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Top Books Worth Reading - News About Independent Top Authors on Amazon Kindle

Bringing families closer together, sharing the sadness, mirth, and pain of mental illness

Bringing families closer together, sharing the sadness, mirth, and pain of mental illness

Duncan MacLeod was born in Oakland. He went to prep school and then attended an Ivy League college. Later he dropped out, got arrested, hospitalized, addicted and recovered. When he gained steady footing in life, he penned a novel with a mission to bringing thousands of families closer together, sharing the sadness, mirth, and pain of mental illness.

This is the first in a series of novels, “5150: A Transfer (The Psychotic Break Series) ” takes the reader through the journey of mental illness.Set in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district in the 1980’s, 5150 depicts a failure in the rite of passage from adolescence to adulthood. When young, gay Ethan Lloyd awakens to tremors he is first convinced they are little earthquakes. They turn out to be a forewarning of a psychotic episode that lands him first in jail, and then transferred or “5150’ed” to the mental hospital.

This book has a mission to share the psychotic experience with families and friends of the mentally ill, so that they may better understand what is going on inside the heads of their loved ones.

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Bullying Can Affect Adults Long Term

Author Mark A. Stewart was bullied in middle school and high school. It took him ten years to heal from the bullying. His quest for recovery led him to write the book, “Names Will Hurt Me: Healing for Victims of Bullying”, to help others.

His process involves some key steps which include:

• Validating your pain
• Illustrate how the damage from the bullying can sabotage your careers and relationships if not dealt with
• Provide a road map for healing and creating the life you desire

“With deep compassion and vulnerability, Mark Stewart has written a book that will at once provide support for people who are experiencing the effects of bullying and redemption for those who have endured this commonly experienced schoolyard abuse. Like any form of abuse, it is easy… perhaps desirable… to assume that young people are resilient and will get over the emotional and physical assaults they have suffered. Mark gives us a bird’s eye view of the reality that the victims of bullying do not easily recover from the invasions of psyche and self-esteem they have suffered. The effects of bullying may linger for years, interrupting every area of a victim’s life. Mark is a glowing testament that healing is possible. He lays out a program for acknowledging, recovering from, and moving on from the emotional and spiritual residues of bullying in a way that only a fellow-traveler can. This book is a must read for any adult who works with or lives with adolescents.” As reviewed by Susan Westbrook Ph.D. – Author of The Five Tibetans Yoga Workshop

Stewart has a Bachelor’s degree in English and a Master’s degree in Mass Communications and Media Arts. He has also taught workshops to help people overcome adversity and create lives that have deep personal meaning and success

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“Navy SEAL Shooting” by Chris Sajnog

Given that in many states across the US people have the ability to have a concealed permit to carry a gun, this book written by retired US Navy SEAL Chris Sajnog is a must-read. Yes, we all need to protect our family from domestic criminals, and we know the best way to do that is to have a gun close just in case someone breaks in. However, carrying a gun won’t help anyone unless we know how to use it properly. Chris Sajnog decided to write this guide, “Navy SEAL Shooting”, because he knew that many people cannot afford going to professional training, which can be quite expensive. The easy-to-follow instructions and the 385 illustrations will help anyone who is truly interested in the subject learn how to shoot a gun.

Chris Sajnog is the man behind the US Navy SEAL Sniper Training. He is one of the world’s leading firearms training experts, and he has worked with real-life heroes and trained the world’s deadliest snipers. If you want to learn how to use your gun so you would be ready in case your family is attacked, then Chris Sajnog’s book is the best choice you could make. All you have to do is read the instructions carefully, study the illustrations, then practice in your own backyard. This book will teach you much more than just the basic skills. You will learn how to plan your training, improve your accuracy and speed, shoot while moving, and clear malfunctions. Moreover, you will discover every manipulation needed for any semi-automatic pistol or rifle.

Chris Sajnog knows that during a violent encounter, your ability to use your gun can make the difference between life and death for you and your family. This is why he takes things very seriously in his guide. “Navy SEAL Shooting” was written for those people who want to master their weapon and are very serious about the safety of their family. The skills the author teaches can be learned and practiced at home, as they are perfectly safe. Some of the techniques presented here cannot be found anywhere else because the author himself developed them during his long career. He taught many US Navy SEALs to become masters of shooting under extreme conditions, and now he is offering his readers the same opportunity.

Before he gets into the shooting techniques, Chris Sajnog takes his time to talk about safety, motivation, and the importance of aiming for perfection when it comes to guns. Readers are advised to read the book once, then start training after they had studied the chapters carefully. In order to succeed, they need to be ready and perfectly focused.

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“Job U: How to Find Wealth and Success by Developing the Skills Companies Actually Need” by Nicholas Wyman

We all know how difficult it can be to get a job today. It is especially difficult for high school and college graduates who have no experience, because companies are actually looking for people who already have the skills they need. But, how is a fresh graduate supposed to acquire said skills if no one is willing to take the time to teach them to him/her? Whether we see it or not, the main problem is that higher education, of which we are so proud, doesn’t actually help when it comes to teaching us the actual skills that we need in order to build a career. Everything we learn in college is purely theoretical, which helps so little when we want to find a job and realize than we have no practical training. This is where author Nicholas Wyman comes in with his amazing book: “Job U: How to Find Wealth and Success by Developing the Skills Companies Actually Need”.

Nicholas Wyman is the CEO of the Institute for Workplace Skills and Innovation. He decided to write this guide because he knows that so many people need a solution to unemployment and underemployment. The problem is not that there are no jobs, but that the people who want those jobs are not prepared for them and don’t know how to prepare. The author comes with some incredible ideas that can truly help readers choose a career they want to have, learn the practical skills it requires, and then obtain the job and start on their way to success and financial freedom. The best thing is that Nicholas Wyman talks from his own experience, which means that the solutions he offers have been first tested by him. In the Introduction, he tells his story and explains why he believes that college does not actually offer the opportunities students and parents hope for. Does this mean people should stop going to college? No, but they should think very carefully before making a decision: do they want to learn only theoretical things they might never use in life, or do they want a real job which can give them the chance to make their contribution to society?

The author presents a series of educational options that provide the technical, vocational, and soft skills on demand in today’s workplace. All readers need to do is to think about what they would like to do in the future and choose the option that fits them best: professional certifications, associates degrees, apprenticeships, or occupational learning. All these are fairly easy to obtain, and they don’t take more than two years. The greatest advantage is that, in these two years, a person can learn a completely new set of skills. Even though learning how to do something new might sound intimidating at first, the truth is that the only condition is for the person to like the job and want it. Skills can be easily learned, while loving something you’re not passionate about is just a waste of time and energy.

“Job U: How to Find Wealth and Success by Developing the Skills Companies Actually Need” is not only aimed at high school and college graduates. Of course, it is also aimed at their parents, who usually have a say in their children’s career choices, but it is also meant to offer solutions to those who want to change their job, to people who have just lost their job, or to those who haven’t been in the workforce for a long time and don’t know where to start.

It can be found on Amazon.

“Everyone’s a Genius: Simple Tips to Boost Your Brilliance Now” by Jen Fraser

We all know how important creativity is. A brilliant idea can change your life or make you rich. Even better, it can do both. But, the question is: how do we find it? For some of us it seems difficult enough to find one amazing idea that would change at least a couple of things which don’t work well in our lives, so how many people are able to come up with more brilliant ideas that can also influence the ones around them? Jen Fraser, the author of “Everyone’s a Genius: Simple Tips to Boost Your Brilliance Now”, says that each and every one of us has this extraordinary ability. We are born creative, intelligent, and capable of wonderful ideas. All we need to do is learn how to use our gifts.

A truly inspiring Foreword written by award-winning author Piers Anthony opens Jen Fraser’s book. He talks about the supposed connection between IQ and genius, and reminds readers that some of the most successful businessmen and entrepreneurs don’t even have degrees. Moreover, Albert Einstein himself failed some exams, and his IQ was never tested. So, what exactly makes someone a genius? Piers Anthony is in complete agreement with Jen Fraser when she says that curiosity triggers the best ideas. The secret is to keep an open mind, welcome new experiences, believe that nothing is impossible, and never stop asking questions. Creativity comes when we try to find answers and solutions to those questions, and even if some of them will prove to be erroneous, undoubtedly, we will come up with at least one brilliant idea that can change everything.

“Everyone’s a Genius: Simple Tips to Boost Your Brilliance Now” is structured in a simple, yet compelling way. There are eleven chapters that guide readers and help them discover the creativity within them and the possibilities around them. Here and there, the author introduces motivational quotes attributed to famous people who have been successful in their own ways. The book also contains amazing illustrations that immediately draw the readers’ attention and help them better understand the points the author makes in each chapter. In writing her book, Jen Fraser has opted for a combination of motivational techniques, interactive games, and honest, direct questions that force readers to analyze their thinking and behavior, and figure out what they are doing wrong.

The author recommends herself as an Ideation Expert, the term “ideation” being the creative process of generating, developing, and communicating new ideas. Her main goal is to teach people how to find new solutions and come up with innovative ideas that are worth putting into practice. It’s not all about daydreaming and planning, but it’s also about acting once you’ve discovered a way of improving your or someone else’s existence.

“Everyone’s a Genius: Simple Tips to Boost Your Brilliance Now” is a must-read for anyone, regardless of age or education. It’s truly one of those books that can change lives.
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“The Secret Gospel of Ireland” by James Behan and Leo Behan

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People generally think of religion and science as two separate forms of knowledge that are in perfect opposition. However, authors James Behan and Leo Behan have researched through centuries-worth of material, both theological and philosophical in nature, bringing to light historical facts which throw a different light on how we perceive religion and science.

The Behan brothers’ book, “The Secret Gospel of Ireland: The Untold Story of How Science and Democracy Descended from a Remarkable Form of Christianity that Developed in Ancient Ireland,” presents in an accessible manner historical facts, philosophical concepts, and theological values. By creating various associations between all these pieces of information, James and Leo Behan explain and illustrate the major role played in history by the ancient Irish people, and how their teachings and beliefs shaped the modern world.

Ancient Romans attempted to civilize and Christianize Ireland, a land which had never been conquered before. As Romans made one last effort to enlarge their dominion and to increase their influence in the West, something truly remarkable happened. The ancient Irish people benefited from a secret form of knowledge, brought all the way from Egypt. This secret knowledge was combined with Christian concepts, thus giving birth to a unique form of Christianity that would later on make science, democracy, and our modern world possible.

It all began with a young native Romanian man who went to Bethlehem. Standing in the Cave of the Nativity – where Christ is said to have been born – the man vowed to join a monastery in Egypt, given that Egyptian monasteries were renowned for how well-organized and disciplined they were. For many years after his arrival in Egypt, the man enjoyed a calm spiritual life in the desert, but then the Egyptian monks were divided by a controversial dilemma: did God have a physical body or was he a being of light like an angel? The man believed that God was a spirit of light, opinion which eventually forced him to flee from Egypt, because the bishop didn’t agree with it. However, before leaving Egypt and heading for Ireland, the man took away with him something of great value, a secret which in the hands of the Irish monks would unlock the ultimate potential of Christianity and the door to modernity.

“The Secret Gospel of Ireland” is an intriguing and thought-provoking read, which nourishes both the mind and the spirit. Authors James and Leo Behan did an admirable job with their research work and the manner in which they presented their findings. Find “The Secret Gospel of Ireland” on Amazon.

“A PR Practitioner’s Guide to Activist Groups: When and How to Respond” by Keva Silversmith Free on Amazon 4/23 and 4/24

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Activism has changed the face of mankind and it still benefits society nowadays in various ways. However, Keva Silversmith thinks that activist campaigns are often so far outside the normal course of business that it becomes a challenge for any executive to handle them. What seems to be even worse for corporations and organizations is that executives rarely try to discover efficient ways of dealing with this challenge. Drawing from his experience as a public relations professional, Keva Silversmith wrote “A PR Practitioner’s Guide to Activist Groups: When and How to Respond.”

In his book, Keva Silversmith refers to the lack of action from the executives’ part in terms of naivety, which – in his opinion – can be both individual and institutional. He claimed that activist groups often use well-planned strategies and tactics in order to exploit this naivety, and that some of these tactics have been valid for over fifty years.

Furthermore, K. Silversmith looks from a different point of view at a company’s response to activist demands: it is firstly a business decision, and only secondly a communication-related undertaking. It is at this point that the public relations department is overwhelmed by the demands for help of both clever activists and weary executives.

Keva Silversmith uses present-day examples in order to back-up his claims and to provide an efficient practical and philosophical approach to engaging with activist groups. Whether you are a business executive, an entrepreneur, a corporate leader, or a PR practitioner, “A PR Practitioner’s Guide to Activist Groups: When and How to Respond” is bound to help you better manage the challenge posed by activist campaigns.

You may find “A PR Practitioner’s Guide to Activist Groups” on Amazon, where it will be available for free on 4/23 and 4/24.

“Three Essays about Massurrealism” by James Seehafer, Michael Morris, Philip Kocsis

Over the past decades, mass media has developed like never before. This fact combined together with the technological booming we have witnessed during the same period of time has created the fertile environment for the appearance of a new form of art – digital art – and has facilitated the development of this kind of art. In this digital era, surrealism and mass media have been mixed together, thus forming what American artist James Seehafer called “Massurrealism” back in 1992.

As the title suggests, “Three Essays About Massurrealism” is a compilation of three essays written by the above-mentioned artist, James Seehafer, Michael Morris, and Philip Kocsis. Each of the three authors presents massurrealism, trying to explain where it came from, what factors contributed to its growth, explaining how it impacts our day-to-day life, and much more.

As James Seehafer said in his essay, massurealism is driven by the mass media, but it is in fact a combination of multiple tools – on one hand, traditional ones (classic photography, acrylic, classic collage, etc.), and on the other hand, new innovative ones (everything that is digital: photography, media, software, techniques, etc.). In Michael Morris’ opinion, massurrealism deals with both the interior dimension of our existence (the feelings, the inner struggles, the emotions) and with the exterior reality. Furthermore, in order to better illustrate this opinion, M. Morris offered as example artists such as David Hockney, Jennifer Bartlett, and Ron Kitaj.

Philip Kocsis draws the reader’s attention to how massurrealism has influenced advertising and how this affects us as consumers of goods. P. Kocsis affirmed that advertisers have learned to shape and change our perception so that we may buy their products. This is what the author calls “perceived reality.” Trying to support his opinion by providing an example of how ads manipulate us, Philip Kocsis refers to the “Obsession” perfume, asking “[…] how much did you pay for a .25 fl oz. bottle of “Obsession” perfume?”

“Three Essays About Massurrealism” is a must-read book for any modern individual. The authors have exposed several thought-provoking pieces of information which are worth checking into. Find it on Amazon.

“Bless the Bees: The Pending Extinction of our Pollinators and What You Can Do to Stop It” by Kenneth Eade

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It isn’t often that we think about our food and by what means it is delivered to us. From the farmer who grew the plants and the animals, to the companies who transported the goods to factories and shops, from the persons who sold the food, to those who cooked the meal for us. It is a complex chain of actions closely interwoven. But in speaking about food and giving thanks for it, have you ever taken into consideration the importance of the existence of bees?

“Bless the Bees: The Pending Extinction of our Pollinators and What You Can Do to Stop It,” by Kenneth Eade, draws attention to the pressing issue of bees’ extinction. This beautifully illustrated book should be read by each and every individual living on this planet as the fate of our bee population is of global concern. Without pollination a whole natural cycle would be broken, thus strongly impacting our lives.

“Bless the Bees” offers several documented facts in order to better illustrate how we are destroying the bee population. A few of the bees’ extinction’s causes are: the considerably lower amount of wildflowers, parasites, and most importantly, the use of insecticides, pesticides, and genetically engineered foods which contribute to the killing of bees. It should not be taken lightly that the main reason why bees are dying in large numbers is our own actions – mankind is fully responsible for the serious decline in bee population.

As the author puts it himself, “Since 1972, feral honey bees in the United States have declined 80% to near extinction, and domestic bees in the United States are down to 60%. Since 2006, the epidemic has been referred to as colony collapse disorder, describing the disappearance of entire colonies of bees.” Now, these statistics are rather frightening.

Any responsible human-being who cares for their environment should be educated on the importance of pollination and bees. Grab your copy of “Bless the Bees” and help the bee population! 50% of the royalties of this book will be donated to a non-profit organization called “Bee Bay” whose main purpose is to preserve bees and the environment.

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

It is said that change is the only constant in our universe, and the schooling system is no exception from this rule. More and more professors and teachers have begun a learning revolution, advocating that present-day students can’t be taught the same way they were decades ago. Young learners have evolved with time’s passing, becoming considerably more creative, more independent, and more impatient to assimilate new things. Therefore, it is a logical consequence that old teaching techniques can’t be applied anymore with the same success as they once were.

Bryan Fiese argues that educators who continue to use the traditional teaching tactics and philosophies are, in fact, on the sure road to failure.  The first natural response to Fiese’s claim is that bringing something new to the table, in terms of teaching strategies and theories, is a difficult, tiresome task. However, this isn’t the case, as Bryan Fiese proves in his book, “No Teacher Left Behind.”

This is a guide created specifically for those who feel like they’ve been left behind by the rapid evolution of the educational system. In “No Teacher Left Behind: Keeping Up With and Captivating ‘Generation Next’ in the Classroom,” the author offers several tips and strategies regarding the process of educating this new generation of students – “Generation Next” – who have a wide range of interests, being continuously on the look for something new and engaging. Having studied the process of change that kept intensifying with each generation of learners, Fiese has created “10 Rules of Student Engagement”, one of his successful national seminars part of the No Teacher Left Behind training series. The aim of this seminar is to motivate educators and to provide them efficient methods of engaging their students.

The information provided by Bryan Fiese is both inspirational and motivational. His observations and suggestions are based on the reality of today’s schooling system, aspect which turns “No Teacher Left Behind” into more than just a theoretical approach to teaching. Therefore, any professor or teacher who reads this guide can actually apply Fiese’s techniques and strategies in their day-to-day school-related activity. The program created by Fiese is approved in Texas (through Texas Education Agency ), Arkansas (through Dept of Education and in Kentucky through Department of Education) in offering CPE credits.

A great number of people who have read “No Teacher Left Behind” or who have attended one of Bryan Fiese’s presentations have been positively influenced by his teaching philosophy, describing it in terms such as “engaging,” “humorous,” and “helpful.” You may find “No Teacher Left Behind: Keeping Up With and Captivating ‘Generation Next’ in the Classroom” on the Motivated Teacher site and on Amazon.