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The Master's Garden: An Allegory of Abiding in the Vine by [Rose Noland]

Young Violet is going through her own list of troubling times. She should be carefree and living a life of no worries, but that doesn’t seem to be in the cards for her. Luckily, Violet’s grandmother, Roselyn, has the answer. Roselyn, an avid gardener, knows exactly how to help Violet come to some important conclusions about her spiritual life, and she knows how to do it without pressuring Violet or making her feel the stress of decision-making. Once Roselyn begins telling her story, Violet is lost in a world of fantasy that takes her on her own journey of self-discovery.

The Master’s Garden: An Allegory of Abiding in the Vine, by Rose Noland, describes the relationship between God and his children in terms of the most beautiful metaphor of a gardener and the host of plants to which he tends with love and care. Noland’s characters are relatable and offer readers a multidimensional look into understanding God’s love and the patience we all must show while coming to the understanding that we are not perfect and were never meant to be.

Noland has created a cast of characters, talking plants, that, without question, convey the message she wants to provide her readers. She uses the story-within-a-story method to create an image for both her readers and for her character, Violet. It is through Violet’s eyes that readers watch the changing New Dawn discover herself and come to understand her purpose and the reasons for her trials and tribulations. Noland says to her readers what many are not able to convey. Her story is a truly wonderful metaphor for God’s love and will reach readers who are unable to see this message playing out in their own lives.

Violet, always eager to hear the stories her Grandmother has to tell, cannot help but be entranced by the story of the Master Gardener. I was especially taken with the way the author describes the purposes given each flower and plant and how their actions impact others either directly or indirectly. Violet is able to learn so much about herself from the story, but we, as readers, are just as taken with Roselyn’s tale of trust and growth.

I have never enjoyed being preached to outright about how much I should trust and believe throughout my hardships. That’s just a difficult thing for many of us to do–to listen and believe. Noland, however, teaches a very hard lesson in a way that is both easy to read and easy to believe and apply to our own lives. I highly recommend The Master’s Garden: An Allegory of Abiding in the Vine to any fan of inspirational readings or those who are looking for a book to renew their own beliefs. Rose Noland’s book is a comfortable walk of faith in uncertain times and is a wonderful tool for guiding young people in their own faith.

Pages: 95 | ASIN: B0887NJNFY

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The Birthday Gift

 

 

 

The Birthday Gift by Betty Collier is a short story that follows Mrs. Williams as she finds her world turned upside down amid the sudden passing of her husband while he is away on overseas business. Among the themes present in the book are the difficulty in gaining closure from unexpected bereavement and the struggle to exercise forgiveness for transgressions. The role of religion is also significant in this book.

I appreciated the poignancy of Mrs. Williams’ journey to healing after the loss of her husband. It is apparent from the very beginning that she has much love for her husband – the kind that transcends boundaries of space and time. Collier depicts her in the different phases of grieving in order to reflect the immense pain of losing a loved one without having the chance to say goodbye. She reflects fondly on the memories she and her husband shared, and she even feels anger and disillusionment resulting from her God deciding to take her husband’s kindred soul prematurely. However, her love for her family, in particular her daughter Bella, prompts her to be a strong woman and a strong mother.

On the opposite side of the coin, this book is very evangelical in its message. The role of God and religion is prominently interwoven in Mrs. Williams’ thoughts and motivations, which may be triggering to a reader who may not have an interest in religion yet still seeks an inspirational read. Although I still strove to be objective in my reading, the constant preaching and heavy evangelical language were a bit overwhelming.

I appreciated witnessing Mrs. Williams’ healing process after losing her husband, as well as seeing her gain the wisdom to forgive. If you enjoy similar shorter books, such as “The Alchemist” by Paolo Coelho,  which have a religious theme to them, then you’ll also enjoy this book. The expressions of pain and passion is palpable and is the thing I truly enjoyed about this short story?

Pages: 106 | ASIN: B087THC8P7

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Her World: A Compilation of Women’s Works From Around The World

Women in literature shape both poetry and prose in unique ways. The experiences they bring with them and the depth to which they feel and are able to express are unmatched. Within the pages of Her World: A Compilation of Women’s Works From Around The World, you will find a vast array of literature, compiled in one anthology and ready for consumption by eager readers the world over. If it is inspiration you seek, Her World delivers. If you are looking for someone who shares your story, there is no doubt the authors within have a shoulder for you.

Her World: A Compilation of Women’s Works From Around The World, an anthology of various types of reading complete with artwork and photography, packs a powerful punch. From the first pages of Her World, readers are taken on journeys of self-discovery and introduced to reflections on trauma and how those events have shaped the writers’ lives. In addition, readers find themselves immersed in a world of strength and advocacy where the very voices of the writers carry weight.

I was most impressed by the variety of text within the anthology; it captures readers’ interest from the beginning and never wavers throughout. Each and every voice, no matter the length or type of writing, stands out as bold and resilient. From stories of traumatic childhood events to cancer diagnoses and seizure disorders, each and every author and poet stands tall in the end as an individual with a story and voice worthy of being heard.

Much can be learned from the journeys of each of these women. While not every poem and story is necessarily autobiographical, there is an intense feeling of life experience that emanates from each. Relating to the authors’ works will be unavoidable. They are all of us.

There is a sense of empowerment that rises from each and every selection. While some can be triggering for readers, the authors’ intent is clear, and the cathartic effects are strong. I recommend Her World: A Compilation of Women’s Works From Around The World to anyone looking for a different take on empowering women. Looking at the journey of women via their own life experiences, their prose and poetry, and their artwork is as enlightening as it is powerful. This is a collection of artists that should not be missed.

Pages: 186 | ISBN-10: 173457044X

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Overcome a Multiplicity of Adversities

Coach Michael Taylor Author Interview

Coach Michael Taylor Author Interview

The Cure For Onlyness is a motivational guide to help black men live a life filled with joy, passion and purpose. Why was this an important book for you to write?

Despite the mainstream media generated narrative that suggests black men are in danger of becoming extinct, I personally believe black men are positioned to experience unprecedented levels of success in America today. Now more than ever, black men need to be exposed to optimistic stories that refute the negative media generated stereotypes about black men. My intention with the book was to not only share some reasons for optimism, but to also provide some insights and strategies that support them in becoming optimistic about the future.

You have dedicated your life to empowering men and women. How has your experience helped you write this book?

After overcoming divorce, bankruptcy, foreclosure, depression and being homeless for 2 years living out of my car, I decided I wanted to share the lessons I learned during those challenging times in my life. Since I was able to overcome a multiplicity of adversities in my own life, I definitely have first hand experience in dealing with adversity. Being able to rebuild my life after all of these challenges gives me credibility and my story gives others permission to challenge themselves to overcome any adversity in their own lives. I’m a firm believer that experience is the best teacher, and my experiences have definitely made me a great teacher.

I enjoyed your view on positivity expressed in this book. What do you find is a common misconception people have about positivity?

Because of the over proliferation of negative news stories, most people are extremely pessimistic about the world right now. I on the other hand happen to be extremely optimistic about the future. A big misconception that people have about optimists is that we are in denial about the challenges facing our world. The truth is we aren’t. We simply choose to focus our attention on the things that are right with the world versus the things that are wrong. If a person is willing to look past negative media headlines they would find there are a lot more things that are right with the world than are wrong with it. It’s really all about perception and the lens through which we see the world. I love this quote by Deepak Chopra, “There are two types of people in the world. Those who believe the world is primarily a dangerous place with only moments of safety, and those who believe the world is primarily a safe place with only moments of danger. I choose the latter.

I found this book to be ultimately uplifting. What do you hope is one thing readers take away from your book?

I hope people will feel a sense of optimism in regards to race relations in this country and abroad. I personally do not believe race relations are getting worse in this country despite the current racial tensions we all feel. As an optimist, I see the world through an evolutionary lens and I believe humanity is still evolving. We are evolving in consciousness and ultimately, we will evolve to the understanding that we are all a part of one human family. More specifically, my hope is this book reaches the millions of men of color who have given up on their dreams and let them know they have everything they need already inside of them to create an extraordinary life. I hope my story inspires them to find their joy, passion and purpose in life.

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The Cure For Onlyness: A Black Man's Guide To Joy, Passion & Purpose by [Coach Michael Taylor]

Discover the secrets of thriving as a black male in a world that is rigged against you with this definitive guide to self-improvement for black men!

Do you often find yourself despairing at the abysmal and “doom-and-gloom” statistics of black men? Are you tired of being forced to conform to noxious societal labels and subscribe to stereotypes that don’t serve your ultimate purpose and goals?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this guide might just be what you need.

In this powerful guide, Michael Taylor, an accomplished life coach and entrepreneur, shows you how to shatter limiting beliefs peculiar to black men and hands you the blueprint to living a life of joy, happiness, fulfillment and accomplishment.

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The Process Way of Life

Faust Ruggiero Author Interview

Faust Ruggiero Author Interview

The Fix Yourself Handbook presents an easy to follow process that will help positively change lives. Why was this an important book for you to write?

After seeing well over 2,000 people use the Process Way of Life become happier and more productive, I wanted to show readers that they can make these changes too.

This guide touches on a range of things from communication to setting and achieving goals. What were some ideas you felt were important for readers to grasp?

I want then to know that getting better doesn’t have to be a complicated process. I also wanted them to understand that the Process Way of Life presented in The Fix Yourself Handbook can help them understand themselves and how to live a happy life. If they are willing to commit themselves to the plan, they will see positive changes.

What do you find is a common misconception people have about happiness?

The most important misconception is that something outside of us is going to make us happy. The truth is that all we need is already inside us. We just need to understand how to access, understand, and apply it, and the happiness we receive will be genuine and sustained.

I appreciated how the book helped me understand emotions like anger and forgiveness. What is one thing you hope readers take away from your book?

I wanted everyone to understand that inside them is a wonderful and powerful person, and that if they are willing to take the time to make the changes, they will introduce themselves to that person.

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The Fix Yourself Handbook: Using the Process Way of Life to Transform Your Life into a Happy, Healthy Journey by [Faust Ruggiero]

The Fix Yourself Handbook presents the Process Way of Life, a step-by-step program that can transform your life into one that is happy, healthy, purposeful, and content. Who we are is the product of the interplay between our physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual attributes.

The Process Way of Life’s fifty-two internal processes will help you create a state of internal balance as these four attributes operate together, providing you with a pure loving energy source that will change your life. Learning to understand and love yourself, and to apply your love to others, is the enduring final gift of the Process Way of Life.

The Process Way of Life is the product of more than twenty years of Faust Ruggiero’s research and practical counseling application. It is your guide on an exciting and enlightening life journey that will touch every part of you. The Process Way of Life creates one of life’s most exciting and wondrous life journeys, and yours is about to begin.

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Change is Necessary for Growth

Peterson Francois Author Interview

Peterson Francois Author Interview

Inspirations: My Vivid Imagination Has been Transformed into Reality is an inspirational book that invokes confidence in readers. What was the inspiration that made you want to write this book?

My poverty was the inspiration that made me want to write this book. I have been humiliated by many people because I was living in poverty. Some individuals use my hardships to despise me. However, I never wanted to live in misery. There are many people who failed to understand life is filled with sorrows and happiness. After dealing with my circumstances, I was able to experience joy and success in my life. I have transformed my humiliations and deceptions into inspirations which inspired millions and millions of people around the world.

You explore many different ideas in this book. What were some themes that were important for you to focus on?

Some themes that were important for me to focus on were Sticking to Your Principles Flexibility and Change Are Necessary for Growth.

What do you hope readers take away from your book?

I hope readers will take away incredible ideas and knowledge from my book. They will be able to learn how to choose their friends carefully, develop strong financial literacy, understand how to view the world around them, and acquire comprehension skills

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

The next book that I am working on is the second edition of Inspirations: My Vivid Imagination Has Been Transformed into Reality.

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Inspirations: My Vivid Imagination Has Been Transformed into Reality by [Peterson Francois]

Inspirations: My Vivid Imagination Has Been Transformed into Reality focuses on human interests and finding the balance that can change your life forever. Author Peterson Francois has compiled inspiring quotes and information that can instill confidence in anyone who is working hard for success. Information is power, and this handbook is designed to provide enough power to handle any situation you might encounter.

A collection of quotes that offer valuable lessons Francois has learned from his experiences in America, Inspirations is arranged by topic. From Sticking to Your Principles to Flexibility and Change Are Necessary for Growth, his goal is to see all people around the world live as happy and productive individuals.

Francois has provided a great deal of stirring, useful information designed to enable to everyone to make better lives for themselves and to better position themselves for success in todays society. His ultimate goal is to help people gain knowledge, achieve their goals, resolve their problems, and enable their success in todays fast-paced world.

Inspirations: My Vivid Imagination Has Been Transformed into Reality fulfills Francoiss vision of enabling everyone to make their future success a reality.

Peterson Francois is a thoughtful individual whose many ideas will cause readers to reflect upon their lives in a way that could likely lead to a more fulfilling life.

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The Cure For Onlyness

Life is hard enough to sail through without the pressures of society. It is difficult enough to establish oneself and be successful without unnecessary stereotyping from people all over the place. The Cure for Onlyness is a guide for muting the negative voices and only letting the beneficial ones seep through. It is about being happy and existing on your own terms without input from people of no consequence to you. At a time when discrimination and profiling are still rampant, this book is very relevant and helps readers break the chains of societal expectations for the sake of one’s happiness and success.

Besides being relevant, The Cure For Onlyness: A Black Man’s Guide To Joy, Passion & Purpose is very useful. It provides an analysis of our modern society as well as how it is being handled vs. how it should be handled. It is an all-inclusive lesson on how to really live and meet your full potential. The book is colored with personal experiences. The narration of the book is casual and feels like the life coach Michael Taylor is talking directly to the reader. This kind of writing makes the subject matter engaging and much more fun to read.

One of the things that really stood out to me about this book is the author’s stance on positivity. While he admits to being a big believer in it, he also concedes that positivity can be double-edged. On the one hand, you should always be positive. On the other, positivity can be used by a person to mask some issues from the past. Issues that may stand in the way of a bright future. In this case, the author advises one to be honest with themselves and deal with the past. This actually does make quite a bit of sense. At first, it may feel controversial but then the argument provided is a sober one. Sober is a good adjective to apply to the whole book. It is all wisdom. Sober wisdom, so to speak.

You should expect this book to open your eyes to truths you may have not seen before. Truths you may have neglected to see. It will open your eyes to your potential and how you have been letting society get in your way. Everyone has a quality that puts them in a societal box. A box that comes with expectations. Expectations that prevent a fully blossomed self. Although The Cure For Onlyness is geared toward black males, I feel like anyone can learn from this enlightening book.

Pages: 192 | ISBN: 0996948791

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Life Sounds In Verse

Life Sounds In Verse by [Linda Perry McCarthy]

Life Sounds In Verse made me realize what a beautiful and soulful thing emotions can be, no matter if they’re good or bad emotions. This collection of poems in this book embodies and explores many different emotions such as hope, love, faith, pain, and, the most bitter of all, grief.

I don’t think me writing a few words about Linda’s poetry can do justice to her lyrical prowess. You need to read her poems to truly feel them.

Linda’s words are soothing and thought-provoking at the same time. The verses flow easily and blend seamlessly, together creating enchanting poetry that stirs the soul. Linda Perry McCarthy has covered a variety of topics, packed with feeling that she calls ‘life sounds’. There are so many poems that spoke to me on a personal level. ‘The Boy Prophet’ is probably my favorite from the collection, but ‘Depression’ probably had me in sincere reflection afterward. Linda took me on an impassioned journey that probed typical emotions with deft lyrical verses.

This compilation of her poetry is something that I will keep coming back to whenever my soul needs nourishment. It is a quick read but the impact of it will surely stay with me. I am looking forward to reading her other works of art.

Pages: 55 | ASIN: B084GC225Y

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