This interesting book explores the complexity of human nature and the myriad different ways in which people search for meaning and fulfilment in their lives. The author draws on his own learning and experiences to offer tools and techniques that people can employ in order to deepen and strengthen their faith, relationships, and emotional and spiritual wellbeing.
There is no doubt that we live in a troubled and problematic world. People can be so easily drawn into things that offer respite and answers but really only deceive.
Crenshaw’s stories and arguments present a thoughtful and positive approach to faith and life that appears, from what he writes, to serve him and those who adhere to his teachings very well. There is no doubt that a sense of purpose and a strong faith enable people to weather the storms of life with greater resilience and grace than many others. In this, Crenshaw offers insights and teaching that makes the tools for developing a positive and resilient spiritual and emotional life that directly impacts on one’s physical health and wellbeing.
It must be said, though, that the author’s moral position on faith and life choices won’t appeal to everyone. Prospective readers should understand that this book is written from a fairly conservative Christian point of view and consequently, people of different orientations may find some of the author’s moral statements hard to accept.
This book will appeal more to a Christian audience, but it does offer some wisdom and insights that a wider audience seeking to enrich their mindfulness and spiritual loves could find useful.
‘The Beautiful Lie’ has been awarded a Bronze Acorn.
A relatable, easy to read poetry collection.
‘Spring Fling’ offers vignettes of daily life and glimpses into the thoughts of a young woman. Her children, family life, personal feelings and places they visit all feature in this collection of poetry.
Some of the poems carry a kernel of a deeper truth that provoked more thought, while others skip through a scene, describing it in a way that leaves the reader nodding and smiling. In every case, it is easy to relate to the ideas expressed by the poet.
‘Spring Fling’ has been awarded a Silver Acorn.
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It takes a particular kind of person to embrace the challenges of living in the more isolated parts of coastal Alaska, and to not only survive but thrive on the landscape and lifestyle that it presents.
George Davis has certainly proven himself to be up to the challenge throughout the years. His experiences are varied and interesting, and his story is told in a conversational way that is enjoyable and easy to read.
‘Alaska Man’ has been awarded a Bronze Acorn.
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A helpful and practical guide to achieving success as an author.
In this helpful volume, Jo Lajko shares his experience and insights in the world of book marketing.
His advice is practical and easily understood, and provides a wealth of insight and understanding for authors who need to know how to produce the best book they can, and how to market that book when it’s published.
Lajko offers advice for authors who choose to pursue traditional publishing as well as for those who choose the Independent route. He consistently encourages them, whichever path they pursue, to write well, to ensure that the editing is excellent, and that the marketing is focused, and offers very helpful hints and tips that help each writer to achieve those things.
Lajko’s overall message is that authors need to create the whole package, of which their book is only one part. He gives step-by-step instructions about how an individual writer can develop their platform and audience so that their book is produced, received and promoted consistently well.
One of the points that Lajko makes very strongly is the importance of gratitude. This really resonates with me as an Indie author, because I have seen for myself the difference it makes to be part of an author community that is supportive, encouraging, and thankful. I have been inspired by those who are thankful enough for their own success that they will mentor and encourage those who are just starting out, and I have benefited from their expertise and wealth of knowledge.
Jo Lajko is generous and enthusiastic in sharing his expertise and knowledge in ’50 Habits’. As an author, I am very thankful that he has done so.
This book has been awarded a Gold Acorn for excellence.
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An interesting collection of short pieces about obscure words in the English language.
Words are such fascinating things. They carry enormous power, have the ability to make or break relationships, and are intrinsic to our need for meaning and communication. As one who enjoys exploring and experimenting with words and language, I found this book to be a pleasant surprise.
‘Obscurity’ is a collection of reflections on obscure words that are little used, but which still carry some relevance and application in life today. Each piece is thoughtful and interesting, yet written with a relaxed and conversational tone that sets the reader at ease and leads their thoughts on a gentle stroll through some of the quieter corners of the garden that is the English language.
‘Obscurity’ has been awarded a Silver Acorn.
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If you’re ever frustrated by things people do at the movies, this book is for you.
‘Dear Moviegoer’ is a collection of short pieces addressed to folks to go to the cinemas, from the point of view of a theatre employee. Some of the entries are lighthearted, some are informative and provide some great practical tips for improving one’s moviegoing experience. Others are slightly snarky – and with good reason! Personally, I would have liked to see more snark, but that might just be me. I love snark.
It’s fair to say that until I read this book, I had no idea of the extent of the bad behaviour that movie theatre employees have to put up with. On a “decent human being” level, I’m appalled at what some people think is acceptable. That the author managed to communicate her responses and explain the finer points of cinema etiquette in a polite and straightforward manner, often with a touch of good humour, is a mark of her good character.
An enjoyable read, ‘Dear Moviegoer’ has been awardeda Silver Acorn.
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A fascinating true story of the discovery of a Tudor document in 21st century Australia.
This is a fascinating true story of a vellum manuscript from Tudor times, its discovery in a bookshop in Warrnambool in 2013, and the journey of discovery undertaken by Lorraine Smith to learn of the manuscript’s history.
It’s really well-written with an easy-going, conversational tone that makes the reader feel as though they’re just listening to the author tell her story, so it’s very relaxing and enjoyable to read. The reader gets a good feel for the character of the author as well as the different personalities she has encountered in the course of her investigations.
The story is complemented by very clear and interesting photographs and maps.
Because it is such an interesting read, ‘Journey of a Lost Manuscript’ has been awarded a Gold Acorn.
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