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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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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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Pies to Die For: How to Live a Vibrant Life Despite a Fatal Diagnosis

Pies to Die For is a how-to for those dealing with terminal diseases. Carole Weaver was first diagnosed with metastatic cancer in 2016, two days before she was about to see her grandson Mac Weaver for the first time. In the book, she talks about how she has been dealing with her disease. The book is not just about how to deal with the disease, how to have a semblance of an everyday life, but rather how to have a vibrant one, regardless of how big or small the disease is. She shares several incidents from her own life and the work of her husband, Ken, who creates appraisals for those who have lost art through death, debt, divorce, or disaster. The book is influenced by his profession and talks about the beauty and importance of art in one’s life, stage four cancer or not.

The book explores common issues that people tend to face, like pain, depression, panic attacks, and lesser dealt with topics such as intimacy problems, information overload etc. It provides unique insights into the life and struggles of those dealing with terminal diseases and thus is helpful for those wishing to overcome related issues, people who might have just received their news and are scared of the uncertainty the lies beyond, or friends and family who want to help and understand better.

The best part about the book is that it is a true to the soul, first-hand account of someone battling cancer. More often than not, we see self-help gurus, psychologists, and doctors publishing books on how to deal with cancer and other terminal diseases. However, no matter their expertise in their fields, they have no idea what a survivor deals with. Pies to Die For is an authentic, relatable, and touching first-hand account.

I also appreciated the appendix, which gives a quick go-to for dealing with a bad day. The book also gives you questions to ask in a group discussion. This is a complete guide answering questions and providing information that is not provided in the endless doctor appointments. This book tells you how to live a vibrant life and not just survive post-diagnosis.

Pies to Die For is an impassioned story that bares insight into a survivor’s life and provides tools to make their life full of joyous moments to remember. It provides actionable advice for dealing with your diagnosis and the life after that, even the things that you didn’t know you needed. This is an inspirational book that makes you appreciate your life, no matter how long or short, or how hard or easy.

Pages: 141 | ASIN: B092MCDBC3

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One Fine Day

One fine day, is an exhilarating and inspiring autobiography of Sameer Bhide. The author chose to express his gratefulness to  each and every person that has contributed in his recovery after suffering a debilitating weakness. Sameer Bhide’s  life changes one fine day when he has a stroke. He was in a coma for about a month. Despite trying both eastern and western treatments, the question ‘why me?’ keeps striking him incessantly. As he progresses into recovery, he adopts a mantra, ‘it is what it is’. Surprisingly, it alters his ‘why me’ attitude to ‘try me’.

I found author Sameer Bhide to be an embodiment of optimism. He always looks at the brighter side of things. He is a loving father, affectionate husband, and a caring son. His gratefulness to life and every aspect associated with it makes him inspiring. When a bad or unpleasant event takes place people lament over it blaming everyone else except themselves. But Sameer was wise. When he and his wife got divorced he was of course sad, but he quickly recalls his mantra, it is what it is, and instead of crying over spilled milk, he cherished all the moments he spent with his dearest wife and wished her well from the bottom of his heart. This bears testimony to the universal fact that acceptance brings peace. Despite his firm belief in the aforementioned fact, he did not wish to write much about his divorce and it was clearly stated that he would not want to discuss it further. I found this a bit contradictory. Nevertheless, it’s a personal choice.

Despite a debilitating weakness, new normal, and a heart-wrenching divorce, Sameer Bhide remained happy portraying unparalled strength. Sameer’s case also bears testimony to the widely acknowledged truth that the love of family and friends is the best medicine especially to emotional trauma.

One Fine Day shows readers how everything is incumbent on your attitude toward life and that happiness is a deliberate choice. This book can prove to be a magnanimous asset to the people that need hope and strength in life. One Fine Day delivers a potent message of inspiration with riveting anecdotes, uplifting words, and thought-provoking ideas that will motivate you to embrace life.

Pages: 260 | ASIN: B08PZHJBTM

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A Turbulent Mind

A Turbulent Mind: My Journey to Ironman 70.3 by [Swetha Amit]

A Turbulent Mind: My Journey to Ironman 70.3 is a motivational book that will have you focus on your strengths and prioritize the most important things in life. The author uses experiences from her life and lessons learned to pass the message of hope and resilience to readers. Shweta Amit uses simple but inspiring language that speaks directly to readers. She is candid in her writing and tells it as it is. Not many people get to open up and be vulnerable to the world the ways Shweta Amit does. I particularly like her style of writing because she considers people from different backgrounds when discussing the various topics in the book. A Turbulent Mind: My Journey to Ironman 70.3 will make you feel like you belong and that your presence is felt.

Shweta Amit shares her journey to achieving the Ironman 70.3. It was never easy but she pushed through. What inspired me about Shweta’s journey was that she made her story relatable to many. She writes about every experience, even the most minute. For someone who had a fear of open water swimming, Shweta really outdid herself. Her story is heartening. Her words will touch that cycler who is afraid of trying the next challenge, runners that feel like giving up and that athlete who is not consistent with their training sessions, and anyone who wants more for themselves.

The author starts by introducing the basics before delving deeper into her life, making the reader understand where she is coming from. If you are looking for an inspirited memoir with amusing and uplifting stories then A Turbulent Mind: My Journey to Ironman 70.3 is the right book for you. Shweta Amit writes beautifully and gets to be funny when narrating some of her experiences. I liked the humor part as it brought levity to overall serious tone of the book, which makes agonizing stories a little less depressing. Her main message is don’t stop.

A Turbulent Mind: My Journey to Ironman 70.3 is a short but engaging memoir. Every experience chronicled is impactful. I liked that the author wrote about her wins, losses, and challenges candidly. This inspirational memoir has the potential to change your life and your outlook on life.

Pages: 162 | ASIN: B08FYWJK82

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Literary Titan Book Awards March 2021

The Literary Titan Book Awards are awarded to books that have astounded and amazed us with unique writing styles, vivid worlds, complex characters, and original ideas. These books deserve extraordinary praise and we are proud to acknowledge the hard work, dedication, and imagination of these talented authors.

Gold Award Winners

Silver Award Winners

Trust vs Lust… a biography by Ian D. Niall

Intrepid Spirit by David Tunno

 

Visit the Literary Titan Book Awards page to see award information.

 

Walking with the Word: Viewing Chronic Health Issues Through the Lens of Scripture

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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