I Hear You – Entered in 2018 ATAI Book Award Contest

5 Stars

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Michael S. Sorensen

I Hear You: The Surprisingly Simple Skill Behind Extraordinary Relationships by Michael S. Sorensen provides readers with a simple and actionable look at the skills necessary to build and sustain meaningful interpersonal relationships. Sorensen uses the book to explain the concept of validation, and he provides readers with numerous examples of how to employ this skill in their everyday lives.


I Hear You: The Surprisingly Simple Skill Behind Extraordinary Relationships is well structured and formatted the whole way through. The book has an overabundance of examples which provide ways for people to practice validation in their everyday lives, but clustering many of the examples together in “Part III: Putting it All Together” slows the pacing of the final third of the book in a way that is jarring. The commitment to providing a vast selection of examples for the reader to study and learn from is admirable. However, given the number of examples that are worked into the book’s first two sections, eliminating some of the final examples may aid in diminishing the pacing issue.


Sorensen has done a wonderful job of presenting the topic in a way that is approachable. The reader never once feels like they are being talked down to. The choice to make it clear in the introduction that Sorensen himself is not an academic expert on the topic, but rather a person with a personal interest in the subject, assists with the overall approachable tone of the piece. He includes enough citations from reputable, respected minds in the field to show that he has really done his research. The book is also not overly long, something Sorensen himself insisted on, which helps to keep the pace moving. I Hear You: The Surprisingly Simple Skill Behind Extraordinary Relationships by Michael S. Sorensen is an excellent choice for readers looking for a friendly and approachable look at interpersonal communications.

Originally critiqued by a member of the Authors Talk About It team.

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27 Reasons You’re Single

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It’s Not You:

27 (Wrong) Reasons You’re Single

Sara Eckley

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Book Description:

If you’re single and searching, there’s no end to other people’s explanations, excuses, and criticism explaining why you haven’t found a partner:

“You’re too picky. Just find a good-enough guy and you’ll be fine.”
“You’re too desperate. If men think you need them, they’ll run scared.”
“You’re too independent. Smart, ambitious women always have a harder time finding mates.”
“You have low self-esteem. You can’t love someone else until you’ve learned to love yourself.”
“You’re too needy. You can’t be happy in a relationship until you’ve learned to be happy on your own.”

Based on one of the most popular Modern Love columns of the last decade, Sara Eckel’s It’s Not You challenges these myths, encouraging singletons to stop picking apart their personalities and to start tapping into their own wisdom about who and what is right for them. Supported by the latest psychological and sociological research, as well as interviews with people who have experienced longtime singledom, Eckel creates a strong and empowering argument to understand and accept that there’s no one reason why you’re single—you just are.


The Mastermind behind Book:

Sara Eckel

A full-time freelance writer since 1997, Sara’s essays, arts criticism and reported pieces have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The BBC, The Boston Globe Magazine, Salon, The Daily Beast, Forbes, The Shambhala Sun, Nerve, The Village Voice, Bookforum, Time Out New York, Good, Working Mother, Self, Martha Stewart Living, Cosmopolitan, Women’s Health and many other publications.

Learn more at saraeckel.com.


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Rob and Janelle

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121 First Dates

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121 First Dates

Wendy

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Book Description:

Based on years of research and 121 real-life first dates, relationship expert Wendy Newman dishes up practical wisdom for navigating the online dating trenches with grace, efficiency, and a strong dose of humor.

Wendy Newman has made every imaginable dating mistake so you don’t have to. Part guidebook, part personal tell-all, 121 First Dates chronicles Wendy’s funny, real-life misadventures and the practical wisdom she gained from them. Her dating tales will find you laughing, commiserating, and nodding your head as you learn how to stay in the dating game until you find the right man, just like Wendy did.

This book busts myths, answers age-old questions, and examines pitfalls that make you want to give up on dating altogether. Just when you’re about to submit to a lifetime at home with a pint of Haagen-Dazs and sitcom reruns, 121 First Dates will inspire you to keep stepping out. Wendy discusses how to date successfully and efficiently, avoid the most common dating pitfalls, have an amazing first date with anyone, end uncomfortable situations with grace, and much, much more. She offers up realistic Dos and Don’ts as well as tips for making the most of any situation you find yourself in—whether you want to run or you think he’s the one.

Brimming with humor, hope, and authenticity, 121 First Dates will give every woman the tools, confidence, and determination to be and stay real when dating. How else will you find the best match for you?


The Mastermind behind 121 First Dates:

Wendy Newman

Wendy Newman is a dating, sex and relationship expert who’s led hundreds workshops to thousands of people internationally. She’s done extensive research with men to help understand their point-of-view.

Wendy is a compassionate fellow dater. She navigated her way through 121 first dates before she met her partner, Dave. Her book 121 First Dates: How to Succeed at Online Dating, Fall in Love and Live Happily Ever After (Really!) is part tell-all, part dating guide.


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Rob and Janelle

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Fictional Vegas Wedding Tales

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The Chapel of Eternal Love

Fictional Vegas Wedding Tales

A replay from earlier this summer! Makes for a great gift for the holidays 🙂

Stephen Murrary

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Book Description:

Known for its lavish hotels and casinos, beautiful showgirls and sumptuous buffets, Las Vegas is home to an abundance of wedding chapels. Follow Rosemary, the wedding organizer, and Buster, her dachshund with a nose for matrimony, as they guide you through the fictional stories of The Chapel of Eternal Love. Witness a Harley-riding love affair and a May-December romance. Meet a widow and widower who encounter each other at a cemetery and an Iraqi veteran and his anti-war activist bride. Walk down the aisle with two lost souls who find hope and a couple with differing religious backgrounds finding faith. Share the poignant, moving and occasionally humorous tales of the young and old, first-time sweethearts and long-lost loves. Discover the joys, sorrows and journeys that led each of them to The Chapel of Eternal Love.


Notes: Janelle’s Review

Ever wonder why someone gets married in Vegas in a little wedding chapel? Well, Stephen Murray has filled his book, The Chapel of Eternal Love, with fictional wedding tales set in a Las Vegas chapel. The fascinating characters in the story give you some insight into what might be going through the couples’ hearts and minds. Murray has a way with words that easily expresses the individual emotions and depth of love of his fictional couples. He kicks off the story sharing a bit of background on the chapel as well as who founded it. Then, he moves forward by sharing the deep love the current owner continues to have, even after two decades, for this charming and beautiful spot to join together those in love. The stories, as well as the ages, religions, and backgrounds of the couples in The Chapel of Eternal Love gracefully move from one end of the spectrum to the other. Yet, what really got me is how quick and easy it was to grow emotionally attached to each and every character in The Chapel of Eternal Love. It is amazing how Murray is able to enrapture readers so swiftly. Readers will long for the sequel as the curiosity to know what becomes of these adorable, powerful, sweet, and delightful characters is quite compelling.

Elegantly written, The Chapel of Eternal Love offers readers the chance to embrace a vast expanse of love and loss from a bird’s eye view. Hands down, Stephen Murray has created a series of beautiful love stories that flow gently from one to the other. On top of that, there is an interesting perspective that has, perhaps, a metaphysical feel as Buster, the chapel owner’s little dog, always seems to know which couples will have a harmonious love and which ones may not. Buster adds an extra fun little piece to the stories within the story. Stephen Murray’s The Chapel of Eternal Love is riveting in a way that will have your heartbeat swaying as gently as flower petals in a warm summer breeze. It is a must have for your romance library!


The Mastermind behind The Chapel of Eternal Love:

Stephen Murray

Stephen Murray was born in England and raised in different countries throughout Southern Africa. Upon completion of his high school education, he returned to England before moving to California in 1976. He has traveled extensively throughout the world. Stephen owns a computer software company. Apart from traveling and writing, he enjoys theatre, concerts, music, reading and current affairs. Stephen is currently working on a sequel and is also nearing completion on another work of fiction – a murder mystery. He makes his home in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he has lived since May 2003.

Learn more at http://www.thechapelofeternallove.com.


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Rob and Janelle

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New Date Night Idea – Fun, Playful, Different

Today we are talking to you about our fun new series, Mission Date Night Adventures. These are far more than ebooks.  In fact, each one gives you a new date night idea.  They are fun, playful and different from anything else out there.  Think James Bond.  Think Austin Powers.  Whoa!!  Interesting combination.

The Mission Date Night Adventures series is a fun and exciting way for couples to spend quality time together. Unlike most normal date nights, Mission Date Night Adventures give you many different tasks to complete during your evening out. You get to combine your date night experience with playing the role of spy while taking on a mission.

Each Mission is constructed to throw you into the role of secret agents working together to foil the plot of an evil villain, and along the way you will create a date night that you will not forget.

The first adventure released, Trouble On The High Seas, will have you working against Dr. Stagnant and his nautical efforts to keep relationships boring and dull. With your help the Federation of Relationship Bliss (FRB) can show couples all over the world just how fun and exciting date nights can be. Setting sail in this adventure is just the tip of the iceberg. Complete the assignments from the FRB, and you will be rewarded with an exercise to build your relationship as well as an intimate exercise to connect the two of you like never before.

This mission, should you choose to accept it, will help keep your relationship from just floating along. It will put you in the driver’s seat of a relationship speed boat hurling through the sea of date night excitement.

MDN High Seas

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Rob and Janelle Alex 2014

 

Drs. Rob + Janelle Alex, Ph.D. are the co-founders of Mission Date Night and Sexy Challenges. They are the co-hosts of the Mission Date Night podcast, Authors Talk About It podcast and The Spiritual Peak Center podcast. They have been hosting podcasts since 2011. Together they have authored over 125 books including the brand new Mission Date Night Adventures, Sexy Challenges series, the Intimate Adventures series, Collaborate with Your Soul, Inspiring Couples In Business + In Love, and more. Their programs and workshops include Intimate Wealth™, Inner Money Secrets, Sacred + Sexy Power Animals™, Shape of Your Relationship and Transcendent Lovemaking™.

Dr. Janelle uses a blend of movement, spiritual connection, conscious awareness, archetypes, power animals and business tools she has spent the past 25 years helping others connect to their creative energy – their life force energy.  She shows women and couples how to implement unique, yet practical, spiritual tools to make empowered decisions quicker and easier and how to direct their sexual energy (creative energy) so that they can deepen their relationships, generate more money and fulfill their life’s dreams.

Dr. Rob is known as the Guru of Getting It On or “Mr. Frisky” as Janelle calls him.  In 2009, he started writing Sexy Challenges, which are sacred and sensual scenarios for lovers.  After his spiritual awakening in 2010, which happened due to transcendent lovemaking experiences he brought more spiritual perspectives into his work.  He teaches men and couples how to use ancient wisdom to deepen their intimacy, create more sexual energy and direct that sexual energy to develop amazing relationships, manifest more income and live the life of their dreams.

Learn more at MissionDateNight.com.


 

Will you accept your mission?

Drs. Rob + Janelle Alex, Ph.D.

 

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