Mastering your Emotions

Mastering your Emotions ISBN: 9781938015915 Hybrid Global Publishing by Masha Malka.

The complete title/subtitle to this book is ‘The One Minute Coach to Mastering your Emotions: A step-by-Step Guide to Feeling Happy on a Regular Basis’. It is a relatively short book in spite of the number of sections and chapters because many contain merely a few pages at most, with each focused specifically on its subject. It begins with introductory remarks with respect to “Are Emotions a Purely Human Experience” and “How this Book is Structured and Why”. There follow 5 general Parts – 1: Getting to know your emotions – Getting to know you, which includes 14 individual chapters. Part 2: Emotions that Cause Us Pain and Suffering, that run from Chapter 15 through 33. Part 3: Understand and Boost Your Feel-good Emotions, with Chapters 34 through 45. Part 4: Mastering Your Emotions – Mastering Your Life, with Chapters 46 through 65 and Part 5: Conclusion, Chapters 66 through 70 with a conclusive statement concerning “Tomorrow is Promised to No One.” Two Appendices, a note About the Artist and another About the Author and a Personal Message conclude the presentation. Each chapter contains material pertinent to its title expressed from a somewhat different perspective.

Discussion: The author is a native Russian who has “The experiences of overcoming the struggles of being a refugee at 17-years old, dealing with a very difficult break-up of a 20-year marriage, lived in seven countries …” all while raising three children and still finding time to compete successfully in Ballroom competitions, gain degrees and certificates in higher education and successfully established successful businesses. She now splits her living/working time between Sunny Isles, FL and Marbella, Spain, two areas that provide further insight to this successfully entrepreneurial individual. Sunny Isles is a prime area with both affordable and posh residential and office space to buy and/or rent. Marbella is a once charming village on Spain’s Costa del Sol that greatly expanded with the expansion of nearby Porto Banus to be a ‘must’ port-of-call for mega yachts whose owners and guests enjoyed the expensive restaurants and high end Boutiques constructed along its quays. But Marbella still was able to retain pockets of its old original qualities – something that appears to be important to the author, if properly interpreted from the impression gained by this reviewer from this book. She obviously has acquired a distinct sophistication, but espouses Feng Shui, the Chinese quasi-philosophical system that attempts to interrelate individuals with their surroundings and she also expresses a perhaps lingering attachment to folk medicine as provided in the Appendices. One of her successful ‘businesses’ has been to coach individuals in the subject matter of this book in which she strongly suggests their pertinence. Thus in an interesting manner, this sophisticated woman has presented an approach to ‘harnessing’ one’s emotions in an unadorned, unsophisticated and heartfelt manner that is simple, and no doubt effective for some of the readers who are looking for help. Discerning readers will note that in his brief Forward to the book Michael Bowker appears also to have noted this interesting dichotomy.

3* 5* For those desiring an unsophisticated, heartfelt presentation of help.

The Hanged Man

The Hanged Man, A Digby Rolf Mystery, Book 1, an e-book by Raymond M. Hall.

Digby is the son of an Anglican Vicar with a quite extensive sphere of influence in spite of his position in a small parish “tucked deep into the countryside of rural Sussex”. He supposedly was destined to follow in his father’s footsteps. Unfortunately he engaged in quite socially unacceptable activity that dictates he move from the local areas. He is offered no parish but instead is assigned as a Prison Chaplain whose most unfortunately onerous duty includes accompanying condemned prisoners on their short journey to the hangman. His task of accompanying John Moorcroft on this last journey and an associated strange occurrence initiate a tremendous upheaval in his life. Moorcroft has been found guilty of raping and killing a young woman. He insists he is innocent but since this is a normal claim for convicted felons, he is not believed. Digby is the exception and his belief is solidified when as the last to leave the still hanging body the bible he is holding seems “to spring from his hands, the pages moving in a blur of speed as if blown by some fierce wind, but around him the air was still, there wasn’t even a slight draught. He stood transfixed as the book hit the concrete floor and flipped onto its spine. He stared down and noticed it had fallen open on a familiar page. The words leapt out at him. ‘Vengeance is mine sayeth the Lord’. Digby sank to his knees and turning, looked up once more at the hanging body. ‘We have killed an innocent man!’”. He attempts to explain to the Bishop what has occurred, is harshly rebuffed, resigns in a huff and returns to the boarding house in which he has been living. The owner is Mrs. Pentley, the widow of a patrol officer who was killed in the line of duty so has a small pension which she augments by leasing rooms. He mentions his suspicions to her. She still is friendly with one of the officers still working and pays him a visit. He provides some answers but is hesitant to speak further with her because of the situation of distrust throughout the department. This, of course brings further questions with respect to a case that at best was improperly handled. In moving further, Digby becomes involved with warring factions of the underworld, a thoroughly corrupt judiciary, involvement of the Free Masons with their secret codes and edicts, an unexpected romantic interest in Mrs. Pentlry’s niece and even more unexpected aid from his quite stern and dismissive father with his strange ‘connections’. The result is a thoroughly incompetent investigator bumbling his way slowly along in a most naïve manner that places not only him but others with whom he has contact into imminent danger and even death in a most brutal manner. He does have one additional all-encompassing and no doubt faith-based guiding companion who wants to see justice done. To provide specifics of the manner in which the story progresses and its finale would be a disservice to any prospective readers.

Summary: Interesting presentation of a mystery/suspense tale different from the more usually encountered format.

4* Engagingly different presentation of unusual mystery/suspense tale.