But this one is a 5-star winner! I can't praise it highly enough! If you like beautifully-done audiobooks of brilliant novels, you absolutely must get this one.the book all over again, hearing my thoughts and feeling my reactions to Jim Sniechowski's masterful prose as he spelled out his teenage conflicts and angst about belonging. I never thought I'd say this about an audiobook since I prefer to read rather than to listen. But this one is a 5-star winner! I can't praise it highly enough! If you like beautifully-done audiobooks of brilliant novels, you absolutely must get this one. -Dr. Signe A. Dayhoff
An Ambition to Belong, second book of the Leaving Home Trilogy, is an astute and insightful psychological journey into the inner life of Jim, an adolescent who is trying to forge his own identity. Trapped in two different worlds, he belongs nowhere: at one end his Polish immigrant inner-city Catholic family and its Eastern European peasant beliefs and terrors; and at the other a late-1950s upper-class suburban Jesuit college-prep high school in suburban Detroit where he is totally unprepared to deal with that world of money and arrogance he finds there. At home, raw gut emotion; at school emotionless intellect. At home he is a member of The Royal Lancers, a street gang where his life is threatened by Donny, a psychotically deranged fellow gang member; at school, because of his dress, especially his Ford Motor Company issue black work shoes, he is perceived as a non-entity, a non-being who has little or no existence. Confronted with racism and a savage incident of anti-Semitism, Jim rises to find the strength that forms the first layer of his conscience and his conscious sense of self.
Trish "rings the bell" (as she did in the Peace Corps) with insights and observations from a life lived from Moldova to Hollywood and beyond, and she shares her wonderful ride! ~Joan van Ark, Actress
Trish Ostroski sharesa variety of thoughtful and real lessons in this whimsical, easy-to-read book. With insights and observations from a life well lived in places like Moldova all the way to Hollywood and beyond, she shares her wonderful ride! With a career focused on service above self, she was able to experience places and people most of us can only imagine.
The stories resonate with those who love travel and life lessonslearned along the ride. The book reads like scenes from a movie. Each one a new chapter in the travels of Trish, allowing the reader to skip from section to section as the stories demand.
From poignant Peace Corps experiences to the trauma of surviving an earthquake, there are life lessons for any reader. The people, places and things that Trish Ostroski has experienced will keep you reading into the night. A beautiful, book-on-the-nightstand read for anyone who loves a good story!
"Creating an organizational culture . . . starts with developing all individuals in the organization. Through years of work, first on his own growth and then serving leaders around the world on their journeys, Genaro Torres has developed a powerful process . . . " --Cathy Liska, MCC and CEO of the Center for Coaching Certification
Truly enjoy your Do ("doh"), your path, your truth. With this book, you will:
Uncover your gifts, purpose, and passions, and embrace a higher personal responsibility to achieve your goals.
Develop a martial mindset by learning profound and practical concepts from budo, traditional Japanese martial arts.
Work through each of the daily challenges in this system and discover your Do.
Create and implement your own Personal Strategy Canvas (PSC)TM for long-term success.
Commit to your own path, and see amazing things happening in your life!
Storytelling at its Best! The characters are vividly created and evoke emotion. You find yourself caught up in the story of each character and they are brilliantly interwoven. This is a real page turner and a must read for lovers of crime/detective/thriller genre plus a touch of the supernatural makes this one of my favorite reads of the year. Highly recommended! ~Renae
A Catholic Priest talking about Evil is not unusual. However, a Catholic Priest looking directly into the eyes of "Evil" who the Monk calls "The Ugly" is unusual even for the Capitol Hill area of Denver and St. Benedict the Moor's Church. This is just one of the "Spiritual Tests" the Monk faces as he attempts to solve the murder of Julia Lopez with his ex-Partner Det. Sgt. Jack Laskey.
With political pressure applied by the Governor, the Archbishop of Denver and the Franciscan Provincial, The Monk becomes a "Special Consultant" and helps Laskey solve the "Murder of the Decade" and save his position which was in jeopardy due to his inability to adjust to any Partner other than the Monk. During the course of the investigation the Monk faces the "Ugly" in many forms in the present and confrontations from the past. Those confrontations led the Monk to become a Priest and a "Spiritual Warrior" as well as a "Physical Warrior." Leaving the and security of "Our Lady of the Rockies" Orphanage run by his Order, the Monk must return to the streets of Denver and find the killers with Laskey.
William Yeats Butler known as "The Monk" on Capitol Hill gave up a promising career in the NFL to become a Policeman. He had been an All-American at Notre Dame and was a local Hero and role model in Denver. Through 10 years with Laskey as his Partner, they worked Patrol, Narcotics and Homicide. They were the "Toughest Cops" on the streets of Denver. In their quest they are assisted by Irish/Japanese Officer Mai Li McDuff. Some would say she got the worst of both cultures; "Peaches" the transvestite hooker; "Popcan Charley" a resident of Cheeseman Park; "Mikey" the restaurant owner with Mob connections and "Frank" the only "Irish English Bulldog" in Colorado - all this under the watchful eyes of Father Ian Timony, Father Augustus O'Shea and Aunt Rhoda Williams.
The Miracle in You offers a "message of hope that invites change" allowing you to "go to your inner voice and listen for what is your truth." The book is a primer on how to make it happen. It's a fun read about ideas that seem elusive but are really quite accessible when given a nurturing nudge. Bruce is a good guide to making this journey come to life. -Dr. Wayne Benenson, College Professor and Elementary School Teacher
In "The Miracle in You," Bruce Baird shares a talk with God. The miracle in you is that magic sense of peace and calm that comes when your mind and emotions let go and you go inside to the real you. You feel the essential self within, your soul, that part of you that is connected to all the Universe.
This little book offers a path of action to a greater belief in yourself and to feeling a direct connection to the God within you. Learn why you are here, about thinking positive thoughts, releasing judgment, overcoming fear, and how to forgive. See the unlimited possibilities for your life, no matter where you are now.
God wants you to know you get to choose and provides guidance for best choices. Open a door to seeing a new way of relating and acting to feel more positive, loving, and loved.