Story Book Reviews

Written by Louie Giglio | Illustrated by Nicola Anderson

It’s impossible to out-imagine God. He orchestrates time, creates light, and speaks things into existence—from the largest stars to the smallest starfish. God is a powerful, purposeful, personal, unparalleled Creator.

Indescribable displays the majesty of creation with scientific findings, photography, and original illustrations.



I love the crazy detail on this cover. There’s so much to look at, and the longer I look, the more I love it. The style is fabulous and bright as well. It’s the kind of picture I’d love to see in puzzle format (*hint* at Tommy Nelson).

This is a great example of excellent cover design. The art and text treatment work together very well – one is not compromised for the other in spite of very detailed, bright artwork. The title is large, clear, and very legible. I also love the monkey hanging off the…

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THIS WAY FORWARD: Community-Based Solutions for the African-American Childbirth Crisis


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by Dena Crowder

Kyira “Kira” Dixon Johnson and her husband Charles seemed to have it all: a healthy baby boy, flourishing entrepreneurial careers, and vibrant health. Which is why no one could have predicted that 24 hours after welcoming their second son into the world, Kyira would be dead.

The Johnsons represent an alarming reality that’s only recently gained attention in the national media: African-American women are dying in childbirth at 3-4 times the rate of their white counterparts. When I first read the statistics, I was stunned. “This isn’t the 19th century!” Yet facts prove otherwise.

For a recent Essence article, Meaghan Winter wrote:

“In some rural counties and dense cities alike, the racial disparity in maternal deaths is jaw-dropping: Chickasaw County, Mississippi, for instance, has a maternal death rate for women of color that’s higher than Rwanda’s. In New York City, Black women are…

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PAYING/NO FEE Submission call + interview – Speculative City (NEW!), DEADLINE: Dec. 15, 2017

Trish Hopkinson

Speculative City is an upcoming online literary magazine whose first issue will be published digitally to the public in February 2018. They are currently open for submissions relevant to the magazine mission and issue theme with focus on science fiction, fantasy, and magical realism. The first them is the “grotesque.” “In literature, the grotesque is a creative trope that focuses on the body, biological or structural, aiming to distort and deform it through the macabre, the taboo, and the horrifying to create absurd or unexpected outcomes.”

I wondered how and why this lit mag came to be, so I asked City Architect/Chief Editor Meera V. and she kindly replied. See my interview with Meera and submission guidelines below.

HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about Speculative City.

MEERA: Speculative City is a bi-annual magazine produced by three friends who are inspired by the potential of the genre of speculative fiction. Speculative…

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Celebration Stuffed Chicken Breast

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This post was made possible thanks to Freshlife who have two summer hampers of fruit and nut to give away.

To enter the draw to win one of two Freshlife hampers, simply comment at the bottom of this post with your favourite dish that includes any type of nut.

celebration-chicken-034-featureNovember is my favourite month. Each year, I use my birthday as an excuse to celebrate for at least 2 weeks. In my world, celebrating includes great food and great company. My social life now really amps up now as I get ready for the summer season.

Sometime before Christmas are mandatory end-of-year catchups, often over grazing platters and bottles of whatever you fancy. There will be cheese, crackers, fresh and dried fruit, nuts and various cold cuts. Having a few staples in your pantry is ideal and Freshlife nuts and dried fruit are great to have on hand those occasions…

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