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MARION'S BOOK SHELF

I can do all things through Christ who strengtheneth me.

REVIEWS

DEM CHURCH FOLK

5.0 out of 5 stars Too true, February 8, 2008
A Kid's Review
This book made me laugh soo hard! I can totally relate to seeing people in my own church act just like this!
Oh what trouble Dem Church Folk can be! I am passing it on to all of my friends 
 
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CINNAMON IS JEALOUS

 

 
4.0 out of 5 stars "Cool Illustrations", November 18, 2008
By 

Debra Gaynor "Debra Gaynor" (Hawesville, KY USA)(REAL NAME)      

Written by: M.W. McKenney
Reviewed by: Stephanie Rollins and J.T. Rollins (age 11) for ReviewYourBook.com 11/2008
"Cool Illustrations" 4 stars
J.T., being a boy, was turned off by the pink cover. Once I strongly encouraged him to read it, he agreed that the story is good. He and I agree that the cartoon-like drawings are cool.
The story touches on jealousy and how to handle it. It is geared toward 4th and 5th graders. This is a great story with a great moral. We recommend this.

 

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THE TWINS (Hailey and Bailey)
 

 
4.0 out of 5 stars "Simple and Cute" , November 18, 2008
By  Debra Gaynor "Debra Gaynor" (Hawesville, KY USA) (REAL NAME)      
Written by: M.W. McKenney
Reviewed by: Stephanie Rollins and Parish Rollins (age 4)
"Simple and Cute" 4 stars
The twins, Hailey and Bailey, learn to share in this story. Also, in the story are worms. Parish really liked that. The words and illustrations are simple. Most are easy to sound out.
This book is written for 1st and 2nd graders. Both boys and girls will enjoy it. Pre-schoolers, like Parish, will enjoy it, but the words may be a bit too difficult for them to sound out.

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Posted January 7, 2009, 12:46 AM EST: Looking Down From Heaven
Marion W. McKenney
OutskirtsPress, 2008
ISBN: 9781432715441
Reviewed by Debra Gaynor for ReviewYourBook.com, 12/08
5 Stars
Beautifully written¿
Rufus, a child molester, murdered Emily and Sarah. God sent them back to Earth temporarily as guardian angels. Their mission was to protect the ones they love and to ensure Rufus was brought to justice.
While I did not totally agree with some of the theology in Looking Down From Heaven, I did find it an enthralling story. Looking Down From Heaven is a short tale of only 105 pages. I read this book in one sitting. I was more than a little teary-eyed at times and smiling at others. Sarah and Emily had distinct voices. When they threw rocks at Rufus, I was cheering them on. Okay, so that might not be what we normally think of as angelic behavior, they were protecting others. Marion W. McKenney is an extremely talented author. Her style is almost conversational. She writes in a simple, easy-to-understand manner. I am not sure what group she was focusing on when writing this book. I would suggest upper elementary and middle school students would enjoy this book. Nevertheless, do not count out adults, they will find this a rewarding read also.

 

 

 

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Posted January 7, 2009, 12:53 AM EST: Dem Church Folk
Marion W. McKenney
Publish America, 2008
ISBN: 1424195969
Reviewed by Debra Gaynor for ReviewYourBook.com, 12/08
4 stars
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Dem Church Folk is a humorous look at churches. Bubba Lee grew up in a small southern church. As an adult, he looks back at some of the problems his church faced and most churches still face. The characters are quirky and a touch over-the-top. Marion W. McKenney is a talented author. She captures the southern dialect perfectly. The problems faced in churches are the same regardless of the denomination or size.

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