Firing Back: Taking on the Party Bosses and Media Elite to Protect Our Faith and Freedom

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Book: Firing Back: Taking on the Party Bosses and Media Elite to Protect Our Faith and Freedom

Author: Todd Akin

Publisher: WND Books, 2014

ISBN-13: 978-1936488209

ISBN-10: 1936488205

Related website: http://www.wndbooks.com (publisher)

Language level: 1

(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)

Recommended reading level: Teens and adults

Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)

Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker

Disclosure:  Many publishers and/or authors provide free copies of their books in exchange for an honest review without requiring a positive opinion.  Any books donated to Home School Book Review for review purposes are in turn donated to a library.  No other compensation has been received for the reviews posted on Home School Book Review.

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Akin, Todd.  Firing Back: Taking on the Party Bosses and Media Elite to Protect Our Faith and Freedom (published in 2014 by WND Books, a trademark of World Net Daily Inc., Washington, DC).  William Todd Akin (born 1947) was born in New York City, NY, and grew up in the Greater St. Louis, MO, area.  After receiving his bachelor’s degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts, and serving in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Akin worked in the private sector in the computer and steel industries. In 1988, he was elected to the Missouri House of Representatives, where he served until 2000, when he was elected to the United States House of Representatives, in which he served Missouri’s 2nd congressional district until 2013.  Todd and his wife Lulli homeschooled their children in St. Louis County, where we lived from 2002 to 2008.  Their daughters played homeschool volleyball with our older son.  I worked with both Todd and Lulli when arranging speakers for the Greater St. Louis Area Home Educators Expo.  Though he was never our Congressman, our family for several years helped to set up the annual Independence Day celebration picnic at his home.  I know Todd Akin personally and hold him in the highest esteem.

In 2012, Akin ran for U. S. Senate against the incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill.  After winning a crowded Republican primary, he made some injudicious remarks on a taped television program discussion when asked about abortion and his opposition to exceptions for rape.  These remarks were misunderstood, and people jumped all over them to misrepresent what he believes.  He apologized for his incautious wording and explained what he really meant, but the damage was done.  Not only did the Democrats savagely attack him, but many of his fellow Republicans also turned on him and demanded that he withdraw from the race, which he refused to do.  He lost to McCaskill in an election year when many other Republicans, including Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, were also defeated as the Democrats falsely accused the Republican Party of waging a “war on women.”  This book chronicles these events and gives some general autobiographical background information to explain why Akin takes the stands that he does as a principled conservative and constitutionalist.

The bottom line is that Todd Akin is a God-fearing, decent, honest, patriotic man, the kind which leftists dearly detest, who was shafted by his own party.  Though I had made this decision long before these events occurred, what happened to Todd as recorded in this book explains why, even though I remain a Republican, plan to continue voting Republican, support the Republican party platform, and may donate to specific Republican candidates whom I feel that I can trust, never again will any of my money ever go to any of the national Republican organizations simply because they cannot be trusted to do the right thing.  With endorsements from Mike Huckabee, former governor of Arkansas; Phyllis Schlafly of Eagle Forum; Steve  King, Congressman from Iowa; Michele Bachmann, Congresswoman from Minnesota; David Barton of Wall Builders; Tony Perkins of Family Research Council; and Oliver North, Lt. Col. USMC Ret., Firing Back is a must read for all genuine conservatives.

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A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23

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Book: A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23

Author: W. Phillip Keller

Illustrator: Robert Doares

Publisher: Zondervan, republished in 2015

ISBN-13: 978-0310354024 Hardcover

ISBN-10: 0310354021 Hardcover

ISBN-13: 978-0310274414 Paperback

ISBN-10: 0310274419 Paperback

Language level: 1

(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)

Recommended reading level: Teens and adults, but suitable for everyone

Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT

Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker

Disclosure:  Many publishers and/or authors provide free copies of their books in exchange for an honest review without requiring a positive opinion.  Any books donated to Home School Book Review for review purposes are in turn donated to a library.  No other compensation has been received for the reviews posted on Home School Book Review.

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Keller, W. Phillip.  A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23 (published in 1970 by Zondervan Publishing House, a division of the Zondervan Corporation, Grand Rapids, MI   49506).  Some of the most familiar words in Scripture to Bible lovers are, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.…”  The author of this book, W. Phillip Keller, was born in East Africa and always loved wildlife and the outdoors.  After training as an agrologist at the University of Toronto in Canada, he spent many years in agriculture research, land management, and ranch development in British Columbia.  Later he pursued careers in conservation, wildlife photography, and journalism.  His experiences as a shepherd have equipped him with special insights on Psalm 23.  There is a short introduction, and then the twelve chapters follow the phrases of the 23rd Psalm.  My copy was given to me by a good friend in 1989.  It is very interesting to read.

Apparently, the book has been published in multiple versions.  One reader cautioned not to buy the abridged version because it largely omits the author’s descriptions of his own experiences found in the full book.  Another suggested that a later revised edition has more applicable reflection.  Still another recommended not buying one paperback copy because the print is quite small and the illustrations are missing.  Keller has produced two sequels, A Shepherd Looks at the Good Shepherd and A Shepherd Looks at the Lamb of God; a combined edition with all three, The Shepherd Trilogy, is available.  He has also written Lessons from a Sheep Dog.

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Man of Steel and Velvet: A Guide to Masculine Development

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Book: Man of Steel and Velvet: A Guide to Masculine Development

Author: Aubrey P. Andelin

Publisher: Pacific Press; updated edition published in 1994

ISBN-13: 978-0911094237

ISBN-10: 0911094237

Language level: 1

(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)

Recommended reading level: Older teen boys and adults

Rating: **** 4 stars (GOOD)

Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker

Disclosure:  Many publishers and/or authors provide free copies of their books in exchange for an honest review without requiring a positive opinion.  Any books donated to Home School Book Review for review purposes are in turn donated to a library.  No other compensation has been received for the reviews posted on Home School Book Review.

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Andelin, Aubrey P.  Man of Steel and Velvet: A Guide to Masculine Development (published in 1972 by Andelin Foundation for Education in Family Living, P. O. Box 3617, Santa Barbara, CA  93105; republished in 1978 by Pacific Press Santa Barbara, P. O. Box 3738, Santa Barbara, CA  93105).  The purpose of this book is to teach men how to be men by helping the young, single man visualize the man he ought to be in full maturity and providing the mature, married man with a pattern to consider for more effectiveness in his role as a husband and father.  Author Aubrey Andelin received his D.D.S. degree from the University of Southern California and has practiced dentistry in California and Idaho.  He and his wife, Helen, are the parents of eight children and grandparents of fifty eight.   Man of Steel and Velvet is the companion volume to Mrs. Andelin’s Fascinating Womanhood.

     Following an introductory chapter on “The Ideal Man,” Part I discusses “The Steel” which represents strength, while Part II describes “The Velvet” which symbolizes gentleness.     Every generation needs men of strong minds and courageous hearts who are not afraid of responsibility and hard work.  But along with this fiber of steel there must also be a gentle nature with which men can appreciate beauty, love their families with honor, and adore womanhood.  Basing his advice on Christian ethics as taught in the Bible, Andelin affirms that Jesus Christ “was the epitome” of masculinity, that “in no area was He lacking.”  By carefully analyzing the needs of a woman, especially her needs in marriage, and correlating them with the masculine nature and temperament, the author comes up with an intriguing picture of a man with the combined traits of the firmness of steel and the gentleness of velvet.

The majority of those who have objected to the book seem to have been influenced to some degree by modern feminism which completely rejects the Biblical ideas that the husband is the head and the wife is to submit.  And anyone who promotes such values is considered anathema to today’s leftists.  They made such charges as it is “an acute example of Fifties male,” calling it “misogynistic” and “A bunch of holier-than-thou, self-righteous, sexist,…blowhard diatribes,” and saying that it is “Perhaps the most outlandish and misguided book ever published on the subject” and filled with “ultra-conservative hogwash.”  One person even wrote, “I read this book back in college and just kept thinking to myself, how corny is this guy.  Does he live in Mayberry and know Andy and Barn?”  My, my.  I thought the left was supposed to preach tolerance.  They sure don’t practice it when they disagree!  One may not concur with every single concept or suggestion made in the book, but generally it presents in a simple and forthright way what it takes to be a man and outlines the way to a man’s greatest fulfillment of  his God-given roles.

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A Hug and a Kiss and a Kick in the Pants: A Creative Approach to Preventing Disciplinary Problems

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Book: A Hug and a Kiss and a Kick in the Pants: A Creative Approach to Preventing Disciplinary Problems

Author: Kay Kuzma

Cover Illustrator: Edward Letwenko

Publisher: Chariot Family Pub., 1987

ISBN-13: 978-1555133399

ISBN-10: 1555133398

Language level: 1

(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)

Recommended reading level: Parents

Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)

Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker

Disclosure:  Many publishers and/or authors provide free copies of their books in exchange for an honest review without requiring a positive opinion.  Any books donated to Home School Book Review for review purposes are in turn donated to a library.  No other compensation has been received for the reviews posted on Home School Book Review.

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Kuzma, Kay.  A Hug and a Kiss and a Kick in the Pants: A Creative Approach to Preventing Disciplinary Problems (published in1987 by Life Journey Books, an imprint of David C. Cook Publishing Co., Elgin, IL  60120).  Oh my!  Another book on childrearing.  Most such parenting books use an “if you do this, that, and the other, then this will happen, and if you don’t do this, that, and the other, then that will happen” approach.  However, A Hug and a Kiss and a Kick in the Pants is not a “how to” book in the usual sense.  Rather, it is a success “storybook” about parents who have discovered disciplinary strategies that work.  The author, Dr. Kay Kuzma, combines the practical experience of raising three children with more than twenty years in the fields of child development and family health services.  This valuable resource is a collection of stories that can give parents a fresh look at the challenging responsibility of raising children with a creative approach to preventing disciplinary problems.  Usually, materials from David C. Cook are generally conservative and fairly reliable.

Reader reviewers made several positive comments.  One wrote, “I raised my kids with it and now they are raising theirs with it. It’s full of love and logic.”  Another said, “It’s a great book to help you on how to handle your kids from other parents experiences.”  Someone else noted, “OUTSTANDING book on raising children. When no other book seemed to give me the advice I was looking for, this one, recommended to me by a friend, came to my rescue.”  Still another remarked, “I devoured this book when I was a young mother. It gave me tons of ideas and encouragement while I was an exhausted stay at home mom with three kids under the age of five.”  Yet another wrote, “This is one of the best books I have in my library. It taught me loving, creative discipline.”  Then someone else said, “I have read and re-read this book a number of times over the years, and recommended it to my friends. It has lots of practical parenting advice, especially for parents of younger kids but really for all ages. From a Christian perspective.”  Someone else remarked, “This is my favorite childcare book right next to How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk by Faber and Mazlish.”   And finally, there is the note, “Great guide to parents in raising responsible loving children in today’s world.”

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God’s Psychiatry: Healing for Your Troubled Heart

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Book: God’s Psychiatry: Healing for Your Troubled Heart

Author: Charles L. Allen

Publisher: Revell, republished in 2015

ISBN-13: 978-0800723941

ISBN-10: 0800723945

Language level: 1

(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)

Recommended reading level: Teens and adults

Rating: **** 4 stars (GOOD)

Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker

Disclosure:  Many publishers and/or authors provide free copies of their books in exchange for an honest review without requiring a positive opinion.  Any books donated to Home School Book Review for review purposes are in turn donated to a library.  No other compensation has been received for the reviews posted on Home School Book Review.

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Allen, Charles L.  God’s Psychiatry: Healing for Your Troubled Heart (published in 1953 by Fleming H. Revell Company, Westwood, NJ  07675; republished in 1963 by Pyramid Publications Inc.).  Dr. Charles L. Allen (1913-2005), long time minister with the First Methodist Church of Houston, TX, was the much-loved author of many books, including the bestselling All Things Are Possible through Prayer, but perhaps his most widely known book was God’s Psychiatry.  With more than a million and a half copies sold, this classic book is intended to show the reader how to apply the ancient wisdom of timeless biblical truths for a happier, healthier life today.  Drawing from the 23rd Psalm, the Ten Commandments, the Lord’s prayer, and the Beatitudes, Allen discusses ways to acquire confidence, courage, and a new look at life; banish fear and worry; root out hate and suspicion; bring out the best in oneself; generate appreciation from friends and co-workers; and face life with enthusiasm and inward peace.

Some might dismiss this as just more religious “Positive Mental Attitude” optimism similar to that of Norman Vincent Peale and Robert Schuller.  However, while that may be true to some degree, there is at least a somewhat serious attempt to make practical application from these passages of Scripture to explain the essence of God’s psychiatry with “prescriptions” that will cure discouragement and doubt and dramatically change one’s life for the better.  While there may be a few observations and suggestions with which some believers might disagree, most Bible students should find something in it that is useful, especially those facing difficult times with troubled hearts.  The Bible may not provide the solution for all mental and emotional problems, but in many cases it can help and certainly cannot hurt.

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Good Homes In A Wicked World

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Book: Good Homes In A Wicked World

Author: Irven Lee

Publisher: Guardian of Truth Foundation, 1976

ISBN-13: 978-1584270713

ISBN-10: 1584270713

Related website: http://www.ceibooks.com/ (publisher)

Language level: 1

(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)

Recommended reading level: Teens and adults

Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)

Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker

Disclosure:  Many publishers and/or authors provide free copies of their books in exchange for an honest review without requiring a positive opinion.  Any books donated to Home School Book Review for review purposes are in turn donated to a library.  No other compensation has been received for the reviews posted on Home School Book Review.

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Lee, Irven.  Good Homes In A Wicked World (published in 1976 by Guardian of Truth Foundation, now C. E. I. Books).  Irven Lee was a gospel preacher.  This book is a series of fourteen lessons on the family dealing with marriage and the home, preparation for marriage, and meeting the responsibilities of the different roles within the home.  I believe that the material was originally presented as a series of sermons, then published as articles in a magazine, and finally compiled into a book.  Over the last fifty years, powerful influences have been eating away at the foundation of Bible principles needed for godly and good homes.  These lessons are intended to be practical and useful to every member of the family.

Chapters include discussions of marriage, the man’s place, the women’s place, the child’s place, parenthood, and divorce, along with related topics.  The Introduction concludes, “If we listen closely to these things and heed the warnings, we can have richer, fuller personal lives and happier homes in this present world and may look for the eternal reward in the afterwhile.”  I obtained my copy of this book and read it many years ago and since then have given copies to every young couple for whom I have performed their wedding ceremony.   Lee has also written Preaching in a Changing World.  His wife, Otha Lee, is the author of Mrs. Lee’s Stories About Jesus, and its companion volume Mrs. Lee’s Stories About God’s First People.

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For You, Teen-Ager in Love

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Book: For You, Teen-Ager in Love

Author: Walter.Riess

Illustrator: Jim Cummins

Publisher: Literary Licensing LLC, republished in 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1258243937

ISBN-10: 1258243938

Language level: 1

(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)

Recommended reading level: Ages 13 and up

Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)

Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker

Disclosure:  Many publishers and/or authors provide free copies of their books in exchange for an honest review without requiring a positive opinion.  Any books donated to Home School Book Review for review purposes are in turn donated to a library.  No other compensation has been received for the reviews posted on Home School Book Review.

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Riess, Walter.  For You, Teen-Ager in Love (published in 1960 by Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis, MO).  Written by an editor of high school materials for the Lutheran Church, this book is in the form of a series of talks with young people about love, sex, dating, and marriage.  The purpose is “to mark out some of the guidelines of love that our Lord and His church have given” us.  Since it was first published in 1960, some might think that it is hopelessly outdated, but what was true fifty years ago is still true today.  And with chapters with titles like “All the Kids Are Doing It,” “If I Love Him, Why Wait?”, “If You Love a Girl, Petting’s All Right, Isn’t It?”, “For Those Who Have Gone Too Far,” and “Saying Yes at the Right Time,” it sounds pretty relevant to me.

The chapter on marriages between people of different faiths is especially noteworthy.  The style of writing is frank but tactful and tasteful.  My copy of For You, Teen-Ager in Love came from my grandfather, Glenn Workman (1896-1979).  It even has his name written in it.  He was a gospel preacher, and I assume that he purchased the book to help him in counseling young people about dating and marriage. There may be a few specific observations in the book with which some of us might disagree, but for the most part I have generally found sex education materials from Concordia Publishing to be fairly conservative and quite useful.  It was republished in 2012 by Literary Licensing.

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