2015 Grads Gift Guide—Books

Job Quest: How to Become the Insider Who Gets Hired by Chicago career counselor Sheila Nielsen

Sheila’s advice is direct, practical and wise, based on over 25 years of professional counseling experience.

What sets her advice apart:

  • Shares how insiders get hired more frequently than those people spending their time at their computers sending out hundreds of resumes to job postings—and why this is the case.
  • Teaches ‘rapid relationship and trust building’ created through counseling over 3,500 clients and hearing about their successful job searches.
  • Identifies the mistake of using the “J” word (jobs) too early in the process—and why that is a problem.
  • Prepares readers for this new job search method with a game board analogy, using imagery from a medieval quest to make finding a job fun and easy-to-understand.
  • Uses a voice test to help job seekers understand who will or will not help with their job quest.
  • Provides key sayings to remember while on the job search:

More Magic Happens in Person; Trust Transfers; Opportunism Creates More Possibilities; and the crucial role of Generosity.  

 Face the Music by Greg Anton

Called “a musical drummer with powerful dynamics that puts down a beat that is the heart of the band,” by The San Franscio Chronicle, Greg Anton is a drummer, composer, co-founding member of the band Zero— and now notable writer. Filled with both funny and poignant anecdotes, his new debut novel perfectly captures the exhilarating and timeless spirit of music pitted against the dark corners of the music world.

Set during the final year of San Francisco’s counterculture, FACE THE MUSIC traces a struggling songwriter’s journey into the depths of the record industry equipped with an extraordinary love song that could set him free or cause him to lose everything. FACE THE MUSIC is a story that every musician will remember, every listener will cherish, and every reader will devour.

FACE THE MUSIC has also inspired the creation of a new hit love song titled, “Stephanie,” with brand new lyrics from the one and only Robert Hunter (newly inducted into Songwriter’s Hall of Fame for collaborations with Jerry Garcia and The Grateful Dead) and music from Greg Anton himself. Featuring Steve Kimock, Melvin Seals, Tim Hockenberry, and Robin Sylvester,  “Stephanie” bares its many musical influences and includes soulful lyrics, such as, “Stephanie, come stand here by me. I fell in love with you, as I was born to do.” Now available on iTunes.

“Greg exposes the insularity of the pop-music business with stunning veracity…an insider’s look at its highs, lows, and a whiff of the steaming guts, delivered with style and verve…” —Robert Hunter, Grateful Dead lyricist

“…fun and full of authentic rock ’n’ roll detail. The description of working at the Saloon on Grant Avenue is worth the price.” —San Francisco Chronicle 

FACE THE MUSIC is on sale at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or wherever all good books are sold. Greg Anton is available for interviews and appearances. He has appeared on HomeGrown Music Show,  WPKN’s Radio Golden, The Aspen Times, Dark Star Palace, and many others. Read more at www.gregantonmusic.com.

The Patient Experience: The Importance of Care, Communication, and Compassion in the Hospital Room by Brian Boyle (Skyhorse Publishing; March 31, 2015; ISBN 978-1-63220-710-4; $$24.99) 

Brian Boyle nearly died at eighteen when a dump truck plowed into his vehicle. When he arrived at the hospital he had lost sixty percent of his blood, his heart had moved across his chest and his organs and pelvis were pulverized. He was immediately placed in a medically induced coma that lasted two months. In The Patient Experience: The Importance of Care, Communication, and Compassion in the Hospital Room (Skyhorse Publishing; March 31, 2015; ISBN 978-1-63220-710-4; $$24.99), Brian focuses on his time as a patient.  After emerging from the coma, Brian was unable to move or talk to anyone around him, yet he was able to hear, see and feel pain. Miraculously he slowly clawed his way back to the living and found the strength to live to tell his story in his acclaimed memoir, Iron Heart.

Now, Brian provides vital information from the patient’s perspective to help caregivers gain valuable insight. His story will ultimately help caregivers understand new ways to provide care for both patients and their families. By the conclusion of this book, readers will be able to:

  • Recognize the variety of feelings and emotions of the patient
  • Identify simple methods and interventions to provide emotional support to relax the patient
  • Determine the importance of particular amenities to a patient who may be unable to communicate
  • Evaluate patient life-history to determine appropriate intervention techniques
  • Understand the motivational role that communication has between the healthcare provider and the patient and his or her family

Brian’s story about catastrophe, survival, and transcending all odds has implemented new and innovative strategies for improving patient safety and quality of care on a national level, as well as serving as a learning experience for healthcare providers of all levels and backgrounds. When it comes to the patient experience, Brian has become a mouthpiece for the voiceless.

“Sometimes, lost in the debate about waste, fraud, and managing health care costs is the fact that healthcare professionals are highly trained and genuinely care deeply about the health and outcomes of their patients. And, together amazing things happen. Brian Boyle helps tell that story.”—Harvard Medical School

“Brian has seen the patient side of the medical encounter and he has triumphed in every way.”—Duke University Medical Center

“Brian’s words soothe and guide healthcare providers to be always present in every moment of our patients’ lives.” —Maryland Hospital Association

“There is no gift as absolutely precious as the gift of life, and no one acknowledges this more than Brian Boyle. Brian treats each day as a gift and an opportunity to help others.”—Gail McGovern, President of the American Red Cross

“There is no better story of a miraculous comeback than Brian Boyle’s.” —The Washington Post

“A car wreck nearly ended his life, but Brian Boyle wasn’t going to let that stop him from achieving his goals. The very process of having set those goals, maintaining the discipline to work toward incremental benchmarks, and knowing the immense rewards of attaining them gave Boyle an advantage during his recovery.”

—Success Magazine 

Brian Boyle has been on a mission to make an impact in healthcare education since he left the hospital in 2004. He has been recognized for his contributions with several national awards, including the American Red Cross Presidential Award for Excellence, the Daily Points of Light Award, the Johns Hopkins Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service award, and the Champion of Change award from President Obama. Brian has appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, NBC’s Today Show, ESPN, CNN, and several other programs throughout the country. He is the National Volunteer Spokesman of the American Red Cross, a columnist with The Huffington Post, a patient advocate for The Armstrong Institute, and is currently in grad school at Johns Hopkins University earning his master’s degree in health communication and an MBA with a concentration in healthcare management. He resides in Annapolis, Maryland. Please visit Boyle’s website at www.ironheartbrianboyle.com

Bruce Tracy’s “Backyard Dutch Oven Cooking”

Make your favorite Dutch oven foods in your own backyard! Whether you’re making a hearty, no-fuss breakfast in the woods or a fancy Sunday dinner to serve at your dining table, there’s nothing better than Dutch oven cooking. With over 100 recipes encompassing all skill levels and lots of expert advice, you’ll be a black pot master in no time. And remember, it’s all about family and food!

Bruce Tracy has been competing in Dutch oven cook-offs since 1993. He’s made a name for himself as one of the best, evidenced by the dozens of competitions he’s won, including the 2004 IDOS World Championship. 

He’s long been recognized as a Dutch oven breadmaster and enjoys teaching Dutch oven classes, especially when he can share his passion with newcomers. His first book, Dutch Oven Baking, is available online and in bookstores.

Doug Martin’s “Sweet Cast Iron Creations: Dutch Oven Desserts”

Master the art of Dutch oven sweets! Award-winning chef Doug Martin uses easy-to-follow instructions and irresistible recipes to take you beyond basic cobblers and into the realm of gourmet delicacies like his famous Chocolate Ganache Cake and the award-winning Tropical Dream Cake! With all the delicious Dutch oven flavor you love, these sweet treats will have your friends and family scraping the black pot clean.

Doug Martin grew up in Wichita, Kansas, as the oldest of five children. His family moved to Asheville, North Carolina, when he was a junior in high school. He left for college on a soccer scholarship after graduating from high school and eventually joined the Army. He was stationed at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia, where he met and mar- ried his wife of fifteen years, Racheall. They have one beautiful daughter, Isabella, who is eleven. They moved to Utah, where Racheall was from, in 2003. A few years after moving to Utah, Doug gained his desire to learn how to cook. He began with the art of barbecue. Determined to do it right, he solicited the help of a local barbecue restaurant owner who became his mentor. His first barbecue competition saw him take Grand Champion. This only inspired him to learn more and perfect his skills. He eventually took a cake-decorating class, where he learned techniques for making his already-delicious cakes look beautiful. He met his current Dutch oven team- mate, Matt Pelton, in the barbecue arena. It was there that these two formed a partnership that would make them the only Dutch oven team to win the International Dutch Oven Society World Championship two years in a row (in 2012 and 2013).

Crossing the Horizon

Based on the author’s own loss of her two sons, Crossing the Horizon is a personal journey of grief and healing and demonstrates love’s unstoppable ability to connect us forever to those we cherish.

Two young boys trapped in a house fire leave their bodies behind…

Engulfed by a deadly house fire on Christmas morning, 12-year-old Solon and 10-year-old Liam Bailey succumb to the smoke and leave their bodies on Earth below. As their souls navigate a mysterious new realm, the boys yearn to return home – but discover any attempts to contact and comfort their heartbroken parents are dangerous.

In their quest to reconnect with their former world and bring peace to their grieving parents, the brothers grapple with new rules of the afterlife. They learn to converse without speaking, manipulate objects using their minds and summon mythical dragons at will.

Guided by the spirits they meet and their own intuition, the boys repeatedly risk the safety of their fascinating afterlife, returning to earth until eventually they grasp the enormous strength of their bond to family and friends.

Deanna Emberley Bailey began writing her sons’ otherworldly journey as a healing exercise. Her first few pages grew into an outpouring of sadness, love, yearning and belief.

Deanna’s therapist asked her to imagine the fire from her sons’ perspectives. What seemed like an unthinkable task, writing from Solon and Liam’s perspective became instrumental in helping Deanna to overcome the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and feel close to her children. After reading the draft, professionals in the grief community encouraged Deanna to publish the book as a source of help for others.

Crossing the Horizon is an ultimately uplifting tale of love reaching beyond the boundaries of life and death to a lasting relationship – one that crosses the horizon.

Deanna Emberley Bailey hopes that Crossing the Horizon will help others who are grieving the loss of a loved one.  She lives in Vermont with her husband, Chris. For more information, please visit: http://deannaebailey.com/

Chasing Sunsets

#1 New York Times Best-Selling Author, Karen Kingsbury, just released her latest book, Chasing Sunsets. In her latest book, Chasing Sunsets, Karen’s characters are in desperate need of divine intervention. In the second book in a series about angels on mission, Karen shares the dramatic story of a baseball player looking to make a difference with his life and the woman he’s drawn to, who is on her own quest to find deeper meaning in life.

Despite Mary Catherine’s intention to stay single, she finds herself drawing closer to MVP baseball player for the LA Dodgers, Marcus Dillinger. Their budding romance offers an exciting life she never dreamed of.  That is, until she receives devastating news from her doctor. News that alters her future and forces her to make a rash decision.

To view the trailer for Chasing Sunsets by Karen Kingsbury please visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vx7R0S3jat4&feature=youtu.be

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