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Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel



There's this writer, William Shakespeare. Perhaps you've heard of him. He wrote this play, Romeo and Juliet. Maybe you've heard of it as well. It's... Continue »
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Fly with Me by Helen Phillips
Fly with Me

loischenderson, June 5, 2011

“What did God say about healing? What did He say about sickness and where did He put Himself in the fight against disease? Where did sickness come from? Did God bring sickness if He was almighty and reigned?” If you have ever asked yourself any of these questions, then Helen Phillips’ spiritual memoir, Fly with Me: A True Story of Healing from Multiple Sclerosis is for you.

In this relatively short volume of only 150 pages, Phillips shares a lifetime of experience with the reader, as she shares her experiences that range from farming in the Rhodesian lowlands to becoming a spiritual healer and motivational speaker first in Johannesburg, and later in the southern suburbs of Cape Town, where she still lives with her fourth husband, Bill Phillips. Short as the book may be, it nevertheless packs an extremely powerful punch and bears witness throughout not only of her battle against what many have experienced as a devastating illness, but also of her faith in an all-powerful God. Being struck down by MS when she was only 27 years old and “slim as a whistle, fit as a fiddle,” her incorrigible spirit and her strong commitment to the Christian faith buoyed her up and enabled her to endure not only the physical suffering that is attendant upon such a disease, but also two divorces and the death of a former husband. Phillips is no stranger to financial failure either, and has endured business highs and lows, as well as the alcoholism of her first husband, which helped drive her into the arms of a bounder whom she married not only once, but twice.

Above all, however, Fly with Me is Helen Phillips’ personal witness to her growing faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as her Redeemer. The pages are blessed with the restorative power of the Holy Spirit’s working in and through her life, making the tone of the whole uplifting and encouraging. However, Phillips in no ways minces her words��"she tells it like it is, so don’t expect to be required to wallow in a pity fest. She has short shrift for those MS sufferers who wish others to climb aboard such a wagon, urging them not to expect to be treated with kid gloves by even their nearest and dearest.

Basically, Phillips is a fighter, and she expects that of others too. The tools that she has used to recover from attacks of the dreaded disease she readily shares with her audience, including, most notably, faith, the importance of an entrenched exercise and nutrition regimen, prayer, and God’s Word. Phillips concludes Fly with Me with her tried and true recommended diet for MS sufferers, as well as a spiritual healing recipe and two full-color topographical maps of Africa and Rhodesia as they were in 1976.

Fly with Me: A True Story of Healing from Multiple Sclerosis is a faith-based book that is filled with hopeful and inspiring messages from the Bible. In addition to appealing to those who suffer from MS, the work is ideal reading for any who have had experience of a family member or friend with a crippling disease. A copy of the text should form part of all libraries and resource collections of faith-based bodies, no matter where in the world they might be.




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Don't Let Your Mechanic Pick Your Pocket! by George A. Moyer
Don't Let Your Mechanic Pick Your Pocket!

loischenderson, May 19, 2011

This brief but informative book provides a short background to the author, George A. Moyer, who is a retired mechanic and shop owner, before explaining some basic principles behind the operation of a light motor vehicle. Don’t Let Your Mechanic Pick Your Pocket gives the most essential maintenance guidelines and lists noises and symptoms that might help you to determine where a problem with your vehicle lies. The language used throughout is that of the average driver who knows more how to negotiate his or her way in and out of a traffic jam or how to park the car than about the inner workings of a car’s engine. The format and layout of the text is very clear, from the headings of the chapters (including “Do’s and Don’ts,” “Changing a Flat Tire,” and “Replacing a Rear View Mirror”), through the brief and to-the-point subheadings (ranging from the different parts of the car, such as “Brakes,” “Suspension,” and “Transmission” to the various symptoms that one might detect, including “Chirping,” “Humming/Grinding,” and “Loss of Heat”), to the very font itself, which is well-spaced and which should be easily readable by flashlight (if your car breaks down in the middle of nowhere on a deep, dark, dismal night!).

The glossaries of terms, as well as of “Most Frequent Parts and What They Do” should prove most useful when a mechanic tries to befuddle you with technocrese. Moyer’s explanations are so simple, straightforward and reliable that they have the capacity to inspire confidence in even the most inexperienced driver. His honest, at home, down to earth advice is enough to take the worries out of even your most frazzled moment. In addition to guiding what moves you make in registering and reporting any concerns that you have regarding your vehicle, Moyer provides the following invaluable “Top Ten Lists”: “Most Important Repairs (Safety in Mind),” “Least Important Repairs (Safety in Mind),” “Most Expensive Repairs,” and “Easiest Repairs to Get Ripped off with”. The illustrations are appended to the main text, so that they are quickly accessible to the reader. Clear diagrams are provided of tread wear patterns, universal joints, front-, rear- and four-wheel drives, front and rear suspension, engine components, drum and disc brakes, excessive belt wear, and typical lift points.

In short, this is a key guide to the functioning of your car, which should be kept with you at all times when you are on the road. You are likely to find it as helpful as a well-supplied tool kit and, in many cases, a great deal less daunting than your own car’s manual. An ideal gift for handing over with the first set of car keys to any youngster, this little book should provide much comfort to you as the parent of a relatively inexperienced car owner. So, if you are a stranger to the workings of your car, or know someone else who is, purchase a copy of this book and DO keep it in your car’s glove compartment��"you won’t be sorry that you have!
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Moon Tahiti (Moon Handbooks Tahiti) by David Stanley
Moon Tahiti (Moon Handbooks Tahiti)

loischenderson, May 13, 2011

Moon Tahiti, the 7th edition of renowned traveler David Stanley’s work in the Moon Handbooks series, is as comprehensive, up-to-date and enlightening as ever. Containing 47 detailed and easy-to-use maps, the guidebook describes the must-see sights, activities, restaurants, and accommodation available not only on Tahiti, but on all the other islands in French Polynesia as well, including invaluable insights into tourist highlights on Moorea, as well as on the Leeward, Austral, Tuamotu and Gambier, and Marquesas Islands. In addition, in his inimitable environmentally aware way, he provides an informed analysis of the land itself, its flora and fauna, its history and government, its economy, its people and culture, and the arts and entertainment opportunities granted by French Polynesia, so that the book is a valuable source of information for tourist and armchair traveler alike. For the former, he supplies a chapter on such essentials as transport, visas and officialdom, customs, and health and safety, while for those who wish to approach their trip with the added insight to be gleaned from other sources he provides a glossary, phrasebook, and a list of suggested reading and Internet resources.

That Stanley truly loves these islands is clear from start to finish. His intimate knowledge of the islands is rivaled only by the fluency of his writing. His balanced outlook on French Polynesia allows him to retain an objective stance throughout, enabling him to pinpoint both the merits and the demerits of the islands. For example, he doesn’t hide the fact that the cosmopolitan city of Papeete becomes a ghost town on Sunday afternoons, as “life washes out into the countryside,” so best avoid at such times. Stanley’s style is concise and factual��"he provides you with a great deal of information in a limited number of words. His main intent is to give a complete picture of each place so that you can make informed decisions about how you wish to spend your time in the islands. Stanley consistently keeps the primary focus of the reader in mind, so that no matter whether you are more interested in sports, culture and the arts (his references to the leading French Post-Impressionist, Paul Gauguin, are numerous), the natural beauty of the islands, or the more historic and religious aspects of French Polynesia, you are bound to find much that appeals to your palate.

Moon Tahiti is well illustrated throughout with black-and-white photographs of local architecture and scenes, in addition to maps of many of the 118 islands and towns that form part of this archipelago set in the South Pacific Ocean. Stanley also provides a great deal of background information on various cultural practices, aspects of island lifestyle and fascinating biographical overviews of outstanding local characters that he sensibly sets aside in text boxes scattered throughout the main text, so that they do not disrupt the flow of his central argument. If you have ever dreamed of listening to the rustling of palm trees swaying in the breeze while watching islanders gyrate their sinuous bodies in time to the rhythm of exotic melodies, this book is for you. As Stanley writes, “Welcome to paradise!”
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loischenderson, May 12, 2011

Watch out for Books 2 and 3 of this series that are due out mid-May - they're just as insightful and unbiased as Book 1. My reviews of the e-books are already available on Justin's website. Why don't you check them out?
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All Points North by Shelby R., III Lee
All Points North

loischenderson, April 28, 2011

Lee’s enthusiasm for writing permeates this collection of short stories (or ‘volumes’, as he calls them). Most definitely they are not in the conventional short story mode, so don’t expect a snappy beginning, middle and end. Rather, they are sketches of characters and scenes written in a stream of consciousness style, in a way that is reminiscent of Lee’s literary doyen, William Faulkner. One can readily tell that the author is a Southerner, who has been exposed to much of the harshness of life. He, in fact, refers to himself as “a survivor in the key of life.” His stories are not for the faint-hearted, being gritty, zestful and, in places, harsh, as he exposes the vulnerability of members of the human race.

Using relatively little dialogue, but a great deal of discussion of inner musings, Lee covers a wide range of characters in the thirteen stories, of which the most memorable I found to be “Boy Freud,” which deals with the perversions of a psychologist. A sense of redemption is lacking from these tales, and, being relatively unstructured as they are, they leave one with an almost indefinable sense of unease. For those who are keen on yachting, “All Points North” should prove to be of great interest, dealing as it does with the rivalry existing in a regatta, with all concerned fiercely contending for the trophy of the day.

One aspect of stream of consciousness expression tends to be the use of extremely long sentences. The reader need have no fear on this account, though, as the longest sentences that are included in this book tend to be those in the Foreword, in which Lee describes the role of writing in his life. If you’re more interested in the story than in the process, you could safely skip this section of the book. Personally, I find such descriptions quite fascinating, though (most probably because I enjoy writing myself). The following sentence clearly exhibits Lee’s penchant for stream of consciousness composition: “Then suddenly I was moving fast to my writing table, grabbing another legal pad, a new pen, then, deep into the night, with near heart failure, sitting, writing and thinking, and it was so painful to capture on paper, it came out of me so fast, so difficult to capture on paper, it seemed as though it was being fed to my head telepathically, but there were different phases of long thinking with little writing.” As I say, there isn’t anything like that in the course of the stories, and, even though All Points North bears minimal resemblance to Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway, it is worthwhile reading, as long as you don’t expect the sketches to conform to the requirements of the conventional short story genre.


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