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The Journey from Poor Procrastinator to Invested Millennial by Jeremy Kho

Reviewed by Timea Barabas

The Journey From Poor Procrastinator to Invested MillenIf you are looking to learn how to achieve financial independence, Jeremy Kho has prepared a book just for you. The Journey from Poor Procrastinator to Invested Millennial will teach you the basics regarding how you should manage your finances and make you curious to learn more. However, the book is not limited to this topic, it can also just help motivate you to overcome your general state of procrastination.

Don’t be scared that the information presented will be too technical for you, it is far from that. With a friendly tone, Jeremy Kho takes you on a journey of self-discovery. He uses a lot of colorful examples to make the economics part more accessible. There are plenty of stories with realistic characters throughout the book containing noteworthy morals. You might even recognize yourself in one or more of these.

The Five Paths to Happiness: The Keys to Living a Happy Life According to Your Personality by Javier Ramon Brito

Reviewed by Timea Barabas

The Five Paths to HappinessThe search for happiness is a central theme in our life paths; it seems to be the goal of mankind. Although many view it as a destination some, like Javier Ramon Brito, are here to remind us that it is in fact all about the road. In his book, The Five Paths to Happiness, he describes several means of materializing such an elusive concept.

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Unlike other self-help books which usually put forward a single universal solution, this one presents five ways, adding a layer of complexity to the approach. The author combines different disciplines and thought systems based on a common denominator (the number five) to outline his personal system. From psychology he takes the character structures, the five elements that govern everything (ether, air, fire, water, earth) from Eastern philosophy, also studying the interaction of these elements with the human body from the perspective of traditional Chinese medicine.

Debt Cleanse: How To Settle Your Unaffordable Debts For Pennies On The Dollar (And Not Pay Some At All) by Jorge Newbery

Reviewed by Veronica Alvarado

Debt CleansePart how-to manual, part self-help book, and part-companion to the larger website DebtCleanse.com, Jorge P. Newbery’s Debt Cleanse: How to Settle Your Unaffordable Debts for Pennies on the Dollar (And Not Pay Some at All) is a definitive, exhaustive guide with the goal of forever ridding the reader from the crippling debt that so unfortunately saddles millions of Americans.

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Newbery begins with a set if staggering statistics. Literally millions of Americans are burdened with various forms of debt. Some of this debt is so massive that is it often feels to the victims that they (or even their progeny) will never be rid of it. Newbery himself once suffered from that kind of debtor’s fear. As he so candidly admits, at one point in his career as a businessman, he owed a debt amounting to over twenty-six million dollars. But today he is relatively debt-free. Sound impossible? Newbery’s guide illuminates step-by-step how he was able to emerge from that crippling figure by paying only a miniscule fraction of it. He further provides hundreds of exacting tips, tools, and tactics to aid any person who finds him or herself in debt to eventually walk away debt-free after only paying a very small portion of the overall cost.

The Four Horsemen of the Investor’s Apocalypse: The Four Evils That Will Crush Your Portfolio, and How to Fight Them by Robert J. Klosterman, CFP

The Four Horsemen of the Investor's Apocalypse: The four evils that will crush your portfolio, and how to fight them

Reviewed by Douglas R. Cobb

The Four Horsemen of the Investor’s Apocalypse by Robert J. Klosterman, CFP, is a book that all investors should read and learn from, as it deals with four of the deadliest hindrances to investors finding success in their efforts to preserve wealth and maintain growth over time. The book is rightly subtitled “The Four Evils That Will Crush Your Portfolio, and How to Fight Them,” because the four hindrances that Klosterman details have often caused the best laid plans of investors to go terribly astray.

111 Inspirational Life Purpose Quotes & Exercises to Find Your Purpose in Life by Suzanne Strisower

111inspirationallifepurposequotes&exercisesReviewed by Douglas R. Cobb

Do YOU know what your “life purpose” is? If not, do you want to know how to find it, and learn how to use your true potential to fulfill your purpose and life? A perfect road map or guide to discovering what your life purpose really is and how to live to your full potential is Suzanne Strisower’s inspirational and extremely informative workbook, 111 Inspirational Life Purpose Quotes & Exercises To Find Your Purpose In Life. This truly interesting and helpful book contains, as the title mentions, 111 inspirational quotes that you’ll want to commit to memory, and exercises on worksheets that provide a holistic step-by-step approach so that you can achieve your full potential and discover what your life purpose is.

Realizing that wisdom and insight into human nature and what we’re all here on this planet for has fascinated and intrigued people around the world since time immemorial, and that these philosophies and religions have helped seekers after the truth find answers for thousands of years, the author has created the exercises in her workbook based on them. She also incorporates her knowledge of psychology, making her book a sort of GPS to locating what your life purpose is. The worksheets help you get attuned to this purpose, and they dare you to discover the role you play in the divine order of life.

What are some examples of these quotes and worksheets? Are they really that useful, you might ask? We all from time-to-time question why we’re here on Earth, and why we have been born in the era and place we find ourselves in. The exercises can be incredibly useful to guiding us towards this knowledge. They cover a wide range of subjects, each worksheet designed for a specific purpose to aid us in our quest.

In the first section of the book, “Your Hierarchy of Needs,” readers learn what their universal needs are, and how many of them you have personally met. This section is designed to help you recognize what your developmental and chronological goals and purpose are, and then to synthesize these insights. Worksheets in this section include ones such as “Your Numerological Life Purpose,” “Your God’s Eye View Life Purpose,” and “Your Mission and Calling Life Purpose.” Suzanne often provides the links of web sites where you can find out things like the meaning of your name based on numerology. The question that concludes the “Numerology” worksheet is: “What do you think is your purpose based on Numerology?”

Each area of your life is taken into account, like your career and professional side, your spiritual development, your physical health and well being, and your peer relationships. Our life purpose(s) are often multifaceted, combining one’s personal, professional, and spiritual goals. The author gets into this topic also, and the importance we place upon knowing what our life purpose is and in attaining it.

Quotes from famous authors, religious figures, etc. are at the top of each worksheet. The quotes were chosen to correspond to each topic. For instance, the quote at the top of “Exercise #21 – Your Meaningful Activities Life Purpose,” relates to these meaningful activities:

“Engaging in meaningful activities promotes bliss. Activities that provide meaning do so by engaging your values, what you feel is important. When uour activities are important, you’re doing something that makes a difference. You are infused with a sense of purpose, which lifts you above the mundane and dreary.”

111 Inspirational Life Purpose Quotes & Exercises by Suzanne Strisower is an excellent resource and guide to difining whatever your life purpose might be. There are so many things about our true natures that seem hidden from us, though if we’re guided in the right direction, it’s possible to learn some of life’s deepest mysteries. Discover your own life purpose, and take the first step to achieving important goals in your life by checking out this remarkable book today.

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Color is Everything by Dan Bartges

colorReviewed by Mary Z.

“Master the Use of Color in Oils, Acrylics or Watercolors” is the apt subtitle of this slim volume. Dan Bartges writes in a clear and concise way explaining how to use the color wheel to greatly enhance an artist’s vision.

He starts by telling the reader how to select the best tools for whichever project the painter is planning. Then he goes into detail about the properties of color and how to make them work. In between he gives assignments so the reader can get a first-hand knowledge of how color works. The difference between hue, value, and intensity is clearly explained.

Mr. Bartges shows the reader how to make his or her own color wheel and develop a color scheme which will attract and hold viewers. He gives “problems” that allow the artist to develop his or her own sense of which of the six schemes would work best.

The unique expressions of color are succinctly brought to life in this book: not only is it a must for an artist, beginner to advanced, it is also valuable for anyone who sees a painting and wants to know why and how it affects the viewer.

The author knows his subject and has the ability to simplify what sometimes looks daunting to artist and viewer alike. The book can be used anywhere and anytime and is a great reference tool. “Color is Everything” and color is everywhere. Finally we have a book that explains it all.