Sunday, March 19, 2017

The Physics of Everyday Things by James Kakalios


The Physics of Everday Things
by
James Kakalios
Copyright © 2017 James Kakalios
Crown Publishers
ISBN 978-0-7704-3773-2
Uncorrected Proof Edition

Have you ever wondered what made your toaster work? Or how about your car radio?

Have you ever wondered how your television can convert signals into pictures and sounds?

How does your dryer know when your clothes are dry?

How does your microwave oven work?

Kakalios takes us on a journey of an average day, and breaks down each of the normal things we use during that day. From the alarm clock. To the car. To a doctor's visit. To a business meeting where you have to take a flight. Your business presentation. And going to a hotel for the night.

You will be amazed at the ordinary things we use daily, and never knew how they work! Kakalios breaks down the physics of each so that a layman can understand.

This is a really fascinating book, that I read straight through in about 90 minutes. It was amazing! I think it's a keeper folks!

I give this book five stars.


And I give it a big thumbs up.


I also give it my personal recommendation.

You can find the book HERE on Amazon. It is available for Kindle and as a hardback copy. The Kindle edition retails for $13.99 and the hardback for $25.64, plus shipping and handling. But its well worth the read!







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Saturday, February 25, 2017

American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith

American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith
National Museum of American History
A compendium by the Smithsonian
Copyright © 2017 The Smithsonian Institute
Published by Smithsonian Books

This well illustrated book by the Smithsonian Institute is meant to be a companion volume to an exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. It celebrates America's democracy from the American Revolution until present day.

Photographed extensively, there many pieces of the exhibit included in this work. With a forward by John Gray and an introduction by Harry R. Rubinstein there are 5 major chapters to this book.

Chapter One: The Great Leap: A Government Based Solely on "the People" - by Barbara Clark Smith

Chapter Two: A Vote, A Voice - by Lisa Kathleen Graddy

Chapter Three: The Machinery of Democracy - by William L. Bird

Chapter Four: Beyond the Ballot: The Right to Petition - by Harry R. Rubenstein

Chapter Five: Creating Citizens - by Grace Cohen Grossman and Harry R. Rubenstein

Photographs are in black and white, which in many ways only makes them even more remarkable. This book should be part of our high school or college students curriculum. A wonderful look at history, through the historical artifacts that helped to shape it.

I give this book five stars.



A big thumbs up.



And my personal highly recommended award.

You can purchase this book here. It is available in hardcover.





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The Coming Apostasy - Hitchcock and Kinley

The Coming Apostasy
by
Mark Hitchcock and Jeff Kinley
Copyright ©2017 Mark Hitchcock & Jeff Kinley
Tyndale Publishers
ISBN: 978-1-4964-1407-6

When was the last time you heard a sermon that really hit you where it hurt?

Like most of us today, we've become desensitized to what the gospel really teaches us. We've had political and societal leaders convince us that it's okay to allow certain things to go on in our world. It's politically incorrect to stand up against the morals, or rather lack thereof, that we see in the world around us. And yet, where are our preachers? Where are those old fire and brimstone Bible thumpers who would shout the roof down when preaching? Where have they all gone?

There are a few around. There are a few good Christians still standing around. Or rather, mulling around. Not really saying much. Why is that? Fear of being turned on?

Celebrities in our country who stand up and proclaim their Christianity are turned on. Sports players are turned on when they are heard to say that they prayed, or trusted in God. Our teachers, the most precious aid in this world in helping to establish our children's morals and belief's, are not allowed to mention God in the classroom. The Pledge of Allegiance can no longer be said in the classrooms today because of the line "one nation under God".

When was the last time you heard a preacher stand up and actually preach against transgender individuals, homosexuals, or abortion? Few do.

This my friend, is called apostasy. And Hitchcock and Kinley are here to guide you through this maze of worldly teaching. The two team up to tear apart the current trend from teachers today. Ministers, laypersons, and politics.

Are today's ministers simply telling the people what they want to hear? Are the "skipping over" all that nasty, politically incorrect "stuff" we find in the Bible?

"The great apostasy is coming, but is it closer than we imagine?", states the back cover of this book.

There are difficult times coming, Hitchcock and Kinley can help keep you on the path that is straight and narrow that leads to Heaven. Don't be fooled. The path that leads to destruction is wide, and many can fit across it's width and length.

We must stand up for what we believe in. And we must face ridicule if it comes. Or even worse. But we must press on, telling the good news, but preaching against what is sending so many straight to the gates of Hell.

I believe every Christian should read this book.

I give this five stars.
A big thumbs up.
And my personal highly recommended award.
This book can be purchased here on Amazon in both Kindle and paperback. Or here on Tyndale.





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Gone Without a Trace - Mary Torjussen

Gone Without A Trace
by
Mary Torjussen
Copyright © 2017 Mary Torjussen
Berkley Publishing
ISBN: 9780399585012

What if you woke up one morning and found your lover missing? But not just missing, completely erased! As if he had never even existed.

This is what happens to Hannah in Torjussen's story.

Every photograph, phone call, texts, all wiped from her phone. All of his social media accounts are gone. Four years wiped away over night.

Hannah must struggle to discover what has happened to her boyfriend. She must search, delving deeper and deeper into the unknown to find him.

And during all of this, Hannah discovers someone has been, and is, watching her. Even in her private spaces at home.

This suspenseful novel will keep you on your toes!

Torjussen tells a great story, I only wish the characters had a little more depth to them. It almost seems one dimensional. Otherwise, what a great novel!

I am giving this novel five stars.
And a big thumbs up!
You can purchase this book here. It is available in both Kindle and paperback editions.





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The Devil's Feast - M.J. Carter

The Devils Feast
by M. J. Carter
Copyright © 2017 Orlando Books
G.P. Putnam's Sons publishers

This book has us travel back to 1842 London. (Already fell for it right there!) And back to another Blake and Avery novel! Fun!

You know that Carter will leave you on the edge of your seat! I tried to read it through in a single sitting, but had to put it down for some rest. But I hated to!

The Reform is London's newest gentleman's club, and a death there causes a "hush up".

Avery begins the mystery alone. But soon finds himself with some help to try to solve this "who dunnit".

Afraid I'll give away too much, let me say that if you're a Blake and Avery fan, you've got to read this one! And if you haven't read any of the novels, why not? Get started now. I am sure that you, too, will not want to put it down until you've devoured every page!

I give this book five stars.
A big thumbs up.
And my personal highly recommended award.
This book can be purchased here. It is available in Kindle reader, Hardback, and in audio.





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The Angels Share by James Markert

The Angels Share
by
James Markert
Copyright © 2017 James Markert
Thomas Nelson publisher

This book was a well written story about a drifter who comes to town after the Prohibition era has ended. The town's legacy is the old bourbon distillery, and they need a boost to get it going again.

The drifter dies. And his graveside becomes a pilgrimage for those seeking miracles. And they're getting them.

Lies and deceit are hidden within these pages. Revenge. Mystery. Romance. And miracles.

Afraid I will give too much away, I will simply say the author does not leave you wanting for a better read!

I give this book five stars.
I give it a big thumbs up.
And my personal highly recommended award.
You can find this book here. It is available for Kindle reader. And is in paperback as well as hardcover.





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Listen to the Lambs by Daniel Black


Listen to the Lambs
by
Daniel Black
Copyright © 2016 Daniel Black
St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 978-1-250-07847-6

This is the first Daniel Black novel I've read. And I can't praise this writer enough! A wonderful storyteller, Black puts you in the midst of the story, and you will see it all in your mind's eye! You won't want to put this book down!

When a married man, and father, leaves his past behind in search of a "possession-less" lifestyle, he has no idea what may be called of him. To what sacrifices he will truly have to make.

Follow this man as he comes to have friends, who have no idea what true sacrifice is until Lazarus Love III comes into their lives.

I can promise you, this book has a sift enough pace you simply won't want to put it down, and you won't want it to end!

I give this book five stars.
A big thumbs up.
And my personal highly recommended award.
You can find this book here. It is available for Kindle reader, and as a paperback.





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