Book Review: Life in the War Zone by Paul White

After reading a promotion for Life in the War Zone – A Collection of Personal Stories Based on True Accounts by Paul White I went to the promo web page.  I mostly read on the Kindle app on my phone. There was a link to contact the author for an e-book version so I contacted him asking about an electronic version and how I could pay him. He was kind enough to send me a free copy of the pre-final edit version.

How do I describe why the topic interests me? I have always been a compassionate and sympathetic person. I want to understand what hardship does to people so I can understand them and what they’ve been through. It is the same for war, disease, abuse, and any other tragedy that affects humanity. I could have read this faster than I did, but, I had to stop between some of the stories. I can only read so much tragedy before I have to put it down and recover.

The series of short stories and testimonies contained within the pages of this book, though not pretty, are deep, emotionally engaging and enlightening. We who are not directly affected by war need to understand the consequences of war on ordinary people.

This collection of testimonies is told through the voices civilian citizens of various war zones and soldiers on both sides of several conflicts. Their individual stories are heartbreaking and the effects of war are long lasting; lives are permanently changed, homes and loved ones are lost, physical injuries and emotional scars are left that may never fully heal.

Life in the War Zone met my expectations of what I’d be getting into when I read it. I’m glad I read it and recommend it to anyone who feels a human interest in the effects of war on ordinary individuals.  You will be informed, emotionally heartbroken, and most likely enraged at what humans are capable of doing to each other in times of war. This book was well put together. I would liken the stark documentary nature of the individual stories to a written version of a National Geographic film documentary. You cannot be unaffected by the personal accounts found on these pages.

Peace and Blessings,

Grandma Peachy



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Book Review: Pigeon by Pres Maxson

A delightfully entertaining and outrageously absurd detective story. This is the kind of read that I call “cotton candy” for the brain. It is reminiscent of reading Douglas Adams books.  In serious novels one expects well developed and deep characters, in cotton candy one easily accepts the eccentricities of very shallow characters; I do mean shallow as opposed to under developed characters. Think of the movie Shallow Hal. I takes talent to develop and portray the absolute shallowness of the members of the Paris Publique Plouquette Pitch, Grounds, Gardens, Grass Court, and Lawn Club, PPPPGGGCLC for short.

In this story a young bus boy is mistaken for the greatest detective of all time and is hired by the ultra-elite club to find a particular trophy that was stolen many years prior. The comedy of errors that ensues when the young bus boy decides to play the part is wonderfully done as he bumbles his way through the investigation.  Among the absurd things he encounters are over the top exotic, impossible even, animals and a game that no one except the excessively snobbish ultra-elite even knows about.

Pigeon is light reading at its finest. It took me a day to read through this charming detective novel. This is definitely a ‘G-rated’ book.


Grandma Peachy


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Book Review: The Clay Remembers by Sharon K. Miller

The Clay Remembers: Book 1 in The Clay Series

by Sharon K. Miller

For people who have been victims of childhood or spousal abuse this book may not be you. There are numerous scenes that could be triggers. That said the author crafted a splendid story.

The setting is in and around Tucson, AZ in the 1980’s. Having lived in Tucson during the time frame of this story I found the author has an excellent understanding of the geography and culture of the area. Her descriptions are detailed enough that I could picture the scenery yet those descriptions were not too lengthy.

The main characters are archaeologists and the author did an excellent job of describing archaeological dig techniques. Archaeology tries to be understand the ancient peoples who occupied the area; in this case the Hohokam natives of the Tucson basin. Though given a fictional name the site dig site in the book is much like the one in the Santa Catalina State Park. Woven into the story the mystical elements of Native American folklore develop the main characters and draw the reader into the stories of the modern, 19th century historical, and ancient Hohokam characters.  There is smooth flow of the integrated story lines of each era.

This was an enjoyable read; historically, geographically, and culturally accurate. The well developed characters and plot were altogether believable and engaging. I believe this story is not for younger readers as there is a minor sexual encounter and several abusive scenes that I feel is not appropriate for readers under eighteen. I may be a bit old fashioned in that respect, so I would recommend parents read it first to determine if they would let younger teens read the book.

I’ll be reading books 2 and 3 of the series in the near future.

Happy Reading!

Grandma Peachy



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Thoughts for Today

Today is our national holiday originally intended to honor the labor force.  Many people have to work today regardless. But that is not what is on my heart today.

In the wake of hurricane Harvey I’ve been viewing news reports and one in particular about President Trump signing an order for a national day of prayer for yesterday, Sunday. In the comments for this particular news report there were people who were bashing Christians who worship God on Sunday instead of Saturday. It’s a sad thing when people who consider themselves Christians become so legalistic. They speak in the same way as the Pharisees did in Jesus’ time. Jesus chastised the Pharisees harshly for their legalism. The Pharisees observed the Torah outwardly, yet, without clean hearts inwardly (Matthew 23).

The command to observe the Sabbath was followed by the idea that man is to work six days and rest on the seventh (Exodus 20:8-10). The purpose was to have a day of rest and keep the seventh day holy to God. Does the specific day really matter to God when he knows the hearts of all men? Do these Sabbath keeper fanatics believe that all people who in past generations observed Sunday as their day of worship are going to burn in hell because they worshiped God on Sunday instead of Saturday? I don’t think so. God is merciful and knows the hearts of all men. I’m certain that his grace is sufficient to embrace the person who loved him and accepted the sacrifice his Son made for us, yet worshiped on Sunday or Monday, or Tuesday, or Wednesday, or Thursday, or Friday instead of Saturday. In this age people often do not have the Lord’s Sabbath off work. We are slaves to our employers when it comes to our work schedules. My son-in-law has Wednesday & Thursday off work. For him, his day of rest, which would be the seventh day, is one of those days. Does God reject him because he cannot observe a Saturday Sabbath? No!

There have been summer months in which my husband has been required by his employer to work seven days a week with only one day off every three weeks. Does God condemn him because his employer requires that he not have a Sabbath rest but once every three weeks? No! Being cognizant of exactly which day is the seventh day of the week is fine. Observing that day as Sabbath is good. But God will not condemn you to the fiery pit just because you worship him on another day of the week. All Yahuah, our God, asks is that we confess with our mouth that Yeshua (Jesus) is Lord and that we believe in our heart that God raised him from the dead (Romans 10:9). Anyone who does this will be saved. The day we worship does not redeem or condemn us.

There is only one sin that is unforgivable, blaspheming the Holy Spirit. What does that mean? Yeshua told us, when the Pharisees claimed that he was doing all the miracles he performed by Beelzebub they were attributing his work to that of Satan. That is blasphemy. To give Satan credit for the work of Gods Holy Spirit is unforgivable. Blaspheming Jesus is forgivable but not Yahuah’s Holy Spirit (Matthew 12:22-32).

So I say to all the hypercritical Christians, look to Yahuah and his Son Yeshua, keep your eyes on God and not on man. Work out your own salvation in fear and trembling and let others do the same (Philippians 2:12).

Romans 8:1-4 King James Version (KJV)

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:

That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

Blessings to all,

Grandma Peachy


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Book Review: A Stab In The Dark Anthology 2017 Cons, Dames and G-Men

This collection of short murder mysteries, all set in the 1930’s and 1940’s, has a grab bag of quality. A couple of the authors I’ve read some of their full length works and their short stories were well done. A couple of the short stories were good but needed some copy editing. There was one that I did not feel met the quality of the other stories. The following is a highlight of my favorite stories in this one.

100 Miles to Murder by Matthew L. Schoonover is the first in the anthology and I truly enjoyed this one. The detective work is well portrayed and doesn’t reveal the murderer or how it was done too early in the story. This story is the first of this author’s work I’ve read and will be sure to seek other works by this author.

Cue Murder by Jane Risdon was a little more difficult for me to get into. I think that is because the setting is in the movie industry and I have this mental block about Hollywood and actors. But once I picked up the book again and read this story in earnest, then I felt it was worth my time to read and I was entertained even though the I found part of it to be rather cliche, but isn’t that what noir murder mysteries are all about?

Dark At The Top Of The Stairs by Elizabeth Horton-Newton was another story I enjoyed. I’ve read this author before and do like her writing. I like the way she develops her characters and even in this short she was able to develop characters with some depth in very few words.

The Mickey by Neil Douglas Newton was a little different story. Instead of detective work the story centers on a witness to a murder during the depression era. The end is a bit weak but it does wrap up the story neatly, if a bit hurried.

Well I Die Tomorrow and I Can’t Wait by Adam C. Mitchell was another rather different story not so much about a murder and definitely not about any detective work. However, murder is involved. You’ll just have to read it to find out how.

Overall I would recommend this anthology to people who like noir murder mysteries especially if they need something to take with them to read while riding public transportation or waiting in the doctor’s office.  There is a good sampling of authors and if you haven’t read other works of theirs you will have pretty good grasp of their writing style and quality. This anthology is currently free on Kindle from Amazon. Definitely worth getting and finding out if you’d like to read more by any of the featured authors.


Grandma Peachy


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Keeping Up Is Hard To Do

Grandma Peachy and two of her grandsons

I’ve not been keeping up with my blog as well as I’d like. Sometimes it is hard to do when life gets off kilter. Hubby was injured at work and we’ve been doing doctor visits this week. He has surgery on his injured hand this Friday to put it all back in order so it can heal as properly as is possible.

Eventually I’ll have Part 5 of my Fruit of the Spirit series. I’m finding not enough time and a little more difficulty in expressing my thoughts on the subject of kindness and goodness, which I’m combining in the next part. I’ll get it done eventually, but with the added activity going on. Injuries, school starting, quilting project to finish before mid-September, etc… it may take me a few weeks to get it written and published though.

In the mean time I hope to at least check in periodically. Blessings to all my followers and readers.


Grandma Peachy

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It’s Friday and I Didn’t Finish a Book for Review

I had been on a roll reading at least one book a week to review recently. But this past week though I started a book of short stories by various authors and the first story was great, I couldn’t pick it up again and read on. Instead, I’ve been reading scripture; and who could ever review the inspired word of God? There are so many versions and right now I’m reading the (Aleph/Tav – eth) Cepher and am in Isaiah. Frequently though I read again from another English version and even listen to the same section on Bible Gateway.

So, I apologize to all my followers for not having a book review this week. I’ll try to finish the anthology and have a review of it next week.

Have a blessed weekend.

Shabbat Shalom

Grandma Peachy

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