Book Review: Trump and the Jews by David Rubin

Trump and the Jews by David Rubin

I thought that by now we had read and reviewed just about every type of book there is here at McClendon Villa.

Then, we are sent a book like Trump and the Jews by David Rubin that is so different in nature, I don’t even know how to categorize it.

Author David Rubin tells us so many things that I never knew that I never knew.  I had heard of the Six Days War. I did not know how amazing it actually was.

This is not your typical “Pro-Trump” book.  And it isn’t anti-Trump by a long shot. What we learn is about many Presidents of the United States and how they opposed Israel.  Any real Christian knows that any enemy of Israel is an enemy of God. No questions asked. Just read your Bible.

Trump and the Jews taught me so many things I did not know about Trump, Jews, former presidents, and Islam.  The writing is engaging and very well presented. The story told about the history of the United States and the history of Israel is an education in and of itself.

For instance, I knew Carter was our worst President without any question.  I knew that Obama was a failed President who had nothing but contempt for the United States of America.  I didn’t know anything about where the other presidents fit in with Israel, but I do now.

No matter what your religion is, you need to read Trump and the Jews.  No matter which side of the political spectrum you are on, you need to read this book.  You will be well rewarded with knowledge for the time spent.

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Book Review: Innercise: The New Science to Unlock Your Brain’s Hidden Power by John Assaraf

Innercise: The New Science to Unlock Your Brain’s Hidden Power by John Assaraf

If you have ever wondered why you break your New Year’s Resolutions very early, drop your diet, or stop exercising regularly, Innercise: The New Science to Unlock Your Brain’s Hidden Power by John Assaraf may help you to answer those questions.

In this book, Assaraf explains the inner workings of the mind and why our brains override our plans.  He also gives us answers to how we can overcome this problem.

You aren’t broken, just human, which sometimes is the same thing.

The author uses a hybrid of NLP, LOA, Self-Hypnosis, Mindfulness, and other disciplines to help his readers learn ways to change the patterns of self-sabotage.

Innercise is well written and takes the time to explain the science and psychology behind his methods. We like this book because it is compatible with the Christian faith.

You will want to read this book before you make your New Year’s Resolutions.  Order your copy today and feel better, soon.

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Book Review: God Finds Us: A Book about Being Found by Kristen McCurry Illustrated by Jennifer Hilton

God Finds Us: A Book about Being Found by Kristen McCurry Illustrated by Jennifer Hilton

If you are a grandparent, by now you have read and seen just about every kids book there is.  Isn’t it great when you find a book that is age appropriate for a very young child that teaches about God while teaching the child other things, too?

You don’t have to have a degree in child psychology to know that peekaboo is fun for the child AND the adult.  But, it teaches the child about object permanence.

God Finds Us helps children to learn that just because they can’t see something doesn’t mean it isn’t there.  Once you have taught the child that, good luck on convincing them that one of those blue guys from the movie isn’t hiding in his closet.

Once the child learns that just because they cannot see something that minute doesn’t mean it no longer exists, the child can more easily understand that God is there even when we don’t see Him.

God Finds Us will make a great gift for your child, grandchild, or other child.

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Book Review: Flourish Financially: Values, Transitions, & Big Conversations by Kathy Longo CFP®

Flourish Financially: Values, Transitions, & Big Conversations by Kathy Longo CFP®

By now readers of our How to Manage Your Monkey blog know we read and review hundreds of books on personal finance and financial planning. We would have to say that Flourish Financially: Values, Transitions, & Big Conversations by Kathy Longo CFP® is a very different book on the subject.

Whereas most books focus on the nuts and bolts, the undercarriage of your financial condition, this book is focused more on the person and their loved ones and not so much on the portfolio per se.

In this book, readers are treated to ideas about how to open up a dialogue with those involved in the financial planning and find out who they are and why they make financial decisions the way that they do.

You won’t be hammered in the head with such things as how to balance your portfolio.  Why should the author do this when she points out that every person is different and their needs and comfort levels with different investments must be considered?

Longo discusses how to teach children about finances at an early age, how to open conversations with adult children regarding the parents’ finances, and how those adult children should open a dialog with their parents before there is a crisis regarding key financial decisions, where the important papers are, what types of insurance are in place, and medical care decisions.

Our only problem when Longo discusses a spending plan, AKA budget, is that she does not mention tithe.  Giving to charity is completely different than paying a tithe. A tithe is ten percent of your gross income, given first.  It should be paid to your home church and only there.

The author does discuss giving and does a good job explaining different ways to give.

We really think that every adult should read Flourish Financially.  You will want to give a copy of this to your parents and adult children.

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Book Review: Code Name: Papa Book 2: My Extraordinary Life While Hiding in Plain Sight by John Murray

Code Name: Papa Book 2: My Extraordinary Life While Hiding in Plain Sight by John Murray

One thing that makes me sad is that the nature of this book excludes it from some of our blogs.  It won’t fit the business, personal finance, or religious categories, which means some of our followers won’t get to know about how wonderful Code Name: Papa Book 2: My Extraordinary Life While Hiding in Plain Sight by John Murray really is.

This is book two in the series. We have not read Book One, yet. We hope to.

This is a very different kind of spy thriller. The main reason is that it is all true. When one reads fiction, you pretty much know exactly what is going to happen.  This is not so when you deal with cold, hard facts.

The stories are excellent and very entertaining.  This is the kind of book that makes one walk into walls.  You know, you don’t want to stop reading, but you really have to do other things, too.  You don’t put the book down (until you have to) and then, smash, right into the wall. Maybe this book should come with a danger warning.

If you love a good spy vs spy book, Code Name: Papa: Book 2 can’t be beat.  This will make a great gift for that military buff, history buff, or avid reader on your list.  A serious word of warning: if you are claustrophobic, you will want to refrain from reading this book.

Grab several copies today and start doling them out.

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Book Review: Genealogy Basics In 30 Minutes by Shannon Combs-Bennett

Genealogy Basics In 30 Minutes by Shannon Combs-Bennett

Genealogy Basics In 30 Minutes by Shannon Combs-Bennett is a quick little book, loaded with helpful information for someone looking to get started on their family history adventure.

How to name your files consistently and organize your records; how to tame the paper monster; citing your sources; what to pack in your genealogy road trip kit, and the importance of answering for our children the questions that we can no longer ask of our forefathers…all this and more are found in this book.

For a beginner, it is a good starting point. For the experienced genealogist, it is a good reminder of what we should be doing along the way to make things easier for future family researchers, and for ourselves as we get older.

It took me a bit longer than 30 minutes to read, but I tend to slow down and take my time with anything genealogy-related. Genealogy Basics In 30 Minutes is worth the time spent to read it.

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Book Review: Cult City: Jim Jones, Harvey Milk, and 10 Days That Shook San Francisco by Daniel J. Flynn

Cult City: Jim Jones, Harvey Milk, and 10 Days That Shook San Francisco by Daniel J. Flynn

If someone accuses you of “Drinking the Kool-Aid”, the intention is to be saying that you are following along with an ideology blindly or that you are mindlessly buying into a what someone else wants you to believe.

When you read Cult City: Jim Jones, Harvey Milk, and 10 Days That Shook San Francisco by Daniel J. Flynn, you will understand why this is incorrect.

Drinking the Kool-Aid is meant to refer to the mass suicide of over 900 people in Guyana, South America, back in November 1978.  But, no one at Jonestown drank any Kool-Aid.

That is just a very small part of the distorted information that we got from the news following this event.  The news media at that time wanted us to believe that no one saw this coming. If you believe that, you Drank the Kool-Aid.

Enquiring minds wanted to know back then.  In fact, The National Enquirer was one of the few media sources that got things right.

We are doomed to repeat this event because those who don’t know their history are doomed to repeat it.  Most of us don’t know the true history of the mass suicide. Most of us don’t know that our government had every reason to know what was going on.

Cult City is chock full of information about a series of events and a web of things that combined to make such a thing possible.  You will find how history was revised and we have all been forced to drink the Kool-Aid by the media and others.

This book is very eye-opening.  It does have multiple uses of The Lord’s Name in vain.  Readers are carpet bombed with the F-Bomb and we are exposed to the intimate private lives of Jim Jones and many B-rate politicians and celebrities. We disclose this because our readership is mostly Christian and they want to know this.

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

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Book Review: Homer and the Holiday Miracle: A True Story by Gwen Cooper

Homer and the Holiday Miracle: A True Story by Gwen Cooper

Do you believe in Christmas Miracles?  Do you believe there is something special about a black cat?  If your answer to either of those questions is yes, you must read Homer and the Holiday Miracle: A True Story by Gwen Cooper.

It isn’t a long read.  In fact, it is only 47 small, heart-tugging pages long.  The story is absolutely great and seems to be very heartfelt.

I, David, was never much of a cat person, as anyone who has read my blog knows.  However, I know how one little frail kitty, who had to be bottle fed when we rescued him, a little black and white kitty put the “come hither” on me and changed my heart forever.

Homer, an old, blind, black cat will get into your heart, rip it out, and put it in a headlock while you feel so warm inside and, at the same time, want to bawl your eyes out.

If you are looking for a little touch of Christmas cheer in a short book that will melt your heart, Homer and the Holiday Miracle is the book for you.

Gwen Cooper donates 10% of her royalties on all book sales to organizations that serve abused, abandoned, and disabled animals.

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Book Review: The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar by Zig Ziglar and Dwight “Ike” Reighard

The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar by Zig Ziglar and Dwight “Ike” Reighard

For some time now, The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar by Zig Ziglar and Dwight “Ike” Reighard has been a part of our lives here at McClendon Villa.  We would love to tell you that we read it every day, but that would not be the case; we do slip up from time to time.

We love the way this devotion has a different devotion for every day of the year, except February 29.  On leap day, we just have to read the devotion for a different day twice that year. That also makes it a good day to catch up on any that got missed due to life’s challenges.

We believe this devotion written, in part, by the inspirational Zig Ziglar, makes a great source for daily devotions to be read together by the whole family, including pets.

And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

Mark 16:15 KJV

He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.

Mark 16:15 NIV

These devotions, like most others, are short and to the point.  This makes it good for reading to the family since those young ones with short attention spans aren’t apt to lose focus during the reading.

We have been big fans of the late Zig Ziglar for many years and are glad that he put his time, along with that of Dwight “Ike” Reighard, into creating this book for us.

The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar would make a lovely gift for anyone, especially in the imitation leather binding.

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Book Review: Bigger Than Business: Real-World Stories of Business Owners Living Their Purpose by Jeff Holler

Bigger Than Business: Real-World Stories of Business Owners Living Their Purpose by Jeff Holler

I, David, love to read case stories of businesses.  I especially love to read the stories of failing businesses that were able to pull off a “Hail Mary” and turn around to greatness.

Both Suzanne and I love to read inspirational stories about Christians beating all the odds and growing in their faith.

Bigger Than Business Real-World Stories of Business Owners Living Their Purpose by Jeff Holler has all those elements and more.

Nowhere in the Bible will you find that God instructs anyone to go into debt for any reason. Just try to find that in the Bible.

In several stories in Bigger than Business you find where not having debt meant that the business was able to take advantage of opportunities because the economic climate favored those with cash.  Several of these stories told of companies working to pay off their debt.

Most of these stories told of how they gave their tithe and then gave above and beyond that as the business grew. 10% of EBITDA* is given to the church, not other charities. The tithe goes to the storehouse.

These stories are wonderful and inspiring.  The stories are well-written and give a good bit of detail on the business before it got into trouble or before it even got started.

Many of these stories tell of a leap of faith, or in some cases, constant leaps of faith.  Some of these stories show that when you are faced with the impossible in your business or other parts of your life, you have to Let go and Let God.

Bigger than Business will make a wonderful gift for any Christian, whether they are in business or not.  It would also make a great gift to someone who isn’t a Christian who needs a little help in coming to Christ.

If your business needs a faith lift, this book is for you.

*Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, and Amortization

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