This interesting book explores the complexity of human nature and the myriad different ways in which people search for meaning and fulfilment in their lives. The author draws on his own learning and experiences to offer tools and techniques that people can employ in order to deepen and strengthen their faith, relationships, and emotional and spiritual wellbeing.
There is no doubt that we live in a troubled and problematic world. People can be so easily drawn into things that offer respite and answers but really only deceive.
Crenshaw’s stories and arguments present a thoughtful and positive approach to faith and life that appears, from what he writes, to serve him and those who adhere to his teachings very well. There is no doubt that a sense of purpose and a strong faith enable people to weather the storms of life with greater resilience and grace than many others. In this, Crenshaw offers insights and teaching that makes the tools for developing a positive and resilient spiritual and emotional life that directly impacts on one’s physical health and wellbeing.
It must be said, though, that the author’s moral position on faith and life choices won’t appeal to everyone. Prospective readers should understand that this book is written from a fairly conservative Christian point of view and consequently, people of different orientations may find some of the author’s moral statements hard to accept.
This book will appeal more to a Christian audience, but it does offer some wisdom and insights that a wider audience seeking to enrich their mindfulness and spiritual loves could find useful.
‘The Beautiful Lie’ has been awarded a Bronze Acorn.
A new reinvention of Pride and Prejudice – don’t expect the same story!
In this reinvention of ‘Pride and Prejudice’, the author has reworked the same characters and some elements of the story to create an original work based on Austen’s classic, but not consistent with it. I did enjoy some of these new twists and turns, and appreciated the author’s exploration of the stigma associated with epilepsy in the 18th century.
I found myself conflicted not by these alterations, but by the fact that the entire story is written in present tense, which gives the story the feeling of a running commentary rather than a developed storyline. While that may be a matter of personal preference, I didn’t feel as though the narration did justice to the storyline or the important ideas the author wanted to develop and explore.
I also found it odd that the characters kept on using each other’s names every time they spoke during a conversation, which felt stilted and quite redundant.
All in all, this was an enjoyable enough read, but probably better for a reader less fussy about writing style than I am.
Falling for Elizabeth Bennet has been awarded a Bronze Acorn.
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It takes a particular kind of person to embrace the challenges of living in the more isolated parts of coastal Alaska, and to not only survive but thrive on the landscape and lifestyle that it presents.
George Davis has certainly proven himself to be up to the challenge throughout the years. His experiences are varied and interesting, and his story is told in a conversational way that is enjoyable and easy to read.
‘Alaska Man’ has been awarded a Bronze Acorn.
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Enjoyable and fun, but a bit too quick in the telling.
‘The Watery Kingdom’ is a transformation of the story of The Little Mermaid.
As a reader who really appreciates short stories, I found this story to be quite enjoyable and fun, although perhaps a little too short. Because the style of the writing is quite succinct, and because the story is written in present tense, it feels at times as though the reader is being hurried through the story. The story and its characters would have benefited from a little more description and development, so that the reader had more time and opportunity to become fond of the heroes and learn to really despise the villain before the end of the story.
I really liked the character of James and his role in twisting the classic tales, but once again, this part of the story would benefit from some more depth and detail.
‘The Watery Kingdom’ has been awarded a Bronze Acorn.
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An expressive collection of honest, passionate flash prose. .. but it’s not poetry.
This collection of honest, passionate flash prose is rich in imagery and high expression of the author’s love and desire for the object of his affections. The writing is quite poetic, taking the reader deep into the thoughts and emotions of the author as he expresses his innermost thoughts and feelings.
I was bemused, however, to see this book listed as poetry. It is definitely intimate and expressive, but it is also definitely prose as it is written in the form of full sentences, in paragraphs, arranged as such. Use of imagery, regardless of frequency or consistency, does not in itself define one’s writing as poetry.
The reader does develop a profound sense of intimacy with the author, sharing as one does in his most personal and honest moments with his beloved. His thoughts and feelings are highly relatable and his absolute honesty is disarming.
This is an enjoyable book that fulfils the purpose revealed in the title: these are the thoughts that fill the author’s mind and soul each day, demonstrating his adoration of, and also his commitment to, the lucky person who consumes him so powerfully.
Book Squirrel has awarded this book a Bronze Acorn
because while the writing really is lovely and I did enjoy it, it’s not actually poetry and should not be marketed as such.
An enjoyable short read, but I wanted more.
Set during a period of profound economic depression, the tone of the opening chapters is evocative of the hopelessness and privation experienced by those who endured it, and particularly by the central character who has different, but equally valid, reasons for disenchantment and restlessness. The contrasts between the environments and settings of the different phases of the story are striking, and have a profound effect on the author’s delivery of the story.
I enjoyed reading this story, although there were aspects that I wish the author had developed in more depth. The main character is really the only multidimensional character in the story, which is fine in a short read, but I did want to know and see more of the two other key figures that appeared in the second half of the story, and to understand more of the connections between them all. I also felt somewhat dissatisfied that the revelations made to the main character in the second phase of the story were delivered by her reading a book to which the reader had no access – and was therefore somewhat glossed over in the narrative. It left this reader feeling like an onlooker, rather than being involved emotionally in the journey of the character.
Overall, ‘Once Upon A Grave’ is an enjoyable short read, although less gripping than I generally hope for in paranormal or dark fiction.
An enjoyable Victorian-style mystery story.
This is an enjoyable gothic Victorian-style mystery story, fashioned in a manner that aims to emulate the style of Dickens’ portrayal of the people and society of the time. The writing and character development are infused with humour, and the story itself is interesting, although the pace of the story is at times a little slower than I would have preferred. The characters are likeable, even if their names are somewhat contrived, albeit in a humorous way. As the story draws to an end, Hammott delivers a series of clever twists that add to both the irony and the Dickensian humour of the book.
The final chapter, though, brought with it a complete change of pace, which I suspect the book may have been better off without – there is nothing wrong with this chapter in itself, but i think it may have served better as the first chapter of the next mystery misadventure for these characters.
I did enjoy this book, although not as much as I have enjoyed others of Ben Hammott’s works, so I’m awarding it a Bronze Acorn.
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