A comprehensive and intellectually curious religious guidebook.



A month-by-month Christian-themed devotional that aims to reinvigorate readers’ personal faith.

This second book in optometrist Horacek’s (Renew My Heart, O God, 2017) Renew Devotional Trilogy furthers the intent of the series to offer readers a devotional for use alongside the Bible each and every day to increase one’s spiritual connection: “Since the Garden of Eden,” Horacek writes, “our spirits have become separated from God, and we must reconnect with God in body, soul, and spirit, or we will never be complete or exist as our Creator intended for us to fully be.” The goal of the author’s trilogy, and of the present volume, is to facilitate this through a series of back-to-basics faith observations and practices. He clearly presents them in well-designed chapters that are structured around a series of broad concepts, such as humility, worship, and wisdom. In every chapter, Horacek is plainspoken and uncompromising as he evokes the duties of faithful Christians: “Peace will only rule in your heart and mind when your spirit rules over your body and soul,” the author writes, and just as the spirit should rule the body, he asserts, so too should the divine rule the personal. The faithful are also reminded to “bend the knees frequently and bow low before God in worship.” The author’s spiritual ruminations are engagingly wide-ranging, touching on everything from spiritual gifts to fasting to the controversial debate over the historicity of Jesus; on the latter point, the author wisely writes, “History can only assert His humanity. Faith must assert His divinity.” Some claims, such as those regarding the effectiveness of faith healing, will likely give nonbelievers pause. However, the target audience of fundamentalist Christians may welcome the book’s cleareyed advice.

A comprehensive and intellectually curious religious guidebook.

Pub Date: Sept. 26, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-64299-976-1

Page Count: 534

Publisher: Christian Faith Publishing, Inc.

Review Posted Online: April 9, 2019

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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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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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