Pathway to Prosperity: Your Guide to Money and Economics by Mark Lazar

A Clearly Written Comprehensive Guide to Understanding Finance.

This incredibly informative book really is the definitive guide to finance. Mark Lazar is a Certified Financial Planner, and senior vice president of investments for a national wealth management firm, who has not only worked in the industry for twenty-five years but has a Batchelor of Science in Finance, and a MBA.  However, it is his personal experiences watching his parents struggle to make ends meet, and hard personal circumstances, which motivated him to do better. Working from the age of twelve, this self-made man “quickly learnt the correlation between effort and reward and became a millionaire by age forty.” What better recommendation could anyone ask for, when seeking financial advice?

Set out in five sections, beginning with the basics, the author covers important subjects such as balance sheets, cash flow, credit scores and taxes. Then in Section 2, he discusses ‘The Head Versus the Heart,’ getting down to the hard tacks of get rich schemes, education funding, and wants, versus needs. Or as he says “It’s important to understand the difference between essential and non-essential spending: wants versus needs.” These days, pressures such as these are very real and cause great financial hardship. I just loved this excellent quote he used, “Too many people spend money they earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people that they don’t like – Will Rogers.”

Then he tackles the ‘big’ financial decision we make during our lives, either alone or with a partner, our home. He advises the reader on how to decide which option would be better for them, to rent, or buy, and mortgage options. Then as life continues, how to plan for the future, investment properties, risk management and onward…

Until, the year’s roll quickly by and you find yourself considering retirement plans, assets, social security, income in retirement, and the many options available to you. Perhaps you would like to know how to work the Stock, or Bond Market. Well, this incredibly knowledgeable author demystifies these, and discusses other options which are available too.

Finally in Section 6: The Big Picture, he provides ‘Economics 101,’ and talks about inflation, deflation, Fiscal Policy and other important subjects.

I hope the author doesn’t mind me quoting this paragraph. “The bad news is there is no magic formula or get- rich-quick scheme. The good news, however, is that by building your wealth the right way—by understanding and incorporating sound financial principles into your everyday life and doing a handful of things a little better—over time you will become financially secure. Furthermore, the very same principles that enable you to achieve prosperity will also ensure you won’t lose it once you have it. For me, it explains perfectly why I believe this book should be on every high school reading list.

I have never read such a comprehensive guide written in such an easy to understand way. Highly recommended!

About the Author:

Born to a blue-collar family, Mark watched his parents’ ongoing struggle to make ends meet. After his parents divorced, Mark lived with his father in a run-down one-bedroom apartment for many years. Rather than discouraging him, these hardships provided motivation to never let the past define his future and to always strive to become better.

Today, Mark is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and senior vice president for a national wealth management firm. He has worked in the investment industry for over twenty-five years, in addition to being an adjunct professor of finance at the University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business for fifteen years. Mark earned his Bachelor of Science in finance at the University of Utah and his MBA at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.

Mark lives with his wife, Savina, their two dogs, Molly and Buster, and their cat, Gracie in Salt Lake City, but spend summers at their cabin in northern Idaho. They enjoy hiking, biking, waterskiing, and travel. Mark’s passion is helping others become financially independent.

Start your journey today at pathwaytoprosperity.com.

Author’s Website: https://pathwaytoprosperity.com/

About the Book:

Pathway to Prosperity is a comprehensive financial literacy program that takes the mystery out of money. Investing, credit, budgeting, risk management, taxes, and economics are explained in a practical, easy to understand manner. At the end of the journey, you will have a clear understanding of personal finance that will instill confidence and empower you to make better decisions in your day to day life. Knowledge is power. Take the first step down the path to a brighter tomorrow.

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AMENDMENT SEVENTEEN: A Blessing? Or a Curse? by Michael James Geanoulis Sr.

The effects of Amendment 17 on America.

The author Michael James Geanoulis Sr.’s, primary mission in writing this book was to improve understanding about why it was thought there was a need for Amendment Seventeen, and the repercussions of this amendment on the economy and society of America. However, he also ponders what the thoughts of the founding fathers would be if they returned now, and discovered that although it was their intention for America to be a republic, instead it is now a democracy.

In the Constitution, signed on September 17, 1787, Article 1, Section 3. Stated that “The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, chosen by the Legislature thereof, for six Years; and each Senator shall have one Vote. … The Senate shall have sole Power to try all Impeachments.”

However Article 17 was amended in 1913, when it was decided to give the people, instead of the state legislature the right to vote for their Senator, in other words, the Senator is chosen by the people.

The author openly admits at the beginning of the book that he hopes for a repel, however he realises that, “Only a low level repair is even remotely likely.” And so, he has laid before you his readers, an incredible amount research carried out through the years, accompanied by studies, documents, letters, graphs, and photographs, so as to enable you to form your own opinion on the subject.

From an early age Michael James Geanoulis Sr.’ has had a keen interest in economics and social issues, and for many years he served on agencies involved with these matters. He holds a degree in electronics technology from DeVry Technical Institute, a business degree from Southern New Hampshire University and is otherwise a self-appointed, self-taught Jack of all Liberal Arts, but master of none. He published his biography ‘The Big Gorge’ in 2018, and lives in historic New Castle, New Hampshire with his wife, Norma, two cats, and three horses. 

This is a fascinating and informative book which will appeal to those interested in the political, social, and economic history of America. The question is, what do you think after reading it? Was Amendment 17 a blessing, or a curse?

About the Author:

For most of his life, Mr. Geanoulis worked as an electronics field engineer on nuclear submarines for the U. S. Navy, and automatic sorting machines for the U. S. Postal Service. After retiring in 1998, he pursued an interest in social issues, economics and low-level gardening. During a span of about thirty years he served on such New Hampshire agencies as the Governor’s Commission on Child Support, the Strafford County Domestic Violence Coalition, a legislative Task Force on Family Law, and the world’s first Commission on the Status of Men. He authored a personal biography for his family, The Big Gorge in 2018, which detailed his personal learning experiences and philosophy. He holds a degree in electronics technology from DeVry Technical Institute, a business degree from Southern New Hampshire University and is otherwise a self-appointed, self-taught Jack of all Liberal Arts, but master of none. He resides in historic New Castle, New Hampshire with his wife, Norma, and two amazingly talented black cats, who, after a year of patient tutoring, now roll over on command. Norma owns and cares for three equally talented and beautiful horses.

About the Book:

Our thoroughly educated and distinguished founding fathers spent more time on the careful construction of our Senate than on any other topic. They wanted it to be populated with the highest and best humanity had to offer. So, they concluded, by a vote of 10 to 0, that such a Senate could best be achieved by assigning State legislatures the chore of selecting them; not the public at large who were already given the House of Representatives.

They would no doubt be biased in this regard, but if the founders could be resurrected long enough to survey how we managed the well-considered legacy they gave us in 1787, and how Amendment Seventeen (A17) impacted that legacy, they would be horrified. “What were you thinking?” they would likely ask as they discovered our slowly deteriorating condition, “We intended for you to have a republic, not the popular democratic spectacle of turbulence and contention demonstrated by the ancient record.”

Now that we’ve had more than a hundred years of experience with (A17) and its revised, 1913 formula for popular Senate elections, we should be able to parse the available evidence on the before and after 1913, were we interested enough to do so, in order to determine whether or not A17 was a net good thing for us, or a bad thing; whether or not it was a Blessing for the United States, or a Curse.

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50 Years in the OR: True Stories of Life, Loss, and Laughter While Giving Anesthesia by Ron Whitchurch

Real life stories from an anesthetist.

Ronald Whitchurch, the author of this fascinating book, is now retired and living in Florida with his wife Lonni. As an already qualified RN he went on to graduate from the Minneapolis School of Anesthesia, and began working as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) in 1971.

I have to admit that I have only been anesthetised once, when I had my daughter, so I hadn’t really thought very much about what an anaesthetist does. I suppose I thought they just put people to sleep when they had operations, and then ensured they came around afterwards. I really didn’t appreciate how varied, hands-on, and difficult their work was. And, I must admit having that one and only experience of anesthesia, I asked the same question as the lady in the entertaining chapter titled ‘Worried I Won’t Wake Up.’

The author really does tells a lovely story. Immediately he captivated me, and drew me into his world as an anesthetist, and I can tell you, it was a real eye-opener. There were so many incredible stories to read about, some were of the ‘you’d have to be there to believe it,’ variety, others were rather graphic, and some made you laugh. It was very difficult to pick a favorite, but one of mine had to be the ‘Three Tattoo Stories.’ You’ll have to read it to understand why, but it will make you smile…

I was also to discover that there were some life lessons thrown in to the stories, the one which most surprised me was the very sad and unpleasant chapter named ‘Brushing Teeth.’

The author doesn’t pull his punches. In this revealing book, the readers are treated to graphic descriptions of real events, and their outcomes, good or bad. However, I have to say that if you, like me, enjoy reading ‘true stories,’ and are interested in other people’s lives and careers, then this book is a real treat, and there’s even a glossary of terms at the back. Highly recommended!

About the Author:

Ron is the author of the new wildly entertaining book, 50 Years in the OR: True Stories of Life, Loss, and laughter while giving anesthesia.
Learn more about Ron, this book and some of the amazing people he’s worked with that have endorsed it at www.50yearsintheor.com.
Ron Whitchurch earned his R.N. from Abbott Hospital. He graduated from the Minneapolis School of Anesthesia and began working as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) in 1971. He enjoyed a long, eventful career in the OR before he retired in 2018 at age 76. Ron and his wife, Lonni, live in Florida.

Author’s Website: https://50yearsintheor.com/

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Bare: Love, Sex, and Finding Your Soulmate by Kimberly Love

An entertaining look at love, sex and everything in-between.

What a title, and what an author! As the CEO of Viking Queens, and radio host on Crushing 40, impact Radio USA, Kimberly Love daily inspires and coaches listeners to change their lives. That she practices what she preaches is obvious when you read this entertaining and thought-provoking book aptly titled ‘Bare: Love, Sex, and Finding Your Soulmate.’

What makes this book so engaging is that the author has no problem laying bare her own romantic and sex life, on the road to enlightening her readers. Candidly she admits to loving kissing and, well everything about being in love, and demonstrating that love to a partner. However, in with the romance of kissing, and exploring relationships, this no-holds-barred author is equally open about some not so wise choices she has made, and the lessons she has learned. This openness gives the reader a chance to reflect on her words, and really think about their relationships as well. From a ‘having been there and got the tee-shirt’ standpoint she has no reservations about using her own experiences to illustrate the character traits she can only see now she is free of the person, and I feel sure this will be invaluable to some of her readers. I have to say that I’ve never been attracted to ‘bad’ men but have known others who have been, and who also suffered in abusive relationships, and the insights she gave me will definitely make me a more educated listener in future.

I thought that her reinforcement throughout the book that it is okay no to be in a relationship was something I found personally very comforting. Being older than the author, not being in a relationship now, after years of happy marriage is extremely strange. This book came at just the right time for me, as I have been struggling with being alone and after being with a partner since I was 21. The author’s words made me realise that now is the time to discover me, and it’s okay to do so.

I loved her views on soulmates. Don’t despair, if, or when you find yours, it is wonderful. Despite the belief that love dies down as the year’s progress, in my relationship it never did. Personally I found it lovely to read that it’s normal after years of marriage to fancy the pants off your partner! It appears kids aren’t always right, when they say you are too old!

At the beginning of the book the author gives a great list of soundtracks for this book, something which I really enjoyed listening to. I found that reading this book is like having a really good sleepover with your best friend. You know, when you’re sharing a bottle of wine, or two, and the topics starts getting steamy. Your inhibitions go and, you find yourselves giggling about those ex’s, the things they got up to, and what you really thought of them…

If you’re looking for love, fed up with it, just got out of a relationship, or just fancy a really good read, then this is the book for you! Highly recommended.

About the Author:

Kimberly Love is the author of You Taste Like Whiskey and Sunshine. Her passion is in thrillers and she is working on her next novel which will be part one of eight in a crime thriller series. Before being published, she was a ghostwriter for ten years, writing close to 100 books for clients and thousands of articles. What she loves are dinosaurs and vampires and what she hates most of all is walking down into a dark basement. Let’s face it. Kimberly wouldn’t last five minutes in one of her books.

Author’s Website: https://www.kimmilove.com/

About the Book:

A raw and inspiring look at what it means to love yourself and how that translates into moving into a healthy relationship. Finding lasting love is an inside job and finding out why things went wrong in previous relationships is how you fill your toolkit to succeeding in future love.

Real conversations about sex, love, and looking for the right person in your life are told in heartfelt and powerful ways. Kimberly Love hosts Crushing 40 on Impact Radio USA where she talks love, dating, empowerment, and shares inspiring stories with experts and coaches where she impacts thousands of daily listeners.

In, Bare: Love, Sex, and Finding Your Soulmate, Kimberly tells her own story of heartache and healing and what it meant for her to love herself first in a world that rushes into relationships. It’s time to win at love instead of complaining about the dating culture.

How do kissing and sex fall into a long-lasting relationship? Can a healthy relationship be established after an abusive one? Is it possible to spot red flags before getting into a relationship? There is a plan to heal, a plan to find healthy love, and to kiss your way to true love.

She candidly talks about how to have long-lasting love that includes bearing your soul, dancing in the kitchen, and having sex like you’re still on your honeymoon. Each chapter comes with a matching playlist so you can join in on the LOVE vibe.
BARE will have you seeking out all the desires in your life.

Kimberly Love bio:
Kimberly Love is the CEO of Viking Queens and a radio host on Crushing 40, Impact Radio USA. She speaks to coaches, experts, and celebrities daily to inspire listeners to change their lives. When she’s not on the radio, she’s writing books, spending time with her daughter, or dancing in the kitchen.

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The Rugged Entrepreneur: What Every Disruptive Business Leader Should Know by Carlton Scott Andrew

The essential guide on how to succeed as an entrepreneur.


Carlton Scott Andrew, the author of this educational and inspiring book has had an incredibly successful business career. Whilst at North Carolina State University he founded the college market newspaper, then graduated with a degree in economics and business management. To gain a high level of business finance education he worked in corporate banking, then spent four years with NCNB (now BoA) in their corporate division handling mergers & acquisitions and corporate accounts. With this vast business experience behind him he then began his career as a serial entrepreneur.

Rugged Entrepreneurs (aka “Ruggeds,) are the author’s name for people like himself who have the strength, and rugged determination, to build a successful business and then take it to the top. They are that special breed of people who are not afraid to take the bull by the horns, and work hard to make their dreams and ambitions come true.

Top businesses are created, and grow at the hands of dedicated professionals who have strong work ethics, have learnt essential business skills, and have confidence in themselves and those around them. Carlton Scott Andrew has, through looking back over his career pinpointed four key elements for success, (1) A fervent work ethic, (2) A humble and healthy pride (what he calls “Rugged Pride,”) (3) Fortitudo mentis (aka, mental toughness, and lastly (4) Faith.

These four elements are explained in detail, enabling those who have the fire in them to succeed’ to do so. Everything you need to know is within these pages, clearly described and backed with real-life examples, facts, analogies and stories which will help the reader retain the information through emotional word picture associations. Not only does he cover the establishment of a successful business, but he then looks forward into the future and the impact people, events and competition can have on it. The reader learns about the necessity for foresight, insight, drive and purpose, all essential elements if your enterprise is to succeed, and go to the top.

As an entrepreneur, your business is your responsibility, it is you, your presence in the business world. Perhaps you already have a business which is struggling, and you don’t know what to do. Well this is the book for you too, the author gives you the tools you need to understand what you need to improve, be successful, and for your business to stand out from the crowd. However, be warned the road to the attainment of your goals is not an easy one, or for the faint hearted, however, with big sacrifices come huge rewards, for those who take up the gauntlet.

This author knows what it take to succeed and is living proof that his blueprint works .Packed with sound business advice, backed by strong examples and enlightening concepts, this book is, in my opinion, essential reading for anyone who wants to succeed. Carlton Scott Andrew has given you the tools you need, now it is up to you to use them.

About the Author:

Over the past 25 years, highly successful serial entrepreneur Scott Andrew founded and/or owned companies spanning multiple industries, including beverage manufacturing and wholesale, real estate development, multi-model franchising, construction, advertising, rodeo production, mass media, consulting, and internet marketing & distribution in retail and B2B. In 2013, recognizing a need for disruptive distribution and retail changes in the 100 billion dollar U.S. home furnishings industry, he brazenly established Retail Service Systems (RSS), serving as its President and CEO. Along with the company’s COO, Jerry Williams, and the entire passionate RSS team, he dramatically changed how franchise models scale by helping local business owners compete with the big regional and national power players. This endeavor not only lead to RSS becoming what Inc. magazine has ranked and recognized as one of the fastest growing companies in America—with a compounded annual growth rate of 816% in their 2019 edition—but it has trained and empowered hundreds of Rugged Entrepreneurs in the process. In that same year, Andrew and the RSS team had the vision to launch the franchise bioPURE Services in the microbial germ fighting space ahead of the 2020 global COVID-19 pandemic. Through vision, strategic asset acquisitions, applying advanced technology in operational and marketing systems, and developing proprietary methodologies, RSS has now positioned itself as a franchise market leader in services, specialized distribution, and retailing by building a national network of corporate-owned, independently licensed, and franchised locations in multiple industries. Today, Andrew’s and RSS’s legacy of starting business in multiple countries continues with licensed and franchised businesses in 47 states, as well as with state-of the-art headquarters, customer service, and national training centers in Columbus, Ohio; Jacksonville, Florida; and Johnson City, Tennessee. As a perennial student both of human nature and American free enterprise, Andrew has a lot to share about the attributes every entrepreneur needs to develop as they build their business, whether it is one they create from scratch or one they are launching from an established model. The Rugged Entrepreneur offers readers a blueprint for how to lay a sturdy foundation upon which to build that business. It also offers valuable insight into how to disrupt the marketplace with your most viable ideas. As you read what is both a business memoir and business handbook, you will see how Andrew picked himself up from the inevitable early career stumbles and went on to create what is unquestionably an example of the great American Dream. Despite his inordinate hard work you will love and want to emulate the unique way he has established a wonderful work-life balance too! –This text refers to the hardcover edition.

Author’s Website: https://ruggedentrepreneur.com/

About the Book:

Have you ever dreamed about owning your own business? Maybe becoming a market disruptor? Would you know where to start? Do you have a coach, a mentor, or a teacher who can show you how? Well, now you do.

If we are lucky, we have been taught to dream since the time we were very young. If we are luckier still, we have also been taught to establish a sturdy foundation for those dreams to stand upon. When building the business you’ve always dreamed of, you must first establish a rock-solid foundation, something I’ve learned from many years of experience as a Rugged Entrepreneur.

What is a “Rugged Entrepreneur”? It’s what I call a special breed of entrepreneur. Ruggeds make the leap toward success in a way that separates them from the millions who fall short because they invest the time and effort to develop and hone the specific set of powerful skills you’ll discover in these pages. 

I’ve identified four elements to becoming a Rugged Entrepreneur. These elements can be developed by anyone and are helpful to every type of entrepreneur. But all four of them are necessary to do the job well. The Four Foundational Elements of being a Rugged Entrepreneur are:

  • A fervent work ethic
  • A humble and healthy pride (what I call “Rugged Pride”)
  • Fortitudo mentis (aka, mental toughness)
  • Faith

The Rugged Entrepreneur provides a roadmap to your journey of lasting self-discovery. It’s about identifying and acquiring the skills to achieve sustained success and to build on top of that success. It’s about passionately pursuing a productive business life for yourself and your family using the economic engines accessible to us all. 

But be warned: do not read this book if you do not want to be challenged.

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Conceal Reveal: The Space between Entrepreneurs and the Defense Industry by Julie Willis

One woman’s mission to keep America’s warfighters safe.


Julie Willis is a driven, and passionate woman. She is driven by so many factors, the people she has known, her working career, and her involvement with all levels of the military machine in America. It is all these things which culminated in her decision to become an entrepreneur and establish her company DEFIANT.

In this revealing book, Julie Willis takes her readers into her life, both personal and professional. For ‘Mrs Average’ me it was a real eye-opener. Already an insider in the defense industry, Julie’s life is like a movie, always on the go, a whirlwind, flying off to meetings, walking the halls of power. Exciting yes, however, it didn’t take me long to realise the magnitude of the responsibility which goes with such a job. The warfighter, his or her safety, and the ability for them to be able to do their job is the most important thing in the author’s life, it’s what she lives for!

Don’t let her self-confessed bubbly extrovert image fool you, this woman has a sharp eye and quick mind. As the reader discovers, both of these have been honed by sitting quietly and watching the political playouts at meetings, and real experience with the military and defense.

It was this insight which made her decide that there was a need for someone to bridge the gap between democracy and those creative technical companies, academia and entrepreneurs, providing a venue so each can meet and discover what is available, or will be coming soon. This book tells the story of how this was achieved, and her company DEFIANT was born, bridging the gap between the entrepreneurs and the defense industry.

At the beginning of this review I described the author as passionate, and she is certainly that. She loves her country and all that it stands for. However by the end of the book I realised that she loves the warfighter more, because they are there, on the front line, keeping us all safe, and she is determined they will have the very best!

About the Author:

Julie Willis is the founder and CEO of DEFIANT Communication, a firm dedicated to making connections that make an impact in defense innovation. Prior to starting her company, she worked as a contractor for four different federal agencies. Julie has a Master’s in global strategic communications from Georgetown University.

In her personal life, she’s caught in a bad romcom love triangle between her devotion to her work and the thrill of adventure. Outside of her roles as CEO and romcom star, Julie is suspiciously passionate about ice cream, peanut butter, and fancy hotel breakfasts.

Author’s Website: https://www.defiantcomms.com/book-conceal-reveal

About the Book:

As Julie Willis transitioned from being a government contractor inside Army Futures Command, to being an entrepreneur in defense innovation, she was thrown into the forefront of disruptive technologies and potential espionage during the beginning of the Covid lockdown.

Conceal Reveal is about the gritty reality of the dysfunction of military modernization and the ecosystem that has been allowed to grow around it. It reveals the innovative, exciting new technology waiting on the sidelines and the obstacles stopping it reaching our operators.

Told in a language we can all understand, you will discover:

  • What is blocking the disruptive technology our warfighters need to protect and defend our country
  • The true cost of research and development
  • How you can contribute to the success of our military in 2028 (and beyond)
  • How DEFIANT Communication pivoted to serve the community of disruptors at the heart of defense innovation

Conceal Reveal speaks to public servants and entrepreneurs who are inspired to contribute to the real challenges of the defense industry and the people it serves: the warfighters. 

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Tiny Blunders/Big Disasters: Thirty-Nine Tiny Mistakes That Changed the World Forever (Revised Edition) by Jared Knott

Fascinating tales of moments and events which changed history.

If history books were all written like this one, there would be many more people interested in the subject; it’s simply fascinating!

Meticulously researched, the author, Jared Knott, entertains his readers with incredible examples of disasters which have occurred throughout history. Skilfully written, he illustrates wonderfully the consequences of the butterfly effect of tiny blunders, accidental changes in plans, and not so good intentions have changed the course of history for people, countries, and indeed in some instances, the world.

I studied Modern History and knew the details of some of the events he writes about. Yet, he has uncovered tiny details, omissions, or slight mistakes which occurred at the time, and in telling them, reveals how these moments in time had enormous impacts on our world today. I love the quotes he uses throughout, however one especially highlights the message that we learn by our mistakes.

“Success in life is the result of good judgment. Good judgment is usually the result of experience. Experience is usually the result of bad judgment.  – Anthony Robbins”

Whatever period of history you are interested in, there will be a story to entertain you, proving in the immortal words of Robert Burns written in 1785, “best-laid schemes o’ mice an’ men / Gang aft agley [go often awry].” Personally, I loved reading the chapter on sibling rivalry, discovering sibling pairings which I never realized, and marvelled at the rifts which are created in families, and which in some cases last a lifetime.

Jared Knott is a father of five and he lives with his wife, Kathryn, in the Atlanta area. He is a decorated war veteran who went on to have a successful career in sales and marketing, and the home improvement industry. The author of numerous articles on a variety of subjects, “Tiny Blunders/Big Disasters,” is his first book and one which I recommend highly as not only informative but extremely entertaining.

About the Author:

Jared Knott has had numerous articles published in the Mensa Bulletin and in graduate school textbooks on subjects ranging from Supreme Court Reform to Arctic Exploration. He was a decorated combat infantry officer in Vietnam in the First Air Cavalry Division. In his civilian career, he has served as a vice president of sales + marketing and marketing director in the home improvement industry. A father of five, he lives in the Atlanta area with his wife, Kathryn.

About the Book:

The small things that had great historical consequences…

“Heart-stopping, compelling, and fun!” Win Blevins, New York Times Bestselling Author

How often does it happen that a single tiny mistake causes an entire civilization to collapse? More often than you think! Readers of Jared Knott’s book, Tiny Blunders/Big Disasters, will be amazed at the little things that changed history in a big way. Here are a few examples:

  • A single document poorly designed by one single clerk in one single county changed the outcome of a presidential election and led directly to a major war. 
  • A soldier accidentally kicks a helmet off of the top of a wall and causes an empire to collapse. 
  • A small mechanical device several inches long fails to function, which changes the outcome of WWII and leads to the death of millions of people. 
  • A man fails to gather his army in time to defend against an attack because of the temptation of opium and a young slave woman. 
  • And many more!

Author’s Website: https://www.tinyblundersbigdisasters.com/

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Atlanta’s Concealment of the Baby Gun Club Landfill by Jerry Brow

Shocking revelations of neglect and disregard of public health and safety in the State of Atlanta.

If I could turn back time…. I wonder how many of the people who have worked and are still working for the City of Atlanta, in the State of Georgia have this thought during recent times. As the saying goes, they had “Bitten off more than they could chew” when they forced Jerry Brow to accept their compulsory purchase of four investment properties he owned, located near the dumpsite, now known as Baby Gun Club Landfill.

Jerry Brow is the author of this shocking book which details the terrible disregard for public health and safety throughout decades which the State of Georgia and the City of Atlanta, have sanctioned just to satisfy their greed and to solve a problem quickly and with total disregard for environmental and public health. The location? Northwest Atlanta, Georgia, about five miles from downtown Atlanta.

However the story begins back in the 1940’s when the civil rights of the “black” people were non-existent, however, the effects are haunting the lives of people to this day, in both health, environment and financially. The “white” people way back then didn’t want their copious amounts of waste on their back doorstep, so they simply dumped it on the doorsteps of the “black” people, who had at that time no voice and no rights. The site, The Gun Club Landfill.

Through thorough research, the obtaining of official documents and talking with those who know, or remember, Jerry Brow describes in detail the permitted landfill trickery which took place over time, which allowed the city to accomplish their task of making the Baby Gun Club Landfill site disappear into or within the Gun Club Landfill! Jerry found a living witness, Mrs. X who, in the 1960’s remembers the dumping of waste over the years, and is an eye witness to the injustices which have been perpetuated over the years by a government who just didn’t care. Now a grandmother, she has watched the continual development of housing project homes for “black” people adjacent to the dump, where the residents not only had to see and smell the waste, but also suffer illnesses, skin lesions, and respiratory problems because of it. Health problems are no surprise when there are toxic gasses being released, cocktails of chemicals, asbestos and hazardous waste, and not only that but it is also adjacent to Procter Creek which leads directly into the national Chattahoochee River.

Deception and deceit, and total disregard for public health has continued through the years. In the early 90’s the city shut down Gun Club Landfill due to complaints, however, nothing was done to Baby Gun Club Landfill, and no attempt was carried out to inform citizens or investors like Jerry Brow, who bought four parcels near there with an eye to the future. They had no idea Baby Gun Club was a dumpsite, and how what lies beneath their homes would come to affect their lives in every way.

So, why did Jerry write this book? Well, he is not only a licensed builder and international developer, dedicated to preserving the environment, he is also a husband and father. He was the founder of the Humanitarian Medical Relief and Ayuda Medica Humanitaria and was cofounder in Exxposed.org. The experience has motivated him to found the new movement called OUR PUBLIC TRUST (OurPublicTrust. com), which has been designed to get the people of our world to unite and start talking freely about the dependence upon our government for the public’s air, water, and land.

As a father, environmentalist and humanitarian he feels passionately that he can’t let this travesty of environmental injustice to go unnoticed. He wanted, and has successfully, through the pages of this extremely interesting, shocking book, exposed the City of Atlanta and State of Georgia’s incredible lack of scruples, and derelictions of duty both to their people and the environment. This is a story which needed telling and he has done so, for the sake of the health and wellbeing of generations to come and our planet.

Available from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Atlantas-Concealment-Baby-Club-Landfill/dp/1643349317/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&qid=1603807570&refinements=p_27%3AJerry+Brow&s=books&sr=1-1&text=Jerry+Brow

Why People LOVE GOD but HATE CHURCH? by Marnell W. Love Ph.D. Ed.D MDiv.

An insightful look into people’s perception of the church and worship.

The author of this book, Minister Marnell Wicks Love, has drawn upon his vast experience of more than forty years in church administration, accounting, financial management, and ministry, along with thorough research to write this insightful book.

After recovering from a serious illness in 2007 he decided to launch Love-to-Help Accounting and Financial Management, providing help to struggling churches in Chicago and surrounding areas, non-profits, and helping small businesses survive the COVID-19 pandemic. However, at the present time Minister Love primarily dedicates his ministry to those who cannot attend church because of health reasons, such as those in hospices and safe shelters for women and children escaping abusive households, he is dedicating a portion of book sales to the latter.

His career of caring for the financial, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing of people has given him a unique awareness of not only the modern-day role of the ministers in looking after their congregation, but also that of the churches. However, to ensure a complete picture when compiling this study he also carried out personal interviews, sent out questionnaires, and obtained written statements from church members and leaders.

The title of this enlightening book ‘Why People Love God and Hate Church’ was his unexpected finding. He discovered that although people were falling out of love with going to church, they still loved God, studied his words, and prayed, they just did not attend church to worship him.

So what can the church do to change this? Well, the many reasons for the change in attitudes towards the church and its ministry are revealed and explained.  There are many reasons, just a few examples being the attitudes of the ministers and their congregation to their community and newcomers, racial demographics, and the increased political role the church has. Candidly, Minister Love looks at the problems and gives examples of his, or other’s experiences with that problem, then he offers unprejudiced ideas for change. The problems he unveils and his propositions for change are thought-provoking and, indeed I suspect many of the readers who are members and leaders of the church and its congregations will have pause for thought, and may well re-examine their lives, attitudes, and behavior.

In conclusion: Bravely written, honest and frank, this extremely interesting book should be read by anyone, whether they go to church or not. Its insightful pages, and the author’s sermons, which he has included, will encourage any Christian to reassess themselves and their lifestyle.

About the Book:

This book is a summary of my dissertation research on why church attendance has declined over the last 40 years. My research included personal interviews, questionnaires using SurveyMonkey, and written statements from church members and leaders, those who stopped going to church, as well as people who never went to church and will not join a church. Various reasons were indicated as to why people did not go to church, but an unexpected finding from my research was that people still loved God, studied the Word of God, prayed often, and developed alternative methods of worship and spending time with God outside of traditional church services. The purpose of the 3-staged study was to determine if there are causes and effects that compel people to stop attending church services. In this book you will discover ways to help reverse the trend of empty seats in Christian churches on Sunday, improve perceptions about Christians among the general population, and save souls for Christ.

Available from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Why-People-Love-Hate-Church/dp/1631296582/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1595234543&sr=1-1

Book Title Generator: A Proven System in Naming Your Book by Scott Lorenz

How to make your book’s title stand out from the crowd.

The author of this book, Scott Lorenz, is the owner of Westwind Communications a successful book marketing company which has, over the years helped authors realize their dreams and catapulted their books into the eyes of the public. His vast experience in this field has given him unique insights into many aspects of book realization and marketing, and in this compact book, he shares these gems with his readers.

We all know the well-known phrase, “to judge a book by its cover,” however, first you have to find the book, and it is by the title that this is achieved. Search boxes are brilliant however, it is what you put into them which matters, and it is by understanding the types of keywords you should (or shouldn’t) use in your title, that you will get your book seen by your target audience. The importance of an eye-catching title cannot be overemphasized.  

Therefore “How to Title Your Book” is one book every author should read, even if your book is already published, title changes are possible, and with the knowledge, you will acquire within these pages you will discover that a clever author doesn’t just come up with a title, they take advantage of examples out there from well-known authors, and do thorough research first.

However, the really smart author, or would-be author, will take advantage of this book, because within its pages are all the information you will need, complete with examples, crafty tips and many more things most authors just don’t consider. From lengths of titles and subtitles to alliteration, the use of numbers, and pen names, a myriad of topics are discussed. In each section, the advantages and disadvantages are clearly explained, and the impact they could have, which enable you to make informed decisions, and give your book the best chance it can have of standing out.

 In conclusion, this enlightening book is, in my opinion, essential reading for authors. As author’s, we are not only extremely proud of our work, but we also want it to be read by our target audience. Let’s be honest we want to sell a lot of our books, for many reasons, fantasy author’s I am sure (even if it is in secret,) dream of becoming the next J. K. Rowling, and many children’s book authors who love animals fantasize that Disney will want to make a film of their book, I know I do. Whatever your reason for writing your book, you owe it to yourself to give it the best chance it can have to shine, and this book will help you achieve this.

About the Author:

Book publicist Scott Lorenz is President of Westwind Communications, a public relations and marketing firm that has a special knack for working with authors to help them get all the publicity they deserve and more.

Lorenz works with bestselling authors and self-published authors promoting all types of books, whether it’s their first book or their 15th book. He’s handled publicity for books by CEOs, CIA Officers, Navy SEALS, Homemakers, Fitness Gurus, Doctors, Lawyers and Adventurers. His clients have been featured by Good Morning America, FOX & Friends, CNN, ABC News, New York Times, Nightline, TIME, PBS, LA Times, USA Today, Washington Post, Woman’s World, & Howard Stern to name a few.

Learn more about Westwind Communications’ book marketing approach at https://www.book-marketing-expert.com/ or contact Lorenz at scottlorenz@westwindcos.com or by phone at 734-667-2090. Follow Lorenz on Twitter @aBookPublicist

About the Book:

Nobody buys a book unless they’re first attracted by the title and cover. If the title doesn’t grab them it’s game over.
That’s why Book Publicist Scott Lorenz of Westwind Book Marketing created a strategy  for naming your book that’ll get attention of potential buyers. Don’t name your book until you’ve read Book Title Generator.
Using the latest methods of getting a book ranked on search engines and in Amazon, Lorenz lays out a plan to help you get the right title for your book. Lorenz asks authors to consider all options in the quest for the perfect book title. From using numbers, alliteration, idioms, and keyword research, Book Title Generator covers them all.
Many famous books we all know today started out with dreadful titles. Learn why when a title was changed their book sales took off! As a Book Publicist Scott Lorenz has helped title hundreds of books and promoted hundreds more. He’s a student of book titles and shares his nearly three decades of book marketing experience with authors in this book.

Book Title Generator is designed to help authors and publishers spark the idea to lead them to the perfect book title. It’s the surefire way to find your
winning title.

Available from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Book-Title-Generator-Proven-System-ebook/dp/B088CTD6Z1/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=book+title+generator+by+scott+lorenz&qid=1590062526&sr=8-1