It Takes Courage to Be Empathetic

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We can’t take away the pain of the world, but we can make it more tolerable when we are empathetic. (Photo by Arwen Abenstern – KWP, Flickr)

Those of you who follow along with us on a regular basis may have realized that we frequently introduce books that celebrate people, whether real or fictitious, who make a difference in the lives of others. Three of our diamond reviewed books come immediately to mind: My Glory Was I Had Such FriendsThe Trick, and our most recent volume, What Blooms from Dust. What is it that these volumes have in common? The answer is easy: empathy.  Read more of this post

♦ Hope and Redemption are ‘What Blooms from Dust’ in James Markert’s New Novel [REVIEW]

A huge dust storm moves across the land during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s.

A prodigal son. A child for sale. Both get a second chance in the midst of the 1930s Oklahoma Dust Bowl in James Markert’s What Blooms from Dust. (Photo courtesy US Department of Agriculture, Flickr)

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I have always loved survivor stories: those tales where people beat the odds, transform their lives, and wind up with something better. So it brings me great pleasure to bring you our latest Diamond Review title, James Markert’s What Blooms from Dust. In this redemptive story set against the 1930s Dust Bowl, we are introduced to what may likely become two of modern literature’s most unforgettable characters.
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‘Daily Kindness’ is One of Our Favorite Things for 2018 [REVIEW]

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Blossom where you’re planted in 2018 with a little help from National Geographic’s inspiring new book, Daily Kindness. (Photo by likeaduck, Flickr)

We are always looking for new ways to help us live kinder, gentler, more compassionate lives, and apparently, so is National Geographic. They have created a wonderful gift-sized book that is one of our favorite things for the new year. It is simply titled, Daily Kindness, and you’re going to love it!
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Debbie Macomber’s Latest Reminds Us of the Power of Kindness [REVIEW]

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A young Seattle woman decides to kill her new neighbor with kindness in Debbie Macomber’s latest novel. (Photo by Tracey, Flickr)

When an obnoxiously rude neighbor threatens to steal her joy, a perky retail clerk decides to turn the other cheek and kill the guy with kindness. But what happens when her scheme doesn’t work out quite the way she planned? Find out in Debbie Macomber’s latest novel.  Read more of this post

How to Make Your Compliments Count

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Free compliments for everyone! (Photo by Memphis CVB, Flickr)

I was doing my school work and it started saying something about communication, and I thought, ‘What a perfect time to procrastinate.’ So I started researching what makes a genuinely good compliment, and the interwebs suggested that I reflect on what kind of compliments I enjoy receiving, or which ones stand out more than others, because odds are, other people probably like similar compliments. Read more of this post