Sunday, November 11, 2018

Spectacular, unique read.

Fallen Men might just be one of my best reads and page turners in 2018. I, interestingly, was very much on the main character’s side, hoping for the best outcome in a trying situation. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I was taken into each character’s lives and felt very much connected to them. I also learned a lot about Ireland, it’s landscape, but mainly about the Catholic faith. Yes, recently the church presents in the news; however, I believe one only sees the negative. There are very positive things with the church and Brian O’Hare does a fine job describing just this. In the end, I think it all turned out pretty fair for every party involved.  Brian O’Hare to me is a new author. I am so happy he gave me the opportunity to read his fine work of art.

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Monday, August 7, 2017


Why a marriage guide for clueless guys? Do you really have to ask?More than 2 million guys get married every year in the United States alone, and many (perhaps most) have no clue about the world they will enter once they say, “I do.”Does a guy know the 10 Fatal Words his wife will spring on him days before her birthday? Does a guy know why he should never throw away his wife’s “bag of bags”? Does he know why he should avoid watching romance movies with his wife once he’s been married for a couple of years? No, no, and most definitely no! Millions of men are clueless about what to expect from marriage and need practical advice from a guy who has been there and seen it all.Candid and humorous, You Exhaust Me, A Clueless Guy’s Guide to Marriage, speaks directly to clueless men (married or planning to marry) everywhere. With more than 20 years’ experience (and counting) as a husband, Bob Marsocci provides valuable insight on what guys should really expect after the wedding rings go on. Bob’s personal and often hilarious marital anecdotes and lessons (often learned the hard way) will enlighten any soon-to-be or newly married man. If that’s you, take it from a formerly clueless guy: If you want to avoid hearing “You exhaust me!” from your wife, read this book. It’s got the secret sauce to keeping her (and you) happy.

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  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: RAM Publishing; 1 edition (May 4, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0692875182
  • ISBN-13: 978-0692875186

A cute little, must-read (for all men thinking of getting married).  Funny. But practical. Great book!


A quirky and engaging journal that celebrates what makes each of us a little weird
Part journal, part activity book, and all fun, You're Weird is a valentine for the inner weirdo in everyone--that part of us that doesn't quite fit in, and secretly isn't even trying. Filled with hand-drawn creatures that are a bit...different...along with lists, writing prompts, activities, and more, it's a delightful and affirming book for creative oddballs everywhere.

In our mass-produced world that wants everyone to fit in and fall in line, these quirky pages give us permission to celebrate what makes us each unique--and amazing.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: TarcherPerigee; Gjr edition (July 11, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143130897
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143130895
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Make every day a new beginning with this lively illustrated journal from the author of Me, You, UsBrimming with fun and quirky ways to learn, create and grow, this charming journal presents simple activities to make every day count. Prompts include:

Compliment a stranger
Be a tourist in your own town for the day
Steal someone else's morning routine
Go stargazing - Invent a new recipe
Let a dog take you for a walk
Revisit a place from your childhood
Organize a treasure hunt
Start a club - Romance yourself
Learn a few words of a new language
Interview the oldest woman you know.

Filled with delightful illustrations and plenty of room to record your own reflections and insights, this is a DIY happiness guide to share with a friend or use as a secret personal playbook for jump-starting each day. Flip to any page and begin!

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: TarcherPerigee (August 29, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143130870
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143130871
just flip to a random page and start doing.
make a tiny bucket list.
invent a new recipe for dinner.
a great little paperback read.

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An illustrated guide to the challenges and pleasures of the introverted life
Introversion is "in." But there are still many misconceptions about introverts in the world. They're shy. Anti-social. They don't want to have close relationships. They're all cat people. They don't like big parties (okay, that last one might be true).

INFJoe, the cartoon persona of artist and introvert Aaron Caycedo-Kimura, is here to set the record straight. Filled with charming comic book style illustrations, this book provides invaluable insights into the introverted life with plenty of humor and wit. Full of moments that will make introverts say, "That's so me!" as well as helpful tips on surviving at parties and in the workplace, Text, Don't Call is the perfect gift for your quiet friends, or the extroverted ones who could use some help to better understand the introverts in their lives.

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: TarcherPerigee (August 15, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143130781
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143130789

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Friday, June 2, 2017


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  • Paperback: 44 pages
  • Publisher: Eber & Wein Publishing (December 2, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608805603
  • ISBN-13: 978-160880560

A very short, enjoying read.  Funny at times and a great look into the family dynamic.  A quick, fun read.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017


Would You Recognize an Angel if You Saw One?The majority of earth’s inhabitants believe in Angels. Yet so few of us can claim to have seen one. Why?

Perhaps it’s because in order to encounter one, we first have to learn what to look for and how to look!  We live in a world where the natural and supernatural overlap. Angels are constantly on mission from God and constantly at work in this world.

From the Garden of Eden to the Book of Revelation, Scripture is filled with hundreds of references to these wondrous creatures. In this creative work, Scot McKnight explores what the Bible says – and doesn’t say – about these majestic beings. And that’s deeply important because angels are still on mission today. They express God’s love, confirm His presence, and even lead humans in redemptive worship.

Don’t just believe in angels. Learn how to recognize these messengers of God that are all around us and know how God might be using them to affect our lives.

Most People Believe in Angels.
It’s What we Believe About them that Matters.

Believing in angels is one thing. But how can we know what angels are really like – especially when our preconceived notions have been mostly shape by sensationalized misinterpretations of these wondrous beings?

To help sort things out, Scot McKnight untangles fact from fiction on topics such as:
* Do loved ones become angels when they die?
* Can we hear from angels?
* Is there a hierarchy of angels?
* Do we have a specific guardian angel?
* Should we be scared of angels?
* Are cherubs and seraphs different creatures than angels?
* Do angels have wings?
* Are angels worship leaders?

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook (February 7, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601426313
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601426314

This was a great, easy non-fiction read.  I love the way Scot McKnight explained angels in detail, challenging the scientific believer.  Stating you can believe the science side and still believe in angels. Once you read this book you will understand all about angels, which I never knew most of this information existed or was real!  A very nice job by Mr. McKnight.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for my honest review.


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Girl Power with Fangs

Michaela was a seemingly normal high school senior, hiding behind a pair of hideous spectacles which masked her true identity. When she’s abducted by an intriguing werewolf, she learns that her father was a powerful vampire, and she has been chosen to protect his city from her predatory kin.
As the situation grows dire, the fate of the city rests in her hands, and she must choose between peace for her people or the man she's growing to love.
"Finally a vampire romance with a strong female character. Loves like Bella Swan and fights like Katniss Everdeen" - "Clara Newman"

Product Details

  • Paperback: 402 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (January 4, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1541390679
  • ISBN-13: 978-1541390676

Friday, January 20, 2017

Junie B. Jones First Ever Musical Edition! First Grader (at last).

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Junie B. Jones The Musical is a hit! Listen to the full cast album and the audiobook of Junie B. Jones, First Grader (at last!).
Being in first grade means having to get used to a whole new classroom. And a whole new teacher. And a whole new bunch of strange children. But here's the worst thing of all: When Junie B. tries to read words on the chalkboard…she can’t! Is it possible that Junie B. needs glasses?

This special audiobook edition of Junie B. Jones, First Grader (at last!) contains all the songs from Junie B. Jones The Musical. The musical is adapted from the books Junie B. Jones, First Grader (at Last!); Junie B. Jones, Boss of Lunch; Junie B. Jones, One-Man Band; and Top Secret Personal Beeswax, A Journal by Junie B. (and Me), by Barbara Park. © 2001, 2001, 2002, 2002, 2003 by Barbara Park.
Song list:
1. Top Secret Personal Beeswax
2. Lucille, Camille, Chenille
3. You Can Be My Friend
4. Time to Make a Drawing
5. You Need Glasses
6. Show and Tell
7. Now I See
8. Lunch Box
9. Gladys Gutzman, Queen of Snacks
10. Kickball Tournament
11. Sheldon Potts’ Halftime Show
12. When Life Gives You Lemons
13. Kickball Tournament (Reprise)
14. When Life Gives You Lemons (Reprise)
15. Writing Down the Story of My Life

A great CD Book and music. Cute voices of readers. Junie B. Jones has always been a classic for me and my kids to enjoy. I highly recommend this book on CD.

I received this book on CD from Blogging For Books for my honest review.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

The Never Open Desert Diner by James Anderson

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A singularly compelling debut novel, about a desert where people go to escape their past, and a truck driver who finds himself at risk when he falls in love with a mysterious woman.
Ben Jones lives a quiet, hardscrabble life, working as a trucker on Route 117, a little-travelled road in a remote region of the Utah desert which serves as a haven for fugitives and others looking to hide from the world. For many of the desert’s inhabitants, Ben's visits are their only contact with the outside world, and the only landmark worth noting is a once-famous roadside diner that hasn’t opened in years.

Ben’s routine is turned upside down when he stumbles across a beautiful woman named Claire playing a cello in an abandoned housing development. He can tell that she’s fleeing something in her past—a dark secret that pushed her to the end of the earth—but despite his better judgment he is inexorably drawn to her.

As Ben and Claire fall in love, specters from her past begin to resurface, with serious and life-threatening consequences not only for them both, but for others who have made this desert their sanctuary. Dangerous men come looking for her, and as they turn Route 117 upside down in their search, the long-buried secrets of those who’ve laid claim to this desert come to light, bringing Ben and the other locals into deadly conflict with Claire’s pursuers. Ultimately, the answers they all seek are connected to the desert’s greatest mystery—what really happened all those years ago at the never-open desert diner?

In this unforgettable story of love and loss, Ben learns the enduring truth that some violent crimes renew themselves across generations. At turns funny, heartbreaking and thrilling, The Never-Open Desert Diner powerfully evokes an unforgettable setting and introduces readers to a cast of characters who will linger long after the last page.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway Books; Reprint edition (November 8, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1101906901
  • ISBN-13: 978-1101906903

Overall, I'm giving this book 3 stars.  It was an interesting read, in that Mr. Anderson is a great writer. His writing style flows freely and makes it for a fast read. As far as 'easy read' I'm still doubting that.  I was half way through the book and still wondering what is the point for all that is happening. The story is not tied together until the very final pages. And that made it frustrating to me. It wasn't like it even built up to it. It was just blah in most respects. I read many great reviews about this book, but I'm not sure exactly what they saw in this book.  Like I said, 3 stars is what I give it. I think the book really had potential, but it didn't quite make it on my top 10 list for sure.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Hola! Let's Learn Spanish by Judy Martialay

¡HOLA! gives children 6-10 an early and fun start in learning Spanish. Parents can use it with their children, whether or not they know Spanish. Please go to the audio page at for your free download of the audio version. Follow the book along with the audio to learn the pronunciation. Kids take an imaginary trip to Mexico where they meet Panchito the Mexican Jumping Bean. They follow his adventures while being drawn into the culture and learning Spanish. Activities follow to practice Spanish. They include a treasure hunt and a skit. Culture Corner give more ideas for practicing Spanish while learning more about Mexico, including the song for breaking a piƱata. Children can follow directions for making a traditional Mexican Mask. Parents should go to Parents' page on website for more advice on how to use the book.
It's important to download the audio version so that you can stop and return to parts that you want to hear again.

A great easy read for anyone, not just children. Lots of colorful illustrations. This book is not just about language. It's about culture all around. Music. Reading. People. etc. Great book!
Thanks for letting me read and review this book Ms. Martialay!

From the Author

¡HOLA!.. is a start in learning the language. My hope is that parents and children will be enthusiastic about learning Spanish and will ask their elementary schools to implement programs for learning languages. Currently, only 15% of elementary schools here in the U.S.offer any form of foreign language instruction.  
Please see that your child continues the study of Spanish. If your local elementary school doesn't offer FLES (Foreign Language in Elementary School), please ask your Board of Education to implement a program so that your child and others can enjoy the benefits of learning another language.
It takes many years to master a language, which expresses all the complexities of human thought. Your child will have a truly useful skill with amazing benefits after studying the language throughout grade school and college.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Doodletopia Fairies. Draw, design, and color your own super-magical and beautiful fairies by Christopher Hart

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An interactive doodle book of fairies and other fantasy characters from the best-selling art instruction author whose books have sold more than six million copies, pairing illustration tips with drawing, designing, coloring, and crafting activities.

For years, Christopher Hart has given readers the tools and techniques needed to learn how to draw and cartoon. With the Doodletopia series, Hart offers us a chance to practice and perfect our artistic skills. For this latest title, Hart returns to the lush, gorgeous, and mystical subject of fairies. Doodletopia: Fairies provides aspiring fantasy artists and fairy fans with activities to stimulate their creativity. After covering the basics of rendering these characters, Hart sets us loose to interact with the book's many exercises and challenges. Pairing the informative content for which Hart is beloved with myriad opportunities for creative expression, Doodletopia: Fairies offers aspiring artists the next level of interactive art instruction.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill (October 4, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607746956
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607746959

A whimsical, wonderful book for an any-age artist. Even if you are not an artist, this book provides step by step detailed instructions on how to make your very own fairy. A must-own book for the drawing/art lover in your life. Cute too!

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Approval Junkie by Faith Salie

From comedian and journalist Faith Salie, of NPR's Wait Wait…Don't Tell Me! and CBS News Sunday Morning, a collection of daring, funny essays chronicling the author's adventures during her lifelong quest for approval
Faith Salie has done it all in the name of validation. Whether it’s trying to impress her parents with a perfect GPA, undergoing an exorcism in the hopes of saving her toxic marriage, or maintaining the BMI of “a flapper with a touch of dysentery,” Salie is the ultimate approval seeker—an “approval junkie,” if you will.

In “Miss Aphrodite,” she recounts her strategy for winning the high school beauty pageant. (“Not to brag or anything, but no one stood a chance against my emaciated, spastic resolve.”) “What I Wore to My Divorce” describes Salie’s struggle to pick the perfect outfit to wear to the courthouse to divorce her “wasband.” (“I envisioned a look that said, ‘Yo, THIS is what you’ll be missing…even though you’ve introduced your new girlfriend to our mutual friends, and she’s a decade younger than I am and is also a fit model.”) In "Ovary Achiever," she shares tips on how to ace your egg retrieval. (“Thank your fertility doctor when she announces you have ‘amazing ovaries.’ Try to be humble about it [‘Oh,these old things?’].”) And in “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me About Batman’s Nipples” she reveals the secrets behind Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! (“I study for this show like Tracy Flick on Adderall”).

With thoughtful irreverence, Salie reflects on why she tries so hard to please others, and herself, highlighting a phenomenon that many people—especially women—experience at home and in the workplace. Equal parts laugh-out loud funny and poignant, Approval Junkie is one woman’s journey to realizing that seeking approval from others is more than just getting them to like you—it's challenging yourself to achieve, and survive, more than you ever thought you could.

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  • File Size: 1666 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Archetype (April 19, 2016)
  • Publication Date: April 19, 2016
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English

I could very much relate to the topic of this book...seeking approval from everyone but themselves. I have been known to do this...often.  Faith Salie writes a great book about just this. She wrote a nice, honest book that all must read.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

PEACE WITH BEES, by Nadh Poduri

Peace with Bees is a story about a silly elephant who loves honey and thinks it’s ok to steal honey from the bees. The story teaches kids about compassion and dealing with adversities. The silly elephant’s journey to understand the boundaries and respect everyone would be a visual treat to read.

After Barney snatches the honey from Ephan, Ephan goes and steals honey from the bees despite his friend Sid’s reservations. Little did he know about the consequences of stealing. “Peace with Bees” is a story that teaches children about compassion, respect the boundaries of others. The story is nicely laced with fun facts about bees that would help children appreciate the little things. With stunning graphics and lovable characters ‘Peace with Bees’ truly brings out the joy to the young readers.

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  • File Size: 8381 KB
  • Print Length: 55 pages
  • Publication Date: October 2, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English

This book is great for kids, and adults as well. It teaches kids about treating others the way you want to be treated; respect, boundaries. A sweet, short read. I love the concept not just for kids, but adults as well, because so many adults forget the basic rules of life. Pick it up! I know you'll be happy you did.

Thursday, October 13, 2016


Samita Sarkar thought she was destined to spend her entire life running.

Never giving herself a moment’s rest, she studied hard and graduated from university with top grades, and then promptly began a tireless job search. But although she thought that she had done everything by the book, life still hadn’t given her any answers. She knew that God had a plan, but what was it?

Stricken with anxiety while facing midsummer heat and sizable life decisions, the thrifty twenty-something Canadian—who had never before travelled for travel’s sake—purchased a discount bus ticket for what she thought would be a few weeks of reprieve in The United States. Embarking on her journey with nothing but a small suitcase, a broken handbag, a killer manicure and a copy of "The Bhagavad Gita," Samita would spend her days wandering streets and beaches, and her nights in jostling buses or on cramped couches. Marvelling at the beauty around her, Samita finally discovered what the world has to offer to those who stop running, while learning lessons that would set the course of the rest of her life.

*This is a beautiful story of a young woman who wanted to see the world. A Canadian who ended up on the east coast of the U.S. of A traveling southward.  People she encounters. Experiences she has. etc. A fun book. Easy, quick read. Inspiring. Her God, Lord Krishna is in control. Not her.*

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  • File Size: 1464 KB
  • Print Length: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Blossoms Books (March 3, 2016)
  • Publication Date: March 3, 2016

Wednesday, September 7, 2016


An immersive, gripping account of the rise and fall of Iran's glamorous Pahlavi dynasty, written with the cooperation of the late Shah's widow, Empress Farah, Iranian revolutionaries and US officials from the Carter administration
In this remarkably human portrait of one of the twentieth century's most complicated personalities, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Andrew Scott Cooper traces the Shah's life from childhood through his ascension to the throne in 1941. He draws the turbulence of the post-war era during which the Shah survived assassination attempts and coup plots to build a modern, pro-Western state and launch Iran onto the world stage as one of the world's top five powers. Readers get the story of the Shah's political career alongside the story of his courtship and marriage to Farah Diba, who became a power in her own right, the beloved family they created, and an exclusive look at life inside the palace during the Iranian Revolution. Cooper's investigative account ultimately delivers the fall of the Pahlavi dynasty through the eyes of those who were there: leading Iranian revolutionaries; President Jimmy Carter and White House officials; US Ambassador William Sullivan and his staff in the American embassy in Tehran; American families caught up in the drama; even Empress Farah herself, and the rest of the Iranian Imperial family. Intimate and sweeping at once, The Fall of Heaven recreates in stunning detail the dramatic and final days of one of the world's most legendary ruling families, the unseating of which helped set the stage for the current state of the Middle East.

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  • File Size: 8473 KB
  • Print Length: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (August 2, 2016)
  • Publication Date: August 2, 2016
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English


You can crochet the camping trip of a lifetime with adorable, miniature projects that will delight adults and kids alike. You'll find all the camping gear you need for hours of creative play, including sleeping bags, backpacks, frying pans, picnic baskets, and much more. These easy-to-follow instructions plus your favorite yarn are all you need to create cute and collectible cabins, tents, boats, mountains, and trees for your dream campsite!
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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: That Patchwork Place (August 23, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604688157
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604688153
Crochet all things camping-trees, forest, wigwams, tents, the list goes on. So cute! A must-own crochet book.


How using the right words will positively impact your life. Have you ever wondered why some people seem to have all the luck? Well, "Don't" shows you how words impact those parts of the brain that make you either positive or negative. People who have a more positive outlook use more positive language. They see opportunities that others miss - they also generally see how these opportunities can be turned into real advantages. * "Don't" sets out those negative words and phrases to avoid - the ones that create negative thinking in your brain and result in negative behaviour - and then suggests some words and phrases that do just the opposite. The end result? You will start to use positive words, which activate the positive parts of your brain which then results in positive behaviour. * "Don't" will also enable you to better manage those difficult conversations that all of us have at some point. Sometimes it's a conversation we initiate, such as going to a job interview, at other times it's initiated by someone else, such as when a good friend wants help with a deep problem. Bob Selden will challenge some of your thinking on what makes some people more successful than others - is it luck? upbringing? opportunity? Or is it perhaps the words we use? Read his new book "Don't" and make the call!

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  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Port Campbell Press (May 1, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 099445080X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0994450807

I love this book on interpersonal communication. How to speak to someone constructively. Changing your thinking when it comes to relationships with others. A very effective, well-written book. A must own book!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016


The Candle Maker offers a refreshing glimpse into the journey of faith throughout the entirety of a lifetime. The story of Phillip and his quest to understand how and why there is a candle within his chest is compelling and reads like a parable guiding toward a profound truth. Phillip’s remarkable experience, the wide swing of all human emotion, travels the high, joyous peaks as well as the low, desolate valleys of life.

The Candle Maker follows Phillip through all the stages of his existence, from the warmth of a nurturing home, to the embrace of a true love, through the snares of those who would tempt to extinguish his inner flame, through great loss and absolute heartache, back again to a life rebuilt and life returned, and ultimately face to face with the Candle Maker, the creator of all light. Don’t let the brevity of The Candle Maker mislead you, within this small volume is a story that sings a grand truth that must be experienced by anyone walking the path of light.

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  • Series: Morgan James Fiction
  • Hardcover: 134 pages
  • Publisher: Morgan James Fiction; Lam edition (January 10, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1630479713
  • ISBN-13: 978-1630479718

All I can say is WOW! What an amazing book!  James Ryan Orr takes us through a journey of one boy, Phillip. Phillip's life. Phillips' candle burning inside him, his chest, near where his heart is. Phillip learns a lot about himself and the world around him. I will not say any more, as I do not want to give away the turns to this lovely book. A MUST READ! Thank you Mr. Orr for letting me be the first reviewer!