Category Archives: Stephen Gallup Reviews

Peace Like a River, by Leif Enger – Stephen Gallup Reviews

This is the third novel in the last month or so that I’ve gone back to read a second time. I first enjoyed it in June 2008, after hearing a friend recommend it many times. As with those other books, … Continue reading

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Becoming Patrick, by Patrick McMahon – Stephen Gallup Reviews

Because Patrick McMahon and I participated in the same critique group several years ago, I had the good fortune of witnessing the latter stages of his book’s creation. When I read it now, I can still hear his voice as … Continue reading

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The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner’s Semester at America’s Holiest University, by Kevin Roose – Stephen Gallup Reviews

I should begin my comments on this unique memoir with a personal note. In the early 70s, just after completing my undergraduate studies at a secular university, I found myself attending one of Jerry Falwell’s services at Thomas Road Church … Continue reading

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Lord Lightning, by Jenny Brown – Stephen Gallup Reviews

I had the good fortune of reading this novel in manuscript form a couple years before its publication. I was very glad when it came out, and ordered a copy immediately, despite disappointment with the publisher’s cover design. The story … Continue reading

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Gray Matter: A Neurosurgeon Discovers the Power of Prayer…One Patient at a Time, by David Levy – Stephen Gallup Reviews

Physicians who write about their craft (Atul Gawande, for example) have a willing audience in me, so I didn’t hesitate to pick up this one when I came across it. Turns out that the practice of medicine forms the setting, … Continue reading

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Replica by Lexi Revellian – Stephen Gallup Reviews

This novel gets an A+ for convincing characters and dialog and–especially appreciated–for a wonderfully unique story idea. Beth is a secretary who knows she needs to work on self-assertiveness. Her boyfriend walks all over her and her boss, a scientist, … Continue reading

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I Shot Bigfoot & Other Stories, by Michael Wells – Stephen Gallup Reviews

I first read this collection of stories in 2008. It has a strong sense of place, that place being remote portions of Idaho, and I believe now that the experience of reading it was the thing that first drew my … Continue reading

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