Book Review: Trump Aftershock: The President’s Seismic Impact on Culture and Faith in America by Stephen E. Strang

Trump Aftershock: The President’s Seismic Impact on Culture and Faith in America by Stephen E. Strang

Whether you voted for Donald Trump or you didn’t, you have to admire the accomplishments he has made in his short time in office.  That is what Trump Aftershock: The President’s Seismic Impact on Culture and Faith in America by Stephen E. Strang is all about.

Strang has definitely done his research. He cites multiple surveys and studies in his new book.  The information given is amazingly detailed.

All this detail does not mean the book is boring or that you will zone out when you read it.  It is an interesting book that makes one think, “I did not know that.”

Strang had several interviews with top Christian leaders like Franklin Graham and Dr. James Dobson to try to shed some light on this phenomenon that is sweeping the nation.  That phenomenon is how a US President could make more progress in his first 500 days in office than any other president in the history of the USA and very little of it making it into the mainstream media.   That which does make it is spun in such a way as to make it look trivial or bad.

As a way of disclosure, we have to say that we did not vote for Donald Trump.  We cast our vote for Castle. I, David, actually believed that Trump was meant to do for Hillary what Ross Perot did for Bill.

This same author wrote God and Donald Trump.  We have not read that one, yet. Trump Aftershock  is very well-written, well-researched, and detailed.  It is extremely eye-opening and would make a great read no matter whether you lean blue or you lean red.
By now you have to know we give Trump Aftershock: The President’s Seismic Impact on Culture and Faith in America all five stars and know you will, too.

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Book Review: Voting With a Porpoise by Russell Glass and Sean Callahan, Illustrated by Daniel Howarth

Voting With a Porpoise by Russell Glass and Sean Callahan, Illustrated by Daniel Howarth

We all know we should vote.  We also know we should teach our children to vote. The book Voting With a Porpoise by Russell Glass and Sean Callahan, Illustrated by Daniel Howarth, was intended to do that, but it falls short of the mark.

This book does not teach about learning the issues for oneself and understanding where the candidates stand.

We live in a representative republic.  This means we elect officials to make laws for us.  If we do not understand the issues and where each candidate stands on those issues, our vote is dangerous. The book needs to teach children that, yes, they should vote but, they should understand what they are voting for and why.

Voting With a Porpoise can be used as a teaching tool, but parents and teachers should use it as a way to start a conversation about what voting actually means and the importance of the vote itself.

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Book Review: The Sons of Wetbacks: A Memoir about America, Immigration, and Jacob’s 5 Uncles Who Were the Sons of Wetbacks and All Served in WWII by Jacob Montilijo Monty

The Sons of Wetbacks: A Memoir about America, Immigration, and Jacob’s 5 Uncles Who Were the Sons of Wetbacks and All Served in WWII by Jacob Montilijo Monty

Many years ago, the Irish in America were exactly where Mexicans in America are today. We were seen as a necessary evil. It was fine to use us, abuse us, and discriminate against us, but they needed us to fill jobs no one else would.

In the book The Sons of Wetbacks: A Memoir about America, Immigration, and Jacob’s 5 Uncles Who Were the Sons of Wetbacks and All Served in WWII by Jacob Montilijo Monty, we read about how necessary Mexican immigrants are, those who come in legally and otherwise.

To be sure, there are many things business and the government are doing to exacerbate the problem. There are things like a special checkbox on most forms and surveys that give the option to select Hispanic or not Hispanic. This seems wrong to most non-Hispanics, and maybe to some Hispanics.

We live on the Texas Gulf Coast where most of the Hispanics we know are conservative and speak better English than many native-born Americans.

I cannot count the number of times we had people come into the convenience store where we worked complaining that the legally required signs were in English and Spanish, but not other languages that are represented in the area, like Czech and Polish.

It would seem that in order to smooth out problems like this, the government should publish official forms only in English and the federal government should adopt English as the official language of the U. S., once and for all.

The Sons of Wetbacks is very well-written. It makes some very good points and helps to dispel several myths. We give it all five stars. We think that anyone on either side of the issue of immigration reform should read this book.

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Book Review: Unsafe at Any Meal: What the FDA Does Not Want You to Know About the Foods You Eat by Dr. Renee Joy Dufault

Unsafe at Any Meal: What the FDA Does Not Want You to Know About the Foods You Eat by Dr. Renee Joy Dufault

Back in 1965, a very good year by the way, Ralph Nadar published his book, Unsafe At Any Speed. Nadar was attempting to warn the American public about the dangers of the automobile and particularly the Chevrolet Corvair.

In the book Unsafe at Any Meal: What the FDA Does Not Want You to Know About the Foods You Eat by Dr. Renee Joy Dufault, the author is seeking to inform her readers about the dangers lurking in our food.

The author makes a very compelling case regarding the Standard American Diet (SAD) and how it can lead to autism, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD), and Alzheimer’s disease. It even appears that it may be possible to reverse some of the effects of those conditions by changing our diet.

One would think that a book like this would be a very dry read, but it isn’t.  This book is well-written and not too academic for most readers. When she does speak in scientific terms, she explains those terms in a simple form that even a redneck could understand and get the point.

Dr. Dufault tells her readers what they can do to live a healthier life.  She explains how even a person on a very limited budget may be able to eat healthier.  Wouldn’t it be great if she and her associates were to write a cookbook that provides healthy recipes on an extremely low budget?

We give Unsafe at Any Meal all five stars on our scale of zero to five stars.  We think it is an important book. This book is well-written and easy to understand, even though it does take on a fairly complex subject.

This book should be made required reading for all high school students.  A few hundred congressmen should also read this book.

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Book Review: Purge on the Potomac by David Thomas Roberts

Purge on the Potomac by David Thomas Roberts

Available 30 August 2018

As most of our blog readers know, we don’t normally read fiction. It is very difficult to review fiction because you don’t want to give away any secrets that might spoil the book.

On the rare occasion that we do read fiction, it is difficult to find any fiction book in keeping with our Christian values. Too often we find books that are really cheesy romance novels, with a very little bit of plot mixed in between the raunchy sex scenes.

Purge on the Potomac (The Patriot Series) by David Thomas Roberts is different. It is a very exciting and, at times, funny book about the very real threats we all face since many of our elected officials, at all levels, think we serve at their pleasure rather than the other way around.

It does use the Lord’s name as a curse twice, once on page 192 and again on page 316 of the paperback edition we were given as an advanced media copy for review. This explains why our star rating is not all five stars. Our review policy states up front not to send us any books with the Lord’s name used in vain.

Other than that, this book is the most exciting and interesting fiction book David has ever read. It takes place here in the State of Texas. What is really interesting to us is that the author, David Thomas Roberts, has a scene take place on a ranch in Shiner, Texas. Mr Roberts may be aware that there is just such a ranch, owned by the Roberts family, that resembles his description in Shiner, Texas. We know the Roberts that purchased said property is David’s maternal grandpa, Leon Wallis Roberts. He is buried in the Shiner cemetery.

The author does an outstanding job of capturing the sentiment that is held by most Texans regarding the second amendment and interference in The Great State of Texas. It is not a question of IF Texas will secede, but when.

Purge on the Potomac is the kind of book you just can’t put down. It is very exciting right up to the last page where you have to sit back and say, “Wow”.

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Book Review: Atheism Kills: The Dangers of a World Without God – and Cause for Hope by Barak Lurie

Atheism Kills: The Dangers of a World Without God – and Cause for Hope by Barak Lurie

I really wish Atheism Kills: The Dangers of a World Without God – and Cause for Hope by Barak Lurie had been written back when I was in college.

If I had read this book back when I was in college, I would have had the information needed to stand my ground against college professors who took every opportunity to speak about what they called, “The Christian Myth”.

This book is incredibly well-researched and very well-written. The author is a former atheist who found enough credible evidence in his life to prove to his skeptical mind that God is real.

In the book, he talks about all the evil that has been committed in the world due to the lack of faith in God, or in any religion for that matter. He gives his readers information about the rise and fall of different civilizations and what caused the fall.

However, this book is very much like Fox News. It attempts to be fair and balanced. The facts are presented from both perspectives and both sides. The author does lean away from atheism, which is to be expected. He presents the facts that an atheist would use to present his case for atheism.

We give Atheism Kills all five stars. We think that all Judeo Christian churches should have a small group scripture study utilizing this book.

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Book Review: Get the HECK Out of Our Way!: EXAMPLES OF GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS THAT ARE ERODING OUR FREEDOMS, HOLDING BACK THE ECONOMY, AND COSTING US MONEY AND WHAT WE CAN DO ABOUT IT by Dale W. Cox

Get the HECK Out of Our Way!: EXAMPLES OF GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS THAT ARE ERODING OUR FREEDOMS, HOLDING BACK THE ECONOMY, AND COSTING US MONEY AND WHAT WE CAN DO ABOUT IT by Dale W. Cox

By now you have probably heard that our tax dollars go to support some pretty off-the-wall laws. Get the HECK Out of Our Way!: EXAMPLES OF GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS THAT ARE ERODING OUR FREEDOMS, HOLDING BACK THE ECONOMY, AND COSTING US MONEY AND WHAT WE CAN DO ABOUT IT by Dale W. Cox helps us to see a little better just how far our government has gone astray.

You have, of course, heard how Texas is leaving the union. It is no longer a matter of if, it is a matter of when. We reviewed the book Texit on our How to Manage Your Monkey Blog a while back. That book talks about how Texans are fed up with the federal government.

Get the HECK Out of Our Way! kicks it up a notch, as Emeril would say. In this book, we see how the federal government is wreaking havoc on most states.

Maybe you have heard about the USDA paying dairy farmers not to milk. We used to live nextdoor to one of the largest dairy farmers in South Carolina. As we understand it, he has been paid not to milk.

Here in Texas, we have heard of a rice farm here in our county being paid not to grow rice. I wish I could find an agency that would pay us not to grow kudzu. We could get the government to kill it for us and pay us for something we don’t want anyway.

We give Get the HECK Out of Our Way! all five stars. It is well-written and well-researched. We did get very tired of reading the same mantra at the end of every chapter. Cox stated upfront that he was advised to only write it once; we wish he had listened to that advice. Some of the illustrations are a little hard to read, but one must remember that I am legally blind and that might be on my end of things.

We think you will be surprised by what you read in Get the Heck Out of Our Way. You will probably want to write to your elected officials. Maybe together we can heal our nation.

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Book Review: Texit: Why and How Texas Will Leave the Union by Daniel Miller

Texit : Why and How Texas Will Leave the Union by Daniel Miller

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

By now you know that, just like the Declaration of Independence of the United States of America says, it has become necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which connect us to the United States of America.

We just finished reading a media copy of the book Texit: Why and How Texas Will Leave the Union by Daniel Miller. This book will be available 21 April 2018.

We have to say that Miller answers most, if not all, of the questions we had regarding what will happen when we Texans decide to vote to leave the union of states. Not “IF”, “WHEN”.

Texit is very well-written and very well-researched. Miller is right there in the middle of the debate and has heard the inevitable questions that one asks themselves regarding Texit and how it will work.

No matter which side, if either, of the issue of Texit one falls on, they owe it to themselves to read this book to learn more about what is going on in Texas.

Texit is easy to read and well thought out. It is a good source for talking points and answers a lot of the questions of why?

Most Texans would love to have the Ten Commandments back on the court house grounds. We could put them back after a Texit.

We were told we had to allow TSA agents to pat us down and take liberties no one should take with any other person. We actually proposed a law here in Texas that made it illegal for strip searches and pat downs by TSA. The U. S. government then informed us there would be no flights into or out of Texas if that law were passed. I am really surprised we didn’t pass it anyway.

There are so many reasons for Texas to leave the union and no good reasons to stay. No matter what you believe on the issue of Texit, you need to buy yourself a copy of Texit.

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