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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

 

Purchase at http://www.amazon.com/Mans-Rejection-God-Whos-Responsible/dp/1490821481/ or http://www.amazon.com/Mans-Rejection-God-Whos-Responsible-ebook/dp/B00I5076TU/

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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Two Are Better by Tim and Debbie Bishop Book Tour Highlights

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From an engagement to a cross-country trip in just ten weeks? And with no experience in bicycle touring—or marriage? While Tim left behind a 26-year corporate career and familiar surroundings, Debbie was about to enter a “classroom” she hadn’t seen in her 24 years of teaching. Was it a grand getaway or a big mistake?

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OPEN ROAD PRESS

“It’s not always best to move at breakneck speed. The faster we go, the greater chance that we’re simply spinning in circles—and getting nowhere fast! Speed can give the illusion that you’re making progress even while it robs you of the joys of everyday living. It blocks you from making it to that long sought after destination—the one that lies deep within. Slowing the pace allows you to absorb more of what’s around you. It helps you discover a new perspective, intriguing surprises around the next corner, and a deeper appreciation for life itself.”
–Guest post from Lori’s Reading Corner

What was your greatest challenge writing this book?

We faced challenges on a multitude of fronts. Since we included photography and reproduced the entire book in color, the layout as well as the dual-author narrative presented challenges that most trade paperbacks—or ebooks for that matter—do not face. Once we had decided to include two narrators, we needed to reconcile and blend our styles and schedules. In many respects, the writing and production of Two Are Better became an extension of our marital bonding. We moved from one major undertaking to another, from a cross-country bicycle trek to writing and publishing a book. Both adventures made for a unique laboratory for discovering our unique formula for success and our identity as a couple.”
–Examiner interview

“Embrace life like never before. Read Two Are Better, and begin your own quest to more adventuresome living.”
–JoJo’s Corner review

“Come along and share the ride and events that happen along their trip. Some are very unusual, and there are a few chuckles too. Most of the story seems to be written by Tim, but there are reports by Debbie…enjoy two different perspectives of the same event!”
–Maureen’s Musings review

“Have you ever wondered why they call it “midlife crisis”? I did too…at least until I lived through one. If you’ve not arrived there yet, here’s a warning: be prepared for some issues that will either catapult you into an exciting new chapter of your life or wreak havoc with you. Remaining entrenched in unending problems is just like playing tetherball and beating down the small plot of ground around the pole. True to its nature, Two Are Better jumps off the merry-go-round of routine and turns midlife crisis upside down.”
–Guest post from Paperback Writer

” I was reminded of God’s providence, love, and provision, and I marveled at how well-suited these two were. I highly recommend this book!”
–My Devotional Thoughts review

“While not someone who is interested in cycling, that didn’t keep me from thoroughly enjoying Two Are Better. Tim speaks with an air of authority tempered by a deep love for life and Debbie has an adventurous heart. The numerous photographs and this couple’s ability to share so much of themselves make this book a truly special reading experience. You simply can’t help but get caught up in their story. I feel as if I’ve journeyed the country right alongside them and been treated to many sites I might not visit on my own. What a blessing.”
–The Book Connection review

Tim BishopTim Bishop

Originally from Maine, Tim Bishop has over thirty years of experience in business, first as a CPA, then for many years in various roles in the corporate world. In addition to consulting for small businesses, Tim serves as a Hope Coach for TheHopeLine, a nonprofit organization that seeks to reach, rescue, and restore hurting teens and young adults.

Debbie BishopDebbie Bishop

Debbie Bishop has taught for over twenty-five years, for the past ten years as a literacy specialist in Framingham, Massachusetts. She has a passion for reading and seeing that young people do it well. She also has high interest in recovery issues and encouraging others with her own triumphs over struggles earlier in her life. Debbie also serves as a Hope Coach for TheHopeLine.

Visit the authors online at www.openroadpress.com.

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Pump Up Your Book Announces Designed for Relationship Virtual Book Tour

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Join T.J. MacLeslie, author of the Christian living/spiritual relationship book, Designed for Relationship, as he tours the blogosphere August 2 – 30, 2013 on his first virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book!

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ABOUT DESIGNED FOR RELATIONSHIP

Designed for Relationship cover

Mankind has always struggled with the big questions: Why are we here? What is life all about? The search for answers has led in many directions, not all of them helpful. In this age, we are inundated with information, but this flood of knowledge has not necessarily produced wisdom. We find answers to the really important questions as elusive as ever.

It really is all about relationship! This is the open secret, hidden in plain sight all along.

AMAZON

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ABOUT T.J. MACLESLIEMacLeslie photo

T.J. MacLeslie has been involved in a variety of Christian ministries since 1990, including pastoring, church planting, leadership development, prayer, and spiritual formation. He currently lives in the UK with his wife and two children where he leads a team focused on prayer and spiritual formation. You’ll often find him walking the fields with his dog, reading a book, or enjoying a warm cup of coffee.

WEBSITE

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Designed for Relationship Virtual Book Publicity Tour Schedule

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Friday, August 2nd

Book spotlight and giveaway at Diane Estrella

Monday, August 5th

First chapter review at Cheryl’s Christian Book Connection

Tuesday, August 6th

Interview at Blogcritics

Wednesday, August 7th

Guest post at Lori’s Reading Corner

Thursday, August 8th

Interview at As the Pages Turn

Friday, August 9th

Book spotlight at The Writer’s Life

Monday, August 12th

Interview at Beyond the Books

Tuesday, August 13th

Guest post at Literarily Speaking

Wednesday, August 14th

Interview at Broowaha

Thursday, August 15th

Interview at Pump Up Your Book

Friday, August 16th

Guest post and giveaway at The Busy Mom’s Daily

Monday, August 19th

Book spotlight at 4 the Love of Books

Tuesday, August 20th

Book review at JoJo’s Corner

Thursday, August 22nd

Book spotlight at Review from Here

Friday, August 23rd

Interview at Examiner

Wednesday, August 28th

Book Tour highlights at The Book Rack

Thursday, August 29th

Book review at The Book Connection

Friday, August 30th

Book review at My Devotional Thoughts

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Thy Kingdom Come by Lakesha Monique Ruise Book Blast and $25 VISA Gift Card Giveaway

After petitioning the Father for answers to basic theological questions about the universal church, she took an eight-year journey with the Holy Spirit to provide clarity for herself about His vision.

Thy Kingdom Come provides readers with that clarity.

For anyone wondering what has happened to the Church, for anyone whose faith in God has been diminished, for anyone whose life has been destroyed by the yolks of bondage, Ruise offers new answers. She encourages her readers to follow along in the Bible itself to see how each of her lessons is validated by the Word of God.

“We perish because we don’t know how to survive,” writes Ruise. Thy Kingdom Come offers not only an apt diagnosis of the problem, but equips readers with the cure, as well. It is an excellent source book for Biblical history and spiritual revelation and it prompts valuable internalizing and soul-searching for veteran Christians as well as for new converts.

Link to book on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1432787683/

Link to book at B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/thy-kingdom-come-lakesha-monique-ruise/1114171729

Lady Ruise is a native of Thomasville Georgia. She is the First Lady of Emmanuel Church of God in Christ in Macclenny Florida. She medically retired from the U S Navy in 2007. Since her retirement, she obtained a degree in respiratory therapy and works as a Registered Respiratory Care Practitioner. She has a strong Christian background. She dedicated her life to the Lord at the age of 9 and became a minister at the age of 14. She has been licensed through the Holiness Church and the Baptist church as a minister for the past 24 years. She has been mentored by countless Pastors and Elders in the COGIC, Holiness Church, and the Baptist Church. She currently labors in ministry with her husband Pastor Joe Nathan Ruise as a praise team leader. She is also the president and founder of the Baker County Circle of Sisters in Macclenny, Fl. Lakesha Ruise is a prayer-warrior and intercessor, who is holy-ghost filled with an assignment from Jesus Christ to build his church!

Website Address: www.theerrorproofchurch.com

Twitter Address: https://twitter.com/ThyCome

Facebook Address: https://www.facebook.com/#!/lakesha.ruise.5

Pump Up Your Book and Lakesha Monique Ruise are teaming up to give you a chance to win some fabulous prizes!

Here’s how it works:

Each person will enter this giveaway by liking, following, subscribing and tweeting about this giveaway through the Rafflecopter form placed on blogs throughout the tour. This promotion will run from March 8 – Apr 8. The winner will be chosen randomly by Rafflecopter, contacted by email and announced on April 12, 2013. Each blogger who participates is eligible to enter and win. Visit each blog stop below to gain more entries as the Rafflecopter widget will be placed on each blog for the duration of the tour. Good luck everyone!

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If the Rafflecopter form doesn’t load, please visit the THY KINGDOM COME TOUR PAGE to enter the giveaway:

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Thy Kingdom Come Book Blast Schedule

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Friday March 8th
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Tuesday, March 12th
Wednesday, March 13th
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Friday, March 22nd
Monday, March 25th
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Thursday, March 28th
Friday, March 29th – OPEN
Monday, April 1st
Tuesday, April 2nd – OPEN
Wednesday, April 3rd
Thursday, April 4th
Friday, April 5th – OPEN
Monday, April 8th

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Book Spotlight: The Abraham Man by R. Gregory Lande

 

abrahamThe mere mention of the insanity defense guarantees a lively debate. Opponents of the defense cite the loss of criminal culpability while proponents argue just as passionately that the insanity defense is the ultimate act of compassion. The protagonists would probably be quite surprised to learn that the same basic concerns consumed Americans in the nineteenth century. One factor – The Abraham Man – sowed the seeds of confusion and controversy that united the past with the present.

 

Some of the most celebrated civil and criminal trials in American history were argued under the shadow of the Abraham Man. The detailed stories of long forgotten legal cases bring the antics of the Abraham Man to life. Through the process, readers will follow the careers of notable Civil War era surgeons whose post-war professional development shaped the future of modern mental health care.

 

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R. Gregory Lande, DO is a physician and retired US Army Medical Corps Officer. Dr. Lande completed his medical education at Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. Shortly thereafter, Dr. Lande was commissioned an officer in the US Army. During his career in the military, Dr. Lande was active in a wide variety of clinical, academic and administrative positions. Upon leaving the US Army as a full colonel, Dr. Lande was awarded the Legion of Merit recognizing his career contributions. The next phase of his career involved administrative positions in hospital management, research, and teaching at various civilian facilities. Dr. Lande is the author of numerous medical and historical works. He lectures widely on both subjects. A sampling of historical publications and presentations include:

Lande, RG: “History of Military Psychiatry”, book chapter, Principles and Practice of Military Forensic Psychiatry. Springfield, IL: C. Thomas, 1997

Lande RG: The Invalid Corp. Military Medicine, June 2008; 173(6):525-528

Lande, RG: Felo De Se: Soldier suicides in America’s Civil War. Military Medicine. 2011; 176(5):531-536

Lande, RG: The court-martial of Sergeant George W. McDonald. Maryland Historical Magazine. 2011; Spring 106(1): 125-33

Lande, RG: Madness, Malingering & Malfeasance: The Transformation of Psychiatry and the Law in the Civil War Era. Washington, D.C.: Brassey’s Inc., 2003

Lande RG The Abraham Man: Growth and Development of Forensic Psychiatry. New York, NY, Algora Publisher, 2012

Speaker – 81st Annual Meeting of the American Association for the History of Medicine, Rochester, NY

Subject: Dummy Chucker

Speaker – Great Lakes History Conference, Grand Rapids, MI,

Subject: The Court-Marshall of Sgt. George McDonald

Speaker – Missouri Conference on History, Columbia MO

Subject: Civil War Execution of Private William E. Ormsby

Speaker – Florida Historical Society, Tampa, FL

Subject: PVT Lewis Payne: Madness, Malingering, or Malfeasance?

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The Abraham Man Virtual Book Publicity Tour Schedule

 

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Monday, February 4th

Book spotlight at The Busy Mom’s Daily

Tuesday, February 5th

Interview at Pump Up Your Book

Wednesday, February 6th

Interview at Blogcritics

Thursday, February 7th

Interview at Examiner

Monday, February 11th

Book spotlight at The Writer’s Life

Tuesday, February 12th

Guest post at Literarily Speaking

Wednesday, February 13th

Interview at Paperback Writer

Thursday, February 14th

Book spotlight at As the Pages Turn

Friday, February 15th

Interview at As the Pages Turn

Wednesday, February 20th

Interview at Divine Caroline

Thursday, February 21st

Book spotlight at Bluebell Books

Monday, February 25th

Interview at American Chronicle

Wednesday, February 27th

First Chapter Review at The Book Connection

Friday March 1st

Guest post at Lori’s Reading Corner

Monday, March 4th

Interview at Broowaha

Wednesday, March 6th

Book review at Review from Here

Thursday, March 7th

Book spotlight at RedRoom

Monday, March 11th

Book spotlight at Pump Up Your Books, Blurbs n’ Bytes

Tuesday, March 12th

Book review at WV Stitcher

Wednesday, March 13th

Guest post at Literal Exposure

Thursday, March 14th

Book spotlight at Marilyn’s Musings

Monday, March 18th

Book spotlight at The Book Rack

Wednesday, March 20th

Book review at Coffee and A Keyboard

Friday, March 22nd

Book review at The Book Connection

Monday, March 25th

Book review at The Self-Taught Cook

Tuesday, March 26th

Book spotlight at Thoughts in Progress

 

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Book Review: Union Hypocrisy by R.M. Smith

A former member of the Teamsters Union, author R. M. Smith writes how she discovered the union she believed in did not exist. Instead, she found groups that were more consumed with their own power than protecting the members they claimed to serve.

Union Hypocrisy is a revealing look into the motives and politics that flow through today’s unions. Smith provides numerous examples of how unions rally against corporations for anti-worker policies they themselves utilize. She also creates a compelling case that indicates they prevent their own staff from unionizing, but condemn companies like Walmart for doing the same.

I approached Union Hypocrisy with a bit of bias. While unions were vital in fighting for workers’ rights when they began, now they have become one part of a huge broken political system that has failed the middle class time and again. The little guy has been squeezed out of the game by a rich elite who can “buy” what it needs, all the while trying to convince the rest of us that they have our best interests at heart.

Much of what Smith discusses didn’t come as a shock. You can tell by the details she provides, the quoted material, and the works cited in the References section that she knows what she’s talking about and has performed additional research to back up her arguments. While the decision to resort to name calling in the book and  the use of certain colorful words did not win me over, one can’t deny the experience and knowledge the author brings to the table.

For some, including myself, the shock comes when certain celebrity names and politicians are mentioned as not being union-friendly when one would assume they are. That was the most interesting aspect of the book for me. I definitely felt Union Hypocrisy was an eye-opener from that perspective. I won’t reveal those names, since I feel it’s worth checking out the book for those sections alone.

Those following current events and politics would be interested in this book.

Paperback: 216 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 25, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1478275162
ISBN-13: 978-1478275169
SRP: $12.99
Also available in electronic formats
Purchase this book at Amazon!

I received a free copy of this book from the author through Pump Up Your Book. This review contains my honest opinions, for which I have not been compensated in any way.

This is the 61st book I’ve read for the following challenge:


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Looking for Blog Hosts for The Baby Matrix by Laura Carroll + Kindle Fire Giveaway Opportunity

The Baby MatrixLaura Carroll will be touring July 2 – September 24 2012 with her nonfiction book, The Baby Matrix: Why Freeing Our Minds From Outmoded Thinking About Parenthood & Reproduction Will Create a Better World.

Why does our society hold the belief that we are all destined to have children? Why do we believe that parenthood is the ultimate road to fulfillment in life? In The Baby Matrix: Why Freeing Our Minds From Outmoded Thinking About Parenthood & Reproduction Will Create a Better World, author Laura Carroll answers these questions and more through an exploration of and critical look at the pervasiveness of “pronatalism” – the belief that having children should be the central focus of every adult’s life. Carroll examines the historical origins of pronatalism, the reasons why it has such a deep hold on societies even though most people remain unaware of it, and whether it makes sense – for individuals or for the world as a whole. She shows the ways in which pronatalism is perpetuated, scrutinizes seven major pronatalist assumptions that lead people to accept them without question, and offers alternative mindsets that reflect realities, true reproductive freedom and responsibility in today’s society. Whether you are already a parent, want to be a parent, or don’t want children, you will never think about parenthood in the same way. Investigating what few have had the courage to discuss, The Baby Matrix examines the negative effects of pronatalist beliefs, including how they dictate the “normal path” to adulthood, put unwarranted pressure on people to have biological children, and fail to foster a society in which those who are best suited to become parents are the ones who have children. Carroll also brings to light the impact that pronatalism has had on the world at large and will continue to have if its ubiquitous influence is not challenged. Citing compelling statistics, she shows how our belief that we can have as many children as we want is a serious threat in a world with finite resources. In the process, she brings into focus how every life brought into the world directly affects our survival. This manifesto makes the case for why it’s time for all of us to understand why we can no longer afford to leave pronatalist assumptions unquestioned. Without compromise, The Baby Matrix is a reality check for us all. Are we willing to hold on to beliefs that aren’t necessarily true … even to our detriment? This book will make you examine your own intentions and beliefs, will rile you, and might just change your mind. The Baby Matrix is a must-read for anyone interested in psychology, sociology, anthropology, parenting issues, environmentalism, and social justice. But most of all, it’s for anyone, parent or not, who reveres the truth and wants the best for themselves, their families, and our world.

186 pages

You can visit Laura online at www.LauraCarroll.com.

Book Excerpt:

The Introduction:

In the movie The Matrix, the character Morpheus offers two pills to Neo—if he takes the blue pill, he will go on with life as he has before, believing what he has always believed. If he takes the red pill, he will find out what the “matrix” really is, and many of his earlier beliefs will be shattered. When it comes to taking a hard look at a specific set of beliefs that has driven our society for generations, The Baby Matrix is the red pill. It unravels these beliefs and shows us why they no longer serve us—or why they were never true in the first place.

What is this set of beliefs? It’s called “pronatalism,” meaning “pro”-“natal” or “pro-baby.” It’s the idea that parenthood and raising children should be the central focus of every person’s adult life.

Pronatalism is a strong social force and includes a collection of beliefs so embedded that they have come to be seen as “true.” For some people, perhaps you, there may be nothing more fulfilling than raising a child. But I think you’d agree that parenthood is not automatically the right choice for everyone. You don’t have to look very far to find parents who never should have had children.

The problem with pronatalism is that it leads everyone to believe they should have children—even people who shouldn’t have children. And pronatalism leads people to believe they have the right to have as many children as they want—even people who shouldn’t have children. This creates problems that extend beyond families and the children who may be suffering from the effects of poor parenting. At a time when we humans are consuming resources over 50 percent faster than the planet is producing them, every choice to bear a child has implications for the larger community. That’s why this conversation about pronatalism is one that involves all of us, parents or not.

During my research for Families of Two and since then, I have learned a lot about how pronatalist beliefs affect us individually and collectively, and not in a positive way. This has been explored before; in the 1970s, Ellen Peck and Judith Senderowitz confronted pronatalism head-on with Pronatalism: The Myth of Mom & Apple Pie. Their book includes chapters with a number of different contributing authors who explain what pronatalism is, how and why it is so pervasive in society, and the negative effects of that pervasiveness.

It’s time to take another hard look at pronatalism. Many people have begun to question its tenets, and rightly so. They are waking up to the fact that this set of implicit assumptions furthers the agendas of power structures such as the church, state, and industry—not individuals. They are questioning how they’ve been unconsciously influenced to accept beliefs that ultimately serve others’ agendas, and how this negatively impacts not just themselves but people from all walks of life. Pronatalist assumptions dictate how we’re supposed to follow the “normal path” to adulthood. They also put unwarranted pressure on us to have biological children (and the “right” number of them), fail to foster a society in which those who are best suited to become parents are the ones who have children, and do a disservice to children who are already here in need of loving homes. The assumptions also result in inequitable workplace and tax policies that favor parents over people with no children. And they work against leaving future generations a better world.

It’s time for all of us to understand why we can no longer afford to leave pronatalist assumptions unquestioned and why now is the time to transition to a “post” pronatal society. The Baby Matrix is the manifesto to ignite this transition. In this book, I present seven long-held pronatalist assumptions and the reasons they are incorrect, are no longer necessary, or no longer work. I lay out an alternative set of assumptions that reflects present realities and supports true reproductive freedom and reproductive responsibility in today’s society.

Don’t misunderstand: I am not against people who choose to become parents. The Baby Matrix urges all of us to take a closer look at pronatal assumptions in order to see the truth about parenthood, reproduction, and our future. Like the red pill in The Matrix, which instigates an awakening to what is real, this book takes a hard look at why it’s so important to stop blindly believing pronatalist doctrine and start realizing its serious costs. It poses powerful ways to shift our thinking for the betterment of all.

This book is for anyone who reveres the truth and wants the best for themselves, their families, and our world. If that’s you, I say go down the pronatal rabbit hole where you will find the truths that need to be told, and see why I invite you to join me in being part of the emergence of a post-pronatal society.

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If you would like to review The Baby Matrix, email Dorothy Thompson at thewriterslife(at)gmail.com. Please mention which date would work for you. Laura is also available for interviews and guest posts.

Please note that The Baby Matrix is part of a nationwide Kindle Fire giveaway. If you would like to include the giveaway on your blog, please let us know how you want to be “followed” for the Rafflecopter form (Twitter or Facebook).

Deadline for inquiries end August 25 or until the tour is filled. Thank you!

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New Book for Review: The River of Forgetting by Jane Rowan

Jane Rowan is touring in June 2011 with her memoir, The River of Forgetting.

People don’t make up things like that for fun.

That’s what Jane’s therapist tells her when Jane reports fragmentary memories from her childhood that hint at sexual abuse.  A busy, successful scientist, Jane at first fights the implications, but finally has to admit that something indeed happened. With help from a gifted therapist as well as creative arts, Jane taps into her own aliveness and reconciles with both her parents’ love and their betrayal.

This deeply personal memoir invites the reader behind the closed doors of the therapist’s office and into the author’s journal and her very body. Jane’s tender story shows how we can use the challenges of painful childhood traumas to transform our lives.

270 pages

You can visit Jane online at www.janerowan.com

If you would like to review The River of Forgetting, please email us by clicking here and filling out the form or emailing Cheryl Malandrinos at cg20pm00(at)gmail(dot)com. Deadline for inquiries is May 15, 2011 or until the tour is filled. 

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New Book for Review: The Safe and Sane Guide to Teenage Plastic Surgery by Dr. Frederick Lukash

Teenage Plastic SurgeryFrederick Lukash, M.D., is touring in June with his nonfiction book, The Safe and Sane Guide to Teenage Plastic Surgery. The Safe and Sane Guide to Teenage Plastic Surgery, by Dr. Frederick N. Lukash, is the only complete guide to this ever-expanding phenomenon. Written by the American Society of Plastic Surgery‘s acknowledged expert and official media spokesperson on pediatric and adolescent plastic surgery, this book answers those tough questions parents of potential teenage plastic surgery candidates have: Will surgery increase their child’s self-esteem and help them fit in better? Or is it a dangerously easy solution to deeper issues? When is surgery right, and when is it not? Interviewed in The New York Times and featured on Discovery Health among many other media outlets, Lukash guides families through every step of the process, from finding the perfect-fit doctor and applying for medical insurance to surgery and finally to recovery and a changed life. A virtual, free consultation with a renowned expert in the field, the book doesn’t just offer easy solutions to teen’s body-image problems but helps parents understand the emotional, psychological and social dilemmas involved. Complete with action plans, real-life stories and pictures, The Safe and Sane Guide to Teenage Plastic Surgery offers advice on what can, can’t and shouldn’t be done—and on how to spot the doctors who will exploit a teen’s fragile sense of self-esteem as well as his or her parent’s pocketbook. Most important, Lukash provides a useful red light/yellow light/green light guide for considering teen plastic surgery.

Book Excerpt:

In 2008 alone close to 300,000 teens underwent aesthetic plastic surgery.

Those numbers are rising, and for every teen that underwent plastic surgery, ten more are online right now researching the procedure they’ve been thinking about during every gym session, sleepover party or prom. Teenage plastic surgery is becoming mainstream—but is this a good thing?

Most of these teens aren’t dreaming about looking like Barbie or Ken, or a teen singer or actor. They are just dreaming about fitting in. As a NY plastic surgeon with over twenty years of successful practice, what I know for sure is that in spite of all that may be said, fitting in physically does matter. This is why we shower, brush our teeth, comb our hair and choose our wardrobe. This is why gyms are crowded and the diet industry is booming.

In many ways, how we look is linked intimately to how we feel. And the emotions of how we look and feel are not dictated by age. Just because you are young does not mean that you feel great about your appearance or as the French so aptly put it, feel “good” in your own skin.

Adults most often seek rejuvenating procedures in an effort to find the Fountain of Youth. Plastic surgery for teens, however, is most often appropriate for teens that yearn to feel “normal” – and certainly not stand out. Existing under the bell curve of average is a perfect fit for teens. Anything out of the norm – breasts too big or too small, causes distress. Ears that stick out stigmatize. Noses that are considered too big overwhelm a kid’s self-esteem. When teens fit in they feel good in their own skin. Looks become the background to the rest of their living. When they do not fit in it becomes all-consuming and takes over time better spent in the process of maturing.

Take the example of Scott, aged 15, who suffered from the physical and psychological stress of having male “breasts” or gynecomastia.

“I want to share my feelings about my ‘breasts’. I wasn’t confident at all. I felt that people were staring at me. All I would wear was black to hide this ‘horrible defect’. When I found out that something could be done I was very excited. The doctor made me feel comfortable about what I had and how it could be fixed.

The surgery was easy and the recovery time at home was a mere week. I was incredibly pleased with the results. I can barely see any scarring. Now I wear any color I want and am much more confident. I can go around not feeling like everyone is staring at me. I can live my life!” [Scott]

246 pages

You can visit his website at www.drlukash.com and www.teenageplasticsurgery.com.

If you would like to review The Safe and Sane Guide to Teenage Plastic Surgery, email us by clicking here or email Dorothy Thompson at thewriterslife@yahoo.com. Deadline for inquiries end May 25 or until the tour is filled. Thank you!

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New Book for Review: Through the Fire by Harriet Cammock

Through The FireJoin Harriet Cammock as she tours in June with her nonfiction inspirational self-help book Through the Fire.

In Through The Fire, Harriet Cammock has written a captivating account of surviving domestic violence. Having lived countless years in an environment of verbal and physical abuse, Harriet recollects events no person ought to be able to call to mind. Vivid accounts create unease, knowing people are able to harm each other on such levels and call it love. Harriet shares her blinded love, innocent assumptions, dreaded encounters, and fear-driven hopes, as she recaptures the essence of her painful memories. We journey with her through dating a perceived white knight; coping in a hopeless marriage; raising a child matured, too early, through unfathomable pain; and surviving near-fatal encounters with a madman.

Harriet exposes the reader to an abuser’s enchanting personality as he unfolds to reveal heinous acts, detrimentally affecting the surrounding families, friends, extended networks, and self. “That my heart was beating was a miracle, because I was so afraid I could barely open my mouth to speak, much less breathe and give oxygen to my heart. I didn’t know what he was going to do.” Through the trials, Harriet made a plan, and you will root for her to accomplish that plan. “I would imagine what my future life would be like. I would imagine my daughter and I would one day live free from this horror and it would all be just an experience far behind us. We would be free to do normal things mothers and daughters do.”

Whether you or someone else is abused, has been abused, is curious to the signs of abuse, or simply wishes to read a remarkably engaging story, this book is for you. Once you open this book, map out some time, and get cozy, as you will not want to put Through The Fire down.

*Please note that this book is nonfiction and contains adult material.*

# of Pages: 262

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If you would like to review Through the Fire, please email us by clicking here and filling out the form or emailing Jaime at jmfictionscribe(at)yahoo(dot)com(dot)au. Deadline for inquiries is April 18, 2011 or until the tour is filled.

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