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The Cat’s Eye-- In the President’s Service Series: Episode 13​

​By Ace Collins
(Elk Lake Publishing)
Ace is back with a new series, new heroes and new villains. Helen Meeker works for the President in 1942. Her old team is scattered or dead; her new team consists of a mysterious American Indian woman named Teresa Bryant, and two young men, Napoleon Lancelot and Dizzy Vance. They are looking for Nazi spies in the USA, but a bigger assignment is pending. The Office of Strategic Services (OSS, the precursor to the CIA) wants to send them behind enemy lines in Nazi Germany to help the Underground to destroy a Nazi research center. 

“The Ghost Ship of Brooklyn: An Untold Story of the American Revolution”

By Robert P. Watson (Da Capo Press)

This is a true story: not of ghosts or evil spirits, but of miserable British prison ships during our War for Independence, run by evil men. The truth is more horrible than any fictional account.​

“Their Backs Against The Sea: The Battle of Saipan and the Largest Banzai Attack of World War II”

by Bill Sloan (DaCapo Press)

​It was one of the most brutal battles of the war in the Pacific: almost 30,000 Japanese soldiers; about 20,000 Saipan civilians; and 3400 US Marines and American soldiers died. We also suffered 16,000 wounded.  From 15 June to 9 July, Saipan was bitterly contested, and would go down in history as one of the key operations of the Pacific war, enabling America’s air power to be unleashed on the home island of Japan.

“Martin Luther: The Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed the World”

By Eric Metaxas (Viking Books)

Modern concepts of the individual, the democratic impulses of the people, came from the Reformation. Luther is known principally for two iconic events: in 1517 his posting of the 95 Theses on the great doors of the Wittenberg Castle Church; and his unyielding courage at the imperial diet in Worms in 1521. He was the “unwitting harbinger of a new world”; the “midwife of the irrevocably divided world”.  Luther was a celebrity, largely due to the communication revolution known as the movable type press which make possible disseminating Luther’s writings across the continent.​

“Captain Pike Found Alive!”

By Sean Kenney (A Highlight Book/Outskirts Press)

The opportunity for me to talk with one of the original cast members of the iconic STAR TREK series was serendipitous and providential:  my son Scott sat next to him on a business flight last year, they got to talking and the ST conventions, and I got a contact number. He sent me a book! My interview with Sean Kenney airs this Sunday ON THE BOOKSHELF on WTBF-AM/FM.


“The Trial of Kermit Gosnell: The Shocking Details and What It Revealed About the Abortion Industry in America”​

By Cheryl Sullenger (World Ahead Press, a WND Company)

Whenever a serial killer is caught, questions of motivation invariably arise. In the case of Kermit Gosnell, “public officials ignored decades of warnings, up to and including suspicious deaths. Once his monstrosities were discovered, the press expressed zero interest.” His brutal and horrific crimes were only brought to trial because of his involvement in illegal scripts for OxyContin.

“The Axeman of New Orleans: the true story”
By Miriam C. Davis of Montgomery, Ala. (Chicago Review Press, distributed by IPG Books)

In the post-Civil War era, Italian workers were brought to Louisiana to do the tough manual labor that slaves had formerly done. They faced an alien culture and racial prejudice. By saving their meager wages, these Italian immigrants opened fruit stands and corner grocery stores. By 1920 Italians owned half of all groceries in New Orleans. They faced some opposition from native grocery vendors and a group of thugs who starting in 1890 called themselves “The Black Hand” and exhorted money with the threat of bombings and arson


“The Myth of Equality: Uncovering the Roots of Injustice and Privilege”

​by Ken Wytsma (IVP)

What does “white privilege” mean? How do we learn to celebrate our diversity without racial barriers? As the author states, “The central thesis of this book is that a misunderstanding of the gospel leads to a false dichotomy: we prioritize the spiritual and personal aspects of faith and devalue or nullify the material and communal dimensions that bind us to God’s creation and to our brothers & sisters made in the image of God. This twisting of faith has resulted in historic injustices that have terrorized and handicapped generations of minorities. Racism in the US is worse than worse than we (whites) thought, its lasting consequences are more significant than we think, and our responsibility is greater than we’ve been taught.”

“The Gospel of Luke”

Earlier this year (for Easter), we brought you a review of the DVD “The Gospel of Mark” plus an interview with the producer of a new series of serious, Scripture-based movies. On October 17, Lionsgate presents the third installment in the renowned Gospel film series, “The Gospel of Luke” on DVD, Digital HD and On Demand. Shot on location in Morocco with consultation from expert theologians and biblical scholars, and produced by the Lumo Project, “The Gospel of Luke” joins “The Gospel of John” and “The Gospel of Mark”. 

​“RENEGADE: Martin Luther—The Graphic Biography”

By Andrea Grosso Ciponte and Dacia Palmerino

Plough Publishing House​

This is a perfect example of how a graphic book can bring an historical character to vivid life. The boldness and richness of the papal appearance is strikingly contrasted to the earthiness and humility of the “Father of the Reformation”. The book is a magnificent introduction about the history of the Reformation for people who don’t know much about it. 

   The GRID: The Fraying Wires Between Americans an Our Energy Future
                                                                               By Gretchen Bakke (Bloomsbury)

The United States was an innovator in the generation and availability of electrical power. The Direct Current system promoted by Thomas Edison and Alternating Current System promoted by Nikola Tesla changed the way Americans lived in the latter part of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th centuries. A national grid was developed (or actually two enormous grids for east and west coasts, and one large grid, for Texas.) The man who basically turned electrical generation in a massive industry was Samuel Insull. He created the kind of monopoly like US Steel or Standard Oil.

“Christmas In My Heart 26: A Treasury of Old-Fashioned Christmas Stories”

Compiled and edited by Joe L. Wheeler (Pacific Press)

​So why is there is 26th edition? Because there were thousands of wonderful stories from the 1880s through the 1950s in popular magazines which no longer exist, or are still published but in a much different format. These stories would have vanished forever, and their authors would be forgotten, if not for this incredible series. Each volume contains 15 fiction and non-fiction short stories, plus one novella written by Joe (under the guidance of the Holy Spirit).

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