Brad ThorFirst, let’s use a comparison: Dale Brown’s use of the Portuguese language in his Act of War, to make it more authentic, was so atrocious that I barely was able to finish the book. He had to have used Google translator or a dullard’s phrase book. I don’t think even Google could mess up the language that badly.

I just finished Brad Thor’s The First Commandment. I enjoyed it thoroughly, as all his other novels. His treatment of the segment in Brazil is fairly well done. No big complaints. But there were two small items. Continue reading

While in the US, I found a good buy at McKay’s in Nashville for $6: an original hardback copy of New Testament survey: an introduction and survey of the New Testament by the faculty of Harding University School of Religion / editor, Don Shackelford (Searcy, AR: Resource, 1987). The 508-page book includes photos, maps, and charts, so it’s a significant work. I had not previously heard of it.

It was produced as a textbook for Harding’s NT Survey classes. I don’t know if it is still used for that purpose. Continue reading

Let’s see if we can get the site set up to use to get the br /word out about FPress.

Now, a bit of news about the Choose! book. It’s being used in a detox hospital clinic, a prison, in ladies and youth classes at church. We’d like to hear more about where it’s being used.

Most of the manuscripts for the (working title) Right Kind of Christianity have been received. A couple are still out, but we expect br /them to be in within a matter of days. Then starts the editing process. Might we have the book ready by the time I get to the US again in August? Race against time …

UPDATE: In experimenting with posterous, this business post wasn’t meant to land here. That should be fixed now.


Barbara A. Oliver
607 Devine Street
Winona, MS 38957
Phone: (901) 517-7274 or (870) 236-8858

May 28, 2010


Author with Local Ties Says, “Choose!”

WINONA, Miss. – Greene County, Arkansas, native Randal Matheny encourages people to make the right choices in his new book, “Choose! 13 Choices to Transform Your Heart and Soul.” Continue reading

My business associate Barbara Ann Oliver emailed me this afternoon that my book CHOOSE! has arrived from the printer today.

Our US representative (Barbara Ann is in Costa Rica right now) told her the book is in perfect condition and looks really good.

I’m anxious to get my hands on it.

Here’s the info that’s being sent out about the book:

CHOOSE! 13 Choices to Transform Your Heart and Soul is just in time for a great graduation gift, a personal motivator or a group study.

Life is not predetermined nor destined. People have great power in their choices. In almost poetical language, the author hones in on important choices such as contentment, gratitude, failure, health, humor, people, focus and ambition, among others.

For more information, see this PDF file or go to the website:

“Well written, this book encourages and motivates the reader to make wise, scriptural choices in life. A book not easy to put down, it is excellent for the classroom, coffee table or as a gift.” – Glenda Williams, Geneva, Alabama

whittierBack in Nov. 1982, at a book sale in Abilene, Tex., I bought a fascinating little tome, Poems of Whittier. Or as the title page has it: “Poems By John Greenleaf Whittier,” published by Books, Inc., New York & Boston. No date given.

It’s fascinating for two reasons. On the inside front cover (hardback), a decal bears the printed name of the original owner, Patricia Moore, with a poem by children’s author Emilie Poulsson: Continue reading