Gary Dale Cearley

Reviewer  Gary Dale Cearley is an expatriate American who chooses to write about controversial material. His subject matter tends to run the gamut from historical subjects to biography and even humor. Originally from Arkansas, he has spent several years in Korea as well as Vietnam and is now living in Thailand. 

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Author: David Meerman Scott ISBN-10: 0470395001:
ISBN-13: 978-0470395004

 I have been an avid reader of David Meerman Scott’s blog for some time. I even have an Outlook task set so that I can remember to have my once a week look. As such, you won’t be that surprised that I would be a fan of his latest book, World Wide Rave: Creating Triggers that Get Millions of People to Spread Your Ideas and Share Your Stories. For all of us who look to promote ourselves on the web better, and that should be everyone who isn’t driving an ice cream truck – and some of these guys could use an idea or two – this book is an excellent starting place. Get your education here!

Author: Michael Michalko
ISBN-10: 1580087736:  ISBN-13: 978-1580087735

Do you need any new ideas for practical designs?  How about when something is wrong with your business and you cannot put your finger on it?  Did you ever need to brainstorm but not have anyone else around?  Have you ever been stuck with writer’s block and for the life of you could not get back to work?

Author: David Hillstrom
ISBN-10: 141969863X: ISBN-13: 978-1419698637

I felt that David Hillstrom’s The Bridge read like an inverted pyramid.  It starts out easy to follow and agree with then once it hits his valley it becomes a much steeper uphill climb, or at least it did for me.

Authors: Alexa Fleckenstein and  Roanne Weisman
ISBN: 10: 0071474994:    ISBN:13: 978-0071474993

I was at first fooled by the title of this book.  I thought that Dr. Alexa Fleckenstein would be touting the drinking of water, its consumption, as a therapy, much the same as the well known Iranian doctor, Dr. Fereydoon Batmanghelidj.  But any mistake on this was purely my own!  While Dr. Batmanghelidj recommends drinking lots of water, Dr. Fleckenstein recommends bathing in it!

Authors: Pam Lontos & Andrea Brunais
ISBN-10: 1600374808
ISBN-13: 978-1600374807

Getting in the news? That isn’t in and of itself a problem. I See Your Name Everywhere: Leverage the Power of the Media to Grow Your Fame, Wealth and Success by Pam Lontos and Andrea Brunais can go a long way to getting you there. These two authors prove that they are very well versed industry professionals who take us by the hands and show us how to get in print.

Author: Paul Damien
ISBN-10: 1934454141
ISBN-13: 978-1934454145

I found myself at a quandary when reading Paul Damien’s Help!: Debunking the Outrageous Claims of Self-help Gurus. First of all, I wanted to be totally open to what Paul Damien had to say. I have read numerous books on The Secret and the Law of Attraction in the past few years and let me say beforehand that I have read books from the “gurus” and from those who took looks into the industry, movement, or whatever other label might fit it. And I must say that although Paul Damien’s book might not have been the first to lambaste these gurus, it was the first book that I had the opportunity to read through and through.

Author: R. Albert Mohler Jr.
ISBN-10: 1601420803
ISBN-13: 978-1601420800

Contrary to what one might think from reading the cover of the book, it would be wrong to say that R. Albert Mohler Jr.’s book, Desire and Deceit: The Real Cost of the New Sexual Tolerance, is a “right jab” from the evangelical side of the political spectrum. It would also be wrong to categorize Mohler as preaching to the choir, which he actually is but that isn’t the whole story either. Albert Mohler’s book is much more of an exercise in educating the religious right so that they will have their own ammunition to fight moral sexual degradation. It is an educational lecture and a pep talk, if you will.

Authors: Jeff Koser & Chad Koser
ISBN-10: 1929774575
ISBN-13: 978-1929774579


With their book Selling to Zebras: How to Close 90% of the Business You Pursue Faster, More Easily, and More Profitably Jeff and Chad Koser have found themselves a very interesting niche in sales consulting and training.  Most of the sales technique books that I have seen in my lifetime on how to sell often have focused on relationship sales, closing or other “me” type sales.

Authors: Ronald M. Shapiro with Gregory Jordan
ISBN-10: 0307451801
ISBN-13: 978-0307451804


In his book Dare to Prepare: How to Win Before You Begin Ronald Shapiro gives us the secret, the open secret, to success…  You have to do some work for it!

Author: James C. Alexander
ISBN-10: 1434381323
ISBN-13: 978-1434381323

For anyone who has ever been brought up in a fundamentalist background and made the “leap of faith” away from its tenets or for those who are still in the fundamentalist world but have their doubts then I think that James Alexander’s Stories of a Recovering Fundamentalist: Understanding and Responding to Christian Absolutism is a read that is more than timely but rather a bit necessary.

Author: Karl Trautwein

ISBN-10: 0982027303

ISBN-13: 978-0982027301

There will be readers who see that the author has juxtaposed contrary verses from the Christian New Testament and this will take a bit away from Trautwein’s argument. But actually I don’t believe that the Christian verses are meant to do anything but to underline the starkness of the Quranic verses. The Islamic writings are clear enough on the subject. Do we accept the truth or do we hide our heads in the sand like an ostrich? This is the question Karl Trautwein forces you to confront.

Author: Julio Ojeda-Zapata

ISBN-10: 1600051189

ISBN-13: 978-1600051180

For anyone who twitters, Julio Ojeda-Zapata’s book, Twitter means Business: How Microblogging can Help or Hurt your Company, is for you. For anyone who doesn’t yet twitter, this book would be damned good for you.

Author: Jim Wexell

ISBN-10: 0982022506

ISBN-13: 978-0982022504

What do you get when a die hard Steeler fan, who also happens to be a well known sports writer, takes off around the United States looking for anything and everything Steeler? I bet you can guess – it is a book about the Pittsburgh Steers!

Author: Stephen Verona

ISBN-10: 0977913155:  ISBN-13: 978-0977913152

Now here is a book that is for anyone who wants to know what happens with great dreams.

Author: Jason Alba

ISBN: 10: 1600050697 ISBN: 13: 978-1600050695

This book is a little treasure for anyone who is interested in using LinkedIn but it is also a bonus for those of us already familiar with LinkedIn but could always go a bit further.

Author: Paul B. Beckwith

ISBN: 10: 1844016269 ISBN:13: 978-1844016266

Do you operate on a budget?  And if so do you keep within the budget?  Do you find yourself scrambling to figure out where your salary has gone after only a short week or two into the month?  Maybe this book is for you…

Author: Frederick R. Andresen

ISBN: 10: 1432713523: ISBN: 13: 978-1432713522

After I finished this book I went out to the video store and bought Dr. Zhivago…  I watched it that very night.

Author: Alessandra Gelmi

ISBN-10: 1424148669

ISBN-13: 978-1424148660

Alessandra Gelmi’s Who’s Afraid of Red is a good read but it is definitely a difficult book to pigeonhole. The main reason is because its three sections are almost different genres.

Author: Steve Nakamoto

ISBN-10: 0967089352

ISBN-13: 978-0967089355


Too shy to strike up a conversation?  Can get one started but cannot keep it going?  Or is it that you are often putting your foot in your mouth?

Author: John Ryder

ISBN-10: 160037364X

ISBN-13: 978-1600373640

I came to this book with the question in mind “Can anyone be happy all of the time?”  Of course not, but Dr. John Ryder’s book Positive Directions: Shifting Polarities to Escape Stress and Increase Happiness aims to show us how we can have more control over how we see the world, related to other people and manage our stress in our daily lives.


Author: Alex S. Key

ISBN-10: 1419654748

ISBN-13: 978-1419654749

I had an affinity with this book.  Alex Key has done his homework.  His book, The Third Basic Instinct: How Religion Doesn’t Get You has a very powerful message delivered in a very straightforward way, citing examples from history, philosophy, popular culture and direct sources from the Bible, Quran, etc.  I found the book fascinating in that the author tackled religious farce on so many different levels but always starting from a basic point:  Our third basic instinct.

Author: Ann Larabee

ISBN-10: 1403967946

ISBN-13: 978-1403967947

Before getting into the review of this book I would like to say that is was one of the best historical non-fiction books that I have read in years.  The story is about a Canadian civil war blockade runner and con man, Alexander “Sandy” Keith, and the evil that his sociopathic, self serving ways brought to this world.  In one of those events that “rocked the world” then settled into the annals of history, the

Author: Jan Yager

ISBN-10: 140274837X

ISBN-13: 978-1402748370

I learned a new word!  Distractionistis…  (Or is it a new disease?)

In Work Less, Do More:  The 14-Day Productivity Makeover, Dr. Jan Yager has put together a program that, if strictly followed, will allow the reader to get into the groove of getting out of having a cluttered life.  When I first got hold of Jan Yager’s book the thought that was on my mind was “Now this is something that I will be able to use for my work – it is something that I badly need…”  After reading the book though it is clear to see that stretching your time and not getting things done is holistic.  You cannot simply work on this at the office and expect to have more time.  Habits have to be developed, goals have to be set, plans have to be made and prioritization (sometimes radical prioritization) has to take place.

Author: Michelle Dunn

ISBN-10: 0970664567

ISBN-13: 978-0970664563

Michelle Dunn is a real pro when it comes to collections.  How do I know?  Because I could see her bio on the book?  No.  Because Michelle has put together a very solid work on how to start and run your own money collection agency.

Author: Bob Regnerus

ISBN-10: 0976462494

ISBN-13: 978-0976462491

As a relative beginner in e-commerce I was pleasantly surprised at how easy of a read Bob Regnerus’s book Big Ticket eCommerce: How to Sell High-Priced Products and Services Using the Internet was.  The author’s overall take on things was pretty well scientific through processes that he and his team uncovered and discovered through years of trial and error.  Bob shows us that there is much more to the game than search engine optimization and “getting hits”.  You have to get leads and keep on them.

Authors: Ken Beller and Heather Chase

ISBN-10: 142432355X

ISBN-13: 978-1424323555

This book was well written by a husband and wife team, Ken Beller and Heather Chase, and it briefly covers the lives of many well known and some not so well known peace makers who hail from many different backgrounds and have blessed the world with many different contributions.  Great Peacemakers undertook to give an overview of the life histories of these heroes and explain what made these people take up their humanitarian crosses.  It also shared with the reader the contributions that these people have made to the world, how we are in their debt and why we should hold these people in high esteem.

Author:  Ray Hickey

ISBN-10: 0615194834

ISBN-13: 978-0615194837

I was very impressed with the candor and honesty with which Ray Hickey told the story of his life in this book.  I have seen men like him on almost every job that I have held in my life:   Good men who are honest and have a strong work ethic.  But you don’t see so many who have gone to the heights that this man has.


Author: Cathy Travis

ISBN-10: 0981453422

ISBN-13: 978-0981453422

Actually, I think this book isn’t for only kids.  Every American citizen should have a copy of it.  We have forgotten what this document says and what it means to each and every one of us.  My hat is off to Cathy Travis for undertaking this work so that the young ones in the United States would have a guide to the most important document in our government, the basic law of our land.

Author:  Mark Porto

ISBN-10: 1411662318

ISBN-13: 978-1411662315

Johnny Bellow, the protagonist, is a take it or leave it type person who is an unlikely hero.  A Naval reservist who, defending his parents and their property, kills four “teenaged punks” who had formed a gang and were terrorizing Bellow’s hometown of Black Water, New York.  Johnny killed the gang members while they were in the process of robbing his parents’ store and unlucky customers who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Author: Allen L. Giertz

ISBN-10: 1589398351

ISBN-13: 978-1589398351

Sorry to say it but Allen Giertz’s book is one which is growing in importance day by day in America…  But Giertz’s take on this is to make unemployment a positive experience to go out and get something better for yourself.

Author: Donald Greco

ISBN-10: 193445429X

ISBN-13: 978-19344542

Abramo’s Gift is a special book in many ways.  It tells a touching story of recent Italian and Irish immigrants in the United States to Youngstown, Ohio, around the year 1918, and particularly the story of Abramo Cardone, who leaves behind not only his Italian homeland, but the horrors of losing his lovely wife and first born daughter to a bloody civil war.

Author: Marc Boyajian

ISBN-10: 1432728016

ISBN-13: 978-1432728014

Coming from an author with a background of an immigrant (Marc was born Syrian with an Armenian heritage), The Next Falling Empire does offer some useful insights from an insider-outsider (Marc Boyajian has been in the United States over twenty years).  His ideas range from the strategic to the tactical.  Marc Boyajian’s arguments can seem a bit of an all over the place rant at times but much of what he has to say makes sense.

Author: Sam Wyly

ISBN-10: 1557048037

ISBN-13: 978-1557048035

Sam Wyly was a pioneer in many ways.  From humble beginnings in Paradise Island, Louisiana, which Sam described as the poorest town in America, he and his brother learned many of life’s lessons together.  Sam tells of how he learned much of what was important in getting on in life from the experience of his family losing it all and having to move from a painted house in town to their unpainted, tin roofed country house where he spent the rest of his youth.

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