Reviews: John for Everyone by Tom Wright and Dark Money by Jane Mayer

Review  5*


I always look first for Tom Wright books when I need some help with my Bible studies. In this series he includes the Bible passages, which means I could use just my kindle. His writing is clear, pleasant to read and his comments add both knowledge and personal experience. As always with Tom Wright, I recommend this book very highly.

Review 5*

Everyone should read this

I suspected our democratic rights in the UK were being eroded. This book applies to that process taking place in America and it is clear that wealthy Britons are doing the same here. This is an excellent explanation of how extreme capitalism is destroying democracy. Some plutocrats are named, and their methods of taking control of the American democratic process are made clear.

Margaret Atwood

a review


The Stone Mattress by Margaret Atwood

Superbly composed, literary masterpiece. To appreciate these short stories read nothing else at the same time. Authors put your work away. These stories require and deserve utter devotion. Anything less and you’ll be in danger of mistaking the wonderful for the mundane.

Dual Narration

A dual narrative can enrich the reader’s experience in the expression of two different views of the same event. Here the writer must maintain a careful balance of keeping the reader equally eager to follow each point of view smoothly. One application might be in an extreme event such as a killing. The views and beliefs of the first could express support of the killer whilst the second is appalled by it. I don’t usually write murder mysteries but I do use multi- and dual- narration and now have a hankering to expand on this idea in a crime novel. In a way, my dual narrative in Cacodaemus, though speculative fiction, is along these lines, dealing with complex issues of good and evil, and life and death, as it does.


John for Everyone Part 1 by Tom Wright

Pleasant and insightful

Tom Wright discusses chapters 1-10 of John’s Gospel

I enjoyed reading one of these accounts each day and have eagerly purchased Part 2.

The writer’s use of personal experiences was for me both entertaining and illustrative, of the Gospel narrative. I particularly enjoyed Wright’s insights into this Gospel writer’s experience of life and the times in which he lived.

I suspect this guide could be too simplistic for some scholars but it was just right for someone who has read this gospel, and discussed it a number of times, but now realizes they have not understood John and his message so well as they thought.


Quotes from the best novel I’ve read in years. This book is amusing with a serious message. These quotes are from the serious message aspect, but you could simply enjoy the story.

Answers from Alyce by Mistral Dawn

“The corporations that run our government find it more profitable to form monopolies, so people don’t have any choice beyond purchasing from them or not purchasing at all.”

I’ve been trying to remember what happened to the Monopolies Commission in the UK.

Next, Alyce is required to explain a dramatic setting to her abductor.

“Educated people are often portrayed in such propaganda as people who are cold, socially awkward, detached from and unsympathetic towards the problems of ‘real people’, and impractical.”

“This type of propaganda makes some people, mostly those who aren’t well-educated themselves, distrust education and those who have it. And it dissuades them from trying to educate themselves.”

Quote from Answers from Alyce by Mistral Dawn

Quotes from the best novel I’ve read in years. This book is amusing with a serious message. These quotes are from the serious message aspect, but you could simply enjoy the story.

“Why is everything in your society given to caveats and conditions?’

“A ‘wallet biopsy’ is when a doctor in a hospital focuses on a patient’s financial condition instead of their medical condition.”

We in the UK would do well to take notice of this in view of the possibility of American insurance companies buying into our National Health Service.


Four Gospels, One Jesus by Richard A. Burridge

A wonderful study, superbly executed.

Burridge places the gospels in the time of their writing. He expertly discusses the four styles, along with their individual symbolism, whilst making his academic work accessible to all. To achieve this he employs comparison with a modern, familiar subject. By so doing, he unites all four gospels in a manner that anyone can understand. Very highly recommended.


Losers in Space (Episode 1: Genesis) by Scott Pixello

Possibly because I don’t usually read humorous books, I found this to have a slow start. I’m glad I stuck with it though. I smiled all the way through the biggest part of it, with many an out-loud laugh. I particularly enjoyed the style of conversation given the characters, along with comments on modern society which were accompanied by a deep level of comprehension.
From the outset, Pixello creates, in my experience, a unique scenario from which he builds a fascinating story. There’s even a big surprise at the end.
As with all good sci fi, philosophical questions are posed: what’s real and what isn’t? How did these non-astronauts come to be where they are? Where are the heading; and why? Why has something extraordinary happened to their life-cycles? I’m going to have to continue with the series to find the answers. It will be fun.


Reflections for Lent by Jane McFarlane 4*

Beautiful reading for any time of year.
This book is one that I read frequently. It has beautiful passages in it, without the sugary sentimentalism I find difficult to digest in some devotionals. I recommend it very highly.