In The Sanctimonious Psychoproctological Invasions: The Handbook for Political Analysis, Dr. Len Bergantino discusses the political climate in the United States while paying attention to the first amendment. The author extensively writes about this constitution clause, enlightening his readers on the political workings, how the government runs its daily business and the life the political class lives. The author exhausts every point regarding political discussions, giving sober analysis in every argument. The reader gets the privilege of reading through Dr. Bergantino’s notes, letters, and opinions on issues that not many are comfortable discussing.
One of the most remarkable features of a good author is his bravado. Dr. Bergantino is bold in his work. He writes his truths and does not shy away from addressing controversial matters. The confidence displayed by the author makes reading this informative book interesting and engaging. Throughout the book, the reader learns about the political world and human stories. Dr. Len Bergantino shares personal tales, writing about his private life, professional life, passions, and the impact modern-day politics has had on his life. I relished reading his personal stories, his interactions with the who-is-who in the political class, and his contribution to his community.
Dr. Len Bergantino displays wisdom in his language and does not openly show partiality when writing about either Right Wing or Left Wing politics. The discussions are balanced, and the analysis is delivered objectively. Even when using strong language, Dr. Len Bergantino ensures that his message is not lost depending on the phrases he uses. America is the land of the free, and even with all its freedoms, American society seems to fall short in some areas. Dr. Len Bergantino does not conceal the evil of the political class, as he writes about it all; the good, the bad, the ugly, the embarrassing, and the pride instilled in Americans.
As an educator and political expert, Dr. Len Bergantino seems to be the ideal person to discuss the status quo and the battement of society. This educational book is arranged in an unconventional manner, which is great as the reader can choose and pick which topics to start reading first. The images of the author’s works shared between the pages give the reader a good idea of how Dr. Len Bergantino’s mind works and thus give one a better comprehension of these thoughts.
The Sanctimonious Psychoproctological Invasions: The Handbook for Political Analysis is a one-of-a-kind book that will expand readers’ scope in politics, help readers to fully understand their rights as a citizen, and enlighten them on how the world works. I recommend this fascinating book to political science students and readers who enjoy political and socio-economic literature.
Pages: 366 | ISBN : 1955691835
Tags: author, book, book recommendations, book review, book reviews, book shelf, bookblogger, books, books to read, Dr. Len Bergantino, Dr. Len Bergantino Ed.D. Ph.D., ebook, education, goodreads, indie author, kindle, kobo, literature, memoir, nonfiction, nook, novel, philosophy, psychology, read, reader, reading, story, The Sanctimonious Psychoproctological Invasions, writer, writing
God Glasses by medium Ann Monster encourages the reader to seek out a more profound spiritual and equally individualistic relationship with what they interpret as being God the Creator. Through her personal experiences talking with God about topics that weighed on her heart, she found clarity and meaning in her own life. She wants to share this experience with readers and help them gain the same healing she did.
Beginning with Monster’s own spiritual awakening. As a stressed thirty-five-year-old mother of two, she desperately needed a minute of relaxation. However, instead of a quiet moment of peace, she claims to have been greeted with a vision of Christ. This led to a noticeable self-transformation in the days following.
The book is structured meticulously. Based on the author’s conversations with God, she breaks down God’s perspective on highly controversial topics like race, HIV/AIDS, gender, and sexuality. These discussion topics span several chapters. Through the use of opening lines which form diary-like entries and provide everyday, real-world examples, the groundwork is laid for Monster to pose questions to ‘God’ as the basis of her chapter-by-chapter thesis items.
I particularly enjoyed one chapter which posed this question to the reader: “when does the natural and beautiful sexual desire that one human being can have for another become sin?” It considers how ‘sin’ has been redefined. Monster approached this sensitively and tastefully, bringing a welcoming and inclusive tone to God Glasses. This chapter assessed the literary interpretation of sin in accordance with the dictionary, then compared it to scripture teachings and how society has capitalized on sexuality through subliminal messages, which have caused humans to consider sexuality as the only facet of life that has any importance. It removed the stigma attached to pre-marital sex, sexual exploration, and leisure – it was not what I expected to see in a religious piece and was favorable.
God Glasses is a good balance of self-incitement and relatability; it does not aim to evangelize or coerce the reader. It would suit readers wishing to develop an intimate relationship with God but may be unsure that Christianity includes themselves.
Pages: 218 | ISBN: 153201774X
Tags: Ann Monster, author, book, book recommendations, book review, book reviews, book shelf, bookblogger, books, books to read, christian living, christianity, ebook, God Glasses, goodreads, indie author, kindle, kobo, literature, memior, nook, novel, philosophy, read, reader, reading, religion, spirituality, story, true story, writer, writing
K P Weaver’s The Gift in Gratitude will make you find new meaning in life and appreciate the little things the universe offers. The author has extensively written about gratitude as a virtue, dealing with successes and failures, and how human beings process thankfulness. Does gratitude have a formula? The author writes about the formula of gratitude, which may appear simple but, in reality, has its complexities. K P Weaver describes a winning gratitude formula as gratitude plus emotion bundled together with focused intentions and aligned action. The tone applied by the author throughout the book is affirmative and encouraging. K P Weaver uses moving words that get the reader in the moment and makes one reflect on how they show gratitude to themselves, others, and the universe in general.
K P Weaver is an excellent author and does not complicate the text in the book; rather, she uses words and phrases that are easy to digest. K P weaver also discusses finding joy, which was one of my favorite parts of the book. The author encourages readers to prioritize joy as much as possible. The world we are living in can be depressing, and as an individual, it is your duty to look for ways of making yourself happy without external input. K P Weaver will get you to focus on the constructive aspects of your life and be contented with what you have. The text in the book is simply transformational.
The use of diagrams in the book is praiseworthy. The author uses charts and figures when she wants to explain a difficult subject in the most simple of ways. K P Weaver’s diction and sentence structure are other astounding elements of her writing. The various topics tackled in the book are helpful to the reader as an individual and valuable to society. The author is making everyone ponder on ways of showing gratitude and the impact it has on souls.
Some of the most remarkable topics in the book for me were gratitude and money, the science of gratitude, grateful parenting and relationships, gratitude in business, being grateful even when you are not feeling it, and finding gratitude in procrastination. Each of these chapters was exceptionally written, with life-changing content. I like how the author ended the book with gratitude through moving stories. This section of the book is significant and even more intriguing as she tells personal stories from different people to make the point home.
The major takeaway from ‘The Gift in Gratitude’ is that showing gratitude and being appreciative will bring you joy, happiness, and fulfillment. To summarize, the book, The Gift in Gratitude, can be described as perceptive and heartwarming. The stellar writing displayed by the author is one of the many excellent things about this book.
Pages: 154 | ISBN : 978-0-6455205-8-3
Tags: author, book, book recommendations, book review, book reviews, book shelf, bookblogger, books, books to read, ebook, goodreads, indie author, k p weaver, Karen Weaver, kindle, kobo, literature, mindfullness, nonfiction, nook, novel, personal development, philosophical, philosophy, read, reader, reading, self help, story, The Gift in Gratitude, The Miracle of Intent, writer, writing
Evolution Ended: The Consequences Have Just Begun begins with vivid and colorful descriptions of the 1960’s that showcase this time in history in a nostalgic way. It immediately captures the reader’s attention and uses similar vibrant narration throughout the book, from one era to the next.
The author’s point of view becomes clear early on: human evolution, and the pique of greatness, was reached in the 1960’s and has since slowed or declined. While technology continues to advance and society adapts in many ways, the author points to rapid shifts in how we live and the contributing significant factors in how evolution has changed and gotten us to where we are now. The author discusses how we are harvesting the results of the aftermath of the sixties, and how modernity is contributing to the slowing of our development.
The author’s writing is excellent in that all the ideas flowed consistently into one another. The assertions are clear and reasoned and the claims that are examined throughout the book are coupled with the authors incisive logic, leaving little in contention. While the ideas are profound the authors straightforward writing makes the ideas easy to absorb, but readers will need plenty of time afterward to ponder the full implications. While some of the topics touched upon in this book are subject to debate and controversy, the narration gives readers a thorough understanding of the author’s thoughts in a clear and concise manner. While I found this book to be intellectually-invigorating, I would have appreciated a few citations to give the reader points of reference.
Evolution Ended: The Consequences Have Just Begun by J.J. Jerome is an impassioned and insightful read. It’s an excellent way to invite discussion on various topics surrounding human and societal evolution, technology, and how previous developments play a role in how we live today. This book is a provocative yet intriguing read that delivers a unique perspective that some may find divisive, but all will appreciate the unique discussion this book provides.
Pages; 152 | ASIN: B0BMXMDSTF
Tags: author, book, book recommendations, book review, book reviews, book shelf, bookblogger, books, books to read, ebook, Evolution Ended, goodreads, indie author, J.J. Jerome, kindle, kobo, literature, nonfiction, nook, novel, philosophy, read, reader, reading, story, writer, writing
The Final Battle for Earth has Begun, Christ vs Satan, by Trinity Royal, is one of the most extraordinary books that I have read this year. The concept of an ongoing war between good and evil, light and dark, that is hidden from the human eye is intriguing and the way that this provocative yin and yang is explained and explored in the book is fascinating.
The author describes the world we live in as a matrix, and in most religions, there is a pull for our souls either toward light or darkness. This book references Christianity, insisting that Satan is on the battlefield to wipe out our souls for judgment day. It perfectly describes the fall of Lucifer, the battle for our souls, why we are in this matrix, and most importantly, how to break off from the matrix that is seemingly designed for us to be controlled. It draws similarities from the Matrix movies, describing how we can take either the blue pill to remain oblivious to what is happening, or the red pill to be shown how deep the rabbit hole goes.
The author says that one can be in the Matrix, but not of the Matrix when describing ways in which it can be broken. A quote that sums up the purpose of this book is, “You can train yourself, through conscious mental effort, to go beyond the false illusions the spiritual Matrix inflicts on you and raise your mind to an awareness of the spiritual realities it keeps from you”. This is an interesting parallel to Neo’s journey in The Matrix. The book continues to point out ways in which one can be manipulated by darker forces, and how to avoid them.
While I thought the book presents some interesting ideas, the book shapes scripture to convey its poignant philosophy. The concept of free will as well, which I think most religions are based on, takes on a new meaning and understanding through the interference of these forces in our lives. This is an interesting book that I would recommend for Bible study, or to anyone interested in Christian philosophy, Christology, or spiritual leaders.
Pages: 141 | ASIN: B0BFC9BB6Y
Tags: author, book, book recommendations, book review, book reviews, book shelf, bookblogger, books, books to read, Christ vs Satan - Final Battle for Earth has Begun, Christology, ebook, goodreads, indie author, kindle, kobo, literature, nook, novel, philosophy, read, reader, reading, spirituality, story, Trinity Royal, writer, writing
The Rise and Fall of the American Republic give readers a look at how the US government was originally structured vs. how it is structured today. Why was this an important book for you to write?
I love my country but I felt it dying in my lifetime. I wanted to know why. I felt the need to share what I found to bring awareness to those who never knew the America I grew up in. .Without knowing what the disease is, you can’t treat it in order to survive. The people are the vital organs of the country- without sufficient recovery the country can’t survive. I hoped the book would enlighten enough people to encourage, not force, a turnaround, a movement towards a healthy lifestyle that will return each American to a thriving, strong and prosperous existence.
How much research did you undertake for this book and how much time did it take to put it all together?
It took over 6 months to research and write this book, I started with religion in the United States. Why has the message changed since I was a teenager? Originally, eternal life was the result of the lack of sin. Today saying you accept Christ as your Lord and Savior is sufficient to be saved from eternal death without the need to desire to imitate Christ. As a result, continuing to live a sinful life doesn’t matter. The change from “Revealed Religion” to a “Social Religion” led me to additional research on how the absence of the religious principles our country was founded on, allowed the progression of other ideologies into every aspect of our lives like the spread of a disease.
What were some ideas that were important for you to share in this book?
Self-reliance is critical to living a good life. When you stumble, you get up. Practice make perfect. It gives you self-respect, pride in your character, and it gives others someone to look up to, respect for you, and trust in you as a role model. It encourages others to be like yourself-reliant. You will cultivate appreciation, true friends and companions. Someday, when you can no longer care for yourself, others, who followed your lead, will be there for you. You reap what you sow. Should that spread across the nation, there will be no need for dependence on government, no ability for government to control every aspect of your life, because you have, with good reason, self-respect.
What do you hope is one thing readers take away from your book?
The book was written to bring awareness, without being judgmental, that you have a choice: Live the way Americans lived before the 1950’s, or after the alliance of the Democratic Party with the Communist Party in 1953. It is since 1953 that the agenda towards government control began to infiltrate and degrade the education system, and never ending social programs proliferated to replace self-reliance, and guarantee votes from the poorly educated and the unmotivated. I believe without a return to Godly principles and the 2-parent family, a 3 R’s education system and a standard of self-reliance, the next best option will be, for those who do, to prepare to move to a country (like Costa Rica) whose monetary system is not dependent or linked to the U.S. Dollar. Because it seems inevitable that our policies will result in a total collapse of our government and it’s currency, bringing us all down into poverty and under the thumb of a new government that will control all industry, telling you where to live, to work, and paying you what they can afford (a form of Universal Income). We will be equally poor.
Posted in Interviews
Tags: author, author interview, book, book recommendations, book review, book reviews, book shelf, bookblogger, books, books to read, D. Jonathan Scott, ebook, goodreads, indie author, kindle, kobo, literature, nook, novel, philosophy, politics, read, reader, reading, story, The Rise and Fall of the American Republic, writer, writing
Enrico Tesla’s The Eighteen Years That Didn’t Change Anything is a memoir depicting the life of an average man as he lives through his prime to middle-aged years. The author takes an alternative approach to contemplate the human condition and existence.
Tesla excels in portraying himself as an average man within his words, “above average prospects.” The arc of the text shows him as a young man just beginning his career and concludes with a man who has loved, lost, and been a bit weathered by life. This portrayal renders his character accessible and relatable; he is neither above nor below the reader and, therefore, human. Still, he maintains a curious ego that leads him to ponder his existence in the context of some transformative life events.
The peculiar way he regards both his existence and the human condition also attracts the reader’s empathy. He ponders his existence in a neurotic, scientific-theory-based manner that encourages the reader to ponder the intersections of humanity, an arguably subjective matter, and science, a discipline founded in concrete fact.
His careful pairing of certain scientific facts, such as natural selection and Einstein’s iconic mass-energy formula, alongside his analysis of human perseverance at the end of the novel, is his thesis on life. It is through these efforts to prove his mastery of understanding life at its core that he comes to a poignant yet sobering conclusion. He frames even the most intimate experiences, such as love, in a clinical manner and even expresses to the reader areas in which he feels inadequate. Yet he possesses a stern conviction that due to the foundational understanding he has of life and the due process of nature, life is still worth living.
Pages: 114 | ASIN : B0BBCS8FCT
Tags: author, book, book recommendations, book review, book reviews, book shelf, bookblogger, books, books to read, ebook, Enrico Tesla, goodreads, indie author, kindle, kobo, literature, memoirs, nonfiction, nook, novel, philosophy, read, reader, reading, self esteem, story, The Eighteen Years That Didn't Change Anything, true story, writer, writing
Icarus Never Flew ‘Round Here follows a lonely rancher on a contemplative journey that explores our idea of God and how we can become servile to that idea. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?
The initial spark of this story came from driving through the same Oregon High Desert that’s depicted in the novel. It’s a lonely stretch of highway. The kind where significant chunks of time can pass without seeing another car. This produces an immense loneliness. But oddly it’s sort of a euphoric loneliness, especially if you’re the kind that can appreciate the beauty that a high desert has to offer, because it makes you feel like you’re the only one alive. And, if you’re inclined to believe in god, it makes you feel closer to him/her/it. It makes you feel special.
So, the idea of putting a character out there on the edge of the horizon sat around in my mind for quite some time. Then, as I began to read and teach authors like Kafka, Sartre, Camus, and Dostoyevsky, I became fascinated by absurdism, existentialism, and the like. The specific idea that became the driving force behind Icarus Never Flew ‘Round Here is the clarification Jean-Paul Sartre provided for existentialism in a famous speech turned essay titled Existentialism Is a Humanism. It was there that he outlined that people traditionally believed that our essence precedes our existence, meaning that the idea and purpose of human beings was conceived in a creator’s mind before we were born. Existentialism posits that the order is reversed, that we exist and then it is us who determines our essence.
I wanted to critique the traditional religious view of that debate by showing the dangers of thinking god has ordained all that you do. Historically, there has been a lot of pain caused by this idea, especially because it’s so difficult to rid yourself of once the idea takes root. I believe it to still be one of the biggest cancers in modern American culture.
Dale Samuel is an interesting character. What were some driving ideals behind his character’s development?
Toughness and self-sufficiency are probably Dale’s two defining characteristics. And although Dale is rather rough around the edges from the beginning, those characteristics give him a nobility that I think readers can respect. He is in some ways an ode to the kinds of hardworking, rural people that can be found in the wide-open spaces of Idaho and Oregon and, of course, the rest of “Middle America”.
Eventually, Dale’s toughness and self-sufficiency work against him, as it does with many of us stereotypically stubborn Americans, because he thinks he can figure everything out by himself. Or, when rather humble and undecided, he tends to go with his gut instinct to break the tie. It’s through this type of thinking that I critique all of us who find the meaning in life’s events that we desire to exist. We create our own meaning but think that we’ve discovered god’s, which creates a sense of elation that few recover from.
What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?
Demonstrating the flaws of thinking our essence precedes our existence is the central theme, which is why the novel is told non-linearly and why there is no real inciting incident. I attempted to marry content and form by having the reader witness events in Dale’s life without knowing why they were happening. The why, or the essence, comes after the event as you piece things together. So, that theme dictated not only what the novel is about but also how I constructed it and sequenced the final product.
Another more subtle theme, that’s also prevalent in my first novel Ways and Truths and Lives, is the idea that everyone possesses little bits of relevant truths. If we pay attention to all of Dale’s encounters, all the people he comes into contact with dispense tiny fragments of wisdom. Wisdom that could have saved Dale a lot of trouble if he wasn’t so headstrong. This is a lesson to us all, and through it I try to celebrate the idea of democracy merged with the more Eastern idea of multisided truth.
What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?
I have a third novel idea that is now mostly in note form, although a few practice chapters have been drafted. It will center on a priest who has lost his faith and a whole host of characters that come to him for guidance. The book, as I see it now, will center on how the church (at large, not specifically Catholicism) represses our sexuality in unhealthy ways. That project is, however, probably several years away.
What you’ll most likely see from me first is a book of poetry, which I hope to have fairly ready after I finish my master’s in creative writing (2024). The bulk of my poetry centers on the idea that absent and/or delinquent fathers are a perfect metaphor for a god, assuming one exists, that has abandoned us (i.e., the Christian god).
Posted in Interviews
Tags: author, book, book recommendations, book review, book reviews, book shelf, bookblogger, books, books to read, coming of age, ebook, fiction, goodreads, Icarus Never Flew ‘Round Here, indie author, inspirational, kindle, kobo, literature, Matt Edwards, nook, novel, philosophy, read, reader, reading, story, writer, writing