Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin

The Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin is a well-researched fictional account of Anne Morrow Lindbergh and the life she lived with Charles Lindbergh. Both Charles and Anne were introverts forced into a very public life by Charles' great accomplishment of being the first man to fly across the Atlantic in a small plane. Charles did not meet Anne until after his historic flight. The kidnapping of their child devastated both Lindberghs, and the effects rippled throughout the rest of their lives. Both Lindberghs were invited to the launch of Apollo 11 which went to the moon.

I enjoyed the book, being a lover of history and both of them were alive in my lifetime.

Kathi Linz

Saturday, December 13, 2014

The Nephilim Trilogy by L.A. Marzulli


The Nephilim Trilogy is a wild ride over four continents chasing aliens, giants, and a secret society that claims to have the body of Jesus. UFO's play a large part in the third book, a cardinal with information on alien incursions, a scroll delivered to Art MacKenzie (the main character) by Enoch - yes, the Enoch of the Old Testament -  and a mysterious man named Johanan who has supernatural gifts. A trek through the subway world of homeless people leads to an underground nest of alien beings and alien hybrids.

These books are non-stop action with a Biblical world view. End times prophecies come to life on their pages.

Kathi Linz

Crap Dates: Disastrous Encounters from Single Life by Rhodri Marsden

This book is just for fun. In Crap Dates: Disastrous Encounters from Single Life by Rhodri Marsden, you will find some of the worst dates ever experienced. You will be able to tell yourself, "Well, at least THAT didn't happen to me" or, in the worst of all possible worlds, "I'm not the only one who had that miserable date."

"He arrived at my parents' house wearing eyeliner and riding a stolen bicycle, chased by a gang of youths who wanted the bicycle back."

"I went on a date with a Peruvian guy who said to me during our tapas: "You eat like windmill."

If you want a good chuckle, pick up this book.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Forbidden Gates: How Genetics, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, Synthetic Biology, Nanotechnology, and Human Enhancement Herald the Dawn of Technodimensional Spiritual Warfare by Thomas and Nita Horn.

Forbidden Gates: How Genetics, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, Synthetic Biology, Nanotechnology, and Human Enhancement Herald the Dawn of Technodimensional Spiritual Warfare by Thomas and Nita Horn is as scary as a Stephen King novel, but this one is nonfiction.

The Horns have compiled information from scientific journals and books written by genetic engineers which tells about the advances in nanotechnology, genetic modification, and artificial intelligence. Private and government funding is being used to create "transhumans" or "techno-humans". 

Some scientists claim we will have heaven on earth with longer life and enhanced abilities and senses. The same scientists also say that they wake up form nightmares in which the enhanced humans consider the normals expendable and kill them all or use them for slaves.

Since this book was written in 2010, I wonder how much farther along we are in these experiments. 

Kathi Linz

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Face to Face with Jesus by Samaa Habib and Bodie Thoene

Samaa Habib tells her story of being raised a good Muslim girl, the youngest in her family. She tells her story of the civil war in her country along with how she became a Christian and died when terrorists planted bombs in her church. She tells about meeting Jesus and coming back to life.
It's an amazing story, and not just because of the return to life. The Christians in her country take God at His word and believe that He will act on His promises. This is refreshing and eye-opening, reading it from the American culture of "well, we'll see".

Kathi Linz

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The World of PostSecret by Frank Warren

Most of us don't give out our home address to complete strangers willy-nilly. Yet that is exactly what Frank Warren did. He wrote his address on postcards with instructions for sending in an anonymous secret.

So far he has received a literal ton of postcards and other objects with secrets written on them. Many are works of art. All of them tell a story about people who need encouragement. 
The World of PostSecret is the latest book in this series. Just a thought, odds are that you are not the only one with your personal secret.

Kathi Linz

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Forget Me Not by Fern Michaels

Lucy Brighton is the creator of a successful cartoon business. She lives in New Jersey in her parents' house. They are world-famous doctors on call all over the world.

Lucy gets a call from a sheriff in Florida saying that both of her parents died in a car crash with a drunken teenager. She immediately buys tickets to fly to Florida to take care of the arrangements and all of the necessary house and personal issues that occur after a sudden death in the family. To compound this, Lucy has no idea what her parents last wishes were since they were virtually strangers after her tenth birthday. She'd been sent to boarding school and had barely spoken with them since then.

The house in Florida is an exact copy of the one she lives in in New Jersey. There are no photos, no personal effects, and very few clothes in the enormous closets. And that is when things get very strange very quickly. Federal agents show up looking for her and trying to gain entry to the house. Lucy gets struck by lightning just before she leaves for New Jersey and ends up in the hospital.

Armed with the support of two friends, Lucy tries to figure out what is happening and who or what her parents were. Is it the DHS, CIA, FBI or some other alphabet organization that is tracking her every move? Who are the bad guys and who are the good guys? And does it matter which side they are on? Will Lucy's life ever be the same?

This book kept me up late for a couple of nights.

Kathi Linz

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

How to Start a Home-Based Etsy Business by Gina Luker

     How to Start a Home-Based Etsy Business by Gina Luker has a lot of good advice starting with your reasons for starting a craft business and how to set it up in a manner that will be exactly what you want and still satisfy the IRS.
     The author mentions hidden costs, things you might be inclined to throw in, "It only takes a minute...", and how to see which items might be the most profitable. It tells how to determine a reasonable price for your crafts and how to work on promoting your Etsy shop.
     If you have an Etsy shop already, you will learn some new tricks. If you are thinking of starting one, read this first so that you don't make beginner's errors.

Kathi Linz

Monday, August 25, 2014

The Matchmaker by Elin Hilderbrand

Every summer, I look forward to a new installment from Elin Hilderbrand. Her books have the island of Nantucket as the setting.  The Matchmaker did not disappoint.

Dabney Kimball Beech is a 48 year-old woman who has lived her entire life on Nantucket.  She is the  highly successful President of the Nantucket Chamber of Commerce.  Dabney also has a special vision for figuring out who would be compatible as a couple.  She has matched over forty-two couples on Nantucket.   Dabney has a "gift for love, the way one has an eye for color."   Dabney's husband is John Boxmiller Beech, an economics professor at Harvard and an economics specialist to the President of the United States.  Dabney affectionately refers to him as "Box."   Box commutes to Harvard on Sunday evening and he returns to Nantucket for the weekend.

Dabney's high school sweetheart, Clendenin Hughes returns to Nantucket after twenty-seven years.  Hughes left the U.S. after graduating from college to pursue his lifetime goal to be an internationally renown journalist in the Pacific Rim.  Clendenin returns to Nantucket hoping to renew his relationship with Dabney even though he knows that Dabney is a married woman. 

To complicate things even further, Dabney's daughter, Agnes returns to Nantucket for the summer because her job as a Boys & Girls Club Director is phased-out due to the Club temporarily closing during the summer.  Agnes brings her much-older fiance' CJ, who is a sports representative for professional athletes.  Upon meeting CJ, Dabney immediately knows that CJ is not the "right one" for Agnes.


Monday, August 18, 2014

Tabula Rasa by Kristen Lippert-Martin

Tabula Rasa by
Kristen Lippert-Martin
I was given an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

I wasn't sure about this book when I started reading. But when I found myself thinking about it when I WASN'T reading I knew that something in this story resonated with me. Isn't that the mark of a good story? It's a super charged, super fast, stand alone read! Did you hear that? IT'S NOT A TRILOGY!!! Thank you! However, fans of trilogies Maze Runner and Hunger Games and Divergent would probably like this strong heroine.


Friday, August 15, 2014

Escaped With Honor by Charles Layton

Escaped With Honor by Charles Layton

What I loved about this book wasn't the writing or even the story itself. What I loved was the heart behind the story. I read a lot of woe is me books by people who blame their current life on their past. This is NOT that book. Yes, Layton's childhood was heartbreaking, his time in Korea tragic, and his search for love and belonging touching but it's his continual hope and refusal to wallow in self pity that reached me the most.

In his own words, "looking back, I am somewhat ashamed to admit that I assumed I could deal with the experiences in my life - and the consequences - on my own. I thought I was strong enough to hold it all in and not burden others with my past. However, as I have made new friends - people of faith that I have learned to trust - they have encouraged me to tell my story. Through the pledge I made in the Hooch to use my life to care and do good for others, I am now surrounded by friends who have helped me to examine my life from a new and beautiful perspective. I know that I did not make this pledge to myself sixty years ago because of where I was, but because of who I am.


Thursday, August 7, 2014

The Promise of a Pencil by Adam Braun

Adam Braun spent one college semester studying and traveling around the world with a program called Semester at Sea. He determined to ask one child at every port-of-call, "If you could have anything in the world, what would you ask for?" One child said, "To dance." Another said, "A book." But the child who made the biggest impact said, "A pencil."

Adam understood that what the child really wanted was a chance to go to school and learn. He determined to start a "for-purpose" organization that would help build schools in the poorest places on earth. He called it Pencils of Promise. At last count, they had over 200 schools and are breaking ground on a new one every 90 hours. He added a section to his website called "The Impossible Ones" for youth and adults who are doing extraordinary things to raise funds to help build schools on three continents.

This story is worth reading if you have a heart for helping people in under-served parts of the world.

Kathi Linz

Friday, July 25, 2014

Just 18 Summers by Rene Gutteridge & Michelle Cox

Just 18 Summers by Rene Gutteridge & Michelle Cox

The death of a young wife and mother takes place before the story begins, but helps prompt four families to realize how precious time with their children is, and how quickly it goes by.  Butch has let his wife Jenny be the primary parent to their daughter Ava, and now that she is gone, he is struggling with single parenthood. Jenny's sister Beth is dealing with the graduation of her middle child and trying to claim some extra time with her oldest while she is home from college.  Daphne has gone a little overboard preparing for the upcoming birth of her first child, to the point where her husband avoids coming home, and Helen and Charles are so busy making sure their kids have everything that they don't see how much they are missing.

During an infant dedication at her church, the author heard her pastor say, "Don't forget--you have just eighteen summers.  Take time to make some memories."  She was at the end of her eighteen summers with her youngest son, and it helped prompt this story.  As a reader and mom looking at the end of my eighteen summers, I expected this story to be emotional, but I didn't expect to laugh so much.  The authors found just the right balance and I highly recommend this book.


Saturday, June 28, 2014

The Witch Doctor's Wife by Tamar Myers

The Witch Doctor's Wife is the first in Tamar Myers's Belgian Congo mystery series. Set in the Belgian Congo shortly before its independence, Amanda, a young missionary lady, flies into a small village placed on either side of a waterfall. She is supposed to learn how to run a missionary guest house so that the previous caretakers can retire. But nothing is that easy.

The story starts with a plane crash and the discovery of a large diamond - not on the same page and not involving the same people. The local witch doctor, whose name is Their Death, has two wives. The first wife is named Cripple. The witch doctor's Baby Boy found the diamond and was using it for a teething toy when his father realized what it was. Due to governmental restrictions, Their Death cannot own or sell the diamond. He tries to sell it through a white contact, but the whole thing falls apart rapidly, and not only for Their Death.

Cripple decides to work for Amanda at the guest house. The housekeeper hired by the previous caretakers is an African man named Protruding Navel. He and Cripple do NOT get along. By the end of the story, Cripple is accused of - and admits to - a murder she did not commit. Amanda has to figure out how to keep Cripple from a death sentence. As for the diamond, its disposition is not told until the epilogue.

This book is different than other Tamar Myers books and is well worth the read.

Kathi Linz

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Forest Night, Forest Bright by Jennifer Ward

Forest Bright,
Forest Night
by Jennifer Ward

A great beginning science, counting, and poetry board book for ages 0-5.  Beautiful, realistic illustrations draw the reader into the secret world of the forest.  So much to learn and explore in this simple board book! Each page features diurnal and nocturnal animals.  Simply turn the book upside down to read about the forest at night. Children will be captivated by the surreal images as they look for the hidden animals and learn about habitats, the food chain, counting, and rhythmic patterns in language.  This is a book parents and children will enjoy sharing together.