Well-worn advice repackaged for personal success.




A debut guide to help achieve success in life by discovering and living your personal truth.

“To thine own self be true,” Polonious famously advised in Shakespeare’s Hamlet. So too was the advice of Craig’s grandfather, his most influential mentor. Building on his grandfather’s wisdom, Craig offers a guide to finding one’s own truth using strategic mentors. After all, he writes, “one man’s truth may be another man’s lie,” something he calls truthlies. In Part I, Craig devotes a chapter to each of the five components that can “help you live your best life.” First, he defines “lifeline” as those personal beliefs which guide an individual through life, adding, “you will always do what you believe.” With that in mind, it’s essential to “find out what you believe.” The second key is “mental disposition,” or attitude. A positive attitude marked by gratitude and kindness leads to tranquility, Craig says. In Chapter 5, the author describes “passion action” as doing what one loves, and he suggests that individuals give themselves a “core score” by deciding whether their personal beliefs, attitude, and life-work are in alignment. If they are, one may then define how to live and pursue his or her version of a good life. In Part II, Craig offers practical applications of the truthlies approach, with common self-help platitudes: “start with your core purpose; the ideal is not real; and begin with the end in mind.” Much of this material may be familiar within the self-help genre—think Robert Schuller, Wayne Dyer, Stephen Covey, etc.—and the truthlies concept, like the word itself, seems somewhat forced, but there are still valuable lessons here worth hearing again. The text is well-written, a bright spot being Craig’s “seminars in a sentence”—e.g., “God first, others second, yourself last,” “It might be their personality, so don’t take it personally”—based on his belief that “you can live your life off a sentence.” Of course, that’s a truthlie readers will have to discover for themselves.

Well-worn advice repackaged for personal success.

Pub Date: Nov. 6, 2014

ISBN: 978-1460251270

Page Count: 256

Publisher: FriesenPress

Review Posted Online: May 7, 2015

Did you like this book?

No Comments Yet


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

Did you like this book?

No Comments Yet



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

Did you like this book?