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REVIEW: “Evil By Design” by Chris Nodder

NodderChris_EvilByDesignThis book talks about how to use the 7 Deadly Sins in your marketing, in order to be more persuasive.

Now, before you get the wrong idea, know that this book isn’t encouraging deceit or shady, underhanded dealings. It’s all on the up-and-up. It shows how many other companies have already been using these practices, giving lots of examples, and then explains how you can put them to work for yourself.

For example, in the chapter on Sloth (laziness), it talks about making your website really easy to read and scan, as most visitors don’t want to be forced to “work” when they stop by. So it shows the way to lay out your page according to the way our eyes generally travel over a web page, in order to place the most important information where people’s eyes are going to land, naturally.

My sister convinced me to read this book, and I’m really glad she did. It was really useful, and I enjoyed it!

Recommended.

Musing Mondays (Mar. 31)

MusingMondays5Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…

• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it! 
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.
• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!

My Musing:

Right now, I’d really like to get my hands on the print copies of both “Christian Coaching, 2nd Edition” by Gary Collins and “Co-Active Coaching” by Henry Kimsey-House. I have both of these for Kindle (eBook format), but I want the actual print copies because 1) they’ll be easier to reference back to, and 2) it’s easier for me to read in print than via Kindle (I only have the app on my iPod).

Here are the descriptions {from GoodReads}:

KimseyHouseHenry_CoActiveCoachingCo-Active Coaching:  When Co-Active Coaching was first released in 1998, this pioneering work set the stage for what has become a cultural and business phenomenon and helped launch the profession of coaching. Published in more than ten languages now, this book has been used as the definitive resource in dozens of corporate, professional development and university-based coaching programs as well as by thousands of individuals looking to elevate their communication, relationship and coaching skills.

This fully revised third edition of Co-Active Coaching has been updated to reflect the expanded vision of the newly updated Co-Active Model and coaching course curriculum at The Coaches Training Institute, the training organization founded and run by the authors for 20 years. The third edition emphasizes evoking transformational change in the client and extends the use of the Co-Active Model into leadership management and its effectiveness throughout organizations. This edition also contains an on-line Coach’s Toolkit (replacing the CD of the second edition), several new coaching demonstrations and more than 35 updated exercises, questionnaires, checklists and reproducible forms.

CollinsGary_ChristianCoachingChristian Coaching (2nd Edition):  Coaching has expanded beyond athletics to almost every aspect of life that requires accountability, encouragement,and a commitment to growth.

Dr. Gary R. Collins takes the successful principles of coaching and gives them a God-centered application. Broader in scope than either mentoring or discipling, Christian Coaching helps people find God’s vision for their lives and learn to live accordingly through stories, insights, and interviews.

 

 

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REVIEW: “The God-First Life” by Stovall Weems

WeemsStovall_TheGodFirstLife_ZondervanThis book was just what I needed, right now. I’m glad I finally picked it up — deadlines have a way of kicking my butt into gear! LOL.

The premise of the book is the Bible verse, Matthew 6:33: “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” The author repeatedly shares that, when God is in first place — when our priorities are, therefore, in the right order — blessings will follow (“all these things”).

I loved that the author has a great sense of humor! Parts of the book had me literally laughing out loud! And, there were lots of practical applications, throughout, too! I have a “to do” list that I wrote out for myself, even! Several of the items seem like good business practices, even if they aren’t specifically pointed out as such in the book.

Overall, this was a nice, quick read, and I’d definitely recommend it!

{Read the book’s full DESCRIPTION here}

::: GIVEAWAY! ::: 

Would you like to be entered to win a copy of this book? The publisher is offering a FREE copy to one of my readers

To enter, leave a comment telling me what kind of “chaos” you’ve had in your life, lately, and why you think this book would benefit you! ;)

Winner will be chosen randomly, sometime within the coming week, and will be contacted by me via email (so make sure you leave a way for me to get in touch!). Good luck! :D

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Thank you to Icon Media Group for providing the complimentary review copy!

WWW Wednesdays (Mar. 26)

WWW_Wednesdays4To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

My answers:

BlackwellElizabeth_WhileBeautySlept_GPPutnamReviewWhat are you currently reading? I’m reading “While Beauty Slept” by Elizabeth Blackwell! It’s really good! I’m just not finding the time to read that I’d like to, right now. I’m also reading “Evil By Design” by Chris Nodder on my computer — and it’s so good that it has caused me to put aside “While Beauty Slept” for a couple of days! LOL



JantschJohn_DuctTapeMarketingWhat did you recently finish reading? I finished “Duct Tape Marketing” by John Jantsch, a bit ago. And I really enjoyed it! Read my review {here}.





VaynerchuckGary_JabJabJabRightHookWhat do you think you’ll read next? More than likely, it’ll be one of my review books {see the list}. Although, it might end up being “Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook” by Gary Vaynerchuck, as it’s a library book. As always,we’ll see.



PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own WWW Wednesdays post, or share your answers in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks! :D

Teaser Tuesdays (Mar. 25)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

BlackwellElizabeth_WhileBeautySlept_GPPutnamReviewMy Teasers:

“If only Millicent had been content with our private bargain, savoring her knowledge of the queen’s life in secret! But that was not her way.”

~ p.105, “While Beauty Slept” by Elizabeth Blackwell

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Teaser Tuesdays post, or share your ‘teasers’ in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks! :D

{The link for the comments is at the BOTTOM of this post.}

Musing Mondays (Mar. 24)

MusingMondays5Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…

• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it! 
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.
• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!

My Musing:

I just ordered some new books for myself… “Becoming a Professional Life Coach” by Patrick Williams & Diane Menendez, “Finding Your Voice” by Joel Boggess, and “Creative Journal Writing” by Stephanie Dowrick.

WilliamsMenendez_BecomingAProfessionalLifeCoach  BoggessJoel_FindingYourVoice  DowrickStephanie_CreativeJournalWriting


Here’s the description for “Finding Your Voice” by Joel Boggess:

In Finding Your Voice, life coach and motivational speaker Joel Boggess empowers you to live an authentic and more meaningful life. Using his own story of trauma, tragedy and triumph, he demonstrates that although your past plays into your present, it doesn’t have to determine your destiny. In addition to his own experience, Joel offers a number of real-life accounts of the growth and success his clients have experienced. These examples bring to life the truths Boggess offers.

Highly relatable and immediately applicable, Finding Your Voice will help you get back in touch with the real you and live your best possible life.

From Finding Your Voice, you will learn:

• Who you really are, what excites you, and what you stand for.
• How to use past hurts to help and encourage others.
• How to discover your passion when life seems passion-less.
• How to identify and rid yourself of beliefs that may be stifling your voice and success.
• Why having a vision for your future is essential and how to create one and make it a reality.

With a master’s degree in Counseling and almost seven years of experience as a life and career coach, Boggess has the education, life experience and wisdom to help you tune into and fully express your unique voice.

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Musing Mondays post, or share your answers in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks! :D

The Sunday Post: A Quick Question (Mar. 23)

SundayPost_Kimba_CaffinatedReviewerFor today’s post, I simply have a quick question for you…

 

On a scale of 1 – 10 (with 1 being completely at peace, and 10 being completely overwhelmed), where would you say you currently find yourself?

 

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Friday Finds (Mar. 21)

FF2_MdFRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).

So, come on — share with us your FRIDAY FINDS!



My Finds:

NaishJohn_Enough  PffeferSutton_TheKnowledgeDoingGap  SinclairMichael_MindfulnessForBusyPeople  ManchesterSteven_PressedPennies

KentKerriWyatt_Listen  DohJenny_CreativeLetteringTechniques  SharpeJoanne_TheArtOfWhimsicalLettering  KweiEleanor_TheArtOfTheDoodle

ArmfieldGinaRossi_NoExcusesArtJournalling  CorfeeStephanie_CreativeIllustrationAndBeyond  VerdugoTracy_PaintMojo  DowrickStephanie_CreativeJournalWriting

BrowningMarie_TimeToTangleWithColors  CookPhil_Unique  DohJenny_JournalIt  LuceRon_RevolutionYM

Enough – John Naish
The Knowing-Doing Gap – Jeffrey Pfeffer & Robert I. Sutton
Mindfulness for Busy People – Michael Sinclair
Pressed Pennies – Steven Manchester
Listen – Kerri Wyatt Kent
Creative Lettering – Jenny Doh
The Art of Whimsical Lettering – Joanne Sharpe
The Art of the Doodle - Eleanor Kwei
No Excuses Art Journaling – Gina Rossi Armfield
Creative Illustration and Beyond – Stephanie Corfee
Paint Mojo – Tracy Verdugo
Creative Journal Writing - Stephanie Dowrick
Time To Tangle With Colors – Marie Browning
Unique – Phil Cooke
Journal It! – Jenny Doh
Revolution YM – Ron Luce



PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Friday Finds post, or share your ‘finds’ in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks! :D

WWW Wednesdays (Mar. 19)

WWW_Wednesdays4To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…


• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?



My answers:

BlackwellElizabeth_WhileBeautySlept_GPPutnamReviewWhat are you currently reading? I’m reading “While Beauty Slept” by Elizabeth Blackwell! It’s really good! I’m just not finding the time to read that I’d like to, right now. I’m also reading “Evil By Design” by Chris Nodder on my computer — and it’s so good that it has caused me to put aside “While Beauty Slept” for a couple of days! LOL




JantschJohn_DuctTapeMarketingWhat did you recently finish reading? I finished “Duct Tape Marketing” by John Jantsch, a bit ago. And I really enjoyed it! Read my review {here}.





VaynerchuckGary_JabJabJabRightHookWhat do you think you’ll read next? More than likely, it’ll be one of my review books {see the list}. Although, it might end up being “Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook” by Gary Vaynerchuck, as it’s a library book. As always,we’ll see.





PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own WWW Wednesdays post, or share your answers in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks! :D

Teaser Tuesdays (Mar. 18)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

BlackwellElizabeth_WhileBeautySlept_GPPutnamReviewMy Teasers:

“Though I was intensely aware of his presence, I kept my eyes straight ahead, and I could tell from the corner of my eye that he was doing the same. As we approached my aunt’s house, my heartbeat counted down the seconds before we must make our farewells.”

~ p.154, “While Beauty Slept” by Elizabeth Blackwell


PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Teaser Tuesdays post, or share your ‘teasers’ in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks! :D

{The link for the comments is at the BOTTOM of this post.}

Musing Mondays (Mar. 17)

MusingMondays5Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…

• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it! 
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.
• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!

My Musing:

I’m currently desperate to get my hands on “Body of Work” by Pamela Slim.

SlimPamela_BodyOfWorkDescription: These days it’s increasingly rare to have a stable career in any field. More and more of us are blending big company jobs, startup gigs, freelance work, and volunteer side projects. We take chances to expand our knowledge, capabilities, and experience. But how do we make sense of that kind of career—and explain it?

Pamela Slim, the acclaimed author of Escape from Cubicle Nation, gives us the tools to have meaningful careers in this new world of work. She shows how to find the connections among diverse accomplishments, sell your story, and continually reinvent and relaunch your brand.

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with the link to your own Musing Mondays, or share your answer in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks! :D

Are you “Living a Creative Life”?

This past week, I came across a fabulous website, owned by artist, Melissa Dinwiddie. It’s called “Living a Creative Life“.

LivingACreativeLife_SS

 

Melissa says she’s “on a mission to empower YOU to feed your own creative hungers live the big, bold, creative life you really want.” Check out her awesome website… it’s fun and definitely inspiring. :D

Friday Finds (Mar. 14)

FF2_MdFRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).

So, come on — share with us your FRIDAY FINDS!

My Finds:

LeeJenniferDukes_LoveIdol  RobertsMarkD_DareToBeTrue  BarenfangerBrooke_TheBlacksmithKing  FelsteadChristine_YogaForRunners

WifeAfterGod  WomackJason_YourBestJustGotBetter  PriorKarenSwallow_Booked  FordAmy_ABumpInLife

MaxwellJohnC_HowSuccessfulPeopleGrow  GrayBrad_MakeYourMark  LittleKimberly_Forbidden  MartinezJessica_KissKillVanish

PortesAndrea_AnatomyOfAMisfit  IllusionsOfFate_KierstenWhite  SlimPamela_BodyOfWork  HeardShannon_Enough

 

Love Idol – Jennifer Dukes Lee
Dare to Be True – Mark D. Roberts
The Blacksmith King – Brooke Barenfanger
Yoga for Runners – Christine Felstead
Wife After God – Jennifer Smith
Your Best Just Got Better – Jason Womack
Booked – Karen Swallow Prior
A Bump In Life – Amy Ford
How Successful People Grow – John C. Maxwell
Make Your Mark – Brad Gray
Forbidden – Kimberly Griffiths Little
Kiss, Kill, Vanish – Jessica Martinez
Anatomy of a Misfit – Andrea Portes
Illusions of Fate – Kiersten White (I ♥ this cover!!!)
Body of Work – Pamela Slim
Enough – Shannon Heard



PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Friday Finds post, or share your ‘finds’ in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks! :D

WWW Wednesdays (Mar. 12)

WWW_Wednesdays4To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…


• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?



My answers:

BlackwellElizabeth_WhileBeautySlept_GPPutnamReviewWhat are you currently reading? I’m reading “While Beauty Slept” by Elizabeth Blackwell! It’s really good! I’m just not finding the time to read that I’d like to, right now. Busy with work.




JantschJohn_DuctTapeMarketingWhat did you recently finish reading? I finished “Duct Tape Marketing” by John Jantsch. And I really enjoyed it! Read my review {here}.





VaynerchuckGary_JabJabJabRightHookWhat do you think you’ll read next? More than likely, it’ll be one of my review books {see the list}. Although, it might end up being “Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook” by Gary Vaynerchuck, as it’s a library book. As always,we’ll see.





PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own WWW Wednesdays post, or share your answers in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks! :D

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