Cheryl Dunlop

Helpful votes received on reviews: 60% (3 of 5)
Location: TN, United States
In My Own Words:
I've been an avid reader since the age of six (I won a first-grade contest by reading more than 100 books in a month), so naturally I'm an editor today. I'm also the author of Complete Idiot's Guide to the World of Narnia and Follow Me As I Follow Christ: A Guide for Teaching Children in a Church Setting. Check out my website at


Top Reviewer Ranking: 556,391 - Total Helpful Votes: 3 of 5
The Silent Boy by Lois Lowry
The Silent Boy by Lois Lowry
This is the fourth book I've read by this author, and I've enjoyed all but Messenger. (That seems like a weak retry to tell a similar story to the wonderful Giver.)
I'd say this about all her books, but most especially this one: This tale is NOT for children. I know that a lot of today's children know most "adult secrets" by the age of six or seven, but nevertheless this book is just too strong. A child who can "handle" its story line will probably be too jaded to be moved sufficiently by it, and an innocent child shouldn't be allowed to read such a haunting, innocence-destroying book. This is really an "adult" book about child characters, and at that it excels.
4.0 out of 5 stars great for newcomers to the state, July 11 2003
I have found this chart very helpful, because I have only lived in Tennessee ten weeks. My backyard is so thick with trees that often I'll only see a flash of color--I can see a bird's approximate size and its colors, but not its shape or any details. This chart narrows down what kind of bird it might be, and I can then look up the bird in my bird books and look to see if I have the correct bird once I get another glimpse of it. It can't really be used alone, as it doesn't give much detail or even a very good picture, and I've seen one or two birds already that aren't in it because they aren't common in the state, but it is very helpful for what it does do.
Amazing Grace by Kathleen Norris
Amazing Grace by Kathleen Norris
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Kathleen Norris's love of the English language makes her often a joy to read. Her stories are often riveting, and some of her chapters are spectacular.
Amazing Grace often left me sad, though, since Norris's understanding of Christianity, Scripture, and religion are so modified by her own desires. This is an interesting book about religion, and much of it is very good, but unfortunately large parts of it are not true. Norris seems to like the idea of religion in general (leaning toward Christianity, but finding other religions more or less equally true), but she has a lot of "escape hatches." Particularly since she sees no need for Scripture to be "literally" true,… Read more