Book Review: GILA: A Journey Through Moods & Madness

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Author: Hanna Alkaf

Published: 2016 by Gerakbudaya

I thought of giving books written by local authors a try when my eyes happened upon this title. The title fascinated me and the book cover conveyed exactly what the book was going to be about. Looking closely at the art, it seems to me as if the letter “I” was a needle that was going to stab the apparently tortured figure at the bottom right corner. “Gila” is a Malay word which translates to “insane” or “crazy” in the English language.

As stated on the back of the book, GILA was to be a book which compiles stories of people with mental-illnesses and how it affects their lives. Frankly, that was what pushed me to get this book apart from the fact that I thought I should give Malaysian books a try. I had always wanted to read more about mental-illnesses in Malaysia and since it’s not exactly a popular topic in this country, this book was really a rare find for me. Continue reading “Book Review: GILA: A Journey Through Moods & Madness”

One of the Few: A Marine Fighter Pilot’s Reconnaissance of the Christian Worldview

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Author: Jason B. Ladd

Published: 2015 by Boone Shepherd

Blurb:

Everyone dies. Young or old, whether by accident, murder, natural disaster, or illness, death comes to every human being, and only rarely does the dealer show his hand. When the flame of life is extinguished, we exit the realm of time and enter into eternity.

For centuries, the great thinkers have labored to understand man’s purpose.

Can there be true meaning and significance in our lives no if there is no ultimate, objective meaning and existence now if there is no ultimate, objective meaning and existence after death? If our species is just a cosmic blip of evolved energy and matter, then will it matter what we were when our energy runs out? Human beings are either very special or very deluded. What do you believe about God? Your answer will lead to a worldview that shapes your thinking about humanity, the world, and what exists beyond. This question is a matter of life and death. A life pursuing the answer is well spent.

While this book will connect strongly with parents, it will benefit a wide group of readers. It will help the student struggling to make sense of the world. It will encourage men on a mission to find their faith and women desiring to share their convictions. It will help seekers exploring the concept of Christians struggling with doubt. It will help older Christians understand the new generation of skeptics and the youth to understand the faithfulness of their elders. It will help anyone tired of floating through life without direction, purpose, of hope. Continue reading “One of the Few: A Marine Fighter Pilot’s Reconnaissance of the Christian Worldview”

Book Review: The Ultimate Book of Body Language

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Authors: Lillian Glass, Gregory Hartley & Maryann Karinch

Published: 2015 by Popular

The Ultimate Book of Body Language is a special 2-in-1 special edition comprising of The Body Language of Liars by Lillian Glass and The Body Language Handbook By Gregory Hartley and Maryann Karinch.

In The Body Language of Liars, Lillian Glass talks about the reasons people lie and how to detect when someone is lying to you by observing that person’s behaviour and body language which usually deviates from the baseline of a person’s normal character. Various pictures and snapshots of famous people and celebrities are used as examples as Lillian goes on to list their body language and explains the context behind their facial expressions or position of their body.

The Body Language Handbook explains the steps to learn to read body language and how a certain body language signals different meanings in different situations. Gregory Hartley is an expert interrogator and through this book, he teaches how to read the body language shown in different parts of the body and the psychology behind the body movements, whether intentional or habitual. Photos and pictures are given in this book to provide good examples of people in different situations and serves as a visual medium for the readers to grasp exactly how certain body language would look like with several variances. Gregory also talks about how gestures have different meanings in different cultures and how that affects the reader when trying to read body language. Continue reading “Book Review: The Ultimate Book of Body Language”

Book Review: Potpourri of Poetry

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Author: Dorothy P. Lockyer

Published: March 31st 2016 by Austin Macauley Publishers Ltd.

Blurb:

There are secrets within this book,

I invite you to take a look!

Poems I hope will make you smile,

others to cause you to think a while.

Some written to provoke maybe

a long forgotten memory!

But most of all I hope you find

some words to cheer your heart and mind! Continue reading “Book Review: Potpourri of Poetry”

Book Review: Ricochet: Riding a Wave of Hope with the Dog Who Inspires Millions

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Author: Judy Fridono with Kay Pfaltz

Published: May 5th 2015 by Hci

Ricochet, a golden retriever was born on January 25, 2008, in a litter of ten. As a bright puppy who quickly learned to switch on lights and listen to various instructions, her future as a service dog seems already mapped out for her by her owner and trainer, Judy Fridono. Except that Ricochet has plans of her own, or more accurately, she knew from the Continue reading “Book Review: Ricochet: Riding a Wave of Hope with the Dog Who Inspires Millions”

Book Recommendation: I Wish I Knew That: U.S. Presidents

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Edited by: Patricia A. Halbert

Published: February 2nd 2012 by Readers Digest (First published February 1st 2012)

I’ve been interested lately in broadening my horizons and reading non-fiction book, so I picked this small, handy book off my TBR pile of books and read a few pages everyday while I was at work. It contains a short introduction of all the past US presidents and highlights their contribution to the United States and what went on in the world around them during their time in office. Continue reading “Book Recommendation: I Wish I Knew That: U.S. Presidents”