Monday, 24 February 2020

Check out Jim Adameit's fabulous book — The Definition of Experience (Dan Gamble, Book 1) #mustread #Thriller @JimAdameit

The Definition of Experience
 (Dan Gamble, Book 1)
By Jim Adameit

One Man’s Stand Against the Corporate Machine

An edgy, racy, action-packed business / financial / technology thriller, about the global industry that manufactures and brings us all our smart phones, laptop computers, cloud servers – and virtually any other electronic products you can think of.

Think this is boring stuff?

In a US$500 billion global market – with careers and that much money at stake?

Think again…

A primer on an industry that most people don’t know exists…
A cautionary tale for those people who do…


Outside Stygian’s building at almost midnight, near the dumpsters around back, a group of mostly twenty-something-year-old Latino women wearing jeans, sneakers, sweatshirts, and dark blue smock-type aprons were all huddled around the largest dumpster there.

They were gathered together like they were watching a Mayan sacrifice ritual unfold.  This particular dumpster held the contents of numerous wastebaskets emptied from back inside the plant, and was nearly full on one side. 

One of the women, a bit older and thinner than the others and wearing long yellow latex gloves, noticed something. She reached inside and pulled out a shiny, black, rolled-up mass of fabric. It was a pair of woman’s panties, a black thong type with fancy lace around the waistband.  She unrolled them slightly to look for the white tag, then adjusted the angle to catch some light from the dock’s spotlight to read it. The Rocky Mountain air was chilly, but no longer blowing snow. 

The others now saw what she was holding and looked over, most walking over towards her. A few started to giggle when they saw what it was.  They put their hands up to cover their mouths as their eyes widened.    

“Mira, chicas”, the woman said as she grabbed opposite sides of the waistband while holding the panties outstretched, as if showing off a newborn baby. “XXL – para una mujer muy grande!” 

Her hands gestured that these panties belonged to a big woman. It wasn’t every day that one of them found panties in a trash can. Large ones or otherwise. The lady with the yellow gloves starting giggling too, then broke into raucous laughter. She started twirling the panties high overhead like a New Year’s Eve noise-maker, and danced around in a circle. Others copied her antics, joining her in unison.

A few of them kept turning their heads around to make sure they weren’t being watched from the door by which they entered and exited the building, adjacent to the plant’s loading docks.  They all needed a good laugh, and took advantage of the opportunity, but they didn’t want to get caught goofing off.  Still, none of them knew when they’d have an opportunity or reason to laugh like this again, at work. 

Emptying trash cans at Stygian Electronics Company wasn’t usually this entertaining.


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The Definition of Experience

Jim Adameit

Jim Adameit is the author of ‘The Definition of Experience’, his debut thriller novel in this series. Jim is a 30+ year seasoned veteran of the Contract Manufacturing / Electronic Manufacturing Services industry, in which he’s held various senior level global positions, including sales & marketing, contract administration, and project management.

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Friday, 21 February 2020

#BookReview — God’s in the Garden by Cory B. Scott #memoir #ChristianInspiration @CoryBScott1

God’s in the Garden
By Cory B. Scott

An exhilarating memoir about one man’s journey through physical, emotional, and spiritual abuse to find his inspiring personal awakening.

Shaken by the loss of his mother, drained by his pursuit of a doctoral degree, and conflicted over his experience with illegal and unethical activities in religious organizations, Dr. Scott found himself questioning everything he had been raised to believe.  This questioning sends him spiralling down a dark rabbit hole into a new world he never knew existed.

Through original artwork, creative writing, and rigorously honest introspection. Dr. Scott take us all on a journey into the dark places that separate us from unfiltered truth.

"Love is the truth, religion is the lie, the great misdirect. It takes the truth and molds it to self- serving principles, doctrines, and rules. They threaten you with hell as if a God made of love would allow his loved to burn." 

There are many passages I could have taken from God is in the Garden by Cory B. Scott, but having spent my own childhood fearing I would somehow displease God because of my very human fallibilities, this is a passage that really struck a chord. How can a benevolent, omnipotent God, hang the torment of eternity in Hell, and yet still be called all-loving? It is a paradox and one that Scott explores in this frank, honest, and remarkable book.

Scott takes his readers on a very personal journey, where he explores his beginnings, and the abuse he endured by those who hid their true selves in the darkest shadows of institutional religion. Scott is unfailingly honest, which at times can make this book an emotional rollercoaster, and it did leave me in tears on more than one occasion. The doubts, the confusion that Scott talks about as he looks back on his life is a familiar story which most of us, unfortunately, would recognise. Scott does not shy away from who he is, and where he has been, and what he has done, which makes this book all the more hard-hitting. At the same time, however, Scott gives his readers hope. Hope that they too can find their way back to God and his Garden.

Scott's message is clear and concise, and easy to understand because of his use of stories, parables if you will. His story about a child at Sunday School whose curiosity and questions were squashed by an adult who was not qualified, as no one really is, to interpret how we should praise God was very moving. I think Scott made his point admirably when he stated:

"Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven." With that in mind, maybe the children should be teaching Sunday school to the adults.

Would God really set his people up to fail? Scott asks. When you come away from the religious doctrine, then questions such as this one makes one pause and consider. However, as Scott stated, it is incredibly challenging to let go of the concepts and the "truths" that have been drummed into our minds so very early on in our lives, and not always done positively — especially when the threat of Hell is used to force obedience. No wonder the relationship many people have with God is corrupted, no wonder so many turn their backs on him — but what we forget, as Scott reminds us, is that God isn't the problem. Scott urges us to think for ourselves and to connect with God in our own way. Is it right for good people to fear that they will go to Hell because they have stumbled in life — made a mistake, made a wrong choice? How is this right? Scott says it is not. Another question that Scott asks is, can we only find God in the Bible? And then he reminds us that this book's contents were agreed upon not by God, but by the Council of Nicaea in AD 325. It is a sobering thought, indeed. Society has come along way since that first Council of Nicaea. Still, religion it seems has not kept pace as it drags its feet with regards to equality and tolerance, and let's not forget empathy.

Scott dares to argue that God cannot be all-loving and all-hating at the same time. Scott also dares to suggest that the Bible is not the word of God, it is written by man, and we must never forget that. Scott does not, however, dismiss God in a way shape or form, he is steadfast in his beliefs of this mighty celestial being, but what he questions is how religion is used as a tool to control minds and assure obedience. We are the sheep, and the shepherds (the religious leaders) are not really shepherds at all, and some of them are the wolves, or the serpent, sent to lead us away from God. There was, after all, only one Good Shephard — anything else is a poor and sometimes very dangerous imitation.

Some times self-help, self-enlightening books, can be rather dry and somewhat heavy in the delivery, but this is not so in Scott's book. What is also different about God's in the Garden, is that Scott does not pretend to have all the answers, but he wants his readers to awaken, to realise that there is a way back to the God they knew as a young child before religion got a hold of them. 

Some who read this book will take offence at the arguments Scott puts forwards, which is totally understandable, and nothing can be done about their displeasure. But, if you read this book with an open mind, then you can take a lot away from it. This is the kind of book I wish I had read twenty years ago.

I Highly Recommend.

Review by Mary Anne Yarde.
The Coffee Pot Book Club.

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God’s in the Garden

Cory B. Scott

Dr. Cory B. Scott has had an adventurous career that has afforded him the honor of such titles as, Doctor, Deputy, Lieutenant, Director, Executive, Reverend, and finally, his true passion, Professor. But those were just titles; He is really just, Daddy, Husband, Brother, Friend, Uncle, Mentor, writer, and finally, in 2019, he was awarded his true love, Grandpa. Cory has survived some devastating and tragic events along his path as well as some personal failures. These experiences have given him deep insight and a desire to help others overcome personal obstacles and transform their tragedies into strength and hope.

Cory weaves original artwork, poetry, and stories in an incredible memoir titled, "God's in the Garden." This book captures the essence of a survivor's journey through abuse, pain, loss, betrayal, and enlightenment. Cory is the author of the "Inspiring, Metaphoric, and Psychedelic Stories of Oopy Loopy Provenance." A series of stand-alone stories set in the murky provenances of the heart and the human condition. These adventures explore the depths of our humanity. These crafty works are designed to inspire and help the reader use the power of metaphor to identify and overcome common hang-ups that hold us back from enjoying this life and reaching our full potential.

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