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Pushups in the Prayer Room by [Schriever, Norm]
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From the Author

Yo yo yo yo!  I'm so glad you stumbled upon my book, Pushups in the Prayer Room.  If you like fast-paced, pee-your-pants hilarious, dangerous, sexy, and drunken open-road misadventures...as well as real honest conversations about the world, our place in it, and how we can leave it better than we found it, then you'll love this book.  Give it a read and show me some love by spreading the word!  
Blessings and good vibes!
Norm
hi@NormSchriever.com
NormSchriever.com

About the Author

Norm Schriever grew up in Connecticut and graduated from the University of Connecticut, where he was never accused of over-studying. He went on to live in North Carolina, San Francisco, Fort Collins, Colorado, and Northern California, with a brief stint in the Larimer County Department of Corrections, who was nice enough to provide him accommodations. He's traveled the world and written extensively about those adventures. Most recently, Norm lived in Sacramento, California, where he was a successful businessman but grew dissatisfied with a "responsible" existence. So, in 2011, after experiencing an epiphany while traveling in Central America, he sold or donated all of his possessions, his cars, and his house, and moved to Costa Rica to pursue his passion of writing. He now resides in the little beachside town of Tamarindo with only flip-flops, a surfboard, and a laptop to his name. His first book, Pushups in the Prayer Room, about a year he spent backpacking around the world, was written within six months in Tamarindo, where fresh ocean air and Baileys in his morning coffee are his secret weapons. His writing is a way to touch people, to illuminate the commonalities of human experience while still "keeping it real," thereby uniting people to leave this planet a little better than how we found it.
You can contact him directly at hi@NormSchriever.com or NormSchriever.com

Product Details

  • File Size: 673 KB
  • Print Length: 230 pages
  • Publisher: Authority Publishing (February 22, 2012)
  • Publication Date: February 22, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007CO0RT6
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While I appreciate the author sharing his adventure, it seemed to me that quite a bit of the writing was spent describing his and his friend's drinking, smoking weed and experiences with different women. I was left wondering why, when there was supposed to be this big spiritual awakening happening especially with the story of the Cairo boy, there were still more stories being written of drinking, smoking weed and experiences with different women. Where was the examination of the awakening? For it seemed that little time was spent on real soul searching and change until the end of the book and even then it was barely touched upon.
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This might better be titled, Annoying Frats boys Abroad. Norm and his friend Shane decide to take a year to backpack around the world. They proceed to carouse, drink and try to get laid on every continent they can set foot in, painting a vivid picture of shallow, thoughtlessness everywhere they visit. For example when the impoverished, conniving mother of two well endowed (under-age) daughters pushes them at the young Americans. They dub the girls the "tittie twins" "'cause what else are we going to call them?" I'm sure they thought that was just terribly funny. I didn't think it was funny. I thought it was annoying, but it was certainly typical.

I've done my share of traveling. This book was sadly lacking in the color and excitement and discovery that traveling with an open mind and heart can bring. I kept reading on, hoping that they might come around and dig a little deeper, gain a little insight, see the world with new eyes. No such luck. For the author, looking for an exercise room and discovering that the room he uses to do his pushups in, is actually a room set aside for prayer, is about as close as he comes to a spiritual revelation.

Perhaps in years to come, these two young men will realize how immature and embarrassing their behavior was, and with regret they may attain the wisdom and understanding that the recording of their journey here, promised, but failed to deliver.
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A litany of the inane activities of a wasted youth travelling through amazing areas of the world. Eventually his his eyes were opened by a deaf mute child in India, he finaly realises the folly of his own ways. The last chapter semi-redeems the author as he says that proceeds from his book go to various organizations - but I still wonder if he really has changed that much from his days of debauchery.
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I love great travel writing.

Now, I'm not a big fan of self-published books, and this one is in need of a good editor who would've caught its structural and writing flaws. But given all that, this is a GREAT read.

Norm really does know how to write, and he makes his journeys come alive on the page. My husband and I were on a plane laughing till we cried at some of his characterizations.
Other stories and anecdotes were heart-warming or sharp observations on people, life and our world.

I'd recommend this book to anyone who likes travel writing and who enjoys going on wild and crazy adventures with an author. It's not great literature but it IS great entertainment and the guy really can tell a story.

I hope this is one of the books that mainstream publishers find and take up, because it deserves a broader audience. It's a bargain at its current price. Buy it and enjoy! And no, I don't know Norm. A friend turned me on to the book and I loved it.
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Where are the nicest people on Earth? How can you prepare against thieves, hustlers and common scams pulled on tourists in airports, hotels and cabs? Can people sleeping on streets and where children are going hungry actually be warm and kind?

Living amongst locals in the poorest sections of large cities and remote villages while navigating his way to most of the top destinations on our planet, the author allows you to escape and visualize yourself traveling together. His writing style is at times hillarious, exciting, keenly descriptive, and deeply thought provoking with some unforgettable stories regarding some very special people.

When you get back from this journey, you will look at your meals differently, appreciate the abundance and safety you are living in right now and recognize that you are luckier than 99% of the world. Together, let's pledge to be more sensitive and empathetic to others and change the world one smile and one pushup at a time.
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This was an enjoyable sneak peak into Norm's life as he traveled through various third world countries. As it was more of a bits and pieces diary type book, it sometimes felt disjointed and didn't flow. I had previously read South of Normal (the book he wrote about his life while writing this book) so I already felt a connection to him and wasn't as thrown off by the choppiness. If you're new to this author, I recommend viewing this as a compilation of short stories and enjoying the ride without want for a fluid novel type story. His growth as a person by the end of the journey is heart warming and provides great insight into humanity. For the most part, it was a great light read to help me turn off the day and relax before bed.
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