My wife says I didn't really like this one because I'm not a 12 year old girl. I think it had more to do with the story's inability to hold my attentiMy wife says I didn't really like this one because I'm not a 12 year old girl. I think it had more to do with the story's inability to hold my attention. It was simply mediocre throughout. There was no significant conflict, no interesting or fun character development, nothing to get me excited.
We listened to it on a drive to another state. The kids said it was an OK story. A couple of the girls liked it better. (Maybe my wife was right?)...more
Yeah... I'm actually including a graphic novel in my book count this year. And I'll do the same with the sequels.
I enjoyed the first two books a greatYeah... I'm actually including a graphic novel in my book count this year. And I'll do the same with the sequels.
I enjoyed the first two books a great deal. The artwork is enjoyable, the story is fun, and I keep thinking back on both in the days after reading - all marks of a good read in my opinion.
I would have given five stars, but that rating I now reserve for books that have the ability to change one's life in a positive direction. Depending how the series plays out, I could come back and make that change.
For now, these will play the role of fun, entertaining fillers to ease the mental fatigue that comes from juggling several other "heavier" books....more
The Initial Actions Project (IAP) is a document spelling out Reagan's philosophy and plan of action for his first 100 days in office.
I liked many of tThe Initial Actions Project (IAP) is a document spelling out Reagan's philosophy and plan of action for his first 100 days in office.
I liked many of the economic principles. I loved the lessons about effective leadership. Specifically, in a time of arrogant, self-interested politicians, the IAP conveys humility. The plan shows great concern for involving other politicians, constituents, and appropriate agencies while maintaining a firm resolve for Reagan to take the helm and assume ultimate responsibility for the course of the Nation.
I appreciate that this wasn't just some partisan drivel. In fact, the author of the introduction speaks favorably of Clinton's economic leadership. The IAP also cites trends of past presidents without regard to their political party. The plan seems sincerely interested in taking the good and learning from the mistakes of others.
I personally have a problem with the idea of criticizing government for being too big and expensive while simultaneously planning to drastically increase military presence, intelligence gathering, and foreign aid. It seems a bit ironic. However, I also wonder what would have happened in the Cold War with a different president at the helm. I lack enough understanding of what transpired in that time to make an educated assessment.
Overall, I think this is an interesting and important document for those serving in or aspiring to leadership positions....more
Honestly, I didn't love this book, but some of the principles it teaches are so potentially life changing that I had to give it four stars.
One importaHonestly, I didn't love this book, but some of the principles it teaches are so potentially life changing that I had to give it four stars.
One important note: I read this in Spanish; consequently, some loss in translation may have occurred.
The book begins by explaining that our life is a dream made up of all the agreements we've made. Many of our agreements are lies born of fear and negativity and those consume a lot of our personal, productive energy. Love-based agreements preserve our energy.
There are four agreements which if adopted will aid us in breaking negative agreements and will allow us to use our personal power to rewrite our dream into heaven on earth.
The first agreement is to be impeccable with our words. Impeccable means without sin. Examples of sinful use of words are: negative self talk, gossiping, lying, carelessness with words, etc. Ruiz reminds us that words have power and must be used carefully and accurately. We should never hurt ourselves or others with our words, instead we ought to focus on using our words toward truth and love.
The second agreement is to not take anything personally. Anything said and done by another person reflects that person's "reality", not yours, unless you allow it to become part of your way of thinking. What I liked about this explanation is that it invited me to consider what influences people who make offensive remarks. Maybe they have some emotional baggage that is causing hurt in their life. It makes it easier to have grace toward others.
The third agreement is to never make assumptions. Ruiz makes no direct mention of assumptions making asses of u and me. He does explain that assuming creates a false reality, invites problems in relationships, and creates negative emotions. We assume because we fear asking for clarification or we think others ought to know what we want or think. How much better off would we be if we simply asked for clarification.
The fourth agreement is to always do the best we can. Action leads to fulfillment and happiness. Inaction is an attempt to avoid fear or risk. When we do our best we are content because we don't feel guilt or shame. It's about progress, not perfection. One day our best is different than the next day, but we can only be our true self is we're giving all we've got in that moment, otherwise we're hiding or avoiding part of who God intended us to be.
There is a lot of wisdom in these agreements. It is difficult to master them, but liberating if we do.
I recommend this book to anyone who wants to find more happiness and peace in their life, especially those with low self-esteem....more
Kingdom's Dawn incorporates Old Testament stories in a Medieval tale. I enjoyed the book, especially for the way it delivers important themes in a wayKingdom's Dawn incorporates Old Testament stories in a Medieval tale. I enjoyed the book, especially for the way it delivers important themes in a way that gets my kids' attention.
Central to my beliefs about raising children and mentoring youth is that each individual has a purpose/mission in this life. When we understand what our God-given purpose is, we are inspired to learn and prepare. When we are preparing for and fulfilling our purpose, we experience the greatest amount of satisfaction and joy. We will also have the greatest impact for good on the world around us.
This is one of the major themes in the book, and I enjoyed that aspect of it; however, there were a couple of things that bothered me.
I don't mind incorporating Biblical stories into works of fiction. I wish more authors did just that, but often in Kingdom's Dawn it was way too obvious and even interrupted the flow of the story. The plot wasn't very fluid, and I think this may have been a cost of trying to correlate so thoroughly to Old Testament accounts.
I enjoyed the story and the characters, but I found the plot derivative to the point of being a bit distracting.
Still, I enjoyed reading it, my kids like the books, and I think I'll read the rest of the series....more
One of my goals is to read more, and I like to download free books on my Kindle to make sure I always have something to read-whether I'm in line at thOne of my goals is to read more, and I like to download free books on my Kindle to make sure I always have something to read-whether I'm in line at the grocery store, waiting in an office, or riding the elevator to the cafeteria at work.
That's how I found this book.
Having recently started to build a leadership and financial development business with LIFE opened my eyes to the differences between working as an employee or self-employed vs. earning income through investments or systems-based businesses. This concept is explained well by Robert Kiyosaki in his book Cashflow Quadrant.
Ejeke explains that idea in his book Do You Really Need a JOB? and adds his perspective to the discussion of the risks and benefits of escaping traditional employment in favor of building your own business. He identifies some tools to aid those who specifically chose to build online businesses. Ejeke also gives examples of job opportunities of which most individuals might not be aware.
There are some good nuggets of info in this book, but overall the delivery is poor. Often, the tone is pretentious, as if everyone who chooses to work in corporate america is less intelligent. The formatting, grammar, and structure are amateurish as well. I definitely wouldn't pay for this book, because there are much better sources for this type of information.
That is my honest assessment, but I have to add to it that I think Ejeke has a lot going for him that can contribute to huge success. How many of us who take time to read books and type out a review or our thoughts about them have taken the time and risk to write a book of our own? Ejeke did, and English isn't even his native language! I truly hope he writes again and works with an editor to deliver a more polished book.
We definitely need more people who think out of the box and are willing to take intelligent risks in order to become great!...more
I found this book while searching for free fiction ebooks for my Kindle. My expectations are low regarding free books, but I found myself pleasantly sI found this book while searching for free fiction ebooks for my Kindle. My expectations are low regarding free books, but I found myself pleasantly surprised by this book.
Originality is becoming more important to my response to fiction. This story had many components that were fresh and enjoyable. The writing isn't stellar, but it is solid. The same goes for the character development.
This book earns 4 stars. If it tackled more important themes or timeless principles I would have given it 5 stars.
If you like fantasy geared for young adults, give this book a try....more