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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.

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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.

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Doc Murf

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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.

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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!

Godspeed & Good Reads!

Doc Murf

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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.

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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.

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VideoWe never know what we truly believe until it’s a matter of life and death. Billy Graham, along with a firefighter and a young woman forced to face the reality of death, share the Gospel message, and what really happens when we die.

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A powerful video on what the Reverend Billy Graham has been espousing for all of his evangelical life! The promises of hope and bliss.

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Revive Us

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We are calling for a NATIONAL FAMILY MEETING. It’s called “REVIVE US.” Now available on DVD to bring into your homes to share with your family and friends.

Where is our country heading… and what can we as Christians do to help set the right course of direction? Nearing a pivotal marker in our nation’s history, Kirk Cameron realized: God has given His children a timeless message for such a time as this.

Featuring reaching, worship, prayer, and thoughtful discussion, Revive Us challenges believers to faithfully lead the way. Kirk turns to Scripture to offer encouragement, reminding us there is still hope for our great nation. The time is at had for God to Revive Us. This film also features Jennifer Rothchild, Dr. Ben Carson, Eric Metaxas, Francis Chan, and Miss Clara (War Room).

The time is at hand for God to REVIVE US. We know this to be true: when OUR FAMILY gets together–and the Spirit of God is moving–WE ARE UNSTOPPABLE!

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A powerful call for revival throughout the Christian community to stand up and be counted to take over the direction of this nation back toward it’s Judaeo-Christian roots and foundation. To take the helm of this nation leading it back to a Christ centered nation. Placing those in power to be strong statesmen and Christians.

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A Question of Origins

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Chemists, biologists, physicists, astronomers and geologists discuss the weaknesses of the theories of evolution and the Big Bang, as well as the strengths of the case for intelligent design and the accuracy of the Bible.

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Another fascination documentary on the question of creationism vs. evolutionism. Well worth the viewing time, as it is only about an hour long, but chock full of information.

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Accidental Activist (2013, movie)

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Ted and Lynn Murphy lead a simple suburban life. They have three wonderful children, their own small business, and good relationships with friends and neighbors. But that life is turned upside down when Ted signs a petition advocating traditional marriage. It is a small act of civic duty in his mind, but to others in their community it seems like a heartless act of bigotry.

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While I thought this movie was a bit “cheesy”, I believe it made a valid point as to how many people end up in activism by accident. It usually happens due to some experience they had in which they lost something of great value to themselves. Although, this movie has a very good point to it, in that, while practicing your religion may have a cost to it…but you will find another door in life opening for your purpose to shine.

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20 Compelling Evidences That God Exists: Discover Why Believing in God Makes So Much Sense by Kenneth D. Boa, Robert M. Bowman Jr.

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Remarkably, even though millions upon millions of us do believe in God, when we are asked why we have such faith, we become tongue-tied and struggle to give a reason for our hope. No wonder those who don’t believe God exists remain unconvinced—there’s too few of us ready to speak on God’s behalf!

Ken Boa and Robert Bowman have provided a resource that tackles the most profound arguments from philosophy, science, sociology, psychology, and history … and presents twenty clear, concise, and compelling evidences that show that faith in God—and specifically Jesus Christ—is reasonable.

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An excellent book and an excellent read. You cannot speed read, as you will find yourself slowing down to catch some things. This is an interesting book covering 20 of the most compelling evidences of God’s existence.

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Doc Murf

 

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Leading Successful Change: 8 Keys to Making Change Work by Gregory P. Shea, Cassie A. Solomon

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We live in an era where constant change is the norm rather than the exception. Given globalization, increased competition, and constant technological turnover, no organization can run in place: change is not optional. However, the sad fact is that the vast majority of change efforts fail. As authors Gregory P. Shea and Cassie A. Solomon argue, they do not fail for a lack of trying or leadership. Chances are you have led or been part of a failed change. But why did it fail and how can the next change be successfully implemented?

In this essential guide, authors Gregory P. Shea and Cassie A. Solomon deal with the real reasons change efforts fail—and how that failure can be avoided. They argue that change—real change—means changes in behavior and that the work environment itself is the greatest obstacle to making behavioral change stick. They reveal a tested method for leading successful change, which they have developed over a combined 50 years of helping organizations do just that.

In Leading Successful Change, they share the 2 tenets for making successful change; how to create a scene that will provide a vision of the future; the 8 Levers of Change, a tried-and-true method for designing the work environment to support the changes; and how winning companies—from IKEA to a hospital near you—are successfully implementing change.

Change is not optional and it is difficult—but it is also not impossible. Shea and Solomon present a thorough, well-researched explanation of how to make change work.

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A very compelling and interesting book on leading people toward change. While primarily geared toward the business arena, it can be used & applied personally. One could almost get over their fear, and dare I say disdain, toward change in their lives and in their work place. Reading this book almost makes it an exciting endeavor to take on. Let’s face it, no one likes change. While it is inevitable, it is still one of those things you hate to encounter. But change happens every day, like it or not!

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Flipping the Switch: Unleash the Power of Personal Accountability Using the QBQ! by John G. Miller, David L. Levin

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When a light switch is flipped the flow of energy that is released reaches the lightbulb in an instant, bringing it to life. Similarly, asking the right kind of question-a QBQ-is the first step to empowering what Miller calls the Advantage Principles-five essential practices that will lead to a richer experience in every aspect of life: – LEARNING: live an engaged and energized life through positive personal growth and change- OWNERSHIP: attain goals by becoming a solution-oriented person who solves problems- CREATIVITY: find new ways to achieve by succeeding “within the box”- SERVICE: build a legacy by helping others succeed- TRUST: develop deep and rewarding relationships With compelling real-life stories and keen insights, Miller demonstrates how anyone can find success and satisfaction by “flipping the switch.”

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A fantastic read with great insights in order to take your life, business or personal, to a completely higher level than you ever expected possible! Giving great advice on changing the questions you ask of yourself and of others in order to accept responsibility, or placing responsibility squarely where it belongs! We have all learned to great six questions in order to be exceptionally specific in our lives: WHO? WHAT? WHEN? WHERE? WHY? & HOW? But quite honestly, in order to get to that next level we MUST focus on the questions that stem from WHAT? & HOW? These two are the basis of the greatest questions that we can ask of ourselves to achieve greatness in our lives; which, thereby, will aid us to aid others to shoot for the stars and achieve greatness in their own lives!

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