Our next book for month 9 is “A Piece of Cake” by Cupcake Brown
Cupcake Brown was not born into a life of privilege, intellectual stimulation, or professional dynamics. Her younger years were not a model for achieving success; her youth interrupted by violence and emotional turbulence. At 11, she regularly engaged in prostitution, drugs, and alcohol. By age 13, she had graduated to gang activities and street crime. Unfortunately, life would get much worse before it got better as Cupcake spiraled into a life that hovered somewhere above state prison, at best, and death on the mean streets, at worst.
Cupcake’s story is about system failure, societal ignorance, and a little girl who, as a result, resigned to degradation, depression, deprivation, and defeat. To purchase this book click on links below.
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Part I is about focusing energy and prioritizing goals. Part II deals with balance and being centered. Part III defines productivity in comparison to mere busyness. Part IV encourages readers to aim for fulfillment, not just worldly success. Now and days everyone is being coached in some form. In this new age of technology, it is easier to go to Google and find an answer right away. Learning to be coached God’s way can lead you to places humans can’t take you. Jesus Life Coach guide us on paths that lead us to extreme accomplishments and great relationships. To purchase Jesus Life Coach, click on link below.
Book review: “Gather the Faces” by Beryl Gilroy.
In this richly comic novel of Black British life, the heroine has resigned herself to growing old and single in her bible-soaked family. But when she is introduced to a young man from Guyana, she decides to marry him and return to the Caribbean. But will this be another entrapment, another loss of self? Gather the Faces is set in the nineteen-eighties in London and Guyana, but in some ways, looks back to an earlier era. Marvella, the heroine and narrator, leaves Guyana when she is three, and grows up in London where ‘At the back of the house, a bombed-out block stared at us, like a gaping mouth full of broken teeth. It represented what I had been taught of the world, the flesh and the devil.’ The Guyana to which she returns is an idyllic one, peopled with characters like Uncle Buff, the village man of words, who makes a speech to ‘Mr. Bride and Mrs. Groom’ before his ‘melancholy and surreptitious rendering of “”Bless this house””.’ Uncle Buff and the tranquil beauty of the Guyanese countryside recall an earlier work by Beryl Gilroy, Sunlight on Sweet Water, her reminiscences of a Guyanese childhood.
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Joseph’s story is the root of jealousy, envy, and pride. Eric Stender tells the story of betrayal against Joseph by those he loved the most. Joseph, who was loved dearly by his father, loved his family. His way of loving and caring for his brothers was not accepted the way he wanted it to be accepted. Instead, his brothers were jealous of the love their father gave to Joseph and felt it was more than the love they were receiving. The Joseph Perspective is written to give the perspective of not only Joseph, but also those who attempted to kill him, tried to save him, falsely accused him of a crime he didn’t commit. However, at the end the true character of Joseph, even though tested, was revealed and he became a king. Joseph’s life tells the story of what many face today when it comes to success, money, and gifts. Jealousy and envy can lead others to do the unspeakable because they fail to see the strength in themselves and focus too much on what others have. Those who suffer from the waft of others’ jealousy have a hard time understanding why it is happening to them, but despite what Joseph went through he never allowed the situation to change his character. His resilience led to him becoming a leader whose story changed the lives of others. Purchase your copy of “The Joseph Perspective,” by Eric Stender.
9 Things a Leader Must Do – Book Review
Author: Dr. Henry Cloud
Genre: Career/Business/ Leadership
This book will help you discover the secrets that will help you focus on the dynamics that make a difference in your organization – and your life. A good number of us are in business or other arenas of leadership, but we have different backgrounds, different personalities, different economic circumstances, and different abilities. However, this set of people are the same in that they share this way of handling life and work. This book looks at 9 qualities that all great leaders possess. Their qualities influences leader’s decisions and relationships.
Chapter 1: Clear your mind and focus on you.
Leadership success is the process of digging up the treasures of the invisible soul to bring dreams, desires, and talents into the visible world. Become aware, listen and develop.
Chapter 2: Deal with it or let it go.
There are major negative things that can afflict us, really bad stuff. Then new energy, resources, time, and space become available to you to focus on the things that have life in them. The negative energy drain is stopped, making room for the good stuff.
Chapter 3: Evaluate first
Paying attention to detail is important. Always has been. Most leaders notice their surroundings, such as people, their behavior, and problems they feel they can solve. Have a plan, plot it, and make it happen.
Chapter 4: I’m wrong, but I can be right.
Many leaders blame themselves first. There is a problem, but you are aware there is a solution. Do what you must do to solve those problems and fire whomever you need to later. Ha!
Chapter 5: Leaders know to be patient.
The biggest enemy of the small-steps-big-results principle is our craving for having it all. All success is built and sustained just like a building is built, one brick at a time. Great leaders value the little increments, the tiny steps. Taking the long road, one tiny step at a time, will get you there faster because you will not lose time by trying shortcuts.
Chapter 6: It’s okay to hate something.
Choosing what you hate is serious business. Make your values intentional. If you don’t do this, these very things that you hate will end up in your life.
Chapter 7: Don’t keep score.
People who succeed in leadership and life do not go around settling scores. They do not even keep score.
Chapter 8: Don’t have such a big head because you are successful.
Root out any attitude of entitlement. Take responsibility, apologize, and forgive.
Chapter 9: Popularity isn’t important.
Good leaders go against the odds if the odds are against what is right. They are willing to be the odd one, risking loss of approval to do the right thing. Forget the popularity polls. Don’t try to avoid upsetting people; just make sure you are upsetting the right ones. If controlling, hot and cold, irresponsible, or manipulative people are upset with you, then take courage – it might be a sign that you are doing the right thing and becoming a great leader.
Book Review: The Lost City of Z
Author: David Grann
The Lost City of Z tells the story of a sensational disappearance that made headlines around the world. A quest for truth that lead to death, madness or disappearance for those who seek to solve it. Fawcett did not find that treasure, but was hooked by the notion of treasure hunting in general. The rest of his life was one long quest. His mishaps and triumphs were followed by would-be adventurers around the world. The tale of a deadly obsession.
In 1925, Fawcett ventured into the Amazon to find an ancient civilization, hoping to make one of the most important discoveries in history. For centuries Europeans believed the world’s largest jungle concealed the glittering kingdom of El Dorado. Thousands had died looking for it, leaving many scientists convinced that the Amazon was truly inimical to humans. But Fawcett, whose daring expeditions inspired Conan Doyle’s The Lost World, had spent years building his scientific case. Captivating the imagination of millions round the globe, Fawcett embarked with his 21-year-old son, determined to prove that this ancient civilization–which he dubbed Z–existed. Then his expedition vanished. Fawcett’s fate, & the tantalizing clues he left behind about Z, became an obsession for hundreds who followed him into the uncharted wilderness.
The Lost City of Z tells two stories: of the explorer chasing his mirage, and of the reporter chasing the explorer chasing his mirage — twin obsessions spun together like strands on a helix.
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Book Review: The Shack
Author: W.M. Paul Young
Tragedy can strike at any moment. Mack understood that more than anything. After a family trip, everyone comes back home accepts his daughter. While on a camping trip, Mack’s daughter is abducted by a stranger who is a familiar face at the camping grounds. Prior to Mack’s daughter’s disappearance, similar stories had been reported with the same abductor at the suspect. Mack is going through a parent’s worst nightmare. Returning home, Mack and his wife are at a disbelief about the disappearance of their daughter. They don’t know why it’s happening to them, but God does. Throughout The Shack, God is guiding Mack to seek higher guidance to understand the reason behind why his daughter has left him. He is lead to a place where the answer to all his questions are revealed.
When we go through things, we want to know why it is happening to us. The thought of it possible being our fault runs through our minds. We reminisce on past arguments that were unsettled, past events that changed our lives that were unforgiving. The lifestyle that we are living is now in question. Should we change? Forgive? The Shack teaches us about forgiveness and how to deal with those who have forsaken us. God has a way of changing our perspective, but are we prepared? Do we want to know the truth?
The way you choose to live daily is the way you choose to live your life. Most Christians are aware that if we choose to live for Christ, we will be crucified in His name. Sacrificing is a major topic in Christianity because once you say “yes” to God, you are saying “no” to friends, family, old ways, temptation, addictions, and many other things that distract you from God.