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Making Christian Decisions : In an Age of Deception by [Loyst Streeter]

Making Christian Decisions in an Age of Deception is an informative book that will help you make shrewd choices as a believer. The author talks about Christianity in the past versus Christianity today, the different denominations Christians subscribe to and how modern times have impacted the way of life of Christians among other things. Reading Loyst Streeter’s work was a pleasant experience as the author is objective, factual and engaging. Every chapter in the book has something distinct for the reader.

The chapter on conservative Christianity versus liberal Christianity was one of my favorites in the book. Loyst Streeter breaks down the topics systematically, defining each realm and getting the reader to understand the similarities and differences. I enjoyed this chapter especially because the author got me questioning which side I was on. I love that Loyst Streeter makes his readers reflect on their faith and the path that they choose to follow. This book is like a fountain of knowledge for those that feel lost. Every every topic is explained in detail and helps the reader fully understand Christianity and why believers should choose to be righteous.

One thing you will love about the author is his ability to help the reader follow his work with ease. Loyst Streeter does not complicate statements. I enjoyed this book because the author is friendly and understands his audience. By the end of the reading, the reader is filled with prudence and gets a clear picture of how to approach issues from a Christian perspective. There is nothing as good as being content with the choice one makes especially if they affect not just the individual, but also the people around them. Loyst Streeter’s book will help you make informed choices.

Making Christian Decisions in an Age of Deception is an enlightening an easy read that will help you make critical decisions in contemporary society and provide you with the intellectual tools needed to face increasingly complex and global issues.

Pages: 100 | ASIN: B08J5Y9ZP8

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I Didn’t Know What to Say

I Didn't Know What to Say: Being a Better Friend to Those Who Experience Loss by [David Knapp, Crystal Wacker Knapp]

At first I thought David Knapp’s book was going to be a self-help book on grieving. A literary pat on the back, but I was pleasantly surprised to find so much more in this valuable resource. I Didn’t Know What to Say: Being a Better Friend to Those Who Experience Loss provides actionable advice, beyond sagely wisdom, as it applies to the loss of a loved one. It’s a literal how-to on loss and grief. And not just for people that have lost a loved one. What do you say to a friend that lost someone, or a casual acquaintance, or a stranger? Before this book, I certainly didn’t know what to say. David Knapp has given me, and readers, the skills we need to deal with loss and know what to say.

David Knapp shares his heartbreaking story in order for us to understand his point of view, his experience, but also that loss is something we all deal with, or will have to deal with. By narrating his experiences with grief, the reader is able to relate with David Knapp on a personal level. The style David Knapp uses to share his most intimate experience, his wording, the phrases he uses and warm tone in his book are some of the features that make the author excellent in his art. When David talks about a particular experience in his life, he is articulate, and makes the reader feel like they are part of the story. I Didn’t Know What to Say will help you understand the agony of the person experiencing loss, give you the tool to help them through difficult situations and make them comfortable to express themselves.

This is a book for anyone that knows someone who is experiencing loss; this could be a friendship, a professional relationship or someone much closer. The author gives you the right words to use. He guides the reader on what to say, how to say it, and when to say it, so as not to appear insensitive. By reading this book, you are able to go through bereavement in a better way and talk to mourners in a more humane manner. This is a critical book for anyone to read now as well, as surely we’ll experience loss at some point in our lives. It’s important to learn the skills now so that we are ready, and in that way, David Knapp’s book is essential reading.

Pages: 237 | ASIN: B0112SC9AC

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The Noble Edge

The Noble Edge: Reclaiming an Ethical World One Choice at a Time by [Christopher Gilbert, PhD]

The Noble Edge: Reclaiming an Ethical World One Choice at a Time is a remarkably inspirational self-help book that will provide readers with the tools they need to make better choices in their lives. Author Christopher Gilbert PhD discusses an array of topics that range from personal development, to the corporate world, to politics and a number of isms. What I enjoyed about Christopher Gilbert’s writing is that it triggers curiosity in the reader. As a reader, you get into an inquisitive mode and begin to examine different things in your life and the spaces that you share with others. The author also takes time to define and explain new topics in an appealing manner.

This was one of the easiest nonfiction books I’ve read this year. The language is simple throughout and ideas are expressed in ways that anyone can understand. This also helps the reader connect with the writing, especially when the author narrates past experiences and how he dealt with issues. Christopher Gilbert writes as if he is having a one on one conversation with his readers.

The book explores sensitive topics in ways that never feel derisive and remove the confrontation from the ideas and provides a basis where we can have a candid and open discussion. Which is remarkable in a book where I thought we would just be given some advice and sent on our way. The author provides real world examples to apply the lessons that he’s teaching.

Some of the chapters that I would recommend everyone pay more attention to include chapters on the wisdom of ethics, truth of ethics, subjectivism, relativism, transformation and the chapter where he discussed The Philosopher’s Vs. The Practitioner’s Ethics. I found these topics to be enlightening as well as illuminating.

With The Noble Edge, you are able to look and scrutinize your background, ask questions and challenge systems without fear. By the end of the reading, you will learn how to live ethically and make something out of yourself. This book is also great for psychology and business students. You will get tons of knowledge on how to navigate the aforementioned fields and learn of things not taught in the classroom.

Pages: 254 | ASIN: B09215ZSZQ

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iWork4Him

iWork4Him: Change the Way You Think About Your Faith at Work by [Jim Brangenberg, Martha Brangenberg, Ted Hains]

We spend the majority of our adult lives in the workplace, dedicated to following instructions and completing projects. Faith is generally not something we dwell on when we are hard at work. Many of us simply don’t think about our faith on the job. However, Jim and Martha Brangenberg and Ted Hains share with readers the importance of keeping faith ever-present in every aspect of our lives–even at our jobs.

Jim and Martha Brangenberg and Ted Hains are the authors of iWork4Him: Change the Way You Think About Your Faith at Work. In this thorough look at the many ways our beliefs and faith impact our work lives, readers will find multiple examples of the ways in which our work relationships can be forever changed by allowing our faith to mesh with our daily activities. From business practices to taking a long hard look at why we work in the first place, the team of authors covers every nook and cranny of the workplace, whatever job it may be.

I was particularly struck by the authors’ examination of work relationships and the way faith plays a role in those day-to-day interactions. When you think about it, those we work alongside are the people we see and relate to most. Falling out with a coworker is difficult, to say the least. The authors’ very clear explanations regarding damaged relationships make it clear to readers that repairing them through faith only improves our work lives and even our relationships in our private lives.

Cover to cover, the Brangenbergs and Hains provide detailed scenarios from their own lives and keep readers invested in their stories while giving them opportunities to relate them to their own lives. Throughout the book, the authors give readers workbook-style sections to reflect and relate. As a teacher and someone who regularly makes notes in the margins of books that I find especially striking, I appreciate the chance to relate the text to my own experiences and to do so in writing.

After the year we have all just experienced, it is wonderful to read about ways to bring our faith into every aspect of our lives–the workplace being one of the most neglected. iWork4Him: Change the Way You Think About Your Faith at Work helps readers see their workplace as a mission field and gives them the tools they need to live out their faith.

Pages: 300 | ASIN: B096MX8QFQ

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DIY Conflict Resolution: Seven Choices and Five Actions of a Master

DIY Conflict Resolution: Seven Choices and Five Actions of the Masters by [Nance Schick]

DIY Conflict Resolution by Nance L. Schick Esq is an illuminating book that provides effective conflict resolution skills that can be employed in various situations and with different kinds of people. The author explores conflict in the corporate world, communities in neighborhoods, marital discord, as well as others, and provides actionable advice that readers can put to use to improve their lives.

DIY Conflict Resolution is the kind of book every manager, administrative officer or just any leader needs to have. I love the idea of being your own Chief Resolution Officer. The solutions given by Nance L. Schick are logical, practical, and easy to understand. I like how the author talks of bringing conflicting parties together. One can tell that Nance is experienced and has been in situations where disagreements were solved amicably. One major lesson I learned from the book is to put emotions and bias aside when trying to bring conflicting parties to agree. The author gives a step-by-step guide on how to wisely mediate a clash and how to make peace where there is none.

I really appreciated the practical approach to problems that Nance L. Schick shares in this personal development book. By the end of the book, you get to understand the significance of being neutral and learn how to listen more before taking any action. This book is also short, concise, and factual so we’re never bogged down in details or fluff.

I would recommend DIY Conflict Resolution to anyone that would want to learn a bit of human psychology as they go about resolving conflicts and bringing warring sides to an agreement. The author’s views are objective and the solutions given for every issue highlighted are realistic. This is a fantastic guide for leaders in their organizations, or someone who wants to get a better handle on themselves and in their personal lives.

Pages: 82 | ASIN: B00R8GVQ16

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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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Ten Keys to Effective Leadership

Ten Keys to Effective Leadership: A Guidebook for Women of Faith by [Marilyn Donnellan, David Condon, Wayne Elsey, Andy Gilliam, Linda Lysakowski, Margaux Pagán, Donna Poppendieck, Michael Sand, Joel Zimmerman]

Ten Keys to Effective Leadership: A Guidebook for Women of Faith will help readers understand the fundamentals and essentials to effective leadership. Marilyn L. Donnellan MS expounds qualities of a great leader in a straightforward but illuminating manner. To be in charge of a group of people; whether big or small, means that they trust you and believe in your views. To be a leader means that you have to take every challenge as it comes and be strong for your people, something not many people are built to do. Marilyn L. Donnellan MS’s notes on effective leadership will help you understand that being the head of anything requires skills, dedication, patience, a forgiving heart and kindness among other virtues.

Marilyn L. Donnellan MS explains why female leadership is important in society. The author compares women in power in the 60s to women in power today. I enjoyed reading her thoughts on feminism as it gives one an understanding of why female empowerment has been a crucial process throughout the years. Reading the author’s opinion on women in leadership and why they deserve more spaces was eye opening.

This book is most beneficial to women of faith that are looking for way to increase their leadership skills and encourages more women to get into power and challenge men that have been raised in misogynistic settings. What I liked most was that the book goes beyond leadership and educates readers on how to become better people, live righteously, and improve your relationship with God to become a better Christian. Marilyn L. Donnellan MS goes on to explains how these traits go hand in hand and improves your leadership abilities.

The book explores the different myths of female leadership that have been passed on through the years and challenges her readers to seek the truth by providing facts. Though she bases her teachings on religion and the bible, the author also considers non-religious folks and readers from different backgrounds. She uses a modest and friendly language which encourages one to keep reading.

The title of the book had me assume we would only learn about leadership, but I was pleasantly surprised to learn that the book teaches readers so much more. Leadership and having faith are the main discussions but the author also teaches the reader on how to live with people, correcting mistakes and being a wholesome person.

Ten Keys to Effective Leadership: A Guidebook for Women of Faith is an enlightening and inspirational book that will encourage women, and men, to lead and provide them with the tools be successful when they do.

Pages: 205 | ASIN: B07SQ3ZPBF

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The Essential Component in Leadership

George Vasilca, Author
George Vasilca Author Interview

Seven Principles for Super-Effective Leadership provides readers with strategies and tactics that will help them become a better Christian leader. What inspired you to write this book?

It all started from my first book, The Diamond Soul. I realized that I had a powerful concept that could be used as the basis for  building  leadership skills. 

What is the first step someone can take on their journey to becoming a better leader?

First step is to build a strong moral character which I call the Diamond Soul. This will give them the moral compass which is the essential component in leadership. Then, to start acquiring the skills and competencies, all constructed on a solid scientific foundation. The art and science of Leadership is a mysterious endeavor in which morality and psychology must blend harmoniously. In my view, spirituality should provide the moral direction, while the science provides the tools and methods necessary to do the job. Although it addresses a Christian audience, I’m sure the reader will quickly realize that most  principles are valid from any cultural or spiritual perspective. As an author with technical/scientific background yet with strong Cristian beliefs, it has been rather challenging for me to try to balance the two. The readers will judge it I managed to do a persuading job or not.

What is one piece of advice you wish someone had given you when you were younger?

This is a tough one. As I look back, I realized that nobody had warned me about the long self-development road which is life. And, to tell me to have faith and be patient. 

What is the next book that you have planned in your Diamond Soul Character series?

It is titled The Nine Secrets to Super-effective Relationships: Christian strategies and tactics to master the art of human connection, everywhere and every time. As the title says it, the book addresses issues of human connection and relationships from a Christian perspective. It should publish on Amazon in April or May this year.

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This title is the second in the series “The Diamond Soul Character”, and deals with leadership issues from a Christian perspective. It follows the first title, “The Diamond Soul: 5 Stepping Stones to Christlike Character”, which develops the Diamond Soul character’s concept based on Christ’s main character strengths.

This second volume, “Seven Principles for Super Effective Leadership: creative strategies and tactics to become the best Christian boss,” is a leadership book. It provides a proven framework for developing practical leadership abilities by ordinary people. It offers competent advice on self-improvement, personal growth, and how to achieve your purpose in the context of living a Christian life. This text is not an academic textbook for use in MBA business schools or training professional managers and leaders. No, this book is to be used by the millions of common people who do acts of admirable leadership day in and day out and want to improve their leadership aptitudes. This book, therefore, addresses the needs of aspiring leaders of this country.

If you are working as a pastor, teacher, or technician, this book is for you. If you are a healthcare worker, first responder, or National Guard member, this text is for you. Equally so, if you are a stay-home mom, teenager, or grandfather, this volume is for you. In fact, everyone interested in dealing with and leading other people will find a wealth of information that can significantly assist them. I will particularly single out the two most essential skills you need to master: how to communicate better and cooperate creatively to achieve your purpose.

I wrote this book to honor the unsung leaders of this great country. Of course, I am referring to you, the millions of ordinary Americans who do acts of authentic leadership every day, some even without knowing it. You are the silent heroes who work quietly, invisibly, and without applause. But you are as indispensable to this nation as the sun is to the earth. You do your jobs beyond the call of duty; you add that extra touch to your work every day. You carry out your responsibilities with dedication and passion, well above what’s written in the job description. You are the role-models for all to see and replicate.

This volume defines the seven principles encapsulating the essence of leadership: a moral character based on faith, a substantial competency in the science of leadership, a mindset of achieving your purpose by service, and the all-important skillsets of communication and cooperation. It also outlines leadership strategies and practical tactics to be used along the way. Therefore, it is a step-by-step instruction manual that will educate, guide, and inspire you to become the best boss you can be. Its principles apply equally to believers as well as atheists, agnostics, and people of other faiths.

Dear reader, studying this material should be just the beginning of your long journey to become a better leader. I encourage you to take classes, courses, and seminars to reveal the beauty and uncover the mystery of the art of leadership. Continue to study the Word of God, mainly as it describes the leadership traits of Jesus Christ, the most excellent servant leader of all times. He is your perfect role-model to follow. Share your newly found knowledge and competencies with other people in your family, work, church, and neighborhood. Help other people to become servant leaders; mentor, coach, and inspire them.
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