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SETTLE IT … and be Blessed Reviewed By Conny Crisalli of Bookpleasures.com

Posted by Levine Communications Office on April 5, 2013

Author: Tom Gehring
Publisher: Montserrat Press
ISBN: 978-1-62335-000-0

My whole life has come down to just one message: God wants you to settle the matters in your life, and do it quickly. He has told me that he wants to pour out his blessings on his sons and daughters and that to do so they must do all they can to settle all the burdens and trials that have come their way or will come their way.” Tom Gehring writes in his book,SETTLE IT … and be Blessed.

At over two hundred and fifty pages, this hardback book is gives a Christian approach with suggestions to help settle a lawsuit, family, friend or business dispute, personal problem or addiction by turning to God for peace, solace and answers. Including helpful Biblical and secular footnotes, the book is divided into three parts, each chapter ending with a summary along with several author poems and pages for journaling. This reader wishes all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence.

Author Gehring has been a California trial lawyer in the legal trenches for over thirty years, mainly concentrating on business law. In his book, he dissects almost a dozen of his legal cases, ranging from old Jewish Harry who may lose his radio businesses and Mike’s hidden personal secret that affected his business decisions to cancer-ridden Sarah’s divorce battle over her weight loss clinics and three Italian brothers’ long term fight for their deceased father’s business.

Yet between the jumbled stories, the writer writes of his own personal problems by journaling his birthdays, divorce and dealing with depression. Through the heartache, exhaustion, and wanting to be a Christian warrior and mystic, Gehring lists several simple steps to encourage us to let go and let God do battle for us when dealing with lawsuits or disagreements.

In addition to avidly settling disputes quickly, not hastily, the writer reiterates one should read the Biblical Beatitudes that he calls Jesus’ Eight Step Program to be blessed. Being true peacemakers, we should turn our challenges over to the Lord with the tools He has given us individually. Writing on a standard paper napkin, he suggests putting T+ for “Trust in the Lord” on the top and list the items that need God’s intervention. The author says we need to have the desire, make the decision, ask God, and then receive, see, speak and act on it. By going to bed at eight o’clock and getting up at three o’clock to pray and meditate on the Lord, answers and blessings will come. If you watch and pray, even your enemies will be at peace with you.

With most major mistakes happening within the first five minutes of a decision, we all need to be reminded to wait patiently for God’s answer. Legal and relationship trials produce trustworthiness yet settlements always yield sacrifice. With a plethora of Biblical references and stories, the book has a myriad of repetition and jumping between topics and lawsuits. However, Gehring is spot-on when it comes to Bible verse in Psalms, “Be still, and know that I am God” in relationship to how to deal with legal and personal matters.

This book was received by the publisher for review purposes.


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Quick Time Management Tips

Posted by Levine Communications Office on November 5, 2010

We recently received an email from six-time New York Times bestseller Neil Strauss containing some very valuable lessons. Since we found his email extremely helpful, we thought it would be beneficial to share some of these time management tips with all of you as well. Enjoy!

Neil Strauss

The books from which I picked up the following tips include “Getting Things Done” by David Allen; “First Things First” by Stephen Covey; and “No B.S. Time Management For Entrepreneurs” by Dan Kennedy.

1. Know what your time is worth. There’s an easy formula to calculate this: Take your earnings for the year. Divide that number by 1760. The resulting number is roughly what you make hourly in a work week. However, considering that statistically most people work for an average of one-third of a work hour, multiply that number by three. Now you know what your time is really worth. Treat it that way.

2. Make lists. For those of you who don’t keep running lists of the things you need to do, it’s time to start. Get to-do items off your mind and down on paper. Then prioritize them. One way to do so is to mark them as “A” tasks, which must get done right away; B tasks, which must get done that week; and less urgent C tasks, which simply need to get done sometime in the next six months.

3. Link what you do with your time to your longterm goals. With the Internet available as a constant distraction, most of us are constantly busy but not constantly productive. So always ask yourself: “Is what I’m doing right now bringing me any closer to my goals?”

4. Beware of people who suck up your time. Wean them off their dependence on you and teach them to respect your schedule. If they continue to call, text, or distract you, put them in their place politely. Explain, “I’m really busy, so I’m only dealing with things that are urgent do-or-die priorities. If what you need to talk to me about isn’t an emergency, let’s deal with it later in the week.” Handle your priorities first, not theirs. If your door is always open, people will always be walking through it.

5. Turn off the phone while you’re working and do not check your email, so that you aren’t constantly distracted. Most things can wait. Unless your work requires being available by phone and email all day, set yourself one or two specific windows of time during the day when you deal with emails, phone messages, texts, Facebook, and all the rest of the technological innovations that consume your time and energy.

6. Try to do something active and physical every day. Though it takes time, it improves focus, so you can use the time you do have more productively and feel better about yourself. In general, as we discussed in one of the first emails I sent you, the secret to happiness is living a balanced life.

7. In addition, a simple rule that most people have trouble following: Do the most important thing first, not the easiest thing to get it out of the way. There’s a book I haven’t read, but the title illustrates this point nicely: Never Check Email in the Morning.

You only live once and you never know when it’s going to end, so by making sure you get the most out of your time, you’ll also be making sure you get the most out of your life.

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The Nature of Public Relations

Posted by Levine Communications Office on October 14, 2010

I’m often asked whether public relations is a science or an art. That’s a valid question. In science, two plus two equals four. It will always equal four whether added by a Republican from Iowa, a shaman from New Guinea, or an alien from Planet X. However, in public relations, two plus two may equal four. It may equal five. It may equal zero today and fifty tomorrow.

Public relations is an art.

Like an art, there are rules of form, proven techniques, and standards of excellence. But, overall, it’s a mercurial enterprise, where instinct is as legitimate as convention.

Public relations was once defined as the ability to provide the answers before the public knows enough to ask the questions. Another P.R. pundit once stated, “We don’t persuade people. We simply offer them reasons to persuade themselves.” I define what I do as gift-wrapping. If you package a bracelet in a Tiffany box, it will have a higher perceived value than if presented in a K Mart box. Same bracelet, different perception.

Excerpt from Chapter 1 (pg. 10) of the world’s most widely used and seminal introduction to public relations, “Guerrilla P.R. 2.0: Wage an Effective Publicity Campaign without Going Broke” by Michael Levine, America’s premier media expert and best-selling author.

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Susie Coelho, Style and Business Guru

Posted by Levine Communications Office on August 18, 2010

We bet you know Susie Coelho as a lifestyle guru, but did you know Coelho has become a regular on Neil Cavuto’s FOX Business show where she garners the title of “Cavuto All Star“. As a panelist and favorite guest of business guru Neil Cavuto, Coelho speaks up for the issues affecting the small business community.

As a best-selling author of four books, Coelho covers all there is when it comes to style. Style Your Dream Wedding, her most recent book, offers tips and choices for brides and even includes a CD of traditional wedding music. In Coelho’s Secrets of a Style Diva: A Get-Inspired Guide to Your Creative Side she gives up her personal secrets for creating an inspired and creative look. Susie’s other two best-selling books, Styling for Entertaining: 8 Simple Rules, 8 Miracle Makeovers and Everyday Styling are true how-to guides to styling you and your home.

These ventures have established Susie as a leading lifestyle expert and champion for creating harmony in everyday life.

Coelho is truly a style and business expert whose wise words can provide inspiration in all facets of life.

For more information on Susie, please visit her website here.

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