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What's in the Book Basket This Week? Waking up to Reality
By R.P. BenDedek
Aug 10, 2014 - 12:10:12 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 an irregular basis we also publish a Christian Book Basket specifically listing 'Christian Books' and a 'Children's Book Basket.' These are published on a Wednesday. The publication and number of books in those baskets 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 to the end of June 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.

Author Articles published this week at Magic City
(August 3 to August 9)

  1. Excerpt from "In White America" By Paul Barlin author of "In White America"
  2. "Jesus and friends at the Jordan" by Trevor Payne author of "In the Spirit of Elijah"
  3. "7 Steps to Developing Self-Aware Children" by Dr. Sherrie Campbell author of "Loving Yourself"

Book Reviews Published during the last week
(Aug 3 - Aug 9)

Martha Stevens-David Review: "An Idiotic Savant" by Russell Stewart
Aug 6, 2014

If the reader can overlook these simple grammatical errors, they will find Mr. Stewart's stories to be very interesting. And I must say, Mr. Stewart related to me that he has been approached by several producers in "Hollywood" to come and discuss the possibility of a movie being made from his story. I wish him the best of luck in this latest endeavor.

Milt Gross Book Review: "A brief history of Witchcraft" by Lois Martin
Aug 3, 2014

Witchcraft has its roots much farther back in history than I had imagined, although I had guessed the purpose of its accidental beginnings was to explain the unknown. I was wrong. It was possibly to explain a social condition that still occurs, according to the author. After reading this well-written book, A BRIEF HISTORY OF Witchcraft, I wondered if witchcraft in its simplest form was -- perhaps is -- a way for those who feel oppressed to rid themselves of poor treatment by the rich.

R.P. BenDedek

No. 1.

"Parenting Through Grief: The Attunetion Approach"

by Jade Richardson Bock and Dr. Craig Pierce

"Parenting Through Grief: The Attunetion Approach" by Jade Richardson Bock and Dr. Craig Pierce
Authors Jade Richardson Bock, Executive Director of the Children's Grief Center of New Mexico, and Dr. Craig Pierce, Founder and President of the Southwest Family Guidance Center and Institute, have worked closely with family members and parents dealing with grief after the death of a loved one. They both experienced loss as young children and share their own insights within the book. The book highlights stories and wisdom gained over the years and focuses on positive ways to help all children--from infants to teenagers--deal with the loss of a loved one, while offering guidance for parents to deal with their own grief.

All proceeds from the book will benefit the Children's Grief Center of New Mexico. It can be purchased on the Southwest Family Guidance Center & Institute website: , debunks common myths that are held about children and their grieving process as well as offers insight on how to address subjects like death, homicide, suicide, delayed grief, and moving on with acceptance. Utilizing personal stories as well as clinical insight, Dr. Pierce and Richardson Bock delve into the tough subjects of dealing with death and cover all aspects from holidays and milestones to the changes in the healing process from year to year following the death of a loved one. In addition to stories and resources for parents, the book offers resources for additional information and where to get extra help. "Every situation is unique, but we want to make sure that parents have the necessary tools and approaches in place to help ease the pain of a traumatic situation," continued Dr. Pierce. "It's our hope that this book will provide that level of support and direct parents to avenues where they can find additional help if they need it."

About Children's Grief Center of New Mexico: Children's Grief Center (CGC) of New Mexico is a safe place for children, teens, and adults to share feelings and experiences while grieving a death --through facilitated peer support groups. CGC is a 505(c)3 non profit that neither charges bereaved families for support services, nor receives any state or federal funding. For more information, go to

About Southwest Family Guidance Center & Institute: Southwest Family Guidance Center & Institute (SWFGC&I) has over 90 therapists and family specialists (all of whom are licensed Masters- or Doctoral-level clinicians) and work with clients in a variety of programs including home-based services, community/school-based services, family therapy, individual therapy, child therapy and expressive arts therapy. Services include individual and family therapy, Multisystemic Therapy Services (MST), and Intensive Outpatient Therapy (IOP) for individuals, children, teens, couples and families including crisis stabilization and substance abuse assessment and treatment.

"Parenting Through Grief: The Attunetion Approach"
by Jade Richardson Bock and Dr. Craig Pierce
Paperback: 90 pages
Price $12
CreateSpace Independent Publishing
Published July 16, 2014

No. 2.

"The Power of Service"

by J.E. Karp

"The Power of Service" by J.E. Karp
What is great service? That is the question that keeps J.E. Karp awake at night.. Karp, the creator of the original "McDonald's Hands-on Business Training Program," which was used to train employees worldwide, has spent her life studying the art of delivering authentic service. Now, Karp is showcasing the far-reaching effects of service and the impact it can have on peoples' lives through her new book, The Power of Service: Service Through the Eyes of Customers.

With her vast experience on the front lines of business, Karp understands that in today's world, many businesses suffer from being short-staffed. The challenge is the capacity of the business to deliver great service regardless of the staffing levels. Karp's book shows how great service can be delivered, regardless of the staffing levels.

The Power of Service is a sensible and engaging guide to gaining personal and business success. During an interview, Karp can provide useful and applicable insight, such as:

Why authentic customer service is more than just a smile or a handshake; How service has changed in the digital age; The difference between authentic service and shallow, mass-produced service; What the instant feedback of social media means for businesses; The importance of professional and personal relationships and how to build them strategically through both verbal and nonverbal communication; Service is not just for restaurants; rather it extends to all businesses, to government and to our personal relationships; Service has a significant impact on sales, profitability and personal success and The type of service we give can strongly influence the mindset and the economy of an entire community.

Available from Author Website

Joy Karp was born and raised in Ottawa. She attended Carleton University graduating in 1971. She has made significant, impactful contributions to individuals and businesses. She fights tirelessly to raise the bar on service, and to change old, outdated methods and attitudes. She has been called “a service warrior”. Her fight for service excellence continues through her new book, THE POWER OF SERVICE. Her unconventional approach to the subject carries insights which surpass the old adages about the meaning of service excellence. (Read More)

No. 3.

"The Wise Men of Pizzo"

by Francesco Marincola

"The Wise Men of Pizzo" by Francesco Marincola
PALO ALTO, CA -- The hustle and bustle of everyday life can quickly become too much for any go-getter. Medical researcher, Francesco Marincola's outlet for stress lies within the pages of his newest fiction novel, "The Wise Men of Pizzo".

"The Wise Men of Pizzo" is the story of an immigrant returning home for a fortnight to a coastal Italian town. The man is intent on taking a break from customary life and reorganizing his thoughts around lifelong problems with his wife. The book follows his adventures in this small town as he learns to assimilate with local culture and live a carefree lifestyle.

"The book is about the life of a little town and the gossip that enlivens it," Marincola said. "There, things that may seem minuscule in the big scheme of things are magnified to the adjusted eye of the trained observer."

Marincola believes that "The Wise Men of Pizzo" appeals to anyone who travels, seeks adventure, or feels overwhelmed with life daily challenges.

Dr. Francesco M. Marincola is the chief research officer of Sidra Medical and Research Centre in Doha, Qatar. He is president of the Society for the Immunotherapy of Cancer and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Translational Medicine. He received his MD summa cum laude from the University of Milan and surgery training from Stanford University.

His scientific work deepened the understanding of the mechanisms leading to rejection of tumors or transplanted organs by the immune system and development of autoimmunity. This is his first non-scientific publication.

"The Wise Men of Pizzo"
By Francesco M. Marincola
Softcover Price: $23.99
ISBN: 978-1-4990-8626-3
E-Book $6

No. 4.

"Shake Up Your Life"

by Jennifer Keitt

"Shake Up Your Life" by Jennifer Keitt
Let's be honest: There's never going to be just one thing in our lives that needs fixing. Relationships, self-worth, career, spirituality, mental health, physical health; there are a million things in our lives that demand constant attention and, sometimes, focusing on one area can mean dropping the ball on the other. How can we improve our lives without getting completely overwhelmed? Here to kick-start the journey to a better life is radio personality Jennifer Keitt and her new book, Shake Up Your Life: 30 Steps to Powerful Brilliant Living. Unlike other self-help books only focusing on one area of life at a time, this inspirational step-by-step guide provides readers with a comprehensive look at how to take the necessary steps to improve their life. Inspired and bolstered by years on her own radio talk show on Atlanta's KISS 104FM, Shake Up Your Life offers guidance in major areas of life including career, love, and spiritual awareness.

Jennifer Keitt empowers and educates more than one million listeners across the globe each week as the host of Today's Black Woman Radio Show and, her new talk show, THE JENNIFER KEITT SHOW, which airs on KISS 104FM in Atlanta, GA. For more than two decades, Keitt has represented the power and perseverance of women, challenging them to invoke change and conquer the world in unique and creative ways. She has interviewed notable women on her show including Maya Angelou, Mary J Blige, Angela Bassett, Tina Turner, Halle Berry, Susan Taylor, and Mellody Hobson.

In addition to her long-standing role as a nationally syndicated radio personality and regular TV contributor, Keitt is also the founder/editor of Zakar magazine, where she continues to tackle real, relevant issues and helps women navigate innumerable challenges. She has also served as a public speaker at various U.S. companies and organizations, including Children's Hospital Of Philadelphia, CNN, Turner Broadcasting, Cox Radio, Fort Dix, University of Minnesota, The Salvation Army and numerous other women's groups, organizations, colleges and universities. An advocate of higher learning and lifelong personal development, Keitt was recently inspired to create the Keitt Institute Inc., a multi-faceted organization that facilitates life-empowerment training, life classes, seminars, personal and professional development, and events. Keitt holds a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, a Master of Arts in Practical Theology from Regent University and is a certified human behavioral consultant and life coach. She currently resides in Atlanta, GA. Website:

"Shake Up Your Life: 30 Steps to Powerful Brilliant Living"
by Jennifer Keitt
Price $15.00

No. 5.

"Against All Odds"

by Ruth Tarantine

"Against All Odds" by Ruth Tarantine
Today's second largest generation, the baby boomer, are progressing into their years as senior citizens and, with this shift, comes an increasing number of people who will develop significant or chronic medical conditions requiring long-term medical care. However, by any objective measure, the U.S. healthcare system is broken. Politicians and pundits can debate the merits of healthcare reform in the abstract, but only after one actually has a severe medical problem can they appreciate the extent of the system's dysfunction.

As a way to help patients and their loved ones navigate the U.S. healthcare system, Ruth Tarantine DNP, RN wrote the book, Against All Odds: How to Move from Provider-Centered Care to Patient-Centered Care. In her new book, Tarantine - a registered nurse herself - chronicles her own struggles and challenges with the U.S. health system during her quest to provide her elderly mother with an acceptable standard of care. Through the pages of Against All Odds, Tarantine tells her family's two and a half year journey, during which they became all too familiar with a lack of coordination between medical professionals, repeated and skeptical questions regarding her mother's wishes, and adverse medical events - negative events which arose not because of her mother's health, but because of the actions (and inactions) of medical professionals.

"You need to advocate for quality healthcare for you and your family members," says Tarantine. "If you don't, no one else will. You are the boss of your own care. Let your preferences be known. Collaborate with your provider. If they are reluctant to consider your preferences or to form a partnership in your health, it may be time to find another provider. Don't ever confuse the relationship. They work for you." "You do not need formal education to effectively navigate the healthcare system yet the system can still seem overwhelming for most," adds Tarantine. "I hope Against All Odds can help patients and families of all ages better navigate and understand the system."

Ruth Tarantine serves as the Chair of Online Nursing Graduate Programs and nursing faculty at a private university. With 25 years of nursing experience, she holds a registered nurse diploma from Mercy Hospital School of Nursing, a bachelor's degree in nursing from Carlow University, a master's degree in nursing from the University of Pittsburgh, and a doctorate of nursing practice from Chatham University. Connect with Tarantine on:

"Against All Odds"
by Ruth Tarantine
Kindle Price $5

No. 6.

"Secrets of the Cannabis Industry"

By Chuck Allen

"Secrets of the Cannabis Industry" By Chuck Allen
Marijuana legalization is a debate that continues to rage on. For many, it's a usage issue -- why shouldn't we be able to use it? But one man believes the real question remains -- why shouldn't we be able to grow it? According to the Pew Research Center, 54% of Americans believe the drug should be made legal. Chuck Allen, a cannabis entrepreneur and new author, is a part of this majority.

For more than 160 years, the cannabis industry was a valued and trusted friend of the American people. Thirty-one consecutive presidents, including George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, didn't have a problem with the cannabis plant. It was the most valued commodity traded for on the free market until 1937. (Read More)

In his new book "Secrets of the Cannabis Industry", Allen provides an insider's perspective on the lives of entrepreneurs involved in the one of the world's most lucrative-but-controversial industries -- the cannabis industry -- sharing the secrets of how they became independent and financially successful. The book further aims at eliminating the social and political taboo against what the author considers to be a plant with tremendous medical and financial benefits, and follows men and women who risk their family, friends, and freedom to work within such a controversial industry.

"This is not a how-to book. But for those readers who are entertaining the idea of making a million dollars in the cannabis industry, they will find recipes for success hidden between the chapters," Allen said.

Allen examines the subculture of entrepreneurs whose work is contributing to the economy and benefitting the communities in which the entreprenesurs live. For more information, visit

Chuck Allen Jr. was born in Dallas, Texas, in 1946 and grew up at a time of great social change. He was a successful business manager, real estate agent, and published author. Allen is retired and lives with his wife in Northern California, close to their children and grandchildren.

"Secrets of the Cannabis Industry"
By Chuck Allen
ISBN: 978-1-49172-748-5
Softcover $13
Hardcover $23

No. 7.


by Paula Polcini

"PM" by Paula Polcini
STAMFORD, Conn. -- "To fear a thing is the most likely way of giving it birth." This is what Paula Polcini says about the creative mind, the potential to make our ideas into reality, a free gift that all humanity will soon learn more about. She has written the book "PM: Man's Journey from Darkness to Light," identifying the coming age, what she describes as a radical change of human consciousness. The book is based on the knowledge she has gained through personal experiences.

"Beyond our five-sense consciousness we have spiritual faculties in the brain for inner vision and inner hearing," Polcini said. "Awakening our shared universal consciousness is the next step in the development of human potential."

Polcini argues that we have entered a new period in the development of human consciousness. Called "The Cosmic Age," Polcini says that her years of study and range of amazing experiences have helped her - and others - determine that our expanded consciousness--evolving from mere sensory thinking into universal consciousness--will lead to our expanded knowledge and deeper spiritual fulfillment. Polcini draws upon the work of Dr. Walter Russell, a scientist who lived in the early 20th Century. He presupposed that mind is the foundation of the universe -- not matter. Polcini says that the new knowledge ushered in by the Cosmic Age, also known as "Straight-Knowledge," is essential for new thinking -- making it possible to go forward with a comprehension that harmonizes with our present growth to maturity.

"It is the time of revolution in human conciousness that prohpets have foreseen and tried to explain through the ages, but we were not yet awakened enough to understand," Polcini said. "The lessons ahead will be hard because man can only relate to the level of consciousness that we have been able to unfold thusfar. People need to be shown the way more clearly because otherwise, man will not know the union of human conciousness with the supreme being."

Paula Polcini is a new and emerging Cosmic Age thinker writing to help raise the level of consciousness in people for the next step in growth for the development of human potential. "PM" is an autobiographical sketch of her life's studies, experiments and experiences.

By Paula Polcini
ISBN: 978-1-4525-8081-4
272 Pages
Softcover $18
E-book $4

No. 8.

"Wisdom from the Couch"

by Jennifer Kunst, PhD.

"Wisdom from the Couch" by Jennifer Kunst, PhD
Dr. Kunst aims to bring the tactics she employs to help her patients on the road to personal growth to a broader audience. Dr. Kunst's goal is to help individuals truly tap into what makes them tick - their unconscious mind that guides them in their actions. Once identified, she believes that they can make lasting change in a behavior, habit, or mindset they are trying to correct.

"You've heard it said that insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results," says Dr. Kunst. "By that definition, we all are sometimes, if not often, insane. Why do we make the same mistakes, over and over again, seeming never to learn? The simple answer to these questions is that the unconscious mind greatly influences all that we do."

Wisdom from the Couch reflects Dr. Kunst's desire to bring more in-depth insights to a broader audience to people who, for reasons of time, money and perhaps personal psychology, cannot swing a long-term analysis from a professional. Written in a compelling, conversational way, Wisdom from the Couch shows how the unconscious mind works through illustrations from timeless myths, spiritual traditions, literature, popular culture, and her experiences as a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst. "The models put forward by most self-help books are too shallow and their results short-lived," adds Dr. Kunst. "They do not take into consideration the influence of the unconscious and our innate resistance to change. Psychoanalytic models offer us an opportunity to understand ourselves at a deeper level and thus make changes at the root, changes that can last."

Dr. Jennifer Kunst is a licensed clinical psychologist and certified psychoanalyst in private practice in Pasadena, CA, where she provides in-depth psychoanalysis and psychotherapy to adolescents and adults. She is a senior faculty member at the Psychoanalytic Center of California in Los Angeles, where she is Chair of the Continuing Education Committee, past chair of the Curriculum Committee, and teaches courses on the work of Melanie Klein. In addition, she is an adjunct associate professor at the Graduate School of Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, where she has taught doctoral level courses in psychoanalysis and psychological testing for fifteen years. Website:

"Wisdom from the Couch"
by Jennifer Kunst, PhD.
Price $17

No. 9.

"I Thought I Wouldn't Tell It"

By Deloris Dallas

PORTLAND, Ore. -- shares a statistic from a study claiming more than 28 percent of children experience abuse while in state care. This can cause lasting psychological and emotional damages.

Deloris Dallas is a survivor. After being abandoned by her parents and placed in a foster home in Jamaica at a young age, she encountered abuse and neglect. Determined to live a better life, she eventually fled her homeland to the U.S. Dallas was forced to leave everything behind including her children.

In Dallas' memoir, "I Thought I Wouldn't Tell It," she shares her story of seeking a better life no matter the cost, and her struggle in bringing her children to the U.S. Dallas lives with the scars of her past but has a strong spirit.

Knowing the foster system well and the importance of supportive and stable families, Dallas opened her own foster home in 2005 that provides a safe and caring home for children.

"This book is not about sympathy," Dallas said. "It's about reality, no matter where you come from, struggles happen every day."

In this memoir, Deloris Dallas recalls growing up on Jamaica, an island whose beauty often contradicted ugly moments in her childhood. From her birth in the rural island countryside to abandonment by her parents, she faced life-or-death challenges earlier than most. When she was at a foster home farm, grownups were often enemies. As an adolescent, they often betrayed her trust. (Read More)

Deloris Dallas has a certification as a medical assistant. She has worked as a teacher's assistant and operated a Jamaican restaurant with her husband. Dallas is the mother of seven children. She currently resides in Portland, Oregon.

""I Thought I Wouldn't Tell It"
By Deloris Dallas
Published: 3/31/2014
Abbott Press
Pages: 152
Softcover $13
E-Book $4 - available as ePub, Mobi, and PDF files
ISBN: 978-1-4582-1493-5

No. 10.

"Grydscaen: War"

By Natsuya Uesugi

"Grydscaen: War" By Natsuya Uesugi
PHOENIX -- With the controversial revelations about the National Security Agency's data collection and the breaking news stories of hackers stealing personal information, many people find their trust failing in the computer systems they use daily to manage their entire lives. "Information security is important and there are a lot of people who have an interest in using it unethically," said Natsuya Uesugi, the author of "Grydscaen: War."

As a series, "Grydscaen" is a high-octane sci-fi adventure epic about two brothers on opposite sides of a war. As a result of a nuclear conflagration, two superpower nations battle against each other using psychic operatives, giant robots and information warfare. Uesugi has worked with systems security, software and code with a major software company.

Although hackers are usually viewed negatively, he wants people to know that there are different kinds of hackers that engage in code cracking for a multitude of reasons. "Obviously, some do it just to make money," Uesugi said. "However, there are also hackers who hunt for information to help the world. They're almost like journalists in that they go straight to the source to find out what's going on." Not only is hacking meditated in the series, but also family, loyalty, sexuality and gender identity. "Grydscaen" shows that the difference between oppression and liberation lays in the choices we make and the principles we value. For more information, visit

Uesugi is a systems analyst and has worked in the design of aerospace, semiconductor and financial systems. With a master's degree in international management and a minor in Japanese, Uesugi has been around computers most of his life. He also studied animation and game design in art school. He enjoys skydiving, cosplay, anime and writing poetry. He hopes to make a graphic novel of "Grydscaen" some day.

"Grydscaen: War"
By Natsuya Uesugi
Xlibris Books
Published July 2011
288 Pages
Softcover $20
ISBN: 978-1-4836-1285-0
Excerpts Available on Site

No. 11

"Connected: The Call"

By Michelle Medhat

"Connected: The Call" By Michelle Medhat
LONDON -- Many spy novels can deliver a thrilling roller coaster of a story, but often throw the more important subtle and emotional elements out of the cart. The elements of a dramatic and entangling tale are abandoned in favour of a fast paced story that ultimately lacks a deeper meaning or substance. This is what Michelle Medhat avoided in writing "Connected: The Call," the first book in a series of two that details the journey of Sam Noor, a brilliant but roguish MI6 counter-terrorism field operative. Although his main focus is to take down a terrorist organization that is gripping the entire world in a stranglehold, Sam also has to keep his wife in the dark about his troubling and dangerous occupation.

Things become complicated after a series of assassinations and the revelation of mysterious technologies force Sam to confess to his wife, pushing her - an incapable participant - into the deadly game of intrigue. The riveting and stomach churning action of "Connected: The Call" gives readers a fast-paced story they will find hard to put down. However, what really makes the book special is its attention to detail regarding advanced technologies.

"Having worked in science, engineering and technology fields over the past 24 years, I have developed a good grounding in the technologies that are possible," Medhat said. "This has enabled me to develop tech we are likely to really see in the future; in the areas of nanotechnology, bio-engineered drugs and quantum engineering." Taking the parallels of the real world along with the world of "Connected," Medhat explores interesting and troubling issues like the capabilities of government surveillance, the freedom of information and how we all affect each other's lives. It is through the connections that she draws in the novel that makes "Connected: The Call" arrest the attention of readers looking for a thrill. For more information, visit

Michelle Medhat and her husband, Professor Sa'ad Medhat, started up an educational charity and professional institute that focuses on science, engineering and technology and has donated millions of pounds to programs focusing on furthering those subjects in the United Kingdom. They have also created an educational institution in Dubai that is based on the UK educational system. "Connected: The Call" is the first instalment in a two-part series, where "Connected: The Shift" concludes the heart pounding and surreal tale.

"Connected: The Call"
By Michelle Medhat
ISBN: 978-1-291-42144-6
284 pages
E-Book $3
Paperback $15

No. 12

"Powered by Purpose"

by Scott Deming

"Powered by Purpose" by Scott Deming
Scott Deming had it all. He was married to his soul mate, had four great kids and a successful business. However, he did not know what it all meant until tragedy struck--his two-year old granddaughter, Amaya, was killed instantly when a large, tube style television and the stand it was on fell on top of her. At the darkest of times is when he found his purpose. Deming's new book, Powered by Purpose: Identify Your Values, Discover Your Purpose, and Build Success for Life, to be released in October 2014, is a rousing call to transform businesses through the power of honesty, integrity and respect for humanity. A veteran businessman and seasoned advertising executive, Deming's purpose in business has always been to help organizations understand the true meaning of sustainable success, by focusing more on relationships and less on features and benefits. However, the loss of his granddaughter pushed him to integrate his experiences and case studies into Powered by Purpose, which inspires readers to use values to help guide them to their purpose in business and in life--which should always be one in the same. "To honor Amaya, my family wore pink at her funeral," said Deming. "I continue to wear pink nail polish on my pinky to always remember my purpose--to raise awareness about tip-over accidents and to live a life full of compassion, value and respect for humanity--above all else."

Powered by Purpose tackles all aspects of a business unit--from leadership and client-relationships to media and marketing. It will help readers build stronger, better and more unique and meaningful cultures by focusing on service, emotional connections, and authenticity. Deming uses case studies that demonstrate that without values and purpose the ability to influence will go to waste and may even become destructive--and a healthy bottom line becomes negligible. Powered by Purpose includes examples of both successful, purpose-driven companies, and those who seem to have lost their way. The lists include SAS, Walmart, Target, AIG, Lucent, ADP, Yahoo, Chipotle Grill, FedEx, Apple and more. The final chapters discuss the importance of creating "sustainable intrigue." This means that the intrigue that a company delivers to their audience or clients must be as powerful and must contain as much substance as the product, service or message that follows. Deming uses his "pink pinky" and the foundation, Safe and Sound with Amaya, he and his wife created to raise awareness about household dangers as an example of a purpose-driven effort. And, many of the well-known case studies in his book show the reader how to avoid the gimmicky, short-lived hooks so many organizations use today and employ sustainable intrigue.

A media savvy speaker and compelling leadership trainer, Scott Deming is also a veteran businessman, Board member, marketer and community volunteer. He has been changing company cultures for thirty years with his unique approach to critical thinking and value-driven branding. He speaks, trains and consults with the largest and smallest companies in the world, helping them to create cultures that matter and cultures that last. At his core, however, Deming is compassionate and generous and his purpose in life is to help clients, friends and strangers make a positive change -- either in their personal life, professional life, or organization. He is the founder and Chairman of Safe and Sound with Amaya, one of the original founders and past board member of Service Nation, past board member of several non-profits, graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo, has four children and lives with his wife Deborah in Syracuse, NY.

"Powered by Purpose"
by Scott Deming
Hardcover $16
214 pages
Greenleaf Book Group Press
Publishing date Oct 14, 2014

No. 13

"Never Saying Goodbye"

by Mary Jean Teachman

"Never Saying Goodbye" by Mary Jean Teachman
Author Mary Jean Teachman triumphs after the loss of her son to suicide in her new ground-breaking, tell-all memoir NEVER SAYING GOODBYE, just released. Mary Jean's deeply personal story is helping other mothers who are struggling after the loss of children to suicide. Her inspiring story of hope is for anyone who is suffering and would like to proceed with the process of living.

The devastating consequences that bipolar disorder and drug addiction brought to Mary Jean and her family, which are documented in her new memoir, NEVER SAYING GOODBYE, are sadly not an anomaly. According to the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, bipolar disorder affects approximately 5.7 million adult Americans, or about 2.6% of the U.S. population age 18 and older every year. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA's) National Survey on Drug use and Health, 23.5 million people 12 years of age and older needed treatment for an illicit drug or alcohol abuse problem.

Mary Jean's book details her family's experiences with both bipolar disorder and drug addition and how these traumatic episodes ultimately led her to seek a life of peace and joy. "Without the support of my family, and the love they showed me in my darkest hour, I would surely not be here today," says Mary Jean.

In addition to the turmoil and devastating consequences that bipolar disorder and drug addiction cost Mary Jean and her family, the memoir depicts an unlikely and powerful friendship that she had with an intuitive healer named Renata Moore. The friendship created events and thought processes that utterly changed her life and ultimately healed her shattered spirit.

This is a mother's story about losing her son when he was 37-years-old to suicide. He had a troubled life from the time he was struck at the age of 15, with Bi-Polar disorder, and then developed a drug addiction. Guilt hung around her like a dark cloud, and she was in despair. (Read More and listen to the Music. Keep tissues handy.)

A former runway and print model who appeared in Vogue, previous president of Groesback Investments and prior president of MIRA (Mental Illness Research Association), Mary Jean Teachman is a writer and speaker who sits on the board of the John E. Upledger Foundation, an International healthcare resource center. She's active in numerous charities and has served as a chairperson for many charitable events. For more information, visit

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