Reviews by DWD
On 6/1 DWD wrote: The hardest book reviews to write are for the books that truly touch you. A Dream So Big had me spellbound from the first and I cannot even attempt to write a proper review. If you have ever had the scary meeting with a "genetic couselor" at the OBGYN office than you can feel for the Peifer family. ... A Very Moving True Story
On 1/18 DWD wrote: Mark Gregston brings his expertise and experience gained from working with troubled teens for nearly 40 years to a book full of practical advice about how parents can prepare themselves and their teens for the dreaded teen years. Gregston discusses parenting techniques that don't work (basically, don't ... Full of practical advice about how parents can prepare themselves and their teens for the dreaded teen years
On 7/24 DWD wrote: ackson: The Iron-Willed Commander is a welcome addition to a larger series called The Generals that offers relatively short biographies (about 200 pages) of America's better-known generals. This book is by no means the definitive biography of Andrew Jackson, but it is great introduction to this controversial ... A Nifty Little Biography
On 6/16 DWD wrote: Larry P. Arnn is the president of Hillsdale College and I suppose I should tell you that I receive Hillsdale's free monthly bulletin, Imprimis, which features excerpts of speeches given by guests at Hillsdale College. President Arnn is featured annually so I was fairly familiar with his work before ... The Founders' Key
On 1/6 DWD wrote: David Murrow has put a lot of thought into why men do not go to church. I am in my mid-40s and have gone to church all of my life, with the exception of 2 or 3 years right after college where my wife and I went every once in a while at best. We have been at the same church for 18 years. We have a ... Powerful and dead on
On 12/4 DWD wrote: I've read several of the biographies in Thomas Nelson's "The Generals" series and found Pershing: Commander of the Great War to be the best of the bunch so far. The book is well-written, flows nicely and really gives the reader a feel for the bristly personality of "Black Jack" Pershing. Perry introduces ... An interesting, well-written biography
On 10/20 DWD wrote: Thomas Nelson Publishers has stepped out and published an attractive series of short biographies of American generals - all nicely bound and immensely readable. But, I found Sherman: The Ruthless Victor to be more than a little troubling for what really amounts to just a few sentences in a 163 page book. Clearly ... A troubling biography.
On 10/8 DWD wrote: I freely admit to knowing only the barest of details about Fyodor Dostoevsky before starting this book. I was aware of the arguments of some of his works and am familiar with the broad strokes Tsarist Russian politics before the Revolution. I picked up this book after becoming intrigued with some of ... A tepid introduction to Dostoevsky
On 8/3 DWD wrote: Mark Horne's J.R.R. Tolkien is an enjoyable biography of the famed writer of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. It is not a large biography (130 pages) but, if you are like me and knew the a little about Tolkien and wanted to know a bit more, this biography fits the bill perfectly. Horne ... A nifty little biography
On 7/13 DWD wrote: There is no one, and I mean no one that generates as much energy and as much anger in American politics as Alaska's former governor Sarah Palin. In The Quotable Rogue: The Ideals of Sarah Palin In Her Own Words Matt Lewis has collected a number of Palin's quotes on a variety of topics from her speeches ... Sarah Palin, without the filter
On 6/15 DWD wrote: Carol M. Swain's Be the People: A Call to Reclaim America's Faith and Promise is a look at several broad areas of concern in American policy, including the high divorce rate, abortion, gay marriage, illegal immigration, race relations in America, HIV, school prayer and the high unemployment among those ... Sometimes incredibly strong, sometimes deeply flawed.
On 5/7 DWD wrote: In a world where so many kids are disconnected from their families, Greg Wright is determined to be a large part of his four daughters' lives. The only way to do this is to spend time with his girls - lots of time (I once had a principal tell me that kids spell love T-I-M-E and I have seen nothing in ... What a great idea.
On 3/10 DWD wrote: Webb Garrison's Curiosities of the Civil War: Strange Stories, Infamous Characters, and Bizarre Events is a well-researched , hefty book that does deliver what it promises - a collection of odd things about the Civil War. I read a lot of history and it seems to me that there are two main ways to organize ... Too scattered for this student of the Civil War.
On 2/5 DWD wrote: For most people, including this reviewer, C.S. Lewis was the gateway to G.K. Chesterton. Lewis, of course, is famous for being THE Christian apologist for his generation - a man who did not believe but then, after his conversion, was able to voice the thoughts and beliefs for millions with such landmark ... A great introduction to a terrifically important writer
On 1/9 DWD wrote: I hate to fault a book for what it isn't - you cannot condemn a recipe book for lack of character development or a romance novel for it's lack of discussion about thermodynamics. But, in the case of this book, I was really hoping for an in-depth discussion of ancient Christian practices that have fallen ... Not What I Hoped It Was
On 11/5 DWD wrote: Mark Twain once noted that, "Everyone complains about the weather, but no one does anything about it. I was reminded of this quote while reading Darrell Ankarlo's Illegals: The Unacceptable Cost of America's Failure to Control Its Borders. Everyone has an opinion about illegal immigration, but precious ... A thorough discussion of the topic, from a stop-the-bleeding perspective
On 9/25 DWD wrote: First, a bit about this reviewer and Civil War books. This is my 80th Civil War book. Robert E. Lee figures prominently in almost every one of them. I consider him to be the finest general that served on either side in that war and that is high praise indeed because many generals rose to the top and ... Lee: A Life of Virtue (The Generals series) by John Perry
On 8/12 DWD wrote: There have been thousands of generals that have served in the United States Military. Very few officers ever get "name" recognition. Washington, Grant, Pershing, MacArthur, Eisenhower. Patton stands right there with them, unique in the group I named because he was not in charge of an entire theater of ... Gives a solid background on one of America's iconic generals