The little Book Of Greatness introduces us to a man named David who seems to have given it all up. Sitting on a cliff, David is troubled. He has not accomplished his dreams and everything seems to be crumbling down. David is thinking about life, wondering why he is in his current situation. Lost in his thoughts, a man appears from the woods. Little does he know that this stranger would give him something that may enable him to hold on for a little longer.
Ari Gunzburg speaks to everyone through David’s story. He speaks to his readers, and makes them feel like they are not alone. I like the comforting tone used throughout the book. When giving advice, the author uses a tone similar to that of a therapist. He is encouraging and offers hope to the hopeless. This book is meant for those that are about to give up. Things may appear like they make no sense, but the author assures everyone that we are destined for the best. You cannot help but admire how amazing Ari Gunzburg is with his moving words. Through his words you not only learn more about yourself as an individual, but also get enlightened about life in general and how our thoughts shape our destinies.
Chapter 12 is one of my favorite chapters. In this chapter, the author focuses on putting it all together. I enjoyed reading the conversations between Regina and David in this chapter. Major lessons in this chapter are rearranging our priorities and focusing on what is important in life. The writing is incredible and the text is engaging. Ari Gunzburg is a great narrator and captivates his audience.
The Little Book of Greatness is a motivational book but it does not feel bland like some books in the inspirational genre. The author wrote distinctively, narrating stories of scenarios that happen in real life as he incorporates important lessons in the story. I recommend The Little Book of Greatness to readers that would love some encouraging text that will cheer them up and help them become better people.
Pages: 185 | ASIN: B08GH63H75
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A tour of the world’s top cocktail destinations, featuring insider info and food-and-drink recipes that will add thrilling new flavors and global flair to your everyday entertaining.
World traveler and drinks writer André Darlington will be your tour guide through more than forty of the globe’s most vibrant cocktail locales. Each city stop is packed with insider intel on the current scene, local history, easy food-and-drink recipes, and tasting notes. This sloshy voyage includes: Amsterdam, Dublin, London, Madrid, Stockholm, Cape Town, Tangier, Delhi, Singapore, Beirut, Tokyo, Bogotá, Havana, New Orleans, São Paulo, Toronto, Sydney, and many more!
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In The Sum of All the Pieces, Paul Bradford tells about several life-altering events and how he reckons with them. Starting with his early youth in the cotton fields in Arkansas, he details his true-life adventures about his abusive childhood, his divorce after a forty-three year marriage, his sexual orientation confusion, his heinous crime, his five years in prison, and his twelve months in the Vietnam War. The Sum of All the Pieces is an often difficult but always honest portrayal of one man’s challenges.
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Bullying: What Are We Really Scared Of challenges our current response to bullying and explores successful ways of dealing with bullies. Why was this an important book for you to write?
I was able to get inside the head of a bully, learn all the secrets as to how they bully and why. Stemming from this, I was able to devise an action plan to stop bullies from hurting me. After many years of implementing this plan, learning that it worked every time, seeing the world was in such a state with bullying problems, saddened, I felt it was imperative I shared the secrets to defeating the bullies to help victims with this worldwide problem.
What were some ideas that were important for you to focus on in this book?
Divulging the truth about bullying, that it is not just the schoolyard bully or domestic violator, but that bullying is in every aspect of our lives. Exposing their secrets and sharing how easy it is for bullies to be retrained during counselling from being a physical violator to a psychological abuser because that is when they are most dangerous. Demonstrating, with examples, how easy it is to fall victim to bullies and what to look out for to be safe from the manipulations of bullies. Explaining to victims that the Justice system is more often than not, a lame duck when it comes to seeking help from them so they don’t fall into the abyss of depression when it fails to help them. Most importantly, I wanted to empower victims to be self reliant, to help themselves to stop the bullies in their lives.
What is a common misconception you feel people have about bullying?
That bullying is scary, that once they fall victim to a bully it will never stop, that they cannot defeat it and no one would believe them.
Do you have plans to write other books on this topic?
Yes, I am in the midst of writing a book for younger children (ages 3-8) to help them understand bullying and what they can do to stop it.
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Victim 2 Victor, by Anu Verma, is an inspirational book based on a true story depicting how the effects of childhood sexual assault brought fear, frustration and hopelessness to Anu Verma. Through her self-discovery mechanisms she is able to break the cycle and let go of the pent up emotions, childhood trauma, guilt and fear of her dark past and change her life for the better.
In this book Anu Verma integrates her skills with life experiences to help those who have gone through similar traumatic experiences. As a reader who genuinely relates to the character’s feelings, I am particularly amazed with how the author maintains the first character narration. It draws the audience closer to her experiences. The way she builds her childhood memories tries to defend her pure conscience, but the same is suppressed by the very familiar people who should help her guard the norms of chastity. Anu Verma is eager to kill the “demon” of fear, and strives to achieve this through her travelling around the world, practicing of yoga, new friends, learning from the new crazy adventures and cultures all which culminate to her curiosity to discover a ray of hope for her already darkened past.
I applaud the author for having the ability to find her strength and value her self worth. Her teaching methodologies on trauma and help readers come out the other side with a clearer perspective on life. One thing I truly appreciated was her comprehensive counselling therapies at the end of the book. There is no doubt that she devotedly yearns to help the next broken heart. Victim 2 Victor is well equipped to empower and counsel all the readers who are going through a similar experience.
Pages: 239 | ASIN: B08H19PCHP
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Christian Masotti and Lewena Bayer are here to make your workplace better and to make Human Resources understand that being civilized at the workplace is the way to go. The authors have done extensive research and have come up with a list of reasons why people loathe their workplaces. Manufacturing Civility will open your eyes to how toxic some workplaces can be. The authors have highlighted and discussed in depth what makes the workplace toxic and how to improve on that. Another topic that is discussed is different workplace cultures and workplace incivility. They describe workplace incivility as low-intensity deviant workplace behavior with an ambiguous intent to harm. Are you allowed to have light moments in the workplace? Are titles and job descriptions so important? Are you happy as an employee? The authors will help you answer these and related questions as they help you understand the importance of being productive and engaging at work. In the book, the authors list down character, courage, change readiness, critical communications, competency, and consistency as the 6Cs. Each of these Cs is discussed in detail, with the authors giving real life scenarios and relatable examples for better comprehension of the context.
The topics in the book may seem basic until one reads, reflects, and gets to compare notes. When reading this book, you realize that people can be more productive if the human resource or management make working spaces a little friendlier than they are. The tone and language used in the book is friendly and encourages one to read more. The authors are also honest in their discussions. They talk of the good things that happen at the workplace and also expose the bad that some managers and human resource practitioners engage in.
Manufacturing Civility: People Treatment as a Continuous Improvement Strategy is an informative book that will open your eyes to some of the things that people endure in the workplace. You will realize that the toxicity at some workplaces is at an all-time high, and gets to be overlooked in workplace culture. The authors also had advice for employees who do not know what to do when put in this difficult position. I recommend this book to every reader who wants to learn about different workplaces and how to improve the workforce. This book is both for the subordinates and those in managerial positions.
Pages: 158 | ASIN: B08711N71J
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How to be your Badass Self by Annie Koshy speaks about personal branding and steps on how to make use of her advice. She begins by outlining the reasons why personal branding is important backed by a good understanding of one’s worth, talent and values. She emphasizes the importance of communication, consistency and community. She notes that the thoughts others have of us will be dependent on the thoughts we have of ourselves. We need to know our strengths, pursue opportunities for growth in the areas where we are weak and continue to use our very specific expertise to help others. In doing so, one is able to create a brand identity that will resonate with the desired clients.
Annie Koshy delivers a well thought out and intuitive plan for personal success and branding with an easy to read practical guidebook. This book is useful for individuals as well as entrepreneurs, especially if they are just starting out. It is not overly stuffed with personal stories or too many research statistics that might be difficult to understand. The author does draw on references with her personal clients with strategies that worked for them and why. It is a pragmatic and accessible read for a beginners in the branding space. Each chapter has a set of key takeaways so that the reader can have a summarized reference and use it for review.
The title might suggest that it is more of a morale boost or some type of packaged bad-assery but it is a lot more sober and strategic. As the author notes, the book will only be useful if the advice given is applied. It is a process and can be a lengthy one, because it involves even as small a detail as what color best represents your ideals. Social media is very trendy recently and there is also a chapter that speaks about how to use it in branding. One other notable and useful chapter is “Making failures your success.” This is the type of information that can be useful for anyone, even those who are not necessarily building a public brand.
Pages: 151 | ASIN: B08H3HP4VD
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Reading Have a Peak at This will have you change your daily routine and make you conscious about what you consume. The author writes about the human body, how it functions, and why some people appear to be fit while others have unhealthy bodies. Said Hasyim is articulate in his explanation. Every point in the book is made clear and understandable to readers of all levels. He defines technical terms and discusses them in-depth to the satisfaction of the reader. Want to learn about circadian rhythm? This is the book for you.
The author describes circadian rhythm as the natural 24-hour clock inside the body. The circadian rhythm regulates all your body’s organ clocks. To make the reader understand better, Said Hasyim gives examples of various individuals with different routines and compares their eating, sleeping, and working habits. The author advises readers to have regular routines. Take your meal at set times, and have a planned sleeping schedule so as not to disrupt your circadian rhythm. Said Hasyim’s book will not only help you improve your physique but also help you better your mental state. The author’s systematic approach to things like exercise, getting enough sleep, and eating right is what makes his book a great read.
When talking about physical wellness, the author speaks to different groups of people. Women’s and men’s bodies function differently and the author explains how. One of my favorite topics was on body fat and how to lose it. The author suggests that the best way to start losing weight is by practicing time-restricted eating. Exercising and changing diet may help but having time-restricted eating is the fastest way to help any obese person shed fat. The author goes on to say that one can start with 12-hour fasting and gradually move to longer hours if their main goal is to lose weight fast. Another favorite discussion was about sleep and how to get quality sleep.
The author talks about the different stages of sleep and why one should schedule their sleep pattern. I found it noteworthy that the author insisted that sleep quality trumps sleep quantity. Have a Peak at This will help you get in shape, but only if you put in the effort. The author has sound advice that can help anyone keen on following the guidance in the book.
One could feel that the author is concerned about everyone’s health through his text. He is also straightforward and tells it as it is. There are no short cuts if you want to improve your health. With a fit body, you are assured to be in the right mental state. This book is informative and helpful to anyone conscious about their well-being. I recommend Have a Peak at This to all readers that are working towards being fit and healthy.
Pages: 121 | ASIN : B08MW7K5R2
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