THE READING GLASS
A TOAST TO TIMELESS
Author of Come Fill Up My Cup
and I'll Remember April
DIVING DOWN TO THE PEARL
OF THE ORIENT SEAS
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Our maiden issue underscored one discipline challenged by the Covid-19 pandemic, literacy, and
confronted the threat posed to our thirst for knowledge. On our second issue, as we progressed to regain
normalcy, we all started anew—breaking free from the fetters of the pandemic. Now, as we continue to
step outside, what better way to release our third edition than bask in the sun’s warmth? The Reading
Glass Magazine, a community that sparks conversations, in our summer issue, gives A Toast to Timeless
There is something about summer. The vibrancy by the warmth of the sun seeping through the skin. The
delight in the longer daylight. The pleasant hue painted in the sky. The perfect time to go outdoors—to
spend time with nature, to take on an adventure, and even travel. Summer is definitely a season to look
forward to. And though fleeting, its stories remain etched on our minds. So in this issue, we feature summer
stories that linger—stand the test of time, even.
But not only do we tell timeless summer stories, we also make new ones. As promised in our latest feat,
which is the Tucson Festival of Books, we’re bringing The Reading Glass Magazine to the world. The
Reading Glass Books, together with Writers’ Branding, , already participated in the recently concluded
Bologna Children’s Book Fair and London Book Fair, respectively. Now, as we caress the wind in celebrating
the sun hanging in the sky, we’re bringing summer to the breeze of the South East. Let’s wrap up summer
with a memento from no other than Manila—traveling to and participating in, yet again, another international
book fair. Of course, we would not want to pass up the opportunity to grace the return in the flesh of the
Manila International Book Fair after two long virtual years.
Alongside us in the largest and longest-running book fair in the Philippines are the stories of Jean Murray
Munden with Come Fill Up My Cup, Barbara Williamson with The Journey of the Most Liberated Woman
in America, Marilyn Sandberg Grenat with Inspirations from the Heart, , and Janine Hall with It’s My Turn:
Finding Identity and Purpose After the Empty Nest. . And as we dive deep into the Pearl of the Orient Seas,
we feature the best of Manila.
Travel. Go on an adventure. Spend time with nature. Caress the wind. Take pleasure in the hue painted in
the sky. Delight in the longer delight. Savor summer’s sensation. And continue to spark conversations—
under the sun! What’s your summer story?
The Reading Glass Books
Art and Content Editor
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4 Cover Story: On Serendipity and Suspense: A
Conversation with a Storyteller
10 Barbara Williamson on The Journey of the Most
Liberated Woman in America
28 Diane Davies on Jeannie Ann’s Grandma Has
Breast Cancer, Life in the Neck: New Friends,
Life in the Neck: Advent of Christmas, and Life in
the Neck: Squirrel Trouble
33 Sunshine Ghost By Reyna A.
40 Robert Kruse on Tontine, No Blood Left, and No
Way to Win
46 Ellen Beth Berman on The Voice of the Rooster
and the Lessons It Teaches
50 Lifestyle | Manila Feature
Philippine’s Picturesque Capital: The Manila
Bucket List By Tamara S.
54 Marilyn Sandberg Grenat on Inspirations
from the Heart
62 When Summer Falls By Lancelot Whitehood
64 The Final Summer By Reyna A.
68 A Little Bit of Sun and a Whole Lot of Freedom
By Tamara Kaye
76 Janine Hall on It’s My Turn: Finding Identity and
Purpose After the Empty Nest
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A Conversation with a Storyteller
The sensation that summer brings is something so
simple yet special—waking up to the richness of the
glistening rays of the sun, savoring the breeze of the
longer daylight, and watching the splendor of the starry
summer night sky. In a season so spirited, it’s best to
bask in some good stories—including tales of romance.
Come Fill Up My Cup, for one, is a tale of romance that
will take you on the edge of your seat this summer.
It follows the love story of Robin and James, set in
picturesque Scotland. A budding romance that takes a
detour to unexpected twists and turns, will the love and
affection in Come Fill Up My Cup seep through your
skin as warm as the weather, or will its complexities be
vexing like the scorching sun?
As we give a toast to timeless stories this summer
for our third issue, The Reading Glass Magazine takes
delight in a short yet insightful conversation with no
other than the brilliance behind the beautiful Come Fill
Up My Cup, author Jean Murray Munden herself.
Jean Murray Munden is a widow who has always been
fond of storytelling in one form or another since she
was a child. She grew up in a small town, moved to
the big city at 16, and trained as a nurse in a large city
hospital after finishing high school. Munden practiced
her nursing profession for a short while before
marrying a widower with three lovely children. They
had a son of their own and have traveled extensively
within their happy marriage of nearly 49 years. She
now lives in solitary but still keeps close ties with her
family. Writing at her leisure, Munden has brought to
life Robin Lindsay and James Maclachlan in Come Fill
Up My Cup. And on top of that is another love story
equally engaging that is Munden’s I’ll Remember April.
Take a glimpse of Jean Murray Munden’s life and
find out how her must-read tales of romance came
Editor: What does a day in the life of a Jean Murray
Munden look like?
Jean: A day in my life these days is rather mundane:
light necessary housekeeping, meal preparation, routine
errands such as shopping for myself or a friend; reading,
writing, computer, telephone calls to my friends and
family; walking, cardiac exercises; depending on the
week or day, a meal out with friends. Sounds pretty
normal, isn’t it?
How was life back in the day? What were you like
growing up? Are there any instances in your life now
that ring a bell in your childhood?
I grew up in the fifties in a small town in the southern
interior of British Columbia. As children, we were
allowed a lot of freedom on our own or with friends.
The school bus picked us up at a designated spot, a few
minutes’ walk away. I took piano lessons until I was
thirteen or fourteen; then there was a band program
in high school—I played the trombone for about
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three years. I also joined the school choir, both in my
hometown school as well as when we moved to the city
where I completed high school. I also had summer jobs
as a teenager: babysitting, working in the fruit packing
house and cannery, and an abortive attempt at working
behind the counter in a café. (What stayed with me
after that job was respect for waiters and waitresses.)
We lived on a large lake where we swam in the summer
and skated in the winter. Summer camp was a highlight
of the season for me.
What are you most passionate about? Who/what
influenced you the most?
I am passionate about family and friends. I grew up in
a large extended family. I loved my grandparents, aunts,
uncles, and cousins dearly. Some of my best friends
today are also my sister and my cousins. My happiest
memories of childhood are meals and picnics with
family members and hiking and birdwatching with my
favorite aunt and uncle and their family. My mother,
who was a nurse, and her brother, my oldest uncle, a
doctor, both influenced my choice of nursing as a career.
At this point in your life, what do you look forward to?
At this point in my life, I look forward to a healthy
old age. I am at this time still recovering from open
How did you become a writer? Has this always been
I have always been a storyteller and story maker. I
used to entertain my sister by making “plays” with
her dolls. By the way, she is also a author of children’s
books, writing under the name of Rie Charles. I had an
alter-ego I called Jane, who had the most interesting
adventure in my head. I wrote some of them down.
These first stories were rather bad. My favorite subject
was English literature and language. They don’t teach
grammar anymore, and it is obvious when you listen
to people talk. I was also very much influenced by my
father, who was quite the grammarian (and wasn’t afraid
to correct our speech), and my high school English and
music teacher, who hated slang and jargon. I still hear
their voices in my head.
Come Fill Up My Cup is initially an uncomplicated and
effortless tale of romance that eventually takes a detour
to unexpected twists and turns. How did you come up
with a book so beautifully written? What inspired you
to bring to life the story of Robin and James?
I don’t know where the story in “Come Fill Up My
Cup” came from. Sometimes, I see in my mind opening
scenes to a story, and I go from there. I attended an
Author’s Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 2010 or
11, and one of the perks was having an editor read and
comment on a portion of an unpublished manuscript,
which we would submit beforehand. I sent the back
story portion, which the editor liked a lot. He was very
complimentary and commented on my skills writing
dialogue. I have taken two trips to Scotland, a place I
love. (I have a lot of Scot DNA in me, and I think that
Scotland is my spiritual home. I never felt so at home
anywhere else as in that portion of the UK.)
My earlier book, “I’ll Remember April,” is a book of
pure fiction. The characters actually came to me and I
told their story.
The title of your book itself is interesting enough to
catch one’s attention. Can you share a snippet of the
story behind it?
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“Come Fill Up My Cup” is part of the first line of the
refrain to an old Scottish song, “Bonnie Dundee,” sung
to the tune Air at a Distance. The refrain is as follows:
“Come fill up my cup, come fill up my can; come saddle
my horses and call out my men; Unhook the west port
and let us gae free; For it’s up with the bonnets of
“I’ll Remember April” is also a song title. Many
important events happen in that month; Louise’s
birthday and the battle of Vimy Ridge are two examples.
I wrote in a sort of memoir style, but the events (except
for historical ones) are out of my imagination.
This world is a picturesque one. What made you choose
the beauty of Scotland to set Come Fill Up My Cup with?
As previously stated, I have made two trips to Scotland,
and I have read many books set there. One of my
readers, who is from Scotland, says my descriptions are
good, that she really felt she was back there.
Crafting a story so heartfelt is no easy feat. How long
did it take for you to bring the book into being? What
were the challenges, if there were any, that you have
encountered along your writing?
That is a difficult question to answer. I have been
working on these books for a long time. I rewrote the
first chapter to “Come Fill Up My Cup,” and I had
the “I’ll Remember April” line edited after the first
printing. I don’t keep a journal, so I am quite hazy about
times and dates. You see, I write for pleasure, and when
a story comes to me, I go for it. I am presently working
on a sequel to “Come Fill Up my Cup”—it’s longer and
has more layers than the first. A lot of the work I do
in my head, visualizing scenes, and experimenting with
conversation, making sure it is true to the character.
The US Review of Book writes, “[T]he author has
created in this book a profound drama that will hook
the attention of its readers early and keep them on their
toes all the way to the end.” As the author yourself, what
do you want the readers to experience during and after
reading your book?
When I read a book that captivates me, where I have
gotten to know and love (or hate) the characters, and I
don’t want the story to end, that to me is the greatest
feeling. To enjoy the story, and to be sorry to say goodbye
to these people, to wonder what happens to them
afterwards. That’s what I want my readers to feel.
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COME FILL UP MY CUP
BY JEAN MURRAY MUNDEN
Paperback | $9.99 Kindle | $2.99
Come Fill Up My Cup is the serendipitous meeting of Robin Lindsay and
James Maclachlan. Both are widows, and their lives are the proof—scars—of
their loss. But when Robin and James were brought together by a rainstorm,
they have also found their relief in each other from their own hurricanes.
This chance meeting between two broken hearts, two lost souls, two people
betrayed by the love they thought would last forever, is a beguiling story of
romance and love. However, when things start to look good, events from
the past and a violent murder in the present will again stir turmoil in their
lives. Will Robin and James pull through? Or will this be another love lost
for the both?
I’LL REMEMBER APRIL
BY JEAN MURRAY MUNDEN
Hardcover | $29.99 Paperback | $9.99 Kindle | $2.99
The book is about the story of Lulu Ferris, a woman who sets out to go
to her grandmother Louise to talk about her love life. She is in a bit of a
pinch because she is already engaged to be married, but found herself in
love with a man who is older than her. Louise, in a bid to give the best
advice a loving grandmother could, draws on her own past and a similar
situation she has been through—that of experiencing two loves—as well
as her relationships with her sisters, to give the best answer.
Thriving thinking. Invigorating
Children’s books encompass various genres—from
literature classics and easy-to-read stories to picture
and activity books. In any form it may be, the content
tailored for children will always be a joy to experience.
And as much as it entertains, children’s books are jammed
Educational books for children, especially for early
learning and development, are massively available in
the market. Familiar ones are the ABCs and 123s, the
coloring and picture books, and those that furnish fun
facts. Advanced ones teach manners, tackle a subject
matter, and instill skills. Anyhow, educational books all
boil down to affording an avenue for learning. But in the
saturated market, even more so with a challenging target
audience that requires so much to pique their interest,
how would you creatively craft an outstanding material?
by Symone Smith
I Can Read, for one, is a clever book brimming with
brilliance. This children’s educational book wraps up
literacy and amusement in one. A 32-page flip, I Can Read
is a spread of rapid-fire questions, with a spacious section
for answering, and an identification exercise of wildlife
in adorable images using the twenty-six letters of the
alphabet. So, what makes I Can Read exceptionally good?
“I noticed the author made a mistake!” Symone Smith
authors I Can Read. Intentionally incorporating
grammatical errors to cultivate reading comprehension,
Smith puts a spin on the traditional children’s book—
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structure, giving them the power to exercise their voice
by pointing out the author’s deliberate mistake. “Being
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book gives them that opportunity to use their voice and
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I Can Read gives children a different look at
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is a book children should have a copy of.
y Karen Emmons Moore
Hardcover | $15.99 Paperback | $9.49 Kindle | $3.99
The Zookeeper walks children and their families through a trip to the zoo. The reader’s guide on this journey is Abby,
a toddler. Interspersed among illustrations of zoo animals are pictures of Abby, who provides adorable commentary
about the animal exhibits and animal facts.
Abby’s curiosity is infectious. She makes the reader wonder what animal they will encounter next and what unusual
fact they will learn. Along with Abby, we learn that no two zebras have the same pattern of stripes and that gorillas
all have unique faces, just like humans do.
The reader will feel like an expert on zoo animals when they reach the end of the book! The last page features a frame
for a family picture, captioned “Hi! My name is _____ and I am The Zookeeper.” Children can place a picture of
themselves here—perhaps a picture of them reading with a beloved family member—to show how much they have
learned on this zoo visit with Abby.
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The Journey of the
Most Liberated Woman
“We were ‘spiritual
beings simply having a
human experience on
It has been a controversial fight for a sensually liberating
life, but it is all worth it. Humanity has indeed come a
long way. Now more than ever, to be openly sensual is a
taboo no more—all thanks to the bold few who incessantly
fought for and paved the way for sensual liberation.
Barbara Williamson, for one, burst the bubble of
conservatism back in the late 60s. Together with her
husband, John, they founded the highly successful and
controversial Sandstone Retreat, a bizarre sanctuary yet
an inclusive community where an unapologetic sensual
self was fostered and, even more so, celebrated. And until
this day, the ripple effect of the revolution Sandstone
Retreat has pioneered is still evident.
Empowering. Defying norms. Boldly breaking barriers.
Pioneering the sexual revolution. A woman ahead of
her time. Branded as “The Most Liberated Woman in
America.” The Reading Glass Magazine has had the privilege
to have Barbara Williamson, the Most Liberated Woman
in America herself and the Godmother of Polyamory, in
a short yet insightful conversation. Get to know more
about the woman that she is in her meaningful memoir,
The Journey of the Most Liberated Woman in America, a
tell-all of the liberated life back in the day.
Editor: You are the renowned “Most Liberated Woman
in America” and is considered the “Godmother” of
Polyamory. How does it feel to be celebrated as such?
Barbara: I am deeply pleased that my pioneering spirit
and experiences have inspired so many lives.
Building the beautiful environment known as the
Legendary Sandstone Retreat was critical. Private and
secluded setting away from the chaos and negative
energies widespread in the outer world. Completion of
our new look of a million-dollar estate was something
to celebrate. Our newly remodeled estate had a spiritual
feel and looked calming to our souls.
Soon became evident to everyone living in our community
that we were “spiritual beings simply having a human
experience on planet earth.”
Our doors opened to club members willing to walk this
spiritual path with me. I extended an invitation to them;
to join us on a sexual voyage of everything sensual, sexual,
fun, and pleasurable. The spiritual pathway was a journey
into expanded consciousness, with new freedoms and
experiences that would last their entire life. That is my
reward to celebrate!
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Surprise to myself is that it inspired other brave souls to
step out and find others to enhance their own relationships!
Important to keep life interesting.
Despite having a stable career in insurance sales,
you have chosen to leave it all behind and chase a
completely different life. Looking back, would you
do anything differently?
Barbara never had any reason to look back. The spiritual
path was so rich with good feelings in daily life. I enjoy
the personal change that happens on a daily basis.
Personal growth and transformation made me into a
better human being.
You have lived an entirely empowering life—defying
norms and breaking barriers. If there’s something
you would want to tell the younger Barbara, what
would it be?
Study the word of God. God and the Universe represent
love! Self-love equips me with a strong foundation to be
loving to others. When I love myself, it automatically
radiates out into the world.
people would not be permitted to destroy
what we were building together. We built
an unbreakable bond of trust.
With a continuous focus to work out feelings of jealousy
and possessiveness as they arose. Necessary to create a
love relationship. The multiple relations that both of us
indulged in enhanced our own relationship. Bringing
newfound freedom into our lives.
We endured much pushback from the outside world. They
hauled us into court, hoping to put us out of business.
Our attorney won the case for us. We had won the “first
amendment right” to assemble three or more people, with
no familial relationships, to be nude together. The board
of supervisors was unable to broach the subject of sex.
For them, it was a taboo subject.
Sexual freedom is our birthright and must be claimed
to be whole individuals. We were not greatly affected by
the judgment of others.
Sandstone Retreat is highly successful and
controversial. It was impactful that it still remains
an unforgettable experience until this day. As its
co-founder, how do you perceive Sandstone Retreat
Sandstone was the first organization in 1968 that
offered supportive tools for much-needed change and
Yes, I believe we need more Sandstone’s that offer positive
sexual experiences that lead to widespread acceptance of
the sexual self.
You and your loving husband, John, were one
successful marriage. How were you able to trust
each other’s liberation to meet your basic needs?
How was it to be a nonconforming couple in the
conservative times you were in?
From the beginning of our relationship,
John and I made a strong commitment
to our primary relationship—that other
Readers may learn more about the book
and its author by visiting her website.
JEMMY AND THE LITTLE
SPIDER OF HOPE
BY SERGIO DIAZ
Hardcover | $16.99 Paperback | $12.99 Kindle | $2.99
This story takes us to a strange old world, full of ancient old landscapes,
and ancient old ways of life. But that world of two thousand years ago, that
now seems so old, was completely new to Jemmy. Especially if we consider
that Jemmy is a small mouse, an eight-day-old boy, a toddler that begins
to discover, to explore, to try, and to chew that whole world as brand new.
BYE, BYE, BOW WOW
BY KATHY LEYPOLDT
Hardcover | $17.99 Paperback | $9.99 Kindle | $4.99
Bow Wow lives with a nice little family, in a nice home, in a nice neighborhood,
in a nice little town. As he watches the family go through the daily morning
routine of getting ready to leave for work and school, he knows he will be
left at home to entertain himself. It seems “unfair” to him that the family
gets to come and go while he is left behind. Every day, he hears the words,
“Bye, bye, Bow Wow,” as they go out together.
Bye, Bye, Bow Wow was a Christmas gift for Kathy’s five granddaughters
and one grandson, for which she wanted to create a lasting memory and
A MANUAL FOR TEACHERS IN PROMOTING
GLOBAL EDUCATIONAL HARMONY
BY RAJU RAMANATHAN AND CHRISTINA THEOPHILOS
Paperback | $11.99 Kindle | $2.99
This book is described as a precious teacher’s aid to help prevent bullying and
give the proper response should it happen in the school. The approach focuses
on pro-love, but also contains important facts about bullying, as well as various
intervention strategies and more than 40 different activities for the classroom
to help strengthen student relationships. All of these aims to empower students
to respond positively to the different forms of bullying.
PACIFIC BOOK AWARDS 2022
Winner Education Category
SOULS FROM MERCURY: CHAKRA MAGIC:
BY RAJU RAMANATHAN
Paperback | $9.95 Kindle | $2.99
Mercury Man Publishing serves as Master Raju’s online portal where his
ideologies of Chakra Magic to empower relationships for the betterment of
humanity are easily accessible by people all over the globe. His message, clear
and concise from the very beginning of his career, can be found in the many
items that are available on his website. His book Souls
from Mercury: Chakra Magic Empowering Relationships
is his flagship offering, but the messages contained
therein can also be found in merchandise, videos, and
other offerings available in his web portal.
MASTER RAJU RAMANATHAN
Mr. Raju Ramanathan (or as most name Master Raju) is the scientist of both the inner and
the outer worlds. Sought after by major corporations to be their pioneer and champion for
continuous improvements; sought after by the individuals in great positions of authority
to be their life coach and spiritual teacher. For more than twenty years, Ramanathan has been
empowering seekers in Europe, Asia, USA, and Canada. His book, Preventing Bullying:
A Manual for Teachers in Promoting Global Educational Harmony, is the
winner in the 2022 Pacific Book Awards for Education.
FLIGHTS INSTRUCTOR MEMOIRS
BY EDWIN D. ARMBRUSTER
Hardcover | $20.99 Paperback | $16.99 Kindle | $3.99
Captain Ed (Edwin D. Armbruster) lived a fascinating life as he flew
thousands of hours over the jungles of Panama and the Carribean in single
engine planes. Over seven hundred students called him their instructor as
he piloted them from Atlantic to Pacific over and along the Panama Canal,
through Panama, Central and South America. Beginning with the halcyon
days of Canal Zone life and navigating more troubled times as the drug
wars escalated, adventure calls on every page.
BY AKUTRA-RAMSES ATENOSIS CEA
Hardcover | $19.33 Paperback | $9.99 Kindle | $2.99
Explore reality and those that are within the realm of possibility in Akutra-
Ramses Atenosis Cea’s Spidersilk. In a quantum entanglement where a
change induced in one will affect the other, follow Mark Kheops, the video
game designer, and his army of spiders on a journey to stop the abducting
intruders birthed from a black hole. Packed with action, science and tech,
Spidersilk challenges you to unravel the complexities between the thin line
of reality and dream. Will you be able to figure out what is on the other
side of the connection?
EVERY DAY WITH JESUS
GOD LOVES AND CARES FOR YOU
BY SHIRLEY A. HOWARD
Paperback | $10.99 Kindle | $2.99
In our everyday lives, we must start our day blessed with the presence of the
Almighty. In every rising and setting of the sun, the rainy and sunny days,
the rapid and slow moments, to start the day with the Lord is what makes
the difference. Every Day with Jesus Devotional: God Loves and Cares for
You is a daily read in meditation and prayer—a great company during your
breakfast and coffee. Shirley Howard reminds us that as we physically take
care of our body, we must also feed our spiritual being. An open heart and
mind with the guidance of the Holy One resets your worries and burdens
of the day. May this journal help you get through difficult times and grow
your relationship with the Lord Almighty. One page at a time.
KNOWING THE BEST OF
BY MARIAGORRETTI OKORO
Paperback | $4.80 Kindle | $2.99
Princess Diana is undoubtedly one of Britain’s most notable and impressive
personalities. She was and is continuously looked upon by a multitude
of women; her charm has caught the eyes, not just of England but of all
over the world—including that of author Mariagorretti Okoro. In her
book Knowing the Best of Princess Diana, Okoro writes about Diana’s life,
character, passion, beliefs, love, family, and royalty. Diana was one of the
high royalties that never failed to let anyone feel small. And as much as
her life has given light, her passing was as heavy a burden to some. She was
such an inspiration, and in the eyes of the simple woman Mariagorretti,
Princess Diana’s influence is undeniable.
THE QUANTUM LIFE:
THERE IS A BETTER WAY TO LIVE
BY DR. M. TERI DAUNTER
Hardcover | $30.20 Paperback | $17.00 Kindle | $2.99
Clinical Psychologist Dr. M. Teri Daunter writes her mind-opening book,
The Quantum Life: There is a Better Way to Live, a book on the physics of the
inner life and a revolutionary personal development guide to self-realization.
There is a perspective beyond the psycho-spiritually crippled world we live
in. People have the capacity for a paradigm shift, and Dr. Daunter recognizes
this human ability. The Quantum Life: There is a Better Way to Live awakens
readers from the chaotic darkness of potentiality and teaches the skills needed
to realize one’s full potential, ushering readers to limitless power. The concepts
in the book are complex, but Dr. Daunter presents them in a detailed and
understandable manner. The transcendental author seamlessly takes readers
to a vantage point, into the boundless realm of Consciousness, away from the
confines of societal norms, and teaches readers to be progressive in a conscious
and connected reality.
Achieve and embrace better well-being with The Quantum Life: There is a
Better Way to Live.
A TEACHER’S TALE (A MEMOIR)
BY JOE GILLILAND
Hardcover | $25.77 Paperback | $27.99 Kindle | $1.99
It was never in author Joe Gilliland’s plan to become an English college teacher,
but that’s what happened and he has never looked back. In A Teacher’s Tale,
he explains how by neither planning for nor seeking a life of learning and
teaching, lacking a syllabus or lesson plan, he discovered that a life in academe
lay in his path—a path he has followed for more than fifty years. Beginning
in 1932 with Gilliland’s first experiences in schooling, this memoir presents
a collection of stories about his experiences as a teacher and a college student.
A Teacher’s Tale shares Gilliland’s love of the university and how it compelled
him to seek a life devoted to teaching, primarily in the community college
arena. With this, he brings together a philosophy of higher education based
on the importance of arts and humanities in today’s high-tech world.
SOMEDAY... YOU’LL KNOW!:
THE LIFETIME SEARCH FOR MY FATHER
BY RICHARD L. HARTNESS, SR.
Paperback | $11.99 Kindle | $3.99
Someday… You’ll Know! is a memoir that showcases the author’s recollection
of many details of his life – from his quest to know more about his father
and how families can build connections to bring healing to each other’s lives.
A CHILD’S GUIDE TO WISDOM
BY EVERTON ROBINSON
Paperback | $9.99 Kindle | $2.99
A Child’s Guide to Wisdom was designed to serve as a guide for parents in
the transferal of wisdom to their children. The book offers a collection of
fifty principles in the form of easy-to-remember, common-sense-based
definitions, intended to build character in your child by instilling in him
or her important qualities that will result in a life of wisdom and success.
POST HOLE DIGGER
BY JAMES POPE
Hardcover | $15.99 Paperback | $10.99
Post Hole Digger is dedicated to all the children that became INSTANT
ADULTS, forgoing childhood, as they were called upon to shoulder family
responsibilities, far buoyed their age. It is the result of strong parenting,
whose insight of an unknown future! Parent’s guidance, children achieving
made possible a seamless, transparent transition.
I was working with dad at age 12, when he had his first heart attack. I
became an INSTANT ADULT in the 9th grade, age 15, alone with dad.
Dad died in my arms, as I was trying to get a nitroglycerin tablet under
his tongue. I took his job as janitor of the Macedonia, Iowa, Consolidated
School. Supporting my mother, big sister and little sister.
$10 SAVE ME
BY LLOYD HULCOLM
Paperback | $10.99
This book should give everyone the opportunity to put some savings in
place, whether utilizing the $10-per-day plan or an amount that will be
comforting in the pocket. If the savings plan formula is used with any
amount, then at the end, some accumulation of funds will be available.
WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE A WAR NURSE
BY LORNA GRIESS
Paperback | $9.99 Kindle | $2.99
M*A*S*H Vietnam shows how one young nurse survived the day-to-day
drama in a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital in South Vietnam. Dealt in a
frank, no-holds-barred tone, the book uncovers the operations of a MASH
unit in a combat zone and the bleak hardships of war. This story is not so
much about the war but about a regular nurse who followed her passion, her
desire to do good, into the middle of a war zone, and her mixed emotions
going home to a country torn by an unpopular war, uncertain how she will
be treated and even uncertain how she will relate to family and friends.
CHRISTIAN POEMS, PRAYER
BY PATRICIA OFFERMAN
Hardcover | $29.99 Paperback | $19.99 Kindle | $2.99
The book contains Christian poems, prayers, and inspirations written in a
forty-year span of daily journaling experience, now in print to inspire and
uplift body, mind, and spirit in simple, easy-to-read poems that woo and
inspire one to a holy desire to have a closer and more intimate walk with
the Lord Jesus Christ as one journey through life.
ORIGIN OF THE FOLLOWER AND
HIS NEW ACTIONS:
ABOUT AN ACTION CHARACTER WITH
BY JOHN D. HUSHER
Hardcover | $29.99 Paperback | $19.99 Kindle | $3.99
Axel Tressler is a biology teacher in a California college except when the U.S.
Agency calls on him as The Follower to solve a major problem. Axel Tressler is
born with special energy levels that he can activate and with his experimental
body covered with invisible indestructible material he is a major force for the
Agency to resolve issues they are unable to resolve. In this issue, The Follower
is sent to Pakistan to determine how drugs are produced and delivered to the
U.S. and how to resolve this issue. Later, Axel is sent to Mexico to determine
how the U.S. Envoys are killed and to resolve this issue. It’s action all the way
with The Follower on these assignments.
PEOPLE OF GOD - ONE AND ALL:
SAINTS AND SINNERS
BY EDITH A. CLOSE-VAZIRI
Paperback | $10.99 Kindle | $3.99
Who is a sinner? Who is a saint? Which one are you? You will find answers
to these questions.
Throughout the book, scripture passages for further study and references
are provided with most of the poems, furthering personal questions and
reflections on one’s faith; they allow one to mature oneself in the faith realm
and to share it with others.
THE APP I COT JOURNEY TO
EMPOWERING KIDS TO OVERCOME ADVERSITY
BY DENNIS W.C. WONG
Hardcover | $19.25 Paperback | $12.99
I am a personal assistant bot, born and raised in an apricot orchard farm. I was created to function by myself, adapt
to variations in the environment, be task-oriented, and have the ability to try different methods to accomplish tasks.
After I received a clean bill of health from the doctor’s office and an operation to update and make me better, I
became a new me and headed to Plumville High School. I wanted to be an engineer.
When I arrived at school the first day, the students were teasing me because I was different. I was being bullied. They
even kept shoving me as I entered the hallway. I came from a very good background and I have the right to learn
in a safe environment without fear. Bullies are persistent. They will search for their target and attack those weak
victims. They take advantage of a particular student or students. Even the students who are smart may be treated
differently or not. I dealt with many challenges. If you show some respect, you may get treated with respect. Good
health is essential for learning. With my strong background and work ethics, I persevered and graduated at the top
of my class. Then, I went on to PU (Plumville University) and studied electronics engineering.
When young children are involved in current, real-world situations, it enables them to interact and create a better
future. Let all of us stand up to bullying if you see someone being bullied. It is not okay to just watch it happen.
You can notify the teacher, counselor, or the principal. You have the right to make a difference and feel proud of it
that you made the right decision.
BY KAREN LEE OLIVER
Hardcover | $30.79 Paperback | $20.99 Kindle | $9.99
Pergola, in the Italian language, means a trellis used to grow flowers or vines.
Upon this idea, Karen Lee Oliver writes a collection of poems that seem to
follow a winding path in nature as well as life.
Written between 1986 and 2000, Pergola was created from images Oliver had
while living in New York City as well as where she lives now, in rural New
York State. In Pergola, Oliver combined city and country in what she thinks
is an interesting selection of poems.
BY KAREN LEE OLIVER
Paperback | $14.99 Kindle | $3.99
This book was written during a period of grief and illness Karen Lee Oliver
suffered after the death of her mother on January 11, 2018. Oliver wanted
Thoughts to be a dedication as well as a memorial to her mother who had been
her life-long friend and mentor. Thoughts explores the devastating realities
of grief we will all experience at some time in our lives but many of us will
never fully realize as having any impact. Through poetic forms, these images of
love and death and grief are expressed to the reader with the hopes of gently
relieving him or her of the terrible burden that oftentimes results from such
harsh feelings. Oliver hopes, as the author, to be successful to this purpose
and that you will enjoy reading the poems just for what they are, real poetry.
TALES FROM THE MIRWOOD
BY KAREN LEE OLIVER
Hardcover | $30.79 Paperback | $20.99 Kindle | $4.56
Tales From the Mirwood was written as a sequel to Pergola, Karen Lee Oliver’s
first collection of poems. Tales From the Mirwood follows story-like fantasies that
develop out of nature, history, art, fiction, religion, and everyday life. Although, in
Tales From the Mirwood, these dream-like images are never clearly defined, they
are presented to the reader to envision as he or she chooses.
FLIGHTS FROM FAIRYLAND
BY KAREN LEE OLIVER
Hardcover | $29.99 Paperback | $19.99 Kindle | $19.99
Are you interested in Flights From Fairyland? This is a collection of fairy-tale
stories of love, life, and death compiled in a short book of poetry. Some of the
poems are in French to add a new dimension to the complete work and a touch
of artistry to its poetic sense. Flights From Fairyland was written to entertain
readers of all ages and backgrounds. It is a strong work for the imagination, and
it is full of imagery and thoughts that everyone can relate to.
AND OTHER POEMS
BY KAREN LEE OLIVER
Hardcover | $29.99 Paperback | $19.99 Kindle | $3.99
In Tranquility, Solitude, and Other Poems, Karen Lee Oliver explores many dimensions
of tranquility, offering an engaging collection of lyric and narrative poems that
embrace a reflective exploration of the human condition. Major themes include
solitude, dreams, memories and mortality. These images effectively create a family
of symbols for the ungraspable aspects of life in passing.
This is an energetic book with crisp lines and a coherent lexicon of images. Readers
seeking contemplation of both tranquility and the darker, more moody, aspects
of solitude will find rewards here.
THE CRUSHING PROCESS:
A DIVINE CALL OF GOD
BY LORA JOHNSON-POSEY
Paperback | $10.99 Kindle | $3.99
This book is totally about being obedient to the will and purpose of God
and His Kingdom. We are mandated by God to live a Holy life dedicated
to Him and Him alone. Here is where the tire meets the road in the lives
of believers. How bad do you want to please God? How bad do you want
your life to change? In this book, you will find a life-changing example of
giving up your will for the will and purpose of our Heavenly Father’s sake.
May God bless you as you dive into these pages and allow the Holy Spirit
to take control of your life forever and ever.
MODEL TO BUILD TRUST HO
BY JORGE FARIAS ARIZPE
Paperback | $9.99
This book explains 20 factors to build Trust. These factors apply personally
and to a company. Apply this model for developing institutional leadership,
and has very good results in quality, efficiency, of the organization, and
human satisfaction and motivation.
Our philosophy is to create good results in terms of benefits to the customers
and to create great satisfaction in people that work as human resources.
Happiness is creating benefits for others with reliability.
ALL ABOUT THE BENJAMINS:
CHANGING THE WAY YOU THINK
BY ANN CAUGHMAN
Hardcover | $6.99 Paperback | $5.34 Kindle | $5.34
Some people work hard for their money but cannot keep it long enough to
make their dreams come true.
In All About the Benjamins: Changing the Way You Think About Money, you will
learn how to effectively use your money to move from a place of never having
enough to a place of having more than enough, or at the very least, make it
to the next level of financial sufficiency.
You will learn to make money and how to make money work for you. You will
learn what has not been taught in school for years but has been used for
centuries by the financially independent. You will find out how to overcome
the many obstacles that may arise when you even think about fulfilling a
dream. Change your mind, change your life, and change your community.
This book is “ALL ABOUT THE BENJAMINS.”
HOW TO DESIGN YOUR DREAM
HOME IN 25 YEARS OR LESS!
BY JAN J. EVANS
Buying property? Building a home? Read this first!
This engaging and practical guide will teach you How to Design Your Dream
Home (In 25 Years or Less)! Learn how to save time and money, avoid common
mistakes, choose the best location, plan your space and layout efficiently,
design custom storage and organization, and so much more! Reduce regrets
at projects’ end and make it easier on you, your builder/contractor, and your
architect (if you use one).
BY CLAUDETTE INGLIS
Paperback | $ 7.99 Kindle | $ 2.99
Claudette Inglis writes Heartfelt Expressions to encourage you, and that the
words speak to your heart and mind. As you read and reflect on the dimension,
you become connected with your inner self. God, our Father, who is always with
us, guiding us through our challenging situations, knowing that we are never
alone in our life journey.
BY DANA MARIE BOOKER
Paperback | $11.50 Kindle| $6.99
When privileged siblings, Jessica and Jason Lord, are disinherited from
their billionaire father’s will, in a split-second decision, they commit murder
to keep a stepchild from becoming heir. Fortunately for the Lords, their
murderous scheme remains a family secret until attorney Marie Perry is
hired by the wife of the slain attorney.
THE SECRETS SERIES
(JOHNATHAN & ESHER)
BY PATRICIA KUESS
Hardcover | $ 28.95 Paperback | $ 18.95 Kindle | $ 9.99
Easterner Johnathan Traver joined the Union Army to die a glorious, crimson
death. He feels a valiant death will liberate him from his abusive boyhood. Yet in
April of 1862, right after the victory in the battle of Shiloh, he is still alive while
thousands of others had perished. Sergeant Traver faces a challenge; he firmly
believes they’re fighting a modern war that calls for modern tactics. Traver’s new
training techniques could change the course of the Civil War, and he teaches
them to his squad, company, and regiment. But the army regards his efforts as
seditious and views Traver as a traitor. On a personal level, Traver’s authority
could be threatened when he falls in love with eighteen-year-old Esher Coley,
a new recruit from the West. As they become warrior companions, their focus
shifts. A profound Civil War love story that overcomes ingrained pain and heals
old wounds, Sweetgrass: Book I communicates a triumph of the spirit.
MIKEY DOWN ON THE FARM
BY MICHAEL HELFRICH
Paperback | $10.99
Mikey Down on the Farm tells the story of a young boy who grew up
neglected by his parents. His life was mostly uneventful, and the events he
found himself in were not given much attention. The book dwells heavily
on the responsibility of men to be good fathers and husbands. It stresses
the need for a moral compass that decides how sons would be taught the
difference between good and bad. The author also gives much importance
to how love needs to be firm and just and that goodness must come from
an understanding of God’s word.
Other books of Michael Helfrich
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JEANNIE ANN’S GRANDMA
HAS BREAST CANCER
BY DIANE DAVIES
Hardcover | $15.94 Paperback | $11.99
Jeannie Ann is a typical six-year-old. When she learns her grandma has breast
cancer, it brings up the fears, questions, emotions, and misunderstandings
that come with facing a medical challenge. With her loving family by her
side, Jeannie Ann learns about what cancer can bring: tumors, mastectomies,
chemotherapy, pain, and loss, but also hope. Jeannie Ann’s Grandma Has
Breast Cancer is a story written with honesty, love, and understanding for
children of all ages.
I’m a retired first-grade teacher, breast cancer survivor, patient advocate, award-winning author, and member of
SCBWI. My husband and I live in the neck (a long narrow strip of land along a river) along the St. Croix River in
Minnesota with our grandchildren living next door with their parents. My entertaining stories with their loveable
characters include life lessons on problem-solving, friendship, cooperation, and love. My published books include
Life in the Neck New Friends, Beaver’s Pond Press, 2018, Jeannie Ann’s Grandma Has Breast Cancer, Beaver’s Pond
Press, 2019, Life in the Neck Squirrel Trouble, Beaver’s Pond Press, January 2020, Life in the Neck Advent of Christmas,
DianeDavies.com, 2021. The first three books have won Mom’s Choice Awards at the gold level.
Life in the Neck New Friends is the 2019 winner of the Eric Hoffer Book Award in the
Children’s Category. Book of Excellence Awards was awarded to Jeannie Ann’s
Grandma Has Breast Cancer and Life in the Neck Squirrel Trouble.
LIFE IN THE NECK:
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BY DIANE DAVIES
Hardcover | $15.95
Welcome to life in the Neck, a beautiful place where animals form unbreakable
connections. In this book, Delaney, Rocket, and Cardinal Red meet and
learn about friendship, cooperation, and the busy world around them. But
when danger comes to the Neck, will their bond be strong enough to beat it?
LIFE IN THE NECK:
ADVENT OF CHRISTMAS
BY DIANE DAVIES
Hardcover | $15.95
Learn the meaning of advent in a simple gentle way on the porch of Fort Eli
in the Neck among the forest animals. Two children celebrate the coming
of Christmas with an advent wreath, lanterns for candles, Bible verses,
and a manager explaining the significance of each as they move forward
bringing His light into the world.
LIFE IN THE NECK:
BY DIANE DAVIES
Hardcover | $15.95
Welcome to a new adventure in the Neck, a beautiful place where animals
and humans live together in harmony--most of the time. In this book,
a young boy named Eli builds a log fort with his dad, but it’s not long
before mischievous squirrels Chatter, Whistle, and Squeak move in and
take over. As the nuts, acorns, and pinecones pile up inside, Eli realizes
he’s going to have to get creative to get them out. Will his plan work, or
will the squirrels win?
THE CRANKY CRAB
BY MARY SAYERS
Paperback | $8.99 Kindle | $2.99
Join Franky, a cranky little crab, as he wanders down the beach hoping to
find a new friend.
Will he find his perfect match, or will Franky live the rest of his life as a
cranky little crab?
BY TIMOTHY SLYKHUIS
Paperback | $13.99 Kindle | $4.99
Starfish Sky is an emotionally driven true story of overcoming traumatic brain
injury, starting when Timothy first wakes from a bicycle accident-induced
coma. Walk with him hand in hand along his journey. The difference in this
book really starts as he finds new legs, cycling and discovering the world,
and learning ways to improve the function of his brain. While searching
to reawaken his emotions, Timothy identifies three newly recognized ways
to improve brain function from the cellular level while discovering The Art
of Being Human.
A STEEP CLIMB:
BETWEEN HEAVEN AND HELL
BY J.M. JOSEPH
Paperback | $9.99 Kindle | $3.99
This book shares the deep and dark struggles that a war-torn veteran
went through. Little did he know that his childhood friend, who was also
struggling, but on the spiritual plane, was also in search of their higher
power. How will both be able to help each other while dealing with death?
FIVE DOLLARS AND A POCKET
FULL OF WISHES
BY GINO LUTI
Paperback | $9.99 Kindle | $3.99
Author Gino Luti writes in the true spirit of a vagabond. An adventurer
himself, he explored the bigger world after dropping out of high school.
Set on the streets of the 1970s, follow Luti’s Five Dollars and a Pocket Full
of Wishes. A coming of age tale about a teenage journey into the world and
all he encounters. From pure excitement to desperately lonely to unexpected
kindness to running for his life. A day by day minute by minute journal of
a wanna-be vagabond.
Get to know more about Gino Luti and Five Dollars and a Pocket Full of
Wishes on his site, www.ginoluti.com.
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Promised Before the World Began
by Larry A. Heidelberg
God’s Promise in the
Larry A. Heidelberg’s steadfast probe of the
ambiguous Book of Revelation
Catastrophic events have worsened through the years,
claiming many lives, wreaking havoc here on earth. This
leads one to wonder how the world will eventually end.
Many people reflect on doomsday on the apocalyptic
prophecy in the last book of the Bible. The Book of
Revelation foretells occurrences through profound
messages and detailed images that immensely spark
curiosity. Along with interest kindled by the scriptures
comes confusion and differing interpretations.
Larry A. Heidelberg is among the many people enthralled
by the vivid but equally ambiguous verses of the Book
of Revelation, and so he authored Revelation-Questions
Answered: Promised before the world began. This profound
book is the fruition of Heidelberg’s years of finding answers
to his questions with the prophesied end of the world.
Revelation-Questions Answered: Promised before the world
began accounts the events and sequences covered in the
Book of Revelation to which Heidelberg deciphers.
Through his thorough study of the Word of God, the author
was able to find the answers to his questions and determine
the blessing that the Book of Revelation promises.
Hardcover | $21.99
Paperback | $11.98
Heidelberg dedicated years to studying the Book of
Revelation since his education at Baptist Bible College.
His firm belief empowers him to translate his ample
comprehension of the scripture’s context into writing and
graciously guide other people who are also confused and
scared. The author highlights that the Book of Revelation
is an assurance that God is in control of everything and
that He wants our adoration instead of confusion.
Revelation-Questions Answered: Promised before the world
began is a meaningful book that guides readers to the
faithful message of the Book of Revelation. Grab a
copy now! Available on major online bookstore resellers,
Amazon, Book Depository, Barnes & Noble, and other
By Reyna A.
I had my early morning run yesterday. After that refreshing
run, I went to the supermarket to buy some groceries, and
went to my favorite café to get my coffee, black and no
sugar, just how I like it. First sip, and it brought so much
nostalgia. The calmness of the empty road and the rays
of the rising sun remind me of the days that we used to
do these things together. Morning runs on Saturdays,
and despite my busy schedule, we still tried to squeeze
those early walks on weekdays to get my coffee before
you sent me to work. Oh God! I miss those days. I miss
you. But all I have now is the ghost of those memories I
had with you from that summer of four years ago.
I’ve been thinking about this lately, but every time I open
our chat box, I always chicken out and I didn’t really
know how to start this. Should I say “hi”? Or should I
ask, “How are you?” Or should I ask what had happened
to us? But it seems so wrong, there was never an “us” to
begin with. It was just me who thought that something
was going on, and held on to the idea that maybe someday,
somehow, we could happen. I really don’t know how to
start a conversation with you, because you seem so out
of my reach now. You suddenly went cold, gone without
any word, came back as a completely different person,
and eventually became a stranger to me. It’s funny how
I used to tell you everything about my day, even if it was
just for a short period of time, from the reason why I
woke up early to the reason why I had to stay up late.
We met unexpectedly. It was a beautiful summer. I can
still remember your shy laughter under the rising sun, yet
you were so much brighter in my eyes. Do you remember
that night in June? We sat under the moon with coffee
in our hands and fear in our eyes, and wondered what
could go wrong. It was good while it lasted. It was
beautiful. I am grateful for those times and memories I
had shared with you. I was happy. I hope you were too.
We had our little infinity. It wasn’t meant to last, but it
was enough for me.
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No, we don’t need closure. What’s there to close, anyway?
I am writing this not for you, but for myself. I just want
to let go of whatever this is that I am feeling so I can
finally start living without the hope of still having you
as someone I can run to every time I have so much to
talk about. I knew I was healing when I stopped seeking
for the closure that I think I deserved, but I have hopes.
I hope that one day when we cross paths again, we can
smile at each other and then there, I know I have healed.
There goes our closure. There goes the period to our
unfinished sentence. There goes the farewell to our story.
I felt so stupid. I felt stupid for writing this. I felt stupid
for holding on to the memories I had with you. I blamed
myself for thinking that there was something to hold on
to. For so long, I invalidated my feelings and thoughts, I
made excuses for you and for every wrong that happened
along the way. I blamed myself for my own pains. It was
never your fault, and I thought it was mine. But no, it
was no one’s fault. The circumstances aren’t just in our
favor, and that love that I thought we had was just not
meant for us. But I had no regrets, I did not regret the
day that I finally admitted to myself that I had fallen in
love. I have no idea how falling in love feels like, but if
it wasn’t love, I don’t know what else it was. You were
“it” for me, and I don’t regret a single thing.
Today, I cried. Unlike the other days, I know the reasons
why I cried today. I cried for so many reasons, and one
of which is the fact that our story had ended. Finally.
Without the farewell, but I can finally say that it ended.
This is me letting go of our “what-could-have-beens.”
This is me finally letting go, not of you, but the memories
I had with you. They were beautiful memories. Please
reach your dreams, I am very happy to see you conquering
everything that you told me you are afraid of. If one
day, you find yourself seeking validation, know that I
am always proud of you. I had so much faith in you, I
always knew you are meant for great things. I would
love you until then.
WHAT THE WIND BLEW IN
BY MARILYN WASSMANN
Paperback | $9.99
What the Wind Blew In is filled with illustrations and poetry from the
brilliant mind of the author herself, presented through rhyme so children
and adults can enjoy the stories told through the verses. Each story teaches
a valuable lesson on the importance of kindness in our lives, accompanied
by colorful illustrations depicting the events in the story with magic and
wonder for all ages.
PEN SCRATCHING POETS
BY MARILYN WASSMANN
Paperback | $14.99
Marilyn Wassmann is a poet from a family that has produced a poet or an
artist once in a while throughout its long history in America. Their work
is collected in Wassmann’s book, Pen Scratching Poets: A Collection of One
Family’s Creative Pursuits.
This book, initially published in 2016, is a showcase of poetry from the
Benjamin side of the family (Wassmann’s maiden name is Benjamin).
Readers will be treated to many of Wassmann’s own works and illustrations
throughout the years.
THE OPOSSUM AND THE CATS
BY MARILYN WASSMANN
Paperback | $10.99 Kindle | $2.99
A pregnant cat who suddenly goes into labor finds herself in the unlikeliest
of places to give birth: in an opossum’s hole. With the mother cat having
nowhere else to go and thinking that his ways won’t be affected by her
presence, the opossum lets her and her kittens stay in his hole. Thus begins
the heartwarming tale of the friendship between the cat family and the
opossum as told in Marilyn Wassmann’s new release, The Opossum and the Cats.
AN ENDANGERED SPECIES
BY EJAZ AHMED
Paperback | $10.99 Kindle | $3.99
The book is about polar bears which are endangered species. Climate change
in the Arctic sea is damaging the environment in which polar bears live.
The polar bears’ habitat is slowly warming up and they have less ice on
which to sit and hunt.
The polar bears have to travel a long distance to find frozen ice for resting.
All these changes are making life for polar bears difficult.
FINDING THE WAY TO LIFE’S
BY GILBERT RUDY CASTILLO
Hardcover | $4.16 Paperback | $3.64 Kindle | $1.99
After being a Sunday school teacher for many years, author Gilbert Rudy
Castillo accumulated lots of materials about the Bible which he had kept
for his own reference. But Castillo always had the desire to share his studies
and make them available to others. Finding the Way to Life’s Purpose is
Castillo’s fruition of the many hours he has spent studying the Bible. He
offers the many things he has learned from the Scriptures for readers to
take advantage of and not let go to waste. Castillo hopes the readers will
allow themselves to not only learn but also put into practice the teachings
of the Bible as one finds the way to the purpose of this thing called life.
UNBELIEVABLE DELUSIONS OF
THE INFAMOUS JOHN CALVIN
BY RONALD CRAIG
Hardcover | $14.99 Paperback | $9.99 Kindle | $3.99
John Calvin’s famous book, “The Institutes of the Christian Religion”
would have better been titled, “The Destruction of the Christian Faith.”
Everything in Calvin’s theology degrades the supreme sacrifice of Jesus
Christ on the cross; and cheats countless Christians out of the blessings
Christ purchased for the human race through His sacrifice on the cross.
John Calvin essentially rewrote the entire Bible to make it fit his theology.
Nothing about his theology is biblical. Calvinism is a disgrace to the
WHAT WILL YOU SAY, GOD?
BY BOBBIE LAVENDER
Paperback | $9.99 Kindle | $3.99
The purpose of this book is to help you reflect on your life, and to ask
yourself “How did I do?” What experiences have you had? Can you relate
to some passages in this book, if so, how did you cope? Hopefully, you will
find encouragement in situations and become aware of the temptations
surrounding you daily. Also, to reveal that others are having the same, or
near experiences, and to realize that you are not alone in your struggles
by Rosemary Fisher
Hardcover | $35.95 Paperback | $21.95 Kindle | $8.49
A riveting story of new love, betrayal and faith
Life always has two sides, the good and the bad. Paired with happiness is the inevitable sorrow. Throughout our
community, indeed our world, we find shared experiences. These ups and downs of life are common to us all. The
locations may vary, the details differ, but the joys and distresses are universal. On the easy days, do we acknowledge our
blessings? In times of trouble, where do we run? Under His Wings will guide readers into a deeper relationship with
God, who is with us all during both the good times and the trying times, when the path seems clear or grows hazy.
Rosemary Fisher is a new author whose breakthrough novel Under His Wings is remarkably well written, filled with
emotion and spiritual themes presented in a natural, not preachy manner. The concept for the Christian romance
came to Rosemary in the middle of the night and she feels that the story is providence from above, and therefore
should be written down. Begun as a creative outlet during the COVID-19 quarantine, Rosemary had no intention
of seeking publication. Friends who read her manuscript, however, encouraged her to take it further, and now the
touching story of the Smith family is shared in the open. Under His Wings is an engrossing story that keeps the
pages turning until its satisfying conclusion.
The Smiths were just like any other family – celebrating all the good things in life, weeping for the bad, sharing all
the pleasure and struggles in between. However, they have had more than their fair share of setbacks, from shattered
dreams and illness to even death. Despite it all, the family remained steadfast in the Lord, leaning on Scripture
and prayer to provide comfort and direction. Author Rosemary Fisher hopes that the story of the Smith family,
capped with the Scriptures and songs within her novel, will bring peace and comfort to readers in times of trials and
tribulations. Find the warmth and protection of the Creator as you live through the pages of Under His Wings. Grab
a copy on Amazon, Book Depository, Books-A-Million, Barnes & Noble, eBay, and other bookstores nationwide.
COMMON THREADS I
BY L.A. CHAMPAGNE
Hardcover | 33.95 Paperback | $23.95 Kindle | $4.99
Halfway across the world from each other, Jed and John endure very different
challenges. But when John encounters a disaster that ruins his crops and Jed
discovers the Underground Railroad, fate eventually leads both men and their
families to journey to a small community in southern Ontario, where common
threads tie them together as they become owners of one of the largest potato
farms in Canada. In this historical tale, the years pass and the families grow
to include multi-racial twins, as events eventually lead a new generation to
Mississippi, where everyone must face the sorrows of prejudice.
COMMON THREADS II
BY L.A. CHAMPAGNE
Hardcover | 29.95 Paperback | $19.95 Kindle | $2.99
Common Threads II, the second book in a three-book series, follows the lives of
Joe and Liz who naively try to establish roots in a place where their interracial
marriage is taboo. This novel narrates the couples’ trials and tribulations and their
experiences with racial cruelty and death.
COMMON THREADS III
BY L.A. CHAMPAGNE
Hardcover | 37.95 Paperback | $28.95 Kindle | $2.99
Concluding The Common Threads Trilogy, Common Threads III brings you to
1970 and follows the Allen family’s saga as the boys mature and deal with sibling
rivalry, homosexuality, and racism in Mississippi during this turbulent decade.
The success of the family potato farm and golf course in Chatham, Ontario grew
from strong family values and the Common Threads of a simple Scottish Tartan
and an African Kente robe.
SILHOUETTES OF TIME
BY MAYA MITRA DAS
Paperback | $16.95 Kindle | $3.99
These intriguing tales by Maya Mitra Das take us on wildly imaginative
journeys to exotic and sometimes alien landscapes -- introducing us to
infinitely curious moments in time, space and memory.
Maya’s poetry and fiction have appeared in numerous anthologies. This is
her first collection of short fiction.
BY JACK LORENZ
Hardcover | $25.00 Paperback | $16.00 Kindle | $4.25
With sound knowledge of forensic science and a deep concern with the alarming
number of rape cases, author Jack Lorenz writes the crime novel Nottingham
Harbor as a reflection of our mischievous reality. Rape being a heinous crime,
unsolved cases are inevitable; perpetrators have mastered their cruelty by leaving
little to no trace of their wickedness from one area to another—making it hard
for cops to bring them behind bars. Aside from the mystery and thrill that the
book dispenses, Lorenz is also on a mission to educate the readers, the victims,
and the authorities by introducing techniques to catch dangerous criminals
through DNA and logic. Set in Northern New England, Nottingham Harbor
follows the mathematician and sergeant duo Mattie Greene and Bill Simpson
in their investigation between the cases and the identification of the rapists.
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WHEN TIME RUNS OUT FOR
THE LAST SUBSCRIBER
BY ROBERT H. KRUSE
Paperback | $18.00
This novel puts a fresh spin on the classic tontine story, with a hero
thrown into a murder case that needs cracking.
Peter Xavier’s estranged father telephones after fifteen years of silence
and ask for help. The son agrees to meet with him, but he arrives at the
worst moment. The last subscribers of a Tontine formed sixty years ago
are being picked off one by one. His father is one of them. Peter tries
to protect him, but can he? The investigating detective suspects Peter,
but he is looking in the wrong place. Left no choice, he must find the
murderer himself. Then his troubles begin.
While hunting for the killer, he learns a devastating secret about the
Tontine and the man in charge of the money at the Funhouse Bank.
Peter then finds himself the target of an assassin, and he runs until he
is rescued by the woman from Frenchies’ Escorts. He realizes that if
he doesn’t make exactly the right moves, the conspiracy he’s stumbled
into will kill him.
ROBERT H. KRUSE
Robert H. Kruse lives and writes in paradise—Oro Valley,
Arizona—with his lovely wife, her roses, and fussy orchids.
His interest in writing sprang from telling extemporaneous
stories to his children and grandchildren. With hope and
confidence in 2016, he published the first novel, followed
by the second, third, and fourth Tontine in 2021.
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NO BLOOD LEFT
BY ROBERT H. KRUSE
Paperback | $18.00
Liz Hermann watched her own murder, and fled. She is trying to
adjust to her new home, but heaven is not what she expected. Earth
draws her back when she is needed in surprising circumstances. Family
and friends try to find the reason for her being slain, often blaming
themselves by saying, “If only I had . . .”
The killer is trying to cover his tracks, a detective is looking for him,
and her mother is trying to cope. Out of this senseless tragedy, No
Blood Left succeeds in telling a story with suspense, hope, and humor.
No Blood Left is a gripping read, buy it today!
NO WAY TO WIN
BY ROBERT H. KRUSE
Paperback | $18.00
A child has an unusual talent and everyone wants in on the action.
It has been five years since portrait painter Mac McDonnell left the
cutthroat world of high tech and big money along with the darker side
of cheating investors and stealing patents, not to mention government
agencies who want a monopoly on new innovations. All of which lead
to illegal activities like kidnapping in the name of ‘national security.’
All Mac wanted was to get back to his studio and paint the portrait
etched in his mind. Friends called on him to help them stand against
slander from a city television station. All he did was intervene and
save a child from unwarranted exposure in the national media. Simple
enough, but soon he discovered that he did far more than intervene in
a publicity stunt. He had placed himself dead square in the middle of
a conspiracy by secret Pentagon operatives. Within hours, he found
himself under attack. And he had to run. He promised to keep a child
safe, but can he do it? And where would it end?
Experiencing God’s Transforming Power
By Janine Hall
Letting Go and Letting God:
A Story about His Transforming Spirit
Surrendering not to problems but to the Lord
The world manifests itself in mysterious yet surprising
ways. While our life experiences turn out to be tough at
most times, it is also our strength and courage to move past
our personal challenges that will encourage us to soldier
on. But what if we can’t find in ourselves the strength to
confront the problems we are facing? The book, Knowing
That He Will: Experiencing God’s Transforming Power, is
all about one person’s experience about surrender—but
not to their problems. It is about how the author, Janine
Hall, found that the best way to overcome the obstacles
along our way is to realize that we are not alone in our
fights. Our will and power does not only come from
ourselves, but also from our meaningful encounter with
the Lord who works His way through us.
Janine Hall wrote the book coming out of her personal
experience having intermittent depression. While many
of us may have gone through the same situation, Hall
takes us to her spiritual journey toward surrendering her
problems to the Lord and how it helped her find the
courage to move forward.
Hall graduated with an MA in special education and took
special units in guidance and counseling. Through the
book, Hall also shares her insights about other social issues
we are facing today—identity theft, capital punishment,
and mental health, among others. And in many of the
situations she chose to tackle throughout every chapter
of the book, Hall emphasizes God’s relevance and how
he works behind the scenes.
Hardcover | $35.95
Paperback | $21.95
Kindle | $8.49
The book is as natural as it is comforting. While Hall
was not explicit as to her source of depression, she went
on to talk about her personal and social concerns in a
way that never forgets to relish the presence of the Lord
THE ENVELOPE OF MEMORY
BY ILANA HALEY
Paperback | $6.24 Kindle | $2.99
In the deep corners of our unconscious minds flows a river of metaphors
encapsulating all insights into our life’s meaning that we will all ever need. Thanks
to the collection stored in Ilana Haley’s memory envelope, this book comes to
life—all pages full of energy, every flip impactful. Each character is so familiar
and exists in each of us, one way or another. It distinctly feels like overhearing
some very personal conversation; it is at once thought-provoking and almost
too personal. Almost, but quite, we do not turn away, do we? We actually get
more comfortable and settle in for the whole conversation. And we do because
there is something in the personal elements of this overheard life that we feel
has some undefined but nonetheless important meaning for our own life.
FIND YOUR FRAGRANCES BY BLOOD AND
BY DEBORAH WORLEY
Paperback | $8.99 Kindle | $3.99
Want to know how to search for your perfect fragrance? The answer is linked
to genetic markers that have already mapped your biological beingness. Scent-
Sational Searches shares Deb’s ‘passion for perfume.’ It explains her Fragranista
theory that there are basically four blood and personality types that parallel
fragrance families. Once you learn how you fit into the Fragrance Wheel, your
search becomes easy. No more costly mistakes and a lifetime of fun exploring
the fragrance world!
NO ORDINARY LOVE:
THE YEAR OF CAT
BY BERNADETTE LINDEMER
Paperback | $21.95 Kindle | $9.99
Call it fate or destiny or maybe it’s both. No Ordinary Love is a sweet
story about two ordinary people from opposite sides of the world who are
brought together quite serendipitously. Each receives unusual messages in
their dreams that, unbeknownst to either of them, contribute to making
decisions that will change their lives forever. A story whose time has come.
It speaks about lost love, growing older, loss through death, and fear of the
unknown, while finding love again under the least likely of circumstances.
It is a pure and simple love story with an unusual and interesting twist that
will lift your spirits and open your hearts to all of the possibilities that love
can bring to your lives.
CLAIM YOUR HAPPINESS:
PRACTICAL POETRY FOR LIFE, LOVE
BY ADIL PANTON
Hardcover | $33.95 Paperback | $16.99 Kindle | $3.99
Discover the everyday guidance that’s been missing in your life. In this book
of practical poetry about Life, Love and Self, awaken to the truth that is
your greatest potential. Adil Panton has been giving life-changing advice
to his clients for over 30 years. Now, for the first time, his wisdom has been
placed into this book of poetry for all to grow, evolve, and get answers to the
most common struggles we face. These poems are based on common-sense
advice for challenging times. Adil Panton’s Claim Your Happiness: Practical
Poetry for Life, Love and Self will help you navigate life during periods of
adversity. Calm fears, create your desired reality, and grow into the person
you were destined to be. These words of wisdom will resonate within and
speak directly to your heart. Empower yourself, become the master of your
own life, bring forth spiritual awareness, and breakthrough obstacles with
LEARNING LITTLE MINDS
LEARNING ANIMALS FROM A-Z:
CHELSEA’S NOODLES VOLUME 1
BY DAWNETTE MCLAREN-NELSON AND
Hardcover | $34.95 Paperback | $24.95
Children have always loved reading. This book is a fun-filled book that
engages you and your child in reading and the knowledge of animals, their
families, and where they are from.
Your child will love this book for a very long time.
THE FIRST BIRTHDAY PARTY
BY K&K JOHNSON
Paperback | $19.99
The First Birthday Party Ever! has
been awarded at the Hollywood
Book Festival and has received an
honorable mention in the children’s
book category at the New York Book
Festival, San Francisco Book Festival,
and Paris Book Festival.
The First Birthday Party Ever! takes place in the enchanted land of Chuckle
Giggle Nu and is a wonderful story about some wacky dinosaurs that
planned the very first birthday party ever for a little Pterodactyl named
Archie. They call themselves the Party Pals, while the adversaries known
as the Party Poopers, a Tyrannosaurus Rex and an Albertosaurus, plan to
disrupt the party and take the cake all for themselves. The attempt fails,
and the Party Pals invite all of the dinosaurs in the land and successfully
throw the very First Birthday Party Ever!
This book is a direct STEM innovation foundational tool for children and
communities worldwide. Please download our free Party Pals Play App
on Apple or Google Play Stores and hover your phone or iPad steady over
the open book and fill the screen with the two collective pages 3&4 for
about 5-8 seconds and our characters will come to life in an augmented
3D format! Enjoy!
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of the Rooster:
And the Lessons It Teaches
By Ellen Beth Berman
An ordinary phone call.
No pretense, tape recording, repetitive triteness.
Grabbing coffee, we took the plunge… into the coal
mine, greeting the sooty depths of earth with minds ready
to chisel. We ground through layers of linguistics and
history that revealed an indomitable Eastern European
spirit and heritage that came to American shores. Light
arose within the darkness of hardship and a strange love
of etymology emerged as the story unfolded.
Words. Poetry. Beauty. Connection.
Sifting, we discovered relational veins that gave life
to Ellen’s poetic images and words: a Granddad and
Grandmom whose immigration adventure included much
sacrifice, ingenuity, simplicity, and raw beauty. A mother
whose love for words, poetry, and her daughter—mingled
freely. Faithfulness, Hard work. These components of
character shone in the midst of struggle. While raising
a large family in a new world, learning a new language,
developing cross cultural relationships—something special
happened. A colorful kaleidoscope appeared as colliding
images of life mirrored the beauty and brokenness of
Yet, the Rooster’s loud and piercing voice proclaimed a
consonance, the agreeable synthesizing of those jagged
shards and stories. Relatable resonance. Stories that
come into each of our lives through our common cares
and interactions. Pieced together like Proverbs of old—
each moment, person, or situation enlivens and instructs.
Timeless truths. The Rooster alludes to the fact that
beauty, goodness, and truth—even while waiting in the
darkness for the sun to rise, permeate life. Walking our
path, we begin to discover “that which unites us as human
beings…the root of our creativity…our personal mission
on earth”…and what enables us to engage fully with life
and those divine appointments that arise. While shadows
play across our path, the Light guides.
Readying to resurface, Ellen and I finished inspecting our
living dichotomy: can we organically live in tune with
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mind, body, and spirit; or must we strive for success and
perfection—a mindset akin to ancient Greece or perhaps
modern day America? What can a simple rooster teach us?
Finally, we came to the greatest discovery while chiseling
in the mine of life. A rarity of great value. The diamond
of relationship. Family, friends, human connections—all
are divinely orchestrated and lend light. Awaken our
souls. Provide wisdom. Life connecting with life allows
each angle of the diamond to glimmer with color and
perspective. Bond with both Creator and creation opens
a world full of joy and suffering, heartache and hope as
the gamut of emotion is experienced. Ellen’s writing
explores the mosaic in our midst—the tears and trifles,
the cacophony that eventually stills, allowing us to hear
our humanity. The beauty in the everyday. To see the
truth that we are all part of a much larger picture—one
where meaning, blessing, and wonder reside within the
mundane and minutia. Moments make up our lives and
people reflect relational diamonds. May we radiate light
and love and enjoy life’s journey!
MARY MAGDALENE, SHAMAN:
AWAKENING TO THE INDIGENOUS
BY SARA TAFT
Paperback | $28.26 Kindle | $2.99
This is a love story. An unconventional one, to be sure, but a love story
nonetheless. It’s about the author, Sara Taft, who had to face death in order
to discover the deep, authentic ground of life - her life, as no one else could
live it, and in doing so found her indigenous spiritual roots by returning to
a Christianity she never really knew. Like all love stories, this one features
a beloved, though this beloved is not a living, breathing person. Rather, she
is Mary Magdalene, the companion and disciple of Jesus, a woman reviled
and revered through history.
MARY MAGDALENE, SHAMAN:
HEALING THROUGH TRANSPLANT SURGERY
BY SARA TAFT
Paperback | $10.58
“Taft’s book enchants and inspires despite the grave nature of her physical
illness and surgery. Symbolic dreams and miraculous occurrences—like
finding two halves of a geode in locations many miles apart—pointed to
her rebirth as an artist of remarkable sensitivity. After a failed attempt at an
academically based career, her spiritual guides helped her to understand that
she was not destined to conform rigidly to externally imposed limitations
but to pursue inner freedom and help others do likewise. Magdalene—the
reformed sinner who stayed with Jesus until the last and was the first disciple
to evangelize his resurrection—is Taft’s model and the subject of many
of her richly moving paintings placed throughout the book. These vivid
expressions portray their own story of the author’s unique quest, which has
centered on ‘the flow between the light and the dark.’ Taft’s reminiscences
offer encouragement, not only for those with physical challenges but also for
women seeking new, intuitive, creative ways to express their feminine nature.”
– Barbara Bamberger Scott, US Review of Books
ODES TO MUSIC:
A COLLECTION OF SHORT STORIES
BY SUSAN DELLER-CARR
Paperback | $12.00 Kindle | $2.99
Susan Deller grew up in South East Queensland, Australia, and became
interested in writing at school but never thought of taking it any further.
In 1988, she became an on-call printers’ table hand—so Susan made books
instead of writing them! In 1992, Susan was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia,
a condition that causes pain all over the body, sleep problems, fatigue, and
often emotional and mental distress. It was in writing that she found her
comfort, calming her nerves and easing her symptoms. It was one of her
bed-days in 2009 when she wrote her first short story, using the song titles
as the core of the story. People were so drawn to her technique that they
requested their own stories together with their favorite artists. Eventually,
in 2013, her partner, Dean Carr, convinced her to compile all the stories
she made in their own poster-like design into a book. With that, Odes to
Music: A Collection of Short Stories was put to life. Considering its ingenuity
and uniqueness in presenting a story, it’s only a matter of time before she
creates her next Ode.
ODES TO MOVIES:
A COLLECTION OF SHORT STORIES
BY SUSAN DELLER-CARR
Paperback | $11.99
In the success of Susan Deller’s Ode to Music: A Collection of Short Stories,
the door of possibilities opened wider. It started when her brother-in-law
requested a story using the movie title of the James Bond Series. This
beginning caused a ripple effect to more requests for other actors, actresses,
and films to work on, not limited to the artists of their generation but also
to the excellent and notable people who worked in the background to
ensure that a movie is developed and released. Still accompanied with the
striking posters, Susan took hold of the technique that she had mastered.
Ode to Movies: A Collection of Short Stories is a manifestation of the quick
wit, general knowledge and artistry of Susan Deller, from a child who was
deprived of proper training in writing to an impressive literary artist. Susan
is still accepting story requests on her website, odesbysusan.com. Who
knows, your story could be part of her next Ode.
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Lifestyle | Manila Feature
The Manila Bucket List
BY TAMARA S.
As we celebrate the sun hanging in the sky and bask in its warmth for the summer
issue of The Reading Glass Magazine, we’re diving down to the Pearl of the Orient
Seas—and deep we go! Who wouldn’t want to miss the largest and longest-running
book fair in the Philippines, right? So, as we grace the Manila International Book
Fair, let us all the more experience the best of Manila!
Manila: Philippine’s Picturesque Metropolitan
Whenever people talk about the Philippines, the thought of Manila is inescapable.
Both go hand in hand. Almost synonymous. For a metro so rich in culture and
history, commercial districts, conventions, and center of industrial developments, it’s
no longer surprising. It lives up to its title as the Pearl of the Orient Seas. However,
away from its alluring titles and praises, Manila is a humble city initially derived
from two Tagalog (the basis of the standardized national language of the Philippines,
Filipino) words, may and nilad. May refer to the phrase ‘there is’ and nilad, a shrub that
grows abundantly along the coasts of Pasig River and Manila Bay. Maynilad was once
a Muslim settlement and was one of the centers of pre-colonial market trade with
Chinese and other Southeast Asian countries. Started by the conquest of the Spaniards,
Catholicism arose and Manila became the capital of the new colony—churches,
convents and schools. After 333 years of Spanish rule, the Philippines, especially
Manila, was also home to the Americans and Japanese. A clash and combination of
culture, beliefs, and traditions. The main contributor to how diversity arose in Manila.
The reason for the vibrant, rich, and picturesque lifestyle in the Metropolitan.
In opposition to what the majority actually thinks, Metro Manila is a cluster of cities
and municipalities. And the City of Manila (Lungsod ng Maynila) is just a portion of
the capital region. Manila became the bigger umbrella in 1975, encompassing 4 cities
and 13 municipalities. Through its vastness and integration of nearby cities, Metro
Manila became the heart and soul of the Philippine economy.
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When in Manila
A short guide on the must-experience in the Metro
Move and groove with
What best way to explore Manila than to ride the good
old jeepneys? Bound to Manila and nearby cities, not only
does it bring you to places, its intricate design, painting,
and lettering are pleasing to the eyes. A masterpiece of
local artisans. With number codes segregated to their
specific routes. Kalesa is also a perfect choice for short
trips and sightseeing around the streets of Manila.
Colorful stores in the market street
Aside from the local barrio fiestas, a lot of bigger festivals
and events happen in Manila. From international book
fairs, major university fairs, bamboo festivals, heritage
festivals, and even food festivals. International singers
and performers even include Manila on their world tours.
Mall of Asia Arena, one of the biggest malls in Asia, is
home to concerts both local and international. And the
Manila International Book Fair will be held in no less
than the SMX Convention Center Manila!
Kutsero fixing the straps of his Kalesa
Affordable Market Hauls
One thing you must never miss in Manila, or traveling
in general, is shopping. And Manila has a long list of
places for you, especially if you are on a budget. Quiapo,
Baclaran, and Divisoria are the go-to markets for cheap
but quality finds. Tourists and locals alike flock to the
market for items they need (or not!). You can definitely
find anything here. Also, a pro tip to get the best price,
a little bit of haggling works.
Dancing contingent for Aliwan Festival in Manila
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With the colonization of the Americans, Spaniards,
Japanese, and even Chinese and Malay influences, the
Architecture of Manila is wide-ranged. It is manifested
in government buildings, cathedrals, old schools, and
even in commercial, public, and private buildings. If you
want to stroll down memory lane, Intramuros, the walled
city, is a great start.
Lechon being sliced at a party
Locals and their smiles
Last 2021, the Philippines was ranked 3rd as the happiest
country in the world. Lost your way? A smiling local will
surely be happy to help you. Oftentimes, even people
who don’t know each other exchange greetings when
they meet eye to eye in the streets. It has always been
inherent in every Pinoy to be very hospitable to their
neighbors and guests. Next time you meet one, don’t be
afraid to smile at them. Without question, they will offer
the same smile back.
Entrance of Fort Santiago in Intramuros Manila
A haven for foodies
Traveling in Manila is undoubtedly fun. However, if
the scorching heat of the sun gets in your way, relax in
the middle of exploring and indulge in a hearty meal.
Energize with famous Manila street food and dishes.
Quench your thirst with some buko juice and halo-halo.
Try out some kwek-kwek, tempura, and the exotic balut
for an out-of-the-ordinary experience. Never miss out
on some adobo, lumpia, and lechon during parties. Really,
the options are endless. Make yourself full and ready for
your next stop.
Street kids smiling for the camera
Manila is a must. Mabuhay, Manila!
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Marilyn Sandberg Grenat
To grieve is no easy feat—it feels like we carry the weight
of the world on our shoulders. More often than not,
when we are in deep sorrow, we try to bury our emotions
and leave them unattended in the pitch-black corner of
our minds. But to not heal is far more agonizing than
to actually face our grief head-on. To be hurt is not our
choice, yes, but to heal is on our end. Heal, even little by
little. Heal in small yet mindful steps. Heal… because
you deserve to break away from the fetters of pain.
An initial brave and bold move in the journey of healing
is to identify grief itself and acknowledge its ugly and
harsh reality. And as we move forward, we come to
know ourselves deeper and the coping mechanism/s
that would work best for us. One way to help manage
our emotions is to have an outlet—an avenue for us to
release all the pain.
On losses and struggles, Marilyn Sandberg Grenat finds
a silver lining. A doting wife, mother, grandmother, and
great-grandmother, Marilyn was not spared of heartbreaks.
But she still managed to cope through the grace of God
and the outlets she had discovered.
The Reading Glass Magazine takes delight in a hopeful
conversation with Marilyn Sandberg Grenat as she sheds
light on the joys and love in the midst of grief—a light so
bright highlighted in Inspirations from the Heart, Marilyn’s
collection of inspiring poetic reflections.
Editor: Inspirations from the Heart is a very personal
book, with your lovely photos included. What was
your green light to let readers take a glimpse of your
gracefully lived life?
Marilyn: Everyone eventually can experience grief in
some form or another, and I felt it was important to
share with others that there can be both joy and sorrow
in going through those emotions. The best way I found
solace was to journal those feelings. By writing down
something you feel, which you may or may not be able
to express verbally, allows you to start to heal quicker.
As I’ve said many times, there is no specific time frame
it takes to do that as everyone is different. Don’t let
anyone rush you or tell you exactly what you should do
to heal or get through the grief you are going through,
but you should decide for yourself the path and method
you should take. Some suggestions can be helpful but
decide for yourself what is good for you. I felt a starting
point was to address how I felt and why, and my poems
became the outcome of my feelings. You might like to just
write a story form almost like a diary to express yourself.
You have penned an admirable collection of poems,
and it’s no easy feat. Did you, through the course of
your writing, experience difficult moments expressing
Absolutely. As I put down my feelings, I cried, I laughed,
I reminisced joyfully remembering the good moments
in the situation. It was very healing for me as I was able
to identify what I was going through.
There were Bible verses quoted in your heartwarming
book. Have you always held your faith high?
My faith has always been important to me and has
sustained me throughout my whole life. I always had
great prayer pals that sustained me as well and I would
have had a much harder time without them. I always
try to live by this one Bible verse that gives me hope
and sustenance. It’s Philippians 4:6 (NIV) “Do not be
anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer
and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests
to God.” As Philippians 4:11-13 tells us, we are to be
grateful for every situation given to us because trials can
educate and teach us valuable lessons to learn.
You left a few blank pages at the back of your book
so readers can journal. How helpful is journaling to
you as you highly encourage your readers to do so?
Journaling helps you identify to yourself and others
how and why you feel the way you do. When you see
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your feelings on paper, it not only allows you to get your
feelings out but helps you see how to maybe go about
rectifying them and nurturing them. It feels good and
right to express yourself and also lets off some steam,
especially if you’re angry.
In your book, readers get to ponder on your reflections.
What is your message to those who are yet to get
out of the dark tunnel you once went through?
Allow yourself enough time to get to the point where
you can accept what has happened without letting it
put you in deep despair. You may always feel sad, but
learning to cope is important to healing. Sometimes it’s
beneficial to focus on trying to do something nice for
someone else who needs it—it helps take our minds off
of ourselves and our problems. That’s why starting my
own business of caregiving for others has been one of
the most fruitful jobs I’ve ever had. I fill my hours with
helping others, and that brings us both joy. Trusting in
our Heavenly Father to take our burden and sustain us
is crucial. He cares about us wholeheartedly.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Marilyn Sandberg Grenat finds solace in expressing
her feelings in the form of poetry. In her first collection
of poems and other writings, Grenat leads others on a
poignant journey through her heart as she experienced
losses, struggles, joys, and love.
Grenat begins by sharing a poem penned forty-eight
years ago about her mother and continues through her
Swedish family tree as she reflects on her relationships
and gratitude for being born into a Christian family
who taught her important values and gave her all the
love she ever wanted. As Grenat moves through her
life, she shares essays and poems about meeting her
husband and falling in love, the grief that surrounded
losing him to Alzheimer’s along with also losing her
son to cancer a few months later, the joys of loving
her children and grandchildren, and miscellaneous
thoughts that focus on the importance of faith, family,
and unconditionally caring for others who need us.
Inspirations from the Heart shares one woman’s
poetic reflections that will inspire others to embrace
their uniqueness, as well as the joys and hope that
come with every new day.
I’M KATIE’S MOM:
POINTERS FOR PROFESSIONALS AND
PARENTS OF THE DISABLED
BY BARBARA B. HOLDCROFT, PH.D.
Paperback | $10.00
A truly valuable book that provides advice and encouragement to anyone—
family, professional or friend—who assists the disabled while offering help
toward becoming a knowledgeable and balanced individual.
MARY THE SEVENTH GIRL:
EXTRAORDINARY MIRACLES IN
AN ORDINARY LIFE
BY MARY A. JOHNSON
Hardcover | $22.99 Paperback | $15.99 Kindle | $3.99
“Mary, the Seventh Girl is a celebration of a sacred connection between
a devout woman and a Higher Power. The author has experience events
throughout her life that can only be described as miraculous, beginning in her
childhood and continuing to the present day. The book describes the power
of God activated through faith and prayer. This has impacted both her own
life and the lives of her family and friends. Her dreams and visions reveal
things that are meant specifically for her.” —E. Shaw, Amazon Customer
BY PASTOR DON R. VINING
Paperback | $12.99
You’ve walked the aisle; prayed the prayer. Now what? Is that all there is to salvation?
No! In this fresh look at true Christianity, you will discover, “It’s more than a prayer
in your head; it’s a birth in your heart.”
DON’T LET THE ROCKS CRY OUT
BY PASTOR DON R. VINING
Paperback | $11.95
Don’t Let the Rocks Cry Out offers readers from every denomination a deeper look at
the many wonderful avenues of praise and worship talked about in the Bible.
POISON IN THE POT
BY PASTOR DON R. VINING
Paperback | $9.95
Have you ever felt there is something wrong in your life, but aren’t sure what? The
problem may be poison. In this books, Pastor Don R. Vining shines the light of truth
on the poisons that sneak in our lives—often without awareness.
HIS PAIN, MY GAIN
BY PASTOR DON R. VINING
Paperback | $10.95
Have you thought much about all that Christ suffered on your behalf? Most of us
avoid dwelling on the reality of Christ’s suffering until the Easter season rolls around.
Even then, we tend to skim over the facts of Calvary and move right into His glorious
resurrection. Easter is Christ’s absolute triumph over death, but His suffering also
has much to teach us. It provides the doorway to a deeper level and power in our
HERE, AND THE
The Way to Heaven
by Norman B. Talsoe
Paperback | $24.99
Kindle | $6.99
How to be Heaven-ready?
Norman B. Talsoe’s redemption guide for the
The second coming of Christ has long been prophesied.
His return brings forth the inevitable judgment of the
Divine—to reward the believers and punish the sinners.
But when will angels blow the horn? While no one
knows when He will return, the end times are nigh unto
man. This is evident in the visions vested upon a chosen
few—one of whom is Norman B. Talsoe.
Norman B. Talsoe is blessed with two visions from
above, bestowed two years apart. Visions so vivid, he
was prompted to author God, The Here, and the Hereafter:
The Way to Heaven to signal Christ’s second coming and
In God, The Here, and the Hereafter: The Way to Heaven,
Talsoe walks readers through Daniel’s Seven-Year timeline
to bring to light and expound on the rapture-tribulation
timeline for its complete understanding and correct
interpretation. This eye-opening, edifying book thus
hopes to teach readers the know-how and musts to be
It was an 11-year stretch for Talsoe to read and interpret
the Scripture. But even at the old age of ninety-one, the
author fruitfully finished God, The Here, and the Hereafter:
The Way to Heaven through the grace of God and the
multiple miracles marveled upon him.
Remain steadfast. Ready for redemption. God, The Here,
and the Hereafter: The Way to Heaven, Norman B. Talsoe’s
benevolence for mankind for when angels blow the horn.
THE TALE OF TUMELENG
BY MS. RYKE LEIGH DOUGLAS
Hardcover | $28.99 Paperback | $15.99 Kindle | $1.99
Author and educator Ryke Leigh Douglas brings an entertaining and
informative story about the majestic elephant in The Tale of Tumeleng.Th e
story starts with Jabari, a male elephant, who takes the lead in defending the
herd from hyenas. When Tumeleng, Jabari’s daughter, is born, she aims to
keep up with the herd as they move to a new waterhole. As Tumeleng grows
and learns how to survive in a world filled with danger and environmental
challenges, the reader discovers these majestic sociable animals are not just
the biggest animals in the world.
Those interested to get a copy of the excellent picture book can purchase
it at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Book Depository.
I AM MUSIC
MY JOURNEY WITH DIMASH KUDAIBERGEN
THE BEST SINGER IN THE WORLD
BY PAMELA MCGEE WILKINSON
Hardcover | $23.61 Paperback | $15.99 Kindle | $2.99
It is only natural for people to look up to personalities that embody their
ideals and the qualities that impress them. With full admiration and
appreciation, Pamela Wilkinson writes I Am Music as a dedication to her
favorite Kazakh singer-songwriter, Dimash Kudaibergen. A showcase of
her 2-year journey with whom she believes to be the greatest singer the
earth has to offer. The author refers to I Am Music as a Fanbook, a beautiful
way to express her adoration for a celebrity that brought her happiness and
positivity. Using her rediscovered talent, Wilkinson introduces the brilliance
of Dimash in words and poetry, sharing the same sentiments with her fellow
Dears—their fanbase name. Indeed, anyone unfamiliar with Dimash will
find lots to know about him in this book and will pique their interest to
look up and watch some of his amazing performance videos.
BY BRUCE BENTZ
Paperback | $9.99 Kindle | $2.99
Anna Forthright, an intelligent, attractive woman works in a Government
“think tank,” which is beset with difficult problems that evade its collective
methodologies and intelligence. Anna discovers an author whose ideas are so
“wing-nutty,” that he might be just the antidote to rejuvenate her faltering faculty.
She brings Adam Mann from the Midwest to Washington to spend a week
and “share his special insights” including: a thrash-free marriage-bed, vegetarian
chicken soup, “killing” terrorism, fornicating angels, free international travel,
and much more. Viable, provocative solutions aren’t easy and can be trickier
than a balloon and cactus bouquet.
THE BEST FRIEND
BY CHARLOTTE FELICITY DEL PINO
Paperback | $9.95 Kindle | $2.99
This is about the difference between an acquaintance and a friend. The book is
based on Biblical principles and examples are shown relative to the Bible verses.
It shows who is a right friend and a wrong friend. The right friend uplifts you
but the wrong friend can get you into a bad situation that will affect you for
your lifetime. As a person who believes in God and who studies the Bible, there
are guidelines for living a happy and peaceful life where you can go in the right
direction and avoid pitfalls.
A DIMASH QUDAIBERGEN FABLE:
THE SCULPTOR’S MASTERPIECE
BY PAMELA MCGEE WILKINSON
Hardcover | $17.99 Paperback | $9.99
This little book is a fable but without the almost expected or required moral to
the story. If it has a moral, I haven’t discovered it. Maybe you will. It is fictitious,
but fables are definitely known to have some truths, and fables usually have an
animal or inanimate object that, by some supernatural event, becomes human
or at least personified. This one does.
MY SKULL’S REMEDY
BY BRYAN SISSON
Hardcover | $15.99 Paperback | $8.99 Kindle | $3.99
In this highly intelligible age of technology and bewildering medical advances,
researchers are amassing large amounts of quantitative information regarding
the causes and symptoms of the varied styles of brain injuries that cause trouble
for so many. This book is an ethnographically valid expo through which I hope
others can better understand the internal thought processes of those having
experienced severe, closed-head injuries. By sharing countless candid examples
from my ethnography of fifteen years of coping with closed-head injury, I
wish to provide hopefulness in survivors and their families. The message of
Craniama is not only about the sorrowful inquiry but one of celebration! After
all, objective awareness can be realized only through the natural integrity of
survival. Recovery won’t be easy, but don’t be afraid to reawaken when you can!
I’m confident the medical community will help you during this time, but I’d like
to provide a roadmap to those who wish to know more at this very moment.
62 | The Reading Glass Magazine
By Lancelot Whitewood
Every day, we always try to imagine a world where
everything goes our way. We have our futures planned
out even to the smallest of details. But just like any other
day, we are wrong. Life’s not like that, it gives you hope
and inspiration, and when everything seems to be going
well, out of nowhere, you get smacked in the back. And
that happened to me one summer when I met a woman
whom I thought I’d spend the rest of my life with.
The first time I saw her, I didn’t even have the slightest
idea that somehow, she’ll affect my life for months, even
years, later. She was nothing out of the ordinary, that’s
what I thought. Over time, my thoughts became fonder
as I learnt more about her, and they became as vivid as
clear water when I first held her hand that summer.
It was customary for college classmates to get along
since we’re going to be together for quite a long time.
And so, naturally, as a form of socialization, we went
on trips together with our peers. Our trip took us to a
small hidden falls. The feeling was surreal to see a new
environment. And there I was, watching her as she
climbed the slippery rocks to get to a hidden cave at the
heart of the falls. “What a brave woman,” I thought. And
for a moment, she looked even more beautiful than the
falls itself. I climbed those same rocks as well, and that’s
when I slipped. Thankfully, I didn’t fall on the water, but
I fell for her. As I was standing next to her, holding her
hands so that we won’t fall, my affection came pouring
out just like the waterfalls. From that moment on, I
thought to myself that she must be the one destined for
me by the heavens.
At first, it was going well. I woke up excited to start a
new day, and it seemed everything I do or whatever I
encounter has happiness engraved on it. “Nothing could
go wrong,” I thought. As we became closer, she became
much more radiant than the sun. And finally, as I could
not keep it in me for much longer, I mustered up the
courage to let her know how I really feel. It was also
summer when I wrote her a poem of my confession. I
compared her to the sun shining its light on a lowly tree.
But the timing could not have been any worse. The sun
that I longed and adored for was beaming its light to a
tree who’s not me. My leaves became yellow, and one by
one, it fell to the ground; it was full of life back then, but
now it’s like a dried-up stick standing in the air. What
summer has kindled, it quenched, that’s what I thought.
But when I look back at it now, nothing in this world
is truly ever extinguished. Deep inside of us, there lurk
remnants of our pasts. It stayed, not because we held on
to it, nor is it a sign of not moving on; rather it remained,
for it made us who we are today. I’ve been asked by my
friend once about what it meant to truly love someone.
I replied that love is about making those we love happy
even if we aren’t the ones who are by their side. Love has
been and will always be about sacrifice—we can never
really say we love someone if we can’t do it.
It all started one radiant summer. She was the sun and
I was the tree longing for its light. There I thought
everything could go the way I please, but that’s not how
life works. In the end, the sun kept beaming its light,
and the tree that withered away and fell to the ground
became a flower that blooms in the moonlight. It turns
out I wasn’t meant for the sun after all.
REMINDERS TO LIVE OUT THE GOSPEL
THROUGH EVERY DAY ENCOUNTERS
BY JULIA A. BROOKS
Paperback | $9.95 Kindle | $3.99
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People of faith are very much a part of the masses of people engaging in social
media today as a way of life. Culturally ingrained as a method of quick and
succinct communication is the advent of text messaging, seemingly replacing
routine telephone communication for many. Yet the greatest message was
sent thousands of years ago to humankind and remains accessible to everyone
who desires to read it. It is God’s text message written in the scriptures for
daily use. Gotta Text! is a thirty-one-day devotional that members of the
body of Christ can use to encourage one another. It becomes a vehicle to
connect people to the Gospel message through everyday encounters. This
book is an interactive devotional in which the reader has an opportunity
to “text” a friend or group of friends with a selected verse of a scriptureinspired
message that compliments the devotional of the day.
BEE SWEET SIXTEEN:
AN INTRIGUING VIEW OF CHARACTER
BUILDING FOR ALL
BY LEITHA PARMER GROTH
This book was written with achievable challenging purposes in mind. We
all are designed to develop and evolve in characteristics for Living. Sparks
of flames for change must be incited to cultivate Life’s necessary levels
of growth, maturity, peaks and plateaus. What this book can furnish will
last a lifetime. Understanding how to become who you were intended and
purposed to be is rewarding. To free yourself and recover from entangled
webs is priceless.
Bee S.w.e.e.t. Sixteen is not only for young ladies to supposedly reach levels
and heights of maturity. This book is for everyone. Male and Female. Young
and older to reach levels and heights of maturity because maturity is not
an age. Maturity is a conscious law or standard chosen for living.
64 | The Reading Glass Magazine
By Reyna A.
It is summer once again! Our friends told me that you
are back home, and that you had finally reached your
dreams with great honor and prestige. The very reason
why you left four years ago. They didn’t have to tell me
that though, because on the day of your graduation, I
looked up at the sky and I was celebrating as if I was with
you. We were under the same sky after all. I clapped in
silence with tears in my eyes remembering how beautiful
it was to look at you dream of the success you have right
now. I am so happy for you.
I have always been excited about summer, not until you
happened. The first summer without you, I spent it missing
you. The second summer, I spent it figuring out why you’re
suddenly gone. The third summer, I spent it building a
wall to protect my heart from complete destruction. And
this summer, it finally rained! You came back as if four
years didn’t pass, and you disturbed the peace I tried so
hard to rebuild when you suddenly left and ignored me.
You made it look like I am some sort of a fall back that
is willing to take you every time things will not work out
for you. Yes, I used to be your safety space, but I can’t be
your safety net to the extent of disregarding my worth.
I can’t be your sometimes. I deserve permanence and
clarity. You once told me that my kindness scares you,
and that you want to hide me from the world who takes
advantage of kind people. Guess what? You became the
very monster that you tried to protect me from.
Honestly, I really thought I was done with this chapter.
I used to have a lot of questions, and I made answers
for those questions. I made my own closure because you
can’t. I don’t know what’s wrong with us, but we really
can’t address the elephant in the room. You are good
with diverging the conversation, while I am too scared
to ask. I thought all my questions were answered, and I
thought I already made peace with the idea that some
of my questions are better left unasked. But little did I
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I knew for a fact that the truth will always hurt. I just didn’t
expect it to be this painful. I don’t know which killed me:
you, leaving without any word, or you, indirectly telling
me that I am not the answer to your prayers. Nonetheless,
it hurts either way. When I asked if you are happy with
her and if your heart is at peace, I died a little when I saw
the confusion in your eyes, torn between trying to protect
me from the pain or telling me the truth that she makes
you happy more than I do. But do not worry about me.
I’m maybe hurting right now, but this pain will not kill
me. I’ve been slowly dying since that first summer, at least
now that we have settled everything between us, I can
finally give my heart a rest. I can finally indulge to the
pain without any reservation, without the hope of you
coming back. I find comfort in knowing that the cloudy
days are over, and that after this rain, the sun will rise on
a clear day free from the weight of unclear skies. But one
thing is for sure, summer will never be the same again.
I’ll always be haunted by the ghost of our yesterdays.
know that I just hid the thought of you at the back of
my head and saved some space in my heart just in case
you decide to come back. And you did, you came back.
Yet, it ruined me this time. I always wanted to know the
reason why you suddenly left. I prepared myself for this.
It is just so painful to know that all those things that I
held on to for so long were just products of my illusion.
The moment you pursued someone else while you were
away, the idea of our what-could-have-beens ended.
Stop telling me that you thought of me before you did
all those things, and you just wanted to protect me from
the pain. It just made me feel worse. We were just two
fools trying so hard to keep the promise we made in that
summer four years ago. After all these years, the love and
care you thought you have for me were all guilt. You are
just guilty, and that guilt of yours keeps on pulling you
back to me. Let go now! I am fine. Let that guilt go and
set me free from the pain of your ambiguity. I can’t be a
salve for your guilt forever.
Forgive me if you feel like I am mad at you. Disappointed
perhaps, but not mad. You are not in charge of my
emotions. In fact, you have nothing to do with this. I am
the one responsible for my own emotions and choices. I
chose to feel this way, so I should deal with it. I am sorry
if ever I have made you feel like you are responsible for
the way I feel. Just be happy. I like seeing that smile in
your face even if I am longer part of the reasons behind
it. You are a good man. Thank you for being you, and for
allowing me to know you. You asked if we could remain
friends, and the answer is no. We may not be complete
strangers, but there’s just too much history for us to still
be friends. Perchance, someday I get to see you, and right
then and there, I know I have healed. For the meantime,
allow me to bleed.
I hope one day, when we get to cross paths again, we
can still smile with each other like old friends without
any baggage between us. You are really a good man, but
not the right man for me. It might take me a while to
unlearn your name. But I hope and pray that you’ll get
everything that you deserve. Please live a good life, because
I will continue to live mine without any traces of you in
it. From this day onwards, I refuse to be a slave of our
what ifs and could have beens. Just be safe for always,
and do not allow the world to take away your smiles.
DAISY’S HOPE FOR HER
BY JOAN FIELDS LONG
Paperback | $14.95 Kindle | $3.99
“Wonderful novel that provides interesting insight into life on a farm during
the Great Depression. Those who lived during the Great Depression will be
blessed by this book’s ability to instill hope in the reader. Also, those who
did not, such as myself, will be intrigued with a look into what life must
have been like during this difficult time of our nation’s history.” — Caleb,
Amazon Customer Review
FIRST IN THE UNTIL DAWN SERIES
BY JORDAN E. WALKER
Paperback | $8.99
Her family died for a secret. She met a fairy as she ran from the assassin.
They came closer together as they fought for their lives. It ended with a
bang... but her story started with a fairytale. Mystery, magic and loss lie
within the darkness of night. Until Dawn...
Search for the Truth. “My name is Jayde Henryk, and this is how I survived.”
First in the Until Dawn series.
STAYING IN THE BOAT
BY C.H HARVEY
Hardcover | $32.99 Paperback | $26.99 Kindle | $3.99
Many have speculated about the usefulness of dreams and visions, but
ultimately they have been controlled by the divine nature that was implanted
within by the Creator, Yahweh, or God as most people know Him--Yahushua,
Yeshusa Ha Machiah or Jesus is a divine presence, that authorized the
Holy Spirit to teach us the Creator’s way from the beginning of time and
know Him, who is the Great I Am and how we can live with Him. This
book was recorded and written as the co-author experienced the dreams
and visions first hand, with the knowledge that the Holy Spirit, our Great
I Am had everything to do with this inspired information. He gave me the
desire to find His ultimate teaching, giving me the capacity to listen to His
Holy Spirit; obedient for the precious nuggets of His wisdom. I place this
blessing to the reader: May God in His mercy bless and keep you, May He
make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you, may He, Yahweh,
lift up His countenance on you and give you peace.
RHYMES FROM THE HEART
BY ALINDA C. DANIELS
Hardcover | $23.99 Paperback | $7.99 Kindle | $2.99
Rhymes from the Heart is an intriguing collection of poetry that touches
the very soul. Poems are meant to help the reader find peace in their words
and joy and hope to those searching for it.
68 | The Reading Glass Magazine
A Little Bit of Sun and
a Whole Lot of Freedom
The last days of June mark the start of the summer season.
The time when the heat of the sun is at its peak. Perfect
for beach trips, hikes, and other outdoor activities. It is
when people go out on the streets to enjoy the warmth
and gentle touch of the sun. Though sometimes, the
trickling sweat can be a little annoying. But that is only
a little something we pay for a whole season of tan and
sunshine. If you want to escape the heat, catching up on
the books you impulsively bought is also a good idea.
A few crossing out on your watchlist can be possible as
well. What else happens during summer? Ah! The camps,
the festivals, and maybe, meeting your summer love! All
those new experiences for kids and teenagers alike. Cool
summer stories they get to brag to their friends when
the leaves start to turn red.
One highlight of summer is the 4th of July. The
commemoration of the passage of the Declaration of
Independence. A day of celebration and nationhood.
But why am I talking about this? How is the nation’s
independence so relevant to my cool summer story?
Coincidentally, it is quite symbolic—if you may. The thing
is, the 4th of July also became my Independence day.
On the morning of July 4, I organized and sorted out my
stuff. From things to bring and things to leave. Things I
want to bring with me but I must not. Things that I must
bring but I cannot. Things. Things. Things after things.
Which ones should I—?
After rigorous deliberation and tons of indecisiveness,
the three mega box storages are now full of carefully
curated sets of clothes. While pairs I no longer use sit
warm and cozy in the old cabinet, with the sign of age
and the smell of old memories—intently kept, to be
embraced by the dust in a matter of weeks. Good riddance,
I believe. Next, I gently placed my laptop, a notebook, a
book, my wallet, tech wirings, and my essential kit inside
my brown leather backpack. It will be my company and
comfort for the next couple of days. To offer myself a
little fun when things don’t feel like how I imagined
them to be. It’s funny how I sound like I am bound to
travel. Off to an exciting journey. However, the difference
is that I might no longer come back. There isn’t even a
place to come back to.
Once packed and locked, I hailed a cab and went to the
place where I can finally call my home. A humble room
painted in white, with a tiled floor and small balcony.
Two windows on both sides of the wall are covered in
blue curtains, a table, and two monobloc chairs. Two
wall-bound cabinets and two beds already stripped of
their sheets—one of each for a roommate who’s about to
join me in late August. There was no air conditioner or
fan. It was humid. But not suffocating. The scorching sun
was one thing. But independence meant I had to carry the
boxes to the room myself. It meant bruises and scratches
on my arms. It meant enduring and bearing things alone.
But it also meant achieving things on my own. I sat on
the bed and exhaled. It was months’ worth of savings all
spent for my peace of mind.
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I unpacked my clothes one by one. Accordingly, it is
segregated between casual and home clothes. Gently
stacked in the cabinet—ready to be used for the following
days. The subtle rattle of the boxes when I picked some
items filled the room. Sometimes, the meowing of the cats
in the neighborhood swept by. There were also muffled
voices of people conversing about their certain relatives.
The sound of a door closing and footsteps from the other
rooms were heard once in a while. It was silent. I liked it.
I closed my cabinet. And with that, my one-day holiday was
over. No trips. No hangouts. No party. But undoubtedly,
also a day well spent celebrating freedom.
“Are you new here?” the lady at the laundry shop asked. The
next couple of days were full of me adjusting. Familiarizing
where stores were; which ones were cheaper; which one
sells the better tasting food; where does each road lead to
and a few questioning eyes from people whom I passed
by. Even casually listening to the laundry woman rant
about how money should no longer be crumpled or else
you’ll get sued. Crazy right?
Crazy. The idea of living by yourself made me high. It
feels exhilarating when you feel the shackles are now off
you. I can buy what and where I want. I can eat what I
want. I can get home whenever I want. I wanted a tattoo,
I got one. I can. I can. No one can stop me at this point
but myself. But I can’t. I was elevated and stuck in the
clouds. But like drugs which curb and die down after
a while, my excitement faded away. I was stretched and
spent. Reality knocked on my door and told me times
up. I was trapped in a routine. Sleep, wake up, eat and
work. Not knowing where you can be brought by your
decisions was dreadful.
Little by little, it was starting to get more humid. It was
hard to breathe. The warmth was burning. The white room
was blinding. The clothes were cluttered all around. The
laptop was no longer touched. No page was flipped. It
was not fun. The noise was no longer silent. They were
torture. Peace went a little too much. Summer went a
little too much.
I missed summer when I didn’t have to work. The summers
when all I think about is going out somewhere. Summers
that I can wake up whenever I want. Summers when
the food is already served. I miss summer breaks. The
beach. The camps. The streets. The summer when I didn’t
have to pay rent. No bills. No problem. I miss flipping
pages of my books. I miss crossing out my watchlist. I
miss not having strange looks from people. I miss not
wondering if I’ll be able to survive the next day. I miss
summers without responsibilities. I miss summers when
I was not solitary. Summers when I didn’t have to carry
So much for my independence day. I forgot freedom must
be paid for. That we lose as much as we gain. And that
freedom is still actually driven with restraint. I still have
a lot to learn and this white little room is teaching me.
After days of spiraling and staring blankly at the ceiling,
I stood up, picked up the clothes, and folded them like
they used to. Back in the cabinet where they’re safely
kept. I tied the blue curtains into a ribbon, allowing a
few streaks of sunlight into the room. I basked myself in
the warmth and felt a whole lot of new freedom. I heard
the meows once again. The muffled voices of people now
mentioned their relative is pregnant. Footsteps and doors
closing are back in their usual rhythm. It was silent once
again. I love it.
Summer still has a long way to go. So, I bought a fan.
Just in case it becomes a little too humid all over again.
This is my first summer alone. Summer of growth and
independence. A summer that will be missed. I wonder
where I will be next season. Perhaps, you can still find
me listening to the laundry woman’s bluster.
YOU KNOW WHAT ‘UM SAYIN’?
BY ZAVIN LYTE
Paperback | $10.99 Kindle | $2.99
The purpose of this book is to make the point that we should allow ourselves
to dream about a perfect world and then go ahead and set our sails in that
direction. It may take time, but what life-labored mission is any more
worth the while?
PRIVATIZATION OF FACILITY
MANAGEMENT IN PUBLIC
A MALAYSIAN PERSPECTIVE
BY HONG POH FAN
Hardcover | $30.09 Paperback | $10.99 Kindle | $2.99
Privatization of Facility Management in Public Hospitals covers the author’s
insights and knowledge of support services and facility management. He
shares how these concepts can be applied to hospitals and other healthcare
facilities. The topics cover many functions and administrative needs behind
facilities management in a hospital setting. These concepts come from the
author’s studies, insights, and experience working in hospitals in Malaysia,
a developing country. However, the principles discussed within can be
applied to even developed countries. The book also covers a quick history of
privatization and concession development and its rationale and objectives.
Hong Poh Fan aims to share these insights and principles with medical
professionals and engineers interested in providing technical assistance to
NATURE, SCIENCE, BUSINESS, COMPUTERS
AND ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
BY CLEMENT FALBO
Paperback | $34.00 Kindle | $5.00
This book shows you the progress of mathematics and its uses over time.
Readers will clearly see how business, engineering, economics, physics, and
other fields contributed to the development of mathematics and, conversely,
how these areas have evolved because of this.
HOW TO LIVE WITH A VIRGO:
A SURVIVAL GUIDE
BY DANIEL T. DARMODY
Paperback | $12.95
How to Live With a Virgo: A Survival Guide is a humorous look at life with
Virgos, but it is also a self-help book for anyone trying to deal with a Virgo
in their life. Whether you are aware of them or not, their presence affects
you daily. This book is an essential tool for learning to deal with the Virgos
in your life. Whether you are married to one, you work with one, the Virgo
is a member of your family or just an acquaintance.
This book is a quick read and visual representation of the odd and eccentric
behavior of Virgos. It is designed to expose the Virgo to themselves and
others. With this book, perhaps an understanding of Virgos will emerge
that was designed for all of us to enjoy and benefit from. Okay, sure, there
is the dark side...
A PARENT’S GUIDE TO
HIRING AN EDUCATIONAL
HELPING PARENT’S TO REBUILD THEIR
BY KENNETH DAVIS
Hardcover | $54.99 Paperback | $47.99
A Parent’s Guide to Hiring an Educational Consultant is a book for parents
which explains the role, the process, and the value of hiring an Educational
Consultant (EC). In addition, it clarifies for parents relevant topics of
interest addressing children, adolescents, and young adults. These include
what parents need to know to locate an EC, their professional associations,
the schools and programs we work with, the settings where students can
thrive, questions parents might ask when hiring an EC, and the available
financial resources for schools and programs. Furthermore, the guide
discusses boarding schools, day schools, residential treatment, recovery
programs, sober living programs, therapeutic boarding schools, wilderness
or adventure therapy, gap year, and college placement or programs. The
guide contains 248 pages of valuable information for parents and families.
CAT AND MOUSE
BY K FITZPATRICK
Hardcover | $15.99 Paperback | $9.00 Kindle | $2.99
As a little girl, Mary Beth Striker always had dreamed of becoming a great
and prestigious lawyer. She went to college and graduated at the top of her
class with honors. She went on to pass the bar on her first try. She thought
that she would become the most successful lawyer in town. But someone
stood in her way. Stan Howler was a dark, handsome, and mysterious man
with secrets. He was also a lawyer. He was at the top of his game. He could
win any case that was handed to him. He could also have any woman that
he wanted. When Stan saw Mary Beth for the first time in the lobby, he
knew that he had to have her. But could Mary Beth resist Stan’s advances
and protect herself from the darkness yet to come and live to tell it? Only
time would tell in this game of Cat and Mouse.
ON A WHOLE NEW LEVEL
BY ASHLEE ALIE
Paperback | $5.99 Kindle | $2.99
The book Militant Christian Parenting is based on building faith in God and
doing it with militancy. It teaches parents to see that children are God’s gift
and next in line to the throne and that what parents do will affect future
generations. Children are royalty, and it all starts with the parents training
them for eternal life with Christ so they can walk the golden pavements
of heaven and be forever in the presence of God. It is time to start raising
our children into their true purpose and destiny.
Seventeen sht sties
by Douglas Bosack
Paperback | $7.99 Kindle | $2.99
Offbeat, distinctive, often surprising, Henri: Seventeen Short Stories will keep you glued to the page and then begging
for more. The incredible variety—some short, others long; capturing the everyday, zeroing on the downtrodden; sci-fi
or a view hundreds of years ago—offers something for everyone, each claiming distinct favorites.
Laugh, cry, cringe, or moan, you can’t help but react to Henri: Seventeen Short Stories. They take twists, turns, and
tumbles to unexpected endings, and you think, but of course! More than merely entertaining us, Douglas Bosack
captures the vastness of human nature. From the sorrowful “A Victim of Circumstance” to the softly endearing
“Carl and Lynnette,” he delves into people’s souls, revealing who we really are, what we really want, and how some
Dr. Douglas Bosack, a cardiologist from Ohio, began writing in 1996. At that
time, he was busy with practice, leaving little room for his new venture as an
author. Consequently, his writing portfolio was often put on the back shelf for
months, even years at a time. The doctor’s retirement in 2005 provided the time
needed to hone his writing skills and expand his creativity. Douglas Bosack
practiced medicine in Toledo, Ohio, and now resides in Canton, Ohio. He has a
son, two daughters, and four grandchildren.
LT. WILLIAMS ON THE
BY CHRISTOPHER C. BELL JR.
Hardcover | $21.99 Paperback | $15.99 Kindle | $4.99
This novel LT. Williams on the Color Front harkens back to the racism
and racial segregation in the U.S. Army in the early 1950s in Germany
when the Army began racial desegregation efforts. Often, such efforts
prompted White-against-Black face-offs or virtual white “Color Fronts”
of resistance against desegregation. This novel is the tense, action-filled
story of Negro Lieutenant Neal Williams’ coming of age as he struggles
against the efforts of prejudiced white officers who scheme to prevent him
from succeeding as a newly assigned platoon leader in what has been an
all-white infantry regiment.
About the Author
Christopher C. Bell Jr. is a retired Army major who served as a lieutenant
in Germany during the 1950s. More information about Chris may be found
at his website at www.drccbellbooks.com.
BY DL DAVIES
Hardcover $15.99 Paperback | $9.99 Kindle | $3.99
A young boy, looking for something to eat; lacking that, something to
sell for food. In the process, he helps foil a crime; gets himself embroiled
in numerous adventures; loses a Father, Sister, and Mother to cannibals
(but not all at once), and, before the book ends, manages to kill those who
killed his family; while creating a varied family of his own. The story ends
by explaining the beginning.
76 | The Reading Glass Magazine
It’s My Turn
Finding Identity and
Purpose after The
A multitude of unsettling emotions accompanies
the inevitable empty nest stage for parents—from
grief to even a sense of purposelessness. The
void that comes with having grown-up
children living a life of their own poses the
question, “Now what?” Active parenting
is essentially over, so there would be no
one to take care of, no meal to prepare for,
and no conversation to initiate at the end
of the day. And along with children leaving
home is the fact that it’s also the retirement
age where there would no longer be busy days
at work. Finally—painfully, even—chances are
a loss of a spouse through death or divorce. The
empty nest stage is definitely a lot to take in.
Janine Hall, for one, has found herself in an empty nest
but took the vacancy as an opportunity to reclaim herself.
The empty nest stage afforded her to spend her time and
talents on the seemingly impossible things when her hands
were tied with the responsibilities of motherhood. Janine
discovered her creative self and used it as an outlet. And
most significantly, she was able to reassess the spiritual
aspect of her life and enjoyed a closer walk with God.
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Janine’s journey proves that the empty nest stage can be an
amazing avenue to find one’s identity and purpose—and so,
she writes It’s My Turn: Finding Identity and Purpose After
the Empty Nest. The spiritual enrichment Janine gained,
her personal experiences, and her conversations with
peers, supplemented with research, realized a collection
of reflective essays with hopes of helping others who are
navigating the empty nest stage.
The Reading Glass Magazine delights with the opportunity
to have conversed with Janine Hall to take a deeper dive
into her admirable welcome read for empty nesters. There
is much more life has to offer—it’s the empty nester’s
turn to find oneself.
Editor: The empty-nest syndrome is inevitably experienced
by parents but is rarely discussed. What inspired you to
write about it?
Janine: I was experiencing an “empty nest” myself and
was looking for a new direction and purpose. Many of
my cousins in the same situation were looking for their
purpose in life.
I found my identity by knowing who I was in Christ. Our
purpose is to love God and let Him love others through
us to the best of [our] ability and only with His help.
The ability to write creatively was God’s gift to me when
He came into my life. God has a good plan for every
person’s life if you are open to his leadership. That still
doesn’t mean life will be easy for you, but at least you’ll
have a friend that will be closer than a brother. Cast your
care on God and let God work in your life.
Your beautiful book is a collection of faith-based essays.
What made you decide to incorporate a Stress Vulnerability
Losing a mate, launching our children, divorce, dealing
with political differences, or the effects of a worldwide
epidemic can all considerably test our ability to successfully
deal with stress. The test can indicate areas where greater
compliance could be of benefit to the individual. Each entry
in the test describes a behavior that could be adjusted to
improve one’s overall quality of life. Reduction of stress
enhances our mental, physical and spiritual health and
contributes to longevity.
Your Christian faith and further research, down to your
experiences, realized this book. How was it recollecting
your personal empty nest stage and writing something
so intimate into a thoughtful book?
In spite of the relative social isolation caused by technology
and our busy schedules and then far more pronounced
by the pandemic, I think most people’s lives are similar.
Joyce Meyer shares her faith and the personal details of
her life to map out her spiritual journey and she tells
it like it is. Her television program Enjoying Everyday
Life gives the listener self-help from the Bible. Because
I have benefited from her books and compact discs as
a supplement to my personal Bible study, I came to the
conclusion that personal sharing increases the chances
that the Holy Spirit could use my experiences to attract
others to Himself.
You have highlighted the importance of creativity. In a
nutshell, how can you encourage someone in the empty
nest stage to tap into his/her own creative side?
God gave everyone some talents, but we often don’t try
many things to find out what they are. Look for something
you enjoy--sewing, baking, growing and arranging flowers,
woodworking, painting, writing, decorating, or gardening.
Groups that discuss books, especially Christian ones,
challenge our spirits to grow and mature. God is the most
creative entity that exists. Try to recognize the people
He puts in your path to help you and the events that
He uses to change your life. He is the potter and we are
the clay. Creativity is a divine spark. Let it ignite in you.
It’s My Turn: Finding My Identity and Purpose After the
Empty Nest is a reflective read nearing seventy essays. In
what part of the book do you resonate with the most?
Widowhood was the most significant adjustment of my
life, beginning the third trimester of my adulthood. My
Dad died four months later and I felt like I was starting
over. About a year or so of grieving, the Holy Spirit both
comforted me and invited me to resume life. Maturing
past that point was the advent of becoming my own
person and developing my identity spiritually and socially.
I’ve discovered who I am in Christ. Now I am happily
remarried and we are enjoying our family and friends.
THE PRINCIPLES OF POWERFUL
A PRACTICAL PLAN FOR PRAYER
BY RICHARD T.R. SULLIVAN
Hardcover | $29.99 Paperback | $8.99
This book on prayer is simple but, most of all, practical. All the aspects of
prayer are covered and broken down into a series of easy-to-follow steps.
This book is easy to use; it’s just like following a recipe of prayer.
WHERE IS MY HOME?
BY R.B. RAIKOW
Paperback | $11.16
This book is about two young people, Rachel and Karl, a Jew and a Nazi
soldier. They are thrown together by World War II into the shambles of
post-war Czechoslovakia. Despite their very different backgrounds, they
become friends and more. The Soviet Communist regime tightens, and
they decide to try finding Karl’s old rural home. Their travels are filled
with hardship, and upon reaching their destination, they realize that only
their love offers security. All the characters in this book are fictional, but
they are based on incidents the author witnessed or heard about during
Ephus and the
Ephus Tells the Easter Story
By Robert Berry
Paperback | $11.99 Kindle | $3.99
And so begin the travels of the time-traveling, first-century Christian storyteller who appears in print for the first
time in Ephus and the Praying Bushel. Journey through time to the early days of the formation of the Christian
Church, and walk with Ephus Bar Isaiah as he travels the byways of first-century Jerusalem. Meet Ephus’ friends,
Halakah bar Solomon, Ebenezer the Wealthy, and, of course, Yellow Dog. Follow them through their often-humorous
adventures as they learn to walk with Jesus and develop their own ministries in the streets of Jerusalem and the
nearby lands and villages. Ephus bar Isaiah’s stories have touched the lives of so many through funny, beautifully
written parables for the twenty-first century Christian reader. This amusing, exciting, and thought-provoking book
will delight children of all ages.
Robert Berry was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. He graduated from the University of California
at Berkeley and served as a commissioned officer in the United States Army. He is presently working on the second
Ephus bar Isaiah novel. Robert Berry currently lives with his wife, Toni, in Contra Costa County, in the San Francisco
Bay Area region.
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