Inspirations: My Vivid Imagination Has been Transformed into Reality, by Peterson Francois, is a well-meaning book written by a person who has not only survived but thrived against all odds. Been through it all, as it were. Moved from an impoverished nation to one considered by most as the land of dreams and opportunities, the United States of America. With a profound understanding of how low he is in the social pyramid, he toils through pure grit, gets himself a sound education- where he achieves two university degrees and consequently climbs to the top. As he writes this book, he claims to have achieved financial freedom and self-actualization, and is on his way to clinch a PhD. This a story to inspire readers that anything conceivable is achievable.
Besides some grammatical errors I found this book to be most splendid and is an otherwise great inspirational book. I believe the intentions of Peter Francois are quite noble. Inspirations: My Vivid Imagination Has been Transformed into Reality sets up the author as a genius who intends to explain a simple scientific concept, but instead delivers a myriad of ideas. Chapter 3 stands out to me as a notable one, entitled Accepting Responsibility and Being Truthful where the author discuses American and Haitian politics. With the varied ideas and ruminations on disparate subjects I would’ve liked to have seen more cited facts in his book. The author had claimed that before Obama came to power, the American economy was completely down. Although the ideas are presented in an interesting manner, it seems more like a personal opinion than a fact, so I think more resources and quotations would have helped this otherwise genuine book.
This book has great potential, a little editing and concise ideas would make for a powerful read. Peterson Francois inspires reflection on oneself and the world in Inspirations: My Vivid Imagination Has been Transformed into Reality.
Pages: 224 | ASIN: B0792WKKWX
Without positivity in this life, one is bound to be completely stumped and unable to keep going. There is so much darkness and sadness around. Amidst all of that though, there is also light and stories of triumph. It is important to concentrate more on these stories of light so that the darkness does not consume us. It is important to remember that the grace of God is always by our sides regardless of current status or position.
In The Fields: Our Journey through Medicine, Mission, Life, and Faith Manh Dang tells stories of his experiences as an oncologist. He is has been at the forefront of darkness for a long time. His faith and positivity despite his experiences are astounding. You can feel the light come forth as you read this book. This book will you teach how to appreciate your position. How to remain positive and hopeful when things are dark and thick.
This book has been written from the heart. The good doctor’s faith and compassion are evident from his choice of words and tone of writing. He writes with so much conviction and concern for the reader. The writer seems like someone you would feel comfortable talking to about your own life without the fear of judgment or condescension. The writer’s qualities that shine through make reading this book that much more important.
The language used in this book stands out. It is not that the vocabulary is complex. It is not that the writer has employed a lot of flair. It is just the brilliant way he has crafted his statements. His mastery of the language and how to manipulate it is exceptional. He seems like the kind of storyteller whose narrations anyone would enjoy. To think that the book is made up of Facebook posts makes it even more astounding.
The Fields is like a soft tender touch. It is reassuring and calming. It is exactly what you need without knowing if you even want it. This book is like an ember floating through the air on a dark night guiding your path. His descriptions and explanations are so vivid that all the intended emotions are triggered.
The point here is to be uplifting to anyone who reads. The Fields is an excellent read especially during a pandemic such as Corona. The writer is just the right amount of sunny in bleak times. He understands that sometimes the darkness can get to you. This is a good book to read and share with friends. It would make for a wonderful book of the week for a club. There is so much to talk about and discuss.
Pages: 372 | ASIN: B081G9Q36C
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Dangling Gandhi is a series of 12 short stories written by Jayanthi Sankar about people living in Singapore, India, and Asia. Each character has a different goal or belief. Many of these stories take place during colonial times. Struggling for independence during a time where not many women had a voice. Told from several different points of view, Dangling Gandhi gives readers a look at how different people live their unique lives. The title story has the metaphor both in the title and the story.
Each of the stories has a different tone and theme. This book of short stories is an inspiring read that, although some stories are more engaging than others, they all taught me more about how people live their lives in countries in Asian, such as India and Singapore.
I like the way in which Jayanthi writes passages with deep prolific language that immediately hooks readers into the story. One of the themes that were prominent was perseverance. My advice to readers while reading Dangling Gandhi is to read it slowly and with an open mind. The story left a deep impression on me most especially the chapter ‘Did Churchill Know?’ How we react in tough situations says a lot about who we are. I have not stopped to think about my own reactions in situations for a while now and this section opened up my mind.
The title immediately attracted my attention before I started reading. The whole message behind the title of the book is that life won’t always go the way that you expected it to. You have to look at life upside down which is what happens most of the time.
I would recommend this story to those who have started studying culture in school. Dangling Gandhi by Jayanthi Sanker is a stirring read that will educate and inspire you.
Pages: 317 | ISBN: 9388860039
The Legacy of Hope by Carine Jennings explores what the true definition of happiness means to people. Happiness has several definitions for people. Do we need to be in a relationship to be happy? Does having the career you always wanted make you a happy person? Or does the definition of happiness refer to your own outlook on life and yourself? Carine Jennings describes what the true meaning of happiness leads to and how feeling lost is okay. Life works in mysterious ways and sometimes it is unfair. It’s all about your outlook.
I was surprised at how meaningful this book was for me. It certainly gave me a new perspective on the importance of being happy. Happiness and being positive is very important to me and sometimes I take it a little too far. I learned that it is okay to feel rejection, turmoil, and to be sad. This book taught me that we should not be afraid to feel those feelings. Not everyone is happy. I fell that this story is important to all audiences, especially those who are just graduating from college and going into the real world.
It was tough reading the section about Jenning’s abusive marriage. Jennings’s vocabulary is strong and I liked the way she vividly described situations. I could feel the raw emotion in those moments. It’s okay to make mistakes in life. However, we should never deny mistakes. Mistakes are important because we learn from them.
Carine Jennings A Legacy of Hope is an impassioned and thought-provoking book that probes the idea of happiness. As Jennings says, there is hope for everyone. It doesn’t matter who you are or how you grew up, “We all have different stories and different types of suffering. But two things should always be present: Hope and faith.” (Pg. 119).
A Legacy of Hope opened my mind to the difficult trials and tribulations some people face in life when Carine Jennings was assessing her abusive marriage, “Today, I feel like the abuse I endured has formed the basis of freedom…” (pg. 119). Love has always been a crucial theme in life, where some rush into a relationship or a marriage believing that it is the direction to go because other people do it.
Don’t hold yourself back from living the life that you want to live. Jennings took risks and uses A Legacy of Hope to explore how those decisions affected herself either positively or negatively. A Legacy of Hope opened my mind about making decisions and that you are the writer of your own life. Make it a good story.
My Life at Sweetbrier: A Life Changed by Horses is a non-fiction book written by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne about her true life experiences growing up on a horse farm in Easton, Connecticut called Sweetbrier. After Deanie’s parents were told she would probably never be able to walk, she not only overcame her disability in order to learn to walk but Deanie also learned to ride horses and becomes an equestrian jumping champion, riding a horse named Fleet Nancy (Peach). Then she has surgery on her leg to help her walk better and she has to relearn to walk and ride all over again. After many months of physical therapy and hard work, she comes back to the jumping circuit and wins even more championships.
I enjoyed reading this book. It had an inspiring message about overcoming obstacles in order to reach your goals, to keep trying even when you fail and not give up. It’s a message that will resonate with all readers regardless of whether or not they have a physical disability like Deanie.
The descriptions of Little Man (Deanie’s first pony) were humorous as she described his actions when she was learning to ride, but it was sad to read about the horses that the family lost when the barn caught on fire.
I loved that the author included family photographs and pictures of the house and barns at Sweetbrier and the horses owned by the Humphrys Family while Deanie was growing up. There were also pictures of the Humphrys sisters jumping at various horse shows.
Although I enjoyed the book, I felt that the story was a bit disjointed at the beginning, with Deanie retelling various events in her past, jumping from one memory to another without connections between them. I would have preferred a more cohesive narrative in that section of the story, but this is not an issue in the later parts of the story. No dates were mentioned, and I would have liked to know when Deanie was growing up and when she won numerous equestrian jumping championships.
This is an inspirational story that excellently conveys the moments and emotions of Deanie’s life. This book invites readers into a personal story, one that is told boldly, and I appreciated it.
Pages: 144 | ASIN: B0711P67DM
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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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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.
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