The Self-Help Shelf
Don't Pick Up All the Dog Hairs
Ronald Dwinnells, MD, MBA
Greenleaf Book Group Press
PO Box 91869, Austin, TX 78709
9781626348691, $20.95, HC, 264pp
Synopsis: Ron Dwinnells sought leadership skills from early on in his career, and the publication of "Don't Pick Up All the Dog Hairs: Lessons for Life and Leadership" is the entertaining and informative culmination of that search, offering insights into how to deal with situations and enhance your life at home and in your career,
"Don't Pick Up All the Dog Hairs" began serendipitously while Dwinnells was teaching public health and leadership classes at a local medical school. He advised his students what-not-to-do as a leader through entertaining stories from his own very unique background, conveying lessons he had learned from failures, adversities, mistakes, and even enemies from leadership experiences along the way.
The lecture series became so popular with students, it won him accolades and several teaching awards -- and pressure to write his stories down. Dr. Dwinnells, a pediatrician and certified physician executive, did just that, and generations of readers will be the beneficiaries of his humor, insight, and wisdom.
Critique: Simply stated, if you only have time for one self-help book, make it "Don't Pick Up All the Dog Hairs: Lessons for Life and Leadership" by Dr. Ronald Dwinnells. Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, laced through and through with humor and practical information, "Don't Pick Up All the Dog Hairs: Lessons for Life and Leadership" is a DIY course of instruction for improving the quality of your life and the lives of your friends and family. While especially and unreservedly recommended for community, college, and university library Self-Help/Self-Improvement collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Don't Pick Up All the Dog Hairs: Lessons for Life and Leadership" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).
Editorial Note: Ron Dwinnells is the CEO of ONE Health Ohio, an integrated community health center program serving the medically uninsured, underinsured, and underserved populations in northeast Ohio. His clinics have served over one million patients during his 35 years at the helm.
North Atlantic Books
9781623175566, $18.95 pbk / $12.99 Kindle
Synopsis: Are you ready to get Discomfortable? We all know shame: it's that unpleasant feeling that makes us think there is something wrong with who we are. It's more than just embarrassment or regret - shame can shake us to the core. And worst of all, it tells us that we need to be, feel, and act differently in order to be seen, loved, and accepted. But is that true?
Author and shame educator (a.k.a. "Shame Ed" coach) A.J. Bond takes us through his own shame breakthrough, sharing how he went from "I'd rather die than be gay" to uncovering and reclaiming his inherent wholeness and worth. With unexpected humor, warmth, and candid personal stories, Bond shines a light on this feeling that doesn't want to be seen and named-and invites us to bring our own shame into the open to reclaim and reframe our lives in a powerful new way.
Critique: Discomfortable: What Is Shame and How Can We Break Its Hold? is a self-help guide that critically examines the concept of shame, and how it can cause lasting harm. Chapters examine how shame works, the difference between shame and guilt, the cruelty of victim shaming, when shame can actually be healthy, and much more. Discomfortable emphasizes the crucial importance of breaking through harmful shame, and is a welcome addition to personal and public library Self-Help/Self-Improvement collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that Discomfortable is also available in a Kindle edition ($12.99).
Editorial Note: A. J. Bond is a writer, filmmaker, and self-described "shame breakthrusiast," creator of the podcast and shame education platform Discomfortable. Bond's goal with Discomfortable is to make the subject of shame as ubiquitous, accessible, and entertaining as possible in the hopes that others can find the same sense of relief, liberation, and purpose that he experienced through his own "shame breakthrough."
A New Now
Clear Path Press
c/o Epigraph Books
9781951937744, $28.95, HC, 258pp
Synopsis: With the publication of "A New Now: Your Guide to Mastering Wisdom Daily, Achieving Equilibrium, and Empowering Your Nobler Self", author Michael Goddart offers his readers a chance to step into an omnipresent reality, a new now in which they can readily navigate their lives successfully, happily, easily. Working with this guide, anyone can become a new and improved version of themselves so that situations, people, thoughts, and desires are more easily negotiated moment to moment.
All human beings have an untapped reservoir of awareness that they can learn to access to become wiser, achieve a state of equilibrium, and develop a clearer and stronger sense of their purpose for each day and this lifetime. The benefits awaiting are many. Just a few are: clarity of mind, enhanced intuition, development of spiritual strengths and virtues, contentment and happiness, and knowing and achieving your purpose.
"A New Now" presents: The treasure of 33 wisdoms, including the 11 Loving Wisdoms, the 11 Guiding Wisdoms, and the 11 Evolutionary Wisdoms; The 10 Keys to Achieving Equilibrium; The 5 Sources of Wisdom; The 5 Prerogatives of Equilibrium; and How to empower and be your nobler self.
Critique: A potentially life changing, life enhancing read, "A New Now: Your Guide to Mastering Wisdom Daily, Achieving Equilibrium, and Empowering Your Nobler Self" is an exceptionally insightful and motivating instructional guide and manual that is especially and unreservedly recommended for personal, professional, community, college, and university library Self-Help/Self-Improvement collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "A New Now" is also readily available in a paperback edition (9781951937737, $18.95 PB) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).
Editorial Note: Michael Goddart, MFA, is also the author of "In Search of Lost Lives: Desire, Sanskaras, and the Evolution of a Mind&Soul" and "BLISS: 33 Simple Ways to Awaken Further and Spiritual Revolution - A Seeker's Guide". Since 1974 he has journeyed thirteen times to India and also numerous times to England, Greece, Canada, Spain, and within the United States to be with those rare teachers whom he considers to be fully realized humans. He maintains an informative website at www.goddart.com
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