Book Review: Twilight to Son Shine by Jim McDonald

Twilight to Son Shine by Jim “The Houseboat Poet” McDonald

Thoughts into Poetry, Volume 1

J2B Publishing LLC (April 1, 2017)

62 pages

Literature & Fiction/Poetry




This is a book of poetry, describing different times in my life. Ranging from my parents, then through an era of drinking and drugging, while raising my two sons (without their mother), into depression and subsequently quitting the drink and drug and surrendering to the blood of Christ Jesus.






Twenty-five poems that reflects the poets lifetime of struggles.  Insightful, this book is real; it’s honest; it’s a source of healing. A nice touch is that each poem has a corresponding picture – a bonus for me as I recognized some locations as Jim is a local author.


I had the pleasure of meeting Jim recently. I always have an interest in local authors so I had to stop his booth at a local event. I enjoyed seeing some recognizable pictures in the book.


Jim “The Houseboat Poet” McDonald has been a Southern Maryland resident since 1965. In 1989, he turned towards Jesus and away from the drinking and drugs that had characterized his life for seventeen years. He lives on his houseboat, floating up and down with the tide, writing about life from the waterline. He is finally fulfilling a life-long dream of becoming a poet and writer.

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