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1. Broke: The Plan to Restore Our
2. The Overton Window
3. Arguing with Idiots: How to Stop
4. Glenn Beck's Common Sense: The
5. Beneath the Dark Ice
6. The Beck Diet Solution: Train
7. The Book of American Heroes: Our
8. When Pleasure Rules
9. When Wicked Craves
10. Glazed Murder: A Donut Shop Mystery
11. When Blood Calls
12. An Inconvenient Book: Real Solutions
13. Tears of a Clown: Glenn Beck and
14. The Christmas Sweater
15. Finding Your Own North Star: Claiming
16. Steering by Starlight: The Science
17. The Complete Beck Diet for Life:
18. The Beck Diet Solution: Train
19. The Five Thousand Year Leap: 30
20. Fatally Frosted: A Donut Shop

1. Broke: The Plan to Restore Our Trust, Truth and Treasure
by Glenn Beck, Kevin Balfe
Hardcover: 416 Pages (2010-10-26)
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Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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In the words of Harvard economist Niall Ferguson, the United States is “an empire on the edge of chaos.” Why? Glenn Beck thinks the answer is pretty simple: Because we’ve turned our backs on the Constitution.

Yes, our country is financially broke, but that’s just a side effect of our broken spirit, our broken faith in government, the broken promises by our leaders, and a broken political system that has centralized power at the expense of individual rights.

There is a lot of work ahead, but we can’t move forward until we first understand how we got here. Starting with the American Revolution, Glenn takes readers on an express train through 234 years of history, culminating with the Great Recession and the bipartisan recklessness of Presidents Bush and Obama. It’s the history lesson we all wished we’d had in school. (Did you know, for example, that FDR once made a key New Deal policy decision based on his lucky number?)

Along the way, you’ll see how everything you thought you knew about the political parties is a lie, how Democrats and Republicans alike used to fight for minimum government and maximum freedom, and how both parties have been taken over by a cancer called “progressivism.” By the end, you’ll understand why no president, no congress and no court can fix this problem alone. Looking toward them for answers is like looking toward the ocean for drinking water— it looks promising, but the end result is catastrophic.

After revealing the trail of lies that brought us here, Broke exposes the truth about what we’re really facing. Most people have seen pieces of the puzzle, but very few have ever seen the whole picture—and for very good reason: Our leaders have done everything in their power to hide it. If Americans understood how dire things really are, they would be demanding radical reform right now. Despite the rhetoric, that’s not the kind of change our politicians really believe in.

Finally, Broke provides the hope that comes with knowing the truth. Once you see what we’re really up against, it’s much easier to develop a realistic plan. To fix ourselves financially, Glenn argues, we have to fix ourselves first. That means some serious introspection and, ultimately, a series of actions that will unite all Americans around the concept of shared sacrifice. After all, this generation may not be asked to storm beaches, but we are being asked to do something just as critical to preserving freedom.

Packed with great stories from history, chalkboard-style teachable moments, custom illustrations, and Glenn Beck’s trademark combination of entertainment and enlightenment, Broke makes the case that when you’re traveling in the wrong direction, slight course corrections won’t cut it—you need to take drastic action. Through a return to individual rights, an uncompromising adherence to the Constitution, and a complete rethinking about the role of government in a free society, Glenn exposes the idea of “transformation” for the progressive smokescreen that it is, and instead builds a compelling case that restoration is the only way forward. ... Read more

Customer Reviews (31)

5-0 out of 5 stars HOWTO MoveOn

What a great book!

You should be prepared to take over from Karl Rove as a kingmaker next time around.

One minor point-I'm starting to see references occasionally on TV to 'firing' Mr. Obama.Our mechanism, here in the US, is 'impeachment.'To remind people of the process, our servants (the people we elect) work at the pleasure of our representatives (the people in the House of Representatives) every day of the week.We don't need to wait two years if we accidentally elect a 'crazy' person.Even if the person is not 'crazy (but just acts that way),'our representatives need not find any criminal acts, or treasonous acts; they merely decide to bring the person before the Senate for trial based on the people's loss of confidence in his executive actions.The Senate adjudicates removal from office, or continuance in office.There are no criminal implications, no fines, no jail time...he merely goes away to spend quality time with his family.Little Sasha and Misha and Michelle would no doubt appreciate less disruption in their lives, and the impeachee is free to give speaking engagements, write books, act as elder statesmen for his party (if it's not too torn up)...this can happen the next day.Even 'crazy' people find ways to live full and fulfilling lives of service in other ways.

Then we go back to 'normal,' with our same problems we had the day before, under new management.

Rinse, then repeat.It's a great system, somewhat old timey, but it works!

Met Grossen Freundlichen,


[Yes, the Kindle price is too high.Pretty soon Amazon will permit loaning, please contact me if you want to borrow book for 14 days.Let's spread it around.]

5-0 out of 5 stars Should be required reading.
This book should be required reading for all high school students. They'd learn a lot more about our country than they do from the false history being crammed down their throats these days. This book is without a doubt one of the most informative books I have ever read.

1-0 out of 5 stars How will the Repulican/Tea Party Restore the American Dream?
Periodically I browse the bestseller list. Recently I noticed a lot of name calling in titles like "Pinheads and Patriots" by Bill O'Reilly, or Ann Coulter's "How to Talk to a Liberal (If You Must)," or "Arguing with Idiots" by Glenn Beck. First people should know that these books are written with assistance of ghost writers and staff, so if you think all those zillion books from Glenn Beck are a reflection of his never-completed-college intelligence, you're very mistaken.

Hateful media like this is the reason our nation is so polarized. It started to become truly poisonous in the 90s when FOX began, as well as Hate Radio with entertainers like Stern, Limbaugh and Savage. Worst of all are the viral Emails conservatives circulate with misinformation, conspiracy theories, and outright lies. (I say conservatives because liberals don't use Email as a source of information because Emails aren't credible.) I just saw an article on the increase of superstition in our country. I'm not surprised. It's a result of the anti-intellectualism movement.

And the intensity of disagreement has become so violent in nature. I believe some of it is bigotry (anti-black/minority, anti-Islam, etc.). Now I'm not saying all conservatives are bigots, because they aren't. But when we see it, it tends to come from the right-wing. For example, Clint McCance, the man on the school board in Arkansas--do you think he is Republican or Democrat?

Oh sure, these books fuel the fires causing a few liberal books to be written in return (though current books by Jon Stewart or Stephen Colbert are satirical, rather than angry vitriol). Progressives have learned they can either be spineless, and lie down and become a door mat, or they can fight back. This is the choice conservatives give them, so what else do conservatives expect except getting a little of their own medicine?

Unfortunately, books like this are tearing our nation apart into "My country" and the rest (or "others") that is "not American." Al Qaeda couldn't do better--shame on you Glenn. I give this one star only because it might make people wonder how the Republican/Tea Party plans to restore the American Dream.

5-0 out of 5 stars Preliminary review
I havent had a chance to read it yet because I just got it but I did look though it. It looks great. The pages are water marked and glossy. It even feels good in the hand. Looking forward to reading it.
And I like how you organized the book in three sections.

Thanks Glenn

5-0 out of 5 stars Kindle price is too high.
I gave it 5 stars otherwise I couldn't have posted my opinion. No,I haven't read it because the price is higher than the promised $9.99. If the price isn't lowered soon, I'll pick it up at the library. Very disappointed. ... Read more

2. The Overton Window
by Glenn Beck
Hardcover: 336 Pages (2010-06-15)
list price: US$26.00 -- used & new: US$10.50
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Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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A plan to destroy America, a hundred years in the making, is about to be unleashed . . . can it be stopped?

There is a powerful technique called the Overton Window that can shape our lives, our laws, and our future. It works by manipulating public perception so that ideas previously thought of as radical begin to seem acceptable over time. Move the Window and you change the debate. Change the debate and you change the country.

For Noah Gardner, a twentysomething public relations executive, it's safe to say that political theory is the furthest thing from his mind. Smart, single, handsome, and insulated from the world's problems by the wealth and power of his father, Noah is far more concerned about the future of his social life than the future of his country.

But all of that changes when Noah meets Molly Ross, a woman who is consumed by the knowledge that the America we know is about to be lost forever. She and her group of patriots have vowed to remember the past and fight for the future--but Noah, convinced they're just misguided conspiracy-theorists, isn't interested in lending his considerable skills to their cause.

And then the world changes.

An unprecedented attack on U.S. soil shakes the country to the core and puts into motion a frightening plan, decades in the making, to transform America and demonize all those who stand in the way. Amidst the chaos, many don't know the difference between conspiracy theory and conspiracy fact--or, more important, which side to fight for.

But for Noah, the choice is clear: Exposing the plan, and revealing the conspirators behind it, is the only way to save both the woman he loves and the individual freedoms he once took for granted.

After five back-to-back #1 New York Times bestsellers, national radio and Fox News television host Glenn Beck has delivered a ripped-from-the-headlines thriller that seamlessly weaves together American history, frightening facts about our present condition, and a heart-stopping plot. The Overton Window will educate, enlighten, and, most important, entertain--with twists and revelations
no one will see coming.
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4-0 out of 5 stars Good but not great.
The Overton Window is a good read. The first half of the book is a bit slow with a bit of "preaching" from the author on the progressive movement. Later in the second half the plot picks up and becomes quite a page turner. It has potential for a great book but some little nitpicky things prevent it from greatness.

First, Mr Beck seems to twist a Kipling poem (used as a tie-in through out the book) for his own interests. The meaning of the poem seems turned around. Of course, this may be intentional since Beck evenhandedly suggests in his afterword that facts are often twisted and manipulated, by both the left and right, for their own political gain. So I will give him the benefit of the doubt on that score.

However, his main characters in Noah and Molly seem a tad thin. Noah is a rich insider (how convenient) and Molly the determined patriot fighting to save the country from the bad men. Their meeting and falling in love seems too perfect (for the author). She uses him, he falls for her, she sets him up, he saves her, etc etc. The story could have been better with more of a connection developing between them in amongst the political preaching and hand wringing. Show a little more relationship than a love struck Noah blindly chasing her one night.

Finally, I felt as if the "message" hit me over the head so many times I could not think straight. Do not get me wrong. The book is thought provoking and Mr Beck does not seem to take a side at times, which helps make the material more palatable. Nevertheless, ultimatley it is hard to believe a decades old (some may say centuries) conspiracy to rule the world. The U.S government has a hard enough time containing an oil spill, how I am to believe that they can contain a "cartel" to control the world.

More prose and less dogma would make this good book, great!

Sam Hendricks, author Fantasy Football Guidebook and Fantasy Baseball for Beginners

4-0 out of 5 stars Decent book.
Not the best thriller out there by any means but, I found it entertaining. It took me a long time to finish it because it just didn't grab hold of me like other books have. I enjoyed it while reading it, but wasn't in a rush to finish it. Overall though I think it's a good read.

5-0 out of 5 stars Keep reading it gets better
I thought it started a little slow and was aware of author at start, by the end I was reading with enthusiasm and was disappointed that there wasn't more to read. Regardless of what you think of Beck, this is a good read.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good read
After reading this book. I conclude this story is an entertaining read. It's Fiction Folks. Get over yourself.

5-0 out of 5 stars Entertaining!
"The Overton Window" is an enjoyable read.The characters are well developed and plot is a wild ride! ... Read more

3. Arguing with Idiots: How to Stop Small Minds and Big Government
by Glenn Beck, Kevin Balfe
Paperback: 336 Pages (2010-09-14)
list price: US$19.99 -- used & new: US$12.32
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Asin: 1416595023
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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The #1 New York Times bestseller that gives you the right answers when idiots leave you speechless!

It happens to all of us: You’re minding your own business, when some idiot* informs you that guns are evil, the Prius will save the planet, or the rich have to finally start paying their fair share of taxes.

Just go away! you think to yourself—but they only get more obnoxious. Your heart rate quickens. You start to sweat. But never fear, for Glenn Beck has stumbled upon the secret formula to winning arguments against people with big mouths and small minds: knowing the facts.

And this book is full of them.

The next time your Idiot Friends tell you how gun control prevents gun violence, you’ll tell them all about England’s handgun ban (see page 53). When they insist that we should copy the UK’s health-care system, you’ll recount the horrifying facts you read on page 244. And the next time you hear how produce prices will skyrocket without illegal workers, you’ll have the perfect rebuttal (from page 139). Armed with the ultimate weapon—the truth—you can now tolerate (and who knows, maybe even enjoy?) your encounters with idiots everywhere!

*Idiots can’t be identified through voting records; look instead for people who hide behind stereotypes, embrace partisanship, and believe that bumper sticker slogans are a substitute for common sense. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars It's called "Projection"...
Psychological projection is a psychological defense mechanism where a person unconsciously denies their own attributes, thoughts, and emotions, which are then ascribed to the outside world, such as to the weather, or to other people. Thus, it involves imagining or projecting that others have those feelings.This is the best way to describe Beck describing anyone as an "idiot"...

1-0 out of 5 stars Beck and The John Birch Society
The notions expressed here by Beck are characteristic of a paranoid discourse that was popular in the 1960's when the John Birch Society was active. It's leader, a coloful candy manufacturer named John Welch, published tracts claiming that President Eisenhower was "a dedicated conscious agent of the Communist conspiracy" and other similar works. Finally respectable conservative leaders denounced him. That has not yet happened to Beck. He has an active claque which write many of the numerous five star review for his books.

1-0 out of 5 stars An idiot unlocks the door to dialogue with other idiots
If Beck's proselytizing and praying on vulnerable folks (via ads for gold purchases) is not mind numbing enough for you, then this book is for you. Who better than Beck to discuss how idiots "think."

5-0 out of 5 stars Inspiring, right on!
Glenn Beck has come to the truth that not America, no nation, no group of people, can survive without morales and inalienable rights bestowed upon us by God, our Creator, guiding government rather than the other way around. Unless the rest of Americans, and people of the world, understand and live by this, this nation will not survive. All the laws in the world cannot control all aspects of life and business. He is a true Patriot and man of God. And may many others learn from him and work as hard as he does in saving us from the idiots in government.

1-0 out of 5 stars Arguing With Idiots
This is a book with great graphics and no testable fact. I read through every page and found imagery with no basis, in this world at least.It intrigues me to see the proof in action that those who learn and test their knowledge know ever more how ignorant they are, those comfortable in their ignorance don't know they are.Glenn Beck is comfortable in fantasy and this book beyond its "what me worry?" illustrations is pure unadulterated fluff. ... Read more

4. Glenn Beck's Common Sense: The Case Against an Out-of-Control Government, Inspired by Thomas Paine
by Glenn Beck
Paperback: 192 Pages (2009-06-16)
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"If you believe it's time to put principles above parties, character above campaign promises, and Common Sense above all -- then I ask you to read this book...."

In any era, great Americans inspire us to reach our full potential. They know with conviction what they believe within themselves. They understand that all actions have consequences. And they find commonsense solutions to the nation's problems.

One such American, Thomas Paine, was an ordinary man who changed the course of history by penning Common Sense, the concise 1776 masterpiece in which, through extraordinarily straightforward and indisputable arguments, he encouraged his fellow citizens to take control of America's future -- and, ultimately, her freedom.

Nearly two and a half centuries later, those very freedoms once again hang in the balance. And now, Glenn Beck revisits Paine's powerful treatise with one purpose: to galvanize Americans to see past government's easy solutions, two-part monopoly, and illogical methods and take back our great country. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Common Sense, and the Lack Thereof
This volume consists of:
....Glenn Beck's COMMON SENSE on pp. 3-110 (108 pp) and
.Thomas Paine's COMMON SENSE on pp. 115-167 (53 pp)


Introduction (5 pp) addressed explicitly to the reader; nearly every paragraph begins with "You".
Much of this I can agree with, but his mind-reading of me clearly isn't perfect, witness the second paragraph on page 5:
"You don't hate people who are different from you," [so far, so good; I don't hate] "but you stopped expressing opinions on sensitive issues a long time ago" [see my oh-so-bland??? reviews on Amazon] "because you don't want to be called a racist, bigot, or homophobe if you stand by your values and principles." [ok, I really don't want to be called racist, bigot, or homophobe, but it never before occurred to me to fear being so called for my firm support of equal rights for everyone, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, etc.]

Chapters 1 thru 4 contain many true observations, and many that are false.It is a well-known propaganda technique to make several statements that are obviously true and then, while the reader or listener is used to thinking 'yes' slip in a false claim and then several more truths, and many will just continue to agree without realizing that a joker slipped past.I will limit myself to one truth and one joker from each chapter.

Chapter I:
Truth:"I sincerely believe that no discussion or debate is un-American,I agree with the Founding Fathers that it is only on the battlefield of ideas that the best ones can be recognized and ultimately prevail."

Joker:"Compassion, we are told, was a victim of capitalism.We should now see that for the lie it is.Compassion and capitalism go hand in hand . . . ." [like when Henry Ford raised the pay of his workers and the Dodge Brothers, as stockholders, successfully sued him for paying his workers money that could have gone to the stockholders.Capitalism, the court found, made compassion illegal, a violation of Ford's fiduciary obligation to the stockholders to pay his workers as little as possible.]

Chapter II:
Truth:"There was a time when our political leaders inspired America to greatness and motivated us to face daunting challenges with Courage and resolve."

Joker:"Social Security is a great example of a 'legal Ponzi scheme' . . . Since we now have a [SS] trust fund stuffed with nearly worthless IOUs . . . ."[The SS Trust Fund consists of bonds backed by the full faith and credit of the USA, just about the furthest thing imaginable from "nearly worthless IOUs." Mr. Ponzi did not make any investments; he paid the early investors with money newly received for investment, and madoff with the later investors' savings.]

Chapter III:
Truth:"An income tax that was promised to only apply [sic] to the wealthiest 1 percent in 1913 quickly grew to 5 percent in 1939 and then, following World War II, to almost 75 [percent of all Americans.]"

Joker:" The Progressive movement . . . saw America as a democracy rather than what it really is: a Republic."As you can see from the relevant definitions of both from Dictionary.com, Mr. Beck is making a distinction that is virtually without a difference.America fits either definition; it is a democracy and it is a republic:
-noun, plural -cies.
1.government by the people; a form of government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them or by their elected agents under a free electoral system.
2.a state having such a form of government: The United States and Canada are democracies.
1.a state in which the supreme power rests in the body of citizens entitled to vote and is exercised by representatives chosen directly or indirectly by them.

Chapter IV:
Truth:"You never waste your vote if you vote your conscience."Supporters of the candidate who is leading in the polls will say "Don't waste your vote! Vote for Joe!"But the purpose of voting is to express your CONSCIENCE, not your PREDICTION.Thomas E. Dewey was considered such a sure winner in 1948 that the Chicago Tribune beat everyone else to the street with the headline DEWEY WINS! But too many Americans voted their conscience.Does anyone remember President Dewey?
Ivoted for the losers who ran against one Democrat who wonand one Republican who won for the very same reason: I believe that anyone for whom ambition trumps honor should not hold public office.

Joker:"look at this [map of a monstrously gerrymandered congressional district] and tell me if common sense is still alive in Washington."But congressional districts are drawn by state legislatures, not by congress.

Chapter V:
Truth:"Many people will hear the word Progressive and immediately think of liberals or Democrats-but they're not synonymous."

Joker: "Politicians lecture us that jobs must be sacrificed and factories closed for the sake of 'the greater good.'We are told that we can't drill for oil, develop nuclear power, or burn clean coal because of the environmental impacts."But Beck doesn't cite even one politician who has so lectured.And he surely can't cite one who has been reelected after giving such a lecture.Drill for oil?As in the Gulf of Mexico?Develop nuclear power?In whose back yard?Burn clean coal?There's no such thing as clean-burning coal.Coal comes in dirty, very dirty, and extremely dirty. And almost in the same breath Beck excoriates Nancy Pelosi, who, he claims, "controls the house," for allowing the Government-owned Capitol Power Plant to burn seventeen thousand tons of coal each year.Just Nancy Pelosi?The last I knew there were 434 other members of the House.As Speaker, Ms. Pelosi has some control over if and when they vote on a particular issue, but no control over how they vote.Also, there are 100 senators, over whom she has virtually no control.

Chapter V is entitled 'The Cancer of Progressivism,' clearly a very biased title, and much of the chapter is devoted to misdefining and railing against progressivism, but Beck obviously doesn't know what progressivism is.It is very definitely not what Beck says it is.What, then, is it?it is the willingness to try something new.It is the opposite of conservatism, which is the (at least relative) unwillingness to try anything new.Either conservatism or progressivism can be carried to ridiculous extremes:"Stick with the 'tried and true' even when it doesn't work." or "Always try something new, even if the old way is working fine."

As is so often the case, the best position is somewhere between those two extremes.

Chapter VI is a call to action, but it is not very clear what action.Do what's right, but what does that consist of?For some guidance based on cognitive science, one should readMoral Politics : How Liberals and Conservatives Think by George Lakoff.


Paine's pamphlets played an important part in uniting the American colonists (to the extent they were united) in determination to secede from the British Empire.They present some slight difficulty to the modern reader because of their now old-fashioned turn of phrase: they seem slightly off from the NS* dialect of English, as if they were written late in the eighteenth century instead of early in the twenty-first, but that is not too surprising, because late in the eighteenth is when they WERE written.Really, what I find surprising is how much less (aside from increased vocabulary) English has changed in the 235 years since Paine than it did in the 160 years between the KJV Bible and Paine.Paine is MUCH easier to read today than the KJV, and is well worth reading.Thank you, Glenn Beck, for reprinting him.

In summary:
Beck, 108 pages @ ½ star: 54
Paine,53 pages @ 5 stars: 265
Total, 161 ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, 319
319 / 161 = 1.98:2 stars


*NS = Network Standard, the current prestige American dialect.Paine was writing more than 150 years before NS existed.

5-0 out of 5 stars A clarion call which must not go unheeded
This is actually two books in one, or, rather, one small book and a pamphlet - a reprint of Thomas Paine's classic, "Common Sense," first published in 1776.The addition of the pamphlet was a pleasant surprise and also a wonderful addition to the book.In fact, after reading the book and the classic, I found it difficult to decide which of the two was more profound and meaningful in today's America.

At first blush, one would think that Beck's more recent work would easily carry the day, since the original is dated by almost forty-seven lustrums and, by any reasonable measure, could be considered just a dry and dusty relic of the past.But, if you read Beck's assessment and then immediately launch into Paine's "Common Sense" --- thinking "Washington" when you read "England," "Liberals (Progressives or Elitists)" when you read "King or King George," "Senate" when you read "House of Lords," and "House of Representatives" when you read "House of Commons" --- you'll likely find that the American people are in very much the same sad state today that the colonists were in in 1776.The only differences seem to be that this time the threat is more oppressive and more immediate, and this time the American citizenry must resort to a more peaceful means --- the ballot --- to rid themselves of their would-be masters, viz. the career politicians and bureaucrats in Washington DC.

In his segment of the book, Mr. Beck does an excellent job of identifying and stating the problems confronting America and the American people today and more than makes the case for immediate action.He also offers some specific suggestions as to what can and must be done to stem the tide of socialism/communism/fascism that is sweeping over America.Of these, two stand out: 1) stop supporting the two major political parties until they come to their senses, since the founding fathers clearly warned us that the creation of political parties would eventually destroy the republic; and 2) vote out ALL incumbents, both the good and the bad, until we finally rid ourselves of "career politicians" and return to a country in which our representatives once again recognize the Constitution and identify with the people whom they were elected to represent.

This is all well and good, of course, but one thing worries me.As Thomas Paine so eloquently stated in his "Common Sense" (pages 115-116): "The wise andthe worthy need not the triumph of a pamphlet; and those whose sentiments are injudicious or unfriendly, will cease of themselves, unless too much pains are bestowed upon their conversion.Translation: Those who don't need to read this book will likely read it, while those who are most desperately in need of reading it won't.Let us hope that this prophesy doesn't prove true lest Glenn Beck's clarion call goes unheard and unheeded.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read
This is an excellent read and a great tribute to Thomas Paine who defines common sense thinking.Because unfortunately, common sense has become extremely uncommon, this book gives you a good dose of our grandfathers and founding fathers common sense.

4-0 out of 5 stars Glenn Beck's Common Sense
The book was in great shape. The price of the book was fantastic and I got the book in a timely manner. The book packaging was very good. I would buy again from this seller if the opportunity arises.

1-0 out of 5 stars Thomas Paine would weep.
Thomas Paine and our nations founders would weep knowing that so many Americans are now devoted listeners and followers of a shock jock, a man who is little more than a puppet of a ruthless tyrant.Glenn Beck carefully bends and twists the truth to convince free Americans to surrender their liberties to the will of corporations. ... Read more

5. Beneath the Dark Ice
by Greig Beck
Mass Market Paperback: 320 Pages (2010-08-31)
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Asin: 031259979X
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When a plane crashes into the Antarctic ice, exposing an enormous cave system, a rescue and research team is dispatched. Twenty-four hours later, all contact is lost.

Captain Alex Hunter and his highly trained commandos, along with a team of scientists, are fast tracked to the hot zone to find out what went wrong. Meanwhile, the alluring petrobiologist Aimee Weir is sent to follow up on the detection of a vast underground reservoir. If the unidentified substance proves to be oil, every country in the world will want to know about it—even wage war over it. Or worse.

Once suspended into the caves, Alex, Aimee, and the others can’t locate a single survivor—or even a trace of their remains. Nor is there a energy source, only specters of the dead haunting the tunnels. But soon they will discover that something very much alive is brewing beneath the surface. It is a force that dates back to the very dawn of time—an ancient terror that hunts and kills to survive…

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5-0 out of 5 stars A real tail twister of a novel with a mix of history and fantasy.
I just finished reading this book and enjoyed it tremendously. The author has made an excellent blend of history,modern technology,and fantasy. He keeps the reader breathless until the end of the book. It is a really good read,despite the double take we Americans do on the extra vowels of the British spelling and the reversal of the letters in the word "centre". I give a chuckle when I read this and mentally call it "sentry."
Anyway,I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to drop out of the present and have a good time in another land beneath some dark ice.

5-0 out of 5 stars Engrossing debut
This story I took a chance on reading because it was a debut title and had only a few reviews.I have thoroughly enjoyed the story to say the least because for me I was able to see the story as it happened (as if live action).The story I felt was a plausible story in which there was no outlandish ideas or some bizzare theory.A very great adventure for me and I am eagerly anticipating his next story released here in the U.S.Great job Mr. Beck. You have my support.

3-0 out of 5 stars Beneath Reality
It was not all bad, but clearly, it is a fantasy - not a "thriller".Tom Clancy writes thrillers. Lee Child writes thrillers. Ludlum writes thrillers. The author of this book had more in common with Jules Verne or L. Frank Baum. The list of technical "never-happens" was quite lengthy but my favorite was the rifles that shot "compressed air balls", closely followed by the underground ocean which was teeming with all manner of giant monsters. What did they eat, you ask ?Why, each other, and they were all getting fat!
The genius beauty queen girl, the super-human commando, and the giant evil russian killer would have been right at home in a Marvel comic, but they were overdone for something you can read without smirks and giggles.

5-0 out of 5 stars Beneath The Dark Ice
An awe inspiring adventure filled with bold exploits. Begins with a mystery, a hint of connection to an ancient civilization. A plane crashes into the Antartic ice. Enter Captain Alex Hunter, elite soldier and his rescue team of HAWCS and research scientists. They encounter hideous creatures with a stench of horror that lurk beneath the abyss of dark ice. What else they discover, a substance possibly so precious, it could change the world. Creating hostility among men with a thirst for power. Greig Beck an ingenious new talent leaves his readers with awakening nightmares, addicted to the adventures of Captain Alex Hunter. Blockbuster material. 5 stars!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Adventure beneath the ice
Beneath the Dark Ice is an adventure story that takes us from our "everyday world" to one of mystery, Lovecraftian horrors, and fear.

This is a story that combines the mystery surrounding the south polar region with unguessed horrors beneath the ice. In Lovecraft's novel "At the Mountains of Madness" an exploratory team discovers an ancient city among the mountains of this polar region. They explore the inner region of this lost city, going levels deeper and deeper only to find that something still lurks in the darkness, something infinitely old and powerful.

In the story being reviewed here, an exploratory team is on a mission to find a previously lost team. They descend into caves as old as time. Inside they encounter pictoral writing similar to Egyptian, Aztec, Mayan, and Olmec combined. The Archeologist attempts to read the pictoral story and it concerns the trials of two great warriors who pursue a monster of ancient myth. This story is encountered in deeper and deeper levels as they search for and cannot find the missing team.

The story evolves around the incredible world they encounter, and the incredible creatures that inhabit that world, including the monster responsible for the loss of the missing team. The author gives us breathtaking views of this interior world that marvel and make one want the story to not end, but to go deeper, longer, and further into this primeval realm. It is a feast for those who like stories about caves, monsters that inhabit them, and an ancient world once populated by a people long gone, but was once a mighty race that still has left its mark on our world of today. The story is enhanced by the archeology aspect, by the trial of the people involved, and by the whole mystery of the place itself. It is a story you do not want to miss, nor will forget once you read it.

I highly recommend this story, especially to those who enjoy Lovecraft. There are connections to his work and finding these is part of the fun of reading this story. Just the fact of being in a cave under polar regions, seeing evidences of a long lost civilization, being hunted by something of unimaginable horror, and the battles that insue will delight and make reading not only interesting, but also will make you seek out more works from this author, as I have done.

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6. The Beck Diet Solution: Train Your Brain to Think Like a Thin Person
by Judith S. Beck
Paperback: 288 Pages (2009-02-03)
list price: US$16.95 -- used & new: US$6.97
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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This time, its going to be different.

This time, you are going to diet successfully, lose weight with confidence, and, most importantly, keep it off forever.

That's because The Beck Diet Solution is the first book that teaches dieters how to apply the proven benefits of Cognitive Therapy to dieting and weight loss: how to think differently, change your eating behavior, and lose weight permanently. In fact, Cognitive Therapy is the only psychological method shown to help dieters keep off excess weight once they lose it.

The Beck Diet Solution will change the way you think about eating and weight loss forever!

Written by world-expert Cognitive Therapist Dr. Judith S. Beck, The Beck Diet Solution is a remarkable six-week program that gives you all the tools you need to train your brain to think like a thin person. This breakthrough approach, which works in tandem with any nutritional diet plan shows you how to make the kinds of positive, long-term thinking and behavioral changes necessary to lose weight and to maintain your weight loss, not just for the short run but for the rest of your life!

Simply put: The Beck Diet Solution teaches you the skills you need to diet successfully and to keep the weight off permanently.

You will discover Dr. Beck's strategies for ensuring long-term weight loss based on over 20 years of successfully coaching dieters in her practice including ways to:
Learn to stick to any diet.
Make cravings go awayfast!
Resist tempting foods.
Deal with trigger eating situations.
Say, No, thank you, to food pushers.
Put an end to emotional eating.
Conquer every excuse to overeat.
Find time to exercise.
Lose weight and keep it off for a lifetime!

Give yourself the mental and emotional foundation you need to succeed with The Beck Diet Solution.
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4-0 out of 5 stars Good book so far
I just started this book and so far it is really good.It is bascially a six week program to get you to think like a thin person does and has some excellent tips on how to re-train your thought process from sabotaging youself to more positive and actually thinking about why or why not you may be hungry.As I said, I just started it and have only begun the first few processes but it is very easy to understand and participate in and so far so good.

1-0 out of 5 stars Just another diet book
I am usually a big fan of Beck and her cognitive therapy work.But this book isn't really her best work.Its just another "quick fix" diet book, with the focus on short term rather than long term change, and even some of the guilt stuff.The process of working out new thoughts is not interactive enough to hold, the new thoughts she suggests are sometimes the very type of thoughts folks who are losing weight actually guilt themselves with.Good idea, bad application.I have tried a few CBT workbooks with my clients, and this one is going right back to amazon. Nothing new here!

5-0 out of 5 stars Encouraging book!
I've been trying hard to cut my fat for many years and recently I found this book.
I think Beck's advice was very informative,inspirational and healthy one because I can start to take action in my daily life right away! I've already started to control my unhealthy earing habits and already said "No thank you" several time. I am starting to lose weight and am feeling healthier.

5-0 out of 5 stars Loving the Beck Diet!
Very informative and full of useful information to help with the weight loss mindset. I am so pleased that I found this this book. Perfect tool that helps with all aspects of learning to live healthy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book! I've lost 100 lbs!
If you follow the steps in this book, you will lose weight. She takes the excuses away, and helps you see how and why you were eating food. This book was very helpful in getting me to change my lifestyle. People are always telling me how amazing it is that I have lost so much weight. Everyone wants to know my secret. I tell them this book got me started, and helped me keep going. ... Read more

7. The Book of American Heroes: Our Founders
by Glenn Beck
Hardcover: 276 Pages (2011-02-08)
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8. When Pleasure Rules
by J.K. Beck
Mass Market Paperback: 448 Pages (2010-09-28)
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Seven innocents have been brutally murdered in Los Angeles, yet the Shadow Alliance has no suspects and no leads. As the body count mounts, the age-old feud between vampires and werewolves threatens to explode.

Lissa Monroe—a strong-willed, ravishing succubus who entices men to surrender their souls—agrees to go undercover for the Alliance. Her mission: infiltrate the mind of werewolf leader Vincent Rand, a ferociously alluring enemy who exerts a powerful hold over her. As the City of Angels teeters on the brink of apocalypse, these two adversaries must join together in order to survive an even more lethal enemy hidden in plain sight.
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4-0 out of 5 stars Redemption, Love, and A Promising Supporting Cast
The evidence in a series of high profile murders involving a paranormal killer point to neither a shape-shifter or a vampire as the murderer but also rule out neither. Political ramifications for the leaders of the paranormal communities add urgency to stopping the murders and the members of the PEC (paranormal police) are under pressure to solve the crime quickly. The PEC set their sights on werewolf enforcer Vincent Rand who is conducting his own investigation into the murders and coerce succubus Lissa Monroe into using her special powers to gather intel on Rand.

I ended up really enjoying When Pleasure rules, even though I wasn't overly enthralled with the first book in the series, When Blood Calls. I thought that wolf-shifter and succubus was an interesting pairing and the redemption theme was a good one, as Rand - a lifelong killer, convinced he is more animal than man and doesn't have a soul - finds love with Lissa - who as a succubus, knows a lot about souls, but shouldn't have the ability to love.I also liked that, despite the instant draw between Rand and Lissa, the fact that Rand's soul is so fragile to start out with draws out the claiming and ups the sensual intensity of the eventual consummation.And there are enough other things going on in When Pleasure Rules, with elements related to the reasons behind the murder and the murder investigation itself, that the romance between Lissa and Rand is balanced out by the other elements of the story.

I also appreciate that even though she is only two books into her series, author Beck has developed a fair amount of intriguing characters in her supporting cast.The most interesting so far are Nick Montegue, a vamp lawyer who still has feelings for the succubus who betrayed his love in her former life and the slightly more than human PI, Petra, with her mysterious secret.But I am also hoping to find out more about: vampire Caris who is girlfriend to were-leader Gunnolf, hardnosed parademon cop Doyle- who certainly needs a woman to rock his black and white world - and Sergius, the vamp with control issues whose struggle with his barely leashed demon has garnered my sympathy. I read that Beck has a contract to write three more books in this series and hopefully my favorites will all get a turn in the spotlight.

One element of the first book which I really did like was that was missing in this story?I had been intrigued by the secret paranormal judicial system and was hoping to see a bit more of it here, but I guess I'll just have to be patient since it looks like maybe my wish will be granted in When Wicked Craves.

2-0 out of 5 stars Can't even finish the book!!
First off, I am an avid reader of many series and am always anxious to start a new series. I read the first book and while I wasn't overly thrilled, I thought the series had potential.I started the second book and I can't even bring myself to continue reading it. I agree with the previous review - I don't even like the starring characters. That makes it very hard to continue. I kept waiting for something that was going to make me like them and there was nothing !!!! It's been a couple of days (and usually if a story is great I can't wait to get back to it) and I haven't picked up the book.

4-0 out of 5 stars When Pleasure Rules (Shadow Keepers, book 2) review
The on going feud between werewolves and vampires continues and is getting deadlier each day.The Shadow Alliance, secret organization that governs the paranormal, wants answers now. Werewolf Vincent Rand is back in Los Angeles to find out who is framing his boss Gunnolf for the murder of 7 humans with more bodies piling up.Lissa Monroe is to use her succubus powers and ability to look into her lover's minds to find out more about Rand for the Alliance or will be forced to give up every thing she has worked for and will be sent to prison.What she thought would be an easy task proves to be difficult when they start to fall for each other and will risk anything, including their missions, to save the other.

Vincent Rand grew up on the hard streets of LA and killed his first person before he was even a teenager.He has always had an inner wolf lurking at his surface and finally let it loose after being bitten while over seas.Rand first became a soldier as a human and continue to be one for the werewolf leader Gunnolf once he was turned.He left LA for Paris to get away from his past but is forced to go back after years of being away to see who has been spreading lies about his leader that may cost him his territory.When he arrives he visits Orlando, a club where the women are succubi, and meets its beautiful and take no crap owner Lissa Monroe.He feels desire for her right away but writes it off as the attraction all men feel towards a succubus.Lissa is not sure of what to think of Rand at first.He seems unaffected by her succubus appeal and it both confuses and intrigues her.Lissa tells herself she must stay away from Rand but is forced to seek him out when Division 6, paranormal arm of the law, threatens to close her club down and toss her in prison if she does not use her gift of steeling secrets straight from someone's head on Rand to find out why his is in LA and what his involvement is in the string of recent killings.

I'm not generally a fan of succubus but I found myself liking Lissa. She won her freedom from her master and works to buy the freedom of other succubus and lets them be their own masters.Taking what is not given freely is why she is on Division 6's radar.She has already started to like Rand because he doesn't fall for her tricks and does what no one else has done for her.He tries to protect her.When she is with him it's not just about sex and you can tell she really feels guilty for what she must do.Rand has had a hard life.He was in a violent gang and got a girl pregnant.He married her but then lost her when a gang leader wanted to prove a point and killed her.After that he became a disciplined soldier who works to keep his wolf from coming out.He wants to blame the attraction towards Lissa on what she is but he can't help like that she stands up for herself and takes crap from no one.Not to mention the thought of her with another male makes him want to unleash his inner beast.Their relationship moves pretty quickly and at first it is based off lust but I ended up liking this pair because together they became better and more interesting characters.

There is a killer hunting humans in Southern California and not even the paranormal are safe.Someone is killing humans and vampires are blaming werewolves and werewolves are blaming vampires.I really liked that it wasn't that simple.When Pleasure Rules has a love story but is equally matched with a 'who done it?' story line done in a supernatural world.This is an ongoing series so you see a lot of the same characters that are in the first book in the series, When Blood Calls.One of my favorites is still Nick who is a lawyer and vampire (isn't that part of every lawyer joke?).He first comes off as a arrogant (which he is) and kind of one dimensional in the first book but in this book light is shed on his past and I ended the book wanting to know more about him and am glad he takes the lead in the next book in the series, When Wicked Craves.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the first, but have hopes for book 3
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After reading When Blood CallsI was anxious to start reading When Pleasure Rules , sadly it didn't live up to When Blood Callsfor me. I excepted When Pleasure Rulesbe as good if not better When Blood Calls .

Honestly I am not really sure the reason I didn't care for When Pleasure Rules . I would have to say that at least part of the reason was I didn't fall in love with the main characters. Honestly I really didn't care for either of them. I didn't find Rand and Lissa to be likable.

Lissa is a succubus who owned a business of trading souls. I really wanted to like her, she tried to save her fellow succubi from people that wanted to abuse them but I felt she went about it the wrong way, by blackmailing people. I also didn't feel any passion for what she does, or how she lives her life. I really needed more spark form her.

Rand, was supposed to be a reformed bad boy, but I didn't see it. He killed people for his boss, and didn't care. I liked Rand until I read that he killed his wife's killer because she belonged to him, and no one takes what is his. He didn't love his wife, or even care about her if he thought of her as a possession.

There were times I honestly just wanted to put When Pleasures Rule down, but I stuck with it because I really enjoyed When Blood Calls . I feel that if the characters had been more likable, and I could really feel them that I would have been able to get into When Pleasure Rules . The one thing I really liked about When Pleasure Rulesis that we got to see some of the characters from When Blood Calls, such as Sara, Luke, and Doyle. Hopefully When Wicked Craveswill be better.

5-0 out of 5 stars excellent romantic urban fantasy
Being a succubus, club owner Lissa Monroe understands those who work for her as she rescued her succubae from abusive masters.They provide pleasure to the humans while feeding on mortals, but they never kill the client.

Lissa has a unique extra skill that none of her employees possess. She can read the mind of her lover.The Division learns of Lissa's special talent and wants her to help them with a Los Angeles serial killer case going nowhere.They ask her to enter the mind of Vincent Rand, who apparently has information on the deaths of innocent people.Lissa prefers not to read this man she is attracted to while Vincent struggles with his desire for the succubus, which keeps him from focusing on his personal mission at a time when the Shadow Alliance between vampires and werewolves is shattering one murder at a time.

The second Shadow Keepers romantic urban fantasy (see When Blood Calls) is a terrific dark heated thriller that grips the audience from start to finish.Rand and Monroe distrust each other but part of their qualms is caused by an attraction that neither want.As the fragile Alliance between the vampires and werewolves appears increasingly dead, the lead couple investigates the homicides while fearing what they will find inside their respective hearts.

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9. When Wicked Craves
by J.K. Beck
Mass Market Paperback: 352 Pages (2010-10-26)
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Petra Lang is cursed never to love. One touch of her skin unleashes the vilest demons. Sentenced to death by the Shadow authorities, who fear she’ll turn her curse against them, Petra is rescued by vampire advocate Nicholas Montegue. As their bodies merge and transform into mist, Petra feels an erotic longing.

Nicholas risked his own life to save Petra, yet he knows he can never give in to the explosive attraction he feels for her. But the deep yearning they share tempts them. Together, they must find a way to lift the curse. For only a love this strong has the power to overcome such monstrous evil. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars great romantic fantasy
Petra Lang can never know the warm touch of another person whether it would be a lover or a friend.A hug is something she should never feel as one touch turns the nicest person into a snarling demonic beast.The Shadow Alliance leadership fears her curse will be used against them as she apparently has caused the prophecy of their deaths to begin.She must die before they die.

Vampire Nicholas Montegue rescues her from death as he needs her to save his friend Serge who she turned.However, her hero is turned into a beast.While the Alliance assassins chase them, the pair goes to his former mentor, an alchemist he betrayed centuries ago as their only hope.When she learns her death will save his friend, she willingly wants to die.However, he can no longer kill the woman he loves but can't touch.

When J.K. Beck writes a romantic fantasy readers know the tale will prove great as affirmed by When Blood Calls and When Pleasure Rules.Her latest tale is a tense twisting thriller that comes across as a paranormal Gift of the Magi starring an adult Kitty Pryde of X-women fame and a fascinating frustrated hero.Sub-genre fans will crave impatiently for when the next visit to the Beckian universe occurs.

Harriet Klausner

5-0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars for When Wicked Craves
Petra Lang has been sentenced to die by the Shadow Alliance because a centuries old family curse. If anyone comes in contact with her skin, even the slightest touch, will cause them to turn into a horrible murderous creature. A last minute rescue by her vampire attorney Nicholas Montegue has them both running for their lives. Petra knows the reason for Nick saving her is not because of an unfair ruling but because he needs Petra to save a friend. Yet she can't stop herself from the desire that is building in her for a man she could never touch. Nick's friend was turned into a beast by Petra's touch and he will do anything he can to bring him back. He will use Petra in whatever way is necessary to come up with a cure but things get complicated when Nick starts to care for the smart and crafty Petra. When a way to end the curse comes to light Nicholas may have to choose between the woman he loves and a friend who could mean the end of the Alliance.

Petra has lived her entire life without contact because of her curse but she still holds her head high and she should not be taken lightly. She is smart, savvy and and resourceful. Yes, she swoons over Nick a bit (who wouldn't?) but at the same time she keeps him on his toes and is a constant surprise to him. She has her stubborn 'I don't need him to take care of me' moments but she knows he is her only chance to end her curse. Nick has a way with women. He has lived hundreds of years but is still manages to be surprised by Petra. Aside from being a lawyer, Nick is also heavily into science and alchemy. Petra is able to keep up with him and they can have meaningful conversations which is a rarity with him and women. He too has his moments of doubt regarding his feelings because of a past betrayal that left his heart broken. Their feelings for each other are real and they learn to get past hesitations. Its both lust and love for these two plus an understanding and deep bond that make them my favorite couple so far in this series.

What happens when Petra touches some one's skin is she brings out a near unstoppable force that gets stronger each moment it lives. The Shadow Alliance, powerful organization that over sees the paranormal world, was told of a prophecy that would be their end. An end that would be brought by a being Petra would create. They claim to give her a fare trail but she was considered guilty in their eyes the moment she was captured. There is nothing nice about those who govern the Alliance. It is made up of vampires, weres, wraiths and other creatures of the night who are only out for their own well being. I was tempted to cheer for the monster to rip them to shreds. Aside from having to run from the Alliance, Nick and Petra need to find a cure to turn Serge back into himself and do it before the monster he has become gets loose and leaves a path of death and destruction.

When Wicked Craves is the third book in J.K. Beck's Shadow Keepers series and at this point is my favorite. The action takes off right away and doesn't let up till the end. There's a sweet and at times heart tugging romance between Petra and Nick that balances out the story. The ending was both interesting and surprising with a finale worthy of this awesome read. We also get a better look into Shadow Alliance and learn where their priorities really are. Not even friends are safe from their wrath. I felt like everything is taken up a notch in this book and is a hard to put down read. Fans who like their paranormal romance darker than normal will like this series.
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10. Glazed Murder: A Donut Shop Mystery (Donut Shop Mysteries)
by Jessica Beck
Mass Market Paperback: 320 Pages (2010-03-30)
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Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Meet Suzanne Hart, owner and operator of Donut Hearts coffee shop in April Springs, North Carolina. After her divorce from Max, an out-of-work actor she’s dubbed “The Great Impersonator,” Suzanne decided to pursue her one true passion in life: donuts. So she cashed in her settlement and opened up shop in the heart of her beloved hometown.

But when a dead body is dumped on her doorstep like a sack of flour, Suzanne’s cozy little shop becomes an all-out crime scene. Now, everyone in town is dropping by for glazed donuts and gruesome details. The retired sheriff warns her to be careful—and they’re all suspects. Soon Suzanne—who finds snooping as irresistible as donuts—is poking holes in everyone’s alibis…

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1-0 out of 5 stars Horrid
I rarely bother writing a review, but this book is so totally lacking in literary quality, I feel compelled. How does something like this book get published? The author has absolutely nothing interesting to say nor any flair for saying it. She also has absolutely no clue as to how to develop and pace a mystery. NONE. I like a good mystery, but I'm so tired of these books masquerading as mysteries. If I wanted recipes, I'd buy a cook book.

3-0 out of 5 stars Deja vu all over again
If "Jessica Beck" is not another pseudonym for Joanne Fluke, then Fluke ought to take her to court for stealing her ideas. This book, "Glazed Murder," is almost identical to Fluke's "Hannah Swensen mysteries" with regard to both plot and characters. The protagonist, Suzanne, is the overweight owner of a pastry shop - donuts this time rather than cookies, not a big difference. She has a college-age female assistant, and a widowed domineering mother. Instead of the elegant and completely "in shape" sister that Hannah has, Suzanne has the same character in her best friend Grace. Suzanne likewise has 2 men interested in her, and oh yes - one of them is also a law enforcement man who lost his wife in a violent manner. Both books spend/waste (depending on your interests) a lot of time describing the cooking process and the creation of recipes, many of which are included in the books. The only thing lacking in Beck's book is the cat.

As for the book "Glazed Murder" itself, it's good for light entertainment if you have nothing better to do. For those interested in cooking, the recipes are nice, but as a murder mystery it falls flat. As in the Hannah Swensen books, the protagonist bores the reader with constantly explaining why she "has to" solve the murder herself, instead of letting the police do it, and like Swensen ends up being an insufferable busy-body needlessly putting herself at risk. I've gotten bored with the Swensen series, and this is no better. There isn't even a cat for comic relief.

4-0 out of 5 stars glazed murder
good light read. keeps you guessing til the end. already downloaded book two. can't wait to read it and follow the budding romance. my first job was in a donut shop in the deep south so I can run right along with her.

5-0 out of 5 stars Donut miss this book
Glazed Murder by Jessica Beck is the first in the Donut Shop Mystery series. Yes, just about every food establishment has a mystery series around it. I'm not sure what the appeal is, but I do like donuts.
This series follows the owner of Donut Hearts, Suzanne Hart. Suzanne bought the shop on a whim after her messy divorce from Max, an aspiring actor who is trying to win her back. Now she wakes up every morning around 1 a.m. to go to her shop and make donuts.
One early morning, she opens the shop, looks outside and sees a body being thrown from a vehicle. Turns out one of her regular customers was murdered and for some reason, the body was dumped on her doorstep. Unfortunately, Suzanne is now in danger because she is a witness to part of the crime. In an effort to protect herself and her shop, she sets out to investigate who might be involved. Along the way she meets Jake, a state police investigator, who offers her a romantic diversion.
Though this follows the standard cozy mystery formula, I really enjoyed the story and characters. however, everything wraps up very quickly at the end, and I would have liked to have more clues along the way. If you enjoy light mysteries and romance, this is a fun one to try!

5-0 out of 5 stars Glazed Murder: A Donut Shop Mystery (Donut Shop Mysteries
I've passed this around to several friends and we all enjoyed this book. Next is getting together to try the receipes. I'm drooling just thinking about them! ... Read more

11. When Blood Calls
by J.K. Beck
Mass Market Paperback: 416 Pages (2010-08-31)
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Attorney Sara Constantine is thrilled with her promotion—until she finds out that she must now prosecute vampires and werewolves. The first defendant she’ll be trying to put away? Lucius Dragos, the sexy stranger with whom she recently shared an explosive night of ecstasy.

When Lucius kisses a beautiful woman sitting next to him at the bar, he’s hoping only to avoid the perceptive gaze of the man he’s planning to kill. But what starts as a simple kiss ignites into an all-consuming passion. Charged with murder, Luke knows that Sara is determined to see him locked away—unless he can convince her that he’s not a monster. And that might mean making the ultimate sacrifice. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Steamy Romance
This book was a good supernatural romance of good versus evil. The character of Sara and Lucius pulls you into the world of the supernatural of humans vs vampires. The tragic life of Lucius and his past and constantly struggling to control his inner demons and the chemistry of the 2 main characters and complexity of both their pasts putting them both in emotional chainholds until they can reconcile the past with the present day. I read it through in 1 day as soon as I got it and will probably re-read it again later on. Good choice if your into reading romance novels with a lot of steamy scenes of humans and vampires intermingling.

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't Bother

When Blood Calls is suppose to be the first of three books by J.K Beck.These paranormal romance stories are supposed to keep you captivated and engaged.I found that she introduces so many characters in the first three chapters that I couldn't keep track of who was the main character and who I should care about.This novel was a waste of time and I will not be buying or reading the following novels.

5-0 out of 5 stars I am eager to read the next book by this author
It is evident from the prologue of "When Blood Calls" that there is a lot more to the situation Luke Dragos (the main male lead) has created for himself than initially meets the eye.The characters that populate the hidden community of our world in this book are multi-faceted and have an interwoven history with each other.I look forward to learning more about their past in the books that follow. I hadn't read anything authored by J.K. Beck prior to "When Blood Calls"; now that I have read this book she certainly has attracted my interest in other books she's written.I received this book in a goody bag from attending FeverCon Oct.1 2010 and am grateful that book 2 in this series released this month so I can get my hands on it immediately.

4-0 out of 5 stars I'm excited by this new series!
When I saw that one of my favorite paranormal romance authors (Kresley Cole) recommended this book I hoped above all hopes that it would be a great new series to get into, and I was not disappointed.J.K. Beck writes a lot like many of the paranormal romances I enjoy and I can't wait to read the next one which I've already purchased.

Sara Constantine is an attorney on the rise and she is promoted to a new division that deals with paranormal crimes she had previously been oblivious to.Asked to prosecute a man she has been intimate with in the past she has a hard time reconciling the cold blooded killing vampire (Lucian Dragos) with the lovely man she met at a bar.Lucian is part of an order of men that deal justice out to those that the law doesn't convict and he doesn't know how he's going to get out of the murder charges he's convicted for with Sara prosecuting him.

I really liked this book because it was really well written.Sara is a smart, strong woman that you can't help but cheer for.Lucian was the hot alpha male that women love.The only complaint I have was that at times all of the characters became a little overwhelming and it seemed like she was trying to develop the new world she had created too much.Hopefully the introductions to all of the new types of demons and other species will become less once she has written more books.Full of interesting plot twists this book kept me interested from beginning to end.

3-0 out of 5 stars Just So So
I wanted to like this book.I love Julie Kenner.She was one of the first authors I read when I began reading urban fantasy and paranormal stories.I don't mind a well done paranormal romance and I had high hopes for "When Blood Calls".Ultimately the book was just so so.I like the set up, I liked the world.The idea of an underground legal system that deals with parnormal creatures was intriguing.I found it hard to get into the story at the beginning because I never connected to Luke or to Sarah.They were very one demensional to me and they could have been interchanged with any other generic couple from a paranormal romance.They mystery of the death of a well known political entity and the interwoven story of a serial killer were a little more exciting.I was genuinely surprised by the twist at the end of the book.Still that didn't completely redeem the book for me.I found it to drag on and on.I just couldn't become invested.I will say that I liked a couple of the side characters including Nick and I may read the next story as it seems to be his story. ... Read more

12. An Inconvenient Book: Real Solutions to the World's Biggest Problems
by Glenn Beck
Paperback: 320 Pages (2009-05-12)
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Have you ever wondered why some of the biggest problems we face, from illegal immigration to global warming to poverty, never seem to get fixed? The reason is simple: the solutions just aren't very convenient. Fortunately, radio and television host Glenn Beck doesn't care much about convenience; he cares about common sense.

Take the issue of poverty, for example. Over the last forty years, America's ten poorest cities all had one simple thing in common, but self-serving politicians will never tell you what that is (or explain how easy it would be to change): Glenn Beck will (see chapter 20).

Global warming is another issue that's ripe with lies and distortion. How many times have you heard that carbon dioxide is responsible for huge natural disasters that have killed millions of people? The truth is, it's actually the other way around: as CO2 has increased, deaths from extreme weather have decreased. Bet you'll never see that in an Al Gore slide show.

An Inconvenient Book contains hundreds of these same "why have I never heard that before?" types of facts that will leave you wondering how political correctness, special interests, and outright stupidity have gotten us so far away from the commonsense solutions this country was built on.

As the host of a nationally syndicated radio show, The Glenn Beck Program, and a prime-time television show on CNN Headline News, Glenn Beck combines a refreshing level of honesty with a biting sense of humor and a lot of research to find solutions that will open your eyes while entertaining you along the way. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Nothing new
The title is appropriate, but not strong enough. The book is inconvenient, yes! But it's also disappointing and boring propaganda, and mostly filled with untruths. I check what I read and once I checked his ramblings I found it's just his imagination. Which is fine, but he leads you to believe it's fact when it's just opinion, spin, and downright lies.

Save your money, your time, and keep some self-respect. Leave the book on the shelf to collect what it deserves. Dust.

4-0 out of 5 stars expose a lie,fo fun
I read the reviews on this book,the reason I bought it was I read the one with bibliography is to incoven.in the title,I thought here is a good unbiased review.WRONG.everything he said was eather not there or could not trace facts in notes,was there and facts were easy to trace.The book was fun to read and funny.as independent voter I read everyones junk.and there is some junk here too.but this bibliography dude should just be truthful.

1-0 out of 5 stars DUMB!!!!
Glenn Beck makes millions selling lies and deceit and interweaving it with the founding fathers, religion and what God wants. Glenn Beck makes his money from the grand lair and master of hate Rupert Murdoch. Murdoch is a fascist who believes only the rich should decide political or economic policies. Glenn Beck exists to brainwash true believers into voting for the real lie. These guys are successful at lying and deceit. If they succeed the American people will completely support the rich and have no social welfare.

5-0 out of 5 stars .......
yeah to describe this man in one word... Anti-Christ...why just because you give a half truths doesn't make it true..might help you own conscience.uses famous quotes from famous people and gives his OPINION about it.. he is no expert..did you go to school or college to be a news caster? Just makes you think why should you believe a total stranger.. 5 stars is waht i gave him so i could be at the top of the list...

4-0 out of 5 stars Get facts not opinions in this book
Glenn Beck is probably on your love or hate list but nowhere in between.This book will open your eyes if you are really looking for facts about this man-made global warming theory.After reading what he says, then researching the positions on both sides, it is clear Glenn is way ahead on the truth than those on the side of Mr. Gore. ... Read more

13. Tears of a Clown: Glenn Beck and the Tea Bagging of America
by Dana Milbank
Hardcover: 272 Pages (2010-10-05)
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Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank takes a fair and balanced look at the unsettling rise of the silly Fox News host Glenn Beck.

Thomas Jefferson famously wrote that “the tree of Liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.” In America in 2010, Glenn Beck provides the very refreshment Jefferson had in mind: Whether he’s the patriot or the tyrant, he’s definitely full of manure.

The wildly popular Fox News host with three million daily viewers perfectly captures the vitriol of our time and the fact-free state of our political culture. The secret to his success is his willingness to traffic in the fringe conspiracies and Internet hearsay that others wouldn’t touch with a ten-foot pole: death panels, government health insurance for dogs, FEMA concen­tration camps, an Obama security force like Hitler’s SS.

But Beck, who is, according to a recent Gallup poll, admired by more Americans than the Pope, has nothing in his background that identifies him as an ideologue, giving rise to the speculation that his right-wing shtick is just that—the act of a brilliant showman, known for both his over-the-top daily out­rages and for weeping on the air.

Milbank describes, with lacerating wit, just how the former shock jock without a college degree has managed to become the most recognizable leader of antigovernment conservatives and exposes him as the guy who is single-handedly giving patri­otism a bad name.Amazon.com Review
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columnist Dana Milbank takes a fair and balanced look at the unsettling rise of the silly Fox News host Glenn Beck.

Thomas Jefferson famously wrote that “the tree of Liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.” In America in 2010, Glenn Beck provides the very refreshment Jefferson had in mind: Whether he’s the patriot or the tyrant, he’s definitely full of manure.

The wildly popular Fox News host with three million daily viewers perfectly captures the vitriol of our time and the fact-free state of our political culture. The secret to his success is his willingness to traffic in the fringe conspiracies and Internet hearsay that others wouldn’t touch with a ten-foot pole: death panels, government health insurance for dogs, FEMA concen­tration camps, an Obama security force like Hitler’s SS.

But Beck, who is, according to a recent Gallup poll, admired by more Americans than the Pope, has nothing in his background that identifies him as an ideologue, giving rise to the speculation that his right-wing shtick is just that—the act of a brilliant showman, known for both his over-the-top daily out­rages and for weeping on the air.

Milbank describes, with lacerating wit, just how the former shock jock without a college degree has managed to become the most recognizable leader of antigovernment conservatives and exposes him as the guy who is single-handedly giving patri­otism a bad name.

From the Hardcover edition.

Amazon Exclusive: Author Dana Milbank on Beck University

As part of his $32-million-a-year business empire, Fox News host/radio show host/March on Washington demagogue Glenn Beck has begun offering on-line classes through “Beck University.” For an annual tuition of $74.95, and hundreds of perfectly good hours wasted, you will learn why everything they teach you at other universities is, as Beck puts it, “unbelievably incomplete” – because those schools, unlike Beck University, are constrained by annoyances such as facts.

Alternatively, for much less money and pain, you can decline Beck University’s admission offer and buy this book.Consider it the Cliff’s Notes to Glenn Beck University:Everything you need to know about the most successful, and dangerous, media personality in America.I’d call it “Glenn Beck for Dummies,” but people might confuse it with Beck’s broadcasts.

The Class Offerings:

Chemistry 101: How Beck uses menthol paste to produce the famous tears that flow from his eyes.

Economics 110: Beck describes himself as a “regular schmoe” who lives in a “subdivision,” then takes a chauffer-driven sedan to his 16-room mansion on three acres in the wealthiest hamlet in America: New Canaan, Connecticut.

Economics 330: Beck’s apocalyptic pronouncements on air have made him a favorite of advertisers selling gold coins and “Survival Seed Banks” that can be used in the End Times.

Religion 220: Beck’s advancement of the White Horse Prophecy, an obscure Mormon philosophy dating to the Prophet Joseph Smith, who said elders of the Mormon Church will save the Constitution.

Biology 111: The saga of how Glenn Beck was almost killed by his hemorrhoids.

Biology 330: The science behind Beck’s killing of a frog and restoring life to a dead fish on his Fox News set.

Psychology 125: How to convince millions of people that the U.S. government is operating concentration camps in Wyoming.

History 114: Beck’s discovery that progressives in America are using “the same tactic” Hitler did in “rounding up Jews and exterminating them.”

History 220: Advanced Revisionism. Beck, fierce foe of government spending, once said of the Wall Street bailout: “the real story is the $700 billion that you’re hearing about now is not only, I believe, necessary, it is also not nearly enough, and all of the weasels in Washington know it.”

Genealogy 401: Beck’s research determines that Woodrow Wilson is Obama’s grandfather.

Enroll today. Because the End is Near.

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1-0 out of 5 stars tears of a clown
Tried hard to read this book. Wanted to get the "fair and balanced" view. Did not get that. At least Beck educated himself on his subjects; the author of this silliness did not.

1-0 out of 5 stars Pathetic Fallacies
So far it seems this book has sold fewer than 1600 copies since its release way back in early October. Ouch- yea- 138,000 copies of Beck's book sold in the first week. I feel bad for Random House honestly.

Also- I've listened to Glenn Beck's program. It just makes lines like "Beck's crusade of terror" just laugh out loud funny. The guy jokes about Star Wars and actually has a valid take on current political affairs.

What was it Obama said back in 09? Oh yea ""I don't want to quell anger. I think people are right to be angry. I'm angry,". Oops- I think he must have meant it's only ok for Democrats to be angry.

1-0 out of 5 stars Typical Liberal Drivel
Milbank is a sad liberal clown who's only wish is to become a real journalist someday.While Beck is basically infotainment, his ratings show that he does this well.Milbank on the other hand only has a job as he can parrot liberal lines along with all the other liberal drones, with nothing new, nothing you could not have guessed he would say.Basically, read most papers or watch most MSM 'news' and you can have access to a hundred Milbanks.

As an aside: Government insurance for dogs? I've never heard Beck talk about that. And the whole FEMA camps thing is a lie. Beck went out of his way on his show to debunk that myth, not to promote it. If the Amazon promotional blurb is filled with lies, what does that portend about the book's contents

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your time
The only tears will be your own by wasting your money on this book. More Liberal whining at its best.

4-0 out of 5 stars Charlatan Exposed!
Pay Lay Ale, Beck, Pay Lay Ale.Hoard your gold and don't serve humanity, that would be wrong. ... Read more

14. The Christmas Sweater
by Glenn Beck, Kevin Balfe, Jason F. Wright
Hardcover: 284 Pages (2008-11-11)
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If You Could Change Your Life by Reversing Your Biggest Regrets, Sorrows and Mistakes...Would You?

#1 New York Times bestselling author and renowned radio and television host Glenn Beck delivers an instant holiday classic about boyhood memories, wrenching life lessons, and the true meaning of the gifts we give to one another in love.

We weren't wealthy, we weren't poor -- we just were. We never wanted for anything, except maybe more time together....

When Eddie was twelve years old, all he wanted for Christmas was a bike. Although his life had gotten harder -- and money tighter -- since his father died and the family bakery closed...Eddie dreamed that somehow his mother would find a way to have his dream bike gleaming beside their modest Christmas tree that magical morning.

What he got from her instead was a sweater. "A stupid, handmade, ugly sweater" that young Eddie left in a crumpled ball in the corner of his room.

Scarred deeply by the realization that kids don't always get what they want, and too young to understand that he already owned life's most valuable treasures, that Christmas morning was the beginning of Eddie's dark and painful journey on the road to manhood. It will take wrestling with himself, his faith, and his family -- and the guidance of a mysterious neighbor named Russell -- to help Eddie find his path through the storm clouds of life and finally see the real significance of that simple gift his mother had crafted by hand with love in her heart.

Based on a deeply personal true story, The Christmas Sweater is a warm and poignant tale of family, faith and forgiveness that offers us a glimpse of our own lives -- while also making us question if we really know what's most important in them. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A perfect little gift to the soul
I started this book thinking it would be "hokey".In fact, it took me a couple of years to finally get around to reading it (during which time I've become a deeply passionate Glenn Beck fan, and so I felt it was time to read what was probably his most intimate book -- he has confirmed that it is "about 90% autobiographical".It is, ostensibly, an allegory of Beck's own life, compressed into a simple story.)

The physical book itself is like a work of art - the black and white line engraving-like illustrations are old-timey and unpretentious as are the initial block letters in woodcut style that begin each new chapter.

At the start, I found Eddie and his bread-bag boots (and family) a bit one-dimensional and unsophisticated -- more a caricature than real people.I couldn't believe Eddie and his grandfather lived only to sneak peeks at Christmas presents and to cheat at cards.

But it is the tragedy that really sets the story going.Eddie's fallout from the tragedy is in some ways not what I expected.I expected sadness and dejection.Instead, we encounter a callous boy who seems to have grown shallower than he was when he snuck under his mother's bed to peek at what he thought would be a box containing a receipt for his new Christmas present -- a bicycle.But at his mother's funeral Eddie says, "I wanted to cry ........ as I stood there holding my mother's hand, I was surprised to find that all I felt was anger.I was angry at a lot of people, but no one more than God."So we see Eddie begin to expand as a more complex and realistic character with several dimensions.

The most poignant part of the story for me was Eddie struggling to straighten a woodpile for his grandfather, who didn't appear to offer him any help that Eddie could recognize.The reader just wants to cry for the boy, as if his life couldn't get any sadder.

And it is only much later that Eddie breaks down as he recalls such tiny incidents as his mother standing dejected over the hand-knitsweater he had dumped on the floor.Or her face as she forces herself to enjoy a bitter bite of the Baker's chocolate bar he had mistakenly picked out for her as a Christmas gift (but over which she acclaims, "You .. are the sweetest boy ... who ever lived.")

The Christmas Sweater is a bit like The Waltons meets The Wizard of Oz.The only aspect of the story that seemed slightly flawed to me was the unexpected conclusion.Although on the surface I was satisfied by its "happy ending" -- one doesn't know if it's a dream or reality -- it almost discredits the story up to that point too; it just can't be, and so I was secretly just the slightest bit dismayed by it as well.Then I remembered God and redemption and Heaven and miracles.

Despite this flaw, I give the book five stars because it is such a joy.It made me cry several times .. and grin a few times too.

5-0 out of 5 stars Glenn Beck
This is my second order of this book. it is an excellent book and well worth reading !

1-0 out of 5 stars definitive proof that glenn beck is insane
I just listened to the audiobook version of this.Holy crap on a stick, you people actually liked this garbage??

Ok, first off the entire story is made-up.None of this is true, he even admitted it. It's just the ramblings of a drunk who has made a career off of ripping off the elderly, paranoid, and stupid.Buy GOLD?The man tries to sell you gold through the television.Do you people actually buy bricks of gold and put it in your basement?If you do, I would love to come see your house and your stockpile of gold.I mean, I know you all want life to go back to the 1900's, but now you are all trying to be prospectors?

There's 3 pages in the book where he talks about how he used to eat peanut butter with a spoon.That's it.The end of the story, and then he chuckles at the end of it because his mom thought he was such a "rascal".Who the hell finds that funny?Stupid people, old people, and old stupid people that's who.Your grandma will love this book because it's safe and reminds her of those hokey christmas specials with john denver and the muppets.%80 of the book is about how he used to search around his house for christmas presents.I have to ask again, WHO WANTS TO READ THIS!?!?!?At the end he crowbars some cliche phrases about Jesus (jesus is the reason for the season!) and the true meaning of christmas, so everyone has an "aww" moment and all these "real christians" feel like they can't hate his 100+ pages of made-up gibberish.

The man is insane.He's insane.There is no debating this anymore. This books is definitive evidence that he should be locked away somewhere. And that goes for all of you who bought this book and didn't vomit as well.This book made me never want to celebrate Christmas ever again.

2-0 out of 5 stars Questions for Your Soul.
To speak about God and the Christian faith as he does, Beck is oftentimes abrasive in his discussions, and as a Christian, it pains me. In this day of spiritual questions, religious tolerance and people unfortunately/sadly trying to remove God from our everyday environment, a Kindle book that deals with spirituality is a workbook with questions for your soul. Being Honest with God and Me: Questions for Your Soul. It probes many factions of our relationship with others and with God. What has been your soul's journey? I'd like Glenn B. to take spiritual inventory, he might be amazed at what he woudl find.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Story I've Read in Years
Glenn Beck's "The Crhistmas Sweater" is the best book I've read in years.It's a fast read and so well written.I will be ordering this book for everyone on my Crhistmas list this year. We need more Glenn Becks in this country.

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15. Finding Your Own North Star: Claiming the Life You Were Meant to Live
by Martha Beck
Paperback: 400 Pages (2002-01-29)
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“Explorers depend on the North Star when there are no other landmarks in sight. The same relationship exists between you and your right life, the ultimate realization of your potential for happiness. I believe that a knowledge of that perfect life sits inside you just as the North Star sits in its unaltering spot.”

Martha Beck has helped hundreds of clients find their own North Star, fulfill their potential, and live more joyfully. Now, she shares her step-by-step program that will help you take the exhilarating and frightening journey to your own ideal life. Finding Your Own North Star will teach you how to read your internal compasses, articulate your core desires, identify and repair the unconscious beliefs that may be blocking your progress, nurture your intuition, and cultivate your dreams from the first magical flicker of an idea through the planning and implementation of a more satisfying life. Martha Beck offers thoroughly tested case studies, questionnaires, exercises, and her own trademark wit and wisdom to guide you every step of the way.Amazon.com Review
Put the telescope away; the North Star mentioned here is a human body, not a heavenly one. And like Polaris, which has guided sailors for centuries,the human body's gut feelings and emotions can help guide a wayward soulback to his or her "essential self." In this absorbing combination ofdetailed self-awareness exercises and true stories from her own counselingexperience (equal parts sobering and hysterically entertaining),Harvard-trained sociologist Martha Beck invites readers to explore theirheart's desires and the vast social webs that keep such desires in check.The goal is not to forsake the "social self" and indulge every emotionalimpulse of the "essential self." Rather, Beck gives readers the tools andthe encouragement to achieve maximum happiness by harmonizing thesetypically divergent voices.

Beck (author of ExpectingAdam) admits that repairing a damaged emotional compass and settingout on such a vital journey--which often involves painful realizations andchanges--"has all the combined attractions of suicide and childbirth." Butthe payoff, she concludes, is a love affair with real life. To that end,she walks readers through a lengthy exercise to evaluate their currentlifestyle's pleasures and pains, teaches the process of listening to thebody for directional cues, describes how to extract "soul shrapnel"(healing all those nasty, self-defeating emotional wounds), and provides anintriguing "Map of Change" to achieve an authentic life. Beck's impressiveknowledge, her engaging (if somewhat irreverent) voice, and her ability toparse this scary process into achievable steps make her a new champion inthe self-help arena. --Liane Thomas ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Finding your own North Star
I absolutely love the content, in that the author not only tells you to do it, but also gives you specific ways to go about it ("it" being moving toward your own North Star)I also loves that she does so with lots of humour.Although she still uses a lot of "big words" that I am not familiar with, she writes in a style that is easy to read and makes you want to keep on reading. It also makes me wish she was in my town so I could call her up and schedule personal time with her as my new life coach.While I have seen Martha on the Oprah Show, I never realized how much I would like her writing, until I started reading this book.

In regard to the actual ordering of this book, I am disappointed that I ordered a used book that has someone elses writings in it.This book is also designed as a workbook and I find myself latching on to the previous owners thoughts and skipping my own a bit. Unless the previous owner easliy found her own North Star after reading this book, I can't imagine not keeping it for future reference and to re-read on occasion.Although my current therapist has recommended another book for me to read, I have every intention of re-reading this book again soon.

4-0 out of 5 stars I have not completed the book but so far I am impressed.
Martha Beck displays pure genius in the writing of her self help books.I get the strong impression she strives for the reader to feel, almost as if, they are right in front of her on the couch.I think she also gives strong advice for emotional healing, mapping out plans to pursue your destiny, and improving the way you think overall.I only have one criticism.I tried the body sweeping exercise in chapter six and it was effective.I noticed though that the author says she wants readers to be free of substances before hand.She also commented that the woman who was her example had no bipolar or schizophrenia.I personally am not on psychiatric medicine but my concern is those who are.If a bipolar person needs to control their violent moods, a schizophrenic needs to control their delusions, a person with severe depression needs to avoid suicide, and an ADHD college student needs to avoid a car accident then medication could be mandatory.For that reason I wish there was more clear detail on whether or not that particular exercise is for the type of people listed above.Other than that it is a spectacular book.

5-0 out of 5 stars a pleasant surprise
On the whole, I am really NOT a fan of the self help genre.I find most self help books to be trite and filled with either common sense or really nutty ideas.This book was a really pleasant surprise.I stumbled upon it when I had decided that I desperately needed to leave my corporate job for my sanity, but was having trouble identifying what it exactly was that I wanted to do.I found the exercises in the book to be extremely helpful in assisting my in identifying the types of situations and people that drain me and those that fill me with energy and enthusiasm.Moreover, upon completing the exercises, it was painfully obvious to me what a poor fit the job I was preparing to leave truly was, which helped me to feel less guilty about making such a huge change, especially during a time so many are without jobs.

If you are dissatisfied with your current life's work or are just feeling directionless and need some guidance, I think this book can serve as a very useful tool.Granted, the conclusions you'll hopefully come to as a result of reading this book won't come from an external source, but the book will serve to draw out and solidify what you know about yourself.Taking the steps to make the actual changes in your life is ultimately up to you.

5-0 out of 5 stars Finding Your Own North Star
This is a superb book for anyone going through a life transition where they need to take stock and consider their future direction. Written with sensitivity, humour and style, it takes a person through the incremental steps needed to chart a course without being judgemental or preachy. I highly recommend it to people of all ages, who are asking themselves, "What do I want to do when I grow up?"

4-0 out of 5 stars Worth you time to read..Like having a life coach!
Author has sense of humor and many good thoughts which help you to see your life more clearly.
This book is used by many life coaches to help you find out why you react and think as you do
Has areas to fill in with your own personal information to make things specific to you...
Think you would benefit from this one!
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16. Steering by Starlight: The Science and Magic of Finding Your Destiny
by Martha Beck PhD
Paperback: 272 Pages (2009-06-09)
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Martha Beck’s remarkable success in helping people to change their lives has won her accolades everywhere from National Public Radio to USA TODAY. She made multiple appearances on Oprah and Good Morning America for the hardcover edition of Steering by Starlight, which now offers readers a powerful set of new tools—fresh coping strategies based on cutting-edge research in psychiatry and neurology—that will help them overcome obstacles and set their lives on course. Dr. Beck’s trademark humor and empathy are at the heart of her gift for helping people who feel disconnected from their true sense of purpose: to locate meaning in their lives. Utilizing the same methods that have proven most effective with her private clients, Dr. Beck reconnects readers with their authentic needs and desires. Whether a person is seeking better relationships, more focused career direction, or a more harmonious lifestyle, Steering by Starlight’s hilarious and touching anecdotes, case studies, and practical exercises will point the way.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Life Changing Book - It's the Best!
Want to really know how to change your life for the better?Martha Beck gives practical tips for finding one's destiny and then following it - despite any fears, doubts or nagging 'conditioned' thoughts.She's funny and helpful and has good exercises for getting clear on what matters.An easy read and every page is worthwhile.

5-0 out of 5 stars Grieving takes time and Steering opened the door to my future.
[ASIN:0741443872 Flying Into the Sun]]
I heard the author of Steering by Starlight on MPR.When she said she had overcome fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue, and now was capable of doing so much more, I wrote down the title and ordered it.
People on Facebook began to discuss it too.
I love reading it and the most amazing thing is happening and I believe it is due to this book.
I lost my husband a year ago.I know we need to take time to heal from such a sudden loss and I have done that.I have sort of been a lump, doing what I need to do, actually enjoying myself, but sort of or really lazy it seems. I have always been very good at visualizing but for the past few years done little of that.I did visualize my move to Ajijic Mexico in 2007 and then it seemed to end. I know I have had an amazing life. Hairdresser to the Stars, a book available on Amazon explains that.So I didn't think I even needed to make any plans.I am 75 and just figured I would go along for the rest of the ride.I would take what ever happened day by day.
Then I started reading this book.It all rings true, but now I am feeling the results of reading it.I am beginning to imagine my future in a different way. I am a social creature and although suffering pain and the loss of most of the sight in one eye, I seem to forget all that when I am at my art class, or engaged in conversation with interesting people.
I have filled out and answered questions and those questions have brought an aliveness back to my mind and heart. I am an avid reader and know so much but this book reminded me of what I need to do at this time of my life and I am so happy to have opened it and read it.Try it, you will be so happy you did. It will bring joy to your life and get you on the road to joy.I used to be there, but lost my way. Now I am back. Thanks Martha.

5-0 out of 5 stars fabulous book - gave as a gift
Martha Beck's book is so great that we sent it to my sister as a gift.Martha Beck has a talent for humorously getting to the guts of the pain of an unfulfilling life and give you the faith and courage to go about finding your North Star (We actually read both books).

5-0 out of 5 stars Very inspirational
I have read this book 2x over the past few years and plan to again! The exercises are great too if you are really into self-improvement. Martha Beck's writing is very easy and enjoyable to read. She mixes in real life stories from her clients which are almost as enjoyable as her own exercises.

5-0 out of 5 stars mind opening
I was actually searching for a good diet book when I found this self coaching book. The reviews of books on nutritional approaches to dieting led me to the books on the psychological aspects of weight loss which led me to the awareness that a happier, more fulfilled me is going to need less food to fill me up, which led me to this book. I have spent many years in therapy and read many self-help books and think of myself as quite enlightened when it comes to this aspect of life, but this book offered me many new insights AND most importantly very practical and useful tools. I love it and highly reccomend it. Have even bought a copy for a friend. ... Read more

17. The Complete Beck Diet for Life: The Five-Stage Program for Permanent Weight Loss
by Judith S. Beck
Hardcover: 288 Pages (2008-12-23)
list price: US$24.95 -- used & new: US$6.89
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Asin: 084873274X
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Bestselling author and weight-loss expert Judith S. Beck, Ph.D., has inspired thousands of dieters to lose excess weight and keep it off using the power of Cognitive Therapy to prepare the mind and alter habits before starting any diet. Now, for the first time, Dr. Beck outlines the next step: a specific, balanced diet plan that teaches you how to EAT THIN and keep excess weight off for life.

Based on the eating choices of Dr. Becks most successful dieters and maintainers, The Complete Beck Diet for Life includes comprehensive suggestions for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and bonus foods including 150- or 200-calorie treats such as sweets, alcohol, bread, and fries--and a Think Thin menu formula that allows you to easily adapt to any situation. Everything you need to stay on track is provided, including a sample strength-training plan and interactive elements such as Response Cards, daily eating logs, and charts and graphs to track your progress.

The Complete Beck Diet for Life also features Dr. Becks signature Cognitive Therapy tools, organized in a 5-stage program designed to teach you how to EAT THIN. The program details precisely what to do to stay motivated, overcome emotional eating, eliminate bingeing, and immediately get back on track when youve made a mistake. If youve struggled with dieting in the past, its only because you never acquired these essential skills. Once you learn to master these skills, you will be able to successfully maintain your new weight for life.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Beck Diet For Life
A completely new approach to a healthy way of life.Easy to read and follow.Deals with all the 'head' problems that arise when trying to maintain healthy eating and exercise routines.A great daily motivator.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Think Thin Motivation-for-Life Plan
You see so many books, so many diet plans, see so many TV ads for quick ways to lose weight. Just follow our plan for a few weeks and those pounds will melt away. Well, if it's true and they do, they come right back. Losing weight is one thing, and it's hard, but what's harder is keeping it off. It's one thing to give up the cheese and ice cream for a month or two, it's another to give it up forever.

You need a plan if you want to keep it off. But if your plan is to just cut out the fat and the crap and just live the rest of your life wanting it, salivating every time you smell a steak, you're going to eventually fail. That's where this books comes in. This is Dr. Beck's sequel to her best selling THE BECK DIET SOLUTION. She continues promoting the benefits of cognitive therapy which helps people take charge of and change their eating habits and their exercise habits too. You learn how to develop Success Skills through five stages, each skill with a particular task. This is a plan for the rest of your life and it's not that hard. You have to change your way of thinking, that's for sure, but Dr. Beck can help you do that.

2-0 out of 5 stars Duplication
I read the forward and the first chapter and it felt like mostly a repeat of the previous book.There was new information.I actually returned it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book, but...
This book can be a great tool to lose weight, but you have to stick to it. I personally had a really hard time keeping up with it, but if you do, I think there's no doubt you could lose weight, and keep it off.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Help for My Stinkin' Thinkin'
Dr. Judith Beck has finally given me the skills I needed to be able to keep the weight off. I have dieted (& gained it back) many times.Couldn't get a handle on how to keep it off.Dr. Beck through her books taught me how to consistently think like a thin person.It has made all the difference.This really was the "holy grail" I'd been searching for all my life.Not to say it's easy.It just really works.It gives you very practical steps to take to teach youself to think like a thin person.
Let me say, though, that her other book (The Beck Diet Solution) helped me more than this one.This one contains the same "think thin" principles, but also delves into what to eat, exercise, etc. Overweight people already know more about what to eat than most. I highly recommend these books to anyone who stuggles with weight or wants to help someone they care about lose weight.
I now have skills to keep weight off which will carry my now thin body for the rest of my life.
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18. The Beck Diet Solution: Train Your Brain to Think Like a Thin Person
by Judith S. Beck
Hardcover: 288 Pages (2007-03-20)
list price: US$24.95 -- used & new: US$4.95
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Asin: B001NXDRJO
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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The Beck Diet Solution is the Missing Ingredient in Weight Loss

  • Lose weight with confidence and keep it off for a lifetime!

  • Battle your sabotaging habits!

  • Resist tempting food - even if it's right in front of you!

  • Confidently say, "No, thank you" to food pushers!

  • Put an end to emotional eating!

  • Confidently say, "No, thank you" to food pushers!

  • Conquer every excuse you've ever used to overeat, binge, or backslide!

    Any sensible diet will help you lose weight, but the challenge for 90% of Americans is actually staying on the diet they choose.Enter Dr. Judith Beck and The Beck Diet Solution.Dr. Beck, one of the foremost authorities in the field of Cognitive Therapy, has created a six-week plan that will help people stick with their diet, lose weight with confidence, and keep weight off for a lifetime. This program is not only based on the author's personal success and on her success with her many clients, but also on published research. It all starts with how you think. With other programs, you think about nothing but food: counting, weighing, and worst of all, food you can't have. This way of thinking inevitably contributes to diet failure. The Beck Diet Solution is the only program that helps dieters use Cognitive Therapy methods--scientifically proven over 20 years--to forever change those treacherous thought patterns that lead to overeating, cheating, excuses, and other dieting downfalls.


    This breakthrough six-week plan assures success by helping you assess the advantages of weight loss, pick a sensible diet and exercise program, set a goal, line up support, and prepare your environment--all this before starting any diet. This unique approach is key to preventing the downfalls that so often lead to failure.

    A new task is presented each day to build psychological skills to deal with the challenges of hunger and craving, overeating, alcohol, eating out, special occasions, vacations, stress, and much more. Healthy habits are established with to-do lists, reasons and ways to do the tasks, and how to deal with negative thoughts. One day a week is designated to "Take a Breather."

    Easy-to-use, flexible, and proven tools are found throughout the program, including daily goals; weekly planner pages; and motivational coping cards for handling time/energy hurdles, eating out, and other high-risk situations.

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    1-0 out of 5 stars Just another diet book
    I am usually a big fan of Beck and her cognitive therapy work.But this book isn't really her best work.Its just another "quick fix" diet book, with the focus on short term rather than long term change, and even some of the guilt stuff.The process of working out new thoughts is not interactive enough to hold, the new thoughts she suggests are sometimes the very type of thoughts folks who are losing weight actually guilt themselves with.Good idea, bad application.I have tried a few CBT workbooks with my clients, and this one is going right back to amazon. Nothing new here!

    3-0 out of 5 stars A good way to retrain your brain
    I found out about this book in an article from Woman's Day or Good Housekeeping. I had checked out the book from the library and found out it was a six week long period for the book, so I decided to purchase it instead. First off, this is NOT a diet book. It is a side note to a diet or healthful eating. The advice is sound. Cognative therapy is one of the best ways to retrain your brain on food. It gives you small steps each way. Some may be harder to do than others, but you keep doing it step by step. I'm still only on Day 8, but the book says to take things in your own time, but so far, a lot of the ideas of worked. I've enjoyed reading it because she constantly encourages you and says, no one is perfect. And no one is.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Beck Diet Solution
    The Beck Diet Solution: Train Your Brain to Think Like a Thin Person Follow this program and this could be the end of struggles with how you feel about your body....and a never ending cycle of weight loss & gain.

    I could probably teach people about dieting after all the diets I have been on -- but this is the first approach that is so directly focused on training my brain to think like a thin person.Yes, I will have to pay attention to my eating during my life -- but the struggle and self-abuse of my thought is now something I can control - by thinking like a thin person...

    Buy it now!

    2-0 out of 5 stars Audio version
    The book has terrific & helpful ideas but the "reader" of the auio version is annoying. She emphasizes certain words in a sing-songy way. She saound like she is advertising something, instead of sharing valuable informtaion. I have a difficult time listening to it, and therefore, find it had to implement the tips from this book.

    4-0 out of 5 stars It WORKS!
    Highly Recommended. I have used this book, along with WeightWatchers Online to lose 50 pound in 6 months. ... Read more

    19. The Five Thousand Year Leap: 30 Year Anniversary Edition with Glenn Beck Foreword
    by W. Cleon Skousen
    Paperback: 356 Pages (2009-03-13)
    list price: US$19.95 -- used & new: US$9.95
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    Asin: 0981559662
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    This is the ONLY edition authorized and commissioned by the W. Cleon Skousen Family. Also, no other edition except this one includes the revisions made by the author during the 25 years after the original printing.

    NEW in 2009! THE 5000 YEAR LEAP 30 Year Anniversary Edition with Glenn Beck s Foreword! NOW also includes Common Sense by Thomas Paine No other edition offers the revisions and updates of this remarkable book detailing how the Founding Fathers used 28 principles to create a 5000 year leap in freedom, prosperity, and progress; all based upon morality, faith, and ethics.

    THIS BONUS EDITION INCLUDES: Common Sense by Thomas Paine, 101 Constitutional Questions To Ask Candidates, The US Constitution, The Declaration of Independence, and Two landmark addresses by author Dr. W. Cleon Skousen never before offered in print.

    Revised, 30 Year Anniversary Edition. During the last 26 years of Dr. Skousen's life he continued his extensive study of the constitution and founding values. He kept his original copy of The Five Thousand Year Leap with him and would write notes in the margins and on envelops and note cards of the refinements and updates he wished to add to the book. This new 30 Year Anniversary Edition includes those refinements and updates. Our gratitude goes out to the Skousen family for supplying us with this information to enable us to bring you this new edition.

    The 5000 Year Leap will take you by the hand as you discover the ideals of the Founding Fathers and their 28 principles for success. The values explored in detail by Dr. Skousen range from the Founder's prerequisite that the Constitution was designed for a moral people, to a government empowered by the people with checks and balances, along with an understanding of the critical nature of fiscal responsibility and family values. This book sums up the secrets to what James Madison called a miracle. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Five Thousand Year Leap
    This is such a good book with so much vital information. I am impressed.

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    1-0 out of 5 stars Skousen is a fake
    Completely discredited by BYU, Skousen consistently misrepresents the material he is presenting. He misrepresents ideas of the Founding Fathers, pulls quotes completely out of context from place like the Federalist Papers, cherry picks his source material - often twisting quotes to mean the exact opposite of their original context, and draws tortured conclusions from wholly unrelated material. There is a reason he was thrown out of BYU - he is a terrible 'scholar.' Read some of his quotes in their original context to see how utterly dishonest he is.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Everyone who claims to love this USA, Must read This Book
    I am so glad i purchased this book. Its better than any class room Instructor, It reinstates my rights in this country as THE ME they wrote the constitution about and for. Why I vote. and Why I am Greatful to be born here.

    5-0 out of 5 stars 5,000 cheers for 5,000 Year Leap
    I had never heard of this book until it was recommended to me by a friend.Initially I was a little skeptical but decided to check it out anyway.What a great read!Every citizen of American should be encouraged, if not required, to read this book.Highly recommended.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Must Read!
    The Five Thousand Year Leap: 30 Year Anniversary Edition with Glenn Beck Foreword If you are concerned about the direction this country is going in as I do, and would like to know what our US Constitution stands for. Then this is a must read!It will give you the attitude, foresight,and the faith of our founding fathers as the country was forming. ... Read more

    20. Fatally Frosted: A Donut Shop Mystery (Donut Shop Mysteries)
    by Jessica Beck
    Mass Market Paperback: 320 Pages (2010-08-03)
    list price: US$7.99 -- used & new: US$3.70
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    Asin: 0312946112
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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     A local busy body has dropped dead after eating one of Suzanne’s famous treats. A forensic team is soon swarming through the Donut Hearts kitchen, dusting for clues, sifting through sugar, and suspecting the worst of Suzanne. But with the help of police inspector Jake Bishop and her ex-husband Max, Suzanne hopes to clear her good name—before another bad donut is fatally frosted…

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    3-0 out of 5 stars NOT A MUST READ
    This book is a good read but not one of those "Don't Miss" stories.The story was interesting butSuzanne is not one of my favorite characters.She has issues with most everyone and she certainly should trust her boyfriend Jake more.She doesn't seem to have much faith in his job skills.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fatally Frosted
    I love this new read for me.It is well organized, intriguing and fun...recipes included a bonus!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Very good, hope to see more from this author
    As a fan of culinary mysteries I'm always looking for new books and this one was great. I'm hoping to see more from this author in this series or anything similar.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Not original
    This is the second in the series, and while the first was good enough to bring me back for more, I'm disappointed in number two. The protagonist seems to have a bit too much of an attitude, and what may have been intended to come across as a woman with spunk and moxie comes across as a woman who is rude and brash.It's just too much to believe that someone can walk around saying and doing the things she does in this book.And I agree with another reviewer that it reminds you of the Joanne Fluke mysteries where a woman running her own small business becomes involved with the local law enforcement.The donut aspect is interesting, but it was better in the first one.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Not original!
    This is the first of Jessica Beck's that I have read. I've read all of Joanne Fluke's Hannah Swenson books and this book seems like a duplicate of those books.The town, the boyfriend, the townspeople, the baking, etc - all the same. Very un-original! ... Read more

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