Monday, December 17, 2007

Crisis Intervention Training for Disaster Workers: An Introduction by Geroge W. Doherty

ISBN: 9781932690422 - Imprint of Loving Healing Press (2007)
Reviewed by Irene Watson for Reader Views (10/07)




As a certified first responder with the City of Austin Emergency Measures Office I was delighted to find more information to add to my training. (The City of Austin provided training as a result of 9/11 in the event Austin, Texas, experiences a disaster from terrorists or other incidents of major concern.) George W. Doherty’s book certainly presents a concise and informative addition.

Doherty explains it all, from psychological aspects to dealing with stress, trauma, and repercussions as well as how to deal with children, adults, elderly, and those with special needs during a crisis. He also covers societal and cultural aspects; however, he did not cover religious/spiritual beliefs of various groups. (The training I took covered this facet and I believe would be a good addition to Doherty’s detailed information. Knowing one’s beliefs gives direction to the responder of how to deal with the individual under duress.) But, there is more – he not only covers disasters and critical incidents, he covers war and terrorism. In addition, one extremely important aspect Doherty discusses is self-care. He gives in-depth suggestions for debriefing and follow-up.

The back of the book gives selected references for further reading as well as a list of websites where more information is available. I felt this was an extremely good list and was amazed to see how much information was actually offered. Doherty also includes a “victims’ needs” assessment and a course test. Reading this book and passing the course test will grant you a certificate with Contact Hours for approved organizations.

The only downfall of the book is the cover. When I looked at the cover I was taken back because, aside from the title, it doesn’t indicate the content of the book. Although a lovely photo of mountains and a lake is displayed, for marketing purposes I don’t believe this cover gives the book justice. The cover is more inclined to look like a coffee table book rather than an informative training manual. From a marketing perspective, I highly recommend that the cover be changed for future printings.

With all that said, I believe Doherty is providing a great addition to the library of a first responder, either beginner or one that is experienced. The information is well-researched and appropriate. Furthermore, I believe “Crisis Intervention Training for Disaster Workers” could be used by trainers when creating first responder to disaster training courses and be part of the study material.



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Spartan Slave, Spartan Queen: A Tale of Four Women in Sparta by Helena P. Schrader

ISBN: 9780595470679 - iUniverse (2007)
Reviewed by Regan Windsor for Reader Views (11/07)




Set in Sparta during the Second Messenian War, “Spartan Slave, Spartan Queen” builds on characters introduced in Helena P. Schrader’s previous novel “Are they Singing in Sparta?” What is so intriguing about this “series” is that each novel is successfully separate and distinct, and yet they complement each other beautifully. While “Are they Singing in Sparta?” focuses on war and politics of the time, “Spartan Slave, Spartan Queen” sways to the historical romance side, while still immersing the reader in the history, especially that of the households and women.

“Spartan Slave, Spartan Queen” opens with Agesandros successfully raiding his rival Aristimenes’s palace and capturing his slaves and concubine Niobe who is taken by the Spartan prince Anaxilas as his prize. Niobe, used to her life as a princess, refuses to give in to her new place as slave (helot), diminishing her value to the households she finds herself serving.

Mika, who served the beautiful princess Niobe before the raid, has easily adapted to her new surroundings. Considered ugly and unwanted due to her cover of warts, she finds shelter in the house of the kind Alethea. Leon, a slave serving Agesandros, has taken Mika as his prize and sent her to the safety of his master Alethea for work and safekeeping. Mika instantly falls in love with her captor Leon, but his eyes are on Niobe, who finds him beneath her.

As Kassia, daughter of Alethea, is chosen by Analixas to be his wife, Niobe desperately clings to her only hope of re-establishing her place as his concubine. Kassia, disgusted with Analixas lust toward her beauty and not what is beneath it, finds herself desperate to avoid his hand in marriage.

As power struggles and love triangles ensue the tension builds. Schrader adds an additional element when Parax, a physician’s apprentice, takes an interest in the mechanics of childbirth. Tired of seeing his patients die on the birthing bed, he is desperate to understand how to use his surgical knowledge and save both mother and child. An opportunity soon presents itself, but the pressure of the task at hand seems too much to bear.

“Spartan Slave, Spartan Queen” takes the readers on an intriguing and multi-layered journey through the world of Sparta. Helena P. Schrader’s ability to fuse the Spartan and modern world make this a truly remarkable read. This novel is sure to captivate a wide range of readers.



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Beyond Adam & Eve: 50 Things You Need to Know Before You Get to Heaven by Marion H. Williams

ISBN: 9780979784507 - Recamier Publishing (2007)
Reviewed by Richard R. Blake for Reader Views (11/07)




In “Beyond Adam & Eve” Marion H. Williams has compiled a remarkable combination of Bible trivia, solid, thought-provoking questions, inspirational verses, important facts, and background material on the Old and New Testaments, the Deuterocanonical books, and the Apocrypha.

Williams writes in concise, easy-to-understand style. The book, as the subtitle suggests, includes: “50 Things You Need To Know Before You Get to Heaven.” The format includes 50 questions, followed by suggested summary answers. The material covers the Old Testament timeline from Noah, Abraham, Moses, and David, and traces the history of the nation Israel through Old Testament times.

The book is packed with practical, helpful information for personal or group use and is ideal for family times. The book includes important, often-quoted and well-loved scriptures verses that provide impetus for self-reflection, repentance, and inspiration to live according to God’s will and instruction.

The fun facts section is both entertaining and informational. I learned some valuable information about the Tanakh, and the Torah, the Jesus Tree, the Holy Grail, and the Twelve Days of Christmas.

I enjoyed Marion’s concept of a “Remedial Heaven School” which prepares the Christian for a quiz at the gates of heaven. A Bible study curriculum is available to supplement the book itself. Participants are referred back to the book for important discoveries on the Apostle’s Creed, the Nicene Creed, the Gospels, Epiphany and a myriad of other interesting and important Bible-related subjects This guide can be used to assist the leader in a classroom discussion of the book to encourage further study and review of the material covered. The book is designed for class use for students from 5th grade to adult. The material is designed for an eight-week period and includes suggestions from the book for an opening hymn, a suggested prayer, Bible Search, verses for memorization, and a quiz time, and other Bible learning games.

“Beyond Adam & Eve” is an excellent primer to expand your Bible knowledge and to master the basics of the teaching of Jesus, the parables, the beatitudes, His miracles, and the ministry of the Apostles.

I was amazed at the simplicity and enjoyment I received from Marion's book. It is far more than just Bible trivia. It is a book that should be in every Christian's family library for frequent review and a reaffirmation of commitment to personal faith. I found the book enjoyable, informational, and inspirational. “Beyond Adam & Eve: 50 Things You Need to Know Before You Get to Heaven” is an amazing accomplishment of developing a combination of religion, theology, and history.



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Monday, December 10, 2007

Remember the Aloe, Moe: Book Two in the Out of Texas Series with James Hold

ISBN: 9780595441242 - iUniverse (2007)
Reviewed by Cherie Fisher for Reader Views (11/07)





James Hold second installment in the "Out of Texas Series," "Remember the Aloe, Moe," is one of the strangest books that I have ever read, but surprisingly entertaining.   The back cover describes the book as a modern day retelling of the Old Testament story about Jacob, Rachel and Leah.  The story was so far out there that I had a hard time making that connection.  The author obviously has a funny and quirky sense of humor.  He begins the book with a note that encourages readers to seek out Book One in the series.
 
The adventures in this story are about J, a radioactive cat turned human living in the great state of Texas.  J becomes J-Man, a professional wrestler who finds himself in one absurd circumstance after another.  The novel opens when a college professor gives J an injection to remember his past.  He recalls meeting his love, the beautiful Princess Sibelle who is trapped in  Rapunzel's tower by Merlin.  Of course it turns out that she could have left by the back entrance but that would have meant she would have had to use the servant's entrance.
 
In today's time, J is competing in a wrestling match when he rescues Josie (who he feels strangely itchy around – she turns out to be a mosquito) and is transported out of town.   From there it takes many bizarre twists in his quest to win acceptance in the wrestling world. 
 
You have to wonder what kind of person writes this kind of book. He writes that he is a lifelong fan of Godzilla and lucha libre wrestling.  I am not sure but I do know that James Hold would be the person I would want to be seated next to at a dinner party or charity event, but I am guessing he probably does not spend much time at those events.  "Remember the Aloe, Moe" is definitely for the quirky reader with a good sense of humor.  But you have been warned – you will probably be left with the feeling that you just read something very good, but you are just not sure what it was. 

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Kendra Kandlestar and the Door to Unger by Lee Edward Fodi

ISBN: 9781933285832 - Brown Books Publishing Group (2007)
Reviewed by Brianne Plach (age 10) for Reader Views (11/07)





Do you think going to a fantasy world with fauns and dwarves would be fun? You know like Lucy did in "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe." This is not a trip to Narnia, but instead a trip to a different fantasy world. It's not Lucy that is visiting this strange land but the main girl character, named Kendra Kandlestar.
She is drawn into this mysterious land when she receives a cryptic message. The meaning of the message makes her so curious. She goes to Unger to discover the answer to a question that she has been wondering about her whole life. There is a secret about her family; will going through the door of Unger bring her the answer she wants? Or is she better off staying on one side of the door? But if she doesn't go through the door, she wouldn't get to meet a bunch of interesting characters and the book wouldn't be nearly as exciting.
Around every corner, it seems like Kendra is meeting someone different. The characters are interesting but also sometimes very funny. A lot of kids need to have something funny happening in books to keep them reading.  Funny things happen every few pages in this book.  "Kendra Kandlestar and the Door to Unger" is a surefire hit to attract young readers. This is a second book in a series, but there is no reason why you wouldn't be able to read this one first and then the other one. The door to Unger opens when you open the pages of this book. You will certainly have a trip you won't soon forget!

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