Review of " TURNAROUND: A Six-Month Plan for Change"

TURNAROUND: A Six-Month Plan for Change Charles S. Ricks Seagull Publishers ISBN: 978-0-9835883-5-1 98 Pages (Includes front and back matter) Thomas Jefferson once opined, "Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude." In an era where the need for change is often invoked as a panacea to return to a foregone era, few set out to actually make significant change.  Rather, many are happy to pay mere lip service to the idea of change but invariably settle numbingly into their routine.  Life becomes drudgery through the slough of despond where ideologues lament the status quo and are powerless to do anything about it.
Dr. Charles S. Ricks has written a compelling short work to help people pull themselves up out of the miry clay and actually change their lives for the better.  His TURNAROUND: A Six-Month Plan for Change is not filled with gooey epithets intended to be quoted, or even …

Review of "Death of An Assassin: The True Story of the German Murdered Who Died Defending Robert E. Lee"

Author: Ann Marie Ackermann
Title: Death of An Assassin: The True Story of the German Murdered Who Died Defending
Robert E. Lee
Publisher: The Kent State University Press
Year of Publication: 2017

Bönnigheim is a sleepy little village in the Stuttgart district of Germany that is home to about
7500 people. In the modern era, travelers are wooed to visit by its idyllic landscapes, historical
buildings, and its penchant for wine, as this village has been a site of viticulture for its entire
documented history. On a fateful night in October 1835, perhaps after having indulged in some
of this notable wine, Mayor Johann Heinrich Rieber was murdered by a rifleman who hid among
the shadows. After gunning down the village’s mayor, the unknown rifleman dashed out of the
village and was seemingly lost to history.

Into this inauspicious murder mystery, Ann Marie Ackermann, has produced a worthy tome that
seeks to identify this killer. Those who enjoy true crime nonfiction or are intrigued by HLN’…

Book Review: "Get Out of That Pit" by Beth Moore

Who has not experienced living life and suddenly feeling beat down by one’s circumstances? The feeling that your feet are stuck in miry clay, and, no matter what your effort you never break free. You feel as if you have fallen into a pit and cannot get out. There is no comfort in the pit; rather the continual reminder that you are stuck.
Into this common reality, Beth Moore’s Get Out of That Pit breaks through with alacrity that is certain to resonate with the sullenest pit dwellers. Her message is one of both hope and deliverance – a way to break free of the pit.  Relying upon a recent event of deliverance in the Psalmist’s life, Moore culls her thesis from Psalm 40 [NET]: 1I relied completely on the Lord, and he turned toward me and heard my cry for help. 2 He lifted me out of the watery pit, out of the slimy mud. He placed my feet on a rock and gave me secure footing. 3 He gave me reason to sing a new song, praising our God.
From a biblical expositional point of view, it would be har…

Book Review of "Let’s Stop Meeting Like This: Tools to Save Time and Get More Done"

Author: Dick and Emily Axelrod Title: Let’s Stop Meeting Like This: Tools to Save Time and Get More Done Narrator: Wes Bleed Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers Unabridged Length of Production: 3 discs/2 hours: 58 minutes Year of Publication: 2014
In the great world of American business, it seems that corporations are in love with meetings.  Perhaps you can identify with humor columnist Dave Barry who opined, “If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be ‘meetings.’” 
To combat the stiffness of horrific meetings, Dick and Emily Axelrod have produced a quality audiobook in Let’s Stop Meeting Like This. In this work, they present “The Meeting Canoe,” which provides a fitting analogy of the overall shape that a meeting should take.  The components of an effective meeting include: ·Welcome people ·Connect people to each other and to the task ·Discover the way things are ·Elicit people's dream…

Book Review of Raf Adams' "The Suited Monk"

Let me wish you a happy Friday--if you're looking for a good book to restore a balanced perspective, you will not go wrong with Raf Adams' The Suited Monk: A guide to life purpose and happiness.  

Is it just our external experience that dictates our response to life? Hardly...don't forget the peace that only derives from inner balance.

My review is presented for your enjoyment. Feedback is always appreciated.

The Suited Monk: A guide to life purpose and happiness Raf Adams WOW! Books ISBN-13: 978-1-936400-66-9 196 Pages (Includes front and back matter) Eleanor Roosevelt once quipped, “Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product.”  If the truth of that statement were allowed to sink into most people, half of what is written about happiness would become obsolete. Literature abounds with promises that equate to if you will but do this, and then you will be happy—as if happiness were dependent upon some externality to come to fruition.
Into that fray comes Raf Adams’ The Suited Monk wh…

Book Review of "The Angels' Footpath" by Ronald R. Cooke

There's nothing quite like immersing oneself in a good book.  Typically, I do not review fiction since I have found so much "junk" purported as being good writing.  When you find a book that takes you to another time and helps instill pride and passion for your country - you have found a tremendous thing.

Take The Angels' Footpath, for example. A prescient look at what America could look like if there's ever too much informational control. It does not end on a sullen note, instead opting to have the characters inspire the reader to consider what is wholesome about humanity.

After all the arguing, political wrangling, and selfishness---there is really much more that unites us than separates us.

My review is enclosed below, I hope you enjoy it.

Books at The Beach

The Angels’ Footpath: Let’s take this walk together… Ronald R. Cooke Self-published ISBN-13: 978-0615367798 296 Pages (Includes front and back matter)
How different would life be in the United States, if the …

Are you Rich?

May 9, 2012 Real Riches
by Charles R. Swindoll In [Christ] are hidden all the 
treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
---Colossians 2:3 From the looks of things, you're pretty impressive. You've got a nice place. And I suppose your neighbors would agree that you're a hard worker . . . climbing right on up that ladder toward success, right? . . .

Your salary is good and your material possessions are growing in number, but . . . the truth is you are empty on the inside and you're faking it on the outside. Not one thing you own in your "kingdom" has brought you the happiness you long for.

So you're thinking, "Maybe if I could land that better job," or "get into that bigger house," or . . .  or . . . .

But don't allow the smoke screen of more money to blind your eyes to the truth. There's a lot more to being rich than making more money. Seneca, the Roman, was right: "Money has never yet made anyone rich."

Do you want riches? Then list…