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Self-Editing On A Penny: A Comprehensive Guide by Ashlyn Forge

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You’ve just written a book—a masterpiece, the next great classic, the single piece of literature that’s going to be required reading a hundred years from now long after you’re good and dead and most of mankind has been replaced by robots.

But…now what?

Can you afford an editor? How do you decide on a good one? And how much of it can you do by yourself?

Grammar
Style
Syntax
Plot Development
Proofreading
Formatting
And, more importantly, cost-saving methods

Self-Editing on a Penny was written by an independent author FOR independent authors. Don’t make the same costly mistakes I’ve made. Self-Edit first.

*****

Well worth the time to read. Chock full of great ideas to cut down costs by paying attention to these little rules. You thought you never needed those English classes in High School…silly you! Yes, by paying attention to those courses, which most of us fell asleep in during school, could help save you money. You probably never thought you would ever write a book, either, did you?? This book can help by reminding you of all those rules you did not pay attention to!

Godspeed & Good Reads!

Doc Murf

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The Little Book of Talent: 52 Tips for Improving Your Skills by Daniel Coyle

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The Little Book of Talent is a manual for building a faster brain and a better you. It is an easy-to-use handbook of scientifically proven, field-tested methods to improve skills—your skills, your kids’ skills, your organization’s skills—in sports, music, art, math, and business. The product of five years of reporting from the world’s greatest talent hotbeds and interviews with successful master coaches, it distills the daunting complexity of skill development into 52 clear, concise directives. Whether you’re age 10 or 100, whether you’re on the sports field or the stage, in the classroom or the corner office, this is an essential guide for anyone who ever asked, “How do I get better?”

The Little Book of Talent should be given to every graduate at commencement, every new parent in a delivery room, every executive on the first day of work. It is a guidebook—beautiful in its simplicity and backed by hard science—for nurturing excellence.”—Charles Duhigg, bestselling author of The Power of Habit
 
“It’s so juvenile to throw around hyperbolic terms such as ‘life-changing,’ but there’s no other way to describe The Little Book of Talent. I was avidly trying new things within the first half hour of reading it and haven’t stopped since. Brilliant. And yes: life-changing.”—Tom Peters, co-author of In Search of Excellence

*****

This was a very good book to read in order to gain an insight for inspiration to cultivate a talent that you have, or that you desire to have. Many insights with much inspiration to promulgate something that is near and dear to your heart and soul.

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Doc Murf

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Mastering Logical Fallacies: The Definitive Guide to Flawless Rhetoric and Bulletproof Logic by Michael Withey

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Your argument is valid and you know it; yet once again you find yourself leaving a debate feeling defeated and embarrassed. The matter is only made worse when you realize that your defeat came at the hands of someone’s abuse of logic—and that with the right skills you could have won the argument.

The ability to recognize logical fallacies when they occur is an essential life skill. Mastering Logical Fallacies is the clearest, boldest, and most systematic guide to dominating the rules and tactics of successful arguments. This book offers methodical breakdowns of the logical fallacies behind exceedingly common, yet detrimental, argumentative mistakes, and explores them through real life examples of logic-gone-wrong.

Designed for those who are ready to gain the upper hand over their opponents, this master class teaches the necessary skills to identify your opponents’ misuse of logic and construct effective, arguments that win. With the empowering strategies offered in Mastering Logical Fallacies you’ll be able to reveal the slight-of-hand flaws in your challengers’ rhetoric, and seize control of the argument with bulletproof logic.

*****

First of all, I found this book to be a valuable reference concerning logical fallacies. It is well worth the time, for anyone studying logic, debate, and reason to know and understand the presented materials within this book. That said…secondly, I found several of his presented examples for fallacies and their rebuke to be rather subjective, as opposed to objective. The author presented himself to be anti-religion and anti-republican in several instances and he appeared to committed in one or two instance, his own presented fallacies, in my opinion. While, overall, I found this book to be well worth the expense for the information as a whole, beware of political hacking, cherry-picking, self-sealing argument or moving the goal posts…again, this is my opinion.

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Doc Murf

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The Longing for Home: Reflections at Midlife by Frederick Buechner

Longing for Home

In this deeply moving book of reflection and recollection, Frederick Buechner once again draws us into his deeply textured life and experience to illuminate our own understanding of home as both our place of origin and our ultimate destination.

For Frederick Buechner, the meaning of home is twofold: the home we remember and the home we dream. As a word, it not only recalls the place that we grew up in and that had much to do with the people we eventually became, but also points ahead to the home that, in faith, we believe awaits us at life’s end. Writing at the approach of his seventieth birthday, he describes, both in prose and in a group of poems, the one particular house that was most precious to him as a child, the books he read there, and the people he loved there. He speaks also of the lifelong search we are all engaged in to make a new home for ourselves and for our families, which is at the same time a search to find something like the wholeness and comfort of home with ourselves. As he turns his attention to our dreams of the heavenly home still to come, he sees it as both hallowing and fulfilling the charity and the peach of our original home.

Writing with warmth, wisdom, and compelling eloquence, Frederick Buechner once again enables us to see more deeply into the secret places of our hearts. The Longing for Home will help to bring clarity and guidance to anyone who searches for meaning in a world that all too often seems meaningless.

*****

Another book which is far from the normal book for me to read, but consider this…by staying with the same type or style of writing will create in one a stale and bland palate of reading. sometimes we need to shake things up a little  in order to stir up something different!

While this was a warm book of short writings about life, which truly strayed me far from what I normally read, was a collection of writings which brings one back home to make you think of your childhood and days long gone by…carefree days.

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Miracles: 32 True Stories by Joanie Hileman

Miracles 32 True Stories

A dying child counts angels in her room. A teenage boy stuns doctors by recovering from a massive brain injury. A bubble of protection surrounds a man about to be hit by a car…These miraculous accounts and twenty-nine more are recorded in Miracles: 32 True Stories.

“Almost every month I get a request to either read or edit a book or booklet, and to be honest, I dread to see them coming, because most of them are hardly worthy of a positive recommendation. When Joan asked me to read her Miracles, I was not looking forward to reading it at all … much to my surprise I could not stop reading it until I had read the entire book. Each story was different enough to keep my interest, and God’s finger-print was all over each of the stories told. There was never one bit of doubt who authored each of those stories…” BILL IRWIN, CHRISTIAN AUTHOR AND SPEAKER

*****

Not my normal book for reading, but was rather interesting on the numerous miracles that were believed and perceived to have occurred by those on the precipice of losing faith.

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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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Doc Murf

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Bullies: How the Left’s Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences Americans by Ben Shapiro

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From the editor-in-chief of The Daily Wire comes a galvanizing and alarming look at the strategy and tactics of leftist thuggery.

While President Obama and the left like to pretend that they oppose bullying with all their hearts and souls, the truth is far darker: the left is the greatest purveyor of bullying in modern American history. Bullying has morphed into the left’s go-to tactic, as they attempt to quash their opponents through fear, threat of force, violence, and rhetorical intimidation on every major issue facing America today.

Ben Shapiro uncovers the simple strategy used by liberals and their friends in the media: bully the living hell out of conservatives. Play the race card, the class card, the sexism card. Use any and every means at your disposal to demonize your opposition—to shut them up. Then pretend that such bullying is justified, because, after all, conservatives are the true bullies, and need to be taught a lesson for their intolerance. Hidden beneath the left’s supposed hatred of bullying lies a passionate love of its vulgar tactics.

The left has created a climate of fear wherein ordinary Americans must abandon their principles, back abhorrent causes, and remain silent. They believe America is a force for evil, that our military is composed of war criminals, and that patriotism is the deepest form of treason. They incite riots and threaten violence by playing the race card, then claim they’re advocates for tolerance. Disagree with Obama? You must be a racist. They send out union thugs and Occupy Wall Street anarchists to destroy businesses and redistribute the wealth of earners and job creators. No target is off limits as liberal feminists declare war against stay-at-home moms, and gay activists out their enemies, destroy careers, and desecrate personal privacy.

These are the most despicable people in America, bullying their opponents while claiming to be the victims. Shapiro takes on the leftist bullies, exposes their hypocrisy, and offers conservatives a reality check in the face of what has become the gravest threat to American liberty: the left’s single-minded focus on ending political debate through bully tactics.

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Thought it was very thought provoking and very true in his assessment of how the left is using force to attack opposing ideas. Reminiscent of Hitlerian tactics. Well written and a smooth read. Love Ben Shapiro’s podcast show! He assesses and he analyzes. Is he biased…perhaps, but he is very good at giving an objective view of things from both sided so that you can see where he is coming from logically and reasonably. But you make the choice!

Godspeed & Good Reads!

Doc Murf

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Understanding The Book Of Job – Separating What Is True From What Is Truth by Tom Tompkins

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It is safe to say at the very least, that the Bible is a fascinating book. A book full of many true tails, even struggles and disappointments, along with much information intended to help people grow and mature in their relationship with God.

After all, it is impossible to have a positive relationship with someone we have not gotten to know and this principal applies to all relationships including one with God. While there are many ways to get to know our Heavenly Father, reading the Bible is one of the most important tools provided for us. However: many shy away from reading the Old Testament for various reasons, and one reason high on most peoples list is due to the “gloom and doom”.

However, not reading the Old Testament portion of the Bible is similar to using half of the pieces to a 1000 piece puzzle. We will never see the big picture if we only use half of the pieces included. One of the most misunderstood and misused books of the Bible is the book of Job. Yes, the book of Job is filled with suffering and difficult times in the life of Job and his family and friends. In turn the book of Job has become a favorite among many when it comes to dealing with difficult times in their own life or the lives of others.

This particular take, on the book of Job however, is written to help us understand the lessons than can be learned from Job’s life, as well as a better understanding of the character and nature of God Himself, by taking a look at the oldest book in the Bible, from a different angle. When we do so, I believe we will see things we never would have seen without changing the lens we view this incredible story through.

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At points in time it was a tough read, but at other points it was a very easy read. Job is chock full of theological premises to learn from. Some are tougher to glean from the book so you need to read the perspective of other people. Tom Tompkins brought an interesting dimension to the Book of Job. If you enjoy Job, you will enjoy what Tompkins has to add to your understanding. I am not saying you will completely agree with all of his assessments, but they will make you think more objectively!

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The King James Only Controversy: Can You Trust the Modern Translations? by James R. White

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Modern Bible translations still come under attack from the King James Only camp. In this revision of a book continually in print for more than ten years, James R. White traces the development of Bible translations old and new, investigating the differences between versions like the NIV, NASB, and NKJV and the Authorized Version of 1611. Written with the layperson in mind, The King James Only Controversy leads the reader through the basic issues of the debate and into the more complex issues of textual criticism. Enlightening reading for all Christians.

The King James Version has been trusted by Christians for generations. Today it’s the center of a debate where critics charge that contemporary translations have changed essential Christian doctrines. In this revised edition of his noteworthy book, James White refutes the claims of those who believe the KJV is the only true translation of the Bible. In addition, White explores the differences between the NIV, NASB, and other translations while addressing some of the complex issues surrounding textual criticism. Sound reading for anyone engaged in, or intrigued by, the “King James Only” controversy.

*****

An excellent read, chock full of well researched information concerning the KJV of the bible, as well as, the newer versions. There are those who truly believe these newer translations are heretical in nature and are of the devil. Where James R. White points out either bad translation or poor choice of translation. He also points out similar concerns with some of the newer translations. James R. White is neither bashing the KJV, nor is he promoting either of the newer translation. But he is defending the position that KJV bible is not the only valid translation. Excellent read and great historical research from all sides.

 

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Winston Churchill: An Informal Study of Greatness by Robert Lewis Taylor

Churchill

Former British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, led one of the most astonishing lives that public service has ever witnessed.

In An Informal Study of Greatness, Taylor presents the early life of this mythologised and prodigiously talented man.

Focusing on the school years of a young Winston Churchill and the early experiences that shaped his ambition, this fascinating biography delves into the private life of Churchill as a student, a journalist and a soldier.

This a delightful and revealing study of a man who, as Taylor puts it, was one of ‘multiple genius’ and ‘one of the most exasperating figures of history.’

Praise for Winston Churchill: An Informal Study of Greatness

*****

Many things which  you thought you knew about Winston Churchill…you didn’t! A fascinating look into the life of Churchill and his greatness. He was a warrior, a poet, an artist, a politician, and a quick witted individual.

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