Review: As My Parents Age by Cynthia Ruchti

When we talk to our elderly parents about their final days, it’s not a morbid thing or a bad omen. It’s preparedness for a peaceful departing. And peace is too compelling a prize to pass up, even if we may hold on to well-deserved resentments towards our parents. The most viable option, in this case, is to love and forgive old hurts that are hard to let go of for we know God holds reconciliation high on his list of priorities.


Review: The Illustrated Book of Sayings by Ella Frances Sanders, Blogging for Books.

How do we translate a meaning in another language that isn’t translatable and which may seem ridiculous, absurd and nonsensical when attempted? The sayings Sanders illustrates express the diversity of peoples and cultures from around the world, expressions that range from the mundane to the profound, all limitless and delightful absolutely, all insightful and magnificent.


Review: Me A Compendium by The Wee Society, Blogging for Books.

Each page features a colorful illustration and there is plenty of room for doodling, writing, and sketching a profound answer to the many interesting areas found here. As with any children’s subject, this journal offers much creativity in the sincerest form of inquiry, one that encapsulates the quirkiness of an individual, yet the quotidian as well. It answers the questions: who are you now and who do you want to be?


Review: George Washington’s Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation by The Mount Vernon Ladies Association.

This code of conduct spawned an interest in manners for the young Washington—who at the age of 16 ended his schooling short in order to support his widowed mother and four younger siblings. What a testament to precociousness, to study the subject of etiquette so earnestly that he penned his code of conduct in reverence to grace, a preoccupation with good behavior…


Review: Dorothea’s Eyes by Barb Rosenstock.

As she waits for her mother at the library, Dorothea is drawn by her curiosity of people in their crowded tenements. She sees fathers and mothers and babies going about their business at the close of the day, maintaining a safe distance between herself and them, but bringing herself close enough with her eyes.


Review: Easter by Jan Pienkowski.

Indeed, the heart of this book brings glory and honor to the Saviour as told with its jagged-edged papercut images, intensifying with grace the focal points of Christ’s life, death, burial, and resurrection. Pieńkowski’s silhouetted illustrations are deeply evocative, dramatically colored, capturing the ancient setting of home interiors, gardens, staircases, and familiar critters perched over thorny branches, twigs, or stems – a filigree outlined in golden ink as a backdrop to decorative drop caps.


Review: No oyes ladrar los perros by Juan Rulfo, The Tishman Review, April, 2016

A rural sensibility, categorized by images of people and their land and the desolate and terse rhythms of a Mexico left in poverty— after promises of revolution and reform gone unfulfilled—are iconic Rulfo. With darkness and light, through silence and sound, through ghost towns shackled by a hot and barren landscape, Rulfo revisits the history of a country that aches with the pain of its people.


Review: The Hedge of Thorns by John Carrol, Burning Bush Press Newsletter.

Review: Making the Most of Life by J.R. Miller, Burning Bush Press Newsletter.

Review: The Bible in the Footstool, Burning Bush Press Newsletter.

Review: Annie, the Flower Girl, Burning Bush Press Newsletter.

Review: The Little Woodsman and His Dog Caesar by Mary M. Sherwood, Burning Bush Press Newsletter.


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