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Morality Vs. Reality

MORALITY VS. REALITY: HOW THE POWERS OF THE WORLD ARE SHIFTING FROM RELIGION TO MEDIA IN ORDER TO GAIN CONTROL OVER PEOPLE by [Tareen, Farooq]

There are two things in this world. The first thing is what one ought to do as a human beings while the second is what one actually does. In many cases these differ. Some choices are led in one direction by religion and the other by science. It is confusing for someone who subscribes to both. Farooq Tareen digs around this rift between the two extremes.

Morality Vs. Reality by Farooq Tareen is very well researched and thought out. The authors genuine curiosity on the subject shines through as he takes the reader through his musings and findings. The book gives equal opportunity to every area with exhaustive presentations of their relevance.

It is truly wonderful how the book explores either side with equally keen interest. A reader will still feel like they retain the right to their opinion at the end f the book. The book does not lean on the religious side but this is a great starting point for helping people minimize crisis of belief.

This is a book about a complex subject presented with simple language that elevates the reading experience. It opens up the mind and makes the book so much more enjoyable. The sentence construction is uncomplicated and grabs the attention of the reader.

However, despite how wonderful this book is, I felt that some paragraphs were long. With such a complex subject matter I would have appreciated more concise paragraphs.

Morality Vs. Reality takes on an interesting subject and delivers deep research with passionate curiosity that colors every page either. This is a good book to read when one reaches that inevitable point in life where they face a crisis of belief. It may not provide answers but one will understand that it is okay not to choose either religion or science. This book also reiterates the importance of conforming reality to morality.

Pages: 242 | ASIN:  B07VM7FNMB

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See That Beauty In Themselves

Colleen Georges Author Interview

Colleen Georges Author Interview

RESCRIPT the Story You’re Telling Yourself gives readers pragmatic advice for quieting the inner voices that limit their potential. Why was this an important book for you to write?

As I know is the case for so many authors, personal experience initially sparked my desire to write about negative self-talk and limiting beliefs. For many years, I struggled with low self-esteem, ruminating, catastrophizing, perfectionism, anxiety, and for a couple of years, panic attacks. I was my own worst enemy. I told myself how much of a mess up I was, I told myself I wasn’t good enough to achieve many of the things I wanted in life, and I acted in ways that perpetuated all the things I was telling myself. After my Inner Antagonist’s loud and persistent voice ultimately led to my panic attacks, I began to be intentional in listening to how I spoke to myself and about myself to others. I started trying to catch my self-critical thinking faster and faster, and respond to my Inner Antagonist’s voice with words, a tone, and a pace that calmed me and empowered me, instead of agitated and limited me. I call this voice the Inner Advocate. We all have one, but for many of us, this voice is so quiet and infrequent that we don’t notice it and it doesn’t have much of an impact. I learned that it took me daily practice, consistency, and time to amplify this Inner Advocate’s voice and quiet my Inner Antagonist. Doing so completely changed my confidence, outlook, optimism, resiliency, ability to achieve my goals, and my life overall. I wanted to write a book that could give this gift to others struggling with their own Inner Antagonist, so they could be their own advocate, have self-compassion, achieve their dreams, and give their unique gifts to the world.

How has your time working with people and the community as a Positive Psychology coach helped you write this book?

While the passion to write RESCRIPT began with personal experience, it’s my work with my clients and students that showed me how needed this book is. As an educator, speaker, and coach, I’m always trying to be an external advocate for those I work with. Positive Psychology tools have enabled me to help those I work with see and leverage their strengths, discover and follow their passions and purpose, and learn self-compassion, self-care, and self-love. So many of those I work with are also their own worst enemy. I so easily see the beauty in them, but many of my clients and students struggle to see that beauty in themselves. They too are beating themselves up over mistakes, telling themselves why they can’t, why things will never work out for them, why they aren’t good enough, and why they don’t deserve any better. After doing this work for over 20 years, it was very evident that we all could use a little more self-kindness and self-empowerment. When we are kind and empowering to ourselves, we have greater confidence and desire to give that kindness and empowerment to others. We are driven to use our strengths, passions, and purpose to do good and be forces of good in the world. I believe we all have so much to offer the world, but first we must offer ourselves the love and liberation we too deserve.

I appreciated the realistic guidance conveyed in this book. What do you hope readers take away from this book?

My greatest hope is that readers try out the various strategies in RESCRIPT and begin to intentionally and consistently utilize the ones that work best for them. I believe I have over 130 strategies in the book, but it’s not because we all need to be using ALL of them! I created so many, because we are all unique. We learn differently and are impacted differently. I hope readers will try out the strategies that resonate with them and continue to use the ones that are growing and positively transforming them and their lives the most. I also hope readers will take away the importance of self-compassion. Sometimes we develop a belief that being mean to ourselves is how we motivate ourselves, or that it’s necessary that we punish ourselves. Neither are true. We can motivate ourselves with positive words and actions, and by learning to forgive ourselves for mishaps, mistakes, and flaws, fully own who we are, and by using the wisdom of our unique experiences to do better for ourselves and others.

What is the next book that you are writing and when will it be available?

Right now, I’m working on a kids’ book with my son, Josh, who’s ten years old. We are writing a book about gratitude—the importance of being thankful and expressing thanks to others. We have been doing a bedtime gratitude practice together since Josh was five. Practicing gratitude has such a positive impact on children and adults, and we want to share this message and practice with kids, parents, and educators everywhere. It’s a blessing in itself just to work with my son on a project like this. We hope to have the book out by the end of 2020.

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RESCRIPT the Story You're Telling Yourself: The Eight Practices to Quiet Your Inner Antagonist, Amplify Your Inner Advocate, & Author a Limitless Life by [Georges, Colleen]

Are you living an old story script with the same patterns of difficult experiences or relationships? Are limiting beliefs, critical self-talk, regret, or worry holding you back? If so, you’re not alone. Many of us have an antagonizing inner voice that tells us we’re unworthy and unable to change. The voice is lying.

Author Dr. Colleen Georges knows this firsthand. A recovering self-critic and catastrophizer who once suffered with chronic panic attacks, Dr. Colleen first worked to RESCRIPT her own limiting story and has spent the last 20 years helping thousands of others to do the same.

In RESCRIPT the Story You’re Telling Yourself: The Eight Practices to Quiet Your Inner Antagonist, Amplify Your Inner Advocate, & Author a Limitless Life, Dr. Colleen guides you on a self-authorship journey using the eight practices of her RESCRIPT framework, based in Positive Psychology.

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It’s OK to be Different

In her children’s book, It’s OK to be Different, Sharon Purtill endeavors to teach her young audience an important lesson that all children – and adults – need to learn:  that although people may differ in the things they like, the way they live, and the way they look, everyone deserves to be treated with the same respect and kindness.

I think Purtill’s book has a great message and one that is especially important in a modern world that is connected globally like never before. By teaching children to be accepting of themselves and of others, Purtill challenges the need to fit into a stereotypical idea of “normal” while emphasizing that everyone is different in one way or another. The use of rhyming, simple examples, and colorful illustrations makes the book flow well and makes it one that is easy to read and is likely to appeal to Purtill’s young audience.

Although Purtill’s message is solid, I think she could jump to the issues that are likely to really matter, like differences in appearance, speech, or abilities/disabilities, earlier in the book. With that being said, the book has a great message for children, is easy and fun to read, and has delightful illustrations to capture the eyes and minds of its audience.

Pages: 30 | ISBN: 0973410442

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Honeycake: Help I Swallowed a Butterfly

Nala is nervous. In fact, she’s more than a little nervous. When she is asked to read in front of her elementary classroom, she feels a stirring from within. As her teacher explains that she has butterflies in her stomach, Nala begins to picture a literal tangle of butterflies she must have swallowed by accident, and her misunderstanding continues to blossom before she can arrive at home and be set straight by her mother. Honeycake: Help, I Swallowed a Butterfly, by Medea Kalantar, is a precious account of one little girl’s misunderstanding of the idiom, “butterflies in your stomach.”

From beginning to end, Kalantar takes young readers on a journey to understanding the ways this simple phrase can be literally defined and how it relates to nervousness and apprehension. Through young Nala’s conversation with her mother, readers hear the explanation of the idiom and are given breathing techniques for reducing nervousness as Nala’s mother helps her plan for the next time she is faced with anxiety. As an elementary teacher, I can see Honeycake: Help, I Swallowed a Butterfly being used a couple different ways. Figurative language is a huge part of our third grade curriculum, and this is the perfect piece of literature to use in introducing it to students. In addition, I can see Honeycake: Help, I Swallowed a Butterfly as an important tool in an elementary guidance program. The techniques for calming oneself are more than helpful for young students as they face the stresses of everyday life.

Medea Kalantar has succeeded in providing young readers with yet another touching story revolving around Nala and her loving family. The educational value of each of Kalantar’s Honeycake books is unrivaled. Kalantar carefully crafts her stories to touch readers of all walks of life and always includes valuable life lessons for both children and adults.

Pages: 32 | ISBN: 0228812089
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Hair Loss: Options for Restoration & Reversal – Trailer

The condition of hair loss is a topic of significant public interest, and understanding the pathophysiology and treatment of the different types of alopecia (hair loss) will surely have an impact on the men and women afflicted by this condition. Hair loss is a pervasive problem affecting both men and women, and it can have profound psychological effects on the afflicted. It is a problem in need of a solution. The author’s interest in the causes of hair-loss related issues surfaced twenty-five years ago, when he began to experience some hair thinning. In a search for a possible solution to ameliorate his thinning hair, the author began an empirical journey of discovery. He experimented with a myriad of balding prevention recommendations, which led to the creation of Hair Loss: Options for Restoration and Reversal.

The objective of this book is to educate the consuming public about the effectiveness of the many available hair-loss treatment and restoration modalities. It is an important, comprehensive, and valuable tool for both men and women who are afflicted with hair-loss problems. It provides the reader with a historical perspective regarding hair-loss, as well as its causes, treatments, and promising future trends.

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Close to Impossible

April Pulliam Author Interview

April Pulliam Author Interview

Bottom Down, Penelope Brown portrays the difficulties children face with having so much energy and having to stay in their seat. What was your inspiration that made you want to write this book?

My third graders inspire me in many ways. Penelope Brown is a combination of many characteristics I have observed in students over the years. Every year I notice students who work better standing up or leaning over their desks because sitting is just not their style. Sitting at a desk the better part of the day is tough for all of us–children with excess energy find it close to impossible. I felt like it was time those students had a character with which they could identify. You don’t see too many of those characters in pictures books–the ones who can’t sit still and actually have someone in their school experience who understands.

As a teacher, how do you handle energetic kids in your own classroom?

It took me a few years to really grasp that sitting still and being quiet all day was not the way to go. I try really hard to incorporate opportunities for my students to get up and out of their seats with games and activities that still address the standards we are currently studying. Life became easier for me as a teacher when I decided to let those who wanted to stand up to work just stand up. If they listen better with their knees in their chairs and aren’t blocking anyone’s view, well, they can sit that way.

This story is very cute and fun. What was your favorite scene to write?

I think the scene at the table with Ms. Flowers was my favorite one–that moment when Ms. Flowers realizes what Penelope is trying to ask her. When Penelope’s light bulb goes off–that’s the moment you hope every student gets a chance to have.

What is the next book that you are writing and when will it be available?

Our next book is very different from our first two. This one is nonfiction and will be a combination of photos and illustrations. It’s a look at Amy’s family’s homeplace through her eyes. The house predates the civil war and holds a special place in the hearts of her family members. We are excited about it!

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"Bottom Down, Penelope Brown!" by [Pulliam, April B.]Penelope Brown is a bundle of energy, and everyone in Mighty Oak Elementary knows it. Year after year, Penelope hopes she will find herself in a classroom where she can truly be her delightfully happy self–each year she is disappointed. Will third grade be any different?

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Medication Administration

Medication Administration: A Guide for Unregulated Healthcare Providers by [Persaud BScN RN MN, Rajeev, Tabanao BSN, Richel]

Medication administration is a very practical and manual task. However, it does encompass some important elements that enhance the impact and improve the outcome. This book is meant to guide unregulated healthcare providers who find themselves at a crossroads of how to go about their responsibilities and duties. It is a guide to consider overall well being and patient preferences as a means of delivering better care. Despite the practice being unregulated, this book guides it so that it is appropriately managed. It is basically a roadmap for avoiding problems faced in the use and administration of medications. The book is divided into three major modules. The first is medication safety. The second is Medication administration techniques. The third is insulin administration and diabetes management.

The best possible quality of this book is the depth of facts and experiences on which it is based. Both authors are major players in the nursing and medical fields. They have amassed extensive knowledge and real world insight into medication administration. The vastness of their experiences shines through this book. It is simply a gem with tidbits that could easily be found in a textbook and sections that one would only encounter in practice. That is what makes this book so valuable, its capability to prepare the caregivers better for actual encounters rather than textbook hypotheticals.

Another important quality of this book is the structure. It has been divided into three modules which cover the subject of medication administration in depth. The first module opens with explaining the role of unregulated care providers and medication safety in communities. This does well to lay the land. It acts as an appropriate foundation for the next phase of the text. With a good understanding of the role an unregulated care giver plays, they will then learn about all the numerous techniques of administration. The last module is about a scourge that affects every community in the world. Insulin administration if done right is life saving. The book covers this last part with precision.

Perhaps the only issue with this book is that it is a bit tailored for the Canadian setting. However, the material seems flexible enough to model for other countries. This therefore does not take away the value of the material. The book is also written in very simple English. This is suitable for people like the personal support workers who might not have adequate medical experience to understand technical jargon.

This book is informative and well structured. The authors’ competency and knowledge comes through clearly in their delivery of the material. Medication Administration is a book worth reading if one finds themselves in a situation where they have to provide unregulated medical support.

Pages: 130 | ASIN: B07SW83YRL

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Purpose and Passion

Kim Nugent Author Interview

Kim Nugent Author Interview

Paving Your Path is a guide that high school students and their mentors can use to navigate the difficult transitional moments in life. Why was this an important book for you to write?

Paving Your Path was important for me to write because high school students are under more pressure than ever before and they do not know they can manifest their destiny. They certainly cannot do it by themselves and would benefit for a mentor. In addition, the sooner they discover their purpose and passion, the sooner they can begin on the track. This can save, time, money and frustration.

You share some very good advice in this book that is appropriate for anyone facing major life decisions. What do you hope readers take away from this book?

I want readers to consider taking on a mentoring role to make a real difference in our youth and our future. They will benefit from the relationship more than they give. It is a win-win.

What is a key concept you think is important for handling decision making?

A key concept for decision making is to define the issue, look for solutions, research the options, choose the option that best fits for you, and get into action.

When and where will this book be available?

The book will be available on September 3, 2019, from Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Ingram to coincide with the beginning of the new school year.

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“Are you passionate enough for the path you are choosing? Are you personally ready to take that path? How is the mentor-mentee relationship working out? These are important questions that will be answered within the book. Paving your Path should be a staple for graduating high school students.” – Literary Titan

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Paving Your Path: A Guide for High School Students

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It is no use taking a step without first deciding where you would like that step to lead you. The final years of high school are very important as one is required to firm their plans for the future. Often, this is a make or break time in life.

The first thing Dr. Kim Nugent advises is to get a mentor. Someone who will walk with you on this journey. Not one who will simply tell you what to do and how to do it. This is a personal journey that you cannot afford to give up autonomy on. You cannot afford to be altruistic in your decision making either. Paving your Path provides a 30-week guide during which the mentor and mentee are taken step by step through the process of an appropriate and meaningful relationship.

It is quite lovely of the author to use her personal story as the backdrop for this book. It humanizes it as well as provides a secondary mentor for the reader. Her story is candid and filled with victories and losses in equal measure. This demonstrates that determination and drive to succeed really do matter for a person’s journey. Dr. Nugent’s journey was not conventional or traditional but she turned out well. That is one of the greatest qualities of this book, it is incredibly encouraging.

Two other things stand out of this book for me: First, the tone of writing gives off a sort of cool vibe. The author just makes you want to pay attention and abide. She inspires and coaches the reader with just the conversational tone of writing alone. The second thing that stands out is the chronological plotting of material. The structure is intentional and contributes to how well the material is consumed. Dr. Kim Nugent’s passion and sheer determination to inspire lead her to producing material of great value both personally and academically.

This book is suitable for high school students that are approaching a turning point in their lives. This book is also quite applicable to anyone who might be facing a fork in their life. It could be a between going back to school or more responsibility at work. The maxims in this book are universally applicable.

Are you passionate enough for the path you are choosing? Are you personally ready to take that path? How is the mentor-mentee relationship working out? These are important questions that will be answered within the book. Paving your Path should be a staple for graduating high school students.

Pages: 190

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Danloria: The Secret Forest of Germania

Danloria: The Secret Forest of Germania by [Gonsalves, Gloria D.]

The magical forests of Germania beckon! When five-year-old Stan is invited to a party by a talking Fern, he eagerly enters a lush, verdant world of discovery. When Stan falls ill, his forest friends find a cure. When he gets lost, they guide him home. The forest’s generosity truly knows no bounds.

Danloria: The Secret Forest of Germania reveals the protective and healing powers of the forest and its vegetation. Author Gloria Gonsalves cleverly teaches children the names and characteristics of plants, and their ability to heal or harm. Her enchanting fable reveals the countless ways the Earth protects and provides. The true magic of this book is in the illustrations that were created by children. Each drawing is engaging and gives the story an added layer of meaning through the imaginations of young artists. It is a heart-warming story that speaks to the giving nature of the Earth.

Pages: 61 | ASIN: B07926X9S4

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