Monday, May 13, 2013


Here are a pair of books from Abingdon Press Author Jim Kraus. Summit Book Reviews gets many offers from publishers in exchange for honest reviews and passes on most of them. These titles intrigued me and I was curious. How can you write about a talking dog or cat and make it work? Believe it or not, it does!  

The cover says you will be charmed by this story and I was. I didn’t want to put it down. If you think a dog talking to God and to his mistress is silly, then you don’t have to believe that he did. It’s possible that all the brief conversations took place in the heroine’s mind. Or not.
Jim Kraus creates an emotionally charged story of Mary Knopf, a woman who has lost both her husband and her only child in an auto accident. Angry over the pain she’s had to endure, she refuses to speak to God any longer. Years later she acquires a miniature schnauzer that helps her back onto her path toward God.
Will she ever love again, or strike out on her own away from the sorrow and grief she’s suffered? After some futile attempts, it appears so. This is a heartwarming story of endeavoring to carry on in spite of adversity. If you love dogs, you’ll adore this pooch and will enjoy the human insights Mr. Kraus provides through Rufus.

Disillusioned and unsure of himself, Pastor Jake Wilkerson arrives at his new parish to be met by an injured stray cat. He’s never had a cat, but this one needs his help and he takes it in.
The cat’s internal dialog will keep you laughing. I particularly like the cat’s comments about dogs.
A single man, Pastor Jake has a past to overcome, and a present to protect. A homeless young woman takes up residence nearby, and there’s a beautiful veterinarian who treats the new cat. She’s responsible for naming him Petey. Will Pastor Jake settle in and be accepted? Will he find love again after a broken engagement? Will Petey succeed in what he believes is his mission through direction from God?
Read this novel and you’ll enjoy it, whether you’re a cat lover or not.

Gail Lewis
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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

FREE REMINDER: Thurs., May 2, is the last day to get these two Excellent eBooks FREE

Available worldwide for free download for the Amazon Kindle until midnight, Pacific Standard Time, Thursday, May 2, 2013.
Synopsis: Relying upon the Bible and extensive research for his popular Seeds of Christianity Series, E. G. Lewis presents an interesting and informative study on foods, cooking and day-to-day life in the early Christian era. All major food groups are covered with specific chapters on Spices & Herbs, Fruits & Nuts, Grains, Vegetables, Salad Greens, Fish & Fowl, Meat, Milk & Cheese, Sweets and Sweeteners, and even one on What They Didn’t Have.

Includes bonus chapters on Aviculture, Apiculture, Ancient Beers and Wines, Olive Oil, Manna, the Gladiator’s Diet and lots of Ancient Recipes you can try at home. At Table with the Lord - Foods of the First Century  revised and expanded.
Gather the kids and join author Sheila Deeth as this long-time Christian Educator and Sunday School Teacher leads a fun and educational field trip through the Book of Genesis. Designed for independent reading by middle-graders, or reading aloud to younger children, each one of this series of linked short stories is not too long, not too short…but just the right length.

All your favorites are here. She begins at the beginning with God, of course, then come Adam, Eve, Cain and Abel, Seth, Methuselah, Noah and others. Proceed on to the age of Patriarchs where you meet Terah, Lot, Melchizedek, Abraham, Hagar and Ishmael, Sarah and Isaac, Rebekah, Esau and Jacob, Laban, Leah, Rachel and many more. From there, continue on to the story of Joseph, his brothers who sold him into slavery, and his life in Egypt where he eventually rescues the fledgling nation of Israel.

Genesis People contains nearly 50 separate stories, each one the ideal length for reading at bedtime or before a nap.