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Accelerate to Glory: A to Z Principles to Success in Life and Business
Accelerate to Glory: A to Z Principles to Success in Life and Business
by Emelia Adjei
Edition: Paperback
Price: $12.80
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Guiding Light, April 17, 2014
Part of being human is the inner drive to grow and achieve. It is part of our nature to strive to find our purpose and achieve it. Far too many people seem to get sidetracked. They don't seem to be able to find the path which will lead them to their goals or their progress is slower than they would like. In short, most people are seeking guidance that will help them find the right path and move forward with sufficient speed.

Emelia Adjei, author of Accelerate to Glory, has written a guide specifically targeted to those who are seeking direct guidance in their lives. Ms. Adjei was born in Ghana and moved to the United States to escape the problems of living in a repressive society. Moving to the United States and establishing a new life was not easy. There were plenty of bumps along the way. But with her strong religious beliefs, strong work ethic and determination, she has achieved amazing success. Now in her writing she shares the lessons she has learned and the principles she followed to achieve her success.

Accelerate to Glory follows a simple format. Emelia has taken two words from each letter of the alphabet and builds a life lesson around those words. The lessons always start with a Bible verse, then she defines that word and how it impacts our lives. The essay ends with a quote appropriate to that lesson.

There are 52 separate essays. You could read the book cover to cover or you could open the book to any page and read lessons at random. Each lesson is a stand alone principle, but taken together, they form a way to live and work that will lead the reader to the path they are seeking.

Ms. Adjei's principles are aligned with her strong religious beliefs. While the principles will be most relevant to fellow Christians, the truths of these concepts will be beneficial to all readers, regardless of religious beliefs. For example, one of the words she has chosen is Determination. You will not really succeed in life unless you approach life with a strong determination. According to Ms. Adjei, "Determination is a positive force within you that rises up to bring out your potential to reach your destiny." She concludes the essay on Determination with a quote from Nelson Mandela, "When people are determined, they can overcome anything."

The book is a combination of inspiration, motivation and solid principles for living a life based on what you were created to do. It is short and easy to read. There are a total of 52 powerful, profound essays that will serve as a guiding light to help you achieve your goals in the fastest and most direct manner. You can use this book as your daily inspirational/motivational guide and if you will incorporate the principles into your daily life, it will transform your life.

I was provided a review copy of this book.


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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Organize your scarves, April 13, 2014
It is a bit difficult to keep scarves and/or neckties organized and properly stored. I have often found ties that fell to the bottom of the closet floor. My wife has scarves stored in a number of different locations and can spend a lot of time searching for a particular scarf.

The "Green" Scarf Hanger should solve those problems. The hanger is very neat and well made. It has a regular hanger at the top so can hang in the closet like any other hanger. Then there are 10 chrome rings - 5 on each side of a wooden block. The block is highly polished and well finished. The chrome ringlets on each side are smooth and highly polished so as not to catch or snag a scarf or tie.

Although the hanger was designed for scarves, I see no reason why it could not be used for neckties also.

The ringlets are about 1 ˝" round so it will hold most spring/summer scarves. I know there are some heavy winter scarves that would not fit on the hanger. Those type scarves are normally folded and placed in drawers, but I just wanted to point out that it will not hold bulky winter scarves.

This should be a excellent tool to keep the scarves in one place, and improve the organization of the closet.

The Scarf Hanger is very reasonably priced and under normal use should never wear out. The manufacturer offers a lifetime warranty.

If you have lots of scarves, this should really come in handy to get them all in one place and store them properly. If you have more than 10 scarves, buy 2 - they are inexpensive.

I was provided a sample for testing/review purposes.


Etronic ® Ultra Comfort Massage Travel Neck Pillow - 6 Massage Modes - Headrest Strap - CE Certified [3-Year Warranty]
Etronic ® Ultra Comfort Massage Travel Neck Pillow - 6 Massage Modes - Headrest Strap - CE Certified [3-Year Warranty]
Offered by E Depot Express
Price: $19.99
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Useful Travelling Companion, April 13, 2014
One of the hazards of long trips, either by automobile or airplane, is stiff necks. It is nearly impossible to find a position that does not strain the neck muscles. My wife always takes along some type of pillow, but it has been a long time since she owned one specifically designed for the neck.

When she saw the opportunity to try the Etronic ® Ultra Comfort Massage Travel Neck Pillow she did not hesitate one minute. The pillow is just what she wanted/needed for the occasional long automobile trip we take. She even uses it on shorter trips around town.

The pillow is soft and comfortable, has a snap that holds the pillow in place when a person nods off to sleep. It also has an elastic band that you can use to secure the pillow to a headrest. This is very handy when traveling. Just hook the elastic band around the head rest and when you make a rest stop, just unsnap the pillow and the pillow stays in place.

You would not normally expect a neck pillow in this price range to come with a massage feature. The Etronic neck pillow has a battery operated 6 mode massager - it requires 2 AA batteries which are not included. This can really relax the neck muscles during or after a long trip. The battery compartment is nestled inside the pillow. I had to look very close to find the zippered compartment.

The pillow appears to be well constructed. The top is plush material and the bottom part appears to be a spandex type material. Because it has a massager and a battery, it is not washable. If you spill or stain the fabric, you will need to spot clean it.

I believe this is a real bargain. The neck pillow can really make a difference on how your neck feels at the end of a long trip. Having the ability to give yourself a neck massage is a real plus.

I was provided a sample product for testing/review purposes.


Early Children's Book+Video+Audio:"Magical Toys" a story about organization and taking care of your toys.(Educational Story).: Illustrated Children e-Book for ages 3-8(Bedtime Dreaming pictures Book)
Early Children's Book+Video+Audio:"Magical Toys" a story about organization and taking care of your toys.(Educational Story).: Illustrated Children e-Book for ages 3-8(Bedtime Dreaming pictures Book)
Price: $0.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Important Life Lesson, April 12, 2014
One of the toughest tasks for parents is to get children to pick up their toys after they have finished playing with them. And while it is difficult to train this behavior, it is a very important skill for children to develop. It will certainly serve them well as they grow to teenagers and eventually to adults. Said differently, if they do not learn the habit of picking up their toys as children, that behavior will likely follow them throughout their lifetime. They will leave the dirty clothes scattered in their room. They will leave the tools all over the garage.

Magic Toys, by Amos Ordan, is an interesting story about teaching this very important lesson. The book is targeted to the 4 to 6 year old child. It is a typical play date where two boys empty the toy chest and have lots of fun playing but do not take the time to put the toys away when play time is over.

The toys become “magical” – talking about their owner and how he must not love them. Most of the toys suffer in some manner because they were not put away properly. As the toys plot their escape from his neglect, the young boy realizes that he has not been treating his toys with respect and begs for another chance.

There are a couple of other teaching moments in the book. One is about being truthful. The young boy told his mother that he had picked up his room when in fact he had not. He soon realizes that there are consequences to poor behavior.

The book is digital and the illustrations are very nice. However, this book will probably need to be read to the intended audience. But if you buy the book, you get a link to a video of the book being read by a professional reader. I think allowing children to consume the video of the book will probably make a better impression on the child.

The plot line is straightforward. In the video version, the characters come to life and the lesson will have more impact. I have known far too many adults that never learned to “pick up and put away” their toys/tools and other materials after using them. So this is a valuable lesson for young children.

I was provided a review copy of this book.


Million Dollar Launch: How to Kick-start a Successful Consulting Practice in 90 Days
Million Dollar Launch: How to Kick-start a Successful Consulting Practice in 90 Days
Price: $12.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Quick Start Guide, April 7, 2014
If you are starting a consulting, coaching, training or any other professional services business, this is a great place to start. The first 90 days will have a real impact on the growth and success of your business. Get off too slowly and you will struggle to survive. On the other hand, if you follow the advice in this book and jump start your business, you will have a much easier time establishing the business you are dreaming of.

Alan Weiss, author of Million Dollar Launch, is a highly successful consultant and prolific author. He is a widely recognized authority on starting and running highly very profitable consulting companies. This book is written specifically for the sole entrepreneur. It is not intended for anyone wishing to start a multi-staff consulting practice.

Mr. Weiss writes in a very conversational style. He shares many of the tips he used when he started his own consulting practice after being terminated. While many people might think a million dollar consulting practice would require a swank office and lots of staff, Mr. Weiss dispels that notion. All those luxuries are overhead. He calculates that he put his children through college on the office rent he saved by using a spare bedroom as his office.

The book is divided into three parts – or three 30 day increments. Mr. Weiss gives a step by step process for what must be done in each 30 day period. The book is full of down to earth tips on what it takes to run a successful consulting business.

One of the most important lessons in the book is that no matter what service you deliver, you must realize that you are in the marketing business. Without effective marketing, you have no clients. Without clients, you have no business. A huge part of marketing is fully understanding your value proposition. “Value propositions are always business outcomes, never inputs.” Far too many professionals want to focus on the method, but the client only cares about the outcomes you achieve for them. If you get no other lesson from this book but how to craft your value proposition, you will be well on your way to a successful practice.

A lesson Mr. Weiss has often repeated is that the first sale is to yourself. If you do not believe in your value proposition, you will never be convince someone else to buy your services.

The book contains plenty of excellent tips on what to do as well as what not to do. There are lots of “Launch Lessons” and “Scripts” in text boxes that highlight important concepts.

Some of the lessons you will probably already know. But having all the material in one place, organized by 30 day launch periods makes this a no-brainer to purchase. Well worth the investment in price and time to read.

I was provided a review copy of this book.


Get Balanced, Get Blissed: Nourishment for Body, Mind, and Soul
Get Balanced, Get Blissed: Nourishment for Body, Mind, and Soul
by Lynne Goldberg
Edition: Paperback
Price: $9.13
23 used & new from $7.05

4.0 out of 5 stars Bring Harmony Back Into Your Life, April 7, 2014
In our current world filled with so much bad news, where stress and overwhelm seem to be the norm, the idea of living a blissful life seems like a dream. Most people would settle for just a little less turmoil.

Lynne Goldberg, author of Get Balanced, Get Blissed, says that bliss is our natural state. And that we can regain that natural state by understanding and honoring the relationship between our mind, body and spirit.

First, we must address the way we treat out bodies. We do not take very good care of our bodies. Most people follow a rather unhealthy diet, eating too many processed foods and taking in too much sugar. We fail to get the proper amount of exercise and far too many fail to get adequate sleep. We pollute our environment with all sorts of unhealthy chemicals.

Second, we need to take better care of our minds. According to Ms. Goldberg there is a direct connection between our bodies and our minds. We don’t seem to have a gatekeeper guarding the ideas that we let slip into our minds. “As you think, so you become.” We must do a better job of protecting what goes into our minds.

And lastly, we must acknowledge our spirit – the essence of who we are. If we get the mind, body and spirit working together in harmony, we can truly lead a life of bliss.

Ms. Goldberg writes in a very conversational style. The book is a result of her own journey of discovery. She was deeply involved in the family business, doing very well by material standards. But the premature still birth of twins lead her to reexamine life. Because of her struggles after the loss of her twins, she was replaced in the family business. It was a crushing blow for her. Her identity had been closely tied to who she was in business. Now she had to discover who she was and what mattered in life.

Thus followed an intense journey of discovery. The principles in the book are based on the things she learned about life and about herself. The book is fairly short. She covers the basics but does not bog the reader down with mindless detail.

In Part 7 of the book, Ms. Goldberg offers a 21-Day Challenge. This is a seven step process where she leads the reader on their own journey of getting blissed.

If you are looking for a simple, straightforward process to get your life together, to discover the natural state of bliss we were born to live, this is an excellent guide.

I was provided a review copy of this book.


The Diabetes Book: What Everyone Should Know
The Diabetes Book: What Everyone Should Know
by Chet Galaska
Edition: Paperback
Price: $8.99
3 used & new from $8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Managing Diabetes, April 2, 2014
According to the Center for Disease Control, diabetes in the United States is increasing at an alarming rate. "From 1980 through 2011, the number of Americans with diagnosed diabetes has more than tripled, from 5.6 million to 20.9 million."

Further, diabetes is a very serious disease. It can dramatically impact the quality of life and in many cases shorten the life expectancy. Treating diabetes casually can and is often deadly.

Chet Galaska, the author of Living on a Tightrope, has written a short book that should be very helpful for anyone diagnosed with diabetes, their family and friends. Mr. Galaska is not a health care professional. He was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes some 30 years ago. So he writes from first hand experience about what it is like to try to "walk the tightrope" - keeping the proper blood glucose level.

Mr. Galaska gives a good explanation of diabetes, distinguishes between type 1 and type 2, traces the major developments in the treatment of diabetes, from the discovery of insulin to the very modern monitoring tools. He also goes into the lifestyle changes necessary to control or mitigate the problems associated with diabetes.

Mr. Galaska gives some very practical and helpful advice on living with diabetes. Once you have been diagnosed with diabetes, your life will be dramatically changed. Chet discusses all the things that you will need to be aware of in order to maintain a reasonably healthy, normal life.

This book is not medical advice. It is written by a layman for the purpose of sharing his own experience so that others may know what to expect and how to cope with the disease.

Chet writes in a very conversational style. The book is short and easy to read. Although Mr. Galaska is not a medical professional, he apparently has done a lot of research and picked up a lot of knowledge based on his own treatment and experience. Chet certainly discusses the medical implications and treatment, he does so in layman's terms that should be readily understood by the average reader.

Diabetes is not like other diseases. You cannot take a pill once a day an expect everything to be okay. There are too many variables in diet, exercise and lifestyle that makes maintaining the proper blood glucose level very difficult. This book will shed light on what to expect.

If you or someone you know has recently been diagnosed with diabetes, this is a very important book to read. It lays out what to expect and how to adjust your lifestyle so your life can be as normal as possible.

I was provided a review copy of this book.


A Renaissance Redneck In A Mega-Church Pulpit
A Renaissance Redneck In A Mega-Church Pulpit
by Randy Elrod
Edition: Paperback
Price: $13.20
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Provocative, Enlightening, Entertaining, April 2, 2014
There is a concept that our lives are divided into three major segments. The first is our Discovery Years - these years are spend developing our personality, learning values, shaping our character and behavior. The second segment is our Fulfillment Years. We spend those years building a resume, acquiring wealth, staring a family, laying down roots, striving to achieve our goals. The third segment is our legacy years.

In A Renaissance Redneck in a Mega-Church Pulpit, author Randy Elrod shares the first two segments of his life. The book is funny, painful, insightful, emotional and thought provoking. Mr. Elrod traces his life from early childhood to huge success as minister of music in several mega-churches to a very painful conclusion of the second segment.

As I was reading this book, two thought kept coming to mind. The first was the song from the musical South Pacific – You’ve Got to be Carefully Taught. “You've got to be taught To hate and fear, You've got to be taught From year to year,
It's got to be drummed In your dear little ear. You've got to be carefully taught.”

Mr. Elrod, the son of a Pentecostal preacher, was raised in the mountains of Tennessee. During his early childhood he was carefully taught – all the rules and beliefs of a very rigid fundamentalist church.

Because of his natural singing talent, he managed to escape the confining beliefs of the Pentecostal church. He also escaped Tennessee, being hired as the music minister for a mega-church in Florida where he was able to obtain a college degree and receive formal voice training.

His story is one of unbelievable rise from humble, rural beginnings to being a super star in numerous mega-churches. He got to travel, meet well connected people, in short enjoy the finer things of life. But what looked like an ideal life was actually draining the life out of him.

Mr. Elrod shines a rather soft light on the dark side of religion.

“Those tentacles of religious rules have a way of reaching throughout time. Even today.”

“I’ve said before that religious ideas are curious things. They flow in ruts worn deep by time and habit. It’s here you see the hand of that awful power, the fundamentalist church.”

“The teachings of my church seemed fine as long as we sequestered ourselves in our ‘sanctuary’, but they did not seem to stand up as well in the light of the real world.”

I feel certain the primary purpose of this book was therapeutic. But it is also a fascinating read for the seekers of truth. If you are not willing to open your religious beliefs to some serious questions, this book is probably not for you.

The book is very well written, a breeze to read, the story pulls you along. You will experience a wide range of emotions as the story line rises and falls with the ups and downs in the life of the author. While some people will find he was too hard on organized religion, it is my belief that he handled the subject with kid’s gloves.

I mentioned there were two recurring thoughts as I read this book. The other was a quote from Shakespeare, “His life was gentle; and the elements
So mixed in him, that Nature might stand up and say to all the world, THIS WAS A MAN!”

I was provided a review copy of this book.
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Smart Weigh Digital Multi-purpose Body Scale, Baby Scale, Pet Scale, and Luggage Scale with Ultra Wide Platform, Step-on Technology and LCD Display
Smart Weigh Digital Multi-purpose Body Scale, Baby Scale, Pet Scale, and Luggage Scale with Ultra Wide Platform, Step-on Technology and LCD Display
Offered by MeasuRite
Price: $49.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Some Real Neat Features, March 30, 2014
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I guess we have had our bathroom scale for at least 10 years. I did not realize how “out of date” it had become. I jumped at the chance to try the new Smart Weight Digital Scale and I am certainly glad I did.

The first thing you will notice is the sleek, modern and clean design. The footprint is 12” X 13” but close to the floor. The edges are rounded and it looks terrific. I think it will fit with any décor you have.

In addition to measuring weight in pounds or kilograms, it also has a feature to display the weight in stones – a measure used in some European countries. The display is excellent. It is very easy to read – even without glasses – which I do not normally have when using the scales.

There is a new feature – referred to as tare. You can step on the scales and once it records your weight, step off and wait for the scale to return to zero, then step back on the scales holding anything that you wish to weigh. The scale will show the weight of what you were holding. This is a marvelous feature if you want to keep track of the weight of a baby or pet. It also is very handy if you want to weigh an object that is not easy to fit on the scales. The beauty of this feature is that you do not need to subtract your own weight. The scales performs this automatically.

The scale provides digital readouts. For weight in pounds, the increments is in one tenth of a pound. I found the scales to be extremely accurate, tested by weighing objects of known weight.

The scale uses 3 AAA batteries, which are provided. It has an auto-shut off that will turn off the display after 10 seconds. This is to preserve battery life.

If you have a baby, pet or anything that you wish to weight periodically but is difficult to fit on a scale, you will really enjoy the tare feature.

The scale is very attractive and with the new features will make a great replacement scale. It would also make a great gift for newlyweds.

I was provided a scale for testing and review purposes.


One Simple Change: Surprisingly Easy Ways to Transform Your Life
One Simple Change: Surprisingly Easy Ways to Transform Your Life
by Winnie Abramson
Edition: Paperback
Price: $10.90
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Simple Approach to Change, March 30, 2014
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Most people I meet have something in their lives that they would like to change. The approach they usually take is to try to make too many changes at once. This often results in overwhelm and failure.

Winnie Abramson, author of One Simple Change, takes a simpler approach that should result in a higher rate of success. Her advice is to focus on one simple change at a time.

Ms. Abramson writes in a very conversational, easy to understand style. There are a total of 50 change topics covered in this book. Each topic is covered in a separate chapter. The chapters are all short, 2- 4 pages and at the end of the chapter is a "Quick Review" of the concepts covered. Scattered throughout the book are a selection of recipes covering various health conscious dishes, such as chicken stock, home made yogurt, healthy and tasty stew, sardine salad, and various other dishes. The recipes are all on different colored pages - making them easy to find.

The change topics covered range from 1) stop dieting to 3) drink water first thing 17) don't skip meals 36) get fresh air every day 38) be in the moment.

Taken alone, none of these topics is likely to make major impacts on a person's life. However if you were to engage in a program where you implemented one idea per week, at the end of 50 weeks you would have implemented all the ideas covered in this book. You would also have made major changes in your life. The health and lifestyle benefits would be enormous - the change would be dramatic.

This is really a very sound approach to change and Ms. Abramson has identified 50 simple changes that collectively could have a major impact on a person's health, energy and accomplishments.

If you are serious about making profound changes in your life, this is an excellent guide. It is simple, straightforward and each of the changes would be easy to implement.

Because the changes are simple, there is a much higher chance they will be implemented.


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