Thursday, October 29, 2009

Book Review: Good to the Last Drop: Refreshing Inspiration for Homeschool Moms and Other Busy Women by Dee Dee Wike

Book: Good to the Last Drop: Refreshing Inspiration for Homeschool Moms and Other Busy Women

Author: Dee Dee Wike

Release Date: pre-release (scheduled for release December 2009)

Genre: memoir with religious themes

Pages: 332

Review Date: 10 29 2009

Review: Last drop is a spiritually intimate journey into the mind of an American Christian woman who reflects upon the religious and familial as well as intrapsychic sanctities of her several decades of Human experience. Written in the well-known formula of musing meets morality (think Chicken Soup for the Soul) Last Drop was an enjoyable, at times moving and at times funny (and at times both) exploration about the life and times of the American mother and parishioner. The book is broken into a litany of short memoirs and musings, most often closing with a scriptural tie in from the Bible.

On the writing style: Easy to read, easy language, with speckled humor that oscillates with analytical wisdom and subtle dialectics. The book itself appears to have been crafted as the type of novel that can be read on a coffee table or as a brief motivator for every day, or rather can be read straight through (most probably on a rainy, overcast day next to a roasting fire).

On the Target Audience: While the book has wide ranging appeal to any consumer who identifies in the Judeo-Christian religious spectrum, the author very appropriately defines the target audience in the title: Mothers, especially those who home school and are actively religious will like this book the most. However there are wide ranging applications that transcend many demographics.

On the best parts: As with all memoir fiction, certain passages have particular intimacy and insight. I enjoyed the underpinning morality and humor of "On the right side of the grass" and "Fill ‘er up", while enjoying the direct and simple, yet emotionally somber narrative of "Refreshed".

Closing thoughts and overall summary: An easy, fun read that anyone in the Judeo-Christian theological spectrum could easily appreciate. Seems to be an excellent tool for stimulating thoughts that might be shared in a religious talk or Sunday School lesson.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The beginning of a long journey into the choas of life...

As a young man a tired, weathered and wrinkled face put itself into mine, opened its mouth and said “If you cannot find fair with yourself, find fair with your company”. Okay, well perhaps that didn’t happen exactly in reality, but if it did, it’s good advice I’d follow. Friends beget friends, who then as a group beget success and support. This site is actively seeking for Tate authors who are in the process of promoting and exposing their book to the world, but would also like to be edified and edify one another in the path to literary meaningfulness. If you would like to both receive some exposure for your writing and give some exposure to another, peruse and decide if this is the right place for you. We hope you’ll join!