Shameless Persistence: Lessons from a Modern Miracle
by Sandra Bretting
Published October 9th 2019 by Higher Ground Books & Media | 105 pages
Do you sometimes feel as if no one’s listening to you when you pray? That you’re wasting your time? Or worse, that God is ignoring your prayers, while he’s answering everyone else’s? Maybe you don’t believe in prayer. After all, prayer means talking to someone you can’t see about things you can’t control. What’s the point? Whether you’re a longtime Christian who needs a shot of adrenaline to reenergize your prayer life or a skeptic who doubts whether prayer works, this book is for you. Here, you’ll read about people who confronted the same doubts and others who beat seemingly unbeatable odds with prayer, like the author. Best of all, you’ll learn what the Bible has to say.
REVIEW by LAWonder10:
Shameless Persistence is a "quick read" written with Christians in mind, yet recommended to anyone, regardless of his/her religious affiliation.
The author shares a devastating, near death experience which enlightened her understanding and perspective. Using, the Bible, plus other individuals experiences and statements, she gives evidence to the importance of "Shameless Persistence" in offering prayer to deity
In this inspirational book, the author presents three thought questions and a place to write answers, so each individual can use this as his/her spiritual journal.
One will , surely, view prayer and supplication with deity in new, more effective ways.
This book retains the reader's interest all the way through and is not cluttered with unnecessary words.
This earns a Five Stars rating.
This book was gifted me with no pressure, whatsoever, for a positive review. This is my honest review.
I did discover a common error in this author's book.
When speaking of Jesus praying in Gethsemane, He asks Hs Father, to remove this cup from Him, but only if it was the Father's will. The author stated it was because He knew he would have to suffer terrible death on the cross... This is a common misinterpretation. If one reads closely and study the other accounts, it was not due to the dread but of the excruciating suffering He was enduring in the Garden. That is where the real Atonement occurred. His agony was so extreme, He shed "great drops of blood from every pore". It was almost more than He, being half God, could endure. Angels were sent to administer to Him before he could rejoin his Apostles and complete His sacrifice for mankind, so justice would be fulfilled. He took upon Himself - at that time - the sins of all mankind. (He alluded to the fact it was more than even He thought possible.)
This is what He asked His Father to take from Him. It was possibly the greatest temptation He ever endured. Still, He did not succumb to the agony and quit. He endured and completed the Atonement for our sakes.
This is what is even more heart wrenching. He had lost a lot of blood, been through an atonement which drastically weakened His body and mind, before all the other cruelties He had to endure for another week, until the final crucifixion.
We, as humans, will never even begin to comprehend to what extremes He suffered for our sakes.
About the author:
Sandra Bretting is the author of the critically-acclaimed book series, “The Missy DuBois Mystery Series” (Kensington Publishing, New York). A graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, she spent two decades writing feature stories for national newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times and Houston Chronicle. She is a long-time member of The Writer’s League of Texas and the national chapter of Sisters in Crime. She lives with her family in a suburb of Houston, Texas. For more information visit www.SandraBretting.com.
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Silent Threat by Jeff Gunhus
Published by: Kensington
Publication date: December 31st 2019
Genres: Adult, Thriller
Synopsis: A father charged with treason. A daughter sent to kill him. A shocking conspiracy that changes all the rules of the spy game for a new generation . . .
With more than a dozen kills under her belt, ex-Marine Mara Roberts is one of the Agency’s most reliable assassins. But her latest target—a convicted traitor about to be released from prison—is different than her other marks. He’s a former agent who betrayed his country. He’s responsible for the death of Mara’s mother. And he happens to be Mara’s father . . .
Scott Roberts knows that his daughter was sent to kill him. He realizes he has only one chance to change her mind, to convince her that he’s been framed for treason—and that every member of their family are pawns to be sacrificed, one by one. Mara isn’t sure she can trust her father. He is a master of manipulation, as ruthless as he is resourceful. But when her nephew is abducted, she agrees to follow Scott’s lead and expose the global elites who are pulling the strings. But first, they must infiltrate the highest levels of power. Then, they must attempt the unthinkable: Kidnap the President of the United States . . .
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A brilliantly written thriller. Breakneck twists, political intrigue and bristling action scenes—Jeff Gunhus writes with a gripping and gritty authority.”
—Simon Gervais, author of Hunt Them Down
In the very center is our cage. Round, tall, and wide, made of thick steel bars. Built to withstand several hundred pounds of raging werewolf. Or in this case, a skinny-ass vampire.
It’s sitting cross-legged on the concrete. No robe, raven mask, or gloves. Gramps must have had it stripped, because it’s down to a ragged pair of briefs. Makes sense. The more skin exposed, the more vulnerable it will be to sunlight.
“Jayce.” My dad’s in a folding chair off to the side, several feet from the cage. There’s a coffee thermos in his hand and a magazine in his lap. “You shouldn’t be down here.”
“I had to see it,” I say, stepping closer to the cage. The Trespasser doesn’t move a muscle. It’s male—or was, before it turned—and thin as a whip. White, papery skin. Spotty facial hair. Redrimmed eyes with purple smudges underneath.
Sadly, it reminds me of Connor.
The magazine falls to the floor as Dad gets up. “Go upstairs.”
“Just one look. Please.”
He hesitates, probably considering what Gramps would say if he knew I was down here. Walking over to me, his eyes scan my bare chest and legs. “You all healed up?”
“Yeah. A little dizzy from the adrenaline, but I’m good.”
“You took a huge risk out there.” He’s using his dad voice, not his Beta voice, so I’m safe. “Going face-first for the chest? Not smart.”
“Always attack from the rear. Or the side.” “I know, Dad.” He frowns. “You obviously don’t. That thing almost gutted you. Staying in wolf form will heal gouges, but spilled intestines are a different story. You could have died.”
“I’m sorry,” I say quietly, and as Dad opens his mouth to respond, I hurry to add, “I didn’t have a choice. Aiden was hurt, and it was trying to kill him. I had to stop it.”
“You’re a firstborn. You can’t risk—”
“My life?” I cut in. “What’s life without my pack? I can’t be an Alpha someday if there’s no one to lead. I did it for all of us—and not blindly. I knew I could take that thing down.”
“How?” “I just knew. In my gut. So I went for it.” Dad doesn’t respond. For a long moment, he stares at me in disapproval. Then his frown becomes a smile. Small, but pleased. He puts his hand on my shoulder.
“You fought bravely, son. Aiden owes you his life, and we all owe you our gratitude.” His smile widens. “I’m very proud of you.”
Smiling back, I let his words sink in. The words of a Beta, the future leader of our pack. They both soothe and heal me. They’re what I wanted—no, needed—to hear and are worth every injury.
“Thanks, Dad,” I say. He squeezes my shoulder, and the hitch in my chest comes back. I fight it off by turning my gaze on the Trespasser. It still hasn’t moved. Maybe it knows it’s facing its demise. Or maybe it’s just listening.
Good. I’ll plant some fear.
“What’s going to happen to it?” I ask my dad.
“I don’t know. That’s up to our”—he gives me a warning look—“Alpha.”
“Right.” I say it in a way that lets him know I catch his drift. Our piss patrol is an effort to make the Trespassers believe Gramps is still actively patrolling the Starling. They fear the pack, but they fear him most of all. He leads us, teaches us strategy. Here, on our land, what he says goes. The thing in the cage believes that. We can’t let it think any different.
I take a step toward it. Then another. It doesn’t move, so I walk as close I dare. When I get within a few feet, it lunges. Fast, a blur through the air, its arm reaching through the bars.
Just as fast, I duck. Grab its arm and twist.
It drops to its knees, hissing.
Turns its black eyes on me.
I give it a quick, hard smile. Whatever Gramps has planned for this thing, I hope it hurts. I want it to suffer—horribly, like the helpless, unsuspecting humans it feeds on. I want to watch it die with its mouth locked open in terror.
It hisses again. Glares at me. My smile widening, I lean in close to it, breathing in its cold, nauseating scent. Then I tell it what I think about every single Trespasser that dares cross my path.
“You are so dead.”
Jeff Gunhus is the USA TODAY bestselling author of thriller and horror novels for adults and the middle grade/YA series, The Templar Chronicles. The first book, Jack Templar Monster Hunter, was written in an effort to get his reluctant reader eleven-year-old son excited about reading. It worked and a new series was born. His books for adults have reached the Top 30 on Amazon, have been recognized as Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Finalists and reached the USA TODAY bestseller list.
After his experience with his son, he is passionate about helping parents reach young reluctant readers and is active in child literacy issues. As a father of five, he leads an active life in Maryland with his wife Nicole by trying to constantly keep up with their kids. In rare moments of quiet, he can be found in the back of the City Dock Cafe in Annapolis working on his next novel or on JeffGunhus.com.
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Twenty by Debra Landwehr Engle
Paperback, 240 pages | ISBN: 1496723570 (ISBN13: 9781496723574)
Expected publication: January 28th 2020 by Kensington Publishing Corp.
At age fifty-five, Meg’s life is too filled with loss for her to remember what magic feels like. All she has left is a yard brimming with plants that are wilting in the scorching Iowa summer—and a bone-deep feeling that she’s through with living.
Meg has something else too: a bottle of mysterious pills, given to her years ago by an empathetic doctor. He promised that they would offer her dying mother a quick, painless end in exactly twenty days. Though her mother never needed them, Meg does. But a strange thing happens after Meg swallows the little green pearls . . .
Now that she’s decided to leave this world, Meg is rediscovering the joy in it. She sheds everything she no longer needs—possessions, regrets, guilt—and reconnects with those she cares for. Finally confronting the depth of her grief, she’s learning that love runs deeper still. But is it too late to choose to stay?
REVIEW by LAWonder10:
Some readers will be able to relate with the book 'Twenty', some will find it frustrating, and others may feel it is incredible.. bur all will be curious and captivated by it, throughout the story!
This is a very well-written book which keeps the reader guessing.
It will stir up several emotions. Even when it gets frustrating, curiosity will keep the reader reading.
This is a book many of us, who has experienced, loss, loneliness, and a feeling of void in one's life, will easily relate to. The way she deals with it will be determined by the reader is wise or unwise.
The characters are very realistic and are endearing. The scenes are easily visualized.
The Tile becomes very apparent part way through the book and is very fitting. The cober image is also eye-catching and fitting.
I offer a Five Stars rating.
This was gifted me, no promise of a positive review. This is my honest review.
Debra Engle has been a storyteller all her life and has served as a publisher, editor, and writing mentor. She is the author of four non-fiction books, including the #1
bestselling The Only Little Prayer You Need (featuring a foreword by the Dalai Lama), Let Your Spirit Guides Speak and Be the Light that You Are.
Deb has mentored hundreds of authors around the globe and helped many bring their books to completion. She and her husband Bob live in Madison
County, Iowa, known for its famed covered bridges.
Millennial Samurai: Mindset For The 21st Century by George J ChanosPublisher: Indie (August 25, 2019) | 391 pages
Category: Self-help, Motivational, Personal Transformation | ISBN: 9781688563339
Tour dates: January/February, 2020
Available in Print and ebook,
“Regardless of what age you are, if you want to make the most of one and only life, read ‘Millennial Samurai.”
Moments change lives. It can happen as a result of something you see, something you hear, something you read, or something you experience.
It’s essentially an epiphany moment that touches you on a conscious or unconscious level. A discovery that makes you see things differently, inspires you to action, gives you hope, or offers a new or alternative perspective.
Many who read Millennial Samurai, will experience these epiphany moments—and for some it will be life changing. Different chapters will speak to different readers. What touches or inspires you may be very different—yet only one chapter away—from what touches your daughter or your son. There are lessons here for everyone.
Over the next thirty years, technology will redefine life as we know it, in a way that is beyond our ability to even comprehend.
To survive and thrive in the 21st Century, you will need to pivot and adapt to a rapidly and radically changing environment. You will need to engage in a process of lifelong learning, unlearning and re-learning. And you will need to learn how to think critically and guard against misinformation, all while surfing a tsunami of technological change.
Those who are able to do this will be the Millennial Samurai – who will lead their generation and future generations through the 21st Century.
Millennial Samurai will teach you how to surf that tsunami and dance with machines. It will help you to; see yourself and the world more clearly, guide you in your search for the truth, help you to distinguish fact from fiction, improve your ability to communicate, enhance your relationships, assist you in identifying your passions and encourage you to lead a more successful and more meaningful life.
Action is magic. Take action now, by reading Millennial Samurai and begin to make the most out of your one and only life.
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REVIEW By LAWonder10:
I feel the information in this book, needs to be read by every individual, despite race, religion or political affiliations. This is a book concerning the capable "hands" of the "millennials" .
There are warnings of deceitful. secretive individuals and groups, creating plans and devices that may catch society off guard, If they succeed in implementing these workings, worldwide catastrophe will, likely, occur. Then the power will be with a limited few.
This book offers, steps to take and skills needed to move forward in a productive, forward manner for all. It offers, ways to be aware and prepared. The author has offered "pointers" to avoid unwarily being caught in the manipulative traps of others.... To always truly be in control of ones own thoughts, behaviors, values and attitudes.
Although I do not agree with all his views, the information and facts he has accumulated is a wealth of knowledge. This knowledge could be the salvation or demise of many individuals. This is a volume of literature which need to be in every home and public library and accessed often.
It is very difficult to review this marvelous book, in a way that does it fair credit. There are just too many important areas of enlightenment which are imperative for all to know and react to.
The Title and Book Cover are very simple, yet makes a profound statement.
I offer a Five Stars rating for this book.
I was gifted this book with no pressure to post a positive review. This is my honest review.
Guest Post – By George J. Chanos
In an introduction to your book is the phrase: "To survive and thrive in the 21st Century, you will need to pivot and adapt to a rapidly and radically changing environment. You will need to engage in a process of lifelong learning, unlearning and re-learning. And you will need to learn how to think critically and guard against misinformation, all while surfing a tsunami of technological change." In what ways does your book address this? Why is this so imperative for ALL to know?
Answer: In 2014, Stephen Hawking said that success in creating AI would be, “The biggest event in human history.”
Ray Kurzweil, the head of AI for Google, says that AI will eclipse human intelligence by 2029. Kurzweil predicts that by the 2040s, AI will be a billion times more capable than human intelligence.
We lack the intellectual capacity to even comprehend what this could mean to humanity, but one thing is clear; this represents a technological tsunami on the immediate horizon. This technological tsunami will affect all of us.
In January 2016, the World Economic Forum issued a report titled ‘The Future of Jobs,” which says, “The Fourth Industrial Revolution, which includes developments in previously disjointed fields such as artificial intelligence and machine-learning, robotics, nanotechnology, 3-D printing, genetics and biotechnology, will cause widespread disruption not only to business models but also to labor markets over the next five years, with enormous change predicted in the skill sets needed to thrive in the new landscape.” Millions of jobs will be lost to automation over the next ten years. “Millennial Samurai” shows you what jobs will and won’t be available for humans, what skill sets will be needed for those jobs, and how to develop those skill sets.
The disruption, that we are certain to experience, will impact a public that is already economically insecure. America has historically experienced rising wages; it was the foundation of the middle class. For millions of Americans, life got better with each year as the value of their wages increased and our economy grew. This is no longer happening. The middle class is disappearing. For most Americans, real wages have been stagnant or falling for decades. We now have the highest-ever percentage of people on food stamps— double the historical rate. Economic insecurity creates social and political instability. And this instability can be agitated and exploited by hostile actors using social media to weaponize misinformation. Again, these issues will affect all of us. Millennial Samurai makes you aware of how and why your brain is susceptible to manipulation, how we are likely to be manipulated, and how to guard against that manipulation and find the truth.
Social media is the first wave of the technological revolution. There are over 2 billion people on Facebook alone, and social media platforms like Facebook are already being used to shape public opinion. Moreover, our knowledge of the brain, and the technology available for manipulation, has increased exponentially over the last decade. Success and survival in the 21st century will require an ability to acquire, analyze and integrate diverse sources of information, while guarding against misinformation. It will require critical thinking. And critical thinking is in decline. As Justice Souter warned, "Our republican government isn’t threatened by foreign invasion or a military coup, but by civic ignorance.” This is especially true when misinformation is weaponized, and intentionally deployed in highly targeted, disinformation campaigns. Again, these issues will affect all of us. “Millennial Samurai” teaches you how to think critically and guard against misinformation.
James Wolfensohn, the former chairman of the World Bank, warned in his farewell speech to the bank two decades ago that the problem that disturbed him the most when contemplating the future of the world economy was corruption. Studies have shown that we are now more polarized as a nation than at any time since the Civil War. America is now divided into two groups, Republicans and Democrats. In 1961, James Stoner released a groundbreaking study which showed that groups actually make more polarized decisions than individuals do. In the early 1970s, Yale University psychologist Irving Janis found that certain conditions can lead to a particularly extreme form of polarization called “groupthink” during which an illusion of consensus takes over. Factors that lead to groupthink include members being close-knit and like-minded, a group leader who makes his or her position known, and the group being shut off from other influences and opinions. These conditions exist today. At a time when we should be planning and preparing, we are instead divided by race, age, sex, religion, economics and identity politics. And we are paralyzed by political corruption, division and dysfunction. The institutions that should be acting as our first line of defense, our elected representatives, are instead contributing to our division and decline. While the institutions that should be acting as our last line of defense, a free and robust press, are instead engaged in a search for ratings, which is fueling, rather than reducing, our polarization. These issues are already affecting all of us by creating an intensely divided nation. We see it in the news every day.
These are the issues that we should all be discussing and debating. Bill Gates said, “I don’t know why more people aren’t talking about it.”
Millennial Samurai addresses all of these issues and many others. It is the most complete and comprehensive book on the market to assist Millennials with creating a healthy mindset, developing core values, understanding core principles, recognizing the need for critical thinking, and gaining a working knowledge of the most fundamental and important issues that Millennials are likely to face over the next thirty years.
What is perhaps most unique and important about Millennial Samurai is that it’s is not just about providing information or knowledge. Information and knowledge are available from Google. Millennial Samurai goes well beyond providing information. It teaches how to develop intelligence, awareness, and insight. It shows how to learn and approach problem solving with an open mind and a helicopter perspective that allows you to see the big picture. It teaches how to pivot and adapt to changing circumstances. It shows how to find opportunity in adversity. It shows how to enhance and build your resilience. It encourages you to engage in a process of lifelong learning, unlearning and re-learning. It teaches you how to develop a successful, optimistic, grateful and compassionate mindset, that will allow you to think critically and guard against misinformation, all while surfing a tsunami of technological change.
Reading Millennial Samurai and embracing its teachings, will not only enhance your ability to survive and thrive in 21st Century. It will help you to lead a happier, more successful and more meaningful life today. It is a book that everyone should read.
It is especially important for parents who want their children to have a better life in a world that will include incredible new opportunities and challenges — a world that will look nothing like our past.
About George J Chanos
George J. Chanos, Esq. served as Nevada’s 31st Attorney General from 2005-07. In that role, he administered Nevada’s Department of Justice and acted as the state’s chief legal officer and advisor. He also successfully (9/0) argued ― Warton v. Bockting, 549 U.S. 406 (2007) ― before the United States Supreme Court.
Prior to serving as Nevada’s attorney general, Chanos had a distinguished legal career, representing individual and corporate clients on all matters relating to the growth and management of their businesses.
Mr. Chanos has a common sense approach to dealing with problems and a unique ability to understand and explain complex issues. He also has a clear vision and uncommon insights, concerning how anyone, regardless of circumstance, can design and lead a happy, successful and meaningful life. Mr. Chanos is a father and an uncle. His daughter, Alexandra, is a freshman at University of Nevada, Las Vegas and his nephew, David, is a graduate of San Diego State University. They are both Millennials. They are the inspiration for his first book, Seize Your Destiny.
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DECONSTRUCTING ANXIETY The Journey from Fear to Fulfillment by Todd E. Pressman, PhD
Category: Adult Non-Fiction (18+) (336 pages)
Genre: Self-Help/How To | Content Rating: PG
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield | Release date: January 2020
Tour dates: Jan 13 to Feb 7, 2020
In Deconstructing Anxiety, Pressman provides a new and comprehensive understanding of fear's subtlest mechanisms. In this model, anxiety is understood as the wellspring at the source of all problems. Tapping into this source therefore holds the clues not only for how to escape fear, but how to release the very causes of suffering, paving the way to a profound sense of peace and satisfaction in life.
With strategically developed exercises, this book offers a unique, integrative approach to healing and growth, based on an understanding of how the psyche organizes itself around anxiety. It provides insights into the architecture of anxiety, introducing the dynamics of the “core fear” (one's fundamental interpretation of danger in the world) and “chief defense” (the primary strategy for protecting oneself from threat). The anxious personality is then built upon this foundation, creating a “three dimensional, multi-sensory hologram” within which one can feel trapped and helpless.
Replete with processes that bring the theoretical background into technicolor, Deconstructing Anxiety provides a clear roadmap to resolving this human dilemma, paving the way to an ultimate and transcendent freedom. Therapists and laypeople alike will find this book essential in helping design a life of meaning, purpose and enduring fulfillment.
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Deconstructing Anxiety By Todd Pressman
The Three Postulates:
1. There is an absolute truth that can be realized. It brings a transcendent experience of fulfillment and is characterized by wholeness, completion, and freedom from limitation. It is our original and natural state.
This is the premise of the book.
2. Fear (anxiety) distorts this truth, fracturing it into partial, relative “truths.” It breaks up the wholeness, leaving us feeling incomplete and vulnerable to suffering. It separates us from our natural state.
This is the theory of the book.
3. Deconstructing anxiety resolves fear’s distortions, opening the way back to absolute truth and returning us to our natural state of fulfillment.
This is the practice of the book.
All of us suffer from anxiety. Not necessarily the clinical type, but anxiety nonetheless. Philosophers, psychologists, and spiritual adepts have always pointed to fear in some form as the fundamental problem of the human condition. Our vulnerability in the face of an unfathomable universe can leave us feeling helpless, exposed, and profoundly overwhelmed. When asking the inevitable existential questions—“Who am I?” “Why am I here?” “Is there meaning to life?” “What is to be done about suffering?” and “How can I be happy?”—we hear our questions echoing in a seemingly endless void. But these questions, the essence of our human predicament, beg for answers. We are compelled to rise above our unknowingness, to find some mastery over our circumstances, no matter how daunting the task. We cannot quit in this; our need for answers will not relent. It is a task worthy of our greatest devotion. In the end, what else really matters? And that is our purpose in coming together here. With the understanding that fear is the fundamental problem in being human, we have our starting point. To pursue this quest, we must fully deconstruct anxiety, reveal its origins and mechanism, and find its resolution. While this book can serve as a manual for those working with identified anxiety, anyone who seeks to resolve suffering in general and discover a true fulfillment in life will find a path here.
The three postulates prepare us for this path. Despite the anxiety that seems inherent in our state of affairs, there is something in the human spirit that yearns for an absolute truth, a transcendent experience beyond fear’s reach. It is a yearning to be whole and fulfilled, to find a unified and harmonious way of being beyond all relative, shifting states. We long to know who we truly are, with a constant and certain sense of self. Exhausted from the ever-fluctuating moods and changing identities of our usual experience, we seek a solid place to stand. We want a satisfaction that does not continually give way to disappointment, to know that we live in more than a random, chaotic universe. We are called to find something greater, something that is, indeed, absolute.
Too often, though, this seems an impossible challenge. We arrive in the world ready to be afraid. Helpless and vulnerable, we are completely dependent on others. Bit by bit, we become caught in a web of defensive postures and self-protective maneuvers to ensure our needs will be met. Fear becomes our chief advisor in this effort. We learn to seek its counsel first in every situation. Its strategies are supposed to provide security but inevitably lock us into evermore-fearful ways of being. Like a hermit crab peering out of its shell, we move through life anxiously looking for signs of danger, ready at an instant to jump back inside and hide behind our door.
This fearful approach to life exacts an extraordinary toll. Its walls of security place blinders on our experience and boundaries on our potential. Like looking into a broken mirror, they fracture the unified truth we seek into many partial views, vacillating perspectives that can leave us hopelessly lost about who we are and how to be happy. We try valiantly to accept that this is the best we can expect—a sort of truce with our suffering—buying into the social conditioning that this is what it means to be “well adjusted.” Still, the need for something greater, for a deep and true fulfillment, will not leave us. And so we live in a constant state of restlessness, complying with fear yet yearning for wholeness.
It has become “fashionable” to accept the inevitability of our human condition, to believe that transcendence and an absolute truth are not possible. We are, as a culture, cynical and suspicious of anything that suggests this transcendent view. Many will vehemently defend their cynicism, but their vehemence gives us cause to question their objectivity. The stance that says we must “accept reality” (while certainly an advance beyond Pollyanna-type thinking) will always leave us unsatisfied, even dejected. And what is the value of accepting a “truth” that does not promote well-being? No matter how convinced we are that there is no absolute truth, we simply cannot rest until we pursue the question further. When negating the possibility of transcendence we must instead ask, Why do I need to defend this position? What is the fear if I at least consider the alternative?
Furthermore, what if the idea that there is no absolute truth is itself a relative truth, the result (as in our second postulate) of hidden fears not fully examined? What if the only reason we have not experienced an ultimate state is that we have not yet fully deconstructed and resolved our fear, seeing it all the way through to its other side (the third postulate)? We cannot afford to predetermine that this goal is out of reach before finding out for ourselves whether this is so.
AN IRREFUTABLE ANSWER!
The second postulate—Fear distorts truth—and the third postulate—Working through fear paves the way to truth—provide the great key to answering these questions. And the answer is irrefutable. For it must be so that fear distorts truth because by definition, fear makes us too afraid to see the truth of things calmly and objectively. Fear causes us to invest ourselves in seeing the truth we wish to see, not the truth that is. This is perhaps the single most important principle we can rely on to find a path to freedom. Simply put, fear makes us afraid to see reality as it is--we need to see it in a way that makes us feel safe. Freeing ourselves from fear, therefore, necessarily reveals the truth behind the distortion. This, then, becomes our task: to let go of any investment in seeing things as we wish to see them, becoming willing to see them as they are, whatever we may discover.
And this applies to how we approach the question of an absolute truth. If we reject the possibility out of hand before adopting such a willingness to consider it, it can only be because there is a hidden investment—a secret need based on fear—making this decision for us. Similarly, if we insist on any particular point of view at all before being willing to be wrong, we may be sure there is an unexamined fear driving the insistence. Our exploration begins with the decision to follow the trail of this fear, deconstructing it all the way to completion so that we may then make a clear assessment of whether the transcendent view we seek is possible.
This point cannot be overstated. If we reject an idea (such as the possibility of an absolute truth), if we cling to a point of view, we must be willing to look at whether we have fully and honestly examined our reasons for doing so. We must always consider whether a hidden fear has us invested in a need to reject a thing, with a secret agenda to preserve our convictions. The only guiding principle we can rely on is that fear obliges us to see what we wish to see, not what is. This becomes our test of truth in every situation. If we want to know whether an absolute truth is possible, we must make certain we are unafraid to consider it. We cannot afford to sell ourselves short in this endeavor. The stakes are no less than our chance for freedom from fear and the discovery of our fulfillment.
And yet the resistance to doing so can be enormous. Wars and crusades have been engaged because of just such an investment in beliefs. It is the source of political partisanship, cultish behavior, and the wide variety of relationship struggles. All of these and more are built on fear’s strategy of self-protection and security. If we seek a true fulfillment, free from the anxiety behind such an approach, we must find our way to resolving the fear that has been distorting our view.
Of course, it can be challenging, to say the least, to break from the consensus. Our enculturation conditions us to buy into the strategy of fear. Seeing everyone around us doing the same, we become afraid of not playing the game of fear! In fact, we are socialized into this from the first moments of our life, as we will see. Nevertheless, we are left exhausted and depressed by this worldview and long for a different approach to life, one that offers the chance to breathe freely once again.
Our postulates propose this alternate approach. Without fear imposing its blinders and distortions, there is nothing to limit our infinite view, a view that explains all relative truths in a sort of unified field theory and shows us the way back to freedom. As with the fractals of chaos theory, when we rise above our fear, we see the tangled web of differences around us resolve into an elegant whole, a whole that is coherent, purposeful, and beautiful. But to attain this view, we must not let a worn-out conviction in fear stop us from even attempting the climb.
Deep within each of us is still the sense of wonder and awe, the love for life, that was natural to us as children. It was then that, as Emily Dickinson (2005) says, we dwelt “in Possibility,” a place where we could spread “wide our narrow Hands / To gather Paradise.” Deconstructing anxiety is how we reawaken this potential. Whether it is an actual memory, perhaps faded into unawareness, or merely a longing waiting to be fulfilled, we will discover that this sense lives within us still. This is not meant as a platitude and is certainly beyond wishful thinking (for it will take courage and honesty to direct our attention to fear). The postulates propose that before the learned repressions of fear, before we became jaded by the heaviness of life and its apparent disappointments, we knew this truth. Again, as I will show, it was completely natural to us. And this, precisely this, is what gives rise to the urge for transcendence of our sorrowful state and the call for a greater fulfillment. Somewhere inside we still know of this fulfillment, though it may be buried under layers of forgotten dreams, painful life experience, or the imposed pain of others who have lived too long under the dictates of fear.
It is my great hope that this book will serve as an instrument for helping people rediscover this potential, this truth that can be known beyond all relative truths. Yes, this book is a program for treating anxiety. But per the postulates, once anxiety is out of the way, transcendence is inevitable. No matter how indoctrinated we may have become by social conditioning, the mass hypnosis that would have us believe such thinking is a fantasy, I invite you to listen deeply to see if there isn’t still a call for this kind of freedom and this kind of fulfillment. The three postulates and the principles in this book lay out the pathway. Let us not close the door on the possibility before finding out if it might just be attainable.
About the Author:
TODD E. PRESSMAN, Ph.D., is a psychologist dedicated to helping people design lives of fulfillment. He is the founder and director of Logos Wellness Center and Pressman and Associates Life Counseling Center. An international speaker and seminar leader, he has presented at the Omega Institute, the New York Open Center, and numerous professional conferences, including the prestigious Council Grove Conference, sponsored by the Menninger Foundation. He has written dozens of articles, educational programs, and two highly acclaimed books, Radical Joy: Awakening Your Potential for True Fulfillment and The Bicycle Repair Shop: A True Story of Recovery from Multiple Personality Disorder. He earned his doctorate in psychology from the Saybrook Institute and an undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, has studied under renowned leaders in the Consciousness movement and Gestalt therapy, and has traveled around the world to study the great Wisdom traditions, from Zen Buddhism to fire-walking ceremonies, providing a cross-cultural perspective of the extraordinary capacities of the mind and spirit. He makes his home in Philadelphia.
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What Lies in Paradise by Leah Cupps
Publication date: January 10th 2020 | Genres: Adult, Mystery, Thriller
Synopsis: She’s got 400,000 fans. One of them could be the killer.
Instagram Influencer Sydney Evans carefully curates her enviable public persona. Despite being freshly widowed, she’s eager to strike a pose at her best friend’s extravagant destination nuptials. But Sydney’s feed goes dark when she blacks out on the plane, awakening to discover another guest poisoned to death.
With the FBI keen to use Sydney as an insider, she takes the arm of a rookie undercover agent hoping to capture something incriminating. But a deadly run-in exposes a shocking criminal underbelly lurking beneath her own picture-perfect marriage. And if she doesn’t solve the case before her friends tie the knot, the culprit will make sure her next selfie is her last.
Can Sydney catch a murderer or will the wedding become a funeral?
What Lies In Paradise is a fast-paced standalone thriller. If you like real-world issues, lavish socialite parties, and electrifying twists and turns, then you’ll love Leah Cupps’ provocative mystery.
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Leah Cupps is an entrepreneur and author. She has built and sold several businesses, and documented the process in her first book #MomLifeInc.
She always has a passion for stories and spends her evenings writing novels. Her debut novel is, What Lies in Paradise, will debut in January, 2020.
She writes Thriller, Mystery, Suspense and Action & Adventure.
Leah's novels are fast-paced, thrillers that will keep you up at night as you can't wait to see what happens in the next chapter.
Leah lives in Indiana with her husband, three young children and two small dogs. When she isn't losing sleep writing her next novel or scaling her next business, she enjoys running and spending time with her family.
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Water’s Fine: Suspense Novel by Janice Coy
Publisher: Independently Published (April 22, 2019) | 312 pages
Category: Suspense, Family Fiction, Women’s Fiction
Tour dates: January/February, 2020
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Description Water’s Fine: Suspense Novel by Janice Coy
Catalina Rodrigues believes she’s living her best life, traveling to exotic locations around the world as a scuba dive master, spending every moment possible in her beloved ocean.
Bertie Clark is excited for a week-long scuba trip with her husband exploring the underwater wonders of an ocean teeming with life – the Sea of Cortez.
But a tragedy on their dive boat sends both women into uncharted territory, questioning what they’ve always thought to be true, and fostering an unlikely friendship. Will either trust the invitation to “come on in, the water’s fine” again?
REVIEW by LAWonder10:
The Water's Fine is a book full of many aspects of "real life". It addresses the topics of joy, individuality, conflicts, betrayal, trust, true love, acceptance, pursuing one's dreams, discovering what is important and deciding on and setting priorities, adventure and so much more.
Catalina Rodriques and her crew, set off on what is determined to be a small and easily managed deep sea diving voyage. Catalina is delighted with her "easy" group. What seems to be a totally enjoyable expedition, takes an unusual turn, and impacts the lives of many in various ways.
Catalina and one of the passengers develop a special bond which continues when each return to their homes. Many changes are encountered and choices to be made. Where it leads is both joyous and shacking as time goes by.
Join in on this incredible adventure where many lessons are learned and different perspectives are made.
The characters are very personable and well developed. The scenes portrayed in a way the reader can enjoy the adventures.
The Book Cover is eye-catching enough but I feel if the Title had more depth it would attract more "browser interest".
I offer a Four and a Half Stars rating for this well-written, interesting tale.
This book was gifted me with no pressure for a positive review. This is my honest review.
Water’s Fine: Suspense Novel by Janice Coy
“I just finished The Water’s Fine by Janice Coy which means I am must bid farewell to the characters I have become attached to and I must close the cover on a plot that kept a firm grasp on my attention and continued to surprise. The act of reading this book can cause laundry to pile up, dust to gather and dirty dishes to dry crusty because one cannot stop reading from chapter to chapter – – from scuba action, to mystery, heartache, friendship, suspense and self discovery.
The author is artfully descriptive in all areas of scene and character development which draws you in and holds you! In fact, I would like to invite you to do a little scuba diving and not get wet? Slip on those fins, adjust your mask, get your regulator set and start reading The Water’s Fine.”- Kjans, Amazon
“Oh wow, what a well written book! Being someone who thinks that scuba diving is too scary to try I was drawn in by the author’s imagery. It captured all the anxiety of “breathing underwater”, the suspense of what dangerous creatures you could encounter as well as the absolute beauty and serenity you could feel while exploring the deep blue sea. I fell in love with her characters and was sucked into the mystery and suspense and enjoyed joining them on their journeys of self discovery, life and loss. I really enjoyed this book.”-Amazon CustomerPraise Smallest of Waves by Janice Coy
“Thanks to Coy’s descriptive, immersive world, the waves of Agave Beach leave a distinct impact in The Smallest of Waves. – Indie Reader
“A seaside mystery with an appealing heroine…Coy uses her beachside setting well, contrasting Agave Beach’s innocent sand castles and clueless tourists with the mysterious ocean – so foreign with its dark depths, sharks, kelp forests, and sea caves.” Kirkus Reviews2017 Finalist San Diego Book Awards Association
Readers often ask where I get my ideas for characters in my novels. Some writers like to make lists of the likes and dislikes of their characters before they start writing their novel. For example, if Mary was the name of the main character or protagonist, the author would check off a list determining whether Mary preferred chocolate or vanilla, and did she like to watch movies that were dramas, actions or comedies. Maybe Mary hates Mexican food and loves the rain. I tried that, and although it was fun, it didn’t work for me.
Luckily, very early in my novel writing, I stumbled upon a workshop led by an accomplished novelist. She taught workshop participants to imagine their characters as babies in a crib. We were to imagine our character babies crying as babies do. Then, we were to imagine how the parents of our character babies responded. Did they rush to the crib immediately? Were they busy working or reading and ignore the baby for a bit? Our character babies were being formed! We were then to imagine our characters in various life stages of growing up. Did they seek attention as the class clown? Or did they prefer to melt into the background? This process revolutionized my character building.
Do I instill bits of my own personality into my characters? Absolutely! Do I model my characters on others I know? Not on purpose, although I’m sure familiar traits sneak in without me realizing it.
One of my novels features a father/daughter duo. Of course, my father wanted to know if I was thinking of him when I created the fictional father. I wasn’t. In fact, my philosophy is to go out of my way to avoid fictional comparison. There’s enough drama in my novels without unintentionally creating some in real life!
Names are very important to me in determining my characters’ personalities. I know my quirkiness about names stems from my own experience. From a very young age, I insisted people call me Janice, not Jan or Janet. Different people with unique personality traits come to mind when I think of someone named Jan or Janet vs. Janice. I can have a (nearly) complete story in my head, but unless I know the main character’s name, I can’t start writing.
I typically don’t choose names of people I’m familiar with as I’ve already developed an opinion (good or bad) about them. Plus, that could get me in trouble with the real person if they don’t like the character with his or her name!
Once I’ve determined an age range for my character, I’ll usually research popular names from that era or culture. Still, the name I finally settle on must resonate within the scope and theme of my story. I’m going to be spending a lot of time with these characters so it’s important for me to be excited about their names.
Readers of “The Water’s Fine” will quickly discover my passion about the connection between names and personalities! I hope readers enjoy the characters in the book (and their names) as much as I do.
About Janice Coy
Award winning Janice Coy is the author of five suspense novels. Her work is also published in four anthologies. She was a finalist at the San Diego Book Awards Association annual contest. She’s received the IndieReader Seal of Approval. A former journalist, Ms. Coy has received several awards for her reporting including a national award for best feature story in a community newspaper.
Ms. Coy is an advanced certified scuba diver; she’s run five half-marathons and summited Mt. Kilimanjaro. She lives in Southern California with her husband.Website | Facebook | Instagram |
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The Permanent Weight Loss Plan: A 10-Step Approach To Ending Yo-Yo Dieting by Dr. Janice Asher; Jae Rivera
Category: Adult Non-Fiction (18+), 308 pages | Genre: How-To
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing | Release date: January 2020
Tour dates: January 7 to February 3, 2020
Content Rating: PG
Diets come and go, and the scale needle swings as you drop pounds and then gain them back. But what if there were a weight loss solution for forever? Not another fad diet based on deprivation and restriction, but a holistic system for shedding pounds and maintaining your weight?
In The Permanent Weight Loss Plan, Janice Asher, MD, and Fulbright Open Research Fellow, Jae Rivera, reveal (from their own first-hand experiences) that it’s not just about the food you eat or don’t eat—it’s about a mindset and lifestyle change. After collectively losing 170 pounds and maintaining their weight for years, Janice and Jae share scientific evidence, personal experiences, and practical insights on how you can successfully reframe your relationship with food.
It’s about stopping the shame associated with body size, recognizing instances of disordered eating, equipping yourself with the knowledge of what behaviors contribute to lasting weight loss, and making use of proven strategies. Get actionable tips on how to:
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Meet the Author:
Janice Asher is a gynecologist at the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to being a clinician there, she began the MILE (mindful, intuitive living & eating) Program, and the PANDA (Physicians And Nurses Domestic Abuse) Program. She is a co-author and co-editor of a textbook on sexual assault.
Jae Rivera is a biological anthropologist specializing in human osteology. She received her BA from the University of Pennsylvania, and continued on to work at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Presently, she is living in Peru analyzing human remains with a Fulbright Open Research Grant. and will begin her PhD when she returns in 2018.
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Stranded At Night (California Express, #1)
by Rebekah Dodson
Publication date: January 4th 2020
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense
Two days after Christmas, two in the afternoon, two passengers must face the storm to prevail against the darkness.
Maggie Espinoza needs to get away from Portland, Oregon, from a blown out past and a bleak future. She figures taking the Express train to balmy Southern California to start over is just what she needs. Two days after Christmas while everyone is preparing for the New Year, she makes her escape during the worst blizzard the state has ever seen.
Jesse Cabot senses a darkness in fellow passenger Maggie when he sits next to her on the train.
Why is she so haunted and broken?
When the train suddenly stops in the middle of the blizzard weird things start to happen.
Random disappearances, an assault, a body in the snow.
It becomes clear it's up to Jesse and Maggie to find the culprit or face the music on the stranded California Express.
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Rebekah Dodson is a prolific author of over 30 romance, fantasy, and science fiction novels. Her works include the series Postcards from Paris, #1 bestselling Curse of Lanval series, Life After Us series, and several stand alone novels and short stories. She has been writing her whole life, with her first published work of historical fiction with 4H Clubs of America at the age of 12, and poetry at the age of 16 with the National Poetry Society. With an extensive academic background including education, history, psychology and English, she currently works as a college professor by day and a writer by night.
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Book Title: Revenge by George Lockie
Category: Adult Fiction, 178 pages | Genre: Thriller
Publisher: Austin Macauley | Release date: December 2018
Tour dates: January 6, 2019 to January 17, 2020
Content Rating: PG-13 - M: This is an action thriller involving special forces military. There are scenes of violence, including torture.
Rory Glassen is selected to join an elite SAS cell. They are sent to Libya to seek retribution for the near-death torture of two of their SAS troopers, at the hands of a medieval-run empire led by a despotic Sultan. What was to be a milk-run operation turns sour, as a battle of wits to survive soon develops between two warring factions. Sultan and Rory lock horns, trying to outwit each other and prevent any more deaths. It is only when a most unexpected ally emerges from Rory's distant past, and offers the cell information, that a solution appears. Like worms, they burrow into the catacombs of the old Roman Fort on which the Sultan's Palace is built and seek their revenge.
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REVIEW by LAWonder10:
Rory Glassen, along with others, were appalled at the inhumane torture two of his former colleagues wee put through. Now they were barely alive with the prognosis not looking good. Little did he know he would be asked to come out of retirement to become a part of an elite group to enact retaliation.
For lovers of suspense and action stories, one will not want to miss reading this account of a possible scenario in the world of government and espionage. Every page is packed with action and adventure. There are remarkable twists and turn of events that is sure to keep the reader captivated.
This is a well-thought-out tale, with some insight into the workings of the espionage community.
The characters are very believable and well portrayed. The scenes are easily visualized.
The Cover image is fitting, but doesn't truly depict the story content. The Title is "fitting", also.
The only negative I offer is the beginning failed to truly captivate the reader, but soon the story "came to life" and the rest kept the reader "on the edge of his/her seat".
I rate this novel with Four and a Half Stars.
*This was gifted me with no request for a positive review. This is my honest review.
Meet the Author:
Born in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1941. Married in 1964 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Wife's name is Avril. Has two children, Darren (52) and Vanessa (47). Enjoyed six years' service in the Parachute Regiment in the British Army from 1960 to 65, mainly in the Middle East and Europe. Migrated as a family to Australia, in 1965, seeking new challenges and a different lifestyle in a more exciting environment. Traveled extensively worldwide whilst employed by a major Australian International Packaging Group, as National Operations Manager, a senior management role from 1986 to 2003. Started writing in 1995, as he felt that the Army relationships and strong emotional bonds that are created in life-threatening experiences in the field, had not been exposed, or described adequately, in the novels he had read. His first novel tried to cover that. It takes place post-WWI through to post-WWII. The second novel, a follow-up military story, again covers a subject not exposed as a problem before. His third novel covers a criminal gang and its unique way to produce huge profits from the saddest moments in human life; yet a boon to the medical world. The fourth exposes the world of computer hacking, with a clever killer achieving his aim of executing a crime boss in revenge for his wife's death at his hands. 1st: Eye of the Hunter (Thriller, suspense.) 2nd: Chameleon (Suspense, thriller, crime.) 3rd: Miracle Cure (Military, Crime, Police.) 4th: Furtive Shadows (Military, SAS, MI6) All novels are linked by a common major character, Rory Glassen - a ruthless, dedicated soldier with extraordinary senses and physical attributes gleaned from his childhood upbringing alone in the Scottish Glens.
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The Birth Mother by Seymour Ubell
Category: Adult Fiction (18 +), 338 pages | Genre: Literary Fiction
Publisher: Archway | Release date: Sep 17, 2019
Tour dates: Dec 30, 2019 to Jan 10, 2020
Content Rating: PG-13 + M: There is a rape scene that does not go into graphic detail, but the after affects are talked about and it may be a trigger for some. Deals with birth and babies. Mild language.
On a business trip, a high-powered fifty-six-year-old American entrepreneur visits his partners in China. After their meeting, his Asian mentor invites him to an orphanage, a trip that will change the course of his family's life forever. Without hesitation, he and his wife fall in love with Anglo/Asian twin girls and become their adoptive parents. The children grow up in a world of twists and turns with multiple coincidences and synchronicity. Their journey takes them from China to Europe to America and back to China where their unusual birth mother enters their lives. This powerful story is filled with drama at every turn as the daughters face internal and external challenges. The Birth Mother is a story filled with love, pathos, tragedy, and triumph. Read, laugh, cry, and learn. It's a tale you will never forget.
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This is an captivating, poignant story of overseas adoption by an American couple, of resillience, forgiveness, change, honor, cultural customs, and even rape.
The Birth Mother is a compelling tale is unlike most anything one will soon read.
The "roller coaster" of emotions caused by various events will, certainly, keep the reader involved in this incredible story. (This reviewer is still unable to conclude, at the end of the story, if this is based on real events or totally fiction.) The unusual writing is what was distracting and is responsible for the reason I give it a Four Stars rating instead of a Five Stars rating.
I have not been able to determine whether the author's style was to create humor or an "other-worldly" experience, but it felt like "cold splashes of water" in one's face during an intense scene. However, the story was worth the distraction and very touching.
Rating: Four Stars
*This book was gifted me with nor requirement for a positive review. This is my honest review.
Meet the Author:
Seymour Ubell has spent most of his career in the print and advertising business. His clients are, and have been, the largest apparel, footwear, pharmaceutical, retail and consumer products companies in the world. He is a published author (A Life of Risks Taken, 2014 and The Birth Mother, 2019), lecturer, and raises funds for Parkinson’s research when he’s not at the theater with his wife, Marsha.
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Based on the New York Times best- selling novel by Jason F. Wright
Hope is an aspiring reporter who has had her fair share of tragedy in life. Abandoned at birth, she's grieving the recent death of her adopted mother when her apartment is burglarized of all her possessions. While reporting the burglary to the police, Hope discovers a jar full of money, labeled "Christmas Jar." Shocked and grateful for this act of kindness, Hope discovers that people all over her hometown of Columbus, Ohio, have been receiving Christmas Jars for years during times of need. The jars are always anonymous and always contain different amounts. In this heartwarming Christmas classic, Hope goes undercover to discover the secret behind the Christmas jars, putting into motion a series of events that will change her life, and her community, forever.
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REVIEW by LAWonder10:
Hope was adopted and raised by a wonderful, single mom. Now she was alone. To top it off, after her first day back to work, she returned home to an apartment burglarized and her possessions gone! Before the police officer responding to her call left. she discovered a "Christmas Jar" outside her apartment.
Hope had always wanted to be a journalist. After the devastating loss of her mom, she was even more determined o succeed in her career. Now she had the opportunity to prove herself. The "Christmas Jar" gave her the idea she needed for a great Holiday piece of news. Little did she know how this discover would affect her life and the lives of others.
All the actors in the movies were very good. Each played his/her part well.
The plot was very interesting and touching. There was enough drama and mystery to keep the viewers interest.
This is a delightfully inspirational film, recommended for all to see during this Christmastime.
I felt it slightly lacked energy or essence in totally captivating its audience
I offer a Four Stars rating of this movie.
This was sent to me with no request for a positive review. This is my honest review.
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Dear Mr. Darcy By Sally Johnson
Sweet Contemporary Romance | Paperback & ebook, 140 Pages
June 12th 2019 by Pink Bloom Publishing
Aspiring writer Alivia bombs her Regency novel pitch to hotshot acquisitions editor Will Wright and the result is mutual loathing. But when another publisher wants Alivia’s not-yet-written book in 8 weeks, Alivia panics. Luckily, online book doctor Dear Mr. Darcy is there to help.
Will Wright has big opinions and an even bigger ego. When he’s fired from the publishing house he once lorded over, he scrapes by using his Regency knowledge freelancing as Dear Mr. Darcy.
As they unwittingly work together on Alivia’s book, they begin bonding. Two unknowing enemies are about to become more than friends.
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I felt like I was on the verge of a panic attack. Or passing out. Or both. My nerves were shot, so I paced the hallway outside the intimidating double doors for my nine a.m. pitch session.
“Alivia, seriously. Just breathe,” my roommate, Naomi, reminded me, which was easy for her to say. She wasn’t about to pitch her manuscript to an editor. She hadn’t been given an hour’s notice that a time slot had opened for a consultation. She didn’t have to convince an editor in ten minutes that her book was good enough for a publishing contract. I was so not ready.
You’d have thought I’d be ready, considering I was on the waiting list for this pitch session, just in case. But I wasn’t prepared. I wasn’t even supposed to be at HEARWO.
“I feel like good things are going to happen,” Naomi said. “I mean, the fact that we snagged this ticket means Fate is on your side.” Fate came in the form of someone from Naomi’s writing group who had a ticket to HEARWO but couldn’t go. So they were giving their ticket away. For free. And Naomi— being a fantastic friend and the proud owner of her own ticket— thought of me and seized the opportunity. What are friends for?
“Thanks for believing in me.” I didn’t share her confidence. While Naomi knew she would publish someday, publishing was on my bucket list. Writing a book was also on my bucket list, I just hadn’t managed to do it. Yet. But the chance to attend HEARWO rekindled my interest. An advance from a publisher and royalties from a book could go a long way in repaying my student loans and even supplement my income as an adjunct professor at the local community college and substitute teacher for the school district. And that stupid payday loan I shouldn’t have taken.
As for the pitch session itself, I was meeting with William D. Wright. I knew nothing about him, other than he was an acquisitions editor for some publishing house I didn’t recognize. What I did recognize was the name of the book he discovered: The Silent Invasion. It had been a bestseller three years before.
“You’re going to kill it. I know it.” I channeled Naomi’s words. I squared my shoulders, closed my eyes, and practiced my presentation in my mind. I made notes because I hadn’t memorized my blurb. In fact, I didn’t really have a blurb or even a manuscript, for that matter. What I had was a couple of chapter drafts and an idea— the perfect idea. I figured if an agent accepted my pitch, I’d just write the book really, really quickly.
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December 16th: Aspen Hadley - Blind Dates, Bridesmaids & Other Disasters
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About the Author
Sally Johnson has wanted to write books since she was twelve years old. Now that she's *slightly* older, her dream has come true. She loves playing with her imaginary friends, shopping for vintage furniture, and has a collection of pretty notebooks she may or may not ever use. She lives in Las Vegas with her husband, four children and dog.
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Jeanne: A journey from abandonment and abuse to forgiveness and truth by Sylvia Hornback (Author)
At dawn on a sweltering summer day, scrabbling sounds alerted Jeanne of the intruder downstairs. The pull chain rattled against the light bulb in the kitchen.
Instantly a sliver of yellow light raced up the stairs and into her bedroom. Someone was moving about inside the house, and had even been bold enough to turn on a light. It wasn’t the first time she’d awakened to the sounds of this intruder.
REVIEW by LAWonder10:
After living with abuse and neglect, feeling like the parent instead of the child, Jeanne was the one her mother seemed to detest. Jeanne's few memories of her dad were tender, yet few. Where was he? Why did he leave?
Thanks to God, they had grandparents who loved them. Now, if only they could make it that far.
This is a poignant, captivating tale of a young girl who suffered abuse from a parent who was suppose to love and care for her. It is a tale of selfish neglect and of forgiveness. Additionally, it is a story of unconditional love and assentation from one's circumstances.
Based on a true story.
I offer a Four and a Half Stars rating.
This book was gifted me with no request for a positive review. This is my honest review.
MEET THE AUTHOR:
Sylvia Hornback received her Doctorate of Education Administration from Texas A&M University. She is the current Chair of the Board of Directors for ENERGY Worldnet, Inc., and served as an educator, principal and school superintendent for over two decades. Among her many accolades, she was recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School Principal by the U.S. Secretary of Education. For the past ten years, she has served as a Bible study teacher at First United Methodist Church near her home in Decatur, Texas. Her first novel, The Mallard Conspiracy, was published last year.
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Every Knee Shall Bow- A Christmas Collection -by Gaye Frances Willard (Author, Painter)
Review by LAWonder10:
Do you still need a Christmas gift? This is a wonderful gift for Teens or Adults.
Does Santa Claus have any place in the spiritual side of Christmas? Artist/Author Gaye Frances Willard offers an emphatic "Yes" in her art collection of Santa Claus and the Nativity.
The author makes several valid points in defense of her work. Such as, "Historically, there did live a Christian Bishop named Nicholas, whose life of devotion to Christ and acts of generosity led to the legacy of... Santa Claus". "He reflects the good in us and he reflects the bad".
This book contains illustrations of her Santa Claus collection with scriptural references from the Bible and her "vision" in each one. In each depiction, the author has camouflaged a cross, many are very hard to see, but with her reflection of a humble, worshipful "Santa", she desires the viewer to realize the birth and Resurrection of Christ are equally important.
Her artwork is symbolic, yet many have objected to it. How can Christians find offense to symbolism when Isaiah, the Book of Revelations and even Christ's Parables are full of symbolism? Although I agree with the author, my personal beliefs are not centered on "the cross". The main suffering and agony for our infirmities and sins was in Gethsemane, culminating with the flogging, mockery, betrayal and the ultimate crucifixion. Still, I have no objection in her uses of they symbolic "cross".
To summarize her key points I quote her statement, "Since man breathed the first breath of air on this planet, God has not ceased to communicate with him through every possible avenue".
There are many inspiration thoughts in her writing. She stated points in a way I had never thought of them, and I consider myself fairly well-versed in scripture with in-depth understanding.
What better gift can one give than this beautiful hardcover copy of artwork and inspirational writing?
I offer a Five Stars rating.
*This was gifted me by the publisher with no request for a positive review. This is my honest review.
ABOUT the AUTHOR:
Gaye Frances Willard is an award-winning artist with commissioned portraits in both private and public collections worldwide. Her painting, “Every Knee Shall Bow,” was represented in an exclusive line bearing her name, and carried nationwide by Hobby Lobby and other retail outlets. In addition to her latest release, she is the author/illustrator of four children’s books as well as the book, “Common Sense Christianity for an Uncommon People.” She is a member of the Portrait Society of America and makes her home in Trinity, North Carolina. She and her husband, Eddie, have five children and fourteen grandchildren. For more information, visit www.portraitartistnc.com. | Facebook
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