English book reviews

  • Sarah Berman – Don’t Call It a Cult : The Shocking Story of Keith Raniere and the Women of NXIVM 19 februari 2021
    Although I missed the verdict of Keith Raniere, leader of NXIVM to 120 Years in Prison in October 2020 entirely, learning about this sex trafficking, modern slavery cult built around a very strong personality, is good. Think back to Scientology Church (1953) and their courses, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) practices that can do harm if conducted ...
  • Bob Brink – Blood on their Hands 17 februari 2021
    Alec Monceau is a young black man working to support his daughter’s family in Trinidad. His 2008 presidential campaign car bumper sticker to support Barack Obama triggers a violent beating by police officers, that happen to be racists and local Klu Klux Klan members. In Blood on Their Hands, you follow Hiram Garbuncle, a veteran criminal ...
  • Beverly Kaye, Sharon Jordan-Evans Berrett – Love ’em or Lose ’em 6th Edition 5 februari 2021
    Retention and continuous engagement of employees is a universal and timeless problem for managers. Leadership style, integrity, and psychological safety are a few of the drivers to stay with a company or switch. Since 1999, Beverly Kaye and Sharon Jordan-Evans, recycled their Love ’em or Lose ’em over and over, and compiled the 6th edition ...
  • Diana Richardson and Wendy Doeleman – Cool Sex: An essential young adult guide to loving, mindful sex 4 februari 2021
    Where the norm regarding human sexuality is heavily influenced by graphic media, hot movie scenes, advertisements, and pornography, it is a one-sided, unbalanced view of sex. Diana Richardson and Wendy Doeleman present in Cool Sex: An essential young adult guide to loving, mindful sex – yes, written for a young adult audience, but applicable for ...
  • Douglas A. Hill – Cultural Architecture: A Path to Creating Vitalized Congregations 19 januari 2021
    There were many attempts to revitalize churches in the past decennia e.g. Rick Warren’s Purpose-driven movement, Bill Hybels’ Willow Creek and Global Leadership Summit, and worship-oriented mega-churches like Hillsong and Bethel. Rather than copying popular culture in churches, reverend Douglas Hill makes a case for generating a culture as a church that is founded on ...
  • Peter Ilas – Become an Agile Project Manager: Beginner’s Guide to Mastering Agile Project Management with Scrum, Kanban, Scrumban, Lean, Six Sigma, and Extreme Programming 13 januari 2021
    Peter Ilas is pretentious in his primer Become an Agile Project Manager: Beginner’s Guide to Mastering Agile Project Management with Scrum, Kanban, Scrumban, Lean, Six Sigma, and Extreme Programming. The false promise in the book title is the main weakness of its content. Others compared a transformation to an agile way of working with running ...
  • Maria Church – Love-based Leadership : The Model for Leading with Strength, Grace, and Authenticity 11 januari 2021
    A decade ago, Dr. Maria Church crafted the first version of Love-based Leadership. In the 10th edition with updates made including the notion of COVID-19 and latest insights, the leadership model based on love instead of fear is as vibrant as ever. The author elaborates on alternative models like situational, charismatic, transformational, and servant leadership ...
  • Gabrielle Yetter – Whisper of the Lotus 7 januari 2021
    Gabrielle Yetter used her first-hand experience of living in Cambodia to set the stage for the novel Whisper of the Lotus. Charlotte Fontaine boards an airplane to Cambodia to visit her best friend Roxy, and meets an intriguing gentleman, named Rashid who happened to know her father. Coincidence or fate? In a whirlwind stay and ...
  • Poornima Manco – The Intimacy of Loss 4 januari 2021
    In 2019 Puja looks back to her youth in India, where a mentally disabled sweeper woman, auditions for a school dance/drama are the scene to determine who’s popular, attractive, and favored to get the main character role. Puja’s sister pregnant without a clear father, ambitions to study abroad, rivalry among siblings, and the bumpy road ...
  • Horace Williams Jr – The Furnace of Affliction : How God Uses Our Pain and Suffering for His Purpose 27 december 2020
    Pain and suffering are not the most popular topics in Christian faith. Yet, Jesus Christ warned his followers that it’s part of the deal following Him. We may be persecuted because of of our faith. We will face difficulties, physical or mental pain and suffering, may not be among the rich and famous while living ...
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