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Life Without Limits: Inspiration for a Ridiculously Good Life
Nick Vujicic
Doubleday Religion
The Crown Publishing Group
A Division of Random House, Inc.
1745 Broadway, New York, NY 10019
9780307589736 

Purchase:   http://www.randomhouse.com/crown/doubledayreligion/

Love, hope, and positive reinforcement can all be found throughout the pages of Nick Vujicic’s Life Without Limits: Inspiration for a Ridiculously Good Life. Through his words he opens up his inner soul to reveal how he dealt with being born without arms and legs.

How Nick overcomes the obstacles his disability placed on him is a remarkable story in itself. This proud and courageous young man refuses to allow anything to slow him down, and has went on to have a successful career as a motivational speaker whose life saving energy has been felt and heard worldwide.

From the words in this book, you can see Nick’s beauty radiate. He is a compassionate man who truly cares about mankind. He has dedicated his life to reaching out and telling his story to educate the world and show that no matter what crisis you are facing, there is always a light at the end of the darkest tunnel.

In my ten years as a book reviewer, I have never been so affected by one book. I found Nick’s words were able to penetrate my darkest thoughts of self doubt I often keep hidden. He showed me that every person is worthy of love and acceptance.

Days after I finished Life Without Limits: Inspiration for a Ridiculously Good Life, I found myself still thinking of Nick and searching the internet to learn more of miraculous work. To say that this book changed my life is an understatement. I hope that my review expresses how much I was impressed with Life Without Limits: Inspiration for a Ridiculously Good Life.

I am a firm believer that books come into your life for a purpose. Through Nick’s book I found the life saving balm that I needed to rejuvenate my spirit and know that as one of God’s creations I am a very unique person who was placed on this earth to help beautify the world.

Thank you Nick for the lessons you taught me through your book. I one day hope that I have the privilege of hearing one of your speeches and meeting you in person. Rest assured that when that day comes I will look you in the eyes and properly thank you for all the positive encouragement I have found through your book and ministry work to the world.

{Midwest Book Review}

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The Man Behind the Mask
Maggie Cox
Harlequin
eHarlequin.com
P.O. Box 5190, Buffalo, NY 14240-5190
9780373527977 

Purchase:   http://www.eharlequin.com

In Brazil, Eduardo de Souza watched in horror as his wife and unborn child’s life was taken from him in an instant. The horrific day would always haunt his memory for it not only scarred him mentally but physically. He now lives his life far away from the place where it all happened. He locked away his feelings and heart to live a reclusive life.

Eduardo is drawn out of his misery one day when he was visiting the local town. A street singer’s voice managed to touch his frigid heart. The petite girls voice was like the soothing balm his shattered soul craved. He believed her to be homeless, and was surprised when she turned down his generous cash donation.

Marianne Lockwood has suffered her own tragedy. She had married an older man who was terminally ill, and their marriage had only lasted six months. He left her all his worldly possessions. She tries to recover from her loss by becoming more focused on her singing career. She takes to the streets to deliver her melodies to the local town folk. Her plan is to gain enough courage to rebuild her life.

Marianne does not know what to make of Eduardo. His wealth is evident, and she is surprised when he offers a place for her to stay and a job as his housekeeper. With the cold frigid temperatures it is difficult for Marianne to continue singing in the streets. She makes the decision to accept Eduardo’s job offer.

Will Marianne’s presence under Eduardo’s roof change him from a man who has shut out the world to one that wishes to live for the future? Or will she find that Eduardo’s past experience has left an irreparable mark that has scarred his soul inside and out?

The Man Behind the Mask is an exceptional book. Eduardo and Marianne are two complex characters. Each one has experienced their own form of tragedy. There story will take you on a rollercoaster ride as you see them deal with their own personal demons. This is the first book I have experienced by Maggie Cox, but it definitely will not be my last. I highly recommend this author to any true blue romance fan.

{Midwest Book Review}

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29 DAYS … To Save Money and Achieve Financial Independence
Richard Fast
29 DAYS Inc.
1078 Westhaven Drive, Burlington, Ontario, Canada, L7P 5B5
9780986537738 

Purchase:   http//29daysto.com/savemoney

Life changing habits can be formed in as little as 29 days. In 29 DAYS … to save money and achieve financial independence, Richard Fast reveals the method needed to help change your mind set to help concentrate on the goal of saving money.

The first part of 29 DAYS … to save money and achieve financial independence centers on commitment and awareness to the program. Week two is where the preparation stage begins; this is where you decide on what expenses can be reduced or eliminated, why still maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Week three is where you take action and start living by the ways you have devised to help save you money. Week four is developed to staying on the course you developed since you began.

What sets this book so far apart from other similar titles is that it is presented in two parts. Section one is a book that you read and learn all the steps needed to make the plan a success. The second part is an online program that enhances your overall knowledge and keeps you motivated to staying on track to reducing your financial debt.

For anyone who is deep in debt, or wishes to learn a simple and effective method to help eliminate unnecessary expenses from their daily lifestyle, 29 DAYS … to save money and achieve financial independence is definitely the book that you want to add to your book collection.

{Midwest Book Review}

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29 DAYS … To Your Perfect Weight
Michele Bertolin and Richard Fast
29 DAYS Inc.
1078 Westhaven Drive, Burlington, Ontario, Canada, L7P 5B5
9780986537714 

Purchase:  http//29daysto.com
Are you one of the millions that made it their New Year’s resolution to lose weight? If so, then you are not alone. With thousand of books, videos, and exercise classes available it is often difficult to determine which program would be right for you to achieve the weight loss you desire.

With Michele Bertolin and Richard Fast 29 DAYS … to your perfect weight they reveal a simple to understand program that can achieve maximum results in just twenty nine days. Their programs reveal how you can start off by changing your mindset to develop healthy habits that will last a lifetime.

How the program works is it is divided up into four weeks. The first week is devoted to commitment and awareness. The second week is making preparation for how you will incorporate the new healthy habits into your daily lifestyle. The third week is where you actually put into action all of your plans to take measures to lose weight. The fourth week is where you learn to take what you have learned in previous weeks and then learn how to make them last a lifetime.

29 DAYS … to your perfect weight is geared towards all types of individuals. No matter what your goal is of losing weight, this book has the powerful life changing force that will allow you to reach your weight loss goal.

In the past I have tried similar titles to help lose weight, none of them was as affected as 29 DAYS … to your perfect weight . This is the first time in years that I was able to find a weight loss plan, see results, and decide it was worthwhile to practice after I lost the weight I needed. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wishes to lose weight, the knowledge this one book contains is priceless.

{Midwest Book Review}

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Change Your Life Change the World: A Spiritual Guide to Living Now
Ryuho Okawa
IRH Press
9780982698501 
Purchase:   http://www.irhpress.co.jp/irhpress/index.html

Love, hope, and the pathway to personal growth can be found throughout the pages of Ryuho Okawa’s Change Your Life Change the World: A Spiritual Guide to Living Now. In today’s turbulent times change is an element we need to embrace for it brings us hope for the future.

Change Your Life Change the World: A Spiritual Guide to Living Now reveals how we should accept ever individual for their own unique personality and skills they offer the world. He also emphasizes that we should make time for our own self, and enjoys all that life offers.

This is the second title I have experienced by Ryuho Okawa and I found it just as moving as the first book I read. He is an author that has a special way to bring peace and tranquility to the reader. His words open up new ideas that will literally transform your life.

If everyone in the world practiced the life saving worlds of Ryuho Okawa the world would be a place where peace and harmony existed. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is facing a situation in their life that is draining their energy. Ryuho Okawa’s healing words has the power to bring light to any dark tunnel.

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The Millionaire’s Proposal
Trish Wylie
Harlequin
eHarlequin.com
P.O. Box 5190, Buffalo, NY 14240-5190
9780373175406

 Kindle Edition: 

Purchase:  http://www.eharlequin.com

Kerry Doyle is the foundation that keeps her family business on solid ground. For years she had denied herself a true vacation. She knows that she needs a break from her family and hectic lifestyle, and decides to treat herself to a three month vacation to travel around the world.

On a plane bound for New York, she can’t help but notice that she is sitting by a handsome man. As she is reading a travel guide, he offers her some travel tips. Further conversation reveals that his name is Ronan O’Keefe, and he is the actual author of the travel guide she was reading.

Ronan offers her a proposal she can’t refuse, to travel with her and be her own personal tour guide on her vacation. Kerry hesitates to accept his offer, but she knows that this would give her an ideal way to explore places she would never dream of visiting on her own.

As the two travel the world, their feelings for each other intensify. There is a dark secret that Ronan is hiding from Kerry, one that when revealed will change both of their lives. Will Ronan reveal to Kerry the painful revelation of what his future holds? Will she accept his love and the consequences of loving him?

The Millionaire Proposal is one outstanding novel. Trish Wylie is an author who knows how to deliver the best romance has to offer. I was enchanted by Kerry and Ronan; they are the type of characters you wish you could meet in real life. For anyone romance fan who likes a romance with a heartwarming story, then this is definitely the book you want to add to your collection.

{Midwest Book Review}

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Home Outside: Creating the Landscape You Love
Julie Moir Messervy
The Taunton Press, Inc.
63 South Main St., PO Box 5506, Newtown, CT 06470-5506
9781600850080 

Purchase:  http://www.taunton.com

Turn your backyard into a living space where you are able to be able to live with the natural wonders of nature. Through Julie Moir Messervy’s Home Outside: Creating the Landscape You Love you will be able to create a backyard that is worthy of a King.

I was amazed at all the unique ideas this one book presented. It allowed me to see the possibilities I could incorporate in my own home remodeling. What I found so enlightening was no matter what condition or size of your backyard, you can easily create a living space by using plants, flowers, and trees to bring out natures beauty.

Let your mind be educated by all the endless possibilities contained in Home Outside: Creating the Landscape You Love. For any home remodeler this book is a must have, for it offers a wealth of information that allows for an unlimited amount of creativity.

By following the guidance in this one book, I can easily see how it can save you hundreds on landscaping, and builders. Julie Moir Messervy has done an exceptional job in writing a book that provides you visual guidance that allows you to discover possibilities you never dreamed existed.

{Midwest Book Review}

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