Tag: Reviews: Books & Movies

  • The Fifth Season: A Daughter-in-Law’s Memoir of Caregiving

    “The Fifth Season” is an honest, yet poetic, account of a difficult experience: caregiving for an elderly person. An added complication is that the person requiring care both is/isn’t a relative. She is in that unique role: mother in law. The author, Lisa Ohlen Harris, brings all of herself to this work: her compassion, her…

  • The Year of Living . . . with a Beard

    After reading A.J. Jacob’s book,?The Year of Living Biblically, I decided to follow a friend’s recommendation and read Ed Dobson’s book The Year of Living Like Jesus. The two books are quite different. Jacobs was raised as a secular Jew, and his book feels a bit like a stunt, a follow-up to spending a year…

  • Two Movies I Never Heard of But Loved

    I’m posting these titles because I never heard of them before I found them on Netflix (both available on streaming). “Sweet Land” — set in 1920 in Minnesota — a “mail order” bride arrives. Really a sweet, tender movie, nice tight dialogue, great acting, interesting story. A congregation, and the pastor of that congregation, have…

  • Publishers Weekly Review of “Take Wing”

    Regular readers know that I entered my novel TAKE WING in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Contest, and was eliminated between the quarterfinals and semifinals. One of the benefits of being in the contest was getting feedback. Anyone could read the first 4,000 words of the novel and post a review. There are 28 posted reviews…