The Mediterranean Love Plan

The Mediterranean Love Plan
Steve and Misty Arterburn
(Scheduled for release April 2017)

It comes at a price, but this book offers great, fresh ideas. The shelves are full of books and magazines filled with suggestions for your love life, but I really did find creative, practical fun ideas in this book. It’s the kind of book you will want to keep handy so you can refer back to the tips at the end of each chapter for new ideas.

The downside is the amount of time you have to spend floating down Ego River. You will hear about the boats he has owned, the awards he has received, his speaking engagements, his radio interviews, the ministries he has founded, his musical talent, his artistic talent, the extravagant vacations he has had, and the perfection of his family. You will learn that you should go to Spain, and Italy, and France. Look past all of that, and you will find great thoughts and ideas.

The free advance reading copy that Zondervan sent me had a lot of unsubstantiated claims that I hope will have citations in the final version. In this Internet era of false news, you can’t say things like “studies show” without naming credible sources, but I’m sure that will be cleaned up.

All in all, this is an impressive collection of great ideas that go beyond the typical fluff in modern relationship resources. My wife has already benefited from a couple of things I picked up, and I haven’t really begun to apply it proactively. These are great thoughts that are appropriate for everyone who is in, or who wants to be in, a loving relationship.

Doctor Who: The American Adventures

IMG_0955.PNGThe free advanced reading copy that the publisher, Diamond Book Distributors, sent me was incorrectly labeled as a graphic novel. It is, in fact, more of a novella.

It still baffles me that with all of time and space to explore, the Doctor’s adventures seem so frequently to occur on earth and within a relatively narrow span of time. Having said that, it’s refreshing that it wasn’t within 100 years, either way, from present-day London. Rather, it takes place in the United States in the mid 1800’s, during the Gold Rush–at least initially.

This adventure involves the Twelfth Doctor, as portrayed by Peter Capaldi. And for the most part, it captures his character well. I would say, though, that this proper Scottish Doctor would say “Yes,” not “Yeah.”

A key factor in the dynamics of any adventure of Doctor Who adventure is the identity of his companion. In this book, however, there is none. I do think the story lacks something from the great by-play between the Doctor and his companion of the moment–in the case of the Twelfth Doctor, usually Clara.

The feeling is a bit more matter-of-fact than we expect from the Doctor’s adventures, without the character interaction and development of the others involved. It feels like a disconnected set of vignettes, which is implied by the title of “Adventures” plural. If you stay with it, though, the author does bring them back together into a coherent story…or at least that was my hope until the last page.

I hope that when this book is released they make it clear that this is a collection of short stories. I found them a bit too straightforward for my tastes, but diehard Whovians might find it worth their time.