Friday, May 30, 2014

Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali

5 of 5 stars  *****

Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a world class leader and revolutionary. Born in Somalia, this Muslim-now-Dutch citizen is blessed to survive female genital mutilation, human rights oppression, moral corruption, cruelty, and inequality, which is Sharia, the law of the land and politics of Islam in Muslim nations.

The author's autobiographical account of her life moving between one Muslim nation and another depicts the prejudice that exists between nations, communities, and clans. The strict law is most severe in Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam over a thousand of years ago. Ali states that the lives of Muslims has not changed that much since the totalitarian ideology became the force in the world that it still is today.

A stark contrast is drawn between Western Civilizations and Islam. This contrast is denied by the immigrating Muslims when any negative aspect of their culture is thought to be too offensive. The author relates that growing up in a Muslim family, in a Muslim nation, and practicing Muslim traditions, there is a sense of fear; fear of sinning, fear of being caught dishonoring a family member, and fear of being killed for violating the strict laws of Sharia. Ali bases this fear on Islam's feudal mindset which relies on lies, self-deception, and hypocrisy. In contrast, Western societies offer freedom and liberties not seen in Muslim nations.

Ali intends to inform the rest of the world about the lack of values and moral integrity that exist with Islam. She is incredulous when she sees Western nations elevate Islam to a plane of peace and understanding. She says that claims of moral corruption made by Muslims against the West are the actual crimes of which Muslim nations are, themselves, guilty. 

Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Muslim jihadists know that Western Civilizations take freedom and liberty for granted. Complacency makes such people targets for shrewd jihadists who use Western laws against Western societies to get Muslim demands met for Sharia, which does not believe in freedom or God-given rights. It's ironic and devious.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali is the commencement speaker denied to speak at Brandeis University because of Muslim protests, especially from the largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, the Council on American–Islamic Relations (CAIR). Wherever Ali goes, Muslims protest because she reveals the truth about Islam. Her bravery and honesty are the qualities that mark her as a target for evil but a champion for everything that is good, righteousness.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

How to Master the Art of Selling from SmarterComics by Tom Hopkins, Bob Byrne (Illustrator)

3 of 5 stars  ***

After failing during the first six months of his career in sales, Tom Hopkins discovered and applied the very best sales techniques, then earned more than one million dollars in just three years. 

Andrew Wyeth: Memory & Magic by John Wilmerding (Contributor), Anne Classen Knutson, Kathleen A. Foster, Christopher Crosman

5 of 5 stars  *****

A most enjoyable Coffee-Table book that is biographical and illustrative of Andrew Wyeth's inspiration and talent.

The Green Pharmacy Guide to Healing Foods: Proven Natural Remedies to Treat and Prevent More Than 80 Common Health Concerns by James A. Duke

5 of 5 stars  *****

One of the best reference books about healing foods that provide natural remedies for over 80 ailments.

Kids Are Americans Too by Bill O'Reilly, Charles Flowers

5 of 5 stars  *****

A well-written book for children that I also shared with mine while driving as I also own the CD version. My daughters, teens at the time, recognized themselves in the advice and did not necessarily agree or like what they heard. It was especially poignant in the chapter that dealt with death as two of their friends' fathers passed away. 

Bill O'Reilly is most passionate when it comes to children and he champions them on every issue he can. This endeavor is to reach as many children as he can so they may, at least, hear common sense and differentiate between right and wrong in their young lives.

How to Out Fox the Foxes by CTI Publishers

4 of 5 stars  ****

This book helps one navigate the legal jungle familiarizing oneself with terms and advising how to behave in certain predicaments. This book arms the citizen with the necessary information to compete with tricky lawyers and the law, itself. The power of knowledge that this book provides has never been more useful.

Keep Going: The Art of Perseverance by Joseph M. Marshall III

4 out of 5 stars  ****

Enlightening wisdom from the Lakota.    I enjoyed reading the lessons learned by a young man turning into a mature adult based upon the wisdom of his heritage. 

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The Discipline of Grace: God's Role and Our Role in the Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges

5 of 5 stars  *****

An excellent book to keep one on the straight and narrow, guided by the Holy Spirit.

Written by Navigator author Jerry Bridges, this book explores how the same grace that brings us to faith in Christ also disciplines us in Christ. In learning more about grace, you also will learn about God's character, His forgiveness, and the Holy Spirit.

The Amateur by Edward Klein

5 of 5 stars  *****

Edward Klein writes a superb non-fiction about the people in high places, the President's inner circle, giving readers a view of the people and their lives hidden from the public, quite on purpose. Klein, an accomplished author and editor of publications like the New York Times, Newsweek, and Vanity Fair, has excellent sources and a keen sense of timing to gather the information for this most revealing book about President Obama. This reader is enlightened as to the roles of the people closest to the President, including his wife. Even though the book is about a man who becomes America's Commander-in-Chief without any experience, the politics that the president's staff devise and borrow from past presidents are able to launch a campaign that paints a false sense of security with such a man while demonizing his opponents making them the fearful risk in any election. This book, written and published in 2012 before President Obama's re-election, is honest with its objective and subjective analysis of this man, who becomes known as an amateur, but still wins the presidency for another term.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

The Reagan Diaries Selections CD by Ronald Reagan, Eric Conger (Reading)

5 of 5 stars  *****

During his two terms as the 40th President of the United States, Ronald Reagan kept a daily diary in which he recorded, by hand, his innermost thoughts and observations on the extraordinary, the historic, and the routine day-to-day occurrences of his presidency. 

Florida's Birds: A Field Guide and Reference by David S. Maehr, Herbert W. Kale II, Karl Karalus (Illustrator)

4 of 5 stars  ****

A wonderful guide to birds specific to Florida. A great reference that is handy and durable to take into the field.

Ameritopia: The Unmaking of America by Mark R. Levin

5 of 5 stars  *****

The perfect follow-up to Mark's Liberty and Tyranny, Mark delves into history's best conceived bases for society to exist at its most fair and optimal fashion. The result is a fascinating education about the great minds and their thoughts, who all came up with the same outcome, a tyrannical government and a slave population; until America's founding fathers devised the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution from their study of these great minds, their works, and America's experience up until the time America's defining documents were written.

Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto by Mark R. Levin

5 out of 5 stars  *****

Mark R. Levin has written the quintessential book on the subject of the division in American politics today, Liberty and Tyranny. The factions are identified as to who and how they operate, the foundation of America as a Constitutional Republic vs the Liberal Progressive movement described by Mark as Statism. 

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

A Flash in the Pan by Shirley Gill, Liz Trigg

4 of 5 stars  ****

A beautiful wok cookbook displaying delicious stir-fry presentations on large easy-to-clean pages, colorful and pleasing to the eye.

Bulletproof George Washington: An Account of God's Providential Care by David Barton

5 of 5 stars  *****

One of my favorite accounts of George Washington and what guided this man to be the best president upon whose shoulders the United States of America was founded.

Keys to Good Government: According to the Founding Fathers by David Barton

5 of 5 stars  *****

Founding Fathers such as Benjamin Rush, Noah Webster, and Fisher Ames outlined principles for successful government as a legacy for future Americans. 

The Constitution of the United States of America by James Madison, Founding Fathers (Creator)

5 of 5 states  *****

I took a course on the Constitution of the United States so my reading was enhanced by learned instruction and class participation with discussions. Further, this culmination of the best man has to offer in government was enhanced by videos and guest speakers who were expert in our Constitution. Now, the words of John Adams ring loudly in my ears about who this document serves, "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."

The Declaration of Independence by Thomas Jefferson, Michael Hardt (Introduction), Garnet Kindervater

5 of 5 stars  *****

One of the strongest, enduring documents ever conceived and written. Thomas Jefferson is the master penman to put, in writing, the declarations of the American colonists to free themselves from tyranny and take advantage of the American spirit to forge a better nation based on the thoughts and ideas of many great men and societies throughout history. The awareness of God as the only true king and men as flawed beings inspire Jefferson and his peers to nurture a society based on Judao-Christian morals but not ruled by any one religion or any branch of government. Freedom and liberty as unalienable rights from God became the basis for the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution.

The Road to Serfdom by Friedrich Hayek

5 of 5 stars  *****

A classic work in political philosophy, intellectual and cultural history, and economics, The Road to Serfdom has inspired and infuriated politicians, scholars, and general readers for half a century. Originally published in England in the spring of 1944—when Eleanor Roosevelt supported the efforts of Stalin, and Albert Einstein subscribed lock, stock, and barrel ...

The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand, Leonard Peikoff (Goodreads Author) (Afterword)

5 of 5 stars  *****

When The Fountainhead was first published, Ayn Rand''s daringly original literary vision and her groundbreaking philosophy, Objectivism, won immediate worldwide interest and acclaim. This instant classic is the story of an intransigent young architect, his violent battle against conventional standards, and his explosive love affair with a beautiful woman ...

The Hanson-Roberts Tarot Companion by Susan Hansson (Goodreads Author), Mary Hanson-Roberts

4 of 5 stars  ****

Beautiful artwork and an explanation about the symbolism of the Tarot Cards and what it means for the participants who choose and place them in different patterns.

Not a Living Breathing Document: Reclaiming our Constitution: An Introduction to the Historic Foundations of American Liberty by KrisAnne Hall

5 of 5 stars  *****

I attended KrisAnne Hall's seminar on this subject and it was the best history of the US Constitution I have ever heard or read. I bought this book for reference. I have attended 4 KrisAnne Hall seminars, her latest on Nullification, and they are all excellent. I recommend any work by KrisAnne Hall, she is truly inspiring. 

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium #1) by Stieg Larsson, Reg Keeland (Translator)

5 of 5 stars     *****

Mikael Blomkvist, a once-respected financial journalist, watches his professional life rapidly crumble around him. Prospects appear bleak until an unexpected (and unsettling) offer to resurrect his name is extended by an old-school titan of Swedish industry. 

The Overton Window (Overton Window #1) by Glenn Beck

4 of 5 stars  ****

This is an enjoyable read about a conspiracy of the powers who remain anonymous but influence world events. Glenn plays out a scenario in an exciting manner involving the son of an anonymous power player and an intriguing woman involved with a rebellious group bent on bringing down that power. 

The Third Choice: Islam, Dhimmitude and Freedom by Mark Durie

5 of 5 stars  *****

Learn about Islam and the history of Muslims with Mark Durie's excellent book that is very much needed in today's world. Mark is a world-class scholar and clearly explains what could be a very confusing ideology otherwise. I recommend this book for those who want to become better informed about the workings and reasons why Islam is the power it is in the world today.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Education And The Founding Fathers by David Barton

5 of 5 stars  *****

This transcript of the video by the same title clearly set forth the educational system which produced our great Founding Fathers. 

The Girl Who Played with Fire (Millennium #2) by Stieg Larsson, Reg Keeland (Translator)

5 of 5 stars  *****

The girl with the dragon tattoo is back. Stieg Larsson's seething heroine, Lisbeth Salander, once again finds herself paired with journalist Mikael Blomkvist on the trail of a sinister criminal enterprise.

Peaceful Warrior: The Graphic Novel by Dan Millman, Andrew Winegarner (Illustrator), Andrew Winegarner (Illustrations)

5 of 5 stars  *****

A great story that teaches the lessons of self in an entertaining and inspiring spirit of an athlete, a warrior.

Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas

4 of 5 stars  ****

As Adolf Hitler and the Nazis seduced a nation, bullied a continent, and attempted to exterminate the Jews of Europe, a small number of dissidents and saboteurs worked to dismantle the Third Reich from the inside.

Original Intent: The Courts, the Constitution, & Religion by David Barton

5 of 5 stars  *****

Discover how the United States Supreme Court has reinterpreted the Constitution, diluting the Biblical foundations upon which it was based. 

The Founders' Bible (The Origin of the Dream of Freedom) by David Barton

5 of 5 stars  *****

The Bible our founding fathers used to guide their daily lives in establishing the greatest nation on Earth.

Setting the Record Straight: American History in Black & White by David Barton

5 of 5 stars  *****

David Barton opens my eyes to the truth about America and its people in its early days. There is so much to be learned from this book about the contributions by the Blacks against great odds.

Shariah: The Threat to America: An Exercise in Competitive Analysis (Report of Team B II) by William J. Boykin, Harry Edward Soyster, Christine Brim, Henry Cooper, Stephen C. Coughlin, Michael Del Rosso, Frank J. Gaffney Jr., John Guandolo , Brian Kennedy, Clare M. Lopez, James "Ace" Lyons, Andrew C. McCarthy, Patrick Poole, Joseph E. Schmitz, Tom Trento, David Reaboi (Designer)

5 of 5 stars  *****

This study is the result of months of analysis, discussion and drafting by a group of top security policy experts concerned with the preeminent totalitarian threat of our time: the legal-political-military doctrine known within Islam as "shariah." 

A Spiritual Heritage Tour of the United States Capitol by David Barton

5 of 5 stars  *****

Hosted by WallBuilders' founder David Barton, this private tour of America's Capitol reveals the spiritual significance of the structure's statues and artwork. 

American Sniper by Chris Kyle, Scott McEwen, Jim DeFelice (Goodreads Author), John Pruden (Goodreads Author)

5 or 5 stars  *****

Great book about the life of a patriot, in his own words and his wife's input as well. The Navy Seals are such a special group of men and this book lets you live, through Chris Kyle's eyes, the truth about war, love, ups and downs of a military career.

Separation of Church & State: What the Founders Meant by David Barton

5 of 5 stars

This important issue of separation of Church and State has become a hot topic and battleground for Atheists vs Christians. David Barton explains why the meaning has been turned upside down so that the few decide for the many in a miscarriage of justice.

The Role of Pastors and Christians in Civil Government by David Barton

5 of 5 stars  *****

The Church and its leaders played a vital role in achieving American independence and they established a precedent for today's Christians to follow.

Sleeping Giant: No Movement of God without Men of God by Kenny Luck

5 of 5 stars  *****

Kenny Luck brings to one's awareness how change seems to be a repeat of historical events but with different characters who influence outcomes. The Bible is Kenny's perfect historical reference to demonstrate this phenomena. Documented events support the old saying, "The more things change, the more they stay the same." 

The Sleeping Giant: No Movement of God without Men of God, reads well and makes one think about where society is heading, today. The book challenges the reader about Faith in God and even God's existence. One can relate to the need for change because of mankind's obvious flawed nature. The inevitable changes in society can be a benefit or a disaster, good or evil, depending on one's perspective. The writings of Kenny Luck inspire one to become the positive difference in the changing dynamic world through the relationship one has with the Creator rather than a sleeping passenger drowning in the rapids of current events.

Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks (Goodreads Author)

4 of 5 stars  ****

I read a review of this book/DVD and the critic was upset by the ending; otherwise, he enjoyed the story. I differ with the critic, as I usually do; I was not upset at all by the ending; rather, I was surprised and pleased. The rest of the story was predictable building the characters' qualities and reasons for the inevitable romance until the dramatic climax that was enhanced by the few details that defined the characters further.

Man on a Ledge by Frederic P. Miller (Editor), Agnes F. Vandome, John McBrewster

5 of 5 stars  *****

I was pleasantly surprised by the plot and action in this story with a taste of truth within the twists of corruption that ensue from beginning to end.

Special Report Agenda 21 And How to Stop It by Tom Deweese

5 of 5 stars  *****

Very informative pamphlet about the reality that has taken hold in the world, including the USA. For those who think this is a crazy scheme thought up by right-wing conspirators, wake up! You heard the Vice-President say it's time for a New World Order. Well, America stands in such Elitist's way because of our sovereignty, Constitution, and the spirit of freedom in most Americans willing to die for this ideology that has made America the strongest nation in the world. But we have been penetrated by covert schemes that control our resources with regulations that bypass our Constitution. This threat is real. I recommend everyone read this short illuminating booklet and find out how we can preserve our country while stopping this usurpation by the United Nations.

The Whistleblower: Sex Trafficking, Military Contractors, and One Woman's Fight for Justice by Kathryn Bolkovac, Cari Lynn (Goodreads Author)

5 of 5 stars  *****

Exciting thriller about a true story revealing the bravery needed to take the human, righteous course of action when cruel and inhuman behavior is condoned for the sake of greed.

Four Centuries of American Education by David Barton

5 of 5 stars  *****

Excellent, informative and entertaining. With the Bible in our teachings from America's inception because it teaches Religion, Morals, and Knowledge, America was #1 in the world in academics. Without the Bible, America is last in the world in academics. Understand why by reading this book or viewing the DVD. You won't regret it.

Common Sense (Great Ideas) by Thomas Paine

5 of 5 stars  *****

The style of writing is cumbersome to me in the beginning but soon I am accustom to the prose and experience the power of Paine's influence. The author is well-read and makes a convincing argument for defeating Great Britain, setting up a government that avoids tyranny, and mentions a Declaration of Independence three months before such a document becomes reality. Paine points out the strengths of America as being a young, distressed, and remote colony who has access to a wealth of resources by the pioneering spirit of a courageous people. The window of opportunity to build a new, better nation is compelling. I can feel the sway Thomas Paine has over the reader as he encourages men and women to fight for what is right, freedom and liberty, rather than submit to slavery under tyrants.

What Is a Healthy Church Member? by Thabiti M. Anyabwile

3 of 5 stars  ***

A much needed book for this day and age. There are many Christian Atheists in the world, today. Using scripture, Thabiti M. Anyabwile, Pastor of First Baptist Church, Grand Cayman Islands, former Assistant Pastor at Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, DC, addresses the members of their respective Christian churches as to having a healthy relationship with God and each other.

Custer by Larry McMurtry

3 of 5 stars  ***

I learn a bit more about the lifestyles in the Northwest territories during Custer's era but I am not enthralled by this account. McMurtry validates Killing Lincoln's description of Custer's swashbuckling style and single-mindedness when it came to following orders in battle. I like the historical account overall but I leave this rendition of Custer slightly entertained and moderately enlightened.

Friday, May 9, 2014

33 The Series: Volume 2: A Man and His Story by Hunter Beaumont

5 of 5 stars  *****

The Authentic Manhood series is a necessary lesson in today's world for all men. Known as the 33 series, A Man and His Story, Vol. 2 in the Training Guide, delves into the qualities that a man needs to be the man God intends him to be. Scripture, the source of those intentions, speaks to all. There are verses for men and women in all phases of growth through community, family, and church which are not meant to supplant God but to support one in his/her walk with God.

This series is accompanied by films that present cases pertaining to each lesson. A Man and His Story is meant for men to better understand their wounds from the past that may become obstacles to realizing their full potential as spiritual leaders of their families, upstanding citizens, and Christians who walks with God in the community. 

This reader enjoys the films shown in a christian men's group who discuss the appropriate, thought-provoking questions at the end of each chapter. This experience not only teaches new ideas and explains why society is the way it is, it also encourages men to honestly soul search. Men in such groups are more empowered to face their fears and share with other men the very aspects of men's lives that keep them isolated from one another. The Key is always in the scriptures because humanity's path to heaven is never a solo journey and never without the protection of the Holy Shepherd leading His flock.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10 by Marcus Luttrell, Patrick Robinson (With)

5 of 5 stars  *****

Riveting, spellbinding, genuine, poignant, and patriotic, Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of Seal Team 10 is a military account that I rank up there with King Leonidas, the Spartan King who held off the entire Persian Empire with 300 brave men. The author, Marcus Luttrell, tells the story as events happen in a chronological order that puts the reader right there in his psyche viewing acts of gut-wrenching perseverance, bravery, and talent. Marcus, the lone survivor of Operation Redwing, recalls events and describes the humanity that accompany each act of valor by his Navy Seal team and the native village people in the mountains who play an instrumental part in his rescue. 

Reading this story acquaints one with the type of people the free world is fighting; in particular, the Taliban. Marcus's tribulation on a steep mountain slope while fighting this enemy makes one aware of the belief in God this man has. Upon every slide, slip, or being blown off a precipice by an enemy grenade, Marcus always found his rifle lying next to him. The series of movements that lead this devout soldier to his inevitable sanctuary demonstrate divine intervention. Marcus's survival is meant so that he may write this story and relate the truth to the loved ones his fellow Seals left behind. 

Inspiring and touching, this reader has the utmost respect for the men and women who serve this country because they love for which it stands. Politics would immensely improve with leaders such as these brilliant stars who do not waver in the face of evil.