Entry Title: Light for the Burning Soul

Author: Lois J.  Funk

Judge Number: 43

Entry Category: Inspirational

Books are evaluated on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 meaning “needs improvement” and 5 meaning “outstanding”. This scale is strictly to provide a point of reference, it is not a cumulative score and does not reflect ranking. Our system only recognizes numerals during this portion of logging evaluations. As a result, a “0” is used in place of “N/A” when the particular portion of the evaluation simply does not apply to the particular entry, based on the entry genre. For example, a book of poetry or a how to manual, would not necessarily have a “Plot and Story Appeal and may therefore receive a “0”.

Structure, Organization, and Pacing: 5

Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar: 5

Production Quality and Cover Design: 5

Plot and Story Appeal: 5

Character Appeal and Development: 5

Voice and Writing Style: 5


LIGHT FOR THE BURNING SOUL: SPARKS, FLAMES, AND EMBERS by Lois J. Funk is a collection of life experiences, poetry, vignettes, and thoughts that will make the reader think, ponder, and contemplate life and, most importantly, God, as He enters the little and big moments in life. This unique book is one that will bless all readers whether they read each and every passage, or pick it up to enjoy a few pages here and there. This would be a good book just to read from day to day, and a good book to share with other pilgrims as they journey with us along the way.

The cover is interesting and the clouds make us think of Heaven. I like how the picture of the clouds forms a pathway in the sky, making one think of a path to Heaven. Nice execution of the idea. The back cover copy is lovely.

I like the layout of the book and how the vignettes were divided into categories. I think the last thought is my favorite.

All in all, I think this is a beautiful, thought-provoking collection of ideas and vignettes that readers will enjoy. They are unique to the author and therefore quite special. Nice work.


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