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ImageThis story begins in Arkansas with the nine-year-old Michael, and his younger brother, abandoned by their father, living with their strict grandmother who regularly beats them. The family attend church regularly, he discovers at a young age, he has a gift for playing the organ and it is the beginning of a lifelong love of music.
 
In 1969,after working hard in the cotton fields, at eighteen he finally ‘escapes’ to live with relatives in Kansas City. Moving to the big city has a profound effect on the young man from the Deep South, especially at such a time of change, the age of drugs, sex and rock and roll had definitely arrived.
 
The story, which follows, is of one man’s journey, his marriage, fatherhood, hopes, dreams and foibles’. It is frank and honest, brutally so sometimes. He openly talks about his relationship with his father, the driving forces in his life and the leaps of faith, which have made him into the man he is today. Throughout, this book runs a vein of the author’s deep religious belief and his faith in God, the importance of his church and love of music, which has sustained him through times of deep despair.
 
I have always loved reading memoirs, catching a glimpse into peoples’ lives and discovering the experiences, which have made them the person they are today. This is a very honestly written book, interesting and thought provoking, the journey of a young boy from the Deep South who ends up a father and grandfather living in New York, and all the bits in-between. 
 
Reviewed by Susan Keefe 

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ABOUT JUDAS THE APOSTLE


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 Judas the Apostle
Genre: Historical Suspense Thriller
Author: Van R. Mayhall Jr.
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 300
Language: English

Ancient language expert Dr. Clotile Lejeune is happily living a quiet life in Seattle when her world is profoundly shaken. After she learns that her estranged father has been murdered, Cloe must travel with her soldier son, J. E., back to her Louisiana hometown to unlock the mysteries of a two-thousand-year-old oil jar her father has left her—a jar inscribed with the name Judas Iscariot. Anxious to find her father’s killer and dispel her own personal demons, Cloe has no idea that what she is about to uncover has the potential to set the international religious community on fire.

With the help of a mysterious cleric, her son, and a letter from her father, Cloe soon realizes the African oil jar her father unearthed during the war may be the most important relic discovered in centuries. But it is only the beginning. Across the globe, a billionaire arms merchant is leaving a trail of bodies in his wake in his pursuit of the jar and its contents.

In this biblical thriller, the race for answers takes a language professor on a dangerous quest across three continents in order to discover the identity of Judas Iscariot. Now only time will tell if Cloe can find out what the past is reaching out to tell her—before it is too late.

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ABOUT VAN MAYHALL JR.

Van R. Mayhall Jr. is the senior partner in a Baton Rouge, Louisiana, law firm where he practices corporate and business law and handles selected litigation. Born and raised in Baton Rouge, he was educated at Louisiana State University and Georgetown University. He and his wife, Lorri, have three grown children and enjoy boating on Lake Pontchartrain.

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Storytelling isn’t only for writers or Hollywood producers, and this book is a great resource for people who are starting a business or venturing into the world of entrepreneurship.

In a simple, straight-forward language, often sprinkled with humor, Mazzocchi — who isn’t only an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year winner but also an award-winning medical thriller author — takes the reader through the process of developing their story to maximize success, especially when it comes to attracting investors.

Mazzocchi begins by defining what it truly means to be an inventor/founder entrepreneur as opposed to other titles, such as a start-up entrepreneur, and professional manager. He also explains what the art of entrepreneurism entails, stressing the importance of how the telling of the story needs to improve during the entrepreneurial journey or “it will fall off the cliff into the abyss.”

But how do you spin a visionary tale that has not yet happened, but could, and should happen? Mazzocchi compares this to trying to explain your dreams or fantasies to a stranger — they are real and exciting to you but difficult for others to appreciate. And even when you get your story across, why should they care? It is here that the author’s expertise comes into play, taking the reader through each part of the story and step of the process, from developing the “hook” to knowing your audience to keeping their interest, and more.

Storytelling is a fascinating read, chock-full of information, advice, and interesting “behind-the-scene” anecdotes from someone who’s been there and done that first-hand. Though it is primarily aimed at entrepreneurs, the wisdom of this book applies to many other careers and aspects of a person’s life. Reading this book is like having your own business mentor or coach guiding you every step of the way through the development of your story. Highly recommended!

Find out more on Amazon and Twilight Times Books.

Visit the author’s website.

My review was originally published in Blogcritics.

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ABOUT SOUL PRINTS


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Title:
 Soul Prints
Genre: Mystical
Author: Norman Hines
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 148
Language: English

Set within the backdrop of a mystical battle between good and evil, the lives of two young people unknowingly struggle to complete their soul prints on earth. The local high school has taken on the onerous task of mounting the musical MAN OF LA MANCHA. Infiltrating the lives of the members of the production is a force that threatens to exert a mind boggling influence on the cast. Nuri Lemuel, a girl with a sweet soprano voice, and chosen to play Aldonza, the tragic lead of the play, has always longed to touch the heart of her unavailable father. Nathaniel is a fellow student with whom she is ill-fated for involvement. Unknown to her, he is a lost soul from the world beyond. So much of his life and memory is an unsolved mystery. Their efforts to fulfill the demanding reason for existence take them into a fearful world of the unknown.

Soul Prints is a poetic tale of grief, enlightenment and an underlying hope for peace.

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ABOUT NORMAN HINES

Norman Hines is a graduate of Acadia University and the Nova Scotia Teacher’s College and has worked as a high school counselor and director of school and community theatre. Norman is one of the founders of the NOSCO Academy of Theatre Arts and is the recipient of awards for his work with children and community service. He currently lives in Truro, Nova Scotia.

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ABOUT PAIN MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS

9781475946178_COVER.inddTitle: Pain Management Solutions
Genre: Holistic Medicine
Author: Debra S. Cole
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 134
Language: English

Pain is universal. This can be traced from the first toothache evidence in fossil remains of a human jawbone to today’s pharmacies packed with a huge spectrum of over-the-counter medications. Millions of people seek treatment for pain every year. In Pain Management Solutions, author Debra S. Cole explores issues related to different types of pain and offers a visionary five-stage approach to pain management.

Cole provides a holistic process to help patients address pain issues due to injury or medical conditions. A comprehensive tool, Pain Management Solutions addresses current pain treatments and considers the various stages of the process of dealing with pain:

• The crisis stage of pain

• The fix-it stage

• The management stage

• The rebuilding stage

• The resolution stage

Presented in a complete and easy-to-understand manner, Cole offers strategies for coping with pain to help patients rebuild their lives. This guide provides hope and inspiration for anyone who struggles with both physical and emotional pain.

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ABOUT DEBRA S. COLE

Debra S. Cole, MEd, LPC, is a psychotherapist and behavioral medical consultant. Cole provides psychological support for patients whose lives have been interrupted by chronic pain at her practice, Southwest Behavioral Healthcare, in Austin, Texas.

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