Book Reviews

Loosing My Cool in Chicken, Alaska

Tisha Made Me Do It After successfully delivering the rhubarb pie to the sweet folks at Red Eagle Lodge, I had to decide on my next destination. I had two choices—return the way we came, or take a slightly-out-of-the-way route through Chicken, AK and Dawson City, Yukon Territory. Tisha made me go the unknown route. I read Tisha in my first year of teaching—and it inspired me to stay in my profession despite the difficult students I encountered. When we…

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An Uncommon Courtship Teaches About True Love

A Regency with a Twist In An Uncommon Courtship Kristi Ann Hunter has done what few modern Regency writers have ever done—created an unlikely love story with all of the nuances of relationships that newlyweds might face (especially innocent ones) without being salacious or offensive. The result is a masterpiece tapestry of true love. Unlike many books in the ‘Inspirational Historical’ category these days,the hero has to use his faith to figure out what to do. Lady Adelaide Bell has…

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How Your Gift of Mentorship Can Change Lives

Joy (and Frustration) in the Journey I call each student to my desk and they show me their journals, where they have written steps they need to take to complete a goal. Goal setting does not come easily to my kids. They come from homes where children learn early what surviving from paycheck to paycheck really means. You might not eat more than gravy for days a time. It means you might have to steal the ingredients from the local…

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Silent Night Shadows Will be a Hit on any Gift List

Silent Night Shadows I confess that during my youth I spent an inordinate amount of time reading Harlequin Romance Novels. By the time I reached the tender age of 16, I had read enough of them to think that I, too, could write a decent Harlequin. The manuscript, typed on onionskin paper with my grandma’s old electric typewriter, lies in the bottom of a box somewhere in my basement. Harlequin has come a long way since the days of wilting…

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Shaken by Tim Tebow Delivers

Shaken, Not Just for Sports Fans A.C. Green penned the last sports celebrity book I read. I confess that I signed up to be in Tim Tebow’s book release team because of my students. Especially the boys who only want to read books about famous ball players (football, basketball, or baseball—doesn’t matter). Sure, I had heard about Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos—but mostly through my raving-Broncos-fan students back when Tebow played for Denver. The lure of a free book…

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Fairy Tales for Young Adults

If you’re looking for a graduation gift for a young reader, look no further! (Ok, I loved the book and I’m not exactly young). If you love fairy tales and medieval intrigue, you’ll love The Beautiful Pretender by Melanie Dickerson. If you’ve read The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest you’ll remember the mysterious Margrave of Thornbeck (Jorgen Hartman’s employer). You don’t need to read The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest first to enjoy The Beautiful Pretender. The reclusive margrave needs a wife and he needs…

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