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Extended Horizon Reflections
Jeff Jackson, author

Adult; Memoir; (Market)

I describe the out-of-the-ordinary life that I've lived and share some of what I've learned along the way. I describe being a teenage soldier, husband, and father and an incredible health-scare with our newborn. A season of life living as a missionary with my family in another country, and then being diagnosed with a terminal disease that changed the trajectory of my life.
Plot/Idea: 7 out of 10
Originality: 6 out of 10
Prose: 7 out of 10
Character/Execution: 6 out of 10
Overall: 6.50 out of 10


Idea: Extended Horizon Reflections chronicles author Jeff Jackson's life story from 1958 to the present, covering numerous subjects from love at first sight, to becoming a pastor, to working with refugees. Some of these sections are more interesting than others, but overall Jackson's book tells a compelling story of a full life.

Prose:  Author Jackson's prose is wonderfully descriptive and cleanly edited. Poems serve as a smart way to break up the narrative and offer variety in the modes of storytelling.

Originality: Extended Horizon Reflections is original in its focus on identity labels and its candor about a number of weighty and challenging topics. 

Character/Execution: Jackson excellently establishes his relatable character on the page, and he writes movingly about life-changing events. Despite individual circumstances, however, the work is somewhat lacking in an overall sense of tension.

Date Submitted: January 24, 2022