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The End of Boys – Free from Amazon Kindle Store

The End of Boys by Peter Brown Hoffmeister is free today from the Amazon Kindle store, and has received an average user rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars based on 7 customer reviews.  You can pick up your free copy by clicking here or typing in http://amzn.to/oo5s7C into your computer’s web browser.

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Peter Hoffmeister was a nervous child who ran away repeatedly and bit his fingernails until they bled. Home-schooled until the age of fourteen, he had only to deal with his parents and siblings on a daily basis, yet even that sometimes proved too much for him. Over the years, he watched his mother disintegrate into her own form of mania, while his father—a scholar and doctor who had once played semi-pro baseball—was strict and pushed Peter particularly hard. He wanted only the best from his son but in the process taught Peter to expect only the worst from himself. In the midst of his chaotic home life, Peter began to hear a voice—an insistent, monotone that would periodically dictate his actions. When Peter finally entered public school he started to break free from his father’s control—only to fall sway to the voice more and more. His obsessive-compulsive behavior morphed into ruthless competition in sports and, ultimately, into lies, violence, and drugs.

The End of Boys follows Hoffmeister to the very brink of sanity and back, in a harrowing and heartbreaking account of the trauma of adolescence and the redemption available to us all, if only we choose to find it.

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Coping With Breast Cancer Free from Amazon Kindle Store

Coping with Breast cancer: A Husband’s Perspective by Ricky Sides is free today from the Amazon Kindle store, and you can pick up your free copy by clicking here or typing in http://amzn.to/mVQ3HA into your computer’s web browser.

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In the mid-nineties, my wife was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer, which had metastasized to her lymph nodes. The essay “Coping with Breast Cancer” details what happened in the wake of that diagnosis. We decided to release this composition in the hopes of helping other couples confronted with this terrible disease.

Here is a brief excerpt from Coping with Breast Cancer.

In the fall of 1994 we were living the good life. We’d just bought our dream house and moved in the previous July and were looking forward to our first holiday season in our new home. Only one thing placed a cloud over our lives at that point in time. My wife had a mysterious bloody discharge from one breast. She had also lost a considerable amount of weight and I was beginning to become concerned.

My wife was reluctant to agree to go to a doctor but finally I managed to elicit a promise from her that she would go to see a physician the day after Thanksgiving. That morning we got into our car for the drive to the doctor, never suspecting that our lives were about to be forever changed.

I sat in the waiting room while my wife saw her gynecologist. I saw her come back out just a few minutes after she had been escorted back to the examination room. She was pale and said that the doctor had told her we had to go to the hospital at once for a mammogram and that the doctor was calling ahead to get her worked in that day.

She broke down and cried on the drive to the hospital and expressed her sense of dread saying, “The doctor says she’s afraid it might be breast cancer.”

That was the first time I heard the words breast cancer in relation to my wife. They were the scariest words I’d ever heard in my life.

This is a 9,100 word essay, and not a full length book. The page count in 6 x 9 format is 37 pages.

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Escape from the World Trade Center Free from Amazon Kindle Store

Escape from the World Trade Center by Leslie Haskin is free today from the Amazon Kindle store, and you can pick up your free copy by clicking here or typing in http://amzn.to/pkXrxW into your computer’s web browser.  Here is the book’s description from the Amazon website:

A 9/11 Survivor’s True Story

This is the riveting account of Leslie Haskin’s escape from the World Trade Center after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. The former insurance executive shares what she saw and endured as she struggled down 36 floors in a doomed and dying building and away from a life focused on perks, prestige, and power.

“For those of us who want an inside peek at God’s compassionate presence in the midst of inscrutable tragedy, this book is as close an experience of ‘being there’ as we are likely to get.” —Paula Rinehart, author and counselor

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Kittyhawk Pilot Free from Amazon Kindle Store

Kittyhawk Pilot by James Edwards and Michel Lavigne is free today from the Amazon Kindle store, and you can pick up your free copy by clicking here or typing in http://amzn.to/oV8vxO into your computer’s web browser.

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This is the true inspirational story of James “Stocky” Edwards, Canada’s top living fighter pilot. The story begins in Battleford, Saskatchewan where Stocky grew up. During his childhood, shooting partridge, and working hard, Stocky learned the lessons that would serve him well during the Desert War. The story progresses through Stocky’s training and then his posting over seas to the Desert War where he flew the P-40 Kittyhawk. This is the incredible story of a young Canadian who goes to war and becomes a superior pilot and leader of men.
This book was written by Michel Lavigne and Stocky Edwards and first published in print in 1983.

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Two Wars Free from Amazon Kindle Store

Two Wars by Nate Self is free today from the Amazon Kindle Store, and has received a perfect 5 out of 5 stars based on 30 customer reviews.  You can pick up your free copy by clicking here or typing in http://amzn.to/lfRT9u into your computer’s web browser.

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Former Army Ranger Nate Self, a hero from the Robert’s Ridge rescue in Afghanistan, tells his whole story—from the pulse-pounding battle in the mountains of Afghanistan to the high-stakes battle he has waged against post traumatic stress disorder. This book will become a go-to book for understanding the long-term effects of the war on terror. Thousands of families are fighting this battle, and Nate opens up his life—including his successes, tragedies, struggles with thoughts of suicide—to show how his faith and his family pulled him through.

In a nutshell:

  • Excellent book for military familes trying to cope with the family pressures of a soldier’s active duty.
  • Inspirational book for a soldier struggling with post traumatic stress disorder.
  • Helps readers understand the importance of faith in dealing with the war.
  • An up-close-and-personal account of the war on terror; and the story of one soldier’s faith.
  • An insider’s account of Robert’s Ridge Rescue in Afghanistan.

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Display of Power Free from Amazon Kindle Store

Display of Power by John Daymond is free today from the Amazon Kindle store, and has received an average user rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars based on 12 customer reviews.  You can pick up your free copy by clicking here or typing in http://amzn.to/ieKbU3 into your computer’s web browser.

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John, the founder and CEO of fashion label FUBU, presents the inspiring story of his life, from his upbringing as a poor black youth to his rise as a fashion juggernaut, recently ranked #15 in men’s magazine Details’ “50 Most Influential Men,” and presented a Crain’s Business “Top Forty Under Forty Award.” Born into a broken home in Queens, New York, John grew up hustling for money. Always interested in hip-hop and the latest fashion, John got his break selling “urban clothes” at hip hop tours, introducing New York style and trends to the rest of the country. Soon, John went private, creating his own brand name, FUBU-originally BUFU, By Us For Us, until the name got switched around-that would soon become as much an icon of hip-hop as the stars he sought to emulate. An inspirational tale for any reader, John specifically reaches out to aspiring black entrepreneurs, showing them how they too can achieve their goals. Business advice is speckled throughout the text, drawn from such disparate places as the kitchen of Red Lobster (demonstrating the importance of small increments in pricing) to the top of Trump Towers (the importance of branding). Informative and well-written, and less self-congratulatory than its title would suggest, this is a worthwhile read for aspiring businessmen, fashionistas and laymen alike.

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Another Free Kindle Book

Fat, Forty, Fired: One Man’s Frank, Funny, and Inspiring Account of Losing His Job and Finding His Life by Nigel Marsh is free today from the Amazon Kindle store, and has received an average user rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars based on 18 customer reviews.  You can pick up your free copy by clicking here.

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Recounting the life he led during the nine months he was not working, Marsh opens with his operation for “anal fistula”; the six-week convalescence enables him to reflect on his next step after learning that the firm he runs in Sydney, Australia, is being closed. Breaking open the family nest egg, he decides to escape the pattern of “enforced inertia that kept men in a tie and at the office” and to take a year off. Marsh’s epiphanies during his hiatus include the realization that he is fat, but more poignantly, that he is an alcoholic. While the light tone of the book sometimes undermines his struggle with alcohol, Marsh clearly takes it seriously. The strength of the memoir lies in the intimate and often humorous moments he shares as he reconnects with his wife and four children. Whether it is his preschool-aged daughter announcing to her gymnastics teacher, “We don’t touch Daddy’s willy because it’s dirty,” or the more somber account of his wife talking him out of having a glass of wine, Marsh is at his best in vignettes. The narrative slows in the middle, during a European trip with his wife, but when Marsh finally re-enters the workforce, he does so recognizing that instead of obsessing about the time he misses with his family, he should enjoy the moments he has.

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