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Positive Thinking Every Day: An Inspiration for Each Day of the Year
Positive Thinking Every Day: An Inspiration for Each Day of the Year
by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Packed with Inspiration!, April 27 2004
Dr Norman Vincent Peale's gifts continue working, long after he has gone to receive his reward. My life is enriched every time I am privileged to pick up one of his books. This well-edited volume will give you a "vitamin" dose of positive thinking for every day of the year. If you're like me, you'll just go ahead and read through the entire thing at once. In a world where the negative occurs by default, programming one's mind with a positive antidote is necessary on a regular basis. Books such as this will help you obtain that needed mental nourishment.
Consider his powerful conclusion to this book, the December 31st reading and as you think about this message, remember he is, in a way, speaking from the "other side," as he is (present tense)a follower of Jesus Christ:
"Know that there is no death; that all life is indivisible, that the here and hereafter are one, that time and eternity are inseparable, that this is one unobstructed universe. We are citizens of eternity."

A Legacy of Success
A Legacy of Success
by Dr. Robert H. Schuller
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Inspiring Legacy, April 27 2004
This review is from: A Legacy of Success (Hardcover)
I already knew Robert Schullers I and II were effective writers. Now it turns out Donna Schuller, Robert II's wife can be added to the list. This inspiring story describes the success the family experienced based on their faith in Jesus Christ. No one who has acheived success has done so without adversity. It is in overcoming obstacles that one participates in the process of success building. Those familiar with Dr. Schuller's body of work can relate to that.
This book is quite visual. The photos and artwork supplement the narrative in a nice way. Legacy spills over beyond family. As writers such as the Schullers have overcome, the lessons they've learned have been shared with us through sermons and books. We all benefit in a win/win way. It's encouraging to have this first hand account of the way these overcomers have related to each other in a family way. May God continue to bless them and the work He does through them.

Yes Yes Living in a No No World
Yes Yes Living in a No No World
by Neil Eskelin
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!, April 12 2004
God has gifted Eskelin with the ability to motivate, inspire, and instruct. In this book he does all three. The margin notes I've written in my copy are rather extensive. He has a lot of valid points to make throughout the entire book. Anyone seeking to make a worthwhile contribution in life would be well advised to add this work to their reading list. It is a doers book. It will stir you to action. I highly recommend it.

Radical Optimism: Rooting Ourselves in Reality
Radical Optimism: Rooting Ourselves in Reality
by Beatrice Bruteau
Edition: Paperback
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1.0 out of 5 stars Seductively Evil, April 10 2004
The thing that makes this book so evil is it is so enticing. A person not knowing the Scriptures could easily be deceived by this cunning work. The way to distinguish truth from error is the Word of God and this book contradicts Scripture throughout. It uses Scripture out of context to build its case.
In the opening segments there is such a wonderful exposition given that is in agreement with the Christian Gospel by as the work unfolds, the deception gradually comes out. It starts when she says the virgin birth of Jesus is not to be taken literally. She talks about it being a myth we all experience. Both of these assertions contradict Scripture. From here she proceeds to try to tie in Christianity will all other religions. Another blatant contradiction of what Jesus taught. It's only downhill from here. The lies which contradict Scripture fill the rest of the book.
The Word of God is the standard by which all other ideas are tested. This book fails the test. This is an anti-Christian book that pretends to be something it is not. It does NOT promote truth, it propagates lies.

Rhetorical Criticism: A Study in Method
Rhetorical Criticism: A Study in Method
by Edwin Black
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Study of Methodology, April 8 2004
Professor Black tells us that rhetorical criticism has to do with a specialized form of critism and goes on in the first chapter to discuss the nature of the critic's role. In chapter two he talks about how rhetoric has to do with much more than spoken communication. He says that neo-Aristotelian criticism is by far the most dominant mode of rhetorical criticism presently used at the time of the book's publication.
The elements of neo-Aristotelianism include: 1) forensic, 2) deliberative, and 3) epideictic. The classifications of proof consist of: 1) logical, 2) pathetic, and 3) ethical. The assessment of the discourse includes: 1) invention, 2) arrangement, 3) delivery, 4) style, along with the evaluation of the discourse's effects on the audience.
This book offers a broad overview of rhetorical criticism. It lives up to its subtitle, i.e., it provides a study in method. It presents the historical context upon which Black adds his contribution.

Plain Account of Christian Perfection, A
Plain Account of Christian Perfection, A
by John Wesley
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Edifying and Instructive, April 7 2004
Since Wesley wrote in a different era, his style requires some adjustment but once one gets past that there is a lot of edifying content in this book. The key point of this book is the issue of "perfection." He sees it as living what Jesus said was the greatest commandment and its accompanying commandment, i.e., to love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your mind, all your strength, and to love your neighbor as you love yourself. Wesley's life demonstrates that he reached the goal. He traveled extensively, read widely, wrote inspiringly, and influenced many people to believe in Jesus as their Savior. Thank God for his legacy in words and deeds. He truly practiced and preached.

Everyone's A Coach
Everyone's A Coach
by Ken Blanchard
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hits the Spot!, April 7 2004
This review is from: Everyone's A Coach (Paperback)
What makes this book so effective is that the advice offered is not only solid, but it can be applied immeditely. It's a "hands on" doer's guide. The strength Ken Blanchard brings is his strong Christian influence. Shula's credentials consist of his long term track record as an NFL coach. In this book Shula describes how he leads by example and thorough preparation.
One place this book separtes itself from books of this genre is that it emphasizes "follow through" as contrasted with goal-setting. That's an action focus. It puts the spotlight on doing something.

A Revolution of Compassion: Faith-Based Groups as Full Partners in Fighting America's Social Problems
A Revolution of Compassion: Faith-Based Groups as Full Partners in Fighting America's Social Problems
by Dave Donaldson
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Argument for Practical Application, April 6 2004
This book is an argument for people in faith-based organizations to become involved in the federal government's service projects. It makes the point that the tide has turned against anti religious sentiment among decision makers who issue grants. In spite of this new trend, there continues to be a lingering anti faith element.
Dave Donaldson describes how a tragedy that occurred in his family early in his life caused him to realize help is needed from multiple sources when such incidents take place. He says the faith-based initiatives are nonpartisan, that they were actually started under President Clinton. President Bush followed through by adding emphasis to what was already on the books.
Other places in this book clear up some legal misconceptions. For example, a faith based organization does not have to hire someone outside their set of beliefs if they accept government money. Additionally there are both direct and indirect means of obtaining government funds.

Reading and Writing
Reading and Writing
by Robertson Davies
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars Insightful to Motivating, April 4 2004
This review is from: Reading and Writing (Hardcover)
As indicated, these essays were originally given as lectures. Forturnately they were saved and published. That in itself illustrates the various ways information can be produced and distributed. Being a communicator, I found what Davies had to say to be, what I would consider to be "informative to motivational."
In responding to inquiries about how to be a writer, Davies basically says writers are born. You either have the talent or your don't. He goes on to point out that art is elitist, not democratic, and in fact is older than the idea of democracy. The lesson one could infer from this is, discover your gift and cultivate it. Don't seek to be what you're not, build on your God given strengths.

The Double Win/Success Is a 2-Way Street
The Double Win/Success Is a 2-Way Street
by Denis E. Waitley
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspires and Motivates!, April 1 2004
Dr. Waitley has the gift to excite you about life! His books are so applicable! He makes success seem like the only logical way to live. This is another masterpiece. The essence of this book boils down to the Golden Rule given my Jesus, "do unto others as you would have them do unto you." That's it! The sum of quality interpersonal relationships is found in that small sentence.
On page 48 Dr. Waitley reminds us that we're meant to be contributors in life, not spectators. He writes, "...much of the frustration, depression, and restlessness in society is related to talents that are not being used or properly expressed." God gave us gifts, talents, and abilities to use, to bless other people. Fulfillment comes from doing that.

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