Grandmasters of Writing: Top Picks and Reviews Of Popular Fiction and Non-Fiction Books
Sports, Sci Fi, Education, Job Search and More
I have reviewed books and movies of all sorts for some time now.
Initially, I enjoyed reviewing educational text books and workforce development training materials for about 12 years while I taught GED courses and college prep classes, along with tutoring college students in sciences, higher mathematics and creative writing. In addition, I designed curricula for natural sciences, social sciences, language arts, Russian, and work readiness/career development.
While I am always interested in the latest books from the areas in which I have taught and written curricula, but I am also interested in the genres of science fiction, classic literature, Christian literature and nonfiction, global religions, mysteries, how-to books, general nonfiction, music, and arts.
In addition to all this, I am interested in sports-related books in the martial arts in which I hold the 9th dan (9th degree back belt Grandmaster) with my federations The New International Jidokwan Federation, Ji Do Kwan (TM) Christian Martial Arts International, and Nigeria Taekwondo Foundation75:
Jidokwan Taekwondo (WTF), Jujutsu, Yudo (Korean Judo), Hapkido, and Unarmed Combat Self Defense.
I also read and recommend material in other martial arts practiced by my federation members and affiliates, incuding Isshinryu, Shotokan, Aikido, boxing, and wrestling in USA and Africa. Among the top staff members are Olympic Silver Medalist Grandmaster Emmanuel Ikpeme and the Cameroon Women's Wrestling Coach Alberta Kekuna, as well as Taekwondo Olympic Gold Medalist Princess Dudu of West Africa.
I'd like to share a number of books that I have read and recommended in the last several months.
American Shaolin - True Stories
American Shaolin: Flying Kicks, Buddhist Monks, and the Legend of Iron Crotch: An Odyssey in the New China. Matthew Polly. Gotham.
This is an eye-opening account of the effects of the Communist Party's management of the Shaolin Temple and its monks and students as a cash cow for the Party.It is also a effective rendition of the Chinese culture and the society around Shaolin and the Communists entrenched at the Temple. It is fascinating. Written by the first American student accepted into the Temple kung fu school in 1992, this true account permits the reader to get to know the individual monks Mr. Polly knew as real people. Complementing pictures round out the tale in a book that readers will want to keep.
Touchdown Alexander: My Story of Faith, Football, and Pursuing the Dream.Shaun Alexander, with Cecil Murphey.Harvest House Publishers
Little League Heaven: The Legend of Odie Sweeny. Richard C. Wagner. PublishAmerica, LLP
Donald T Lunde
My review for From Hearst to Hughes
Hearst to Hughes: Memoir of a Forensic Psychiatrist. Donald T. Lunde, M.A., M.D. AuthorHOUSE,USA.
See Jane Hit: Why Girls Are Growing More Violent and What We Can Do About It. James Garbarino, PhD. Penguin Press.
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Wabi-Sabi, for Artists, Designers , Poets and Philospophers. Leonard Koren. Stone Bridge Press.
Life on Purpose: Six Passages to An Inspired Life. Dr. W. Bradford Swift with a Foreword by Robert Allen. Elite Books.
The Shadow on the Wall of Your Mind: A look at the other side of teenage depression. by Kate Ringland and Ellie Ringland. Published © 2006 by Kate & Ellie Ringland.
Decoding the Universe: How the New Science of Information Is Explaining Everything in the Cosmos, From Our Brains to Black Holes. Charles Seife. Penguin Books.
God Doesn't Shoot Craps: A Divine Comedy. Richard Armstrong. Sourcebooks Landmark.
Carbs and Cadavers: A Supper Club Mystery. J.B. Stanley.Midnight Ink.
Double Dead. A Steve Harlan Mystery. Terry Hoover. Five Star TM, an imprint of Thomson Gale.
Lately. Sara Pritchard. Houghton Mifflin.
The Hobo Chronicles. An Acey Tapp Mystery. S.E. Schenkel.Wings.
Sticks and Stones. (mystery). Susan Meissner. Harvest House Publishers.
The 6th Target. James Patterson and Maxine Paetro. Little, Brown and Company
Saul Bellow: Novels 1956-1964: Seize the Day, Henderson the Rain King, Herzog (Library of America). Saul Bellow (1915-2005), James Woods, Ed.
The Space Trilogy: Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra, That Hideous Stength. (sci-fi) C.S.Lewis.
Lightning Days. Colin Harvey. Swimming Kangaroo Books.
Christian Literature and Non-Fiction
Woman Submit! Christians & Domestic Violence. Jocelyn Anderson. One Way Café Press.
The Third Day Bible Code. Kermit Zarley. Synergy Books.
The Angelic Prophesy. Robert L Hecker.Mundania Press, LLC.
Finding Favor with the King.: Preparing for Your Moment in His Presence. Tommy Tenney. Bethany House.
If you saw the Movie One Night With the King , a story of the amazing Esther, read this book.
Is That All He Thinks About? How to Enjoy Great Sex with Your Husband. Marla Taviano.Harvest House Publishers.