Book Review: One Moment Can Change Your Life!: Extraordinary Stories about Ordinary People by Ulrich Kellerer

One Moment Can Change Your Life!: Extraordinary Stories about Ordinary People by Ulrich Kellerer

The title, One Moment Can Change Your Life!: Extraordinary Stories about Ordinary People by Ulrich Kellerer is very promising. The question is, does it deliver on that promise?

Having read literally thousands of books, and judging them on their actual content, we would have to say the writer does fulfill the promise offered to his readers by the title.

However, we can only rate this book four stars. The book is very well-written and the stories are interesting, for the most part. However, in most books we read like this the story provides a hook. We read this type of story and expect a miracle. That miracle does come in at least one of the stories, but the story missed giving us a hook even on that one.

We were sent a complimentary copy of this One Moment Can Change Your Life. We are under no obligation to write any review, positive or negative.

We are disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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Book Review: God Inside the Fire: Revised & Expanded Edition by Greg Stelley

God Inside the Fire: Revised & Expanded Edition by Greg Stelley

We read and reviewed the original version of God Inside the Fire and we were blown away. Usually when there is a revised edition, it really does not improve the story that much. However, God Inside the Fire: Revised & Expanded Edition by Greg Stelley takes a truly awesome story and kicks it up several notches.

The miracles in the first edition were great. Stelley hit it out of the park with this revised edition as he added some dialogue that really makes the true life characters come to life for the reader. He also adds some back story to help us get the true impact of what was going on in the story.

We feel that this book is very well-written and deserves all five stars. It is a factual account of a real life event told as close to the facts as can be told.

Our Kindle ereader tells us it takes about six hours to read the book. This being the case, you might want to potty first, put on a cup of coffee, and grab a comfy place to sit because you won’t want to put down God Inside the Fire.

We were sent a complimentary copy of this book. We are under no obligation to write any review, positive or negative.

We are disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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Book Review: Triple Bottom-Line Compliance: How To Deliver Protection, Productivity, and Impact by Beth Haddock

Triple Bottom-Line Compliance: How To Deliver Protection, Productivity, and Impact by Beth Haddock

If you are a compliance officer, you owe it to yourself to read Triple Bottom-Line Compliance: How To Deliver Protection, Productivity, and Impact by Beth Haddock.

This short book is full of helpful advice on how to get buy-in from the powers that be at your company and your fellow employees.

No one wants to face a government audit, but there is a fine line which must be walked by the compliance officer to keep everyone satisfied.

Small companies will benefit from the helpful advice offered in Triple Bottom-Line Compliance.

We were sent a complimentary copy of this book. We are under no obligation to write any review, positive or negative.

We are disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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Book Review: Momentus: Small Acts, Big Change by Hannah Alper

Momentus: Small Acts, Big Change by Hannah Alper

Momentus: Small Acts, Big Change by Hannah Alper is a book meant to let young people know that they can make a difference in this world. Age does not define you nor does it restrict one’s ability to make a difference in someone’s life. Kindness always makes a difference!

This book, written by a young teenager, is full of the stories of young people out there doing what they can to make this world a better place overall and to bring a smile to someone’s heart. The young people all face different challenges – there are people out there that think kids can’t do anything of importance – but they tough their way through the challenges before them to bring about the changes they are seeking.

In the Bible, John 15:12, we are commanded by Jesus to love one another: “This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.” The young people represented in Momentus are doing their part to “love one another” and making the world a better place. They are making a difference.

If you need inspiration, can’t think of what you can do to make a difference to even just one person, pick up a copy of Momentus. You will find plenty of ideas. Sometimes all it takes is a smile to make someone’s day. No matter your age, you can do this!

We were sent a complimentary copy of this book. We are under no obligation to write any review, positive or negative.

We are disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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Please Help Her to Keep Moving Forward

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Imagine, you’re 20 years old, your hopes and dreams before you, no reason to think you can’t achieve them. You study, you work hard, you maintain a 4.0 and are on the Dean’s list every semester. It seems everything you touch turns to gold.

Fast forward 2 years. All year, you’ve had to struggle. Financial aid was inadequate to cover everything. You move off campus to what you think will be better, less expensive living arrangements. But, roommates are wasteful and run up the utility bills making it difficult to afford other things, like food. You get a job, even though your school hours are already overloaded. You sell blood/plasma just to be able to buy groceries. It seems like everything is falling apart, but you still have the 4.0 GPA.

Then, the bottom falls out of your world. You wake up and there is an intruder in your room. You’re scared, but out of sorts because you just woke up. You can’t fight him off. He’s a full grown, 40-something year old man. He overpowers you. The next 16 hours of your life have him drugging and repeatedly beating and raping you. To add insult to injury, he steals your debit card. The police only charge him with kidnapping and credit/debit card theft.

Our youngest daughter does not have to imagine this scenario. She lived it. On 26 December 2017, she was brutally attacked in her room, while her friends were away on Christmas vacation.

She tried to continue on with her job and university courses, but fell into a state of depression and a life ruled by fear and nightmares. She couldn’t sleep, couldn’t function, couldn’t keep up with school work any longer. She left school and came home for her dad and I to try to help her recover from this traumatic experience.

Our daughter is receiving the help that we and professionals can provide for her. While she is healing physically, emotionally there is still much work to do. She wants to put this part of her life behind her and try to move forward. Returning to this university is out of the question.

Our daughter is heavily into the theater. Our town offers community theatre opportunities as does the local junior college, which she attended before leaving for the university. The junior college offers a cosmetology program that she thinks will ultimately help to further her career opportunities in costuming and stage makeup.

There is one glitch – a very big one, that we cannot overcome on our own.

Although the local school has tentatively accepted her, they cannot let her enroll without a copy of her official transcript from the university she was attending when she was attacked. This university has a hold on her transcript because when she withdrew, it left a balance of approximately $5,600. This balance was the stipend provided for living expenses during the semester. The majority of it went to pay the rent at the apartment complex where she was raped. The complex would not let her out of the lease. She has had to continue paying the rent there, although she has not lived there since late February. This stipend was not enough to cover the entirety of the lease agreement. There is money still owed for the months of June and July.

Our daughter did not ask to be attacked and have to leave school. Sometimes life brings other things our way and we have to adjust our plans. No matter what, we have to keep moving forward.

Please help our daughter to keep on the road to recovery. By helping her to pay off the deficit with the university so that they will release her transcript to the local college, and paying out the lease to the apartment complex that did not provide proper security to its tenants, she will be able to put that school, that city, and – maybe someday – that awful attack behind her.

Here are the needs:

$5600 to the university

$1400 to the apartment complex

$ 500 GoFundMe fees

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$7500 Total

Thank you for your help in our daughter’s recovery. May our Heavenly Father bless you all for your compassion and assistance. Please click the image below to go to the GoFundMe page.

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Book Review: The Bank On Yourself Revolution: Fire Your Banker, Bypass Wall Street, and Take Control of Your Own Financial Future by Pamela Yellen

The Bank On Yourself Revolution: Fire Your Banker, Bypass Wall Street, and Take Control of Your Own Financial Future by Pamela Yellen

Anyone who has read our How To Manage Your Monkey blog knows when we review a book on finance, we try to be as fair and balanced with our review as possible.

By now our readers also know that when we find something wrong with a concept, we tell you. We have looked all the way through The Bank On Yourself Revolution: Fire Your Banker, Bypass Wall Street, and Take Control of Your Own Financial Future by Pamela Yellen and we have to tell you we did find one flaw. On page 95 when the author is discussing the alternatives to using The Bank On Yourself method, she says we could face a future where we say, “And would you like fries with that?” The flaw is, the training tells you to say, “You want fries with that” with the tone of a question. It is actually hypnotism at its best. And, it works.

Well, now that you have read that major flaw (said tongue in cheek) we will tell you that this plan just might work.

Like just about every other book on personal finance we have read, Yellen starts out by telling her readers the flaw in most other means of financing a retirement. That part of the book seems to go a little slow. Don’t give up. The book gets much better and the plan really seems to be a good one.

Albert J. Zdenek Jr, author of Master Your Cash Flow: The Key To Grow And Retain Wealth gives us some very sound advice that one should remember when reading any financial plan and that is, “Do the Math.”

It is too late for us to do the math. I was forced to retire 22 years ago. If I had The Bank On Yourself Revolution and not been too hard-headed to heed the advice given, we would not be having to try to make ends meet by eating beans and rice or ramen soup quite so often. Had we known about this plan and followed it the times spent in the nursing home (because that is the only way Medicare would pay for my IV fluids) could have been spent in my own home with visits from home health. With The Bank On Yourself Revolution, my wife and I could have made the choice.

We give The Bank On Yourself Revolution all five stars. It is very well-written and a well thought out plan for maximizing your wealth. We think anyone who plans to retire in this century needs to read this book. You will be glad you did.

We were sent a complimentary copy of this book. We are under no obligation to write any review, positive or negative.

We are disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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Friendly Fill-Ins

This is a fun meme co-hosted by 15 and Meowing and Four-Legged Furballs. Be sure to visit and join in the fun!

New Friday_Fill-In_BadgeHere are the fill-ins:

1. It is _____________________.

2. The best part of last week was ___________________.

3. Every summer, I ___________.

4. Once upon a time, _________.

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Here are my responses:

It is nearly midnight as I type this. I am sleepy, but don’t want to go to sleep. The days are so busy that, if I want to do anything on my want-to list, I just have to get used to doing it while fighting sleep. Sleep usually wins, though.

The best part of last week was that it ended. It contained the death of my Aunt Judy as well as the one year anniversary of “Ma”, also named Judy. She was the mother of my best friend in high school. She was a great Ma to me. I could talk to her about anything. She didn’t judge. She let us all live our own lives and was there to listen whenever we needed to talk. She was great. I sure do miss her.

Every summer, I melt. This is Gulf Coast Texas and it gets HOT. It gets hot long before it is officially summer.

Once upon a time, I had a cute little frog named Vivaldi. But, she grew up and followed the call of her Prince Ludwig, and they lived happily ever after out in the wilderness of our backyard.

Our daughter Maggie has a new blog for her furbaby Martha. You can find it at: Martha’s Daily Mews

Our Marine needs your help. Please see New York or Bust.

Have a blessed weekend, y’all!

Book Review: My Pet Peeve by Renée Rodgers Barstack

My Pet Peeve by Renée Rodgers Barstack

Many of our readers on our How To Manage Your Monkey blog love children’s books about cats. This is one they should add to their collection.

My Pet Peeve by Renée Rodgers Barstack is a sweet, short story about a little girl who really wants a kitty. How she goes about getting one is priceless.

This book is very colorfully illustrated and should capture the imagination of most young children. We give it all five stars.

If you have a young reader or soon to be reader, you really should add My Pet Peeve by Renée Rodgers Barstack to your bookshelf. Oh, plan to read it again and again to those little ones who love animals.

We were sent a complimentary copy of this book. We are under no obligation to write any review, positive or negative.

We are disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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Book Review: Conquer Change and Win: An Easy-to-Read, Fun Book about the Serious Subject of Change by Ralph Masengill, Jr.

Conquer Change and Win: An Easy-to-Read, Fun Book about the Serious Subject of Change by Ralph Masengill, Jr.

In any business, change is going to happen. Conquer Change and Win: An Easy-to-Read, Fun Book about the Serious Subject of Change by Ralph Masengill, Jr. addresses how best to change in business.

This book is chock full of jokes, stories, and quotes that help to illustrate the points being made by the author. Masengill has an excellent way of writing and telling us how to handle change in our business.

We give Conquer Change and Win all five stars. If you are in management or leadership, you owe it to yourself and your company to read this book. We think it should be required reading in any management training program.

We were sent a complimentary copy of this book. We are under no obligation to write any review, positive or negative.

We are disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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Book Review: Buffett Beyond Value: Why Warren Buffett Looks to Growth and Management When Investing by Prem C. Jain

Buffett Beyond Value: Why Warren Buffett Looks to Growth and Management When Investing by Prem C. Jain

By now anyone who has read our reviews knows we read a great deal about Warren Buffett’s investing style.

Buffett Beyond Value: Why Warren Buffett Looks to Growth and Management When Investing by Prem C. Jain helps would-be investors to learn a little more about how the Oracle of Omaha approaches investing.

Jain writes in an easy-to-understand style with many analogies to back up what he is trying to teach his readers.

We would love to read a book on investing written by Buffett. Unfortunately, he has yet to write one. The next best thing is to read books written by people who have studied his ways and have tried to imitate his investments.

We would love to know how Buffett makes money if he buys stocks to hold forever, but doesn’t look for stocks that pay a dividend.

The more we read about Buffett, the more we want to know. Buffett Beyond Value helps answer some of our many questions. We give it all five stars.

We borrowed a copy of this book from the Wharton County, Texas Library. We are under no obligation to write any review, positive or negative.

We are disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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