Spotlight on books: 04-06-2014

Idaho StatesmanApril 6, 2014 

  • 'THE FIFTH NEW YORK CAVALRY IN THE CIVIL WAR' by Vincent L. Burns (Boise); McFarland ($24.99)

    The Fifth New York Cavalry was a volunteer regiment organized in response to the Union defeat at the Battle of Bull Run in July 1861. The citizen-cavalrymen who made up the regiment came from across New York state and from every walk of life. In the following four years the unit became, according to contemporary sources, one of the finest cavalry formations in the field. The regiment's history is told chronologically in the overall context of the Civil War and based upon primary sources, including official reports, diaries, letters and newspaper accounts. Wherever possible, Fifth New York troopers speak to us directly, describing their experiences in the Shenandoah campaign of 1862, the epic encounter at Gettysburg, life in camp and on picket duty, the wilderness in the spring of 1864, and again the Shenandoah in the fall of 1864.

    'SOUL SALE: A RUDE AWAKENING' by Americus Dotter; CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform ($14.99)

    This is what it looks like when the devil attacks. Americus Dotter, a human egg donor for Yale University, discovers that many of her embryos have gone to stem cell research. Unknown to her, she has contributed to an industry that is at the center of our generation's greatest moral and ethical debate. Her story begins when she purchases a vehicle off Craigslist that was involved in a highway shooting of a local hero. When the case explodes into an FBI investigation, Amy finds herself at the center of suspicion, and a torturous battle for her soul ensues. Discover how it is that she keeps her soul intact and how she responds when she is called to the Court of Heaven and must testify as to her true intentions.

    'BEATING ALL ODDS' by Dr. Taylor Clark (Boise); Aviva ($19.95)

    Have you ever felt like giving up? Do you have hopes for a better, richer, more rewarding life but just can't seem to get it? Whatever success means to you - more money, better health, happier relationships, being debt free, more freedom with your time, having a thriving business - this book will guide you to it.

    'WIRING KIDS FOR SUCCESS IN LIFE' by Garth & Sandi Smith (Idaho); Tate Publishing ($17.99)

    It's been said, "No other success in life can compensate for failure in the home," and, "The greatest work you will do will be within the walls of your own home." In our time, marriage and parenting are under severe stress, making success all the more challenging.

    Garth and Sandi Smith's book is a memoir/how-to book on creating a happy home, well-adjusted children and an enduring marriage in the midst of stress. It is packed with stories and events from the lives of Garth, Sandi and their 10 kids, with suggestions for couples and parents who wish to change their family or married life.

‘The fifth New York Cavalry in the Civil War’ by Vincent L. Burns (Boise); McFarland ($24.99)

The Fifth New York Cavalry was a volunteer regiment organized in response to the Union defeat at the Battle of Bull Run in July 1861. The citizen-cavalrymen who made up the regiment came from across New York state and from every walk of life. In the following four years the unit became, according to contemporary sources, one of the finest cavalry formations in the field. The regiment’s history is told chronologically in the overall context of the Civil War and based upon primary sources, including official reports, diaries, letters and newspaper accounts. Wherever possible, Fifth New York troopers speak to us directly, describing their experiences in the Shenandoah campaign of 1862, the epic encounter at Gettysburg, life in camp and on picket duty, the wilderness in the spring of 1864, and again the Shenandoah in the fall of 1864.

‘‘Soul Sale: A Rude Awakening" by Americus Dotter; CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform ($14.99)

This is what it looks like when the devil attacks. Americus Dotter, a human egg donor for Yale University, discovers that many of her embryos have gone to stem cell research. Unknown to her, she has contributed to an industry that is at the center of our generation’s greatest moral and ethical debate. Her story begins when she purchases a vehicle off Craigslist that was involved in a highway shooting of a local hero. When the case explodes into an FBI investigation, Amy finds herself at the center of suspicion, and a torturous battle for her soul ensues. Discover how it is that she keeps her soul intact and how she responds when she is called to the Court of Heaven and must testify as to her true intentions.

‘‘Beating All Odds’ by Dr. Taylor Clark (Boise); Aviva ($19.95) Have you ever felt like giving up? Do you have hopes for a better, richer, more rewarding life but just can’t seem to get it? Whatever success means to you — more money, better health, happier relationships, being debt free, more freedom with your time, having a thriving business — this book will guide you to it.

‘‘Wiring Kids for Success in Life’‘ by Garth & Sandi Smith (Idaho); Tate Publishing ($17.99)

It’s been said, “No other success in life can compensate for failure in the home,” and, “The greatest work you will do will be within the walls of your own home.” In our time, marriage and parenting are under severe stress, making success all the more challenging.

Garth and Sandi Smith’s book is a memoir/how-to book on creating a happy home, well-adjusted children and an enduring marriage in the midst of stress. It is packed with stories and events from the lives of Garth, Sandi and their 10 kids, with suggestions for couples and parents who wish to change their family or married life.

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