Archive for the ‘My Favorite Books (Reviews)’ Category


The Step-By-Step Guide to Self-Publishing for Profit!

December 14, 2009

Hey all,

I just finished reading “The Step-By-Step Guide to Self-Publishing for Profit!” by Createspace authors C. Pinheiro and Nick Russell. I’ve been writing for over two decades and, like many of you I’m sure, I have quite a collection of “how to” books on the shelf above my desk. This book, without question, is the most valuable book I’ve ever read on the subject of self-publishing, and actually making money at it.

The author’s writing style is engaging and easy-to-read, the step-by-step approach is easy to understand and clearly doable for just about any author of non-fiction. Like I mentioned, I’ve been doing this awhile and, being something of a research-junkie, I’ve read whole rainforests of material on the subjects of writing, publishing, and marketing.

I just wish I’d had this book ten years ago!

The authors captured me, heart and soul, on page three:

“You are smart, talented, and you WILL succeed. You can mke money doing what you love. Just keep reading.”

How can you not be inspired by that, lol?

If you’re new to self-publishing and feel a little lost, or if you’re an old hand who’s open to getting some great advice on growing your business, do yourself a favor…buy this book!

– Perry




Fearless – Max Lucado

October 8, 2009

Another Lucado Classic!

When I agreed to read this book for a review, I just thought, “Max Lucado is one of my favorite authors, what a treat! Now that I have read “Fearless,” I know it’s a great book, not just because Max is a great writer, but because God is a great God.

Now, my life is going pretty well, so imagine my surprise when I wound up tearing up before after the first few pages. This book is awesome!

I found “Fearless” to be insightful and easy to read. Real life stories and examples fill the pages of this motivating book. Max doesn’t downplay the real problems in this world, but does give offer hope and a better way of handling them.

This book is inspirational and filled with excellent quotes that really get you to think.

The author writes with a conversational and non-judging style, and relies heavily on scriptural references.

If you struggle with fear read this book. If you know someone who is fearful, buy them this book!



The Noticer

May 22, 2009

As a voracious reader, there aren’t very many books that I can’t put down once I start reading.

The Noticer, however, was one of them. Read it cover-to-cover in one sitting, and then went right back to page one.

This is an amazing book, and it will open your eyes to the true meaning of servant leadership. Written in an engaging, fictional style, it is nonetheless, one of the best “self-help” books I’ve ever read.

This book is “Integrity for Dummies!”

Do yourself a favor…pick up a copy today.



For The Tough Times by Max Lucado

April 3, 2009

As a longtime Lucado fan, I looked forward to reading, “For the Tough Times” and I wasn’t disappointed.

A quick easy read, it’s Lucado doing what he does best…blending plain-spoken scripture with warmth, compassion and humor, all packaged in his signature, “you-and-me-sitting-on-the-porch” style of delivery.

This book offers Biblical examples and insights, taken from several of his other books and reorganized, for those who are struggling with “tough times.” As is typical of the author, the message is always inspirational, occasionally convicting, and never judgmental.


His take on Job, and how he faced his tribulations, is as good a piece of writing as I’ve even seen Lucado produce…and that’s saying a lot.

Small enough to make a perfect gift-book, I plan to pick up several copies and hang onto them until someone comes along who needs to read this.

I loved this book.

– Perry


The Expectant Father by Armin Brott

December 4, 2006


Over the last several months, I’ve read six of the most “popular” books on pregnancy and was surprisingly disappointed with the role that “Daddy” seems to take in our society.

The Expectant Father” by Armin Brott remains, by far, the best father-to-be pregnancy and childbirth book I’ve read.

I found this author’s attitude on the roles and responsibilities of the father to be insightful and refreshing. Brott dismisses the stereotypical “Neanderthal husband” attitude and gets down to the nuts and bolts of how to be the best husband and father a man can be being during this wonderful, confusing, and sometimes frightening adventure of pregnancy and parenthood.

My wife and I have been trying to conceive for several years and, after some medical intervention, we are now beginning our third month of pregnancy. I’ve read “The Expectant Father” twice, cover-to-cover, and am now taking it a chapter at a time as our miracle progresses.

Thank you. Mr. Brott for this series, it is invaluable, and inspirational.

Mothers-to-be get it for your man, Daddy’s-to-be get it for yourself, your partner and you coming child!