Friday, July 15, 2011

Guest Post~ Anthony Fox

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Anthony J Fox@ The Bookshop Guru 13 July 2011~ Guest Post
The Bookshop Guru
There was a time and place when I was a dreamer. Today, when I look down and stare at my shoes, not much has changed. The shoes are similar to what I was wearing as a teenager, in fact, inside I feel the same, but it’s only the mirror that destroys my illusion. What happened to the dreamer who would sit and wonder about life and tried to write some words that mattered? Well, now and then I find myself surrounded by a plethora of books, for I have become a bookshop guru. Willing to experience what comes by chance and synchronicity, the randomness has become a new world. A world outside the box, I can pick and choose without knowing why. Is this good or bad, I ask? Years ago I read Winston Churchill’s autobiography and he said there was so little time but so much to see of the beauty of this world. And this saddened me, but it’s the same for books, I will keep turning the pages in the knowledge that time is ticking.
Today, I spend my days reading a chapter here and there in the comfort of the bookshop, never sure about my actions. It’s almost if the sword of time daggles above my head. I have thrown a curve ball at time, waiting to see its response.
I have to say that I have a disability which has been a roadblock, and every day I face it. Even at university I had to face the roadblock that is my constant shadow. So I decided to write about my experience at university while studying for a master’s degree in artificial intelligence. I wrote this book as a study guide because I feel that anyone attempting a degree will find it a useful tool towards passing. I felt my experience would help many students achieve what they wanted. In every chapter I have used personal experiences that I think will help reinforce the main points of each topic. If I can do it, so can you!
It’s due to be published in the next 2-3 months and will be available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and on Kindle etc.
My first book to be published is called: How to Pass a Degree with Confidence
I would like to sell the film rights, so if any film mogul is reading this get in contact. I have recently created a blog where you can read excerpts from the book and other blog posts that relate to the book, and also where you can read more about me. I am currently working on another book which is about the senses.

A selection of book reviews

Anthony Fox

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The Spirit of...

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It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old...or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!

You never know when I might play a wild card on you!

Today's Wild Card author and illustrator are:

and their books:

Cross Training Publishing (2008)
The Spirit in Sports (2010)
***Special thanks to Audra Jennings, Senior Media Specialist, The B&B Media Group for sending me a review copy.***


Kathryn Nixon was born in the small town of Rockingham, NC. She grew up involved in many sports including cheerleading, cross country and dance. After graduating high school, she attended Peace College and North Carolina State University where she received her BA with a major in communications and a minor in journalism. She went on to work as an associate producer for ESPN.

She met Trot Nixon when one of the coaches who recruited him to play baseball at NC State introduced them. They were married, and he was drafted by the Red Sox, where he became a 2004 World Series champion. While her husband was playing ball, Kathryn collaborated with the other wives on two children’s books: Fenway Park from A to Z and Fenway Park 1 2 3.

Her greatest desire is to touch the lives of children with the knowledge and experience of Christ’s love. Her passion is to gather children into the kingdom of God by planting His word in their hearts at an early age. Nixon and her husband, Trot, reside in Wilmington, NC, with their two sons, Chase and Luke.

Ana Boudreau was born in Williamsburg, VA, and grew up with the dream of being an artist and an illustrator. Her grandmother was a professional artist, and she passed down all of her supplies to her granddaughter. She was also involved in cheerleading and gymnastics as a girl, helping her further connect to the Spirit in Sports series.

Boudreau attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduated with a BA in English literature. She met Kathryn Nixon when she was commissioned to paint murals in the preschool department of Nixon’s church. They struck up a friendship and began meeting to plan a series of books that would attract young children involved in sports. Boudreau treasured the opportunity to co-author children’s books that had the power to instill God’s values in the day-to-day lives of families, including her own.

Boudreau is an artist, muralist and an art teacher at Myrtle Grove Christian School. She has illustrated both The Spirit in Baseball and The Spirit in Football, along with a third book, How Bernie Madoff Saved My Life by Valorie Stackpole. She is married to Mark Boudreau, and they are blessed with three wonderfully athletic girls—Lauren is a cheerleader, Julia is a skater and Katherine is a tennis player. She and her family reside in Wilmington, NC.

Visit the author and illustrator's website.


Sometimes, when we think about little league sports, the first thing that comes to mind are pushy coaches and over-competitive parents. However, there are many positive character qualities that children can develop while playing team sports. Kathryn Nixon and Ana Boudreau help to instill these virtues in their two books, The Spirit in Baseball and The Spirit in Football. Their books are based on the fruits of the Spirit as seen in Galatians 5:22-23, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”

The Spirit in Baseball applies the fruits of the Spirit to each aspect of playing the game of baseball, such as:

I LOVE my teammates. They are my friends. We spend a lot of time in the dugout together!

I am PATIENT and happy to wait until it is my turn to bat.

I do my best to be GOOD to others. I congratulate the other team if they win the game.

Each of the fruits is introduced by a Scripture verse, followed by the application. The colorful illustrations will draw in young readers, and a tiny fruit has been hidden on every page for the children to seek out. The book also includes words of encouragement from Kathryn’s husband, Trot Nixon, a 2004 Boston Red Sox World Series champion. The Spanish translation, El Espiritu en Beisbol, is also available.

The Spirit in Football focuses on the same virtues and format, but applies the fruits of the Spirit to football. Some examples include:

The fans cheered with excitement and JOY as our team scored the first touchdown of the game.

If we are upset about a penalty, instead of acting out in anger, God calls us to react with GENTLENESS and respect.

We must show SELF-CONTROL by not losing our temper when we are tackled aggressively by the other team.

The Spirit in Football includes a forward by Matt Hasselbeck, NFL quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks, encouraging children that “drive and competitiveness should never come before obeying the rules and being a good sport.”

Both books are great gifts for little league teams or any child who participates in sports. The books include a page for autographs, so parents can buy a copy for every team member and the children can sign each other’s books as a keepsake for years to come. The Spirit in Baseball and The Spirit in Football provide a practical way for any parent or coach to apply the fruits of the Spirit in the everyday lives of their children.

Product Details:

The Spirit in Baseball:

List Price: $10.00
Publisher: Cross Training Publishing (2008)
ISBN-10: 1450776256
ISBN-13: 978-1450776257

The Spirit in Football:

List Price: $10.00
Publisher: The Spirit in Sports (2010)
ISBN-10: 0615386695
ISBN-13: 978-0615386690

AND NOW...THE FIRST FEW PAGES (Click on images to see them better):

The Spirit in Baseball:

The Spirit in Football:


The Spirit of Baseball
This is such a fun book to read.
I liked how it is Christian based.
The illustrations are so perfectly done
as well.
This is a book for people of all ages.
The think I liked the most about it is
it is Christian related and they include
versus for us to refer back to which makes
it nice.
I also like how two ladies wrote a book on
I wish when we had played Soccer that I
had a book like this to give to my team mates.
If you have not had the time to check this book
out I wish you would and if you like to watch
trailers then look this one up as I plan too.
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The Spirit of Football
Since I read the first book to my son and I
enjoyed it so much I thought I would allow
my husband to read this book and see what
he thought of it as he is not into reading so
Let me tell you he enjoyed it so much that
when he finished it he was asking to read it
which is nice as he does not usually do that.
This book is a great book for anyone of all ages
plus it is a great book for coaches and also
parents to be able to teach there children the
correct way to handle bad situations that could
arise in sports.
One thing I Loved about these books is there
written by two women and you can tell they
Love the Sport and there family.
Please take the time to either read the book
or to check out the trailer.
Glenda, David and Charlie