Friday, August 18, 2017

Book Review: Money Won’t Buy Happiness-But Time to Find It By Chris Heerlein


Money Won’t Buy Happiness-But Time to Find It
By Chris Heerlein


By now we have read hundreds of books on financial planning and retirement goals. We would have to say, without any exaggeration, that Money Won’t Buy Happiness-But Time to Find It by Chris Heerlein is probably the best all around book on financial planning covering a multitude of income levels.


Don’t get us wrong, we have read some truly great books on personal finance and there are a select few of them that are wonderful in their niche.

Hard Core Poor is great for those of us in the beans and rice level of finance.  Master Your Cash Flow by Al Zdenek is probably the best financial book targeted towards the super wealthy.

However, Money Won’t Buy Happiness is a great general book on finance that will be helpful for anyone at any level.  

We give Money Won’t Buy Happiness all five stars on our scale of zero to five stars.  It is well-written, well-researched, and very readable.  The reader is not presented with complicated formulas or detailed explanations that cause them to zone out.  

We will be adding Money Won’t Buy Happiness to our list of recommended reading on our How to Manage Your Monkey Blog.


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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Book Review: Tales of the Revolution: True Stories of People who are Poking the Box and Making a Difference by Seth Godin


Tales of the Revolution: True Stories of People who are Poking the Box and Making a Difference
by Seth Godin

 

This book, Tales of the Revolution: True Stories of People who are Poking the Box and Making a Difference by Seth Godin, is a collection of submissions about different people.  

We gather that Godin, or someone on his behalf, asked people to submit the names and stories of people who “Poked the box” that is, people who did not accept the status quo and did what they needed to do and accomplished great things because of it.

Godin is the undisputed guru of marketing.  This collection appears “as written” by contributors. Many of these stories are uplifting and inspiring.  

We give Tales of the Revolution all five stars.  We think it is inspiring and entertaining at the same time.

It appears that this book is only available in the Kindle format.  This is okay because Amazon makes it easy to get free apps that allow you to read Kindle books on your computer or Smartphone.


We were given a free copy of Tales of the Revolution through a Kindle promotion.  We are under no obligation to write any review, positive or negative.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Book Review: The Genetics of Health: Understand Your Genes for Better Health By Sharad P. Paul, MD

 
The Genetics of Health: Understand Your Genes for Better Health

By Sharad P. Paul, MD



When we read the title of a book like The Genetics of Health: Understand Your Genes for Better Health by Sharad P. Paul, MD, many of us would say, “I think I’ll lie down and let the feeling pass.” If you do, you will miss a great deal.


Normally, this is not the type of book we would read.  But, we really would have missed a very wonderful book. This book is chock full of information.

This book is also extremely entertaining and engaging. Dr. Paul makes the book come alive for us by sharing some anecdotes of interactions with patients.  Some of these are sad.  

We think that The Genetics of Health deserves all five stars.  It is well-written, entertaining and enjoyable. It looks like it would be a thick, dry tome.  It is thick, but it is anything but dry.

Dr. Paul introduces us to some very complicated terms, but he explains those terms in simple, easy-to-understand English.  

Most of our readers will probably look at this title and think that they would not enjoy such a book.  Please don’t judge this book by what you think it is.

Readers will come away from The Genetics of Health with a better understanding of diet, exercise, sun exposure, heredity, and so much more.  Did you know that coffee can be good for you?

We think that most readers would love to find The Genetics of Health in their stockings this year. You will be pleasantly surprised.


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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Book Review: How Cooking Made Us Human By Richard Wrangham


Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human
By Richard Wrangham



This book was suggested to us by our daughter after our recent review of The Genetics of Health. She thought, if we liked that book, we would like Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human by Richard Wrangham.


This book is very well-researched. It is packed with information that the average person will find very interesting and eye opening. We give it all five stars.

Many college students will be assigned Catching Fire and will probably relegate it to the “Read it Later” pile. They may even put it in the “Too long, didn’t read” pile. They will be missing out on a lot of interesting reading.

We suggest that anyone who wants to know more about how diet evolved, how nutritionists determine how many calories are in food, or how we got certain gender roles when it comes to household duties, read this book.  You will be glad you did.

Our daughter had Catching Fire in her personal library. It had been required reading at her university.

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Book Review: Spiritual Widowhood By Andy Mendonsa


Spiritual Widowhood
By Andy Mendonsa

 

Spiritual Widowhood is a unique take on ministry. Not only does the author Andy Mendonsa discuss our role as Christians in the church regarding widows, it discusses widowhood in a much deeper way.

Mendonsa takes the opportunity to discuss several different passages in detail. He also uses those passages to remind Christians their role in the church and what it means to serve.

We think Spiritual Widowhood is deserving of all five stars.  It is well-researched and well-written.  There are times, however, where Mendonsa is difficult to follow.  If readers take time to understand in full what the author is trying to say, there is a wealth of information to be found.

This is a moderate read.  That is, it is not a very simple, easy, fast read.  At the same time, it is not one that is incredibly difficult to grasp.  We feel that it is a read that should be taken over time with prayer and reflection.  

One should get out their favorite translation of the Holy Bible and actually read all the passages mentioned in Spiritual Widowhood.

We feel that any church would benefit from having a class read this book and discuss it and reflect on it as a good, in-depth study of the subject of the church as it deals with widowhood, but also how the church is dealing with all of its ministries to the community.


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We are disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.





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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Book Review: Close Deals Faster By John Asher


Close Deals Faster
By John Asher



Many people are not aware of it, but everyone is in sales.  That’s right.  We all sell.  We might not have a product that we sell to earn money, per se, but we all sell something.  We may sell our ideas about a project to higher ups.  We may sell our thought about where to eat dinner.  A kid holding out for a later bedtime is selling.


That being said, we think that Close Deals Faster would be helpful for most, if not all, people but especially for those who are in Business-to-Business (B2B) sales.


Close Deals Faster by John Asher is very well-written.  It has been researched by Mr. Asher and his team over many years of actual belly-to-belly sales.

We won’t tell you what it is in this review, but we will tell you that Close Deals Faster actually has the secret sauce to making sales.  Having this secret sauce won’t guarantee a sale, but not having it almost definitely insures no sale will be made.

We learned this secret sauce studying at the feet of one of National Cash Register’s top salesmen years ago.  It was only after much failure that we learned this one all-important ingredient has to be in the mix to make the sale.  Close Deals Faster tells the reader that without having to spend years to learn it.

Asher writes in a very entertaining way.  He manages to teach readers the all-important lessons without coming across as one of those boring textbook writers.  He provides some real world examples to back him up.

We give Close Deals Faster by John Asher all five stars. We think it is concise, entertaining, and valuable.  If you are in sales for a living, you simply must read Close Deals Faster.  However, you should also read How I Raised Myself From Failure to Success in Selling by Frank Bettger.  The two books together will give you almost everything you need to know about sales.

Of course, everything else you need to know can be learned by listening to recordings of Zig Ziglar.  This will make an award-winning combination.  What you do with it is up to you.   




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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Book Review: Lowcountry Bordello By Susan M. Boyer


Lowcountry Bordello
By Susan M. Boyer


Have you ever read a whodunit book that drags you in early in the story so that you just can’t put it down? Lowcountry Bordello by Susan M. Boyer is that kind of book.  


This is the fourth book in the Liz Talbot Mystery series. This book might well be the best so far. From the very beginning, there are so many people who could have done it that the reader stays engaged with the story throughout the book.

We feel Lowcountry Bordello rates all five stars. It is very well-written, spellbinding, and entertaining.

We look forward to reading the next in the series and hope the series will go well beyond the promised sixth book in the series.  

The pinnacle of Lowcountry Bordello is so exciting and dramatic that we know any mystery lover will love this series.

When you order your copy of Lowcountry Boil, the first in this series, you should go ahead and order all five of the books that are available so far.  That way you won’t have to wait on the painfully slow next day air delivery.


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