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Book Review: Good Grief, What a Wonderful Life

Book Details:

File Size: 4797 KB
Print Length: 18 Pages
Publisher: Expert Insights Publishing
Publication Date: March 20, 2013
Text-to-Speech: Enabled

Book Summary:

This little book can change the way you think and what you feel about grief and loss. A portion of the proceeds supports animal welfare organizations worldwide.

People do Stress Relief and Grief Therapy very differently, so as a coach, it can be dealt with in many ways. One of the reasons I started to think about Good Grief Stress Relief is when I studied the body as a Physical Fitness instructor. When we are stressed the body begins to build up cortical steroids which can create lots of ongoing problems for the person. Imagine then, when a large section of a country is plummeted into a stress or grief situation by a catastrophic event? We have seen it many times in the last few years. We have seen earthquakes displace 10 million people in China. We saw Japan almost wipe out their east coast with a tsunami. We saw hundreds die in New Orleans, USA. Victorian fires here in Australia, catastrophic events in Haiti, Samoa, Iran, Afghanistan, Africa, and New Zealand. How does a whole country cope??? How do you cope?

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Book Review: The Silver Sphere by Michael Dadich

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File Size: 1239 KB
Print Length: 274 Pages
Publisher: Evolved Publishing
Publication Date: November 19, 2012
Text-to-Speech: Enabled

Book Summary:

Evolved Publishing presents a wild journey to a sister planet of Earth, in the award winning “The Silver Sphere” by Michael Dadich.

Shelby Pardow never imagined she could kill someone. All she wants to do is hide from her troubled father… when she is teleported to awaiting soldiers on the planet Azimuth. Here she is not a child, but Kin to one of the six Aulic Assembly members whom Malefic Cacoethes has drugged and imprisoned. He seeks to become dictator of this world (and then Earth by proxy).

His father, Biskara, is an evil celestial entity, tracked by the Assembly with an armillary device, The Silver Sphere. With the Assembly now deposed, Biskara directs Malefic and the Nightlanders to their strategic targets. Unless….

Can Shelby find the other Kin, and develop courage and combat skills? Can the Kin reassemble in time to release or replace the Assembly, overthrowing Malefic and restraining Biskara?

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Book Review: Lost in Infinity by Travis Besecker

Book Details:

File Size: 394 KB
Print Length: 426 Pages
Publisher: Amazon
Publication Date: February 11, 2012
Text-to-Speech: Enabled

Book Summary:

This book is not for everyone.

Lost in Infinity is a novel that many readers will find hard to define. In fact, it’s much easier to list what it is most definitely not, than what it really is. It’s not necessarily a tale of suspense or a thriller. It’s not a mystery by normal standards. It’s not inspirational, romantic or full of laughs. Depending upon your perspective and final take on the tale, it’s not even entirely fiction.

This book is not for everyone. Lost in Infinity is a novel intended for a very specific audience…

The author would have you believe this is a “psychological roller coaster wrapped in the factual memoir of a chronic insomniac suffering from apeirophobia (the fear of infinity).” He would go on to explain that the “novel unfolds the history of his life as he tries to unlock repressed memories through a near schizophrenic relationship with his own splintered subconscious.” This is a clever ruse to suck in his niche reader. This book is not for everyone.

Influenced by Chuck Palahniuk, Kurt Vonnegut and Carlton Mellick III, the novel offers a unique look into the private confessions of a self-absorbed blogger on the precipice of a mental breakdown. The recurring theme of déjà vu leads you through the work giving glimpses of a dark past while offering anecdotes that will eerily relate to most readers. Mixing in humor and satire with a confused childhood spent under the microscope of therapists keeps the mood light while he digs deeper into his past looking for the root of his problems. The narrator pulls back the curtain and reveals his dark inner turmoil as he fears a slow deliberate path toward schizophrenia. A repetition of events and recollections leads the reader through the twisted break the author fears while touching on life’s everyday issues and questions. He delves into sleepless nights, stress, relationships and the pitfalls of education and careers while he openly offers opinions on religion, suicide, insomnia, depression and the meaning of life.

Many casual readers will be turned off by the jumping timeline. Some will be confused by the author’s back and forth focus on his missing memories. The first person pseudo-oral narrative will leave others simply frustrated. The rest will grow sick of the author’s defense mechanisms, most often hiding behind his pretentious recollections of growing up a childhood ‘genius’. This book is not for everyone.

Now that you’ve been properly warned and many have moved on to their next light read . . .

Lost in Infinity is part social commentary, part psychological mystery and part diary. What begins as an egotistical journal from an overconfident, yet anti-social, bratty blogger slowly dissolves into the twisted chaos of a mind on the brink of collapse. The reader is eventually forced to decide if the book is a cry for help from a man attempting to rationalize his schizophrenia or a clever ruse to make them stop and contemplate the meaning of existence. Lost in Infinity will leave the reader questioning everything they thought they knew about the author’s sanity, about their own life, about existence and the infinite universe beyond.

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Book Review: Soda Springs: Love, Sex, and Civil Rights by Terry Marshall

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File Size: 1246 KB
Print Length: 386 Pages
Publisher: FriesenPress
Publication Date: November 23, 2010
Text-to-Speech: Enabled

Book Summary:

Soda Springs is the forgotten story of America’s turbulent civil rights years: the fictional world of a small farm town fragmented by the Mexican-American struggle to combat decades of racism. Soda Springs confronts those topics your mother told you to steer clear of in polite company: sex . . . religion . . . politics . . . racial conflict.

April 1963. College senior Rick Sanders commits himself to Martin Luther King’s civil rights campaign in Birmingham, Alabama. But when Rick’s father rolls his tractor, Rick begrudgingly returns to Soda Springs, Colorado, to run the family farm. He vows to make the best of it: he will enlighten the hometown folks with Dr. King’s message.

Rick discovers a town in the throes of a failing economy, and finds himself in the cross hairs of warring factions governed by hardball politics. He plunges headfirst into a world of prejudice, discrimination, protest, and violence. His reward: shattered dreams, love, sex, rejection, and finally, redemption.

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Book Review: Consoling Angel by Denise Alicea

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File Size: 105 KB
Print Length: 22 Pages
Publisher: DCL Publications, LLC
Publication Date: November 21, 2011
Text-to-Speech: Enabled

Book Summary:

Mira did not know what she had in store the day she fell asleep while wanting to escape her current situation. Overcoming the death of someone close and burying herself in school and an internship has kept her somewhat awake and alive. An admiration for the actor James Dean was all that kept the memory of her father alive. If she couldn’t be with her father, she could at least remember what they shared. She always wanted to meet James Dean. Be careful what you wish for. It may just come true.

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Book Review: The Mysteries of Jack the Ripper by N.S. Patrick

Book Details:

File Size: 451 KB
Print Length: 186 pages
Publisher: Silver Knight Publishing, LLC
Publication Date: May 27, 2012
Text-to-Speech: Enabled

Book Summary:

On August 31, 1888, a prostitute is murdered in Whitechapel, London, England. When a member of a proper gentleman’s club, Thayer Wickliff, hears local gossip, he begins reading the grisly details in the paper. Thayer discusses the murder with his peers, and soon, a debate on the reason a man would kill in such a gruesome fashion follows.

When a second, more horrific murder occurs the following weekend, the newspapers sensationalize. The City of London now believes that a frenzied lunatic is stalking the streets. Speculation arises that the murderer may not be mad—quite possibly, he was a solid, normally law abiding citizen walking among them, unnoticed.

At the end of the killing spree in November 1888, five prostitutes had been killed and mutilated. During this time, four members of the club had uncovered the identity of “Jack the Ripper” and knew why the murders were committed. Bound by a gentleman’s code of silence, they allow history to be left with unresolved mysteries.

Find out how a twisted series of events unfold in this unexpected and brilliant solution to an old, unsolved mystery!

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