Salted With Fire

Christian - Fiction
82 Pages
Reviewed on 08/10/2013
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Author Biography

Nancy LaRonda Johnson is a passionate writer of Christian and other fiction, and has written short stories, poetry and personal journals most of her life. She has a BA in Sociology from UC Santa Cruz and a law degree from USF School of Law. She works as a deputy probation officer.

Her first book, the literary Christian speculative novel, "Anticipation of the Penitent", reached the finals in the 2012 San Francisco Writer's Conference Indie Publishing Contest, and is a finalist in the 2014 Readers Favorite Novel Contest. "Salted With Fire", a book of short stories and poetry, is her second publication.

Her current projects include: the controversial continuation of "Anticipation of the Penitent", titled "Anticipating Dawn"; a Christian sci-fi novella; and "The Witch of Endor", a fictional account of a Biblical story.

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    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Salted With Fire by Nancy LaRonda Johnson is about the transformation of a woman from worldly to spiritual values. It is a sort of confessional theme with the author letting you peek into some of her most personal stories and episodes in her life. Flash fiction always has its own appeal and the twelve poems in the book are soul-searching ones. They reveal the subconscious mind of the writer.

I found the book spiritually uplifting. It is not always that one decides to change. Changing is not easy, especially from being worldly to being spiritual. During the time when the world around you is so negative, it requires a lot of mental strength and determination to go through it. So this book is highly motivating and inspiring. Another aspect of the book I liked was the discussion at the end of each chapter which explains to the reader in detail what the stories mean in terms of the Bible. The discussions are short and crisp but they aid the reader in coming to a better understanding of both the prose and poetry.

The book is also a nice mix of poetry and prose. They both reveal the inner struggle and the emotional upheavals of the author. The author's fearlessness in revealing her emotions should be appreciated. It is not always one gets to read confessional books where the author speaks about themselves. The combination of prose and poetry gives a kind of credibility to the author's emotional state of mind. On the whole, a very inspiring book.