University of Berkshire Hathaway: 30 Years of Lessons Learned from Warren Buffett & Charlie Munger at the Annual Shareholders Meeting by Daniel Pecaut and Corey Wrenn

“A rare view into the mind of Warren Buffett.” – Kirkus Reviews  Each year, for thirty years, two veteran investment advisors attended Berkshire Hathaway’s Annual Shareholders Meeting. After each meeting, they chronicled Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger’s best lessons from that year. This book compiles those thirty years of wisdom for the first time.

Author: Daniel Pecaut and Corey Wrenn

Rating: Rating: 4.60 / 5
149 reviews

I Only Wanted to Live: The Struggle of a Boy to Survive the Holocaust by Arie Tamir and Batya Jerenberg

A broad picture of the Holocaust from the point of view of a childFor six years he undergoes all the levels of hell that the Holocaust brought upon the Jewish people.This book describes a human drama that involves decision-making in impossibly cruel circumstances, lot of resourcefulness and the struggle to survive.The drama takes place during the Holocaust from the point of view of a child nicknamed Leosh. At age 7, the boy is swept into the whirlwind of the Holocaust. For six years, he endures all the horrors that the Holocaust brings upon the Jewish people. Due to a lot of luck, resourcefulness, and with the help of good people, including Germans, Leosz survives until the end of the war and on May 5th he is liberated by the American army.In the Krakow Ghetto Leosh is saved from three mass deportations to the death camps, he escapes from the ghetto, survives for several months pretending to be a Polish street boy. Leosh miraculously unites with his father and they become slave laborers in Gozen 2 camp in Austria. In this camp torture, starvation, beatings and murder were a way of life. Leosz’s father perishes in this hell.On May 5th, Leosz is freed by the American army, recovers quickly, returns to life, and enjoys his freedom with all his heart, mind and soul. Scroll up and grab a copy today.

Author: Arie Tamir and Batya Jerenberg

Rating: Rating: 4.40 / 5
137 reviews

Saint Padre Pio: In the Footsteps of Saint Francis by Michael J. Ruszala and Wyatt North

In an age that smirks at the mention of miracles, sin, angels, and demons, St. Pio of Pietrelchina has emerged as a figure of immense popularity, attracting fascination, veneration, and also emulation. Padre Pio, who once wrote in a letter, “I am a mystery to myself,” is certainly a mystery to all who know of him. To those who moved beyond mere credulity, he became an inspiration to embrace the fullness of faith. Perhaps that is why his shrine in outlying San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy, is second only to the Vatican itself in annual number of pilgrims and why Italian Catholics now report to praying more for St. Pio’s intercession than for that of any other saint.

This book is a concise introduction to Padre Pio’s life, especially as compared to the example and journey of his spiritual father, St. Francis of Assisi. If St. Francis is said to be the most popular saint of all time, Franciscan Capuchin Padre Pio is perhaps the most popular saint of our times.

Given that he passed only in 1968, it is remarkable to think that such a spiritual “superhero” could exist in our modern age. Through not spared from misfortune, he was spared those things that cloud us from perceiving the world in a truly spiritual way. Perhaps that is why Padre Pio offers us just the message we need to hear.

Author: Michael J. Ruszala and Wyatt North

Rating: Rating: 4.40 / 5
229 reviews

white bees by Amy Wilde

They stare at her. Point at her face. Shout laughter encased in cruel laughter toward her. Yet, despite it all, Amy shines beautiful. In this heartfelt memoir Amy endures multiple surgeries for her bilateral cleft lip and palate—including a grueling cranial facial surgery at age sixteen just as her older sister Jeannie, a model, competes in a national pageant. When she reaches her private breaking point as the girls around her start to date, she prays just one boy will see past her face of scars and into her heart—and chose her. What happens next shocks the entire student body, and has all of the girls wishing they could trade her places.A sample of Chapter 1:My mother has loved me from the very start.I must have felt her faith as she took me in her arms the day I was born and looked upon my tangled face and into my new blue eyes with courage and complete understanding, knowing the road ahead would be laced with trials and mixed with grace. High school wasn’t supposed to start this way. The same way all of my other school years had started—wearing my same face that brought the painful responses I pretended not to see. Above my basement bedroom, I heard Mom opening and shutting cupboard doors, the weight of her feet flexing the creaky floor in the rhythm of a new morning.I turned my head and inhaled the honest scent of my pillowcase, the fibers holding traces of salt water from nights I carried my burden alone. Not everyone stared at me with critical eyes. Mom stared right into my heart, my being, my soul. She didn’t ask if I was being teased or if I wished I were perfect. I’m not even sure the idea crossed her mind. Instead, she told me I was confident and beautiful, with way more friends than she’d ever had. She said I amazed her. And I believed her.I pulled my right leg to my chest and hugged my knee, then dropped my hand to trace the inch-long scar on the inside of my ankle from an IV I’d had as a new baby. Mom couldn’t remember which surgery caused the scar. But she’d said it had started as a small pierce from a needle and, once healed, had stretched as I’d grown. For some reason moving my finger back and forth over the raised scar brought me peace.My younger sister stirred in her twin bed four feet from mine. She lobbed one arm up and out from under the covers and onto the nightstand where her thick glasses rested. With the other hand, she cleared the tangled hair away from her face. She situated the glasses on her nose and asked, “Is it already time to get up?”I leaned up on one elbow, looking past her silhouette to our bedroom window. “Yup, it’s morning, Toots, even though it’s still dark outside. Jeannie is already up. I call the shower next.”“What’s that sound?”“That squeaky sound?”“Mmm hmm.”“Just Mr. Sorensen. You know, letting his dog, Max, out to pee. His gate squeaks.”“Oh. How’d you know that?”“I’ve been paying attention all summer. Listen. In a minute you’ll hear it again when he goes back inside. I’ve memorized the whole process.”Jeannie, older than me by eighteen months, threw open the door connecting our two rooms. “Hey, I lost the back to one of my pink triangle earrings. Do either of you have a pencil eraser I can use?”“I do,” Toots said. “But don’t use my favorite pencil. Just use one of the regular orange ones over there on my desk.”“I only need half. Thanks, Toots. You’re a lifesaver.”I released my hand from my ankle, stretched both legs down to the end of my bed, then pointed my toes until my feet arched and my calf muscles burned. I’d waited fifteen years to be transformed into beautiful. The “big” surgery, the cranial facial surgery I’d been waiting for, was supposed to have happened before I started high school. Instead, it hung on the horizon teasing me with time until the bone in my face matured. The surgery was partly for me, but mostly for the people who had to look at me.

Author: Amy Wilde

Rating: Rating: 4.70 / 5
54 reviews

Push the Rock: Second Chances on the Road to Kilimanjaro by R.W. Long

Living the American Dream at the pinnacle of his life, R.W. Long had it all: a loving family, a promising career, and a multitude of blessings. All of this was cut short with the diagnosis of an incurable disease. In the prime of life, he lost nearly everything he had worked for and felt he was given a life sentence and incarcerated in his own body—a body that no longer obeyed his commands and that would fail him in new ways daily.

For eight years, the struggle wore him down, nearly to the point of no return. Then came the phone call in the dead of night from a war-torn country half a world away.

“Dad, I don’t think I’m going to make it out of here alive.”

These words set in motion the most important mission of Long’s life: Learning to walk again in order to meet his son. What was once considered an impossibility was transformed into a goal and a mission.

Set against the backdrop of the quest for Kilimanjaro’s summit, Push the Rock is the true story of faith, second chances, and the power of family to overcome life’s greatest challenges. 

Author: R.W. Long

Rating: Rating: 4.90 / 5
62 reviews

A Song for Bellafortuna: An Italian Historical Fiction Novel by Vincent B. “Chip” LoCoco

A Song for Bellafortuna is an inspirational Italian Historical Fiction novel concerning a young man’s desire to free his Sicilian village from the domination of one family’s long reign. For years, the beautiful, yet secluded, hilltop village of Bellafortuna, Sicily, was a great producer of wine and olive oil. The entire village prospered. However, after the arrival of the Vasaio family, production dwindles and the villagers soon find themselves in crushing debt to the Vasaios. Only one family in the village remains outside the control of the Vasaios, but the reason haunts Antonio Sanguinetti every day of his life. Antonio is determined to erase this legacy by offering financial and emotional support to his fellow villagers. He introduces them to the choral song from Verdi’s opera, Nabucco, which becomes the rallying cry for the villagers and offers them hope for a better life.

When Antonio’s only son, Giuseppe, discovers his family’s past, he becomes determined to take on the Vasaios and remove them from power. Led by the young Giuseppe, a plan is hatched that could result in either complete freedom for the villagers, or if it fails, forever solidifying the Vasaios’ control.

Find out what happens in A Song for Bellafortuna, a sweeping epic historical fiction tale of love, drama, sacrifice, and redemption, set among the beautiful landscape of Sicily. Already listed by Amazon as a Top New Release in Historical Fiction and Italian Historical Fiction.

The novel has been called lyrical, intelligent, majestic, magical, powerful and compelling. Here are some advance reviews.

Vincent B. LoCoco writes a heartwarming piece of historical fiction . . . He captured the essence of the Sicilian culture, especially regarding the value of ancestry and music . . . A Song For Bellafortuna is a beautiful tale of antiquity.”
– Readers Favorite 5 Star Review

“The book was a joy to read. It is a wonderful story, told in a magical way.”
-Cavaliere Ufficiale Aldo Mancusi, President of the Enrico Caruso Museum of America in New York

“An inspiring story of an Italian village threatened by commerce and saved by opera.”
-John Biguenet, author of The Torturer’s Apprentice and Oyster

Categories: Italian Historical Fiction, Christian Historical Fiction, European Historical Fiction, Biographical Historical Fiction, Christian Historical Romance, Women’s Historical Fiction, Opera Music

Author: Vincent B. “Chip” LoCoco

Rating: Rating: 4.40 / 5
123 reviews

David and the Psalms by Michael J. Ruszala and Wyatt North

People are fascinated by the concept of royalty. The notion stirs up sentiments of love, admiration, and hatred. We see ourselves in them, and yet we criticize them at times with indignation. While most monarchies today have been put aside or at least limited in their power, the concept of royalty cannot be erased from human consciousness. In the words of Jesus, Christians pray, “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” The ultimate and most perfect monarchy is that of God himself, the sovereign of all creation.

Through David and the story of the kingship, God taught us about his governance of the world and of his people. David was only human and at times the worthy subject of both praise and severe criticism. But in his relationship with God, we find a model for the people both then and today: suppleness to God’s will; wholehearted pursuit of righteousness; sincere repentance from sin; mercy for others; and true worship of God, who alone is worthy.

Author: Michael J. Ruszala and Wyatt North

Rating: Rating: 4.40 / 5
181 reviews

Pope Francis (Pastor of Mercy) by Michael J. Ruszala and Wyatt North

Understanding the life of Jorge Mario Bergoglio is essential to understanding how Pope Francis shepherds his flock – and the key is mercy.

What exactly do people find so attractive about Pope Francis? There is something about him that captivates and delights people, even people who hardly know anything about him.

Aldo Cagnoli, a layman who developed a friendship with the Pope when he was serving as a cardinal, shares the following: “The greatness of the man, in my humble opinion lies not in building walls or seeking refuge behind his wisdom and office, but rather in dealing with everyone judiciously, respectfully, and with humility, being willing to learn at any moment of life; that is what Father Bergoglio means to me.”

This book uncovers the life of the 266th Bishop of Rome, Jorge Mario Bergoglio.

Author: Michael J. Ruszala and Wyatt North

Rating: Rating: 4.40 / 5
374 reviews

The Life and Prayers of Saint Padre Pio by Wyatt North

One part biography, one part prayer book, this book is an essential for any Christian.

The foundation for Padre Pio’s work in the world was love. His love of God became intertwined with his love of humanity so that the two became inseparable and unwavering.

Padre Pio is notable not for his erudition or even his teachings, per se, but for the man he was and the intercessor he continues to be. Pio gave himself to Christ as a spiritual victim for the souls of sinners. With sweetness, humility, and good cheer, he brought everyone who encountered him closer to Christ.

People who met him understood immediately that they were in contact with a Christlike figure. Those who attended his Mass and saw his union with the divine felt as though they had witnessed in person Christ’s Passion on the Cross. During his lifetime, Padre Pio brought vast numbers back to devotion to Christ, and, as he himself foretold, in death he has been able to do still more.

All books in The Life and Prayers series come complete with a Touch-or-Click Table of Contents, divided by each section.


Author: Wyatt North

Rating: Rating: 4.60 / 5
233 reviews