Unacceptable Expectations by James Gauthier

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Title: Unacceptable Expectations: A Young Teachers Struggle with Conformity

Author: James A. Gauthier J.D. 

Release Date: 29 January 2015

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Exceptional students become exceptional teachers. Rachel achieved her master’s degree in education and became a certified teacher at age 17. Rachel’s first interview with the teacher’s union placed her on notice that she was a link in a curriculum driven education program. She was to teach her grade level curriculum only and never bring attention upon herself or her peers. Conformity was the rule and mediocrity was the goal.
Rachel refused the union’s demand to conform and motivates her students to become exceptional and exceed grade level expectations. The more successful Rachel is in her classroom, the more the push back by the teacher’s union to return her to mediocrity. Conflict between Rachel and the union results in the union poisoning Rachel, falsely accusing her of abusing a student; false drug violations on school property and ultimately the loss of her left leg as the union seeks to stop Rachel’s desire to help her students become exceptional.
Learn how Rachel fights back and creates the Sinclair Academy, a private educational system that the union has no control over. No longer does the union want to stop Rachel from promoting accelerated learning; now the union wants her 2,500 teachers to join the teacher’s union. See how far the teacher’s union will go in an attempt to force union membership and what a young, tenacious teacher will do in saying, “No”.

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~Book Blitz~ Why the Letter Y Joined the Vowel Club by Marian Burmeff

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Title: Why the Letter Y Joined the Vowel Club

Author: Marian Burmeff

Release Date: 26 Setember 2014

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The VOWEL CLUB started when the letters, A, E, I, O, and U wanted to use a special sound when they were alone in a word.

They decided on the name of their club at their first meeting. Some of the choices, were TLC (The Letter Club), TCOS (The Club of Five) and others but they all agreed on the word VOWEL (Very Ordinary Words Everyone Loves). They agreed that everyone should love and be loved.

It’s a long story about how the “Y” joined the vowel club. It happened shortly after the letters A, E, I, O, and U officially decided on their name and their motto.

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Dream Diary by Ben Sheldon

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Title: Dream Diary

Author: Ben Sheldon

Release Date: 26 August 2016

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Ben Sheldon’s diary, which he kept over many years, takes you on a series of fascinating, fantastic, and unusual adventures that he enjoyed–or suffered through–while sleeping.

He also shares the dreams of a former roommate, Adrian, who he lived with from 1971 to 1973.

Sheldon recorded his own dreams shortly after waking up, and he’d listen to Adrian’s tales during morning chats while they were fresh in his memory. Some of the dreams are hilarious, others are disturbing, and some are downright unusual.

In one dream, Adrian is at a party when he passes Sonny and Cher having sex on top of a piano. The scene irks him so much that he says, -How could you do this, with all these people watching?- Sonny nonchalantly continues with his sex act, but they both seem bored. Cher is even chewing gum and blowing bubbles.

In another dream, the author finds himself in a drug-infested ghetto. All of a sudden, someone rushes over to him trying to give him -a fix.- He stumbles around before leaving in a hurry.

Whether you study, interpret, and evaluate dreams or want to enjoy a series of unexpected adventures, you’ll love the Dream Diary

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Ben Sheldon earned a bachelor’s degree in England and a master’s degree in the United States. He was an assistant editor for a national technical magazine and is also the author of two novels, two poetry books, and a book of jokes. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Redemption by Joaquin Lopez

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Title: Redemption

Series: The God Stone Trilogy #2

Author: Joaquin Lopez

Release Date: 28 February 2012

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After 17 years of praying to the Gods Jack begins his long journey home. However, Jack is not aware of the test the Gods have for him before he can truly go home. First he must realize he is the long ago profecied Chosen One, then he must survive the test before he can try to go home and attempt to fulfill his promise to Linnie.

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Joaquin was born in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. He grew up a migrant farm worker. Not wanting to do this the rest of his life he applied himself in school. After high school he started working full time at a bank and attending college at night. After several years he completed his degree in accounting. While attending college at night he began to read The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan and became hooked on the genre. He still works full time at a bank in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. He has enjoyed reading the science fiction fantasy genre so much that he decided to try writing himself.

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~Book Blitz~ The Silence of God by Gene Russell

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Title: The Silence of God

Author: Gene Russell

Release Date: 17 February 2017

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This faith manifesto succeeds at focusing on the idea of how divinity works, and it wonders at the human soul.

In his personal manifesto, The Silence of God, pastor Gene Russell makes a passionate case for a personal and loving God despite a seemingly indifferent universe.

The Silence of God reads like a punchy self-help book. It repeats rhetorical questions concerning God’s silence in the face of suffering, with seventeen chapters attempting to answer the questions from a Christian viewpoint. Stories of human pain, reiterations of historical evils, and numerous quotes from writers and philosophers all build toward a personal testimony of God’s presence in the author’s life. Peppy phrases like “Sock it to me!” become important refrains that reinforce the book’s central concept of divine intervention.

This protracted testimony is well written in terms of grammar and syntax, but topically, it wanders. Some personal stories ramble, cataloging painful episodes experienced by the author’s acquaintances, though these brief summations don’t have the depth or detail to be powerful. Narrative points of view randomly switch with little warning or context. These stream-of-consciousness techniques impede the work.

The book’s creeping orthodoxy limits its audience appeal and undermines its message of a personal, loving God. Homosexuality and gay culture are lumped in with long enumerations of sins, and at least one passage quietly and unnecessarily delegitimizes Islamic faith, as well as other non-Christian religions. These supremacist tendencies erode messages of love, divinity, and redemption.

When the book clearly articulates its message, it reads beautifully, and there are gems to be found. “God’s silence does not mean indifference,” Russell writes. “His silence is the silence of higher thoughts.” Such passages exemplify the keen intellect and spirit at work in much of the book. Russell follows these higher thoughts to the personal recognition of his own fallibility and his need to grasp for something greater than himself, beyond what can be seen and known empirically.

The book includes enough material from major writers like C. S. Lewis and Viktor Frankl to be intellectually stimulating to non-Christians. It also incorporates opposition ideas from agnostic and atheistic thinkers as a counterbalance, as well as historical arguments for the existence of God. Particularly interesting is Saint Anselm’s ontological argument for a deity, which the book neatly summarizes and explains.

With similar proofs of God threaded together, a teleological metaphysic emerges. Humanity’s desire and need for a higher being springs from the very design of the universe, the book argues. The book succeeds when it focuses less on doctrinal issues and more on how the idea of divinity works wonders in the human soul.

The Silence of God offers an eloquent testimony of Christian faith, and nonbelievers may find some of the book’s broader insights interesting and relevant.

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I am qualified to write this book because living its content has been my story. The emphasis on the silence of God, “sock it to me” and “three marks on steel,” are me. Those experiences alone would qualify me. However, having degrees from Baylor University (BA), Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (MDiv), and Luther Rice Seminary (ThD) adds additional reasons. Having written and published other books-example, Let the Children Come In, used in seminary classes for years and numerous published articles. Working with people since youth has been the calling. Serving as pastor of numerous Baptist churches of all sizes in San Antonio, Dallas, Angleton, Houston and Nacogdoches have given me unusual exposure to their experiences, needs, and desires. Close to 6500 counseling sessions have resulted through the years with people from throughout the world. These sessions lasted twenty to forty minutes to an hour to two-four years in some cases. Being a part of the business world, Chairman of Planning and Economic in SW Houston, Rotary (thirty-one years perfect attendance), Lions Club, United Way, Chamber of Commerce, Boy Scouts district, regional and national, denominational and board of trustees/regents of several higher educational institutions have made me more knowledgeable. Being born in South Texas, living here most of life has given me a desire to travel. Thus, traveling throughout the world resulted in many mission, evangelistic and pleasure trips. These have greatly added to a greater understanding of the world and its people. Being disciplined to study and reading four hours daily have been a tremendous asset. The joy of being a father, husband, grandfather, and great grandfather have been quite meaningful.

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