Inspirational – The Way Life Is

The Way Life IsThe Way life Is
By Rick Johnson
Publisher: Trafford Publishing
ISBN: 978-1412018142
Pages: 178
Genre: Inspirational, Memoir

Being in love and full of anticipation of a great life does not shield young couples from unfair and unexpected challenges and trauma. This book is not an elaborate “how-to” or “self-help” manual for when the going gets rough. It’s just a true story about a couple that continued to put one foot in front of the other when they would rather have given up; it’s about love and faith and standing fast against adversity.

The Way Life Is takes readers into the home of a young couple trying to accommodate their own needs, desires and demons while coping with the special needs of their children: Sara, born with a rare and life threatening disability known as Prader-Willi Syndrome; Gina, who arrived needing open-heart surgery in order to survive; and Andrew, an active and exceptionally healthy little boy stuck in the middle.

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Travel – Devil Dolphins Of Silver Lagoon And Other Stories

Devil Dolphins Of Silver Lagoon And Other StoriesDevil Dolphins of Silver Lagoon
By Michael Bennett
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 978-1452873923
Pages: 228
Genre: Travel, Humor, Non-fiction

From the sailing whales of Patagonia to the neurotic attack dolphins of Brazil, a behind-the-scenes view of the making of many of Flip Nicklin’s National Geographic magazine stories of the last few decades (and other assorted craziness). If you appreciate the beautiful photos of whales and dolphins that appear in your books and calenders, then you ‘ll appreciate these engaging, often hilarious, tales of what went into the making of some of them.

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Captain Michael Bennett has been places most of us can only imagine, and along the way, he’s had experiences both amazing and baffling. Whether it’s being hassled by surly dolphins, befriending a hermit crab on a treacherous island, spearheading the rescue of an orphaned orca, or relying on sheer luck to cross conflict-stricken Sri Lanka, Bennett has plenty of engaging tales to tell.

Devil Dolphins of Silver Lagoon and Other Stories is a collection of anecdotes and stories from his travels far and wide, it’s a delightful read. A laid-back, yet immensely capable, seaman with diving, navigation, and photography expertise under his belt, he’s the perfect right-hand man for any impromptu expedition. He has the indefatigable spirit of someone who has seen many incredible things, yet hasn’t lost his sense of awe and appreciation for the world’s wonders.

And while the title claims he was a reluctant assistant, his boundless enthusiasm for his work and adventures is inescapable, as is his pride in the fine work he and photographer Flip Nicklin produced for National Geographic. (Although I’m sure he’d prefer not to have been bitten by rude dolphins to get those impressive photos.)

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Action/Adventure – Undertow

UndertowUndertow
By Joseph Michael Degross
Publisher: Hawk Bluff Publishing
ISBN: 978-0615578521
Published: March 2012
Pages: 294
Genre: Action/Adventure

Undertow is a fictional memoir about a unique and troubled man. He is a healer and a killer. He is a husband, a loving father, and a womanizer. He is dangerous but honorable. He is a conflicted man searching for answers and for peace in his life which becomes more complicated as the days pass from his early childhood until his mid-thirties. Michael Ross, evolved in a dysfunctional family, became an Army Airborne Ranger and member of an elite special warfare team, then a well trained physician, a husband and father, and finally a fine tuned killing machine working for his country. These conflicted experiences lead to conflicted emotions. Is he a serial killer or an asset for the CIA? He struggles to see who he really is–what he really is.

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Religious Education, Parenting – Teaching Your Child about God in a Scientific World

Teaching Your Child about God in a Scientific WorldTeaching Your Child About God in a Scientific World
By Edward Correia
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 978-1478153337
Published: September 2012
Pages: 166
Genre: Religious Education, Parenting

In this unique book for parents, Edward Correia offers ideas for parents who want to teach their child about God and who want to do so consistently with the modern world and the discoveries of science. A central theme of Teaching Your Child about God is that “there are other ways to conceive of God besides the anthropomorphic being we learned about as children.” Correia argues, “Because we have the benefit of scientific discoveries, we do not need to rely on the idea of God to explain the development of the human species or even the creation of the universe. We have the ability to rethink our conception of God to take into account the knowledge we have gained about our universe since humans began to conceive of God thousands of years ago.”

Correia urges parents not to take the approach of “letting someone else do it” or “forgetting the whole thing” when it comes to teaching their children about God. He says to parents: “You have the opportunity to inspire your child and to be inspired. You have the chance to talk to your child about the meaning of life. Few things in life are more satisfying – and meaningful – than that.” Correia encourages parents to decide what they believe and think through their conception of God. He offers a number of possibilities based on the ideas of Aristotle, Aquinas, Spinoza, Tillich and others. In the end, his advice to parents is this: “If you can be the catalyst for your child to discover God and to work out for himself what God means in his life, you will have made a great contribution to your child’s development.” The book concludes with an Appendix that describes the major religions of the world in a clear, objective and readable way. Correia argues that such a reference guide can be helpful because “Knowing the basics of what others believe helps us bridge the gap of misunderstanding that can create barriers between groups.”

Praise for Teaching Your Child about God in a Scientific World

“A compact, impeccably argued and personally revealing inquiry into religious belief, as much for adults themselves as it is for teaching to their children.” Kirkus Reviews

Pinnacle Book Achievement Award, Parenting and Family Category, Fall 2012
“A wake-up call to parents who may be tempted to take the approach of avoiding the topic of God, and .helpful guide for parents to find ways to foster compassion and interfaith understanding with their children. As a father of two young daughters, I am thankful for this work.” Dr. Mark Y. A. Davies, Ph.D., Dean, Petree College of Arts and Sciences Wimberly Professor of Social Ethics Oklahoma City University

“A useful and effective approach to God for all young people, including young addicts. By viewing God above all as the inspiration for us to be loving and compassionate, it provides a path for young men who may who have no concept of “god” at all until they enter the challenge of the 12-step program.” Rhea McVicker – Founder and Executive Director, Nick’s Place, a transitional home for young men in recovery from the disease of addiction.

About the Author: Edward Correia is a Washington, D.C., attorney and an Adjunct Professor at American University’s Washington College of Law. He was the first Distinguished Professor of Law and Public Policy at Northeastern University School of Law. He also worked in the Clinton Administration as Special Counsel to the President for Civil Rights in the White House. President Clinton appointed him to the National Council on Disability. His first book, The Uncertain Believer: Reconciling God and Science, was released in 2009. His first novel, The George Washington Constellation, was released in 2012. Correia lives with his wife, Carolyn Osolinik, in Bethesda, Maryland.

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Epic Fantasy – The Knights of Zion

The Knights of ZionThe Knights of Zion
By Jeffrey Gamett
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 978-1479191352
Published: September 2012
Pages: 324
Genre: Epic Fantasy

Alexander Martengan is a knight fighting to protect his homeland from dark wizards. But when his enemies create a plague that turns innocent people into monsters, Alexander is forced to rely on a twelve year-old boy who may hold the key to the plague’s only cure.

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Memoir/Nursing – Transitions: A Nurse’s Education about Life and Death

Transitions: A Nurse’s Education about Life and DeathTransitions
By Becki Hawkins
Publisher: Lady Hawk Publishing
ISBN: 978-0984744503
Pages: 222
Genre: Inspirational, Memoir, Nursing

Transitions: A Nurse’s Education about Life and Death is a collection of stories from Becki Hawkins’s patients over the past thirty years of her career. She started off as a nurse’s aide, became a registered nurse, and began her career in oncology. A couple of years later she also started seeing hospice patients. She also did outpatient oncology nursing, home health/hospice, became a hospice chaplain, and later a hospice volunteer. She now sees patients on a volunteer basis. She began writing a feature column, “Beyond Statistics,” for a local newspaper when her husband told her one evening after her shift at work, “Please don’t tell me about it. Write it down.” The first article was published in 1986. These stories are the patients’ stories and their education to Becki as she visited them about the transitions we make in life and in death. Some of them involve patients in the nursing home, others in the hospital or an outpatient setting, and many others in the patients’ homes. Some of the patients were strangers, some were friends, some acquaintances, and some were family. You will find humor, heartbreak, wisdom, and frequent spiritual allusions in Transitions. The author reminds us that life is brief and fragile, and laced with story after story of how each of us is “learning” in this place that one patient named “Earth School.”

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