Writestream Tuesday with Paul Clayton

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I had a blast interviewing the personable and multi-talented author Paul Clayton today on Writestream. We talked about everything from his many novels to social media to flying to Frankfurt Germany after 9/11/01 to accept a prestigious book award.

If you missed it, click below to listen.

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Looking forward to interviewing Paul again when his next book is released!

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‘Common Ground on Common Core’ with Kirsten Lombard

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Back in February I interviewed the indefatigable Kirsten Lombard, founder of Resounding Books, political activist, editor, and author about Common Ground on Common Core: Voices from across the Political Spectrum Expose the Realities of the Common Core State Standards.

If you missed this important interview, click to listen.

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Kirsten is now offering a $2.00 discount on the book to my blog readers, as you will note from the ad in the right sidebar. Just click on the ad, then type in Promo Code DARIANNE.

Whether you have children and grandchildren or just care about the future of our country and the preservation of individual liberty, this book is a must-read. Buy Common Ground on Common Core: Voice from across the Political Spectrum Expose the Realities of the Common Core State Standards today.

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Coming Soon from Lisa Tarves – Just Believe: Commonsense Spirituality for the 21st Century

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I am beyond thrilled for my dear friend and business partner Lisa Tarves on the impending release of Just Believe: Commonsense Spirituality for the 21st Century. Featuring a sleek new cover (designed by the immensely talented Kia Heavey), updates on professional and personal happenings (including Writestream Radio and Writestream Publishing), and further explanation about spiritual principles like forgiveness, energy vampires, and chakras, this second edition is sure to be a hit!

In my review of Lisa’s first effort Just Believe, I noted:

Part autobiography and part Spirituality 101, Lisa first introduces herself to her readers, sharing in down-to-earth, “real” language her experience as a young child with a remarkable sense of the unseen world and the ability to see and communicate telepathically with angels. Having established herself as a legitimate source of information on the topic, Lisa then delves into various aspects of spirituality with humor and authenticity. Chapters include the aptly named, What the Heck is a Chakra?, Energy Vampires (I immediately recognized several people I know who fulfill one or more of these descriptions), and Those Pesky Little Etheric Cords.

There’s even a rundown on the hierarchy of angels (Archangels and Guardian Angels), a clarification of spirit guides and definitions various psychic abilities. Throughout the book, Lisa’s personality shines through as she moves from topic to topic in her own engaging style.

In this new edition I had the privilege of writing the Foreward, in which I share the story of how Lisa and I met online and eventually partnered up to create Writestream Radio Network and Writestream Publishing. I’m proud to be her friend and business partner and cannot wait until Just Believe: Commonsense Spirituality for the 21st Century is released — hopefully by the end of this week.

Unlike the first book, this gorgeous new cover reflects Lisa’s personality and style perfectly. Great job, Kia Heavey!

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Exciting times at Writestream Media. 😉

 

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The Ravine: A Novel of Evil, Hope, and The Afterlife

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Today I posted a book review on Amazon for The Ravine: A Novel of Evil, Hope, and The Afterlife by Robert Pascuzzi:

Forgiveness is a concept that seems to be everywhere these days, whether in books, Facebook memes, or at the pulpit. No matter what their religious or spiritual tradition, most of us can agree on the necessity of forgiveness in the human experience.

But what does it really mean? And how can someone forgive a crime like the horrific murder of one’s own wife and child?

In his compelling fictional novel The Ravine, author Robert Pascuzzi delves deeply for answers to these questions, drawing from the teachings of Jesus in Scripture. Understanding the difficulties most of us have in offering forgiveness for much lesser transgressions than murder, the author presents a realistic portrayal of characters struggling to process the reality of two brutal murders and a suicide by a very close friend.

Along the way, readers encounter supernatural occurrences, along with a psychically gifted character who acts as a bridge between God and the grief-and-anger stricken. While I would like to have seen the character of Tony throughout the course of the novel (he’s the brother of the murderer) and witnessed his spiritual development in the aftermath of the crimes, Pascuzzi does a nice job portraying its effects upon the offender’s two best friends, who nearly lose their marriage in the fallout.

Readers may be put off by what appears to be “The Devil Made Me Do It” excuse, but I viewed this as one man’s inability to use his God-given free will to say “No” to evil and listen to the word of God instead of the directives of The Enemy. I found the book to be a fascinating ride through this imperfect earthly life, with the promise of heaven via forgiveness. It’s filled with hope that life does not end but rather changes form, while it affirms God’s promise to his faithful. A highly recommended read.

Today, I interviewed Robert Pascuzzi on Writestream. Click below to listen to a thought-provoking discussion.

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Book Review: ‘The End of Prejudice’ by Kelvin Smythe

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Posted on Amazon the other day:

In this serious book, author Kelvin Smythe takes a lighthearted, yet fully revealing and well-researched approach to explaining two diametrically opposed political philosophies. For readers struggling to comprehend the differences between Left and Right, the author strips away the rhetoric and provides a solid foundation from which to understand both American Exceptionalism (e.g. The Age of the Citizen with roots in The Enlightenment) and the Leftism that seeks to undermine it in its quest for power, cleverly disguised as concern for the “Little Guy” against the “Big Guy.”

As Smythe details, the “Little Guy versus Big Guy” approach — as simple as it may seem – in effect sums up the left-wing approach to consolidating control over the individual. He presents scenario after scenario ripped from the headlines to make his point, demonstrating how essentially every modern-day news story fits neatly into this formula, which is designed to erode the rights of free citizens and expand the size and scope of centralized government.

I appreciated the fact that the author sticks to the ideologies and issues themselves, rather than propping up or singling out any one political party for either being pro- or anti- individual liberty. The problems and philosophies Smythe clearly outlines in his book transcend parties — something the American Founders warned us about. In the end, the enemy is an ever-increasing federal government (including members of both major parties) that long ago discarded the principles of the United States Constitution in favor of personal advancement, enrichment, and power in Washington D.C.’s exclusive, elite club.

Therefore, it’s up to American citizens who believe in the right to self-governance to fight back against the formidable forces of left-wing ideology. But as Smythe points out, in order to do this effectively, freedom-lovers must first seek to understand not only the Left but also the Right. To that end, he offers plenty of historical context for the emergence of both political philosophies, along with practical advice for constitutional conservatives. How do you engage those on the Left? Not by debating issues with facts but by metaphorically holding up a mirror to enable them to see the ultimate results of their worldview. Is this practical? Given the almost non-existent success liberty-lovers have had with persuasion via factual arguments, I’d say it’s worth a try.

If nothing else, even the most stalwart and well-informed American citizen and activist will learn something new from The End of Prejudice. Kudos to to Kelvin Smythe for writing this exceptional book.

Missed my Writestream interview with the author? Click below to listen.

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