While it delivers some familiar tips, this healing manual provides an uplifting experience.

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THRIVING IN GOD'S LOVE

SEVEN POWERFUL STEPS TO HEAL BODY, SOUL, AND SPIRIT AFTER BREAST CANCER

A debut Christian guide offers advice to women recovering from breast cancer.

In the introduction to this interactive book, Bonner explains her personal history with breast cancer. She was diagnosed some 17 years ago, and though she has clearly survived her ordeal, she came to realize a number of things about life. She learned to take responsibility for her own health as well as to recognize the importance of journaling and religion. The author covers these and other topics in the pages that follow. She presents seven steps to heal the “body, soul, and spirit”: faith, feelings, family, forgiveness, food, fitness, and fun. In the manual, she attempts to extend her own enthusiasm to readers. The counsel is pointed directly at the “sweet sisters” who have had their own battles with cancer, and readers are prodded frequently to journal about the guide’s contents. These prompts can range from the simple idea of a family (“How do you define family?”) to the complex task of forgiving someone (“Writing it down in your Journal helps get it out, once and for all”). Much of the advice here is practical, as with the chapter on fitness that urges, at the bare minimum, that readers try walking. Throughout the text, the author maintains a tone of positivity and a baseline belief in the importance of God. These two themes are frequently intertwined, as in the quotation of biblical passages like Philippians 4:13: “For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” Even if some of the suggestions are obvious (readers are told in the fitness chapter that “bodies that move are a gift”), Bonner’s words of encouragement are inherently motivational. After all, the book is written by someone who has been through the same trials as the target audience and who is clearly eager to help others. While it is doubtful that every reader will be convinced to eat “the way God intended” (rejecting “packaged food,” which “can make us sick if we eat it frequently”), the sentiment is unquestionably heartfelt. It is such a tone that helps to make the book persuasive and, considering its brevity at under 150 pages, succinct.

While it delivers some familiar tips, this healing manual provides an uplifting experience.

Pub Date: Jan. 31, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-973613-35-0

Page Count: 158

Publisher: Westbow Press

Review Posted Online: March 10, 2018

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If the authors are serious, this is a silly, distasteful book. If they are not, it’s a brilliant satire.

THE 48 LAWS OF POWER

The authors have created a sort of anti-Book of Virtues in this encyclopedic compendium of the ways and means of power.

Everyone wants power and everyone is in a constant duplicitous game to gain more power at the expense of others, according to Greene, a screenwriter and former editor at Esquire (Elffers, a book packager, designed the volume, with its attractive marginalia). We live today as courtiers once did in royal courts: we must appear civil while attempting to crush all those around us. This power game can be played well or poorly, and in these 48 laws culled from the history and wisdom of the world’s greatest power players are the rules that must be followed to win. These laws boil down to being as ruthless, selfish, manipulative, and deceitful as possible. Each law, however, gets its own chapter: “Conceal Your Intentions,” “Always Say Less Than Necessary,” “Pose as a Friend, Work as a Spy,” and so on. Each chapter is conveniently broken down into sections on what happened to those who transgressed or observed the particular law, the key elements in this law, and ways to defensively reverse this law when it’s used against you. Quotations in the margins amplify the lesson being taught. While compelling in the way an auto accident might be, the book is simply nonsense. Rules often contradict each other. We are told, for instance, to “be conspicuous at all cost,” then told to “behave like others.” More seriously, Greene never really defines “power,” and he merely asserts, rather than offers evidence for, the Hobbesian world of all against all in which he insists we live. The world may be like this at times, but often it isn’t. To ask why this is so would be a far more useful project.

If the authors are serious, this is a silly, distasteful book. If they are not, it’s a brilliant satire.

Pub Date: Sept. 1, 1998

ISBN: 0-670-88146-5

Page Count: 430

Publisher: Viking

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15, 1998

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WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD

A LIFETIME OF RECORDINGS

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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