Walking with the Word: Viewing Chronic Health Issues Through the Lens of Scripture will give readers the strength to face the challenges that they are going through. Aaron Montgomery gives readers a message of hope and optimism even when one feels like giving up. The text in the book is warm, welcoming, and pleasant. I like that the author never hides his vulnerability. The author feels very authentic and connects with his audience and does not try to conceal any truth. Reading this book is therapeutic and will have you change your perspective on many things in life.
Any reader who enjoys good inspiring stories will appreciate how Walking with the Word starts. In the introduction, the author directly speaks to readers that either have received news about their health or the health of their loved ones. This part of the book is important for many as it feels like a one-on-one session with the reader. I enjoyed reading the introduction because the author gives a sneak peek of Walking with the Word while mentally preparing the reader for the content in the book. Chapter one of the book is titled ‘Trust God and His Word’. This was one of my favorite chapters because of the assurance one gets while reading. Aaron Montgomery talks about the love of God and how faithful the lord has been to him. This chapter is refreshing to read and encouraging for any Christian who had started to lose faith. The author adds bible scriptures after every few pages to explain the content into perspective. I love this style of writing because the bible verses are a good reference point for those that want to read more.
Each chapter in the book has something different that the reader can learn about. Aaron Montgomery writes about being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Chronic Pain Syndrome among other conditions. His journey is interesting as the reader takes us through the details of living with the mentioned conditions, relating with family and friends and how one can survive chronic ailments. The author tells it all. He is candid and has the ability to help the reader understand even the most complex of terms. One of the major lessons learned in this book is that it is important to have a strong support system when going through health issues. The support system could be one’s spouse, their children, colleagues at work, parents, and even friends and neighbors. Brandy, Aaron’s wife is an inspiration among many. I like how Aaron talked about his wife. One could feel the love through his words.
Walking with the Word is a motivational book that inspires faith in readers. Anyone looking for an easy to read book that will help them grow spiritually will find a wealth of knowledge and encouragement in this book.
Pages: 180 | ASIN: B08DTLQRJ4
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Few things get my attention like the subject of leadership. Being a professional soldier for over twenty years so much of my career was based on acquiring a leadership foundation and developing it throughout the years. The Army prides itself on creating leaders of quality, whether they end their service in retirement or go on to attain the highest office in the land. So when I had the opportunity to read Seven Principles for Super-Effective Leadership I got a little tingly.
The author presents his case with clarity and a well developed thought process, making it easy for those who have had no prior training in the matter. Then he goes an extra step and ties in basic Christian principles for good measure, thus ensuring a leader of moral and spiritual quality if you choose to follow this discipline.
The religious aspect was new for me, but it read well. He flows from one subject to the next, laying out a plan of action while introducing the most important tenets of leadership on a basic level. It might be easy to dismiss the book entirely, as a hefty portion of the population does not consider itself religious, but the strength of his conviction shines through the book with the strength to at least open minds.
Seven Principles for Super-Effective Leadership is also part of George Vasilca’s Diamond Character series that is intended to produce well balanced people of character. This was a great book and a great starting point for anyone willing to become more than what they are.
I recommend Seven Principles for Super-Effective Leadership to novice AND experienced leaders. As everyone who has ever been successful in being in charge of others knows, you can never stop learning, adapting, and adjusting your delivery.
Pages: 302 | ASIN: B08MDMD3NB
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Rise by D.U. Okonkwo is an engaging and exciting story that makes you root for the heroine. Riana or Ria, who is socially awkward and struggling due to her facial scars, is an extremely talented artist but unable to pay bills due to her withdrawn nature. Readers feel her pain and rejoice at her success. The reader experiences her self-actualization at every step.
This book made me fall in love with art, mostly sculpting. Author D.U. Okonkwo’s use of imagery in the book is exceptional. The representation of art in the book is charming, elegant, and exotic at the same time. The visual appeal of the book keeps you hooked and the characters are endearing and compassionate. One of the beauties of the book is the relationship of Ria with her family. Especially the mother-daughter relationship between Ria and her mother is beautiful. Ria is scared and intimidated by the world around her, but her mother is always there for her. She also finds support in her close friends. The chemistry with her romantic interest is also terrific. The overall dynamics between the characters portrayed are quite heartwarming.
One of the positive aspects that I liked about Rise by D. U. Okonkwo is the length of chapters. Okonkwo keeps the chapters short, concise and unfolds in a manner that keeps you yearning for more. The book is an enjoyable experience and keeps you entertained till the end. It soothes your heart and creates warm fuzzy fluttering in your heart.
The story begins as a fun and entertaining read that turns into her experiences with God, and the rest of the book is filled sermons of Pentecostal ideology. Nonetheless, I enjoyed the book, because it was an interesting fictional account of a serious medical condition that’s handled in a compelling way.
Rise will appeal to readers looking for a feel-good empowering book. Author D. U. Okonkwo has given readers a stimulating inspirational religious fiction novel.
Pages: 358 | ASIN: B00RUMK4ZM
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Beat Your Weight Beat Your Fat provides readers with dozens of useful tips for eating healthy and keeping fit. While writing, the author considered different kinds of eaters, diets, and food groups. What I liked about author Ian Breaker’s guide is that he offers solutions for everyone. While listing the downsides of certain food groups, Ian Breaker gives alternatives for people to use. Beat Your Weight Beat Your Fat is one of the best dieting and health books I’ve read so far this year. Ian Breaker understands the struggle people have with both weight gain and weight loss, and so he gently breaks down what should be done for each group.
How do you properly lose fat? Can you lose fat and not your weight? Is excess intake of water good? How does your body respond to certain proteins? Ian Breaker has answers to this and many other questions. The author extensively writes about dieting, the methods people choose, and why it is important to learn your body before choosing a particular dieting method. I like how Ian Breaker is raw and factual when talking about certain food trends. He does not sugar coat things and only lists helpful facts. Is it possible to lose weight without dieting? It is, and the author writes in detail why this is one of the best methods to use.
Beat Your Weight Beat Your Fat is a book that you want to keep throughout your fitness journey. Readers should keep this book even after achieving their desired body weight. This is because reading the authors refreshing words often will push one to stay fit and not relapse. This book has helped improve my relationship with food and even helped change my bad eating habits. The author will not only boost your confidence but also help you improve your interactions with others. There is a lot of positivity in the book which makes this an inspiration and motivational book as well as a health and dieting book.
One of the major lessons I learned in this book is that anything is possible if you are focused. You can have that hot body you dream of and still enjoy your favorite foods. All you need to do is be disciplined, eat right, and exercise. Ian Breaker is also sensitive when touching on delicate topics. At the end of the book, the reader feels satisfied with the information provided. I recommend Beat Your Weight Beat Your Fat to anyone conscious about their body, or anyone that just wants to eat healthy. This is an enlightening book that both encourages you and transforms you in more ways than one.
Pages: 142 | ASIN: B088D4P41S
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Joel Cupps will get every reader to critically and deeply think about the blood covenant between believers and their creator. In his book, Joel Cupps gives readers a chance to reflect on the covenants they have made, whether with God or other men. The author provides examples of covenants that have been made in history, highlighting their significance and how impactful they were to the people who made them. Blood covenants are grave affairs. They carry weight and are crucial to the people involved, in that if one person that was part of a blood covenant breaks any agreement made, they get to be excluded from any further activity. Reading about holy covenants made me realize just how great it is to associate with people that have the same mindset as you.
Your Costly Blood Covenant is an amazing read as it teaches you more about the bible and early believers. I enjoyed reading about the Old Testament and the references Joel Cupps made. The author does not just define what blood covenant is, he goes further and explains different covenants to the understanding of the reader. Anyone who wants to have a clear understanding of the covenant between God and Israel in the Old Testament should read this book. Reading about the comparisons between the blood covenants of the Old Testament versus that of the New Testament was eye-opening. The author writes in detail, demonstrates the advantages and downside of each side.
After reading Joel Cupps’s thoughts, the reader gets a chance to decide for themselves which blood covenant is better than the other. I like how engaging the author is. His writing style is straightforward and the words used easily are comprehensible. Covenants are not the only subject covered in the book. Joel Cupps also writes about other religious themes like how to be a good Christian, the love of God, living righteously, how to deal with worldly challenges and why Christians should not give up. Reading this book gives one a sense of fulfillment. The author’s words offer one hope and make the reader feel good about being a believer. Joel Cupps’s words have the power to change your perspective on many things and not just how you view God and religion.
Your Costly Blood Covenant is a thought-provoking and enlightening read that Christians and non-Christians will appreciate for it’s depth of knowledge and clarity of ideas. This is an inspirational book that I found to be educational as well as uplifting.
Pages: 294 | ISBN: 1647733243
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Family Leadership in Times of Crisis provides readers with the skills and tools they will need to build a strong family foundation. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?
The inspiration to begin the process of writing this book was unique. I did not plan to write and publish a book in 2020 until something special happened. Christian Family in Action, a group that is dedicated to equipping families with skills to build and maintain loving relationships, refused to bow down before the fear of COVID-19. Under the leadership of Venet Smith, the president of the group, CFA bravely decided to organize a much-needed family retreat with seventy-seven loving people at a beautiful resort in Orlando, Florida, from June 26–30. They graciously chose me to be their guest speaker. We spent time together bonding and reflecting on family leadership in times of crisis. God moved greatly and touched our hearts to become better husbands/fathers and wives/mothers using the new skills learned to foster a loving environment for our children to become responsible adults.
It was during this special moment that Venet Smith felt prompted by God to encourage me to write this book. His encouragement was like a drop of blood into the veins of my body. My mind began to conceptualize the contents of the book immediately. I took his remarks to heart and asked God to help me get the job done. Fast forward three weeks later, and the book was written. This book was meant to be.
What is a common misconception you feel people have about building a strong family?
In my practice as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a pastor, a common misconception that I notice some people have about building a strong family is the disbelief that building a strong family is not possible because of current sociocultural norms about marriage and family. They look at how society defines family, its structure, and functioning and they feel disempowered. They think that the negative influences of culture and social media make it hard to build a strong family. As a result, they become discouraged to even try to build a strong family. However, once they turn to the biblical pattern of marriage and family as revealed in Genesis 1-2 by God at creation, this instills hope in them believing that they can build a strong family with God on their side. Consequently, they begin to have a strong desire to learn and apply biblical principles and counseling skills to build and maintain a resilient, spiritual, and loving family.
What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?
Some of the themes that were important for me to explore and develop in my book were establishing the right family structure, family identity, family leadership hierarchy, family crisis interventions skills, and Jesus Christ.
What is the first step someone can take to start developing their family leadership skills?
The first step someone can take to start developing their family leadership skills is to know and acknowledge their spiritual identity. This is fundamental because someone’s spiritual identity shapes their beliefs and values. Then, their belief system and value determine how they think, feel, and behave. For example, God wants me to form my beliefs and values based on who Jesus Christ is and his teachings. Jesus is the perfect example to model one’s family leadership skills. Jesus commended his followers to follow him (Matthew 16:24). Jesus’ style of leadership has at least five components: believing in people, providing positive and corrective feedback to people, motivating people, modeling for people to know the” How to” of leadership, and empowering people to lead.
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Over the last year, we have been met with more challenges than any of us could have dreamed. Leadership and structure within our families provides us with comfort, stability, and direction. Families grounded in faith living lives in which they reflect on that faith are able to overcome any challenge thrown their way.
Frantz Lamour’s Family Leadership in Times of Crisis lays out the framework of a family based in faith and all of the steps necessary in maintaining a strong spiritual connectedness. Included in Lamour’s guide is an in-depth look at the foundation of a spiritual family along with ways to cope with crises as a family. The author also provides readers with scenarios and ways to deal with each. I was especially touched and pleased to see that the author includes specific prayers and questions of reflection for the various scenarios. The reflection questions are incredibly helpful in fully analyzing the different crises and the family’s way of coping with each.
Lamour’s work is a real comfort in times of such hardship. We all need reminders to keep the faith and could all use tried-and-true advice from others struggling with family crises. Parents of teenagers will truly appreciate the forthrightness shown in Lamour’s writing. He cuts straight to the heart of the matter and directs readers to scripture appropriate to their situation. Raising teenagers is a full-time job all on its own, and a direct connection to scripture will put many a mind at ease.
There aren’t many among us who have not experienced financial woes. Lamour breaks down the way in which a family of faith deals with financial stresses and how to attack the situation with both logic and open lines of communication. Commitment is a huge part of Lamour’s advice–commitment not just to one another but also to their faith as a family.
I found Lamour’s words incredibly helpful and comforting. In the middle of many of my own hardships, his work is more than welcome and leads me back to a faith to which I feel I have lost connection over the last few years. A short and powerful read, I highly recommend Family Leadership in Times of Crisis to anyone seeking words of inspiration in these difficult times.
Pages: 85 | ASIN: B08QNHBJHX
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Sudden Widow shares your emotional true story of losing someone deeply connected to you and your journey through grief. Why was this an important book for you to write?
I wrote the book for many reasons. My own process and hoping to help other widows/widowers feel understood. I wanted to write something raw and authentic. A book that did not say ‘your life is definitely going to be great again.’ I wrote a book that says, ‘your life is tremendously different than the life you thought you would have and yes, it may be less colorful, but you still have to attempt to make the best of your life now.’
What is a common misconception you feel people have about loss and grief?
The most common misperception is that grief ends after a loved one passes away. Grief changes over time and you learn to manage it differently, but it does not end.
I appreciated all the great advice and experiences you share in this book? What is one thing you hope readers take away from your book?
I hope anyone that lost a spouse or partner feels understood, validated, and a bit of solace from reading the book. I hope people close to a widow or widower gain a better understanding of what their surviving loved ones may experience.
What is one piece of advice you wish someone had given you when you lost your spouse?
Don’t expect people to understand what you’re going through, just hold on to your process and try everyday.
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