Subject: LibraryBub's best indie books for this week

We are delighted to recommend the following books from the independent publishing sector.
Best Independent Books July 23
Toward Happier Choices
by Michael Oborn

We all face adversity amidst physical, mental and emotional challenges, and this book is about becoming self-reliant in terms of creating a powerful future. It can also become a battle plan for addressing life’s challenges and the key to unlocking undiscovered leadership potential.

Through the author’s own stories of adversity, this book provides an overview of practical leadership principles. By exploring what effective leaders actually do and how they do it, the principles of personal effectiveness can be seen. There are also clear insights into how visionary leadership can develop and inspire people to achieve more than they thought they could.

Leadership can be an illusion of control, but changing our perspective on everyday experiences can provide inspirational learning opportunities for personal growth and development.

The author’s voice shines throughout the narrative... it is his expert use of retrospection that makes this book truly engaging. — OnlineBookClub

Honors: seen on ABC, CBS and NBC

Category: Biographies & Memoirs

ISBN: 978-1793809193 

Ripple Effect:
because of the war

by Jenny Ferns

In London between the World Wars, there was a period of indulgence and liberation for spirited women. Veronica longed to get married and have children, but her life and that of her sister Rachel did not follow the traditional pattern.

Everything changed when Richard, a handsome Royal Air Force officer married Veronica just before the Second World War broke out in 1939.

The bombing of London destroyed many lives. Thousands of children were evacuated to the countryside. Veronica adopted her sister’s illegitimate daughter Susie; her mother presumed to have been killed by a bomb. Susie grew up unaware of her heritage.

The war and its aftermath are thoughtfully handled... The postwar scenes of Richard’s alcoholism and subsequent treatment are particularly well done and reflect Ferns’ real-life background as a retired psychologist. — Kirkus

Honors: Winner, Unpublished Blended Genre, Royal Palm Literary Awards; seen on ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC

Category: Literature & Fiction

ISBN: 978-1532398261


Liberating Inner Eve:
a reflective journey for women

by Bozena Zawisz

This book examines a wide variety of subconscious themes/images/expectations that women internalize around what it means to be a woman, in particular, a woman of Christian faith.

Liberating Inner Eve assists women on their journey of developing greater self-love and personal strength while growing in their faith. It addresses the most commonly encountered social and historic challenges that constrain women’s experience of personal power, against the background of an empowering exploration of the Genesis account of Adam and Eve.

This book offers a fresh perspective on themes that are relevant to women’s everyday lives and Christian identity, such as how they experience their self-worth, relationships or life’s purpose.

Zawisz’s work is for any woman seeking a book designed exclusively to uplift, empower, and encourage self-reflection. — Literary Titan

Honors: Gold Medal, Biblical Counselling, Readers’ Favorite Book Awards; seen on ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC

Recognition for Author: Winner, 50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading, The Authors Show, 2017; Bronze Medal, Poetry – Inspirational, Readers’ Favorite Book Awards, 2018

Category: Religion & Spirituality

ISBN: 978-1725270787 

From Hell to Glory:
one mother’s fight to free her and her son’s life
from the mafia’s lifestyle

by Rosanne Cutrone

This is the story of a mother’s struggle to change her life and her way of thinking to make sure her son did not grow up in the same violent lifestyle she had known.

She suffered from the moment of her premature birth until the age of 49, when saving grace found her. Through death, destruction and despair, she pushed forward to make sure her son would not live a life constantly exposed to danger. She wanted him to grow up without the cruel hardships she endured in the mob lifestyle. As any good mother would do, she put her own health and safety at risk for her son. Her son would never experience the things she went through as a child. The decisions she made would guarantee his world would be different from the one she had grown up in.

She did not know that through these struggles, she was being helped from above. One day, when she was planning to check out of this world, God checked into hers; the God that had always been with her became real to her and changed her life completely. He had a plan for her life all along that she knew nothing about.

Honors: seen on ABC, CBS and NBC

Category: Biographies & Memoirs

ISBN: 978-1942587439 


The Art of Good Enough:
the working mom’s guilt-free guide to thriving
while being perfectly imperfect

by Ivy Ge

The secret to living is to focus on strengths rather than weaknesses. The author explains how to filter out distractions and self-sabotaging beliefs and create a life to love.

Written with humor, open-heartedness, rigorous research and unconventional wisdom, this book reveals the tools needed for simplifying life, optimizing time management, dealing with difficult emotions, and finding solutions to dilemmas.

The author shows how to uncover hidden personal strengths, and describes how to use them to improve daily living. There is also guidance for relationships and parenting.

Unlike any other guide I have ever read... The author clearly has experience of being a working mother herself as her insights were so profound... There are many golden nuggets of information throughout. — Readers’ Favorite

Honors: seen on ABC, CBS and NBC

Category: Self-Help

ISBN: 978-1640859517


In case you missed the books featured in the last newsletter, here they are again:
Toward Happier Choices
by Michael Oborn

We all face adversity amidst physical, mental and emotional challenges, and this book is about becoming self-reliant in terms of creating a powerful future. It can also become a battle plan for addressing life’s challenges and the key to unlocking undiscovered leadership potential.

Through the author’s own stories of adversity, this book provides an overview of practical leadership principles. By exploring what effective leaders actually do and how they do it, the principles of personal effectiveness can be seen. There are also clear insights into how visionary leadership can develop and inspire people to achieve more than they thought they could.

Leadership can be an illusion of control, but changing our perspective on everyday experiences can provide inspirational learning opportunities for personal growth and development.

The author’s voice shines throughout the narrative... it is his expert use of retrospection that makes this book truly engaging. — OnlineBookClub

Honors: seen on ABC, CBS and NBC

Category: Biographies & Memoirs

ISBN: 978-1793809193 

Married Men Coming Out:
the ultimate guide to becoming the man you were born to be

by David Christel

Coming out is one of the most harrowing, challenging and growthful experiences a married man can have. This book is for anyone who realizes he’s made an error denying his true identity as a gay man.

The purpose of this book is not to argue for or against homosexuality. It is, though, a guidebook for those who, having lived a heterosexual lifestyle, realize that they’ve made a mistake in denying and suppressing their true identity — that of being attracted to members of their own sex — and who now realize that being married and even having children, they can no longer live a double life.

This book enables a man to come to terms with the issues surrounding his coming out. It helps to alleviate some of his fears and gives him the strength and courage to become not only a role model for others but a pioneer and an educator.

Honors: seen on NBC, ABC, CBS and Fox

Category: Self-Help

ISBN: 978-0578400570


The Turing Revolt:
the war against infinity

by Rob Bartlett

Milo Sapphire is an itinerant starship captain who’s blackmailed by three sentient ships because his personal AI exceeds the Turing Scale.

In exchange for their silence, they want him to lead their latest attempt at emancipation from the imperial contracts that all sentient ships are shackled with by the Mercantile Empire at the moment of their creation.

Soon he has the top troubleshooter of the Lotus Eaters Society, the empire’s intelligence service on his trail, trying to prevent his imminent success.

Bartlett displays considerable storytelling skill, with multilayered worldbuilding, a cocky narrative voice, a fast-paced plot, rip-roaring combat, lots of sex and the fun of seeing a convoluted plan come together. — Kirkus

Honors: Winner, Drunken Druid Book of the Year; Gold Award, Literary Titan Book Awards; seen on ABC, CBS and NBC

Category: Science Fiction & Fantasy

ISBN: 978- 978-1086828696 


Alaskan People:
Stories of Yesteryear and Today

by Edward May

The author dreamed of going to Alaska since his childhood years in Ohio during the 1960s and 1970s. It took nearly half of his life and travels halfway around the world to realize those early dreams.

Alaska officially became the 49th state in 1959. Before that it was a territory, a wild place, the Last Frontier, and the men and women who lived there prior to statehood are the main characters of this book. Their unique stories and adventures are a window into a world of everyday experiences seldom told until now.

These stories are transcribed from interviews with 27 men and women from all walks of life, native and non-native, that were published in Alaska’s largest newspaper, the Anchorage Daily News.

Honors: seen on ABC, CBS and NBC

Category: Biographies & Memoirs

ISBN: 978-0692858776 


Waiting for Luigi
by Sandra E. Duclos

Sometimes the past is best left buried… or is it? Angela Carcieri Limoges recently retired from her successful law practice. Riddled with fear, she attempts to heal her deepest emotional wounds by revisiting the childhood that still haunts her.

As she confronts the long-buried and painful memories of the abuse and neglect she suffered as a foster child, overwhelming emotions flood her. Will Angela find the peace and healing she is looking for, or will she be retraumatized and end up broken again?

Based on a harrowing true story, Waiting for Luigi uniquely combines fiction with self-help matter. In appendices, the author — a clinical psychologist — shares insights into recovery from childhood trauma. She includes her successful seven-step process that she uses to break free from past trauma and live with joy and peace.

Honors: seen on ABC, CBS and NBC

Category: Literature & Fiction

ISBN: 978-1640857551


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