Coyote Speaks – Cross Country Run by Peter Likins – A Book Review

Coyote Speaks – Cross Country Run

By: Peter Likins

Darby Book, LLC, 978-0997042344, $ 18.00, 2015, 264 pages

Reviewed By: Richard R Blake

Childhood Abuse, Retribution, Recovery, and Ultimate Redemption

Peter Likins “Coyote Speaks – Cross Country Run” captures the plight of Kit Coyote traumatized by the beating, verbal abuse, and hatred of Jake Durkins his foster father. Durkins operated a chicken ranch and foster home in the semi-arid desert of Ajo, Arizona, located about 100 miles from Tucson.

Coach K. from nearby Tucson discovered Kit’s natural gift for running and took an interest in training him in the finer points of running competitively. When life at the chicken ranch became unbearable Kit escaped the horror of hatred and abuse and ran from Ajo to Tucson to the home of Coach K. and his wife Teresa. The Karangetti’s became his new foster parents. Opportunities opened up for Kit during high school in Tucson. He excelled in running and in the sport of wrestling and received a college scholarship at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania. A series of bad choices, led to the need to establish a new identity for Coyote: he became a fugitive of the law and fled to California.

Likins writes with a rare sensitivity and gentle spirit that reveal a keen observation of the best in mankind even in light of exposure to the most deplorable and evil of others. This understanding allows him to use the elements of story and a fictional approach to become platform for issues of socio and culture inequity. The realism and striking imagery found in “Coyote Speaks” add a dimension to the elements of conflict and resolution used throughout the story to develop a suspenseful plot and to build character identity.

“Coyote Speaks – Cross Country Run” is timely, especially relevant in light of recent acts of random shooting, acts of terrorism, and international racial and religious tension. This is a poignant story of the impact of childhood trauma on life choices in times of personal crisis.

A complimentary copy of this book was received for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.





The Spirit of Adoption by Randy & Kelsey Bohlender – A Book Review

The Spirit of Adoption: Winning the Battle for Children
The Spirit of AdoptionBy: Randy & Kelsey Bohlender
Destiny Image Publishers, Inc. P. O. 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257
978-0768403503, $ 14.99, 2013, 137 Pages
Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

An Inspiring Story – The Challenge to Embrace the Call to become a Pro-Child Advocate

The Spirit of Adoption: Winning the Battle for Children is a clarion call to the church and its members to stand as a unified body in embracing the call to be Pro-Child. This is the story of Randy and Kelsey Bohlender’s experiences after they responded to the call of God to go beyond their convictions – to act on them.

The authors introduce disturbing parallels which demonstrate the political impact of slavery in America during the 1800’s with the value of life take by the Supreme Court in their decision of Roe versus Wade in 1973.

A new awareness of the plight of the thousands of orphans in Haiti, after the devastating earthquake in January 2010 dramatically illustrates battle waging over the destiny of children. First, the Haitian government benefit financially through state control of the adoption process. Second, there are the sex traffickers who exploit the children for profit, and third is an awakening awareness of the church to assume responsibility by answering the call to become pro-child.

The Spirit of Adoption: Winning the Battle for Children is a sobering, but rewarding read. Heartbreaking stories illustrate the redemptive benefit that accompany the choice of a full term pregnancy and adoption over the life-long trauma and guilt that accompany abortion. The reader will be better informed, challenged to action, and committed to pray, with a deeper understanding of what it means to be pro-life.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.

Activist Faith by Dillon Burroughs, Daniel Darling, and Dan King – A Book Review

Activist FaithThe Activist Faith – From Him and For Him
By: Dillon Burroughs, Daniel Darling, and Dan King
NavPress, P. O. Box 30051, Colorado Springs, CO 80935
978-1612913919, $ 14.99, 2013, 220 Pages
Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

A Wake Up Call to the Needs of a Growing Global Society

Dillon Burroughs, Daniel Darling, and Dan King, co-founders of the Activist Faith Movement collaborate in “Activist Faith – From Him and For Him. The authors skillfully blend engaging stories, Biblical principles, and carefully presented analysis of issues facing an increasingly global society. They have a united goal to challenge the reader to rethink their world view, their involvement in politics, and their cutting edge responsibility as a Christian to important societal issues in light of faith and culture, and to encourage Christians to live out what they believe.

The book is written for an emerging generation of Christians as well as for Christians at every walk of life. Each chapter is packed with informational tools, resources, guidelines, encouragement and support presenting ways to influence and become actively involved in meeting the needs of the hurting.

Well-developed chapter notes provide the reader with additional reading and equipping tools for joining others in communities of faith to reach out locally with the love and compassion of Jesus, God’s Son, the motivation of our worship and service.

“The Activist Faith” has given me a new appreciation for the complexity of issues of immigration, poverty, homelessness, prison reform, education, and the environment.

A complimentary review copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.

Tales of the Defended Ones by Beth Guckenberger – A Book Review

Tales of the Defended OnesTales of the Defended Ones

By Beth Guckenberger

Standard Publishing Company. Cincinnati, Ohio, 978-078474736975, $ 8.99, 2013, 208 Pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Stories of Promise, Protection, and Purpose

“Tales of the Defended Ones” is the second in the Story Weaver series. These real life juvenile fiction stories are heartwarming and life changing, challenging the reader to look beyond themselves to become a part in someone else’s life and their story.

The book follows the format of the first book which includes a story that introduces a child in need, from different countries around the world. There is a parallel story that introduces individuals and organizations that minister to orphans, matching them to homes and families moved by God’s love and compassion to reach out demonstrating that love while meeting specific individual needs.

In the six chapters of the book Beth Guckenberger introduces the Story Weaver, the Defender God, the work of Back2Back Ministries and the stories of five children from four counties; Ben and Joseph, orphans from Ethiopia, Antonio from Mexico, Caitlyn, a foster child from Ohio, in the United States, and Jorani from Cambodia.

Beth is a natural story teller and a gifted communicator. Each story relates the struggles challenging one of these children, and their circumstances.  She goes on to show how their story provides the opportunity to demonstrate God’s working in their life and to offer hope and protection as He works out His purpose.

A leader’s guide is available for use as a resource or curriculum guide for teaching children missionary vision, compassion for others, and to introduce other cultures. “Tales of the Defended Ones” is engaging, ages graded for children eight years and older. Highly recommended.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed a my own.