A short, sweet, inspirational work for Christian readers.



Colbert tells of how God helped him survive a lifetime of close calls in this spiritual debut memoir.

In 1960, at the age of 8, the author was hit by a car as he ran across Baltimore’s 25th Street, but he survived after three surgeries. When he was a teenager, one of his friends fired a handgun at him from a distance of 50 feet, but the bullet miraculously hit a nearby clothesline pole instead. When the diabetic author was in his 60s, he was rushed to the hospital with a near-fatal blood-sugar level, but he was released only 11 days later. All in all, Colbert says that he’s survived 12 different brushes with death. He pulled through, time and again, he says, “primarily because of the Love, Grace, Mercy, Power and Providence of all mighty God.” In this book, he details his various trials and tribulations, from alcoholism and heroin addiction to clinical depression and an enlarged prostate; in each case, he writes about how his religious beliefs sustained him and delivered him to safety. He also details the many blessings in his life, which he says illustrates God’s love for the faithful. Overall, the author writes in an enthusiastic, conversational prose style that captures Colbert’s gratitude for life: “I was one happy kid living in poverty. I believe that real poverty is found in the lives of the rich and famous. Poverty of mind and soul.” This is a short work—fewer than 80 pages long—and as a result, Colbert doesn’t delve deeply into the details of his biography; instead, he concentrates on the relevant anecdotes that support his argument. Readers may not interpret all of the author’s close calls as life-or-death situations, but they may find that he’s surmounted enough difficulty to lend his theological leanings some weight.

A short, sweet, inspirational work for Christian readers.

Pub Date: Feb. 28, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-973615-01-9

Page Count: 102

Publisher: Westbow Press

Review Posted Online: July 3, 2018

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The former first lady opens up about her early life, her journey to the White House, and the eight history-making years that followed.

It’s not surprising that Obama grew up a rambunctious kid with a stubborn streak and an “I’ll show you” attitude. After all, it takes a special kind of moxie to survive being the first African-American FLOTUS—and not only survive, but thrive. For eight years, we witnessed the adversity the first family had to face, and now we get to read what it was really like growing up in a working-class family on Chicago’s South Side and ending up at the world’s most famous address. As the author amply shows, her can-do attitude was daunted at times by racism, leaving her wondering if she was good enough. Nevertheless, she persisted, graduating from Chicago’s first magnet high school, Princeton, and Harvard Law School, and pursuing careers in law and the nonprofit world. With her characteristic candor and dry wit, she recounts the story of her fateful meeting with her future husband. Once they were officially a couple, her feelings for him turned into a “toppling blast of lust, gratitude, fulfillment, wonder.” But for someone with a “natural resistance to chaos,” being the wife of an ambitious politician was no small feat, and becoming a mother along the way added another layer of complexity. Throw a presidential campaign into the mix, and even the most assured woman could begin to crack under the pressure. Later, adjusting to life in the White House was a formidable challenge for the self-described “control freak”—not to mention the difficulty of sparing their daughters the ugly side of politics and preserving their privacy as much as possible. Through it all, Obama remained determined to serve with grace and help others through initiatives like the White House garden and her campaign to fight childhood obesity. And even though she deems herself “not a political person,” she shares frank thoughts about the 2016 election.

An engrossing memoir as well as a lively treatise on what extraordinary grace under extraordinary pressure looks like.

Pub Date: Nov. 13, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-5247-6313-8

Page Count: 448

Publisher: Crown

Review Posted Online: Nov. 30, 2018

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The author's youthfulness helps to assure the inevitable comparison with the Anne Frank diary although over and above the...


Elie Wiesel spent his early years in a small Transylvanian town as one of four children. 

He was the only one of the family to survive what Francois Maurois, in his introduction, calls the "human holocaust" of the persecution of the Jews, which began with the restrictions, the singularization of the yellow star, the enclosure within the ghetto, and went on to the mass deportations to the ovens of Auschwitz and Buchenwald. There are unforgettable and horrifying scenes here in this spare and sombre memoir of this experience of the hanging of a child, of his first farewell with his father who leaves him an inheritance of a knife and a spoon, and of his last goodbye at Buchenwald his father's corpse is already cold let alone the long months of survival under unconscionable conditions. 

The author's youthfulness helps to assure the inevitable comparison with the Anne Frank diary although over and above the sphere of suffering shared, and in this case extended to the death march itself, there is no spiritual or emotional legacy here to offset any reader reluctance.

Pub Date: Jan. 16, 2006

ISBN: 0374500010

Page Count: 120

Publisher: Hill & Wang

Review Posted Online: Oct. 7, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15, 2006

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