by Walt Runkis
Idea/Concept: At the basis of this thought-provoking presentation are Buddhism and Hinduism, popular philosophical and spiritual journeys for people who have rejected traditional Judeo-Christian ideology, a stance apparent throughout this book. Experiences and revelations intertwine with deep enlightenment on a spiritual plane of existence.
Prose: Steeped in heady verbiage that lulls the reader, perhaps intentionally, the stylistic mode is suitable for open-minded individuals seeking an alternative window to the soul, and ultimately, a higher power. A touching look at human vulnerability clarifies the experience.
Originality: Books that search for an inner purpose, or God, from a borderline scientific standpoint, have increased in popularity as the interest in faith-driven doctrine dwindles, quite evident in this intriguing self-help memoir. Buddhist ideology, however, is nothing new to the publishing industry, as innumerable titles grace the market.
Execution: This word-heavy cross between a memoir and a theological exploration preaches as much as it educates. Addressing serious health concerns, along with a dire need to resolve a common unanswered question—does God exist?—every chapter zig-zags through a maze of celestial discussions, leading to a transcendental conclusion.
Blurb: Discover evidence that God may exist in this illuminating journey to the heart of humanity.
by Alisa Hope Wagner
Idea/Concept: The concept behind this Bible study workbook is solid. While there is a degree of repetition within the content, the author provides provocative questions for devout readers to consider, allowing them to further contemplate their personal relationship with God and scripture.
Prose: Wagner writes in a straightforward manner with emphasis on succinct lessons over narrative texture. The daily affirmations, observations, and prompts are clearly presented and plainly delineated.
Originality: While Wagner's offering is not entirely original in concept or execution, the author delivers a solid guidebook for faithful readers seeking to further enrich their lives.
Execution: The author provides a targeted, tightly organized study of the Bible for daily reading.