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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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Spirituality in the 21St Century

Spirituality in the 21St Century by [Frank P. Daversa]

Spirituality in the 21st Century by Frank P. Daversa offers readers Frank’s personal take on spirituality while reflecting on his own beliefs. I knew this book was going to resonate with my own personal experience, at least to some degree, because Daversa describes himself as spiritual but not religious, which is how I would describe myself as well.

Daversa’s take on spirituality is exactly as he explains it, a “primer” towards one’s own spiritual self-discovery. Daversa’s provides a space for conversation about spirituality and one’s own faith. He states that there are three spiritual lessons that as humans we should concern ourselves with and those are global warming, overpopulation and environmental degradation. He states that he considers them as “spiritual” because we have to reach deep into our souls to work towards fixing these issues. His take on spirituality in the 21st century also deals with consumerism and how we should focus on what we need rather than what we want. I was surprised to see this as a part of spirituality but he argues that we should be more conscious of this. He ties this point later to the way in which we tend to attach ourselves. He clarifies that he doesn’t find anything wrong with material possessions but basing our worth on those possessions isn’t beneficial to anyone. I found this to be enlightening especially as there has been more discussion around consumerism, specifically sustainable consumerism.

This is by far one of the most open to discussion books I’ve read about spirituality this year. As it is centered around the 21st century I’m glad that the author Frank P. Daversa included the Black and LGBTQ+ community in his discourse. I definitely recommend Spirituality in the 21st Century to anyone who considers themselves spiritual, whether you’re just beginning the journey or are familiar with it. Spirituality in the 21st Century is thought-provoking and intellectually invigorating.

Pages: 108 | ASIN: B079J5VL55

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Indelibly Inscribed: Collected Musings on Christian Spirituality

Indelibly Inscribed: Collected Musings on Christian Spirituality explains and expounds on both simple and deep subjects in religion. Reading this book gets one to understand not just where the author comes from, but also why many believers choose religion and salvation. Readers learn about the love of God and how faithful he has been to his servants. Anthony Maranise explores various religious topics and even goes the extra mile to discuss what many call earthly matters. I like Anthony Maranise as an author because he does not force one to subscribe to his beliefs. All he does is write about God, the Holy Spirit and religion as he understands them, and leaves the reader to make a decision on what to believe. Not many authors in this genre can write like Anthony Maranise. The author starts from the basics and progresses to weighty subjects that require both attention and assessment.

One of the best things about this book was the historical tales that the author squeezed in between chapters. The addition of the stories breaks up the monotony of explanation about God and spirituality. Anthony Maranise takes the reader back in the day, narrating accounts of religious icons and historical figures that young readers may not have known of. I also enjoyed reading about the author’s personal stories. Anthony Maranise’s life has been nothing short of a miracle. Not many people get to experience the grace of God the way the author did. By telling his story, the author gave many Christians hope of emerging triumphant in whatever battles they are fighting.

Indelibly Inscribed gives hope gets one to have a different perspective about religion and about spirituality, and life in general. Anthony Maranise also gets the reader to reflect on their loves. The text causes you to reflect on your actions, responsibilities and how you lead your life. When talking about an event, activity, idea or the word of god, Anthony Maranise looks for the most relatable things that the reader can find practical.

There are several topics in the book that spoke to me on a personal level. Some of them include the chapters on Supernatural CPR, sacramentality and sport, and tattoos and the transmission of faith. In all my favorite topics, the author uses familiar wording and uses relevant examples in his descriptions. By the end of the reading, the reader gets to be more enlightened on spirituality, the bible, denominations like Catholicism, living righteously and being a wholesome and kind human being.

Pages: 138 | ISBN: 0578843757

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Trials and Tribulations Being Born Again

Trials and Tribulations of Being Born Again, documents the journey of being a born again Christian and finding a true relationship with God. I found this to be a very truthful and relatable account of one’s relationship with God but also with the church. I think something this story does successfully is warn others about pastors that might not actually have other’s best interest at heart. The author details how at a low point in his marriage with his wife, they went to their pastor but found the pastor to be unhelpful and rather contradicting the word of God. These few chapters in which he discusses how his pastor was trying to tear him down and how it made the situation with his wife worse, really broke my heart. In my experience, and personal belief, pastors are meant to guide the congregation closer to God and provide help and wisdom. That being said, they themselves are not above any other human because of their status within the church. Reading Brown’s experience with his pastor really brought to light how not every person in that position means well, but rather they see it as a position where one can take advantage.

I really appreciated the honesty that Dionne Brown provided with this heartfelt memoir as I think others would shy from the truth. Our faith isn’t always linear but we must always trust the direction He is taking us in, and I think Brown perfectly exemplifies that in his memoir. I really enjoyed reading Dionne Brown’s own experience with becoming a born-again Christian but also his insights on how he views a relationship between a person and the Lord. I definitely think that Brown provided some useful tips on what to be aware of when talking to those in the congregation.

I would recommend Trials and Tribulations of Being Born Again to anyone who enjoys reading about a motivational journey into becoming a born-again Christian but especially to readers who are looking for an inspirational story that follows an uplifting spiritual journey.

Pages: 68 | ISBN: 1977227937

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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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The True Story Of The Attempted Murder Of Jesus Christ

Do you want to have a better life? Do you want to have a closer relationship with God? Haven’t so many of us lost so much from covid-19 that we all want these things? You see the uniqueness of this true story of the first Christmas is that the apostle Paul, who’s writings are in the Bible knew the same truth that I reveal in this book. A truth that God has graced me with knowing from my over 15 years of study into the Bible. You are about to discover a truth that God placed in the Bible almost 2000 years ago and has lied dormant. A truth that is meant to be discovered only in our time because the truth’s full wisdom can only be fully understood by us in our modern time. At the same time Paul did write about the truth contained in this book but no one has ever fully understood what exactly Paul was writing about in the Bible until now!. And soon you will know this truth too as soon as you finish reading this book!

Now imagine yourself alive over 2000 years ago at the first Christmas when a the star of Bethlehem appeared in the sky marking the the year Jesus was born. Go along with me as we travel with the wise men who follow this star which leads us to Jerusalem where we continue this search for Jesus Christ. Walk with me through the Bible and the actual historical records so as to learn the truth to this over 2000 year old Christmas mystery, where I say mystery because king Herod, the one who we have always been told was the one who attempted to murder Jesus the year He was born. may not in fact be the culprit to the plot. In the end when the true mastermind is finally revealed see how knowing this emerald of truth can bring forth in your own life blessings, happiness and a closer relationship with God today, tomorrow and perhaps forever.

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Secret Knowledge of Creation

Robert J. Flower
Robert J. Flower PhD Author Interview

Decoding the Holy Grail introduces the “Potential Molecule” and presents a unified “Theory of Everything” that highlights the connections between science, philosophy, civilization and religion. How did this idea begin and change as you developed it?

My search for the truth started it all—the real truth, not mine. After several mystical events occurred in my life, I directed myself to ancient sites and sacred scriptures…there was a math, geometry that was evident to me. Eventually a geneticist contacted me and told me the science I was uncovering was related to his work in biological cellular development. We determined the scriptures, including factors such as the Holy Grail, held this unknown secret knowledge of creation…over the years I came to see that this process was directly connected to thinking and behavioral patterns, and that the geometry of this process defined a cell itself: one that was not yet visible to science but has all the potential of reality within it—hence, the Potential Molecule.

I felt like there is a great deal to be gained by reading your book. What do you hope is one thing readers take away from your book?

My hope is that people will understand that the power of Potential exists in their daily reality, and that they adapt the Philosophy of Potential as a central focus of their daily lives.

Why was this an important book for you to write?

The importance of the book was first to uncover the hidden meaning behind the Holy Grail and other mysteries. Additionally, I wanted to prove and display that the human psyche has so much greater power and control than people ordinarily believe, that there is a much deeper meaning to life.

Do you plan to write more books on this same subject? Or do you have other topics you would like to write about?

I have follow up plans for the book…actual examples and scientific studies of the Potential Molecule at work in people’s lives. I am also developing a computer model which dictates where, when and how space portals function.

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Decoding the Holy Grail is an enlightening read that introduces the “Potential Molecule” and presents a unified philosophical “Theory of Everything.” Through a fascinating holistic approach that highlights the connections between findings in scientific theory, philosophy, ancient civilizations, and world religions, the text works to uncover the hidden meaning of the Holy Grail. The book puts theology and mysticism into a clear, expansive picture for those seeking an understanding of the world we live in. The resulting benefit is a Theory of Life which resolves age-old issues such as life after death and practical spirituality effectively and efficiently.

“Getting It then Getting Along” by L. Reynolds Andiric

The thesis of this book is that most people have very little knowledge about other’s religious beliefs, and if they had a better understanding, they might be more tolerant and much of the ill-will and even violence would be dispelled. This book explains the five religious belief systems that the majority of the world’s populations follow. It is not a book that proselytizes or presents dogma with the intent to convince the reader of the rightness or wrongness of one belief over another. Neither does it insist that one must be religious or even believe in God to be a good person.

For the most part, an individual’s spirituality is derived from one’s own culture and heritage and a lack of knowledge regarding specific beliefs can often lead to misconceptions about religious systems not familiar to us. Social media can also cause confusion when the originator of a post may have a specific “agenda” and provide only the information that supports that purpose even though that information is not objective nor does it provide the whole truth.

With better understanding of others’ religious beliefs, it is hoped that greater tolerance for religious diversity will develop and respectful discourse and interactions will result. If this is possible for religious diversity, it could also be useful for other human diversities. A focus of the book is to promote compassionate behavior when dealing with differences with an outlook that our variances can be advantageous and may, in fact, allow for resolution of some of the planet’s most worrisome concerns. Different perspectives through different cultural lenses may together solve universal problems. The book further emphasizes that change begins with each individual and one by one as more tolerance, more respect and greater compassion toward others develop, our world will become a kinder, gentler place.

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L. Reynolds Andiric has traveled the world extensively and has had a lifetime interest in different cultures and especially the religious beliefs that people have and practice. Educated as a scientist with many years of experience within the medical field, she has witnessed the importance of spirituality to many people both in the U. S. and throughout the world. She currently lives in St. Augustine, Florida and works as a consultant with the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) as part of the PEPFAR Project.

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