Within Arms Length Book Review

Curious about the work of the Secret Service? A compelling book by former Secret Service agent Dan Emmett is a refreshing look at the Secret Service and the Presidential Protective Unit. Emmett during his service protected George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.
A gribbing inside account of protecting the President with no political agendas or hammering of political parties.
An excellent biography!

Within Arm’s Length: A Secret Service Agent’s Definitive Inside Account of Protecting the President
available at Amazon.

Mission at Nuremberg: An American Army Chaplain and the Trial of the Nazis Book Review

Mission at Nuremberg is a powerful look at a largely unknown story of the Nuremberg Trials , the story of U.S. Army Chaplain Henry Gerecke (pronounced Cherokee).  The Missouri Synod Lutheran minister at age 50 enlisted as an Army chaplain during World War II. Born in Missouri in a rural community to German-American parents, Henry Gerecke left the farm to attend college in Kansas and the Concordia Lutheran Seminary in St. Louis.

At the end of the war two chaplains, Henry Gerecke and Catholic Sixtus O’Conner, are asked to minister to the Nazi leaders awaiting trail at Nuremberg. those who plotted the extermination of 6 million Jews and brought to the world a global war. It raises questions on faith, guilt, salvation, and how much did the chaplains believe in the Gospel of Jesus Christ that they preached. That Jesus Christ came to seek and save the lost, and that he died for sinners.

Based on scrupulous research and first-hand accounts, the fascinating story of Chaplain Henry Gerecke is told by Tim Townsend, the  senior writer and editor for the Pew Research Center’s Religion and Public Life Project in Washington, D.C.

Mission at Nuremberg: An American Army Chaplain and the Trial of the Nazis
available at Amazon.

What Kids Are Reading

Children ReadingGreen eggs, stick figures navigating school, football, foster children, and teen battles are all found in the books American children are reading. Robin Hood, stick figures navigating school, and teen battles are all found in books United Kingdom children are reading. There are many similar authors being read by US and UK students.

The reading habits are detailed in the 2014 reports for the school year 2012-2013, which was released by Renaissance Learning. The reading choices of school children are tracked through the Renaissance Learning Accelerated Reader (AR) program.

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Field of Prey Book Review

John Sanford’s new suspenseful Lucas Davenport novel Field of Prey is superb.  An amorous couple discovers a body in an abandoned cistern in Minnesota.  It develops into a major investigation when the police began excavating and the body count increases.  Someone has been using the cistern to dispose of bodies for at least 10 years.  The investigation is headed by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension with Lucas Davenport and the County deputies assisting.  They are looking for a serial killer who has been operating in small towns near the cistern.  Pressure builds as the authorities search for clues that lead to a surprising conclusion.  This is one of the best Davenport novels; witty and suspenseful.  A gripping page-turner that draws you into the story.

Field of Prey available at Amazon

The Auschwitz Escape Book Review

The Auschwitz Escape unlike Joel Rosenberg’s other novels, is an inspired work of historical fiction based on “the greatest escape of all time,” writes Rosenberg.   Set in the darkness of the Nazi Regime that has begun sweeping across Europe, this is the story of two men prisoners in the Auschwitz camp who escape to warn the world of what the “final solution” means.

Jacob Weisz, a non-religious young Jewish man from Germany, winds up as a prisoner in Auschwitz after events that have gone terribly wrong.  He teams up with another prisoner, Christian pastor John-Luc Leclerc to make an escape with evidence of the horrors of Auschwitz.  This is Rosenberg’s first attempt at historical fiction and he has outdone himself with a well-researched story that is both breathtaking and heartbreaking.

The Auschwitz Escape available at Amazon