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R.P. BenDedek

What's in the Book Basket This Week? Facts, Fantasy and Questions
By R.P. BenDedek
Jun 1, 2014 - 12:12:00 AM

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"What's in the book basket this week?" brings to the attention of readers via publication of publicity material, various new book releases. The regular Sunday Book basket usually lists 15 such books. On a Wednesday we also publish a separate Book Basket specifically listing 'Christian Books.' The number of books in that Basket will vary.

We have some wonderful book reviewers at Magic City but unfortunately we can't do book reviews for every book. We do however assist authors to promote their books via a "No Charge - No Pay" self-promotions service in which we invite authors to give us 'stand alone' articles to publish at the bottom of which we can include their bios, photographs of book covers and links to purchase pages for their books.

We are extremely grateful to those authors who do provide our readers with interesting articles to read and we appreciate that those articles are sometimes exclusive to us or at least that we have been the first to be given the opportunity to publish them. A list of such articles up to May 25th 2014 may be found here.

As you can see listed immediately below, we also list the articles published during the previous week which were supplied by book authors, and as well, we list whatever book reviews were published in the same period.

Articles published this week at Magic City written by various book authors include:
(Sun May 25 to Sat May 31)

  1. Imaginary Enemies by Ekaterina Yuvasheva author of "I am Angelo"
  2. Sacred to Liberty & the Rights of Mankind! by Jeff Wallace author of "In God We Trusted"

Book Reviews Published This Week

Milton Gross E-Book review: "The Wreck of the Nymph" by Don Flood
May 25, 2014

I realize there are gadgets out there that allow a reader to sit comfortably in an arm chair or sofa or at a table and read an eBook. But I must be old fashioned. I had to read my copy on our desktop computer, which meant sitting up and paying attention... I thought the plot was a bit complicated, but not so much that I couldn't follow it. A few grammatical errors were there, but only a few.

R.P. BenDedek

No 1

"Isn't Life Strange!"

by Jeff Neil

"Isn't Life Strange!" by Jeff Neil
Life is Strange, but also wonderful and amusing. We all need a bit of light-hearted reading from time to time.

Something to remember is this: the mind grows strong through use. Struggle makes power.

Napoleon Hill liked to tell a story about his grandfather, a wagon builder in North Carolina. When the old man cleared the land for cultivation, he always left a few oak trees in the middle of the field at the mercy of the elements, unsheltered by other trees in the forest. It was from those trees that his grandfather made the wagons' wheels. Because they were forced to struggle against the fury of nature, they grew strong enough to bear the heaviest load.

Welcome difficult challenges, for the greatest opportunities will come from challenges that force you to expand your mind as you search for creative solutions.

After serving as a radio & television announcer for some 26 years, I wrote a light-hearted e-book entitled, "Isn't Life Strange!"

We all need a bit of light-hearted reading from time to time. If you are still in your teenage years or have already passed them, you have probably realized by now that Life is Strange! Unexpected and sometimes, enjoyable and challenging things can suddenly turn up in our lives, which all contribute to making this an interesting life. Notice, I didn't say an always happy life, for as you know, life is not always happy; indeed, for some, particularly those in very trying circumstances, battling health or relationship challenges, sometimes it can be quite unhappy. For this reason, we all need one another. (Read More)

Isn't Life Strange!"
by Jeff Neil
Paperback: 100 pages
Publisher: Neil Publishers
August 9, 2013
ISBN-10: 0978246802
ISBN-13: 978-0978246808
$14.20 paperback Amazon

No 2

"Quicksand; A Family Foundation"

by Victoria Thomas

"Quicksand; A Family Foundation" by Victoria Thomas
Quicksand A Family Foundation begins a family saga in the early 1800's that stretches across France, England, Wales, and eventually America. Deceit, lies, secrets, and character flaws weave their way into the lives of each family member and corrupt the quest for a solid foundation.

The two main characters Joseph and Emma experience love at first sight. He awakens in her demanding lust and almost unquenchable desire, but their love story is besieged by powerful circumstances beyond her control and his dedication to England and the British Royal Navy. What starts as a romantic journey ends in tragedy.

Fate deals the couple a disastrous blow and the irony that follows is so twisted that the next generation suffers the consequences. (Read More)

This novel's irony creates paradoxical situations throughout and it's as much an oxymoron for Thomas's family's real life situations, as the title indicates. "I wrote this book to explore my ancestry and understand character flaws in my grandparents, parents and myself," Thomas said. "Character flaws can be passed down from generation to generation like mirror images."

Victoria emigrated to the United States with her parents and two sisters from Newport, Wales. She became an American citizen in 1977. The story she tells through a trilogy is loosely based on actual events and individuals from her own family. Today, Victoria lives at the Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri.

Victoria Thomas has a Bachelor of Science in Education degree from Northeast Missouri State University, Kirksville, Missouri and a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from Texas A & M, Corpus Christi, Texas. She furthered her education by receiving a Principal certification and a Superintendent certification both from Texas A & M, Corpus Christi. She has taught English, History, Philosophy, and Economics to high school students in both Missouri and Texas. After leaving the classroom in 1993, she held positions as Director of Curriculum and the last 15 years as Assistant Superintendent of Schools.

"Quicksand; A Family Foundation"
by Victoria Thomas
Paperback: 472 pages
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Published November 14, 2013
ISBN-10: 1491834161
ISBN-13: 978-1491834169
Hardcover $33
Softcover $25
E-Book $5

No 3

"Contacts With The Gods From Space"

by Dr. George King

"Contacts With The Gods From Space" by Dr. George King
Written by Dr. George King with Richard Lawrence, 'Contacts With The Gods From Space' introduces readers to the some of the most compelling and important extraterrestrial contacts that have ever taken place. From life-saving cosmic missions to the true history of mankind, this book offers the deepest insight into extraterrestrial activity ever published. It is a publication of the greatest series of close encounters on record. For over forty years Dr. George King was in regular communication with cosmic intelligences, bringing the most revealing glimpse into their science and religion ever recorded.

Synopsis: UFOs are real, UFOs are friendly - and they are helping humanity today just as they have been for thousands of years. A 2012 National Geographic poll showed that 36% of Americans - about 80 million people - believe that UFOs exist. Also, there are similar results in many other countries around the world (52% in UK -- YouGov poll 2008).

Contacts with the Gods from Space is not just a book about the phenomenon of UFOs; more importantly it answers the vital questions of why they are here and what is their message. This ground-breaking book includes many of the ways that the Gods from Space are helping us at this pivotal time in our evolution. It also shows how we can cooperate with these enlightened ones in the cosmic plan for the salvation and enlightenment of humanity. This book gives you the key to a new way of life! We can learn how to take advantage of spiritual opportunities never dreamed possible and we can understand, as never before, the true meaning of the New Age.

Dr. George King (1919-1997) is the founder of The Aetherius Society. At an early age he became interested in religious science and carefully studied all branches of metaphysics. In the mid-1940s, he began intense practice of Yoga, devoting 8-10 hours daily for over 10 years to this exact science, while at the same time living in London holding down a full time job! This essential preparation led to the start of his extraordinary contacts with cosmic intelligences in 1954. For the next 43 years, he acted as a channel for some of the most outstanding spiritual teachings to be given to humanity in modern times.

Richard Lawrence is the Executive Secretary of The Aetherius Society for Europe. He has devoted his life to the work of his Master and personal friend, Dr. George King. A former Observer columnist, Richard Lawrence, is the award-winning international bestselling author of a dozen books translated into ten languages and has written for numerous national magazines and newspapers including The Sun, the Daily Mail and the Daily Express.

"Contacts With The Gods From Space"
by Dr. George King
File Size: 4268 KB
Print Length: 153 pages
Publisher: The Aetherius Society
Published March 11, 2014
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Kindle $10-$15

No 4

"At Risk Students"

by Charisse Beach

"At Risk Students" by Charisse Beach
Every day in America...4, 028 children are arrested; 7 children are killed by guns; 408 children are arrested for drug crimes ( ) Poverty, violence, addictions, homelessness and undiagnosed/untreated mental illnesses are serious problems that many students face in today's world, which can seriously affect academic success and school safety. Often times, both students and parents are at risk and in need of support services in order to become stable. Enter Charisse Beach's At Risk Students: Transforming Student Behavior, a comprehensive system proven to help prevent violence and equip educators with the tools necessary to educate and transform the lives of students.

"Students are considered at-risk when they experience a significant mismatch between their circumstances and needs, and the capacity or willingness of the school to accept, accommodate, and respond to them in a manner that supports and enables their social, emotional, and intellectual growth and development," says Beach. "Many students fit this definition and most of these students are not given the support they need to grow."

Beach showcases how school violence is the umbrella covering all at-risk behaviors. At-Risk Students details the warning signs of disturbing behaviors, which are often overlooked by educators and/or misdiagnosed by mental health professionals. By educating parents, teachers, students, and the community on how to identify these warning signs, will help prevent senseless violence and also ensure safety for youth at risk.

At- Risk Students is a refreshing look at how to incorporate a comprehensive behavior system into school improvement plans as well as helping educators to understand What it means to be an at-risk student; How to identify and address students exhibiting at-risk behaviors; Why "one-size does not fit all" when working with at-risk students; How to achieve an effective intervention and Breaking the barriers for successful school reform

"Closing the achievement gaps and promoting learning for all students in a democratic society are critical," adds Beach. "Schools or programs working with at-risk youth should specifically address the at-risk behaviors exhibited by them in and out of school." Visit

"At Risk Students"
by Charisse Beach
ISBN-13: 9781475807073
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 11/15/2013
Pages: 98
Paperback $14.00
Nook Book $11

No 5

"Scotch Rising"

by SJ Garland

"Scotch Rising" by SJ Garland
Scotland will be voting for its independence later this year, but author SJ Garland is looking back in time to when England and Scotland united to form Great Britain.

Based on her extensive knowledge of the English Tudor and Stuart periods, Garland has created Scotch Rising, a thrilling piece of historical fiction filled with mystery, suspense and espionage that explores the often tenuous English-Scottish relations during Jacobitism in the early 18th century.

In Scotch Rising, the controversial Acts of Union brings unrest and the growing threat of bloodshed to Edinburgh. Caught in this turmoil is Esmond Clyde-Dalton, a wealthy English soldier sent to the highlands of Scotland to collect taxes on Scotch.

The reluctant Esmond quickly finds himself embroiled in solving the murders of two Scots men. As his investigation digs deeper, Edmond realizes that things are not as they seem. Ultimately, he will have to fight to save not only his life, but also the lives of the friends he has made in the highlands.

Author SJ Garland has been an avid reader since childhood. Writing a novel has been a life-long goal. Garland holds degrees in History and English from Simon Fraser University and earned a Masters' degree from City University, London. She has extensively studied the English Tudor and Stuart periods.

She is a Gender Researcher for the Center for Excellence on Gender in the Himalayas. A native of Vancouver, Canada, Garland lives in Geneva, Switzerland with her husband. Garland enjoys reading and writing about her travels throughout Europe. Visit

"Scotch Rising"
by SJ Garland
Kindle $7.00

No. 6

"Where's My Sanity? Stories that Help"

by Dr. Claudia Luiz

"Where's My Sanity? Stories that Help" by Dr. Claudia Luiz
Many people suffer in today's society and struggle day-to-day with how to parent, stay married and find meaningful work. This struggle can lead to feelings of being overwhelmed, doing uncharacteristic things, becoming disconnected from family and friends and, overall, quickly falling into despair. These are the issues of our day and our current psychology isn't helping anymore -- it's worn out. We need something new.

Author and veteran psychoanalyst Dr. Claudia Luiz' brand of therapy is controversial. It goes against the American way (which is always try harder), but has proven to be very effective. It starts with five simple steps.

Dr. Claudia Sheftel-Luiz, Ed.M., Harvard University, Cert. Psya., PsyaD, BGSP, has been in clinical practice and serving as a consultant to profit and non-profits for over 25 years. She is the former Director of Extension at the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis and former Co-President of Professionals for Parents and Families.

Dr. Luiz is the first-place winner of the 2006 Phyllis W. Meadow Award for Excellence in Psychoanalytic Writing (published in Modern Psychoanalysis) and the first place winner of the 2008 Reader's Digest Best Writer's Website Award. A frequent guest on news and radio shows, Dr. Luiz has been featured on Chronicle, in The Boston Globe, as well as other local area publications.

"Where's My Sanity? Stories that Help"
by Dr. Claudia Luiz
Paperback: 262 pages
CreateSpace Independent Publishing
August 12, 2013
ISBN-10: 1491033533
ISBN-13: 978-1491033531
Kindle $11.00

No. 7

"The Physics and Philosophy of the Bible"

by Dr. James Ivey

"The Physics and Philosophy of the Bible" by Dr. James Ivey
It is the shared hope of almost everyone that it is possible to live forever. Staff physician and Medical Director Emeritus of Palms Medical Group Dr. James Ivey says that he possesses evidence that it is possible. In his opinion, not only is it possible for death to be overcome, but that it is likely.

Dr. Ivey has written a book that is meant to bridge the gap between science and the metaphysical. Titled "The Physics and Philosophy of the Bible," Ivey goes through the history of the arguments of philosophy, science and religion up to the modern day and shows how relatively new evidence suggests that death might be a thing of the past.

Based on the fundamental, profound, and comprehensive principle of "things are not as they seem" The Physics and Philosophy of the Bible establishes a paradigm that reattaches philosophy to physics, bringing it back whence it came while adding theology to the mix.

Author James Frederick Ivey, MD, shows that this mind-set together with timeless thinking can lead one to new horizons of novel thinking about ultimate truth and truths. Ivey describes how modern physics, relativity, and quantum mechanics have revolutionized thinking about the likelihood of the existence of God and how the philosophies of Socrates and Plato meld nearly seamlessly with belief in a single deity and even with Judeo-Christianity. (Read More)

"The Physics and Philosophy of the Bible"
by Dr. James Ivey
Paperback: 428 pages
Paperback $24.00
Kindle $4.50
Publisher: iUniverse
February 7, 2014
ISBN-10: 1491710993
ISBN-13: 978-1491710999

NO 8

"Scream For Me"

By Elizabeth Washburn

"Scream For Me" By Elizabeth Washburn
ALLENHURST, New Jersey -- Tired of lackluster endings to her favorite detective shows and mystery novels, Elizabeth Washburn decided to craft her own. The result? A multi-dimensional thriller about a serial killer who terrorizes a rural South Carolina town.

In "Scream For Me", a community is horrified when a mutilated body appears on a local golf course. It's up to detective Elizabeth Bowlyn, the first-ever female detective in South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, to apprehend the sexual sadist serial killer responsible before more lives are lost.

OVERVIEW: Just when the first woman detective in South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, Elizabeth Bowlyn, thinks she has found small-town bliss, a sexual sadist serial killer has descended into her quiet town of Arcadia Lakes. He leaves a mutilated body practically in her backyard at the local golf course. Chosen to head up the task force charged with capturing Carver, Lizzie battles insecurities in her professional and personal life that jeopardize both finding the killer and ultimately her own fate.

"Although it's graphic, there are many kind and impactful messages that shine through the blood, guts and terror," Washburn said. "The novel demonstrates that people do get second chances and that family and friendships are to be valued above all else."

Elizabeth Washburn lives at the shore in NJ with her husband and is a mother to four fantastic kids. She's a breast cancer survivor and advocate who has been involved with charities such as Komen for the Cure, American Cancer Society, Ronald McDonald House, Integrity House, and The Paper Mill Playhouse. She graduated from Cedar Crest College with a degree in psychology and Post-Graduate study in Nursing at University of Pennsylvania.

"Scream For Me"
By Elizabeth Washburn
Published: 9/9/2013
E-Book $4.00
Softcover $20.00
243 Pages
ISBN: 978-1-48367-837-5

No. 9

"Dagger in the Cup"

By JB Hailton Queen

"Dagger in the Cup" By JB Hailton Queen
We often hear tales of how the lives of women have drastically improved, but with events such as Nigerian kidnappings, workplace discrimination and abuse, has anything really changed?

Author, JB Hamilton Queen believes there needs to be more strong female roles in popular culture. She makes a point to position young and independent women as the protagonists in all her novels.

"I believe all young women must have a positive female role model they can lean on, Queen said. "By increasing the number of female heroes we can begin to alter the negative way in which women are perceived globally."

Her newest book, "Dagger in the Cup" is a fictional thriller about a teenage heroine living in the mountains of Virginia who saves her family from an abusive stepfather. The book provides a suspenseful and exciting plot while addressing hot button issues such as women's reproductive rights, race and stereotypes.

A JB Hamilton Queen grew up in Kentucky and now lives with her husband in Sarasota, Florida. An award-winning author of short stories and memoirs, she has contributed to magazines, such as Nostalgia Digest, Doorways, and Yesterday's Magazette.

She has a deep love for the south, and enjoys bringing her heritage to the page; the beauty of the countryside, the strength of those who live there, and the courage that dwells in their hearts. In addition to Dagger in the Cup, she has written Raincrow, Sweet Gums, Imminent Reprisal, and Masters of the Breed.

Visit her website to see the full range of her books.

"Dagger in the Cup"
By JB Hailton Queen
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-4917-2318-0

No. 10

"The Basket of Fruit"

by Margaret Hooton

"The Basket of Fruit" by Margaret Hooton
NEW ZEALAND -- Temper tantrums happen. So do fits, tears and a range of other undesirable emotions. Children's author and retired teacher, Margaret Hooton believes that parents can use these as outbursts as a chance to expand their child's stream of consciousness.

"Emotions such as anger, jealously, fear and greed are common in everyone, yet they're villainized in most children's books," Hooton said. "By teaching our children to be accepting of their feeling we can make them more self aware."

Hooton's newest children's book, "The Basket of Fruit" is the story of a girl living happily with her grandfather. She asks how evil came into the world and he sends her off to find the answer by her own experiences. Although the girl makes negative decisions along the way, her grandfather shows her unconditional love when she comes back.

Hooton hopes the book will help children to develop a higher level of consciousness and ignite their imagination.

Children receive ideas and instruction on many levels of consciousness, often quite deep. In these stories lie information and hints that will ignite their imagination and connect with their knowledge of themselves, ideas that will lie in their minds and ripen over time. Glimpses of truths inherent in many philosophies are given in these simple stories.

Hooton is a science graduate and has travelled and taught widely. She has a lifelong conviction to the importance of spiritual development and it is her wish that her books will help children everywhere in their understanding of themselves. Hooton lives in Tauranga, New Zealand.

"The Basket of Fruit"
by Margaret Hooton
Paperback: 36 pages
Publisher: Balboa Press
Published January 28, 2014
ISBN-10: 145258950X
ISBN-13: 978-1452589503
Kindle $7.00
Paperback $15.00

No. 11

"Go Green! A Family Guide to a Sustainable Lifestyle"

by Disney's Mickey & Friends Collection

"Go Green! A Family Guide to a Sustainable Lifestyle" by Disney Collection
We've all heard about the importance of reducing our carbon footprint but did you know that we have a food footprint as well? Your food footprint is the amount of farmland, grazing land, forest and fishing grounds needed to produce your food, plus all land and water needed to absorb carbon emissions from the production and transportation of your food.

In the new book from Disney's Mickey & Friends Collection, Go Green! A Family Guide to a Sustainable Lifestyle, Mickey, Minnie and other notable Disney character highlight the importance of understanding the role our food plays in living a greener and healthier life.

Providing details that help children and families to first understand this specific impact and then put them into practice, Go Green! also offers tips for starting a container garden to grow your own fruits & vegetables; guidance on starting a compost piles and information on the important of healthy soil; how to reduce waste by safely reusing things like plastic bags and bottles, not only for food use but arts & crafts as well; recipes for making your own healthy chips from carrots, kale, turnips and more and Why we need to focus on eating locally and seasonally

Go Green! A Family Guide to a Sustainable Lifestyle is available for purchase in Barnes & Noble, Walmart, and Target stores across the U.S. and Canada as well as on Amazon and other major online retailers.

"Go Green! A Family Guide to a Sustainable Lifestyle"
Disney Go Green Book 3
Series: Disney Go Green (Book 3)
Hardcover: 96 pages
Price $10.00
Publisher: Edda USA
Published April 22, 2014
ISBN-10: 1940787009
ISBN-13: 978-1940787008

No. 12

"The Gifted: How to Live the Life of Your Dreams"

by Daphne Michaels

"The Gifted" by Daphne Michaels
Is it really possible for people to transform their lives--to take them to a whole new level of meaning and happiness? If it is, what kind of commitment does it take to do this, and what are the steps? Is it difficult or easy, and what are the payoffs?

In The Gifted: How to Live the Life of Your Dreams, a groundbreaking new book in the field of personal development, author Daphne Michaels shares her discoveries of the nine "gifts" we are all born with that can ensure the life of our dreams. As a young woman faced with a world that held both love and suffering, she began her own life's journey toward understanding these gifts. Through the institute she eventually founded, she has been able to help hundreds of women and men transform their lives through them.

"The first three 'gifts' we must recognize and embrace if we're to re-design our lives are Awareness, Potential and Stillness," says Michaels. "Abstract though these terms may sound, they're incredibly powerful life-changing states within us--if we will only get in touch with them. These first three allow us to identify and put to use the remaining six-- Disharmony, Harmony, Ease, Clarity, Freedom and Engagement -- and completely change our lives through them. We have the power within us to live the life of our dreams."

"The widespread problem my book addresses is that most people feel to one degree or another powerless and unfulfilled in their lives," adds Michaels. "These nine gifts, which make every one of us 'The Gifted' of the book's title, are the keys to unlocking at last for each and every one of us a life of meaning and happiness."

Daphne Michaels is an author, speaker, and licensed psychotherapist with over 25 years of experience. Michaels is the founder and director of the Daphne Michaels Institute, which has for years helped men and women transform their lives. She currently resides in Tacoma, WA, with her thirteen-year-old son Gabriel. Her newest book, The Gifted: How to Live the Life of Your Dreams, is the first of five books in The Gifted series.

"The Gifted"
by Daphne Michaels
Series: The Gifted
Paperback: 134 pages
Paperback $13
Kindle $9.00
Publisher: Daphne Michaels Books
Published May 5, 2014
ISBN-10: 0991468902
ISBN-13: 978-0991468904

No. 13

"The Katar Legacy"

by Tobin Loshento

"The Katar Legacy" by Tobin Loshento
The Katar Legacy, the first novel of the debut fantasy series by author Tobin Loshento, immediately pulls the reader into a dynamic world ruled by the Katar. The Katar families have ruled six cities - known collectively as "The Cities" - for thousands of years. They rule with absolute power, crushing dissenters by draining their life force, known as ka, and using it to fuel the Rings of the Katar and their artifacts.

The return of the Tarth, demons of legend that the Katar banished 5,000 years ago, provides the distraction the Rebellion has been searching for, giving them a chance to divide the Katar and break their rule forever... if the Tarth don't get there first. Tsom, a young rebel thief, steals from the wrong man and finds himself thrust directly into the revolution. Ultimately, he must choose between his new friends, or the survival of mankind that will only happen by saving the Katar--who murdered his mother. As the dying races make their stand against the growing pressures of humanity and their gods, who are not at all god-like, characters are forced to make hard choices about who they are what they're willing to sacrifice for the greater good.

"My fantasy writing tends to have a number of themes that are intended as parallels, or metaphors to issues I like to examine," says Loshento, "with the aegis of fantasy to make it less heavy handed. For instance, in the Katar series the families that are in control have all but exterminated the race of Kinel, but it turns out that the Katar all have traces of Kinel blood. My intention was the irony that one sees with races arguing over darkness of skin, or white supremacists who have African-American genes."

Tobin Loshento, was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN. He graduated from John Hopkins University with a B.S. in electrical and computer engineering, as well as earning a joint/dual masters in foreign affairs and international studies. For several years he worked as a technology executive at firms including Microsoft, Ceridian, CCC Information Services, and several start-up companies. He then moved to Seattle, Washington, where he earned his Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in creative writing from the Rainier Writers Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University, while working for Amazon. Soon after receiving his MFA, Loshento gave up his work at Amazon to pursue writing on a full-time basis. Loshento currently resides in Mercer Island, Washington, with his wife and adopted daughter. In addition to being an author, husband and father, he is also co-founder and editor of New Libri Press. For more information, please visit his website at The audio book can be purchased on

"The Katar Legacy"
by Tobin Loshento
New Libri Press
Published February 2012
Paperback 276 pp
Price $1350 at Amazon
Available in Audio at $22.00 Amazon

No. 14

"How Oneness Changes Everything"

by Ratanjit Sondhe

"How Oneness Changes Everything" by Ratanjit Sondhe
In 1968, Ratanjit Sondhe came to America from India with eight dollars in his pocket to study polymer science. In 1973, he launched a company, PolyCarb.

Thirty-four years later, he sold his highly successful company to The Dow Chemical Company. Through his remarkable entrepreneurial journey, Ratanjit transformed his company's mission, vision, and values to successfully retrieve it from the brink of bankruptcy and re-shape it into a vital industry leader.

How Oneness Changes Everything: Empowering Business Through 9 Universal Laws, is the true story of how Sondhe discovered that timeless Universal Truths, when applied to business, are the real secret to success and the core of business sustainability. (Read More)

Focusing on value and making radical changes, like choosing to eliminate titles, led to unprecedented teamwork, creativity and innovation in Sondhe's company. Sondhe said embracing the concept of oneness - the belief that everyone and everything is interconnected on a fundamental level -- was the catalyst for a profound change that took his business from near bankruptcy to immense success.

Ratanjit is also an educator, lecturer, author, radio & television host, well-respected member of the community, father, and a husband. To help others achieve stress-free success and true joy, Ratanjit wrote TEA: The Recipe for Stress-Free Living, The Secret of Our Ultimate Success, and numerous award-winning papers, has hosted over 500 international radio and television programs, and has travelled the world delivering captivating words of wisdom to help others succeed, realize their true freedom, maximize their potential, take full-control of their life, unveil their true passion, and live stress-free. Ratanjit and his wife, Dolly, currently live outside of Cleveland.

"How Oneness Changes Everything"
by Ratanjit Sondhe
Published: 10/29/2013
Dust Jacket Hardcover
Pages: 298
Price $25.00
ISBN: 978-1-45257-916-0

No. 15

"Educating Messiahs"

by Colin Hannaford

"Educating Messiahs" by Colin Hannaford
No-one ever shot at me. I was never required to shoot back at anyone. As I left my place, another officer would take over in front of the maps, the radios, the telephones and the tape-recorders. I was bored. Perhaps one of the Army padres left a bible there, intending it to save another soul. Forty decades later, I am now able to realize: this is where it started. Within five miles of my kingdom, Christians were killing Christians. The Catholics, known as and calling themselves Taigs, were killing Protestants. The Protestants, known as Prods, were killing Taigs. All of this was happening in a ferment of hatred not known in for centuries Europe. (Read More)

We all know that church and state are separate and talking about religion in classrooms is taboo. But religious views are clearly causing problems in cultures, communities and classrooms in this country and worldwide.

In his new book, "Educating Messiahs," retired mathematics teacher Colin Hannaford describes a pedagogy of classroom conversation that will reduce religious conflict. He also explores religious habits and beliefs and how they are affecting cultures and societies universally.

"If certainty can give way to the habit of honest and open dialogue, then we just might make some progress and arrive at someplace short of madness," Hannaford said. "The habit can start in schools."

His many years in teaching mathematics has proven his theory that encouraging students to maintain their imagination and honesty: never to pretend to understand something they don't and to be generous in sharing understanding greatly reduces potential and actual conflict in the classroom. He explores how other science educators might teach in a like manner to reduce potential and actual religious conflict outside schools.

"Educating Messiahs"
by Colin Hannaford
Paperback: 370 pages
Price $23 Hardcover
$15.00 Softcover
E-book $4.00
Publisher: Trafford
Published November 11, 2013
ISBN-10: 1466994010

ISBN-13: 978-1466994010

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