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April 08, 2020 01:40 PM PDT


This book is the first practical, hands-on guide that shows how leaders can build psychological safety in their organizations, creating an environment where employees feel included, fully engaged, and encouraged to contribute their best efforts and ideas.

Perhaps the leader's most challenging task is to increase intellectual friction while decreasing social friction. When this doesn't happen and it becomes emotionally expensive to say what you truly think and feel, that lack of psychological safety triggers the self-censoring instinct, shuts down learning, and blocks collaboration and creativity. Timothy R. Clark, a former CEO, Oxford-trained social scientist, and organizational consultant, provides a research-based framework to help leaders transform their organizations into sanctuaries of inclusion and incubators of innovation.

When leaders cultivate psychological safety, teams and organizations progress through four successive stages. First, people feel included and accepted; then they feel safe to learn, contribute, and finally, challenge the status quo. Clark draws deeply on psychology, philosophy, social science, literature, and his own experiences to show how leaders can, and must, set the tone and model the ideal behaviors--as he says, "you either show the way or get in the way." This thoughtful and pragmatic guide demonstrates that if you banish fear, install true performance-based accountability, and create a nurturing environment that allows people to be vulnerable as they learn and grow, they will perform beyond your expectations.

About the Author
Timothy R. Clark is founder and CEO of LeaderFactor, a leadership consulting and training organization, and works with leadership teams around the world. He earned a triple degree and first-team Academic All-America honors as a football player at Brigham Young University and completed a doctorate in social science from Oxford University. He is also the author of Leading with Character and Competence.

April 07, 2020 01:35 PM PDT

HEALING TO WHOLENESS by Dr. Bonnie L. Westhoff

Bonnie Westhoff received her doctorate from Logos University in Jacksonville, Florida, in 2002. She immediately was ordained and served as a Prayer Minister at Christian Healing Ministries in Jacksonville. Christian Healing Ministries is an international organization led by Francis MacNutt who is renowned as a pioneer in healing prayer. Dr. Westhoff’s book, Healing to Wholeness, captures what she learned, as well as stories of healing, as a result of healing prayer. Actual prayers for healing are included in her book as well as healing scriptures.

April 07, 2020 09:05 AM PDT

The War is Over, but the Madness is Just Beginning…

MTV’s Insane Competition Series The Challenge
Returns for its Landmark 35th Season with

Ric Speaks with Six-Time Competitor and
Reigning Champion Jordan Wisely

The show that invented the reality competition genre is back for its 35th season with The Challenge: Total Madness airing Wednesday nights on MTV. Following a successful season of “War of the Worlds 2,” the explosive new season returns to a solo game format where no one is safe and it’s every traitor for themselves. Twenty-eight players (including 21 veterans and seven rookies) will face the most insane and strenuous challenges ever devised in pursuit of the $1 million-dollar prize. With a shocking twist and grueling mental warfare, who will take home the million dollars and who will succumb to madness?

Jordan Wisely is a six-time competitor on The Challenge and also the reigning champion who emerged victorious after last season’s The Challenge: War of the Worlds 2. The 29-year-old actor and fashion designer from Oklahoma first rose to fame as a cast member on MTV’s The Real World: Portland. Now Jordan puts it all on the line as he competes in the biggest – and possibly, most dangerous – version of The Challenge in the show’s 22-year history.
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April 07, 2020 09:00 AM PDT

Praise, Worship, and Thanksgiving: Giving God What He Deserves by Audrey C.A. Eccleston
When a Christian believer's praise turns into worship, a great power is unleashed. Praise, Worship, and Thanksgiving seeks to inspire you to become a worshipper in order to understand that power. Author Audrey Eccleston shows how praise and worship were used as a weapon by the children of Israel in the Old Testament, under the leadership of Jehoshaphat, Daniel, and Joshua. She further explains that whenever praise and worship were used in this manner in Bible times, the awesome presence of God always brought sure victory to God's people. Praise, Worship, and Thanksgiving illustrates the steps you can take to become a worshipper.

While fully describing what praise and worship are to Christians, Eccleston also offers guidance on why, how, and when to praise and worship God. She provides powerful truths from the Scripture for use by those who have faith in God and observations on the differences among praise and worship; the theory and practice of praise; and the theory and practice of worship and thanksgiving. Praise, Worship, and Thanksgiving presents a vital manual on worshipping to provide a full-scale "how to" course in all of the essentials.

A deeply spiritual woman, Audrey C. A. Eccleston holds a BSc in chemistry, a PGCE, an MA (PCET) and a diploma in theology and ministry from the Word of Life Theological College. She lives in London and is an evangelist at the Assemblies of the First Born Church. She is currently a member of the Morley Gospel Choir.

Married to the late Rev Basil Keith Eccleston at the Assemblies of the First Born Church (Harlesden), she spent her formative years in the Church of God World Wide Mission (International) and acknowledges a debt of gratitude to both these congregations and her family for their support and encouragement over the years.

April 02, 2020 06:14 PM PDT

TRUST by Elizabeth Holcombe

Life has a crazy way of changing on us. Becoming friends with people who only want to use us, falling in love with someone our parents may not like, having our heart broken, and even getting hurt by our family. Who can we trust with our heart? When can we expect not to be hurt?

In Trust, we are reminded that even in fairytales someone gets hurt. You hardly ever meet someone who won't hurt you. It only happens once, and not everyone gets to experience that once-in-a-lifetime kind of love. But if and when you do, it's definitely worth the wait.

About the Author
Elizabeth Holcombe wrote Trust during her senior year of high school. She graduated from Centerville High School, where one of her English teachers helped her complete her story.
Now she is twenty-six with a five-year-old. She enjoys reading and spending time with her son. She currently lives in Columbus, Ohio.

April 02, 2020 06:11 PM PDT

DYSTOPIAN: A NOVEL by Gianina Sipitca

Dystopian, is a continuation to Fiction of Not, This Is What I Got…. The novel in which a Thought Reading Machine linked to the DNA of the Anchor means Complete Loss of Privacy yet can help protect those whose spirit and body are taken over by Goulds.

In Fiction Or Not, This Is What I Got (The Big Thought Reading Machine) a jealousy driven first lady Hillary Obama, paranoid presidential hopeful Michelle Clinton, met playboy billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov in modern day America, SciFi novel about fictional character The Tsarina, with an IQ of 7000, who was told that she was a messenger of God and had to marry her husband to be, the real life billionaire. She had subliminal conversations about how to save the world one person at a time, from the Goulds, Leprosy and the complete loss of privacy with evil politicians and superior minded business moguls.

The Fiction Or Not…novel started with an introspect look at her life, by Dulkinna, the main character, who, while working on an autobiographic novel, and periodically writing poems in her notebook, reminisced about her first becoming acutely aware about the fact that she really, really was the center of everybody's attention.

April 02, 2020 06:07 PM PDT


At a time when there are already many modern English Bible translations, potential readers may wonder, Why another translation? In response, it needs to be stated that while no Bible translation is perfect, the Modern Evangelical Version is unique in certain respects. Specifically, it is intended to provide a bold witness to the good news (gospel) about Jesus Christ in modern colloquial English. Hence the title-Modern Evangelical Version.

Robert Thomas Helm, the translator, is an evangelical Protestant pastor with extensive training in biblical languages. He has pastored churches in Minnesota, Indiana, and Ohio. Also, a number of his articles have appeared in Christian magazines and theological journals.

His book, “In the Beginning,” is a translation of Genesis, while “Four Pictures of Jesus” is a translation of the four Gospels. He currently resides in New Bloomfield.

April 02, 2020 06:03 PM PDT

GOD IS NOT HAPPY by Flo Taber-Brown

This book is written so that people will realize many of the behaviors and thinking what our hearts feel is contrary to what is our operating manual.

Flo Taber-Brown taught special education for many years before going to seminary to be a clergy member. She previously wrote a book entitled Microcomputers in Special Education. Flo and her husband have nine children, twenty-seven grandchildren, and twelve great-grandchildren. She is a hospital chaplain and a deacon in her church.

April 02, 2020 09:20 AM PDT

TRUELIGHT BOOKS written by Jane Buttery

Born to Welsh parents in 1936, Jane Buttery grew up in England where she earned an honours history degree in 1959. After living in Malaysia where she taught for over 4 years, and traveling in the Far East, she came to Canada with her husband in 1965. Since then, she has taught and lived in Essex County. Her keen interest in this community has led her to write books about the area. She believes young children can relate to places they know well such as, the Harrow Fair, Colasanti’s, Jack Miner’s Bird Sanctuary and historic Amherstburg. Her motto is to celebrate where we all live in books that educate as well as entertain.

As a Christian, Jane is involved in her local Anglican Church and really enjoys leading Bible studies, offering pastoral care, and writing about Church events. Jane has done volunteer work with the Hospice of Windsor for 30 years. Fifteen years ago, she began recording and writing life stories for local people; she has been pleased to do some with patients for their families to keep

For over ten years (1991-2003), Jane was involved with the educational programs for the Windsor Symphony. Her love of music led her to sing with the W S Chorus write several educational guides for teachers which were well received. She is a regular supporter of WSO concerts and loves classical music as well as the theatre.
But she still makes time to write for children and enjoys visiting schools to talk about creative writing. her books and about local history as well as giving powerpoint presentations on writing life stories.

Her recent books include two picture books called True Friends and It’s a Grandma Day. She is thankful for her wonderful illustrator, Marilyn Mclean who illustrated two picture books, two early readers, as well as the cover and sketches in Two at the Crossroads. Surprise! Surprise! God is a Surprise, published with Marilyn in 2018 reveals her love of the Bible

She married a research scientist Brian and they have two daughters, two grandsons and a great-granddaughter. Her love of research and joy in her community keeps her writing.

March 30, 2020 09:34 AM PDT

Some Cures for Cabin Fever…

Pop Culture Pundit Maude Garrett Shares with Ric Her Favorite
Family-Friendly Movies to Keep Kids Entertained While at Home,
And After-Hour Films for Adults.
All Free, All Streaming on Tubi in April.

Maude’s Picks For Family Time Together (Or Keeping Children Occupied):

* Adventures of TinTin (great for older members of the family that remember the original and younger who love the recent movie!)
* Rugrats Go Wild (best of Rugrats and Wild Thornberrys)
* Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - (TURTLE POWER)
* Getting Even with Dad - (with Macauly Culkin and Ted Danson - a classic!)
* Shrek Forever After (starting April 1st on Tubi)

Maude’s Favorites for Adults Who Need a Mental Break (Or After Kids Go To Bed):

* Minority Report (the best of Tom Cruise!)
* Sing Street (one of 2016's most underrated flicks!)
* Aeon Flux (with Charlize Theron, a futuristic movie)

With over 20,000 movies and TV shows, Tubi is always free and available on 25 different devices, including Roku, Amazon FireTV and Comcast Xfinity, for 20 million people who use the service each month.

The funny and charming Aussie Maude Garrett is a popular TV and radio host, producer, voice actor and creator of “geeky” content. After a successful career in Australian Television and moving into radio to host the Hot 30 Countdown nationwide, Maude decided it was time to set her sights on Los Angeles. As the host of The Hot Hits Live From LA, Maude was a staple at every major red-carpet premiere where she interviewed the world’s biggest stars including Angelina Jolie and Matt Damon. Focusing on her true passion (“being a nerd”), Maude launched Geek Bomb, the popular online destination and YouTube channel (with over 100K subscribers), focusing on movies, TV, comic books, video games & more.
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