BOOK REVIEW: Gifted Mind by Jeff Kinley with Dr. Raymond Damadian

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What a book of testimony about our Great and awesome God and one Christian man with a vision and a dream with an unshakable faith in God. Dr. Damadian is indeed a Christian man who believes in the God of the Bible and has been used mightily of God to forever change our world through his invention of the MRI. The book is his amazing story of how he came up with the idea to build such a machine as the MRI and what he suffered and endured to bring his God shaped vision to pass and into reality.

Dr. Damadian, though a brilliant man, is also a very God-fearing, uncompromising and humble man. In the book, Gifted Mind, it is revealed how he developed the MRI on a shoestring budget, being scoffed at by people all around him – stating that such a machine could never be built to do what he stated the MRI could do. But he went ahead in his faith and hope in God and built the first MRI and patented it so the machine could be used to detect cancer and other abnormalities in the body leading to the saving of many lives. And today the MRI is a marvelous medical tool being used every day all over the world to detect such things as tumors and other health abnormalities in the body. I know because I live with 2 brain tumors and have MRI’s done on a periodic basis (with and without contrast) so I for one am very grateful to God and to Dr. Damadian for inventing the MRI.

In the book it is revealed how after he invented the MRI that actually worked (appropriately named Indomitable), companies such as GE and others tried to steal his invention from him. It is shared in the book that at one point he even stood up to one of the most powerful men in the business world in that time, Jack Welch, the CEO of General Electric. GE wanted to steal his invention and reap the rewards of Dr. Damadian’s work without crediting him or compensating him for it. And Dr. Damadian, (just as David took on Goliath and won), stood face to face with Jack Welch taking him on, who offered him 80 million dollars to settle the lawsuit…but Dr. Damadian said NO! And anyone who knows anything about business and Jack Welch, knows that no one told Jack Welch NO. But Doctor Damadian did and he won! God vindicated him in regards to the matter. Also, a heartbreaking thing happened in that Dr. Damadian was rejected for receiving the Nobel Prize for his invention – which he should have received. Rather others were awarded the Nobel Prize instead of him.

Dr. Damadian is a Godly and Biblical man. He is a scientist. He is also a Biblical creationist and states so in his book without any reservations whatsoever. Although I do not comprehend all the technical writing in the book I do get and comprehend the story of Dr. Damadian and how one man with a vision and faith in our extraordinary God can and does do great and amazing things that leads to incredible change in our world. In this case, it was the invention of the MRI. His story greatly encouraged my heart that it is true, that indeed, nothing is impossible with God. To quote Dr. Damadian, “To me, the highest purpose a man can find for life is to serve the will of God. That is what motivates my work as a scientist: exploring and applying the laws of nature and of nature’s God for the benefit of mankind.” And to you Dr. Damadian I humbly say thank you for being willing to do the will of God in your life, for though it cost you much, the world today is all the better for the glory of God and the good of mankind worldwide because of your faith in God and obedience to Him and His will.

If you are discouraged or doubting that God can or will use you as a Christian in this day and world we live in I strongly urge you to read Gifted Mind and be encouraged that God has, can, and will always use people who fear Him and His Word and purpose to do His will, in their hearts no matter the cost or outcome. To God be the Glory!

To learn more about the book, Gifted Mind, visit the publisher’s website at http://www.nlpg.com/gifted-mind

I received the book for review purposes from Cross Focused Reviews and Master Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

CONSUMER NEWS: 2 PRODUCT SAFETY RECALLS BY THE CPSC

The following 2 products were recalled by the CPSC due to safety reasons. If you own these products reach out to the company to determine what you must do to either receive a replacement or a refund for your purchase. If you have any consumer related questions or issues for me please email me at haroldcameron@haroldcameron.com. Thank you.

  1. IKEA Recalls Ceiling Lamps Due to Laceration Hazard
    http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2016/IKEA-Recalls-Ceiling-Lamps/
  1. Classic Characters Recalls Infant Booties Due to Choking Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store
    http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2016/Classic-Characters-Recalls-Infant-Booties/

BOOK REVIEW: The Pastor and Counseling: The Basics of Shepherding Members In Need by Jeremy Pierre & Deepak Reju

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For pastors and church leaders who need solidly Biblical, basic, easy to understand and to apply information concerning Christian Counseling this book is the ideal starter book for you. Although it is a small book in size it is large in content providing invaluable, insightful, and practical advice and counsel for pastors and individuals who offer Christian counsel to others in need.

The book consists of 3 parts and 4 Appendixes– Part 1 – Concept, Part 2 – Process, and Part 3 – Context – all relating to matters concerning Christian Counseling. Appendix A provides a “Quick Checklist For The Counseling Process,” Appendix B answers the question “What is Christian Counseling?” Appendix C includes a “Personal Background Form,” and Appendix D details “A Simple Method For Taking Notes and Organizing Data;” all which are vitally important to effectiveness and success in Christian Counseling.

The book, The Pastor and Counseling,” is faithful to God and His Holy Word offering the counselor information and insights needed to be effective in the ministry of counseling. And, the book issues the call for pastors to not go it alone in the important ministry of Christian Counseling but rather to enlist and educate others in their local assembly so they can assist with and be part of the ministry. This concept is referred to as developing a “culture of discipleship” within the local assembly which is something I certainly agree with…it is something that needs to be done in every local assembly.

Wherever you may be at in relation to Christian counseling and your church, The Pastor and Counseling is definitely one book you want to add to your library for study and counseling purposes.

To learn more about the book, The Pastor and Counseling visit the 9Marks.Org website at http://9marks.myshopify.com/collections/9marks-publications/products/pastor-and-counseling

I received the book for review purposes from 9 Marks. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

COMPANY/PEOPLE PRAISE – Leadership Directories “Yellow Books”

Leadership Directories and their “Yellow Books” such as their “Corporate Yellow Book” ROCKS! They are so helpful and essential for my providing the advocacy services I do…like a scalpel for a surgeon, a screwdriver or hammer for a laborer, or a Bible for a Baptist Preacher. The “Yellow Pages” are invaluable and essential to me as they save me time from having to search for info on the internet/computer and cell phone. It saves me considerable time and thus minimizes the impact on my brain because of my having 2 brain tumors as I am not on the Internet/Computer or my cell phone searching for contact information to help the people who reach out to me for long periods of time. Information included in the books are the Contact Information for Government or Corporate Officials, addresses, phone and fax numbers as well as many of the personal emails needed to contact the government officials or corporate leaders. Nancy S, a sales rep at the company has been so helpful. However, the “Yellow Books” are expensive, BUT, well worth the investment if one can afford them. I am not knocking the price or speaking ill of the company. It is very time intensive and costly for them to secure the information they provide which is why the subscriptions cost what they do.
Praise for a dear Christian brother who purchased a subscription of the “Corporate Yellow Book” for me for the year as he sees the value to my ministry and health. Praise God and thanks be unto God for such a generous brother in Christ. They have other editions of the “Yellow Books” I would like to purchase in the future as the Lord provides…The “Federal Yellow Book,” “State Yellow Book,” “Federal Regional Yellow Book,” “Financial Yellow Book,” “Foreign Representatives Yellow Book,” and “Nonprofit Sector Yellow Book.” The less time I have to spend searching on the Internet/Computer and on my cell phone the better it is for my head and health. Check out  their website and what they offer. I highly recommend the company and their products and service. https://www.leadershipdirectories.com/.
If anyone would like to help me purchase other subscriptions of their print directories please contact me by email and I will share with you how you can assist me. Thank you. And God bless you all!

HEALTH UPDATE

Still in struggling mode today, not feeling my usual self…experiencing brain pressure, dropping things, balance issues, cognitive disconnects ect, ect. It comes with the territory of having 2 brain tumors. Last night was really rough but God, prayer with 2 brothers and dear friends and my medications and supplements brought me through it. “I made it through the rain…” (Barry Manilow song). Thank you Jesus!
I have an MRI with and without contrast scheduled as well as an appointment with Dr. Lyness, my brain tumor doctor about the results after I get the scan done. Meanwhile, I live. I praise my God and Heavenly Father and blessed Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I do what I can when I can. I read God’s Word, pray, cry, rejoice, sing, eat, advocate, blog and do what I need to do to get done what needs to get done. Life may not be easy right now circumstantially but life still does go on. I am not going to lie in a bed all day and complain about how badly I feel when there is life to be lived and people to be loved and helped. That is how it is. And when I do need to rest today, and I probably will need to do so, I will. Thank you for your love, prayers and concern. God bless you all.

HEALTH UPDATE (2/8/2016)

I have felt very much like a broken vessel or a cracked pot as of late. The past few weeks have proven to be more challenging with my experiencing severe intracranial pressure in my head again, ringing in my ears, dropping things frequently and falling occasionally again. Also my memory and cognitive function have been impaired. My vision is affected causing me to have blurred vision. I experience mood swings more frequently. And tonight was really rough. Thank you God for 2 dear Christian brothers and friends who have been and are present to help and comfort me. I am following my medical regime as prescribed. Time for a follow up MRI with and without contrast along with a visit with Dr. Lyness, my brain tumor doctor at Geisinger CMC. Regardless of the outcome, be it good news or bad, my hope and help is in the Lord. He is my portion. In Him and Him alone I am satisfied. Praise the Lord!

COMPANY/PEOPLE PRAISE – J. C. PENNEY

I LOVE my J. C. Penney! I placed an online order because they had a spectacular, just too good to refuse, special going on, and there were a couple of things I needed and one item I saw, liked and wanted. During the order process I got confused about the rewards program so called their customer service department and spoke with a rep, M., and she was awesome, helping me to get my reward credited to my order. YES! I was happy!

And then, there was an offer to get an additional 15% off if you applied for a credit card and were approved. I applied and was approved, however, the 15% was not credited to my order. I reached out to a couple of executives at the company…on a Sunday…and received a response…on a Sunday and the 15% was credited to my account. WOW! Now that is what I call amazing, beyond the call of duty, customer care. I am a very happy customer of J. C. Penney now to be sure.

Consumer News: Product Safety Recalls From The CPSC

The following are recent product recalls due to safety issues with the products. If you have purchased any of these products click on the link for your product to learn what to do regarding returning the product or getting a refund.

  1. Microsoft Recalls AC Power Cords for Surface Pro Devices Due to Fire Shock Hazards http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2016/Microsoft-Recalls-AC-Power-Cords-for-Surface-Pro-Devices  

2. Royal Appliance Recalls Dirt Devil Pet Vacuums Due to Electrical Shock Hazard http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2016/Royal-Appliance-Recalls-Dirt-Devil-Pet-Vacuums

3. Scubapro Recalls Dive Computers Due to Serious Injury Hazard http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2016/Scubapro-Recalls-Dive-Computers

4. Charging Stations Recalled by LocknCharge Technologies Due to Electrical Shock Hazard http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2016/Charging-Stations-Recalled-by-LocknCharge-Technologies/

5. Dollar General Recalls Construction Truck Toy Vehicles Due to Fire and Burn Hazards; Sold Exclusively at Dollar General  (16-092): http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2016/Dollar-General-Recalls-Construction-Truck-Toy-Vehicles/

6. Head USA Recalls Ski and Snowboard Helmets Due to Head Injury Hazard (16-093): http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2016/Head-USA-Recalls-Ski-and-Snowboard-Helmets/

7. KHS America Recalls Children’s Musical Instrument Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard (16-094): http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2016/KHS-America-Recalls-Childrens-Muscial-Instrument/

8. Wedgwood Decorative Baby Rattles Recalled by WWRD Due to Choking Hazard (16-095):  http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2016/Wedgwood-Decorative-Baby-Rattles-Recalled-by-WWRD/

9. CE North America Recalls Fan Heaters Due to Fire Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Bed Bath & Beyond (16-096):http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2016/CE-North-America-Recalls-Fan-Heaters

If you have any consumer related issues, concerns or questions with a government agency or a company possibly I can help you. Please contact me at haroldcameron@haroldcameron.com regarding your complaint  or question and I will respond within 3 business days to you. Thank you.

Website: www.haroldcameron.com

Consumer/Citizen’s Advocacy & Government Liaison Services Provided To Consumers

“If you’ve got a problem, I can help.” (“I can help” by Billy Swan) Words from an old song…like me…old (but not too old as I am only 59 – LOL); however this old train keeps on rollin rollin rollin or keeps “goin and goin and goin” like the Energizer Bunny. Got a consumer/citizen’s complaint, issue or a question for a government agency or company? Well, perhaps I can help you. I am a consumer/citizen’s advocate, and Government Liaison, “The People’s Advocate,” with over 10 years of success in providing prompt, proper and professional resolutions to consumers with their complaints or issues. I do not charge for my services; however, donations are always appreciated and gratefully acknowledged so I can continue to help people as I do. If you have a complaint, issue or question either message me or email me with the details and I will respond as soon as I am able to see if I can help you or not. And spread the word for me please. Thank you. #Advocacy #ConsumerAdvocate #HaroldCameron #ThePeoplesAdvocate

GOVERNMENT AGENCY/PEOPLE PRAISE

I wish to recognize the incredible, amazingly prompt and professional response and stellar performance of the employees at the Social Security Administration Office in Wilkes Barre PA and at the SSA headquarters in Baltimore MD as well as at the PA Department of Determination Services in Wilkes-Barre PA. Their response to a disabled NEPA resident’s application for disability benefits was not only fast but it was just and proper with the claim being approved. The claim was approved and the first disbursement made to the individual in less than 3 months. WOW! Now that is what I call SERVICE! God bless all who assisted in the process to get the claim so quickly reviewed and approved. Thank You.