Tuesday, March 31, 2020
"Adventures in the Land of Astra" - Amy Refaat, Illustrations by Nour Metwally
"Adventures in the Land of Astra" is an enjoyable read, a book likely to be most embraced by teens and even adults who will be able to appreciate its simply presented yet multi-layered concepts. A relatively short read, "Adventures in the Land of Astra" is engaging and will certainly be embraced by those who appreciate stories around peace, conflict resolution, inclusion, and responsible living.
I appreciated Refaat's ability to embrace the insecurities and fears that so many of us feel in living into our visions and strengths, while I also appreciated that she could write about healthy living without approaching it condescendingly. When she began writing about healthy eating, for example, I fully expected a condemnation of meat but instead was greeted by a story that understood the differences that exist in everyone. Bravo.
I was directed toward this book by a friend and it's always exciting to support indie authors and certainly I am glad to have discovered Amy Refaat.
Richard Propes is an award-winning writer/activist/minister who has traveled over 6,000 miles by wheelchair over the past 30 years raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for children's organizations on his acclaimed Tenderness Tour events. Author of "The Hallelujah Life," Richard is the founder/publisher of TheIndependentCritic.com and has been the recipient of numerous awards for his activism including Indiana's Sagamore of the Wabash, Kentucky's Order of Kentucky Colonels, and Prevent Child Abuse America's highest honor, the Donna J. Stone Award. Richard is a member of the Indiana Film Journalists Association.