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“Formula Forty Days and Forty Nights – An Ancient Secret Revealed” By Jeremy Brown

Formula 40 Days and 40 Nights

“Formula Forty Days and Forty Nights” By Jeremy Brown

This is the kind of book that absolutely fascinates me…

The thrust of the book is self-help that encourages the reader to “step back” and reassess his/her busy, workaday life through meditation or fasting and the practice of the “4R’s” (Resist, Replace, Record, and Refresh) as the way one overcomes obstacles in order to find self-fulfillment; however, this particular self-help book has an intriguing twist: The author claims one can bring about change for the better in one’s life by knowing the “secret of the number 40″.

In example after example of the ancients’ references to matters spiritual, the author claims to see the number 40. He cites:

  • The 40 days and 40 nights of The Flood as documented in The Bible.
  • References to Jesus’ fast in the desert of 40 days
  • The 40 years often given as the amount of time that the Israelites under Moses wandered in the desert.
  • References to the Buddha who sat under a tree meditating for 40 days before gaining complete enlightenment.
  • Confucius’ assertion that, at age 40, one comes to one’s true sense of self.
  • According to the Mayan sacred text “The Popul Vuh”, the god Quetzalcoatl fasted in his human form for 40 days and nights.
  • 40 men climbed into the Trojan horse.
  • The Sumero-Babylonian god Enki used a symbol meaning “40″.
  • The Ancient Egyptians believed it took 40 days for the spirit to completely separate from the body after death.
  • Ali Baba and the 40 thieves.

Even in fairly recent times we have phrases like “Life begins at 40″ and “40 winks” to describe a nap.

There are many, many more citations of the importance of the number 40 in the book from all over the world, all religions and from just about every period in history. This is great stuff — the kind of book you’ll want to keep on the shelf for future reference!

Now available in Kindle format. For ordering and other info go to http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0088IESDG.

‘Finding Your Way Back to You’ By Lynne Saint

 

 

Finding Your Way Back to You

Finding Your Way Back to You by Lynne Saint

Are you “stuck” in a seemingly never-ending time loop of disappointment and drudgery that leaves you feeling like, somewhere along the way, you simply lost sight of where it was you were going in life and what it was that you originally set out to accomplish?

It’s no secret that many women suffer from poor self-images that limit their abilities to succeed but, now, for the first time, there is a practical, cohesive, complete guide that includes a downloadable journal and web-linked exercises, designed specifically for women to help them overcome these often debilitating mind-sets.

With her book “Finding Your Way Back to You”, Lynne Saint, life coach, NLP practitioner and hypnotherapist, introduces neuro-linguistic programming and cognitive behavioral therapy techniques in a practical, easy-to-use format designed to resolve women’s self-esteem issues and encourage the self-confidence required to motivate change for the better in their lives.

Learn how to improve your opinion of you and stop projecting your own poor self-image into the minds of others. In short, get your life back on track and reach out once more for those goals that, in the daily grind of workaday life, you may have forgotten about with “Finding Your Way Back to You”.

For more info, go to http://bennionkearny.com/finding-your-way-back-to-you-woman-self-help-book-ebook-the-change-coach.htm and take that first step toward a happier and more-fulfilled you

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“Hellfire” by Rickard B. DeMille

Hellfire by Rickard DeMille

Cover Hellfire by Rickard DeMille

Okay… I’m going to tell you something about myself that I rarely tell anybody: I’m a sucker for spy thrillers.

Those who know me by my writings online would never guess this about me but, it’s true. Between the ages of 14 and 16, I read and re-read every, single ONE of Ian Fleming’s “007″ novels (and all of his travel books, too). I’ve also seen every Bond and Bond-related film ever made (INCLUDING, I’m ashamed to say, “Casino Royale”) and, all my life I’ve been waiting for a writer to emerge who could hold my interest in a novel of the same genre as much as the brilliant Mr. Fleming.

I’m very pleased to say I finally found one. His name is Rickard B. DeMille and his novel is “Hellfire” (you’re going to want to remember that name if you like these thrillers as much as I do).

Here’s a little “teaser” about the plot — after which you are going to hate me. (You’ll see…)

Travis Deacon is a Marine Corps gunnery sergeant attached to the CIA who goes to Wales on vacation with his best friend to take in some rugby games and a lot of beer after their latest tough assignment in Afghanistan. Unfortunately, his friend winds up dead. The authorities call it an auto accident but Travis isn’t buying and neither is his late friend’s sister, Dee Jones — a feisty redhead, who just happens to be a local police detective and to whom Travis is definitely “attracted”. Some of his friend’s injuries don’t match an auto accident but do match torture techniques employed an Al Qaeda kingpin named Abdula Al Maliki whom Travis has come up against before.

Before his death, Deacon’s friend left a photo album in his care. Both Dee and Travis are certain clues to the murder are inside and they’re right. One of the photos, taken in Kabul, shows men in a truck loaded with crates — one of which has markings identifying it as radio equipment and the other strangely the exact size and configuration of those used to hold military “Predator” drones equipped with hellfire missiles. Travis knows the CIA lost some downed drones in Afghanistan and, while drones are guided from satellites, they require radio signals that are in their direct line of sight for take-offs and landings. Travis also thinks he recognizes one of the men in the photo. That’s right. It’s his “old friend” Maliki.

Travis (ever the alert, aware and informed agent) knows that Al Qaeda has tried before to assassinate Prince Harry and that the prince and his family are due in Wales within a few days to watch the yearly grudge rugby match between England and Wales. He puts two and two together in a New York (Old York?) minute.

Meantime, MI5 (Britain’s secret service) has Travis ordered back to Afghanistan. In order to keep him in Wales (and thereby take advantage of his somewhat roguish “skills”), Dee has Travis arrested for jaywalking and thus begins a spirited romp across Wales as Dee, Travis and a companion dog they pick up along the way (that turns out to be a valuable member of their makeshift team) try to stay one step ahead of Maliki and MI5 (who are still trying to have Travis shipped out).

All goes, if not “smoothly”, at least their way until Dee goes and gets herself captured by Maliki. Everything comes to a head as Travis must decide which one he’s going to save: The feisty redhead he’s grown quite fond of or Prince Harry…

I’m going to let YOU find out what Travis decides for yourself after you pick up a copy of “Hellfire” by Rickard B. DeMille. (See? Don’t you just hate me now? I TOLD you you would!) :)

One of the best aspects of “Hellfire” is DeMille’s insight into the country of Wales, its people and its peculiar language (the vowels of which DeMille says are “use[d] for a diversion rather than grammatical consideration”). I didn’t know very much about Wales before reading “Hellfire” (except that they have the coolest flag of any nation on Earth), so I found this part of the book especially fascinating. I’m certain you will, too.

Perhaps the best thing about “Hellfire” is that it was recently released in “Kindle” form which makes a copy of it very convenient and quite economical to pick up so you have something exciting to read on that long vacation-bound plane ride or while you’re catching up on your tan at the beach!

To find out more info on “Hellfire”, you can go to the author’s website at: http://www.rickardbdemille.com — or — the book’s “Kindle” order site at: http://amzn.to/NE1ysW.

Enjoy!

“The Sultan of Monte Cristo” by the Holy Ghost Writer

Sultan of Monte Cristo

Cover, Sultan of Monte Cristo by Holy Ghost Writer

“All human knowledge can be contained in these two words: Wait and Hope.”

This last line spoken by Alexandre Dumas’ title character in “The Count of Monte Cristo” has kindled the imaginations of generations of writers and would-be writers with its enticing innuendo to follow his characters as they quite literally sail off into the sunset. Now an enigmatic author identified only as “Holy Ghost Writer” has taken up the gauntlet and allowed us to do just that.

Being published in installments (as was Dumas’ original work), “The Sultan of Monte Cristo” takes up the story where Dumas left off in chapter after chapter of intriguing, convoluted twists and turns — all delivered in a style true to the beloved classic — and even going so far as to add “Sultan” and “Dr. Abbe Adelmonte” to the already copious nomenclature of the title character.

In this reader’s opinion, however, perhaps the most appreciated gift being bestowed by the present author isn’t even related to additional facets of the Count’s personality. For lovers of this classic such as I, its greatest success lies in the long-awaited and much-anticipated fleshing-out of what were formerly the nearly one-dimensional female roles of Dumas’ creation. While in sync with the mores of the time of the original work, we readers of the modern age find the representation of women principally as “lovers, wives and mothers” sorely lacking in depth and interest. We delight in gaining telling glimpses into the motivations, thoughts, quirks and histories of characters such as Haydee and Mercedes about whom we have always secretly wondered.

We also do not mourn for the loss of innocence of a determined Raymee who, when told that the Caliph wishes to marry her, says: “…I do not wish to marry him. Does he know I eat scorpions?”

In fact, we applaud the brave Raymee who “hunts rabbits and quail” with her falcon and tells her father that the Caliph’s harem is a “prison” from which she will make every effort “…to escape to a land where women are free…”.

Such are concepts of which Dumas’ females could never have dreamed…

The author incorporates other modern-day themes into this “sequel” of “The Count of Monte Cristo”:

Mercedes, first betrothed to the Count when he was still named “Edmond Dantes”, talks of nothing more than her dream of raising fields of hemp to be manufactured into oils, soaps and lotions and sold in the world market. Dumas’ women would never have had “a head for business” such as this and especially not for such a controversial crop.

H.G.W. even gives a nod or two to fairly recent popularity in fiction of the “undead” in movies and TV by alluding to one of the Count’s supposedly vampire-like past alter-egos. In another decidedly “DaVinci Code”-like chapter, Mercedes finds a letter from the deceased father of the Count exposing his mother’s bloodline and its ties to the Biblical King David and the Knights Templar.

Dumas has also (wittingly or not) given modern authors who wish to answer his novel’s last-line challenge a vehicle (literally) by which they may place the characters in strange and remote locations if they so desire: The yacht “Iblis”. One cannot wait to see where H.G.W. places its future ports of call.

“The Sultan of Monte Cristo” is a lush, exotic, intricately woven journey that has so many diverse elements — both modern and not — that each and every reader should find more than one with which to divert and entertain themselves. The fact that it is now available in “Nook” and “Kindle” formats makes it especially affordable.

I recommend it highly.

For more information on “The Sultan of Monte Cristo”, see the author’s website at: http://www.sultanofmontecristo.com

Book Review: “College is a Scam” by Disgruntled McGonagle

I must admit there were two things that made me buy this book and read it in one sitting: the clever cover and the intriguing, yet truly inspired pen name the author chose. And the quick, funny note: “Sponsored By: People for the Ethical Treatment of BROKE College Graduates” convinced me it would be a fun, relaxing read that would certainly remind me of my own college years. What I discovered in this short and very concise book was more than I expected: behind the author’s laid-back attitude and contagious humor, there is a bitter truth about higher education today.

Based on the author’s personal experience and interviews of successful and less successful college graduates, “College is a Scam” tries to show the unbalance between the financial costs of going to college and the educational and social benefits one has (or doesn’t have, for that matter) after graduating. Moreover, it tries to pinpoint some reasons for which this is happening and why college has turned into a very uninspired choice for many young people nowadays. Don’t get me wrong, this book’s purpose has nothing to do with discouraging those who want to go to college, but it raises some important questions that anyone should think of before making up their mind. As the author himself states, this is a crucial decision in a young person’s life and before making it, they should consider all options. Talking to family, friends and teachers is also important, and if they find a good source of information, like this book is, they should read it with an open mind and pass it forward to friends and colleagues.

I must say that, personally, I had a lot of fun in college and I have never regretted my time there. I loved my colleagues, my professors and the college life in general and I do believe it’s a great experience… if you can afford it. “College is a Scam” reminded me of some of my own frustrations, so I think it’s a great resource for those who are not sure if investing their money in college is the solution for the future they wish to build. This is a realistic and honest book that might change some people’s lives while showing all bad aspects of higher education in a funny light.

So, if you’re thinking of going to college, it would be a great idea to spend your first money you want to invest in your higher education on “College is a Scam”. You can find it at http://amzn.to/Vw2EIB or at http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/college-is-a-scam-disgruntled-mcgonagle/1113515853?ean=2940015517606.

A Forbidden Romance in Nazi Germany: “All My Love Detrick”

The first time I read the description of this book I knew I would love it. “All My Love, Detrick” is a family saga and I’ve always liked to follow the destinies of different families and see how the characters grow and become just as complex as any real person. But Roberta Kagan did more than that: she placed her story in Nazi Germany, where two completely different families are trying to survive under Hitler’s regime. The Abdensterns are Jewish and the Haswells are German. And guess what binds them? Yes, that’s right: a forbidden love.

I had great expectations from this book and I must say that Roberta Kagan did a great job at building strong, believable characters and paint a very realistic picture of the times of the World War II. This is a powerful story about true friendship, family, pain, loss and, more importantly, about love; that kind of love that can survive a war and even death. “All My Love, Detrick” is one of the few books that haunted me long before I had finished it. In fact, I couldn’t stop thinking about Detrick and Leah and I had to go back a couple of times and re-read some of my favorite parts. And even though the ending broke my heart, I know I wouldn’t have had it any other way. Among other things, with this book Roberta Kagan proves that a good, inspiring novel doesn’t necessarily need a happy ending. Yes, as a reader, you want to see how the characters you love achieve everything they want and become free to live the life they had struggled for, but we have to remember that in real life it doesn’t always happen like this.

Before reading the book, I already knew some things about Nazi Germany, so I was completely pulled into the story, especially because Roberta Kagan is a great writer who knows how to use her talent to make her words stick in the reader’s mind. I was emotionally involved in these two families’ destinies and was right there with the characters, anticipating their next moves. I found myself having contradictory feelings, for there were times when I felt so happy for Detrick and Leah, simply because they had found each other and were so in love, and sometimes I couldn’t help feeling afraid for them.

“All My Love, Detrick” is a book you can’t let go after you’ve finished it. I have already recommended it to some of my closest friends and I’m sure they will love it. Roberta Kagan stays true to this horrible part of our history and this is a big plus for any historical novel.

If you want to read an amazing historical novel and fall in love with some unique characters, you can find “All My Love, Detrick” at http://amzn.to/P8G62C.

Book Review: “The Tribulation. Hidden Secrets Revealed from Texts Predating the Bible” by Dr. Scott McQuate

The first thing that came to my mind after reading Dr. McQuate’s book was: “and I thought I knew some things about the Bible”. As someone who was raised and educated as a Christian, I decided long ago to read the Bible myself and this endeavor led to my desire to understand as much as possible by also reading reference books that promised to reveal the secrets of the Holy Book. Some of them were truly thought-provoking, others were less satisfying. Nonetheless, I didn’t give up my hope of finding a book that would shed light upon some of the hidden messages of the Bible. I’m very glad I found Dr. McQuate’s book, “The Tribulation”, which I read in one sit and then went back to re-read the parts that fascinated me and left me wondering.

We know from the Bible that the Great Tribulation will be a time of disasters and chaos during which the ones who did not choose God until the Rapture will experience famine, war, pain and diseases. The Bible, however, doesn’t offer details regarding this period, so, as a layman, you’re wondering if these are just metaphors. In his book, Dr. McQuate clearly explains what the word “tribulation” really means, along with some other terms that we’ve heard many times before, but were never sure of their meaning – “Matrix”, “Repentance”. This is a very serious study of the Great Tribulation, and not only, based on extensive research of ancient cultures that have mentioned this time of calamities long before the Bible was written. According to the author, Sumerians, Mayans and Hebrews have left important information that has been concealed by the Illuminati up to the present. It’s time people learnt about the true hidden secrets of the Bible, for the messages it contains concern us all, regardless of our confession.

“The Tribulation. Hidden Secrets Revealed from Texts Predating the Bible” will also answer questions that have always intrigued humanity: the truth about UFOs, who the Watchers really are and what is their purpose, the significance of the Great Pyramid during the last years and the incredible connection between the Garden of Eden and our DNA. This is a book one must read with an open mind and a true desire to find the truth. It is said the truth will set us free, but it takes courage and determination to pursue it and accept it even when it makes us feel uncomfortable.

Go at http://www.TheTribulation.us to find out more about Dr. McQuate’s research and purchase the book.

Book Review: “Patches and Penelope: Adventures on the High Seas” by Seth Bly-Char, Illustrations by Terry Howell Stanley

I remember when I was little and just discovering the pleasure of reading… I was attracted to all books with beautiful and colorful illustrations that made the story even more compelling. I knew most of the popular fairytales before watching the Disney movies, and all thanks to my mother, who always believed one should read the book first. “Patches and Penelope: Adventures on the High Seas” took me back to those times of wonder when I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next, but still refused to turn the page before thoroughly analyzing the illustrations.

This children’s book has everything the little ones could dream of: two adorable puppies, evil pirates, an exotic adventure and lots of beautifully drawn pictures that kids will surely admire for hours. Princess Penelope is the beloved Papillon dog of the royal family, she lives in a castle and only eats caviar. When she is kidnapped by pirates who take her on a distant island to sell her as a slave dog, Penelope discovers a world she would have never been able to imagine: the other kidnapped dogs are poor, dirty and forced to eat leftovers. Surviving seems almost impossible until she meets Patches, a Chihuahua who proves his courage and heroism by stealing food for her. Being so far away from home, will she ever have the chance to escape and see her family again?

“Patches and Penelope” is more than an adventure story for children who love animals. It offers parents a great opportunity to teach their children that friendship is stronger than social status, family is the greatest treasure and greed is the best way to lose everything you have. Princess Penelope and Patches will teach them they always have to stand for their best friends and never leave them behind no matter the danger.

If your child is not a big fan of books and you always have a hard time convincing him or her to read, it will be way easier with “Patches and Penelope: Adventures on the High Seas”. Just go on the author’s website together and check the funny video reviews of “Harry Potter” and Giggle Blossom. You will also find lots of pictures of the real Patches and Penelope, the cuties that inspired the author to write this book. Here’s the link: http://www.patchesandpenelope.com/

The audio version of the book is also worth checking, as the story is narrated by the American Idol finalist Jordan Segundo. The way he reads the pirate’s lines is absolutely amazing and the music and sound-effects will simply transport the listeners into Patches and Penelope’s wonderful universe.

“1000, A Novel in Tweets” By Christopher Carter Sanderson

I can guarantee you 100% that “1000” is unlike any other novel you’ve ever read…

Not because its author describes himself as “a homeless, unemployed, destitute veteran of the US Navy” and invites you to view his DD Form 214. No, that’s not the reason but, I am certain you’ve never read anything like it before.

Why am I so sure, you ask?

I’m glad you asked that question. The reason I’m so certain that “1000” isn’t like any other novel you’ve ever read is because “1000, A Novel” is published completely on Twitter.com.

That’s right — an entire novel published via Twitter.

How could anyone do that, you inquire? Why, in 1000 increments of 140 characters each, of course…

“1000” traces the intricate weft and warp of upper middle-class teenage life in the 1980s. Who’s dating whom. Who’s driving what kind of car. Who’s not speaking to whom. Who’s having difficulties relating to their parents and who isn’t. Who’s going to what college next year and who’s going to drop out “to find themselves” — along with the eternally angst-saturated inner dialogues one would normally expect from the hormonally-challenged — all in 140 characters a chapter.

Actually, when you think about it, what better medium could one find to impart information about teenagers than Twitter (even if the teenagers in question supposedly existed a couple of decades before Twitter was invented)?

All is not carefree and light, however, for the characters portrayed in “1000”. At one point in the storyline, things take on a darker — a much darker and more suicidal — tone. I suppose the prospects of teenage suicide must be taken into account as a possibility whenever the subject of teenagers in general comes up. It is a fact of adolescent life.

The reader will have to decide for him or herself if this new style of story delivery appeals to his or her literary taste. At the very least you will want to go and check it out. It’s something new and different and you wouldn’t want to be left behind with all the other clueless old people if the trend catches on, would you?

You can access “1000, A Novel in Tweets” for FREE on Twitter.com at: https://twitter.com/1000theNovel . Try it. You might find out that you like it!

“No Teacher Left Behind — Keeping Up With and Captivating ‘Generation Next’ in the Classroom” By Bryan Fiese

“These kids today that you are teaching, have been micro-managed from day one,” begins a video on the MotivatedTeacher.com website (http://www.motivatedteacher.com), “. . .They’re showing up in your classroom, looking you in the eye and saying: ‘You better lead me.’”

Current societal trends of having less children and having those children later in life — combined with their Generation X parents’ proclivity for empowering their offspring in family decision-making processes — have produced a school-aged generation that’s brighter, more precocious and more connected to the Information Superhighway than any that has come before.

Bryan Fiese has formulated an extremely motivating style of imparting information that is highly geared toward capturing the attention of these bright, new students which has taken the teaching profession by storm and spawned hundreds of seminars slated to preparing today’s teachers for the challenges they will meet in their classrooms. Now, Bryan is offering these golden nuggets in book form that all parents, grandparents and teachers should be reading if they want to put and keep their kids on top of the learning curve.

Bryan’s methods don’t just work for teaching kids in a classroom situation. His people-managing skills are universal and can help anyone just trying to get along in the world…

His “skill-based learning” model tells us that only 7% of kids in the classroom are actually listening to the words the teacher is saying. 38% are listening solely to the “tone” and inflection of the words being spoken but, 55% are watching the teacher’s body language for cues. It then becomes very important that the teacher have all of these skills down pat if s/he really wants to see actual learning happening.
I have my own experiences with this “body language of the teacher” principle…

When I was in high school, drama was my favorite class — bar none. Our teacher (for all three years) was a dear, humble man for whom all of us students felt a great deal of affection. He tolerated a lot of antics on our parts, not the least of which was one of my little stunts wherein I would say each word he was saying at the exact moment that he said it. He tried “fooling” me by starting to say one word and then quickly switching to another but it never worked. I could see the “fake” coming a mile away as I kept right up with him, word-for-word.

How did I know what our teacher was going to say BEFORE he said it? Two words: “Body Language”. Although they didn’t really have a name for it in my day, that’s what it was… I would watch for his hand gestures, his “stalling” gestures (touching his forehead with the tips of his fingers, straightening his tie, etc.) and his breathing cues — all of which made me able to say each and every word he was going to say before it came out of his mouth.

So I know how important body language is — especially to young people in a learning situation.

This is why I have always advocated dance classes for youngsters. Dance teaches body discipline and something my mother would have called “good carriage” — the way you hold and move your body — the tilt of your head, your hand gestures, the way you walk, all convey loads of information about you and how you feel about the “message” you’re trying to get across.

Bryan Fiese incorporates all of the variables in a wonderfully engaging style that is uniquely his — full of humor and enthusiasm and, before you know it, you’ve actually LEARNED SOMETHING.

Everyone, and I do mean “EVERYONE”, will benefit greatly from reading (and studying) “No Teacher Left Behind” — if you have kids or grandkids in school or not.
For information on how to obtain Bryan’s indispensable book, go to http://www.MotivatedTeacher.com and be sure to watch the short video there — I know you’ll appreciate it and you’ll thank Bryan AND me for sending you!

While you’re at it, visit Bryan’s other great informational webpages:

http://www.GetUMotivated.com
http://www.MotivatedConference.com
http://www.MotivatedPresenters.com
http://www.MotivatedPrint.com