An optimistic work about success in business and Christian living.




A book that combines a religious memoir with a self-help guide.

Former pastor Dammarell (Churches Without Walls, 2008), the executive director of the nonprofit Liberty Road Foundation, leads readers through a sequence of inspiring commentaries constructed around the familiar allegory of a seed—in this case, a pumpkin seed—following it through every stage of its development, starting from when “God put that dream seed in your heart, yet you have been reluctant to plant it.” In colorful, anecdotal language, the author stresses the importance of taking that first planting step, noting how many people somehow manage to avoid it—resulting in, for example, businesses, books, inventions, or programs that never come to be. At every stage of cultivation, Dammarell draws on stories from his own life and offers a combination of plainspoken advice and Christian-oriented service, urging readers always to ask “the Jesus ‘Why,’ ” in everyday situations, which he says can help convert “self-focus” into “other-focus.” The book mixes these spiritual directives with sound, basic tips gleaned from the author’s years of running nonprofits; they revolve around staying focused and providing excellent leadership. The book includes some generalities that will be unlikely to be news to any reader, such as “believe in your dream,” “trust in God,” and “set goals.” But there are also passages of clarity and simple wisdom, usually dealing with the concept of personal responsibility: “It’s up to you,” he writes, “to use discretion and discernment in choosing the influencers you will allow to speak into your life.” This uneven mixture sometimes makes it difficult to gauge what the specific, intended audience for this book is. That said, many readers will find some food for thought in these pages.

An optimistic work about success in business and Christian living.

Pub Date: March 16, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-973620-23-5

Page Count: 108

Publisher: Westbow Press

Review Posted Online: July 27, 2018

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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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With this detailed, versatile cookbook, readers can finally make Momofuku Milk Bar’s inventive, decadent desserts at home, or see what they’ve been missing.

In this successor to the Momofuku cookbook, Momofuku Milk Bar’s pastry chef hands over the keys to the restaurant group’s snack-food–based treats, which have had people lining up outside the door of the Manhattan bakery since it opened. The James Beard Award–nominated Tosi spares no detail, providing origin stories for her popular cookies, pies and ice-cream flavors. The recipes are meticulously outlined, with added tips on how to experiment with their format. After “understanding how we laid out this cookbook…you will be one of us,” writes the author. Still, it’s a bit more sophisticated than the typical Betty Crocker fare. In addition to a healthy stock of pretzels, cornflakes and, of course, milk powder, some recipes require readers to have feuilletine and citric acid handy, to perfect the art of quenelling. Acolytes should invest in a scale, thanks to Tosi’s preference of grams (“freedom measurements,” as the friendlier cups and spoons are called, are provided, but heavily frowned upon)—though it’s hard to be too pretentious when one of your main ingredients is Fruity Pebbles. A refreshing, youthful cookbook that will have readers happily indulging in a rising pastry-chef star’s widely appealing treats.    


Pub Date: Oct. 25, 2011

ISBN: 978-0-307-72049-8

Page Count: 256

Publisher: Clarkson Potter

Review Posted Online: Jan. 13, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15, 2011

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