Over the years, we have sold things on ebay, had yard sales and used several of the sources found in this book.This past week at our house, have been cleaning closets and getting rid of things.we got rid of an old dryer that was sitting in our garage. However, this book covers a lot of ideas I had not even thought about. This is the time of the year when many of us are decluttering. Why keep it around anyway? There’s no need to keep stuff that you’re no longer using in your closet, because this book is full of options for selling those things that you no longer want. Donna Smallin Kuper goes though a wide range tips and strategies for making money from selling at local consignment shops, online, in newspapers, yard sales, and flea markets. She also suggests ways of getting rid of things that you may not know that you can sell. For instance, she gives advice on how to make money by getting rid of old computers, old phones, and empty printer ink cartridges. There is even advice on selling to pawn shops and giving what you couldn’t sell to charities and getting receipts to claim on your income tax.
In Heber Springs, Arkansas there lived a hermit photographer. He lived and died as obscure as his photograph subjects in the little Ozarks town. For forty five years he photographed the poor cotton farmers and small-trades people who despite their grueling poverty occasionally spent the fifty cents it took to record a birth, a marriage, a young man going off to war, any other important moment in a person’s life.
Even though he had grown up in this part of Arkansas, Disfarmer always knew he was somehow different than the other members of his community. Despite the fact that he was born in a nearby town and his father had fought for the south during the Civil War, he was always considered a stranger to the tiny community. Mike Disfarmer was born with the surname Meyer, but since he knew that the name meant tenant farmer and Mike knew he was no farmer, he legally changed his name to Disfarmer in 1939.
Disfarmer lived out his days living above his little studio in his small bachelor apartment day after day, year after year until his death in 1959 at the age of 75. His building was dismantled. His exposed negative plates stayed for years in boxes piled in Joe Allbright’s carport until 1971 when Peter and Karen Miller gave up their New York City lifestyles to run the weekly Arkansas Sun.
The remainder of the book tells about how the author of the book along with the Millers worked to bring the eccentric artist’s photographs from obscurity to be included in the New York Metropolitan Museums of Art and Museum of Modern Art.
Because I had lived in a small town in the Ozarks, I have been able to understand some of the stories that Julie Scully told in the book about how people in the Ozarks are concerning strangers. I personally lived in an area for over 25 years and yet I too was considered a stranger by long time residents. I enjoyed this story very much. I would definitely recommend this easy read.
Emily was born with Downs Syndrome, but that didn’t make her less valuable as a human being. It made her more valuable. She had none of the malice of other children. She was special to her family and all that knew her. Even though she was not strong, she was brave. Especially when her family discovered she had leukemia. She bravely tolerated the chemotherapy, even though she did not understand the what was happening to her. Her illness was in remission for a short time but then returned and there was nothing any doctor could do for her. She died in her family’s loving arms. To her father and mother she was a gift from heaven that God shared with them for a short time.
Matthew Patterson shared this beautiful story about his eldest daughter who did not beat the odds when it came to Down Syndrome. He did an excellent job sharing the dignity of this young life which ended before Emily was old enough to enter kindergarten. I enjoyed this beautifully written memoir of a father who deeply loved his daughter.
Who should read this book?
Any Christian man that is not living up to the potential God has for his life. The Christian life is not easy, but it’s harder without God and His Word. This book lays out 7 areas in a Christian man’s life where he need to apply certain disciplines to better his walk.
Have you always been a man that Man’ed Up in his walk?
By no means. Most of the book talks about the struggles I have had and how I worked on making myself disciplined to reading the scriptures, praying and applying what God was teaching me. Each day I do all I can to stay a man that God will be proud of.
Why do you discuss “7 areas in a Christian man’s life”?
As I look at my own life, the process I took and am still taking, involved 7 specific areas.
1. My personal relationship with Christ. With this in the forefront, the remaining 6 can be obtained with His help.
2. My marriage.
3. Being a father.
I believe that is you follow these step or 7 areas, you will become a godly man in this ungodly world.
How can we find out more about you and the book?
You can check out our website www.manupgodsway.org . We are on Facebook www.facebook.com/manupgodsway and twitter @manupgodsway1. I also travel the country speaking to men’s groups, conferences and seminars. You can book me at firstname.lastname@example.org . Send us an email and we can give you more detail.
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I was given a complimentary copy of this book from the author in exchange for posting the author’s interview and/or book review on my blog. CSS Virtual Book Tours are managed by Christian Speakers Services (http://ChristianSpeakersServices.com).
About the Author
Jody Burkeen is the founder and president of MAN UP! Gods Way Ministries. This ministry was birthed out of a desire to change the way Christian men “do” Christianity.
Jody’s self-described “Damascus Road Transformation” led him on a journey to search the Scripture to find what he had been missing his whole life, which was Jesus Christ. In this journey, the Word of God took over in a way he never expected. Searching for men in the church to help him in his walk, he found very little help. What he did find was men that needed the same kind of help he did.
Through MAN UP! Gods Way Ministry it is Jody’s hope that he can challenge men to live a separated life on fire for God.
Jody has been married for 21 wonderful years and has two beautiful children 8 and 11.
When I was growing up in the 1960s and early 1970s we never dreamed that in the next forty years China would become the international market that it is today. In order for our children and our children’s children to thrive in this world where China rules, we will need to learn to speak the language. This book Adam’s Amazing Counting Book–Counting in Chinese is a children’s book that you can use to begin teaching your child the Mandarin Chinese language.
The main problem I found with this book was the fact that even though the book has a pronunciation code, I do not believe that an adequate pronunciation can be created from the pronunciation code provided. In the past providing accurate pronunciation might have been possible. Today however, a quick google search reveals a utube video of a native who speaks Mandarin Chinese. By using the utube video along with Adam the Airplane’s counting book parents can begin teaching their child Chinese through this entertaining book.
The idea behind this book is to help the writer take a book project from a pile of related notes and research material to a book that is ready to edit into finished copy. The goal of the three-and-a-half-day writing marathon is to designate a focused period of organizing and rewriting material until you have a book that is one continuous piece of work. At the end of the three days, you have a quantity of pages not ready for publication, but complete first draft ready to further refine and edit.
Ms. Eckstein explains how she believes it is a myth that a book that is ready for publication can be written in a single weekend. I thank Ms. Eckstein for that observation. Professional writers would never dream of letting an inferior product be put out for public scrutiny, they know that inferior writing quality are the marks of an inferior writer. As a writer, I personally have felt guilty and inadequate because I was not able to put out quality books as quickly as these “write a book in a weekend” gurus claimed could be done. After reading this book, I feel more confident that intuitively, I am on the right track as a writer.
She gives tips on knowing which project to do first. She then how to organize blog posts from your blog into your nonfiction books first draft.
I believe that this book is a must read for anyone who is considering plunking down the money to pay for a course in how to write a nonfiction book in a weekend. She provides the skinny on why you cannot put out a publishable book in just a weekend. Unlike other authors, she reminds the writer that:
“The best writing is rewriting”
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The Ultimate Book Coach, Kristen Eckstein, is a sought-after independent publishing expert, two time best-selling author and award-winning international speaker. She started working in the publishing business through a vanity publishing company, but left that publishing company to co-found Imagine! Studios LLC, an art and media production company, with her husband Joe. In 2011, Kristen founded the “21 Ways” series of pocket guidebooks under the traditional publishing label of her company, Discover! Books. Today, Kristen helps other writers get into print. She has started 44 publishing companies and published 122 books and eBooks, including 13 of her own. She breaks down the complicated publishing process and puts authors in control of their own publishing process.
“You Are What You Write”–Mark Shaw
In chapter one of Self-Publisher’s Report, Mark Shaw not only lets the aspiring writer know that in the readers eyes he or she is what he or she writes, he stresses that authors and poets are the most important people in the publishing world. Without them, publishers would not exist.
In this nonfiction book about self-publishing, Mark Shaw takes the aspiring self-publisher through a publishing journey. First he asks the aspiring writer’s motivation for writing. Then, he takes the reader to a major book chain for bookstore research where shows the aspiring writer how the bookstore handles books. He not only shows the books and where genres are located, but he also introduces the aspiring author to publishing periodicals. He then removes a book from a shelf, and opens it and explains how a publisher lays out a book for publication. Then Shaw takes the reader back to his own library and shows the aspiring writer what other famous contemporary and classic writers say about their writing experience. He then sits the reader down, shows his own body of work, and tells the aspiring writer how he functions day-to-day as a writer. He also discusses book ideas. He then recommends the aspiring writer to copyright his or her book to ensure that no one steals it.
Shaw inspires and motivates the reader with basic principles of writing and provides examples of good writing from his own collection of work and from highly recognized authors. He also provides basic instructions concerning writing principles including making spelling corrections,homonyms, homophones, correct punctuation, avoiding cliches, manuscript formatting among other things. He stresses the importance of good editing. His work is well-organized, and it provides a practical introduction for the beginning writer to the self-publishing world. He then explains how he would self-publish if he were new to the publishing industry. He is a recognized expert with valuable insights into the publishing industry.
Even though I was disappointed that he said nothing about self-publishing e-books, I wish I had his insights when I first started self-publishing. I find the timeline he provided especially beneficial to the would-be self-publisher. Even though I not see Mark Shaw’s viewpoint as the final authority in self-publishing, I would definitely recommend this book as a resource for aspiring writers who are considering publishing their own work.
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