Monday, April 28, 2008

Jungle King Secrets: A Libido-Liberating Lifestyle for Superior Sexual Satisfaction

Paul Adcock

ISBN: 9781594678660 - Loving Healing Press (2008)
Reviewed by William Phenn for Reader Views (2/08)




I was not able to find much information on the author except the fact that he was born in Detroit, Michigan and now resides in a suburb of the same. "Jungle King Secrets" happens to be his first book but I am sure it will not be his last.


Does size matter? Find out in Paul Adcock's book "Jungle King Secrets"--his detailed study of this and many more life-enhancing questions are answered in this 251-page volume. His main thrust is on how to improve your love life through the use of diet and exercise. He speaks of "World Class Wellness" and shows how to handle that ever-growing concern among men, "the erection." Mr. Adcock describes how nutrition of the body relates to our sexual prowess in, "Factory-Farming and Sexual Function."  He instructs the reader in the proper use of nutrition and even better, what not to eat or do for sexual superiority; which food and drinks to avoid and others to eat more of. Not smoking was at the top of the list along with overindulgence. Paul cautions everyone on the dangers of smoking and emphasizes the fact that too much wine can hinder a man's performance. I could sympathize with what he means here and I am sure I'm not alone when I say, "it doesn't help a man's partner to overindulge either."


Further on, Paul explains the dangers of sexual pharmaceuticals. The risks involved in taking so-called, erection-amplifying drugs or aphrodisiacs. Such libido enhancers have hidden chemicals that are detrimental to the human body and Mr. Adcock cautions the reader on their use and abuse.  One of my personal favorite chapters was, "The Secret of the Sexual Super Heroes." Mr. Adcock refers to the "Grand Master Tu Jin-Sheng" and the teachings of "Taoism." "Taoism" is not a political doctrine but rather a wisdom tradition. Followers observed the organic lifestyle and learned to harness the life force of creation called "energy cultivation (Qi Gong)." They learned that this practice made it possible for them to be more sexually superior and less susceptible to sickness and disease.


The power of sex is exemplified in this very well-documented and researched book. How Mr. Adcock was able to compile so much helpful information into only 251 pages is amazing. I had no problem giving this book an A rating. The research was thorough and well documented, the writing was unquestionably well done and "Jungle King Secrets" is a quality product that is well worth reading.




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The Travel Adventures of Lilly P. Badilly: Costa Rica (with CD)

Debbie Glade

ISBN: 9780980030792 - Smart Poodle Publishing (2008)
Reviewed by Matthew Feliciano (age 7) for Reader Views (3/08)






"The Travel Adventures of Lilly P. Badilly: Costa Rica" is a book about a millipede named Lilly.  Lilly is about to go on a trip to Costa Rica because her grandparents are sick of living in an airport. Once day, they decided to get on a plane.  The grandpa didn't want to go but they went anyway.  Lilly loved to read and learn and was excited about this new adventure.


Lilly used a guidebook to help her learn about Costa Rica.  She was looking forward to going and seeing all of the many animals there. She wanted to eat new food and see all there was to see. Even when things got tough, they all stayed together and happy as a family.


They came back from their trip and lived back at home in the airport.  They liked Costa Rica but were happy to be home.


I liked "The Travel Adventures of Lilly P. Badilly: Costa Rica" a lot.  It was educational and showed me new things about a new country.  I didn't like the CD that came with it because it read the story to me.  I liked the background music but since I can read, I didn't need the CD to read the book for you.  For younger kids who can't read the CD might help but for me, I didn't like it.  Other than that, this book was really good.




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Monday, April 21, 2008

The Mental Environment (Mostly about Mind Pollution)

by Bob Gebelein
ISBN: 9780961461119 - Omdega Press
Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views (3/08)




The author Bob Gebelein defines mind pollution as "…any thought, idea, fiction, hypnotic suggestion, judgment, etc. – any mental input – that makes one's view of reality less accurate."   The author extensively discusses these inaccuracies.  He uses both research and his own personal experiences to delve deeply into the subject.  He feels that mind pollution is mainly created by "social manipulation."  We are conditioned to believe that if we don't think as others, we won't belong.  Normative pressures influence us to feel the need to fit in with the norm.  Ridicule is used extensively by society to keep people at a level where our culture feels they belong.  This can be erroneous and limiting to one's personal growth.  He sees our cultural as currently being heavily influenced by three areas:  religion, academia, and the New Age Movement.  He uses examples of the New Age Movement from the Course in Miracles.
           
Gebelein started contemplating his own personal experience at age nine.  In "The Mental Environment," he discusses the paths that he took to find answers.  This included extensive sessions in psychotherapy.  He also discusses dream analysis and hypnotism.  The information that he provides outside of his own personal experience is referenced.  This material is very deep and complex. I found that his candid personal experiences helped bring more meaning to the material and make it easier to understand. 
           
Gebelein discovered that sometimes it is necessary to spend time in solitude so that we can free our minds of the pollution that comes in from outside sources.  He relates a personal experience that he had.  He also refers to Thoreau's experience at Walden Pond.  Solitude without the influence of cultural input helps a person to truly be able to hear and think for himself.  The more aware that we become about how our mental environment influences us, then the more we can work on freeing ourselves.
           
I found the information presented in "The Mental Environment" to be profoundly true.  I do not like knowing that my outside environment has so much influence over my inside environment.  This is something that I had already been contemplating on my own. The media does a wonderful job of manipulating me and my friends into buying expensive products that we really don't need, just so we can fit in.  I need to take more stock in my life to decide what I really think I need to be content vs. what the outside world is trying to convince me I need.  If nothing else can convince me that I need to make some changes, it is the thought that I am being manipulated and controlled by forces outside myself.  It's time for me to shut off the TV, cancel the magazine subscriptions and just sit down and breathe deeply.  This is a book that should not be missed.  When you read "The Mental Environment" and see the intrinsic value that it holds, you will want those close to you to read it as well so that you can share in the changes that you will ultimately want to make in your life.  Kind of 'Mind Controllish' sounding, but this time the choices will be coming from within you. 

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The Angel Hunter by J.A. Leary

ISBN: 9781595072160 - ABISVC (2007)
Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views (3/08)




Victoria Hunter has not had a good year.  First, her beloved husband dies in a tragic skydiving accident.  Shortly afterwards, miraculously, she finds out that she is pregnant with twins.  When they are three-months old, she discovers that she has intruders in her home.  They are there to kidnap her babies.  She fights for them, but there is a strong evil presence involved and she loses them.  The evil makes her forget them.  When Victoria's mother discovers they are gone, she calls the police.  Victoria realizes that there is something wrong, and she struggles to remember.  She gets placed in a mental institution.  At first they think she has post-partum psychosis, but when chilling events occur, her psychiatrist knows there is something happening on a deeper level.
 
Victoria is desperate to find her babies.  She feels called to Notre Dame in Indiana.  There is a grotto there on the campus that is supposed to contain the souls of the damned. The grotto has been breached; a priest there heard their cries and knows that Victoria's babies have passed through.  Victoria's creation, and those of her twins, was not the typical one.  She has to enter into the grotto to find her children.  Entering into this hell-like place, she discovers her inner strength and has to fight the evil trying to suck her in and destroy her. 
 
"The Angel Hunter" is an incredible story.  On a scale of 1 to 5, it is a ten.  J. A. Leary has done a remarkable job with writing this supernatural thriller.  He uses science, psychology, history and a touch of the divine to pull the reader into his world.  Many times I found myself with chills and goose bumps as I read.  As a supernatural thriller, this is a phenomenal book, yet underneath it all is an even greater message to be conveyed to the reader.  The message teaches us about the divine that is in us all, and the pain that comes when we distance ourselves from it.  I absolutely loved this aspect of "Angel Hunter," because it made me reach beyond the story to look within myself and where I am at. 
 
In the appendix of "The Angel Hunter," Leary lists books that the reader can use as resources to help with their own awakening.  He states that Victoria's story is a journey, "of enlightenment coming through extreme suffering…her pain is something that we can all identify with on some level."  I cannot wait to read further books by this author.
 
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Monday, April 14, 2008

Crossover: Krisálys Chronicles of Féyree: Scroll 1

by Claudia D. Newcorn
ISBN: 9781432707798 - Outskirts Press
Reviewed by Deb Shunamon for Reader Views (1/08)

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I give a resounding "Wow!" for Claudia Newcorn's new book, "Crossover: Krisálys Chronicles of Féyree: Scroll 1," a light fantasy with substance.  This intelligently written adventure story involving old grudges, ambition, love, and other dimensions of existence, also speaks to the difficulties of growing up and making independent, responsible choices.
           
The story follows the personal growth of Danai and her possible importance to the future of her people. Danai and the other young sprytes undergo the rituals of Krisálys in order to obtain their féyree wings. However, it quickly becomes apparent that each of the rites involved is going to be far more dangerous than the sprytes realize, as not everyone wants them to succeed, or notice that a dark time in féyree history is about to return. I have to admit that the abundant descriptions, invented vocabulary, and the thee/ye speech on the first few pages made me wonder if I would have the patience to finish the book, but by mid-chapter I was hooked. The tightly written characters and adventures in this volume were engrossing, and although the story can easily be continued in future books, Scroll 1 is complete and satisfying on its own.
 
Even though I am not a féyree kingdom enthusiast, the terrific storytelling in this book has certainly made me a fan of its author. "Crossover: Krisálys Chronicles of Féyree: Scroll 1," by Claudia Newcorn, will appeal to a variety of ages, and is a good choice for those who think, as I did, that féyree -world stories are generally too fluffy. Interesting and unique, this is simply a wonderfully written, action-filled, thoughtful fantasy book.

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The Necromancer by Kevin Dunn

ISBN: 9781591460718 - Crystal Dreams Publishing
Reviewed by Olivera Baumgartner-Jackson for Reader Views (3/08)




Kevin Dunn's "The Necromancer" is set in the extremely tumultuous times at the end of the seventeenth century. The year is 1692 and the infamous witch-hunt has begun in Salem, Massachusetts. People are falling ill and dying of smallpox.  Tempers are running high. Neighbors are telling on neighbors, reporting them for real and, much more often, for imaginary crimes.
 
Two unlikely people are thrown together – the very pure and innocent Susanna Harrington, a young woman from Salem, and the Reverend Ambrose Blayne, a man with a violent and unhappy past and a dark secret. He is 'The Necromancer' – a very dangerous and very powerful warlock. His seduction of the pure, naive Susanna will lead the young woman down an incredibly vile, sinister route.
 
While the characters in this book are undoubtedly formidable, the sheer saturation with evil and brutality makes them too distant to be believable. Kevin Dunn's writing is occasionally stiff and feels overwhelming at times. Sometimes use of more straightforward words and phrases makes for less laborious reading; and austere is not necessarily boring. On the other hand, I found author's insights into the human soul and the low resistance of most people to foolishness and iniquity very enlightening.
 
Kevin Dunn's "The Necromancer" is certainly a powerful book, but unfortunately too dark for my taste. While I am certain it would appeal to the lovers of dark fiction and horror stories, the very graphic and vivid descriptions of the orgies and rituals, the incessant evil and cruelty as well as the pervading sense of malevolence throughout the book did not endear it to me. That does not mean that the book is not a good one, it simply means that I did not manage to connect with it. But if you are a horror lover, by all means go for it – this is a truly dark and truly scary one!
 

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Monday, April 7, 2008

Straight Talk for Success by Bud Bilanich

ISBN: 9780963828095 - Front Row Press (2008)
Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views (2/08)




"Straight Talk for Success" is written by Bud Bilanich, who is also known as "The Common Sense Guy."  He definitely has been given the correct title.  I found "Straight Talk for Success" to be well-organized and easy-to-understand.  The book is arranged in five parts.  Each section has its own chapters that give you further advice on the topics presented.  All of the information provided is based upon common sense, which makes it easier to apply.  After reading the whole book, you will see that the title is perfect.
 
About a week ago, a friend commented that most of my "gurus" just provide me with information that should be common sense.  I totally agree with this, however, sometimes when life gets in the way, we need to have other people lead us back to what makes sense.  When events at work become so convoluted it is easy to get lost and feel helpless.  Reading "Straight Talk for Success" helped me put a lot of things into perspective. One of the biggest ways it will influence me is in how I deal with situations with other people, especially co-workers; one in particular.  Bilanich reminded me to act assertively, keep my integrity, and to learn from the situation. 
 
The biggest feeling that I had when I finished reading "Straight Talk for Success," was excitement.  I am looking forward to applying the principles that I learned to my career so that I can get myself out of a slump that I feel myself falling into.  I am looking forward to putting these new tools to work, so that I can present myself with confidence and integrity.  It feels so good to be excited about doing something well, especially when I know that my career helps others.
 
I highly recommend this book for people in the work world.  It is appropriate for those at every stage of their career.  It would make a wonderful gift for a college graduate who is just starting out.  I wish I had something like this way back when.  It will also be good for people who are in the middle of their career when they feel themselves hitting rough patches.  People nearing retirement can still benefit from this book because it will help them finish strong.  "Straight Talk for Success" would also be the perfect text for a work retreat. 


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Mindfulness and the Art of Choice: Transform Your Life

by Karen H. Sherman, PhD
ISBN: 9781932690514 - Loving Healing Press
Reviewed by Irene Watson for Reader Views (2/08)




Dr. Sherman, in practice as a relationship expert for over 20 years, has written a book to help readers create a better life for themselves. Taking excerpts of her own life and experience, she explains how to live mindfully.  The book consists of two parts, the first part "How the Art of Choice Works" and the second part is "The Art of Choice Exercises." Both sections include a thorough explanation plus exercises. 
 
Dr. Sherman stresses that experiences in the past encode our mental and physical memory.  These are called core issues or "baggage."  She believes the feeling attained during a negative experience remains in our being, and often the same feeling comes up in other similar situations.  This in turn creates an emotional response. The experiences could be traumatic, yet on the other hand, something perceived to be very menial could also create an emotional reaction.  For example, a child is walking with her father and reaches up to hold his hand.  At that same moment the swing of the father's arm goes away from the child.  The child, at that moment, could feel rejected by not realizing what caused the father's arm to move away.  This feeling would become embedded in the child's memory as rejection.  From then on, anytime something or someone is pulled away from her, the same feeling of rejection occurs. Often the feelings are replaced with distraction, such as alcohol, drugs, or adverse behaviors.   In "How the Art of Choice Works" Dr. Sherman addresses how to embrace the feelings, yet react differently. She also addresses patterns caused by the situation and how to change them.
In a short two-paragraph section, Dr. Sherman explains awareness is the key response to making changes and gives a simple technique to generate it.  Once we are aware of the reaction, she gives exercises to become conscious of the body, observe the behavior, note thoughts, address the thoughts/fears and ultimately break the old patterns, creating a new flow in life.
 
There are many books on the market that cover the same issues as Dr. Sherman, however, there isn't one that is as concise and to the point as "Mindfulness and the Art of Choice" is.  In less than 100 pages she helps the reader become aware of personal issues/reactions embedded in the memory. Within a few simple exercises we can change the feelings associated with the situation. At the same time we can move away from recreating those same feelings in another situation. It may sound like a difficult task, and it could be. However, Dr. Sherman simplifies everything for us through her explanations and exercises – to a point where "Mindfulness and the Art of Choice" becomes truly a self-help book.  This book is highly recommended for anyone that is considering choosing to have "the good life."

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