Forgiveness on Kindle

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Forgiveness on KindleI did a search on amazon to find a book on forgiveness on Kindle. I came across many. But the one that resonated with me was a book by two South Africans. As someone who was born in South Africa, I experienced a lot of anger because of apartheid. When democratic reforms took place, it was not easy to forgive those who oppressed you. To add this, the issue of forgiveness became very controversial especially when President Nelson Mandela called on the country to forgive and to work for racial reconciliation. He believed that forgiveness was important for healing to take place. In this post I want to share about forgiveness in general and then present a book by Desmond and Mpho Tutu who wrote about forgiveness.

What is Forgiveness?

It is said that forgiveness is the intentional and voluntary process by which a victim undergoes a change in feelings and attitude regarding an offense. The victim then lets go of negative emotions such as being revengeful, with an increased ability to wish the offender well.

In other words it is to stop feeling anger toward someone who has done you wrong. It is also to stop blaming that person. It also means to stop requiring payment of (money that is owed).

Wow! The above definition reads so easy but yet, if one is a victim, it is not easy to take that step of forgiving the person who has wronged you. It is much harder if the person who has wronged you does not deserve your forgiveness. Now as a person of faith, I tap into a spiritual resource that helps me to forgive and this is made easier because I have been forgiven by God. Now I am not going to focus on that, as I realize that not all of you are persons of faith. Let’s move on.

Having looked at what forgiveness is where the victim takes the step towards the other. It will be helpful to know what forgiveness is not.

What Forgiveness is Not

Experts, especially psychologists state that when you forgive, you do not sweep the issue under the carpet or for a better phrase, gloss over or deny the seriousness of an offense against you. I know there are some who say that you should forget the offence. There are others who say that forgiveness does not mean forgetting, nor does it mean condoning or excusing offenses. Though forgiveness can help repair a damaged relationship, it doesn’t obligate you to reconcile with the person who harmed you.

What does Forgiveness Do?

Well, if experts are saying that you should not forget how serious the offence is and not to condone the offense, what then does forgiving that person do. Forgiveness brings the forgiver peace of mind and frees him or her from corrosive anger. It seem that anger is the culprit over here.

Forgiveness and Anger

Anger is a strong feeling of annoyance, displeasure, or hostility. When there is the absence of forgiveness this feeling, if not controlled, can sometime affect you both physically and physiologically.

Now we all know that anger is a completely normal, usually healthy, human emotion. But as I mentioned, when it gets out of control, it can be destructive. It can lead to problems. Uncontrolled anger can affect you at  work, in your personal relationships, and in the overall quality of your life. I have seen many people who carry anger and seen how adversely this has affected them.

According to experts, forgiveness has lots of benefits.

Benefits of Forgiveness
  • Forgiveness makes us happier: Research suggests not only that happy people are more likely to forgive but that forgiving others can make people feel happy, especially when they forgive someone to whom they feel close.
  • Forgiveness improves our health: Dwelling on grudges can cause blood pressure and heart rate to spike—signs of stress which damage the body; when we forgive, our stress levels decrease. Our immune system is affected when we hold grudges.
  • Forgiveness sustains relationships: Here too, when we hold grudges, they make us less likely to sacrifice or cooperate with folks we relate to. There will be issues of trust and commitment. It is said that forgiveness can stop this downward spiral and repair our relationship before it dissolves.
  • Forgiveness is good for marriages (most of the time): It is found that spouses who are more forgiving and less vindictive are better at managing and resolving conflicts effectively in their marriage. Those who are in a healthy satisfying relationship were those who are more forgiving. However, when more forgiving spouses were frequently mistreated by their husband or wife, they became less satisfied with their marriage.
  • Forgiveness boosts kindness and connectedness: People who feel forgiving don’t only feel more positive toward someone who hurt them. They are also more likely to want to volunteer and donate money to charity, and they feel more connected to other people in general.
  • Forgiveness can help heal the wounds of war. With the tragic effects of war on people in counties who have experienced war, their trauma was reduced because they learned forgiveness skills.


As a person who was born in South Africa, I cannot think of two outstanding human persons, Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela who talked and practiced radical forgiveness in their respective lives.

South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, initiated by Mandela and chaired by Tutu  is widely credited with encouraging forgiveness and reconciliation after the end of apartheid in South Africa.  Archbishop Desmond Tutu, has argued that forgiveness is the path to “true enduring peace.”

Books on Forgiveness on Kindle

There are many books on forgiveness on Kindle. One book with co-authors,  Desmond Tutu and his daughter Mpho Tutu entitled, The Book of Forgiving: The Fourfold Path for Healing Ourselves and Our World is a book about forgiveness that will you find most insightful. It is a highly rated book and if you want to read about healing ourselves and the word.

I found one of the top reviews of this book

In The Book of Forgiving, Desmond Tutu and his daughter, Mpho Tutu are inviting us to join them on the path of forgiveness so that we can ‘heal the world by healing each and every one of our hearts’. I was invited to share my story of forgiveness for this book, which is quite an honor, and when I received my copy upon its release, I was surprised at how much grief I hadn’t yet processed as I read it. I have told my story many times, both in person and in writing. Telling the Story is the first step on this Fourfold Path of Forgiveness. Naming the Hurt is the second step on the path and this is where I had not completed the journey. I had no words to name my hurt over losing my husband and 13 year old daughter in a terrorist attack. I certainly felt it but it was so overwhelming that I plunged into the third step of Granting Forgiveness so that I could restore peace within myself. I discovered I could not truly Release the Relationship to this event and Renew my relationship with life without Naming the Hurt. Even now my eyes fill with tears as I write this. Healing the heart is a process of liberation that requires full acknowledgement of the emotional pain that splits the heart into pieces. I am so grateful to Desmond and Mpho Tutu for outlining the importance of this step and giving many examples from the stories of others who have suffered violent, unexpected losses of dear ones. By allowing ourselves to fully accept the reality by naming it, frees us from being bound by the shackles of that which cannot be changed. Forgiveness is then possible. By practicing this Fourfold Path on a regular basis we not only create inner peace, we give the gift of peace to everyone in our world? KiaScherr

As a South African I have observed how Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela has led with grace and integrity. I believe their ability and capacity to forgive has earned them so much of admiration by people around the world. I am glad that the writings of the Tutus on Forgiveness on Kindle is available. It is a must read!

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What Is The Latest Kindle?

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Kindle OasisAmazon has been releasing new Kindles since 2007. These series of e-book readers by Amazon.com has been enabling users to shop for, download, browse, and read e-books, newspapers, magazines and other digital media via wireless networking. So what is the latest Kindle? Well, the giant online store has come up with it’s latest version called Oasis which, according to amazon, will be release on April 27, 2016.

Amazon has continued to make reading an enjoyable experience and it’s philosophy with the Kindle line has been consistent for nearly 10 years now i.e. to make the device disappear, by making it as close to paper as possible.

So with its latest Kindle, is it reflecting this philosophy? I have listed all that you need to know about Kindle Oasis and see for yourself if that is the case.

What You Should Know About the Latest Kindle Oasis?

As I mentioned, amazon philosophy is to design their device as close to paper. There are still many out there who prefer reading a physical book. I believe as time passes, they will start to get used to the idea of ereaders. The information here that reflects the Kindle Oasis’s design, capabilities and functionality seems to be making it easier for people to embrace ereaders.  Here’s the information about the Kindle Oasis.

Let’s look at its price, quality, design, comfort, and battery life:

 It’s Price

A Kindle can cost you between $40 and $200. The latest Kindle Oasis, which will be released by amazon on April 27, 2016 will cost you you $289. Although this is high, it can be justified because of the following:

It’s Quality

  • Higher quality – it has the strongest cover glass with a featherweight frame – resilient enough to take anywhere you want to read.
  • It has the highest resolution with enhancing lighting – the high-resolution 300 ppi display for crisp, laser-quality text—all on the same 6” display size as Kindle Voyage.
  • It also has a high quality leather cover for the charger. You can choose between black, merlot, or walnut.
It’s New Design
  • It is the thinnest and lightest – 20% lighter and 30% thinner on average than any other Kindle. It is designed to feel as light as paper.
  • It has a redesigned built-in light features 60% more LEDs than any other Kindle, increasing the consistency and range of screen brightness for improved reading in all types of lighting.
  • Another cool feature is that the cover opens like a book. And when opened it fits closely around the bezel, waking Kindle Oasis when opened and putting it to sleep when closed
It’s Comfort
  • The Kindle Oasis is more comfortable to read – The hand-grip tapers to an ultra-thin 0.13” display so you can read comfortably for hours.
  • It is also designed for comfort – It has a tapered ergonomic hand-grip which shifts the center of gravity to your palm, to rest in your hand like the spine of a book. Perfectly balanced for one-handed reading. This feature allows you to enjoy your reading experience – you get lost in your story.
  • You are able to comfortably turn the page with either the touch display or dedicated page turn buttons located on the front of the hand-grip. It caters for those choosing to read with their left or right hand, Kindle Oasis automatically rotates the page orientation to match.
  • It has a redesigned feature where the device guides light toward the surface of the display with its built-in front light. Now this is unlike back-lit tablets that shine in your eyes. With the Kindle Oasis you can read comfortably for hours without causing strain on your eyes.
Battery Life
  • Longer lasting battery – It has a dual-battery charging system delivers months of battery life—the longest ever.
  • It’s new design allows you to charge the device and cover simultaneously while snapped together and plugged in. When on the go, the cover will automatically recharge the device, giving you months of combined battery life. Plus, a new hibernation mode minimizes power consumption when your Kindle is inactive, extending battery life to its fullest capacity.
Conclusion

For all those e-reader lovers, this device, although a little pricey, will definitely make one’s reading experience more enjoyable. I continue to appreciate the fact that amazon is leading the way in making reading an enjoyable experience by the e-reader’s  design, quality, functionality and new additions. Off course, I also love the fact that Kindle Oasis like some of the other versions, is best for the eyes because of it’s built-in front light.

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Is Kindle Unlimited Worth It?

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It is a legitimate question given the promotion of ebooks by the various ereaders. In this article, I will try and answer the question, Is Kindle Unlimited Worth It? Here we will look at amazon’s service as it relates to reading, listening and that it’s books can be read on any device.  I will also share amazon’s response to customers questions about this service.

So let’s begin by looking at each of their “unlimited” service:

Kindle Unlimited Genres and Authors

According to amazon, their Kindle Unlimited is a new service that allows you to read as much as you want, choosing from over 1 million titles and thousands of audio-books. Yes, you read that correct, over 1 million titles. Now that is a lot of books.

With new authors appearing all the time and many of their books making it to the best sellers list, you have access to them. With Amazon Kindle Unlimited 30-Day Free Trial”  you can freely explore these new authors, books, and genres from mysteries and romance to sci-fi and more.

Now as you all know, books are either non-fiction or fiction. Books that are non-fiction contain factual information, such as biographies and history books. Fiction books contain a story where the author makes it up.

Non-fiction and fiction books can be further divided into many different sub-types, called “genres.” 

Now here’s why Kindle Unlimited gives you so much in terms of the genres. Just to give you an idea of these, I listed them below:

Science fiction Satire Drama
Action and Adventure Romance Mystery, Fantasy
Horror Self help Health
Guide Travel Children’s
Religion, Spirituality Science History
Math Anthology Poetry
Encyclopedias Dictionaries Comics
Art Cookbooks Diaries
Journals Prayer books Series
Trilogy Biographies Autobiographies

In some of my earlier articles, I wrote about the convenience of the Kindle in terms of its functionality and technical features but there’s so much more to explore with the Kindle ereader. Freedom is what we all cherish. The Kindle Unlimited gives you the freedom to explore.

Explore what? You can explore new genres, discover new authors, and read about new adventures. And you know what? You will have unlimited access to amazon’s wide and varied selection of books.  

From business to romance, or comedy to tragedy, you will find unlimited stories. If you love the classics, you will get them too.

According to research, two of the most interesting genres of books are satire and anthologies. Satire as you may know is making fun of some sort of person or institution. Political satires, such as A Confederacy of Dunces, are quite popular works. Anthologies, which is a published collection of poems or other pieces of writing. An example would be the works of Shakespeare.

Let’s now look at the next service:

Listening – Unlimited Narration

This is another cool service that amazon provides. It has a free audible audiobook. This mean that you can listen to free professionally narrated books.

How does this feature work? I know some would like to hear a book read to them. I also know there are some of you who would love to continue with your book when you get onto the road etc. I think you will love this feature as it takes care of both of the above..

It has a feature called Whispersync that speaks loud and clear to those of us who love to listen to our books as much as we love to read them. So whenever you see “Kindle Unlimited with Narration,” you can switch seamlessly between reading and listening without ever losing your place.

All you need to do is tap the play button. You can use your earphone so that even when you are in the car, in the gym, in the kitchen – wherever your day takes you. You can keep the story going.

Kindle does not restrict you as to which device you can use to read your book. For me, personally I like the Kindle as it is the best device for the eyes.

Unlimited – On Any Device

Not everyone has a Kindle and what this service does is, it allows you to read your favorite book on any device.

Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited, allows you to take every word, every sentence, every story, everywhere you go. So whether you have an iPad, tablet, computer, you can read your book on any of these devices.

If you have questions like the ones below about this service, here’s what amazon says:

Frequently Asked Questions on amazon

Amazon has responded to some of the Frequently Asked Questions. As per Amazon, here they are:

Q: How can I access Kindle Unlimited books?

A: You can find Kindle Unlimited books everywhere you shop for Kindle books today. Look for the Kindle Unlimited icon throughout the Kindle Store and click on the “Read for Free” button on Kindle book pages to start reading.

You can find popular titles and recommendations from our editors on the Kindle Unlimited page or browse our entire catalog and refine by your favorite genre.

Q: Do I need a Kindle device to enjoy Kindle Unlimited?

A: No. You can read Kindle Unlimited books on your Kindle device or your phone, tablet or computer with our free Kindle Reading apps.

Q: How can I access Kindle Unlimited audiobooks?

A: You can enjoy Kindle Unlimited audiobooks on Kindle Fire HDX tablets, iOS or Android phones and tablets with a free Kindle Reading apps and Audible’s free listening apps.

Look for the Kindle Unlimited ‘With Narration’ icon on Kindle book pages or browse our catalog of titles with free audiobook companions.

Q: Are Public Domain titles included in Kindle Unlimited? If so, why?

A: Around 500 public domain titles are included in Kindle Unlimited, all of which we’ve synched with their free audiobook companions as a benefit to Kindle Unlimited subscribers.

Q: How can I sign-up for Kindle Unlimited on my iOS device?

A: To sign-up for Kindle Unlimited on your iPhone or iPad, visit www.amazon.com/kindleunlimited in your browser. You can find and download Kindle Unlimited books from your browser the same way you shop for books in the Kindle Store and read them with our free Kindle Reading app.

Q: Is Kindle Unlimited available to customers living outside the US?

A: Kindle Unlimited is currently available only to US customers on Amazon.com. Customers in the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, India, Brazil, Mexico and Canada can sign-up for Kindle Unlimited in their local Amazon marketplace. We also plan to expand this service to other countries. Please stay tuned.

Conclusion

To answer the question, is Kindle Unlimited worth it?  Given the unlimited access to millions of books and that these books can also be narrated to you, and the fact that these books can be read on any device, I think the answer is clear. IT IS WORTH IT!

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Kindle Vs iPad For Reading

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Kindle Vs iPad for ReadingKindle vs iPad

As you know Apple and Amazon are two giant companies and their products such as the Kindle and iPad are used all over the globe. These are two amazing devices. As far as Kindle vs iPad, there are differences. One is mainly used for communication and the other for reading.

Now now both these devices are used for reading. According to the Pew Research Center the number of American people who have a tablet or an e-book reader among those 16 and older now stands at 43%.

The question many ask, which will give you the better reading experience?  In this article, I look at Amazon Kindle vs iPad and will see which device has the upper hand when it comes to the best reading experience.

Before diving into this, let’s firstly look at what these two devices are:

What is the Amazon Kindle?

Kindle vs iPad for Reading
Kindle Reading

The Amazon Kindle is a hand held electronic device very similar to the iPad. It has been developed by the online retailer Amazon.  

Amazon released the Kindle, the first generation device on November 19, 2007.  It delivered black and white text, and rough images, which you could read on a screen.  

Since then, it has developed a number of models and with additional features.  Today we have newer models such as Kindle Fire, Kindle Voyage and the Kindle Paperwhite.

What is the Apple iPad?

An iPad is a handheld tablet computing device created by Apple. The first iPad was released on April 3, 2010. Since then it has released five iPad models. Millions of people are currently using this device and is the most popular tablet device on the market. Apple has two main models available, the iPad and iPad mini.  The iPad is large with a 9.7 inch color screen; the iPad mini has a 7.9 inch display.

Since both these devices promote reading, they have their own app stores. Let’s look at them:

Buying books on the Amazon Kindle vs Apple iPad

When it comes to books, both the Amazon Kindle and Apple iPad have exciting and vibrant book apps. What the Amazon Kindle does is that it enables you to buy and read a range of bestsellers from the Amazon Kindle store. Users can also subscribe to a range of newspapers and magazine articles. These are specially formatted for the Amazon Kindle.

The Apple App store has, unquestionably, the upper hand here though. It has an iBooks app with its own iBooks Store. Its iBook store has a vast range of best sellers and free books.  An additional feature is that you can also buy the Amazon Kindle app for the iPad, which gives you access to any Kindle books, magazines and newspapers purchased or subscribed to from the Kindle Store.

Which is better: Kindle or iPad for reading?

There is no dispute with regard to the versatility and capability of the iPad. With Apple’s operating system and its app store, it definitely has an upper hand on the Amazon Kindle but is it the better device for reading.

Here are some features and comments from users of both these devices.

Let’s look first at the Kindle:


Amazon Kindle and Voyage feature stellar battery ratings and specifications meant for voracious readers. The Apple iPad has an impressive battery life of around 10 hours, but it’s measured in hours, not days. The iPad needs recharging every day.
The Kindle does not have notifications that interrupt while during reading
The Kindle is formatted for reading and you dot get distracted by notifications.
The Kindle is easy on the eyes.
The Kindle has no color and no backlight. It actually looks the same (if not better) than paper.
Reading is an experience best enjoyed without distractions
You can simply turn on your kindle and it will be ready to go, at the page you left off on.
The size and weight is a huge plus.


Now let’s look at the iPad:


Battery will need to be charged almost on a daily basis especially when reading over a long period of time.
iPad has notifications, if not turned off can interrupt you while reading
With the iPad there are so many things to do with it, so many cool apps to try out which can be distracting (although you can turn this off but when you are on your iPad, you want to get these notifications).
With the iPad, it tries to do a little bit of everything. It is great at many things.
iPad has color and backlight that can cause some eye strain when used for reading for  a prolonged period of time.
The iPad is heavier than a Kindle


My Choice

Kindle vs iPad for Reading
Both these devices are great. One cannot argue with the reputation of apple’s iPad and its many features and  functionality. It enjoys global popularity but when it comes to making the best choice. I would give the Kindle a 5 start for reading experience and would choose that over the iPad. The iPad is not specifically formatted for the purpose of prolonged reading. The weight, no distraction, longer battery life, no color and back light and the fact that it was designed for reading, makes the Kindle a better device for reading than Apple’s iPad.

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5 Top Rated Recipe Books for Football Season – Kindle Version

Great Food for football season

I would like to direct you to the 5 top rated recipe books for football season. And you know what? They are available on Kindle. You will agree with me that football viewing without great food is incomplete?

If you are sitting at home watching a game with your family, or hosting a football party, or watching with friends, great food is what you want so that you will have a great experience.

5 Top Rated Recipe Books for Football season with great Customer Reviews

What makes a recipe great? When people who have followed these recipes and tell you of what they think about them is the best way to know whether these foods are great or not. In this post, I will be sharing the reviews of folks who have done just that. Below are reviews taken from amazon.com. I also looked at reviews that had top ratings. Here are the top 5 kindle version recipe books:

  1. Brunch at Bobby’s: 140 Recipes for the Best Part of the Weekend

This book is a bestseller. The author Bobby Flay has in this book 140 recipes starting with the lip-smacking cocktails, both spiked and virgin, that we have come to expect from him, along with hot and iced coffees and teas.

He then works his way through eggs; pancakes, waffles, and French toast (including flavored syrups and spreads); pastries (a first) and breads; salads and sandwiches; and side dishes. Pull up a seat and enjoy a Sangria Sunrise, Carrot Cake Pancakes with Maple-Cream Cheese Drizzle, Sautéed Bitter Green Omelets, and Wild Mushroom-Yukon Gold Hash.

“I took a cooking class that featured recipes from Brunch @ Bobby’s. The demonstration included a fabulous frittata topped with a mouth-watering cherry tomato sauce (p.108); a delicious fig, ham and cheese Panini (p.183) and very good churros (p.170). This book is doubly good in that we have another wonderful Bobby Flay cookbook to enjoy and one that targets breakfast, my favorite meal. Super recipes for traditional dishes include eggs, French toast, pancakes, and, of course, beverages for mid-morning blowouts abound. At least once, however, a recipe was included that probably wasn’t reviewed by the author: a tomato strata (p.218). The recipe looks good, but the write up stumbles. A strata is an baked egg dish made with cheese and French bread; and the write up recommends serving it as “a lovely side dish for poached or scrambled eggs”. Yeah right! Serve this egg dish as a side for eggs!” Robert K. Juul

“If you are a Bobby Flay fan or if you love breakfast food then you will love Brunch at Bobby’s. Any kinds of breakfast foods you can think of are covered. There are chapters for drinks, pancakes and waffles, eggs, pastries and breads, sandwiches, fruits, and sides. The recipes are on the more challenging side with many ingredients and many steps to complete. I think they will be worth the extra effort in the end. There are some unique and different recipes that look like they would be fun to try.


This is a beautiful cookbook. About half of the recipes have color photographs some of which are full-paged. A few interesting recipes that caught my eye include the carrot cake pancakes with maple cream cheese drizzle, the caramelized onion, spinach, and gruyere strata, and the bacon and hash brown quesadilla. You can see Bobby’s southwest style in a lot of the recipes. This is a wonderful cookbook for breakfast lovers.” plum5311

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  1. The next book is Game-Day Fan Fare: Over 240 recipes, plus tips and inspiration to make sure your game-day celebration is a home run! (Everyday Cookbook Collection)

According to the author, Gooseberry Patch, the book starts with filling brunches like Goal-Line Sausage Casserole, Chocolate Chip Banana Pancakes and Pumpkin-Caramel Doughnut Holes. The author temps us to whip up some Slow-Cooker Buffalo Chicken Nachos, Pepperoni Bread and Beer-Battered Fried Veggies just before kick-off to keep them cheering for more. You will agree with the author that everyone will love a Spicy Italian Sausage Sub to go with their big, steamy bowl of White Chicken Chili.

Here are the reviews:

“I like this cookbook very much. It has excellent recipes to serve to a bunch of football fans as well as to serve to family. I ordered 2 by mistake so I gave the extra copy to a young granddaughter who was looking for recipes to serve to her friends. She was thrilled with it. I love, love, love Gooseberry Patch cookbooks. They fit my preference very well. Thanks Amazon for bringing so many of them to me at great prices.” Dilemma

“Love this recipe cookbook and tips for tailgate, picnic, and summertime parties. Easy to follow recipes enjoy planning events from the ideas given. Glad I ordered this one.” B. Jonas

“Another exceptional book from Gooseberry patch. This book is as much fun to read as it is to use. All recipes are clearly written and directions are easy to follow. This would make a great gift for sports fans and foodies!” Rose

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  1. Our Favorite Game Day Recipes (Our Favorite Recipes Collection) Spiral-bound – January 6, 2012

This recipe book is also by Gooseberry Patch. And according to the author: There are 60 zesty recipes for your tailgating party, block party or anytime. There’s Sweet & Salty Pretzel Snacks and Fashioned Kettle Corn for munching with Zesty Bean Salsa and Cheese Dip. Included are also Garlicky Green Chili or Crawfish-Corn Chowder, honey-Molasses Wings, Cranberry Cocktail Sausages and Sweet & Spicy Pork Ribs.  For dessert, there’s Spicy-Hot Brownies and Balls with Fudge Sauce.

Here’s what customers are saying:

“Loved the recipes! Game Day recipes are fantastic for the football crowd, baseball crowd, and even the soccer crowd. Great book.” LORI YARBROUGH

“I have several Gooseberry Patch cookbooks and love them. Very easy to follow recipes. Easy to find ingredients and most are ones I keep on hand. Comfort food! yum!” Donna Pesek

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  1. Favorite Recipes: Game Day Paperback – April 9, 2012

This book is written by two authors, Patti Fredericksen Colt and Tiffany Aller.

From the Back Cover: Taste the lusciousness of bacon slow cooking with parmesan cheese and imbuing a club cracker with more flavor than you can imagine. Grab your favorite bag of corn chips and dip into flavorful and easy-to-home-make salsa, pico de gallo and guacamole. Learn how to make a barbeque sauce that you can use for some many other recipes.

Treat your game day guests to a party on the big screen AND in their plates. You won’t want to miss these recipes!

Here’s what customers are saying:

“What I liked most about this book is that all courses are covered. There are appetizers, soups & salads, sauces & dips, side dishes, main courses and of course, desserts. Instead of bringing the same old thing to the party, this book actually gives you a ton of cool recipes that really stand out. I bought this book because we do a lot of potluck tailgating during baseball and football season. During baseball season this year, we brought a different recipe from this book to each game. We got tons of compliments every time…the day after the game we would get emails and phone calls asking for the recipe. I guess that’s the true judge of whether or not your recipe is good. My favs are the boneless Buffalo wings, the worth a damn spareribs and the BLT salad…and the kids (and adults) absolutely LOVE the mudd dessert.” B. Matthews

“I got this book yesterday and I can already say “WOW!” The directions are clear, specific, and detailed, and the recipes seem to have been designed with busy families in mind. I tried the Buttermilk Southern Fried Chicken and Sweet Potato Fries yesterday. I have to eat gluten-free, and the fried chicken batter was a cinch to modify using the measurements given. Melt-in-your-mouth delicious, without being labor intensive or difficult to prepare- which is key when you’re getting ready for game night! It’s hard getting my kids to eat, but they love the recipes already. Today I’m making the buffalo chicken wings and they already smell amazing. This is a great recipe collection to have handy if you’ve had a long day at work and need something to feed an impatient family fast! I can’t wait to try the bacon chicken bites…” Ariana R.

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  1. Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill Cookbook: Explosive Flavors from the Southwestern Kitchen Hardcover – Illustrated, October 16, 2007

In this recipe book, Flay includes the following:

– Grilled Asparagus and Goat Cheese Quesadillas with Tomato Jam and Cilantro Yogurt

– Queso Fundido with Roasted Poblano Vinaigrette

– Sweet Potato and Roasted Plantain Soup with Smoked Chile Crema

– Grilled Shrimp Brushed with Smoked Chile Butter and Tomatillo Salsa

– Seared Tuna Tostado with Black Bean Mango Salsa

– Coffee-Rubbed Filets Mignons with Ancho-Mushroom Sauce

– Spicy Coconut Tapioca with Mango and Blackberries

Flay describes his recipes as smoky, earthy, fruity, and spicy.

Here’s what customers are saying:

“This is one of my new favorites. The results have been extremely good. Some recipes are relatively fast to make while the super tasty duck taco recipe involves making 3 different sauces. However, once some of the sauces are made, they can be frozen and used in other recipes shortening the cooking time. Some of the green sauces work really well on salads. The ingredients are authentic and readily available in my home town of Houston. The use of blue cornmeal in pancakes give a great text and flavor boost along with visual appeal. The green pea soup green chili soup is excellent, but it appears that the mint-cumin crema calls for way too much cumin, especially compared to other version of the cumin crema in the book. Although some recipes take some effort, the results are worth and will impress your dinner guests. I’m working my way through the various recipes.” Patrick P. Davis

“Having been a customer at the Mesa Grill, I was anxious to read the book and see if I could do some of the food at home. Each recipe has a small note written by the author giving some background or suggestion about it. Each of the dishes have detailed and easy to follow instructions so anyone can prepare them and have it come out like they should. The only problem someone might have is if they do not have access to some ingredients in their local area, but a creative cook can substitute. A VERY GOOD BOOK, WELL WRITTEN.” J. Mckeown

Click on the image  to start enjoying these delicious foods

I have listed 5 top rated Kindle version recipe books for the football season. Off course, they can be prepared for all occasions. I hope you will try them and enjoy watching your favorite team/s play their hearts out and that these great tasting food will add to the football watching experience. Enjoy!

Have you tried any of the above recipes or do you have your favorite football season recipes? I would love for you to share them.  

Source: Amazon.com


Free Kindle eBook on Thyroid Health

Bestselling Kindle Amazon ebook, “Daily Thyroid Routine” is available for Free Download.  The author of this bestselling ebook, Jay Author, has decided to give his book away for free to raise awareness about this often neglected health issue.

Thyroid Health and “Your Daily Thyroid

Thyroid Health
Daily Thyroid Thyroid Routine by Jay Author

Routine?”

You will find that the author writes that “The Daily Thyroid Routine: 24 Hours To Better Thyroid Health” is a comprehensive guide to a balanced lifestyle and steadfast hormone production for sufferers of hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, and thyroid disease.

According to the ebook, there is an estimated 27 million people in the USA who suffer from thyroid problems, and 60% of those people do not know thyroid hormone production issues are what are causing their fatigue or depression.

This book covers important areas such as keeping a 24 hour schedule, information on superfoods, and exercise.

Each of the 15 chapters deal with helpful suggestions about Thyroid health. They are:

Chapter 1 – Thyroid Fundamentals
Chapter 2 – Healthy Lifestyle Formula for Better Thyroid Health
Chapter 3 – Automate Your Lifestyle for Better Thyroid Health
Chapter 4 – Sleep
Chapter 5 – Pre-Breakfast
Chapter 6 – Breakfast
Chapter 7 – Mind Health
Chapter 8 – Productivity Time
Chapter 9 – Lunch Time
Chapter 10 – Productivity Continued
Chapter 11 – Exercise can be Fun
Chapter 12 – Time for Dinner
Chapter 13 – Family First
Chapter 14 – Danger Zone
Chapter 15 – Tomorrow is Another Big Day

This thyroid book is your go-to resource to promote thyroid health and hypothyroidism weight loss. Click here to get your free download.


How to Choose the Best eReader for Children

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eReaders are here to stay and it is important to know how to choose the best eReader for children.  There are several ways to find out which is the best eReader for your child.

What are the best features in an eReader for children that you should be looking for?

Ereaders For Children
ereaders for Children
    • eReaders should be kid-friendly –  As a parent, you may want to know if your child is going to be able to successfully operate the eReader as well as the availability of certain books and genres for the eReader. The controls should be easy to learn, and the child should be able to access titles that are going to encourage a lifelong love of reading.
    • eReaders should be durable – They should be able to withstand the occasional drop. I am almost certain that they will fall off the hands of your child, table or bed and they should be durable. Although they can be protected with a case, they are likely to get a lot of use by a child.
    • eReaders should be easy on the eyes – staring at bright lights on iPhones and tablets play a role in our overall well-being and it is important to choose an eReader that is easy on the eyes and minimizes the effect of blue light on the eyes.
    • eReaders should have a large selection of children eBooks – Rather than traditional books, they have thousands of titles at their fingertips, ready to read. From young adult books, to children’s books, there are a few things parents should consider when they are choosing an e-reader for their children. E-books open a world of books not available in print and 1,000’s are free. There are only so many trees in the forest too.
    • Tablet vs eReaders – Tablets come with more features and can be more expensive. Tablets provide a richer experience as they have color LCDs and it makes using them enjoyable. On the other hand, eReaders have black and white screens and they can be read in sunlight. One will not have the same experience reading a tablet in sunlight. That makes reading an ereader easy on the eyes. Another plus is that eReaders are cheaper and have longer battery life than tablets.
eReader for Children

Kobo vs Kindle

When thinking about the best ereader for children, there are several to choose from. They are the Nook, Kobo, and Ectaco jetBook.  In looking at the Kobo vs Kindle,  some suggest the Kobo Mini for Kids because of its size, a 5-inch screen, and weighs less, to boot. It has settings that can be adjusted as well as its operating system makes it a good choice.

The Kindle, however, does get the best rating and reviews. The Kindle is lightweight, less distractive compared to other devices that has all the bells and whistles and meets all the requirements that are listed above. Click here to learn more about Kindle Kids and its features.

 

Why Are Boys Not Reading Anymore?

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I am sure you will agree with me that boys’ aversion to reading, let alone to novels, has been worsening for years. The question we ask, Why are boys not reading anymore? There are several reasons for boys not reading anymore.

Here are some reasons why boys do not like reading

• I have heard some say that boys do not like to explore their emotions and feelings and therefore do not like reading fiction.
• One expert states that boys also do not have enough male role models for literacy.
• Boys prefer video games and ESPN to book versions of them. It is said that these knockoffs also lack the tough, edgy story lines that allow boys a private place to reflect on the inner fears of failure and humiliation they try so hard to brush over.

What are some of the factors that contribute to boys not reading?

 boys not reading
Girls outpace boys in words read after grade 4

Are the publishers targeting boys? It seems that publishers focus more on girls. A leading publishing company executive said at least three-­quarters of her target audience were girls, and they wanted to read about mean girls, gossip girls, and vampires.

Editors who ask writers of books for boys to include girl characters — for commercial reasons — further blunt the edges.

Also, if we are to encourage reading among boys they need to be approached individually with books that deals their fears, choices, possibilities and relationships — the kind of reading that will prick their dormant empathy. It is important as well to involve them with fictional characters and lead them into deeper engagement with their own lives. This is what turns boys into readers.

Now what type of books do boys gravitate toward? Nonfiction. Over the years, it seems that schools favor classics over contemporary fiction. This is because they try to satisfy testing standards and avoid challenges from parents. To add to the problem, teachers don’t always know what’s out there for boys.

It would be good to see someone like a Justin Bieber promote reading among boys. And since majority of adults involved in kids’ reading are women, boys might not see reading as a masculine activity.

In addition to including the important people such as parents, librarian, teachers and communities in providing a solution, says Jon Scieszka, author of children’s books, suggests strategies to help boys read better: “clear, structured instruction; short bursts of intense work; specific goals; praise; hands-on learning; and use of humor.”

Understanding boys and reading

If we are to encourage boys to read, we must understand them and what gets them to read. According to Smith and Wilhelm in Reading Don’t Fix No Chevys: Literacy in the Lives of Young Men, boys differ from girls in the choices they make of reading material:

• Boys are more inclined to read informational texts, magazines, and newspaper articles

• Boys are more inclined to read graphic novels and comic books

• Boys tend to resist reading stories about girls, whereas girls do not tend to resist
reading stories about boys

• Boys like to read about hobbies, sports, and things they might do or be interested
in doing

• Boys like to collect things and tend to like to collect series of books

• Boys read less fiction than girls

• Boys tend to enjoy escapism and humor, and some boys are passionate about
science fiction or fantasy

Here are some suggestions that librarians can take to improve attitudes toward reading among boys. These include:

• planning programs aimed just at boys

• doing book talks in the classroom that include a lot of nonfiction

• buying American Library Association Read posters that feature males

• encouraging coaches of boys’ sports teams to participate in a Guys Read program such as having athletes read to younger children

• increasing the number of periodicals, magazines, comic books, and newspapers in the library

• actively recruiting boys to work in the library

• surveying boys about their reading

• buying books that boys recommend

• putting books where the boys are: next to the computers, copy machines, and study tables. Allowing boys to find reflections of who they are and what they like in a library may encourage a return visit.

A new study in the UK found that youngsters who used the new technology were more likely to have their nose in a story for longer, were more likely to say that reading is “cool” and were less likely to find reading difficult. The findings show that boys had a bigger attitude change towards reading after picking up an ebook than girls.

“It is important to recognize the increased reading opportunities that technology offers pupils and how it can help children who struggle to read, for example by giving them the option of increasing the font size of the text. This study indicates that technology has most potential to engage children, particularly boys, who do not enjoy reading.” According to research eBooks can help to boost boys’ abilities in reading and encourage them to enjoy the subject.

It seems that as parents, librarians, and teachers, we have our work cut out for us. We have to recognize the challenges facing why boys not reading anymore and take steps to help them change their attitude about reading.

Click here to find ebooks for boys.

Please leave a comment below.


References
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/21/books/review/boys-and-reading-is-there-any-hope.html?_r=0
www.guysread.com
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/pa/article-3351969/Ebooks-boost-boys-reading-abilities-research-finds.htmlhttp://educationbythenumbers.org/content/lessons-mining-data-childrens-reading-habits_2393/

Use the Kindle for better eye and general health

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There are reasons why it is important to use the kindle for better eye and general health. There are so many devices out there that one can use to read books. In one of my recent posts I wrote why the kindle is best for the eyes. At the end of the day, we like to look at the science before making any claims. Well, there are more and more studies that shows that reading the right device at night will prevent one from having health challenges, especially regarding the eyes.

Although there are other factors that contribute to eye and overall health challenges, staring at bright lights on iPhones and tablets play a role in our overall well-being according clinical psychologist and sleep therapist, Dr. Michael J. Breus. Studies have shown that all these artificial lights can result in disruptions of the circadian rhythm. (Cicadian means, “Recurring naturally on a twenty-four-hour cycle, even in the absence of light fluctuations”)

According to the experts, there’s a lot of evidence that blue light, emitted by smartphones, tablets, laptops, and many other electronic devices, is impacting on the quantity and quality of the sleep we are getting. Darkness is a natural cue to our bodies that it’s time for sleep.

What is Blue Light?Kindle Image.docx

It is said that blue is the color between violet and green on the optical spectrum of visible light. Human eyes perceive blue when observing light with a wavelength between 450 and 495 nanometers. (A nanometer is a unit of spatial measurement that is one billionth of a meter) Blues with a higher frequency and thus a shorter wavelength gradually look more violet, while those with a lower frequency and a longer wavelength gradually appear greener. Pure blue, in the middle, has a wavelength of 470 nanometers.

What’s the problem with Blue light?

Blue light tells our brain that it isn’t time to sleep. According to the experts: “There are about 30,000 cells inside your eye that are reactive to the wavelength of light which would be considered blue,” explains clinical psychologist and sleep therapist, Dr. Michael J. Breus. “Blue runs in about the 460 nanometer range, in terms of the spectrum of light. That particular spectrum of light hits these cells and makes them send a signal to an area of the brain known as the suprachiasmatic nucleus and tells it to turn off melatonin production. Melatonin is the key that starts the engine for sleep.” What we are doing by reading using bright screens at night is that we are circumventing this process. According to an expert, Burkhart K, Phelps JR.:

“All light is not equal: blue wavelengths are the most potent portion of the visible electromagnetic spectrum for circadian regulation. Therefore, blocking blue light could create a form of physiologic darkness. Because the timing and quantity of light and darkness both affect sleep, evening use of amber lenses to block blue light might affect sleep quality. Mood is also affected by light and sleep; therefore, mood might be affected by blue light blockade. In this study, 20 adult volunteers were randomized to wear either blue-blocking (amber) or yellow-tinted (blocking ultraviolet only) safety glasses for 3 h prior to sleep.”

At The New York Blue Light Symposium convened in New York from June 26-27, 2015, it outlined three measures to counter consequences of artificial illumination faced by the global community. They were:

– MEASUREMENT: Scientifically prove the effects of blue light on human health through coordination with global researchers.
– MANAGEMENT: Discuss blue light’s role in daily life and how to better manage consumption.
– EDUCATION: Educate and spread understanding about blue light’s place in society.

It is hoped that this article will play a role in educating the public about the effects of blue light and how to counteract it. It is hoped that we will recognize the consequences of exposure to artificial blue light at night and that we will cut out exposure to blue light before going to bed. (According to the experts, the ideal is 2 hours) They do say that since this is difficult to do in modern society, use of protective glasses is recommended to minimize exposure to blue light at night. Other steps includes, beyond turning off all the light sources, use special filters, glasses, light bulbs, and even special software.

 What to do at night when we want to read and still maintain good eye and general health?

So the question is what to do at night when we want to read that will help us maintain good eye and general health. Well, Amazon is bringing a brand new feature called Blue Shade — which alters display color and brightness for optimal nighttime reading — to its line of Fire tablets that will help in this regard.

“Blue Shade uses specialized filters to limit exposure to blue light. It also offers warm color filters and the ability to lower the display brightness to an ultra-low level for comfortable nighttime reading—even in a dark room,” Amazon said in an emailed statement. “Customers can also fine-tune the color settings to their personal preference, with the device intelligently adjusting the color filtering so that at any color or brightness, the blue wavelength light is always suppressed.”

So if you are an avid reader, and you love reading at night, and you are concerned about the health of your eye and general health, know that the bright light emitting from your device can, over a long period of time, will not contribute to healthy eyes and general health.

It is about sunglasses
Computer Eyewear Anti Blue-Light Glasses UV Protection

 

 

       

 

 

If you would like to leave your personal review or experience of the Kindle Fire or you have any questions, please do leave them below. I             would love to hear your feedback!

                                              Click here to get the Fire tablet and Read comfortably at night…

References
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20030543
http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/does-blue-light-ruin-sleep-we-ask-an-expert/

Top rated Kindle e-books for researchers

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e-books for researchersThere were no top rated Kindle e-books for researchers during my academic writing days. When I completed high school, I never thought that I would end up degrees that required so much of research and academic writing. Like many of you, I never thought that I would get through writing papers all those research papers. As I mentioned, back in the day, I did not have an e-book for researchers. 

During my undergraduate studies, I struggled as I was not excited about what I was writing about. Thanks to a professor in my graduate studies who gave me the tools to put together a quality thesis as well as many others along the way that contributed to my success. Because of this, I went on to complete my degrees and now enjoy writing. 

When it comes to academic writing, it is important to know what is expected of you. If those expectations are not met, one can loose marks that can affect  ones grades. Below are two top rated eBooks for researchers that will help anyone struggling with academic writing.

E-books for Researchers – Manual for Writers

I know that there are many out there who, like me at the beginning of my studies, did not have a clue about how to write academic papers or perhaps did not have the motivation to do so. Thanks to Kate L. Turabian’s Manual for Writers, students like me and countless others have benefited from her book.  This book now in its 8th edition continues to be the gold standard for generations of college and graduate students in virtually all academic disciplines. Of the 243 reviews on Amazon, it received a 4.5 star rating. It is a great manual for writers. 

The good news is that Manual for Writers has a Kindle version and so you can get your very own on Kindle.

How will this top rated book assist you with your writing?

If you are a student who struggle with writing because you have a hard time getting started and feel overwhelmed by this task or reasons such as:

  • You struggle to organize and use mechanics of writing.
  • You feel inefficient in retrieving the right word(s) to express an idea.
  • You struggle to develop your ideas fluently (poor ideation).
  • You struggle to keep track of your thoughts while also getting them down on paper.
  • You feel that the process of writing on paper is slow and tedious
  • You feel that the paper never turns out the way you want.
  • You realize that the paper is still sloppy even though substantial time and effort were spent.

To have these e-books for researchers will make life so easy as it will help overcome the struggles mentioned above.

Another great book, How to Write a Lot: A Practical Guide to Productive Academic Writing (Lifetools: Books for the General Public) will be of great help as it provides very practical help to writers. This is one two great e-books for researchers.

The author,Paul J. Silvia explains that writing productively does not require innate skills or special traits but specific tactics and actions. Drawing examples from his own field of psychology, he shows readers how to overcome motivational roadblocks and become prolific without sacrificing evenings, weekends, and vacations. After describing strategies for writing productively, the author gives detailed advice from the trenches on how to write, submit, revise, and resubmit articles; how to improve writing quality; and how to write and publish academic work

 

Please feel free to share your experience about academic writing.