Aimy Ellen’s emotionally-resonant memoir, Walking on the Water, follows a devout Christian woman as she navigates her life through its ups and downs as a single mother and the miracles her faith has brought her. Born into a Baptist family, the author developed a deep relationship with God and has since lived by His words. She prayed for a happy life and a good family and eventually married. However, having a child took longer than expected. After more than a decade, she gets pregnant and a year later her husband leaves her to raise her son alone. She constantly prays to God for her son’s safety and happiness and her faith never waivers. In an unfortunate turn of events, her son is assaulted and from there on Aimy and her son begin to believe in miracles, angels, and God’s power.
Aimy Ellen has written a powerful and impassioned memoir of her son’s remarkable recovery from a near-fatal assault. Aimy’s only son, Alex, was found critically injured on the side of the road, a victim of an armed robbery, with life-threatening injuries including a punctured lung, shattered ribs, and a bullet wound. Rather than abandoning all hope, she turns to the Lord and places her complete trust and faith in Him as she always has. Aimy shows readers that her faith in God and her belief in miracles helped her son pull through this tragic event and encourages readers not to give up no matter how difficult the situation.
This significant moment in the author’s life, relayed in a riveting memoir, serves as a testament to her faith. Her writing style is easy to follow and ensure that her uplifting and inspiring message comes across in a profound way. This poignant and sentimental book shares a remarkable story of faith in the face of adversity.
Walking on the Water is a great book for readers that have doubt in their heart about God, as it will help reaffirm their belief. I think this book would also be an impactful read for those that remain strong in faith as it will serve as a compelling story of one persons trials and tribulations and shows how miracles can happen when you have faith.
Pages: 82 | ASIN: B07KXMTPTT
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The Betrayal, by Doug Dorsey, is set in the future after much of the earth’s population has been wiped out by a series of catastrophic events, but civilization has not yet come to an end. A new government, ruled by Sovereign Alexander Wraith, has risen to power to ensure everlasting peace. In this riveting dystopian novel, not everything is as it seems. In reality, Wraith is a brutal dictator who will do anything and take out anyone to ensure his hold on power. Thankfully, a rebellion is coming.
This rebellion is led by two unlikely heroes. Liam Adler is a loyal citizen and computer genius who specializes in AR and VR technology. All Liam wants is a quiet, respectable life. However, a series of unfortunate events leads him down a rabbit hole, and he discovers his life is a lie. Jessica, on the other hand, is a rebel fighter, an amnesiac, and a fugitive on the run. She has been fighting The Sovereign for years and is a loyal soldier of Mordecai, rebel leader, and prophet. Liam and Jessica are truly compelling characters that make this first book in the trilogy an exciting read cover to cover, which is important in a character driven dystopian thriller like this.
The Betrayal often reminded me of a Christian version of George Orwell’s 1984. One of the main themes of the book is that religion has been banned, and it is down to Christian rebels to free the world. This focus on religion gives Dorsey’s novel an interesting twist. Government surveillance is everywhere, and expression of religious freedom is a death sentence. Liam is constantly thrown for a loop as friends become enemies and vice versa. The Sovereign is always watching. The author deftly borrows from countless sci-fi classics whilst managing to write something new. This is a refreshing twist on some older sci-fi tropes.
The pacing of the storyline is excellent. The first half is a little slower as Dorsey does some important world-building and introduces and begins to define his characters. In the second half, the story ramps up as utter chaos is unleashed.
Liam and Jessica are both great leads who are easy to root for. Liam especially makes for a very cerebral protagonist. Wraith is an immensely dislikable antagonist in all the right ways. The Betrayal, by Doug Dorsey, is a rollercoaster ride and a great read for any science fiction fan.
Pages: 361 | ASIN: B09RPYHM8F
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Family Guide To Celebration Of The Jewish Holidays is an informative book that educates readers on Jewish holidays, providing ample details to provide a full understanding and appreciation for the holidays. The author provides an overview while also sharing intimate details and comprehensive information about Jewish history and holidays as well as Jewish culture. All of the information is easy to understand, which helps readers at any level grasp the importance of these holidays.
The authors details Jewish holidays which include Sabbath, Passover Pesach, Shavuot, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah, Hannukah, Tu Bi-Shevat (Hamishah Asar Bi-Shevat), Purim, and Tishah Be-Av, Yom Ha-Shoah, and Yom Ha-Atzma-ut. This may seem like a lot, but the text is organized in a way that makes each of these sections easily identifiable and accessible, which helped me to easily go to certain holidays that I was interested in. Every chapter on the holidays discusses the background, celebration, and themes of the holidays.
Leonard and Linda Chesler make learning about Judaism and the relationship Jewish folk have with God seem fascinating. The authors include biblical references throughout the text, and I appreciated how they were scriptures readers would be familiar with. Leonard and Linda Chesler also discuss family values, a subject that I thoroughly enjoyed. Reading this book was a wholesome experience thanks to how inclusive the authors are. I also enjoyed how the authors briefly delve into their life, as I thought it made the book feel more personal. After reading this book I am more intrigued by Judaism and Jewish traditions and customs. I think this is because Leonard and Linda Chesler’s superb writing has shown me the beauty in these traditions.
I recommend Family Guide To Celebration Of The Jewish Holidays to readers who want to learn about Jewish holidays, or to anyone who is interested in learning more about Jewish culture. I learned that there is pride in having an identity and that every culture matters. In addition, there is pride in being close with family and friends, and spreading love and unity. Family Guide To Celebration Of The Jewish Holidays is an enlightening book on Jewish history.
Pages: 82 | ASIN: B0792YWGHY
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For Such a Time as This: Let My People Go, You End-Times Doomsday Sayers! is a sacred book that discusses bible stories, prophets, contemporary Christians, the end of times, the holy scripture, and religion in general. Author Ernest Clark takes the reader on a wild ride of the teachings of Christ, religious beliefs, faith, and God. In a captivating manner, Ernest Clark expounds on various concepts and spiritual topics, Introducing unheard-of views and tales. The author is candid and forthright to the reader. This book will have you critically think about your beliefs and question some of the practices you partake in.
Not many religious books are laid out like For Such a Time as This. This book may appear peculiar to some, but there is a sense in what the author writes about. Ernest Clark gets the reader to understand the Bible differently and paints a new picture of God. The content is not for those reserved about their religious life. The author is raw, bold, talks about unorthodox topics, and is not afraid of speaking his mind. To understand where he is coming from, the author talks about his relationship with God, the times he fell short of the glory of God, and how he got back to his faith. He writes immaculately and can capture the reader’s interest with ease.
Ernest Clark made the reading experience easy as he shared his thought by talking about his life, journey in faith, and spirituality. The discussions by the author are sober and can appear radical for some staunch Christians as the author is raw. However, I like how passionate Ernest Clark is about false prophets and the end of times. Reading this book will enlighten you on the false prophets of today and help you analyze those that use prophesy to manipulate God’s people.
When discussing Doomsday, the author is armed with attributes based on his research, historical occurrences, and known beliefs. I like that the mention of Doomsday does not send a shiver down my spine when discussed by Ernest Clark. This is because the author understands the art of wording and uses phrases that readers can relate to without feeling fearful. Ernest Clark is excellent at demonstrating how faith works and debunking myths and false beliefs.
Apart from false prophets and Doomsday, other topics that I immensely enjoyed were new heaven and earth, death and resurrection, and the new testament. You feel refreshed by the end of the reading and learn dozens of religious jargon. I enjoyed reading For Such a Time as This: Let My People Go, You End-Times Doomsday Sayers! Because of how natural Ernest Clark is when writing and how articulate he is when expressing his thoughts.
Pages: 476 | ISBN : 0578974088
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The First UniBear follows a cub that through acts of kindness and compassion grows a unicorn horn and spreads acts of kindness all around the forest. When you wrote your story at the age of ten what was your inspiration?
I absolutely adore Unicorns and I loved watching the Care Bears. I never understood why there weren’t unicorns in the “Land without Feelings” or why there wasn’t a bear with a unicorn horn and special magical gift. That’s how the idea came to me to combine them.
I began by wondering why no one could SEE unicorns. I determined that they DO exist, that they are rare, and we haven’t “Earned” the ability to see them. Then I began wondering what we could do to EARN the ability. Being a good person, doing good things, that was a given, but there were plenty of good people in the world that couldn’t see unicorns. So there had to be more to it. That’s when I came up with the “Pay it Forward” idea (long before that movie came out). You have to help one person, then that person has to help another person, and down the line. So by having met all of those challenges, you could have the gift… but would you know it?
As a child, I hadn’t helped save someone yet, so that made sense as to why I hadn’t grown a horn. As an adult though, editing my rhyming story – yes, I wrote it in rhyme at ten years of age, and no, I will not share that hilarious version, I realized that it may be because I hadn’t met a unicorn yet, muchless, SAVED a unicorn. I had met horses, but none of them needed saving. There were a lot of dominoes that need to be lined up just right to get to that miraculous gift.
So in my mind, I still instilled the idea that you should all do good deeds, help each other and be kind, because in that rare chance a unicorn is involved one day – I want to earn that horn!
I really loved the artwork and character renditions. You drew some of the illustrations when you were ten what was it like working with illustrator Aashay Utkarsh to turn your vision into the final artwork?
I wrote a blog post late last year entitled “My memories behind the upcoming book” https://www.kathleenjshields.com/authors/the-first-unibear-my-memories-behind-the-upcoming-childrens-book/ and in that post, I shared the original illustration I drew at 10 years of age. It really was adorable (in my own opinion) but Aashay added a level of depth, emotion, and detail that I could never fathom! Finding him was a blessing from God and it was all due to covid! During the lockdown, so many authors that I had met over the years had extra time on their hands and they all wanted to do children’s books. Since I had done so many illustrated books, they came to me.
Over the course of the year, I worked with nearly a dozen different illustrators across the globe to help illustrate their children’s books, but it wasn’t until I saw Aashay’s first page (of another author’s book) that Unibear came rushing back to my mind. I hadn’t thought of Unibear for half a decade, easy! I had lost my father nearly three years earlier. The will to even attempt it had been shelved, and yet, seeing Aashay’s first sketch ignited that spark within me! I immediately asked him if he could draw a teddy bear and a unicorn and what he sketched for me made me feel like that 10-year-old girl – all giddy and excited! I told him he HAD to do my book (as soon as he finished with the other author) and I have been utilizing his illustrations since, in many other authors’ works.
Working with him has been an absolute joy! He understands what I want, and adds a flair and thrill to his work that I haven’t seen from any of the other illustrators. I’ve started projects with a half dozen more this year alone, only to be grossly disappointed. Good illustrators that just disappear or don’t return messages. Illustrators that charge a ton and submit subpar work… maybe Aashay has spoiled me. All I know is he was a blessing and he’s definitely a keeper!
What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?
Originally, I just wanted to tell a story. I wanted it to be nice and magical and, as a ten-year-old girl who moved a lot, I wanted to make friends (out of a unicorn and bear of course). As an adult and author, my primary focus with all of my books is to educate and inspire. I want to encourage children to use their imagination, to do good, help others, and to believe that anything is possible. I want my stories to be fun and entertaining, and I don’t want to present major protagonists. I feel childhood is difficult enough without throwing so much ‘bad’ at them. And I wanted the story to be thought-provoking and a conversation started, which I believe it is.
I feel that 3rd, 4th and maybe even 5th graders can gain a lot from this story, especially Christian schools! Teachers could have the students point out Christian symbolism throughout the book; like the butterfly, the light leading the way, the ability to see with belief, and so much more. I even put together a document that detailed scripture along with questions of the theme which is available on my website.
What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?
I currently do not have an official book in the works. I have started a memoir but that has a long way to go! I also started writing a funny book about dogs, but it will be a chapter book. My illustrator for the Hamilton Troll series has come out of hiding and might want to work on the next part of the series… we’ll see. None of those are really inspiring me at the moment, and as any good author will tell you – when you force it, the readers can tell. A good story flows through you like warm chocolate cocoa on a bitter cold day. It comes to you like a frosty breeze and dares you not to shiver! When a story comes to an author, you have a very short amount of time to get as much of it written as you can because when that muse takes off, you’re left out in the cold without your cocoa. And for me… I want it to require illustrations because I want to work with Aashay again.
I am very grateful for the reception Unibear has received, all of the wonderful reviews, the awards it has already won, along with its stellar first day almost breaking the Amazon Top 100 Best Selling books in its respective categories! I honestly feel there are more awards coming up, and I have a dream of a screenplay making this inspirational and important story into a movie! Whether or not it makes it all the way is entirely up to God! Thank you for your support and don’t forget, “The First Unibear” is not only a full-color hardback book, but you can also get the full story in the black and white coloring book, for those young eyes that need a bit more activity to keep their attention.
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When Stephen Trigwell’s wife falls ill, the life his family has always known is forever changed. Their lives are consumed with doctor visits, hospital stays, medications, surgeries, and an overwhelming sense of fear. In March of 2021, Glen Trigwell was diagnosed with an aneurysm that required immediate surgery in order to set a stent in place. From that day forward, Stephen Trigwell made the decision to document the events that followed not only for his family but for his wife’s sake as the months that followed proved to be a time she may just lose. This memoir was written so she would know the love, care, and time that went into her experiences.
105 Steps is the true story and memoir of Glen Trigwell’s journey as documented by her husband, Stephen. Her shocking diagnosis in March of 2021 took their family down a frightening road. The aneurysm that changed their lives would pull them even closer together as they watched Glen fight to regain her life from this beast.
Stephen Trigwell’s writing is raw, open, and honest. He gives readers a deeply personal look into his family’s life as they cared for Glen from the beginning with her diagnosis through the moments from which they begin to believe she may never recover. Readers will feel each and every triumph and the devastating lows along with Stephen as he recounts each moment of her hospital stays and the harrowing days following her surgeries.
It’s difficult to say that I loved a story like this one because it’s true and painful, but I truly do. Trigwell has given readers an amazing gift with this account of his wife’s experience. I can see how his willingness to share his family’s pain and joy will help others living through the same type of challenges. His generosity is amazing and appreciated.
105 Steps, by Stephen Trigwell, is for anyone who wants to read a heartwarming and touching story about real unconditional love. The Trigwell family’s story is as inspiring as it is amazing and goes a long way to making so many feel less alone in such trying circumstances. I highly recommend Trigwell’s work to any reader looking for a beautifully-written true story of love, faith, and the determination to overcome the most incredible odds.
Pages: 222 | ASIN : B0B21XQFZ6
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The Future Survival Guide discusses how Christianity can help bring you peace and forgiveness after surviving abuse and coping with the memories that remain. Why was this an important book for you to write?
I wrote this book because so many are fledgling after years of adulthood, held down by past events, or outright ignorance not because of laziness but rather having trusted wrong, and they are still punishing themselves for it instead of assessing it and casting it aside in order to be free. I believe if I reach a decent percentage of readers they will share “The Future Survival Guide” with others.
What is one piece of advice someone gave you that changed your life?
Being a plain, overweight child, I entered adulthood with a range of insecurities. I did look a lot better as an adult, but psychologically I was still that plain unpopular girl. When I was 22, I was offered a job that paid more than I ever thought I’d be making, and the first words out of my mouth was “I don’t deserve that much.” Interestingly, that was my mindset, but his reply still resonates to this day. It’s been years so I don’t remember his name, but I do remember the hard look he gave me when he said, “You deserve all you can get.”
What do you hope is one thing readers take away from your story?
That my book is God inspired and it was put on my heart to write for them. What I’ve observed and learned over the years is in those pages. So it is from His wisdom, and my strength arrived from the same, that I trust all who reads “The Future Survival Guide” will personalize whatever touches them in those pages.
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Amygdala Blue is an anthology of short stories and a collection of poetry that will captivate readers. This collection of writings is fascinating, covering religion, racism, and relationships. Every section of author Paul Lomax’s book has a variety of fascinating works for the reader to enjoy. In addition, his prose and poetry will leave readers feeling fulfilled or call on them to reflect on the status quo.
The creativity displayed by Paul Lomax is outstanding. In Amygdala Blue, the reader is taken through many emotions as each work inspires reflection and thought. The diversity in the topics keeps things from being monotonous and ties each piece together for the whole collection of socio-political themes.
The book is divided into three sections covering three critical subject matters in life; Religion, Racism, and Relationships. The author is blunt with the truth but has a graceful way of sharing his thoughts. This is especially displayed in poems, where he writes freely and with enthusiasm, but never forgets to highlight the poem’s theme. While reading this collection, readers will feel connected to the author. His way of describing characters, events, activities, and places gives you a clear mental picture of what he is writing about.
Apart from his explicit description, Paul Lomax is also skilled in how he demonstrates stylistic devices like symbolism, sarcasm, imagery, irony, and metaphors. The author is dedicated to his art and knows how to switch up text to keep the reader engrossed. One of the most notable elements in Amygdala Blue is Paul Lomax’s sense of humor. The author is hilarious and witty with his satire. The funny segments bring an aesthetic appeal to his writing.
Each section of the book had a chapter that got me reflecting on art and real life. The writings’ Symphony of Clouds,’ ‘Panther Lurking High Above the Hood,’ and ‘The Unborn Salt’ were among the most powerful, with the poem in ‘Panther Lurking High Above the Hood’ as my favorite.
The excellent diction, thrilling short stories, quotes, and amazing poem stand out in Paul Lomax’s work. In addition, I loved the stories’ brevity and the enlightening experience about social-political subjects.
Amygdala Blue is a thought-provoking collection of prose and poetry dealing with the socio-political themes of religion, racism, and relationships. Readers will experience the varying emotions that coincide with these topics through the eyes of the author.
Pages: 123 | ASIN : B0B2Q79XMJ
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