--Ara A. Jeknavoiran, Chelmsford, Massachusetts
--Mariam Kochakian, Meuthen, Massachusetts
--Judge's critique, Writer's Digest
--Fr. Stepanos Doukoukjian, pastor of St. Peter Armenian Church, Watervliet, New York
--Ana Flores, Wood River Junction, Rhode Island
--Janet Davidian, Jericho, New York
--Harry Parsekian, Watertown, Massachusetts
Armenian stories full of
"Descendants of Noah: Christian Stories from the Armenian Heart" (Mayreni Publishing. $14.95) compiled and edited by Barbara Ghazarian.
Local connection: Pacific Grove resident Barbara Ghazarian is passionate about her Armenian heritage and lectures from coast-to-coast on Armenian-related topics. She also is the author of a cookbook titled "Simply Armenian: Naturally Healthy Ethnic Cooking Made Easy."
Content: Grounded in the unique traditions and practices of the world's oldest Christian nation, Armenian Christian storytellers offer modern insights and living examples of faith and heritage that will inspire all readers seeking a richer, fuller life, no matter what their ethnic backgrounds or religious affiliations.
The stories collected here tell the tale of a tiny Christian nation's struggle to survive. Divided into two sections, Faith and Heritage, this paperback contains numerous short narratives from a wide range of Armenian Americans. These pieces highlight a moment, an event or an aspect in the individual's spiritual journey that helped lift the person above the hardships he encountered in everyday life.
What's new: The Second Edition of this book adds a study and workshop guide and indexes to help find stories and encourage individual thought and group discussion.
Author quote: "I believe that witnessing someone else's faith can be a powerful and lasting experience. I hope that witnessing this tiny Christian nation's resiliency will, at the very least, flood your heart with awe-inspired respect."
Audience: Those of Armenian descent or interested in Armenian culture will find this a fascinating book. Anyone teaching Sunday school, practicing daily devotions, or taking part in Bible Study groups also will find the Armenians' unique perspective enriching and this user- friendly collection a welcome addition to their curriculum or devotional library.
By SILAS SPAETH
Area artists share words, photographs
Monterey Peninsula resident Barbara Ghazarian has released the second edition of Descendants of Noah (Mayreni Publishing, $14.95). Subtitled "Christian Stories from the Armenian Heart," this collection of short narratives presents commentary that various people have shared with Ghazarian about their faith and Armenian heritage.
Grouped into two broad categories, faith and heritage, the material Ghazarian has collected ranges in length from a couple of paragraphs to two or three pages. More than 100 people from all over the country contributed to the book, which offers a short study guide.