Staff Favorites

Timothy Keller
Reviewed by Janice
The Meaning of Marriage

This book (available through swan) explores the secret, essence and mission of marriage.  Keller provides a lot of research and personal examples.  This book is deep, unlike some of the fluffy books I have read on marriage.  If you would like to grow in your own marriage, I would recommend it. 

Lynne Kelly
Reviewed by Regina
Chained by Lynne Kelly

This book is about a young 10 year old boy named Hastin who lives in northern India with his family in a poor village.  Hastin's sister gets ill and has to go to the hospital but the family can not pay the bill.  Hastin wants to help his family and goes to the market to find work.  Unfortunately he isn't having luck until he meets a man who seems sincere and wants to help.  This man tells Hastin he will pay off his sisters hospital bill if Hastin will come with him to be his elephant keeper until the debt is paid off.  Having no other choice, Hastin agrees but quickly finds out that this man, who is a cruel circus owner, gives Hastin more than he bargains for.

The author did a wonderful job of showing how with perseverance, a kind heart and two special friends (one an elephant and one a human) goodness will prevail over badness!!

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Leon Leyson
Reviewed by Sarah
The Boy on the Wooden Box image

The Boy on the Wooden Box: How the Impossible Became Possible … on Schindler’s List is a memoir by Leon Leyson. Leyson depicts his experiences as a Jewish boy in Poland at the onset of Nazi occupation. He describes life in the ghettos and labor camps, torn from his family members and from any sort of "normal" youth. Leyson was one of the fortunate ones that made it onto “Schindler’s List,” and -- probably solely for that reason -- survived World War II. A story of luck and perseverance, Leyson’s memoir once again opens our eyes to the horrors of the Holocaust. Though the book is recommended by the publisher for those 9 to 14 years old, I would definitely recommend this book for adults as well.

Darynda Jones
Reviewed by Donna D.

First Grave on the Right  by Darynda Jones is the first installment in the Charley Davidson series, the story of a part-time private eye and full-time grim reaper. That's right--from the moment of Charley's birth, she has been the portal to Heaven for lost souls. While most people tend to write her off as crazy when they see her talking to thin air, her special abilities have helped solve countless murders. The first novel begins with the slaying of three lawyers, all partners in their firm. As Charley is attempting to solve this case, she must also deal with the fact that she is being stalked by an evil, other-worldly entity known as Reyes Farrow. Once she discovers that he is the son of satan himself, Charley must make some tough decisions. Can she find the lawyers' killer and figure out what Reyes wants with her before it's too late? Find out by picking the book up at Acorn or requesting it through SWAN.