There are two things in this world. The first thing is what one ought to do as a human beings while the second is what one actually does. In many cases these differ. Some choices are led in one direction by religion and the other by science. It is confusing for someone who subscribes to both. Farooq Tareen digs around this rift between the two extremes.
Morality Vs. Reality by Farooq Tareen is very well researched and thought out. The authors genuine curiosity on the subject shines through as he takes the reader through his musings and findings. The book gives equal opportunity to every area with exhaustive presentations of their relevance.
It is truly wonderful how the book explores either side with equally keen interest. A reader will still feel like they retain the right to their opinion at the end f the book. The book does not lean on the religious side but this is a great starting point for helping people minimize crisis of belief.
This is a book about a complex subject presented with simple language that elevates the reading experience. It opens up the mind and makes the book so much more enjoyable. The sentence construction is uncomplicated and grabs the attention of the reader.
However, despite how wonderful this book is, I felt that some paragraphs were long. With such a complex subject matter I would have appreciated more concise paragraphs.
Morality Vs. Reality takes on an interesting subject and delivers deep research with passionate curiosity that colors every page either. This is a good book to read when one reaches that inevitable point in life where they face a crisis of belief. It may not provide answers but one will understand that it is okay not to choose either religion or science. This book also reiterates the importance of conforming reality to morality.
Pages: 242 | ASIN: B07VM7FNMB
RESCRIPT the Story You’re Telling Yourself gives readers pragmatic advice for quieting the inner voices that limit their potential. Why was this an important book for you to write?
As I know is the case for so many authors, personal experience initially sparked my desire to write about negative self-talk and limiting beliefs. For many years, I struggled with low self-esteem, ruminating, catastrophizing, perfectionism, anxiety, and for a couple of years, panic attacks. I was my own worst enemy. I told myself how much of a mess up I was, I told myself I wasn’t good enough to achieve many of the things I wanted in life, and I acted in ways that perpetuated all the things I was telling myself. After my Inner Antagonist’s loud and persistent voice ultimately led to my panic attacks, I began to be intentional in listening to how I spoke to myself and about myself to others. I started trying to catch my self-critical thinking faster and faster, and respond to my Inner Antagonist’s voice with words, a tone, and a pace that calmed me and empowered me, instead of agitated and limited me. I call this voice the Inner Advocate. We all have one, but for many of us, this voice is so quiet and infrequent that we don’t notice it and it doesn’t have much of an impact. I learned that it took me daily practice, consistency, and time to amplify this Inner Advocate’s voice and quiet my Inner Antagonist. Doing so completely changed my confidence, outlook, optimism, resiliency, ability to achieve my goals, and my life overall. I wanted to write a book that could give this gift to others struggling with their own Inner Antagonist, so they could be their own advocate, have self-compassion, achieve their dreams, and give their unique gifts to the world.
How has your time working with people and the community as a Positive Psychology coach helped you write this book?
While the passion to write RESCRIPT began with personal experience, it’s my work with my clients and students that showed me how needed this book is. As an educator, speaker, and coach, I’m always trying to be an external advocate for those I work with. Positive Psychology tools have enabled me to help those I work with see and leverage their strengths, discover and follow their passions and purpose, and learn self-compassion, self-care, and self-love. So many of those I work with are also their own worst enemy. I so easily see the beauty in them, but many of my clients and students struggle to see that beauty in themselves. They too are beating themselves up over mistakes, telling themselves why they can’t, why things will never work out for them, why they aren’t good enough, and why they don’t deserve any better. After doing this work for over 20 years, it was very evident that we all could use a little more self-kindness and self-empowerment. When we are kind and empowering to ourselves, we have greater confidence and desire to give that kindness and empowerment to others. We are driven to use our strengths, passions, and purpose to do good and be forces of good in the world. I believe we all have so much to offer the world, but first we must offer ourselves the love and liberation we too deserve.
I appreciated the realistic guidance conveyed in this book. What do you hope readers take away from this book?
My greatest hope is that readers try out the various strategies in RESCRIPT and begin to intentionally and consistently utilize the ones that work best for them. I believe I have over 130 strategies in the book, but it’s not because we all need to be using ALL of them! I created so many, because we are all unique. We learn differently and are impacted differently. I hope readers will try out the strategies that resonate with them and continue to use the ones that are growing and positively transforming them and their lives the most. I also hope readers will take away the importance of self-compassion. Sometimes we develop a belief that being mean to ourselves is how we motivate ourselves, or that it’s necessary that we punish ourselves. Neither are true. We can motivate ourselves with positive words and actions, and by learning to forgive ourselves for mishaps, mistakes, and flaws, fully own who we are, and by using the wisdom of our unique experiences to do better for ourselves and others.
What is the next book that you are writing and when will it be available?
Right now, I’m working on a kids’ book with my son, Josh, who’s ten years old. We are writing a book about gratitude—the importance of being thankful and expressing thanks to others. We have been doing a bedtime gratitude practice together since Josh was five. Practicing gratitude has such a positive impact on children and adults, and we want to share this message and practice with kids, parents, and educators everywhere. It’s a blessing in itself just to work with my son on a project like this. We hope to have the book out by the end of 2020.
Are you living an old story script with the same patterns of difficult experiences or relationships? Are limiting beliefs, critical self-talk, regret, or worry holding you back? If so, you’re not alone. Many of us have an antagonizing inner voice that tells us we’re unworthy and unable to change. The voice is lying.
Author Dr. Colleen Georges knows this firsthand. A recovering self-critic and catastrophizer who once suffered with chronic panic attacks, Dr. Colleen first worked to RESCRIPT her own limiting story and has spent the last 20 years helping thousands of others to do the same.
In RESCRIPT the Story You’re Telling Yourself: The Eight Practices to Quiet Your Inner Antagonist, Amplify Your Inner Advocate, & Author a Limitless Life, Dr. Colleen guides you on a self-authorship journey using the eight practices of her RESCRIPT framework, based in Positive Psychology.
The condition of hair loss is a topic of significant public interest, and understanding the pathophysiology and treatment of the different types of alopecia (hair loss) will surely have an impact on the men and women afflicted by this condition. Hair loss is a pervasive problem affecting both men and women, and it can have profound psychological effects on the afflicted. It is a problem in need of a solution. The author’s interest in the causes of hair-loss related issues surfaced twenty-five years ago, when he began to experience some hair thinning. In a search for a possible solution to ameliorate his thinning hair, the author began an empirical journey of discovery. He experimented with a myriad of balding prevention recommendations, which led to the creation of Hair Loss: Options for Restoration and Reversal.
The objective of this book is to educate the consuming public about the effectiveness of the many available hair-loss treatment and restoration modalities. It is an important, comprehensive, and valuable tool for both men and women who are afflicted with hair-loss problems. It provides the reader with a historical perspective regarding hair-loss, as well as its causes, treatments, and promising future trends.
Destined To Date A Good Man gives readers practical solutions to finding a Godly man and avoiding counterfeits. Why was this an important book for you to write?
I’ve seen so many women’s lives destroyed behind counterfeit men, and I’m fed up. I can relate to their suffering, because I was once a victim myself.
You give practical advice in a straightforward manner that I enjoyed. What were some ideals that were important for you to capture in this book?
I feel it is extremely important for me to expose the tactics and tricks that counterfeits use to manipulate their victims. It’s equally important for me to reveal how to spot them, avoid them, or break free.
What is a common misconception people have about dating and finding the right partner?
Women often believe that if he looks trustworthy, says the right things, or does good deeds, that he’s a good man. In many instances, this may be the farthest thing from the truth. Counterfeits are great actors, and can fool many people.
What do you hope readers take away from your book?
This book will equip women with tools to empower them, and protect them from counterfeit men.
Do you feel as if he’s hiding something, but you don’t know what it is? If so, you may be dealing with a counterfeit. A counterfeit is a man who will mask his true intentions while he intentionally wastes your time, drains your resources, breaks your heart, or abandons you at his convenience. Since he is able to mimic the behaviors of a good man, he’ll manage to scam many women throughout his lifetime. It’s time to be empowered! Christian Author, Daisy Thomas will expose eight different types of counterfeits. She will also reveal numerous strategies a counterfeit will use to deceive you, and turn your life upside down. If you want to avoid getting played by a counterfeit, this book is for you. Inside you’ll find biblical and practical solutions to give you the best outcome. You’ll be empowered to recognize and break free from counterfeits in your life!
- Ask yourself: can you afford to work in the wrong job for the wrong organization?
- 86% of employees are looking for a new job
- There is a 33% increase of heart attacks on Monday mornings
- Poor management in U.S. companies is associated with 120,000 deaths every year!
- This book turns the tables by putting you in control—by putting you in a position to assess whether YOU want the job. (You’re not the victim, helpless in job decisions)
- Know what you want and need. Be purposeful and intentional with your job search and choices. (Interview the interviewer (the book is full of questions with explanations as to why to ask them and what information it brings you).
Paving Your Path is a guide that high school students and their mentors can use to navigate the difficult transitional moments in life. Why was this an important book for you to write?
Paving Your Path was important for me to write because high school students are under more pressure than ever before and they do not know they can manifest their destiny. They certainly cannot do it by themselves and would benefit for a mentor. In addition, the sooner they discover their purpose and passion, the sooner they can begin on the track. This can save, time, money and frustration.
You share some very good advice in this book that is appropriate for anyone facing major life decisions. What do you hope readers take away from this book?
I want readers to consider taking on a mentoring role to make a real difference in our youth and our future. They will benefit from the relationship more than they give. It is a win-win.
What is a key concept you think is important for handling decision making?
A key concept for decision making is to define the issue, look for solutions, research the options, choose the option that best fits for you, and get into action.
When and where will this book be available?
The book will be available on September 3, 2019, from Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Ingram to coincide with the beginning of the new school year.
“Are you passionate enough for the path you are choosing? Are you personally ready to take that path? How is the mentor-mentee relationship working out? These are important questions that will be answered within the book. Paving your Path should be a staple for graduating high school students.” – Literary Titan
It is no use taking a step without first deciding where you would like that step to lead you. The final years of high school are very important as one is required to firm their plans for the future. Often, this is a make or break time in life.
The first thing Dr. Kim Nugent advises is to get a mentor. Someone who will walk with you on this journey. Not one who will simply tell you what to do and how to do it. This is a personal journey that you cannot afford to give up autonomy on. You cannot afford to be altruistic in your decision making either. Paving your Path provides a 30-week guide during which the mentor and mentee are taken step by step through the process of an appropriate and meaningful relationship.
It is quite lovely of the author to use her personal story as the backdrop for this book. It humanizes it as well as provides a secondary mentor for the reader. Her story is candid and filled with victories and losses in equal measure. This demonstrates that determination and drive to succeed really do matter for a person’s journey. Dr. Nugent’s journey was not conventional or traditional but she turned out well. That is one of the greatest qualities of this book, it is incredibly encouraging.
Two other things stand out of this book for me: First, the tone of writing gives off a sort of cool vibe. The author just makes you want to pay attention and abide. She inspires and coaches the reader with just the conversational tone of writing alone. The second thing that stands out is the chronological plotting of material. The structure is intentional and contributes to how well the material is consumed. Dr. Kim Nugent’s passion and sheer determination to inspire lead her to producing material of great value both personally and academically.
This book is suitable for high school students that are approaching a turning point in their lives. This book is also quite applicable to anyone who might be facing a fork in their life. It could be a between going back to school or more responsibility at work. The maxims in this book are universally applicable.
Are you passionate enough for the path you are choosing? Are you personally ready to take that path? How is the mentor-mentee relationship working out? These are important questions that will be answered within the book. Paving your Path should be a staple for graduating high school students.
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In For the Love of Self you outline strategies that helped you with healing different imbalances in your mind and body. Why was this an important book for you to write?
I wanted to give others some alternative suggestions to healing their issues because this had worked for me. I believe that we have the power within us to heal ourselves if only we believed and trusted in that. Our intuition, and we all have it, is a wonderful tool to tap into. We can too easily give our power away to the opinions of others, and the scientific/medical treatments that are offered, because of fear and a lack of knowledge. Drugs and surgery are not always the answer. I’m just very happy to say that my theories worked for me so I wanted to share that with the rest of the world. Maybe they can work for others as well. Now, wouldn’t that be nice!!!
In this book you describe your journey from stage 3 vaginal cancer to recovery. What was the biggest lesson you learned along the way?
It was important for me to find the root cause, to understand and heal the mental and emotional reasons that created the dis-eases/imbalances in my mind and body, because if I didn’t, I believe the cancer could come back again. I’ve seen this time and again with others until the body can’t tolerate any more treatment. But I also know that it’s everyone’s prerogative, and I respect that, to make the choices as to how they want to deal with their life’s challenges. We all have lessons and experiences to work through in our life and one way is no better than another.
What is one thing that you hope readers take away from this book?
To believe that anything is possible, and then do the inner work to achieve the desired outcome.
What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?
At this point in time, another book has not been conceptualised as I’d like to give my current book all the focus and energy it needs to give it a fair chance to reach and help the people that need it the most.
When Kaylene Hay was diagnosed with Stage 3 vaginal cancer, her doctor advised her to have surgery. Because of her strong belief in cause and effect, she wanted to find out what could have contributed to this cancer, and particularly in the genital area. What she discovered, shocked her.
In For the Love of Self, Hay outlines the guidelines and strategies that helped with the healing of different diseases and imbalances in her mind and body, all woven within a collection of her life’s experiences. She tells how the success gained by using these strategies can be applied to any situation, and she shares the importance of looking beneath the surface of any presenting health issue to find the root cause, emphasizing surgery and drugs are not always the answer.
Through her own discoveries, Hay encourages others to find the courage to heal their physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual issues by taking responsibility for their health and well-being. For the Love of Self shows how all of the answers are within and people must find their way back to health, happiness, and empowerment by taking charge of their life and doing the inner work to achieve their goals.
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Four Years of Despair by Jalesa Morrison is a youth/teenage story that touches upon sensitive topics, such as mental health, bullying, and family issues. Jaunell Morris is a teenage girl that doesn’t fit in at school or at home, and has a lot of issues. She has trouble communicating with her family, her teachers and with making friends. Everyone around her is baffled by her outbursts and her violent episodes. Her school gives up on her and she is transferred to a different school, where things get even worse.
Jaunell is diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and she is in and out of hospitals all the time. Her situation is made worse by her parents’ bad marriage, her poor relationship with her older sisters and the rejection she feels from her extended family. Her only ally is her grandmother, and one of the nurses from the hospital where she’s treated. Eventually, the nurse is the one that helps her secure a place at a much better mental health treatment facility. These are heavy emotional issues, but the book ends on a hopeful note.
This book has the courage to shed light on a lot of difficult issues: mental health in teenagers, dysfunctional families, poverty, lack of access to proper education, social services and healthcare. It’s an authentic and powerful radiography of our society and how its most vulnerable members (youth, minorities, poor people) have the cards stacked against them.
The devastation that mental health issues bring into a person’s life is depicted well inJaunell’s story. However, sometimes I felt that the insights into Jaunell’s motivations, actions and reactions are not detailed enough. The book would have benefited from a deeper incursion into the complexities of Jaunell’s mental issues. I would’ve also liked to have read more about Jaunell’s mother and her relationship with her grandmother. The details of their relationship could’ve provided more insight on the family dynamics and how it affected Jaunell.
As someone who has experienced living with a person who is bipolar I would definitely recommend reading Four Year of Despair by Jalesa Morrison as this book is a real eye opener as to what people who are diagnosed with bipolar disorder go through in their day to day activities. This book would be a great influence to teens who are going through this but may be confused as to why they handle their emotions different than others.
Pages: 234 | ASIN: B07R5DKMMZ
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One Path, Many Lights invites readers into 12 months of your life to encourage people to persevere. Why was this an important book for you to write?
This book was an important book to write to inspire my readers going through difficult times to know that although life can be challenging, they will survive it, learn from it and even thrive. It was vital for me to be transparent, sharing my vulnerability about my own personal life, so they know they’re not alone, and will be encouraged to move forward.
You share your experiences as both a healer and counsellor. What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?
Anxiety, along with patterns of behaviour that keep us in the past, and how they can become a muddy stream that taints, although unconsciously, our present and future happiness. Also, spirituality and knowing there is far more to our universe, and us, and how this knowledge can support, guide and influence our path.
What is a common misconception you find people have about adversity and spiritual guidance?
Is that adversity is an affliction to thwart our path. When it can be a time of learning, understanding and a giver of wisdom.
A misconception about spiritual guidance is it’s something you seek outside of yourself when it’s freely available for all to access within. One doesn’t need to be alternative or gifted to access spiritual guidance for we all have innate inner wisdom waiting for us to tap into it.
What is the next book that you are writing and when will it be available?
I’m currently writing two books, one that is non-fiction about my spiritual journey, awakenings, and hardships experienced while travelling to many places throughout the world based on a dream or vision. The other book is a fantasy novel, which I’m excited for as the characters seemed to jump onto my page, wishing to participate in the writing of the book. I’m planning to finish one of these, if not both, by the end of 2020.
One Path, Many Lights takes you on the roller-coaster ride of twelve months in the life of author, counsellor, hypnotherapist and Reiki Master Teacher, Maria Lacey. By sharing her story Maria has one aim; to encourage you to recognise that change, adversity and confusion can empower you to move forward in your life.
Experience the wonder of spiritual visions after the Chilean earthquake, the grounding fears and anxieties of everyday life, including a life-threatening rush to hospital, surgery a few months later and the personal struggle with anxiety, the ego-self and the mirrored reflection of those around her. Inevitably, adversities from Maria’s earlier life cannot be ignored in her striving to understand her present journey.
As a healer and counsellor Maria meets with a diverse range of clients from young women in their 20’s to men in transition to retirement, as well as her beautiful pregnant mums. Maria finds herself sitting and writing in her art room, her place of peace and meditation, unlocking her inner sight through channeling information from the Guardians of the Light. There are many questions, some answers, and thought-provoking moments.
One Path, Many Lights explores the author’s truth as she exposes her innermost fears, struggles and resistance to understanding herself. This enlightening story will give you hope and comfort in knowing that you are not alone in your own personal struggles.
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