Most of the books I review are given to me by the author or their publishing company and sometimes the library! I’m not required to post a good review.
However, my momma raised me to to say nice things, and if I can’t then I shouldn’t say anything. I’ve adopted that policy for my reviews. If I don’t like the book doesn’t mean it isn’t someone else’s favorite.
I am required by some strange law to let you know that I didn’t buy the book.
Imagine your life without fear. Think about it, can you get a feel of what that might be like? No worries, no fears about your life, family, job or the car that’s weaving in front of you? Imagine your life without fear. That’s the subtitle for Fearless. I think I was the first in line when it came out to handing out the un-gift of worry. I’m sure I shoved people out of the way because I knew I could be fearful better than anyone. And to prove it some elder in my church assigned me this confirmation verse.
Look at the birds. they don’t plant or harvest or store food in the barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? (vv.26-27NLT) So when I had a chance to review Fearless I didn’t hesitate. The cover has a boy jumping off a pier into a lake. I could never do that! To afraid, what if????? So with some trepidation I opened the cover, could Max Lucado really teach me how to live a fearless life? I was skeptical. Still this man has taught me many things in the past years through his writing. So, I opened my heart and mind and banished fear while I read. Lucado has a warmth and calmness in his writing voice that soon has you relaxing in your reading chair, listening to what he is saying, it’s almost a two-way conversation (in my case it was since no one could see me talking to the book!) It challenged me to give up fears I was holding on to, ones that I have no power to change, instead I was encouraged to believe that Jesus is with me, He has been in the same place and knows how I feel. I can’t say I’m leaving free of fear but I can since a change. Lucado armed me with bible verses that can help me change my fear to courage. I’ve also changed my verse. Remember, “His angels….guard you.” )ps. 91-11) NIV). Now that’s something I can grasp. Angels guarding me and knowing when the end comes and it will I will be protected. Angels will see me to the place where my Savior waits. And that’s what living fearless is about for me.
Lael Click is the daughter of a well known Kentucky Frontiersman. Her father has a mysterious past that he will not discuss with her. At one time he was feared to have died because he was taken by the Shawnee Indians. When this book begins Lael is fourteen and is infatuated with her best friends brother. Before that love can blossom Lael is torn from her family by her father. She learns from Ma Horn what herbs, roots, plants and bark are useful for treating sickness and injuries. Those skills are called on often in this epic tale of the hard west. She feels her abilities are challenged when a new doctor arrives at the fort. Lael lives a tough life. Odd, at one time I thought I wanted to live during those ‘Little House on the Prairie’ times, but since reading The Frontiersman’s Daughter I came to realize how hard it had to have been. I like comfort way to much. I would much rather enjoy reading about those times. This is a five star book on my scale of one to five. Franz always had me ‘there’ with Lael from the twisting gold leaves falling to the ground or the bitter bite of the cold. The setting in this book is a character of its own, yet it doesn’t weigh down the story with its presence. Franz excels at story telling. Her characters are well-developed. She even weaves the spiritual journey of Lael through the book in a believable way. I appreciated the lack of violent details, Franz gives enough that you know someone has been shot or scalped yet you don’t have to put the book down in revulsion. I hated to see this book end. It will stay on my keeper shelf to read again. It’s been a long time since I’ve read such a compelling novel.
I prefer to read light and fun romances, mysteries, the occasional horror or legal thriller/suspense book so when Veiled Freedom arrived I wasn’t too excited.
Then I started reading it. It’s good to stretch out and read about what you do not know about. While Veiled Freedom is a fiction book it has been well grounded in fact. I could taste the dust in my mouth and I’ve never been to Afghanistan. The book takes place in 2008, seven years after the American forces freed Afghanistan from the Taliban. Amy Mallory arrives in Kabul, ready to bring the Word of God to the people and to head up a relief agency. She soon discovers within hours how difficult that challenge will be. She’s forced to wear a burqua, she can’t speak the language and she’s been told she may not share the Word of God with any Afghanistan. Those are only a few of the difficulties she encounters.
Steve Wilson finds the country not the same as he left it after his tour of duty. He must work with the minister of interior and he doesn’t trust him.
Jamil appears from nowhere and asks Amy for work. She hires him, she trusts him but he is not what he seems.
The book is well written; it engrossed me in a culture and taught me things I did not know.
Here’s what the back of the book says:
Kabul, 2001 American forces have freed Afghanistan from the Taliban. Kites have returned to the skies. Women have removed their burquas. There is dancing in the streets.
Eight years later, Afghanistan is a far cry from those first images of a country freed from Taliban rule. When Special Forces veteran Steve Wilson returns to Kabul as a security chief to the minister of interior, he is disillusioned with the corruption and violence that has overtaken the country he fought to free. Relief worker Amy Mallory arrives in Afghanistan ready to change the world. She soon discovers that as a Western woman, the challenges are monumental. Afghan native Jamil returns to his homeland seeking work, but a painful past continues to haunt him.
All three are searching for truth and freedom when a suicide bombing brings them together on Kabul’s dusty streets. But what is the true source off freedom—and it’s cost?
The first twelve pages will have you holding your breath. No kidding. It’s intense and you feel that tension. Your pulse races and your mouth gets that cotton ball-dryness. You wonder how is this going to end?
It ends in a trial and a verdict, one you will agree or disagree with–strongly.I agreed. Can’t tell you what that verdict is, you have to read and decide for yourself.
Singer has taken a very hot topic—gun control, both sides are represented well in this case, but all is not as it seems. There is some trickery involved.
I found this to be a jarring wake up to what just might be happening in high-profile cases. If it isn’t, now that the idea is out there I’m sure someone will figure out how to do it.
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Following is a Q&A with Randy
Randy Singer, The Justice Game
1.Randy, you bring a unique perspective to your writing because you are also an attorney and a pastor. How do you juggle these three things and still have a life?
It helps that I love doing all three. It also helps that, while they’re all very different, they draw on common skill sets. For example, principles of powerful story-telling are important for a pastor, lawyer and (obviously) writer. I’m a little ADHD and like being able to go from one thing to another. I tell people it’s like crop rotation—keeps things fresh. And, to be honest, writing is more like relaxation for me than a job. It gives me a break from the pressures of the other “real life” jobs and lets me go into a world where I get to control things! (Can we say “God complex” here?)
But none of that really answers your question. Three things help me juggle. One, I try to stay focused on the big stuff. It’s not that I do the little stuff second, I try not to do the little stuff at all. Second, I stay focused on what I can do well and let others worry about the stuff that is out of my control. In other words, I’m a master at delegation (think Tom Sawyer and the white picket fence). And third, I’ve learned to get comfortable with the fact that I will always have stuff in each of these areas that does not get done. As long as the ball is moving forward, I’ve got to be satisfied with that.
As for the part about having a life—I would have to object to that question on the grounds that it assumes facts not in evidence.
But seriously–I thank God that, in His grace, He allows me to do three separate things that I love doing so much. My prayer is that I might bring glory to Him in three different ways as I minister in each of these areas. (And yes, being a lawyer is a ministry.)
2.In all your novels, you often address a particular topic. How did you decide to address gun control in The Justice Game?
I like to write about moral issues that have no easy answer. On the issue of gun control, there are some pretty strong emotions on both sides. And people have typically trenched in—spouting off rehearsed arguments rather than trying to understand each other. But when you frame the issue in the context of a story, you can sometimes by-pass the automatic intellectual defenses and speak straight to the heart. I tried to create compelling characters on both sides of the story to help readers sort through the types of honest arguments that people of good faith make and then decide for themselves.
But on a larger scale, the issue of gun control is not really the focus of The Justice Game. The more important issues raised are these: (1) In America, can you “game” the criminal justice system? I have proposed a hypothetical system in The Justice Game that could do just that. (2) Can the main characters in the novel escape their past sins (and secrets) or will they let themselves remain captive to them? I once heard Rick Warren say that courage comes when you have nothing left to hide. That’s a concept I explore in The Justice Game.
3.As an attorney, you served as lead counsel in a school shooting case in Virginia. What happened and what impact did the case have?
This is from the author’s note at the beginning of the book:
On December 16, 1988, a fifteen-year-old student named Nicholas Elliot took a Cobray semiautomatic handgun to Atlantic Shores Christian School and opened fire. He shot and killed a teacher named Karen Farley and wounded an assistant principal, then burst into a trailer where a Bible class was meeting. When he attempted to open fire on the students huddled in the back corner of the trailer, the gun jammed. The Bible teacher, Hutch Matteson, tackled Elliot and prevented the kind of tragedy that hit Columbine High School in Colorado several years later.
Atlantic Shores was the school where my wife taught. It was the school my kids attended (though they were not there that day).
And when I learned that Elliot had purchased the gun illegally from a gun store in Isle of Wight County through a transaction referred to as a “straw purchase transaction,” I represented the family of Karen Farley in an unprecedented lawsuit against the gun store.
The verdict shocked everyone.
In terms of the impact this real case had on my writing—it made the writing of the book both harder and easier. Harder because we lost a friend in the Atlantic Shores shooting and it was difficult to relive the emotions of the shooting and subsequent case. Easier because authors should write what they know best. I didn’t have to imagine what the feelings of the attorneys would be as they tried this case of national importance on an issue with such raw emotions. I had walked in those shoes. From that perspective, this book might be the most realistic book I’ve written.
4.You had your readers determine the verdict in the court case at the center of the book. Why did you decide to go this route?
Two reasons. First, I thought it would be fun to create an interactive experience for readers. We put together a fake newscast with snippets of the closing arguments—just enough to inform readers about the case and let them vote. Second, I was trying to be balanced on this issue of gun control. What better way to demonstrate balance than to let the readers decide the verdict? Oh yeah, and third (if it’s not too late to add a third), the book ends up being about much more than just the verdict in the gun case. I knew that the ending would work out fine whichever way the verdict came out.
5.This spring marked ten years since the shooting at Columbine. How do you think that tragedy impacted today’s gun laws?
I think Columbine had a greater impact on school security than it did on our nation’s gun laws. I can’t trace a single national change in gun laws to the tragedy at Columbine. Even here in Virginia following the shootings at Virginia Tech, there was little that resulted from that tragedy in terms of additional gun control. In each case, the argument can be made that no matter what gun laws you have in place, the criminals will still be able to get their hands on guns. Restrictive laws only make it harder for law abiding citizens.
6.This is an issue that people feel very strongly about, one way or the other. Why do you think it is such an emotional issue for people?
Guns are powerful symbols of individual freedom and the right to protect oneself. Gun enthusiasts tend to be distrustful of government (for good reason) and see the right to bear arms as a bastion (pardon the pun) against governmental intrusions on individual rights. They also believe that it is ultimately up to them, not the government, to keep themselves secure in their own home. Take away their guns, and you’ve taken away their ability to defend themselves. On the other side, many people who believe in gun control have seen or been a part of needless tragedies where easy access to guns has proven deadly. Years ago, high school students might get in a fist fight and one or the other would end up with a bloody nose. Now, gangs use guns to settle scores—resulting in pointless homicides. Gun control advocates would argue that a gun should be at least as hard to get as a driver’s license.
Protecting your home, self-defense, the slaughter of young men in the inner city—these are emotional issues, all centered around the gun control debate.
7.How has the church typically viewed the issue of gun control versus gun rights?
Which church? White evangelical churches tend to be pro-gun. They typically emphasize the individual rights of citizens to protect themselves and safeguard themselves from a tyrannical government. African-American churches, especially those in the inner city, are typically in favor of more restrictions on firearms. This is because their families feel the brunt of gun violence.
8.What do you see happening in the national gun debate going forward?
Not much movement on either side. President Obama has been the best thing for gun store owners since the invention of the revolver. Fear that Obama might push for greater restrictions on gun usage has generated record sales in most stores. But the fact of the matter is that President Obama hasn’t shown much stomach for a fight on this issue. On the judicial side, the Supreme Court recently recognized that the Second Amendment guarantees the right to bear arms for individuals, not just militias as some gun control advocates had previously claimed. (There is some dispute over whether this just applies to the federal government or also the states). But the Court also said that the right was subject to reasonable regulation and control. You could hear the “Hallelujahs!” from attorneys everywhere since this virtually guaranteed a case-by-case fight over what regulations might be reasonable. So in summary, I think we’ve reached a stalemate on the gun control debate with the exception of these legal skirmishes over the details of attempts by cities and states to regulate the right to bear arms.
9.Since we’ve been discussing a heavy topic, we need something lighthearted to close out this interview. What’s your best lawyer joke?
It’s not actually my best, but it’s pretty quick.
They’ve started using lawyers instead of rats in laboratory experiments for three reasons: (1) there are more of them; (2) the scientists would sometimes get attached to the rats; and (3) there were some things the lab rats just wouldn’t do.
Josh gave this to his dad one year. He liked that it was made of stones since his dad works with rocks and bricks. It’s hanging in our shared office where I can see it every day. Most days I ‘see’ it but I don’t think about it much. Then on days like today the meaning of walking by faith tugs at me, reminding me that I do need to walk by faith and not by sight.
Yesterday, Ed’s Aunt Bertha died. She was 89 and so energetic, fun, sparkles in her eyes, full of life and then–she wasn’t. Did she walk by faith? I think so. I think someone who finds joy in every day in everything walks by faith most days. And someone who is in the midst of the worst times in their life and still calls upon God for help walks in faith.
I’ve been in both of those places, but most to the time I just walk, get the errands finished, a chapter written, a photo taken, a phone call made, dinner on the table. I do these things without thinking is God taking care of me? Wait–isn’t that what walking in faith is? That God will take care of my life without me worrying about it? Whoa! Lightening bolt time for me. I had not considered that. I’m writing this as I’m thinking-sorry if it rambles you can quit reading at any time. 🙂
I finished reading Demon: a Memoir by Tosca Lee this week. The very idea that there were creatures on this earth before the garden of Eden was something I knew, but didn’t really think about. The idea of being cast away–no longer able to be a child of God or wanted by God as in the case of the Demon in Tosca Lee’s book is bone chilling. To hear the Demon discuss the creation from his point of view and how it affected his existence and how we humans take God’s love for granted His forgiveness as an ‘okay, thanks, now let’s move on’ attitude shook me. I’ve been there. I want to change that. I want to be more aware of what has been offered to me and be thankful.
I recommend picking up Demon: a Memoir by Tosca Lee even if you’re just wondering what the fuss is about, how can Christians accept that bad things happen when there is a God. It’s an easy read, not always pleasant but very cleverly written. Thanks Tosca for writing it.
Sunset Beach by Trish Perry Harvest House Publishers ISBN:978-0-7369-2675-1
Sunset Beach has a cabin that Sonny Miller can’t wait to rent. Her mom has promised her a week anywhere she chooses for her graduation gift. Sonny has plans for more than relaxing though. What Sonny’s mother doesn’t know is Sonny is determined to use her new psychology degree to get answers she’s wanted for years, like who is Sonny’s father?
Sonny has few plans to throw her mom off balance. She’s invited her mom’s sister, Melanie to spend the week too. A sister Sonny didn’t know her mom had until she hired a private investigator. Melanie has a few secrets of her own about Sonny’s mom and the identity of her father.
Sonny’s mom is on to her though, she knows Sonny is going to want something from her this week and she’s not going to give her the chance to uncover secrets. She’s brought along a surprised guest of her own, the charming Irina, her protégé. She’ll have to spend most of her time working with Irina which should protect her from Sonny’s prying into her past.
And if that’s not enough there is a hunk of gorgeous, that shows up from Sonny’s past.
Perry brings this delightfully light yet, serious book full circle by the end. I’d recommend it for a beach read or airplane ride. It has enough of a relaxing setting that you can feel the sand in your toes and yet has plenty of intrigue to make you turn the page.
At the end of Before the Season Ends you are left with a happily ever after moment, knowing that Ariana Forsythe and Phillip Mornay will be married. Not so fast!
Book 2, The House In Grosvenor Square begins with the happy couple embarking to an orphanage where Arianna realizes she will have the money to help others once she is married. If Mr. Mornay approves of course, since it is his money. Mr. Mornay delights Arianna when he tells her to set the amount to be sent to the orphanage.
More fun waits for her as he gives her permission to redecorate his home to reflect her tastes as well as his.
Then trouble erupts, the household staff is fears they will be released from their positions, items are stolen from Mr. Mornay and then his prized possession, Arianna is almost kidnapped! He is beside himself with worry about her and does what he can to protect her. Is is enough? You’ll have to read the book to find out.
The House in Grosvenor Square is a delightful read. I took me back to summers sitting on the swing reading Austen over and over. It’s nice to have an new Jane in town just in time to sit outside on my swing.
Linore, what drew you to writing Regency Romance novels? Georgette Heyer and Jane Austen books gave me a love for the period, and there weren’t any Christian regencies to be found. I wanted to change that.
Where did you find your inspiration for Ariana and Phillip? I think they’re both amalgamations of people I’ve read about and/or known. All of my characters are very real for me, so I suppose I’ve had to pull them from the world in some way or other.
What do you think we could learn today from how society operated in the Regency period? England in the 1800s is a world away from the 21st century. Times have changed, but people haven’t. Men and women of the time were concerned with their appearances, their finances, their futures, finding the right spouse, and so on, just as we are, today. How they went about pursuing these ends is where all the difference lies, however, and this is precisely where the interest and adventure opens up for writers; We get to bring to life the means and methods of everyday life and timeless concerns from the regency. It is fun and enlightening as a glimpse into the past, but readers can also identify with the basic human need to be genuinely loved for oneself, no matter the setting or time period, and to be certain of one’s convictions concerning life, eternity, and faith. Having said that, it is good to remind modern readers that valuing one’s purity can be mainstream, as it was then; or that the struggle to find a true love and a sense that one’s life has value, has always been a human issue.
What do you hope readers will take away from your books? I hope my readers will feel as though they’ve been transported to the Regency for a good, satisfying visit; While they’re visiting, they’ll be reminded that God is involved in their life, and that happy endings are possible for everyone.
Any Regency romance is going to be compared to Jane Austen’s novels ~ how are your books similar / different? I don’t think most regencies are written with this comparison in mind at all. However, other people say my book is “Austen-like.” That is a huge compliment, and one I would love to live up to.
Do you have more Regency novels planned? Right now I’m working on my third book in the series,The Country House Courtship. I have a few more regencies in mind also, which I hope to have published after TCHC.
Can you give us a sneak peek into The Country House Courtship? Country House is the third book in the Regency Series, and gives one of the minor characters from the first books her own “day in the spotlight,” her own romance. It begins about five years later (about 1818) and sees Mr. O’Brien (a curate, now) to a happy marriage of his own.
Do you ever bang your head against the wall from the dreaded writer’s block? If so, how do you overcome it? I do something else. If I can’t write a scene for a book, I can always update my website or blog, or do an article for someone, or answer interview questions. I can’t really force a scene when it isn’t coming; A real block means I need to think about the story more; that something isn’t fleshed out enough in my mind to write it out in a compelling way. So getting busy doing something else is the best thing I can do for the book and for me (rather than beat myself up). It allows me to think about what is missing in the scene or in the character until I can get back to writing it more confidently.
Novelists sometimes dig themselves into a hole over implausible plots, flat characters, or a host of other problems. What’s the most difficult part of writing for you (or was when you first started on your novel journey)? I think for me the biggest challenge was to believe that I could write a novel in small increments. As a mom of five, four of whom are still home year-round (one is in college), having frequent interruptions is a fact of life. Writing takes a concentration so deep so that when I first started doing scenes, I would find myself getting woozy after standing up. I was shocked at the level of exertion it took to use my brain that hard, I guess! It happens less now–I guess I’ve grown accustomed to it. And I’ve learned to appreciate those small blocks of time. Ten minutes in a waiting room can yield a part of a scene I couldn’t get done at home. Every little bit counts. I don’t despise small beginnings. There are times when I’m in a deep level of involvement with a story or a character, and then getting interrupted can break the mood; but I’m getting better all the time at picking up where I left off, no matter how deeply I’ve got to dive to get back into the character or situation. For people like me with busy households, this is a must-have ability. I believe it can be the difference between making that deadline or not.
How did (or do) you climb out (overcome it)? If I do get stuck at some point in the plot, I let it simmer in my mind. I also exercise–for some reason, when I am physically active, my brain gets going in a way that doesn’t always happen when I’m sitting with my laptop before me. Swimming and doing the treadmill (walking) almost always result in wonderful new ideas I just can ‘t wait to get on paper. Sometimes, I’ve even had to stop walking and run to the pc just to get the idea down so I don’t forget. By the way, I always pray for the right idea, too. There is no better writer than God. The second “nifty” way to solve a plot (or other) problem in a book is to let it sit awhile without reading it. When you come back to it after a long enough interval (as long as you can give it) solutions just present themselves. I find the same thing happens to me with crossword puzzles–if I’m stuck, I put it down and when I come back to it–even an hour later–the word is there. So the key is, give yourself permission to take a break.
Some authors report writing 5-10 thousand words a day. Do scenes flow freely from your veins, or do you have to tweeze each word out? In general, I write more than I need and later have to cut back. I don’t use a word count, but I may set a goal of one chapter a day or two chapters for a busy week. Other times, I don’t think in terms of chapters at all, just events. I may break an event down into four scenes, say, and so my goal for that day will be to get the whole event on paper. In other words, finish the four scenes. Life changes so rapidly with the children, that for me, a hard and fast writing goal just wouldn’t work. And, I focus on results, not time spent. Instead of, “Now I’ll write for three hours,” I say, “Now I’ll have this or that happen to a character, or, ‘I’ll show a different side to this person.” When I have accomplished that goal, no matter how long it took, I feel satisfied, and only then.
Linore offers all kinds of interesting articles and resources for English Regency fans, such as a behind-the-scenes look at “The Regency Debutante”, “Lizzie Bennet’s wardrobe,” and “The Rise of the Silhoutte.”
Allison Pierce is a federal prosecutor, Nicole Hedges a FBI special agent, and Cassidy Shaw a local television news crime reporter. The three of them attended the same high school but weren’t close. After their ten year reunion they discovered a shared an interest in crime drawing them together as friends.
Face of Betrayal is as much about the crime against Katie Converse as it is the relationship of these three women. Katie, a white house page is missing. The normal thought is she’s a teenager so she must have runaway, then Nicole discovers Katie has been writing a blog. Now Nicole is confident something sinister has happened to Katie Converse and she suspects a family friend, Senator Fairview has something to do with her disappearance. Allison assembles a grand jury to investigate and they uncover many secrets of the Senator, but is he the one that knows where Katie is? Cassidy while concerned about Katie has a job to do–report the news. This is Cassidy’s big career break and she’s running with it. It doesn’t hurt that some of her sources are her best friends.
This may remind you of the Women’s Murder Club Series, but the only thing that is similar is there are three women in the same type of jobs. What makes this different is Allison is a Christian and her faith is respected in this book. Nicole doesn’t believe there is a God, she’s seen too much bad stuff to think He exists, and Cassidy is searching for God. I’m hoping there will be more books in this series as these the characters are intriguing.
Face of Betrayal is filled with sharp turns and rabbit trails keeping those pages turning.
They’re back! The delightful O’Conner sisters we’ve fallen in love with and watched as they fell in love with Mitch and Collin. This time we treated to Beth’s story, she’s come of age, cut her hair short and changed her name to Lizzie and she’s after Brady.
Brady fights his attraction to Beth. He has a secret past that he can’t seem to accept that forgiveness has been given. He tries to see Beth as anything but a Lizzie. Will he be able to fight off an O’Conner woman?
A Passion Denied gave me something most series books fail to deliver. Lessman doesn’t let previous characters wither away, she keeps them alive and part of the story. They don’t just marry or move away and live happily ever after. We get to see what happens to Charity and Faith as newlyweds.
This book has several twists I didn’t see coming and wasn’t quite sure how they would be resolved. Once again Lessman delivers a book worth savoring.
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A moving story of common wisdom from the bestselling author of The Traveler’s Gift.
Orange Beach, Alabama is a simple town filled with simple people. But they all have their share of problems – marriages teetering on the brink of divorce, young adults giving up on life, business people on the verge of bankruptcy, and many of the other obstacles that life seems to dish out to the masses.
Fortunately, when things look the darkest – a mysterious old man named Jones has a miraculous way of showing up. Communicating what he calls “a little perspective,” Jones explains that he has been given a gift of noticing things that others miss. In his simple interactions, Jones speaks to that part in everyone that is yearning to understand why things happen and what they can do about it.
Based on a remarkable true story, The Noticer beautifully blends fiction, allegory, and inspiration.
The Noticer is a little book with a quite cover featuring a brown suitcase. It should be neon green screaming buy me and change your life because it packs a lot of information—life changing information.The first time I read it, yes I read it twice and intend to read it again—it’s just that good, I gasped as the concept of perception suddenly seemed not only possible but necessary.
As Jones travels through Andy’s life noticing things Andy could change to make his life and those around him better it seems so simple and yet many of us do not do those things. I’m one of those people.
In one chapter Andrew’s explains how we speak in dialect to each other and how we can learn to listen and understand other’s language. He also gives word pictures of the animal kingdom to further understanding of the people you interact with. This is where I decided this is a book to be bought not borrowed or loaned out. Not only can I use this information in my personal life I can use it when I write. It’s a two for one book for me!
Reading this book could possible save a marriage, a life, a relationship with a child or if you work with large groups of people you will find a way to work with them as well. And it isn’t hard, there aren’t seventeen steps you have to follow to make it happen! One small thing can make a huge difference in a person’s life that could affect the outcome of a generation or generations to follow.