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8.6/10
The Masculine Mandate: God’s Calling to Men (Richard D. Phillips)

There is a crying need in the church today for men to be men. But competing visions for what a man is to be–some growing out of popular culture and others arising from flawed teaching in the church–are exacerbating the problem. Richard Phillips believes it is possible to cut through all of this confusion by consulting the Bible. Only in the pages of Scripture, he asserts, can men find a clear explanation of their God-given roles as leaders, husbands, fathers, and churchmen. Beginning in Genesis, Phillips shows that God commissioned Adam to work and tend the Garden of Eden. In these twin tasks, he perceives a template for manhood, one that, when carried out with diligence, provides dignity to men, service to mankind, and glory to God. He then goes on to show that men are called to lead, to love their wives, to discipline their children, and to serve the church of Jesus Christ. Here is biblical exposition of the most practical sort teaching that reveals not only what men are to think but what they are to be. ——————————————————————————————————————– This is a popular level book meeting a popular need. It’s full of application, personal stories, and at times…

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8.9/10
Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion (Robert B. Caldini)

We live in a consumer society. Our markets survive and thrive on mass consumption of products that are neither necessities nor luxury, but still they find their way to our homes right through our pockets. Why and how it happens, how we are convinced and persuaded to do something we really don’t need or want to do? Why in certain situations we are unable to fight the temptation to buy something we have no use of? How exactly do we fall for these marketing gimmicks? This book has the answer. For our convenience, our brain has evolved some fixed-action patterns, patterns that we follow almost blindly without any recourse to reason or logic. Why we do this? Because our brain has been programmed this way and because by doing this we don’t have to think too hard, it seems natural and effortless, almost as if it is the most obvious and right thing to do. This ‘shortcut’ of ours is exploited, almost everyday by people who are trying to sell us something. Cialdini repeatedly uses the term ‘click, whirr’, which explains our behavior patterns when we encounter a situation for which we have a ‘programmed reaction’. What the situation does…

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7.9/10
Thief of Corinth (Tessa Afshar)

Thief of Corinth is set in the New Testament and Tessa will transport you back to those days. When reading you will forget you are in the 21st century and be back in Biblical days. You will smell the rich scent (yep good and bad), feel the heat, taste the sand, find yourself fleeing the dangers of our young heroine. The research is rich in history, scenery and even though the story isn’t part of the Bible it is set in those times and the plot is rich in plot, characters and I had a hard time setting the book down. When I read my first book by Tessa Afshar I was hooked. She quickly became one of my all time favorite authors and I immediately bought two more of her books the same week I bought the first one. I consider it a privilege and honor to be on her review team. She made me remember why I love ancient history (Egypt, Middle East and Biblical times). Tessa Afshar paints history like an artist paints on canvas, only she does it with words. Her plot will tug at your heart and you might even shed a tear or two…

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9.5/10
Spirit Of Leadership (Myles Munroe)

After personally training thousands of leaders from around the world, best-selling author Dr. Myles Munroe reports that, while every person possess the potential of leadership, many do not understand how to cultivate the leadership nature and how to apply it to their lives. In The Spirit of Leadership, Dr. Munroe defines the unique attitudes that all effective leaders exhibit, how to eliminate hindrances to your leadership abilities, and how to fulfill your particular calling in life. With wisdom and power, Dr. Munroe reveals a wealth of practical insights that will move you from being a follower to becoming the leader you were meant to be!    Support this site by buying the book through the links below. Thank you very much!    Buy now on eBay    Buy now on Amazon

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8.3/10
How to Be a Star at Work: 9 Breakthrough Strategies You Need to Succeed (Robert E. Kelley)

The book is based on credible research into the differences between so-called “star” performers and average performers. The differences are not that surprising, but the key difference is the way star performers understand them vs. the average performer. A good example is the star quality of “taking initiative.” Average performers tend to view this as any idea they implement, whether it helps only them or others and whether it contributes to the bottom line or not. In other words, a lot of the average performers “initiative” is perceived by managers as just “doing their job”. Or, average performers take initiative in projects that don’t directly contribute to the bottom line, like planning the company picnic. Stars, by contrast, see taking initiative as stepping outside their job description AND contributing something that improves the bottom line. An example might be to figure out a way to resolve a recurring service problem and then training colleagues in the method. The book makes the case that star performers aren’t born. They don’t necessarily have above-average IQs nor possess any particular personality traits. The nine strategies identified in the book can be learned and used by anyone. This book would make a great gift…

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8.3/10
This Is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor (Adam Kay)

I loved this. In part funny and heartwarming, yet also utterly heartbreaking and disillusioned. I think this strikes a particular cord with me at the moment as the author was an obs & gynae doctor, and I’ve recently spent time myself as an inpatient on such a ward. This is the first book in a while where I’ve read passages out to my husband while laughing out loud one minute and then had to hold back tears the next. It’s a full on rollercoaster of emotions that also seems to very accurately describe what it’s like to work as front line staff for the NHS. I should know, I do it everyday too, and we all have our stories to tell that encompass the best and worst of British medical care. It’s one of my favourite things about the job, hearing stories from everyone about ‘that time a patient shoved a remote control up their rectum’ or ‘remember that night shift a woman faked passing out’. I think it’s what binds and bonds you all together. The camaraderie. Told with a liberal dose sarcasm and self deprecating humour, the author manages to walk that tightrope between friend, colleague and reliable…

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Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action (Simon Sinek)

Simon Sinek describes in his book “Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action” how leaders and companies should work as a series of circles, i.e. “The Golden Circle” – the why, how, and what. This idea explains why organizations and leaders inspire the others. Everybody knows what they do, some know how they do it, very few people know why they do what they do. The way we communicate, think and act is very easy: we go from the clear things we know to the more fuzzy ones. The WHY theory gives us the ability to communicate why we are doing certain things, helps entrepreneurs take better decisions, as well as individuals in the every day life. All in all, the most important fact Simon Sinek is trying to point out is that the way something is communicated must be believed in, explained, and people accept it for themselves, because THEY believe in it. It is a very inspiring, enlightening and insightful book that I would recommend to anyone!    Support this site by buying the book through the links below. Thank you very much!    Buy now on eBay    Buy now on Amazon

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8.3/10
The Break (Marian Keyes)

The Break is a book about Marriage and the struggles of life and trying to make it work through the ups and downs. Its about Family, Love, Grief, Relationships, and starting over. When Amy is suddenly told by her husband Hugh he needs a break as he can’t take it any more. He loves Amy he just needs to be free with the understanding there will be no contact and he is free to be ‘Single’ meaning he can have no strings attached guilt free sex with other women!. So what better way then to leave her and go on a trip to South East Asia for 6months without her. Promising to come back and start over! Poor Amy is absolutely devastated and who wouldn’t be. If it was me and he wanted a guilt free pass, believe me he wouldn’t be returning to me ever!! Hugh is struggling with grief and depression and can’t see anyway out. He doesn’t give Amy a choice his booked the tickets. How is she going to explain it to the children and their families. So Hugh goes leaving Amy to pick up the pieces, be a single parent, work, and still worry what…

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6.9/10
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls (Elena Favili)

What if the princess didn’t marry Prince Charming but instead went on to be an astronaut? What if the jealous step sisters were supportive and kind? And what if the queen was the one really in charge of the kingdom? Illustrated by sixty female artists from every corner of the globe, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls introduces us to one hundred remarkable women and their extraordinary lives, from Ada Lovelace to Malala, Elizabeth I to Serena Williams. Empowering, moving and inspirational, these are true fairy tales for heroines who definitely don’t need rescuing.    Support this site by buying the book through the links below. Thank you very much!    Buy now on eBay    Buy now on Amazon

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8.3/10
The Mountain Midwife (Laurie Alice Eakes)

The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book through Book Look Bloggers. Laurie Alice Eakes ventured into the world of contemporary fiction with the writing of this book, which raises my curiosity about her previous work, which is historical in nature. This being my first read by this author, my intent is not to criticize. While romance is not my favorite genre, nor midwifery my favorite subject, I really enjoyed reading this book. Eakes’ writing is squeaky clean and the faith element is consistent. There are two points of view which sometimes alternate, and sometimes overlap, working well together in telling the story. I identified with both of them, and they stayed with me after finishing the book. One criteria upon which I judge a book is whether there are quotable phrases within its pages. This book had several, for example this description of Heather on page 210: “.. and one could have landed a spaceship in the circles beneath her eyes.” The writing in Mountain Midwife is largely conversational and internal thoughts, which could show more depth or layering in the story, though the theme was consistent throughout. There is a moment of self-realization for…