Thursday, July 30, 2015

Recent Reviews for A River of Stories

By Jake G. via Amazon 
I just finished reading A River of Stories, and I'm amazed at the development of Jim Ainsworth's storytelling ability. The book is a collection of stories about life, family, friends and a quest to understand everything, and they reveal the depth of character of a truly wonderful writer and amazing man. The stories are not only entertaining, but many deliver underlying life messages and lessons that I wish could be plugged in and downloaded to my grandsons. I soon will be reading the last of this series, "Rails to a River", and I looked forward to the bar being raised even higher.
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on May 10, 2015
Jim Ainsworth is one of the few writers to write about a long-neglected, but significant region of the country--east Texas. This anthology records the area's mythology and simultaneously tells us Jim's own engaging narrative through a series of skillfully written stories and articles about his youth up to the present. In A River of Stories one gets to know Jim and east Texas. Their stories turn out to be, like those of all good writers, one and the same.
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on April 30, 2015
In today's majority Christian America, Biblical literacy is as rare as mathematical proficiency. In the last segment of A River of Stories - "Believing in a Grand Thing" - Jim displays his life-long discipline in "doing the math". He describes his cover-to-cover approach of reading through the Bible three times. Many Protestants do not know there are 400 years of Hebrew narrative missing in their Bibles when compared to Catholic versions. In addition, many are not aware that book order has nothing to do with the chronological order of the narrative. With this in mind, Jim's ability to mine so many nuggets of ancient wisdom is remarkable. This is an important book. Buy it. Read it.
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on April 23, 2015
Great collection of stories! I will enjoy reading them over and over again!
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on April 20, 2015
I was slow in reading this book due to being short stories, but once I became engaged with the stories, recognizing the true characters from his books, I could not put it down. I have been amazed at the many people Jim has met, drawing them into life long friendships. I must admit tears filled my eyes while
reading the eulogies. I believe I got a glimpse of Jim's character in all his books, but in "A Rivers of Stories" Jim revealed his heart. I loved this book so much, I plan on giving this book to others. I am looking forward to more books by this author.
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on April 13, 2015
This book is a collection of readable stories taken from the life of the author. It gives a new insight into his wonderful Rivers series and his new Tee Jessup series. I particularly liked his Bucket List chapter and his tribute to his father. This collection will certainly provide food for thought. Don't plan to breeze through the stories; stop and think about each one.
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on March 30, 2015
What a life... What an inspiration...what adventures! Thank you JIm, for sharing so many extraordinary experiences. Would love to be a fly on the tree next to some of the Cowhill Council's confabs! A River of Stories was a delightful collection.
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on March 1, 2015
These true stories are short, real, and very readable. One can dip in and out at will and still never lose touch with the Jim Ainsworth magic which can be found in each tale. In "The Eulogy I Never Delivered", Ainsworth does deliver a pitch-perfect, loving tribute to a father who comes alive on the page--a tribute which sets the tone for the rest of the book: genuine, heart-felt remembrances of interesting people, times, places. This author is an authentic cowboy/writer, one of the best--fiction or non-fiction.
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on February 26, 2015
While some have walked similar paths, few are brave enough to bare their souls as Jim Ainsworth has in A River of Stories. It is quite a ride, one you won't want to miss.
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on February 10, 2015
I loved Jim Ainsworth's new book, A RIVER OF STORIES. When a great story teller calls up memories of good cowboys, great horses
and growing up "rural" its better than homemade ice cream on a hot summers day.

John Moss, Pecan Gap, Texas
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