“I had my 11-year-old grandson over last week, and he brought one of the Arty books that his mother had purchased as a set for him. He loves being read to as much as I love reading out loud. I love your writing and fell in love with the characters! The only problem I had was the fact that while 'reading in character,’ I would come to a really funny part and would start laughing. Not only was it impossible to remain in character at that point, but I laughed till I cried! Joel had read the book before and knew exactly what was coming, but he enjoyed it all over again. I do hope he will bring another one the next time he comes over. Thank you for writing such wonderful, uplifting and morally inspiring books for youth.”
“I love the Arty books. I want to buy them for my nephew for Christmas. I haven't been able to put them down. I laugh out loud at Jasper. Now, be honest, he has to be based on a former student. I was a teacher, and I know how some of those interesting students stick in your head. This is a great time in my life to be reading these books because I have some of the same battles with God that Arty has over the loss of a parent. No one could have written it more clearly than you because of your experiences and watching your kids go through losing a parent. I know that these books will impact many young kids. Thank you for writing them.”
“My children are bookworms and have devoured your books over and over again. I must admit; I've enjoyed them too. It's so refreshing to find good Christian books for young people to read. My oldest wanted me to write and ask you if you plan to write any more Arty books. She is eagerly waiting for more. God bless you.”
"My two big boys have laughed themselves silly at the picture of Little Hawk defending his stocking up on supplies for the line shack. They like to quote, ‘Not steal - just take,’ and then they fall over laughing again. :)"
"We camped last night in Jones, MI. Got home this afternoon to find Arty's Tough Trail in the mailbox......you did it again! I could taste the dust in the warm canteen and the sand in the chili! Mark, thanks for sharing your God-given gifts and your love of western history and writing. You're a blessing. And, I meant it when I said my grandkids will know Arty!"
“We just finished book six in the Arty series. We love them! Will you have a seventh out soon?”
“Our boys eat, drink, act, & live Arty! And we appreciate the Godly character that the books teach. The stories continue to bring up good, spiritual conversations every day. They are so well written, with just the right balance of humor and seriousness. They are exciting but real; they are not 'sissy-like'. The youngest of our 6 boys are 7, 9, & 11. They are passing the books on to 3 grandsons of our 18 grandchildren, who are the same age. You definitely have a God-given gift for writing!”
“We have loved your Arty series! And, it has been cool to tell our kids the author was Momma and Daddy’s teacher when we were in high school.”
“Just wanted to let you know that I’ve been reading to Logan your book, Arty Goes West (and Logan has already planned out the timeline for the rest of the series). He has loved every page and is sad each time I say, “and we will have to find out tomorrow what happens next!” He hopes to become a cowboy when he grows up-he’s just not sure how he will get to the Wild, Wild West. Seth is also thoroughly enjoying my attempts at southern twang. Thanks for giving our family such thrilling stories to read and lots of good laughs!”
“I like humorous western historical fiction and often read YA or middle grade, so I bought your first Arty Anderson, loved it, and bought the rest of the series to read when I can. I’m pretty busy now writing new books in my own series and getting ready to launch book two.
Clean Christian fiction like yours, adventurous, edge-of-your-chair, and often humorous is perfect for young boys and girls. And it reminds me of the Sugar Creek Gang books I loved as a child. I’ve recommended you several times on the Avid Readers of Christian Fiction Facebook Group.
When you launched your new “Gang” series, I bought two of those, one for my neighbor’s son and one for me - or if Vincent has a friend, I’ll give him book 2. The books won’t arrive until later this month. Hope it works as an outreach to him.
I like to share good Christian Fiction Authors on social media and/or my newsletter. Helping share the Word, one story at a time.”
“In The Box M Gang, newly orphaned Ruth Martin and her brother Thad, along with their younger siblings, tackle the challenges of running their ranch themselves rather than hazarding their future to the local orphanage. They must work together, be brave, and keep their secret quiet! Author Mark Redmond delights his audience once again with his knowledge of the old west, strong characters (both male and female!), charming storytelling, and clever dialog. His writing will enchant young readers and also entertain any older readers invited along on this adventure. All five stars are shining over this great read.”
“I consider Mark Redmond an artist. He vividly paints you a picture of the old West. Mark's words jump from the page, making you feel you are not only a reader but are part of the story as it unfolds. I have read his other books and already knew this one was a must read. Isn't it just so great when you find one of those books that completely drags you in, makes you fall in love with the characters, and demands that you sit on the edge of your seat!”
“When I see the Redmond name, I know there's a book I can recommend without reservation. Wholesome writing, fun reading, learning without realizing a lesson is being taught... I enjoy the stories myself, buy for youngsters who think they don't like to read, and can picture families reading aloud together. The Martin children capture attention, making it hard to put the book down as the reader is eager to see how the family makes decisions to stay together, overcomes obstacles, solves problems and each learns how to treat each other despite differences.”