An appealingly urgent view of the way Christians can sanctify their relationship with God.

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HAVE YOU EVER ASKED YOURSELF, “THERE HAS TO BE MORE?”

A debut Christian guide explores the redemptive power of the Holy Spirit.

John the Baptist in the Gospel of Matthew warns his followers not to mistake him for the one who’s coming. John baptizes people with water, but the Messiah will use the Holy Spirit and fire. In her slim handbook, Brizendine concentrates on this prediction as a promise and a way for her fellow fundamentalist Christians to conduct their own faith journeys. She urges them to take the risk of accepting the Holy Spirit into their own lives, even if that prospect frightens them. The “fiery furnace” of the Holy Spirit is their friend, she writes: “We should not fear it but embrace it.” In this engaging manual, she tells many stories from her own walk of faith and from the odyssey of a friend and mentor, who likewise had some dramatic personal encounters with the Holy Spirit. Brizendine does a remarkably smooth job of integrating the ordinary world into these tales of spiritual exultation. The sense that spiritual experiences are somehow walled off from everyday life (a common split vision in faith memoirs of this kind) is never present in these pages. Rather, this is a working-world, real-time urging on the author’s part for her readers to feel the “unquenchable, eternal, life-preserving” fire of the Holy Spirit in their own lives. Christians are in a transition period, she assures her audience, between the “law to grace” initiated by Jesus and the arrival of the kingdom of heaven. In her view, the fire of the Holy Spirit is provided as a source of strength for the faithful. In clear and enthusiastic prose, she often encourages her readers to embrace the full force of their religious beliefs. “You are a child of God,” she writes. “He has placed a powerful anointing on you and in you, and he wants to release it through you.”

An appealingly urgent view of the way Christians can sanctify their relationship with God.

Pub Date: Oct. 27, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-973600-97-8

Page Count: 56

Publisher: Westbow Press

Review Posted Online: June 6, 2018

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MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. AND THE MARCH ON WASHINGTON

This early reader is an excellent introduction to the March on Washington in 1963 and the important role in the march played by Martin Luther King Jr. Ruffin gives the book a good, dramatic start: “August 28, 1963. It is a hot summer day in Washington, D.C. More than 250,00 people are pouring into the city.” They have come to protest the treatment of African-Americans here in the US. With stirring original artwork mixed with photographs of the events (and the segregationist policies in the South, such as separate drinking fountains and entrances to public buildings), Ruffin writes of how an end to slavery didn’t mark true equality and that these rights had to be fought for—through marches and sit-ins and words, particularly those of Dr. King, and particularly on that fateful day in Washington. Within a year the Civil Rights Act of 1964 had been passed: “It does not change everything. But it is a beginning.” Lots of visual cues will help new readers through the fairly simple text, but it is the power of the story that will keep them turning the pages. (Easy reader. 6-8)

Pub Date: Jan. 1, 2001

ISBN: 0-448-42421-5

Page Count: 48

Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2000

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WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD

A LIFETIME OF RECORDINGS

Noted jazz and pop record producer Thiele offers a chatty autobiography. Aided by record-business colleague Golden, Thiele traces his career from his start as a ``pubescent, novice jazz record producer'' in the 1940s through the '50s, when he headed Coral, Dot, and Roulette Records, and the '60s, when he worked for ABC and ran the famous Impulse! jazz label. At Coral, Thiele championed the work of ``hillbilly'' singer Buddy Holly, although the only sessions he produced with Holly were marred by saccharine strings. The producer specialized in more mainstream popsters like the irrepressibly perky Teresa Brewer (who later became his fourth wife) and the bubble-machine muzak-meister Lawrence Welk. At Dot, Thiele was instrumental in recording Jack Kerouac's famous beat- generation ramblings to jazz accompaniment (recordings that Dot's president found ``pornographic''), while also overseeing a steady stream of pop hits. He then moved to the Mafia-controlled Roulette label, where he observed the ``silk-suited, pinky-ringed'' entourage who frequented the label's offices. Incredibly, however, Thiele remembers the famously hard-nosed Morris Levy, who ran the label and was eventually convicted of extortion, as ``one of the kindest, most warm-hearted, and classiest music men I have ever known.'' At ABC/Impulse!, Thiele oversaw the classic recordings of John Coltrane, although he is the first to admit that Coltrane essentially produced his own sessions. Like many producers of the day, Thiele participated in the ownership of publishing rights to some of the songs he recorded; he makes no apology for this practice, which he calls ``entirely appropriate and without any ethical conflicts.'' A pleasant, if not exactly riveting, memoir that will be of most interest to those with a thirst for cocktail-hour stories of the record biz. (25 halftones, not seen)

Pub Date: May 1, 1995

ISBN: 0-19-508629-4

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Oxford Univ.

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1995

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