Friday 12 April 2024

Legend of the Star Dragon - Tracey West and Graham Howells - Dragon Masters Book 25

Legend of the Star Dragon
Dragon Masters Book 25
Tracey West (Author)
Graham Howells (Illustrator)
Scholastic
ISBN 9781338777000
eISBN 9781338777024
ASIN B0BNPHWM2Y

Legend of the Star Dragon - Tracey West and Graham Howells - Dragon Masters  Book 25

My daughter who is now 13 loves these books. It used to take her more than a week to read one. Now she devoured this one in less than 40 minutes. But she still insists we will read them all. She hated the cliff hanger ending. However because we were late getting around to reading this one she only has about a month to wait for the next volume to release. This book and series is wonderful for young readers. It is an early chapter book or Middle Grade read. The next book in the series is #25 Cave of the Crystal Dragon followed by #26 Haunting of the Ghost Dragon. There is also a second special edition denounced The Epic Guide to Dragon Masters, and my daughter is still insistent we will read them all.

This is another great read in wonderful series. These books are well below my youngest daughters reading level. But she loves them so much. She reads for 20 minutes 5 days most weeks and a book in this series use to take her 10-12 days to read. This one she read in just under 2 sittings, just a bit faster than the last one. I have said it before and I state it again, this series gets better and better. It has serious staying power.  

In this volume we have several surprises, and to be honest our biggest cliff hanger ending yet! One surprise is when a Dragon masters Dragon stone is stolen. This is book 25 but we have reread a few of the volumes, making it the 37th time we have read a book in the series together, and she has read most of them 3 or 4 times waiting for new ones to come out. As a family we eagerly await the new volumes that have been announced. In this volume Graham Howells returns as the illustrator, he has illustrated a few in the series. But let us return to this volume. 

The last part of the description of this volume is:

“The legendary Star Dragon must battle the powerful Shadow Dragon in the latest action-packed installment of this New York Times bestselling series! Pick a book. Grow a Reader! This series is part of Scholastic's early chapter book line, Branches, aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches books help readers grow! Drake and the rest of the Dragon Masters are one step closer to stopping the Shadow Dragon from blanketing the world with its sky-shadow. They have the Star Flute! Now they just need to summon the Star Dragon. But first they must figure out how to play the flute. They will need to work fast! Can the Star Dragon help them save the world? With engaging black-and-white artwork on every page, kids won't be able to put down this action-packed adventure!”

This story is the continuation of a darker and longer story line than any of the others in the series. My daughter reads through the chapter titles before beginning, and she guesses what might happen. The chapters this time are:

The Star Flute
The Great Library
A Starry Tale
Help from Darpan
Guardian of the Temple
A Surprise in the Shadows
Breaking Through
A Lost Connection
The Summoning
Stella and Nova
The Sky Battle
Super Shine!
Clear Skies
Wizard Worries
The Star Stone
A Friend in Need

The story continues directly from the last. This time we meet a new dragon master, and Drake asks Petra for help. In this volume we encounter a Griffin, we battle Chaya and Aruna again. And we encounter sky-shadow-creatures. We meet Nova the star dragon from legends and her dragon master Stella. And the story ends with a great surprise about Griffith. But to find out what you will need to read this volume.

My daughter gave it a 4.5 out of 5. She really did not like the surprise at the end of the story. She thought this one would end a story arc, but it seems to be setting up the next. She loved that there was again sign language in this volume. And there was music including bars you could try and play yourself.

With being 26 books into a series my daughter has made a chart of the dragons, their masters, and their primary powers, and is now adding secondary powers as they are discovered.  This is another excellent read in a great series. The series has real staying power. Even though they are well below my daughters reading level she still loves them! I believe they will be lifelong favourites. We can easily recommend this book and series!    

Dragon Master Books:
1. Rise of the Earth Dragon
2. Saving the Sun Dragon
3. Secret of the Water Dragon
4. Power of the Fire Dragon
5. Song of the Poison Dragon

6. Flight of the Moon Dragon
7. Search for the Lightning Dragon
26. Cave of the Crystal Dragon
27. Haunting of the Ghost Dragon
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The Epic Guide to Dragon Masters
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Legend of the Star Dragon - Tracey West and Graham Howells - Dragon Masters  Book 25

Thursday 11 April 2024

Jellybean: A Baby’s Journey to Heaven - Theoni and Bastian Bell with illustrations by Bernadette Gockowski

Jellybean: A Baby’s Journey to God
Bernadette Gockowski (Illustrator)
ISBN 9781959418160


A few years ago I read the novel The Woman in the Trees by Theoni and was greatly impressed by it. My own children are well past the age of picture books, so it has been a few years since I have reviewed one. I chose to read and review this one because of the author and the subject covered, though it is not an easy topic. I have known a number of friends who have been through this process at various stages of pregnancy. This volume handles the subject well, with sensitivity, and compassion. 

This is a deeply moving volume. Following the development of the baby, the book shows the family’s interactions with each other and with the baby. This will be an excellent resource for families that lose an expectant child. The illustrations by Gockowski are amazing; soft water colours that are vivid and evoke strong emotions and feelings. 

The story follows the development of Jellybean, up to her loss. Then, it shows the family’s experience after her parting; and her own experiences being taken to heaven.

This is an excellent picture book, one I can easily recommend, especially for families who face loss in this way.



Note: This book is part of a series of reviews: 2022 Catholic Reading Plan

Books by Theoni Bell:

Wednesday 10 April 2024

Author Profile and Interview with Declan Finn

Author Profile and Interview with Declan Finn


Two years ago I finally dived into the works of Declan Finn, I had been aware of his name and works for a while but had not got around to reading any. Once I started I came close to a book a week until I had finished all that were currently in print. And I have been working through the plethora of anthologies he has contributed to. Recently Declan took some time from his busy schedule to answer some questions for the readers here at Book Reviews and More. So here in his own words is Declan Finn.

1. When did you know you wanted to be a writer? How are you nurturing that dream?

When I was 16, I wrote some fan fiction. It spiralled into a multiple volume series that looked nothing like the original by the time I was done with it. I had basically rewired my brain so that it was always “on.” I couldn’t go anywhere or do anything without thinking of how to turn it into a plot or a scene, or an action sequence. 

I wouldn’t say it’s a dream. Kind of more like a night terror. Because, again, my brain is always on. Always. I can’t read a book or watch TV without rewriting it. I have to spend almost as much time marketing as I do writing—imagine spending hours online as part of establishing a brand and interacting with people, especially when you hate being on social media. That’s writing. That’s the inside of my brain.

2. Who were some of the biggest supporters of your writing?

My father encouraged me to start writing my ideas down. Then he encouraged me to continue writing. He was possibly my biggest fan early on. In fact, he was going to reread all of my books when I moved him to Texas. He died a month before the move out of New York City.

My wife was a fan before she married me, so, bonus.

Overall, my family has never asked me “When are you going to get a real job?” In part because I write from nine to five. This is my real job. Though it feels more unreal than not.

3. What authors influenced your writing style and format?

A lot of my early work was inspired by J. Michael Straczynski, creator of Babylon 5 and author of multiple comic books. 

Timothy Zahn helped me create characters who think their way through problems.

Reading John Ringo taught me how to meld politics into a plot… because wherever two or three are gathered, at some level, there is politics, even if it’s just interpersonal. And done correctly, they can add interesting complications to the story.

And David Weber taught me space combat. Because David Weber.

4. You currently have a few series on the go with various publishers, how do you decide which works to publish with which publisher?

I started with one book with Damnation Press… and they were bought by another company that promptly closed them. So that went nowhere.

My first real publisher was Silver Empire Press. I recall that they approached me and was willing to publish almost everything I had self-published at the time. And Silver Empire encouraged me to create a new IP, which turned into Saint Tommy, NYPD.

But when Silver Empire fell apart, I had offers from three other groups. Honestly, I just wanted to try them all out.

My space opera, White Ops, was my first project. It was with Tuscany Bay Books, only because Silver Empire was backlogged for a while (Covid and government messed around with them pretty badly). So I figured, “Okay, they won’t published White Ops until they finish Saint Tommy, NYPD. I’ll give White Ops to Tuscany Bay.” Tuscany Bay ended up with Saint Tommy because I was already with them on the one, might as well do the other

My other series, Love at First Bite, was about Catholic vampires. I was familiar with Three Ravens Press, and a lot of their interest was in Urban Fantasy. So I bounced Love at First Bite off of them. They were happy to take it

My Pius Trilogy was politically incendiary, so I went with a more politically minded publisher, Conservatarian Press. It has not yet been republished, they’re building infrastructure. 

In short, I’m just trying things out with people I know.

Ironically, a pretty big Indie publisher approached me AFTER I had signed with three different publishers. So, that drove me a little nuts.

5. If you had not become a writer what do you think you would be doing for a living?

Had I known then what I know now, I would have become an electrician or a welder. I can turn my brain off on the way home, and read a book in peace.

6. What does your writing process look like? Takes us through the steps from idea to publishing?

It used to be that I would fully develop the characters, wind them up, and let them roam as I throw plot points at them. I let them react naturally. 

Then I started outlining, because Silver Empire asked me to… and sometimes, I still let the characters roam, because they know pacing better than I do.

Then I have people edit. Then I edit. Then, if I’ve made significant changes, I have them edit again. Then I give it to the publisher. Usually, at this point, it’s their problem.

Except for PR. Because PR will lay heavily on you the writer. What? Did you think you could just write the book, and not be integral to selling it?

7. I once heard Madeleine L'Engle state that her characters were real to her and almost an extended part of her family, she said once that at the dinner table she sat up and stated "Meg just finished her PhD." Are your characters real to you, do you ever get glimpses of what they are up to now, or once you finish a book is that it?

The characters are too real sometimes.

I have straight-up killed characters, and they’re still coming back in short stories.

I wrapped up Love at First Bite seven years ago… and there’s a sequel series en route.

And you thought keeping Sherlock Holmes at the bottom of Reichenbach was difficult for Conan-Doyle.

8. What if your favourite character that you have written and why?

Probably Thomas Nolan. I got the most mileage out of him. He was even easy to write.

Though Sean Ryan is a good runner-up, since he’s been in my head the longest. And he’s a bit more balanced between “I grew up in a monastery” and “I feed pedophiles into a woodchipper in my spare time.”

9. What is your favourite book you have written and why?

Go ask grandparents who their favorite grandchildren are. Same thing.

10. Many people have commented on how each of your books would make great films. Have any of them been optioned or has any interest in actually developing them begun?

I have a film script for the first Saint Tommy novel. I have a pilot for Love at First Bite. But I have no offers or options.  Angel studios may have the balls, but their method of contacting them about developing contact is a problem. Nick Searcy would have the balls to do it, but he’s busy. Neal McDonough might be the last option for someone I can reach out to.

11. If you were asked for a list of 10 Catholic Fiction books to read, what would they be?

1. Ann Margaret Lewis, Murder in the Vatican, as well as The Watson Chronicles.  Okay, and Nephilim: Corruption
2. John Desjarlais (RIP), Bleeder and Viper
3. Adam Lane Smith did several great Catholic novels, but I think he’s pulled them all. Keep an eye out for when / if he republishes them.
4. NR LaPoint, Chalk
5. John C. Wright's Somewhither … and Iron Chamber of Memory.
6. L Jagi Lamplighter’s Rachel Griffin Series
7. Tim Powers. Any of Tim Powers. In fact, we need to put him and John Wright in a room together and see what books come out of it.
8. Ralph McInerny, The Red Hat. I know he’s known for Father Dowling, but I enjoyed that novel.
9. Russel Newquist, War Demons
10. Richard Paolinelli, Escaping Infinity

12. If you were asked for a list of 10 Catholic Non-Fiction books to read, what would they be?

I first read this as “non-Catholic fiction books.” So since I made that list, they are… 

1. Blaine Lee Pardoe: Splashdown
2. John Ringo, Princess of Wands
3. Ringo / Weber, March Upcountry
4. Timothy Zahn, any. Seriously, any.
5. Jim Butcher, The Dresden Files
6. Leslie Charteris: The Saint.
7. Jeffery Deaver, The Coffin Dancer
8. James Rollins, The Sigma Files
9. Karl Gallagher, The Lost War
10. Kal Spriggs, In Death’s Shadow

Catholic Non-Fiction.

1. Ronald Rychlak, Hitler, the War, and the Pope, Revised and Expanded
2. The Inquisition, by Howard Kamen
3. For all their Wars are Merry, by Declan Finn
4. Pius History (coming soon), from Declan Finn
5. A Philosophy for Living, by John Konecsni, and Declan Finn
6. Triumph
7. An Exorcist Tells his Story, Gabrielle Amorth
8. The Rite
9. The Snakebite Letters, Peter Kreeft
10. The Bad Catholics Guide to Good Living, by John Zmirak

13. All of your in print books are available in electronic formats but with that comes bootleg distribution. What are your impressions of eBooks and the distribution of them through torrents and other illegal means?

If these buggers are going so cheap that they can’t pay me the $4 or less per book, I can’t imagine that they’d pay if the books were only available legally.

14. Some authors monitor torrent sites and contact them to remove their content. Do you do so or have someone do so for you?

Neither. I will occasionally trip over someone who has pirated my books, and only then do I bother filing a report with someone. But there has been one author already who sued a pirate site, and the pirate is still doing it. So, I’ll do it if it’s right in front of me, but I’m not going to go hunting for it.

15. Why did you choose the pen name Declan Finn? Do you have any regrets with using a nom de plume?

My father had a side business called Declan Finn Inc. I would have used Junior, but he told me not to bother.

Do I regret using an alias? Heck no. My last name is bad enough that I worry that people will swallow their tongue if they tried.

16. What were some of your favorite authors in your teen years who helped shape you?

Joseph Garber’s Verticle Run. 
Tom Clancy
Bernard Cornwell
Timothy Zahn.

17. What are some of your favourite books and authors now?

Ann Margaret Lewis, Murder in the Vatican / The Watson Chronicles.  
NR LaPoint
John C. Wright
L Jagi Lamplighter
Richard Paolinelli, Escaping Infinity
Blaine Lee Pardoe: Splashdown
John Ringo, Princess of Wands
Ringo / Weber, March Upcountry
Timothy Zahn
Jim Butcher
Leslie Charteris
Karl Gallagher
Kal Spriggs

18. I once had a university professor state that the true goal of a university education should be to teach one to learn how to think. What would you state should be the goal of higher education and why?

Keep in mind, I am speaking now as the son of a Catholic philosophy professor, with a PhD. I myself have two Bachelors, a Masters, and a PhD (ABD).

Education, all education, should be to get you ready for life.

Start with high school. Because high school education should prepare people for the real world. Teenagers should leave high school with basic check balancing skills, the ability to fill out a tax return, and the ability to use power tools and metal working. Also, critical thinking skills. Because not everyone goes to college, not everyone has the ability to go to college. Teens should be able to be able to think on their own, because they may have to. 

College should be trade schools. You want a history degree? You should be trained to be able to get a job in history when you get out … whether it be a professional researcher, a high school or a college professor. I’ve got the Masters in history, and it’s absolutely useless. Why? Because when I was in the middle of my PhD, I learned from the American History Association, that demand for my research focus (European history) was at an all time low.

College should tell you upfront what your employment prospects are.

You want a gender studies degree, you can go get a minor in it, but there are no jobs in it. And you should be told that up front.

20 years ago, college felt like high school, the sequel. I worry about what it looks like today.

19. If you were stuck on a desert island and could only have 10 books to read again and again, what books would you want with you?

You mean, aside from “The complete book of ship building” and “Navigating by the stars”?

Anyway… Yeah, that’s the sort of stack that requires length and depth. Especially if I’m going to reread them over and over. 

Les Miserables
The complete Three Musketeers.
The Father Brown Omnibus, Chesterton
Lord of the Rings
The Silmarillion
The Summa Theologica
The complete Narnia
John C Wright’s Somewhither
Triple Zeck, a Nero Wolfe Omnibus
Heir to the Empire trilogy, by Timothy Zahn

20. What advice would you give to young aspiring authors and artists?

Get a degree in marketing or graphic design. Or both. Probably join toastmasters. Because if you’re going into the arts thinking that you’re going to avoid people, you are dead wrong.

Writing is a business. Don’t tell me how it’s “just art.” Artists had patrons. Renaissance art was created because people with money commissioned them. You cannot separate art and money with a crowbar … and I’m not referring to how art pieces are used for illicit activities. 

21. Bonus Question: You often give advice stating that people do not really want to be writers. If someone were insistent on becoming one what advice would you give them?

I always clarify between if someone “wants to be a writer” and if someone “has to be a writer.” 
If you have to be a writer, and you are compelled to write, just embrace it, because it’s too late for you. Welcome to the party pal.
And if you want to be a writer … why? Do you think it will be easy? Fun? It’s work. It may be enjoyable work, but writing is work. 
Worse, selling your writing is work. 
But yeah, learn about graphic design and marketing. You can get people to do this for you, but it’s cheaper if you do it yourself. The more you control, the better.
Find readers among your friends. And I mean friends who will insult you to your face, because you need people who will not spare your feelings as they edit your work. Find friends who will take a blue pen to published newspaper articles. Find your nearest English major and put them to work. Because you cannot edit your own work… unless you want to wait a while.

Declan give us some very serious and substantial answers to the 21 questions he faced. He has provided some excellent advice on education and on writing. He has given some great lists of books to read. A number of the authors he mentioned I was aware of or had not read. And because of Finn my ‘to be read’ bile just grew significantly. Declan spends a lot of time on social media promoting other authors, books and specific publishers. If you have not read anything by him I encourage you to do so. I regret not having started reading his works earlier, so I encourage you not to make my mistake. I recommend starting with White Ops, Saint Tommy, or Live at first bite! 

Books by Declan Finn:
Love At First Bite Series:


Other books:
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Anthologies contributed to:
Luna: Planetary Anhtology Series Book 2
Supernatural Streets
Starflight: Tales From The Starport Lounge
Mercury: Planetary Anthology Series Book 4
Venus: Planetary Anthology Series Book 5
Mars: Planetary Anthology Series Book 7
Places Beyond the Wild: A Z-Day Anthology
Shoot the Devil: Ten Tales of Humans Defeating the Demonic
Fantastic Schools, Volume 6
...



Honor At Stake - Declan Finn - Love at First Bite Book 1

Hell Spawn - Declan Finn - Saint Tommy NYPD Book 1

White Ops - Declan Finn - White Ops Book 1

A Pius Man - Declan Finn - The Pius Trilogy Book 1

Tuesday 9 April 2024

There You Are, God! - Karina Fabian and Deacon Steven Lumbert - Finding God in the Everyday

There You Are, God!
Finding God in the Everyday
Karina Lumbert Fabian and
Deacon Steven Lumbert
Laser Cow Press
ISBN 9781956489156
ISBN 9781956489163
ASIN B0CTYQ4RHV

There You Are, God! - Karina Fabian and Deacon Steven Lumbert - Finding God in the Everyday

This is an amazing little book. Each chapter is a different reflection, they are are alternately written by Karina and Steven, daughter and father. These lessons are:

The Reluctant Convert
Love in a Pot of Rice
So Help Me, God, I Didn't Do It
Martyr for the Trivial
Out of the Depths of Despair
Does God Send Flowers?
The Close Call
Bare Feet
Who, Me?
Small Steps, Steady Progress
Cough Up
My Non-Personal Relationship with God
The Patient Friend
Influence

Each chapter begins with a quote, then a personal story and then the Life Lesson learned from the experience. Each reflection is supported with a biblical verse and with a quote from the Catechism of the Catholic Church. When I reviewed the first edition of this volume I stated:

“This book is a little treasure that I know I will go back and reread again to inspire and encourage me in my faith. It is a great book that was very well written. The book also includes a list of books for further reading and a few prayers at the end of the book to help start us along the path of deeper devotion. So give it a try; it will challenge you in your faith and motivate you to go deeper in your spiritual journey!”

I a couple of chapters in when I realized it was a second edition of the book with a different title. While reading this edition I highlighted a few passages, some of them are:

“Deacon Steve and Karina have been gifted with a distinct and penetrating insight into how God can be found in almost every place and in every experience of our lives. Through this little book, they share with us the fruit of that insight. Their amazing little stories are enthralling. Written in easily readable and well-crafted snippets culled from combined life experiences , this book illustrates God’s love for us and how we can confidently go to Him as our Father.”

“The fundamental lesson of the church’s catechetical life, reflected both in the ancient catechumenate and today’s RCIA, is that Christian discipleship is an ongoing developmental journey.”

“We owe Karina and Deacon Steve a debt of gratitude for their sensitive and inspirational message. Like the catechists of the ancient church, they remind us all that being a disciple must be something that permeates every aspect of our being.”

“This past year, I even started attending daily Mass. My journey to truly living my faith has been one of small steps ever forward, and ironically, as I journeyed, my Dad began a similar but far greater journey of his own.”

I do not recall what I did the first time I read this volume. But this time I started reading it just before Lent began. I read a chapter most days. I did miss a few days when life because busy, both at home and at work. The fourteen reflections are very well written. And in some ways a lesson I needed even more now in 2024, compared to when I first read it in 2011. A few days I found the reflection particularly impactful and the next day reread that chapter rather then just pressing on.

A sample reflection is:

Martyr for the Trivial
KARINA

Let us all be brave enough to die the death of a martyr, but let no one lust for martyrdom.
- Mohandas Gandhi –

I'm 5'3", but I don't think of myself as short until I get into my car. The seat belt just doesn't fit right. It rubs my neck or falls wrong across my chest. Most of the time, I can ignore it, but sometimes—especially when I'm already irritated over something—it will drive me insane. I pull at it, shift around, sometimes even hold it in place with one hand while I drive. And of course, I get cranky. The manufacturers were smart enough to make an adjustment slide for it on the door—why couldn't they have brought it down just another of couple of inches so it would actually work for me? I seldom complained about it aloud but bore the suffering in silence. I'm such a martyr!

For years, I kept meaning to get one of those little straps that pulls the seatbelt over just enough to fit me right. However, I couldn't bring myself to "waste" three dollars. Finally, I thought, "Why am I making a big deal of this? Stop being a martyr over a triviality and solve the problem!" I put it in my car and it works great!

Recently, I got into an argument with someone. A writer asked me for a critique, which I devoted a good portion of my writing time to crafting. She dismissed it as nonsense, with the implication that I was just being snide. I spent a fruitless day trying to explain my position, only to get "polite" jabs in return. The next morning, I went to Mass with those replies circling my mind like wolves and snapping at my fragile peace.

I knew the solution: give it to God, forgive, and move on. The whole thing was trivial. However, just like with the seat belt, I insisted on trying to solve the issue my way and build myself up as a martyr in my own mind. (A very unmartyr-like attitude indeed.) I had to stop being a martyr over a trivial gripe and solve the problem.
I turned my focus to God and laid the conflict at His feet. The chaos of arguments and hurt feelings stilled and faded. I prayed for the person I had argued with, then I prayed for me: "Lord, let this end in me now."
So simple a solution, but it works great!

Life Lesson
WE MAY BE CALLED TO SUFFER, BUT WE NEED TO KNOW WHEN SUFFERING IS RIGHT

What is it about human nature that makes us want to build mountains out of molehills? Whether letting dishes pile up in the sink or letting a family argument swell into alienation, we can let things continue to irritate and grow—even when we know the solution exists!

As Catholics, we know God can transform suffering, and we have many martyrs to give us examples. However, God doesn't want us to dwell on pain. He's not impressed when we choose to suffer over the minor annoyances of life rather than taking the initiative to resolve problems—or, just as bad, when we will not accept outside help—His help—to resolve a problem.

What's your "martyr issue"? Take some time today and dwell over it, but not about how you've suffered. Instead, offer it to God, then think about really solving the problem. Of course, the first step is to simply pray, "Lord, let this end in me now."

For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but rather of power and love and self-control. So do not be ashamed of your testimony to our Lord, nor of me, a prisoner for his sake; but bear your share of hardship for the gospel with the strength that comes from God.
2 Timothy 1:7-8

God is infinitely good and all his works are good. Yet no one can escape the experience of suffering or the evils in nature which seem to be linked to the limitations proper to creatures: and above all to the question of moral evil. Where does evil come from? "I sought whence evil comes and there was no solution", said St. Augustine, and his own painful quest would only be resolved by his conversion to the living God. For "the mystery of lawlessness" is clarified only in the light of the "mystery of our religion".
Catechism of the Catholic Church
Paragraph 385

I read the first edition of this book in 2011, punished under the name Why God Matters: How to Recognize Him in Daily Life, I am uncertain why the name changed. But I can state it is an excellent read. I believe I got more out of reading this new edition then I did my first time through. It is an excellent volume I believe any Catholic, or really any Christian would benefit from reading. I can easily recommend this volume.

Note: This book is part of a series of reviews: 2024 Catholic Reading Plan!


Dex Hollister Series:

The Old Man and the Void
Dex's Way
...

Neeta Lyffe, Zombie Exterminator Series :
Neeta Lyffe, Zombie Exterminator
I Left My Brains in San Francisco
Shambling in a Winter Wonderland


DragonEye PI Series:
DragonEye PI Novels:
?.0 Magic, Mensa and Mayhem (Revised edition)
?.0 Live and Let Fly (Revised edition)
...  

DragonEye PI Short Stories:

DragonEye PI Original First Editions:
Live and Let Fly
...

Space Traipse Series:
Space Traipse: Hold My Beer, Season 1
Space Traipse: Hold My Beer, Season 2
Space Traipse: Hold My Beer, Season 3
Space Traipse Stories

Mind Over Series:
Mind Over Mind
Mind Over Psyche
Mind Over All
Hearts Over Mind


Edited by: Karina Fabian:
Infinite Space, Infinite God I
Leaps of Faith
Infinite Space, Infinite God II


Nonfiction with Deacon Steven Lumbert:
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Contributed to:
Firestorm of Dragons
The Zombie Cookbook
The Book of Tentacles
Twisted Fayrie Tales
FRIGHTLINER: And Other Tales of the Undead
Mother Goose is Dead
Word by Word: Slowing Down with the Hail Mary
Image and Likeness Literary Reflections on the Theology of the Body
Corrupts Absolutely? Dark Metahuman Fiction
Weird Noir
The Complete Guide to Writing Paranormal Novels
Manifesto UF
Avenir Eclectia
Planetary Anthology: Jupiter
Planetary Anthology: Pluto
Planetary Anthology: Luna
Planetary Anthology: Uranus
FlagShip Science Fiction and Fantasy v2i5
My Little Book of Headdesks
To Be Men: Stories Celebrating Masculinity
...


There You Are, God! - Karina Fabian and Deacon Steven Lumbert - Finding God in the Everyday

Why God Matters - Karina Fabian and Deacon Steven Lumbert