Book Reviews: Spotlight on Idaho authors

‘A Dream of India and Other Mystic Stories of Radiance and Darkness’ and ‘One Times One & Other Numinous Stories of Redemption and Loss’ by Charles Frode (Eagle); ($17.96)

“A Dream of India” includes 14 stories that emerged from mystical intersections of humanity, reality, and magic. Author Charles Frode has ushered these worlds of radiance and darkness into life for those who have lost love or long to love; for those traumatized by broken family; for those warring between mind and feeling; and for those who relish a life that is a wonderfully harmonious feeling-flux of darkness and illumination- male and female, animate and inanimate.

“One Times One” is a collection of 14 sinister, disturbing, gently cynical stories where reality is not good or bad, right or wrong, alive or dead. Everything is one thing without limits either in essence or in our feeble attempts to identify and delimit it with our wonderful words. The stories in this second collection present reality as the wonder of redemption and loss. Some stories are about couples, some not. Some are about an individual’s personal existential challenge to survive. Some emerged from somewhere inside the author when he unlocked a hidden door.

Each story presents some kind of loss in the context of spiritual redemption; hope, hope for self-redemption; and the inherent dignity of all living creatures. Let each story take you somewhere new where you can consider something about yourself, something about ourselves as humans.

‘Wiring Kids for Success in Life’ by Garth and Sandi Smith (Nampa); Tate Publishing ($24.99)

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.” “Wiring Kids for Success in Life” is a memoir/how-to book on parenting and marriage. Within the book, Garth and Sandi highlight experiences they’ve had in marriage and parenting to help you wire your kids for success in life, create a family legacy and find joy, happiness and endurance in marriage.

‘400 Calories or Less with Our Best Bites,’ by Kate Jones and Sara Wells (Boise); Shadow Mountain Publishing ($21.99)

From the bestselling authors of “Our Best Bites” and “Savoring the Seasons with Our Best Bites” comes a unique cookbook for healthy eating. Inspired by the authors’ personal weight loss journeys, these healthy recipes, all under 400 calories, provide a wealth of ingredient option substitutions for comfort food main dishes, flavorful side dishes and yummy desserts.

Each recipe includes mouthwatering photography, easy-to-follow instructions for swapping out healthy, low-calorie ingredient substitutions, and complete nutritional information. It features vegetarian and gluten-free choices and tips for stocking a healthy pantry from ordinary grocery store options plus advice for making the best choices at the salad bar.