Books

Letter from Santa Claus by Robin Jones is based on a letter he received while sick in a children’s hospital in 1949

In Letter from Santa Claus, a children’s picture book by Robin Jones, readers are introduced to five-year-old Robin who is hospitalized with pneumonia leading up to the Christmas of 1949. It’s a heartwarming story, complemented by charming artwork that embodies the magic of Christmas. We caught up with Robin recently to find about more about him and the story behind the story.

Debut Novelist Jeremy Bradley-Silverio Donato is charting new territory

I wanted to write about what it’s like to be diagnosed with and live with HIV, but I didn’t want that to be the central theme, but rather one part of the complexity of the characters’ lives.

Jeremy C Bradley-Silverio Donato is a man who exemplifies what it means to reinvent yourself.

Eric Santos on his book Shoot Your Shot that discusses dating in the world of social media and apps

Dating has changed dramatically over the last ten years with the advent of Instagram and Tinder. Today’s dating apps only require that users take ten seconds to look at a handful of your photos before making a decision to swipe right (hot) or left (not hot) on you. The selfie focused social media platforms of today have made what you look like more important than what you have to say.

TENNESSEE — Edwin Alan Salhany combines the four gospel stories together in The Gospel “Lite”

Taking a unique approach to harmonizing the Biblical accounts, Edwin Alan Salhany expertly weaves the four Gospel stories together into one continuous chronological narrative, removing duplication, and yet preserving all the details and nuances of the different writers. Using the venerable King James text, this is not a paraphrase, but a re-edit of the very Word of God.

The Face of Hunger: Reflections on a Famine in Ethiopia is a memoir about Dr. Byron Conner’s life-changing missionary trip

The Ethiopia famine threatened the lives of many thousands of Ethiopian citizens. It has been estimated that four hundred thousand to five hundred thousand perished due to the famine in 1983-1985, and millions were made destitute. The Face of Hunger: Reflections on a Famine in Ethiopia by Byron Conner, M.D. is a memoir based on the years spent helping to the Ethiopian people and the lasting effects that followed the author’s family home to the US.

Baltimore, MA: Unfolding the universal truth: Ken Ungerecht discuses his book Divine Principles about science and spirituality

Ken Ungerecht’s book Divine Principles examines the intersection of spirituality and science. He examines spiritual concepts with scientific principles, and addresses theories about consciousness, conception, reincarnation, and more. We discussed the path that led him to write such an ambitious book.

Philadelphia, PA: Jaime Reyes discusses In the Beginning, a novel that explores of the origins of religion

In his novel, In the Beginning, Jaime Reyes addresses topics of spirituality and religion from the imagined perspective of a Neanderthal tribe. We talked with Reyes about his experiences with religion, his unorthodox journey to becoming a writer, and how he became interested in Neanderthals for the subject of his book.

Rock Hill, Pennsylvania: The Story of the Sun by Anne Hunter Logue is an illustrated book about discovering who we are

The Story of the Sun is a colorfully illustrated book for both children and adults about our relationship with the sun and how it helps us understand who we are. We are so innocent as children, with joy and wonder in our lives. Often as our lives unfold and we grow older, much of that is lost and we forget the truth of our identity and how precious we are.

Columbus, Ohio: Interview with Noel Frederick Mehlo, Jr. on his novel The Lost Ranger: A Soldier’s Story

Brave men from the 5th Ranger Infantry Battalion were decimated on their path from the bloody June 6, 1944, D-Day invasion on Omaha beach to assaulting the fort at Brest, France five months later.  Their story is told in The Lost Ranger: A Soldier’s Story, an extensively researched novel that examines the unit that the author’s grandfather, Staff Sergeant Herbert Stanton Hull, served in during the war.