Sunday, January 29, 2017

No More Faking Fine By Esther Fleece Review

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If you’ve ever been given empty clich├ęs during challenging times, you know how painful it can feel to be misunderstood by well-meaning people. Far too often, it seems the response we get to our hurt and disappointment is to suck it up, or pray it away.

But Scripture reveals a God who meets us where we are, not where we pretend to be.


No More Faking Fine is your invitation to get gut-level honest with God through the life-giving language of lament. Lament, a practice woven throughout Scripture, is a prayer that God never ignores, never silences, and never wastes. As author Esther Fleece says, “Lament is the unexpected pathway to true intimacy with God, and with those around us.”

Esther learned this the hard way, by believing she could shut down painful emotions that haunted her from a broken past she tried to forget on her fast track to success. But in silencing her pain, she robbed herself of the opportunity to be healed. Maybe you’ve done the same.

No More Faking Fine is your permission to lament—to give voice to the hurt, frustration, and disappointment you’ve kept inside and silenced for too long. Drawing from careful biblical study and hard-won insight, Esther reveals how to use God’s own language to draw closer to Him as He leads us through any darkness into His marvelous light.
Esther Fleece
Esther Fleece is an international speaker and writer on Millennials and faith, leadership, and family, recognized among Christianity Today’s “Top 50 Women Shaping the Church and Culture” and CNN’s “Five Women in Religion to Watch.” As founder and CEO of L&L Consulting,  she works to connect influential individuals and organizations to their mutual benefit. You can follow Esther’s global adventures at www.estherfleece.com.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-   I enjoy being able to share this book with my readers because it will open and encourage your heart and mind to be honest and connect more with God.  If you have a strong faith and belief that God can be a powerful force in your world, this is a great book to delve into.   The author brings her truth and knowledge into the chapters and creates a healing experience in ways for the reader.

The Underground Culinary Tour By Damian Mogavero Review

The Underground Culinary Tour: How the New Metrics of Today's Top Restaurants Are Transforming How America Eats by [Mogavero, Damian, D'Agnese, Joseph]

In the bestselling tradition of Moneyball, The Underground Culinary Tour is a high-octane, behind-the-scenes narrative about how the restaurant industry, historically run by gut and intuition, is being transformed by the use of data.

Sixteen years ago, entrepreneur Damian Mogavero brought together an unlikely mix of experts—chefs and code writers—to create a pioneering software company whose goal was to empower restaurateurs, through the use of data, to elevate and enhance the guest experience. Today, his data gathering programs are used by such renown chefs as Danny Meyer, Tom Colicchio, Daniel Boulud, Guy Fieri, Giada De Laurentiis, Gordon Ramsay, and countless others.

Mogavero describes such restaurateurs as the New Guard, and their approach to their art and craft is radically different from that of their predecessors. By embracing data and adapting to the new trends of today’s demanding consumers, these innovative chefs and owners do everything more nimbly and efficiently—from the recipes they create to the wines and craft beers they stock, from the presentations they choreograph to the customized training they give their servers, making restaurants more popular and profitable than ever before.

Finally, Damian takes readers behind the scenes of his annual, invitation-only culinary tour for top chefs and industry CEOs, showing us how today’s elite restaurants embrace new trends to create unforgettable meals and transform how we eat. From the glittering nightclubs of Las Vegas to a packed seasonal restaurant on the Long Island Sound, from Brennan’s storied, family-run New Orleans dynasty to today’s high-stakes celebrity chef palaces, The Underground Culinary Tour takes readers on an epicurean adventure they won’t soon forget.

Damian Mogavero
Damian Mogavero is the CEO and founder of Avero, the international restaurant analytics software company based in New York City, and the author of The Underground Culinary Tour (Crown Business, January 2017), written with Joseph D’Agnese.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-   I enjoy learning about all types of topics, but this one was a little newer to my mind and I had a hard time really getting into the concentrating it takes to really get a good read out of it.   I actually found myself more so pushing to finish then actually being excited.  It is not that this is a boring book, it just did not connect really with me and my needs at this point in life.  I do think that if you need help in this area or love the author, this is going to be a good reading experience.

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