MK (missionary kid) journalist is kidnapped in Columbia, saves US from biological attack by mideast terrorists.
Insightful essays on South American polMK (missionary kid) journalist is kidnapped in Columbia, saves US from biological attack by mideast terrorists.
Insightful essays on South American politics dominate the first half of the book. Interesting plot is enabled by the author's knowledge of the jungle, but is marred by unrealistically florid conversation (e.g., long discussions of motivations while under gunfire)....more
This story is a valuable part of the Terri Blackstock's Restoration series, but has little merit on its own.
Synopsis: In the midst of a global blackoThis story is a valuable part of the Terri Blackstock's Restoration series, but has little merit on its own.
Synopsis: In the midst of a global blackout, the Branning family settles in to survive for the long term. They learn to serve their neighbors, and they rescue a family of four young orphans. Their stupid daughter, Deni, matures a little.
What I liked: I liked the focus on service, even when the personal cost is high. I liked the viewpoint of a romance being led by spiritual and practical factors, rather than the "follow your heart and everything will turn out" philosophy promulgated by way too many Christian authors. As someone with a very strong background in physics, I liked the explanation of the outage, which, while not perfect, was very well thought out.
What I didn't like: There was very little suspense, and very little arc to the plot.
While this book wasn't super-enjoyable, and it didn't change my life in any significant way, I don't regret reading it. I think this may be one of those rare cases where I recommend reading a series, even though I might not recommend any of the individual volumes on their own....more
Missionary and Russian FSB agent renew old love while defeating criminals. An interesting read with good suspense.
The editing could have been better-Missionary and Russian FSB agent renew old love while defeating criminals. An interesting read with good suspense.
The editing could have been better--I noticed at least a dozen spots where words were missing, including in a key quotation on the last page! And this is in the printed edition, so it's not excusable as the typical Kindle conversion glitch....more
Without question, When Crickets Cry is one of my all-time favorite books.
The writing is fabulous, especially at the sentence level. The descriptions cWithout question, When Crickets Cry is one of my all-time favorite books.
The writing is fabulous, especially at the sentence level. The descriptions called to mind two other authors in particular: Toni Morrison and Virginia Tufte. I was completely drawn in to the world around Lake Burton. There are many superb examples of "show, don't tell." The word choice was so good that sometimes I went back and read a paragraph aloud just to hear the sounds and rhythms.
Explicit and implicit allusions to great literature abound, especially to Shakespeare, Hellen Keller, and the Bible. But the book doesn't enter so high an intellectual plane as to confuse the uninitiated reader. Likewise, there are generous doses of literary devices: simile, metaphor, allegory. I could re-read the book several times, just following the role of wind, water, and the heart.
I enjoyed how the characters and plot were gradually unveiled, layer by layer. The characters end up with extraordinary depth, and all of them seemed realistic to me. There isn't a steady arc to the plot. Instead, there is a lot of ordinary life punctuated by intense moments.
There was a beautiful balance between the gritty reality of real places and fanciful imaginations. Looking at other reviews, I think this juxtaposition confuses some readers, but for me, it just added even more dimensions to explore.
I wish there was more Christian fiction like this. Christianity plays a role, but the book isn't preachy. The writing is far superior to the Harlequin-level dreck which seems so popular in Christian bookstores.
Unlike some reviewers, I did not find the descriptions too detailed or catalog-like. I only have two criticisms. First, the Kindle edition needs a few hours of an editor's time. It is chock-full of misplaced hard hyphens. Second, a natural disaster plays an important role at a critical point in the story. We are led to believe that numerous homes have been flattened. But there are no victims other than the central characters! The closest hospital is somehow able to dedicate all of its resources to our characters; there are no hallways full of walking wounded, no screaming ambulances, no harried medical staff. ...more
Fictionalized Socrates awakes at 1980's "Have It University" and discusses religion with students. A gentle introduction to some philosophical conceptFictionalized Socrates awakes at 1980's "Have It University" and discusses religion with students. A gentle introduction to some philosophical concepts. The book provides some good examples to those who might wish to share the Gospel with humility and openness. Several good quotes regarding what it means to have a truly open mind.
Those who know Socrates well may object to the shallowness of the portrayal. Those who have carefully considered the issues may object to the one-sided approach, where the students easily "roll over" and raise only straw-man objections....more
This brief book examines nursing homes from a criminological perspective. It discusses a few theories of how and why abuse takes place, then goes on tThis brief book examines nursing homes from a criminological perspective. It discusses a few theories of how and why abuse takes place, then goes on to present the authors' research on theft in nursing homes. It wraps up with a short discussion of physical and psychological abuse.
Nursing homes provide an ideal environment for abusers and criminals: a stressful environment that motivates crime, vulnerable victims, and a minimal chance of detection and prosecution. Nursing home administrators have strong motivations to not investigate and prosecute the crimes happening in their facilities.
The study on theft, which used a statistically balanced, random sample of 47 nursing homes, found that theft is common. Nursing homes often blame theft on confused residents, but the study found that employees are responsible for much of the theft--not just of valuable items such as cash but even for items such as clothing.
The primary recommendations are to improve the training of nursing aides, and to promptly investigate and pursue criminal prosecution for any complaints of abuse or theft.
Although the book is getting a bit old, I found it to precisely describe what I actually see taking place in the facilities I know. In fact, it's more on-target than any other book I've read on eldercare....more