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Food: WTF Should I Eat?: The no-nonsense guide to achieving optimal weight and lifelong health by Mark Hyman

 

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Did you know that porridge isn’t actually a healthy way to start the day? That milk doesn’t build bones, and eggs aren’t the devil? In WTF Should I eat? – Dr Hyman looks at every food group and explains what we’ve gotten wrong, revealing which foods nurture our health and which pose a threat. He also explains the crucial role food plays in functional medicine and how food systems and policies affect our environmental and personal health.

With myth-busting insights, easy-to-understand science, and delicious, wholesome recipes in every chapter, WTF Should I Eat? is an invaluable resource for cooking, eating and living well.

*****

I found this to be a great wealth of information concerning the food we eat, especially concerning what they eat and are injected or sprayed with. I first heard Dr. Hyman when he was interviewed by Ben Shapiro on one of his Sunday Night Specials. I found his presentation to be overwhelmingly credible. Reading his book…it, simply put, upheld much of what I had learned over the last several decades of life. I believe you will find it as helpful and chock full of wealth and knowledge.

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Doc Murf

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Top Ten Ways to Be a Great Leader by Hans Finzel

Dr. Hans Finzel knows from personal experience the key success factors in every effective leader’s journey. This is the sequel to his popular book, “The Top Ten Mistakes Leaders Make”. That book is about what to avoid.  This is about what to master.

In this book, he outlines the positive traits and skills every new leader should master.

He shows readers:

• The two most important words in a leader’s vocabulary

• The skills a leader needs to communicate effectively

• Why today’s effective leaders lead with vulnerability

• The contrast between servant leadership and slave leadership

• How to lead with both passion and humility

• The difference between making a mark and leaving a legacy

In this eminently practical book, new leaders in business, education, ministry, and the church will discover how to lead well and love what they do.

*****

An excellent book on leadership traits and how to’s in the way of leading others. Great tips and an awesome venue for teaching those in non-leadership roles, but even the lowly can be leaders of men/women! A welcomed book on the subject matter.

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Finding Heaven in the Dark by WILLIAM L. INGRAM

As a black youth of the post war baby boom generation the author struggled with secret rage and a confused life view that fueled his self-destructive rebellion and desertion from the Marine Corps in 1967. His cross country trek ended in a skid row rescue mission in Los Angeles, Ca. There the 17-year-old fugitive was forced to confront his personal demons.

Mr. Ingram’s odyssey of rebellion and redemption led to his discovery of life saving and life affirming principals. His introduction to the Primitive Christian practice of Meditation, taught by a Los Angeles preacher and his foundation, began his journey of self-discovery and awakening.

*****

Again not one of my typical reads, but very interesting testament to one’s own salvation into a graciously changed life! More of ten than no, we will change, eventually, and not always for the better. Brother Bill made his change through the love of God and then accepted his fate to be judged by man (the Corps) and serve his sentence with pride. An interesting read and a great testament to change!

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What’s So Funny?: My Hilarious Life by Tim Conway, Jane Scovell (With) , Carol Burnett (Foreword)

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In television history, few entertainers have captured as many hearts and made as many people laugh as Tim Conway. There’s nothing in the world that Tim Conway would rather do than entertain—and in his first-ever memoir, What’s So Funny?, that’s exactly what he does. From his pranks in small Ohio classrooms to his perfor­mances on national television and movies, Tim has been cracking people up for more than seventy years. Long regarded as one of the funniest come­dians around, Tim also boasts an inspiring rags-to-riches story.

What’s So Funny? captures Tim’s journey from life as an only child raised by loving but outra­geous parents in small-town Ohio during the Great Depression, to his tour of duty in the Army—which would become training for his later role in McHale’s Navy—to his ascent as a national star and household name. By tracing his early path, this book reveals the origins of many of Tim’s unforgettable characters—from Mr. Tudball and the Oldest Man to Mickey Hart to everyone’s favorite, Dorf.

What’s So Funny? shares the hilarious accounts of the glory days of The Carol Burnett Show and his famous partnerships with entertainment greats like Harvey Korman, Don Knotts, Dick Van Dyke, Betty White, Vicki Lawrence, Bob Newhart, and of course, Carol Burnett. As a bonus, readers will enjoy never-before-shared stories of hilarious behind-the-scenes antics on McHale’s Navy and The Carol Burnett Show.

*****

I have always been a fan of the clean humor and absolutely perfectly time hilarity of Tim Conway. He and so many of the other old school comedians were the once I have grown up with and the comedy today just does not have the same heart! Sadly, I have recently learned that he had developed dementia. And, again, sadly he will be another of the great comedians of brilliance and days long gone by who will eventually leave us. Luckily, his work has been captured on YouTube and video…so he will still be with us in spirit. This book was very good and an overview of his life…though such a life is difficult to capture in a 245 page book. But a good job it was and worth the time to read and see where his comedy came from.

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The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch, Jeffrey Zaslow (Contributor)

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Based on the extraordinary final lecture by Carnegie Mellon University professor Randy Pausch, given after he discovered he had pancreatic cancer, this moving book goes beyond the now-famous lecture to inspire readers to live each day with purpose and joy. Photos of Randy and his family and friends are included.

*****

An inspiring story and final lecture of a man who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He sought to live life to his fullest and I believe he did, as best he could. Living our a life that most would dreamed to have lived. I had seen his lecture on video (and still have it on my shelf.) It is that inspiring and that inspirational that one must take himself out of his comfort zone to see how good they have it and how little we really do with our lives.

We can always do better and reach higher than we do!

For those of you who would rather watch, here is the video.

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Doc Murf

 

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DIVINATION (2011)

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Supernatural forces collide in ‘Divination’. Jason (D’angelo Midili) is a young, successful artist married to the lovely Jessica (Natasha Sims). They’re filled with joy at their first pregnancy and the uncanny return of their mysterious friend Dee (Lisa Coronado). But Jason is tormented by Fear (Tucker Boggio) continually whispering nightmares and horrific visions into his mind. As he descends deeper into madness an intervention is made by the powerful angel Joshua (Philipp Aurand), and his eager assistant Daniel (James Grixoni). ‘Divination’ is pure spiritual warfare, a thriller like no other. Do not trust every spirit.

*****

An interesting movie with a good plot, but a little bit of “cheesy” acting. Well, as Meatloaf says…”2 out of 3 ain’t bad. Have I seen better movies? Or have yous seen better movies? A resounding YES, for that question! But this movie is clean with overtones and has a true Christian value attached to it. Good movie, despite the acting.

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The Atheist Delusion

Having to prove the existence of God to an atheist is like having to prove the existence of the sun, at noon on a clear day. Yet millions are embracing the foolishness of atheism. “The Atheist Delusion” pulls back the curtain and reveals what is going on in the mind of those who deny the obvious. It introduces you to a number of atheists who you will follow as they go where the evidence leads, find a roadblock, and enter into a place of honesty that is rarely seen on film.

*****

Each of us is given a gift to share the Gospel in some small or great way. Throughout the living of our lives with our fellow co-workers, family, and friends.  This is an interesting way to present the Gospel to others, known or unknown to us, to others that we come in contact with on a daily basis. There is much  you can learn from this film and through it…there is much you can do for God!

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Goebbels: A Biography by Peter Longerich, Alan Bance (Translator) , Jeremy Noakes (Translator) , Lesley Sharpe (Translator)

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In life, and in the grisly manner of his death, Joseph Goebbels was one of Adolf Hitler’s most loyal acolytes. By the end, no one in the Berlin bunker was closer to the Führer than his devoted Reich minister for public enlightenment and propaganda. But how did this clubfooted son of a factory worker rise from obscurity to become Hitler’s most trusted lieutenant and personally anointed successor?

In this ground-breaking biography, Peter Longerich sifts through the historical record—and thirty thousand pages of Goebbels’s own diary entries—to provide the answer to that question. Longerich, the first historian to make use of the Goebbels diaries in a biographical work, engages and challenges the self-serving portrait the propaganda chief left behind. Spanning thirty years, the diaries paint a chilling picture of a man driven by a narcissistic desire for recognition who found the personal affirmation he craved within the virulently racist National Socialist movement. Delving into the mind of his subject, Longerich reveals how Goebbels’s lifelong search for a charismatic father figure inexorably led him to Hitler, to whom he ascribed almost godlike powers.

This comprehensive biography documents Goebbels’s ascent through the ranks of the Nazi Party, where he became a member of the Führer’s inner circle and launched a brutal campaign of anti-Semitic propaganda. Though endowed with near-dictatorial control of the media—film, radio, press, and the fine arts—Longerich’s Goebbels is a man dogged by insecurities and beset by bureaucratic infighting. He feuds with his bitter rivals Hermann Göring and Alfred Rosenberg, unsuccessfully advocates for a more radical line of “total war,” and is thwarted in his attempt to pursue a separate peace with the Allies during the waning days of World War II. This book also reveals, as never before, Goebbels’s twisted personal life—his mawkish sentimentality, manipulative nature, and voracious sexual appetite.

A harrowing look at the life of one of history’s greatest monsters, Goebbels delivers fresh insight into how the Nazi message of hate was conceived, nurtured, and disseminated. This complete portrait of the man behind that message is sure to become a standard for historians and students of the Holocaust for decades to come.

*****

This was an excellent biography! Beginning with his rise to power along side one of the most disdained hated figures in history…Hitler. The Propaganda Minister for Germany who helped the entire country to hate the Jewish people. In depth, well written, and informative. Not a rather likable figure, but an excellent biography, which is well worth the read!

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An Interview With God

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Covering the war in Afghanistan provided journalist Paul Asher with some of the best stories of his young career. But that endeavor ends up costing him so much more than he ever could have calculated. Upon returning home, Paul struggles to deal with the after-effects of his experiences, a failing marriage, and his dying faith. Not knowing where to turn, Paul dives deeply into the story of a lifetime—an interview with a mysterious man claiming to be God. What does an inquisitive reporter ask God? What would you ask? Sitting down with this mysterious man over the course of three fateful days, Paul finds himself answering as many questions as he asks. While wrestling with what he knows and what he’s unsure of, Paul finds himself at the crossroads we all come to in our lives: Who do we say God is? “An Interview with God” was in movie theaters for three consecutive nights only, August 20-22, including an engaging discussion based on the film’s thought-provoking themes.

*****

A very interesting movie with an intriguing perspective on how God may interact with His creation. We often pray, sometimes not, constantly ask of God…but more often than not we fail to really listen.

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Blacklash: How Obama and the Left Are Driving Americans to the Government Plantation by Deneen Borelli

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This country is at a crossroads. We can either reverse direction or nosedive into a cycle of dependency that is turning America into a welfare nation—a “government plantation” where the underclass are doomed to 21st-century servitude. Now, Deneen Borelli, one of the most visible and outspoken black conservatives in the country, is fighting back—taking action, not just talking—and speaking up for those who can’t or are too afraid to do so.

Borelli’s argument is a solid one: the problem begins with President Barack Obama, whose policy overreach has frozen racial tensions in this country when he should have been thawing them. The Left, having introduced the race card to defend Obama from the massive unpopularity of his policies, has turned a blind eye to the leadership failures that have spread down through black career politicians—traitors to minority success—who are causing a cycle of oppression in America: specifically Charles Rangel, Al Sharpton, and Jesse Jackson, each of whom has enriched himself at the expense of his community. Borelli also challenges the ninety-five percent of the black Americans who voted for Obama without caring about or vetting his dangerous politics.

Borelli doesn’t stop there. She speaks out against the elites and crony capitalists who drive expensive government policies such as needless green initiatives and ObamaCare. She exposes government regulation and the NAACP as nothing more than a liberal front group. She points out each grave flaw in the current administration, big government, unions, and special-interest groups. She demands that new black leaders abandon the false rhetoric and inexcusable lies of so-called progressive politics. She asks the questions that people of all colors are afraid to ask, and delivers the honest, unyielding, and controversial answers that have made her the favorite of the left-wing firing squad.

Today, with taking a stand against Obama, comes the fear of being called a racist. There is no fear in Deneen Borelli. Her outspoken voice gives everyone the courage and ammunition needed to stand up against destructive progressive tyrants. She is a brave critic, bold and proactive—not reactive. Hers is a story a lot of people don’t want to hear—no matter how firmly they believe it to be true. Deneen Borelli is here to ignite a fire in independent-minded Americans. Blacklash is the fuse.

*****

An excellent book on how the left leans toward a racist rant concerning almost anything, just to take the focus off of the argument to demean the character of others.  Deneen Borelli speaks on many subjects with respect to politics and the political realm. Articulate and well written with numerous citations for her allegations, many of which I recall from the news. Well worth the time to read in order to grasp hold of the background on this style af argumentation from the left.

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