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The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America’s Wealthy by Thomas J. Stanley and William D. Danko

Millionaire NDThe bestselling The Millionaire Next Door identifies seven common traits that show up again and again among those who have accumulated wealth. Most of the truly wealthy in this country don’t live in Beverly Hills or on Park Avenue-they live next door.

In this New York Times best-selling book, The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America’s Wealthy, Dr. Thomas J. Stanley uses over two decades worth of surveys, personal interviews with millionaires, and data to reveal the secrets for building wealth in America.

In The Millionaire Next Door, Dr. Stanley shattered the contemporary held beliefs about America’s rich – and how they got that way. It is seldom inheritance or advanced degrees or even intelligence that builds fortunes in this country. Wealth in America is more often the result of hard work, diligent savings, and living below your means. The Millionaire Next Door reveals the common denominators that show up again and again among those who have accumulated wealth.

Each of the traits shown are very wise traits for anyone trying to get ahead.  And despite it being written in 1996, the tips and traits written about are as valid as the original Think & Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill.  Both an excellent and an informative one…as well as, a quick read.

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Doc Murf

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AGENDA 21: United Nations Conference on Environment & Development Rio de Janerio, Brazil, 3 to 14 June 1992

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Agenda 21 is a comprehensive plan of action to be taken globally, nationally and locally by organizations of the United Nations System, Governments, and Major Groups in every area in which human impacts on the environment.

Agenda 21, the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development, and the Statement of principles for the Sustainable Management of Forests were adopted by more than 178 Governments at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) held in Rio de Janerio, Brazil, 3 to 14 June 1992.

The Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) was created in December 1992 to ensure effective follow-up of UNCED, to monitor and report on implementation of the agreements at the local, national, regional and international levels. It was agreed that a five year review of Earth Summit progress would be made in 1997 by the United Nations General Assembly meeting in special session.

The full implementation of Agenda 21, the Programme for Further Implementation of Agenda 21 and the Commitments to the Rio principles, were strongly reaffirmed at the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) held in Johannesburg, South Africa from 26 August to 4 September 2002.

The sad but true fact is that by reading this document/eBook/pdf you will note this is simply another level, or layer, of government that is clearly usurping the ability to accomplish tasks, create management & base regulations & guidelines to take over properties and areas that are not within their purview of authority. $1 million here, $400 billion there…it all adds up and in the longrun, it seems to have cost us little people about $1 Trillion. Each government passed that buck on to the people they purportedly represented in the United Nations. Of course, there are suggestive suppositions & conspiratorial theories I could espouse right now, but I will not. You are free to download and read the document yourself. You can come up with your own beliefs and thoughts yourself.

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Doc Murf

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Revolution in World Missions by K.P. Yohannan

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K.P. Yohannan Begins His Journey to expand the church.

K.P. Yohannan was a tongue-tied 16-year-old when God sent him on a journey that would transform the way he and millions of others think about and live out the Great Commission. But the story doesn’t end with him.

Join Dr. Yohannan as he introduces you to believers on both sides of the world who are making the revolution a reality. Through the videos on this site, you’ll step into a South Asian slum, meet persecuted believers and watch God use national missionaries to transform closed-off villages into flourishing congregations.

An interesting & fast read, the life of a man called to missions work by spreading the word of God.

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Doc Murf

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The Evelyn Wood Seven-Day Speed Reading and Learning Program by Stanley D. Frank

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A system that works; a book that keeps selling. Since 1959, the Evelyn Wood Program of Dynamic Learning has been successfully employed by hundreds of thousands of people worldwide, helping them break free of the self-imposed shackles that hinder learning. By teaching us to tap the natural power of the mind, the Evelyn Wood method helps us to dramatically increase reading speed, retain more of what we hear and read, improve comprehension and develop our powers of concentration. In just minutes, you’ll notice a real difference in your reading speed, and in succeeding chapters of this seven-day program you’ll get the secrets of effective note-taking, find tips for instantly improving your writing, and much more.

I found this to be an excellent resource which has enabled me to increase my reading speed and comprehension.  Push yourself, as you will never know what your capabilities are unless you try something different.  Now, do not get me wrong, I am NOT reading 10,000 wpm.  However, at my peak I am reading about 1000-1100 wpm; when I first started while taking my second Bachelor degree I was reading roughly 280-350 wpm.  I quickly increased to 690-720 wpm.  It was a great investment and an asset.

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Doc Murf

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Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler

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In 1922, just four years after the war to end all wars, an unknown Austrian then living in Bavaria planned a pamphlet to be called Settling Accounts. In it he intended to attack the ineffectiveness of the dominant political parties in Germany which were opposed to the new National Socialists (Nazis). In November 1923, Adolf Hitler was jailed for the abortive Munich Beer Hall putsch along with men willing and able to assist him with his writing. With the help of these collaborators, chief among them Rudolf Hess, the pamphlet became a book. Settling Accounts became Mein Kampf, an unparalleled example of muddled economics and history, appalling bigotry, and an intense self-glorification of Adolf Hitler as the true founder and builder of the National Socialist movement. It was written in hate and it contained a blueprint for violent bloodshed. When Mein Kampf was published in 1925, it was a failure. In 1926 a second volume appeared – it was no more successful than the first. People either laughed at it or ignored it. They were wrong to do so. As Hitler’s power increased, pressure was put on all party members to buy the book. Gradually this pressure was extended to all elements of the German population. Soon Mein Kampf was even being passed out to newlywed couples as a gift. Ironically, and frighteningly, by the time Hitler came to power on January 30, 1933, what has been considered by many to be the most satanic book ever written was running neck and neck with the Bible at the top of the German bestseller lists. In his excellent introduction to this definitive American translation of Mein Kampf, Konrad Heiden writes: “For years Mein Kampf stood as proof of the blindness and complacency of the world. For in its pages Hitler announced — long before he came to power — a program of blood and terror in a self-revelation of such overwhelming frankness that few among its readers had the courage to believe it … That such a man could go so far toward realizing his ambitions, and — above all — could find millions of willing tools and helpers; that is a phenomenon the world will ponder for centuries to come.” We would be wrong in thinking that such a program, such a man, and such appalling consequences could not reappear in our world of the present. We cannot permit our selves the luxury of forgetting the tragedy of World War II or the man who, more than any other, fostered it. Mein Kampf must be read and constantly remembered as a specimen of evil demagoguery that people whenever men grow tired of thinking and acting for themselves. Mein Kampf is a blueprint for the age of chaos. It transcends in historical importance any other book of the present generation. In his translation Ralph Manheim has taken particular care to give an exact English equivalent of Hitler’s highly individual, and often awkward style, including his occasional grammatical errors. We believe this book should stand as the complete, final, and definitive English version of Hitler’s own story of his life, his political philosophy, and his thwarted plans for world domination. Translated by Ralph Manheim with an introduction by Konrad Heiden. A compilation of Hitler’s most famous prison writings of 1923–the bible of National Socialism and the blueprint for the Third Reich.

While I do not agree, in any way shape or form, with the mindset of Adolf Hitler. He was without a doubt a man filled with hate toward the Jewish people, which is both blatant & flagrant. But he did get the people of Germany to move in one direction making great strides for the country’s industry, transportation, & other fields. However, his all consuming hatred & narcissistic god-like mindset was what consumed him and his nation.

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Tortured for Christ by Rev. Richard Wurmbrand

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This classic story of amazing faith in shocking circumstances has been updated for a new generation. Its message remains urgent and relevant: thousands of Christians are still persecuted and tortured around the world today, suffering solely for their belief in Jesus Christ. Richard Wurmbrand endured months of solitary confinement, years of periodic physical torture, constant suffering from hunger and cold, the anguish of brainwashing and mental cruelty. His captors lied to his wife, saying he was dead. Yet he went on to tell the West the truth about Christianity behind the Iron Curtain. Millions of people have been touched by this story, and thirty years after its first publication it is now updated with a new foreword by Rob Frost, a picture section and details of the final years of Wurmbrand’s life.

I found this to be a very compelling read. It reminded me of Gulag Archepelligo but a much shorter version. Compelling, heartwrenching, & happiness for those that sought the word and held on to their faith!

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Doc Murf

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Pieces of Eight : The Monetary Powers and Disabilities of the United States Constitution [Hardcover] by Edwin Vieira Jr.

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Dr. Vieira is the most un-Harvard-lawyer-like Harvard lawyer you will ever meet. The “Dr.” comes from his Ph.D. in chemistry from the same institution, which he earned a few years before he went back and got his J.D. He is among the foremost Constitutonal scholars in the U.S., and the undisputed expert on the history and Constitutional Law of Money and Banking.

If you really want to learn something about American History, the History of Money, or the devolution over the past 150 years of what passes for ‘Law’ in these united States, I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Pieces of Eight is an exhaustive, detailed, and copiously footnoted (but highly readable, and routinely fascinating) compilation, synthesis, and exegesis of the history and Constitutional Law (and un-Constitutional ‘law’!) of money and banking in the U.S, and is the result of a lifetime of research by a tenacious, literate, and truly a constitutionally smart man who is 3 for 4 in front of the Supreme Court.

If you want to know what the Framers of the Constitution really knew about money — actually, quite a lot, certainly MUCH more than our purported “representatives” today — and why they put VERY specific language in the Constituton to ensure the proper rôle of money and banking consistent with a Free society, this book lays it out in stark, clear terms. In particular, if you want the definitive, airtight (and sordid) answers to politically incorrect questions such as “Why has nobody ever challenged the clearly unconstitutional Fed’s constitutionality in court?”, this book is the only place you’re going to find them.

As Dr. Vieira mentions in his recent announcement at the gata.org website, the first printing came along at a time when our monetary, economic, and political situation was only marginally less dire than it is today, but even so, marginally enough that Pieces of Eight received less notice at the time than it so overwhelmingly deserves. In the intervening time, the book has begun to become recognized, and our situation has deteriorated to the point at which even the most obtuse among us have begun to sense that something is deeply, deeply, wrong, even if they can’t put their finger on what it is. Pieces of Eight nails the source of the wrongness indelibly to the wall. In the words of an Amazon review appearing as of this writing: “Reading the last few chapters of this the 2d edition released in 2002 is like reading prophecy about the economic situation that the US is experiencing in 2009.”

Hosea 4:6 seems to be very appropriate, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” Dr. Vieira is taking the risk that there are a sufficient number of people out there who care enough about our Republic to take the effort to learn what TRULY went wrong, and how to fix it. If there are not, and the free market of ideas (what little is left of it and the 1st Amendment, anyway) does not choose to support it, then we are all truly, utterly, and completely screwed anyway.

Our Founding Fathers believed a man placed in a position of power had a tendency to abuse that power. It was for this reason they determined to have a monetary system of value based metal, because they had so much “rag money” of worthless paper which had built up throughout the war period.

This book is by far the greatest resource for the history of money of the United States, starting prior to its very inception. Since I am on the mend from surgery I have nothing but time to use as I desire…this was one of my goals. God blessed me with a desire to learn & expand my horizons. During this entire healing period I’ve had at least 3-4 books started. It is truly amazing what a person can do with the gifts God has given us!

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The Mystery of the Shemitah: The 3,000-Year-Old Mystery That Holds the Secret of America’s Future, the World’s Future, and Your Future! By Jonathan Cahn

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The book you can’t afford NOT to read.
It is already affecting your life…
And it WILL affect your future!

Is it possible that there exists a three-thousand-year-old mystery that…

· Has been determining the course of your life without your knowing it?
· Foretells current events before they happen?
· Revealed the dates and the hours of the greatest crashes in Wall Street history before they happened?
· Determined the timing of 9/11?
· Lies behind the rise of America to global superpower… and its fall?
· Has forecast the rising and falling of the world’s stock market throughout modern times?
· Lies behind world wars and the collapse of nations, world powers, and empires?
· Holds key to what lies ahead for the world and for your life?
· And much more….

I found this book to be as much an incredible read as it’s predecessor “THE HARBINGER”. Hard to put down! We must honestly ask ourselves if God is not laying judgement upon America, which is entirely possible since we as a country have tossed our values away, are running from God’s rule & honest measure of ethics – thus re dubbing us as the ” United States of Apostasy, under judgement of ALL!”

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The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins

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Overview
In his sensational international bestseller, the preeminent scientist and outspoken atheist Richard Dawkins delivers a hard-hitting, impassioned, but humorous rebuttal of religious belief. With rigor and wit, Dawkins eviscerates the arguments for religion and demonstrates the supreme improbability of the existence of a supreme being. He makes a compelling case that faith is not just irrational but potentially deadly. In a preface written for the paperback edition, Dawkins responds to some of the controversies the book has incited. This brilliantly argued, provocative book challenges all of us to examine our beliefs, no matter what beliefs we hold.

I found it interesting from the standpoint of apologetics, in-that, many of his arguments are subjective to a person. He bases his arguments in his chapter “The Roots Of Moratity: Why Are We Good?” from the standpoint of if there is no God, why do good? Well, if there is no God, then there is no moral lawgiver; if there is no moral lawgiver, then there is no basis or standard for morals. Without such a basis or standard, then how can anything be determined to be either good or bad?

Overall, I thought it was a good & worthwhile read. The basis of atheism at its heart. One of the greatest problems with some of his arguments is that he bases his judgement of the Christian Faith on the people and not on the requirements & expectations within the bible itself. Man is his own worst enemy in any endeavor. Romans 3:10 “As it is written: There is none righteous, no, not one…” which pretty much sums that up.

About the Author:
Richard Dawkins is the Charles Simonyi Professor of the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University

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