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Lessons for Life in Small, Tasty Bites

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Small Bites 4.0 by Jim Yarbrough

5 star

5 Stars

Small Bites 19058879Many of life’s lessons are packed into this powerful book. Filled with stories, anecdotes and quotes, Small Bites invites the reader to enjoy – no, savor – the author’s wisdom in “small bites.” Broken into discreet chapters and themes, it offers a series of short stories with lessons learned, acronyms, and structured outlines to help the reader remember salient points, and page breaks to give them time to jot down their own thoughts.

At its heart, this is a management book for life. But it’s more than that. It’s a guide intended to help the discerning reader find an easier path on the road of life. Light on spirituality but heavy on profundity, the book weaves the strands of wisdom from many ancient and modern philosophies into a beautiful tapestry of poetry and prose. Few books quote Gandhi, Michael Josephson, Mark Twain, John Wooden, and others with such eloquence.

I enjoyed the personal stories that the author shared showing his humanity and his quest to rise above the challenges that made him a better person. Not many writers are so willing to share some of the most difficult – and compromising – moments of their lives with an unknown audience, but Yarbrough did. And he did it with class, using his own lessons learned to demonstrate a better way the reader can follow.

The author wrote this book for his three children. It’s a labor of love they can cherish forever. He could have kept this treasure to himself or in the family, but he chose instead to share it with all of us. I appreciate his sincerity and learned at least one take-away in each chapter applicable to my own life. This is the kind of book you don’t read once; you read it over and over again to glean new insights. If I have any quibble about this wonderful book, it is this – I hope that the author’s next book will expound more on his own great quotes.

I give Small Bites five (5) stars and highly recommend it to anyone with an open mind, a willingness to learn, and who enjoys wisdom in small, succinct bites.

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Forgiveness with a Vengeance

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I Forgive You by Nathan Pennington

5 star

5 Stars

iforgiveyouPennington’s suspenseful short story is a quick read that packs a vengeful wallop. Emotions run the gamut in a story that can be read in one sitting. It grips you from the first sentence, drawing you before you know it into the story of the second-person protagonist who laments over the fate of someone you never meet but plays a central role in the story. Without giving too much away, it’s about the protagonist’s encounter with a man whose checkered past leaves him torn over how deal with an unseemly revelation. The two characters engage in an interplay that leaves the reader sympathetic to both individuals and eager to reach the last page in order to discover how the encounter plays out. Pennington ends it with a satisfying twist in a killer flourish that befits a writer in the crime fiction genre.

While short, the story is a worthwhile read. You will get more for your money from it than some full-length books I’ve read. I give it 5 stars and highly recommend it.

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