noose of Nazi capture. Even in the face of paying the ultimate price this family knew the value of human life and wanted to see the restoration of Paris.
This anecdote was riveting, terrifying, and informative.  It deserves to be on the list of “must reads”  for history.

Tarzan and the Foreign Legion- a GUEST REVIEW by Keith Mecklem

Tarzan and the Foreign Legion is the last of the original Tarzan books by Edgar Rice Burroughs. The story was classic Tarzan except for some celebrity schmoozing by the author.

Written and released in post-World War 1946, the plot has Colonel Clayton of the Royal Air Force fighting “Japs” on a south Pacific island after his plane crash lands. If the term “Japs” offends you, remember it reflects the attitude of the entire country in 1946. Japanese methods of fighting and brutal treatment of POWs led to extreme hate for all things Japan.

The author continuously drops Hollywood names, even having a main character comment that Tarzan looks like Johnny Weissmuller. None of the characters can believe it really is the Tarzan of stories from their youth. Tarzan, who fought Germans in WWI, tells them of an episode in Tarzan’s Quest that might account for his long life.

The cover is interesting because Tarzan never fights a shark until the 3rd from the last page of the book. The fight is less than a paragraph. The artist must have flipped a few pages and drew the first action he found. That was common with these early paperback editions.

I enjoyed the story on its own merits. Short, snappy chapters. Cliff-hangers. Lots of action. Bad guys who get what’s coming to them. Heroic American airmen. Strong and beautiful women. South Seas island. What more could a reader want?

Keith Mecklem's photo.

The Time Garden- a review


The Time Garden by Daria Song is a whimsical picture story. A child discovers a cuckoo clock. Fascinated, the girl spies a fairy winding the clock.  When the fairy sprints away, the child follows her through visions of a surreal world. The pages are large and extra thick intended for coloring. Of course, one can also enjoy this beautifully illustrated tale in black and white. Observing that this work was originally published in Korean makes it even more interesting. Be sure to look for the owl that peeks into the story from time to time.

I received this book for free from Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review.