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Jumpstart Your Creativity: 10 Jolts to Get Creative and Stay Creative (Jumpstart Series) by Steven Rowell, Shawn Doyle

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Are you creative? Do you want to be more creative in your business and personal life?

Everyone has the ability to be creative.

This fun lighthearted and easy to read book will give you 10 Jolts to reawaken and tap into your innate creativity in order to be more successful at work and in your personal life. In this book, you will learn the tools techniques and methods for getting and staying creative in a competitive world.

Jumpstart Your Creativity gives you proven specific effective tools and great tips to use, to both generate ideas and evaluate them effectively. Are you ready to tap into your creativity?  This book will show you how, and you will be amazed at the results!  “Are you creative? Do you want to be more creative in your business and personal life?  Everyone has the ability to be creative. This fun lighthearted and easy to read book will give you 10 Jolts to reawaken and tap into your innate creativity in order to be more successful at work and in your personal life.

*****

This definitely is something to look in to in order to delve into a more creative mindset. Great ideas to stir up the creative juices and to go down the road of creativity. Sometimes we just need a nudge down that road because we are blocked or just cannot get started, again, into the creative mood. This will definitely help.

Godspeed & Good Reads!

Doc Murf

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Billy Graham TV Classics

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A collection of Billy Graham Television Classic shows and Evangelistic events. While I was not much of a Billy Graham viewer as a child, I have come to appreciate his old programs. As of lately, I have been watching these shows, whether on YouTube or on his Billy Graham TV Classics web site. It is quite intriguing to see what he had to say, and either research what he said, or use it on my blogs. He was truly a man of God who taught many of us about the path of God.

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The Apostle: A Life of Paul by John Charles Pollock

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The drama of a novel meets scholarship in leading Christian biographer John Pollock’s classic work about one of the most transforming persons in history: the apostle Paul.

The Apostle masterfully combines careful adherence to biblical text, detailed research, and a storyteller’s gift to create a book equally relevant for both casual readers fascinated by Paul’s life and serious biblical scholars. Pollock begins his fast-movig narrative with Stephen’s death and follows Paul through his conversion, missionary journeys, and eventual execution. Many will enjoy it simply as a satisfying and insightful true-life story, although maps and a study guide allow for deeper exploration. The Apostle was originally published in 1969, and this new edition marks the first significant revision in many years.

*****

This was an excellent read. It was a help in tying the epistles together and aiding me in the chronology of Paul’s trek. From about the time of Paul’s leading the stoning of Stephan to his beheading. An excellent read which was well worth the time!

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Dead Man Rising

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When Daniel, a death row inmate, hears the horrors of previous executions using new experimental drugs, he pleads for access to information on how to best face his own, upcoming demise.  What this faithless and hopeless prisoner finds instead, will shake up everything he has ever known, ever believed.

Parental Warning: Mild Language

*****

This was one of those movies I was not so sure about going into it, but afterward was glad that I did not bypass it. A man on death row finally starts looking into what happens when he dies. He has a debate of sorts with an (apparently) atheistic fellow death row inmate. Toward the end, everything comes into perspective. Well worth the time to watch.

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The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle

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Eckhart Tolle’s message is simple: living in the now is the truest path to happiness and enlightenment. And while this message may not seem stunningly original or fresh, Tolle’s clear writing, supportive voice and enthusiasm make this an excellent manual for anyone who’s ever wondered what exactly “living in the now” means. Foremost, Tolle is a world-class teacher, able to explain complicated concepts in concrete language. More importantly, within a chapter of reading this book, readers are already holding the world in a different container–more conscious of how thoughts and emotions get in the way of their ability to live in genuine peace and happiness.

Tolle packs a lot of information and inspirational ideas into The Power of Now. (Topics include the source of Chi, enlightened relationships, creative use of the mind, impermanence and the cycle of life.) Thankfully, he’s added markers that symbolise “break time”. This is when readers should close the book and mull over what they just read. As a result, The Power of Now reads like the highly acclaimed A Course in Miracles–a spiritual guidebook that has the potential to inspire just as many study groups and change just as many lives for the better. —Gail Hudson

*****

While I thought this was a good book, overall, and that it touched on a few, if not several points that I could relate to, I did find it as a means to liken Christianity to Buddhism – in certain respects. I guess everyone has their thing and interpretation, but to liken one religion to another is a bit out of bounds, to me. It was a good book, as I said, but beware of the teachings you follow. To follow the wrong beliefs could send you on a trek you do not wish to follow once you get to the end of your journey!

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5 Steps to Assertiveness: How to Communicate with Confidence and Get What You Want by S. Renee Smith

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5 Steps to Assertiveness is the modern how-to guide to communicate with assertiveness and build stronger relationships in today’s world.

Assertiveness goes beyond standing up for yourself. Assertiveness is saying what you want in a way that makes others want to listen. This philosophy is at the heart of the self-development method created by nationally recognized self-esteem and communication expert S. Renee Smith.

In 5 Steps to Assertiveness, the nationally recognized self-esteem and communication expert distills what she’s learned and taught about assertiveness over the past 20 years into 5 easy-to-follow steps. Built on her successful engagement with hundreds of organizations and individual clients, S. Renee has curated this actionable 5-step how-to guide that will help you see the value of what you have to say— and gain the confidence to say it.

5 Steps to Assertiveness is the most current guide to persuasive communication, and includes:

A 5-step assertiveness action plan to help you understand your communication style and identify changes you can make that will lead to greater assertiveness An overview of the 4 different communication styles and the benefits and challenges of changing yours Practical exercises and examples that lead to real-world assertiveness in personal and professional situations

When you communicate with assertiveness, you control where you go, how far you go, and the shape you’re in when you get there. With 5 Steps to Assertiveness, the power is in your hands.

*****

An excellent primer for someone who desires to break out of their shell and be more forthcoming and assertive in their life! Well worth the time to read. I am of the mind that if we can just learn ONE thing, in whatever we may do, we can succeed. There is much for anyone, including those who are already assertive, to learn!

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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.”

*****

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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