Monday, October 5, 2015

More Reviews..



‘Detour Allure: Detour Paris Series Book 2’ by Jack Dancer begins with the last lap of the train journey to Barcelona, Tucker and Monica in good company with each other. They complete the train journey and are met by Ebba, Juan, Terry, Nanette and others. They are in the midst of evenings, dinners and other enjoyments, when they find that Tucker’s girlfriend, Ebba goes missing along with Terry. But they are unable to file a man missing report to police even though there is threat of a ransom, since the police authorities are all busy with the commotion of the independence movement of Catalonia. Tucker’s adventures continue unabated, the winning lottery ticket he happened to come across earlier when he was with Monica, as well as, Monica getting snatched away, adding spice and suspense to the drama.
‘Detour Allure: Detour Paris Series Book 2’ by Jack Dancer has an easy, interesting narrative capable of rousing passion. Though I am not a fan of hot scenes and salacious descriptions, some of those in this book, I found arrestingly sensual. Like “Whatever it is Nanette's wearing for perfume is wafting me with delirium… and consummate the marriage right here and now” The scenes flow past in such flawless synchrony that the reader does not realize the missing strategy, the book and its characters should have been seized of, the plot. I noticed it only when I wanted to tell myself the story after a thrilling session of reading the book.  Otherwise, this is a well crafted book, a gripping, fast moving and exciting tale.
Reviewed by Roy T James for Reader’s Favorite_____________________________

‘Detour Allure: Detour Paris Series Book 3’ by Jack Dancer has the creative lover Tucker, still in possession of prize winning lottery tickets, who is with Monica is surprised by a severed finger. Fearing for her life, Tucker proclaims that he is ready to trade the winning ticket for the safe return of Monica. With his girlfriend Ebba still missing, further foray into the affair continue, with Nanette playing a pivotal role to make him see many unexpected contours including a video showing the captive Monica safe and unhurt. Tucker’s ingenious ways slowly and surely bring the missing pieces back on the table, Ebba and finally Monica. The novel concludes in a dramatic interview of Monica, disentangling a flurry of knots.


‘Detour Allure: Detour Paris Series Book 3’ by Jack Dancer is a novel, loaded with characters and scenes, each of them bringing many events described in the other parts of this book to life. Unlike the earlier parts, this part is not lined with a whole lot of romantic exchanges. Instead, a variety of intriguing and deceptive machinations occupy the focus, greatly enhancing its appeal as a thriller. I found many events referred in the earlier parts of this book, like the scheme of the prize winning ticket, coming to life and filling up notable gaps in the plot, in this concluding part. It left me with a fascinating take, a good account to cherish. This is an excellent read, a book capable of satisfying every literal need, especially of a rich, captivating tale.


Reviewed by Roy T James for Reader’s Favorite_____________________________


‘THE MILLIONAIRE’S MESSAGE’ by Bryan James is a book that celebrates how it’s the little things that add up to the big things in our lives. Beginning with the importance of will and its phenomenal power, the author mentions about the perceived limits of our ability. That we do what we believe we can do. Hence, if we reprogram the subconscious mind, anything impossible can be achieved. Such internal dialogue can effectively program what you believe, how you react, what you consciously hear, and so many other aspects of who you are. The ways of achieving this is discussed, and the roles played by commitment, in letting one reach newer heights. A good selection of related titles is shown that are available for those interested in deeper studies.
‘THE MILLIONAIRE’S MESSAGE’ by Bryan James is an inspiring book. The author has taken efforts to suggest pragmatic techniques for achieving what he proposes. Both, by discovering ones dissatisfaction with status quo and suggesting ways to eliminate that dissatisfaction, and by demonstrating techniques to stroke ones ego positively, how favorable results can be achieved, is shown in this book. A good selection of books on this subject is provided for further study and reference. Stirring couplets placed at vantage points in the diction, like, “There are thousands to tell you it can’t be done, There are thousands to prophecy failure. But just buckle in with a bit of a grin, Just take off your coat and go do it” make this book a stimulant.
Reviewed by Roy T James for Reader’s Favorite_____________________________

‘The Last Jewish Gangster’ by David S. Larson is the biography/memoir of Michael J. Hardy, son of a queen of the underworld, who chose to become a gangster. His adventures with the nether world come out in succession, as he recounts his story to his counsel, who has come to defend him against the charge of murdering his wife and burying the body. Michael’s narration can rightly boast of the makings of a thriller, which begins with rather sober acts like locking up his teacher, and moves to more horrendous acts like demanding money at gun point. His short stint with army training comes to an end when he gets court-martialed. He thereafter continues his journey as a kingpin of organized crime. He spends more than 16 years in jail on various charges.
 How, instead of the 3Rs of learning, Michael picks up 4Rs of learning (Refuse, Resist, Rebel, and Revolt) from those around him enliven the narrative of ‘The Last Jewish Gangster’ by David S. Larson. The life of Michael, who was arrested by Police for stalking someone even before he reached 15, is shown as one of frequent probations, arrests and other skirmishes with law. How a letter to President Kennedy ends his military career, and the dexterity with which he manages to get recruited as a key player of the underworld, makes interesting reading. A crisp narrative followed with fast pace of action is the high point of this book. This book is an exception to the distinctive mark of Jewish gangsters, that they are more adept at white collar crimes. An interesting read.
Reviewed by Roy T James for Reader’s Favorite_____________________________

‘People Centricity: The Incredible Power of Putting Other People First’ by Stephen Hewett is about making people happy through mutually beneficial interactions. It begins with an assertion that social tribalism has been a feature of all human societies since the origins of our species and people centricity is an inalienable part of it. Rich, productive family life is shown as a good example of people centricity in practice. The foundation of success in our workplace, the customer centric approach, is then examined as another one. The absence of people centricity can lead to extreme cruelty, Stephen mentions, citing Auschwitz as one example. The book ends with an assertion: people centric world is a better world.
Stephen Hewett examines the many dimensions of a people centric approach both by looking at the welcome changes such approach augur, and by seeing the pitfalls brought by its absence. If the noteworthy success of Jesus Christ could be attributable to a people centric approach, the 9/11 atrocities in Ney York is an example, of an approach devoid of it, the author says. (Enacted by people who were entirely focused on their own tribal interests and indifferent to the agenda of anyone outside that) The relationship between Law of Attraction and People Centricity is also analyzed as irresistible forces for promoting human happiness, positivity, collaboration, and human co-operation. These and other chapters examining some of the secular writers on People Centricity whom I find especially interesting, engaging, and inspirational, like JB Priestly, Dale Carnegie, make this book a very good read.
Reviewed by Roy T James for Reader’s Favorite_____________________________

‘A Whole New You’ by Laura Koenig Rivkin begins with a suggestion to carve out time each day to take care of oneself in small increments. One should take responsibility for all that is going on inside, exhorts Laura, and suggest specific approaches to lifestyle including diet, to keep oneself physically and emotionally healthy at all times. Taking care of ones wellbeing begins with ones own efforts, the book mentions, while exploring various dietary combinations of healthy recipes. After providing a good list of recipes to enamor ones taste buds, a bunch of rather revolutionary ideas of controlling weight without dieting as well as a good discussion on physical exercise, make this book a treatise on good health. A chapter on stress with a quick peep into meditation completes this book.
‘A Whole New You’ by Laura Koenig Rivkin, as the title suggests, provides all necessary advices and help to adopt a new and healthier lifestyle. The introductory autobiographical discourse with a short talk on topics like the emotional block, primes one well, in the direction of good health. Whether in the nature of physical exercises or in the choice of menu for a diet, this book has all necessary details to arrive at a considered decision. Sample menus and recommended shopping lists for such menus, make the life very easy for those in search of wellness. This is a useful book, well thought about and conveniently presented information makes this also a good reference. I felt the need of an index, more so, since this book might have to be referred many a time.
Reviewed by Roy T James for Reader’s Favorite_____________________________

‘True Freedom: A Beginner's Meditation Guide to an Easier Life’ by Amanda Rex begins with a wise advice: “With meditation, it helps to dip your toe in first”. This book introduces meditation as more of a mindset of attentiveness that can be applied, rather than relating to the activity itself. After a thorough discussion on the benefits that can be expected, Amanda talks about meditating while doing the day’s chores - moving meditation. Sitting meditation, or I am freaking out meditation, are only some of the convenient styles presented in this rather holistic guide covering many of its facets. A good set of FAQs is included, which can allay much of our fears about its principle and practice.
I think ‘True Freedom: A Beginner's Meditation Guide to an Easier Life’ by Amanda Rex is written with a Doubting Thomas in mind. It contains a good set of discussions specifying what constitutes meditation and what doesn’t. By bringing simple daily activities into the realm of meditation, she in fact, opens the doors wide, making ones entry into the areas of mental discipline and control, rather easy. The deliberations about the multitudes of benefits accruable to one, can act as another attraction. Her last point is the best of all: “The common misconception is that we become more resilient by toughening up, but it’s really through softening and letting down our guard that we find our inner strength and fortitude” This book presents meditation appropriately, to enable one and all in seeking and achieving that goal.
Reviewed by Roy T James for Reader’s Favorite_____________________________

‘Classroom Laboratory at the Edge of Space: Introducing the Mini-Cube Program’ by Gregory N. Cecil M.A.S. is about using JP Aerospace’s Mini-Cube Program in an affordable manner and within the school year. After introducing this “informal” STEM Project Based Learning Activity, the composition of Mini-Cube and the nature of program flights are described. The book then discusses the modality of getting necessary financial and other support, which is paramount prior to starting the Mini-Cube. How to conduct different experiments, what are the necessary preparations, how to make lab reports, ways to conduct pre-flying, post-launch as well as recovery operations are few of the other topics dealt by this book. How after each venture, scientists can open the mini-cubes for evaluating the outcome of their experiments, is also specified.
Mini-Cube is introduced as a platform to study observatories and science experiments throughout the world, giving scientists an ability to cheaply keep an experiment near the edge of space without using an expensive rocket. This book begins with the most important aspect of such a challenge, funding, and provides helpful advice for using the coffers of National Science Foundation, or other federal resources. Gregory then goes on to familiarize us with its capability vis-à-vis the vast topics related to the outer space and atmosphere, which is there to confront an enthusiast. Comprehensive instructions for preparation, conduct of learning activities and, review of a large array of experiments make this book a great help for students too. An index would have been a great help.
Reviewed by Roy T James for Reader’s Favorite_____________________________

‘How to Write an Essay in Five Easy Steps’ by Scribendi begins with a promising introduction, that the accompanying pages contain the answers to some of the most vexed questions, a student could face. As promised, in step one itself this book opens the most important secret of a good essay: “Demonstrate that you have understood the course material and write intelligently about your subject” Cautioning against plagiarism and underscoring the importance of original words, the relationship between the instructor’s query and the type and nature of essay to be written, is discussed. In addition to familiarizing one with the vast array of resources available, especially over internet, this book gives many helpful hints. Many of such hints, like common mistakes to avoid or, better organizing paragraphs, makes essay writing a child’s play.
‘How to Write an Essay in Five Easy Steps’ by Scribendi is a brief but holistic overview of one of the most potent problems, I faced in my school days. Many of the tips contained in this book are but golden advices, like the three easy ways to make an essay stand out or the need to avoid distractions during its preparation.  An example essay given in the book illustrates well, the principles discussed and its use, extending the reach and relevance of this book, well beyond classrooms. I found this an excellent guide, not only that it answered all questions I posed on preparing a good essay, but also it helped me with producing a scholarly and impressive document covering all aspects of the topics discussed, appropriately.
Reviewed by Roy T James for Reader’s Favorite_____________________________

‘How to Write a Letter’ by Scribendi begins with introducing letter as a form of communication and explains it in the modern context. After a critical study of various types of letters, different parts that constitute a letter are explained. That brings us to the five keys that control the effectiveness of a letter, brevity, specificity, simplicity, consistency and personality. Different kinds of a letter are shown with appropriate examples. A chapter on refining and polishing a letter such that the letter shows attention, interest, and a sense of action and other desirable elements brings the discussion to an end. A large repository of resources, like commonly misspelled words, correct phrases and a plethora of online references enhance its value.
As one saying go, the proper definition of a man being ‘an animal that writes letters’, the cardinal position of this entity needs no introduction. ‘How to Write a Letter’ by Scribendi does a wonderful job of introducing us to the many facets of a letter, in a brief but substantial discussion. The author has presented the subject effectively, the appropriate headings and subheadings that are intuitively named, makes reading and learning from this a welcome job. The large collection of bonus tips provided at the end along with web references also is a blessing; it can help one to pick up good writing style as well as acting as a reference. This is thus a very good book, both for learning the art of writing a letter as well as for practicing it perfectly.
Reviewed by Roy T James for Reader’s Favorite_____________________________

‘A Human Resources Manager Memoir’ by Ms Sara Elbaroudi begins by identifying the prime position of communication, in the successful conduct of a business. For emphasis, she also narrates a few real-life examples of failures caused by improper communication. With her experience of the business world beginning with the HR department, she rightfully identifies the key to effective communication, in listening, and suggests different approaches to augment efficacy, like active listening. Candor, use of ‘I’ and ‘You’ appropriately, like, ‘I smell something bad, You effuse fragrance’, Tone, Simplicity and Consistency are some of the other areas of significance, Sara has covered. In conclusion she also presents rather convincing and forceful arguments in support, with the help of statistical data.
‘A Human Resources Manager Memoir’ by Ms Sara Elbaroudi is written to break all barriers of the effective use of language. Towards the end of the book, I read, “The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place”, a quotation from Shaw. Sara, I think, has succeeded in offering techniques to remove the illusory aspects extant in every form of communication. This in itself is capable of making communication more effective, even if additional efforts are not taken. Replete with examples, and with a bunch of useful tips for different styles of correspondence, this is a reliable companion for effective interaction. A good number of web links to a horde of resources, make it a good reference too. One observation though, I badly missed an index, which would have made this book an easy one to consult.
Reviewed by Roy T James for Reader’s Favorite_____________________________

‘Britain at War 1939 to 1945: What Was Life Like During the War?’ by James Lingard is a chronicle of the second World War through the eyes of a British (universal) citizen of the period 1939 to 45. It begins with the discernible preparations for attack, like digging trenches and underground shelters or adapting to darkness regimes. A good picture of the difficult times emerges from this, rationing of essentials, unheated rooms or frequent blackouts becoming commonplace. The Thames being visible at night giving away the adjoining areas to the bombers during raids, the adjacent areas happened to receive a greater share of bombs. This book also gives a good account of the Allies’ campaigns in all parts of the world.
The frequent exhortations by great leaders like Winston Churchill keeping the morale high, the national spirit remaining alive at all times can seen in these pages. Rather than from the professional angle, James has done a wonderful job of reflecting the nature and depth of many a military campaign from the viewpoint of the survivors. I found this a beautiful representation of the fears, the public had and the remarkable resilience they showed to the recurring difficulties of living. Excess of devotion to ones country as well as irrational hatred towards the enemy are notable by its absence. I can’t but relish the providential escape the author and his clan have had, when on hearing an air raid siren they happen to be late to the shelter, to find the very shelter already bombed.
Reviewed by Roy T James for Reader’s Favorite_____________________________

‘Sci-Fi Scenes and Monster Dreams’ by Jan Peterson Ewen is a collection of science fiction plays. It begins with Dr Madd, who is an expert in transplanting any head to any body, when thee present body becomes old or infirm. Inventor of a time machine who conducts tests by setting the machine to the year 1700 and the resulting brouhaha, the activities at Nuts and Bolts Charm School, where robots are taught small talk, the girl who possess a mighty umbrella that can protect against meteor attacks, are only few of the wonderful compositions of this page turner. All the 16 plays are entertaining to the core. With the specific suggestions that are included for highlighting humorous aspects of each scene, this book can bring many a stage, down with laughter.
Short plays (up to 10 min) constitute this collection of plays, which truly, as the author says, inspire outrageous creativity! Sharp, witty exchanges make each and every dialog unforgettable, like “Why do humans think it’s such a big deal that dogs can talk? We’ve been listening to you all rattle on for centuries!” or, “And if this is a giant, man-eating amoeba, it will divide and multiply growing bigger and bigger, and we will be unable to stop it...” The helpful comments on dress, costume, scenes and its settings added for each drama makes it easy to perform these plays. This is a very good collection, highly entertaining, novel and imaginative. I could not put down the book till I finished reading it. 
Reviewed by Roy T James for Reader’s Favorite_____________________________

‘Rotville’ by Bryce Bentley Summers is about certain complex experiments on humans, being conducted in a quarantine setup which acts as a prison, Colosseo, located in the city Rotville. Though the people are quarantined due to a plague attack, worse times await them in the form of cutting edge experiments, both of an agent that can cause loss of rational thinking, and by the introduction of neural insemination implants that can insert memory of ones choice to any brain. The first victim selected for this experiment, Dylan, is being programmed in the role of a samurai and is expected to be a compliant specimen. However everything does not fall into place, certain unexpected developments take place, taking the experiment to rather unforeseen results.
‘Rotville’ by Bryce Bentley Summers is a gripping tale. I find it difficult to say which character is more appealing, the rebel gladiator Dylan, the competent scientist Dr Jun Sun, or the omnipotent Director of Colosseo, Dr Titus Maxim North, as well as many others who appeared in small but notable roles. The care that Dylan is shown to be taking to keep himself and the child from the mutants’ harm, as well as the professional way, the Colosseo Corporation is depicted to be managed, are only some of the noteworthy parts of this thorough entertainer of a book. Both the insemination implants and the compound Regen seem to be too intuitive to be seen only as fictional ideas. This is a very good novel; excellent narration and a perfect plot are the high points of this page turner.
Reviewed by Roy T James for Reader’s Favorite_____________________________

‘Varuna - a Thames Barge that was Home’ by Caroline Havord begins when, she, leading a life of humdrum tranquility with her daughter, terrier and kittens, falls in love. The gentleman in question, Bryn William, being a man of taste, introduces her to life on barges, which eventually becomes a staple element of their life. They shift their residence to a barge, Varuna, which is but adventure at every turn of the wind, like waiting for the tides for moving their abode or jumping across ships for moving to their abode. That brings playfulness into their life as well, and they attract the company of daring young men. In the end they get into a collision with another vessel, bringing moments of agony too, though they all get rescued in time.
Every page of ‘Varuna - a Thames Barge that was Home’ by Caroline Havord is better than the previous page. Whether she is talking about her daughter attracting a stream of suitors or pointing out the technological marvel of the ‘use and throw’ bucket, this description is full of interesting episodes. Inviting the manager on board for a good treat while applying for a bank loan, was quiet a smart move, I concede. There is a horde of such events, like shooting the delivery on board, that are capable of holding our undivided attention to make this book a thrilling memoir. The friendly tone of its narration and a plot with no loose ends, make this book an easy read too.
Reviewed by Roy T James for Reader’s Favorite_____________________________

‘Effective Business Communication’ by Scribendi introduces communication as a simple thing, a message that is sent between two parties, the sender and the receiver. However its prime importance is substantiated by a few real life examples like BP Oil Spill, where failure of communication led to disastrous consequences. Thereafter, the book gives an excellent treatise on the different aspects of communication and, the multitude of ways we can achieve each of them, like various techniques of a basic element of communication, listening. Other topics of importance, like tone, simplicity and consistency are then considered. In conclusion, a communication plan is given as example, incorporating all that was discussed. And a good array of web references is there to make further studies quite easy.
Through this highly intuitive discussion, ‘Effective Business Communication’ by Scribendi empowers the reader in using ones talents in a productive manner. As George Bernard Shaw says—the biggest problem we have when communicating is the belief that we’re doing it well or at all. By clearly laying down the aims in the beginning itself, this and other unfruitful use of time and energy can be avoided. Writing tips are provided at each topic and discussions, clearly illustrating the use of the discussed topics. This book can thus take the place of a helpful tool, in practice too. In short, this book is not only for appreciation of the importance of communication and have a better idea of areas in which one can improve, but also for obtaining assistance for achieving it practically too.
Reviewed by Roy T James for Reader’s Favorite_____________________________

‘Aventuras in Spain: a Memoir’ by Sandra Staas is a lighthearted account of how Sandra managed to learn to speak Spanish fluently while living in Spain. She writes about society in the early seventies when Franco, the dictator, was still in power. How she lands up in Seville from Glasgow, with only the name of a local contact, Lupita, for help, how she finds an opportunity of teaching English to small children, covers, the initial parts of the book. Better luck awaits her, both in the forms of a challenging position of teaching and as a furnished house. Her falling in love and tying the knot, followed by greater adventures from both of them, occupy the remaining pages of the book.
If ever there was a real page turner in memoirs, it is ‘Aventuras in Spain: a Memoir’ by Sandra Staas. In addition to the entertainment inherent in teaching children of age groups 4 - 5 in mornings and 5 – 9 in the afternoons, this memoir is replete with a multitude of stories of wit and humor, like Susane’s luck with the piano or the drunk with the costly drug. One question troubles me however, what could have been the attraction between husband, George, and the author, that could turn a meeting into a lifelong alliance in a span of a couple of months. Especially so, since the author has decided to keep this part of the memoir, rather untouched! A highly captivating book; all the snippets of her stay are worth ruminating for days to come.
Reviewed by Roy T James for Reader’s Favorite_____________________________

‘Tsunami Reflections: Otsuchi Remembered’ by Charles A. Pomeroy begins with author’s background in Japan and reasons for his retirement in Otsuchi. Charles then describes the catastrophe and provides a timeline of unfolding events revealed, putting into perspective both geographically and historically, with a detailed description of the town. A broad idea of the immediate and extended neighborhoods with an account of Otsuchi’s main festivals establishes a sense of place, human relationships and life in general. Relevant  history  and  scientific  background  of  tsunami  prior  to  a  description  of  the  one  that  destroyed Otsuchi, along with a bunch of maps, charts, figures, photos, and video links describe the devastation in Otsuchi and surrounding communities. Charles also outlines the aftermath, especially the plans for reconstruction.
Charles makes it known that earthquakes and tsunamis are not a new thing for Japan. As the book says, especially for  Sanriku  coast, previous disasters have been recorded since 15th century - the Keicho tsunami in December of 1611,  the  Meiji  Sanriku  tsunami  in  June  of  1896  and  the  Showa  Sanriku tsunami in March, all of which have been deadly, in addition to a few less lethal ones. The  search  for  bodies  of  family  members,  closure,  humanitarian  aid,  plans  for  reconstruction,  and  the  author’s thoughts on re-inventing Otsuchi, interspersed with rich, telling photographs are a poignant reminder of unspeakable suffering the people at that time had to go through as well as a testimony to the remarkable resilience shown by them in reconstructing their lives. This book presents a good report about the tsunami, especially from the societal point of view. An index would have been a beneficial addition.
Reviewed by Roy T James for Reader’s Favorite_____________________________

‘That’s Special: A Survival Guide To Teaching’ by Dan Henderson is a collection of humorous stories, of kids pushing buttons. Dan begins with the story of one such student, Chase. The harder the school came down on Chase, the more he rebelled. He recounts many other challenges, like, a child with an obsession to win at every game exhibiting frequent tantrums, or a nine year old addicted to PLAYSTATION. In each of these instances, importance of breaks and other methods of positive redirection, like rewards and incentives, are emphasized.  The author gives a few suggestions for logical steps in administering consequences to contain wild behavior, like, issuing warnings, informing parents and, the need to follow through threats such that students will continue respecting authority. The message conveyed by the book is to make learning, fun.
In ‘That’s Special: A Survival Guide To Teaching’, Dan Henderson offers practical tools to help us in learning how to teach kids. Dan, while he says teaching should be fun, mentions that happiness  should  be  an important aim of education, and a good education should contribute significantly  to  personal  and  collective  happiness. While harping on the needs of a teacher to understand the students, we are reminded of the necessity to stand up to bullies. I liked his take on insanity - as repeating the same experiment and expecting different results. And a teacher should always follow the rather saner path of trying different systems to correct a child! This book is a repository of wise counsels, and it introduces a correlation between academic gains and joy.
Reviewed by Roy T James for Reader’s Favorite_____________________________

‘The Wellness Blueprint’ by Maiysha Clairborne guides one in reclaiming health by deconstructing a healthy lifestyle into simple steps that can be integrated easily and without delay into ones daily life. The author begins by giving a rather holistic definition for wellness. In four parts, the first one dealing with the Foundation and the next part named Floorplan delves into techniques for building mind – body connection and other facets of influence like mindfulness. The third part, Structure, and the last part Pathways enable one in developing a perfect lifestyle and to follow it through its fruition while discussing other matters of importance like communication, setting boundaries for oneself, emotional intelligence etc and beyond. An array of references is also provided. I think an index would have been a helpful addition.
Though the author says the philosophy followed in ‘The Wellness Blueprint’ is KISS (Keep It Simple, Sweetie), this book is not all that simple. By combining all the parts of a health regime into two initial steps, the author has given a good amount of time and space to other aspects of life that have influence on wellbeing, like balancing ones work and fun. Naturally, including topics like setting boundaries, adding playfulness, and a stream of other abstractions that are highly subjective, have greatly altered the nature and content of the discourse. This is thus a rather more serious study than one devoted to good health. Interesting acronyms and lively examples make, reading this book rather easy and recollecting thereafter, a little more effortless.
Reviewed by Roy T James for Reader’s Favorite_____________________________

‘Managing Your Spheres’ by Garret Biss introduces our existence, that is, how we enjoy a stress free life with more happiness, as the interactions between three spheres, namely direct sphere, indirect sphere and action sphere, taking place under the influence of seven laws. The laws are rather representation of the way we naturally react to external or internal stimuli, like Law of Cause and Effect, that says, do unto others what you would from others. This book is to help one in creating the desired life; which comes by the repeated application of tools to manage ones Spheres. A few example exercises are also given in the book to enable one to do self examination.
Through his book ‘Managing Your Spheres’, Garret Biss introduces a new idea in the vast area of self-improvement. Each of the seven laws reflect one among the many that are considered universal truths, like, nothing in this world is independent of everything else, there lies something good in everything, or, energy can neither be created nor destroyed. By specifying that our responses to any input is decided by which of the spheres, the response originate from, and that the Universal Laws shall decide that, Garret has indicated room for a more holistic document. Which will be discussing, for example, how lucky people happen to attract blessings to their life because they remain happy, grateful and positive people, well before the blessings arrive. In this book, the author is only acquainting us with a new stream of thought, mentioning however that a more comprehensive analysis is in progress and will be published as another book.
Reviewed by Roy T James for Reader’s Favorite_____________________________

‘Coffee for Consciousness: The Application of Perspective to Reality’ by Vito Mucci begins with a declaration: we should see us not as a body having spiritual experience but, as a soul having material experience. True to this, the author explains the relationship we maintains with animate and inanimate objects, as the prime decision makers when it comes to what we do, how we feel etc. The book analyzes at length, various factors that can influence our thought and action, like, intuition, de-personalizing mind, fear and its control, effective use of anger, forgiveness, our judgmental nature etc. Except for the influencing force that reaches us through contact, that is by light, by sound, by touch or by smell, all other changes in us are caused by our consciousness.
Coffee has the capacity to keep us awake, and this book keeps us awake to enjoy our consciousness, as perhaps intended by the author. He has tried to seek answers to questions that looks obvious once he asks, in simple, elegant terms of mostly common sense. For example, why do some people ignore the advices they receive, that too, after paying for it. He produces a classic answer too: happiness does not happen always as intended; sabotaging our lives works every time. This book needs to be read more than once, I think, and on each occasion, these ideas can be seen in a different dimension, a different perspective. A rich glossary is provided with the book and I found it very useful, as most of the topics discussed in this needed some form of elucidation.
Reviewed by Roy T James for Reader’s Favorite_____________________________

‘You Add The Rainbow - Adult Coloring Book (Rainbow Works) (Volume 1)’ by Tit Elingtin & Erin O'Riordan is a coloring book for all ages. Themes like maze, abstract designs, butterflies etc are covered by this tension reliever. The author has provided a good collection of templates with each of them greatly different from one another, ensuring possibility of holding ones uninterrupted interest. This is a convenient way to engage oneself on planes, in front of the TV, in coffee shops, or any other place where one is forced to while away time with or without reason, and come out in flying colors, as far as ones mood and temperament go. This is therefore a useful book, even more so as a last resort when things do not fall into places as they should.
The therapeutic benefits of art are nothing new; it's a concept that practitioners use with patients of all ages. ‘You Add The Rainbow - Adult Coloring Book (Rainbow Works) (Volume 1)’ by Tit Elingtin & Erin O'Riordan makes easy, rediscovering the analog pleasures of coloring inside the lines. Those of us who have had occasions to spend prolonged hours in front of the monitor will vouch for that, I am sure. The benefits of such hobbies are known to be many; task completion, fine motor control, story telling (why did you color it that way?), language development and the soothing effects are only some of those. Remember, psychiatrist Carl Jung, the founder of analytical psychology, prescribed coloring to his patients. This is a helpful book, a good companion in whatever we would like to be busy with.
Reviewed by Roy T James for Reader’s Favorite_____________________________

‘The Psychology of Economic Actualism’ by David Billings is an analysis of economic actualism, how nominal records deviate from actual reality. This deviation has enormous psychological implications. Mentioning that the plethora of social norms are primarily intended to chastise ourselves, as our society does not consider man as a social being by nature (remember, humans have to be taught to behave!), the author examines the impact of this in economic affairs.  This in effect, results in a nominal need for every actual as well as perceived need. His dissertation, accounting for the ‘state of the art’ as far as social transactions go and incorporating theories such as ‘the hierarchy of human needs’ is a comprehensive study of this topic.
David Billings, through his book ‘The Psychology of Economic Actualism’ proposes the idea that over many years of life with nominal needs, desires etc, our society has come to possess certain nominal values in addition to actual values, for all social entities including the economic ones. This dichotomy is presented in this book, illustrating with examples drawn from our rituals, social customs, business etiquette, appropriate language usage, laws, and our consumption patterns. This is more of an abstract discussion on the topic of actualism, and scope exists for a rather more quantitative analysis of these relationships. I found this topic new and challenging; and a few practical or empirical examples would have been of great help, especially since it is novel approach to our needs and desires. So also would have been the assistance, from a few questions of self test.
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‘Who Killed Randy Ratphink?’ by Jerry Flu begins with a promising start. The dead body of Randy Ratphink is hallucinating, leading to exclamations like the one influenced by philosopher Descartes, I stink, therefore I am. The dead body is in search for its killer; it metamorphoses into a cloud of thoughts and begins the search. On realizing that he was murdered, his aim is to find and square up with the murderer. His consultations, including a few with a known psychic graphologist adept at analyzing handwriting, take him many places. In his hunt, he sometimes gets caught on the wrong side of the law. He finally lands up with rather surprising developments connected with his murder, his search for the murderer, and the associates who joined him in his hunt.
The initial ten percent of this book is a real page turner; I relished it again and again. The way Randy takes revenge on his school time big bully, by feeding excess milky bars with love leading to unruly stomach, is a wise and entertaining move. This book is full of such fascinating descriptions, like the behavior of certain characters presented as ‘finger spelling expletives’. However the presence of the most interesting part of its plot, a corpse’s search for its murderer, does find only scant mention, that too mainly at the beginning and in the end. Also, the end should have been made more engaging, to match the superb start. Even then, this is a well narrated story with a plot capable of holding ones interest.
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‘Divine Wisdom and Warning: Decoded Messages from God’ by Nicholas Gura analyzes the Hebrew Bible using numerical values of letters. In doing so, the author is able to establish connection between many words or phrases of Bible and many expressions having direct relevance to the sense evinced by the biblical phrase. Nicholas has analyzed many such word combinations, and in all cases, the relationship between, number represented by the biblical phrase and intelligible statements having the same numerical value seem to be showing a meaningful connection. Even when the author chose words at random, like corruption or anti-Semitism, the words or phrases from the Bible having numerical parity seem to tilt towards meaningful results.
Nicholas Gura has made a strong case for looking into the Bible for answers for few more of the troubles we are likely to face in the days to come. By choosing issues that are nonreligious as well as widely known, like quantum mechanics, he seems to have succeeded in giving greater acceptability and reach, to his finding. However the explanations given in the book does not cover all cases of numerical equivalence. For example, biblical phrase ‘The world exists’ with numerical value 751has been shown to be equivalent to, ‘Make peace’, ‘I shall provide’ etc, with rationale, and, ‘Hate women’ etc, without explaining the reasons sufficiently enough. Such numerical comparison, however, is a new and different approach with a lot of scope for further research. This is a thorough dissertation in clear, concise manner and the book is worth the effort.
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‘Success Plan and Positioning Strategy 7.0: Closing the Gap between Your Primary Goal and A Successful Outcome’ by Vicente Njoku is to enable one in exploring the journey through life with passion, tenacity, and a success strategy designed suitably. There are three parts to this book: A, B, and C. Part A comprises of two chapters. Chapter One emphasizes self-realization and Chapter Two focuses on the idea of letting go of your past mistakes and converting your fears into stepping-stones to success. Part B is about maximizing goals, having role models and believing in yourself and the realities of life. Part C emphasizes how to maximize your potentials with a success prototype to reach your goals in life.
In ‘Success Plan and Positioning Strategy 7.0’, Vicente Njoku introduces the strategy with four fundamental elements, namely, Prioritizing goal, Having a contingency plan, Experiencing the challenge and Pursuing the plan. In explaining this ‘success’ system, development plans, study guides and assessment tools are provided with each chapter to familiarize oneself with the ideas presented. Motivational quotes are given at all points to drive the message home, like, “Always Do Your Best. Your best is going to change from moment to the moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse, and regret” This is an inspiring book, prods one in the way of determination, dedication and success. An index would have been very helpful; one might need to refer any part of this book.
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In ‘PERCEPTION of POWER’ by Bruce Thomason, Denise Adams, a small town mayor, is in love with a senator busy with his election prospects. As advised by his team that the present ladylove is not a good fit for a presidential campaign, the senator is on the lookout for an escape from this love. And Clay, a commander of standing in the police department, happens to become a prey to his anger. He hires a help from the underworld to device a plan of killing two birds with one stone, by eliminating the mayor and pinning the onus on that police officer. With disgruntled elements derailing investigations at vantage points, the intrepid and stern police chief has to produce many surprises to solve these crimes.
This is more than three hundred pages of nonstop thrill. The conspiracies leading to the crime, as well as the resulting investigation are shown to be planned meticulously. If the police officer epitomizes it in the state departments, and, the mayor faces it in many contentious and protracted exchanges of local administration, the senator and his cohorts plan to have it during every minute of their campaign. This book is also a page turner with an excellent narration. The suspenseful nature of the drama is taken to its pinnacle by the backdrop of characters effusing competence and efficiency. With a flurry of side plots to add interesting twists and turns, this book is capable of engaging a reader completely and uninterruptedly. And the characters are well crafted; I sympathize with all of them, including the villains.
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‘The Adrenal Reset Power Boost Diet’ by Jamie Sandulf begins by telling us that you start worrying about adrenal fatigue when you  may  be  feeling  run  down  and  tired,  but cannot  attribute  it  to  any  specific  reason. Like those among us, who on the alarm go back to sleep for “just ten more minutes”. The science behind adrenal fatigue, its symptoms and diagnosis are covered by this book. Thereafter it suggests natural relief activities before recommending a comprehensive diet plan and exercise regime. Eating natural  foods  that  are  free  from  chemicals  and contaminants  is  mentioned as one  of  the  best  ways  to  promote adrenal health. In conclusion, the book also helps you to create a list of each item in your life that you want to change in order to begin feeling fresh again.
‘The Adrenal Reset Power Boost Diet’ by Jamie Sandulf approaches the issue from an academic angle. Jamie gives a very illuminating description of the physiological background, the symptoms as well as the diagnosis of adrenal fatigue. Popular treatments like stress management, yoga, meditation etc. are then discussed following it with the main theme of this book, a recommended diet plan for promoting adrenal health. Lists indicating popularly available super foods that you can eat today as well as the calories intake are provided, and this can enable one to plan appropriate menus. This is a well written book; it answered all the questions that I could pose in this connection. A few references for further study would have been a helpful addition.
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‘Infinite Reiki, Infinite Healing’ by Angie Webster familiarizes us with the Reiki (Universal Life Force Energy) system of cure. It starts with the beginnings of this system of healing in Japan and explains how, its tenets fit in the modern world. After a discussion about what energy healing can do and a brief insight into its limitations, the book goes on to familiarize us with the Reiki system. The Energy, Meridians, the idea of Chakra, Pain Meditation, and the correct application of this for animals as well as plants, are some of the related topics discussed. Matters purely abstract in nature are also included, for example, “Unconditional love is the highest energy you can send to anything”. Recommended reads are indicated for further study.
‘Infinite Reiki, Infinite Healing’ by Angie Webster starts with a touching introduction to the topic, especially concerning her personal involvement with systems of healing. What healing did to her and how, is then described. Thereafter Angie makes a good case for an optimistic approach and explains the working and merits of such healing systems. An important part of healing is hope, she says. “Hope doesn’t have to mean that you will be cured. It can mean that you find a way to cope and live well with what you have going on” This book, though gave me a very good insight into the principles of energy healing, I am left doubtful, as far as its correct practice go. Though recommend reading is indicated, making further studies easy, a set of review questions as well as an index, was noticeable by its absence.
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‘Intellectual Property Management’ by Donald W. Wyatt makes it easy to understand how to manage intellectual property, while keeping it as a strategic asset. It is a primer that first explains what intellectual property is, and why it exists. The three fundamental models of its use are then mentioned, namely, the pricing power, the defensive bargaining, and the direct revenue generation models. After providing this background, this book explores the currently recognized legal framework of intellectual property. The four primary categories of intellectual property: patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets are then introduced. Finally, all of this knowledge is captured in a single, simple exercise of formulating an intellectual property model or plan, to be pursued for the product.
This book, ‘Intellectual Property Management’ by Donald W. Wyatt, familiarizes us with intellectual property as the core driver of the decision making process, more so for the businesses of the digital age. Tracing the ideas, of ownership of ideas from 1421, Donald makes a good case for intellectual property as a natural element of our society, and makes a beautiful presentation of its development into a formal law. The distinction between an idea and an invention, which is a very important consideration when it comes assigning category, is also covered. The book is so organized as to leave no doubt in the reader’s mind, as to patents, covering inventions and ideas. This is a good read, made my hazy ideas on, ideas, inventions, patents and all other issues pertaining to intellectual property, very clear.
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‘The GOD Soliloquy: GOD Speaks-Out against False Doctrines that keep Humans Enslaved in Fear’ by Gopi Menon begins with provoking questions: What if everything we have been told about World and about God is wrong? If we are to consider that all holy books were written at a time when people were ignorant about the basic nature of our existence and our world, at this age when we are better aware of our universe, isn’t there a strong case for reexamination of our spiritual sphere? More so, since developments in the world has caused great changes in our physical laws? The author proposes a new way to perceive our world, asking a few fundamental questions enroute, like, How can I punish you for disobedience or reward you for obedience, when I have given you free will?
‘The GOD Soliloquy: GOD Speaks-Out against False Doctrines that keep Humans Enslaved in Fear’ by Gopi Menon propounds a brave new theory regarding the world and its proper functioning, introducing a set of commandments anew. Rather than a manipulative figure controlling us who needs to be kept happy by the people, many a time at a great cost, he proposes an alternate idea that agrees with ones own reason and ones own common sense. A very well written book and all the new ideas proposed have been logically substantiated and are quite appealing to common sense. It looks so simple and elegant, in fact it made me wonder, why didn’t I, think of writing this book?
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‘Weight Training Without Injury’ by Fred Stellabotte and Rachel Straub is about a pattern for engaging with weight training without injury. And it takes you through the fundamental moves of weight training with over 350 step-by-step photographs, which show the correct methods and the common injury-promoting pitfalls to avoid. The book also show you what works, and what doesn’t, and explain why. The contents is based on the training methods developed by Fred over the past 50 years and is complemented by extensive scientific research, so whether you are just beginning or are well established you can easily learn proper form and prevent any mishap. To help you really understand the basics, each chapter begins with the Key Points for a Safe and Effective Exercise.
‘Weight Training Without Injury’ by Fred Stellabotte and Rachel Straub is a comprehensive guide for weight training. Completely illustrated with high quality plates, this book leaves nothing to doubt, as far as weight training go. Added to that are the professional tips to make the workout pattern, its duration and frequency, conducive to ones goals, making this book a Bible for those involved with such pastimes. This is thus an excellent companion for all athletes to achieve a thorough understanding of how to weight train, more so, without injuries. The comprehensive notes accompanying each plate and an index at the end elevate the status of this book to that of a reference manual, which is useful equally well for a novice, professional, or a trainer.
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‘Rising from the Shadow of the Sun’ by Ronny Herman de Jong begins with a five year old girl in a Japanese camp in Java, who grows up during the Second World War days to become the author of this book. Then tells the story of Ronny’s mother, Japanese occupation of the Dutch East Indies, and the troubles she had to confront in bringing up kids. The horrors of military searches, depleting supplies and rations, news of plundered homes and having no money, there was no end to the challenges, she had to face. Notices like “No hugging or Kissing” could be seen around, as a constant reminder of occupation. Forced to live in Japanese year 2602, and synchronized with Tokyo time, the difficulties faced by those does no seem to have any respite.
‘Rising from the Shadow of the Sun’ by Ronny Herman de Jong recounts the sad days of occupation recorded through the diary kept by her mother. The courage and hope displayed while raising her children and the intrepid nature of her mother resonates in it. The remarkable face Ronny has been showing to the life’s dangers (since a 5 year old!) did lead to an even more noteworthy life in Holland with her husband occupying the top position in companies and her mother crossing the ripe old age of 100. As she puts it, “An adventure that is still ongoing, with new developments every day”. This is an excellent read, the bunch of old records relating to POWs make this valuable reference as well.
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‘Detour Paris: Detour Paris Series Book 1’ by Jack Dancer opens with Tucker in the company of his fiancée Ebba waiting for a flight to Spain. Circumstances force change in plans, he is on a plane to Paris, followed further by a train journey to Spain. And the journey is made relishing by the interludes between him and a female passenger Monica, which kept alive, a passionate magnetism between them. The journey became truly adventurous when a guy ended up crashing through the door to their compartment, that too holding some papers, which turned out later to be prize winning lottery tickets.
‘Detour Paris: Detour Paris Series Book 1’ by Jack Dancer is a novel, well crafted. The narration is also quite slick, inviting reader’s involvement with the plot. The scenes of travel through air and land and the tale that accompanies it, as well as the interaction between the characters, Tucker and Monica and their friends, are shown quite realistically and with necessary emotional intensity. However I noticed two aspects deserving attention. This book does not show a structured plot, and assuming that the full series will have one, it would have been better if the reader is introduced to the plot in full or its part, through this book, especially, since this being the first volume. Also, both the abstract dialogs (aside etc) and real time conversations overlap many a time, leaving the reader in a quandary, the intended emotional effect taking a back seat. A good entertainer of a book.
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‘You Can Write for Children’ by Chris Eboch explains how to explore the wide variety of age ranges, genres, and styles in writing stories, articles, and books for young people. Chris suggests a five step approach, beginning with a study of existing literature as well as the trend. As the next step, the process of finding new ideas is examined, followed by further development of the idea, need for a catchy title and related issues. Points of view suitable for different types of books, nonfiction, drama etc is then identified, and as the final step, formation of characters and building conflicts, the thing that controls the flow, is analyzed. The settings for fiction, as well as creative nonfiction techniques are also included in this book.
‘You Can Write for Children’ by Chris Eboch discloses the secrets behind the magic of bedtime stories. To reach children, the most appreciative audience in the world, all that is needed is to concentrate on writing fresh, dynamic stories, this book exhorts. It gives various hints regarding availability of resources to make rhymed picture books, middle grade mysteries, edgy teen novels, nonfiction, or something else. The book also makes the importance of diversity, clear: the more varied our short stories, novels, and nonfiction are, the better we’ll be equipped to face real market – and young people will be able to find a book of their choice. This book looks at all aspects of ‘how’ to write, and much of, ‘what’ to write and other questions, leaving the prospective author with very few problems but to write.
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‘MASSIVE LIFE SUCCESS’ by DARIUS FOROUX is all about matters that inspire to achieve a healthier and wealthier life which begins, by identifying conquering fear as the most important task in this. Though we have no control over the events of ones life, we have total control over our actions, how we respond. He therefore proposes a seven step method to defeat fear, the primary cause, of inaction or improper reaction. Each step, like taking responsibility for ones reaction, conduct analysis and improve, is explained well, using examples appropriately. The book also provides a beautiful summary at the end for easier comprehension. Books for further reading are also mentioned that should be read by every person who wants to improve their life.
‘MASSIVE LIFE SUCCESS’ by DARIUS FOROUX is a stimulating book and a good read. Once we know how our brains are wired and why we feel fear, we can start the battle. This shall enable us in managing things we are afraid of in daily life and volunteer leadership. “Before you become a leader, Success is all about grooming yourself, When you become a leader, Success is about growing others” quite succinctly puts across the message of this book. This book thus provides the reader with the necessary inspiration on how to lead effectively, building new bridges, and establishing a vision for the future. This book examines the salient features of leadership and how these should be modulating your ideas of leadership. Though I found it well organized and thorough, a discussion on ‘how to handle failures’, ie., what to do when things go wrong, would have been a welcome addition.
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‘The Angola Deception’ by DC Alden has Roy Sullivan, an officer working in the immigration department with an estranged wife, in search of his brother, whose last posting was in Iraq. Sammy, who is known to him since his younger days, approaches him, for some help with his criminal deals. He is forced to extend help and take part in many shady activities and finds himself compromising his and his son’s safety when he starts exploiting his links at Heathrow. Frank confronts Roy with a claim that he knows the circumstances of James Sullivan’s disappearance, as well as the existence of a highly classified biological project of Angola virus, and Roy in turn accepts his help. More diabolic and dangerous incidents follow, posing grave threats to society at large and beyond Roy’s control..
‘The Angola Deception’ by DC Alden can claim to be having a good, slick plot and an interesting set of characters. The events and scenes constituting the different facets of the narrative are also conceived well, each of them contributing to and retaining the thrill. However I observed that Roy’s pal Sammy is shown to be having some sort of a hold over Roy without having given a reason or a background of obligation. This is a well written book; a looming air of thrill is maintained in the incidents of altercation that occurs with his son, wife, wife’s lover, as well as the villainous characters, Frank and Sammy. It can boast of good narration as its high point.
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‘The Leader’s Journey’ by Dr. Artika R. Tyner begins with an interesting quote: Lead from the back—and let others believe they are in front. Introducing leadership as a journey often mistaken for a destination, the author presents the topic in three parts, answering the question, Why Lead, in Part 1 of this book. In Part 2, key insights on core competencies of leadership are provided, exploring the question, What makes You a Leader. Next and last part of this book offers an opportunity for critical reflection by exploring ones individualized approach to leadership, with introduction to an array of leadership styles in order to gain insights on how to lead best. Inspiring quotes from a quite a few sagacious sources adds to the value of discussions.
‘The Leader’s Journey’ by Dr. Artika R. Tyner shares a powerful call to action that leads with the importance of reflection. This is an inspiring book, which exhorts one to become the kind of leader that people would follow voluntarily; even if you had no title or position. Also, it aims to drive readers to truly live out their purpose by engaging the spirit of reflection. The book somehow becomes a mirror forcing readers to study who we are, what we are and the gaps between what we are doing and should be doing. A discussion on the techniques or styles that can be adopted practically, preferably with examples, would have raised the discussion from the abstract, and making it easy for the reader to become the leader, this book talks about.
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‘Where Are The Ghostwriting Jobs?’ by G. B. Sholander is about markets available online for entry-level and established ghostwriters. After giving a brief introduction to the nature of ghostwriting, jobs available in this field and allied information, it lists down specific places where one can find opportunities in ghostwriting, as well as related areas like freelancing and journalism. Though finding ghostwriting jobs online may be great, but don’t limit yourself, the book exhorts. As an emerging or experienced ghostwriter, you can create your own ghostwriting opportunities. In this regard, the book also lists a few ideas to get you started. Helpful free resources that can give you additional tips and insights into finding an income as a ghostwriter is also included in this book.
‘Where Are The Ghostwriting Jobs?’ by G. B. Sholander is a repository of data, showing the resources and opportunities available for all. By giving clear description as to the nature of this rather pretentious job title, as well as linking its popularity with the explosion of internet sites, it gave me a comprehensive picture about the state of art, as far as ghostwriting go. I am now more or less clear; where to go, which website to approach for jobs, and other related information is available with the author’s critical comments. This is thus a very useful guide for those who are searching for an opening and the practical tips and advices contained in this book simplify the job quite a bit. The reader finally, is left with only one responsibility, ghostwriting in earnest.
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‘The Methuselarity Transformation’ by RICK MOSKOVITZ begins with an audacious suggestion of transfer of bodies between people, those who can afford to buy and those willing to part with. Marcus Takana is identified as a participant in the evolving life experiment, Methuselarity Transformation, and a pretty agent Terra manages to get his assent. Ray Metler, the wealthy recipient of this transformation, which is in the area of cognitive migration, is eagerly waiting the D day when the actual change is going to take place. In the mean while, the professional talent of Marcus is being recognized in areas like Takana Grass, and he is chosen as the Minister of Discovery. Also, confusion is caused by the fact that wives of both the donor as well as the recipient are not fully aware of this transformation. Moreover, certain unforeseen developments take place, leading to a surprising end.
‘The Methuselarity Transformation’ by RICK MOSKOVITZ is a page turner, as far as narration of this story go.  The word ‘methuselarity’ denoting a disease free existence, harvesting cells from young enough subjects before the onset of aging process, which is the technique used in this novel, has been meaningfully named ‘Methuselarity Transformation’. New concepts like sentient processing, environment sensitive grass, artificial cognition and many such entities are there in this story, that are quite imaginatively conceived. Like, “Drought tolerant vegetation” to “drastically reduce irrigation needs and conserve huge amounts of water in densely populated urban areas while still maintaining green space”, this is a very good book, intensely enjoyable.
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‘MAKE ACTUAL MONEY ONLINE’ by AUBREY DURKIN gives valuable advice on exploiting the internet for generating income, either using ones own talents or utilizing the business acumen of someone else. To begin with, Aubrey mentions writing and publishing e books as a lucrative field. He lists down the avenues available for selling books, and make critical comparison between these paths. Related areas like blogging, providing online content as well as other opportunities are discussed which can be availed directly or using ghostwriting services. Sales is another area, one can enter with own strength or as an affiliate. The field is open to take on a large number of challenges like subcontracting, online retail and other forms of sale. One can use it for a comfortable part time income or can devote time and effort to find an entirely new vista opening for you.
‘MAKE ACTUAL MONEY ONLINE’ by AUBREY DURKIN acquaints us with a new and promising path. In the coming days, this digital route, in all probability should be the number one choice for a transaction. Though I had heard of many of the suggested methods, the way these are presented together as a disciplined group, increased my awareness and made it easy to choose my path. Accordingly one can select an appropriate provider, for the desired service. However, I think the information necessary for starting any business could have been given more completely. For example, for book publishing, places to obtain book reviews, which is a big challenge, would have been a great help. A quite useful guide.
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‘Understanding Domestic Violence’ by Aubrey Durkin presents us with a brief discussion on the nature of domestic violence and its victims. The book describes different studies undertaken so far, and acquaints us with the characteristics of the abuser. Both males bashing female partners, and vice versa, are examined to study underlying causes and its reach. The victims, women as well as men, are another important part of this study. Others including circumstantial sufferers, like children, also feature in this dissertation. A summary and references at the end are given to ease further research.
‘Understanding Domestic Violence’ by Aubrey Durkin examines the issue of domestic violence from many angles. To begin with, Aubrey mentions that traumatic memories are not processed in the brain in the same organized manner as normal memories, and thus are difficult for the victim to understand or describe. She also discusses how, recounting these memories with the assistance of a trained professional help the victim. By helping them to understand their feelings, they assist in effective treatment, as well as limiting inappropriate reactions. This book also acknowledges the fact that research on domestic violence has primarily focused on women, leaving male victims underrepresented in the literature.  Men tend to seek help only when they are in most critical need of it. This book shows a more or less balanced approach, focusing on empowering victims and targeting attitudes and habits that have been found to cause victims to return to their abusers, or never leave them in the first place. A brief but effective study, of an issue which never dies down.
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‘Real Estate Investing: The 7 Step Solution to Making Millions in Real Estate’ by Jim Pellerin introduces the real estate investment scenario as AIMS, Analyze, Invest, Manage and Sell. Jim explains the AIMS Realty Investment Method as composed of two parts and 7 steps. Part One, the first three steps of this program, is all about preparing to become a real estate investor. It involves getting all the education you need, planning your different strategies, and making sure you are ready. Reader is introduced to different types of real estate, discussing for each, the investment strategies, the financing strategies as well as the sales and marketing strategies. In Part Two, which accounts for the remaining four steps, the preparation is put to work.
‘Real Estate Investing: The 7 Step Solution to Making Millions in Real Estate’ by Jim Pellerin opens the doors of real estate commerce for all. By providing us with a well defined and ordered path for study and venture into this area, it further makes the entry into real estate business easy. The structured study material and the academic content of this book acquaint us with the nuts and bolts of this, and enable us in becoming an expert. A good collection of questions with answers and a plethora of examples enhance the educational value of this book. Jim has done a good job; this is a well written, thorough document. However, absence of an index was felt, which would have catapulted this guide to a good reference as well.
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‘Gotcha! : The subordination of free will’ by Eldon Taylor, true to its title, enchanted me completely. This book tells me that what iconoclast Karl Popper has been in science, Eldon Taylor is being so everywhere else. The quirkiness that escapes the notice of all of us are collected together and presented in a manner to evoke subtle humor. Beginning with our beginnings, the affairs of our gametes, where he poses the question ‘when does an embryo become a person’, he goes on to examine the nonconformity in all that is around us. The book ends also in a remarkable way, with one of the most profound questions ever asked, ‘What is the meaning of Life?’ From electro magnetic energy to GM Foods or, from religious freedom to video news, there is no topic that has not been examined for something amiss.
The relevance, I think, of books like ‘Gotcha! : The subordination of free will’ by Eldon Taylor is becoming more and more clear as we progress in our research, in areas like quantum life or quantum biology. Latest results from these areas show the border between things that we used to consider as black and white, becoming rather hazy, promoting a rethink on many of our early notions. This book is in that direction, today the ideas presented here may evoke good humor, but in some time, they might be more than mere ideas. This is a good book, it prepares one to be in step, that too, philosophically too, with the changes taking place everywhere.
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‘Amazon Kindle Reviews’ by John Smith is a book that introduces the reader to what a review is, and why it is important. John discusses the techniques followed today as well as those suggested by most people, and mentions that almost all the advices demand the need of an e mail list. This book however proposes a different approach. The recommended way is to find addresses of Amazon top reviewers, and approach them with a stylish, query letter drafted for this purpose. This will also help in creating ones own list, of all of the reviewers that have responded positively, and that can be the starting point of a new relationship. This list will be very useful, whenever publishing another e-book is being contemplated.
I wish I read ‘Amazon Kindle Reviews’ by John Smith before publishing my books. I had made many unsuccessful attempts to get my book reviewed and finally I approached a few Amazon reviewers and it worked. The methods suggested here are a great help to those desirous of publishing a book, as obtaining a review is one of the most challenging tasks facing a writer in his journey to success. However, I think a few more ways to get reviews should have been included in this book, review swap (which are free), for example. This is a well written book; it presents the topic in a helpful manner, providing a bunch of additional resources one can avail in connection with this – like professional tips and a free Kindle Reviews Training Course.
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‘Email Management using Gmail’ by Ceri Clark shows ways to automate ones email organization, specifically aimed at users of gmail. It helps one in doing more productive work, rather than fighting the monster of email overload. It begins with a general discussion on the use of gmail, a quick start guide, where the facilities available and how to set them up are demonstrated. How to use this email client exploiting all such conveniences are then discussed. Use of labels, filters, groups and related particularities are treated at length with an overview of housekeeping of mails in general. Operational tips, how to appropriately use these facilities, are provided with an index for easy reference or retrieval.
‘Email Management using Gmail’ by Ceri Clark changed my idea about gmail. Though having been a gmail user for many years, many of the capabilities of this email service that would have made my life easier, I learned from this book. (I wish I reviewed this book earlier!) Not only that this book contains a lot of information, but also those are presented in a reader friendly manner. Use of bulleted lists, charts and figures, a summary at the end of each chapter, screen capture accompanying description of procedures and, a good index, greatly enhances the value of this as a reference.  This is a great help to all those who use gmail. With helpful hints and recommended techniques for utilizing the available functions, this book can enable them to get more from this email service, that too with less effort!
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‘NAVIGATING YOUR RELATIONSHIP: A Voyage for Couples’ by H. LAURENCE SCHWAB, M.F.T. is a practical, systemically oriented guide for couples to help in navigating the complex, often turbulent waters of intimate relationships. Like a boat, a couple need to launch their life, and like a boat in sea, life needs to be controlled to sail well through rough seas and calm waters. But unlike a boat, here there are two captains, hence the need to integrate two visions, the two weather reports on the boat, the perspectives of the two captains, or the sensibilities of two cultures or genders or families of origin. Using this metaphor, the author offers sagacious advice on matters that affect a couple and how it can be optimally dealt with.
I found ‘NAVIGATING YOUR RELATIONSHIP: A Voyage for Couples’ by H. LAURENCE SCHWAB, M.F.T. a simple but powerful tool to keep life in good repair. Using metaphors like Moving Toward the Middle of the Boat, Watching and Listening From the Dock, Reaching the Lighthouse and the Harbor or Handling Rough Seas, the author proposes natural sounding solutions to the most common, everyday problems of every couple. There is one issue I noticed with most of the books on this subject, we feel like reading those only when we are already in trouble, which, had we read those before, would have never arose. This book I think should be a good read for happy couples (or those who want to be one), thanks to the deft handling.
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‘STRATEGIC CAREER ENGAGEMENT’ by Donn LeVie Jr. is for shaping a successful vocation path for employees, contractors, and consultants. The author reveals the tactics of a proven action plan designed to shorten the time necessary to get hired or promoted. The recommended style is to focus on and reinforce your unique competitive advantages. In four parts, Part I making you aware of the motivations that influence evaluation, Part II guiding you how to shape a portfolio of documentation to fit that, Part III showing how to develop impression management, and Part IV addressing the issue of remaining continuously relevant, if necessary by switching career, this book proposes a fundamental shift in how you approach your career development. 
‘STRATEGIC CAREER ENGAGEMENT’ by Donn LeVie Jr. is a very helpful book for managing ones career. The many years of experience of having been in the field of hiring manpower can be clearly observed in the pragmatic advices, suggestions and measures recommended by the author for sharpening ones faculties as well as for shaping them to fit the required notch. Every possible question that can arise in ones career, like how to approach the job market, which formats of resume to use, and, how to become an expert, are discussed in this book. In addition to that, many new concepts, like Professional, Skills, Knowledge, and Experience Portfolio (PSKE Portfolio™), are introduced in this, which is of great value in seeking a new job or career. An index and a few review questions would have elevated the book to greater heights.
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‘Jumpstarting Your Inner Novelist’ by JE Thompson is a practical guide for writers about creating successful novels. The author discusses how to choose POV, the setting of the novel and the stream of consciousness, the ‘thing’ that gives style. Choosing the protagonist, the antagonist and other minor characters are discussed next, along with a suggestion to make a resume for each character as it enables the novelist to control the placing of characters. Deciding on the mode of narration, when to ‘tell’ an event and when to resort to ‘show’ and, how to form and use subplots come next. The importance of good grammar, as well as the composition of scenes is also discussed by the author. A set of resources to help writers and references to literary agents are given in the book.
I found ‘Jumpstarting Your Inner Novelist’ by JE Thompson, a useful book. Though it didn’t make me a novelist, I now know what questions to ask one. Citing examples of successful novelists, this book reduces the intimidating task of making a novel into a couple of manageable activities. Plenty of examples are shown, mostly from well known literary works, to illustrate the principles and techniques. A broad outline of a plot is all that necessary then, to begin making a novel. This book helps in completing all the remaining activities by suggesting a rather disciplined or formal approach. This is a well written book, I feel confident to try authoring a novel the moment I am able to think of a reasonably complex plot!
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‘The LastBillion’ by Dave Welmans presents a realistic view on the current state of the continent across a wide range of industries and notes the effect, the pervading ambience is having on the continent’s move forward. It begins with the story of Shaka Zulu, a ruler of yesteryears who introduced new techniques, new weapons etc and even proved as a match for the British. Through the metaphor of the distorted Mercator projection of Africa in the maps we use, the author transpires the message that the world at large is ambivalent about the aspirations of African people. Moreover a rather good account of colonizers is also given, sowing, how they plundered its wealth. But with the independence of most countries, a new revolution is in the offing and, the surprising strides that Africa is taking in modern communication techniques is poised to yield happy results.
‘The LastBillion’ by Dave Welmans put me in a quandary. Is this extolling the strong desire of the Africans to come up in life? Or, is it accusing the Western powers of maltreatment of the Dark Continent? If it is the former, this book does a very good job by presenting the proliferation of new technology and its desirable effects. If latter, the charges, that misdemeanor since the days of Shaka Zulu is influenced by Western Powers, or, the brutality seen among Africans is inherited from Western Powers, I am constrained to say, remains unsubstantiated in this book. On the whole, this is a well written book, opened my eyes to many, rather unknown vistas of African life.
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‘HEALTHY SENSE OF SELF’ by Antoinetta Vogels introduces the idea of a natural ‘sense of self’, from which is formed self esteem, the thing that differentiates between good, productive individuals. She goes on to define, describe and analyze this concept, as well as its relationship with environmental, circumstantial and motivational inputs. How it contributes to our ‘feel good’ sensations and, what internal mechanisms take part in its manifestation is analyzed here. The report is made into a professional one, with the inclusion of relevant case studies. Many charts and other resources of explanatory nature are provided, in addition to a glossary and index, enhancing its value as a reference.
‘HEALTHY SENSE OF SELF’ by Antoinetta Vogels succeeds in presenting this method as a new and integrated approach to the understanding of an important part of the human condition, and offers potential improvements. Many of the symptoms given and the solutions suggested, similar to those suggested for growth of self esteem, can result in ones self-improvement. Study of this topic can be seen to be having a permanent presence in all books related to motivation and human development. However, this is a holistic approach; it examines a bunch of contributory reasons, plethora of possible harmful effects, as well as, the process of reconditioning and healing, in the ambit of ones sense of self. This book makes a comprehensive, rather forceful presentation of the topic. It left me with only a (silly?) question; difference between them being too narrow, couldn’t sense of self be called self-esteem itself?
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‘In Pursuit of Justice: Applications of Forensic Psychology’ by Aubrey Durkin shows Forensic Psychology as a fairly large area, most of which, remains away from public view. This book discusses roles of these professionals in different responsibilities, like, juvenile sub-specialty, criminal sub-specialty etc. Aubrey thus goes on to establish the rightful presence of forensic psychology professionals in different areas of government, like courtrooms, correctional facility, or law enforcement. In all these cases, a rather detailed discussion of their contributions is included in this book, with quotes from relevant past judgments shown appropriately. The possibility of providing counseling services to law enforcement personnel and the resulting challenges is also examined.
‘In Pursuit of Justice: Applications of Forensic Psychology’ by Aubrey Durkin is a short but crisp dissertation on the state of the art, as far as forensic psychology is concerned. The huge organization of forensic psychology and the vast area of its operation is clearly mentioned in this book, even in this condensed form. This clearly indicates both the need to devote time, specifically to study this specialty of government, and the usefulness of this book for that, as far as professionals in the administration of justice, go. This essay is capable of opening ones eyes to the magnitude of the challenge, forensic psychology face. And this information can help the concerned professional in making more appropriate plans regarding all related tasks. This is a well written booklet; an exhaustive list of references provided at the end enhances its value as a consultative document.
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‘101 Pocket Writing Tips & Techniques To Inspire Your Fiction and Strengthen your Craft’ by Ronda Hinrichsen begins with an exhortation to authors – keep on learning and improving. The perennial problem of writers, getting fresh ideas and new plots, is then discussed. To write is to rewrite, procrastination is a big enemy, and intuition is the sixth sense all writers should have, are few of the many gems, Ronda’s book hides. How a character with a flaw appear more natural, and, in place of ‘telling’ or ‘showing’, an author should ‘create’ the scenes, are some of the ‘patentable’ pearls of this collection. It ends with an advice I badly needed, ‘don’t hold yourself back thinking of an imaginary success line to cross. Claim your title as an author now’. 
‘101 Pocket Writing Tips & Techniques To Inspire Your Fiction and Strengthen your Craft’ by Ronda Hinrichsen makes more attainable, success as an author. Many of the suggestions in this book are just extension of commonsense and easy to be put into practice, making this a recommended and handy book for prospective writers. The reflections of the author on topics like, new ideas for a book, thinking always of the readers’ wants while writing, and the ways to ensure ‘word of mouth’ publicity, raises the stature of this guide to an authoritative document. A thoughtfully crafted, easy to read and well presented handbook that can take the place of a constant companion to all those engaged in ruminating for a living, like writers do.
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‘Three Men in SeA’ by Ashok Yeshurun Masillamani is the story of the ‘Trio’ (Terry,   Gerald and the auhor), spiced and decorated with cherry-picked anecdotes during the trip to  Thailand,  Cambodia, Laos and  Vietnam. It begins with describing how, during a visit to Chennai, they happen to attend a lecture about ‘Angkor  Wat’, a Hindu temple (one of the World’s wonders) in Cambodia, and an idea to travel SE Asia(Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and Srilanka) was born. From the architectural wonders to pristine beaches, from tempting girls with STD (Short Tight Dress) to the massage parlors, and from the underground kitchens of Vietnam to the scenic beauty of Kandy, this book tells it all, about that journey. The magnificence of SE Asia can be seen here in its full glory.
‘Three Men in SeA’ by Ashok Yeshurun Masillamani is an entertaining narrative that is also informative. The sharp eye, the ‘Trio’ exhibited throughout the trip, while relishing natural beauty, makes me wonder “Did they enjoy the trip too?” However, the ability shown by the ‘Trio’ in showing us the architectural wealth and to fetch historical background all the time, needs to be appreciated. This travelogue therefore, possesses good value as a guide book, while reflecting truly, what the author mentions - ‘Wonders of Human Endeavour, Historical Mysteries and Nature’s Bounty’ of the places covered by this. Strikingly well written with an academic approach, and with good illustrations showing many areas of rich cultural wealth, this can act as a book of reference for those visiting South East Asia.
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‘Know Thyself: To awaken Self-Realization’ by Lateef Terrell Warnick takes ideals from the Eastern as well as Western Thoughts to dwell deeply on the aim of life. It finds five states of consciousness, called koshas, for each atom and specifies them as Annamaya Kosha pertaining to inanimate life, followed by Pranamaya, Manomaya, Jnanamaya and Anandmaya Kosha pertaining to plant, animal, angelic and blissful forms of life respectively. Other esoteric topics like origin and reach of religion, reconciling religion with science, purpose of life, as well as what is sin, are then examined. The book concludes with an exhortation: Soul is Spirit; Spirit is Soul! This is God’s Sole Revelation… I AM, hence, Know Thyself!
‘Know Thyself: To awaken Self-Realization’ by Lateef Terrell Warnick is not an easy read. Even for a book written on philosophical topics, this is a hard one, since the discussions necessarily should be involving the comparatively obscure, deeper tenets of the East as well as the West. However, the author has taken efforts to marry the potent, sublime ideas of the Eastern Thought, like the Seven Chakras, Brahmacharya, Isvarapranidhana etc, with relevant areas of Western Thought and Holy Bible. A set of review questions appropriately for each chapter would have been a great help, more so for such a topic as this. This book is highly educative, it can clear good many questions on the spiritual front and can elucidate ones notions about one of the most volatile topics of these days, religion and its observances.
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‘The Expat Mission Iraq’ by Marcel Al-Madanat is the author’s account of Iraq in the years 2012 -13, while working for a company looking after a mobile operator’s network. It begins with his observations on the Middle East, their incessant indulgence with religious affairs and the constant attachment with traditions. The Arab way of life finds its description here, with emphasis on the distinctive customs. How he landed up in an overcrowded Iraqi airport expecting a warm welcome and struggled to find a room instead, how the travails of loosing his bag enroute chastened him completely, as well as, the insurgency existed there since the American pull out, find its mention here. It ends rather thoughtfully, with his reflections on life.
‘The Expat Mission Iraq’ by Marcel Al-Madanat has a narrative spiced with philosophical musings. As the author mentions at the outset, the influence of rule 38, of the 48 Laws of Power, ‘Think as you like but behave like Others’, I think might have been the over his flow of thoughts, while writing this. I can find a personal connection with many of his views, like when he remarks that the people of the Middle East ‘seem to be living a farfetched romantic dream’. This is a well conceived and informative memoir; it hides a lot about the land and its people of the Middle East, or rather about a little more towards the East. At least some of the customs and traditions can be found in a few more countries of the East; India for one.
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‘3 Keys To Managing PTSD: The Warrior’s Guide to Overcoming Combat Trauma’ by Brett Cotter begins with a spirited answer to the question, what is PTSD, and identifies it as the brain’s way of venting trauma. Exploring the manner in which it manifests, the core complexities of PTSD are then discussed. The key areas of its management, identification of signals of this disorder, processing techniques and the ways of assessing these, meditation and normalization of trauma, are then considered. Different exercises are shown for practicing these techniques effectively and meditating is introduced as the easiest and most useful remedy, “because it’s the only time we allow ourselves to do absolutely nothing. What’s easier than that?”
‘3 Keys To Managing PTSD: The Warrior’s Guide to Overcoming Combat Trauma’ by Brett Cotter is a new approach to relaxation and relief, which is a blend of Eastern and Western philosophies. The background information at the beginning discusses the issue from its fundamentals, and is greatly useful for the reader in acquainting with the injury and the suggested cure. With the help of sample forms, exploring questions and directed exercises, Brett enhances the adaptability of the book for practical application. A glossary, a list of resources with web links for treatment for depression and PTSD, and related references make this book a useful guide. The author has offered multiple ways of dealing with the problem effectively, as he says, “Each time your stress is triggered, there’s a new opportunity for you to master releasing it.”
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‘Death Sucks, Life Doesn't Have To’ by Brea Behn begins with the shock of her twin brother dying from an accident and how that leaves her shattered. How she had to resort to professional help for depression and, while making great progress in her grief, something else also happened to add to the trauma. After many consultations with doctors and specialists, she conducts her own research and comes out with a plan. As she puts it, “one thing I have learned through my journey is that all good in my life has brought more good. It is the bestkept secret in the world. Good attracts good, and bad attracts bad”.  She overcomes her grief, and to help others in helping themselves, the book lists a wide range of helpful hints and web addresses.
‘Death Sucks, Life Doesn't Have To’ by Brea Behn has given a good description of the lingering pain that remained with her for many years. Finally when she decides to confront her sorrow, how she uses cooperation as a technique, in place of confrontation. “my children spilled his milk ….…I hugged my child who was bracing himself for the wrath of mean mommy monster and asked if he could help me clean it up. He was so relieved and now every time he spills, he asks to help clean it up. Tadah! Less stress!” Her new approach recommends herbs, supplements, medications (as a last resort), meditations, exercise routines, yoga routines, etc. This book lists a good bunch of resources and web addresses that can be accessed to find solace and comfort in ones quest. Useful book.
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‘Stop Dreaming…Start Traveling’ by Russell Hannon begins by extolling the benefits of travel and the freedom it offers to everyone. The book explains the process of opening its wealth through a seven step ladder of People, Means, Knowledge, Creativity, Flexibility, Adaptability and Pure Luck. And by adapting to lean principles how one can visit expensive destinations at a fraction of their current cost is explained. Warnings as well as Tips for each such explanation make these advices comprehensive too, for planning ones journey. A plethora of resources like addresses for home swapping, car rentals, inexpensive accommodation, hotels and flights, agencies for travel funding etc are also included as appendices. How to choose an appropriate destination for your interests while keeping the resources in mind also is covered by this book.
Travel takes one closer to ones destination, and ‘Stop Dreaming…Start Traveling’ by Russell Hannon takes one closer to travel. Russell begins by telling how worthy, or attractive is to save money, and how that can eventually add to ones enjoyment, making the reader look out in earnest, for the lean travel techniques offered here. And he satisfies the curiosity, almost all questions one can get while thinking of saving ones expenses, or related subjects are comprehensively covered. It also speaks about how to make money while on travel. This is a well thought about work, almost all questions I could think about while pondering of a trip, could easily find an answer in these pages. I wish it had an index, to help me travel through the book.
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