On the Page Again…back to reading and reviewing

Well, I am back after a five-month hiatus from reading and reviewing books. I did not completely stop reading books but I will be posting my first review since January later this week!


So, on the book table and kindle (it has been nearly two years since I wrote a post with that line in it!) are the following





Jim Turner’s Disconnected Man, via the Amazon Vine program about men, who maybe productive and responsible men, but are disconnected in many ways from their wives, family, and people in general.









Then, on the kindle, via NetGalley, is Grant Corriveau’s Uplift: A Pilot’s Journey. This was a wonderful book written by a veteran Canadian airline pilot. Full review later this week.


Good to be back!


On the Book Table and the Kindle

Good Monday afternoon! It has been a while since I published this column on Monday but it is going to be a busy week here in NE Indiana where I reside so I thought a Monday post would be a great way to start the week!

On Saturday night, I posted the following picture on Instagram and another book lover liked it. When I clicked on their bio, the words “book horder” appared in the bio. I loved it. I am definitely one of those…


This is my Kindle, literally on ice at Silver Beach in St Joseph, Michigan where my family and I spent an afternoon trying to stay cool in the waters of Lake Michigan while we got sunburned.


It was so hot (I know, I know, “How hot was it, Jim?) that I put my cell phone and my Kindle in a large re-sealable plastic Baggie and put it in the cooler! I could not read for more than 20 minutes as the heat was heavy and I soon was back in the water staying cool (and getting some sunburn).

Both survived the cooling environment though my wallet and my keys were very cold!

The Kindle is full these days and the book table is quiet and since my last post, I have reviewed some wonderful fiction that you can read elsewhere on the blog.

I hope to write to two reviews that will appear this week. They are:

Rick Campbell’s Ice Station Nautlius (St Martins, 2016)


and Michael J Buckley’s SJ What Do You Seek?: The Questions of Jesus as Challenge and Promise (William B Eerdmans, 2016)


Look for them later this week…

As for what is still on the Kindle…


Dennis W Johnson’s Democracy for Hire: A History of American Political Consulting (TBP 2016 Oxford University Press, USA)

I am two-thirds through this book. Wow! What an insightful and educational book this is. It is a re-education in political science for me.


Leslie Winfield Williams’ Emblem of Faith Untouched: A Short Life of Thomas Cranmer (TBP 2016 Eerdmans)

This is a short biography of the first Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury and helped Henry VIII break with the Pope thus creating the English Protestant Revolution. I read one of Leslie’s books nearly two decades ago, Seduction of the Lesser Gods (Word, 1997) and still have a copy of my email correspondence with her about writing that I have kept in that book.


Simon Yarrow’s The Saints: A Short History (TPB 2016 Oxford University Press, USA) A primer on how people have been sainted by the Roman Catholic Church. Looking forward to reading this.


C Christopher Smith’s Reading for the Common Good: How Books Help Our Churches and Neighborhoods Flourish (IVP Books 2016) I have heard many good comments about this book. When I had the chance to request it via NetGalley, I took it and was thrilled when I was approved to read it!


Otis Moss III’s Blue Note Preaching in a Post-Soul Word: Finding Hope in an Age of Despair (2015 Westminister John Knox Press) The title caught my attention because it rings true today.


James D Hornfischer’s The Fleet at Flood Tide: America at Total War in the Pacific 1944-1945 (TBP 2016 Bantam) A history of the Mariana’s campaign by the US Navy in World War 2 by a veteran writer.

All of these wonderful books are through NetGalley (www.netgalley.com) which links publishers and readers. Thanks to the publishers for their approval to read these books.

See you behind the page!

On the book table and the Kindle

Good Thursday afternoon!

While my youngest has graduated from High School and my oldest is home between his sophomore and junior year of college working at in a wonderful internship this month is still filled with graduation celebrations and a few other things.

Like reading…

I was going to spend the summer editing a novel that I began last June during JuNoWriMo (June Novel Writing Month) and finished in November during NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month)

I will probably continue to work on the novel…

but the books call “Read us!”

And so I now have 9 books on either the book table or the Kindle.

And with my youngest’s graduation party this week, I am publishing this post today rather than on Sunday or Monday as I normally do as I do not have time to write a more complete description.


On the Kindle are the following books as they are listed on my NetGalley Shelf (yes a screen shot)


And on the Book Table:


Mrs Lee and Mrs Gray is via the wonderful folks at Smith Publicity who I have had the privilege of working with for several years.










On the Book Table and Kindle

It has been a while since I posted about the books I am reading these days and while I am still wading my way through the list that I posted back in February, I have two additions to the book table to note this month.

18473919The first is Richard Bausch’s Before, During, and After (Knopf, 2014). Set around the dark and tragic days of September 11, 2001 this novel features two characters who fall in love but face personal pain and tragedy of their own which affects their relationship.





22945106The second book is Ace Collins’ Hollywood Lost (Abingdon Press, 2015)







Both are via the Amazon Vine Review program…


See you behind the page!

On the Book Table and the Kindle

It is hard to believe that February is gone and we are in the third month of 2016. The book table and the Kindle has been busy since the beginning of this year and I still have a long list of books on my actual and electronic TBR pile.

My last post on this topic includes a list of books I am slowly chipping away at due to the season of Lent and a slowing down of reading my TBR pile and a bit more of a focus on Lenten reading. But I am getting back up to speed and plan to publish several reviews next month.

There are only two additions to the Book Table and the Kindle to note in this edition of On the Book Table and the Kindle.


On the Book Table is…

26266679Stephen Mansfield’s Ask the Question: Why We Must Demand Religious Clarity from Our Presidential Candidates. (Baker Books 2016)

Having read and reviewed Mansfield’s The Search for God and Guinness: A Biography of the Beer That Changed the World and Lincoln’s Battle With God: A President’s Struggle with Faith And What it Meant for America, I am looking forward to a great book as Mansfield lays out reasons why faith matters in American life and politics.

My copy is from the Baker Book Bloggers program where in exchange for a copy, I write an honest review of the book.


while on the Kindle is…

26371025Laura McNeill’s Sister Dear (Thomas Nelson, 2016).

When I read McNeill’s novel Center of Gravity last year, I was drawn in and read it over the course of two days. I am looking forward to this book!

This book is an e-galley copy from the publisher via Net Galley that I receive in exchange for an honest review.



See you behind the page!

And don’t forget tomorrow is Read Across American Day!

On the Book Table and the Kindle

Wow… the month of January flew by but the book table and kindle are loaded up for February 2016!

On the book table is… (still)

25786037Karl Rove’s The Triumph of William McKinley: What the Election of 1896 Still Matters. (Simon and Schuster, 2015) I am about half way through this book and I am enjoying reading a contemporary political strategist unpack an election which took place 120 years ago! (That’s 31 presidential elections ago!) Rove’s detailed attention to McKinley’s campaign for the Republican nomination of 1896 is great reading and an education in the political and, to me, social history of the US. I hope to finish it soon!



25387654Jon Meacham’s Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush. (Random House, 2015) Once I am done with Rove’s book, this one is next.




13049569Robert A Caro’s The Years of Lyndon Johnson: The Passage of Power (Vintage Press, 2012) The fourth of a anticipated five volume set, this series on LBJ was got me started on my long journey of reading a biography or autobiography of every American President after I read Nixon’s memoirs. It will get read, not sure how soon, as I have few more books (as you will see) ahead of it.


Now on the kindle…

TLOP-Front-215x300Linda Carlson’s The Language of Publishing: An A to Z Glossary of Book Publishing Terms (IPBA, 2015)

Hoping to be published some day (and I have had some religious writings published) as a book author, I have Linda Carlson’s go to guide to read to help me understand the world of publishing.


27161576Roger Daniels’ Franklin D Roosevelt: The War Years, 1939-1945 (University of Illinois Press, TBP March 30, 2016)

I read the first volume of Daniels’  FDR biography last year and liked it. Looking forward to this second volume.


25814436Charles Rappleye’s Herbert Hoover in the White House: The Ordeal of the Presidency (Simon and Schuster, TBP May 2016)

Rappleye is an editor and writer who has written books on Robert Morris who financed Washington during the American Revolution and a book about John and Moses Brown, The Sons of Providence. 


23199738Bob Mayer’s Area 51: Time Patrol (Nightstalkers, Book 4) (47North Publishing 2015)

I really like this series and have started this book and need to finish it.



28460231Sarah Arthur’s Between Midnight and Dawn: A Literary Prayer Guide to Lent, Holy Week, and Eastertide (Paraclete Press, 2015)

With Lent around the corner, I took to this like a uh… well… Anyway, I downloaded it from Net Galley. It will be getting an immediate read for both my personal and professional life (minister) as well as for a review.


22574114Gerald Hiestand and Todd Wilson’s The Pastor Theologian: Resurrecting an Ancient Vision (Zondervan, 2015)

I have been in parish ministry for nearly three decades and it has changed. But I am reading, hearing, and feeling more and more discontent and frustration with the current models of pastoring that seem more like CEO (Chief Executive Officer) than CSO (Chief Spiritual Officer). Interested, very interested in this.


25043220Peter Scazzero’s The Emotionally Healthy Leader (Zondervan, 2015)

I read Scazzero’s The Emotionally Healthy Church about ten years ago and found it helpful. Realizing that I need to be emotionally healthy on a continual basis, I am looking forward to this book.



26700530Elizabeth Drescher’s Choosing our Religion: The Spiritual Lives of America’s Nones (TBP, Oxford University Press, 2016)

I have read many articles about the rise of “nones,” religiously unaffiliated persons whose numbers have seem to grow each year. Now, I am looking forward to reading the stories of some of the “nones.”

I will definitely…

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On the Book Table and Kindle Plus Edition

In anticipation of the New Year and coming changes to this blog later this week, I thought that I would share with you what I am currently reading via my book table and my kindle as well as letting you know about my first reviews coming on line next week.

On the book table is

24849384Dominic Certo and Len Harac’s Gold In the Coffins.  Published by Harmita Press this is a book about a group of Marine Veterans taking on Wall Street. Thanks to Smith Publicity for asking me to review this book.





25387654Next is Jon Meacham’s Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush

I read Meacham’s American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House,  five years ago as part of my Presidential Biographical/ reading project and I read during that same time frame read Timothy Naftali’s GHW Bush work.

Given to me last week as a birthday gift, I am looking forward to reading it and writing my review of it.

25786037A Christmas gift book, (my two sons did “real good” with their birthday and Christmas present selections this year), is Karl Rove’s The Triumph of William McKinley: Why the Election of 1896 Matters. I read the late Margaret Leech’s biography of McKinley In The Days of McKinley published in 1959 and awarded the Pulitzer Price for History.  I am interested to see what Rove has to say about both McKinley and that election for I believe that McKinley is one of the most underrated American Presidents and needs to be read and studied.

As for the Kindle… it is packed with books that I am reading my way through.

25379594First is Julie Cantrell’s The Feathered Bone

When a mother chaperoning her daughter’s sixth grade field trip to New Orleans discovers that her daughter’s best friend disappeared during the trip, it launches her into a search for both the girl and hope in the midst of such a loss. Thanks to both the people at Smith Publicity and Net Galley for this book.



23199738Since I read the first Area 51: The Nightstalkers three years ago, I have become a fan of this very interesting and unique elite team of people whose mission is dealing with a force called Fireflies. So now I am to book four and look forward to reading about their next adventure. Thank you Bob Mayer for creating such a great series!  This book I bought with an Amazon gift card.



Now, next week will be the first reviews for 2016 and they are, in order of posting,

26544997Stephen J Lind’s A Charlie Brown Religion: Exploring the Spiritual Life and Work of Charles M Schultz. Published by the University of Mississippi Press, Lind’s work is an interesting and insightful study of the late Peanuts creator Charles M Schultz. Thanks to the folks at Net Galley and the University of Mississippi Press for the galley copy. The review will come out on next Tuesday, January 5th.



25111090Daniel de Vise´ wonderful study of the lives and friendship of the late Don Knotts and the late Andy Griffith is found in his Andy and Don: The Making of a Friendship and A Classic American TV show. Published by Simon and Schuster, it is an insightful, honest, and, I think, fair look at two men who shaped TV comedy as they both wrestled their way out of hard and harsh childhoods. My review will appear on Thursday, January 7th. Again thanks to Net Galley and Simon and Schuster.


25776227Finally, via the Amazon Vine review program is Kelly Kerney’s Hard Red Spring that will be published in March by Viking Press.  This was an amazing novel and is set in 20th century Guatemala and the impact that the disappearance of a little girl has on the lives of four women throughout the century.  My review will come out on Friday, January 8th.



Well that’s what is on my book table and Kindle  at the end of 2015 and, in the case of the last three what has been on them!

See you behind the page!