Category Archives: Inspirational

The Dot on the Left: Life Lessons on Moving from Below Average to Ahead of the Curve by Dave Swanson

Reviewed by Ray Palen

The Dot on the LeftWhen readers turn to a self-help book they are looking for something new and different. There have been thousands of books written about overcoming adversity, striving to improve yourself, finding strength from within, etc… The question when promoting these self-help books is not only how to market them but finding something unique that no one else has written previously.

Dave Swanson’s self-help/inspirational book entitled THE DOT ON THE LEFT: Life Lessons on Moving from Below Average to Ahead of the Curve is not as much another primer or how-to book. Rather, Swanson simply tells his own story and how he overcame adversity, negativity and labels others wished to place upon him and instead listened only to his inner feelings as he pushed himself to succeed at every goal he set for himself.

This is a great start, but to really grab readers and keep them engaged you also need to have some credibility beyond just a good story. Swanson has that in droves. In addition to being a published author he is also a motivational speaker and former U.S. Army infantry platoon leader. He knows about real adversity as he survived over 100 firefights while deployed to Sadr City, Iraq. There’s an old adage that states ‘there are no atheists in fox-holes’! Well, to survive the type of warfare this man was faced with required much more than faith alone. Dave Swanson sounds like the type of person I want to listen to when he has something to say.

Uplifters, Inspirational Stories From The Heart by Debbie Hoffman Nutile

Uplifters~Inspirational Stories from the Heart Reviewed by Cy Hilterman

There are twenty-three mostly delightful heartwarming stories in this book, including one from the author. As I read each story I felt almost every mood I could possibly feel as others told me personal stories from their heart and mind as they remembered them. A few were a bit “out there” in my mind but in the writers mind that part of their life must have been very meaningful.

All of the stories were placed in this book exactly as each author remembered and told them. Some of the spelling and punctuation was off but the general meanings get through. The first story gets the reader started very well with a driver that knew something was wrong with them so they pulled over and requested an ambulance. Sure enough, she was correct regarding her health. The rest of the stories run from inner feelings of the writer, to their relationship with God, to their love of nature, to their love and sometimes failure of humans, to animals, and on and on. Most had a need for something, but they were not sure what that “something” was. Some had parents or other family problems that needed straightened out in their life; some needed a better presence with God; some just needed guidance for the next step of their life.