Book reviews

You Are Not Normal – Dare To Be Different by Shaun Campbell

Do you know who you are? Do you know how special you are? Why have you survived what was meant to destroy you? You have something inside you that makes you different from everyone else. You have a divine purpose that must be accomplished. Faith Filled Family Magazine calls Shaun Campbell’s new book, You Are Not Normal – Dare To Be Different, “nothing short of a huddle break for the Christian who is looking for a strategic win against the opposing team.” The book explores normal Christianity versus true discipleship, the call to go beyond the typical 6 hours per week of “church stuff” and live as a chosen, royal generation.  He explains with great biblical clarity that we are called to be different and the tragedies of trying to fit in. Readers will be encouraged to embrace what makes them different from everyone else – and to discover the divine purpose that God created them to have. This book challenges all to embrace their unique identity in Christ and to discover why … “You Are Not Normal.”

Author Shaun Campbell was born and raised in the UK as a member of Bethel United Church of Jesus Christ (Apostolic) UK. He served his local church in Birmingham as a teacher in the Sunday School Department and also the New Converts Class. He has also served the Youth Department on a local, district and national level. He currently resides in Calgary, Alberta with his wife, Sheryl. He prays that what you read in this book will encourage and challenge you, and he asks for your continued prayers that God will be glorified in his life.  You Are Not Normal – Dare To Be Different can be purchased from Amazon.

  • Paperback:100 pages
  • Publisher:Xulon Press
  • ISBN-10:1498469590
  • ISBN-13:978-1498469593


THE FOOT OF THE VOLCANO by Deiana Denise Sutherland

Romance, adventure and tragedy, as a young girl comes of age in the Caribbean sun.

‘I was only eighteen years old and just at the beginning of my career. I was not ready for a baby … Sadness overpowered me as I thought about what I was about to do. I was about to destroy our unborn child, the child of the man I loved …’

Written by a native of St Vincent and the Grenadines, this is a heartbreaking story of love and loss.

With fascinating observations on the contrasting lifestyles of St Vincent and England, and lyrical descriptions of the culture and people of the Caribbean, this book explores the transition from innocent youthfulness to the realities of adulthood. The Foot of the Volcano will appeal to readers of romantic fiction and those with an interest in the writings of Black women authors today.

“The author gives us an interesting insight into the culture and the people of the Caribbean.” (Dori.P)

Available to buy now from: Mereo Books, Google Books, Amazon, Waterstones, WH Smiths and Barnes & Noble.

  • Paperback:176 pages
  • Publisher:Mereo Books (3 Oct. 2016)
  • ISBN-10:1861516207
  • ISBN-13:978-1861516206

To request a review copy, or to be put in touch with the author, please contact: Elly Donovan PR:

Tel: 0790 508 7779 / 01273 205 246


Rebecca and the Strangest Garden by V V Thomas

Rebecca and the Strangest Garden by V V Thomas tells of the adventure of a young African Caribbean schoolgirl, Rebecca, who goes to stay with her auntie for what she thought would be a quiet and peaceful half-term break. This break, however, was to be interrupted by new mystery friends, disasters averted and much more… Rebecca soon learns the true meaning of ‘hearing it on the grapevine’ and ‘gossips over the garden fence’. Before long, she too recognises the importance of having ‘green fingers’. This is an excellent tale of supernatural friendships, survival and hope.

“This is a really fun story for older children and young adults. I read this with my niece on my Kindle and she and I both enjoyed it so much. The writing is fun and the story is really quite interesting. It has a good mix of fantasy as well, which my niece especially loved. The content was clean with nothing that I found objectionable for an 11 year old to be reading. Overall it was a great story by a wonderful new author. Highly recommended.” J Foster

“The story of Rebecca is enjoyable, exciting and once you have started the book, you cannot put it down. The strontium is full of imagination, taking me back to being a young girl. A lovely book for a child to read or be read to.” S Jestice

The book is available for £3.99 in paperback. The hardback version includes beautiful, colourful illustrations captured and retails for £9.99. Both versions have a special colouring corner at the back. The book is available from and will make a great Christmas stocking filler – so order now!!! Also available in Kindle version from Amazon, and can be purchased from Waterstones.

Hardback ISBN-10: 1911050036


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