Self Help

My Death: A Personal Guidebook by Jeremy Kagan

My-Death-A-Personal-GuidebookTitle: My Death: A Personal Guidebook
Genre: Spiritual/Self-Help
Author: Jeremy Kagan
Publisher: Balboa Press
Pages: 124
Language: English
Format: eBook

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This is a powerful memoir of a near-death experience. After a Native American sweat lodge, the author loses control of his body and then his life. He begins a passage that leads to a personal hell. He discovers a way to escape and emerges into an amazing exploration of the soul’s journey. In this intense adventure, there are insights into stages of consciousness and encounters of blissful perfection. This spiritual, inspirational book is meant to be an aid to removing the universal fear of the final journey we are all taking.

Book Excerpt:

It was the evening of a cold Sunday on the thirteenth day of December in Los Angeles, California, The United States of America, planet earth, the Milky Way. It was the day before my birthday.

My whole body was sweating. Every pore was oozing. I had never been this hot. I could barely breathe. Would I survive?

I was in a sweat lodge. These ‘sweats’ are purification rituals where you join a group of people, often strangers, and you all enter a dark enclosed space that gets very hot.

I had done sweats before. In the darkness I had shared wishes, confronted issues of life and death, and I had sweat. A lot. In these previous sweats, I had been able to deal with the discomfort. Later I learned about an infamous case where people died in a sweat that was improperly prepared, poorly led and overcrowded. I wonder if I would have gone to this particular sweat had I known people died in that one. But you can die anywhere.

Sweats were always a test for me. A lot of my life has been about passing tests.

The test of a sweat is to be present. In the heat. To be honest. In the heat.

I was in one of those transitional phases in life where I figured I might learn something from this kind of uncomfortable encounter. It seemed like a good way to sort some things out. Join in a circle of other humans in the dark. In the heat.

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Krista Pettiford author of Surrendered Balance Daily Living for the Modern Christian Woman visits Plug Your Book

Surrendered Balance Virtual Book tour

Title of Book: Surrendered Balance Daily Living for the Modern Christian Woman

ISBN:  9780982380505

Genre: Christian Women, Inspirational/Devotional, Family

Publisher: Makk Publishing Company

Publication Date: 11/30/2010

# of Pages: 213

Link to book on Amazon (or where it is sold):

About Surrendered Balance

Do you live a fast paced and hectic life? Is your relationship with God suffering because of it? Imagine living a life of balance, in the flow of God’s will even while you’re always on the go. It is possible to flourish and have fulfillment in both your spiritual life and natural life without feeling as if you are neglecting either one. It comes by way of surrendered balance.

Hermina Krista Pettiford, in her first book connects with modern the Christian woman, giving fresh ideas and insight for balancing the responsibilities of modern-life while maintain an intimate relationship with God.  In her personable style she gives practical solutions and applicable tools for women to make a life of surrendered balance no longer just a dream but a reality!

A modern Christian woman is someone who balances all of her responsibilities – family, career, friendship, ministry to others, and caring for herself all while keeping the Lord at the center of her life. If you are a modern Christian woman this book was written for you.

Proverbs 31:16 (AMP) says, “She considers a [new] field before she buys or accepts it [expanding prudently and not courting neglect of her present duties by assuming other duties]; with her savings [of time and strength] she plants fruitful vines in her vineyard.”

As modern Christian women we balance so much: time with the Lord, family, friends, work, staying fit and healthy, making time for ourselves without feeling too guilty, church and ministry.

God has a plan for each one of us that will bring about a proper balance between our spiritual and natural life. It is through the path of surrender and making time for Him that we find this plan. As we allow God to order our lives, not taking on more than we can handle or are called by Him to do, but rather, like wise women considering all of our choices in the presence of God before we proceed, our lives are bound to come into a state of surrendered balance and make room for all the needed things.

However, because of modern-day busyness, living a surrendered life and creating a constant balance is not always easy, even for those who have lived the Christian life for many years. The disciplines and principles in this book may not be new to you, but I believe the strategies and ideas will give you a fresh way of looking at how to balance your daily living as a modern Christian woman.

This book has two parts. The first part lists and discusses seven disciplines of a balanced life for the modern Christian woman. The second part is designed to help you implement these disciplines into your life without boxing you into just another system that will never work because it doesn’t fit your life. This book was written to help you keep track of your time, so that you will have time for all the needed things without getting overwhelmed.

The strategies and ideas I will share are those that God gave me when I was in a stressful time of life with more work and responsibilities than time and energy in a day. They still work for me and they will work for you if you apply them.

About Hermina Krista Pettiford

Hermina Krista Pettiford is the women’s ministry leader in her local church – New Covenant Tabernacle located San Diego, CA where she lives with her family. She has a B. A. in Biblical Studies from Southern California Seminary. Her belief is that the Spirit of God and the Word of God work together to create dynamic power for living the Christian life, thus, she ministers with a solid Biblical message and with the leading of the Holy Spirit.

Her desire is to see women and families strengthened through God’s Word and their relationship with God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. She has written out of her own life experiences, and her gift and love of writing to and for the Lord.

You can find Krista Pettiford at her website;

You can find Krista at her tour page at Pump Up Your Book

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equality-the-quest-for-the-happy-marriageAuthor: Tim Kellis
Title: Equality: The Quest for the Happy Marriage
Hardcover: 440 pages
Publisher: Gilgamesh Publishing (Dec. 2007)
Genre: Relationships
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0979984807
ISBN-13: 978-0979984808

First Sentence: A most remarkable and curious fact about our society today is that in consideration of all our collective accomplishments – specifically, our democratic system of government, nor discoveries in medicine, in science, in technology, along with our unprecendented material success, particularly in the last twenty years where we experienced growth not seen since the fifties and, before that the twenties – that we have not yet cracked the code of the relationship!

The journey through “Equality: The Quest for the Happy Marriage” includes a trip through history, where the most significant lessons civilization has learned over the last few thousand years are used to demonstrate not only the way to set up a positive relationship, but the causes of that relationship turning negative.

Additionally, I dive into the science of psychology to answer the most basic question anyone asks who goes through the pain of divorce, “why didn’t we work out”?

The basic premise of the book is that we have a 50% divorce rate yet there doesn’t appear to be anything happening to help solve this problem. Just because divorce has become a significant part of our culture doesn’t mean we should simply sit back while countless families suffer through the agony of splitting up.

The toll to society tomorrow because of our culture of divorce today is impossible to determine but future generations will have to deal with this change to the culture that has occurred over the last two generations.

For the first time in history I elaborate on a psychological solution to our psychological problems so that couples can learn how to change the direction of their negative relationships. In essence, the psychological objective is to understand what happens mentally between two people who make one of the most important decisions of their lives, to get married.

The objective of this book is to provide real, logical help to couples so that they can learn how to stay out of the divorce trap. The bottom line is to learn how to set up your relationship so that you can maintain a happy, healthy, harmonious, loving, affectionate, intimate marriage.

tim-kellisRenowned Wall Street analyst Tim Kellis takes on what could be considered society’s biggest problem today: divorce. The journey that led to him tackling such a significant issue was both personal and professional. After a successful career that eventually landed him on Wall Street, Tim met what he thought was the girl of his dreams, only to see that relationship end with bitterness and anger. The journey included work with a marital therapist, and after he discovered the therapist wasn’t really helping decided to tackle the issue himself.

Ambition and a strong aptitude for math helped lead Kellis to discover how to make relationships work. His math skills led directly to an engineering degree, nine years in the telecommunications industry, an MBA in finance, and finally on to Wall Street, where he became the very first semiconductor analyst to focus on the communications market.

After publishing a 300-page initiation piece entitled Initiating Coverage of the Semiconductor Industry: Riding the Bandwidth Wave, Kellis became a leading semiconductor analyst at one of the biggest firms on Wall Street. The experience he gained as a Wall Street analyst provided an excellent backdrop for becoming an expert on relationships, and resulted in his relationship book entitled Equality: The Quest for the Happy Marriage.

You can visit his website at or his blog at

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Recovering Me, Discovering Joy: Uplifting Wisdom for Everyday Greatness
Vivian Eisenecher
KTW Publishing
191 pages

Someone once said, “We are born naked, wet and hungry, get slapped on our backside…and then we crawl through hostile territory…”

vivian-eisenecherAuthor of Recovering Me, Discovering Joy / Uplifting Wisdom for Everyday Greatness, Vivian Eisenecher has been an inspirational speaker, mentor and writer since 1996. Using her experience, strength and hope, she is committed to helping educate and enlighten the general public about the puzzling aspects of the addiction/recovery process and the strong correlation between anxiety, depression and alcoholism. Vivian holds a marketing degree in Business Administration (magna cum laude). Her other published works include articles for The Chicken Soup for the Soul series, Woman’s World, Viewpoint, and JUST FINE: Unmasking Depression and Anxiety Disorders (due out in 2009). She is featured on the 2009 Faces of Recovery Calendar and is a Board of Director for A New Path (Parents for Addiction Treatment and Healing). You can visit Vivian Eisenecher’s website at:

recovering-me1Recovering Me, Discovering Joy reveals how to recover (from any ailment or condition) not to normal but to a better normal. After numerous attempts at sobriety, stints in more than three rehabs, followed by repeated relapses, Vivian shares the “secret” that finally brought her lasting recovery and profoundly changed her life. In an effort to improve the success rate of recovery and quite possibly save lives, one of the book’s main goals is to raise awareness about the profound correlation between depression, social anxiety, and alcoholism. Vivian has struggled with these disorders and is in recovery from all three.

In addition, Recovering Me, Discovering Joy is a remarkably honest book of creative non-fiction about the positive nature of life’s problems. It is about the journey to know oneself. With a sense of humor and an uplifting spirit of gratitude, Vivian suggests ways to live a more meaningful life. She offers a fresh look at enduring truths which we all tend to forget in our day-to-day fast-paced lives. By using stories from people in recovery, famous quotes and personal reflections, she re-establishes the importance of faith in the healing process. Her experience, strength and hope provide the reader with keys to living a richer, easier and happier life.

Table of Contents:

1. Naked, Wet and Hungry
2. Recovery as a Unique Advantage
3. Dysthymia – A Neglected Disorder
4. FEAR – Face Everything and Recover
5. The Anxiety-laden World of Social Phobia
6. How am I Doing as a Human Being?
7. Authentic Success
8. Happiness, the Great Paradox of Human Nature
9. Our Bonus Age
10. Twelve-step Program Gifts
11. The Most Powerful Force in the Universe
12. Wise Men Still Follow Him
13. Living in the Sweet Spot


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Title of Book: You Are More Than Enough: Every Woman’s Guide to Purpose, Passion, and Power
Genre: Self Help; Inspiration
Author: Judi Moreo
Publisher: Stephens Press
Date of Release: 2007
ISBN: 1-932173-72-2

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You Are More Than Enough: Every Woman’s Guide to Purpose, Passion, and Power Summary:

This book is for people who think they should have been more successful by now. It is also for people who want something, but don’t know what it is! It will help them find their life purpose, get over any disappointments and discouragements and get headed in the right direction.

This book helps you decide what you want to achieve in order to accomplish that “something more” you know is your destiny. It will help you determine what you can change in order to live a more fulfilling life…a life of purpose, passion, and power.

Throughout this book I share tools and techniques that I used which helped me immensely in my journey to becoming the person I knew I could be. If “You Are More Than Enough” helps even one person have a better life, it will have been worth the time and effort it took to write it.

You Are More Than Enough: Every Woman’s Guide to Purpose, Passion, and Power Excerpt:

“If stayng in your comfort zone hasn’t brought you the success you want, maybe its time you stepped out of it. When you set goals, you are no longer leaving your future to chance. You are actually choosing to make changes in your life. Be prepared to feel a little uneasy at the prospect of doing things you haven’t done before, and give yourself time to adjust to new situations. When we do things we haven’t done before or attempt things we’ve only dreamed of, we often feel fears…fear of getting lost, fear of not knowing what to do, fear of looking stupid, feat that we are not “good enough”, fear of rejection and many more. It’s natural to feel fear. Identify and understand your fears. Only then will you be able to defeat them.”


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Title of Book: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Short Meditations
Genre: Self Help; Inspiration
Author: Susan Gregg
Publisher: Alpha (April 3, 2007)
ISBN: 978-1592576142

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The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Short Meditations Summary:

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Short Meditations offers you a variety of simple—yet powerful—mediations designed to improve quality of life by quieting the mind. This book shows you how to feel like you have more time, how to enjoy life more deeply and passionately, and how to handle everyday life without stress.–Step-by-step exercises ease readers into meditation techniques–Includes short meditations that can be done anywhere, anytime–Meditations progressively build, gradually leading toward a deeper connection with the self while working at the reader’s own pace.

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Short Meditations Excerpt:

Work That Mind!

If you join the gym and never go, your body probably won’t change much. If you go to the gym but never lift any weights, there still won’t be much change. But, if you go to the gym regularly and work out vigorously, your body will change. If you hire a personal trainer to help you meet your goals and follow her suggestions, you will progress even faster and you can create the body of your dreams.

This book is your membership to the universal gym of personal growth. If you use the meditations regularly, your life will change. Think of me as your personal coach and follow the suggestions throughout the book so you can create the life of your dreams. Actually, my experience has been that you will create a life beyond your wildest dreams.

The more you practice, the greater the benefits and the easier it will be. Once you learn how to ride a bike, you never forget. Learning to ride the bike does take practice. Using guided meditations also takes a little bit of practice, but the benefits are well worth the effort.


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