Among Friends: Stories from the Journey by Father Jim Sichko
Published 2014 by Premier Digital Publishing
Rating: * * * *
You’ve gotta love a book written by a priest with help from a horror-fiction writer and an art thief turned life coach. Which is its own endorsement of the book: it just goes to show that inspiration is available from the most unlikely sources if we just take care to recognize it.
Among Friends is a collection of tidbits and humorous stories demonstrating the practical application of aphorisms like Little things matter. Bloom where you are planted. Notice someone. The trickle down effect. Sometimes it’s a winding road. Aha! moments strike when least expected. Which leads us back to the author and his friends, who recognized aha! when they saw it.
Thank you to Premier Digital Publishing and NetGalley for the copy I received in exchange for a review.
The Last Ferryman by Gregory D. Randle
Langdon Street Press
Rating: * * * * *
She slipped through August’s arm like sand sifting out the bottom of a sack.
The quote above – which appears just a few pages into the story – is so delightfully apt that I knew from the start I was going to love this novel.
Buck Shyrock, ferryman on the Wabash River on the border between Illinois and Indiana, is forced to confront changes to his life and to the small town he calls home when a bridge is constructed over the river.
A good caption both invites further study of the work it introduces and indicates what can be found there. Each chapter in this book is a beautiful little quilt block, with the chapter title as the caption. The finished quilt is lovely and comforting and warm and sturdy and a work of art, all at the same time.
I look forward to the author’s next book.
Thunder in the Morning Calm (Pacific Rim Series #1) by Don Brown
Published by Zondervan. Distributed by Brilliance Audio. Performed by Dick Hill.
Rating: * * *
Action-packed from start to finish, this unabashedly patriotic tale has the makings for a made-for-TV movie.
Lt. Commander “Gunner” McCormick hears rumors of a North Korean prison camp holding elderly American prisoners of war from the Korean War 60-some years prior. The possibility of finding and rescuing the POWs strikes a chord with him because his grandfather disappeared during the war and is officially listed as missing in action. When the opportunity arises, Gunner and his hastily formed commando group advance into North Korea to search out the camp and rescue the prisoners.
You may recognize performer Dick Hill from the Jack Reacher audiobooks. If you like his narration in that series, you will almost certainly enjoy this performance.
This work is labeled faith-based fiction, and that theme is prominent throughout.