Ten Interesting Facts About World War I

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Review of Enduring Courage

Enduring Courage

In Enduring Courage: Ace Pilot Eddie Rickenbacker and the Dawn of the Age of Speed, John F. Ross skillfully tells the story of renowned World War I flying ace, Eddie Rickenbacker. Raised in a poor immigrant family in Ohio, Eddie suffered abuse that may have broken most children his age. Yet, despite these disadvantages, he was able not only to survive, but thrive. He became a brilliant mechanic, and his knowledge of cars led him to become one of the most famous race-car drivers of his time. In search of the latest automotive innovations, he discovered in Great Britain that airplanes could be used as weapons of war. With the onset of World War I, Eddie joined the Armed Forces and served as General Pershing’s driver before becoming an airplane mechanic. Not content to stay on the ground, he would join the Air Corps, rising to squadron commander, gaining notoriety back in the United States as “The Ace of Aces.”

After World War I, Eddie would head Eastern Airlines, applying his vast knowledge to the commercial flight industry before the onset of World War II. His life seemed to be marked with the incredible will to survive as he miraculously lived through two plane crashes and twenty-four days adrift at sea.

Enduring Courage is a well-written biography of a famous American hero about whom very little is known. Having little knowledge of World War I, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Eddie Rickenbacker’s story is almost too incredible to be believed. I highly recommend Enduring Courage to any one interested in American Military History and its heroes.

I was given a free copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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Review of Miracle in A Dry Season

Miracle In A Dry Seasom

In Susan Loudin Thomas’ debut novel, Miracle in a Dry Season, Perla arrives in Wise, West Virginia, with her young daughter, Sadie, to escape a checkered past and make a fresh start. Her future seems doomed from the start as the townspeople refuse to accept her, even after a unique talent allows for Wise’s survival during an epic drought.

Casewell Philips, the town’s confirmed bachelor, has resigned himself to remaining single until Perla arrives. However, he has some challenges of his own, as he has a complicated relationship with his father who has just been diagnosed with terminal cancer. Will Perla and Casewell be able to overcome their individual challenges? Or will the gulf between them remain too great to cross?

Miracle in a Dry Season is an escape from the hustle and bustle of modern America with an appealing homey feeling. The detailed descriptions of the landscape and food are delightful. Most of the characters are warm and have depth. The storyline was believable, but with few surprises. The fact that the preacher is a less than honorable character made me uncomfortable, and some of the religious dialogue is overdone and tedious. However, overall, Miracle in a Dry Season is an enjoyable read. I give it three out of five stars.

I was given a free copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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Review of Into the Dark Water

Into the Dark Water

Into the Dark Water: The Story of Three Officers and Pt-109 by John Domagalski chronicles the life of the most famous boat in World War Two. Most Americans are aware of the late history of the war ship; but Captain John Kennedy wasn’t the only officer to serve with honor and distinction aboard the navy vessel. Officers Bryant Larson and Rollin Westholm were in charge of PT-109 in the early days of the war when the Japanese dominated the Pacific. Their efforts to disrupt enemy supply lines and carry out rescue missions during the battle for Guadalcanal were heroic in turning the tide in favor of the Allies. This is the story of bravery, survival, and perseverance.

Into the Dark Water is a well-written, concise account of the two-year history of PT-109 from beginning to end. It was a quick, effective read. I enjoyed the book as it placed the famous boat into the larger context of World War II. The maps were helpful in understanding important details of various battles. I love stories of American heroes. I recommend Into the Dark Water to anyone interested in the history of World War II.

I was given a free copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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“Son of Hamas” Speaks

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Not What my Hands Have Done by Horatius Bonar

Not what my hands have done can save my guilty soul;
Not what my toiling flesh has borne can make my spirit whole.
Not what I feel or do can give me peace with God;
Not all my prayers and sighs and tears can bear my awful load.

Your voice alone, O Lord, can speak to me of grace;
Your power alone, O Son of God, can all my sin erase.
No other work but Yours, no other blood will do;
No strength but that which is divine can bear me safely through.

Thy work alone, O Christ, can ease this weight of sin;
Thy blood alone, O Lamb of God, can give me peace within.
Thy love to me, O God, not mine, O Lord, to Thee,
Can rid me of this dark unrest, And set my spirit free.

I bless the Christ of God; I rest on love divine;
And with unfaltering lip and heart I call this Savior mine.
His cross dispels each doubt; I bury in His tomb
Each thought of unbelief and fear, each lingering shade of gloom.

I praise the God of grace; I trust His truth and might;
He calls me His, I call Him mine, My God, my joy and light.
’Tis He Who saveth me, and freely pardon gives;
I love because He loveth me, I live because He lives.

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Bring Him Home (Les Miserables)–The Piano Guys

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