Saturday, February 29, 2020

The Successful Speaker Five Steps for Booking Gigs, Getting Paid, and Building Your Platform

46161163The Successful Speaker: Five Steps for Booking Gigs, Getting Paid, and Building Your Platform

Do you have a message you want to get out into the world? Have you ever dreamed of speaking for a living? Is there something you have to say but just aren't sure what to do next? The Successful Speaker is a proven, easy-to-follow guide to helping you do just that.

Whether you want to speak at your next board meeting or community gathering, start making some extra money on the side, or become a full-time professional speaker, Grant Baldwin knows how to get you from here to there. Why? Because he's done it himself and has coached over 2,000 speakers.

In The Successful Speaker, you will learn the five-step road map to start and scale a speaking business from the ground up, including

- how to hone your message and know exactly who it's for
- the preparation process to help your next speech move an audience to action
- what it takes to establish yourself as an in-demand expert
- practical steps to finding and booking paid speaking gigs
- how to know when it's time to grow your impact and income

In each chapter, you will get specific action steps and case studies from professional speakers (including some of the most successful communicators in the world) to put you on the fast track to booking gigs, getting paid, and building your speaking platform.

My Thoughts :

As I read The Successful Speaker, I immediately began to feel the confidence that I could be a successful speaker and that I will develop my own style. This book is written for the person who wants to be a paid, professional speaker. This book has a variety of information that is practical, useful and simple. This books is geared for those who want to make a size-able income.
For me, I was looking to hone and develop my skills, not get rick quick, but learn as I go and this book provided that. If you are looking for simple ideas on how to be a better speaker, this book is perfect for you. It's an easy read and will give you tips on how to be a better speaker. 

About the Authors:
Grant BaldwinGrant Baldwin is the creator of the popular podcast The Speaker Lab and the online course Booked and Paid to Speak, through which he has trained more than 2,000 speakers. A popular keynote speaker and entrepreneur, he lives near Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife, Sheila, and their three daughters. Visit for more information.

Friday, February 28, 2020

Daring to Live: How the Power of Sisterhood and Taking Risks Can Jump-Start Your Joy

46161164Daring to Live: How the Power of Sisterhood and Taking Risks Can Jump-Start Your Joy

 Daring to Live is a motivating and fun memoir by Author, Sheri Hunter. Her husband passed away at the age of 50 and this loss sparked an adventure inside of her, that allowed her to view the world in a new way. From skydiving to zip-lining and everything in between, Sheri decided to take life by the horns and not let go.
This book is written from a Christian perspective as she shares how during the most difficult season, she grew close to the Lord. She shares her experiences, heart and lessons that she learned along the way. She is very honest about her journey into allow God's love to be sufficient and then God showed her something else that was missing. 
If you're a fan of memories that have elements of faith, fun, vacation and God's life lessons, this book is great. I think you will find some laugh out moments and even moments of seriousness with the Lord. This has a lot of time for reflection as you read Sheri's thoughts and God speaks to you about His own thoughts for you. 
Don't miss this book! Pick up a copy today. 

About the Author:
Sheri HunterSheri Hunter is a marketing professional who has served as a producer for Detroit's national news affiliates, including CBS and NBC. She is a freelancer for several daily newspapers, including the Oakland Press, the Morning Sun News, and the Grand Rapids Herald, and she has been featured in MORE magazine and National Geographic Traveler. A popular keynote speaker, Sheri loves to show others that living outside of our comfort zones helps us discover amazing things about ourselves, even if those acts aren't as extreme as jumping out of an airplane at 13,000 feet. Sheri lives in Michigan.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Claim Your Crown: Walking in Confidence and Worth as a Daughter of the King by Tarah-Lynn Saint-Elien

46161135Claim Your Crown: Walking in Confidence and Worth as a Daughter of the King

Young women are deeply dissatisfied with society's standards (and double standards). They want more for themselves--but sometimes they don't quite know what that more should be. That's where Miss Black New Jersey 2018 and Teen Vogue "It Girl" turned fashion writer Tarah-Lynn Saint-Elien comes in.

Through her insightful comments on media, pop culture, and pervading cultural myths about beauty, fashion, and womanhood, Tarah-Lynn dismantles the messages that feed into the insecurities, fears, doubts, and guilt that young women experience today. She introduces them to an understanding of God as a loving Father and the King of all kings, who bestows upon his daughters a crown of love, worth, and power. And she shows them how to not only claim the promises of God but also walk purposefully in them as independent women (no prince necessary!) who respond to adversity with righteousness and authority.

My Thoughts:
Claim Your Crown written by Teen Vogue author and creator of Adorned in Armor & Dressed for Battle podcast shares with readers her own life experiences about what it means to walk in confident as a daughter in Christ.
This book is perfect for the teenager or even older adults to gain wisdom from scripture about understanding your worth in Christ. This book isn't a self help book or book to boost you self-esteem, but rather one that helps the reader secure their identity in Christ. 
Claim Your Crown has a lot of great advice, thought provoking chapters and even questions for the reader to ponder further later at the end of each chapter. I was not able to pick a favorite chapter because this book just was so, so good! 
Grab a copy today, you'll love it! 

About the Author:
Tarah-Lynn Saint-ElienTarah-Lynn Saint-Elien is passionate about encouraging and empowering young women to fully grasp their worth in Christ. Through her award-winning brand, Adorned in Armor, she inspires thousands of young women to conquer life through faith and style. By landing internships at Elle magazine and PBS, and by collaborating with brands such as Maybelline and Banana Republic, her work experience has catapulted her into becoming a Teen Vogue "It Girl" and a Teen Vogue fashion writer. Crowned Miss Black New Jersey in 2018, Tarah-Lynn graduated summa cum laude from Rider University and earned her master's degree from Syracuse University. She now hosts the Dressed for Battle podcast. You can also find Tarah styling, hosting events, and speaking at self-worth and branding workshops.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Yes Sisters: Surrounding Yourself with Women Who Affirm, Encourage, and Challenge You by Angelia L. White, Erin Keeley Marshall

46161123Yes Sisters: Surrounding Yourself with Women Who Affirm, Encourage, and Challenge You

A single "no" from someone close to us can crush our dreams. You can't . . . You'll never . . . You're kidding yourself . . . In contrast, a single "yes" can sustain our dreams despite the setbacks we're sure to encounter. Yes, you can! Yes, I'm here for you! 

With passion and contagious enthusiasm, Angelia White shows you how to surround yourself with Yes Sisters--women who will remind you that you are worthy, that God loves you completely, and that you can accomplish even your wildest dreams. Her engaging personal stories, as well as those from other prominent women, will show you how to 

- find and cultivate Yes Sister relationships
- leverage their power
- and be a Yes Sister for someone else

She also helps you understand, forgive, and sometimes distance yourself from negative people who dampen your joy and strip you of your motivation.

You don't have to go it alone, and you don't have to drag the naysayers along behind you. Start finding your Yes Sisters today!
Yes Sisters Surrounding Yourself With Women Who Affirm, Encourage And Challenge You By Angelia White is the perfect book in encouraging women to have and surround themselves with Godly women. This book is also about being the women and friends you desire. If you desire the qualities and character traits that Angelia mentions in the book, then it's great to be aware of your own flaws when contributing to friendships.
This book is encouraging and helps the reader identify the types and kind of friends she needs in different seasons, while being that friend to others. 
 I absolutely love this book and I know you will too! So go grab yourself a copy, its an easy book to read, but a worth while book to invest your time into reading.

About the Author:

Angelia L. WhiteAngelia L. White is the creator of Hope for Women magazine, a quarterly publication with a reach of 200,000. A Ball State University Black Alumni Award of Achievement recipient, Angelia is a mother of three and the publisher, president, and CEO of HOPE for Women, headquartered in Muncie, Indiana. Rising from a background of discouragement, she spends her life encouraging other women to step into their full potential and share their inspiring stories.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

More Than We Remember by Christina Suzann Nelson

More Than We Remember  -     By: Christina Suzann Nelson
More Than We Remember

Christina Suzann Nelson

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Holy Guacamole: A Glorious Discovery of Your Undeniable Worth by Carrie Stephens

Holy Guacamole: A Glorious Discovery of Your Undeniable Worth  -     By: Carrie Stephens
Holy Guacamole: A Glorious Discovery of Your Undeniable Worth

Have you ever felt on the edge, alone, down and out,or maybe wondered what in the world God can do with someone like you.
Sometimes you wake up feeling less than great about your life. Or your relationships. Or your job. Or your whatever.
Sometimes you even feel pushed to the side, put on the shelf, overlooked, and not particularly important to, well, anything.
"Hello, My Name Is Carrie and I'm a Secret Donut Hoarder," you know the book is going to be amazing!
Filled with wit, vulnerability, laughter and humility, this book is filled with grace as you discover who God has called you to be. Holy Guacamole does not disappoint.  Carrie Stephens, did an amazing  job of balancing and sharing theology through the lens of scripture, without over sharing, but creating a balance of humor. I loved reading Carrie's personal life experiences and believed this book is for the mother, leader or friend.
An easy read, I felt that I was sitting at a coffee shop with Carrie as she would pouring out her love on me. This book is one anyone can relate too. If you are looking to strengthen your relationship with the Lord as you understand how he created you, this is a great read! 

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Collision of Lies by Tom Threadgill

46125018Collision of Lies

story, it turns. 
The other element that is super intriguing about this book, while a suspense novel, this book has added humor between characters. It's interesting because I was caught off guard by the criminals until the ending of the story. Besides the humor, the suspense, the writer does give the readers a bit of romance in this novel, but not too much, just a small element. 
Amara is a likable character and chances are, you might finding yourself wanting a iguana at the end of this story because that is a common pet :)
Overall, I enjoyed this story and felt that the author did a great job with this novel. I would read further books from him again in the future. 

About the Author:
Tom ThreadgillTom Threadgill is a full-time author and a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). He is currently on the suspense/thriller publishing board for LPC Books, a division of Iron Stream Media. He lives with his wife in rural Tennessee.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Managing Worry and Anxiety: Practical Tools to Help You Deal with Life's Challenges by Jean Holthaus

46161124Managing Worry and Anxiety: Practical Tools to Help You Deal with Life's Challenges

As a social worker, who is a LMSW, I have a great appreciation for this book and the work of Jean Holthaus. She combines her faith, with the science behind the brain, behaviors and complexity that we as humans face on a daily basis. This book is filled with pictures, graphics and scripture, to point the reader back to their faith. While she addresses the many aspects of both anxiety and depression, I feel that this book has insight for the clinician, as well as the individual looking for answers. I do not believe this is a one-size fits all book, but rather a book that encompasses a scope of people looking for deeper answers to the "why" question. 
This particular book is one that I have read slow, to gain insight and knowledge from another clinician in hopes to be able to help individuals in the future. I recommend this book with a caveat.. It is important for the reader to find out the root of their anxiety or depression, which is something Jean addresses. If you are looking for tips and answers, this book will help you, but if you don't go to the root and seek the source, you'll never find true freedom. 

About the Author:
Jean HolthausJean Holthaus, LISW, LMSW, has more than 25 years' experience providing therapy. She currently works as a clinician and manages two clinics for Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services. Her professional experience includes working with individuals, couples, and families dealing with abuse, anxiety, depression, marital issues, divorce, spiritual issues, changes of life, parenting, and more. A member of the National Association of Social Workers and the American Association of Christian Counselors, Jean lives in Pella, Iowa.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

A Different Kind of Love Story: How God's Love for You Helps You Love Yourself by Landra Young Hughes

46161173A Different Kind of Love Story: How God's Love for You Helps You Love Yourself

About:In this book, you're going to read about a different kind of love story. It's a love story each and every one of us is currently playing a role in--whether we're aware of it or not. And truth be told, it's scary-critical that we stay tuned-in to this love story. Because outside of a growing relationship with your heavenly Father, no other love (or lack of love) has the potential to improve or implode your life like the love that you have for you

For anyone who has ever struggled with their identity, Landra Young Hughes has a radically simple message: give up. Specifically, give up your need to be in control of how other people see you. Instead, let God's words--not yours and not others'--define you. Through her own deeply personal story of trying to control her circumstances and others' perceptions of her through an eating disorder, Landra points the way toward a life free from self-obsession and self-resentment. She shows you how to listen to God's voice, let go of the struggle for perfection, and live authentically from your deepest self.

My Thoughts:
In A Different Kind of Love Story by Landra, she writes about the love story that each reader gets to live. It isn't your typical love story, but one that is radical and transformative because this is the love story that romances every single one of us. This kind of love is something that can only be purchased by our Heavenly Father, through Jesus. No other love can satisfy our souls. 

And for anyone who has ever struggled with their worth or identity, Landra can relate as well. Her message is "give up"- meaning stop controlling how others see you and instead be concerned about how God sees you. She recounts to the reader how she struggled with an eating disorder and how the disorder consumed her identity until, she was able to grasp the truth of who God was and the message he was trying to covey to her, through His love. 

This book is one to read and read again. The messages of truth and identity are real, important and based on the word of God. I am very thankful for this book and thankful for how raw Landra is when writing it. I highly recommend picking up a copy today. 

About the Author:

Landra Young HughesLandra Young Hughes is the daughter of prominent pastor Ed Young Jr. and Lisa Young of Fellowship Church. Because of her upbringing, Landra has developed a passion for seeing people maximize their God-given potential and embrace their God-defined self-worth. She and her husband, Brad, lead Fellowship Church's Norman campus and live in the Norman, Oklahoma, area with their daughter, Sterling.