The Executive Marriage Solution ISBN: 9781732503236, Robbins Flight Press, Copyright by Robbins & the author, Dr. Lisa M. Webb.
Subtitled “Transforming Boardroom Success Into Bedroom Bliss”, the author’s method is presented here in 3 Parts. Part 1 describes “The Journey: Looking Back and Moving Forward”. Part 2 discusses “The Decision: Planning for s Better Future”. Part 3 presents “The Destination: Sparking Conscious Transformation”. Each part is subdivided into sections/chapters describing and discussing the facts pertinent to the part exactly as described with Part 3 actually providing an ‘overall’ look at the emerging transformation. A list of sixty-three pertinent references are included along with the usual Dedication, Acknowledgements and provision of the author’s unique credits that support her abilities to legitimately provide such instruction.
Discussion/Conclusion: The theme of the book is to emphasize the fact that to retain a successful marital relationship, the same approach must be used as in business. That “If you refuse to buy into the idea that marriage is work, then you will be sadly disappointed.” Most executives are accustomed to directing matters as they see them and brook little if any deviation from what they believe to be best. Marriage is not in any way similar. It is a matter of ‘give and take’. Control of finances, social life, sex, housework, children all are matters that must be shared in one manner or another. Too often executives become confrontational in a situation that calls for understanding and communication. And more frequently than not, people do not understand that communication is more than ‘listening while formulating what you are going to say next’. A person must HEAR what the other individual is saying. Most frequently this may be accomplished by listening more than you talk. It also requires truthful, often painful, introspection. Numerous case histories are presented for emphasis. There is some redundancy but overall is a book from which many executives well may benefit.
5* For targeted audience.
The Seventh Guard – Destiny Expires. This version of Paperback ISBN: 9781732450400 Copyright and written by Francis A. Halpin presents a fantasy sci/fi alien suspense tale in an e-book version.
The story centers around, Robert Lowden, who has only acquired his GED but appears to be extremely bright especially with computers. The only job he seems able to get is as a computer repairman at a local store selling electronics. He is able to retain the position as long as he does NOT converse with any of the store’s shoppers. He is rude to them completely lacking in social sense, never seems to be fully engaged but instead appears to live on the edge of reality. He has one friend, David, a well-educated individual on his way up the usual ladder to success and Jennifer, his similarly situated girlfriend, both of whom ‘see something of almost compelling interest’ in him. Robert becomes involved in numerous unusual and humorous as well as dangerous situations not the least of which is deciding a flashing light bulb in the store’s rest room is providing an alien code. He involves David with disastrous, but simultaneously rather amusing, results and the story gathers steam to advance to a most unusual, but logical conclusion.
Discussion: Entry into the story begins with a quote from Albert Einstein along with another by Stephen Hawking. Einstein: “Everything is determined, the beginning as well as the end, by forces over which we have no control. It is determined for the insect, as well as the star. Human beings, vegetables, or cosmic dust, we all dance to a mysterious tune, intoned in the distance by an invisible piper.” Hawking: “I have noticed that even those who assert that everything is predestined and that we can change nothing about it still look both ways before they cross the street.” Combined they very nicely set the tone of the book. It is thought producing, yet humorous in many contrasting ways. It is a suspenseful alien thriller/mystery, yet provides slow moving areas that editing could correct. In all, the author has provided a fascinating tale of secret codes existing in commonly occurring phenomena surrounding us that should provide thoughtful moments for the alien theory devotee. Definitely a 4*- 5* for such readers and probably for computer addicts. Regrettably somewhat less for others.
4-5* for alien theory devotees, computer addicts; somewhat less for others.