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Man’s Rejection of God: Who’s Responsible? Book Tour Highlights

Man's Rejection of God CoverTitle:  Man’s Rejection of God: Who’s Responsible?
Author: RL Keller
Genre: Religious/Spirituality
Paperback: 161 pages
Publisher:WestBow Press, a division of Thomas Nelson Publishing(March 2014)
Paperback ISBN-10: 1490821481
ISBN-13: 978-1490821481
Hardcover ISBN-10: 149082149X
ISBN-13: 978-1490821498
Kindle:9781490821474/ASIN: B00I5076TU

 

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About the book:

Indian nationalist leader Mahatma Gandhi has been quoted as saying “I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.” This is a sad indictment of the Christian community as a whole.  Is it true?  Are believers in Christ the reason people keep their distance from Judeo-Christian beliefs and the God we embrace?  I feel there’s no question that we’re partially to blame.  In this book I touch on a wide variety of topics, but in the end call out Christians to immerse themselves in a time of reassessment as we all strive to be more genuine and consistent in our faith.

God loves you. You are of immeasurable value to Him. So much so He sent His Son to die for you. He knows your heart. He knows your schedule. If you desire to be closer to Him, then it will happen.

Guest post, The Busy Mom’s Daily

I see the brethren struggling in their faith. I wrote this particular book to instruct them and help them make some possible necessary changes.

Interview at The Book Connection

An excellent tool for salvation use.

Review, Vic’s Media Room

The best portion of the book to me was the realization that Christians are not called to judge non-Christians…It was a definitive validation for the author to back up what I believed with Scripture.

Review, My Devotional Thoughts

If you are looking to revitalize your relationship with God and learn how you can more effectively draw others to Him, Man’s Rejection of God: Who’s Responsible? is a book you should take a look at.

Review, The Book Connection

 

Rich Keller

Richard Louis Keller was born in Newark, NJ in 1955 and grew up in Middletown Township (NJ).  He graduated from Montclair State College in 1978 with a degree in Broadcasting.  Rich gave his life to Christ in 1979.  Since his conversion he has spent time ministering for the Lord in various capacities. God gave Rich the gift of communication.  He uses that gift by writing a daily devotional blog and has had two other books published.

Visit Rich online at www.breadoflifemin.net and his blog at www.minidevos.blogspot.com

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Identity Crisis by Jean Hackensmith Book Feature

ABOUT IDENTITY CRISIS

 

 

Identity CrisisTitle: Identity Crisis
Genre: Detective
Author: Jean Hackensmith
Publisher: Inkwater Press
Language: English
Pages: 260

When rumors of how Dan Hamilton actually died reach the Cheyenne Chief of Police, Brian Koski is forced to resign his position as captain of the Sixth Precinct and go into business for himself as a private detective. His partner? A mahogany colored Belgian Malinois named Sinbad. A former NYPD police dog, Sinbad is vicious when need be and reliable to a fault–unless a train goes by or there’s a thunderstorm, then chances are he will turn tail and run.

Brian’s first clients are Jeff and Melody Patten. He’s an explosives expert for a local demolitions company, she’s a stay-at-home Mom. Both are devoted parents to their young daughter, Angela. The problem comes in the form of one Collin Lanaski, an unstable ex-Air Force lieutenant and Angela’s second grade teacher, who suddenly starts insisting that Angela is his daughter—the same daughter who died in a tragic car accident four years earlier.  What does Collin base this incredible revelation on?  Dog tags and car seats.  Brian is convinced the man has suffered a psychotic break.  He’s delusional and dangerous, and it becomes the P.I.’s job to protect Angela from a madman.

 

ABOUT JEAN HACKENSMITH

 

I have been writing since the age of twenty.  (That’s 37 years and, yes, I’m disclosing my age.)  I am the proud mother of three, stepmother of two, and grandmother to twelve wonderful children.  I lost the love of my life, my husband Ron, in November of 2011 when he died in an accident at work.  He took my heart with him and, for a time, my desire to write.  Time, as they say, heals all wounds, and I have again discovered my passion for the written word.  In fact, I find it strangely comforting to delve into the intricate webs that are my character’s lives and immerse myself in their existence instead of dwelling on my own.

Next to writing, my second passion is live theater.  I founded a local community theater group back in 1992 and directed upwards of 40 shows, including three that I authored.  I also appeared on stage a few times, portraying Anna in The King and I and Miss Hannigan in Annie.  I am sad to say that the theater group closed its final curtain in 2008, but those 16 years will always hold some of my fondest memories.

My husband and I moved from Superior five years ago, seeking the serenity of country living.  We also wanted to get away from the natural air conditioning provided by Lake Superior.  We moved only 50 miles south, but the temperature can vary by 20-30 degrees.  I guess I’m a country girl at heart.  I simply love this area, even though I must now enjoy its beauty alone.  I love the solitude, the picturesque beauty of the sun rising over the water, the strangely calming effect of watching a deer graze outside your kitchen window.  Never again, will I live in the city.  I am an author, after all, and what better place to be inspired than in God’s own back yard.

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Email in the Federal Bureau of Prisons by Christopher Zoukis

Email in the Federal Bureau of Prisons

By Christopher Zoukis

In an exciting new development, the Federal Bureau of Prisons is now allowing its inmate population to use a monitored email service to communicate with friends and family. This move is being heralded as a significant step in the right direction which has Directory of Federal Prisonsthe power to connect parents with their children and promote pro-social growth amongst the federal prison population.

No Internet Access

To calm any potential fears, federal prison inmates are excluded from use of the Internet. They are not allowed to surf the web or use traditional, unmonitored email services such as Gmail or Hotmail. According to correctional authorities, such access would invite significant security risks, as well as add to the potential that threatening or other illegal messages be sent.

However, the Federal Bureau of Prisons recognizes the value of email, both from the standpoint of ease and speed of contact with family and loved ones for prisoners, as well as cost savings resultant from the use of automated monitoring technologies and reductions in the use of postal mail, which must be manually searched for contraband. Given the ubiquitous nature of email in the world outside of prison, this move provides a way for federal inmates to safely have access to email which can even help with their rehabilitation and reintegration back into society.

Trust Fund Limited Inmate Computer System

For these security and rehabilitational reasons, most federal prisons now are equipped to provide inmate access to a more controlled form of email. TRULINCS, an acronym for the Trust Fund Limited Inmate Computer System, provides prisoners with the ability to send and receive emails without gaining access to the internet. This functionality is fulfilled through community use computers in inmate housing units and the website Corrlinks.com, where approved community contacts must log in in order to electronically communicate with federal prisoners.

Among those who are granted access to TRULINCS are individuals awaiting trial for federal offenses, hold-over detainees, and inmates in general population federal prisons who are not considered to pose a reasonable threat to the “security or good order of the institution.” It should be noted that inmates have the right to receive and send mail; however, this right does not necessarily extend to this email program. Rather, the TRULINCS email program is considered a privilege, which can be restricted via sanctions or in its entirety, if the inmate is deemed to be a security threat or risk.

TRULINCS Restrictions

TRULINCS is not available to all federal prisoners. When inmates arrive at a federal prison, a part of the process of classifying them involves determining their fitness for TRULINCS participation. Inmates can be restricted from participation due to three factors: disciplinary sanctions, crime of conviction, or special skills which could pose a security threat.

If an individual has a history of behavioral issues at the prison, for instance, he or she could be excluded from the TRULINCS program as a result of a formal sanction levied by a Unit Disciplinary Committee or Disciplinary Hearing Officer. This would be the result of a formal sanction which would have an official start and an end date. This is not a blanket or total restriction.

Among those who could be denied access to TRULINCS for crime of conviction are inmates with sexual offenses, solicitation of minors for sexual activity or pornography, possession or distribution of child pornography, or production of child pornography. Generally speaking, only inmates who used email, instant messaging, or text messages during the commission of their instant criminal offense will be excluded from program participation. Others, even if they are incarcerated for one of these enumerated criminal offenses, are usually granted TRULINCS access. If a restriction is applied, it is generally a total, blanket restriction that remains in place throughout the inmate’s confinement.

The final category is those with specialized knowledge of computers. If the Federal Bureau of Prisons deems a particular inmate to have the skills or abilities to be able to bypass certain security components of the TRULINCS program, they can be excluded from program participation. Such a ban is also a total, blanket one.

Appealing a Decision for Exclusion

If an inmate is excluded from TRULINCS access due to their crime of conviction or perceived specialized computer knowledge, or even if due to an adverse disciplinary finding, they have a right to appeal said restriction through the Federal Bureau of Prisons’ Administrative Remedy Program. Generally speaking, appeals concerning a temporary restriction due to a disciplinary sanction will only be granted if the disciplinary finding itself is overturned. As for appeals on total bans due to specialized skills or crime of conviction, there tends to be more success. Sometimes prison administrators have a knee-jerk reaction to sexual offenses or a history of computer expertise. In said cases, appeals can be fruitful, but only if the federal prisoner’s Pre-Sentence Investigative Report (PSR) has no mention of email, text messages, or instant messages during the commission of the instant offense. If the PSR does, there is not much of a chance for reversal of exclusion.

How TRULINCS Works

To begin participation in the TRULINCS program, inmates who are approved must create a contact list on the TRULINCS computer in their housing unit. This list includes telephone numbers, email addresses, mailing addresses, and other relevant contact and personal information (e.g., first and last name, relationship, etc.). The federal prisoner is limited to no more than 100 such contacts for mailing purposes and 30 contacts each for emailing and telephoning purposes. The information is then uploaded into the TRULINCS system by the inmate. After a brief review period — during which the TRULINCS system evaluates the inputted information — the contacts are either approved or rejected. This ease of management is a significant improvement upon old protocols; inmates can update information within a matter of seconds. No longer must unit teams be responsible for processing telephone number change requests.

Prior to actual contact with the designated email recipient(s), the individuals on the contact list must accept the inmate’s electronic messaging request. Victims and their families, law enforcement officers, and individuals whom the inmate has a criminal history are excluded as contacts. Thus, the TRULINCS program actually improves security and does so in automated fashion, without required staff involvement.

In addition to these functionality, communications, and security features, TRULINCS is funded through a trust fund that profits from mark-ups on inmate commissary purchases. Thus, it required no taxpayer investment to initially fund the procurement of computers, infrastructure, or other installation. Moreover, inmates are charged a 5 cent per minute fee for using the system. As such, the system is now financially self-sustaining.

TRULINCS: Innovating Thinking Which Promotes Rehabilitation

TRULINCS is a useful tool both for communication between inmates and their families, and also as a way of helping prisoners become computer literate without the dangers inherent in providing them with unfettered access to the Internet. As with all governmental programs, there are problems, but the problems are seemingly insignificant when the benefits are brought to mind: improved communication between prisoners and their families, computer literacy, and enhanced rehabilitation and reintegration services. One can only hope that the Federal Bureau of Prisons will continue on with this innovating thinking in an effort to help federal prisoners get out of prison and stay out for good.

Christopher ZoukisChristopher Zoukis is an impassioned advocate for prison education, a legal scholar, and a prolific writer of books, book reviews, and articles.  His articles on prison education and prison law appear frequently in Prison Legal News, and have been published in The Kansas City Star, The Sacramento Bee, Blog Critics, and Midwest Book Review, among other national, regional, and specialty publications.

Mr. Zoukis is often quoted on matters concerning prison law, criminal law, prisoners’ rights, and prison education.  Recently, he was the focus of an article at Salon.com concerning America’s broken criminal justice system and potential solutions to the current crisis.

When not in the thick of the battle for prison reform, prison education, or prisoners’ rights advocacy, Mr. Zoukis can be found blogging at PrisonLawBlog.com, PrisonEducation.com, and ChristopherZoukis.com.

His latest book is The Directory of Federal Prisons: PrisonLaw.com’s Federal Bureau of Prison Facility Directory.

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Tactics, Trends, & Traits of the Enemy Book Blitz – Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card

TTand T of the Enemy 3D coverTitle:  Tactics, Trends, & Traits of the Enemy
Author: Jermaine Gadson
Genre: Spiritual
Publisher:Crossbooks – Division of LifeWay(June 2014)
ISBN:  9781462736362—Hard Cover
ISBN: 9781462736355—Soft Cover
ISBN: 9781462736348—eBook

 

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Tactics, Trends, & Traits of the Enemy by author Jermaine Gadson is a must have resource for believers who want to be well equipped to be victorious against the strategies of the devil. The devil is cunning and deceptive, and he will stop at nothing to keep God’s people from reaching their potential in Christ. In this book, Pastor Gadson discusses how the enemy uses temptation, seduction, fear, isolation, guilt, shame, and other such things in order to steal and destroy a person’s life. Satan works tirelessly through various means and mechanisms to keep sinners from hearing and being receptive of the Word of God, in order to prevent them from being saved. If you have family or friends who are not born-again, this resource will help you to identify schemes that the enemy may be using to keep your loved ones from being saved. This book is intended to equip the Body of Christ to wage a good warfare against the strategies of the enemy. It is not God’s will for His people to be taken advantage of by the enemy because of ignorance. This book exposes who the enemy is, what he has done, what he is doing, and what he will try to do in the future, as an enemy of God’s people. This book is written for the everyday believer to be able to understand and use. However, it is also a helpful tool for Christian leaders to be able to identify specific ways in which the enemy desires to attack them in order to steal their influence, kill their destiny, and destroy their reputation and ministries. In this regard, it is an encouragement to the Body of Christ to guard and protect their spiritual leaders.

Excerpt:

Know Your Enemy

Before engaging in battle of any kind, it is very important to be familiar with the opposition. The more you know about your enemy, the greater you will be equipped to fight against them and be victorious. Knowing your enemy includes being knowledgeable of their strengths, weaknesses, habits, origin, and the like. When you are knowledgeable about your adversary, you become empowered to develop a plan of action or strategy to adequately defend against their opposition, overcome their threats and defensive mechanisms, and ultimately defeat them.

Athletes and those who follow sports are familiar and acquainted with this principle. Coaches and players spend hours upon hours viewing video recordings of not only their own team, but of their upcoming opponents as well. They view recordings to evaluate their own strengths and weaknesses as revealed by previous games, and they do the same to identify strengths and weaknesses of the next team they have to face.

This principle is certainly pertinent in the area of the military as well. No military general, or top ranking official who has authority over military personnel will in their right mind authorize the use of military force without adequate information concerning the enemy to be attacked. Right decisions require right information. This is especially true if you want to come out victorious and on top.

Now that we can see the importance of this principle from a natural standpoint, it makes sense that this would also apply spiritually in relation to how we are to do battle with our spiritual enemy. As you read this book, I hope that you will be able to see the importance of this material in helping you towards this very end. The reason this book is so important is because the person reading it is like a ballplayer looking at tape of his or her opponent or a military general gathering intelligence on a terrorist organization.

When you know where your enemy came from, what your enemy has done in the past, and what your enemy is presently capable of, you are more readily prepared to wage a good warfare and defeat him in any present or future encounters you may have.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:Jermaine Gadson full photo

Jermaine Gadson is the Senior Pastor of Faith Ministries, Inc., a non-traditional church located in Birmingham, AL. Prior to starting Faith Ministries, he served as an associate minister, youth minister, and pastor for local churches and ministries in the greater Birmingham area.  While, growing up in the Baptist church, he gave his life to Christ at an early age, and is a third generation minister of the Gospel.

He holds a B.A. in Religion with a Concentration in Congregational Studies and a Minor in Classics from Samford University, and a Master of Divinity from Beeson Divinity School of Samford University.  He is currently a Doctor of Ministry student at Beeson Divinity School.

Gadson enjoys reading, writing, sports, outdoors, movies, and spending time with his family. He is happily married to his wife Kristy and they have one beautiful daughter, Khloe.

Visit Pastor Gadson online at www.JermaineGadson.com.

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To Kill for His Queen by Carolina West Book Feature

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ABOUT TO KILL FOR HIS QUEEN

 


9781475903454_COVER.inddTitle:
 To Kill For His Queen
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy
Author: Carolina West
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 216
Language: English
ISBN – 978-1-47590-345-4

Living in the world of werewolves, vampires, and dark magic can have a certain effect on a child, especially when that child is Hassen Mason, who seems destined to bring ruin to those he loves. Hassen was abandoned as a child and was immersed in the world of magic by the strange creatures that raised him. His lineage was a mystery, but no mystery buried in the past can stay buried for long—especially when that mystery is strong enough to span centuries.

An accident leaves Hassen without memories, and he must find a way to remember who he was and what his life meant to him before his past creeps up and kills him. He encounters evils worse than abandonment—vengeful demons and walking dead. Somehow, Hassen’s family was involved in this dark underworld. Now he has to fight his own internal battle: Is he a good guy or one of the villains?

Then he meets Carissa—a woman he suspects he knew before he lost his memory. She has had a similarly troubled past, and although the two of them are from different worlds, they find a common bond that even dark spirits cannot break. Will Hassen’s good side be strong enough to battle the side that longs to be bad? Will Carissa’s love keep him sane, or will the truth about his family finally cast him into the endless abyss of insanity?

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ABOUT CAROLINA WEST

Carolina West is a high school student living with her mother and younger sister in Arizona. She has been writing since she was fourteen years old. This is her first book.

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Making Lemonade with Ben: The Audacity to Cope by Katherine Perreth Book Feature – Win a Kindle Paperwhite


Making Lemonade with Ben

With deftly wielded humor and heart-wrenching candor, Katherine Perreth vividly recounts the myriad physical, mental, emotional and spiritual repercussions stemming from her son’s massive brain hemorrhage. Seven-year-old Ben suffers numerous disabilities and, later, mental health challenges. Yet, love wins.

Making Lemonade With Ben is a compelling Cinderella story tracing sixteen years of Ben’s life. It begins with the night a University of Wisconsin Hospital neurosurgeon saved Ben, and follows Ben through young adulthood. Although he encounters years of substantial obstacles, in 2011 his never-say-die cheery attitude and uber-outgoing ways ultimately carry him to Washington D.C. There he represents the Madison Children’s Museum, his employer, at a national award ceremony. Wearing his ankle-foot-orthosis with a smiley face on the back, Ben juggles one-handed everywhere he goes, accomplishing his life goal: “Make humanity smile.”

Universal themes of perseverance and compassion encourage readers to contemplate contemporary issues: mental illness treatment, recovery and stigma, the role of intentional employers in the lives of those with disabilities, and the success that can occur when a community values all of her citizens.

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Katherine holds UW-Madison Social Work and Sociology degrees, is a reporter for her hometown newspaper, the Middleton Times Tribune, and conducts a class on reminiscence writing. In addition, in her role as administrative staff with WESLI (an ESL school on Madison’s capitol square), she deals in chalk. And paper. Oodles of paper. She recently took an EmptyNester Victory Tour with her husband of 28 years, but hasn’t yet changed the locks on their home. Their three kids can still get in.

Her latest books is Making Lemonade with Ben: The Audacity to Cope

Drop by to pay her visit at: www.katherineperreth.com.

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Shopping for a Lighter Cross by Dr. C Book Feature

 

ABOUT SHOPPING FOR A LIGHTER CROSS

 


9781475996821_COVER_FQA.inddTitle:
 Shopping for a Lighter Cross
Genre: Biography
Author: Dr. C
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 64
Language: English
ISBN – 978-1-47599-682-1

Everyone has life’s challenges and can face them with fear or with trust. I choose to look at them as experiences where God blessed me with His curve balls thrown in. These curve balls are not the negative, painful or abusive life experiences that I have lived through, but rather the unexpected, blessings, gifts, and graces God threw in to help me through the experiences. I believe that these curve balls were given so that I can witness to His great and awesome presence in and through the experiences, the people in those experiences and in myself as living through and surviving the experiences as a better, not bitter human being.

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ABOUT DR. C

The author lives in Aston, Pennsylvania with her husband John, their golden retriever Clover and their two cats: Duchess and Graygray. Dr. C is a Pastoral Associate/Spiritual Director for a Catholic parish in Delaware County and John works for the Federal Government. Dr. C graduated with her Doctorate in Ministry degree in May 2013.

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Book Feature: Semi-Coma: Evolution of My Intermittent Consciousness by Gulten Dye

Semi-ComaTitle: Semi-Coma: Evolution of My Intermittent Consciousness
Author: Gulten Dye
Publisher: Gulten Dye Publishing Company
Pages: 205
Language: English
Genre: Self-Help
Format: Paperback & eBook
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This book is about self-discovery and the journey that awakened me to the many facets of life. The road hasn’t always been easy with its tolls and junctions. It’s about my struggle to discover who I really am, what I believe in and how I’ve arrived at a place where I am able to appreciate myself and my surroundings.

Most of my life I lived in a state of arrested consciousness without being aware of it. Then one day out of nowhere my eyes opened just enough for me to question my way of living and my state of mind. That was the day questions started to arrive. They were nothing like the questions I had before. As if they weren’t even questions they were an unraveling string of realizations followed by overwhelming sorrow. How could I have lived my life as if I was in a semi coma and in turn induce my own suffering?

Of course in the beginning of seeing I didn’t realize that my eyes would open slightly from time to time to give me an illusion of happiness, but because I had no idea what true happiness was I would drift back to my state of familiarity. I lived my life mostly on an automatic life-sustaining machine by my body without my mind interfering with it.

It is my hope that the stories I share with you will somehow touch your heart, perhaps crack open a door and shine a light for you to embark on your own quest of self-discovery. I don’t presume to have all the answers; I don’t even know all the questions. At the very least, I am seeking to understand and allow life to happen; learning to take responsibility and ownership of myself and my actions, and appreciating all that is.

Read the chapters, each on its own. As you move through them, you will uncover my intermittent consciousness as I explore my thoughts or beliefs and might be able to even get a glimpse of my evolution along the way.

I am blessed to have had so many people touch my life and, knowingly or unknowingly, helped me on my journey. I have come to realize that because we are all one, that anything I come to know and am willing to share with others affects all of us in a positive way. With great humility, I open up my imperfect, yet perfect, life for you to walk beside me. I am forever grateful and honored.

Book Excerpt:

Clinical rotations started during the second year in nursing school. As you can imagine, after being in school for a year and not even seeing the inside of the hospital other than the morgue, was boring and seemed like a waste of time for a nursing student who chose her profession to be around the patients. Who needs microbiology when you can be in the middle of the action, in the hospital with patients?

Although we had a few boys in our lab technician division, our mostly female boarding school was kind of exciting, especially when we lined up in front of the school bus in our uniforms to go to the hospital. There were thirty-five girls, who were divided into groups of seven in my class. One of the criteria for graduation was that we all had to rotate to every clinic in the hospital over a three-year span.

Nursing student uniforms are definitely different than the all so exotic nurses’ uniforms. Our pale blue, cotton, short sleeved, tent-like dress buttoned all the way up to our chin. We always had to wear white stockings, white shoes and a white cap. We had to put our hair in a bun under our cap and were not allowed to have long nails, make-up or any jewelry.

In the winter, we wore a long, dark blue cape to stay warm. All in all, I think that our uniforms were designed on purpose to make even the most beautiful girl unattractive. But no matter what we were wearing, we all thought we were all that at the time.

First rotations consisted of behind-the-scene things like, diagnostic and research labs, allergy and immunization clinics, and home health. One of my personal favorites was home health. That was when one of our teachers would take us to visit families in mostly lower income neighborhoods. We would teach them about birth control, childcare and the importance of having regular check-ups.

Since they knew of our visit, it was customary in Turkey to “force feed” anyone who dared to pass by your home, and we were always fed delicious food. Our visits were always in the afternoon, and like the English, we love our hot tea, pastries, tea biscuits and cookies. It was these that we were mostly served. At times, someone would really go out of their way and feed us traditional foods, which were heavenly.

Even with all the food I loved eating, I didn’t want to teach home health. I grew up doing most of that with my mother. She was a midwife nurse, and besides delivering babies, one of her many job descriptions was to teach home health, and I often tagged along with her. My job as a child was to help Mom do all that.

I wanted to go to the hospital where the patients were, or so I thought at the time, anyway. But, then again, those rotations which lasted 3 months were still much more exciting than being stuck in a classroom all day long.

Besides being in the huge university hospital, no matter what clinic we had to go to was beyond anything I had known up to this point. Each clinic was like a small city unto itself, housing several buildings, each several stories high.

There wasn’t a day that went by that I personally didn’t experience or live drama through the stories of other students. Each night after mandatory study sessions, we would gather on our beds and share mind-blowing stories until our mandated bedtime.

Although it did not become clear to me until years later, there was no emotional attachment to the labs, morgues or in teaching home health. Personally, as long as I didn’t come into contact with a patient in human form, it was easier for me to deal with anything that had to do with paperwork.

It felt somewhat unreal to find cancer cells with a microscope in someone’s blood in a lab and then be the one to document on a piece of paper their unfortunate fate. It was as if it were a game, not reality. But it was quite different to hear the news of someone you only met once that he has cancer. No matter how interesting it was to be in the lab and to search for diseased cells, it still wasn’t my cup of tea.

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Ghost Sanctuary by Becky J Book Feature


ABOUT GHOST SANCTUARY

 


Ghost SanctuaryTitle:
Ghost Sanctuary
Genre: Non-fiction paranormal/occult
Author: Becky J
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Pages: 166
Language: English
ISBN – 978-1-49180-336-3

Ghost Sanctuary is a factual accounting of a family’s struggle with ghosts living in their home. The book explains in detail the happenings faced by the family and their reaction to the invasion of the spirit realm into their own. The book contains fascinating photo and video evidence of what the family has and continues to experience. The author identifies how her own belief in God and the afterlife has helped her to overcome and understand the trials and tribulations of her family’s ordeal.

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ABOUT BECKY J

Becky J. is an equestrian lover and spends her days in Western activities, teaching, riding, training, and breeding horses. For more information about her unusual nonfiction tale, please visit www.GhostSanctuary.com.

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Criminal Injustice by Samuel Francis Book Blast – Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

ABOUT CRIMINAL INJUSTICE

 


Criminal JusticeTitle:
 Criminal Injustice
Genre: Suspense/Thriller
Author: Samuel Francis
Publisher: iUniverse
EBook: 188 pages
Release Date: October 11, 2010

Brian Wilson lived a quiet, peaceful life as the vice president of a savings and loan company in Albuquerque, New Mexico, until he approved a loan for a certain corporation—a corporation of which Brian was part owner. For this, Brian was sent to prison for twelve months. Upon his release, lesson learned, he became a business consultant, focused on putting his life back in order and taking care of his wife.

Brian throws all his effort into living a normal life—only to find himself the witness of a drive-by shooting. Brian reacts without thinking, thwarting the gang’s efforts and saving the would-be victim, which eventually leads to the incarceration of the gang members involved. Soon after, Brian and his wife began receiving death threats, but because of his past indiscretions, the court will not allow Brian to own a gun.

Brian’s wife owns a pistol, though, and when the gang sends men to kill the couple, Brian uses it to defend them both. In response, the district attorney indicts Brian for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Now, Brian—a heroic citizen who stood up against crime—must rely on a jury to determine his future. Will their decision determine criminal justice … or Criminal Injustice?

 

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ABOUT SAMUEL FRANCIS

 

Samuel A. Francis earned his juris doctor degree from the University of New Mexico Law School in 1966. He has been a practicing attorney since September of that year. Criminal Injustice is his fifth book.

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