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25 11, 2015

Review: Brokenomics by Dina Gachman

By | November 25th, 2015|Categories: Business & Investing, Gift Ideas, Health, Mind, & Body, Nonfiction, Personal Finance, Self Help, Self-Help, Success|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments

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brokenomics book coverReviewed by Nina Longfield

Brokenomics: 50 Ways to Live the Dream on a Dime by Dina Gachman is a funny, funny book. And it’s practical too. Who would have thought a book on personal finances could be so entertaining and humorous?

At its core, Brokenomics is a look at personal finance and how one might live better even on a minuscule paycheck. What separates Brokenomics from other (possibly all) personal economy books is a combination of Dina Gachman’s plausible stories, humor, and practical advice. Gachman peppers her personal finance self-help book with witty stories and real-world advice on how to really live rather than merely getting by. Gachman is straightforward in her narration. Some of Gachman’s rhetoric can be taken as tongue-in-cheek; at other times, her advice is like a smack on the forehead followed by a possible verbal “why didn’t

7 08, 2015

Review: How to F*ck a Woman by Ali Adler

By | August 7th, 2015|Categories: Health, Mind, & Body, Humor, Love & Romance, Nonfiction, Self-Help|Tags: , , , |3 Comments

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How to F*ck a Woman book coverReviewed by Nina Longfield

At times insightful, sometimes funny, and always candid, Ali Adler covers her subject very well. Adler’s How to F*ck a Woman is a sex guide. In her introduction, Adler explains why she chose to write a book about sex. How to F*ck a Woman is the how-to manual she wrote to answer men’s general questions regarding women and sex with women. She writes from the assumption that all a man really wants is sex. (On the other side, she writes that women just want to be understood.) With insight and humor, Adler delves into the relationship dichotomy as she sees it from the male side issuing advice that might ultimately get the man into the woman’s bed (or vice versa).

Marketed as eighty percent relationship handbook and twenty percent sex manual, author Ali Adler

14 06, 2015

Review: Handwriting Analysis by David J. Dewitt

By | June 14th, 2015|Categories: Health, Mind, & Body, Psychology & Counseling, Self-Help|Tags: , , |4 Comments

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handwriting analysis book coverReviewed by Sarah McCubbin

If you’ve ever seen an episode of Crime Scene Investigators (CSI), you may have seen the team using handwriting analysis to help catch the perpetrator of a crime. By studying a person’s writing and how they form their letters, certain inferences can be made about someone’s temperament or character traits. However, such a study can be beneficial for more than solving crimes. According to David J. Dewitt, it can be used as a mode of self-discovery, helping individuals find the right path that fits their nature. In his book, Handwriting Analysis: Discover Your Own Vocational/Career Potential, he aims to show how this tool can be used to figure out your personality type, and the best career choice for you. In particular, he is writing to people who may feel stuck in life or are

23 04, 2015

Review: Win Friends and Customers by Lawrence J. Bookbinder, Ph.D

By | April 23rd, 2015|Categories: Business & Investing, Health, Mind, & Body, Motivation & Self-Improvement, Nonfiction, Self-Help|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

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win friends and customers book coverReviewed by Sarah McCubbin

Have you ever noticed that some people are just naturally good at making friends, can sell just about anything and are liked by nearly everyone? Then there are those who are just plain awkward and for whom a basic conversation seems like a victory. Years ago, when I found myself in the awkward camp, I remember thinking that the art of conversation was a bit of a mystery.  Eventually, I realized that listening to other people and asking questions about them was so much easier than contrived topics or defaulting to the weather.

Due to my own struggle, my interest was piqued when I came across the book, Win Friends and Customers: Relationship and Business Success from Empathic Acknowledging by Lawrence J. Bookbinder, Ph.D. As a clinical psychologist for over 30 years and an expert

31 03, 2015

Review: The Like Switch by Jack Schafer & Marvin Karlins

By | March 31st, 2015|Categories: Business & Investing, Health, Mind, & Body, Nonfiction, Parenting & Family, Self-Help, Success|Tags: , , , , |3 Comments

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the like switch book coverReviewed by Garret Rose

Humans have the need to love and to be loved. Relationships are integral to our growth as well as a means to help us navigate through an interesting and sometimes difficult world. Sometimes that doesn’t come easy. If you are an introvert, a.k.a. a shy person, or timid around people, then The Like Switch: An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Influencing, Attracting, and Winning People Over can be a great fit for you. It can teach you how to look for signs of attraction (either friendly or romantic), as well as how to maintain the appropriate space, eye contact, and physical contact in a budding relationship. Schafer and Karlins give advice on the “Friendship Formula”, “The Laws of Attraction”, “The Curiosity Hook”, and a very important chapter at the end titled “The Perils and Promise of

28 03, 2015

Review: But God by Herbert Cooper

By | March 28th, 2015|Categories: Christian Living, Health, Mind, & Body, Nonfiction, Religion & Spirituality, Self-Help|Tags: , , |0 Comments

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but good book coverReviewed by Charity Lyman

I frequently read Christian self help books but more often than not I feel like I’ve wasted my time. Typically, it’s a lot of reading with semi-interesting facts that make no difference in my everyday life. These books bring to light areas where one might need to change but don’t give any answers on how to make that change possible. When But God: Changes Everything showed up for review, I almost didn’t even take a second look. But I respect Craig Groeschel (who wrote the foreword) and on that recommendation alone I decided to give it a try. Here are my thoughts on But God by Herbert Cooper.

But God takes the reader through a journey. It is written specifically for those who have tried option after option and yet have made no significant changes in their lives.

1 03, 2015

Review: Keep Calm and Ask On by Michael Samuels

By | March 1st, 2015|Categories: Health, Mind, & Body, Motivational, Self-Help|Tags: , |3 Comments

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keep calm and ask on book coverReviewed by Sarah McCubbin

As each of us go through our day to day lives, we look around us and notice. Some people are the “haves” and some are the “have-nots.” Some people live the American dream and some people just sit around and daydream. What makes one successful and the other not? How can someone turn those dreams into reality? In his book, Keep Calm and Ask On: A No-Nonsense Guide to Fulfilling Your Dreams, Michael Samuels addresses our wishes and wants and how to make them come true.

Samuels encourages each one of us to think about what we want…and then write it down. He suggests that we analyze why we want it, as dreams of a selfish nature won’t really make us happy and that is what this is all about. In

28 02, 2015

Review: Your Life Isn’t For You by Seth Adam Smith

By | February 28th, 2015|Categories: Health, Mind, & Body, Memoirs, Nonfiction, Self-Help|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments

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your life isn't for you book coverReviewed by Poppy Johnson

Your Life Isn’t for You by Seth Adam Smith is the author’s story of learning to be less selfish (as the title intimates) and as a result, turning his life into one that is richer, more productive and more satisfying. Smith found peace in his life; his story is one of truth and acceptance told in an honest and heartfelt way.

The book opens with Smith explaining how his article “Marriage Isn’t for You” got over 30 million views and became an overnight sensation. He goes on to relay his life experiences over the span of ten chapters. He discusses his time as a Mormon missionary, his withdrawal from others and his ensuing depression, and even his thoughts of suicide. Smith talks about feeling like a “selfish giant” and living out his days in a

7 02, 2015

Review: Integral Healing by Lynne Feldman

By | February 7th, 2015|Categories: Alternative Medicine, Disorders & Diseases, Health, Mind, & Body, Motivational, Self-Help, Women's Health|Tags: , , , , , |3 Comments

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integral healing book coverReviewed by Sarah McCubbin

Some people seem to have lives full of tragedy. One thing after another occurs leaving them on edge waiting for the next shoe to drop. All the while, other people may go about their lives relatively unscathed. In Integral Healing, Lynne Feldman shares her health crisis as one of many trials she has faced in life. When she was diagnosed with breast and lung cancers in 2010, the baggage of her past returned to the forefront.

Prior to her cancer diagnosis, Lynne had already studied a form of treatment called Integral Healing. In essence, its general goal is to combine various theories of healing (physical, spiritual, emotional, mental) in a way that uniquely suits each person. As Lynne struggled to come to terms with her diagnosis and her own mortality, she began to rely more heavily on

1 02, 2015

Review: Working Memory Advantage by Tracy & Ross Alloway

By | February 1st, 2015|Categories: Health, Mind, & Body, Nonfiction, Psychology, Self-Help|Tags: , , |3 Comments

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working memory advantage book coverReviewed by Poppy Johnson

A person’s working memory is the recall that is necessary to use on a daily basis to solve most of life’s pressing problems. The human brain possesses too much information today and does most of the tasks well when forced to multi-task. However, if we make an effort to consciously process information slowly, our brains only become more proficient at what they need to do.

The authors start with explaining the purpose of the brain and how it functions (beginning with the prefrontal cortex and highlighting each area of the brain). The Working Memory Advantage: Train Your Brain to Function Stronger, Smarter, Faster gives tips for prioritizing information better, adapting easily to new situations, staying motivated to achieve long term goals, remaining positive in trying times, and even tips to help a person become a better athlete.

The book