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Double Double

Dr. Linda Hancock Book Reviews Business Other Book Reviews

Tim Horton was a Canadian Hockey player who was looking for a second income in the 1960s. He needed enough flexibility to allow him to continue his hockey career. As a result, he tried selling cars and then, when encouraged by friends who were also into the food industry, began opening chicken and burger outlets. None of these were successful. Details regarding the idea of starting a coffee and donut shop are either confusing or missing. Tim Horton had been involved in businesses with different names and had partnered or been inspired by a number of individuals. The person, however,...

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The Water Brought Us

Dr. Linda Hancock Book Reviews Other Book Reviews

There are about thirty-five Sea Islands off the coast of South Carolina and Georgia. White owners of the rice plantations needed labour to take care of the crops. The owners also could not tolerate the heat and were vulnerable to insects. Because of this, they began importing slaves who were experienced rice growers from West Africa, could handle hot weather and were immune to insects and disease. For a period of about two hundred years this practice of importing slaves from Africa to America continued until it was banned by Congress in 1808. The immigrants were packed onto ships with...

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Cruise Control

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Robert Weiss has written a very interesting and unique book about gay men who are involved in sex addictions. Throughout he not only describes the changes that have occurred over time for the gay culture but also addresses many of the stereotypes that have been held by society. Weiss begins by clearly defining sex addiction and the myth are surround it. He keeps it simple with statements such as "Active sex addiction is an unhealthy way to get your emotional needs met". (Page 48). The author describes the delicate interplay between nature and nurture as well as factors that can...

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Out of the Shadows

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Patrick Carnes is a speaker and author who has become an expert in the field of sexual addiction and codependency. "Out of the Shadows", his first book, clearly describes the way that lives, and families are hurt when intimacy is replaced with compulsive behaviors. Dr. Carnes defines addiction and uses case studies to allow the reader further insight into how addiction begins and progresses in people's lives. His Addictive Cycle chart shows several significant stages that contribute to and reinforce the addiction: These include one's belief system, impaired thinking, unmanageability, preoccupation, ritualization, sexual compulsivity and despair that all add to...

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When He's Married to Mom

Dr. Linda Hancock Book Reviews More from Self Improvement Other Book Reviews Self Improvement

Dr. Kenneth M. Adams is an expert in the area of treating trauma-induced intimacy disorders. He has co-authored this, his second book, with Alexander P. Morgan who is a technical writer. Dr. Adams claims that one in ten men in the United States have excessive ties to their mothers and that this affects all of their other relationships. He abbreviates his term "mother-enmeshed man" as MEM. Sometimes a mother's emotional needs have not been met and then, as a parent, she turns to her son to fill those needs. Even though he is a young child, most boys, despite their...

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B Is for Burglar

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This book is the second in a series of mystery novels written by Sue Grafton. Kinsley Millhone is a single young woman who has a private detective agency. Business is often quite slow for her and she has to pay her bills even though she doesn't always like the cases that she has taken on for investigation. In "B is for Burglar," Kinsley is approached by a rich woman named Beverly Danziger who wants Kinsley to find her sister, Elaine Boldt. Ms. Danzier claims that she is motivated by the fact that she needs her sister's signature on some documents...

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How I Write - Secrets of a Bestselling Author

Dr. Linda Hancock Book Reviews Other Book Reviews

Janet Evanovick has not only written several books but has made a career out of writing. She and Ina Yalof have taken the questions that have most often been asked by her readers and compiled them into this manual that offers its readers an up-close view of how she has done this. Eight chapters are used to divide the book into topics. The first focuses on creating characters for books and includes giving them names and doing research so they are credible. The chapter called "Nuts and Bolts" teaches how to put these characters into context by developing plots with...

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Joint Custody with a Jerk

Dr. Linda Hancock Book Reviews Communications Other Book Reviews

"Joint Custody with a Jerk: Raising a Child with an Uncooperative Ex" was written in 1996 but offers advice that is timeless. Julie A. Ross is a therapist who has teamed with freelance writer Judy Corcoran to identify the problems that can occur after a separation or divorce and offer solutions to deal with them using effective communication strategies. There are three concepts presented that do not only apply to parents who are or have ended their marital relationship but also for anyone who wants to understand and improve their communication patterns. The first is understanding feelings and how they...

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Inspiration Your Ultimate Calling

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Dr. Wayne Dyer has written over three dozen books. In this one, he encourages his readers to consider that birth is not the beginning of our lives and death is not the end. What we are experiencing is therefore a very temporary situation. This world takes us away from the spirit and moves us towards materialism. As a result of this, we prevented from being connected to the inspiration that brings peace, love and joy to ourselves and others. Dr. Dyer teaches us about God and how we can connect by learning to focus on positive memories, circumstances and ideas....

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Act Like a Lady - Think Like a Man

Dr. Linda Hancock Book Reviews Dating Other Book Reviews Relationships

Even though I have read thousands of books over the years, Act Like a Lady-Think Like a Man is definitely one of my favourites! The honesty and clear writing within make it an enlightening and interesting read as well as an instructional manual for women who want to be in a long-term committed relationship but don't know how to make that happen. The author Steve Harvey and co-author Denene Millner claim that Steve has had hurtful relationships in the past but has learned from them. He is motivated by this and the stories of others who had similar problems as well as...

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Debt-Free Forever

Dr. Linda Hancock Book Reviews Finance Other Book Reviews Personal Finance

One of the most interesting books that I have ever read is actually the fifteenth by author Gail Vaz-Oxlade. Ms. Vaz-Oxlade is who also the star of the popular television series "'Till Debt Do Us Part" has offered advice about personal finances for years. This book, which she claims is her "best", is a very comprehensive guide for individuals and couples who wish to improve their present and future situation and reduce the negative emotions that accompany debt. The book lays out a very practical formula for the reader to not only honestly assess and plan to improve their lives...

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Lincoln Speaks to Leaders

Dr. Linda Hancock Book Reviews Business Other Book Reviews The Fourth Year

This book was written by two authors who each present a different perspective to the work which is sub-titled "20 Powerful Lessons for Today's Leaders from America's 16th President. Gene Griessman has performed in his one-act play "Lincoln Live" since 1990.  His contributions to the book consist of words written in the first tense which are presented as though they came directly from Abraham Lincoln himself.  The interesting twist is that he combines the history of Lincoln's day with events from modern day. Pat Williams, the NBA Senior Vice-President of the Orlando Magic sports team, translates the topics and themes...

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The Weathy Procrastinator

Dr. Linda Hancock Book Reviews Other Book Reviews

Some people wait until they feel it is "too late" to begin planning their financial lives. Henry Zimmer who is a marketer who decided to change his name to Cimmer so that his books would be at eye level on the shelves in stores, has written a delightful book designed to motivate those who have procrastinated with taking responsibility for their financial well-being. The author has not only written other books about taxes, investments and finances, but also has practical experience as a Chartered Accountant. He has pursued various entrepreneurial endeavours including the co-founding of a publishing house. "The Wealthy...

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Crisis-Proof Your Career

Dr. Linda Hancock Book Reviews Other Book Reviews

Some ideas are timeless and when it comes to your career it really doesn't matter that the book "Crisis-Proof Your Career" was written in the 1990s.  North America and many of the world's economies are leading employees to consider the risks and options that they have for the future. Author, Peller Marion, Ed,., D. challenges the read to not only examine whether you are "endangered" in the workplace but also helps you helps you to identify factors and barriers that prevent you from doing well.  Then he offers strategies and information to help you implement a plan that is "crisis-proof"...

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The Language of Letting Go

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The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie was first published in June 1990 is part of the Hazelden Meditation Series but continues to be one of the books that I most often refer to clients. Ms. Beattie, who is also the author of other books including "Codependent No More" and "Beyond Codependency", has written a healing and practical inspiration for each day of the year.  She combines life experiences with recovery concepts in a manner that is helpful for anyone who wishes to learn about emotions and strengthen self.  The Language of Letting Go focuses the reader on issues of daily...

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