Friday, June 19, 2015

Transformed From Ghetto to Glory-The Life You Can Live, by Dr. Keith Driscoll

Changes Can Be Made- Its Up to You

IS IT TIME TO CHANGE? This book is a must read if you really want to become the person that God wants you to be for your life. You can significantly improve your life if you're willing to transform. How you feel as a Christian as a spouse, as a parent. 90% of the time there is no one to blame but ourselves that's why we must transform. Well Dr. Keith Driscoll, minister and social psychologist, wrote this powerful book called Transformed. This book will definitely help you to help yourself if you follow the simple steps that God wants you to have. You'll learn that it's not about anyone on the outside but it is about the inner you. It will help you in every aspect of your life. It will help you mend families, mend your relationship with God, and help with your new job. Transformed is a book that will help you beat the odds. You will be able to build relationships. It will last till death do you part. In his book, Dr. Driscoll offers wisdom, counsel, and an impassioned challenge to keep your life in order and keep the world around you always stable. “Be not conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:2). In this book, Dr. Driscoll will help you renew your mind. A MUST READ

About the Author
About the author Keith Driscoll received his B.A. in psychology and M.Ed. in English Language Learning from The Evergreen State College and earn a Ph.D. from Sheffield University. Before his academic counseling career, Keith attended the Memphis School of Preaching where he fell in love with God's Word and every aspect of being a minister. Besides being the full time Minister with Salem Church. Keith is a professional behavior profiler and counselor working with school districts in Texas, Arkansas. Puerto Rico and Illinois. Keith was born and raised in Houston, Texas but lived for years in the Pacific Northwest. Keith is married to Vanessa and they have three children Samaria, Shaun, and Shanelle.
A small book-53 pages. A very quick read.  But a powerful message!!!  I very much enjoyed this book.  well-written too!

Lord Have Murphy, by Fran Shaw

When will Buddha bring the ice cream? I would like the Instant Enlightenment Sundae, please, with no nuts. And could I have it to go? --Murphy
We hear a lot of talk these days about awakening. Weapons of mass instruction are proliferating. How to write happily about higher consciousness without sounding Holier than Tao? How to trust what is in us and that we are finding our way to it? With unrelenting humor, Murphy gives it a try, only to discover in himself a surprising truth about what is hidden from our everyday mind: what it is to wake up. Is being self-aware the same as being awake? What role does attention play? Along with these questions, Murphy explores, with great fun: Everything in Self-Help but The Self; the Leaky Boat School of Self-Perfecting; Beliefs (the Big Addiction) and Ownership (the Big Trap). Whatever the hitch, he always says, But I can work with that, an endearing attitude, and for him, Attention is the teacher. Here is a look beneath the golden robes of the spiritually well-endowed. --Murphy With over 40 drawings by Bruce M. Sherman. Contents Preface
Writing about the Mystery has its dangers, namely, believing-in-the-one-who-thinks-he-knows. In the garden for a nanosecond and I become the Wikipedia of flora. Chapter 1: Lord, Have Murphy
A blow does get my attention. A sudden fear. A quick deflation. Bam! Is that the sun blazing gold across the horizon? I had not noticed because my world has shrunk to the size of a kumquat. Chapter 2: Murphy, Have Lord
GO WIDE, SAYS THE OCEAN, SAYS THE SKY. My new bumper sticker from Glowaii. Yes, it is just another state, well south of the great Unknown. But it does cost to fly there. Pay how? With attention. Chapter 3: Lord-and-Murphy
So I huff-and-puff to accept myself and others. And then the discovery. Focused attention yields to finer Attention, opening into light-flecked space where there is no should. Chapter 4: Write It Up!
It is when the writer makes spinach out of this mysterious process. Ugh. Ego usually gets a bad rap, by the way, in all this press. Why not pick on the nose? It can dominate at moments, too. Chapter 5: Higher Education
I had the privilege of attending, in Amsterdam, the Sit-Chat-Ananda Institoot for Lifelong Learners. At first it was very easy for me to become very busy with pretending to be collected. In Holland we call this going down the toobs. Chapter 6: Head Case Studies
The only problem with identification is getting identified with it, thinking it is a problem. Golden opportunity here! To sit in my own stuff, really notice how I am, and wake up, thank you. See without interfering. Not to change things but to see. Chapter 7: Maximizing the Art of Living
There appears to be a blurring of the line between self-help and awakening. All we need is to redefine a few key terms:
TRANSFORMATION: Transitory information about how to cope as a cheerier me. Chapter 8: Wakebook
It is all about streaming live video of yourself. Somehow mind-here-observing connects with body-here-seen and feelings-here-interested-in-seeing; all three coming together permits perception of what is animating the whole. Chapter 9: Picture This
In the moments we embody the finer energy, the Goodness of it flows through us into the world. Can it be? The shift we are seeing at times, in ourselves and others. At any moment, freedom. Chapter 10: Metamurphosis
Once upon a time there was a sensitive little caterpillar living in a forest. All there was to do all day was eat leaves. But others were always trying to chew him up.

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Indications Press; First edition (March 18, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0963910094
  • ISBN-13: 978-0963910097

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    Funny, well-written, little book about our own spiritual awakening.  Great illustrations too!


    Monday, June 8, 2015

    Not Cool-The Hipster Elite and Their War on You, by Greg Gutfeld

    “Not Cool-The Hipster Elite and Their War on You” is an excellent, well-written, funny book.  Well worth the read.  No, this book is not all about ‘hipsters’.  It’s about liberals trying to ‘be cool’ by siding with every other person in this world, just to ‘fit in.’  Mr. Gutfeld is saying this, in short…Think for yourself.  Be yourself.  And don’t try to follow all these new trends. It’s not worth it.  You are not cool if you do that, you are living in a ‘world of pretension, envy, and hate.”

    Gutfeld writes:
    “Remember Gladys Kravitz?  The neighbor from Bewitched, who was always in Samantha and Darrin’s business?  In the seventies that was annoying, in 2013, it’s lauded.  She’s ‘engaged,’ she’s ‘caring,’ she’s also, in any era, a total pain in the ass.”
    “Examples of this type of ‘Ignore Locally, Annoy Globally’ abound, from saps like Jim Carrey to sappier saps like Sean Penn.”

    Greg Gutfeld writes with great humor.  But in my opinion, he speaks of a very serious subject.  Being cool is not doing like everyone else is doing.  We are no longer in high school people!  There should be no cliques and no looking down at the ‘uncool.’  The uncool is where it’s at!  Work hard, think for yourself, and make a great life for you and your family. 
    From politics to the personal, from fashion to food, from the campus to the locker room, the desire to be cool has infected  all aspects of our lives. At its most harmless, it is annoying. At its worst, it is deadly, on a massive scale.  The Cool are the termites of life, infiltrating every nook and cranny and destroying it from within. The Cool report the news, write the scripts, teach our children, run our government—and each day they pass judgment on those who don’t worship at the altar of their coolness.  The cool fawn over terrorists, mock the military, and denigrate employers. They are, in short, awful people.

    From what we wear and what we eat, to what we smoke and who we poke, pop culture is crafted and manipulated by the cool and, to Greg Gutfeld, that's Not Cool.

    How do the cool enslave you? By convincing you that:
    - If you don't agree with them no one will like you.
    - If you don't follow them you will miss out on life.
    - If you don't listen to them you will die a lonely loser

    How do you vanquish the cool and discover your own true self? Read this book.

    In  Not Cool,  Greg Gutfeld, bestselling author of The Joy Of Hate, lays out the battle plan for reclaiming the real American ideal of cool--building businesses, protecting freedom at home and abroad, taking responsibility for your actions, and leaving other people alone to live as they damn well please.  Not Cool fights back against the culture of phonies, elitists, and creeps who want your soul. It’s not a book, it’s a weapon—and one should be armed with it at all times.

    Product Details

    • Paperback: 272 pages
    • Publisher: Crown Forum (March 17, 2015)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 0804138559
    • ISBN-13: 978-0804138550

    "I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review."


    Tuesday, June 2, 2015

    Twisting My Kaleidoscope, by Shannon Love *******BOOK TOUR!*******

    A ticket into the world of psychosis. Our author carefully places you in an enchanted bubble, transiting you from one scene to the next. As you position yourself to view what best suits you, she unbars the door to her therapy sessions, uncovers the blanket of her thoughts, unlocks the key to her journal, and extends temporary access to her physical being. Imagine this impervious bubble, imprisoning you from the moment you choose to indulge-your desperate cries for release denied until an end is reached. Absolved from such a captivity, you can close the book when exhaustion hammers at your head and anxiety stabs your chest. This luxury evades the psychotic. Instead, she is forced to trek the turbulent terrain in its entirety.
  • Paperback: 302 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press (April 27, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1478755504
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478755500

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    After growing up in rural Alabama as a stable and contented youngster, I married my childhood sweetheart and joined him in a life of travel and adventure. His job, combined with our enterprising natures, established us in a nomadic lifestyle that we enjoyed thoroughly. Within our first ten years of marriage, our family grew from two members to five. Refusing to slow down, our kids simply adapted, assembling into each of the five states in which we resided, as well as our years abroad, when we lived in Spain, Angola, and China.

    Then--as life sometimes does--it placed a detour directly in my path. Unsympathetic to my location or circumstances, Mother Nature tinkered with my neurotransmitters while we were living in Beijing, and thus, fate sent me to a new destination --the world of psychosis, a place far more alien than any I had yet visited. Hijacked by happenstance, I was pulled out of my sane world and transported to a bizarre planet filled with hallucinations and delusions.

    Fortunately, friends and family grasped arms and held me tight, preventing me from falling into ruin. Now, once again happy, healthy, and stable, I pay it forward by sharing my intimate and unsettling story. I hope that my words will help erase the stigma attached to these diseases that toy with our minds and torment our emotions.

    Although I refuse to be ashamed of my illness and choose to stand tall--stating boldly, "My name is Shannon Love, and I have a severe mental illness," it is not my only identity. As a mom and wife, I adore my husband, two sons, and daughter. As a regular gal, I look forward to lunch dates with my girlfriends, and as a creative thinker, when I'm not writing, I enjoy dabbling in watercolors, acrylics, and clay. Confessing my inadequacies, I profess that my words paint a far better picture than does my brush. With that said, I also admit to singing in the shower, although I am known to be tone-deaf.

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    My review:
    A book ANYONE should read...Shannon's world living with her mental illness.  Mrs. Love does a great job explaining her psychosis, her thought patterns, and her treatments.  Unfortunately, I too suffer from this same disease...bipolar depression.  I can relate to Shannon's story 100%.  I have paranoid thoughts at times and hate taking my medications as well.  So many side effects.  But we know now medication does not cure our diagnoses.  We also need to stay with good therapists, keep with our support system, and never, ever give up!  Great job Shannon!


    Why did you decide to write it?

    More often than not, I hear the word "psychotic" used as a dirty word.  Those of us who suffer with this particular symptom seem to wear an extra black mark on our shirts.  The stigma attached to mental illness, in general needs to be eliminated.  I believe if people understand psychosis better and realize that those who suffer from it are simply reacting to symptoms, they will perhaps be more empathetic. My memoir offers that opportunity.

    How did you get your book published?

    First I wrote it. Then I rewrote it. After that—you guessed it, I reviewed and revised it multiple times. I also hired Carol Gaskin, an amazing editor, to advise me on what changes I should make.

    Once my book felt finished, I explored which avenue I wanted to take. As I am an unknown author, self-publishing made more sense. After a bit of research I settled with Outskirtspress. I liked their publishing process and that they give me complete control and ownership of my book.

    What types of readers will be interested in your book?

    I wrote my memoir to read like a captivating novel. My intentions were to reach as broad of an audience as possible. That being said, it will most likely appeal to individuals connected to someone who struggles with mental illness. But, any person should be able to relate on many levels. The parts he/she does not relate to I hope will intrigue him/her.

    What is special about your book?  What differentiates it from other books in the same category? 

    I do not hold back. My story is as bona fide and intimate as I could possibly make it without hurting anyone. To get lost in my book is to immerse oneself into psychosis. I would call it a simulation, except—unfortunately—it was not made up.

    Have you published any other books?  Do you plan to publish more?

    This is my first child—my first baby book. I have a trilogy outlined in my computer. The hero suffers from schizophrenia. He's a bit of a martyr, but serves the greater good. I don't want to give away too much yet;-)

    Thank you, Shannon, for letting me read and review your 'baby'!  Great job on your first book!