Saturday Book Review: “The Best Investment Is Within One’s Self”

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The Best Investment is Within One’s Self

by Carrie Register-Haley

Publisher: Outskirts Press

ISBN: 9781478776871

Synopsis*:

My life coaching philosophy is grounded in the understanding that every individual is an innate expert in their own life realization. It is my fundamental belief that you possess the ability, expertise and knowledge to create and embody your own definition of success. Because happiness, self-defined success and peace are all at the core of your being; you just have to learn to invest time into tapping into it. Everyone that is willing to put energy into self-discovery has the capacity to obtain what you want. Since I value a holistic approach to coaching and believe the mind, spirit and body are the three pillars that ground us in our learning process. It is my responsibility as a coach to ask powerful questions to assist with identifying strategies for success, discovering self-empowering techniques, centering for self-discovery, and creating an environment for prosperity. I also believe in holding you accountable for moving towards your goals on the journey to success. So I urge you to contact me along your journey at drhaley@roi-coaching.com so together we can tap into your potential and bring forth a revelation of investment from this experience. This self-investment guide is designed to get you motivated in self-investment and potential realization. Being a Life Coach is who I am, so I wanted to share what I’ve learned with you. I believe that every person is perfectly imperfect and deserves the best me working to discover the best version of you.

 * courtesy of Amazon.com

Critique:

With her emphasis on self-empowerment being accessible to anyone and everyone, Carrie Register-Haley draws upon her years of experience and expertise as a mentor, a coach, a Human Resources Trainer, a Group Counseling Facilitator, a Victim Advocate, and a Back to School Event Coordinator to deftly write a self-help instructional guide that is impressively ‘reader friendly’ in tone, commentary, organization and presentation. Motivating, inspirational, practical, thoughtful and thought-provoking, “The Best Investment Is Within One’s Self: Self-Investment Quick Tip Guide” is a potentially life-changing read that is very highly recommended for community library and counseling center Self-Help/Self-Improvement collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that “The Best Investment Is Within One’s Self” is also available in a Kindle format ($8.99).

reviewed on The Self-Help Shelf of Midwest Book Review ]

Here’s what another reviewer is saying:

Superb! What an amazing step by step guide to investing in one’s self. The book is practical, easy to read, well thought out and written makes acheiveable points and references towards improving oneself. Dr. Registerhaley I can’t wait to see what you have in store next. Thank You for sharing your insight. Andrea L. Wingo

– Amazon Reviewer Amazon Customer


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Saturday Book Review: “No More Tears”

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No More Tears

by Joseph J. Sollish

Publisher: Outskirts Press

ISBN: 9781478779957

Synopsis*:

No More Tears tells the story of a young girl’s aspiration to be a movie star, and what her life becomes in the years after she first leaves her home in New Jersey to travel to Hollywood. Candace Donato lives in many places; Perth Amboy. New York, Century City, Los Angeles. Her “family” is all she lives for.

 * courtesy of Amazon.com

Critique:

Written with a genuine flair for realism, “No More Tears” by novelist Joseph Sollish is a consistently compelling and unfailingly entertaining read from beginning to end. Certain to be an enduringly popular addition to community library General Fiction collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that “No More Tears” is also available in a Kindle format ($3.99).

reviewed on The Fiction Shelf of Midwest Book Review ]

Here’s what some other reviewers are saying:

Enjoyed this book a lot! I really liked the main character Candace who is a loving person, often putting her own dreams aside to care for her family, forgiving them when they behave badly, and bouncing back after any setback. A good story!

– Amazon Reviewer Claudia Moore

A real page turner! The author writes with fantastic energy and pacing and will keep your attention from page one. I found myself rooting for Candace. A truly satisfying read.

– Amazon Reviewer Mrs R E Brierley


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Saturday Book Review: “Untold Secrets About Auto Repair”

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Untold Secrets About Auto Repair

by H. Odi

Publisher: Outskirts Press

ISBN: 9781478772040

Synopsis*:

Hezekiah Odi wants to save you from being ripped off on your next car repair! As an ASE automotive technician since 1993, he has been helping family, friends, and customers save big money with his trustworthy approach toward car repair. Some of his customers refuse to drop their car off for service if Hezekiah is off duty. He often receives cash tips from grateful customers, and one even gave him a car in appreciation for his hard work, honesty, and respect. Now Hezekiah wants to help even more people by exposing the secrets of automobile repair. In his easy-to-follow yet comprehensive guide, he shares tips on what to look for in a repair shop; when to do it yourself and when to let an expert take over; and even how to teach teenage drivers to take good care of a car. He also covers the basics of preventive maintenance, simple repairs, and how to spot warning signs. With countless concrete tips and down-to-earth advice, all designed to save time and money, Untold Secrets About Auto Repair is a must-have for every car owner.

 * courtesy of Amazon.com

Critique:

 

Enhanced with the inclusion of numerous concrete tips and replete with down-to-earth advice, all of which is specifically designed to save time and money, “Untold Secrets About Auto Repair” is thoroughly ‘user friendly’ in tone, organization and presentation. “Untold Secrets About Auto Repair” will prove to be an enduringly popular and highly valued addition to personal and community library instructional reference collections

 

reviewed on The Automotive Shelf of Midwest Book Review ]

Here’s what some other reviewers are saying:

This book is an amazing book.It explained so many ways car owners has being exposing themselves in to unnecessary ripoffs. The book gives in details all signs to look for and way to correct it before it cost more money. The book further explain repair shop labor, how to find good repair shops, and other ways to save money on car repairs. This book in design for any body that has a driver license, or aspiring to get one.

– Amazon Reviewer olubunmi aina

This book has equipped me with a wealth of knowledge about cars. It is a MUST HAVE for anyone who owns an automobile. This book is especially helpful for women like me who tend to blindly seek out mechanics for repair work without knowing how simple or extensive the problem may be.

– Amazon Reviewer Lisa Johnson


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Saturday Book Review: “Read: Decoding the Reading Obstacle – Increase Your Test Scores in Reading and Science”

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Read: Decoding the Reading Obstacle - Increase Your Test Scores in Reading and Science by Walker Guerrier

Read: Decoding the Reading Obstacle – Increase Your Test Scores in Reading and Science

by Walker Guerrier

Publisher: Outskirts Press

ISBN: 9781478776253

Synopsis*:

This book is design for top students, who have the desire to go above and beyond. I call them the seeds of greatness. The students I grew up who have used this approach are now doctors, scientists, and writers. These particular students became an engineer and doctor. Once you start using this book, your intellect will never be the same. This approach will help you attain your highest potential. Students all over the world use this book as a key to their success.

 * courtesy of Amazon.com

Critique:

A consumable workbook, “Read: Decoding the Reading Obstacle” is especially recommended for both public school, private school, and home-schooling curriculums, and as an ideal, effective, and ‘user friendly’ do-it-yourself study skills improvement manual for college students.

reviewed on the Education Bookshelf of Midwest Book Review ]


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Saturday Book Review: “A Slice of History, Musing on Religion”

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a slice of history, musing on religion by frans koning

A Slice of History, Musing on Religion

by Frans Koning

Publisher: Outskirts Press

ISBN: 9781478760061

Synopsis*:

A View of the World from Three Continents. . . From a farm in The Netherlands to poverty-stricken Sierra Leone…from the brief peace after the Great War to the horrors of World War II…from Europe to America…this extraordinary book of anecdotal essays ranges through the life of a man who has lived broadly and deeply.

Author Frans Koning shares his observations and impressions on topics ranging from what it was like to be a teenager in a Nazi-occupied country, to his experiences in Africa with the Peace Corps, and his move to the United States. He has experienced the effects of brutality and fear and lived to tell about man’s inhumanity to man. With a perspective gained from three continents, he can see how human experience is both diverse and similar…and how patterns in human behavior emerge, from the Waffen SS to ISIS. Immediately engaging, loosely structured, and retaining a piquant flavor of his native land in a Dutchman’s English, A Slice of History is a uniquely personal yet immediately accessible memoir of life during the most turbulent decades of our time.

 * courtesy of Amazon.com

Critique:

Most Americans know World War II from secondary sources like books, documentaries, etc. or from people they know who were alive at that time. “A Slice of History: Musing on Religion” by Frans Koning is a delicious primary source on how a young man experienced the war in the Netherlands. The dominant theme coming so often from the US public on “How we saved Western Europe” misses the complexities involved for the Dutch and all other liberal minded youth in this part of Europe who lived through this period.

The book is written in the style of letters written to friends, or even a thoughtful diary, is a refreshing reading experience. Koning shares his religious and political thoughts and feelings as he tries to create meaning in the midst of the forces of the war around him. The author’s colorful descriptions of a few of his medical practice experiences at home and in West Africa will certainly raise the reader’s curiosity. His ancestors trace back to the Reformation, as he reflects on his own struggles to understand the Christianity he encountered from parents, country, and Americans when he moved to the US. His long, soul searching for religious meaning caused his involvement with a liberal church. The openness and critical thinking of that religion served his questioning mind well.

Finally the narrative is full of personal details that most Americans could never imagine. This includes discovering the proper placement of straw into his wooden shoes, and how his mother saved Koning’s life from a belligerent Nazi SS officer by bribing him with a ham and a half bottle of gin.

This book causes readers to imagine how they would have reacted to events if they had been there. Overall, anyone interested in WWII will find this to be an excellent excursion into understanding how WWII affected a thoughtful young man.

reviewed by Gary Gustafson of Midwest Book Review ]

Here’s what some other reviewers are saying:

A nice piece of personal contemporary history from early twentieth century Holland (with some WWII drama, also). There are also medical observations from his years as an doctor in the African bush, and thoughtful views on comparative religion. Enlightening and fun as well.

– Amazon Reviewer Aaron Stafford

A personal opinion of the author and his life experiences: Dr Koning is a friend, and has very cogent opinions about the world, based upon his eighty plus years of life and experiences. His observations, in my experience, are keen and penetrating.

– Amazon Reviewer Scott Chester


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Saturday Book Review: “Super Mia and the Good Luck Duo – Rescued is the New Black”

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super mia and the good luck duo - rescued is the new black by marie-yolaine williams

Super Mia and the Good Luck Duo – Rescued Is the New Black

by Marie-Yolaine Williams (author)
Richa Kinra (illustrator)

Publisher: Outskirts Press

ISBN: 9781478771579

Synopsis*:

Are black cats really bad luck? Are black dogs scarier than other dogs? When Baggins, a champion racing dog, is injured during a race, his owner callously dumps him in a wooded area. There, Baggins meets Evader, a black cat, and the two become fast friends. When the duo are captured by County Animal Services, Baggins discovers that he and Evader have little chance of being adopted because of their black fur. When the shelter’s manager takes a special interest in them, it looks like their luck may finally change for the better. Will Baggins and Evader find their forever home?

 * courtesy of Amazon.com

Critique:

Another outstanding collaboration by author Marie-Yolaine Williams and illustrator Richa Kinra, “Super Mia and the Good Luck Duo – Rescued Is the New Black” is another in their outstanding ‘Shelter Dog Series’ and very highly recommended for the picture book collections of families, elementary schools, and community libraries. For personal reading lists it should also be noted that “Super Mia and the Good Luck Duo – Rescued Is the New Black” is available in a paperback edition as well (9781478771579, $9.95)

reviewed on the Children’s Bookwatch of Midwest Book Review ]

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Five stars all the way! We love this book! I’d say it’s for a 6-9 year old (if your 6 year old is a strong reader).

It’s so amazing to see that the hero who saves the day in the story is a person in a wheelchair. That is something we have never seen in a children’s book and I have to say it’s a breath of fresh air. What a wonderful message for children about inclusiveness! Heroes come in all different forms and it’s long overdue that we communicate this to children. It’s a great conversation starter about disability and illness too (the hero Mia has MS and explains she has good days and bad days – on bad days she needs her wheelchair). I don’t want to give away the ending but we love how it ends!

We learned about black dog syndrome, superstition (which has a negative impact on black cats and their chances at adoption), and the country of Greece. I also love that the author walked us through what happens when an animal is dumped somewhere from the animal’s point of view. I hope this makes people think twice before they discard a pet like thrash. It’s great that some of the proceeds are going to animal rescue.

The interview at the end (the author interviews her rescue dogs and they answer questions like what is your favorite movie or book etc.) really made us laugh.

I strongly recommend this book. It’s well written and a great story. More books like this please. This is part of a series, we have the first book already (we loved that one too) and can’t wait for the next one!

– Amazon Reviewer Amazon Customer

This is an enchanting story, and Mia is its princess! What an excellent book for all. I dearly love the title: “Super Mia and the Good Luck Duo, Rescued is the New Black”. Baggins was a greyhound who broke his leg racing. After the vet said he could race no longer, the owner dropped him off in some woods and left him (something he does often). A cat offered to help Baggins. When County Animal Services captured Baggins, Evader came out of hiding to be with him. It only gets better and better from here.

Both Baggins and Evader have black fur. Marie-Yolaine Williams did a very good deed for cats and dogs by letting Evader announce,”we have a very slim chance of being adopted.” Ms. Williams correctly informs her readers. When Baggins asked why, he replied “Because we have black fur. People are scared of black dogs and think that black cats are bad luck”. My Grandma had that incorrect superstition.

I worked in a Humane Society who stopped adopting out black cats for several days before Halloween to protect them. I fostered and adopted two beauties, my two black cats that I love more than life itself. I won’t give away the ending of the story. It is excellent!

Thank you Marie-Yolaine Williams and Word Slinger for giving me a book to read in exchange for my honest review.

– Amazon Reviewer C M Anderson


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Saturday Book Review: “Old Dog, New Tricks”

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Old Dog, New Tricks: The Story of an Old Shelter Dog Who Got a Second Chance marie yolaine williams

Old Dog, New Tricks:
The Story of an Old Shelter Dog Who Got a Second Chance

by Marie-Yolaine Williams (author)
Richa Kinra (illustrator)

Publisher: Outskirts Press

ISBN: 9781478765332

Synopsis*:

Who Says Old Dogs Can’t Learn New Tricks? Boscoe is an 11-year-old dog who suddenly finds himself at a shelter competing with puppies for potential adopters. When a family finally comes in looking for an older dog, Boscoe can’t believe his ears! Will he find his forever home?

 * courtesy of Amazon.com

Critique:

Who says old dogs can’t learn new tricks? Deftly written by Marie-Yolaine Williams and charmingly illustrated by Richa Kinra, “Old Dog, New Tricks: The Story of an Old Shelter Dog Who Got a Second Chance” is the story of Boscoe, an 11-year-old dog who suddenly finds himself at a shelter competing with puppies for potential adopters. When a family finally comes in looking for an older dog, Boscoe can’t believe his ears! Will he find his forever home? Highly recommended, especially for children ages 6 to 9, “Old Dog, New Tricks” will prove to be an enduringly popular addition to family, elementary school, and community library picture book collections. For personal reading lists it should be noted that “Old Dog, New Tricks” is also available in a paperback edition (9781478761631, $14.95).

reviewed on the Children’s Bookshelf of Midwest Book Review ]

Here’s what some other reviewers are saying:

I love reading this book to my children. It is refreshing to see such diversity in this book. It was heartwarming to read a story about a rescue dog getting another chance. I can not wait to read the more from this author.

Top Ten Reasons I Love This Book and Have Read It Over and Over Again!

I could have done more reasons, but I’m a Dave Letterman fan and I know everyone is pressed for time. Here goes!

10) The writer doesn’t talk down to the audience. If you read a lot of children’s books like we do, you know what I’m talking about;

9) The story is compelling and well written;

8) The book promotes the values we should be instilling in our children. I’m talking about compassion, love, loyalty, a love of learning and reading, and treating animals with respect.

7) There is real diversity in the book, not just background diversity. How refreshing to see a mixed race family in a children’s book;

6) The book teaches how to calculate dog years and that we never stop learning, no matter how advanced in age we are;

5) The illustrations are striking and the whole time I read it I thought to myself this book would also make a great movie;

4) The How You Can Help section at the end of the book supports parents who are not ready for a dog (if now is not the right time for a pet in the house there are so many ways you can help shelter animals) Brilliant!

3) The About the Author’s Senior Dogs Section is adorable. The writer even lists her old dog’s favorite CDs (we love Seth MacFarlane too);

2) The writer discusses loss and the plight of shelter animals in a way that is easy to understand, but still gives everyone hope that we can give these so called undesired pets a second chance at love;

1) Some of the profits will go to shelter animals, and that in itself is reason enough to give it five stars.

The truth is, I would take all the stars in the universe and give them to this book. This book has transformed me into a dog lover!

– Amazon Reviewer Amazon Customer

This book is an instant classic. This book is good on so many levels and reading to my son he absolutely hangs on the reality of the situation at the same time the metaphors on life are not lost on the reader, while the story’s poingency is felt by both. We read stories every night to both of our children and this one has displaced some old standbys (ironic?).

The levels that the writer reaches is rare. In the first respect, you have the story. In the second, you have the writer’s story with her dogs. Finally, you have the respect on how to rescue a dog or contribute.

We are a couple of years away from our first canine addition to our family, but with the help of this well written and beautifully illustrated book I know that my sons already have an appreciation for their future friends.

Speaking of future friends, I can’t wait for the next book in this series to come out. These books will make a wonderful addition to our library and will make a great gift for a lot of our friends.

I give this book my highest recommendation. Great for family reading time.

– Amazon Reviewer Clayton III


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