True stories, amazing accounts, regardless of your own spiritual beliefs. These are real accounts of near-death experiences.
(from the back cover) "A man is dying and, as he reaches the point of greatest physical distress, he hears himself prounounced dead by his doctor. He begins to hear an uncomfortable noise, a loud ringing or buzzing, and at the same time feels himself moving very rapidly through a long, dark tunnel. After this, he finds himself outside of his own body...Soon, other things begin to happen. Others come to meet and help him. He glimpses the spirits of relatives and friends who have already died, and a loving, warm spirit of a kind he has never encountered before - a being of light - appears before him."
I am a fan of Mitford books, and have read all in this series. I think this latest (and last, I believe) one is not nearly up to the standard of the earlier novels, but a pleasant read. I think it is time to end the series, but glad to read Light From Heaven.
This is a haunting book that can be spellbinding. However, I would caution the squeamish and exceptionally tender-hearted reader, since it is VERY graphic and enormously sad in most of the book. I was glad to read it, and found it hard to put down. But I am recommending it only to others with the above caution.
This is a sad, but most sensitive book about the current moral issues around genetic engineering, stem cell controversy, etc. The author is skillful in presenting the emotional positions of different characters, with some twists at the end. I was not sure I'd like it in the beginning, but ended up thoroughly enjoying it. Lots to think about!
This is a wonderful book. The format of this novel is a diary that seems so real it is hard to believe it is fiction. The plot moves quickly, the characters are fully believable. The reader learns much about Cheyenne tribal culture, as well as the political times of the late 1800's in which the novel is set. I highly recommend it.
I loved this book! It is a fast-moving drama about life in England's court under Henry VIII. Despite its length, it is a book that moves rapidly without a pause, and held my interest from the first page to the last. The story is told in the first person of Mary, sister of Anne Boleyn. Each of the characters is well drawn and believable. I found the intrigue and tyranny of court life fascinating. This is fiction, based on fact, though large portions are surely not historically documented. However, the general machinations of court life in this era are probably fairly accurately portrayed. This is a great read! I highly recommend it.
This is a most powerful book! It is not always easy reading because of its emotional impact, but the courage and enduring spirit throughout is truly compelling. It's a must-read true account from the Holocaust era. Don't miss it.
A general how-to book on making capes, jackets, vests in a variety of creative ways. Book explains techniques from start to finish, designing, choosing fabrics, techniques, finishing, etc. Good for a beginner (with some experience)/intermediate quilter. Hardback.
I loved this book! The author appears to have done lots of research, the plot is plausible, characters seem real. Most of all, the conditions and story seem rooted in historical accuracy of the times. Recommend this book, and have already passed on my copy to another PBS member.
Characters never came to life for me, and I thoroughly disliked both of the leading ones. The book is heavy on description, light on dialogue, and the writing style is often distant and inflated. I kept plowing through it until I got three quarters of the book read, and then gave up. I almost never fail to finish a book, even ones I don't like much, so that is a real sign...I must be missing something. I don't know how this ended up on the bestseller list.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It is an account, richly documented, outlining Theodore Roosevelt's expedition into the then-unexplored Amazon basin. It is an incredible story of survival. The book is written in a very readable, engaging style, with dialogue and graphic description. I highly recommend!
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and would highly recommend it. I enjoyed the past/present format in the contrast, the historical base, and the highly "believable" characters. I did feel the ending was contrived, but overall it was a really good, quick read!
I thought this was a very good book, though perhaps not as much as Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. It moves quickly, though, the characters are well drawn, and the plot is interwoven well with swift twists and turns. I'd recommend it, since it also gives a window into Chinese culture and perspective of the 1930's into the fifties.
I enjoyed the book, but felt it isn't as good as the prior books in the series. Story line a bit weak and too limited in the time period covered - only the Christmas season. But an easy lightweight read, and reader keeps up with those endearing characters!