maandag 29 november 2021

Bookreview: Win Your Life with a Permanent Fix

A splendid and clear book! 

The Book

177 pages, ebook

Published April 4, 2018


Born in a small village in India, the author was expected to work
and live in that town. However, interest in self-development supported
by formal education in India, Australia, and Canada, led him to Canada
and also helped him live a successful life in North America. However,
there was a feeling of a missing link – a feeling that there was something
missing in life. Having been born into a mystical tradition helped him
understand mysticism from the right sources. Over a two decade
long practice in Dhyan and experimenting with more than a
hundred different types of Eastern meditations helped him improve his
mental balance. But that still did not help to resolve what this missing
link was and how to complete this link.

Research in philosophy, clinical psychology with a primary emphasis
on logotherapy, helped him resolve the missing link. The author found
that it does not matter what your belief regarding God or your religious
affiliation is, what matters is whether your practices help you to control
your seeds of aggression, addiction, and depression. It does not matter
what philosophy you follow, what matters is whether that philosophy is
leading you to a meaningful life. This book is intended to help you to
win your life through your unique contributions and make permanent
changes, one person – you – at a time.

My Review

Besides (royal) history I'm always very interested in psychology, 
especially Industrial and Organizational psychology. 

Although this book is more about individual changes and chances.
It is a good reminder for us all. Even, I noted some interesting

For me the book was very clear, not floaty and the author knew his
stuff! He gave lots of interesting examples. 

I certainly would recommend this splendid "Win Your Life with a Permanent Fix"
to all who are looking for a change in their lives. 

Therefore I give without no doubt a 5 star rating for this very open minded book. 

The author

Chetan Prabhu Desai speaks on topics such as ‘How to find meaning at any
workplace’, and ‘How to make your business environment where every employee
wins’. He worked in managerial positions in aerospace and electronics
organizations, including in Berkshire Hathaway Group. His education includes
an MBA from the Schulich School of Business of York University in Canada,
and Master of Engineering in Systems engineering at RMIT in Australia.
As an expert, He appeared on 100+ channels including Fox News,
iHeart, BizTalkRadio, Salem Media, CKLW.


I really want to thank Booktasters and the author for giving me this splendid
reading and review chance!! 

zondag 21 november 2021

Bookreview: The nourished brain

 A very interesting book! 


Worldwide, up to 50 million people and their families are living with some
form of the degenerative and irreversible disease of Alzheimer's. By 2030,
this number is expected to rise to a staggering 76 million people globally
who will be living with this condition. At this time, there is no cure. Many
families have asked, "Is there something that could have been done to
prevent or slow down Alzheimer's disease?" Written by a Registered Dietitian
who witnessed the gradual decline and loss of both her parents to this disease,
this book takes a look at the evolving and promising power of food and diet
to thwart off the clutches of Alzheimer's. The author also includes brief
anecdotes of other families whose lives have been forever affected by loved
ones with Alzheimer's disease.

-Takes a look at the inner workings of the human brain and numerous studies
showing a strong correlation between food choices that either nourish or
hinder brain health

-Provides guidance on meal planning to maximize brain health

-Includes a listing of the top brain-healthy foods to be consuming daily
and brain-draining foods to avoid

-Offers an in-depth look at specific nutrients and their role in promoting
better brain health

-Reveals the top 10 lifestyle factors for protecting brain health

-Provides simple, delicious recipes with ingredients containing
nutrients known to be beneficial for brain health

My review

Alzheimer can affect all of us. An aunt of my husband suffered Alzheimer
and it was really sad to see her deteriorate. 

Unfortunately there is still no medicine to solve this tragic illness. But how
is Alzheimer related with food?

While reading the book: "The Nourished Brain" it was clear that the author
knows something about the brains and about food. She knew her stuff! The
book was scientifically underbuilt. At the end there were some lovely 
recipes which I liked.

I would recommend "The Nourished Brain" to all who are interested in the
combination: food versus illness.

Of course I give this a 5 star rating due to the huge work, the author made for
this book.

The author

CHERYL MUSSATTO, MS, RD, LD, is a registered dietitian, teacher,
and blogger at Eat Well to Be Well ( She has
helped thousands of people change their lives by changing their diet,
and her work has appeared in various media outlets including U.S. News
and World Report and Reader's Digest.


I received a free copy from "The nourished brain" via the author and Booktasters.
Thank you very much for this excellent reading and reviewing chance! 

maandag 15 november 2021

Recensie: Kerstmis onder vuur

Super veel interessante feiten over kerst in oorlogstijd


Stalingrad, Kerstmis 1942. Geplaagd door snerpende kou en het
zenuwslopende geluid van mortierinslagen zongen Duitse soldaten kerstliederen.
Ze aten hun schamele rantsoenen, verlangend naar gedekte kersttafels en ovengebraad. 

Op Guadalcanal in de Stille Oceaan aten Amerikaanse mariniers diezelfde kerst
ingevlogen kalkoen, als ze respijt hadden van de bloedige strijd tegen fanatieke
Japanners. Onder een heldere sterrenhemel pinkten ze tijdens de mis een
traantje weg, denkend aan hun familie thuis.

Ook in schuttersputjes in de Ardennen en aan boord van marineschepen
werd kerst gevierd, hoe erbarmelijk de omstandigheden ook waren. Datzelfde gold
voor het thuisfront, waar vieringen noodgedwongen plaatsvonden in Berlijnse
schuilkelders of Londense metrostations.

Krijgsgevangenen keken uit naar kerstpakketten van thuis. Zelfs in naziconcentratie-
kampen putten gevangenen hoop 
uit het kerstfeest, al ging hun lijden
onverbiddelijk door. "Kerstmis onder vuur" 
vertelt over de omstandigheden
waaronder tijdens de Tweede Wereldoorlog 
kerst werd gevierd, door militairen,
burgers en kampgevangenen. Te midden 
van het oorlogsgeweld bleef Kerstmis
een hoopvol baken van westerse beschaving.

Mijn recensie

Dit boek stond al lang op m'n verlanglijstje, nadat ik eerder een recensie heb
gemaakt van Oorlogszone zoo.

Ik was onmiddellijk geboeid door het thema: kerst in oorlogstijd, ook door het
feit dat hij dit niet vanuit één standpunt vertelt, maar over heel de wereld.

Wat de auteur eveneens in z'n boeken goed weet te brengen zijn de details.
Het toont des te meer dat hij zijn research erg grondig doet. Het moet dan een
enorm werk geweest zijn, om dit prachtig boek te schrijven.

"Kerstmis onder vuur" verveelde geen seconde, daarom duurde het ook wat 
langer om het helemaal uit te lezen. Ik heb er ontzettend van genoten en vele
verhalen zullen me bij blijven.

Ik raad Kerstmis onder vuur absoluut aan voor lezers die houden van historische
fictie in het bijzonder verhalen over de Tweede Wereldoorlog.

Ik geef dan ook met heel veel plezier een vijf sterren op vijf voor Kerstmis onder

De auteur

Kevin Prenger (1980) is hoofdredacteur van de afdeling artikelen op,
het grootste Nederlandstalige online naslagwerk over oorlogsgeschiedenis. Behalve
voor schrijft hij voor online geschiedenismagazine
Zijn boeken werpen meestal licht op relatief onbekende aspecten van de
Tweede Wereldoorlog.

Uit de boeken van Kevin Prenger blijkt zijn grondige kennis én research over de
Tweede Wereldoorlog. Ik hoop dat er nog veel prachtige boeken van hem zullen

Mijn dank gaat uit naar Kevin Prenger voor het ter beschikking stellen van een
recensie exemplaar van Kerstmis onder vuur. 


donderdag 4 november 2021

Bookreview: The Way Back

A great historical fiction book


Churchill tasked the SOE to set Europe ablaze - but it was the RAF
who got them there.

It was the start of the Allies way back into Europe that led to D-Day. For one
burned out pilot who had been judged to be 'Lacking Moral Fibre' it was
his own way back...

My review

As usual I started reading the sequel instead of the first book. 😀
However I easily came into the story. The main character was deepened out
very well and it also has a realistic story.

So, I really enjoyed "The Way Back". I recommend this book to all who love
historical fiction.

With lots of pleasure I give a 5 star rating for "The Way Back".

Note to the author: Please do write other books soon! 

The author

Malcolm started writing fiction around 10 years ago, self-publishing
three novels through Amazon including a mountaineering thriller,
The Last Mountain, which has had more than 10,000 downloads. He
also has two books published by a small publisher, including a collection
of WW1 stories which topped the Amazon anthology best-sellers list
at Christmas 2014.

His short stories have done well in a number of competitions, including
runner-up placings for those run by Henshaw Press and the Mere Literary Festival.
Having written in several genres early in his career, Malcolm has now settled
into writing historical fiction.

This includes LMF, a WW2 novel set during the RAFs controversial night
bombing campaign, Leviathan, a novella about a young, frightened pilot hunting
Zeppelins in the night during WW1, The Neutral Zone, a collection of short stories,
and Eleven Days, a novel set around the events of 'Bloody April' 1917.

The long-awaited sequel to LMF, The Way Back, is published 15 March 2021.


Of course I really want to thank booktasters for this splendid reading chance.
It actually was my 40th. book review for Booktasters ☝