Readers’ Recommendations of the Week:

Blast 23. Ultimate faith based true story. A star high school football player becomes blind, still plays football, and eventually becomes a pastor. Watch the amazing extras! – DMS

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Reader P.M. writes in: “One of my favorite books as a youngster was “T-Model Tommy” by Stephen W. Meader. The story of a boy in the 1930’s Depression who recovers an old truck from a junkyard and starts a coal-hauling business to support himself and his widowed mother.

I was pleased to learn that all 44 of Meader’s novels have been reprinted by Southern Skies Press. The stories are historically accurate, promote moral standards, and free enterprise. The vocabulary is not “dumbed down” and can be read with enjoyment and enlightenment by adults.

For years these books have had a cult following and brought big prices on eBay and other search sites. Now they are available at a modest price, a lot less than I paid to complete my set of originals.

Many of the books are set in the colonial or pre-Civil War era, and demonstrate that people could, and did live interesting, fulfilling, and purposeful lives without any of the trappings of modern existence that we find to be essential.

Check out any Meader story, and I know you will be pleased to recommend them to any boy or girl who enjoys or will learn to enjoy good reading.”

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Two from CD in VA:

Land of Mine – A young group of German POWs are made the enemy of a nation, where they are now forced to dig up 2 million land-mines with their bare hands.

Airlift – It is in this scenario that Ranjit Katyal (played by Akshay Kumar), a wealthy and powerful Indian businessman, who has always seen himself as a Kuwaiti, rather than an Indian, realizes that he no longer wields any influence on the Iraqis, and that he and his family are in as much danger as anyone else. Ranjit unknowingly becomes the man who all 170,000 Indians look up to for getting them out safely from Kuwait. Airlift is the story of Indians stranded in Kuwait during this traumatic time. A story of how they, with the help of Ranjit Katyal, managed to survive the Iraqi invasion, and against all odds traveled a thousand kilometers across the border into Amman, Jordan. From Amman, 170,000 Indians were brought home by the largest and the most successful evacuation ever attempted by any country, in the history of the world. Over 59 days, the Indian government systematically flew over 488 Air India commercial flights into a war zone to evacuate all 170,000 Indians and safely bring them home.