Review of Genesis for the Rest of Us, by John R Little and Darrell J Bierman.

A joint effort, this book was written to shed some undertsanding on the biblical book of Genesis for those who wish to gain more insight into the mystery of the Bible’s first book.

The Blurb:

Bibles are very difficult to read but they are fascinating and full of amazing stories. This book is a clear guide through the Book of Genesis, helping you to understand what it’s all about. This is a book for today’s reader, and it doesn’t matter how much you knew about the Bible before. You’ll never look at a Bible the same way again!

My Take:

I was raised in a Christian home and continue to be a believer. I must say that this book breaks down the story of Genesis in a very down to earth and effective manner.

Working in tandem, John and Darrell work to explain the relative culture and customs in which Genesis was written. It simplifies and takes some of the guess work out of the navigation, with a sprinkle of humor and everyday language.

There are visual aids that include maps and family tree diagrams that will help give a better picture.

I highly recommend this book to anyone seeking further knowledge of Genesis in an easier to understand method.

FOUR STARS

Meet the Authors:

John R. Little

This volume that you hold in your hands is truly unique and one-of-a-kind.  Here’s why:  first off, it was co-authored by John R. Little and Darrell J. Bierman, two people who bring drastically different life experiences, education, and perspectives into their writing. ​In some ways John and Darrell are as different as day is from night.  Yet this one thing they share:  they both place a high authority on the Bible and want to see more and more people today reading the Bible – particularly from among those who aren’t in the habit of reading it, and even from those who’ve never opened the Bible before.

Darrell J. Bierman

Purchase in paperback or ebook on Amazon

You READ – but do you leave REVIEWS? – by Chris Graham (aka The Story Reading Ape)

This post has been shared from the blog of Chris Graham please check out his wonderful blogsite: Chris The Story Reading Ape’s Blog

The subject of posting reviews for books that you enjoy, or even those you do not, has been a topic of great interest for writers, undoubtedly since the first book was written. Reviews are pirceless for authors and they affect the standings on Amazon and other book selling sites, and are greatly appreciated.

This article sums it up nicely. Thank you so much, for sharing, Chris, and spreading the word about the importance of reviews.

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PLEASE

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If not, why not?
I don’t have time

The author probably spent a heck of a lot more time writing the story than you took to read it, no matter how slow you think you are, so why not take a few minutes to record your feelings about it.

I can’t write long fancy reviews like those I see on book review blogs

You don’t have to, Amazon, for example, only ask you to use a minimum of 25 non repeating words.

I can’t express myself very well

No-one is asking you to produce a literary masterpiece, start off with things you liked, didn’t like or a mix of both about the book, e.g.,

I liked this book because –

it reminded me of –

it made me think about –

it made me so scared I couldn’t sleep for –

it made me feel homesick for –

it made me more aware about –

etc.

and just express your feelings about it

take a look at MY reviews – no lengthy literalistic tomes, no divulging the story endings or highlights (these are called spoilers), you’ll find them on Amazon and my Goodreads page.

But all the other reviews are great long one’s. Everybody will laugh at mine

Let them laugh, you won’t be there to see them. Anyway, if they laugh AT you instead of WITH you, it demonstrates what kind of people THEY are.

In any case, an author will not laugh AT you I can assure you. They can see the difference between an honest comment and one that is professionally presented.

Honest reviews tell them an awful lot more and they pay more attention to them.

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But what if I really, REALLY HATED the story.

As long as it was the story and not the author, then instead of posting a review comment, you can contact the author directly by email (usually found on their websites) and tell them why you really, REALLY hated the story.

If it was the AUTHOR you didn’t like, my advice is to keep it to yourself and avoid their books in future. Both of you will lead happier lives for it.

I can’t write to an author, they’re all too big and far above my status

You’d be surprised, authors come in all shapes, sizes and stations in life. The only difference between them and you is that they wrote a story and actually published it.

Why do authors need reviews anyway? They can write whatever they want and besides, they all make a lot of money so they don’t need ME doing reviews.

Only partly true.

Authors write whatever story is inside them that they feel needs to be told.

However, not all authors are rolling in money, if it were that easy YOU’d be an author yourself wouldn’t you?

Authors are storytellers

Storytellers NEED an audience

YOU are part of that audience

They cannot SEE how you react to the story

They cannot see your tears, hear your laughter or feel your emotions in response to the story they are telling – it is not like they are on a stage in a live show.

THAT is why they need your review comments, they need you to tell them about your reactions, so they can work on improving the existing and future stories they are writing, thereby improving your enjoyment of them.

So, if I leave review comments about a story I’ve read, I’ll be helping them get better at telling them?

Yes!

MMMM but I don’t have time –

Please refer to the top of the page and read it as many times as necessary until the message finally gets through – thank you!

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Cover Reveal: Hiding Cracked Glass (Sequel to Watching Glass Shatter), by James J. Cudney

Today I have the privilege of sharing the cover reveal of Hiding Cracked Glass the sequel to Watching Glass Shatter written by James J. Cudney.

I’ll let him explain it to you.

I’m thrilled to reveal the cover of my next book, Hiding Cracked Glass. This contemporary fiction family drama is the sequel to Watching Glass Shatter and part of the Perceptions of Glass series. With the help of a few friends and bunches of amazing bloggers working with Shalini @ Digital Reads, who organized this wonderful promotion, you’ll get to see the beautiful cover further below. Before we do, let’s learn a little more about this book…

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About the Book(s)

An ominous blackmail letter appears at an inopportune moment. The recipient’s name is accidentally blurred out upon arrival. Which member of the Glass family is the ruthless missive meant for?

In the powerful sequel to Watching Glass Shatter, Olivia is the first to read the nasty threat and assumes it’s meant for her. When the mysterious letter falls into the wrong hands and is read aloud, it throws the entire Glass family into an inescapable trajectory of self-question. Across the span of eight hours, Olivia and her sons contemplate whether to confess their hidden secrets or find a way to bury them forever. Some failed to learn an important lesson last time. Will they determine how to save themselves before it’s too late?

Each chapter’s focus alternates between the various family members and introduces several new and familiar faces with a vested interest in the outcome. As each hour ticks by, the remaining siblings and their mother gradually reveal what’s happened to them in the preceding months, and when the blackmailer makes an appearance at Olivia’s birthday party, the truth brilliantly comes to light.

Although everyone seemed to embrace the healing process at the end of Watching Glass Shatter, there were hidden cracks in the Glass family that couldn’t be mended. Their lives are about to shatter into pieces once again, but this time, the stakes are even higher. Someone wants to teach them a permanent lesson and refuses to stop until success is achieved.

Hiding Cracked Glass will be available for pre-sale very soon. It will officially be published on October 8th, 2020, which is the three year anniversary of Watching Glass Shatter, my debut novel. If you’ve never read that book, now’s your chance to catch up!

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About the Author

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James is my given name; most call me Jay. I grew up on Long Island and currently live in New York City, but I’ve traveled all across the US (and various parts of the world). After college, I began working in technology and business operations in the sports, entertainment, media, retail, and hospitality industries. Although I enjoy my job, I also want to re-focus on my passions: telling stories and connecting people through words.

In 2017, I published my debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, a contemporary fiction family drama with elements of mystery, suspense, humor, and romance. From there, I wrote another family drama novel, Father Figure, and created the Braxton Campus Mysteries, a light investigation series about a humorous guy dealing with murders and the drama of a small town. I am currently writing a sequel to Watching Glass Shatter, a co-authored book with a surprise writer, and the next Braxton Campus Mystery, all set to be released in late 2020 and early 2021.

Most of my books are available in hardcover, paperback, electronic, and audiobook formats. We’ve begun translating into Portuguese, Spanish, and Italian for some of the books too. To see samples or receive news from my current and upcoming books, please subscribe with your email address at my website: https://jamesjcudney.com.

Outside of writing, I’m an avid genealogist (discovered 2K family members going back about 250 years) and cook (I find it so hard to follow a recipe). I love to read; between Goodreads and my blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, I have over 1,000 book reviews which will give you a full flavor for my voice and style. On my blog, I share several fun features, including the Book Bucket List, Tips & Advice, Author Spotlights & Book Alerts, and the 365 Daily Challenge, where I post a word each day that has some meaning to me, then converse with everyone about life. You’ll find tons of humor, tears, love, friendship, advice and bloopers. Lots of bloopers… where I poke fun at myself all the time. Even my dogs have segments where they complain about me. All these things make up who I am; none of them are very fancy or magnanimous, but they are real and show how I live every day.

A bit of humor: Everything doubles as something else when you live in NYC. For me, it’s the dining room, my favorite space in the apartment, where more than just my cooking is on display! As I look out the windows onto a 12th floor terrace, various parts of nature (trees, bushes, flowers, bugs & animals) inspire me to write. Baxter, a two-year-old shiba inu, constantly tries to stop me from writing so I can play with him and keep him amused. How else can you pen the best story possible without these things by your side?

Key Links

Websites & Blog

Website: https://jamesjcudney.com/

Blog: https://thisismytruthnow.com

Amazon: http://bit.ly/JJCIVBooks

Next Chapter Pub: https://www.nextchapter.pub/authors/james-j-cudney

BookBub:https://www.bookbub.com/profile/james-j-cudney

Social Media

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jamescudney4

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JamesJCudneyIVAuthor/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BraxtonCampusMysteries/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThisIsMyTruthNow/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/jamescudney4/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jamescudney4/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/jamescudney4

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jamescudney4

Genres, Formats & Languages

I write in the family drama and mystery genres. My first two books are Watching Glass Shatter (2017) and Father Figure (2018). Both are contemporary fiction and focus on the dynamics between parents and children and between siblings. I’m currently writing the sequel to Watching Glass Shatter. I also have a light mystery series called the Braxton Campus Mysteries with six books available.

All my books come in multiple formats (Kindle, physical print, large print paperback, and audiobook) and some are also translated into foreign languages such as Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and German.

Goodreads Book Links

Watching Glass Shatter (October 2017)

Father Figure (April 2018)

Braxton Campus Mysteries

Cover Reveal Time

READY? SCROLL DOWN SOME!!!

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So… the cover is amazing! I love the similarities to the shattered glass from the debut novel. The envelope is very important to the plot, as is the red liquid appearing in the photo… blood? ink? paint? What could be it be? I’m grateful to my publisher, Next Chapter, for everything they have done to make this series shine. I’m also thankful to ten beta readers who have finished reading the novel and provided amazing feedback. I have one week left to make some final copy edits before it will be formatted and enter the marketing platforms. Stay tuned for news on the upcoming blog tour this fall; it’ll be full of giveaways, interviews, and other fun surprises.

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Welcome to Day 6 of the @4WillsPub “THANK YOU, HOSTS!” Blog Tour for #RRBCAuthor @aharemboysaga #RRBC #RWISA

Giveaway:  (1) 5-Day Blog Tour to promote your book!

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Purchase Link for Metanoia

BOOK BLURB:
Metanoia is the fifth and final volume to A Harem Boy’s Saga; a memoir by Young (five-book series). This erotically sensual and captivating autobiography is about a young man coming-of-age in a secret society before being spirited away to serve in several Middle Eastern male harems.

Metanoia follows Young and Andy’s (the young man’s lover-cum-chaperone) journey to their fifth Arabian Household at the opulent residences of their patriarch, Tad; an athlete of international fame. Although the couple had to maneuver through a minefield of explosive sentiments, they also acted as their “Master’s” confidante as they move through the world of the wealthy and elite.

This book is steeped in preternaturalism and spirituality. It is enlighteningly educational in the Middle Eastern way of life and the different aspects of Arabian culture.

This memoir is also an epic love story between Young and Andy. The joys and pleasures together with the trials and tribulations that come with heroic and unconditional love.

 

Bernard Foong

AUTHOR BIO:

Young alias Bernard Foong is, first and foremost, a sensitivist. He finds nuance in everything. To experience the world, he inhabits is an adventure that is mystical, childlike, and refreshing. He has a rare ability to create beauty uniquely. His palettes have been material, paint, words, and human experiences.

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Among the grass and bugs I lay. My legs are field stones that feel every bit their billion years. I know not the length of time that’s past since I took a rest here.

The sun once haloed the summit of Mount Utopia, like Jesus in a portrait, however, a catarac of clouds has cast my goal into shadow.

The picnic lunch, scattered in my collapse, is being recycled by the ants, unlike me, they waste nothing.

Oh, how the morning went with a skip and a smile, boundless energy kept me aloft. The tales of a wonderous ‘creature’ beyond the ancient ridge exhilarated my soul and made an avatar of my limbs, as they carried me across the plains.

Last night, intoxicated by the drink, the scent of campfire, and flames that spoke in crackling tongues, I was hooked into this journey. One that apparently must be taken solo, to connect with the spiritual.

Fool to listen! The teller was known to be a showman with a flair for the dramatic, prancing about the earth stage, every gesture shadowed by firelight. Oh, such timing too, a pregnant pause with a hand to the forehead, as the ‘seeker’ stood in awe of the first glimpse of Mount Utopia. What bunkum!

The wordsmith failed to caution the reality of an endless expanse land, flat as an ironing board. He failed to touch on the heat, and thirst, with no fresh springs to replenish the canteen. My mouth and throat have been sandpapered with dehydration. And now Utopia mocks my condition with rain clouds, just out of reach.

I sympathize with Moses, condemned to see the Promised Land, but unable to set a sandaled toe inside.

A grasshopper lands on a leaf nearby. “May I borrow your legs, Jiminy? They’re so strong and could propell me to Utopia in but a few leaps.”

Overcome by what must be madness from a shrivelled mind, I swear the locust speaks.

“First of all, good Sir, my name is not Jiminy, for I am not a cricket. Secondly, I’m afraid they’re much too small for you. I see that you have given up for lost, but let me tell you something. It’s a secret, so you’ll have to hold your ear close.”

Intrugued at what a verbal insect might say, I give it my ear.

“You are not finished. It’s true, your legs are useless, but your arms work.”

I scowl, not undertsanding. “So what am I to do? Walk on my hands or drag myself to the base? Then what? How do I reach Utopia that way? How, Jiminy”

The grasshopper cussed and shook its head, I swear it did. It can talk, afterall. “Are you a monkey? Because that’s what you are essentially calling me. Shall I call you Curious George? Why not just get the man in the yellow hat to help you, then? Would you like that?”

I shook my head.

“Good, then we have an understanding, about that at least. On the other matter, not so much. But I suspect that is a common experience for you.

You don’t need to drag yourself, for that will only tear your skin and ruin your shorts. Nor do you need to reach the base. You only need replenishment and for that, you just need to reach the rain. Yes, it’s true that I can leap two hundred times my body length. However, I am much smaller than you. As I have said, your arms work just fine. Stop focusing on your legs and use what you have.”

“I’m sorry, Jiminy, I’m not following.”

The bug slapped his head, “Once again, please stop calling me that. One more time, Curious George, and I shall leave you to your fate. What I mean is that you can use your arms to push yourself into a rolling motion. Roll until you reach those clouds and they will douse you with life.”

A light went on in my cobwebby attic and I was filled with hope. “I see! Yes, I see! Thank you, Jiminy!”

But the hopper had left. He must have been content that I would survive, yet I was a bit miffed and offended.

Nonetheless, I tossed the bitterness from the attic window like Aunt Gertrude’s moth-balled dresses, and proceeded to roll until I was underneath the glorious percipitation!

Yes, I climbed the summit and saw the ‘creature’. Can you not see my beaming face, as I stand here regaling you?

No, I will not tell you what I saw, that’s for you to discover. But if you go, remember to bring more than one canteen of water, do not lose hope, and listen to those who seem to have nothing to offer.

Written for Sue Vincent Weekly Write Photo Challenge