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reviewed Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfor.... January 13, 2012
Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy
Let Sarah Ban Breathnach be your coach to keep you on the path you have chosen. As a daybook, you get one short reading for every day of the year. I started in January 2012, because I thought that made …
reviewed One Page at a Time (on the Writing Life). January 13, 2012
One Page at a Time (on the Writing Life)
This unique format of one page for each story would challenge most writers, but Carr seamlessly takes me through it, eager to turn to the next page, excited that I can pick up this page turner at any …
reviewed Out of Character. January 13, 2012
Out of Character
David DeSteni and Piercarlo Valdesolo have something to say about who you are and why you are like you are and who lots of others are why they are like they are. Along your way through their book, the …
The Anarchist Bastard: Growing Up Italian in America
Joanna Clapps Herman tells it like it was for so many Italians growing up in America in the twentieth century.  Every story becomes more telling than the next—what a grounding read. Here, …
reviewed Hawthorne on Painting. October 16, 2011
Hawthorne on Painting
BEST BOOK ON PAINTING TIPS FROM CHARLES WEBSTER HAWTHORNE (1872-1930)  As An artist and a writer, I study all the time the masters in those fields, those who struggled and won. Why? Because I …
reviewed The Homeless Bishop. October 11, 2011
The Homeless Bishop
My heart and mind turned somersaults reading Father Girzone's gripping story. So many times, I could not read the words, because my eyes were so filled with tears of both gratitude and sadness at …
American Jesus: How the Son of God Became a
Today, I am full of questions, because I am reading an exciting book that is full of answers.. Do the people in your life also love Jesus? Do you attend a church? Do you have a special way you stay in …
reviewed Liber Novus (The Red Book). April 07, 2011
Liber Novis (The Red Book)
   Liber Novus (New Book) (The Red Book) C.G. Jung, introduced by Sonu Shamdasani  Liber Novus, written before 1930 and never published until 2009 spans several years and provides an …
reviewed The Red Book. April 06, 2011
Liber Novis (New Book) (The Red Book) C.G. Jung, introduced by Sonu Shamdasani       Take a walk inside the inquiring mind of Carl Jung. For me the same INTJ Myers-Briggs type …
reviewed Bodies of Water. April 03, 2011
Bodies of Water
I discovered I am trying to do things way too fast these days working on two new books this year. Sometimes it brings me exciting results, however. Bodies of Water by Roseanne Cash (yes, award-winning …
Rabbinic Fantasies: Imaginative Narratives from Classical Hebrew Literature
   I read this 1990 book, carefully edited by David Stern and Mark Jay Mirsky, from cover to cover with pleasure. And I learned a great deal about poetic writing, Jewish story-telling, and famous …
Living Gospel Equality Now: Loving in the Heart of God
Born in 1948, Meehan in 1987 was the first woman and the first Roman Catholic to receive a Doctor of Ministry from Virginia Episcopal Seminary in Alexandria, VA.      Bridget Mary …
reviewed Lao-tzu's Taoteching: with Selected C.... March 01, 2011
posted in Inspirations
Lao-tzu's Taoteching: with Selected Commentaries of the Past 2000 Years
Lao-Tzu's Taoteching, translated by Red Pine with Selected Commentaries of the past 2,000 years shows the Way. It's that simple.      As a student of The Way for three decades, …
Poetry in Person: Twenty-Five Years of Conversations with American Poets
Lovingly edited by Alexander Neubauer from dozens of cassette tapes Pearl London recorded during her classes with contemporary poets over twenty-five years, this book deserves a proper reading by every …
reviewed Zen in the Art of Writing: Essays on .... February 22, 2011
posted in Inspirations
Zen in the Art of Writing: Essays on Creativity
Ray Bradbury's Twilight Zone stories have always been a highlight of entertainment for me, never getting old. This book was published by Joshua Odett Editions, Santa Barbara, CA 1996.   …
reviewed Color for Painters. February 22, 2011
Color for Painters
Watson-Guptill/Crown Publishing Group div. of Random House, NY did us painters a favor when it decided to publish Al Gury's new book.      Al Gury has written a practical guide …
reviewed They Also Taught in Parables. February 22, 2011
They Also Taught in Parables
Harvey K. McArthur and Robert M. Johnston and Academic Bpooks/Zondervan Publishing House in Grand Rapids, MI deeply researched to provide this guidebook to the 115 early rabbinic parables. These authors …
reviewed The Acts of Pilot. February 16, 2011
posted in Inspirations
The Acts of Pilot
Imagine reading the letter of Melker who was a priest at Bethlehem at the time Jesus was born in respect to the prophecy concerning the birth of Jesus. Imagine reading the report of Gamaliel who was …
reviewed The Construction of Madness: Emerging.... February 09, 2011
posted in Inspirations
Peter A. Magaro edited an amazing collection of writings to help anyone gain an understanding of what schizophrenia is, what it is not, what schizophrenics are and what they are not, and how misunderstood …
reviewed Color and Light: A Guide for the Real.... February 09, 2011
Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter
As  a painter, I constantly search for new ways, new ideas, new color wheels, generally, new ways to look at the amazing possibilities of color.      I have a curious mind and …
reviewed Susan and J.R.'s Wedding Video - Surf.... January 12, 2011
Susan and J.R.'s Wedding Video - Surf Day
I actually felt warmer looking at all the water, waves, beach and people dressed for the wrm weather. What a fun remembrance of the wedding. Much happiness to the newlyweds! Their mission, if they choose …
Last Words & Final Thoughts of Catholic Saints and Sinners
Nothing comes closer to the purest truth than the last utterances of the dying or the thoughts of those who newly know they go soon from the earth into death. Who do they think of? Who do they advise? …
reviewed Meditations on Hunting. November 16, 2010
Meditations on Hunting
   Imagine hunting as the first "form of life."That's what Jose Ortega y Gasset says in his book Meditations on Hunting.      If you read this book for nothing …
reviewed Jesus, Interrupted: Revealing the Hid.... October 13, 2010
posted in Inspirations
Jesus, Interrupted: Revealing the Hidden
Curiosity about the life of Jesus, the Christ, makes this Bart D. Ehrman book a must read. If you have an interest in a readable history of Christianity, Ehrman is a great resource to add to your mix. …
reviewed From Jesus to Heaven with Love: A Par.... September 17, 2010
posted in Inspirations
From Jesus to Heaven with Love: A Parable Pilgrimage
Imagine that Jesus is speaking directly to you as He tells His parable stories. It's true, according to Saratoga Springs, New York, author, Barbara Garro.      "Jesus, is, …
reviewed Healing Civilization. September 12, 2010
Healing Civilization
Claudio Naranjo weaves a whole-world cloth depicting the evolutionary damage of patriarchy with threads of history, religion, anthropology, economics, education, psychological development and personal …
reviewed The Little Book of Coaching: Motivati.... September 12, 2010
The Little Book of Coaching: Motivating People to
   Motivating people to be winners comes naturally to Ken Blanchard and Don Shula, the winningest football coach in history.      The heart of Blanchard and Shula's book …
reviewed Please Touch. September 09, 2010
Please Touch
Jane Howard takes us and herself on encounters through experiencing what it was like to participate in the human potential movement in the late 1960s. We, the readers, meet many important players: Claudio …
reviewed Blue and Yellow Don't Make Green. August 06, 2010
Blue and Yellow Don't Make Green
Michael Wilcox seems to have been right behind me as I painted all these years (http://www.BarbaraGarro.com), because he knows intimately every color problem that has frustrated me, forced me to waste …
reviewed Jerusalem in the Time of Jesus: An In.... August 05, 2010
Jerusalem in the Time of Jesus: An Investigation into Economic and Social Conditions during the New Testament Period
If you ever wanted to walk the roads to and from the Holy City of Jerusalem as people did during the first century, let Joachim Jeremias take you by the hand in his easily readable book.      …
reviewed The New Testament Theology The Procla.... August 05, 2010
The New Testament Theology The Proclamation of Jesus
Joachim Jeremias is, in my view, the scholar to read when you want a scholarly take on something related to Jesus. After all, Pope Benedict XVI quoted one scholar and it was Joachim Jeremias. In fact, …
Poetry Speaks Expanded--Poets Read Their Own Work from Tennyson to Plath
"Long before there was writing, there was poetry" is how the first of the three CDs begins. And you hear Tennyson reading his work way back in the 1800s from some kind of wax things. Honestly, …
reviewed God's Little Devotional for Graduates. July 20, 2010
God's Little Devotional for Graduates
If there is such a think as a perfect book to jump-start your day, this it! Strong endorsement? I realize that and I believe it with all my heart, because I know. Every single day, in the morning, before …
reviewed Great Painters. July 20, 2010
Great Painters
Piero Ventura is an Italian painter and here in his book he presents visual stories of great painters.      Curious about the painting masters?      Want to know …
Nothing feels better in the hand than a little book (Iven Lourie's is 3-1/2 x 5") covered with interesting paper in an inviting color, warm, soft.      Lourie's is a Rattlesnake …
When I Stop Talking, You''ll Know I'm Dead
If you love to learn the skinny, the funny, the sad, the betrayals from and about the rich and famous, read pushing 80 years old Jerry Weintraub's book that covers over half a century of life among …
reviewed The Parables of Jesus, A Commentary. June 30, 2010
The Parables of Jesus, A Commentary
Arland J. Hultgren's introduction got me all excited that I was about to discover pearls of great price for 38 of Jesus' parable stories. Quickly, I found myself in the quicksand of exegetic commentary …
reviewed In the Care of Strangers. June 09, 2010
In the Care of Strangers
Poet and author D. Alexander Hoilday, maybe because he is also a poet, knows how to mine emotions, look at the nuggets, and evaluate.      Like the Naked City of old, there are thousands …
reviewed What Brought You Here?. June 04, 2010
Nancy Duci Donofio has created the first poetry picture book for grownups this poet has ever seen. Poem after poem, enhancing picture after picture, that strengthens the impact of each poem and each picture.   …
reviewed Book Promo 201. May 26, 2010
Nikki Leigh pushes you off the dock into the ocean of the deep web and takes you to a new shore of Internet book marketing. So, get yourself out of your little local pond and let Nikki Leigh show you …
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