Review: Freshman Year of Life

Freshman Year of Life

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

38 essays from top millennial writers on how they survived their first years out of college—a book conceived and promoted by a groundbreaking crowdsourcing startup.

Freshman Year of Life tells the truth about life after college graduation. But this isn’t your standard step-by-step guide to landing that interview or surviving a long distance breakup with your college sweetheart, though there are stories on both these topics. Freshman Year of Life is a collection of essays from top millennial voices that have been there before, wish they’d known some things they didn’t, but made it through all the same. This is not your mother’s first year out of college book, but a starker more inclusive portrayal of what it’s like to be out of school for people from all walks of life. These are the people recent grads turn to on the Internet to offer poignant witty advice or sly one liners about pop culture and politics, and these are the personal stories their social media followers and fans haven’t heard. This anthology is full of advice, insights, and anecdotes from 38 millennial role models’ lives, the real stories that show just how disillusioning, hilariously embarrassing, and self-revelatory the transition to the adult world can be. Readers will delight in the honest and down to earth tone these authors take when looking back on their first years out of college, and will find it easier to tackle adulthood on their own because of it.

Rating: 4-stars

Review:

Freshman Year of Life is a collection of essays referring to life after college. It is a refreshing read. One that many young college people and recent graduates should read. There were a lot of circumstances that are easy to relate to and others that held very good advice. The pages are short and that made this entire book a quick read. The situations inside gave me a real perspective on work, home, and love. I especially, loved the essays centered around work related topics. It was like living through through individuals who wrote these essays. I found a lot of value to be held. Overall, I would highly recommend this to all young adults.

 

Extra Attention: New Releases for Early August

Extra Attention

Author of Factory Man and Truevine Beth Macy investigates the opioid crisis in Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America (Little, Brown and Company, 8/7).

The late Hans Rosling, along with co-authors Ola Rosling and Anna Rosling Ronnlund, gives ten reasons why we are wrong about the world around us in Factfulness (Flatiron, 8/3)*. Bill Gates recommends it as “one of the most important books I’ve ever read.”

Spotlight: Young Adult

This month we spotlight ten key young adult titles, including:

  • Brandy Colbert, Finding Yvonne (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 8/7)
  • Somaiya Daud, Mirage (Flatiron Books, 8/28)
  • John Feinstein, The Prodigy (Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 8/28)
  • Kit Frick, See All the Stars (Margaret K. McElderry Books, 8/14)
  • Zach Hines, Nine (HarperTeen, 8/7)
  • Kody Keplinger, That’s Not What Happened* (Scholastic, 8/28)
  • Lindsey Klingele, The Truth Lies Here (HarperTeen, 8/21)
  • Maggie Lehrman, The Last Best Story (Balzer + Bray, 8/7)
  • Gretchen McNeil, #MurderTrending (Freeform, 8/7)
  • Linsey Miller, Ruin of Stars (Sourcebooks Fire, 8/28)
Literary Favorites and Emerging Talents

Among titles sure to attract attention are:

Debut Fiction

Among the new writers with the most anticipated first works of fiction in the early part of August:

  • Caz Frear, Sweet Little Lies (Harper, 8/14)
  • Crystal Hana Kim, If You Leave Me (William Morrow, 8/7)
  • Ling Ma, Severance (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 8/14)
Commercial Fiction

The big names with new books out in the first half of the month include:

  • Dathan Auerbach, Bad Man (Doubleday, 8/7)
  • Louise Candlish, Our House* (Berkley, 8/7)
  • T. Greenwood, Rust & Stardust (St. Martin’s Press, 8/7)
  • Linnea Hartsuyker, The Sea Queen (Harper, 8/14)
  • Kristan Higgins, Good Luck With That* (Berkley, 8/7)
  • Nuala O’Connor, Becoming Belle (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 8/7)
  • James Patterson, Texas Ranger (Little, Brown, 8/13)
  • Lori Rader-Day, Under a Dark Sky (William Morrow, 8/7)
  • M.J. Rose, Tiffany Blues (Atria Books, 8/7)
  • Lisa Scottoline, Feared (St. Martin’s Press, 8/14)
  • Olen Steinhauer, The Middleman (Minotaur Books, 8/7)
Nonfiction

Prominent and notable authors with new nonfiction releases:

On Our Radar: Late July Releases

 On Our Radar:

 
Extra Attention

 Former longtime NYT chief book critic Michiko Kakutani publishes her first book of nonfiction, The Death of Truth: Notes on Falsehood in the Age of Trump (Tim Duggan Books, 7/17).

Ecco associate publisher Miriam Parker debuts her novel, The Shortest Way Home (Dutton, 7/31).

And Jules Feiffer’s The Ghost Script: A Graphic Novel (Liveright, 7/31) concludes his trilogy.

Spotlight: Small Presses

Each month we spotlight key small press titles, including:

  • Bernardo Atxaga, Nevada Days (Graywolf Press, 7/10)
  • James Brydon, The Moment Before Drowning (Akashic Books, 7/3)
  • Heid E. Erdrich (editor), New Poets of Native Nations (Graywolf Press, 7/10)
  • William Gay, The Lost Country (Dzanc Books, 7/10)
  • Samantha Hunt, The Seas (Tin House Books, 7/10) – A reissue of the novel by the author of The Dark Dark.
  • Amy Fusselman, Idiophone (Coffee House Press, 7/3)
  • Victoria Patterson, The Secret Habit of Sorrow: Stories (Counterpoint, 7/17)
  • Roy Scranton, We’re Doomed. Now What?: Essays on War and Climate Change (Soho Press, 7/17)
  • Paul Seward, Patient Care: Death and Life in the Emergency Room (Catapult, 7/3)
Literary Favorites and Emerging Talents

Among titles sure to attract attention this month are:

Debut Fiction

New voices making their first appearances include:

Commercial Fiction

Some of the big names and talents launching new books in the second half of July:

Nonfiction

Prominent and notable authors with new nonfiction releases:

Review: Sore Today, Strong Tomorrow

 

 

 

Synopsis:

A little progress each day adds up to BIG results!

We make it easy to track your progress with our beautifully created Fitness Planner for women. This planner is made with YOU in mind. We have included: The Plan Ahead Weekly Schedule to highlight your current stats in line with your goals for the week. Notes page to give you plenty of room to journal, add notes about progress or track info. Weekly Meal Plan Chart to track every meal, snack & water intake – with plenty of room to write all the details! Strength Training Exercise Chart to record specific exercises, cardio & cool-down. Monthly Work Out Tracker to see your overview and consistency on a monthly basis. Monthly Habits Chart & Tracker which is a unique area to write down the habits you want to establish in your everyday life and track your commitment to them.

 

If you are looking to be your BEST self, stop here and order this fitness planner. While you’re at it, get one for your sister, best friend or even Mom! Keeping track of your goals has never been easier!

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Sore Today, Strong Tomorrow is a great fitness journal. It has an easy way of tracking how much water you drink daily, as well as your fitness goals. The pages are well-organized. I can easily keep track of what exercises I want to do and which ones I completed. This journal allowed me to post my positive and negative thoughts as I worked out each day/week/month. I would recommend it to others.

Review: Color the Word of the Lord

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

BEST 2018 GIFT IDEAS

TOP SELLER FOR CHRISTIAN COLORING BOOKS FOR WOMEN

Sit back, relax and connect with your faith by coloring the words of our Lord. This beautifully created coloring book is focused on strengthening your relationship with God while allowing you to focus on uplifting bible verses. Bring them to life with your colors, creativity and love!

Our book is made with single-sided pages that include bible verses, intricate designs for coloring and printed on high-quality #60 stock paper to make sure that it does not bleed through. This carefully crafted coloring book is made to calm your mind and allow you to give yourself the time you need to think, unwind and reconnect.

Details:

  • Soft, matte cover design
  • Single sided printed pages
  • Perfectly sized at 8×10
  • High-quality #60 stock paper
  • Perfect for all coloring mediums

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Color the Word of the Lord is a great coloring book for Christians. There are Biblical phrases on every pages to read and color. Every page is different. The material of the pages makes it easy to use a variety of coloring methods, such as crayons, markers, or colored pencils. Overall, it’s a fun, engaging, yet relaxing book for all.

 

Review: 101 ?s You Need to Ask in Your Twenties by Paul Angone

101 Questions You Need to Ask in Your Twenties: (And Let's Be Honest, Your Thirties Too)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

Adulting got you down?

Whether you just polished off your college graduation cake, are in your twenties or thirties struggling through a quarter-life crisis, you’re simply trying to figure out how to become all grown up, or you’re a parent looking for that perfect college graduation gift or Christmas gift for your twentysomething, 101 Questions You Need to Ask in Your Twenties is the book for you. 

To find important life answers in your 20s, you need to start with good questions. Author, speaker, and blogger Paul Angone has dedicated the last 12 years to helping twentysomethings and in this book he culminates his work to give readers wisdom through major life questions like: 

What’s the best way to know if you’re actually ready to get married?
Where’s the future of work headed and what does having a successful career look like today?
How do I make a choice when I don’t know what to choose?
How do I stop networking and start “relationshipping”?
Why do some people have great marriages while others have complete wrecks before they even make it to the highway?
Am I seeing the other side of people’s Instagram photos (you know, the side they’re not exactly posting pictures of)?
What are the Pivotal Plot Points of my story?
Do I have anyone on my “Dream Team”?
After his success with 101 Secrets for your Twenties and connecting with millions of twentysomethings around the world through speaking engagements and his blog AllGroanUp.com, Paul Angone captures the hilarious, freakishly-accurate assessment of life as a modern-day twentysomething (and thirtysomething) facing real Millennial problems, but now he’s digging even deeper. 

If you’re drowning your anxieties in Netflix and ice cream, are afraid you’re failing, going crazy, or both, or are just longing for a little guidance to get past “just getting by,” grab this book and start thriving in the most “defining decade” of your life.

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

101 Questions You Need to Ask in Your Twenties is an easy to read book that I found intriguing. Once I started to read, I just kept on reading it. There were a lot of great questions found here. Then there were the typical questions one would have asked this writer. I found interesting how he went through each question with a flair that made it not boring. It was nothing like what I had expected. No dull boring words filling up pages that would fall on deaf ears. Instead, I got exactly what the book said I would get. A deep thorough examination of myself. In other words, I got to explore where I was at, what I was doing, and where do I want to be.

Paul Angone is a motivational speaker. I did not need to read the back blurb to see that. Instead, I just read his book. I can see the intelligent words and wisdom they offered. It was like flashing a light into a dark tunnel. It inspired hope. The writing was clear and organized. Each chapter was divided into a particular subject with some of the writer’s own personal experience attached. I did not feel alone. This book, made me feel like I was understood and being heard. As a twenty-something, I had no clear idea where I was headed. But reading this book, I know where to go and what needed to be done. Overall, I would recommend this book to high school students and those who planned to enter college. It was a great read.

Review: Gather and Make by Genevieve Layman

 

 

Rating: 5-stars

Gather & Make by Genevieve Layman is one of the most interesting garden and nature books that I’ve read. Here, she discusses things such as the benefits of plants and nature to us humans. Insects like the bees are crucial to plants. There’s even a project to make for insects. I did not realize how many health benefits there was just in interacting with mother nature. But that was not the only things I discovered. Did you know that there is such a thing as horticultural therapy? I did not. Genevieve’s book has taught me a lot. It’s inspiring, peaceful, and fun. Plus, it’s educational to read. Inserted in this nonfiction book, are projects, trivia, and facts for each section. These informative pieces are not things I would have come across in similar books. The book isn’t just facts and text. There are step-by-step guides, and pictures that go in hand with everything she discusses. Especially, on the health benefits. Overall, I would highly recommend this book to all readers. Genevieve Layman is definitely an expert in her field of study, and her book is a must have. Old or young, there are plenty of things to do and learn in Gather & Make for all.

 

Review: 365 Days of Happiness by Jacqueline Pirtle

365 Days of Happiness: Because Happiness Is a Piece of Cake!

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

Do you have fun with your own life? How often do you really pay attention and choose things to improve your day? In 365 Days of Happiness, author, energy healer, and mindfulness teacher Jacqueline Pirtle has created daily inspirations that help you mindfully work towards living a more vivid experience of daily happiness. Showing that you can put in work to change your life while having fun, the practices are full of whimsy and delight. Jacqueline decided to spend every day of 2017 devoted to her own happiness. She wrote every single day about the things she does to honor her joy, and used these writings to create this 365 day step-by-step guide, so she could teach you how to shift to BE and live in a “high for life” frequency of happiness too-no matter where you are at in your life right now. She started writing these for herself, but has a little sneaky intent to touch your heart every day and initiate new learning, understanding, knowledge, and wisdom for you to get closer to your true, authentic happy self. Through light, bubbly, cheerful passages, each day teaches you to find happiness, use those sour lemons, and shift yourself into a “high for life” frequency where you can reach happiness anywhere at any time.

Rating: 4-stars

Review:

Jacqueline Pirtle is a great motivation speaker. She has a flair for sending positive vibes to her readers everywhere. Brief, concise, and inspiring. Her book reads easy and gives great instructions. However, it was as if she assumed everyone is on the same page. Not everyone is. Some could take her advice as non encouraging. I felt more encouraged by her words but that’s because I am not sitting in a bad situation, at the moment. The pages had some great questions to ask myself along with simple tasks to complete. I thought that was what made this a good read. It’s not the best, but it definitely has the potential. Overall, it was an inspiring, uplifting, and feel-happy book.

Review: Evokations by Hawkins

 

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:
EVOKATIONS is a spiritual awakening, a term I’ve coined to implement the meditative healing of America’s very soul.
The thoughts and emotions conjured EVOKE figurative pillars of esoteric collaboration where semantics, style, and purpose adjoin feelings within the principal scope one calls the promise of TODAY.
Therefore, one can internalize, as free will demonstrates, that Humans, Nubians, plus Oceanic and Stellar Beings alike, shall literarily grasp at the ideological straws of peace and compassion for the mind, through the self, and ultimately counteract the various negativities which LIE within current earthly cerebral and logistical illusion. 

Rating: 4-stars

Review:

Evokations by Hawkins is an easy read. It’s a beautiful collection of prose on various subjects that intermingle with each other. Themes such as peace, compassion, free will and many others. Humanity shines through each piece. This collection of poetry is different than what I normally read but it only takes minutes to go through the book. A calmness reigns as I went through it. There’s a religious theme that centralizes everything written here. I thought it was well-done. Overall, Evokations is an entertaining book that I recommend to all.

Review: 3 Hour Dad by Adam Hourlution

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

Based on actual events

One day Adam, just your average, typical guy receives a call from his mother-in-law (to be !) summoning him to the hospital following his girlfriend being rushed in with suspected appendicitis only to discover that she is in fact having contractions and has been admitted to the labour ward.

This heart-warming and true story invites readers to step into Adam’s shoes and experience what it is like to be a 3 Hour Dad.

A portion of sales are donated to a random act of kindness project. For more information please read the about me section at the end of the book.

Rating: 4-stars

Review:

This story is a man’s journey into finding out he was about to become a father. Both parents were not aware of the pregnancy, and the reader is able to flow the path of the father finding out just how much his life is going to change.

At some parts of the story, it is difficult to follow, but you are quickly able to rejoin the discovery. As a real-life story, 3 Hour Dad is great for anyone who enjoys to take part in the lives of others and their embarkment into new territories and stages of life.

 

On Our Radar: New Reads to Add to Your TBR Pile

Extra Attention

Veteran YA novelist Judy Blundell publishes her first novel for adults, The High Season (Random House, 5/22).

Michael Chabon’s new essay collection, Pops: Fatherhood in Pieces (Harper, 5/15), has a decidedly parental focus.

And Jessica Knoll follows up her smash hit thriller Luckiest Girl Alive with The Favorite Sister (Simon & Schuster, 5/15), a terrifying look at female competition and sisterhood and reality television.

 

Spotlight: Small Presses

Each month we spotlight 10 key small press titles, including:
Jamel Brinkley, A Lucky Man: Stories (Graywolf, 5/1)
Melanie Finn, The Underneath (Two Dollar Radio, 5/15)
Daniel Gumbiner, The Boatbuilder (McSweeney’s, 5/22)
Thomas McConnell, The Wooden King (Hub City Press, 5/1)
Bethany C. Morrow, MEM (Unnamed Press, 5/22)
Chibundu Onuzo, Welcome to Lagos (Catapult, 5/1)
Todd Robert Petersen, It Needs to Look Like We Tried (Counterpoint, 5/1)
Tommy Pico, Junk (Tin House Books, 5/8)
Michelle Tea, Against Memoir: Complaints, Confessions & Criticisms (The Feminist Press, 5/8) Steve Toutonghi, Side Life (Soho Press, 5/8)

Literary Favorites and Emerging Talents

Among titles sure to attract attention this month are:

Kenneth Bonert, The Mandela Plot (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 5/22)
Ceridwen Dovey, In the Garden of the Fugitives (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 5/22)
Eliza Kennedy, Do This For Me (Crown, 5/15)
Caryl Phillips, A View of the Empire at Sunset (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 5/22)
Kevin Powers, A Shout in the Ruins (Little, Brown and Company, 5/15)
William Trevor, Last Stories (Viking, 5/15)
Sarah Winman, Tin Man (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 5/15)*

 

Debut Fiction

New voices making their first appearances include:
Elisabeth Cohen, The Glitch (Doubleday, 5/22)
Aja Gabel, The Ensemble (Riverhead Books, 5/15)
Randall Klein, Little Disasters (Viking, 5/22)

 

Commercial Fiction

Some of the big names and talents launching new books in the second half of May:
Laird Barron, Blood Standard (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 5/29)
Jenny Colgan, The Endless Beach (William Morrow, 5/22)
Judith Flanders, A Howl of Wolves (Minotaur Books, 5/15)
Dorothea Benton Frank, By Invitation Only (William Morrow, 5/15)
Elly Griffiths, The Dark Angel (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 5/15)
Julia Heaberlin, Paper Ghosts (Ballantine Books, 5/15)
D.B. John, Star of the North (Crown, 5/22)
Arnaldur Indridason, The Shadow Killer (Minotaur Books, 5/29)
Stephen King, The Outsider (Scribner, 5/22)
Harriet Alida Lye, The Honey Farm (Liveright, 5/29)
Fuminori Nakamura, Cult X (Soho Crime, 5/22)
Nora Roberts, Shelter in Place (St Martin’s Press, 5/29)
Danielle Steel, The Cast (Delacorte, 5/15)
Ruth Ware, The Death of Mrs. Westaway (Gallery/Scout Press, 5/29)

Nonfiction

Prominent and notable authors with new nonfiction releases:
Bret Baier and Catherine Whitney, Three Days in Moscow: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of the Soviet Empire (William Morrow, 5/15)

James Clapper with Trey Brown, Facts and Fears: Hard Truths From a Life in Intelligence (Viking, 5/22)

Pamela Druckerman, There Are No Grown-Ups: A Midlife Coming-of-Age Story (Penguin Press, 5/29)

David Graeber, Bullshit Jobs: A Theory (Simon & Schuster, 5/15)

Jonathan Green, Sex Money Murder: A Story of Crack, Blood, and Betrayal (Norton, 5/15)

Dave Itzkoff, Robin (Henry Holt and Co., 5/15) – A biography of the comedian Robin Williams.

Gary Krist, The Mirage Factory: Illusion, Imagination, and the Invention of Los Angeles (Crown, 5/15)

John McCain and Mark Salter, The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and Other Appreciations (S&S, 5/22)

James Pogue, Chosen Country: A Rebellion in the West (Henry Holt and Co., 5/22)

Michael Pollan, How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence (Penguin Press, 5/15)

Al Roker, Ruthless Tide: The Tragic Epic of the Johnstown Flood (William Morrow, 5/22)

David Sedaris, Calypso: Essays (Little, Brown and Company, 5/29)

Carl Zimmer, She Has Her Mother’s Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potentials of Heredity (Dutton, 5/29)

Review: Cultural Diversity in Health and Illness by Rachel E. Spector

 

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

For courses in Community/Public Health Nursing, Transcultural Nursing, and CEUs.

Promotes an awareness of the dimensions and complexities involved in caring for people from diverse cultural backgrounds

The ninth edition of Cultural Diversity in Health and Wellness examines the differences existing within North America by probing the health care system, consumers, and examples of traditional health beliefs and practices among selected populations. An essential for any health-care professional, this book sets the standard for cultural perspectives and more importantly HEALTH—the balance of the person, both within one’s being—physical, mental, and spiritual—and in the outside world—natural, communal, and metaphysical. (Terms such as HEALTH are written this way to emphasize holistic meaning.) An emphasis on the influences of recent social, political, and demographic changes helps to explore the issues and perceptions of health and illness today, while introductory and capstone chapters help place material within perspective.

Rating: 4-stars

Review:

Cultural Diversity in Health and in Illness by Rachel E. Spector was an interesting textbook to study. There were a lot odd cultural stuff that made me think, why people do them while others made sense. I was taken on a journey through each cultural group and explored their ways of religion, health, and illness. Most believe in evil eye. I do not. But how so many of them despite their differences that did was a curiosity to me. I had to buy this textbook for my cultural diversity class in health. There was plenty to discover, learn, and think about…the writer did an excellent job in portraying each ethnic group. Not all groups were included in this book. But a good majority were. It broke down the major minority and majority ethnic groups into sections for a student, like me, to learn. Odd but well-organized. Many old healing traditions stuck out to me as weird. For health professionals this is a great brief study in creative health culture diversity. The traditions and customs of most groups are explored. I was not going into a health profession but needed a health credit. Overall, it was an intriguing study.

Review: The Art & Craft of PR by Sandra Stahl

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

This book is built around the idea that PR as a communications discipline has no boundaries. It is the PR professional’s manual for creating that specific type of mindset and building the necessary skills to meet today’s communications challenges, which include mastery of the fundamentals, cultivating unbridled curiosity and creativity, the art of listening, and never losing sight of business objectives.

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

The Art & Craft of PR by Sandra Stahl is a wonderful book on public relations for all. I have had no training in this area and was interested in learning more about the topic. The writer, Sandra Stahl has created a nonfiction book that is both educational and entertaining to read. I did not have any issues in following her words. From what PR is to how it works, Sandra Stahl kept me reading. Her book went beyond what others did not do. Her book spoke about he creative and always changing PR world. Communication and persuasion beyond the typical box of thinking. I loved how organized and fun this nonfiction title was. The best part of this book, was the messages from masters of the PR world. Their advice is something that could work for all interested learners, whether you’re just starting out or refreshing your knowledge on the topic. Overall, I highly recommend it to readers everywhere.

Review: The Art of Fully Living by Tal Gur

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

Master the art of fully living, one life goal at a time.

Do you want to experience your one life—your whole life—to its fullest measure?

In this stirring book, author, blogger and lifestyle entrepreneur, Tal Gur offers his own transformational journey as an inspiring example and practical guide to implementing the art of fully living to its fullest potential. You’ll learn how to actualize your potential by forging all aspects of your life through the process built into your life goals.

Once you discover “the art of fully living,” there is no going back; it will feel unacceptable to settle for less than your dreams—and what’s more, you’ll dream even more wildly, aspiring to action with greater clarity of purpose, broader horizons of possibility, and holistic vision across all areas of your life.

The very structure of this book models Tal’s immersive approach to goal-driven living: each chapter of The Art of Fully Living is dedicated to a year of focus—socializing, fitness, freedom, contribution, love, adventure, wealth, relationship, spirituality, and creativity—and follows Tal’s endeavors as he works toward fulfilling 100 life goals in only 10 years.

This daunting ambition, springing from one late-night conversation among friends and a gnawing discontentment within the typical “success” story, becomes extremely relatable through Tal’s bold storytelling; what’s more, the deep lessons learned become immediately applicable for your own purposes as Tal thoughtfully extracts the actionable wisdom from his own experiences to articulate the principles and techniques of “the art of fully living.”

The Art of Fully Living takes you along the exhilarating ride of Tal’s journey while illuminating your own possible life-goal trajectory: as Tal relates how he socialized nonstop in vibrant Melbourne to master English and trained intensively to complete Ironman New Zealand and practice ancient Thai martial arts, you’ll learn how to apply immersion to achieve your own life goals; as Tal describes how he eliminated his crushing student debt in one year and attained financial and location independence, you’ll learn how to simplify your life, recognize your own present wealth, and turn your passions into a living; and as Tal animates his experiences learning to surf and salsa, to drum in a troupe and compose electronic music, and to write this very book, you’ll learn how to let your intuition be your guide, reveal your authentic core, and achieve flow—among the myriad other adventures and take-aways that fill this book.

Tal not only introduces the idea that the art of fully living is another skill to master but also guides you through honing this skill with chapter lessons and actionable key takeaways.

This is especially for you if you find yourself frustrated often, feeling low, or if you’re struggling while asking yourself “What do I REALLY want?”

You will find your calling.
You will define your life goals.
You will discover how to leverage your strengths to achieve your dreams.
You will know what it means to be truly free.
You will be fulfilled by the path you have chosen to take from this point on.

Can you imagine what the world would be like if everyone discovered and did what made them feel fully alive?

Your dreams are your dreams for a reason; they are rooted in your deepest understanding of who you want and can become.

Rating: 4.5-stars

Review:

The Art of Fully Living by Tal Gur is an excellent nonfiction book to read. It has many lessons about life that anyone, including myself can apply to their life. This book, was different than others that I have read in the past. The writer has gone on this journey for his own life and the way he tells it was enjoyable to read. I normally read mostly fiction because they can keep my attention. However, this memoir like guide was educational and refreshing to read. There were a lot of pointers that made me rethink the way I was going about my own life’s dreams. Overall, I recommend this book to all.

 

Review: Jesus the Bridegroom by Brant Pitre

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

In Jesus the Bridegroom, Brant Pitre once again taps into the wells of Jewish Scripture and tradition, and unlocks the secrets of what is arguably the most well-known symbol of the Christian faith: the cross of Christ. In this thrilling exploration, Pitre shows how the suffering and death of Jesus was far more than a tragic Roman execution. Instead, the Passion of Christ was the fulfillment of ancient Jewish prophecies of a wedding, when the God of the universe would wed himself to humankind in an everlasting nuptial covenant.

To be sure, most Christians are familiar with the apostle Paul’s teaching that Christ is the ‘Bridegroom’ and the Church is the ‘Bride’. But what does this really mean? And what would ever possess Paul to compare the death of Christ to the love of a husband for his wife? If you would have been at the Crucifixion, with Jesus hanging there dying, is that how you would have described it? How could a first-century Jew like Paul, who knew how brutal Roman crucifixions were, have ever compared the execution of Jesus to a wedding? And why does he refer to this as the “great mystery” (Ephesians 5:32)?

As Pitre shows, the key to unlocking this mystery can be found by going back to Jewish Scripture and tradition and seeing the entire history of salvation, from Mount Sinai to Mount Calvary, as a divine love story between Creator and creature, between God and Israel, between Christ and his bride—a story that comes to its climax on the wood of a Roman cross.

In the pages of Jesus the Bridegroom, dozens of familiar passages in the Bible—the Exodus, the Song of Songs, the Wedding at Cana, the Woman at the Well, the Last Supper, the Crucifixion, and even the Second Coming at the End of Time—are suddenly transformed before our eyes. Indeed, when seen in the light of Jewish Scripture and tradition, the life of Christ is nothing less than the greatest love story ever told.

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Jesus the Bridegroom by Brant Pitre is a must read for all Christian readers, especially those who are Catholic. It explains and takes readers, like myself, on a journey to following the relationship between Jesus and the church. I was impressed with the research that went into making this book. There were plenty of quoted material that went with the pages as they continued the discussion. I loved how Brant Pitre showed us, readers, the way of Jesus and the way of the Jews. History, faith, and Christian doctrine are implemented throughout this book. I enjoyed diving deeper into my faith with Brant Pitre as my guide. His words were easy to follow and made understanding the content of that historical moment in a way that was epic. I would recommend this to readers worldwide. If you’re Catholic definitely read this, if you’re another Christian faith, read it to familiarize yourself with relationship of Jesus Christ. Overall, it was educational, informative, and well-done.

Review: The Don’t Laugh Challenge Joke Book

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! BEST SELLER FOR KIDS JOKE BOOKS!

Why shouldn’t you download the iceberg app? It’ll sync your phone!

Laughter is medicine to the soul – which is exactly what your kids will be doing with our Don’t Laugh Challenge – 2nd Edition! The challenge is for the players to sit facing each other at eye level and take turns reading jokes to each other. Each laugh = 1 point! First person to 3 points is crowned the Don’t Laugh MASTER!

This book is filled with hours of fun with friends or family and perfect for ages 7 and up! Give it as a gift or get your own and let the laughter begin! Game on!

Rating: 4-stars

Review:

The Don’t Laugh Challenge Joke Book contains some funny jokes as well as Q&A’s. Riddles are also found in this book. I found it interesting, fun, and challenging. Especially, when I got to the 50 tongue twisters. Try saying those and say them fast! I recommend this to parents and teachers for children to read and use when in the car on a long ride. Children will have fun with these as I sure did. Overall, an entertaining book for children everywhere.

Review: Entwined Hearts-The Sunset of Alzheimer’s Disease and More of Life’s Realities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

As author JJ Janice reflects on her surprise connection with a mother-daughter duo, she finds herself, an outsider, overwhelmed by mysteries regarding the short time it took for her to become a new member in this tight-knit family with a complicated past. How did she get here? What forces are at work? Why was she chosen to be a witness?

Using her diary as guide, she sifts through layers of her imagination and shares her story in Entwined Hearts. It chronicles the ascent of forgiveness by and for three women who perhaps least expect it–all in two short years. Through the stories of Anita, who suffers from Alzheimer’s; Lynn, Anita’s daughter who struggles with bi-polar disorder; and Janice, a friend to both, it investigates how relationships change and endure through challenges.

Though this memoir touches on the difficult topics of Alzheimer’s, bipolar disorder, stress, drugs, incarceration, and alcoholism, it also looks at the world with kind generosity and love–a love that connected three unlikely women.

Rating: 4-stars

Review:

Entwined Hearts: The Sunest of Alzheimer’s Disease and More of Life’s Realities by JJ Janice is a great read. It covers a lot of topics such as alcoholism, Alzheimer’s, and bipolar disorders. This book took a piece of my heart. My own grandmother is suffering from Alzheimer’s. It has gone from forgetting something to having to repeat things many times during the day to her. It is emotionally hard because we have to remember to be patient with her. The book discussed the stages of Alzheimer’s, the path of the Alzheimer’s person fading from who they were into someone that one wouldn’t recognize. This road is painful for all who are involved. Overall, this nonfiction book was encouraging to read. I cried because a I know there are no cures for Alzheimer’s. It’s one of the most unpreventable diseases. I still carry hope that one day there will be a cure. I recommend this book to all readers.

Review: Think Like a Winner, Act Like You Won

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

Are you fed up with not getting the results you want from life?
Do you want to know what it feels like to taste success in every area of your life?
If you are, then it’s time to make a stand, start believing in yourself and Think Like a Winner, Act Like You’ve Won.

Inside these pages, you are about to discover yourself. You will learn how you can achieve the success that you’ve always dreamed of, just by making a few positive changes to the way you act, such as:

Making up your mind
Taking action
How to think like a winner
Developing your character
Forming good habits
And more…

Many self-help books go into great detail about how you can attain success. Think Like a Winner, Act Like You’ve Won shows you exactly how it can be done in the most concise method you have ever encountered.

Without wasting more of your precious time and without expending vast amounts of effort, you can now be the success you always wanted to be.

Get your copy of Think Like a Winner, Act Like You’ve Won now and start believing in yourself today!

 

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Think Like a Winner, Act Like You’ve Won by Carl Mathis is a great book to start of the new year with…it is one of those essential books to read. It reminds me of what you are and can do now, instead of what you’re trying to  become. Success is measured differently. Success is the determination to stick with what you have and use that to get to where you need to be. Success is not about how much money you have nor what you possess. It is not giving up and working with what you have. Many of us have talents for different things. We just need to find ours and then go from there. The writer stresses on uses the knowledge and information you have to climb forward. This, is true. However, many of us, like myself included have trouble finding out what we know and can do well enough to be successful in our lives. That’s where this book walks us through the process. Overall, I enjoyed reading this nonfiction guide and recommend it to all.

 

Review: Traits and Emotions of a Salvageable Soul

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

All people have their own remarkably intrinsic value, and it’s time we recognize it in ourselves and share it with the people in our lives.

From the wisdom of elders comes Traits and Emotions of a Salvageable Soul: A Conversation with a Touch of Class, a guide to growing and healing ourselves so that we can live the quality of life we were always meant to live. From life’s hard lessons, Crawford offers the reader encouragement and truth, a path for using life’s challenges to overcome and even thrive.

Don’t give up, he reminds us. Every one of us has great potential and purpose. We just need to have faith in ourselves and courage.

Rating: 4-stars

Review:

Traits and Emotions of a Salvageable Soul by Keeshawn C. Crawford is an uplifting yet inspiring nonfiction boo. The pages bring a sense of calm into readers like me. Life is challenging and tends to wear us down as humans. This book has a way of pushing one back up, encouraging one to bloom fully again. The writer makes me feel cared about…when I fell, the writer’s words gave me a hand to get back on track. Sure, I struggle with loving myself. Always comparing myself to others. Feel like I do not compare…I fall short of expectations. Yet this book digs through that emotion and causes for a newfound joy, an inspiration to not give up hope. Overall, I recommend this self-help guide to readers everywhere.

 

Review: The Science of Making Your Man Adore You…

Synopsis:

When you find someone that you enjoy spending time with, you generally find that you want to be with each other for longer periods of time or that you want to go out every night together and that there’s something decidedly missing when your partner is not there. But how can you get him to be focused only on you and want to spend literally all of his time – his life – with you? If you want to keep your man, get him back and make him worship the ground you walk on, then this book is for you. It will teach you how to achieve all by 30 tricks, those tricks which will change your relationship and eventually your life.

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

The Science of Making Your Man Adore You is an interesting read. The title alone would make most people curious. Susan McCallister has provided many ways to lure your man back to you. Keep his interest. And to get your man to crazily fall in love with you. Desire, interest, and intrigue are key themes in this book. The book goes further to tell readers what they shouldn’t do and why. Some things we do can push our loved ones away instead of getting their attention to come closer. Susan goes on to say how to figure out what to do, why, and when. Her advice is understandable and believable. I can see sense in everything she has written. Overall, The Science of Making Your Man Adore You is a must read. It’s comforting, as well as educational and informative.

Review: Winners Win, Losers Lose

Synopsis:

Some people seem to win all the time! What is their secret? Is there a way to constantly win? Yes, there actually is. This book, will help you transform your Life to start Winning in every aspect of Life, Improving Your Income, And Start Being an Influencer. This, is your chance to change sides: From the Loser Street to Winner Avenue! Do it now, and see how your life transforms instantly!

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Winners Win, Losers Lose by Ted Primo is a nonfiction book. One that motivates individuals who have failed at succeeding in transforming their lives. Ted Primo expertly guides all readers through each step of the transformation process. From exploring where the reader is at to the excuses as to why you didn’t reach success. The steps are easy to follow. The entire book’s format is well-organized. Each pages takes readers from the start to end in this transformational life process. His secrets and tips are wonderful.

Review: Trees, Rocks, and Beyond (Crater Lake Eruption 1615-1665)







Synopsis:

Crater Lake’s unique beauty is one of Oregon’s greatest natural landmarks. But when did Mount Mazama erupt? Was it 7,700 years ago? Or more recently–maybe 350–400 years ago?

In this volume, Ralph E. Anderson explores this question and comes to a conclusion that may surprise the reader. What do the surrounding standing snags buried in ash have to reveal? Or what of the clues left by Mount Hood’s last eruption, found in Crater Lake’s ash? And what has Mount St. Helens’s recovery taught about nature’s resilience?
Anderson spent the last four years traveling the Pacific Northwest, gathering evidence to discuss Crater Lake’s Trees, Rocks, and Beyond.

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Trees, Rocks, and Beyond by Ralph E. Anderson is one of the most interesting nonfiction books that I’ve read. His book is about the crater lake eruption during 1615-1665. This journey was educational as it well entertaining. Imagine searching and finding something tha just doesn’t add up withthe sources found…a hunch plus, findings show it may not be as it was stated. The timing seems off for the amount Mazama eruption. According to sources, it happened 7,700 years ago. But other evidence shows it may have been more recent like 350-400 years ago. I enjoyed following Anderson as spent 4-years gathering evidence on this subject. His travels hooked my curiosity from the beginning. Overall, I would recommend this to title tomreaders everywhere. 

Review: A Summary of What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton 

Synopsis:

This hard-hitting, in-depth book looks at the real campaign missteps and gaffes that lead to the greatest upset of all time. Widespread terror and panic strangled the country for months, but now we know why. Many blame it on Russia, wikileaks, Bill, etc, but the truth lies within. This page-turner reveals the side of politics you wish you never knew. Enjoy

Rating: 5-stars

Review

A Summary of What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton by Grady Haul is hilarious! These pages were great. These are exactly what Hillarys says and or uses as an excuse. Short, straight to the point, and entertaining. 

Review: Professor Ladybug Teaches ABCs

Synopsis

Welcome to the wonderful world of Professor Ladybug! In this colorful, illustrated book, familiar objects and animals progressively introduce the 26 letters of the alphabet. This book is designed primarily for early learners (pre-K). 

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

The world of Professor Ladybug is amazing! The colors, entertainment, and charming pages are fun to explore. Professor Ladybug makes learning easy. Education is hard yet, these pages make it easier on the parents and children reading it. A digital book that’s easy to take with anywhere one goes. The children can go through the alphabet and learn their letters at a faster pace. Digital format allows the education to come to life. Children will enjoy flipping through each lesson. Overall, I recommend this children’s book to all. Teacher, parent, or guardian will enjoy having this creative book for the children. 

Review: Jobs for Robots 









Synopsis

Robots are everywhere right now, but what will they mean for us? Automation, robotics, and future technology present tremendous opportunities — but also significant threats.The way forward is fraught with challenges, and we must bridge critical gaps between the present and the future to fully reap the benefits of tomorrow. Jobs for Robots puts this debate in a historical context and presents readers with actionable steps to robot-proof their professional lives. The book also includes a compelling discussion about the future of work, roboadvising, FinTech, and universal basic income.

Jobs for Robots was excerpted by Bloomberg News in a Bloomberg View article here: https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-03-06/how-to-survive-the-robocalypse

Rating: 4-stars

Review:

Jobs for Robots by Jason Schenker presents the current discussion on robots taking over our jobs. Many argue that robots will take over jobs that humans deem unfitting for themselves. However, robots can continue working longer hours without breaks like us, humans. Thus, employers will look deeper into hiring robots versus humans. But then, there are still areas in which even the most advance technology cannot replace a human. Examples are editing software. They can catch what they have been programmed to catch, but still editing should be done by a human editor. The writer argues both sides of this robot debate. Yet, he still hasn’t made me feel any more confident about the future job loss ahead. Jason Schenker presents interesting facts but doesn’t fully go into further detail. Yes, we know technology can be both good and bad. In this book, I haven’t read something, that I didn’t already know about this current issue. The writer’s idea of where our future will head proved to be very bleak. 

Review: CSCS Exam Rapid Review Flash Card Book

Synopsis:

Ascencia Test Prep’s CSCS Study Guide 2017-2018: Test Prep Book and Practice Test Questions for the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist Exam is a flash card book offering test-takers a full review of the subject matter covered on the CSCS exam. Ascencia’s Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist flash cards cover:

  • EXERCISE SCIENCE
  • NUTRITION
  • EXERCISE TECHNIQUES
  • ASSESSMENT  
  • PROGRAM DESIGN 
  • CLIENT RELATIONS & COACHING
  • SAFETY & RISK MANAGEMENT 
  • PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT & RESPONSIBILITY 

Rating: 5- stars

Review:

Ascencia has once more developed another great exam booklet. This one, covers the required information for the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist Exam. The information covered was very thorough. The answers were well-detailed. Over 300 plus, flash cards covering all topics for the examination. The CSCS exam booklet is small in size but is well packed. The content is amazing. Easy studying for preparation. It also explains the exam, what it’s about, and how it’s scored. I can carry this book around easily. The size makes commuting with it easier than most test booklets. Overall, I recommend this flash card exam book to all personal trainers and health officials. 

Review: Trivium AFOQT Practice Test Book

Synopsis:

Trivium Test Prep’s AFOQT Practice Test Book: AFOQT Prep Book with Over 500 Practice Questions for the Air Force Officer Qualifying Test is a comprehensive practice question book offering 500 AFOQT practice questions on the subject matter covered on the PTCB exam.

Rating: 5-stars

Review

Trivium Test Prep’s AFOQT Practice Test Book: AFOQT Prep Book with Over 500 Practice Questions for the Air Force Officer Qualifying Test is a compact, nonfiction, study guide ensuring the best tests to pass. This book, is filled with five hundred test questions to help interested individuals study, learn, and pass their certification board examination. Answers to practice tests are included with detailed answers explaining why and how. Overall, this was a great exam booklet containing everything one needs to know to do well.

Author Interview with Both Judith Ravin and Muhammad Hassan Miraj 

 




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ULM: What led you both into doing this book together?
Ravin: The first time I met Hassan it was obvious he possessed a writer’s craft. He spoke in parables and was always attentive to the possibilities for extrapolation of the tales spinning in his head. Although it took many months to conceive of a project that made sense from an individual and joint standpoint, we technically began tiptoeing around the idea of a collaborative project over “instructional sessions” on the eighteenth-century Punjabi tragic romance Heer Ranjha, by Waris Shah. More accurately, Hassan would sit me down like a pupil and read aloud portions of the extensive work for my cultural and literary edification. At some point we branched outward and inward, from legend to our own realities and to discussions about how to find natural points of connection between our separate lives and our writings. The project matured into an imperative of the inevitable.

Miraj: Imagine meeting a foreigner in an activity that you consider central to your own culture and the foreigner surprises you with her visiting card printed in your native language. Such was the strength of Judith’s cultural self. Our first meetings were more of myself talking and herself listening. Before she departed Pakistan, we made a checklist of where our interests intersected (and this was without the idea of publication). As we moved to our respective different worlds, we wrote to each other about incidents, happenings…. These were more like telephonic conversations in print. This is how the book began to emerge.

 

ULM: Judith, how would you describe the effect that your work had in writing Beyond Our Degrees of Separation?

Ravin: My work in Pakistan was on a separate track from writing, yet through writing I was able to process the dizziness of a fully charged public engagement schedule. Whereas public diplomacy focuses my attention outward, writing provides time for intimate assimilation of the newness of circumstances. Fortunately, the vastness of cultural diversity in Pakistan made for a satisfactory playmate to my innate curiosity.

 

ULM: Muhammad Hassan Miraj, how would you describe your talent as an author and how your experience in the Pakistan Army effected your writing for this book?

 

Miraj: I must admit that I am not an author. I shall, however, lay claim on the craft of story-telling, and it is very deep-seated. While telling stories is almost unanimously popular in all cultures, it had a special significance while I was growing up. I grew up in a joint family system and in a mobile-TV-Internet free age. So you could either tell stories or listen. Day-to-day life revolved around stories and even parables, instructions, injunctions, and implications…. All of it either originated in or was communicated through stories.

The military, on the other hand, was a larger world, yet very intimate. My postings and assignments took me all over the country (and abroad as well) and afforded me the opportunity to connect to some very fascinating sub-cultures, so my writings or stories are also deeply influenced by my years in the military.

 

ULM: Is this the first book project that both of you have done together? Will there be more projects in the future as co-authors?

Ravin: Yes, this is our first project of collaboration. I am sure Hassan has mapped out the next ten projects we could work on as co-authors, but I move more methodically in the space of creative endeavors until I have an undeniable whole of an idea laid out before me. Hassan and I admire each other’s strengths in writing, and we manage to bring out the best in our respective styles.

Miraj: Judith is around seventy percent correct. Yes, this is our first project together, and no, it’s not just ten. I intend to write more stories together. Judith’s attention to detail and commitment to the whole procedure is definitely worth the deliberation.

 

ULM: Judith, what was it like being a co-author for this book? 

Ravin: I had to be more patient than I would if I were working on a book by myself. I also had to be more deliberative in seeking the connectors between us. As a co-author of a joint work, you must sacrifice independence in favor of the richness of interdependence.

 

ULM: Muhammad Hassan Miraj, how would you describe working as a co-author?

Miraj: I had been writing in English, but with Judith it was very illustrative. There were things that I wanted to say, but my diction was largely styled for different readership. Judith was very helpful in preserving the impression while working on expression.

 

ULM: Muhammad Hassan Miraj, you mentioned having spent almost a year in the U.S. Why not a year? What did you do while there?

Miraj: It was an International Military Exchange and Training Program, lasting for almost nine months. The training was about military procedures. Growing up in Pakistan, there is an awful lot that you hear about America and the Americans, so alongside military training (which was not much), I wanted to have an understanding of American culture. I travelled and interacted, and learned my basic lessons on “otherness.”  

   

ULM: Judith, what was it like working as an editor, translator, and as a journalist?

Ravin: I worked non-stop. There was no freelance job I would refuse because I knew my current projects always had a finite end point. The world of words in which I lived for many years continues to serve me well. Once, at the midpoint of a book translation I felt as if adrift at sea. I had lost sight of the horizon: the book’s final pages. I could neither slip back to the safety of a shoreline I could no longer see, nor move forward with certainty toward an end that was equally invisible. So I continued paddling with faith through a sea of words, toward an endpoint I only imagined. That is what juggling those jobs was like for me.

 

ULM: Muhammad Hassan Miraj, using only three words, how would you describe Beyond Our Degrees of Separation? 

Miraj: “stories we lived”

 

ULM: Whose decision was it to become co-authors? How did you two come to start this project?

Ravin: It may have been Hassan who first articulated the idea aloud, but there had been an undercurrent of inevitability from the outset. I wanted the merge of narratives to feel natural to the reader. It took many months until we reached a mutually acceptable approach.

Miraj: Judith is a very different kind of person (well, all of us are). There is a rather rare sense of localized globalization that enriches her expression. You can talk about Africa for hours with her and know that she knows a great deal about the place, but when you are done talking the “global talk” she transforms into an elder sitting under one of the few trees in a Burkinabe village, talking about life. I think, for a person like me – who cannot, in his limited knowledge and sense of the world, travel much – the ideal arrangement to learn was to work together. So here is the book.    

 

ULM: What did you both want readers to take from reading your nonfiction book? 

Ravin: The beauty of discovery, the expansive effect travel has on the soul, an immediacy of communion with the inglorious.

Miraj:I would say, the urge to understand human emotions and to value the significant insignificances.

 

ULM: Was it hard to put this book together? 

Ravin: I invested four years in the making of this book. Keeping a pace with myself was the hardest.

Miraj: It was definitely. We had to struggle with minimum of three time-zones at best and, at worst, four.

 

ULM: What advice would you both give to writers everywhere?

Ravin: I am not a writer by default. I write to process the excess of life and ideas that populate my head. I encourage writers to accept the uniqueness of their voice and to find someone who is both supportive and critical of their work to help them develop in the genre/s of their choice.

Miraj: Write, for the world is fast running out on dreamers.

 

ULM: Where can readers find you both online? Where can readers purchase Beyond Our Degrees of Separation


For more information on authors Judith Ravin and Muhammad Hassan Miraj, visit:

http://inkwaterbooks.com/beyond

http://www.inkwaterbooks.com/balletinthecanefields

https://muhammadhassanmiraj.wordpress.com

http://www.sangemeel.com/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductID=9693529499
 

Beyond Our Degrees of Separation is available in paperback, Kindle, and ePub versions in the United States through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Inkwater Press, and other online distributors. Lahore-based Sang-e-Meel Publications will release in fall 2017 a Pakistani edition for distribution to bookstores in Pakistan.

Review: Misdiagnosed (The Search for Dr. House)

Synopsis

When a lymphoma scare threatened the life of a journalist, she began a quest to find the correct medical diagnosis for the mysterious illness she’d battled for nearly 20 years. She turned to her favorite TV show, House M.D., for inspiration. She used her research skills to look for a “real life” Gregory House to give her some answers. In this brutally honest memoir, Nika Beamon reveals how she found the doctor who saved her and how you can too. 

Rating: 4-stars

Review

Misdiagnosed: The Search for Dr. House by Nika C. Beamon caught my full attention. Everybody knows who Dr. House is. The title peaked my interest. I found this memoir interesting. A young female journalist is struck by a life threatening illness. Her search for a real life version of Dr. House was inspiring. Misdiagnosed is a sad, heartbreaking, and brave journey. The journey made me wary for the writer. I was worried as she went through all the exams, pills, and diagnosises. Searching endlessly for the right doctor proved difficult. But Nika C. Beamon never stopped her search. Her determination and strength is inspiring. A hope to all who suffer greatly. Overall, I greatly encourage readers worldwide to read this tale. 

Review: Beyond Our Degrees of Separation 






Synopsis:

A narrative weave of testimonial non-fiction by Judith Ravin and Muhammad Hassan Miraj, Beyond Our Degrees of Separation evokes points of intersection between the United States and Pakistan. Hailing from oxymoronic bureaucracies, the co-authors transcend their respective realms of diplomacy and the military to reaffirm commonalities beyond differences. The alternating narratives trace their real-life discovery of equivalent experiences within dissimilar worlds. From an off-hand discussion during a one-off encounter, they embark on a project to prove that words and culture have the power to transform. Themes include displacement, social justice, cross-border issues, terrorism, loss, and interfaith harmony. Beyond Our Degrees of Separation delights in the documentation of that journey, along with all journeys, and demonstrates how travel and fate obey their own logic, ever-populating with wonderment the imagination of the “geographically disturbed” – those who live in perpetual wanderlust.

Rating: 4-stars

Review:

Beyond Our Degrees of Separation by both Judith Ravin and Muhammad Hassan Miraj is an interesting book. Many powerful themes can be found within the pages. This non-fiction book,  show that similarities do exist even between two different cultures. A journey that a well traveled journalist and an army veteran took me upon was quite an eye opener. Felt like I traveled from my seat to the world in which they inhabited on the pages. Overall, this a book I recommended to readers everywhere. 

Review: The Night Trilogy





Synopsis:

Night is one of the masterpieces of Holocaust literature. First published in 1958, it is the autobiographical account of an adolescent boy and his father in Auschwitz. Elie Wiesel writes of their battle for survival and of his battle with God for a way to understand the wanton cruelty he witnesses each day. In the short novel Dawn (1960), a young man who has survived World War II and settled in Palestine joins a Jewish underground movement and is commanded to execute a British officer who has been taken hostage. In Day (previously titled The Accident, 1961), Wiesel questions the limits of conscience: Can Holocaust survivors forge a new life despite their memories? Wiesel’s trilogy offers insights on mankind’s attraction to violence and on the temptation of self-destruction.

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

The Night Trilogy by Elle Wiesel is a gruesome account of the suffering he and his family faced during World War II. A time of Death, loss, and torment. This was one of history’s nightmarish memories that will never be forgotten. The Nazis were cruel dictators killing innocent human beings without a hesitation. The page in this book showed it all. 
Young Elle Wiesel experienced what no other teenage boy should have faced. He and his family were just one of countless numbers herded onto cattle cars. Usuhered to their death. The showers of death, the endless starvation, beatings, and cruelty killed so many humans. Humans who didn’t know what lied ahead. 
As I read this book, it brought me back to something I wish I never knew about. Something that should never have happened. But it did. A memory that no being can wash away. The smoke from the screaming dying corpses in the “shower rooms” and the endless fears were terrorfying to revisit. It survivors like the writer who show the world what happened and may happen again. 
The Night Trilogy is memoir that will always be remembered. Survival, loss, death, and much more. Terrible days that never end. Even with so much time having passed. It is a gripping and well-written book. I recommend this Holocaust story to readers worldwide. 

Review: Look At You Now






Synopsis:

CHICAGO TRIBUNE BESTSELLER – For readers of Orange Is the New Black and The Glass Castle, a riveting memoir about a lifelong secret and a girl finding strength in the most unlikely place.

In 1979, Liz Pryor is a seventeen-year-old girl from a good family in the wealthy Chicago suburbs. Halfway through her senior year of high school, she discovers that she is pregnant–a fact her parents are determined to keep a secret from her friends, siblings, and community forever. One snowy January day, after driving across three states, her mother drops her off at what Liz thinks is a Catholic home for unwed mothers–but which is, in truth, a locked government-run facility for delinquent and impoverished pregnant teenage girls.

In the cement-block residence, Liz is alone and terrified, a fish out of water–a girl from a privileged, sheltered background living amid tough, street-savvy girls who come from the foster care system or juvenile detention. But over the next six months, isolated and in involuntary hiding from everyone she knows, Liz develops a surprising bond with the other girls and begins to question everything she once held true. Told with tenderness, humor, and an open heart, Look at You Now is a deeply moving story about the most vulnerable moments in our lives–and how a willingness to trust ourselves can permanently change who we are and how we see the world.

Rating: 4-stars

Review:

Look at You Now by Liz Pryor is well-written. A memoir that is sad. Secretive, heartbreaking, and coming of age. I am happy that the parents nor the writer opted for an abortion. That made my heart happy. My heart still poured out to the baby she left behind…why, do pregnant girls get rid of their children? Why? I still can’t understand it. Then, the same girl goes on to have more kids later in life. Why not go back for the child she gave up? I felt frustrated, angry, and emotional. So many questions on what life did her abandoned child live…did it go to a good home, was the child safe? Then, I wondered did the woman even care? She didn’t even want to look at the child. I felt so disconnected from this woman. Her story tore at my heart. I have been in foster homes. Most kids don’t go to good homes. Look at You Now was devasting to read. I didn’t enjoy the journey. However, my feelings should not affect on whether this book was worthy of reading. It was well-told. The writer’s voice was done well. The writing was visual. Engaging. 

Review: The Evolving Peacemaker





Synopsis:

What does our future hold? Is it possible for humanity to exist indefinitely in a world overrun with wars, intolerance, and terrorism? Will our civilization that is steeped in centuries of violence eventually learn how to interact with one another in respectful and compassionate ways? 

The Evolving Peacemaker: A Commitment to Nonviolence seeks to address these issues by taking a compelling look at the timeless teachings of Mahatma Gandhi, one of the most respected and influential figures of the twentieth century. 

Beginning with a foreword by Arun Gandhi, celebrated peace activist and grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, The Evolving Peacemaker takes the reader on a compelling journey of self-discovery. 

This volume weaves Gandhi’s philosophy of nonviolence with author Leona Evans’s personal journey toward inner peace. 

Evans states: “We are frightened for the future and helpless because we don’t know how to make a difference in the world. It is time now to see that our only alternative lies in making a difference within ourselves.” 

The Evolving Peacemaker is a thought-provoking and inspiring guide to becoming the change we wish to see in the world. 

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

The Evolving Peacemaker by Leona Evans is a spiritual guide and journey to peace. Inside, I followed the writer’s own journey. I found this book to be inspiring. It encourages me to become better more accepting of others. Deep, thought provoking, and entertaining to read. The Evolving Peacemaker is an easy read. Comfortable to follow along. What I loved most about this nonfiction book, was Gandhi’s philosophy of nonviolence. The writer is correct when saying we are afraid of an unknown outcome when we’re not sure how to take steps to make the world better. After reading this, I can easily see this being the most popular book. Self-discovery, peace, and transformation. Overall, this was a stunning piece. 

Review: Excel Formulas that Automate Task You No Longer have Time For

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

A Survival Guide To Getting The Most Work Done You Can In The Least Amount of Time

 

Do you find yourself with more time-consuming work to do in less time than ever?

 

Are you constantly under time pressure to get “urgent” things out? And then answer a bunch of endless what-if questions that require you to refigure everything out over and over again “urgently”?

 

Wouldn’t it be good if you had “more resources” to help you out with these endless tedious tasks?

 

This is definitely possible using automated tools you already have. And this is not complicated.

 

The fact is, common software you already have provides a great tool to turbo-boost your productivity. MS Excel is the perfect tool for managing and analyzing large amounts of information instantly and accurately. Most people use Excel for simple spreadsheets, tables and charts. Some use it for financial data. But it can do so much more to help you out in your daily grind.

 

This book will provide you with step-by-step guidance on:

 

• How to instantly create a spreadsheet which lists files in any drive or folder.
• How to compare lists and look up information in seconds and with no mistakes.
• How to use forms to create thousands of documents with just one click.
• How to convert a simple list into a workable spreadsheet.
• How to find and present information as soon as someone asks for it.

 

The additional resources you need to get your work done are right at your finger tips.

 

You can do this too – even if you’ve never done it before.

 

Give it a try – You will see your productivity, your value, and your stress-level improve!

 

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Excel Formulas that Automate Tasks You No Longer have Time For by Erik Kopp is a great book. Both educational and a time saver. In my profession, I deal with a lot of data and Excel is one of the best ways to deal with them. However, my knowledge of using it was limited. But after reading this easy to understand guide book, I was learning fast. A time and money saver. Erik Kopp definitely knows his way around Excel. For those in businesses, college, or just starting out as entrepreneurs, this is a must read for you. I enjoyed following along. The pages are concise, detailed, and engaging. I highly recommend it to all.

Review: Innovation Revolution 





Synopsis:

You are an innovative leader tangled in corporate red tape, facing intense pressure for growth amidst accelerating uncertainty. Put down your white flag with this “what to expect” guide for leading in the 21st century. It delivers proven billion-dollar startup secrets reengineered for the enterprise to break up business log jams, stop internal dysfunction and create INTRApreneurs empowered to innovate at speed inside the corporate framework.
If you’re under constant pressure for double-digit growth. If you struggle to achieve speed, make timely decisions and reach goals. If you spend too much time in meetings and not enough time making a difference— You are ready to lead The Innovation Revolution. Grab an energy drink and join me on the high speed, high impact journey to save the enterprise.
Inside this practical guide, find three parts to untangle the mess and actually deliver innovative results consistently at the speeding pace of change:
Part 1: RELAX, IT’S NOT JUST YOU.
Engage in a 360-degree reality check that explains the flattening of business, the slowing of decision making, and how industry titans turn into cumbersome Titanics without even knowing it.
Part 2: A SOLUTION.
Explore the Smart Speed method. How it works. Why modern business needs it. A step-by-step guide for effective leadership and success.
Part 3: THE PATH FORWARD. 
How to create consistent and effective change in an upward flow. How to make it stick. Shifting workplace behavior by retooling and empowering yourself, your employees and your organization. Dealing with personalities and roadblocks like fear, frustration and (lack of) focus.
Finally, activate the 250 field-tested questions, business innovation strategies and actions proven to harness innovation consistently from the genius hiding in plain sight inside organizations – your employees. Learn directly from real company case studies that have driven a billion in revenue and counting.

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

The Innovation Revolution by K. Melissa Kennedy is a clever blueprint for all intrapreneurs. This book shows ways to grow, build, and move forward quickly. Businesses fail before they can succeed- most times. But by having the right tools can help the savvy intrapreneur succeed the first time around…I enjoyed this reading this book. Tips, guidance, and much more can be found within the pages. Impressive, concise, and straight to the point. Easy to follow along. No matter if one is experienced or just starting out, this guide book is the perfect read. The Innovation Revolution is a game changer for all. I highly recommend it to readers worldwide. 

Author Interview with Patricia Gachagan 



Author Interview: Patricia Gachagan, Born Together
ULM: What lead you to writing your inspiring memoir, Born Together?

 

I have always been attracted to writing, keeping journals over many years as well as being a fan of the old-fashioned pen and paper letter writing as I travelled and lived abroad. I simply started one day to write down and express my deep feelings about the unexpected journey I had been taken on after giving birth to my son. I always wanted to write a book and before I knew it I had 20,000 words written and realised this was my opportunity as well as my motivation.

 

 

 

ULM: What was the journey like for you as you went through your diagnosis of multiple sclerosis?

 

There was an element that the whole situation was unreal and that surely it couldn’t be Multiple Sclerosis as I had only just had my baby and I was in the throes of adjusting to life as a first-time mum. It was also quite terrifying waking up in a ‘different’ body day by day, with my ability and mobility changing dramatically and I had no control over it. I was consumed by fear at the same time as experiencing joy with my wonderful baby. It was a real juxtaposition of my emotions to contend with.

 

 

 

ULM: What were your first thoughts when informed of your diagnosis?

 

I suppose it was disbelief in amongst the absolute panic as I had found out by accident, on my own with baby Elliot, at a routine doctor’s appointment. Even although I knew MS was the main contender, I was still shocked at the realisation that my worst fear had come true. My panic was not for just for me, but for how little Elliot’s life would be affected by my diagnosis. I was so scared to begin with.

 

 

ULM: How did you feel when writing about your journey in Born Together?

 

I thoroughly enjoyed the whole process of writing Born Together. From the very first sentence, I was hooked. My writing journey unlocked many emotions, from grief and fear in the beginning to finally the relief of accepting my ‘new’ self and abilities. It very much challenged me, but I embraced those challenges fully and seized it as an opportunity to move forward with my new life.

 

 

ULM: Was the writing therapeutic for you?

 

Writing was very therapeutic for me and serendipitously came along at the same time as the counselling sessions I had been referred to by my GP. They very much worked together. They challenged me to the core about how I had been dealing with my diagnosis and all the changes it had brought about in my life. I had to face some hard truths and painfully let go of the ‘old’ me. It was not an easy task, but it was the beginning of a much brighter and more positive future. I am very grateful for my writing journey.

 

 

ULM: How did you find the determination to get through this difficult time for you and your family?

 

That was easier than anything else I had to face physically. Just one look at Elliot, just the thought of my wonderful son with his whole life ahead of him was enough to drive me forward with lethal determination that his life would not be adversely or negatively affected by me having a lifelong diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis.

 

 

 

ULM: What advice would you give to others going through what you did?

 

To stay positive and learn to accept your new self and the changes to your life. That is part of a process and doesn’t happen overnight, but the sooner it does happen, the better it is for yourself and those around you. There is the need then to adapt to those changes, but to stay very much focussed on what you can do and not hold on to the past and what you can’t do anymore. Try to see it as a new beginning and not an ending and take charge of your own health. I am very pro-active in managing my MS and that has been a defining fact in my new abilities and creating a different quality of life, but still one that is enriched and fulfilling.

 

 

ULM: As a mother of a new-born with a disability, was there anyone you had for moral support? What gave you hope during these struggles?

 

I didn’t then, and still don’t now, see myself as someone with a disability. I see myself as ‘differently’ abled, but able nonetheless. I focus on what I can do and achieve and it is a lot. My husband, Allan, was an amazing support and tower of strength. He still is and he too is very pro-active and determined. My mum and sister have been selflessly committed to supporting me and Elliot and were around a great deal in those early days. Elliot, and the importance of his future, gave me the hope and the belief necessary that I could manage well and turn my life around from a path of ill-health and disability to one of positivity, achievement and ultimately a happy and fulfilled family life.

 

 

ULM: What’s your favourite quote to live by?

 

‘Do ordinary things to live an extraordinary life.’

 

 

 

ULM: Your memoir mentioned a new treatment. Would you recommend it to others?

 

This new and pioneering treatment is called Robo-Physio and is based on a ‘Spinal Approach to Health’. It is a physio therapy device which releases the stiffness in your spine. I have seen good results of this therapy, but it needs to be used on a regular basis to maintain the benefits. It helped very much with my fatigue and ability during the period I tested it, allowing me to be able to move my body better, balance better and walk better at that time. This is a private therapy, but I would certainly suggest people look in to it and consider giving it a try. It is available through Pacla Medical and you can contact them to arrange a free trial. There are no side effects which is a clear bonus and seems to make it worth trying to see if it is suitable for you individually.

 

 

ULM: What are your plans for the future?

 

I plan to continue writing and sharing my positive message as far and as wide as I possibly can. I plan to live as full and enriched a life, with Multiple Sclerosis, as I possibly can. I want to show others that a chronic diagnosis like mine does not have to be the end. We all have to take what we’ve got, whatever that may be, and turn it in to the very best we can.

I have introduced my MS jigsaw to help support individuals with MS and I plan to develop that further with a view to extending self-help ideas for living with MS. My MS jigsaw has many pieces, all of which can help someone with MS manage their symptoms and reach the best quality of life they can.

 

 

ULM: Where can readers find you and your memoir online?

 

Readers can find me at www.patriciagachagan.com for more information and to buy Born Together. It is also available through kindle and at bookstores, such as Waterstones, to order.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Urban Lit Magazine Issue 

The 2017 June Issue above has just been released. 

76-pages of content. Featuring both bestselling and indie authors. 

A variety of genres and fun articles. 

Interested in reviewing a free copy, please, email: urbanlitmagazine@gmail.com & use review copy in the subject line. All reviews must be posted within 2-weeks. Reviewers will be asked to send us their review links. 

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Review: Born Together





Synopsis:

Born Together is the inspiring memoir of Patricia Gachagan, who was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, and her determination to overcome the challenges to live a full life and to be a mother to her son, Elliot. When Patricia became pregnant with Elliot, she could not contain her joy and elation at the prospect of starting a family. But within hours of his birth, her body began to deteriorate. Born Together tells of Patricia’s struggle to cope with her declining health and the simultaneous demands of motherhood. 
Eventually, Patricia was diagnosed with MS, and it was put to her that her immune system had attacked itself, in error, following the birth of her baby boy. Patricia took an alternative approach to almost everything and refused to settle for a prognosis of a life of disability and vulnerability. Many doubted her ability to succeed, but her determination to turn her life around was rewarded with a new and pioneering treatment, researched by Medical Research Scotland and part-funded by the Scottish Government Enterprise Scheme. 

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Born Together by Patricia Gachagan is an inspiration to all. Her journey of determination and strength will amaze everyone who reads this book. It amazed me. Hooked me in fast. A mother’s terrible yet frightening journey of survival. After giving birth, her body was suddenly taken over by a paralyse. Her health kept turning for the worse. I kept thinking that she wasn’t going to make it. That this was going to be the saddest book I’ve read. But Patricia Gachagan held surprises from me. She kept moving forward despite her challenges. Every time I feel like complaining, I’ll always remember this book and consider myself lucky. Overall, I recommend this nonfiction book to readers worldwide. Especially, to mothers out there. 

Review: My Soul Looks Black 

Synopsis:

In this captivating new memoir, award-winning writer Jessica B. Harris recalls a lost era—the vibrant New York City of her youth, where her social circle included Maya Angelou, James Baldwin, and other members of the Black intelligentsia.
In the Technicolor glow of the early seventies, Jessica B. Harris debated, celebrated, and danced her way from the jazz clubs of the Manhattan’s West Side to the restaurants of the Village, living out her buoyant youth alongside the great minds of the day—luminaries like Maya Angelou, James Baldwin, and Toni Morrison. My Soul Looks Back is her paean to that fascinating social circle and the depth of their shared commitment to activism, intellectual engagement, and each other.
Harris paints evocative portraits of her illustrious friends: Baldwin as he read aloud an early draft of If Beale Street Could Talk, Angelou cooking in her California kitchen, and Morrison relaxing at Baldwin’s house in Provence. Harris describes her role as theater critic for the New York Amsterdam News and editor at then burgeoning Essence magazine; star-studded parties in the South of France; drinks at Mikell’s, a hip West Side club; and the simple joy these extraordinary people took in each other’s company. The book is framed by Harris’s relationship with Sam Floyd, a fellow professor at Queens College, who introduced her to Baldwin.
More than a memoir of friendship and first love My Soul Looks Back is a carefully crafted, intimately understood homage to a bygone era and the people that made it so remarkable.

Rating: 3.5-stars

Review:

My Soul Looks Black by Jessica B. Harris is a great memoir. Her book is about famous African Americans featured in New York. Yet, I felt this Read fell flat. She spoke about the people but didn’t give more details about them that would have made this more of a fascinating read. It seemed like she mostly talked about those around her and not about having direct contact with these people mentioned. When she mentions a little bit about herself, it was okay. Still Jessica B. Harris could have done more for this memoir. I was interested in the title of this book and was curious as to what it held. After reading it, I’d say it’s okay but not exceptional. 

Author Interview with David Spencer




ULM: What inspired you to write your book, Dark Skinned? 

I was inspired to write Dark Skinned after listening to some people share on Youtube who had went through similar situations growing up that I did. Hearing their stories helped me heal and deal with some issues I had been holding onto. I was eager to share to so could be that motivation for someone else. I started out writing the stories for blog entries but I soon realized the content was more in depth and needed to be housed in a book. Being Dark Skinned was specifically what I had to deal with but that issues are interchangeable- one could be over weight, too short, too tall, not athletic etc. I believe talking about your issues can help others deal with theirs.  

 

ULM: Did you always want a career as an author? 

That desire came later. I always wanted to motivate and inspire people around me so I have always been in the light. Becoming an author was a natural progression to building greater influence.

 

ULM: How would you describe your writing style using only three words?

 Open. Honest. Transparent.

 

ULM: What is the message you would like readers to take from reading your novel?

You can control everything that happens to you but you can control your response to it. Don’t let dark moments make you dark. Use those moments to create light in dark places.

 

ULM: Why is it challenging to get African American men to share their experiences caused by their darker skin tone?

From youth, African American boys are told to stop crying and to man up. Showing emotions not equated to masculinity. Little boys are often forced to grow up to fast becoming man too soon. It’s easier to suppress the hurt then risk being viewed as weak.

 

ULM: Do you think the racism in America will ever end?

Honestly, I do not. I think it will become harder to openly display it. Racism is a legacy. Racist pass those ideas down to their children.

 

ULM: You mentioned holding a B.A. in Ethno-Musicology. Can you explain what it was like studying for that? 

Half of my academic career was spent in the music department and the other was spent in the history department learning about the African Diaspora. Not only were Africans shipped off like cattle but the oppressors tried to erase their history. There is evidence in the music of African American Music that supports Deculturization was not successful.   

 

ULM: You mentioned that African American men are supposed to be big and strong all the time. That they are not supposed to cry. I’ve also noticed that this stigma sticks to all men despite color of skin tone. Why do you think society view men in this way? 

We are what we see. Men have traditionally been the head of the house hold, the primary provider, and the stronger sex. That image is everywhere in history and media. Anything that doesn’t fit that norm is not accepted.  

 

ULM: How did your masters in entertainment, help prepare you as a newspaper executive, singer, songwriter and being an author?

It helped me pay more attention to presentation and packaging. A good idea will stay that if you do not connect the right people and get others to buy. We can limit our growth because of our inability to reach out. We do not have to be masters of everything.  

 

ULM: What songs have you written?

My most recent song is one called “Flawed” that sums up many of the emotions I dealt with growing up dark skinned. I went through a phase where I questioned God’s intentions in creating me flawed. I want my music to articulate feelings people are sometimes reluctant to express.

Listen Here:

Flawed (Dark Skinned)

ULM: Do you have more books planned, if so, can you share that with us, readers?

 

I want to do another book of “Dark Skinned” stories. I want to change the approach by interviewing others who have stories to tell. I also want to do a children’s book describing how great the world would be if we follow the rules we had on the playground. Be nice and wait your turn.

 

ULM: What lead you to the media and entertainment industry?

I love to create content for others to enjoy and/or scrutinize. I like tough conservations this career path welcomes those types of conversations.   

 

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Review: How to Build Credit Fast

Synopsis:

Do you want to have stellar credit? Do you need to use credit in a few years? This Book has quick and proven, logical strategy on how to get great credit- FAST!

This manual provides insights from financial specialists and lawyers, along with sample letters and US federal laws.

This is a realistic, no fluff, step-by-step guide for frustrated students, novices, and newcomers to US law. Prevent the common pitfalls that most people face. I have decided to roll up my accumulated wisdom into one easy-to-navigate book.

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

How to Build Credit Fast is a book that readers everywhere will be interested in…the topic alone is an eye catcher. The book itself proves to be very informative and easy to read. There are many of us still without any kind of credit. Having no credit is just a bad as having a negative credit. H. Christian provides ways to build it up and to do so quickly. 

Review: 12 Signs that You have the Poverty Spirit

Synopsis:

Many people are living with a spirit that robs them of accruing money and finances. They have a financial problem and can’t recognize the signs that they are living with a spirit that is draining them. Once you can see it, you can correct it in a few easy steps. Diagnose the financial disease and get cured! Start saving money and do things to keep it. I have observed many people with this same problem and they all exhibit the same patterns and choices…

You don’t have to live with the …Poverty Spirit. Form wealthier habits!

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

12 Signs that You have the Poverty Spirit by Hope A Christian is a great nonfiction book. It brings awareness among those suffering from poverty spirit. Poverty is a long lasting relationship that is difficult to get rid of…and this book helps to only recognize it, but to leave it behind. 

Review: How to Survive for Tourists

Synopsis:

New York City is a huge and busy town. Here, is a practical guide on how to travel the streets and learn the etiquette of the people. Readers can find the facts on the big city life.You will laugh, & you will cry in that metropolis called New York, get the inside scoop no one else will tell you! This is a fun, enlightening and entertaining read.

Rating: 5-stars

Review

How to Survive for Tourists by Hope Christian is an excellent source for all who are traveling to New York City. New York is one of the biggest and busiest cities in the United States. How to survive as a tourist crucial. I’ve been to New York myself. Before going, I was taught how to keep my money safe. Inside this nonfiction book, readers can find out more ways to survive while exploring the beautiful city. Overall, it’s a great read and I recommend it to others. 

Review: International Uber Manual





Synopsis:

How to be a great Uber driver, for beginners..

Professional Uber Drivers needed! There are many Uber drivers that make these major mistakes, hence Uber is always hiring! This manual teaches you etiquette and conduct, consideration and courtesy.

Simple Q & A easy to read book. A must have in check lists that will boost your rating by just knowing how to be thoughtful, and what not to do. Learn what the customers know, that could affect your ratings! Ever wonder why they are hiring so much? Because the drivers they have keep getting low ratings, the people complain and Uber is losing money giving refunds. They fire those divers. The last thing you want is to get a low rating and get virtually fired from a job because you didn’t know the rules.

This manual gives you inside tips on how to be better than the rest!

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

The International Uber Manual: How to Make Money Driving Uber Cars by Hope Angel Christian is a nonfiction guide book to help readers become amazing Uber car drivers. This field is always open and looks for quality drivers. Not sure if you have what it takes to get hired then, this is the read for you…the writer clearly demonstrates everything one needs to know who to become a professional Uber driver. By making this cut, you could be making a lot of money. In this current market of ours, money making is difficult…and this self-help guide leads readers to an easy way to make money. 

Review: The 5 Hate Languages of Shade




Synopsis

Ever got a dirty look from a “friend”? Learn the hate languages of a jealous or envious person. Find out now- who is for you & who is secretly against you! Learn the obvious signs of a person with low self esteem and jealousy and envy, and AVOID THEM. I was born and raised with haters all around me, dont wait for them to attack you before you disconnect- like I did.

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

The 5 Hate Languages of Shade by Hope Angel Christian is another great book! This self-guide book details how to recognize the hate talk from people around you. Most times it’s hard to know which people to avoid. After reading The 5 Hate Languages of Shade, I was better able to distinguish which were avoidable. Some people will never change and it’s those negative people we don’t want in our lives. Their negativity can weigh us down…overall, this nonfiction book was helpful and interesting to read. I recommended it to others. 

Review: Amazing and Healthy Belended Drink Recipes




Synopsis:

New to juicing? Blending drinks is a great intro to juicing, stress free- it’s quick and easy to get the vitamins and minerals you need for energy for the day! Add this to your collection. This book is one of my favorites.

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Amazing & Healthy Blended Drink Recipes by Hope Angel Christian is a great guide. I’m a beginner to the whole juicing process and this book was great. It held a lot of recipes ranging from smoothies to lemonades. Plenty of refreshing and healthy drinks to choose from the recipes were easy to follow. Once again, Hope Angel Christian has provided another nonfiction guide book that provides what readers like me needed. Overall, I recommend this new book, Amazing & Healthy Blended Drink Recipes to all. 

Review: 101 Uses for the Shot Glass





Synopsis:

Ever needed just a tiny container for certain things in your home? Ever searched all the organizing stores and cant find the proper containers?

Make it! DIY, Do it Yourself!

Learn new ways to use this tiny cup to fit most your household and craft and food serving needs!

Re-use, recycle, don’t waste time or money!

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

101 Uses for the Shot Glass by Hope Angel Christian is a great DIY book! He has a lot of useful ideas that are creative. I love recycling and saving money…this book has that plus, more. Hope Angel Christian provides ways to rethink and reuse the shot glasses. I found them both fun and time saving. I’m definitely recommending this nonfiction book to my friends. 

Review: Top 100 Things You Need to Know Before You Move to Hawaii

Synopsis:

Ever visited Hawaii? Ever wanted to visit Hawaii? Wonder what its like to live here for a long time? Read this book, be fore warned, its Not a paradise! See how! What are the jobs here like? What’s the price of milk? 
Paradise calling you? Want to go to a place to live out your days where there is sun, sand and sea? Think that your life will be perfect if the weather is perfect? Just want to run away and live off the land and sea and grid?

Well… let me tell you!

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Top 100 Things You Need to Know Before You Move over to Hawaii by Hope Angel Christian is an educational eye opener. For those considering to live in Hawaii, the writer has pointed out important facts. Facts that can help prepare others and let them know what to expect once there. I found that Hope Angel Christian loves Hawaii. His details show how perfect Hawaii’s temperature and land are like. Enjoyable. This book, is the perfect guide for everyone. Survival should be on everyone’s list. Top 100 Things You Need to Know Before You Move to Hawaii informs those interested in moving to Hawaii. I recommend this nonfiction book to all. It makes for a perfect gift, too.

Review: Under a Desert Sky


Synopsis:

There comes a time in life when we find ourselves in the desert place of burning questions. Why? Why me? But even as we shake our fist heavenward, the heart whispers another question. Who? Who are you, God? It is a question of relationship, a question we all murmur in the hardest places. 

Against the backdrop of the Sonoran Desert, Lynne Hartke asks her own hard questions as cancer arrives like a thief with one goal: to take it all. Hair. The contents of a stomach. A marriage. A life. As her days become a blur of doctors’ appointments, treatments, and surgeries, she wrestles with a tumble of tangled emotions, a shaken faith, and self-doubt. Cancer is now not only threatening her own life, but, in a surprising twist, the lives of both her parents as well. 

Through her raw, lyrical words, Hartke invites fellow sojourners to discover that in life’s hardest places, they are not alone in their fear, they are not foolish to hope, and they are never forgotten by a loving, pursuing God. Never. 

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Under a Desert Sky by Lynne Hartke is an inspiring memoir of one woman’s journey with cancer. Cancer is the toughest path one finds in life. It takes hold of us, crushing us under its pressure. Sometimes, we feel like we’ve lost the battle and want to give up. However, this book, redefines hope, beauty, and faith in the hardest places. Lynne Hartke’s words grabbed my attention immediately. Her words made me cry and feel that hope never dies. Pain only makes one stronger. Beautifully written by a survivor, who went through it all. Pain, grief, and hope. Overall, I deeply recommend this memoir to all. 

Review: Despair to Deliverance 





Synopsis:

The story begins with a phone call from Robin. She and I had been working together in therapy for almost ten years. She usually didn’t call between sessions, partly because she was very aware of and careful about boundaries, but also because severe anxiety about making phone calls was one of her symptoms.
The story that follows this phone call is one of courage and determination. Despair to Deliverance is a memoir-one unique in its perspective from both client and psychotherapist-that uncovers the harrowing experience of recovering from mental illness.
Robin Personette’s descent into a severe mental health breakdown is not an experience she goes through alone. With her longtime psychotherapist, Sharon DeVinney, PhD, at her side, Robin must first learn to see the value in life before she can continue living.
With touching transparency and a courageous examination of what it means to fight for a stable and healthy life, both Robin and Sharon welcome readers to follow them on their unique journey together.
For anyone who has ever struggled with life’s challenges-or who has had a loved one dealing with mental illness-Despair to Deliverance is a comforting message of perseverance and hope. 

Rating: 5-stars

Review

Despair to Deliverance by Sharon DeVinney, Ph.D. & Ronin Personette is a memoir forall to read. The path of having a mental illness is not easy to navigate through alone. Here, Robin has her psychotherapist, Sharon, to help her. A dark journey of despair is slowly lifted through a woman’s search for help. A triump over severe mental illness. After reading other books by  mental illness patients, this was the first one I’ve read by both the doctor and the patient. It was exciting to read pages written by both women. It peaked my curiosity. Many suffering from mental illnesses also suffer from depression. I was glad to see the outcome of Robin’s journey turn to be a good one. Despair to Deliverance is a recommended read for all. 

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