If you read the perfect book, what would it be like?

Readers?

What makes a book, well, ‘perfect?’

Is it the topic?

Is it the characters?

The plot?

Is character development more important to you than plot or characters?

Does it need action? Romance? Suspense? Is the genre important to you?

How about the theme, or the message behind the book?

Must the book be a ‘Christian book?’

I think everyone of us read differently. And because we read differently, there is a huge market for well written books.

But, I also think fewer writers today understand the dynamics of how a book attracts a reader than many of us readers understand it.

I used to read a book a day. Back when I was a slow reader, and before I broke my addiction.

One of the reasons breaking my addiction was so easy was the simple fact that it was terribly difficult to find good writers.

When you can read 30 books a month, you have to read more than one or even a dozen writers.

Asimov may have written 500 books, but most of his books were not very interesting to me, trust me, I thought he would last me at least a year.

Even some of the historic greats didn’t last me very long.

Good writers are difficult to find.

One of our focuses here will be helping other readers find good books, and good writers, to read.

We hope you enjoy the books!

Wayne

Review of Preacha!

Wanda Thomas Littles

I have never read a book quite like Preacha! Wanda Thomas Littles’ novel starts with a Tom Thumb wedding featuring 11-year-old Phillip “Preacha” Carver Jr. and his beautiful make-believe bride, Rita Prosser. The grand event takes place in the Shady Springs Missionary Baptist Church with church members and loved ones in attendance. Preacha possesses an extraordinary faith for a child of his age, but through that faith, many friends and relatives see God’s work at hand.

Littles writes in a unique genre of free verse that allows us to see this story come alive through the actual words of many different characters. In the same way, the twisting and turning of a variety of plots move us from suspense, to love, to tragedy and to humor. The characters, places, and events are drawn from the author’s own childhood, but it’s not her memoir. In Littles’ own words, it’s a “work of fiction steeped in a volatile era of change and challenge…during the peak of the Civil Rights Movement…” In Preacha!, we see a small

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southern community of the 1960s as they experience the bias that comes not

only from without (whites), but also from within (the fair skinned and the very dark) their own people.

Throughout Preacha!, we see families living through injustices as they are strengthened by God’s mercy and grace. Littles’ use of cultural language and emotional wording brings us closer to the action and gets us involved with a “community of people who rose above ignorance and hatred to be something better.” The subtle Christian undertones culminate in lessons learned as to how God moves in the lives of His people.

Preacha! is a page turner and a must read for all who question if God has a plan.

Note: Be sure to check out Wanda Little’s website for a trailer of her book. For a special treat, scan to bottom of the Video Takes page to meet the Preacha! team.

Review by Judy Watters

Should we have to read profane books?

Friends,

Who has not cursed?

But, does that mean that authors should only write books with profanity?  With pornography?  With graphic violence?

Shouldn’t we, the readers, be allowed our rights?

I think so.  But, I have attempted to read 20 books in the last year which had the ‘f-word’ in them.  Hundreds of blogs publicized by WordPress’ ‘Freshly Pressed’ page have been profane.

Do you long for good fiction without the sewage of our modern day?

Wayne