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The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X, Alex Haley

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Through a life of passion and struggle, Malcolm X became one of the most influential figures of the 20th Century. In this riveting account, he tells of his journey from a prison cell to Mecca, describing his transition from hoodlum to Muslim minister. Here, the man who called himself “the angriest Black man in America” relates how his conversion to true Islam helped him confront his rage and recognize the brotherhood of all mankind.


An established classic of modern America, “The Autobiography of Malcolm X” was hailed by the New York Times as “Extraordinary. A brilliant, painful, important book.” Still extraordinary, still important, this electrifying story has transformed Malcom X’s life into his legacy. The strength of his words, the power of his ideas continue to resonate more than a generation after they first appeared.

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WOW! That is the quick synopsis of this roller coaster ride! One of the BEST biographies I have read that made me slow down and read at a much slower speed than usual. THIS book truly makes one see things from the perspective of a black man’s plight in America. Also, the trials he went through after giving his all for the Nation of Islam only to be turned on by the viscous powers that were at the time. Truly sad, but also truly enlightening! The discovery of how the Islamic faith was being misused and mis-taught by those who chose to use the faith itself as a means to an end. Malcolm X’s thoughts on the white man had changed when he went on his pilgrimage to Mecca seeing all those who were black, brown and white showing their brotherly love toward one another. Malcolm X stood up for what he believed and lived out such a life. We could all learn from his life and his trials.

While I disagree with the Islamic faith, this did show us one thing…that the Christians of that time could learn a thing, or two, from those of Islam, in how we treat one another.  This was well worth the time to read!

Godspeed & Good Reads!

Doc Murf

 

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Alison’s Choice

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Alison, a teen, is facing pregnancy. With nowhere to turn, she finds herself in a ‘clinic’ about to end her baby’s life. Suddenly a man appears. His mop tells her he’s the janitor. Conversation begins and it quickly becomes clear that this man is no mere janitor, but Jesus manifest. And he’s come to save the life of her baby.

 

 

When young Alison finds herself pregnant by a dead-beat boyfriend, she turns to abortion. There in the clinic, as she waits for her name to be called, she encounters a cast of extraordinary characters; a flamboyant counselor, a suburban mom, a heart-weary receptionist, an inner city counterpart – And more than anyone, a gentle-faced janitor with mop “eternally” in hand. The two begin to talk and it quickly becomes clear he is no mere janitor, but the living God manifest – and He’s come to plead for the life of her baby. With the clock ticking precious minutes away, it is a fight for life or death. Suddenly a nurse appears, “Alison, we’re ready for you.” What will Alison choose.

*****

An excellent movie depicting the struggles of a young women in the throws of love and the torment to abort their baby…all for the thought of love.

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Why Government Is the Problem by Milton Friedman

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“The major social problems of the United States—deteriorating education, lawlessness and crime, homelessness, the collapse of family values, the crisis in medical care—have been produced by well-intended actions of government. That is easy to document. The difficult task is understanding why government is the problem. The power of special interests arising from the concentrated benefits of most government actions and their dispersed costs is only part of the answer. A more fundamental part is the difference between the self-interest of individuals when they are engaged in the private sector and the self-interest of the same individuals when they are engaged in the government sector. The result is a government system that is no longer controlled by “we, the people.” Instead of Lincoln’s government “of the people, by the people, and for the people,” we now have a government “of the people, by the bureaucrats, for the bureaucrats,” including the elected representatives who have become bureaucrats. At the moment, term limits appear to be the reform that promises to be most effective in curbing Leviathan.”

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Sadly Milton Freeman is gone and we need more thinker like him in order to set us on a much greater course for this country. If only government would listen to the people! Those would be great and memorable days, for certain. Well worth the time to read, just to capture a glimpse of his frame of mind and logical reasoning.

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey

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When Stephen Covey first released The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, the book became an instant rage because people suddenly got up and took notice that their lives were headed off in the wrong direction; and more than that, they realized that there were so many simple things they could do in order to navigate their life correctly. This book was wonderful education for people, education in how to live life effectively and get closer to the ideal of being a ‘success’ in life.

But not everyone understands Stephen Covey’s model fully well, or maybe there are some people who haven’t read it yet. This is definitely true because we still see so much failure all around us. Now, I am not saying that by using Covey’s model, or anyone else’s model for that matter, you can become a sure-shot success, but at least we should have seen many more successes around us already judging by the number of copies the book has sold! So, where is the shortcoming?

There are two main problems here, and we are talking only about the people who have read the book already. The first problem is that most people are too lazy to implement the ideals of Stephen Covey in their lives. They consider his masterpiece of a book as a mere coffee-table book or a book that you use for light reading when you are traveling and then forget all about it. They do not realize that this book contains life-changing information. Or, they take the information and do not make the effort to actually utilize it so that it becomes knowledge for them.

The second problem is that a lot of people have a myopic view of Covey’s ideals. These are people who are impressed by the book already. If you ask them what the seven habits are, they can rattle them off end to end, but then they miss the larger picture. They do not understand that Covey was trying to tell more than he wrote in words. There are hidden implications in this book, yes, and a lot of people have just failed to see through them.

That is what we are trying to do. We are trying to show you how Covey’s book, or rather, his model, was a complete model in itself. There was nothing amiss about it. If you implement it, there should be no aspect of your life that should go untouched. The only thing is that you have to understand these ideals and try to implement them in your life.

But, before we barge into that area, it is extremely important to understand what these ideals are. What was the model that was propounded by Stephen Covey in his mega-famous book? We shall begin by trying to understand his model first, and then interpret it in such a way that it pertains to every aspect of our life.

*****

A very pragmatic book with the list of specific qualities of effective people. Usable information within our own lives and practical in their application! I read this sometime back in the 1990s and re-read the abridged version in THINKR.

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A BLEEDING FLOWER

Female genital mutilation FGM is still ongoing in this modern era. It is about time this outmoded and inhumane act is brought to an end in Africa and beyond.

Synopsis: A young couple is being harassed by the husband’s mother to have their daughter circumcised. The grandma is finally able to craft a plan to get the granddaughter circumcised without her son and daughter in-law’s knowledge. Will the daughter survive the circumcision or not? Watch out.

CAST Isatu M. Bokum – Mary Emmanuella Ikomon – Grandmother Joy Elomena Akpoviri – Chidinma Ekene Odigwe – Okoro Ogunbamwo O. Bukola – Monique Olivia Enyioma Onuoha – Circumciser Emmanuel Eroh – Doctor Patience Elendu – Nurse Valentine Anthony Ndukwe – Police Officer Oladele Adeyemi – Police Officer 2

A YALI NIGERIA COHORT 4 MOVIE. Movie project headed by Miguel Peters.

#Endfemalegenitalmutilation
#endchildabuse
#Childabuseawareness

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This was powerful video of that which happens more commonly, than one would think within Africa. for which it’s purpose is to control women’s sexuality, and ideas about purity, modesty and beauty. Female genital mutilation (FGM), also known as female genital cutting and female circumcision, is the ritual cutting or removal of some or all of the external female genitalia. It is unbelievable that this continues to happen. Although, people are of the mind that the “old ways were best!” is not always a factual truth in society.

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Staying Together: Marriage: A Life Long Affair by Steve & Mary Prokopchak

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Staying Together is a unique book that’s been written for you to read as a couple. Together, you’ll hear from us and what we’ve learned over more than 40 years of marriage, as well as from other couples whose marriages have endured heartbreak, hardship, and even infidelity.  You’ll read about their solutions and healing, applicable to your marriage oneness.

You will be confronted with questions about what it looks like to walk out your vows on a daily basis as life partners. Whether it’s communication, trust, or sex; money, loss, or mission; kids, jobs, or insecurities, Staying Together has insight on how to better navigate waters when they’re rough and better enjoy them when they’re smooth.

Whether you’ve been married for months, years, or decades, now is the time to make sure you’re in a marriage that’s not just surviving, but thriving.

*****

This was a fantastic book! It was full of pointed questions that every couple needs to address in their lives and in their marriage, both to God and their spouse. The questions and exercises are poignant enough to make you wonder if you are on the right track and they are pointed enough to aid you to assess your position and move toward that direction or some other direction. This book truly looks at the many aspects of our marriage, our vows, and all of those subjects that can affect our relationships.

Godspeed & Good Reads!

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Paul, Apostle of Christ

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PAUL, APOSTLE OF CHRIST is the story of two men. Luke, as a friend and physician, risks his life when he ventures into the city of Rome to visit Paul, who is held captive in Nero’s darkest, bleakest prison cell. But Nero is determined to rid Rome of Christians, and does not flinch from executing them in the grisliest ways possible. Before Paul’s death sentence can be enacted, Luke resolves to write another book, one that details the beginnings of “The Way” and the birth of what will come to be known as the church.

Bound in chains, Paul’s struggle is internal. He has survived so much—floggings, shipwreck, starvation, stoning, hunger and thirst, cold and exposure—yet as he waits for his appointment with death, he is haunted by the shadows of his past misdeeds. Alone in the dark, he wonders if he has been forgotten . . . and if he has the strength to finish well.

Two men struggle against a determined emperor and the frailties of the human spirit in order to live out the Gospel of Jesus Christ and spread their message to the world.

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By the time you read this blog post, it will be weeks later. I took my wife to see this movie. I found it to be a bit slow going, but very powerful in it’s messaging and telling of the story of Paul the Apostle and Luke, one of his followers. I don’t have problems with slow running movies, provided the spirit of the film is strong and powerful. This is a moving film of the heart and spirit. It was well worth the time and cost. I always liked Jim Caviezel, but both he and James Faulkner, played outstanding roles in this movie.

See The Trailer, the Heart of the Story

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The Unexpected President: Chester A. Arthur–His Life and Times by Scott S. Greenberger

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When President James Garfield was shot, no one in the United States was more dismayed than his Vice President, Chester Arthur. For years Arthur had been perceived as unfit to govern, not only by critics and his fellow citizens but by his own conscience.

From his promising start, Arthur had become a political hack, a shill for Roscoe Conkling, and Arthur knew better even than his detractors that he failed to meet the high standard a president must uphold. And yet, from the moment President Arthur took office, he proved to be not just honest but courageous, going up against the very forces that had controlled him for decades.

Arthur surprised everyone–and gained many enemies–when he swept house and courageously took on corruption, civil rights for blacks, and issues of land for Native Americans. His short presidency proved to be a turning point of American history, in many ways a preview of our own times, and is a sterling example of how someone can “rise to the occasion.”

This beautifully written biography tells the dramatic, untold story of a virtually forgotten American president, a machine politician and man-about-town in Gilded Age New York who stumbled into the highest office in the land only to rediscover his better self, right when his nation needed him.

*****

I found this to be an EXCELLENT READ! You think politics today is full of chaos and corruption…read this to see what things were like 130 years ago. It is truly an eye opener. Well worth the time and every bit of the effort. Spoiler Alert: Chester A. Arthur thought the vice Presidency was the greatest office that he could have ever imagined, but due to circumstances of the time and similar political though of today…that was not to be true!

A GREAT BOOK!

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The Essential Guide to Prayer: How to Pray with Power and Effectiveness by Dutch Sheets

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Based on years of ministry and experience, international prayer leader and bestselling author Dutch Sheets presents a real-world, hands-on foundation for prayer. With wisdom and practical insight, he helps you develop the core of an effective prayer life: a stronger, lasting relationship with God as Father and friend. He also shows you how to:
· make prayer a vital part of your life
· pray alone and in groups
· persist in prayer until you see God’s answers
· become a powerful intercessor for those you love
· and more!

He even includes questions at the end of each chapter to help you immediately implement what you’re learning.

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An interesting book and helpful as a guide to a point. People seeking these types of guides are seeking a more practical understanding of prayer and applicable concepts and tenets. This book does give interesting adages and ideas for pray, but some of the things are a little outlandish. While if you look through some of the smoke and mirrors…you can see some of the applicable ideas presented. Good book and good read, overall.

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God Where Are You?

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Sonny Boone was a fighter who had everything, then lost it. He blamed God for all of his troubles and asked WHY bad things happened to him? His ultimate question: God Where Are You?

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An interesting movie that I found on Amazon Prime. Below is the trailer for the movie. A great illustration on how people can go astray when things are going right and lose sight of God and all the good He does in our lives. When times are truly tough, is when we slow down enough in order to take the time to see that God has been with us every step of the way! Good and bad! Every choice we make has consequences, free will, and the problems and consequences only increase exponentially when others make their choices.

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