Silent Takeover by Jacquelyn Sheppard – A Book Review


Silent Takeover – How the Body Hijacks the Mind

By: Jacquelyn Sheppard

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

How the Body Affects the Mind and the Mind Affects the Body – A Plan for Redesigning Body, Soul and Spirit”

In her book “Silent Takeover – How the Body Hijacks the Mind” Jacquelyn Sheppard sets out to establish the concept that emotional, mental disorders and other addictive behaviors are directly related to diet.  She provides a “roadmap” for anyone looking for answers to two questions:  “Why am I the way I am? What can be done to change my Life?”

The book is made up of four parts. Part one deals with below the surface issues of emotional, mental, and addictive behaviors. Part two looks at surface issues; facing daily decisions and finding solutions to negative behaviors. Part three helps the reader understand addictions and look realistically at the impact of chemicals on everyday life. Part four provides strategies for redesigning body, soul, and spirit.

Jacquelyn’s writing reveals sensitivity to the examples of shepherding in Jesus’ teaching and a spiritual tone that resonates with the reader, establishes rapport, and builds confidence in her assumptions.

Sheppard’s extensive research often challenges generally recognized and more traditionally accepted interpretations of mental and emotional issues. Her meticulous chapter end-notes provide the reader with substantial suggestions for additional reading which confirm her conclusions. Her work is endorsed by professionals in the fields of medicine, education, and clergy.

I found Jacquelyn Sheppard’s “Silent Takeover – How the Body Hijacks the Mind” to be immensely interesting and vitally informative. Highly Recommended.

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

Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-0768409246, $ 16.99, 2016, 254 pages

Sweet Sales – Successful Sales with Synergy by David K. Sweet, PHD. – A Book Review


Sweet Sales – Successful Sales with Synergy

By: David K. Sweet, PHD.

Sound Wisdom, P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-768411331, $ 14.99, 2016, 160 Pages

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

Communication – the Heart of the Sale – 14 Important Elements for Developing a Sales Mindset and Taking Your Sales to the Next Level

In “Sweet Sales – Successful Sales with Synergy” Dr. David K. Sweet explores the mental and physical aspects of sales. He talks about body language and communication, self and time management and the mindset needed for success in sales. He introduces 14 key elements important to developing this mindset.

I especially appreciate Dr. Sweet’s straightforward writing style, with proven concepts and easy to implement strategies. An important component to getting the most from the material is to follow through with the suggested written exercises. This extra effort can provide powerful results in implementing an attitude of excellence, and enthusiasm that exudes confidence, establishes rapport with your customer, in building your customer base, and getting the next sale.

The “Recommended Reading” suggestions are divided into three sections: Sales, Time Management, and Motivation. Rather than the familiar chapter notes or complete bibliography Sweet simply states the author and title of the book. The unique feature of his approach is the one line reason for recommending the title and how the reader might benefit from each recommendation. I like this approach.

The principles, practices, and processes in “Sweet Sales – Successful Sales with Synergy” contain important guidelines that can move sales trainees or seasoned sales professionals to a whole new level of success.

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

 

 

 

 

 

Jump Start your Networking – 10 Jolts to Ignite Your Networking Success by Shawn Doyle – A Book Review


Jump Start your Networking – 10 Jolts to Ignite Your Networking Success

By: Shawn Doyle CSP

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Tools, Tips, and Techniques for More Effective Networking – Important  Elements of Your Strategic Planning

“Jump Start your Networking – 10 Jolts to Ignite Your Networking Success” is based on the premise that a key element of success today is networking and making connections. Shawn Doyle, author, and development training professional, challenges the reader to consider the question, “How can I most effectively network at this stage of my life?

Doyle goes on to introduce ten important topics to stimulate identification of your networking goals and how to track the results. Each chapter includes a “Work It” section with specific questions which set in place a working approach to incorporating his 10 Jolts to Ignite Your Networking Success. These questions provide the basis of meaningful discussion for making successful networking connections, both professional and personal.

He has a unique communication style. He can create a distinctive sense of an informal friend to friend chat or of excitement generated at a formal seminar with a group of aspiring leaders. Doyle creates an atmosphere of learning: team building, communication, creativity, and leadership.”

This is the sixth book in the “Jump Start ” series. I am fast becoming a fan of Shawn Doyle’s books. The format of the material is reader friendly, conducive to assimilation, retention and  later review. The thought provoking questions are stimulating and provide insights into making personal application.

“Jump Start your Networking” is an important book for small business entrepreneurs, corporate management, leaders in education, and for individuals at every stage of their career in any field.  Highly recommended.

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

Sound Wisdom, P. O. 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-0768410440, $ 14.99, 2016, 192 pages

 

 

Believe and Achieve – 17 Principles of Success – by W. Clement Stone – A Book Review


W. Clement Stone’s Believe and Achieve – 17 Principles of Success

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Time Tested Principles for Achieving Success

Clement Stone’s “Believe and Achieve – 17 Principles of Success” is an official publication of the Napoleon Hill Foundation. The writings and principles introduced by Clement Stone and Napoleon Hill have influenced and become the model for contemporary motivational writers. Nationally recognized leaders in industry and highly influential people in the medical and educational fields also validate the soundness of these principles

The book is divided into five categories:

  • Attitudinal Principles which emphasize the importance of a positive mental attitude and a well-defined purpose
  • Personal Principles which discuss initiative, enthusiasm, self-discipline, finances, and health.
  • Fraternal Principles which introduces the Master-mind alliance and teamwork
  • Intellectual principles that include creative vision, controlled attention and accurate thinking
  • Spiritual Principles of applied faith and the constancy of change

Anecdotes and success stories demonstrate the importance of learning from defeat; going the extra mile, taking initiative, and maintaining enthusiasm; these stories are interspersed throughout the book. Readers can easily identify with the testimonials, and become motivated to apply the principles personally.

This revised and updated edition of W. Clement Stone’s “Believe and Achieve – 17 Principles of Success” is must reading for anyone today seeking to achieve success in business, relationships, and a personal sense of finding purpose.

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, 9780768408362, $ 15.99, 2016, 278 pages

The Roadmap to a Rich Life- Success with Life, Relationships, and Money by Beau Henderson


The Roadmap to a Rich Life – Success with Life, Relationships, and Money

By: Beau Henderson

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Beau Henderson’ success record as a financial adviser, helping people achieve financial success, shares his philosophy in his book “The Roadmap to a Rich Life – Success with Life, Relationships, and Money” The book is designed for readers who have struggled or are struggling with debt, budget difficulties, business failures, or investment setbacks, adjusting to the ever changing face of economics in today’s society.

Henderson’s roadmap encompasses all the elements of living a fulfilled life, including: purpose, personal growth, personal success, business, economics, and relationships.

 The book is divided into three parts:

  • Part one introduces Rich Life Principles that encourage the reader to look at their work, relationships, and finances in a new way.
  • Part two describes the Rich Life Program encouraging the reader to examine their motivation, personality type, and what it is that makes you feel fulfilled.
  • Part three focuses on elements of income planning, debt management, and looking ahead to retirement, concluding with Call to Action exercises that help you analyze your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats.

 A Call to Action section at the end of each chapter provide the reader with questions to ponder and exercises that guide them through practical proven principles to pursue and to put into action

Rich Life Success Stories demonstrate and validate how the principles and program provide a sound financial plan.

The thing that make “The Roadmap to a Rich Life – Success with Life, Relationships, and Money” unique is Henderson’s ability to challenge the reader to focus self-awareness, reevaluate their own beliefs, redirect their energies, determine and achieve their life purpose through creating their own personal version of the Rich Life Plan.

Sound Wisdom Books, P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-0768411010, $ 15.99, 2016, 200 pages

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

 

 

The Power of Making Miracles – Supercharge Your Mind and Rejuvenate Your Faith – By Arnold Fox, MD and Barry Fox PH.D


The Power of Making Miracles, Supercharge Your Mind and Rejuvenate Your Faith

By: Arnold Fox, M. D. & Barry Fox, PH.D

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

A New Look at the 10 Aspects of a Healthy Spirit – Living Out Your Full Potential

“The Power of Making Miracles,” an official publication of The Napoleon Hill Foundation” is coauthored by Dr. Arnold Fox, M. D. and Barry Fox, PH.D.   The book is made up of a 14 Day Making Miracle Program built on the premise that we are all born with an unlimited potential and that this “spirit” within us provides the key to achievement.

The authors describe 10 aspects of “spirit” as “the 10 pillars that will lift your spirit high;” and that “these 10 Pillars of the Spirit are the foundation upon which success is built.”

Powerful easy to understand stories demonstrate the influence of stress and negative thinking on the heart and every the function of all the body’s organs.   In contrast dramatic case studies reveal the impact of words of “faith, enthusiasm, love, joy, courage, and conviction” on the health of man’s spirit.

Drs. Arnold and Barry Fox capture of the key elements and principles of positive thinking, visualization, and affirmation championed by Norman Vincent Peale, Maxwell Maltz, Rene Dubos, and life principles from the Scriptures. They are leaders and pacesetters and models for leaders in the community of contemporary life coaching.

“The Power of Making Miracles” is for anyone looking to supercharge their mind, rejuvenate their health, and refuel their faith. By applying the principles of this 14 day program you will impact your health, your spirit, your relationships, and every area of your 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, 978-07684-08386, $ 15.00, 2016, 266 pages

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Take Charge of Your Destiny, by Jim Donovan – A Book Review


Take Charge of Your Destiny – How to Create the Life You Were Meant to Live

By Jim Donavon

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Design, Take Charge of Your Dreams, and Watch Them Become Reality

International bestselling author, and highly recognized leader in the field of personal development, Jim Donavon, has done it again. His new book “Take Charge of Your Destiny” is a highly motivating, “Personal Development Program” designed to help you, the reader, tap into your power within, take charge of your destiny and live the life you were born to live.

Jim’s writing is conversational in style, and creates a feeling of a casual one to one approach as a confidant. It is easy to visualize sitting across the table from him in an informal personal coaching session; or to imagine being a participant in a live audience of thousands sensing the “power-driven” excitement and contagious enthusiasm created by the group dynamics of the crowd.

Jim helped me solidify my life’s vision and goals; by adapting the seven foundational principles developed throughout the book. The step by step exercises helped me set goals in key areas of my life.  “Take Charge of Your Destiny” is a book you will want to read for content, complete the suggested exercises, and read again to mark your progress on your goals, vision, commitments, and the reality of your dreams.

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, 978-0768410464, $ 14.99, 2016, 160 Pages

 

 

 

 

 

The Chameleon – Life Changing Wisdom, by Merrick Rosenberg – A Book Review


The Chameleon – Life Changing Wisdom for Anyone Who Has a Personality or Knows Someone Who Does

By Merrick Rosenberg

 

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Powerful Lessons from the Wisdom of the Chameleon

In “The Chameleon” Merrick Rosenberg picks up the themes of the earlier book “Taking Flight” co-authored with Daniel Silvert in which they introduced the DISC model of human behavior using a story telling format incorporating the use of fables.

The book is made up of 22 fables based on the DISC personality system to show the unique flexibility of the chameleon and the behavioral styles of the parrot, the dove, the owl, and the eagle to demonstrate the four personality types. This enables the reader to identify personal leadership styles. Rosenberg combines his gift of storytelling with practical examples to help enhance your career, build strong relationships, influence others, and to live a more fulling life.

I found the practical applications used in the section Chameleon Wisdom especially helpful. These included specific tips for adapting or translating the teaching of the fable into life action steps that help you get the most benefit possible from your personal strengths. Rosenberg’s writing is entertaining, filled with practical illustrations, and inspiration that inspires positive transformation in self and others.

“The Chameleon – Life Changing Wisdom” is important reading for anyone seeking career advancement, improving relationships, or developing maximum personal potential.

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

Take Flight Media, 978-0996411004, 2016, 270 pages

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jump Start your Motivation – 10 Jolts to Get Motivated and Stay Motivated – A Book Review


Jumpstart your Motivation – 10 Jolts to Get Motivated and Stay Motivated

By: Shawn Doyle

Sound Wisdom, P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-07684130144, $ 14.99, 2011, 176 pages

Reviewed By Richard R. Blake

Self-Motivational Principles and Strategies that Produce Leadership Characteristics and Qualities

“Jumpstart your Motivation – 10 Jolts to Get Motivated and Stay Motivated” is a incredible combination of personal success stories, examples, practical advice and proven techniques. Interactive Workit exercises are designed to help you, the reader, apply to your life the principles just discussed.

Each chapter is chock-full of insights, practical useful tools, and specific skills to help you achieve and maximize your life goals, personally and professionally, and to help you focus on your true purpose.

The book is made up of eleven foundational principles, which, when put into practice are life-changing, including: such things as finding your unique purpose, identifying your passion, becoming a lifetime learner, the art of achievement, and the importance of evaluation.

Doyle’s light hearted wit and subtle humor are understated reminders that sometimes we take our detours to our success too seriously to learn from them.

As I read the enthusiastic endorsements of Shawn’s writing, I was impressed with the superlative words and descriptive phrases that describe his passion for leadership development and human potential, for example; high caliber content, stimulating greater levels of performance, and masterfully written.

“Jumpstart your Motivation” will resonate with training managers, life coaches, and business leaders, and is must reading for anyone ready to realize their dreams, set goals, and move to the next level of success.

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

 

The RichLife – Ten Investments for True Wealth, by Beau Henderson – A Book Review


The Rich Life – Ten Investments for True Wealth

By: Beau Henderson

Destiny Image Publishers, P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-076840859, $ 15.95, 2015, 272 Pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Guidelines to Attaining the Priceless Asset of Personal Accomplishment and Peace of Mind

In his book “The Rich Life – Ten Investments for True Wealth” Financial Advisor and Certified Success Coach, Beau Henderson introduces the reader to a unique approach to fiscal stewardship through a principled approach to creating wealth while experiencing inner peace.

The book is made up of 10 investment steps and one master principle with guidelines and a blue print for building true wealth. These investment steps include money, life purpose, relationships, health, and managing your assets. Henderson presents a new definition of the word rich: a totally new way to approach investing by putting the focus on, you, the investor.

Each chapter includes a portfolio builder exercise with suggestions for beginning the process of putting your “Richlife” in motion, for identifying and living out your own definition of what brings you the most satisfaction and happiness; yourself, those you love and your world.

Henderson includes well-crafted illustrative stories and narrative to stimulate application with keen insight into the difference between money, wealth, the mindset of intention, and healthy investments in creating favorable conditions for success.

I found the chapter on dealing with the importance of building a Richlife professional team made up of a trusted financial manager, an accountant, and an attorney that are highly respected in their field and understand your investment philosophy and goals.

“The Rich Life – Ten Investments for True Wealth” will resonate with those individuals seeking true fulfillment in all aspects of life.

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