In my review of The Isaiah Effect, I give it five stars. This book opened my eyes to how powerful prayer actually is. All my life, I have believed in...moreIn my review of The Isaiah Effect, I give it five stars. This book opened my eyes to how powerful prayer actually is. All my life, I have believed in prayer, but I have never understood it. Could it be that God uses a so-called spiritual technology to communicate with us? The ancients certainly understood this concept. Have we gotten so caught up in our own physical technologies that we have forgotten the real power within us? I know I certainly have.
In closing, I highly recommend this book for anyone wanting to improve their communication with God. The Isaiah Effect is both an easy and amazing read. I will definitely be reading it again and again, especially when my faith in the power of prayer isn’t as strong as it should be. Read a more detailed review.
Do your habits control You? To many of you, this question may be easy to answer with a resounding, "No, my habits don't control me. I control them and...moreDo your habits control You? To many of you, this question may be easy to answer with a resounding, "No, my habits don't control me. I control them and can stop or change my habits whenever I want." In his book, The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, Charles Duhigg - an award-winning New York Times business reporter - explores the "scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed (Amazon Summary)." He also delves into how much habits actually do control our thoughts, feelings, and actions and offers insightful suggestions on how we can change our bad habit loops into good habit loops.
In my honest opinion, I give The Power of Habit 5 stars out of 5. The stories that Duhigg relates in the book are both entertaining and inspiring. His hypotheses are validated through the scientific research given for each story as well. Some will say that Duhigg fails to offer exactly how to change our bad habits into good ones. I beg to differ because each one of us have different habits. His description of the habit loop - the cue, the routine, the reward - is sufficient enough. By changing the cues and rewards of our habits, we will dramatically change our routines in a positive manner. Click here for a more detailed review.
I am an author, and I have discovered that when I write I need to devise a plan or a road map for the story to take shape. When I wrote my first novel...moreI am an author, and I have discovered that when I write I need to devise a plan or a road map for the story to take shape. When I wrote my first novel, Worlds Without End: The Mission (Book 1), I used what the author, K.M. Weiland, termed “pantsing” – writing by the seat of your pants. Even though I was satisfied with the final product of “The Mission” using this method, I had to revise and edit the novel too many times to count. As a result, I wanted to find out how other authors outline their novels, and that’s when I came across Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success.
Mr. Weiland offers a lot of great suggestions on how to go about outlining your book. For instance, he states, “Write yourself the ‘perfect’ review before your story ever hits paper.” I did this for my next book, “Worlds Without End: Aftermath,” and it really helped. I wrote the review and the synopsis of the book before I started outlining. This helped me during the outlining process. I was able to visualize my story from the beginning to end. The outline that I completed, I believe, has made me a better writer because I am able to just write the scene that I have already formulated in outline form.
Some writers may worry that outlining locks them in to a story without revising. I found that this was far from the truth, using the suggestions that Weiland offers. When the story seemed to take a turn that I didn’t anticipate for the better, I simply adjusted my outline, taking out or adding certain scenes. This is certainly better than going back and rewriting the entire story from scratch.
I will definitely be using the ideas and suggestions offered by Mr. Weiland in my future projects. Moroever, I highly recommend Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success by K.M. Weiland for anyone who writes or wants to write a novel.