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Eisenhower

Eisenhower

    Book Review: Eisenhower
    Author: Paul Johnson (Penguin Books, 2014)
    Review by Joel Solliday

The twentieth century was filled with tragedy and triumph. Defeating fascism and communism called for incredible statesmanship and great leaders like Churchill, FDR, Reagan, and Thatcher. Paul Johnson’s concise biography of our 34th president, Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969) inclines me to add him to this list of leaders. He was not profoundly dynamic but he was the leading force on the ground ...

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Salem Witch Judge: A Book Review

Salem Witch Judge: A Book Review

SALEM WITCH JUDGE: The Life and Repentance of Samuel Sewall. Author: Eve LaPlante, Harper-Collins Publishers, New York, NY, 2007.


Eve LaPlante is the great-great-great… great-great-great-granddaughter of Samuel Sewall, a judge during the Salem witch trials. In her biography of Sewall, LePlante pictures her ancestor as a “follower of Christ” who “sought forgiveness and expiation ...

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A Radiant Life!

A Radiant Life!

“Amy Wilson Carmichael was the most Christ-like character I ever met. . . her life was the most fragrant, the most joyfully sacrificial, that I ever knew.” ~ Sherwood Eddy, missionary and statesman.

Amy Wilson Carmichael (1867-1951) was raised in Northern Ireland. Her life story is illuminated by Elizabeth Elliot in her inspiring biography, A Chance to Die: The Life and Legend of Amy Carmichael.

Living for the good of others was a notion ...

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Book Review: Blue Like Jazz (Movie Release April 13!)

Book Review: Blue Like Jazz (Movie Release April 13!)

Author: Donald Miller. Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality. Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2003


Blue like jazz book coverBlue Like Jazz, the movie, is set for release on April 13, 2012. It is based on a semi-autobiographical book by Donald Miller with the same title, published in 2003 (a New York Times best seller). ...

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The Renaissance: A Short History Book Review

The Renaissance: A Short History Book Review

Johnson, Paul. The Renaissance: A Short History. USA: Modern Library, 2002.


If you are interested in the dynamics of cultural rebirth, read Paul Johnson’s short history of The Renaissance, a period from the 14th to the 17th century A.D. that moved Western culture toward a ...

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The Sunflower: A Book Review

The Sunflower: A Book Review

The Sunflower. Author: Simon Wiesenthal, Schoken Books, New York, 1976, 2007.


Simon Wiesenthal, a Nazi concentration camp survivor, devoted his life to documenting the crimes of the Holocaust and bringing Nazi war criminals to justice.  He was also an author and his book, The Sunflower, is one of the most riveting reads you‘ll ever enjoy.

Actually, ...

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Hear and Tell: Thanksgiving Thoughts

Hear and Tell: Thanksgiving Thoughts

My love of country grew recently after reading a short fictional story titled, A Man Without a Country, by Edward Everett Hale (Atlantic Monthly, December, 1863; the same year President Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday of every November as Thanksgiving).

Edward Everett HaleThe Author:

Edward Everett Hale (1822 – 1909) enrolled at Harvard at ...

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Book Review: Unprotected

Book Review: Unprotected

Grossman, Miriam. Unprotected: A Campus Psychiatrist Reveals How Political Correctness in Her Profession Endangers Every Student. USA: Penguin Group, 2007.


“So many young women at a critical stage of their development come to us in crisis and tell us their secrets… What we say, or don’t say, will have far-reaching effects: the responsibility is awesome.” Miriam Grossman, Unprotected, 2007.

UnprotectedCollege campus ...

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Book Review: A Bee in the Mouth: Anger in America Now

Book Review: A Bee in the Mouth: Anger in America Now

Wood, Peter. A Bee in the Mouth: Anger in America Now. Encounter Books: New York, NY, 2006.


“Sophrosyne” was the word that David Tidmarsh spelled correctly to win the National Spelling Bee Championship of 2004. It’s an old-fashioned word meaning: “Temperance, self-control and prudence.” ...

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Book Review: On My Honor

Book Review: On My Honor

Perry, Rick. On My Honor: Why the American Values of the Boy Scouts Are Worth Fighting For. Macon, GA: Stroud & Hall Publishers, 2008.


Would the USA be a greater nation if more people lived by the following ideals:

  • The Scout Motto (“Be Prepared”)?
  • The Scout Law (“A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent”)?
  • The Scout Oath (“On my honor I ...
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