Thursday, August 28, 2014

EXPERIENCING THE LOSS OF A FAMILY MEMBER by H Norman Wright


I chose to review EXPERIENCING THE LOSS OF A FAMILY MEMBER because I am the Bereavement Support Group Leader in my church, I am always interested in information that will help me do what I do better. I am a Bereavement Support Leader because I know what it is like to loose a loved one, for me it was my 27 year old son and my 70 year old mother within thirty days of each other. No one understands grief like the bereaved.
EXPERIENCING THE LOSS OF A FAMILY MEMBER Discover the Path to Hope and Healing by Norman Wright is a very relevant book for those who want to know when the pain will go away. No, there is no set date in which a person will be completely “pain free” however there is a way to put the loss of a loved one in perspective.
This book has something for everyone. There are chapters dedicated to the loss of: a spouse, a child, a parent, sibling, friend and, yes, the loss of a pet. There are two chapters dedicated to the loss of a parent, one which addresses a woman and her mother and another which discusses a man and his father; great information. Chapter four, a must read for anyone who has to talk to children regarding a loss, “Helping Children in Grief”.
I would say this book is appropriate even if you have not experienced death because you probably will some day. Chapter 11 “Helping Others” makes this book necessary for people who want to be there for a friend or family as they grieve. Every person who has ever experienced a loss can share with you at least five (I am being generous) dumb things a person has said thinking it was appropriate.
This book is filled with information that I have not shared only because this review has already surpassed my 200 word standard. I recommend you purchase this book if not for yourself then for someone you know who has experienced the loss of someone they love.



Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BETHANY HOUSE book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Monday, August 11, 2014

TAKE THE RISK by Ben Carson MD and Gregg Lewis

Dr. Ben Carson is a very articulate man who speaks gently using very powerful words. In this book TAKE THE RISK he helps us overcome I hesitancy to move forward. By sharing his stories of risk taking and the philosophy associated with going against the grain Dr. Carson presents a different perspective about risk before teaching the readers a few pointers on evaluating a risk.
Some risk are not worth it where as others are necessary. In “TAKE THE RISK Learning to Identify, Choose, and Live with Acceptable Risk” by Ben Carson MD and Gregg Lewis the readers is provided with a format that can aid in determining if an action is viable.
One of the advantages of reading a book authored by Dr. Carson is his credibility. His been there done that this is what I did presentation is validated by his success despite the circumstances surrounding his childhood.
TAKE THE RISK is very inspirational and well worth anyone reading. It is 236 pages, as with all of his books it reads well with each of the 17 chapters building upon each other.


I recommend the reader purchase their own copy of this book. Originally published in 2008 I am sure the reader will be able to find a copy in print.  

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

LEADERSHIP LESSONS by Ralph K Hawkins and Richard Leslie




The one thing I know is most leaders have books on leadership. There are lots of books available thus I can always find a book one person may have that I do not. There are, however, a few books that many of my leader friends have in common I think “LEADERSHIP LESSONS” Ralph K Hawkins and Richard Leslie Parrott is going to be on everyone’s bookshelf.
LEADERSHIP LESSONS Avoiding the Pitfalls of King Saul  By Ralph K Hawkins and Richard Leslie Parrott is a personal or group study book on lessons we all need to evaluate particularly in todays time. We are all leaders in some shape or form and I believe everyone can get something out of this book.
If you do not consider yourself a leader then this book will help you determine who to follow. And because this book is a study on leadership from a biblcal perspective I believe it will help individuals choose the right leaders for various political office.
LEADERSHIP LESSONS is based on the mistakes of King Saul who was Israels first King because of his behavior God replaced him with David; many leaders do not believe they can be replaced. If you are in some type of leadership position in: church, business, home, or school you will benefit from reading this study. Because this book is a study with questions at the end of each chapter if you are a leader of leaders this book is a great teaching tool.

I recommend purchasing LEADERSHIP LESSONS.

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