Author Archives: David B. Smith

About David B. Smith

I'm a math professor at San Bernardino Valley College - awesome place! - and author of adult Christian fiction. Lisa and I have two grown daughters and four grandkids.

Audiobook Review: “Covenant Child”

                I was halfway through this audiobook before I abruptly realized something: this is the parable of the Prodigal Son. At least in this case, that completely changes the Amazon rating system.                Blackstock is a superb writer, but … Continue reading

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ON BANNING BOOKS

We told stories that spilled such fun Bringing joy to everyone Sneetches, Cats, even a Who Don’t forget Thing One, Thing Two! So you laughed, and sometimes sighed Best of all, you always tried To know what other people feel … Continue reading

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Do Your Duty

One of the most poignant, despairing moments in American cinema is when lawyer Atticus Finch delivers his closing plea to twelve racist jurors in “To Kill a Mockingbird.” He fully realizes these men are locked into their biases; the vote … Continue reading

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“There Was A Sudden, Sharp, Shattering Sound”

Every Nov. 22 I feel a stab of pain emanating from Dallas. Even though I was just an eight-year-old kid, and even though we were in Bangkok, the news still shocked our secluded mission community. Most of us were just … Continue reading

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Mom! You Can’t Use That Word!

               It’s over. The last barrier shattered. Apparently the thirst for victory trumps all scruples around here. As of this moment in the moral universe, the Smith family stands for . . . absolutely nothing.                Let me explain. Mom … Continue reading

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The Scrabble Queen

            I’ve taken to playing outdoor Scrabble games with my mom, who’s a spritely 91 and a bit of a troublemaker at The Villa. The slightly Christian part of me has as a mantra: “Okay, she’s old; let her win.” … Continue reading

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O Captain, My Captain

               A friend stopped Lisa and me during our morning walk. “Are you running for office? Need my vote?” “No,” I told him. “I saw that yard sign too, but it’s some other guy.” I figure this other David Smith … Continue reading

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OKAY, MAYBE I DON’T GET IT

It’s a tragic reality that even the most heartfelt and somber protests can swerve off into eruptions of violent rage. Our First Amendment is a fragile jewel and it’s heartbreaking when a good cause is thwarted by temper tantrums – … Continue reading

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There Are Bears in the Woods!

“Mommy! Kira took too big a bite! It’s way unfair!”   “Mommy! Kira took too big a bite! It’s way unfair!” Both girls were out Christmas shopping at the big mall in Birmingham, and their mom had unwisely agreed to stop … Continue reading

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“I Am Not a Crook!”

  I knew it had to be done, but frankly, skulduggery is not my thing! I’ve been pretty much law-abiding since I got booted out of Pacific Union College way back in 1974. (Don’t ask.) And for sure I didn’t … Continue reading

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