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  • Just Mercy

  • A Story of Justice and Redemption
  • By: Bryan Stevenson
  • Narrated by: Bryan Stevenson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,079
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,509
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,488

Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn’t commit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Made me question justice, peers and myself.

  • By Kristy VL on 04-17-15

Not what was expected. Became my appreciation

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-17-17

Any additional comments?

Not what was expected. Became my appreciation

Man's inhumanity to man is a timeless journey for the world

In the case of the convicted, doesn't always relate to criminal. UNLESS, you've been unjustly incarcerated

This book helped me to relate to Marcellus Williams plea via the Change.org petition. The first I'd heard of a 'live' case in process. He was scheduled to die in about a week. A few days after my son's birthday

Hearing Bryan talk about his book at The Potter's House in Dallas, TX inspired me to purchase a copy. Surprised by the focus on the legal misconduct of our constitutional system kept me listening via Audible

This information helped me be an informed letter writer for Mr Williams. In a personal note to the governor and Mr Williams if he were to be allowed to read the petition. Making note the case evidence proves the convicted may be innocent with Bryan's research made me feel as though, along with prayer, I could make a difference. Thinking, 'maybe they'll read my review. With Bryan's research. God will show them. It'll be okay'

Snapping a photo of MW's picture I prayed for him. Until receiving notice his case was assigned to review. And, he wouldn't die this day. Hopefully never. Exhaling with a sigh of relief

I know this review can't help the people who have died wrongly convicted. Hoping it sincerely reaches the best people who commit themselves to the cause as attorney's, representatives, judges, families, etc.

Together, if we spread the word of this amazingly tightly researched book. Topped with first hand experience. Our society, constitution, and love for humanity will be made somewhat better and healed. With scares that remind us, 'Never again'

  • Braving the Wilderness

  • The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone
  • By: Brené Brown
  • Narrated by: Brené Brown
  • Length: 4 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,328
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,659
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,567

"True belonging doesn't require us to change who we are. It requires us to be who we are." Social scientist Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW, has sparked a global conversation about the experiences that bring meaning to our lives - experiences of courage, vulnerability, love, belonging, shame, and empathy. In Braving the Wilderness, Brown redefines what it means to truly belong in an age of increased polarization.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Actual Step-By-Step To Authenticity!

  • By Gillian on 09-14-17

'I am the wilderness'

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-14-17

There's SO many points to touch on. Impossible to. Instead, I'll list a few favorite parts. Knowing this is different for everyone who reads.

When Brene' storytells the moment she recognized not 'belonging' to her family. Tears well up. Turned off the audio book. Visited her Instagram page sifting for comfort where others would vibe similar. Left a message for her and the page. Feeling less alone. Start listing to the book again

Wrapping myself around self incrimination and wanting to feel ashamed of truth I recognize through out the book. Hearing her ask me, 'why?' Resembles how she hears the voices of others. Like, Maya Angelo. This is why I like audio books. Especially with her. I hear her voice. Overlap my fears and tears. This comforts me

Her epiphany of what the Maya Angelo quote means for herself is awesome! Proves the journey may have twists and turns. Full of all sorts of happenstances. Some our own doing when we did what we thought would work. If we keep searching for the truth of something that conflicts with our sense of self we eventually find the 'wilderness' and belonging to ourselves. You'll have to read the book to relate

The interview with Viola Davis meant another click of the book off. Tears welling up. Visiting Viola's Instagram page. Leaving a heart felt thank you for her courage and appreciation for lighting the path a little brighter for me

The interview of junior high students at the end. Fitting in verses belonging and their take on not belonging at home ... AGAIN, tearing up. Turn off the book. Reflect. By this point, after immersing myself for a couple of days I felt more secure in where I am. Understanding the wilderness a lot better. My place in it

Showing up in the world will never be the same 'practicing being in the wilderness' every day from now on. Especially, 'not searching for confirmation I don't belong' any longer

My whole life timelines itself reading this book. I could see where moments of my life helped set the course. Eventually, becoming my doing. No more

The VA is helping me sort through how the events of my military service caused a disability my brain struggles with. After hearing this book I feel confident these struggles won't keep me from belonging to myself and 'You only are free when you realize you belong no place — you belong every place — no place at all.' Maya Angelo

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  • Think Like a Publisher

  • 33 Essential Tips to Write, Promote, and Sell Your Book
  • By: Randy Davila
  • Narrated by: Colin Robinson
  • Length: 2 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

In Think Like a Publisher: 33 Essential Tips to Write, Promote, and Sell Your Book, Randy Davila explains the nuances of the publishing industry in plain English and gives authors all the tools necessary to be successful in today's rapidly changing publishing world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Timely

  • By writerslifeblog on 09-08-16

Timely

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-08-16

Would you listen to Think Like a Publisher again? Why?

YES. For years I went to meetings and listened to people repeat the same concerns, problems, whining rants, why won't this and why won't that ... all resulting from a slow drain of energy from focusing on the goal. This simple to follow list with calls to action make tackling publishing perspective a lot more compact. Rather than spread out over years of effort. I can revisit a chapter and renew my perspective as I mature in my pursuit of this goal, to publish quality work with industry savvy.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Think Like a Publisher?

Knowing I have years of questions located in one easy to reference space is my biggest aha moment upon reading this the first time. Now, on my second review.

What does Colin Robinson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Perspective and experience. With a cherry on top of this is the industry. What are you going to do about your role? This is what I heard loud and clear.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I don't recollect what point really toppled me over with WOW. I felt a consistent FOMO (fear of missing out) throughout. Like, where have you been all my life sweetheart sorta connection. I'm SO glad to finally know you. This resonated with me pretty deeply.

Any additional comments?

To give an idea of why I connect with the overall context of this book is to understand how long I'd been wanting this. How long I have been working toward this. In a numerical time, line start from I'm 51. Work back. For four years I'd been attending one meeting a month to understand the basics of Self-Publishing. Understanding that even if I go traditional publishing I will still need to understand and be strategic like a self-published author. So, start from this point was my goal. That way I'd be prepared when I publish at any time anywhere with anyone. Ugh, this was painstaking and eventually showed me that hanging out with a small local group, even though some were doing lots in their niche, wasn't getting me the one and done need. Meaning, now I know this let’s move onto something else I can leverage and learn. Impossible when we are reviewing old materials and answering the same questions to new people. No movement was killing me and I felt stagnant. Prior to that, in 2007, while my son was still at home I discovered How to Become a Famous Writer Before You're Dead, by Ariel Gore. This book helped me recognize being published is possible. With steps to consider how to get there. I tabled moving forward until I could focus on just this while doing research along the way. My current parental focus led me to pause action beyond improving my writing and learning as much as I could. So, when ready to launch I'd be prepared with knowledge. Previous to this, I took a children's book course through the mail when my son was small. After losing a pregnancy I walked away from the progress. It's the only time in my life I haven't met a deadline or finished something. It was a tough time. Go back to college and being told, "You aren't college material" by my English teacher. She was right, but wrong. This really struck a chord with me. I was fairly illiterate, but very much smart enough to be in college. I didn't have the confidence to access my own curiosity to figure out how to change my inability at some skills. I dropped out. Went in the military. And, worked my butt off to improve. Taking a library research and typing course first. Plus, worked really hard on my reading skills. Plus, got a full set of Encyclopedia Britannica. Back when they were full volumes. A full size sent (12 by 14) three volume set dictionary. And, the paper back thesaurus and dictionary. This was my google in paper. Whatever it took to overcome my weakness was gonna happen. I was determined.A few years later the first college I enrolled in told me I didn't need basic English course because I outscored everyone on the entrance exam. And, while still in the military they told me I could CLEP out. Or, test out of English after two years of effort. My point, this book takes the obsessive need for piecemeal research out of my equation. Certainly, there's always more and upcoming trends to know, BUT the overall reference of this guide is one of the best I've found so far. Highly recommend using Think Like a Publisher for a tool at any level of publishing.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful