Kelly J. Henson

Kelly J. Henson is a life-long student of Catholic philosophical and cultural tradition.  She believes with Flannery O’Connor that “Drama usually bases itself on the bedrock of original sin, whether the writer thinks in theological terms or not. Then, too, any character in a serious novel is supposed to carry a burden of meaning larger than himself.”  Kelly considers authentic and intelligent literary criticism to be a crucial service to the development of literature and culture. Kelly writes with an eye for discovering the good, the true, and the beautiful in literature and in every day life.  She studied the liberal arts with a BA in English literature and language at Christendom College and a minor in theology.  She has worked in various teaching and ministry positions including instruction in literature, writing, and the humanities at a college-preparatory academy for several years. Kelly and her family live in North Carolina.  She is married to her best friend and is proud to be the mother of two beautiful children.  When she isn’t directing finger paint masterpieces and scrubbing noses, Kelly posts occasionally at kellyjhenson.com [1] and kjpatch.blogspot.com [2]. Links: ------ [1] http://kellyjhenson.com [2] http://kjpatch.blogspot.com

Book Reviews by Kelly J. Henson

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Iota

“Though they still spoke like men, Jan realized that the miseries of this place were making all of them into children, psychologically speaking, with outbursts and petulance replacing reason. Or perhaps, he told himself, this experience was merely revealing who they really were ...”

What is the essence of a man and his personality? Perhaps, at the core, we are all just reactionary brutes incapable of a rational approach to personal suffering? We push away our individual nightmares with distractions, pretend to find meaning in a facade of adult occupations, or use our intelligence to philosophize ab...

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I'm Bernadette!

I'm Bernadette by Emily Grace Ortega is a delightful chapter book about a young girl who learns about her special talents and her patron saint as she struggles with day to day choices.

Bernadette is disappointed when she learns that her Catholic school is having an All Saints Day costume party instead of a Halloween Party. The other 1st graders seem to be excited about it, and they all jump at the chance to choose saints who represent something they enjoy or who share a certain talent with them.

But Bernadette doesn't know what makes her special or what saint appeals to her...

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Tomy Learns to Celebrate

In Tomy Learns to Celebrate!, the second book of the Tomy the Dreamer Series, Linda Unugboke creates a world where ordinary happenings yield life lessons and unusual circumstances lead to faith and hope.

The book follows Tomy and his three siblings through a calendar year of resolutions, celebrations, and challenges. Tomy provides a model for young readers by trying to make good choices. For instance, for his New Year’s resolutions he says, “First, I’ll spend more time in prayer. Second, I’ll be more thankful for the gifts I have. Third, I’ll try to stop whining and enjoy all that lif...

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The Coin Of The Realm

Roger Dubin’s first novel, The Coin of the Realm begins with the gift of a singular treasure, the Zevi Coin, and quickly launches the protagonist, Rick Weisman, into an adventure that brings him much more than the luck that traditionally accompanies the owner of the coin.

Rick is not sure why he has been entrusted with the heirloom of the famous Romanov family. Legend promises that “he who bears the Zevi Coin will be led to whatever his soul is seeking, be it love, gold, glory, or God.” In fact, Rick has always had a pretty tenuous relationship with each of those desires. He is ...

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Get on Board Little Children

What if couples had to obtain a license to have a child legally in the United States? Would a law, mandating that parents show financial security through an exorbitant licensing fee and demonstrate domestic stability through a psychological test, really prevent child poverty and abuse? Hypothetical questions like these become a reality in Victoria Randall’s recent dystopian adventure, Get on Board Little Children.

Sophie is a normal kindergarten teacher, saving up, with her husband Josh, to obtain a legal child permit. However, everything changes when she finds herself pregnant. They have to dec...

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Dark Age Maiden

Serving as the protagonist in Dark Age Maiden by Tom Molnar, Carina is not your typical young lady in early medieval Europe. Her Germanic heritage dictates that most maidens should anticipate an arranged marriage and a life of humble support for the man chosen for her by her father. But Carina loves to ride her horse on her own, speaks her mind freely, and maintains a somewhat cynical view of courting and marriage. Her father attributes her free spirit to her Roman blood. Matters are further complicated when, after refusing her father’s first choice for her spouse, she meets two potential suitors.
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Pride, Prejudice, and Cheese Grits

As a passionate student of Jane Austen and her vibrant characters and believable plot lines, I tend to eschew Austen “fan fiction” or adaptations, fearful that someone has put a cell-phone in Lizzy Bennet’s hands and decided that this is their contribution to Austen’s legacy in the modern world.  However, reading Pride, Prejudice, and Cheese Grits by Mary Jane Hathaway was a breath of fresh air.  Readers familiar with Austen will appreciate the token similarities to their favorite novel, but Hathaway has not merely rewritten a classic.  Rather, she has composed a...

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