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The Next Perfect Storm

Book People Unite Predictions Revealed

Self-Improvement Book

Yes Ma'am, No Sir Comfort Food For Diabetics Diabetes Weight Loss Must-Haves Book Enjoyment

The Next Perfect Storm-And How To Profit From It

(NAPSI)—When it comes to making money, timing is vital.

For example, in 1981, the average annual return on a 90-day bank CD was 16 percent. From 1995 to 1999, the S&P 500 had a minimum annual rate of return of 21 percent. For most of the 2000s, real estate as an investment saw an annual return of over 9 percent. For those who had caught the right timing, there was growth and prosperity in the related industries of banking, real estate and stock trading.

The Next Boom

For those wondering what the next boom will be, a new book may have the answers.

Author and visionary entrepreneur Patrick Bet-David ("Doing the Impossible: The 25 Laws for Doing the Impossible") explains how five different current conditions have combined to create the next "perfect storm" for an industry that has been ignored for almost four decades.

"The purpose of this book is to show that there is an industry currently experiencing a 'perfect storm' that is full of opportunity," said Bet-David. "Readers of this book will be challenged with a new way of looking at life insurance, which is a product and industry they probably never thought too much about before."

The five conditions presented in "The Next Perfect Storm" make a compelling argument for why the current decade will be an era of prosperity for the life insurance industry. Pent-up demand, shifts in demographics and evolving societal needs are explored by Bet-David in a compelling, straightforward approach.

"In the past few decades, the number of insured Americans has fallen to all-time lows, but people are waking up to the fact that they must take care of themselves and those they love," said Bet-David. "This book shows that for those who decipher the signs, there will be business and investment opportunities in this field that will produce amazing success stories.

"A decade or more from now, we will be looking back in amazement at those individuals who were able to have the foresight to catch this wave," he continued. "But as with the booms before, most people will miss out on this one. I sincerely hope this book will help many people at a time when there is very real need for solid economic opportunities."

"The Next Perfect Storm," from Tico Publishing, is available at amazon.com.

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For further information, see www.patrickbetdavid.com

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Encouraging Parents To Read To Their Children

(NAPSI)—Research shows that success in school and life starts with literacy. Consider this: Only 32 percent of fourth graders read at a proficient level and 34 percent can't even read at the most basic level. Access to books continues to be one of the single most important factors in a student's success, but far too many of America's children do not have this most basic resource for learning. When children become good readers in the early grades, they are more likely to become better learners throughout their school years and beyond.

In a nationwide effort to communicate the importance of reading to children, Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) has launched a national public service announcement (PSA) campaign, Book People Unite. The campaign-made possible through a partnership with RIF, the Library of Congress and the Ad Council-features many beloved book characters and a star-studded soundtrack, aimed at sparking a movement to put books in the hands of children who need them most.

Pinocchio, Madeline, Humpty Dumpty, Curious George, Raggedy Ann and Andy star in the PSA, encouraging parents to "Read to a child today and spark a lifetime of ambition." The original song in the television PSA was produced by Grammy Award-winning band The Roots. Celebrity vocalists Jack Black, Chris Martin, John Legend, Jim James, Jason Schwartzman, Consequence, Regina Spektor, Nate Ruess, Carrie Brownstein and Melanie Fiona lend their voices to the song.

By visiting www.BookPeopleUnite.org, individuals can join the movement by taking the pledge and declaring themselves a "book person." Each person who pledges will receive a free download of the song featured in the PSA. The site also features access to the Library of Congress' and RIF's respective websites, where people can find tips and advice for reading with their children.

"One book can spark a lifetime of ambition, and we are asking the nation to join us in igniting a culture of reading where all kids can explore, dream and achieve," said Carol Rasco, president and CEO of RIF. "This PSA is part of our campaign to unite a community of people who believe in the transformative power of books and are committed to this critical cause. Together, we can realize our vision of a literate America ."

RIF has been providing free books and literacy services to children and families in need for 45 years. And since 2000, the Ad Council has partnered with the Library of Congress on a national reading campaign. The organizations reach out to children in an effort to inspire fun and promote literacy in all types of learning, including reading books, magazines and cartoons, online and interactive tools, visiting museums, creating music and using one's imagination.

"As America 's oldest cultural institution, the Library encourages the use and enjoyment of our nation's creativity and knowledge. We hope this entertaining campaign—combining beloved children's book characters and world-renowned musical talent—inspires families to establish a lifelong love of reading," said Gayle Osterberg, director of communications at the Library of Congress.

Brought to you by the Library of Congress and Reading Is Fundamental.

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Predictions Revealed

(NAPSI)—A time capsule's predictions about life today may surprise you with its foresight.

The time capsule sealed 25 years ago was opened at the annual L. Ron Hubbard Writers and Illustrators of the Future Contests ceremony in Los Angeles.

Back then, contest grand-prize winner and now international New York Times best-selling author Dave Wolverton predicted that countries with a "falsely inflated economy would be forced to export their technologies to third-world countries where people are willing to work for less money."

Famed best-selling author Orson Scott Card ("Ender's Game") forecast, "We must count ourselves lucky if anyone has leisure enough in 2012 to open this time capsule."

To see these and other predictions, visit www.writersofthefuture. com.

The contest was initiated by L. Ron Hubbard in 1983 to provide aspiring writers with a much-needed break, and the companion Illustrators of the Future Contest was created in 1988.

Past winners have published over 750 novels and 3,500 short stories, and illustrators have had their art published in more than 500 books and magazines.

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Book Offers Techniques For Self-Improvement

(NAPSI)—The ability to be happier, rechannel fears into something constructive, improve your health, remove barriers to your success and become more prosperous is all a matter of training your mind.

That's one of the key concepts in a new self-improvement book that offers readers personal development methods that are based on self-hypnosis techniques.

The book—"The TurboCharged Mind" (The Business School of Happiness)—also contains a number of techniques for creative visualization and other ways to reprogram a person's subconscious and rechannel untapped mental energies to enhance your ability to succeed.

Subconscious Success

The authors, the sister and brother team of Dian Griesel, Ph.D., and Tom Griesel, have been described as the "New First Family of Health."

They contend that most of a person's daily functions are accomplished on a subconscious level and that you are what you believe subconsciously. They also hold that subconscious thoughts are capable of affecting you physically, as well as psychologically.

Planting Seeds

The end of each chapter includes a series of "mind seeds"—key points intended to reinforce the main concepts in the chapter and serve as a mechanism for review.

For example:

• "Everything I need is already within me";

• "Your self-image is the key to your personality and your behavior"; and

• "A healthy body is a requirement for a healthy mind."

Said Tom Griesel, "All change begins in our minds with the thoughts or 'seeds' we choose to plant there."

Tested Techniques

The book builds on the themes put forth in other books by the authors, such as "TurboCharged: Accelerate Your Fat Burning Metabolism, Get Lean Fast and Leave Diet and Exercise Rules in the Dust," "TurboCharged Recipes: Delicious Fuel for Your Fabulous Fat Burning Machine" and the soon-to-be released "365 TurboCharged Days."

To learn more, visit the website at www.turbocharged.us.com.

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Steps For Success

(NAPSI)—Before Ken Carter became "Coach Carter" of Hollywood movie fame, he was a successful businessman and basketball coach of the Richmond High School Oilers in Richmond, Calif.—one of the toughest neighborhoods in the country.

Coach Carter gained notoriety when he canceled all of his undefeated basketball team's games and practices for eight days—forfeiting two games—because 15 team members had poor academic performances. The story is the basis for the film "Coach Carter," starring Samuel L. Jackson.

Accountability, overcoming adversity, taking charge of your life and learning to succeed when others expect you to fail are key essentials Coach taught. In his new book, "Yes Ma'am, No Sir," Coach Carter uses his personal experiences and core beliefs to explain his methods for success, including:

Quality of Character—understand who you are and what you can do; Self-discipline—motivate yourself regardless of outside factors; Flexibility—the ability to change course; Giving to Others—few can succeed without others.

In addition to this guide for getting ahead, Carter recently started the Coach Carter Impact Academy, a nontraditional boarding school for young men, and a business school for developing entrepreneurs. The book is available where books are sold.

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Comfort Food For Those With Diabetes

(NAPSI)—There's good news for people with diabetes who miss the simple pleasures of comfort food. A new cookbook puts a healthier spin on a number of familiar dishes.

It's estimated that nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes. For many, finding a healthy way to enjoy family favorites, such as mac and cheese or brownies, can be a real challenge.

Fortunately, Robyn Webb, MS, LN, a 2012 Gourmand Award- winning cookbook author, nutritionist and the food editor of Diabetes Forecast magazine, has created "The American Diabetes Association Diabetes Comfort Food Cookbook." Published by the American Diabetes Association-the leading publisher of books on diabetes-the book is filled with recipes designed to meet the dietary needs of people who have diabetes and for those who just want to eat well without the added calories and fat.

The book is also sprinkled with helpful tips and time-saving advice. For example, when it comes to fat, Webb suggests using real olive oil and butter, but only in small amounts.

Mollie Katzen, author of "Moosewood Cookbook," described Webb's book as "beautiful" and "compelling."

To learn more or to order, call (800) 232-6733 or visit www.diabetes.org/comfortfood.

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A Plan For Managing Diabetes And Weight

(NAPSI)—There's good news for those with diabetes. Many feel they must choose between maintaining a healthy weight and managing their glucose levels. A new book says that it's possible to do both.

Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator Jill Weisenberger has created a handbook with a one-year plan to help people with diabetes reach their weight-loss goals.

The book, "Diabetes Weight Loss—Week by Week: A Safe, Effective Method for Losing Weight and Improving Your Health," is published by the American Diabetes Association. It discusses calories, keeping a food log, understanding carbs, introducing physical activity, and understanding what limitations you may have due to certain medications.

In addition to work sheets and action steps, the book also contains tips on how to halt negative self-talk, tame nighttime nibbles and conquer cravings.

To learn more or to order, call (800) 232-6455 or visit www.diabetes.org/weightloss.

 

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The Gift Of A Great Read

(NAPSI)—The next time you give a gift, it can be easier than you may think if you heed these hints on buying books and presenting presents:

• For the gardener in your life, there's "Gardening Shortcuts," a rescue remedy with the advice needed to create a great garden and still have time to sit on the patio. It offers practical gardening know-how on creating a showcase border or a patio of perfect pots. Gift Giver Tip: Wrap it with a small rose bush.

• For the basics of kitchen gardening, there's "Fruit and Vegetable Gardening." Gift Giver Tip: Wrap it with gardening tools and seeds.

• A gift that's truly memorable is a copy of "Max Your Memory," the first visually led, memory-improving program fully illustrated with infographics. Accessible and nonacademic, the book has exercises, strategies, tips and techniques to sharpen memory skills. Gift Giver Tip: Wrap it with a set of colored pencils.

• For home bakers, there are "Step-by-Step Cakes" and "Step-by-Step Bread." They take publisher DK's signature photographic approach a step further, presenting all 120 recipes in step-by-step sequences, with every stage photographed in full color. Gift Giver Tip: Wrap one or both with a set of bakeware.

• Music to their ears may be hearing you've gotten them "The Complete Classical Music Guide," featuring every aspect of Western classical music, from chanting monks to the bold exponents of minimalism. Gift Giver Tip: Wrap it with sheet music.

• For do-it-yourselfers, there's "Step-by-Step Home Design and Decorating" with everything needed to give a home a complete makeover. Gift Giver Tip: Wrap it with a gift card to the hardware store.

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