LIFE: Sentiments & Realities by Chris Uyi (Review and Giveaway)

>>  Wednesday, December 17, 2014

LIFE: Sentiments & Realities by Chris Uyi
Quickfox Publishing
ISBN: 978-0620633802
Published: October 2014
Trade Paperback, 116

The first thing that struck me about this book is its cover. It has such a serene image, depicting a calm beauty. It is appropriate for this non-fiction book that contains some insightful advice about choosing a realistic rather than sentimental approach in achieving a successful and happy life.

This book can be read withing a couple of hours, but it packs a lot of thought-provoking statements. Uyi's desire to help his fellow man is clear in the delivery of his messages about various topics such as religion, business, love, friends, family and others. This is a well-written book with beautiful metaphors that make it a pleasure to read.

There are a few quotes that stayed with me. This one from Epictetus, that Uyi quotes at the beginning of his book, "It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows", made me read this book with an open mind. I paid keen attention to the author's thoughts on business, and I agreed with his advice to avoid decisions based on sentiments, and that practice and self-determination will get one far in business. It has for me.

Uyi is kind in giving advice but he is also forthright and doesn't beat around the bush. When in business, he advises never to "give ourselves over to our lower negative side of pessimism" and to fight the tendency to procrastinate. He admonishes patience and quotes Herodotus who said, "Haste in every business brings failure." How true!

Uyi not only quotes from famous men, but also extensively from the Bible, from passages I knew very well. There are several things I did not agree with, but Uyi makes it clear that the information in this book is from his experience and meditation. It is a positive message Uyi is trying to get across. He encourages training the mind to be watchful, thoughtful, and resolute, and I agree that this training will lead to good actions and a wiser course in life.

Finally, in his letter to Nneka (he doesn't divulge who this person is) Uyi says something so beautiful, it really touched me. He tells Nneka:

"Oh troubled one, whatever condition you find yourself in now, please know that, through the desert of life, there are hidden oases of peace, and no matter how dark the night is, the sun will surely rise in due time." p. 106

When I was going through post-partum depression, a similar statement truly helped me cope. This book has many such statements that can be a revelation for those that have not taken the time to meditate on the deeper things in life.

I will be reviewing Uyi's second book Through the Fire on Friday.

Note: This book is rated C = clean read.
To read more reviews, please follow Chris Uyi's blog tour by visiting his iRead page.

Where to buy the book: Amazon

A few words with the author...

LCR: Dr. Dayo Olomu wrote the foreword in Life: Sentiments and Realities, and you mention him as your mentor in your acknowledgements. Can you tell us more about him?

CU: Dr. Dayo Olomu is a Uk based Motivational speaker and peak performance coach. Ten years ago, I watched him in an interview on the best talk show on TV then in Nigeria, New dawn with Funmi Iyanda. I deeply connected with what he was saying. He made a huge impact on my mind set instantly. And then I decided to check him out on the internet. I read every article about him i could find on the internet. Through the course of life, like the saying goes, "who you respect, you attract", we got in touch and since then he has been really helpful in me towing this path. He was the first person to ever read my manuscript and he guided me to become better. Dr. Dayo is an enigma, a man of excellence, an inspiration and a man every one should meet.

LCR: What made you write these two books?

CU: I have had my fair share of life's blows. Been knocked down severely but got back up better and stronger. And so I felt there are a lot of people out there who could benefit from my experiences. When you live long enough, you get to realize people face similar experiences, though they may look different on the surface level. So I have shared my lessons and thoughts with the world through my books and good enough, a whole lot of people have sent me mails of appreciation on how my books have helped them comprehend issues that hitherto perplexed them, and they are walking a more practical path of life and finding daily fulfillment

LCR: In LIFE, chapter ten is about the subject of women. Unlike the other chapters you cite several verses from the Bible but offer no further explanation. Why not?

I believe those verses from the book of Proverbs are self explanatory. I had my flaws with women, and those verses helped me get through. I believe they are sufficient enough for anyone who will read them with an open mind to learn.

LCR: Chris, thank you so much for taking the time to answer some of my questions!



About the Author:
Christopher Uyi is an Economist, Business Strategist and Life Coach. He is currently the Principal Partner of i54 Consulting Ltd. A strong believer in educational excellence and philanthropy, he is the founder of Uyi Christopher Ibhazehi-oria Foundation.

Chris is a prolific writer who, in his words, ''does not write for fun but writes to deliver a message''. He has published several well-acknowledged articles and two life/mind uplifting books.

Connect with Chris: Facebook


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Reviewed by Laura



Disclosure: Thanks to the author for sending me this book for review. I was not compensated in any other way, nor told how to rate or review this product.


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Mailbox Monday and It's Monday, What Are You Reading? Dec 15 Edition

>>  Sunday, December 14, 2014



Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia who now blogs at To Be Continued. It is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week. Mailbox Monday now has a permanent home on its blog. Link up to share your MM.

Oh my goodness! Where has this month gone? My days are going by in such a flurry of activities. Snowstorm has finally dumped on us the amount of snow for my kids to go tobogganing and making snowmen. Shoveling was less fun, of course...

I have lots of giveaways going on this month. Check out my top left sidebar!

Two books in my mailbox:

This one is on tour with iRead Book Tours from January 7 to 28:



Broken Trust by Thomas Maurin

This is a story about three smart, successful people who were once fast friends in college and have now been thrust together again in an unlikely, multi-layered investigation with far-reaching international implications and billions of dollars at stake. One is a forensic accountant for the SEC, one beta tests hardware and software for the US Department of Defense and the UK Ministry of Defense, and the third is a wildly successful entrepreneur, software developer and venture capitalist in Silicon Valley.

They get caught up in the hunt for a corrupt Swiss banker intent on finally unloading the last of the gold stolen by his father in World War II; a violent, narcissist leader of a Mexican drug cartel making his move to take over as the head of all cartels in Central America; and the daughter of a murdered Bulgarian arms dealer making the deal that will give her mother financial stability and get them both out of the increasingly unstable arms business.

The plot unfolds as financial crimes committed by insiders put common criminal activities to shame in a world where technology has increasingly insinuated itself into our lives to good and bad effects.


Growing a Rainbow: The Premature Journey of a Two Pound Hero by Lesley Donaldson-Reid

In the honest and gripping narrative within Growing a Rainbow, Lesley Donaldson-Reid recounts the perilous journey of her son, Baby Torran, who arrived three months early and weighed less than a pair of running shoes. Witness through her eyes as Baby Torran fights for his first breath and against the staggering impacts of his premature birth. Lesley's passionate words bring hope to parents of preemies as she raises awareness about this unexpected outcome of pregnancy. This must-read is a true love story for everyone who cherishes children.





This meme is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. This is where we keep track of what we are currently reading and plan to read.  The kidlit version is hosted by Jen at Teach Mentor Texts.

Posted this week:


Currently Reading:

The Blood Mile by Andy Lyberopoulos (My son and I are still reading this one. Great story.)


Are you part of a book club? I have a fun offer for you: Book Club Offer

Have a great reading week!

Laura


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Like reading middle-grade books? Here's one that's rocking my kid's world right now...and might win you a $100 Amazon Gift Card!

>>  Saturday, December 13, 2014

I'm working with talented author Brent LeVasseur, who wrote and illustrated a super cool action​ adventure for middle-graders. My son, a reluctant reader, loves it! He says it's one of the coolest books he's read.



In Levasseur’s debut middle-grade sci-fi novel, a friendly extraterrestrial girl whisks a Nebraska farm boy away for a wild adventure of Martian intrigue, rebellion and invasion.
- Kirkus Review


Part One of Brent's book will be released at the end of January and he is gathering reviews before the big launch. Because it's the holiday season and we're all busy, we're offering great prizes for bloggers who are taking two hours out of their busy schedule to read and review it. 

The book is only 94​ pages long with big font and lots of awesome graphics. All participating bloggers will be included in a draw that will have 25 winners and $520 worth of Amazon gift card prizes! It's our way of saying thank you!

One blogger will get $100 Amazon Gift Card
Two bloggers will each get a $50 Amazon Gift Card
Four bloggers will each get a $25 Amazon Gift Card
Eight bloggers will each get a $15 Amazon Gift Card
Ten bloggers will each get a $10 Amazon Gift Card

With 25 winners you have a good chance of winning!

You can choose any date you wish to post your review in December and January, but if you post in December you get three entries. I can send you the pdf book right away and in 2 hours you can finish reading it. Just fill out this form to participate.

Check out the tour schedule to see who's already on board.

Book Details:

Book Title: Aoléon The Martian Girl: A Science Fiction and Fantasy Saga - Part 1: First Contact, written and illustrated by Brent LeVasseur
Category: Middle-Grade, 73 pages
Genre: Science-fiction and Fantasy​, Action Adventure​
Publisher: Aoléon Press
Release date: January 31, 2015
Available for review in: pdf
Will send books: Internationally
Tour dates: Dec and Jan
Content Rating: G

Book Description:

Crop circles magically appear in Farmer Johnson’s field. A mysterious light sweeps over the night sky and awakens Farmer Johnson and Gilbert, the boy next door.

Curious, Gilbert ventures out to discover the source of the light and stumbles into a beautiful Martian girl sitting in a crop circle. Farmer Johnson also investigates the strange light, and thinking that Gilbert and Aoléon are vandals, he chases them. But they sprint to Aoléon’s saucer and escape only to be pursued by the U.S. Air Force.

Gilbert has never been attacked by swarms of giant killer robots. Never met strange aliens from other worlds. Never skyboarded across a megalopolis hidden deep inside an extinct volcano. Never trekked across a vast Martian desert. And never been eaten alive by a gigantic slor (well, almost never, unless you count Billy the fat bully at school).

And luckily, he has never ever confronted an evil ruler of Mars bent on conquering the Earth to steal its cows.

Never...until now!

This may be the adventure Gilbert always wished for.

If only he can survive.

Meet the Author:

Mr. LeVasseur enjoys crafting good stories based on lovable characters designed to translate well to multiple media formats such as books, games, movies, and toys. He lives in New York when he is not commuting between Southern California and Olympus Mons, Mars. His hobbies include writing, 3D animation, musical composition, and intergalactic space travel. He also enjoys various sports such as skiing, running, and exospheric skydiving.




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Book Spotlight: The Next Day by Milt Mays (with giveaway!)

>>  Friday, December 12, 2014

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Enjoy Happy Geek Media's Debut of The Next Day 

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The Next Day by: Milt Mays
Genres: Thriller, Paranormal, sci-fi
395 Pages
Release date: November 10, 2014

Top secret bio-warfare after 9/11 changes an American geneticist and an Iraqi jihadist into the next evolution of man, one evil and one good, and their end game will decide the fate of the human race. Alex Smith, an adventure seeking American geneticist, remembers 9/11 with crystal clarity. A girlfriend was incinerated at the Twin Towers at the same time he was infected by a lethal virus he genetically modified in an illegal, U.S. bio-warfare facility in the Amazon jungle. Then he changes, physically and psychologically, into a creature he hates and must learn to control before he loses his work, his new love, and his life and country. 

Jabril El Fahd’s Iraqi mother, a nurse, dies in his arms, killed by the American embargo. His dreams of being a doctor are consumed in the fires of revenge and hate. He becomes a jihadist, Osama bin Laden’s right-hand man, and comes up with a plan to not just cripple, but destroy the United States. Infecting himself with a deadly virus to wipe out the American infidels, he changes into a monstrous creature he loves, and becomes more powerful with every hateful and lustful thought. Nothing stands in his way. Nothing except Alex.


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ONLY ON AMAZON FOR NOW


Book discounted to 99 cents for the holidays! Grab your copy. The book does not disappoint!

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Follow the tour by visiting the tour schedule here.

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Author Milt Mays
 

Milt Mays grew up in Colorado, then spent most of his adult life as a Navy doctor. After graduating from the Naval Academy and medical school, he traveled all over the world with the Navy, the Marines, and a Navy Security Group, finally coming back to rest in Colorado. He’s worked as a fly fishing guide and currently is a primary care doctor for the VA.

Other published works by Milt include the novels The Guide and Dan’s War and the short stories “Thanksgiving with Riley” and “The Dry-Land Farmer.” He lives with his wife in Colorado.

Visit his website to find out more about him.


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Happy reading and winning!

Note: I have not read this book therefore I cannot comment on its content.

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What My Children Taught Me About Making Memories

>>  Thursday, December 11, 2014

Yesterday I reviewed and featured Dr.Susan Newman's new edition of Little Things Long Remembered: Making Your Children Feel Special Every Day (Read my review). She's giving away lots of copies, so be sure to enter the giveaway.)

I found her book to be a useful handy resource, and I've enjoyed reading her articles.Today, I invited her to guest post on my blog. The perfectionist in me was so pleased with her topic. Read on.


What My Children Taught Me About Making Memories
Forget attempts to be a picture-perfect parent.


As parents, we can’t help but want to make picture-perfect memories.

But often, the mistakes or the unexpected are hilarious and what kids remember best. In our house, for instance, we all remember and laugh about the brown frosting on a birthday cake they made for me when it was supposed to be purple—caused by too many drops from the wrong food coloring bottle. The kids also remember my counting cookies into individual containers so each one got the exact same number. It was something I always did and they still laugh about it as grownups.

A recent study from Harvard confirmed my longtime thinking and my children’s recollections that simple, mundane and ordinary memories — not dazzling, over-the-top trips or hugely expensive gadgets — are what people remember most fondly. Small parcels of time well spent shape long-lasting memories that are the backbone of family unity and the glue that holds families together.

Mundane rituals foster closeness

Young children like routines, such as reading a book together for a few minutes every evening or eating breakfast together, because they foster a sense of warmth, closeness and security.

Joint activities, like preparing a meal together, (very young chidren can help wash veggies, mix pancake batter or set the table), provide time to talk and allow children to feel as if they are contributing to family life. Afterward, sitting down and enjoying what you’ve made together — no matter how “messy” the pancakes look or how imperfect the place setting — is both a reward and a warm memory your children will look back on fondly.

Clap hard for imperfection

Another way to cultivate togetherness and create memories is to hold impromptu talent shows at home for your children and their friends. Give the youngest a spoon to keep the beat on a pot. Whether or not you have future singing or playing sensations — or can even hold a note or remember lyrics yourself — fun abounds in the midst of unrecognizable tunes banged out and sung enthusiastically and loudly.

Your children will recall your enthusiasm — not whether or not the event was perfect or close to concert quality.

Often, just being together in the same room and paying attention to your child can be enough.

About Dr. Susan Newman:
Susan Newman is a social psychologist and parenting expert focusing on issues related to raising children and family relationships. She is a contributorto Psychology Today magazine where she writes about parenting and is the author of 15 books on family concerns, most recently, LittleThings Long Remembered: Making Your Children Feel Special Every Day. For more see: www.susannewmanphd.com or follow her on Twitter and Facebook
Dr. Newman taught at Rutgers University, is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Authors Guild, and the American Society of Journalists and Authors. She is a Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for abused and neglected children and lives in the New York Metro area. She is the mother of one son and four stepchildren.

Dr. Newman is generously giving away fifteen copies of her book Little Things:


And 3 copies of The Case for the Only Child



Like parenting books? Enter here.

Thanks for taking the time to read this post!
Laura

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