Golden Throat: My Journey with Faith in Family by Paul Francis Bickert is a heartwarming memoir full of valuable life lessons. Golden Throat is the life story of Canadian news broadcaster Paul Francis Bickert. He walks us through his family tree and faith by sharing stories of their lives from the time they are born and into adulthood. Bickert demonstrates through his stories the importance of faith and how it can help bring us together and thrive no matter your sector of Christianity. If you’re looking for a book to lift your spirits, Golden Throat is a must-read!
Bickert is a genius when it comes to tantalizing descriptions! He takes small but crucial details and crafts them into beautiful descriptive sentences. Information that would otherwise seem mundane takes on a certain romanticism that I adored! His descriptions of the Candian Prairie were some of my favorites. Even if his story does not interest you, his writing style will keep you engaged throughout this emotionally-charged memoir.
I also want to touch on the uniqueness of the narrative flow of this memoir. Unlike many memoirs, Golden Throat does not solely focus on the author’s life experiences and story, but it also delves into his family’s. At the beginning of the book, we mainly focus on the upbringing of his parents and gain some insight into his grandparents. It was almost like the real-life version of a fictional family saga series. This unique approach is one of the main draws of this book for me.
And last but certainly not least, I want to touch on one of the most important lessons this book conveys. Bickert’s take on acceptance and unity despite diversity is a message that is much needed in today’s time. His thoughtful and experienced approach to the subject was sincere, genuine, and thought-provoking. Even if you are not a believer, this powerful message still stands.
Golden Throat: My Journey with Faith in Family by Paul Francis Bickert is an impassioned story of an intriguing family, and life, told in the most riveting way. Paul Francis Bickert has created a fantastic non-fiction book much deserving of its Plume Award for Literary Excellence. It’s a book that will soothe your soul.
Pages: 368 | ASIN: B08TTT2341
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Written by 13-year-old Halee P. Moone, The Rules of a Big Boss details the steps one must take to become a “big boss,” which is essentially just a better version of yourself. With a mixture of rules to follow and personal anecdotes from Halee P. Moone’s life, the book centers on the importance of individuality and self-care.
Despite this being written by a teen and written with the colloquialisms that come from being a young adult (which I personally found charming), the essence of the book is perfect for anyone needing reassurance in where to take their life. Even at thirteen, she is hyper-aware of the influence of social media, specifically the impact it can have on someone’s self-image. I think my favorite chapter is when she discusses the influence that someone’s style can have and that it is still important to attempt to be original. She stresses the importance of being inspired and making someone’s style that you may like into your own with individuality instead of just copying. I think this is an important message because it touches on the influence that social media has on fast fashion and overconsumption. Other tips that Moone mentions include, choosing your friends wisely, avoiding bad vibes, and having self-respect.
As a self-help book, it encourages a lot of self-reflection. At the end of each chapter, there are also questions that you can answer that allow you to write down your thoughts and steps you might take to implement the advice she provides.
The Rules of a Big Boss is an enlightening and thought-provoking book on personal development and spiritual growth that gives readers the tools they need to improve their self-worth and self-esteem.
Pages: 79 | ASIN: B08BTMMK9H
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Missions of War details Robert Brodersen’s real-life experience as a co-pilot during World War II. As a combination of Brodersen’s diary entries and his daughter’s own memories of the aftermath, Missions of War serves as an intriguing look into our country’s history through a personal lens.
While reading Missions of War, I couldn’t help but feel grateful to have the opportunity to read a different and more personal perspective of World War II. Other books I come across talk about the war on a global scale, but this feels much more in the trenches. The memoir includes recollections of raids and missions that Brodersen and the crew were a part of. He discloses how they were given escape packets that were small enough to fit in their pockets. They included money, from the country they were flying over so that they could buy themselves help if shot down. These small details really ground the story and make it very engaging. Another memory that stood out to me was when he recollects being out on the streets of London and hearing air raid sirens and finding shelter in the nearest subway station. He describes that the station was full of English civilians, most were asleep, and some had rolled up beds. He had found that many of them would sleep there because it was a good place to take shelter and then in the morning they would go home and then go to work. It just really struck me because I had never heard of anything like that, and just imagining having to leave my home at night to find shelter in a subway station for safety sounds terrifying.
Missions of War is an intimate account of war that was enthralling and hard to put down. It provides riveting first hand account of situations you only see in movies. This riveting memoir is for anyone who is looking for a short but potent personal story.
Pages: 74 | ISBN: 1637908431
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A remarkable love story that pulls on your heartstrings and leaves you inspired. A page turner that gives a first hand look into the lives of a young couple madly in love and eager to start their lives together, only to have it all halted by a cancer diagnosis. With no clear road map on how to navigate their new normal, James and Anabel proceed into uncharted territory, hand-in-hand, with the love of their families and their faith in God to guide them.
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Randall McNair’s poetry is something every avid reader should experience. Randall McNair is not only excellent with his narration but also great with the choice of words. He is able to get the reader to imagine and virtually feel his experiences. Last Call is a short poetry book where the author talks about his experiences as an alcoholic, his encounters with women, the funny side of life and miserable side as well. I enjoyed reading this poetry book because McNair’s words are easy to understand. He uses simple every-day words and rhymes every once in a while. Moving from one poem to another gives the impression of moving from one experience to another.
Last Call is divided into six parts; ‘At The Bar’, ‘At Home’, ‘At Death’s Door’, ‘In My Wildest Imagination’, ‘In Love’, and ‘At the Crossroads of Self-Loathing and Hope’. Each section contains a list of poems whose main subject is the title of the category. The first part of the book was interesting. Poems in ‘In the Bar’ is wild, hilarious, and even serious. The author talks of activities that occur in the bar, his experiences and how crazy some interactions can get. The author is not always modest and sometimes uses strong language to get the message across. McNair does not hold back and expresses his raw feelings in a gritty yet intriguing way.
There are many poems in the book that the reader will love. The first poem is fantastic. In the poem titled ‘The beer at the Swinging door Saloon’ was among my favorites. Each poem that followed was as interesting to read or even better. Through poetry, Randall McNair is able to address a variety of societal issues. He also talks of personal struggles that many readers will be able to relate to. Each poem was utterly fascinating to me. I always looked forward to flipping this book open and reading the next poem throughout my day.
The little details in Last Call are what I found really endearing and ensure the poems were grounded. The author uses different literary elements to maintain the reader’s interest. Last Call is your ideal book if you enjoy short reads. Each poem has a story to tell and a hidden lesson. One thing you are assured of at the end of the reading is that you will be entertained by the stories and enlightened by the lessons.
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Rabbit in the Moon, by Heather Diamond, is a gripping account of her life, a forty something woman and her husband Fred, who is from right outside of metropolitan Hong Kong. The memoir tracks her life starting from Texas, to Hawaii, to Hong Kong and then to the Continental US. Starting with how she meets her future husband at a conference in Hawaii, it explores the ups and downs of her relationship and her own life.
The writing style is engaging. Even though it’s an account of a real life, with no plot twists or cliff-hangers, yet the book manages to keep you gripped and is hard to put down. The language is simple and easy to understand yet descriptive enough to take you to the place the author talks about.
The emphasis on underlying themes is brought out beautifully without letting it hijack the entire narration. This is an engaging and impassioned memoir that touches on intercultural marriage but is about so much more. Other themes explored are the importance of family, contrasting the culture of America and Hong Kong, most importantly living life and bearing its ups and downs with bravery and courage. It is a thought-provoking book about new beginnings, and finding a path in life no matter the age. The fascinating mid-life reinventions of this forty something year old woman is what kept me back to this book again and again.
The overall tone of the book is humble. There is no room for harshness, being self-critical or setting unrealistic expectations. It presents the bare thought and emotions without trying to cross over any moral bar. Memoirs can often get preachy, but I really enjoyed how Heather Diamond’s story simply conveys her life journey, as it happened, as unbiased as possible. There is a certain softness yet courage to the overall tone that makes you connect to Heather, which is the best part about the book.
Rabbit in the Moon is a compelling memoir that will appeal to anyone looking for a heartwarming true story of a cross-cultural relationship and the candid reactions of a woman who takes it all on with vigor.
Pages: 203 | ASIN: B08VNSB71D
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Tales From The Mud Hole, Why Pigs Are My Friends is an inspiring and light-hearted memoir that shares your personal story and what you learned as a hog farmer. Why was this an important book for you to write?
I think most of us have felt at some point in our lives the desire, or the inspiration, to act on the creative instinct that we can feel now and then. This creative desire can motivate us to develop talent…be it writing, music, art….or designing a highly complex machine. For me, I felt the regular nudge telling me that I needed to write and exercise this tiny bit of talent I had been given. I eventually understood that if I failed to act on this inspiration, then it would gradually become only a daydream, played out in my mind with a twinge of regret.
Since I hate regrets, I decided to write a book…or at least try and since my experience with the hog farm was still fresh in my mind, and had made an impression on my young life, It seemed that this was the story I should tell.
What do you think is the most valuable lesson you learned as a hog farmer?
Even during difficult or trying times, we can have those moments when a beautiful window of sunlight breaks through the clouds and shines right where we are standing. Unless we are paying some attention, we can easily miss those bright moments when they arrive. .
What were some ideas that were important for you to share in this book?
That all of God’s creatures have beauty.
What do you hope is one thing readers take away from your book?
I love a well-told story. I’ve encountered many in my life. I hope in some small way, to have helped someone enjoy a story that perhaps that hadn’t entirely anticipated.
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