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Secrets to Emotional Wealth

Simon Casey

Xlibris, 177 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781456876876
(Reviewed: July, 2011)

In Secrets to Emotional Wealth, a psychotherapist certified in treating addiction and eating disorders and in offering biofeedback and forensic mental health delivers an olio of introductions and approaches to treatments that help facilitate better mental health, personal growth and empowerment.

Known as “Dr. Emo” on Twitter, Simon Casey is the creator of Emotional Mastery, […]

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8-Track Flashbacks

Tom Alt

Windy City Publishers, 128 pages, (paperback) $11.99, 9781935766124
(Reviewed: July, 2011)

Those oldies stations that proclaim their music “the soundtrack of your life” are just shoveling the usual radio hype. But for Tom Alt, the music of his youth, the music of the tumultuous ’60s, is not only on his ipod, but in his soul. It formed him just as much as family, friends or teachers.


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When Dark Gods Descend

John P. Galassie, Jr.

Xlibris, 348 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781456838782
(Reviewed: July, 2011)

There appears to be a colorful swords-and-sorcery story–well, in this case it’s actually a swords-and-vampirism story–encased inside When Dark Gods Descend, just as one can vaguely glean a shape within a half-chiseled block of marble. A perfectly nice sculpture could eventually emerge, but there’s still far too much stone in the way. This first novel […]

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The Super Human Effect

Dennis Rodriguez

Balboa Press, 185 pages, (paperback) $17.95, 9781452532950
(Reviewed: June, 2011)

In The Super Human Effect, Dennis Rodriguez details his difficult decision to leave his job as a successful college administrator and undertake an in-depth, transformational, spiritual search. Giving himself a 60-day countdown before he hands in his notice, he writes a very personal nightly blog in which he deconstructs his life’s journey – from his […]

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Adventures With an American Emperor

Judith Gainor

Xlibris, 152 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781456871345
(Reviewed: June, 2011)

This charming novel blends fact with fiction to tell the story of a girl’s coming of age in San Francisco toward the end of the 19th century. Sent from New York to live with her maternal aunt after her father’s remarriage, 11-year-old Noelle Browning encounters Norton the First, self-proclaimed Emperor of the United States and […]

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Isaiah 6:8

Carol Hughes

Xlibris, 62 pages, Paperback (15.99), 9781456828592
(Reviewed: June, 2011)

In this short book inspired from the author’s personal journals, author Carol Hughes chronicles her life after her husband is decapitated in a car accident outside Fairbanks, Alaska. Left on her own to raise five children at the tender age of 29, she enters into a marriage of convenience that gives her children a roof […]

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Concepts of Islam

Naeem Abdullah

Xlibris, 274 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781456852436
(Reviewed: June, 2011)

African-American Naeem Abdullah converted from his childhood Christian faith to Islam after hearing speeches by the late Malcolm X. When the Nation of Islam movement split after the death of founder Elijah Muhammad, Abdullah followed the leadership of Muhammad’s son, Warith Deen Muhammad, rather than that of Louis Farrakhan. Concepts of Islam is Abdullah’s second […]

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“Saved” is not Home Free

Ted Bush

Xlibris, 80 pages, (paperback) $15.99, 9781453500880
(Reviewed: June, 2011)

In this delightful primer on the essentials of Christianity, retired forester and devoted Episcopalian Ted Bush argues that religious conversion isn’t just a one-time event but an ongoing process that is as repetitive and important as breathing. To be born again in spirit, he contends, is like being born physically: it is the first wobbly […]

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The Heart of a Pilot

Thomas Lee Bangart

Xlibris, 246 pages, (paperback) $15.99, 9781450061636
(Reviewed: May, 2011)

Thomas Lee Bangart, now in his 80s, grew up nearly dirt poor in Billings, Montana. After a ride in a barnstormer’s plane at age 5, he decided he wanted to be a pilot and, with determination displayed throughout his life, achieved his goal, becoming a bush pilot, then an Eastern Airlines pilot, and finally leaving […]

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grydscaen: retribution

Natsuya Uesugi

Xlibris, 273 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781453564158
(Reviewed: May, 2011)

This episodic novel jumps right into the action some time in the future as an underground rebel force with psychic powers called the Packrats uses guerilla warfare against an established military, the Psi faction, comprised of soldiers who also have psychic powers.

Although the author provides a cast of characters at the beginning, grydscaen: retribution […]

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