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The Classroom of Life

The Classroom of Life: Tools and Skills to Overcome Obstacles and Adversity by [Anthony J. Cedolini]

The Classroom of Life is an illuminating and informative self help book that delivers sagely advice coupled with candid and grounded life lessons. The profound lessons conveyed within Anthony Cedolini’s book will appeal to young adult readers, or anyone that finds themselves facing the many obstacles that life throws at them. I found this book to be intellectually invigorating because it is filled with wisdom, not only from the author, but also from venerated people throughout time. Their wise quotes are delivered in bite sizes and with context so that young adults will be able to understand and apply those quotes and information to their own lives, which I think is vital for young people. Telling people what they should and shouldn’t do only serves as an abstract lesson, Anthony Cedolini is able to deliver thoughtful and practical advice that is actionable. What I appreciated most about this motivational guide is that the information is delivered colloquially with understanding and care, making everything very easy to take in and understand. This could have easily been a dry discourse on life, but Anthony Cedolini’s writing instead shares meaningful life lessons in an engaging and satisfying way.

This is an educational book that is bursting with poignant and stirring anecdotes and filled with wonderfully detailed observations on life. Anthony Cedolini translates his life experiences into conversational yet captivating prose. The Classroom of Life is written with a precision and depth of understanding that is often lacking in other self helps books. Readers are given personal glimpses into Anthony Cedolini life that serve to deliver various and thoughtful lessons. We’re given useful tips that readers will be able to implement in their own life; for example, creating a family creed. The Classroom of Life is an inspirational and deeply thoughtful book that has the potential to change your life for the better.

Pages: 413 | ASIN:‎ B095FRPD9L

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ONE MAN’S SEARCH FOR THE DIVINE

ONE MAN'S SEARCH FOR THE DIVINE by [Andre Patenaude]

Andre Patenaude’s One Man’s Search For The Divine is an intimate look into the realities of struggling with childhood abuse and trauma. Using his own words, the author takes us through how he navigated his 30’s in search of enlightenment and healing. Ultimately, the vulnerability and authenticity of this book make it an emotional read.

The author goes into great detail about his depression, substance abuse, and divorces in a way that is realistic and emotional. Interestingly, he also manages to incorporate spirituality into the narrative and explains how it played an integral part in his healing process.

What really makes his story interesting though is the fact that he took his life into his own hands and decided to seek out meaning. From page to page, Andre regales us with his experiences while cycling, hitchhiking, and walking across the country. He spends countless hours in tents and meets helpful strangers along the way. His story not only speaks to his fortitude but also helps readers regain faith in humanity

We see the kindness of those he meets and how they nudge him forward on his spiritual journey. We also encounter the guru who changed his life and feel the genuineness of his transformation. And better still, we feel the support from his family as he trudges through his chosen path.

Ultimately, this book is a source of hope for anyone dealing with trauma, abuse, and addiction, but I think the writing style could have been more engaging and descriptive. The book feels like a series of dense journal entries rather than a story.

Man’s Search For The Divine is an inspiring memoir that is thought-provoking and emotionally stirring.

Pages: 109 | ASIN: B00KICJOX4

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The Unfakeable Code®: Take Back Control, Lead Authentically and Live Freely on Your Terms

The Unfakeable Code®: Take Back Control, Lead Authentically and Live Freely on Your Terms. by [Tony Jeton Selimi]

The Unfakeable Code(R): Take Back Control, Lead Authentically and Live Freely on Your Terms helps readers improve their lives by becoming more authentic and changing their mindset. Author Tony Jeton Selimi writes with enthusiasm and with the intent to help his readers. While reading the book, you get to learn about every aspect of life; career, businesses, friendships, family and building networks.

In the introduction, the author introduces the unfakeable code to readers. He explains in detail what it entails and even explains some of the topics to be covered in the book. The introduction is where I connected with the author. Tony Jeton Selimi is engaging from the start. One gets the impression of having a real time conversation with him because of how easily the text flows. All chapters have content that will help you grow. Young readers, senior citizens, folks experienced in their careers and students alike have a lot to benefit just by reading this book.

The joy about reading this book is that the author gives fresh content with every new chapter. The author is diverse with his discussion and ensures that every topic or subtopic has enough material to help the reader understand. He understands that his readers are from different backgrounds and so he makes content that can be consumed by all. When reading about a particular subject, the author uses questions, real life examples and talks to the reader on an individual level to get his point across. At the end of the reading, the reader feels fulfilled and inspired to take the right step in their life.

There are many lessons in this book that the reader learns about. The major lessons that I found to be most valuable were how to be yourself and being bold enough to try new things. The author gave me a challenge to explore my potential, learn new skills and be productive at all times. The Unfakeable Code is a manual that will guide you as you navigate life and also helps you find solutions to real problems. The author is straightforward with his experiences and expounds on every issue. The Unfakeable Code has the potential to help you become a better person, improve your career, your mental health, physical health and personal relationships. The Unfakeable Code is an inspirational book that I recommend to anyone looking for a personal development path that is uplifting and illuminating.

Pages: 205 | ASIN: B0928MJ4XH

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The Power of Knowing

The Power of Knowing (The Alchemy of Life Magic Collection Book 2) by [K P Weaver]

Reading The Power of Knowing will make you realize how important it is to be self aware. The author writes in depth why it is crucial to understand self, know your environment and get to work on your goals. The text is friendly and one can easily resonate with what the author is talking about. I enjoyed reading The Power of Knowing especially because the author writes about relatable content. The examples she gives in the book, encounters and situations demonstrated in the book are all significant to either one reader or the next.

The major theme in the book is about knowing, but the chapters in the book are diverse. The first chapter is titled ‘Feel It’. This is one of my most valued chapters in the book. The chapter consists of three sub topics that are helpful to anyone trying to discover self. One of my most treasured lessons discussed in this chapter was on how to prioritize things. The author discussed in depth why it is imperative to know what to prioritize. She even demonstrated how one can do it and went ahead to explain how to accomplish set targets. K P Weaver’s words will be a blessing to many, especially those that have challenges with procrastinating.

The first chapters in the book were especially great as they enable one to see how much power they have. K P Weaver will have you examine yourself and your traits. She will have you change some habits and have you embrace better. I loved the topics on embracing adversity, essence of faith and healing. These topics spoke  to me on a personal level and I am grateful to the author for the wisdom she shared. The stories in ‘Knowing Stories’ were fascinating to read and had tons of knowledge not just for women, but different people as well.

The Power of Knowing is an illuminating self help book that you read once and carry with you for further reading. The brevity and short number of pages make it a great accessory in one’s bag as it is not heavy to carry. K P Weaver teaches that part of growing and knowing is unlearning bad habits and knowing what works best for you as an individual. I recommend this book to readers that enjoy motivational works and people who are ready and willing to make a positive change in the lives.

Pages: 139 | ASIN: B08DDK43YR

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While at the Altar

While at the Altar: Becoming a resilient, healed, whole woman through the power of prayer by [Pamela D. Smith]

Praying is something many do on a daily basis. For some it is second nature and part of their upbringing. Others find themselves wanting to make a habit of praying but find it difficult to do so effectively. For so many, prayer does not come naturally, and they need guidance on how to ask for the things they seek. From asking for patience to finding answers to a trying situation, the way we pray matters. Where we pray is another dilemma many find themselves facing. Whether it be in a church pew, around grandmother’s kitchen table, or beside one’s bed, prayer has the power to change things.

While at the Altar: Becoming a Resilient, Healed, Whole Woman Through the Power of Prayer, by Pamela D. Smith, is a combination of one woman’s life experiences and testimonies and a list of specific prayers for readers to use as a guide. Smith offers readers a glimpse into her personal spiritual story and helps them understand exactly how difficult it can be to find their way to becoming a praying individual. Something we all take for granted others know how to do–Smith explains precisely how much of a struggle it can be to come to rely on prayer.

Generally speaking, I don’t find most inspirational and self-help books to be all that engaging and frankly not all that helpful. While many can be difficult and not so relatable, Smith’s book is the polar opposite. She is genuine, opens her heart to readers, and offers a very real look at what life is like living with anxiety. She willingly offers readers the opportunity to share in her heartache and walk with her as she finds the path to a prayerful life. Her life will inspire readers.

As a reader, I am especially thankful for Smith’s specific prayers throughout the book. Admittedly, I am not always comfortable with the ways or reasons to pray, and Smith gives readers like me exactly what we have been looking for. I appreciate the time and thought Smith has put into her writing. The journal opportunities throughout the reading make her book an interactive and even more useful one.

I recommend While at the Altar to any person who is seeking to make a spiritual move in their life. Smith truly strikes a chord with readers and provides advice across life experiences in a tone all readers will appreciate.

Pages: 120 | ASIN: B08714BS5V

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Find Yourself.

Haelee Moone
Haelee P. Moone Author Interview

The Rules of a Big Boss provides readers with the inspiration and tools they need to improve their self love and self esteem. What inspired you to write this book?

My fourth grade teacher was my inspiration. One day when our class was acting up, she sat us down and talked about her daughters friend who was a year younger than us and she wrote a book and was traveling the world. That made me think “wow, here we are acting up and she’s traveling the world signing books.” So I wanted to inspire others and I decided to write the rules ,

What is the first step on this self improvement journey that readers need to take?

The first step is to find yourself.

What is the biggest challenge to young women’s self-esteem in today’s society?

Societal standards (European standards, gender roles, etc.). Pretty much placing unrealistic standards upon young women and shaming them whether they fit that standard or not.

What is one piece of advice you would give to someone who is struggling with their self-esteem?

Find the root of where your insecurity is coming from and then you can take the steps from my book (The rules of a big boss: A book of self-love).

Author Links: GoodReads | Instagram | YouTube | Facebook | Website

This book is a manual for young and adult women to maximize higher self esteem. Please know that I cannot make you more comfortable in yourself however. Improved self-love a journey that you have to travel alone for the most part. The good news is that I will do what I can to support you along the way. The things contained within this book are what help me daily. My hope is that they help you as they do me.

Golden Throat : My journey With Family In Faith

Golden Throat : My journey with family in faith by [Paul Francis Bickert]

Golden Throat: My Journey with Faith in Family by Paul Francis Bickert is a heartwarming memoir full of valuable life lessons. Golden Throat is the life story of Canadian news broadcaster Paul Francis Bickert. He walks us through his family tree and faith by sharing stories of their lives from the time they are born and into adulthood. Bickert demonstrates through his stories the importance of faith and how it can help bring us together and thrive no matter your sector of Christianity. If you’re looking for a book to lift your spirits, Golden Throat is a must-read!

Bickert is a genius when it comes to tantalizing descriptions! He takes small but crucial details and crafts them into beautiful descriptive sentences. Information that would otherwise seem mundane takes on a certain romanticism that I adored! His descriptions of the Candian Prairie were some of my favorites. Even if his story does not interest you, his writing style will keep you engaged throughout this emotionally-charged memoir.

I also want to touch on the uniqueness of the narrative flow of this memoir. Unlike many memoirs, Golden Throat does not solely focus on the author’s life experiences and story, but it also delves into his family’s. At the beginning of the book, we mainly focus on the upbringing of his parents and gain some insight into his grandparents. It was almost like the real-life version of a fictional family saga series. This unique approach is one of the main draws of this book for me.

And last but certainly not least, I want to touch on one of the most important lessons this book conveys. Bickert’s take on acceptance and unity despite diversity is a message that is much needed in today’s time. His thoughtful and experienced approach to the subject was sincere, genuine, and thought-provoking. Even if you are not a believer, this powerful message still stands.

Golden Throat: My Journey with Faith in Family by Paul Francis Bickert is an impassioned story of an intriguing family, and life, told in the most riveting way. Paul Francis Bickert has created a fantastic non-fiction book much deserving of its Plume Award for Literary Excellence. It’s a book that will soothe your soul.

Pages: 368 | ASIN: B08TTT2341

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Change. Self Heal. One Day it Just Clicks

All the power to build yourself up to a happier, more successful, more fulfilled person lies in you. Not everyone has the coping skills for the daily grind that is life, but everyone has the ability to learn them, which can make all the difference when it comes to finding balance. While people often look to external sources to find happiness and justification, they tend to fall short of doing so because those feelings ultimately are generated within. We are all in charge of our own fulfillment, we just have to be aware of the tools to get there and know how to use them.

Change. Self Heal. One Day it Just Clicks by Minii Begum is a substantive self help book that lays out some of the ways we can look inside ourselves and find the keys to our own happiness. The chapters are set up in easy to follow sections that cover a lot of the ground that we all need to become more aware, more mature, and an overall better person. Chapters include tips about forgiveness, mindfulness, maturity, boundaries, and balance. The book uses language that is broad, making the goals seem easy to achieve. I find this to be beneficial. While some people may need more specifics to enact change in their lives, others can definitely benefit from seeing the bigger picture as a means of motivation to take that first step. Begum continuously states that the journey to being a better you is not always an easy one, but the baby steps she does mention are generalized to accommodate the fact that everyone’s journey will be different. 

Change. Self Heal. One Day it Just Clicks is all about being a better person and breaks down the different places we can likely use some improvement in our lives to reach that goal. From self-awareness, to holding on to our anger, to the level of satisfaction in the workplace, many factors can prevent happiness and the ability to live life to the fullest. Begum aims to help each of us identify what is holding us back and shed whatever issues we may have.

The advice that is provided in this remarkable book is extremely solid, but will require the readers to really push for that change. If you are motivated and ready for change, this book will provide actionable guidance that has the potential to change your life.

Pages: 160 | ASIN: B096BDJM25

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