Review by Ryder Islington, Author of ULTIMATE JUSTICE A Trey Fontaine Mystery

When Iread the title of this book: A ROOSTER ONCE CROWED, my first thought was, “I thought the rooster twice crowed.” For those of us who are familiar with the New Testament, we know the answer to this. Of course it did. The question is, what happened after the rooster crowed the first time?

The Master told Peter that before the rooster crowed twice, Peter would deny the Master three times. So, after the rooster crowed that first time, what was Peter thinking? That first crow was a warning. Did Peter even hear it? Was he so afraid that he didn’t hear it? Or was he so afraid that he heard the warning, and still could not manage to do the right thing?

Well, Bryant Cornett has managed to write a great little book discussing those moments in between the crowing–those moments when we can choose to be followers of the Master.

I would recommend this book for everyone. Christians can be reminded of their mission. Unbelievers can begin to understand. It would be great for a Bible Study class, or for tween and teen Sunday School. At 200 pages, it is an easy read, though by no means insignificant. The author has done a great job at being brief but thorough, citing text, and using verses from the Old and New Testaments.

You can find A ROOSTER ONCE CROWED on and other online stores.


About The Author:

I’ve always bought more books than I could read. Kindle may have saved my marriage because with no grounding in reality, I’d leave on a four day vacation with six big books in a hundred pound carry-on that, without fail, my wife would have to tote for some part of the trip-remember those days.

When I was a kid, I thought the greatest superpower-the one I’d most want to have was to “know” a book by touching it. I imagined running up and down the aisles of a library soaking in every book I could touch.

It’s a perfect superpower, because it’s so powerful, yet it’s also so flawed. Imagine a 10 year-old exposed to even one aisle of a library. And as I got older, I realized that not all books are created equal. Some are great in their own context. Others contain greatness and junk. Others were built to sell something-themselves, an idea or an agenda.

In the end, that superpower would have been my undoing. I would have died under the weight of it and been insufferable (ok, more insufferable). The efficiency of information flow isn’t what I really needed, it was discernment to tell the difference.

I’ve written a book. I love it and hope you do, too. I’ve got two more planned. But more than selling these books, my prayer is that folks will read this and hear the truth of the Gospel speak through it.

My dream is that one day, we will all know and curate the Gospel Story as much as we know and love any of these great stories told here. These stories we write are That Story, and I can’t wait to see how and when we all realize that. I’d love to get your thoughts on that and the book.

Check out Bryant’s blog at and his website and blog at

Also, Bryant will be appearing  January 14, 2014 07:15AM — at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church/Hospitality Suite, 3180 PEACHTREE RD NE ROOM C206, ATLANTA, GA, US

BOOK REVIEW: Proof of Heaven by Eben Alexander, M.D.

Review by Ryder Islington This isn’t just another book on Near Death Experiences. Dr. Alexander is a neurosurgeon and up until his own NDE, had no belief in anything he couldn’t see, touch, taste, hear or smell. He was pure scientist who ‘allowed’ his patients their faith as a comfort.

We can see from his writing that Dr. Alexander isn’t a novelist. He often dumps info into the middle of the point he’s making. Of course, without that info, the average reader wouldn’t have a clue what he’s talking about, or how extraordinary his story is. So we must not only forgive him for this method of informing us, but applaud him for this piece of work.

Dr. Alexander tells the story of his upbringing, his family life, his education and career, and then the sudden illness that sent him into a coma for seven days, and how that seven days changed his life. His story is a miracle.

I really enjoyed this read. It was amazing to see such a turn around by a pure scientist who has discovered the spirit world and can’t wait to share it. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to know more about NDE’s, spirituality, brain damage, coma, or just enjoys seeing someone find his true self.

Sticking My Toes Back In

It’s been a long while since I posted anything, so I thought I’d stick my toes back in the water and just see what happens. I’m happy to see that the number of followers of this blog has almost doubled even though I haven’t posted anything new in several months.

We have had several tragedies in the last year, which I won’t go into, but things seem to be looking up, and I’m going to try to post once a week, just to test the waters. I’ve read several books lately, so I intend to start with some reviews.

Here is a partial list of upcoming reviews, most of which will include giveaways to a lucky commentor of the review:

July 29th–Proof of Heaven by Eben Alexander, M.D.

August 13th–The Red Queen Dies by Frankie Y. Bailey

August 27th–The Beast by Faye Kellerman

August 29th–Cornerstone b y J.M. LeDuc

August 30th–Murdock Tackles Taos by Robert Ray

And August 9th, I’ll be featuring Ron Chapesiuk, author of Black Ceasar.

I’m honored to have been chosen as a host to most of these authors, and many more, who are launching their newest releases, or reminding us of those books that have been recently released. Most of them are touring, and I’ll have their tour schedules here, so you can increase your chances of giveaways by checking out other blogs on their tours.

I also intend to do some guest posts on other blogs, and will make sure to post that schedule here.

Thanks to all of you who stuck by me, and to all the new followers of and visitors to my blog. I hope to earn your loyalty with some informative articles, some free gifts, and some honest reviews in the coming weeks, and months.

#Ryder’s Journal–Friday August 19 2011

The theme of this journal is the dilemma that authors face after we are published. Our job doubles. Now we have to write and we have to promote.

Fridays are good. There is normally no writing done on Fridays. Instead, the family prepares for the Sabbath. We make sure there is enough food prepared for Friday night, and all day Saturday. We make sure the dishes are washed, and the house straightened. We do whatever has to be done, so that, tomorrow we can relax. Sometimes my mind will wander as ideas, character sketches, plot points, etc., percolate, but by sundown, I am more focused on my beliefs rather than my work, because, despite the fact that writing is a part of me, it is not all of me, and always takes a backseat to my spiritual beliefs and my family.

I hope you all enjoy your weekend. I’ll post a journal entry Saturday night, after sundown.