Category Archives: Inspiration

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.

Ox Herding: A Secular Pilgrimage by Jackie Griffiths

Ox Herding

Reviewed by Timea Barabas

If you are looking for a different kind of a travel journal, you might want to take a look at Ox Herding: A Secular Pilgrimage by Jackie Griffiths. Unlike the classical books of this genre, this novel takes you on an expedition to the previously untouched continents of a person’s psyche.

Just as the title suggests, this book is based on the Ten Ox Herding Pictures which are as Jackie Griffiths explains herself: “a Zen Buddhist philosophical classic that depicts the journey to enlightenment through ten distinct and progressive stages of spiritual development”. In fact the author gives us a brief description of these stages in the Introduction section. Although she admits to having doubts about her interference in the reader’s comprehension of her text (“I write this introduction with great trepidation, acknowledging that I’m running the risk of attracting attention to the finger pointing at the moon, rather than to the moon itself”), I find that some of the associations and explanations she puts forward here are necessary. The most useful intervention she had was introducing the reader to the Ten Ox Herding Pictures. Without this, much of the meaning of the novel would have been lost to me. However, going into the actual plot of the novel in this context seemed unnecessary to me.

A GOD FOR ALL SEASONS: Inspiration and Reflection for All Times by Patti Tingen

A God for All Seasons

Reviewed by Jane Squires

A powerful book to inspire one to grow in God. I recommend you read it as Spirit directs. He knows what day you need to read each season.

Our lives change as we grow from babies to adults. And each season brings new struggles and battles but God is in all of them. When circumstances are difficult, fall down before God in worship. One has nothing when we come into this world and nothing when we leave.

When Dreams are Calling by Carol Vorvain

When Dreams are Calling

Reviewed by Teri Davis

“And this is a story about change: What it brings into our lives and what it takes out of it; a story about pain, disappointment, frustration, loss but also about courage, love, lust, faith and kindness, a story about dreams and our power to make them come true.

The story of a permanent traveler.”

When Dreams are Calling is the loosely based events of author, Carol Vorvain who recorded her dreams, wishes, desires, and travels into this book in the hopes of letting others learn of the life lessons which guided her.

Growing up in Romania, Dora learned numerous lessons while discovering that her day-to-day life wasn’t fulfilling her dreams. She made the choice to relocate to Canada, completely packing up her life in pursuit of a possible new career, a new life, and hopefully a new love. Quickly she learned that moving does not always solve all your problems and challenges, as this move became only the first, but not the last time of completely relocating in another country.

Bodyguard Reunion (Love Inspired Suspense\Guardians, Inc.) by Margaret Daley

Bodyguard Reunion

Reviewed by Jane Squires

A word of warning – if you read this before bed don’t expect to sleep. You will want to keep reading.

Faith will build through this story. The importance of family before career mounts. Hate and revenge are twanted.

A Bride for Noah by Lori Copeland and Virginia Smith

A Bride for NoahReviewed by Jane Squires

The story begins Seattle and is an adventure in logging, love and more.

Evie feels she can leave Tennessee and start over. She travels with an employee who she has a partnership with to start a restaurant. Two other ladies are with them too. When she cannot get help from the loggers, it doesn’t stop her from getting ladies to help her clear off land for a restaurant. Love that part a lot.

Turns out land belonged to Noah so she forms a partnership with him too. Noah can hardly believe his Uncle brought women to the logging site. He is kept busy trying to keep the women out of the men’s way so they will work. But turns out he finally has to allow women near men to get the work done on time.

Dangerous Mercy (Secrets of Roux River Bayou, Bk 2) by Kathy Herman

Dangerous Mercy Reviewed by Jane Squires

This is one of the best books I have read. It keeps you turning the pages. I read half of it on the first night.

Underground slave tunnels, murders, mercy, and more. It takes you a long way through the book before you even speculate who the Bathtub Killer is.

A peaceful town is turned upside down by 5 murders. The Sheriff trying to fit together the pieces of the puzzle. He finally has to call in an FBI profiler.

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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