Love Our Vets – Restoring Hope for Families of Veterans wit PTSD

By: Welby O’Brien

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Comfort, Encouragement, and Practical Help – Answers for the Hard Questions Faced by Families Impacted by PTSD

As the wife of a disabled veteran Welby O’Brien understands what it means to experience the day to day struggles faced by those living with loved ones plagued by PTSD. “Love Our Vets” is written to provide relief, practical help and support for these families.

The book is divided into three parts: Reaffirm, replenish, and reflect.  Additional features include a valuable group discussion guide, help for times of transition and vicarious trauma.

Part one uses a question and answer format to addresses sixty-four hard questions, topics based on issues and concerns from a number of people who share from their heart actual issues they are facing or have experienced in the pastThe questions address topics and concerns, such as: Dealing with misconceptions and stigmas, symptoms to watch for, dealing with frustration, anger and rage, family relationships, problems in the workplace, and many more.

Part Two addresses the subject of replenishing yourself; depleted of energy, tired, exhausted, and facing burn out, you need to be nurtured. O’Brien introduces a list of twenty-one needs you may be experiencing. These are presented in a survey format that will help you recognize personal areas of stress in your life. O’brien provides specific suggestions and tools to help through these hard times.

Part Three is made up of reflections from the lives of many who are dealing with PTSD.  O’Brien writes realistically from her experiences as a caregiver, offering encouragement through heartfelt feelings of hope. She speaks of her personal faith and the importance of prayer. She provides the reader with insightful keys for building a spiritual foundation for finding, inner strength, and healing.

Timely, relevant, and important – Highly recommended.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.

Deep River Books, PO Box 310, Sisters, OR 97759, 978-1940269597, $ 15.99, 2015, 224 pages

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Art of Presentation – Your Competive Edge by Ray Hull, PhD and Jim Stovall


The Art of Presentation – Your Competitive Edge

By: Ray H. Hull, PhD and Jim Stovall

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

A Look at the Elements Involved in Effective Presentations

Ray H. Hull, PhD and Jim Stovall collaborate in “The Art of Presentation – Your Competitive Edge” to provide the reader with a distinctive balance of step by step instruction and compelling illustrative stories that reinforce the essentials involved in effective presentations.

The authors help the reader learn and develop skills of communication that will result in a freshness and individuality to the manner and style of the readers presentations, will hone their effectiveness, and encourage them to become more accomplished platform speakers.

Other tips the authors suggest include: practice your skills by placing yourself in situations that provide opportunities to improve your effectiveness, discover your strengths, determine your brand, and filter your media presentation for” accuracy, bias, and perspective.”

Stovall uses the examples of Paul Harvey, Zig Ziegler, Will James, and others with inimitable presentation skills to demonstrate the art of crafting visual images as powerful “as great movies. The perfecting of this capability, the use of humor, and well placed emotional stories will insure powerful, memorable presentations.

“The Art of Presentation – Your Competitive Edge” will resonate with anyone concerned about their building self- confidence while improving their delivery and enhancing their stage presence.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.

Sound Wisdom Books, P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-193787987, $ 21.95, 2017, 192 Pages

 

Set Yourself Free – Live the Life You Were Meant to Live – A Book Review


Set Yourself Free – Live the Life You Were Meant to Live!

By Jean Walters

Reviewed by: Richard R. Blake

A Transformational Journey – Principles from the Life, Teaching and Example of Jesus

In her book “Set Yourself Free – Live the Life you Were Meant to Live,” transformational coach, Jean Walters integrates principles from the life of Jesus, his teaching, and example to guide the reader into a spiritual journey of “surrender, love, and healing.”

Through stories of people who struggled for answers and turned their difficulties into opportunities; Walters weaves insight into a spiritual consciousness that frees from negativitya, sets in motion the law of attraction, which results in an action plan that leads to reaching goals. Walters dynamic teaching, can enable you the reader to overcome the negative results of fear, improve self-worth, turn desire to motivation, and provide a sense of personal security, made possible through your relationship with God.

I found the self-assessment questions and tools for freeing oneself from fear especially helpful and the process for change challenging. The stories of faith and the freeing power of the Gospel illustrate the importance of the disciplining the mind positively to our body and the resulting relationship to our  physical health.

“Set Yourself Free – Live the Life you Were Meant to Live” is or anyone looking for life change. Jean Walters provides the reader with and an eleven step process, suggested tools  and affirmations for freeing yourself self-doubt on a transformational journey to change that will result in a “new you.”

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.

Robert D. Reed Publishers, P. O. Box 1992, Bandon, Oregon, 97411, 978-1944297039.  $ 15.95, 256 pages,

 

 

 

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill – A Book Review


Think and Grow Rich

By Napoleon Hill

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake,

Thirteen Principles of Success –A Classic Model on Individual Achievement

“Think and Grow Rich,” written by Napoleon Hill is your passport to financial independence, personal growth, and peace of mind. Napoleon Hill’s thirteen principles of success are the result of 20 years of research. This edition is a reproduction of the unedited text of Hill’s 1937 original work.

These principles contain important philosophies that you will want to study, digest, meditate on, and absorb as you make them your own. Hill includes stories to illustrate his philosophy of the “Law of Success.” These stories include men like Andrew Carnegie, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and other leaders in industry.

The foundational principles of Hill’s “Law of Success” are the basic premise or substance of many success oriented authors, writing in the genre of visualization, positive thinking, and self-realization.

Personal treasures I gleaned from my reading include the wisdom found in these principles:

  • Faith, a burning desire, and persistence combined with a plan of action will produce miraculous results.
  • Every adversity brings with it the seed of an equivalent advantage – handicaps can be converted into stepping stones.

Readers willing to commit themselves to Napoleon Hill’s thirteen steps to riches as found in his book, “Think and Grow Rich” can expect to find “abundant riches” in finances, business associations, family relationships, peace of mind, and a changed life.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.

Sound Wisdom, P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-1937879488, $ 27.95, 2017, 382 pages

The Success Model – Five Steps to Revolutionize Your Life, by Sam Silverstein, A Book Review


The Success Model – Five Steps to Revolutionize Your Life

By: Sam Silverstein

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake, richard330@yahoo.com

Turning Your Latent Ability to Realization While Revolutionizing Your Life

In his book “The Success Model – Five Steps to Revolutionize Your Life” Sam Silverstein presents the basis of the success model, a five step system that will encourage the reader to determine what it is they want in life, recognize  their passion  and establish their purpose.  Sam has incredible insight into achievement, the importance of accomplishment, and the reward of personal satisfaction.

The book is made up of short, fast paced chapters that help the reader understand the five key words to success: desire, change, plan, implementation, and success. It is important that you, as the reader, get a thorough understanding of the five step success model before moving on to consider the remaining key words. When these are internalized and implements you will achieve and realize success.

Sam Silverstein is known for his strong stance on prioritizing accountability, growth, and development within the leadership team of a company’s organizational structure. The “Success Model” develops this principle for adaptation on a personal level, making accountability a priority on self-motivation by the individual.

My biggest regret is that I did not discover Silverstein’s writing earlier in my career. Highly recommended.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.

Sound Wisdom, P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-0768411836, $ 15.99, 2017, 224 pages

Stop Chasing Influencers – The True Path to Building Your Business and Living Your Dream by Kimanzi Constable and Jared Easley – A Book Review


Stop Chasing Influencers – The True Path to Building Your Business and Living Your Dream,

By: Kimanzi Constable and Jared Easley

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Proven Steps to Making Your Dream Become a Reality

Kimanzi Constable and Jared Easley take the mystery out of “building your business and building your dream by adapting the concepts presented in their book “Stop Chasing Influencers” In twenty-two short, fast moving, chapters the authors provide the reader with the reason for pursuing personal dreams, with strategies and ideas that will produce the results to make your dream become a reality.

Constable and Easley use examples from their own experiences to illustrate how these principles can and do work in areas of social media, public speaking, writing, professional and personal life coaching, mentoring, and marketing, and in business and economics.

I was reminded of the importance of focus, using time wisely, and having a right mind set as I learned valuable ideas for innovation and implementation. I received fresh insight into becoming an influencer by expanding my vision, and by exploring my personal assets to successfully develop and accomplish the opportunities available to me for successfully accomplishing my goals.

Whatever your dream, “Stop Chasing Influencers” will give you the tools, creative concepts, proven strategies, tips, ideas, technology, and techniques to enable you to fulfill your dream, to find balance, and to enjoy your family to the fullest.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.

Sound Wisdom, Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-0768408935, $ 14.99, 2015, 192 Pages

Wisdom for Winners – Volume Two by Jim Stovall – A Book Review


Wisdom for Winners – Volume Two

By: Jim Stovall

Reviewed By: Richard R. Blake

Sage Wisdom for Contemporary Readers and Future Generations of Winners

Wisdom for Winners – Volume Two is a compilation of the writings of Jim Stovall, president of Narrative Television Network, and author of the bestselling The Ultimate Gift book and movie trilogy.

The book is made up of 10 fast moving, reader friendly chapters, packed with selections taken from Stovall’s Winner’s Wisdom syndicated columns, featuring keys to success in business, economics, and finances. Stovall writes for professional specialists, business entrepreneurs, self-help coaches, and educators. He offers inspiration, motivation, and guidance in areas of facing adversity, time management, character development, the value of wealth, and recognizing and taking opportunity through using applied wisdom.

Stovall is a gifted communicator and story teller. He never wastes words but delivers his message in an easy to read writing style using examples of winner’s who have overcome challenges to become successful.

Jim Stovall’s life speaks for itself; he has enjoyed success as an author of over 30 books, as an athlete, investment broker, and entrepreneur while dealing with the challenge of blindness. In the year 2,000 he was presented with the International Humanitarian of the year award. His life is proof of the credibility of his practical, powerful success principles.

Readers of Wisdom for Winners will agree that we exercise wisdom as we choose to pursue Jim Stovall’s counsel, advice and leadership. Highly recommended.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.

Sound Wisdom Books, P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-0768410389, $ 19.99, 2016, 224 pages

 

 

The Success System That Never Fails, by W. Clement Stone – a Book Review


The Success System That Never Fails – Experience the True Riches of Life

By: W. Clement Stone

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Proven Strategies and Principles to Unlock the Powerful Potential within You – Steps on the Road to Success

W. Clement Stone’s The Success System That Never Fails will resonate with seasoned sales representatives and goal setters, reminding them of past successes and challenging them new aspirations in their career. The book is especially beneficial as a training manual for a new generation sales force. These principles can become the “common denominator of continuous successful achievement in every human activity.”

I was challenged and by Mr. Stone’s inspirational examples of men who have become self-builders, motivated by stories of those who have moved up from rags to riches, encouraged by the successes of those who have taken advantage of opportunity, and heartened by others who have found success after experiencing temporary failure.

Stone’s keen sense of the elements of story model the power of inspiration to motivate the reader to identify, translate, and apply these action principles personally.W. Clement Stone’s Success System That Never Fails will continue to provide practical techniques, motivation to build character, and specific how to examples of developing a positive mental attitude that insures experiencing true riches in every area of life for generations to come.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.

Sound Wisdom Books, P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-0768408423. $ 16.99, 2016, 248 pages

 

Jump Start Your Business, By Shawn and Rachael Doyle – A Book Review


Jump Start Your Business – 10 Jolts to Ignite Your Entrepreneurial Spirit

By Shawn and Rachel Doyle

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake, richard330@yahoo.com

Key Concepts and Ideas for Becoming the Architect of You Own Life

“Jump Start Your Business” is written for anyone who has dreamed of starting their own business, for those who already have a business and want to make it better, and for those who want to grow their business to the next level. Successful entrepreneurs, graduate students, and company employees alike will learn from the many key tips, tools and techniques provided for igniting the entrepreneurial spirit within.

The material is well organized, presented in a natural progression of building blocks (the 10 Jolts) with sound principles and guidelines for establishing clear mission and vision statements which lead to articulate personal and professional goals. The discussion on the importance of time management, taking advantage of available resources, and of networking resonated with me.  I also found the chapter on building and maintaining energy while being passionate about identifying tools that motivate and inspire especially helpful.

Other Components include finances, creative thinking, the power of words, and other skills that enable and empower personal growth and success in business round out the 10 Jolts.

Authors Shawn and Rachael Doyle are both experienced in the field of startup businesses, entrepreneurship, advocates of lifelong learning, and actively implementing motivational and training programs. Their writing style is informal, reader friendly, challenging the reader to complete the Work It exercises, included after each chapter, and to work with accountability partners.

This is an important addition to the other “Jump Start “ titles published by Sound Wisdom books.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.

Sound Wisdom Books, P.O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 9780768407815, $ 14.99,2015, 210 pages

 

 

Creative Strength Training – Prompts, Exercises, and Personal Stories for Encouraging Artistic Genius by Jane Dunnewold – A Book Review


Creative Strength Training – Prompts, Exercises, and Personal Stories for Encouraging Artistic Genius

By: Jane Dunnewold

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Aids to Becoming the “Self-Actualized” Artist We Are Capable of Becoming

“Creative Strength Training – Prompts, Exercises, and Personal Stories for Encouraging Artistic Genius” is designed to help the reader discover strategies that combine writing with hands on art and to develop a unique voice.

The table of contents reads like of a menu, filled with so many choices of mouthwatering delicacies and aromatic scents that it is difficult to know where to start. The catchy chapter titles grabbed my attention with key words and descriptive phrases that offer rewarding results and bright colored illustrations that offer irresistible prompts, and strength training exercises that focus attention on detail and cultivate imagination. Each uniquely formatted page contains a myriad of approaches that reinforce the theme of the chapter.

The exercises from How to Distill and Edit Your Story grabbed my attention. The suggestions on mining content, writing, distilling and editing your story are well worth the time and effort of implementing.

Jane Dunnewold understands all aspects of the creative process. Jane’s book “Creative Strength Training” will resonate with artists and writers alike.  The inspiring stories of artists, mentored by Jane, tell how they have benefited by applying Dunnewold‘s exercises and prompts in unique ways in their art.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.

North Light Books, Cincinnati, Ohio, 978-1440344954, $ 16.70, 2016, 144 pages