A manual that delivers a good deal of old-fashioned common sense braided into a spiritual framework built to comfort readers.



A debut guide focuses on dealing with life’s biggest challenges.

In her well-designed and visually appealing book, Warren offers her readers a plan for encountering and surmounting the worst challenges of disappointment, loss, and suffering that life can throw in their paths. In clear, accessible prose, she lays out her “Navigating Change” program, a proposal she claims has already helped over a thousand people in workshops to cope with major events in their lives. This program is broken down into four phases. Phase 1, “Conscious Endings,” looks backward, advising readers to recall the important changes in their pasts and to look at the key people involved with forgiveness and understanding. Phase 2, “The Mystery,” centers on the idea of pausing in the now, taking stock, and spending time on reflection and inner analysis. Phase 3, “The Phoenix Rises,” as its name implies, is about embracing the personal spiritual rebirth that with luck has been made possible by the first two phases. And in Phase 4, “Visionary Beginnings,” “magical synchronicities, new possibilities, and surprising connections start appearing.” Warren doesn’t underestimate the obstacles that will face her “Navigating Change” adherents, but she promises that along the way they’ll encounter “helping friends, messages in bottles, keys hidden in the dark caves, and lanterns shining in the dark nights.” That combination of whimsy and optimism runs throughout the book, remaining its strongest feature. Warren liberally intersperses her more theoretical observations with personal anecdotes and the vivid life stories of some of the people who’ve benefitted from her program. She also gives her spiritual conception the widest possible ecumenical reach, studding her volume with quotes from all the major religions, Eastern mystics, great literature, and, just to be on the safe side, Oprah Winfrey. “Detachment brings objectivity about another’s predicament,” she writes, always urging her readers to strive for a clear inner vision—or, in simpler terms, to calm down. “Objectivity brings clarity and liberation.”

A manual that delivers a good deal of old-fashioned common sense braided into a spiritual framework built to comfort readers.

Pub Date: Aug. 15, 2017

ISBN: 978-0-9991395-0-9

Page Count: 209

Publisher: Flame Lantern Press

Review Posted Online: Sept. 27, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15, 2017

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Noted jazz and pop record producer Thiele offers a chatty autobiography. Aided by record-business colleague Golden, Thiele traces his career from his start as a ``pubescent, novice jazz record producer'' in the 1940s through the '50s, when he headed Coral, Dot, and Roulette Records, and the '60s, when he worked for ABC and ran the famous Impulse! jazz label. At Coral, Thiele championed the work of ``hillbilly'' singer Buddy Holly, although the only sessions he produced with Holly were marred by saccharine strings. The producer specialized in more mainstream popsters like the irrepressibly perky Teresa Brewer (who later became his fourth wife) and the bubble-machine muzak-meister Lawrence Welk. At Dot, Thiele was instrumental in recording Jack Kerouac's famous beat- generation ramblings to jazz accompaniment (recordings that Dot's president found ``pornographic''), while also overseeing a steady stream of pop hits. He then moved to the Mafia-controlled Roulette label, where he observed the ``silk-suited, pinky-ringed'' entourage who frequented the label's offices. Incredibly, however, Thiele remembers the famously hard-nosed Morris Levy, who ran the label and was eventually convicted of extortion, as ``one of the kindest, most warm-hearted, and classiest music men I have ever known.'' At ABC/Impulse!, Thiele oversaw the classic recordings of John Coltrane, although he is the first to admit that Coltrane essentially produced his own sessions. Like many producers of the day, Thiele participated in the ownership of publishing rights to some of the songs he recorded; he makes no apology for this practice, which he calls ``entirely appropriate and without any ethical conflicts.'' A pleasant, if not exactly riveting, memoir that will be of most interest to those with a thirst for cocktail-hour stories of the record biz. (25 halftones, not seen)

Pub Date: May 1, 1995

ISBN: 0-19-508629-4

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Oxford Univ.

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1995

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This early reader is an excellent introduction to the March on Washington in 1963 and the important role in the march played by Martin Luther King Jr. Ruffin gives the book a good, dramatic start: “August 28, 1963. It is a hot summer day in Washington, D.C. More than 250,00 people are pouring into the city.” They have come to protest the treatment of African-Americans here in the US. With stirring original artwork mixed with photographs of the events (and the segregationist policies in the South, such as separate drinking fountains and entrances to public buildings), Ruffin writes of how an end to slavery didn’t mark true equality and that these rights had to be fought for—through marches and sit-ins and words, particularly those of Dr. King, and particularly on that fateful day in Washington. Within a year the Civil Rights Act of 1964 had been passed: “It does not change everything. But it is a beginning.” Lots of visual cues will help new readers through the fairly simple text, but it is the power of the story that will keep them turning the pages. (Easy reader. 6-8)

Pub Date: Jan. 1, 2001

ISBN: 0-448-42421-5

Page Count: 48

Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2000

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