Book Review: Help Yourself by Dave Pelzer

As a boy Dave Pelzer went through horrendous emotional and physical abuse from his mother. He was robbed of the childhood he was supposed to have. He survived and lived to tell his story in several books, one of them called Help Yourself, Celebrating the Rewards of Resilience and Gratitude. In this book he talks about how he worked through his issues that arose because of his unfortunate childhood and gives suggestions to the readers on how they can work out their own issues.

In the first part of the book called “Get Rid of the Garbage in Your Life” the author emphasizes the importance of getting rid, as soon as possible, of whatever is troubling the person — unresolved issues. Instead of becoming bitter while surviving the negative environment, Dave Pelzer learned to let go and made a choice not to hate but to forgive and help others do the same.

The second part of the book, “Know What You Want out of Your Life”, points out that the victim mentality will not get a person too far. The author gives direction on what to concentrate on to make things better as well as providing steps to take to make the impossible possible.

In the third part of the book called “Celebrate Who You are and What You Have” the author shows how what you say to yourself first thing in the morning affects how the rest of your day will go. He demonstrates the power of a positive attitude and gives suggestions on how to create your own positive environment. Throughout the book, at the end of each chapter, the author lists “help yourself” reminders.

All of us go through some pain and injustice, though perhaps not as severe as the pain and suffering young Dave Pelzer went through. Reading the horrible accounts of abuse in his life would make anybody feel grateful for the life they’ve been living. The resilience of this young boy to his circumstances can serve as an example. The power of his spirit and gratitude brought him to where he is right now — living a happy, fulfilled and productive life as an adult in spite of all odds. He shared his wisdom in this book so others can also have a great life in spite of their own negative circumstances.

Book Review – Rufus Finds A Home

Rufus Finds a Home

By: Theodore Jerome Cohen

Publisher: TJC Press

Publication Date: January 2017

ISBN: 978-1542691697

Rufus is a beautiful golden retriever who lives with Charlie, a wonderful, caring man. Charlie loves his dog but the man is getting older and can no longer care for Rufus. What will happen to this special dog?

Rufus is full of energy and wants to play. He loves to chase sticks, go for long walks, and explore his surroundings. While Charlie would love to run around with his dog, the man has grown old and tired – he can’t play fetch with his dog now. The two sit by a tree on a beautiful fall day, as Charlie worries about his dog. Soon Charlie will be moving to his daughter’s house, and Rufus won’t be able to follow his owner to the new home. Charlie remembers many of the fun times the two shared, but his thoughts keep returning to his dog’s future. What will become of Rufus?

While the two friends sit quietly by the tree, a young boy comes up to Charlie. He asks the man about his dog – what’s his name, can he do any tricks – and Charlie’s face lights up. There’s nothing he loves better than talking about Rufus. Charlie tells Jimmy about the tricks Rufus can do, how the dog went to doggie school and was a star pupil, and how Rufus helps around the house. Jimmy is quickly joined by his sister Heather, and their mother, and all three are intrigued by the beautiful golden retriever.

As Charlie talks about his dog, Heather notices that he is quite sad.

“Then why are you sad?” asked the boy’s sister, Heather,

“A fine dog like Rufus should bring joy forever.”

“I know,” said the man, wiping tears from his eyes,

“but old age has taken my youth by surprise.”

It’s obvious that Jimmy and his family are loving people who adore Rufus. Will they be able to give the dog a new home?

While I’ve read and reviewed many dog stories that deal with rescues and finding homes for abandoned dogs, this is the first one that deals with a very difficult, but rarely discussed, topic of what happens when an elderly person is no longer able to care for their pet. Having to part with a beloved pet is hard for anybody, but for an elderly person who may have already lost a spouse, or other loved one, the event can be particularly stressful. Told in rhyme, with lovely photographs of Rufus that fit perfectly with each page’s action, the story is easy to follow and heartwarming too. Rufus Finds a Home is a book that children will love to read, while it also educates them about how/why dogs sometimes need new homes.

Quill says: A difficult subject, tackled with sensitivity, makes Rufus Finds a Home a wonderful story and one children will enjoy and want to read over and over.

Download Ebooks – Ignite Your Passion for Reading

If you are an avid reader then you must certainly have wanted to download eBooks in order to read on your computer, tablet or eBook reader. As a matter of fact, eBook readers such as Amazon's Kindle and Barnes & Noble's Nook have become exceedingly popular because people are realizing that this is a far better way of enjoying a book since the book can be selected and purchased almost instantly. Online retailers such as Amazon even report that the sale of eBooks has outstripped those of printed books which indicate the increasing popularity of these books.

If there is any problem you will encounter when you try to download eBooks is that they can be a bit expensive. You need to find a source of these books that is very cheap (and preferably free of cost) so that you can indulge in your passion for reading without spending too much money. You will be surprised to learn that there are a few websites that offer excellent collections of eBooks for you to download at a very reasonable price. The average price of a book will be a couple of dollars, with many books costing even less than that. You will also find a huge selection of reading material offered completely free of cost.

It would be best if you visited a site that caters to the particular niche you are interested in. This will ensure that you get exactly the kind of books you are looking for. This is especially important if you want training in a particular subject and want to read as much about it as possible. Many of these stores also give you the option of buying gift certificates that you could email to other people who you know like to read these books. This is a gift that will be appreciated by people who are very interested in reading.

Make sure that you always download eBooks from reliable sources so that you do not expose your computer or any other reader to a variety of viruses which are very common these days. This is a very important thing to remember because cyber-crime is on the rise these days and you might end up paying dearly for your mistake. If, however, you are able to find a really good site then you can get plenty of reading and learning material from it for a very reasonable price.

Book Review: The Orange Hangover

Best selling author of the book ‘Those Small Lil Things’, Rahul Saini asks several questions in his latest book, ‘The Orange Hangover’ that include whether he would be able to follow his heart and stick to the values and ambitions? Would he be able to win the girl he likes? To get the answers of these questions, among others, you need to visit the nearest book stall and grab a copy of the book that highlights the comedy surrounding a relationship that goes wrong.

The minute you turn 25, everyone around just screams, jumps and starts to poke you with the same question over and over again – “When are you getting married? When are you getting married?” Oh come on. It can’t be that you don’t have a girlfriend. Why don’t you tell us about her and we can start arranging the wedding.

Conversations like these should not come as surprise in a man’s life prior to their marriage from friends, relatives or people from the society. A recently published book titled “The Orange Hangover” by Jaico Publishing House, written by author Rahul Saini reveals comedy about the relationship that goes wrong and shares his thoughts on how weddings are painful affairs at times. The book is comical and talks about the struggle for sticking to one’s values, doing good to others and about a person’s poor ability to gauge from his earlier experiences.

Born and brought up in the small town of Jalandhar, the author Rahul Saini is a high spirited young architect based in Gurgaon. Apart from his work, he takes active interest in painting and writing stories. His other fields of interest include film making and photography. He has also gained experience working as a dialogue writer, screenplay writer, and as an assistant director for a few films.

The author speaks about how at one point of time in life, he had the coolest lifestyle, enjoyed dinner with friends, movies (first day first show), good paying job and also a good girlfriend. Now with passage of time he is stuck in his small hometown with no job, no girlfriend and to make things worse, he manages to tangle himself in a terrible case of extreme crime.

The Orange Hangover asks if he would be able to follow his heart and stick to his values and ambitions? Would he be able to win the girl he likes? Would the terrible case of extreme crime ever be solved? The fiction based novel “The Orange Hangover” should be able to answer the questions being asked.

Rahul Saini is also the bestselling author of the book “Those Small Lil Things” that has earned accolades from all quarters and has been ranked one of the Top 5 books by NDTV and several publishing houses. The book has sold 100,000 copies till date and is a rage with young generation.

Fern's Dragon – Book Review

"Fern's Dragon is a wonderfully fun read that stimulates the imagination of both young people and the young-at-heart alike. It is a good mystery-fantasy story that is artfully composed.

Fern is a bright, artistic young girl who is utterly fascinated with dragons. One day she created a masterpiece with beach sand and loved it so much that she was reluctant to leave her dragon, Nogard. When her mother brought Fern to visit Norgard, they were shocked to discover he was missing. Later that night, Fern is visited by Norgard, who begs for her help in saving dragon-kind.

Little Fern finds herself leading the last of the race of dragons, following clues and trying to piece together a way to save the dragon king – the only dragon with the power to stop the catastrophe about to fall.

David Wills has done a superb job on this children's book. His use of colors and visually stimulating words is sure to spark the imagination. The light ending will leave a smile on the readers' face.

I highly recommend this book to parents, as they are unlikely to become bored with their children begging to have the story repeatedly read to them. I know I certainly enjoyed it. "

For those of you who would like to find out more about this book (ISBN # 1413770177) visit the publisher's website, Publish America Inc Alternatively, you can order David Will's book through any online bookseller, local library or bookstore. If you'd like to find out more about the author of this article and her radio shows, visit