This week’s offerings reveal a very personal story taken from the darkest part of World War II — the Holocaust. On a brighter note, there is a look at the first of a two-volume work on one of the brightest minds in recent U.S. Supreme Court history. There is also a glimpse into a combat-hardened U.S. Marine who lost both legs and who uses his words to extol his inspiration — his fellow warriors. Also, a nationally recognized pastor sounds the alarm about the woke culture’s invasion of our churches. And the fiction suggestion comes from the Oregon Files series.
“Clive Cussler Fire Strike,” by Mike Maden (G.P. Putnam's Sons)
This is the 17th in the New York Times bestselling Oregon Files series of novels written in the style of the late Clive Cussler. Series protagonist Juan Cabrillo and the crew of the Oregon must stop a hypersonic missile attack from being launched by a Saudi prince. But they have to fight off a group of genetically enhanced mercenaries to do it. “Again the Oregon crew, led by Juan Cabrillo go over and above what is required to keep the world safe from those who would destroy us all,” reviewer Lynn Cobb says. “There is danger and excitement and perils you don't see coming. You won't want to put it down until it is finished.” (Fiction)
“My Friend Anne Frank: The Inspiring and Heartbreaking True Story of Best Friends,” by Hannah Pick-Goslar (Little, Brown Spark)
This is a first-hand account of the Holocaust as told by Pick-Goslar, who was a neighbor, classmate, and friend of Anne Frank. The two lost contact with one another after the Nazis took control of all Western Europe, but met again briefly at Bergen-Belsen, a German concentration camp. Anne Frank was no longer the lively chatterbox her friend remembered, and she died soon afterwards of disease and starvation. This was shortly before the camp was liberated by the Allies. “Readers will squirm at the Nazis’ loathsome behavior and feel disheartened to learn that all advanced Western governments (the U.S. included) denounced Nazi atrocities but turned away Jews fleeing Germany except for those who were wealthy and famous,” wrote Kirkus Reviews. “Painful history but a good choice for readers interested in Anne Frank or Holocaust-era memoirs.” (Nonfiction)
“Scalia: Rise to Greatness, 1936 to 1986,” by James Rosen (Regency Publishing)
James Rosen, historian and Newsmax chief White House correspondent, explores the life of one of the Supreme Court’s greatest minds: Antonin Scalia. This is the first of a two-volume biography, and covers Scalia’s life prior to his appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court by Ronald Reagan, and ultimately becoming one of its most brilliant and celebrated justices. “I’ve read several books by or about Antonin Scalia, whom I admire,” said reviewer Kevin Thomas Carroll. “This is by far the best biographical work on the late justice so far and is likely to be definitive. I can’t wait for volume two!” Nationally syndicated radio host Hugh Hewitt had nothing but praise for the book and the author for writing it. “I want everyone who listens to this show to go out and get this book … because it’s a rollicking grand read,” Hewitt said, just before interviewing Rosen. “I’ve long admired Justice Scalia, and I doubted that we would get a good book about him for a long time, but James Rosen has surprised me.” (Nonfiction)
“Unbroken Bonds of Battle,” by Johnny Joey Jones (Broadside Books)
The military career of Marine Staff Sergeant Johnny Jones ended in 2010 by an IED that required amputating both legs above the knee. Rather than write about his tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan as an explosives ordinance disposal technician as others suggested, Jones believed that “the amazing collection of people and warriors who’ve become a part of my life” were the most important part of his story. “Each of them with inspiring and heroic stories of their own,” Jones said. “It’s fitting that my first book is a telling of their stories, how they’ve affected my life and how their experience in serving this country shows the need for bonds on and beyond the battlefield. Unbroken Bonds is a book for, by and about patriotic Americans and what it truly means to be your brothers’ keeper.” The maxim, “freedom is not free” is demonstrated throughout this book as we learn the prices paid by U.S. servicemen and women serving all over the world. (Nonfiction)
“Woke Jesus: The False Messiah Destroying Christianity,” by Lucas Miles (Humanix Books)
On the surface, the woke social justice movement appears to be rooted in traditional Christian values such as equality, civil rights, and love. Dig deeper and you’ll find something more ominous at play, argues author Lucas Miles. Buckle up and hold on to your seat for this one, says Eric Metaxas, No. 1 New York Times bestselling author and host of the nationally syndicated Eric Metaxas Radio Show. “In this bold, analytical, and readable book, Miles names names and dismantles the fallacy of progressive Christianity” and the wokeness that has infiltrated the clergy. “Lucas Miles delivers a power packed punch of facts with historical data and connections to the church to expose the radical left in the church,” said Miranda Caverley. (Nonfiction)
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