A Different Kind of Strong - Addiction & Adversity Leads To A 30-Day Fast & A Christ-Centered Life by Daniel l. Trotter
Daniel Trotter began a forty-day fast. He was consumed by the question and desperate to know, what do I do? After thirty days in the wilderness, God sent him home with an answer. It was, “Come back to Me.” For decades, Daniel was held in thrall to addiction and depression. He had friends, but life had lost all meaning. During a radical fast, Daniel encountered God – and great temptation. Afterward, he lost his wife, and his home, but he gained a new perspective – God’s. He went back to school and graduated with honors. God blessed him with a remarriage to someone who understands his heart and shares his faith. He has found peace and purpose. Daniel found freedom in God’s love and in following God and living according to his precepts. Daniel’s memoir will show you how God can heal every physical, mental and emotional hurt and help you to become whole.
Review by LAWonder10:
This is a remarkable, true story of one man's lifetime of addictions evolving into an adults life of peace and service.
In this short, but very captivating account, Daniel Trotter verbalizes some feelings, and effects on one's mental state drug addicts experience. He also, briefly, explains how different drugs influence the user's mind and the effects on the physical body.
Not only did Daniel Trotter experience drug addiction, but pornography, too.
He mentions the small steps he took to get to the point of total rehabilitation.
With the sacrifice and through God's aid, he was able to battle the physical and mental anguish of cleansing he desired. He obtained a change where he no longer "had a deposition to do evil".
This is truly an amazing and inspiring story. At no time did my mind wonder or felt I could put this book down before finishing it. Thankfully, it is a "quick read".
The Book Cover and Title are both a Good "fit".
I highly recommend this to anyone, any age whether or not drug addiction has had influence in his/her life.
I offer a Five Stars rating.
*Although this book was gifted me, there was no suggestion for a positive review. This is my honest review
MY REVIREW of the Soundtrack CD - A Different Kind of Strong created and performed by Danie L. Trotter.
Enhance your enjoyment of the book - by the same title -
by ordering and listening to this short, but beautiful, rendition.
Daniel vocalizes the touching lyrics of six stirring songs expressing his poignant feelings and relationship with his Savior, Jesus Christ. With a lovely, clear voice his music inspires and uplifts the listener. He is truly very talented.
This earns a Five Stars rating, as well as his book.
About the Author:
Daniel L. Trotter is an author, motivational speaker, singer, and songwriter. Through his uplifting talks and musical performances, he encourages people to seek a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
He is an accredited member of the International Sports Science Association as a Certified Fitness Trainer (CFT) and Certified Specialist in Sports Nutrition (CSSN). He founded Absolute Fitness Empowerment Center, an integrated gym and wellness facility focused on the spirit, mind, and body. His new company, Wellness Fundamentals, continues his advocacy in holistic health by applying his professional expertise and experience to promote a clean and higher living lifestyle.
As a Certified Peer Support Specialist (CPSS) Daniel offers private sessions to individuals and families who are in recovery and ready to improve their lives. He develops personalized post-sobriety and optimal wellness programs and workshops. Daniel also produces customized fitness regimens and incorporates supportive nutritional plans to effectively ease the encumbrance of mental, physical, and emotional conditions, including anxiety, depression, and eating disorders.
Daniel and his wife, Julianne, have held leadership positions and volunteer roles at a transitional center operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that serves the chronically homeless in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. They have given numerous presentations at community and youth events focused on suicide, pornography, drug and alcohol addiction, chronic pain, mental disorders, self-esteem, family relationships, overcoming adversity, perseverance, hope, faith, and redemption.
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The Hocus Pocus Magic Shop (South Side Stories Book 2) by Abigail Drake
REVIEW by LAWonder10:
I appropriately spent Halloween Eve and day reading this book. It was captivating.
Chemist Grace O'Leary was weeks away from earning her PhD. She had a boyfriend, she loved teaching her university class, and looking forward to making it a permanent position. This is why she was devastated when her mentor, Dr. Lewis accused her of cheating and suspended her!
Her beloved, "Kooky" aunt had an accident and needed help with her shop. Since Grace's boyfriend broke up with her and she was suspended, she decided it would be good for her to go spend time with her aunt and help with her shop. When Grace arrived at the shop, she was shocked at what she found!
Little did she realize how this event would lead to danger, mystery, friendships, romance and life change!
The characters were very endearing, fantastical and well portrayed. The scenes were easily visualized,
The Book Cover and Title were simple, eye-catching and "fitting".
^^Reader Beware: There are a couple of fairly explicit scenes and several sexual references. (So brief, they could have easily been excluded) There is no harsh language, but mild violence . The Book Cover and Title were simple, eye-catching and "fitting".
*I won this book. There was no stipulation for a positive review. This is my honest review.
About the Author:
Award-winning author Abigail Drake has spent her life traveling the world and collecting stories wherever she visited. She majored in Japanese and Economics in college, and is a book hoarder, a coffee drinker, a linguistics geek, and an eternal optimist. She writes women's fiction and young adult fiction with smart, sassy, funny heroines, and she also enjoys blogging about the adventures of her mischievous Labrador retriever, Capone.
Abigail is the winner of the prestigious 2017 Prism Award for her book Traveller, and the International Digital Award for her young adult novel, Tiger Lily. In addition, she was named a finalist in the Golden Pen, the Golden Leaf, the Dante Rossetti Book Award, and the Cygnus Award for Science Fiction and Speculative Fiction.
For more information about Abigail, visit her Website .
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Death In Vegas by Christopher Meeks: On Audio Book TourPosted on July 26, 2019
Death In Vegas by Christopher Meeks (Now in Audiobook!)
Publisher: White Whisker Books (October, 2019)
Category: Murder Mystery, Crime Thriller, Las Vegas
Tour Date: Mid October-November, 2019
Available in: Audio Book & ebook, 176 Pages
Description Death In Vegas by Christopher MeeksFirst published in 2014, In A Death in Vegas, the president of BenBugs, a company that specializes in beneficial bugs for organic gardening, discovers a young woman dead in his Las Vegas hotel suite. She had worked as a sexy lady bug at his convention booth—and he had nothing to do with her death.
While that’s being investigated, the FBI raids his booth on a money-laundering scam that he knows nothing about, either. Soon, the coroner doesn’t have good news. The police and FBI are against him—and his wife cannot be found. He flees to find the answers.
Highly acclaimed, Death In Vegas is being released as an audio book in October, 2019!
Buy Death In Vegas by Christopher Meeks: Amazon-ebook and paperback | Audible | Barnes&Noble | IndieBound
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Praise for Death In Vegas by Christopher Meeks
"Patton is easy to like right from the start. I felt myself feeling sorry for him. In a sense I started routing for him with all of his luck not going his way. I found this mystery to not only be a mystery but a mystery dosed with a bit of comedy and a love story.”-Becky Willis, What You Talking Bout Willis
“DEATH IN VEGAS he reaffirms the fact that Christopher Meeks can take the most quirky combinations of crime and humor and mold them with his magic pen into a novel that simply defies criticism. He has the gift to mold characters with such extensive backstories that after only a few pages as each new character is introduced they become part of the surround-sound family into whose story we have wandered. Meeks is a thorough-going Pro! “-Grady Harp, Amazon Hall of Fame
“The only certainty about a Christopher Meeks novel is that the readers’ senses will be delighted with his originality, superb writing, warmly sympathetic characters and clever plotting. A Death in Vegas neatly fits in the cozy mystery genre and becomes literary fiction in the hands of this deft wordsmith.” –Linda Hitchcock, Midwest Book Review
“A suspenseful story that culminates in a life-or-death situation. Five Stars!” – Jim Chambers, Amazon Top-10 Reviewer
“You can always count on Christopher Meeks for a well written novel; this time Meeks excels at bringing almost a farcical edge to the humor in A Death in Vegas.” – Lori Lutes, She Treads Softly
THE IMPORTANCE OF COVERS
For authors, book covers are like Christmas cards—do they grab attention? Will your recipient read the long text inside? Will Santa give you a great paycheck?
Over the years, I’ve worked with many graphic designers, first when I became the head editor at Prelude Press in Los Angeles, then when I was in charge of an arts magazine at CalArts. Later, I started a small publishing company, White Whisker Books, and I hired freelance book designers.
I’ve worked with some brilliant designers. Covers are everything – after titles. Let’s assume you have a good title and are working with a great designer. The challenge then is that with over a million new book titles each year, how do you grab anyone’s attention?
The ideal cover offers a sense of the inside—the tone, one or more key moments—and, importantly, it makes a person pause to look more. If it’s a great cover, then the observer will look at the back and read the blurb.
As a publisher, I can only second-guess myself. I’ve redone covers twice after the books were already out in the marketplace.
The first time was after my agent could not nail down a publisher for Love at Absolute Zero. Three editors had called my agent with deep interest, and all three times, the marketing departments at those three houses nixed the project saying, “We don’t know how to market a book that combines the search for love with quantum mechanics. Love and physics don’t mix.”
Of course, I disagreed, but that’s life in New York publishing. I had my small West Coast publishing company already running, so I decided it would publish it. When I hired a designer, I quickly learned why the publishing companies had backed out. The designer and I were at odds with the look. He kept coming up with science-oriented covers and boxy fonts. I didn’t know what I wanted, but I didn’t like his ideas. We finally compromised on this:
While it looked too sterile to me, his reasoning was so good: it had a male and female figure, a plus sign to show math at work, and the title was large. “Your name is in red, romantic, no?” he said. I had no more ideas other than how about we insert a heart into the letter “O” to give a sense of love? He liked that, so that’s the way the book went out.
Soon the book was a finalist in a Foreword magazine’s Book of the Year awards, so I felt vindicated. My designer moved, and when I found a new designer for the next book, the new designer out of the blue asked me if she could she could redesign the cover for Love at Absolute Zero. “Why?” I asked.
She said she’d read it and loved it, and it needed a better cover. She’d give me a good price. I said go for it.
She gave me five designs, including this one:
At first, I was mystified. Why does she have a river on the cover? Then I saw two heads, two pair of lips, coming together. I loved it! I still love it. The designer asked me for a subtitle, so I came up with “As Basic as the Atom,” because, hey, it’s about atoms at a quantum level. Love is the most basic thing, too, glucose for our souls.
Next, I surprised myself this summer over the cover of another book, a chapbook, 7 Truths about Love. (Are you seeing a topic that I’m curious about?) It wasn’t selling the way I had hoped. I re-read it. I laughed often. It was funny.
The cover I had designed, however, was dramatic because that’s what I’d asked for. The designer had come up with an unhappy couple and a SWAT team, both of which are in the story. The tale starts with loss, then becomes darker until it turns to light. The 7 truths are unusual, such as “Look at a person’s quirks. Multiple by five.”
Here’s the way it was first published:
I can't say outright it's going to sell more, but I like this goofy guy. Now I’m working on putting this story and a dozen others into a single collection, which I may or may not call Love Stories for People with Messes.
You'll see the outcome of that challenge next year.
About Christopher Meeks:
Award winning author, Christopher Meeks has had stories published in several literary journals, and he has two collections of stories, Months and Seasons and The Middle-Aged Man and the Sea. He also has a new short story collection coming soon.
His novel The Brightest Moon of the Century made the list of three book critics’ Ten Best Books of 2009. His novel Love at Absolute Zero, also made three Best Books lists of 2011, as well as earning a ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Finalist award.
Chris’s two crime novels, Blood Drama and A Death in Vegas have earned much acclaim. He has had three full-length plays mounted, and one, Who Lives? had been nominated for five Ovation Awards, Los Angeles’ top theatre prize. Mr. Meeks teaches English and fiction writing at Santa Monica College, and Children’s Literature at the Art Center College of Design. To read more of his books.
Mr. Meeks teaches English and fiction writing at Santa Monica College, and Children’s Literature at the Art Center College of Design.
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