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Your Dream. God’s Plan.: Are You Longing for Something More? by Tiffany Smiling


Like a lot of young women, Tiffany Smiling had been assured that the path to fulfillment looked like the one she’d seen in her favorite movies: She’d be swept away by a soul mate, live in a southern estate, and start a family.

But Tiffany’s story unfolded quite differently.

Weeks after serving on her high school’s homecoming court, while doctors operated to remove the brain tumor that was killing her, Tiffany suffered a paralyzing stroke. In the nick of a scalpel she lost her beauty and most of her physical ability. Returning to high school in a wheelchair, head half-shaved and face distorted, Tiffany vowed to be normal and live the dream.

And for a season, she did.

But just when the fairytale was within reach, God surprised Tiffany. Wooing her heart, God convinced her that there was something even better in store for her.

. . .And He has something better in store for you, too.

Read Your Dream. God’s Plan. and see how the Lord wants to use the broken pieces of your life for His greater plan for you.

Smiling’s story will help you see the ways God is writing your own amazing story—designed for His glory and your fulfillment.


Truly a powerful testimony to the strength that one builds up through the trials and tribulations thrown in one’s path. Though many would throw in the towel, there are those whose faith is actually strengthened by the turmoil that is placed before them. Some even turn to God and listen to what He has to say to them! Tiffany Smiling is one of those people…a special and inspiring person with a tremendous story.

Godspeed & Good Reads!

Doc Murf


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Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach


Stiff is an oddly compelling, often hilarious exploration of the strange lives of our bodies postmortem. For two thousand years, cadavers—some willingly, some unwittingly—have been involved in science’s boldest strides and weirdest undertakings. In this fascinating account, Mary Roach visits the good deeds of cadavers over the centuries and tells the engrossing story of our bodies when we are no longer with them.


While this is a bit odd for me, I really did not pick this book out myself. I received it from a friend at work, who is also an avid reader. He said that it was interesting and filled with many things which would intrigue me. So, I took him up on his offer, and challenge of sort! It was, without a doubt filled, cover to cover, with all sorts of interesting information, education of the uses of cadavers in our lives. History has filled pages with what and how cadavers have touched our lives. Truly an interesting book and is worthy of your time, to say the least!

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Doc Murf

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Florence Nightingale: A Life Inspired by Lynn M Hamilton


Has there ever been someone who accomplished so much and at the same time thought less of herself? Before she had even turned forty, Florence Nightingale was the darling of the British public, the heroine of the Crimea. She could have sailed home to England and comfortably dined out on her fame for the remainder of her long days. Instead, she conducted a ruthless post-mortem on every moment of her wartime service and found herself entirely wanting. She did not try to hide her mistakes; instead, she sought to broadcast them so that everyone would understand what happens in unsanitary medical facilities. She could well have slid into self-pity and inertia, yet she spent the next several decades campaigning for reforms. One hundred and fifty years ago, the respect we now have for nurses and the intense training that nurses must undergo was nothing but a seed in Florence Nightingale’s imagination. If we believe that nurses are some of the most respectable and hardworking people in our community, we owe that belief to Florence Nightingale. But she never took the credit. As an old woman of seventy-seven, she deflected all her accomplishments onto God with the words, “How inefficient I was in the Crimea! Yet He has raised up Trained Nursing from it!”


Quite a fascinating woman! On the same line as Mother Theresa. She left a life of luxury to do great works for God’s calling. Seeking to help those less fortunate and with the mind to help the less fortunate. An awesome passage in our history, one of the likes we don’t hear about in our history classes, in High School or in college course work. Truly sad that our history programs have gone to the way-side. We need to hear more of these historical figures in our course work so that we keep these great people in the limelight so these heroes remain alive in our hearts and minds. Thus, fostering a new age in our history through the present. As there are some that would be inspired about such things.

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Doc Murf

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Nature’s Cancer-Fighting Foods: Prevent and Reverse the Most Common Forms of Cancer Using the Proven Power of Whole Food and Self-Healing Strategies by Verne Varona

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Based on a solid foundation of the healing properties of good nutrition, this book empowers readers with the information they need to make the best choices and to gain control over their total health and well-being – physical, emotional, and spiritual. While addressing the specific needs of those with a diagnosis of cancer, Varona explores the key factors that science and experience have shown to influence the path of prevention and recovery. Grounded in documented research from leading medical institutions – along with studies of the world’s healthiest populations – nutrition educator Verne Varona has developed a breakthrough nutritional and lifestyle programme for immunity building and cancer prevention and recovery. This book provides detailed diet and lifestyle modifications that will reinforce the body’s immunity and reduce cell-damage to an absolute minimum. While the bulk of this book is devoted to physical nutrition, eating the right foods is not the whole picture. No matter what course of treatment a patient may choose, clinical research and anecdotal testimony have shown that those who have embraced a range of self-healing choices not only see a positive impact on their physical and psychological well-being but inevitably enhance their chances of survival. The most influential of these choices are: life purpose; positive attitude; managing stress; sense of humor; love and social support; emotional expression; and faith. Along with good nutrition, a healthy lifestyle, and physical exercise, these choices contribute to a more comprehensive and complete healing.

A well written book with a great amount of information for those who have a desire and a passion to fight for their lives! Is this an all inclusive list, by no means, but it is an excellent primer for those getting ready to do battle for their life, or the life of a loved one.

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Anticancer: A New Way of Life by David Servan-Schreiber


When David Servan-Schreiber, a dedicated scientist and doctor, was diagnosed with brain cancer, his life changed. Confronting what medicine knows about the illness and the little-known workings of his body’s natural cancer ­fighting capacities, and marshaling his own will to live, Servan-Schreiber found himself on a fifteen-­year journey from disease and relapse into scientific exploration and, finally, to health.

Combining memoir, concise explanation of what makes cancer cells thrive and what inhibits them, and drawing on both conventional and alternative ways to slow and prevent cancer, Anticancer is revolutionary. It is a moving story of a doctor’s inner and outer search for balance; radical in its discussion of the environment, lifestyle, and trauma; and compelling and cautionary in its proposal that cancer cells lie dormant in all of us and that we all must care for the “terrain” in which they exist.

Advocating a sea change in the way we understand and confront cancer, Anticancer is a radical synthesis of science and personal experience, an inspiring personal journey, and certainly a guide to “a new way of life.” Anticancer tells us:

Why the traditional Western diet creates the conditions for disease and how to develop a science-based anticancer diet
How and why sugar and stress feed cancer and ways to achieve life balance and good nutrition to combat it
 ◊ Why the effects of helplessness and unhealed wounds affect our ability to restore health
 ◊ How to reap the benefits of exercise, yoga, and meditation
 ◊ How to minimize environmental toxins
 ◊ How to find the right blend of traditional and alternative health care

I found this book to be awesome in it’s candor and it’s presentation of much information we do not know about cancer. The author breaks cancer down to it’s most simple issue…a war waged against your body and with the enemy infiltrating your very brain center enticing it to stop the fight. In essence, you body allows for the cancer to take advantage of a weakness your body has permitted. But we can change that, to a degree and we can be ever vigilant in our fight to remain alive!

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The Pivot of Civilization [with Biographical Introduction] Kindle Edition by Margaret Sanger


Whether I agree with her methods, or politics or not, this book is a good insight into the motivation of Sanger and what she was trying to achieve. I did find it humanizing, and although I don’t agree with all of her ideas (and many simply represented the thinking and science of the day) she was driven by compassion and the felt need to make the world a better place. So much of what is quoted of her is so taken out of context and used for various political stripes.

A worthy read for those who wish to know and learn from the mind of a pioneer, whether good or bad…you must decide!

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On the Physical Death of Jesus Christ

by William D. Edwards, MD; Wesley J. Gabel, MDiv; Floyd E. Hosmer, MS, AMI

Original printing on March 21, 1986

Jesus of Nazareth underwent Jewish and Roman trials, was flogged, an·d was sentenced to death by crucifixion. The scourging produced deep stripelike lacerations and appreciable blood loss, and it probably set the stage for hypovolemic shock as evidenced by the fact that Jesus was too weakened to carry the crossbar (patibulum) to Golgotha. At the site of crucifixion his wrists were nailed to the patibulum, and after the patibulum was lifted onto the upright post, (stipes) his feet were nailed to the stipes. The major pathophysiologic effect of crucifixion was an interference with normal respirations. Accordingly, death resulted primarily from hypovolemic shock and exhaustion asphyxia. Jesus’ death was ensured by the thrust of a soldier’s spear into his side. Modern medical interpretation of the historical evidence indicates that Jesus was dead when taken down from the cross.
(JAMA 1986; 255:1455-1463)
This was a forensic determination of the facts as they were reported & annotated in the gospels. This should be of interest by anyone who is in doubt of Jesus’ death.
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