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review 2017-05-07 20:20
Finding The Secret To True Happiness
Finding The Secret To True Happiness: [A Practical Guide To Finding Inner Peace And Harmony] - Alton E. Joseph Ph.D.
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text 2017-05-07 07:35
I am going use this book for my 5th Roll
Teaching Christ's Children About Feeling Angry - Almar Denso,Corine Hyman Ph.D.

I did Roll on May 4th. Which is when I finished my book. I got an 11 (5+6) and landed on Tomorrow Land 34 - Buzz Lightyear Auto Blasters. I am to read a book with YA or Middle Grade or Read a book with a child or Children toys on the Cover.

 

My book has 2 children on it. I hope it will work.

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text 2017-04-28 06:16
Bow of Hart Saga by P.H. Solomon Blog Tour and Giveaway
 
The Bow of Destiny
The Bow of Hart Saga: Book 1
by P.H. Solomon
 
Genre: Epic Fantasy
 
 
Haunted by his past. Hunted in the present. Uncertain what is real.
 
Athson has seen things that aren't there and suffered fits since being tragically orphaned as a child at the hands of trolls and Corgren the wizard. When a strange will mentioning a mysterious bow comes into his possession, he's not sure it's real. But the trolls that soon pursue him are all too real and dangerous. And what's worse, these raiders serve Corgren and his master, the hidden dragon, Magdronu, who are responsible for the destruction of his childhood home. Athson is drawn into a quest for the concealed Bow of Hart by the mystic Withling, Hastra, but Athson isn't always sure what's real and who his enemies are. With Corgren and Magdronu involved, Athson must face not only frequent danger but his grasp on reality and the reasons behind his tragic past.
 
 
 
 
Free Prequel short stories to The Bow of Hart Saga:
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Excerpt 1: An Arrow Against the Wind
Please note: this is copyrighted material and may not be reproduced except by permission.

The touch of a cold hand drew Limbreth out of the depths of slumber. Her watch already? But her eyes only fluttered open and shut. Hastra said nothing. That touch—it was far colder than the weather. It crept deep into her sluggish thoughts and along her spine.
Limbreth groaned and turned her head. Her eyes flared wide at the sight of a black hand. It grasped her arm. Her jaw worked, but she uttered not a sound. Her heart slammed in her throat, and her chest heaved. The Bane dragged her toward the door where Gweld squatted.
The figure of the Bane swallowed all the light in the small space even though the fire still burned well. Limbreth found some strength and flopped as the Bane pulled her to the door's threshold and then ducked out.
Limbreth's lungs strained to utter any noise. It was a spell! She fought for a sound and croaked a whimper. The Bane pulled her right arm out the door.
Why wouldn't Gweld do anything?
Limbreth fumbled with her free hand and snagged the rock edge of the doorway. The Bane yanked at her arm. Her breath came in gasps but made no viable sound.
She drew the deepest of breaths and mustered all her strength, which passed her lips in a feeble whisper: "Help." Not enough to wake anyone. You’re on your own. Gweld never moved. 

The Bane yanked her torso into the blizzard outside. Her hand grasped the doorway fast and her left arm locked in pain. A groan escaped her lips.
 
 
 
 
 
An Arrow Against the Wall
 
The Bow of Hart Saga Book 2
 
Haunted by his past. Hunted in the present. Buffeted like an arrow in the wind.
 
The hunt for the Bow of Hart continues for Athson and his companions. They have escaped the clutches of Magdronu and Corgren, but they are still pursued. In need of answers to deep mysteries revealed in Chokkra, Athson must gain possession of the mythic bow to face both his enemies and his tragic past. But Magdronu's reach stretches among Athson's companions, endangering Limbreth and even Hastra in schemes to entrap them all. With each turn of the search for the Bow of Hart, long hidden secrets surface that threaten to destroy Athson. Will he falter like an arrow against the wind?
 
Releases April 30th!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
P. H. Solomon lives in the greater Birmingham, AL area where he strongly dislikes yard work and sanding the deck rail. However, he performs these duties to maintain a nice home for his loved ones as well as the family’s German Shepherds. In his spare time, P. H. rides herd as a Computer Whisperer on large computers called servers (harmonica not required). Additionally, he enjoys reading, running, most sports and fantasy football. Having a degree in Anthropology, he also has a wide array of more “serious” interests in addition to working regularly to hone his writing. The Bow of Destiny is his first novel-length title with more soon to come.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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review 2017-02-27 00:56
Disappointing.
Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and ... Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation - Jasmine Syedullah Ph.D.,Lama Rod Owens,Rev. angel Kyodo Williams

I had read another book of Rev. angel Kyodo williams and jumped at the chance to read this one. While not Buddhist I was intrigued by the topics of the book supposedly addressing racial injustice, white supremacy, etc. in Buddhist communities and wondered what I could take away from that.

 

And initially it was fascinating. The purpose of the book, the need to address these issues both within and without Buddhisim, what some of the terminology meant, etc. It sounded like it would be an interesting read.

 

Unfortunately it goes downhill after the introduction or so. The book reads very much like a conversation between the three authors. And while that is a format that can work, I can understand why people felt disappointed. It seemed like a conversation that was very much for them and their community. There's nothing wrong with that in itself, but the text does seem jargon-y and "isolated" for reasons mentioned above. I wasn't sure what I was supposed to be getting from the book or their conversation.

 

It was interesting to read the perspectives of these practitioners and I felt I could somewhat get some of the points they were discussing. But ultimately the text was unapproachable for me. I don't know if someone who is an actual Buddhist might get more out of it but based on other reviews that might be a bit of a toss-up. 

 

I regret buying it but this wasn't readily available at my local library. I'm not sure I'd recommend this. You may have to read through a few chapters (as williams says, you can read this pieces) to see if it's something that is for you.

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review 2016-07-25 01:45
Nice coffee table book about chocolate and its history.
Great Moments in Chocolate History: With 20 Classic Recipes From Around the World - Howard-Yana Shapiro Ph.D.

The book cover is an accurate representation of what the book is about: the greatest hits in chocolate history. The author takes the reader through highlights of the history of chocolate: its origins, its cultural, societal, political impact, how it transformed into the candy we know today, bits and pieces of the big companies (the author works for Mars if that matters for transparency) that make those candies, etc. At the end there are recipes of various chocolate desserts, sweets, etc.

 

And that's pretty much the book. There are many lovely illustrations and pictures depicting chocolate, plus famous people, locations, types of chocolates, products associated with chocolate, etc. Some of the history was quite informative. I know some of the basics (cocoa beans used as currency, some of the histories of some of the companies) but I didn't know the stories of such things such as Eskimo Pies or the use of chocolate for the military or as part of POW kits from the Red Cross during wars, etc. I would guess that for a hobbyist or someone who is a fan of chocolate might really enjoy this part, but if you're a more serious historian it might not be much new since it's really just highlights and not a longer narrative.

 

Personally I appreciated that since that's not what I was looking for (or expecting!) out of this book. And at the end there are recipes of cookies, cakes, etc. If you eat chocolate you're probably familiar with many, if not most of the recipes but there were some I had never seen/heard of and seemed like interesting takes on chocolate. There are also some pictures of the finished product which was something I appreciated. I read another cookbook just a few days ago and was not happy about the lack of pictures, so these were nice.

 

Overall I'd say this probably would make more of a fun coffee table book to leave out for a guest or maybe a good gift for a hobbyist. It's not a substantial history, although that part takes up most of the book. And the recipes are probably not for expert cooks/bakers. I liked it but I would preferred borrowing it from the library.

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