Subject: Best indie books for this week

Here is this week's selection of recommended books from small and independent publishers.
LibraryBub Books November 22
Navigating Change: Conscious Endings, Visionary Beginnings
by Christine Warren

In this groundbreaking self-help book and spiritual guide, Christine Warren shares the core teachings and creative practices on life transitions that have made her national workshops life-changing events. Her book is a map through change, a companion on the trail offering deep insights, wise words, and support. She shows us the way to travel from the challenges of our endings to joyful personal transformation and new vision.

Christine balances the grit of being human with the illumination of being a soul on a spiritual journey. We are handed her step-by-step guide through her unique Four Phases of Change, with dynamic teachings, experiential practices, and extraordinary stories of people turning their painful endings into golden new beginnings.

Whether we are ending relationships, dreaming of career changes, or longing for a fuller, truer life, Christine is our seasoned, wise woman guide. She is there at every step of the journey with the perfect teaching, the reassuring word, the helpful homework, the just-right story, and the breakthrough practice to facilitate us forward into our new vision. Ultimately, she shows us how to make life a celebration of our humanity and our big self, and every new chapter an expression of joy and soulful wonder.

Offers readers a plan for encountering and surmounting the worst challenges that life can throw into our paths, and delivers a good deal of old-fashioned common sense braided into a spiritual framework. — Kirkus
Honors: seen on NBC, CBS and Fox

Category: Self-Help

ISBN: 978-0999139509

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The Fascinated Observer: A Guide to Embodying S.T.A.R. Philosophy
by Kristy Sweetland & Nina Brown

The Fascinated Observer provides the reader with simple strategies for practicing the art of fascination to overcome patterns of destructive reactions to everyday life scenarios. By observing with fascination our physical reaction to fear, for example, it becomes possible to transform it into expressions of passion and purpose to help us manifest our dreams. Shaping our lives in this way helps us to attain liberation. Fascination empowers us to see with fresh eyes, creating a foundation of new perception from which to build our lives.

This book rests upon the profound richness of a non-dogmatic philosophical and spiritual foundation. A labor of true love, this is a guide for declaring our sovereignty, and learning to accept complete responsibility for our lives. Using the simple S.T.A.R. formula (surrender, trust, allow, receive), as well as the Four Essential Qualities of Wholeness (human divinity), Self-love, Play (the now moment) and the Embodiment of the Expanded Golden Rule, the concepts support us in finding a life of total empowerment.

Honors: seen on NBC, CBS and Fox

Category: Religion & Spirituality

ISBN: 978-0982676936

S.T.A.R. Philosophy: Accept Thyself as Divine
by Nina Brown

S.T.A.R. Philosophy carries an expanded understanding of a truth that humanity is on the edge of owning on a grand scale: “Accept thyself as divine." With a crystal-clear writing style, Brown takes us beyond self-growth books and gives us wisdom to awaken the remembering of our divinity! She delivers a profound multi-level message serving to help us access the highest frequencies of love by using the simple secrets of S.T.A.R. (surrender, trust, allow, receive).

When we become the empowered, divine sovereign beings we were originally intended to be — truly the conscious designers and creators of our life experiences — life on planet Earth transforms in beautiful ways!

Honors: seen on NBC, CBS and Fox

Category: Religion & Spirituality

ISBN: 978-0982676912

The Glories of Aging
bFaith Strong

Being old doesn’t have to mean being quiet, afraid, or betrayed by pain. While the transition to senior and elder is beset with difficult challenges, The Glories of Aging reveals how it can also be a time of appreciating beauty, seeing new perspectives, increasing self-knowledge, making a difference in the world, and learning more lessons before it is our time to go.

This collection of 23 personal essays offers practical and brutally honest insights into coping with such vulnerabilities as physical limitation, loss of privacy, wishing and wanting, unpleasant surprises, trying to ‘look good’, feelings of isolation, wardrobe shifts, making time count, and more.

Honors: seen on NBC, CBS and Fox

Category: Self-Help


Lucky or Not, Here I Come
by Gerry Orz

Written by a 15-year-old writer and filmmaker from Los Angeles, this story is about John Wilson who has no talents or aspirations. He is certain that he will never live up to his parents’ expectation, forever stuck in the shadows of his quarterback older brother and multi-talented younger sister.

Just as he starts to accept his dull existence, however, a series of both extraordinary and devastating events change John’s life forever. John goes on a journey that turns out to be anything but ordinary as he embraces his own destiny in this adventurous and inspirational story of love, loss, and loyalty. As it turns out, anything is possible.

seen on NBC, CBS and Fox

Category: Literature & Fiction

In case you missed the books featured in the last newsletter, here they are again:
I Can See You (Book One of the Emma Willis series)
by Joss Landry

"Emma stuck her face to the window to watch the rain. Lightning in the background drew a fiery specter in the sky while her eyes traced the water droplets running down the pane like tears."

Emma Willis is ten years old and has a secret. She not only inherited her grandmother's power of sight, she can accomplish much more. Like most children without siblings growing up amongst adults, she is precocious yet at times lonely.

When a murderer is loose in Newark, a maniac with a thirst for killing little girls, she begins to understand why her Granny Dottie called her sight a curse. She will need all her powers to catch a killer and help the people in her life: Detective Hank Apple, her teacher Christina Tyler, and her little family of three. Only … the madman knows who she is!

A gripping, disturbing tale about the importance of love, acceptance and letting kids be kids  — Kirkus 

Honors: Medal Winner, Fantasy, and Best New Fiction, 2015 New Apple Book Awards; Gold Medal, Readers’ Favorite, 2017; seen on NBC, CBS and Fox

Category: Science Fiction & Fantasy

ISBN: 978-0996044196

Without Consent
by Bev Irwin

She found the first victim… now she might be the next.

In Southwestern Ontario, a crafty, vicious psychopath is at work excising the kidneys of the women he abducts. Dr Claire Valincourt, recently jilted, finds his first victim and assists with the autopsy. But little does she know the killer has his sights on her, too.

Relationship-jaded Detective Gerry Rosko desperately searches for a serial killer who is on a quest of his own — the hunt for a perfect kidney for the terminally-ill mother he tends. Will Rosko track him down before Claire becomes his next victim?

Bev Irwin's superb research and descriptive skills will have you hooked; every kidney, cup of coffee, and ER crisis is limned in living detail. — Readers Favorite

Honors: Category Winner (Medical), CLUE Awards; seen on NBC, CBS and Fox

Category: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

Designs on Ivy's Locket
by Connie Chappell

Historian-for-hire Wrenn Grayson takes on a difficult client in Kerry St. John. Kerry seeks justice for his great-grandfather’s lifelong heartache. Wrenn meets the renowned jeweler through words recorded in his tattered journal. The year is 1946. He writes from the tiny crossroads of Wyatt, Ohio, about the theft of a treasured locket and the identity of three possible suspects.

The cold case heats up when Lori Hammond arrives. The stolen locket was discovered among her mother’s possessions after her death. Lori refuses to return it to the St. John family, so Wrenn sets out to follow the locket’s path through history. Next, Lori is attacked and Kerry accused. If Kerry’s not guilty, then who is? That question sends cold whispers from the past down Wrenn’s spine.

In Designs on Ivy’s Locket, Connie Chappell focuses on the theme of parents and children, separated by death, by theft, and by design.

Author Connie Chappell has done a great job with Designs on Ivy’s Locket, making it everything a mystery/sleuth story should be and more.
Readers' Favorite

Honors: Best Literary Fiction, 2016 Maxy Awards; Readers' Favorite Book Award for Women's Contemporary Fiction; seen on NBC, CBS and Fox

Category: Literature & Fiction

Introverts: Leverage Your Strengths for an Effective Job Search
by Gabriela Casineanu

Written by an introvert with 10+ years experience in coaching and employment counseling, this practical book provides tips and strategies to help introverts shift the perception from feeling a victim to creating a job-search strategy mix that meets the employer midway. The book also encourages readers to become project managers of their own job-search project, showing how to make the project more effective by using their strengths and staying true to their introverted nature.

While the book Quiet — by Susan Cain — presents the introvert's personality traits, this book takes things a step further by showing introverts how to apply those traits in job hunting to tap into the hidden job market and increase their chances to stand out. It also contains real examples of successful introverted job-seekers, many practical resume and interview tips, 21 job search strategies fitting the introvert's personality, and shows how to be proactive in using LinkedIn for job hunting to accelerate the process. The self-reflective exercises included in this comprehensive book help readers understand the weakest aspects of their specific job search, and how to strengthen them to find the desired position and build a meaningful career.

Introverts is bound to be a helpful book for all job seekers. It contains tried and tested techniques plus some new ones along with specific emphasis on introverts and their point of view. — Readers' Favorite

Honors: Amazon Best Seller; seen on NBC, CBS and Fox

Category: Self-Help

ISBN: 978-0995967700
Laodicea: why the world is not yet ready for the Second Coming
by B. Lising

Find out and realize the one and only end-time instruction in fulfillment of what was foretold.

How do we make ourselves ready for the Last Days? The best way to prepare is to do actions that are in agreement with what will happen in the Last Days. Our focus should be on events that concern the church.

This book is for God’s chosen people, whose names appear in the Book of Life belonging to the Lamb that was slain. Their names have been written there from the creation of the world before the beginning of time.

Honors: seen on NBC, CBS and Fox

Category: Religion & Spirituality

ISBN:  978-1482854671

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