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The Big Power of Tiny Connections: How Small Interactions Spark Awesome Outcomes by Jen Nash Review

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions are my own.

Author Jen Nash takes readers on a unique and thought-provoking journey to share personal experiences and scientific studies that show that our need to make connections with others can ultimately lead to a more productive life in their book, “The Big Power of Tiny Connections: How Small Interactions Spark Awesome Outcomes”. 

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The Synopsis 

Using amazing true-life stories and scientific research on how we listen, talk, and crave connection, this book demonstrates that making time to connect is the most productive thing we can do to thrive at home or at work. Jen Nash underscores how powerfully connection supports your happiness, health, and well-being, while also sharing practical ways you can find and make connections on a daily basis—almost anywhere.

In this zippy read, Nash explains how the opportunity to connect is everywhere and how we can get more than we ever dreamed of out of life if we make the effort to lean in and say hello.

Whether you want to go to more parties, get a better job, make more money, or get laid more—reading this book can give you practical strategies for doing it all. A happier, more successful, and more fulfilling life is within your reach and The Big Power of Tiny Connections will show you the way.

The Review

This was such a captivating and engaging read. The author did an amazing job of striking that wonderful balance that is needed in nonfiction reads between well-researched information and facts given to the reader and the more personal, well-experienced moments in the author’s own life to validate their findings. 

The way the author is able to utilize the power of connection not only for people’s careers, but for their personal lives as well felt like the book became a lot more inclusive and well-rounded, and showed how these two aspects of a person’s life often cross over with one another. Aside from a couple of very minute grammatical errors here and there, the book flowed smoothly and showed a depth of research and ironically, a personal connection that the author held with the reader as they learned of the author’s own experiences and witty style of writing. 

The Verdict

A memorable, educational, and thoughtful read, author Jen Nash’s “The Big Power of Tiny Connections” is a must-read nonfiction book! The inspiration and expertise for which the author writes are so engaging, and as someone who personally struggles with social anxiety yet craves personal connection, I found the author’s words to be moving and gave me a means of learning and growing in my social skills. If you haven’t yet, be sure to grab your copy today!

Rating: 10/10

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About the Author

Some authors are shy and a little withdrawn…but not Jen Nash. As a Connector in Chief, Jen Nash helps people add more meaning to their lives through connections. She is a master facilitator, author, sought-after executive coach, and corporate trainer/speaker. Not surprisingly—her Masterful Storytelling corporate training garners rave reviews when it comes to helping support employees become more audience-focused, connection-minded, and grounded when they speak or present.

With over twenty years working as a senior consultant for Fortune 100 Pharma, Health, Tech, and Finance giants, Jen Nash now regularly inspires and supports leaders at firms large and small—to deepen their connections in support of all the good things in life: happiness, growth, and sustained community.

Born in Canada and raised around the world in such countries as Hong Kong, Japan, and Australia, Jen loves to try her hand at speaking a smattering of many languages. She studied Communication Design at Parsons School of Design and The New School in New York City.

https://www.jennash.com/

The Windsor Method: The Principles of Solo Training by Guy Windsor Review

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions are my own. 

Author and renowned historical swordsmanship instructor Guy Windsor lays out a step-by-step guide on building a solid foundation for personal development in his book, “The Windsor Method: The Principles of Solo Training”. 

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The Synopsis

The secret behind all great artists is how they practice.

The Windsor Method: The Principles of Solo Training is the self-help book for people who want to add years to their life and life to their years.In this refreshingly straight-forward and gentle guide, bestselling author and world-renowned historical swordsmanship instructor Dr. Guy Windsor lays out the fundamental principles behind personal development and excellence in any field.

How? By establishing a solid foundation, and a step-by-step approach to mechanics and training. This is The Windsor Method: use it to guide your practice and elevate your skills.

The Review

What an insightful and delightfully written book. The author does a fantastic job of balancing teachable and educational passages with personal experiences that help the reader connect with the author on a more personal level. The lessons are thought-provoking and highly engaging, allowing for room for the reader to grow and expand on their personal journey as they dive further and further into the book.

I think for books that deal with personal growth, the most important aspect of finding a book that is different and stands out from others in this genre is the author themselves and the perspective they bring. The author’s experiences as a historical swordsman and teacher offer a truly unique perspective on discipline, skill, and dedication. The way the author speaks about balancing the physical with the mental aspect of personal growth was inspiring to read, as the focus in society for so long has been on more of the physical and less on the mental, making for a truly refreshing change of pace. 

The Verdict

A thoughtful, sometimes humorous, and always relatable reading experience, author Guy Windsor’s “The Windsor Method” is a must-read book. The author has a way with words that put the reader at ease and allow them to feel connected to the author’s own experiences, while also providing the guidance and lessons that will help improve our own foundations as we strive for our own personal growth. If you haven’t yet, be sure to grab your copy today!

Rating: 10/10

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About the Author

I am a swordsman, writer, and entrepreneur. I research and teach medieval and Renaissance Italian swordsmanship, blog about it, write books about it, have developed a card game to teach it (which involved founding another company, and crowdfunding), and run The School of European Swordsmanship.

Thriving After Sexual Abuse: Break Your Bondage to the Past and Live a Life You Love by Denise Bossarte Review

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions are my own. 

TRIGGER WARNING: THIS BOOK INCLUDES MATERIAL AROUND TOPICS OF CHILDHOOD SEXUAL ABUSE, SUICIDAL IDEATION, AND EATING DISORDERS. READER DISCRETION ADVISED…

Author Denise Bossarte shares a personal tale of trauma, recovery, and healing in the face of sexual abuse in her self-help book, “Thriving After Sexual Abuse: Break Your Bondage to the Past and Live a Life You Love.”

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The Synopsis

Indie Feature August 1, 2021 Kirkus Reviews
“A heartfelt and informative guide to recovery with searing literary recollections.” ~Kirkus Reviews

Nonfiction Book Awards GOLD AWARD winner

2021 Kindle Book Awards The Best of Indie semi-finalist


Quarterfinalist in the 2019 BookLife Prize Nonfiction Contest, Self-help Category

Readers’ Favorite 5-Star Review

Thriving After Sexual Abuse is an eloquent and empathetic self-development book laying out a blueprint for survivors to heal themselves. Denise Bossarte writes with fierce candor as she shares her own traumatic experience with childhood sexual abuse. Thriving provides tips and suggestions for readers to seek help, self-reflect, and pursue healing through a range of activities and practices and offers tangible strategies for readers to reclaim their lives and move forward to a life of Thriving.

“Bossarte reveals vividly personal, harrowing recollections from a long span of her young years, contrasting those dark years and their negative effect on her personal growth with a plethora of resources for accessing professional guidance and unlocking inner determination. While not glossing over how difficult a path this can be, her book proffers hope and pragmatic solutions to anyone recovering from severe trauma. In a book that is at once deeply honest and informative, Bossarte examines the most difficult of subjects with grace, sensitivity, and profound empathy for survivors, which makes this book an essential guide for the process of healing.” ~Self-Publishing Review

Well-written, thought-provoking, and sensitive, Bossarte’s Thriving After Sexual Abuse is a guidebook for a wide audience of readers who will immediately recognize its value whether they are survivors themselves or know someone who is.” ~Nonfiction Book Awards

The Review

This was an incredibly powerful and moving read. It’s really hard not to get emotional reading this book, even if you yourself as a reader have not experienced this kind of trauma. The likelihood of knowing someone who has gone through this is high, whether it be a family member or close friend, and witnessing the pain someone you love is in due to this kind of trauma can be really difficult and heartbreaking to witness. 

Yet it was the powerful message that the author’s book gave that brought hope and strength to this book’s theme and narrative. The author’s ability to relay her own traumatic experiences while speaking with an authoritative voice and expertise highlights the techniques that can help other survivors to move beyond the trauma and find the things that bring them joy again in the world. Even the message on forgiveness is such an important topic, as it relates to how to find forgiveness for yourself for the false faults you found within yourself and instead keep the blame where it belongs, with the abuser. The way the author writes also allows for the reader to work on these techniques themselves, giving them the tools and practices they need to find their own path to heal and regain happiness in their lives.

The Verdict

A heartfelt, emotional, and memorable read, author Denise Bossarte’s “Thriving After Sexual Abuse” is a must-read book for survivors and readers alike. The honesty and engaging way the author not only relays her story but balances that out with lessons and techniques found through experience to help those who have had to deal with this kind of trauma is truly incredible and amazing to see unfold, as it shows the strength and work that goes into overcoming trauma and coming out the other side on a brighter note. If you are looking for a nonfiction read that shares a tale of pain and triumph in the face of trauma, then you have to grab your own copy of this powerful read today!

Rating: 10/10

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About the Author

Denise Bossarte is an award-winning author, poet, and photographer and artist whose passion is sharing the worlds of her mind and camera. Her daytime job in IT helps to keep the household running.

She enjoys writing, teaching Miksang contemplative photography workshops, and going on photo shoots to discover the extraordinary in the ordinary world.

She teaches and photographs near her home in Texas.

www.gracebishopnovels.com

www.doyourartyourway.com

www.denisebossartebooks.com