Saturday, December 9, 2017

Book Review: Fighting for Our Lives: My Battle With Cancer to Save My Baby and Myself By Heather Choate


Fighting for Our Lives: My Battle With Cancer to Save My Baby and Myself
By Heather Choate

Fighting for Our Lives: My Battle With Cancer to Save My Baby and Myself by Heather Choate is probably the most emotional book that I have read all year. It is an awesome testimony of the determination of a mother and the power of faith.

Life throws some very upsetting punches in Heather’s direction. Imagine being told that you have breast cancer at age 29...while you’re 10 weeks pregnant, with your 6th child.  Any one of these things can be overwhelming, but to have them all on you at one time - and thrive - takes one strong, determined woman, a devoted husband and family, and faith in a loving Heavenly Father. Heather is, and has, all of those.

Fighting for Our Lives brought me to tears on more than one occasion. There are smiles and even a giggle or two along the way. Though I have not been diagnosed with breast cancer, I could relate to Heather’s feelings on many occasions. It is an emotional story, but she has a positive attitude and her faith is evident throughout the book.

This book is written like one would write in a diary or journal. Some days are skipped along the way. Some days just have a line or two. Other days, Heather pours out her heart in words that engage your heart, leaving you wanting to reach through the pages and give her a hug, as you both bawl your eyes out.

Fighting for Our Lives is an inspiring story of faith and hope.  It is a story of being scared, but doing it anyway, because not doing it would mean the end of the story.

This book earns all 5 stars. I highly recommend it to anyone going through a tremendous test of faith, even if it isn’t cancer. You may cry an awful lot as you read it, but you won’t be sorry that you did. You may just find a revival of your own faith within the pages of Heather’s story.




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Sunday, December 3, 2017

Book Review: Superconsumers: A Simple, Speedy, and Sustainable Path to Superior Growth By Eddie Yoon


Superconsumers: A Simple, Speedy, and Sustainable Path to Superior Growth
By Eddie Yoon



If you are interested in a different approach to growing your brand, Superconsumers: A Simple, Speedy, and Sustainable Path to Superior Growth by Eddie Yoon may just be the tool you need.


Yoon gives his readers some real world examples of how trends can be leveraged to optimize sales.  

We have had different experiences in the adult beverage industry that lead us to doubt some of the data Yoon cites in Superconsumers. While working at two different convenience stores in Texas, we discovered that the average beer consumer in those stores spent on average of $20 per day on beer every day of the year.  Maybe some Texan out there isn’t drinking his fair share.

Other than that observation, it appears that Superconsumers is spot on. It is well-written and well-researched.  If one is in leadership in a business and is looking to grow that business then, Superconsumers would be a helpful resource for them.

We give it all five stars.  We enjoyed the book and think it could be a valuable tool for someone trying to grow a business.


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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Book Review: Building the Successful Theater Company 3rd Edition By Lisa Mulcahy


Building the Successful Theater Company 3rd Edition
By Lisa Mulcahy



If one were looking to start a theatre company, Building the Successful Theater Company 3rd Edition would provide a great deal of background information and be a place to start.


This book provides information learned from interviews with people who have actually started successful theatre companies and lived to tell about it.

The author gives a little background along the way of the different theatre companies she interviewed.  There are stories of what went right and what went wrong.

Building the Successful Theater Company 3rd Edition provides tips to help the aspiring theatre company.



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Book Review: Thrive By Design: The Neuroscience That Drives High-Performance Cultures By Don Rheem


Thrive By Design: The Neuroscience That Drives High-Performance Cultures
By Don Rheem



There are many “so called” management books out there that speak to the idea of management as a science.  Many fall short of that and instead reveal another “management du jour” plan.


Thrive By Design: The Neuroscience That Drives High-Performance Cultures by Don Rheem is not like that.  Instead, Rheem discusses why different approaches to management work and why others don’t.

Rheem gives examples of how management should work and why it will work that way.

I promise you there is none of that pass out pins, put up posters, hold hands, ropes course kind of management in Thrive By Design.  This is a well-written book about how things work in the real world of management.  



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Book Review: Acts of Kindness: 101 Ways to Make Our World a Better Place By Rhonda Sciortino


Acts of Kindness: 101 Ways to Make Our World a Better Place
By Rhonda Sciortino



Acts of Kindness: 101 Ways to Make Our World a Better Place is a little book with big ideas that anyone can do to share a bit of kindness with others.  


Most of the ideas are easily implemented. Some ideas, though, I think may not have the result that is expected. It really depends on the mindset of the person on the other side of the intended act of kindness.  

Some older people struggling to load or unload their groceries do NOT want a young whippersnapper offering to help them. It makes the older person feel like people think they can’t do anything for themselves. This is one that can go either way. Some folks would dearly love an offer of assistance and so often do not get one.

Another suggestion in Acts of Kindness would be a very bad idea if you’re dealing with a very shy person. Some people do nice things and don’t want to make a big show of it. This author suggests publicly praising them for what they did. In my opinion, this is one of the worst things you can do to those of us that would not like being put on display.  You have to know the personality of the person you’re dealing with on something like this or it may be counterproductive. 

There are many great suggestions and several that I had never even thought about, but hope to put into practice very soon.

Acts of Kindness: 101 Ways to Make Our World a Better Place earns all five stars. It is a short book with great ideas for the long run. I think that you will enjoy it, too.


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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Book Review: Beautiful Bundts: 100 Recipes for Delicious Cakes and More By Julie Ann Hession


Beautiful Bundts: 100 Recipes for Delicious Cakes and More
By Julie Ann Hession



Review written by David.


A big redneck like me has had no end of fun picking on the ladies who brought bundt cakes to the church dinners. “Hey, Ida Mae, there’s a hole in your cake!” However, Ida Mae will get the last laugh when she brings one of these Beautiful Bundt cakes to the church dinner.

What is not to enjoy when Ida Mae brings a sausage stuffed bundt cake?  And, who is not gonna like a turkey meatloaf bundt cake?

There are step-by-step instructions for each recipe and, just to make sure that “Even a Redneck can do it”, there are step-by-step pictures for many of the techniques involved in making these eye-opening, mouth-watering delights.

From classic pound cakes, s’mores cakes, all the way up to red velvet bundts, you will love these cakes.  There is even a two potato bundt cake in here. Since this fat redneck is allergic to sweet potatoes, we will have to substitute some other potato.  But it sounds and looks delicious. A mac and cheese bundt?  Really?

Ida Mae will be the one laughing while Jimmy Joe asks for seconds or even thirds of these wonderful, easy to make, bundt cakes.






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Saturday, November 25, 2017

Book Review: Naked Sales: How Design Thinking Reveals Customer Motives and Drives Revenue By Ashley Welch and Justin Jones


Naked Sales: How Design Thinking Reveals Customer Motives and Drives Revenue
By Ashley Welch and Justin Jones



Normally, we like books on how to sell more stuff.  Having studied at the feet of three top salesmen, we have observed what it takes.


Naked Sales works hard to teach readers what it takes to excel in sales.  However, it is a lot like playing skeeball.  Naked Sales by Ashley Welch and Justin Jones hits the 40 point skeeball hole but never makes it to the 50 hole.


What we mean is that they really come close to teaching what it takes to make great sales, but then they undo it.

Why do we say this?  If you are in sales, no one is going to say, “I would buy from that person if only they would use a little more street language in their conversation.”

We aren’t saying that the book contains vulgar language.  What we are saying is that one must avoid using words that one would expect from an uneducated person.

Also, in one graphic, the caption says “Client Could Care Less”. Probably what they meant to say is “Client Couldn’t Care Less.”  Are we nitpicking? Maybe.  But, if one is trying to improve his sales, he must put his best foot forward.

If you are trying to convince someone that you know your product will fill their need, you diminish your credibility when you don’t speak professionally.

Naked Sales is a good book and is deserving of three out of five stars. If one is looking to improve his sales, he will want to fill in the gaps that Naked Sales leaves by reading Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People. He may also wish to pick up a copy of All In by Bill Green. Polish this up with How I Raised Myself From Failure to Success In Selling by Frank Bettger.

These four books together will give the prospective salesperson everything needed to be a super success in selling.  



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