Soul Seeker (Gehenna)
By: Phillip B. Chute, EA
Published by: Phillip B. Chute EA
Publication Date: March 31, 2020
Reviewed by: Amy Lignor
Review Date: November 2020
Subtitled, “A Comprehensive Handbook and Investment Guide for Everybody,” the final word in that statement most assuredly is the ultimate selling point of Stocks, Bonds & Taxes. Not only are we all experiencing a rough emotional state in 2020, but small businesses as well as families are suffering financially because of the mess that this pandemic has brought upon us, making this book a critical asset that is needed right now.
This book is definitely aimed at serious investors who are looking their portfolios over and needing that helping hand when it comes to gaining knowledge about what the best ways are to invest in order to not take a header while trying to outlast COVID-19. After all, hiring that financial expert for most is not feasible right now because even though the advice is good (hopefully), those experts expect payment for their services.
When it comes to this "encyclopedia," the author splits the categories up so that they are easily understood and easily researched. The first section, Investments, offers a breakdown into the subcategories of equities, bonds, mutual funds, and other investments available that are not as well known to the public. Every investor is shown and basically walked through the ups and downs of all types of investments, from blue chip stocks and small capital stock to life insurance, mutual fund operations, and even the less talked about items, such as low-income housing credits. In the second section, Life Planning, the reader is given much needed information on financial planning for his/her family, pensions, living trusts, wills, even a break-down of IRAs, the renting/leasing of real estate, and more. A much-needed glossary of terms, as well as an index, provide extra help in order to make sure you are getting as much benefit as you possibly can from this particular advisor.
On that note, this particular author is most definitely giving good advice and can be trusted. Enrolled to Practice before the IRS since 1976, Mr. Chute is both a Registered Investment Advisor and a Registered Security Principal – which means you are getting that ‘helping hand’ from a financial expert with this book, without having to pay the exorbitant bill that most would charge if you set up a meeting.
To say this is a readable book, is putting it simply. Highly organized, each part gives a clear definition of what is going to be discussed. It addresses negative things that can and have happened in the market, while also providing great ‘tips’ for each area that you are interested in investing your money. Highly educational, it is also a casual, informative read that will not cause you to shy away from the terminology, or set it down thinking you’re just “not ready to understand” how best to take care of your money and the financial future of you and yours.
Quill says: Even if we were not living in such anxious times, there are a multitude of reasons why your first investment should be this book.
For more information on Stocks, Bonds & Taxes: A Comprehensive Handbook and Investment Guide for Everybody, please visit that author's website at: phillipbchute.com
By: Norman Whaler
Publisher: Beneath Another Sky Books
Publication Date: November 2020
Reviewed by: Holly Connors
Review Date: November 20, 2020
In 2017, author Norman Whaler released his version of a sequel to the Dickens' classic A Christmas Carol, that was appropriately titled Tiny Tim and The Ghost of Ebenezer Scrooge: The Sequel to A Christmas Carol. Now he's taken his love of Dickens' a step further by releasing a magical audio edition geared to young readers.
As the story opens, we learn that:
...a mean, selfish old man named Scrooge
who used to scowl and frown,
had a change of heart and said,
"I won't let you down!"
Tiny Tim's leg was soon mended
and his lonely, unhappy days then ended.
Turn the page and we learn that thanks to Scrooge's change of heart, Tim grew into a healthy young man, happy, strong in faith, and it appears, falling in love. Yes, Tim is in love. But there's a problem - the parents of his true love, Becky, don't approve of Tim. Without their approval, Becky is unable to marry Tim and so, the two must go their separate ways.
As time goes by, Tim grows sad and miserable. "...without his Becky, his heart just grew colder." If this sounds like Tim might be falling into the same unhappy life that Scrooge had before his life-changing visits from three ghosts, you're right. And it appears Tim might just be in need of a ghostly visit from his dearly departed friend Scrooge.
In 2018, I read/reviewed the first version Whaler wrote of the sequel (the print version) to A Christmas Carol, that was, at 100 pages, geared to an older reader than this audio version. It was an enjoyable read and the author did a very good job of imagining what Tim's life was like after that fateful, happy Christmas Day when Scrooge visited Tim's household with the Christmas goose. This new audio version can be easily enjoyed by much younger readers as they follow along with the narrator (a perfect choice of narrator to bring the reader/listener back to Victorian London). The jingle-jangle of the background sounds, horses trotting, carolers singing, etc., really added to the Christmas spirit. Each page of text/audio is accompanied by a lovely illustration that uses soft tones to convey the nostalgia and atmosphere of Victorian London. When I sat down to listen to the audio, I definitely wasn't in a Christmas mood but after listening to the entire story, I was excited to continue on to the Christmas songs that are at the back of the book. The songs, with their print versions included, are delightful and complete the entire audio experience. This is a fun story, wonderfully produced, and children will likely be watching, and listening to Tiny Tim and The Ghost of Ebenezer Scrooge over and over, well past Christmas time.
Quill says: A fantastic holiday book that will get not only children, but your whole family, in the Christmas mood.
For more information on Tiny Tim and The Ghost of Ebenezer Scrooge, please visit the author's website: www.normanwhaler.com
By: Phillip B. Chute, EA
Publication Date: January 2018
ASIN : B07D54XZ89
Reviewed by: Anita Lock
Review Date: November 2020
Author Phillip Chute offers a fascinating collection of divine-intervention stories in his fascinating book The Silver Thread of Life.
Have you ever experienced a time when you had an inconceivable thought, vision, or dream of someone dying, and it came true? Have you ever been in the wrong place at the wrong time and miraculously come out of it unscathed? These are small examples from a captivating collection author Phillip Chute includes in his latest read, The Silver Thread of Life: True Accounts and Dozens of Amazing Life-Changing Spiritual Interventions.
Phillip Chute, a tax and financial advisor by profession, explores psychic episodes that we encounter more frequently than not, the unmeasurable, unprovable, and unexplainable events scientists toss into the paranormal category. The seemingly-endless stories combine Chute's accounts (i.e., his war encounters, travels, and unusual situations) and his clients' incidents that relay near-death experiences and the return to life after brief death among other topics.
Chute’s retelling of accounts comes mainly from his clients who, over the years, appreciated Chute’s good listening skills enough to divulge areas of their past they would not typically discuss. Each story follows a broad spectrum of beliefs as people attribute their ethereal encounters based on their beliefs: Jesus, the Spirits, Karma, guardian angel, divine intervention, Yin and Yang, and faith.
Chapters grouped thematically vary in length. Dreams, others’ ability to see auras, déjà vu, demonic activity, and healers from Third World countries only begin to scratch the surface of the topics covered. Chute makes sure to incorporate words of inspiration and caution, which provides an excellent addition to storytelling. For example, “Messages from the Soul” focuses on dreams and how they “can be compelling gifts and guides” and the importance of “being careful with your actions” in “The Curse.”
Not every story paints a rosy picture as Chute balances chapters with sections that show the dark side of the ethereal realm. One example found in the chapter titled “The Demon” addresses “self-inflicted desolation by mankind—evil people manipulation and corrupting the spirits of others.” Just as there are good psychics, there are bad ones, as mentioned in more detail in the chapter titled “Psychics.”
Chute’s recounting of these paranormal experiences is not flashy; he relays each story as is, making sure to emphasize that while these otherworldly situations appear miraculous (and they are), the incidents are more common than expected since they occur among ordinary people. The only difference is in one’s approach to life’s situations. That said, Chute offers sage advice to his readers: “Leave yourself open to the universe, give yourself to the universe, and it will return your openness in kindness. Let your guardian spirits visit.”
Quill says: The Silver Thread of Life is a fascinating read from beginning to end.
For more information on The Silver Thread of Life: True Accounts of Spiritual Interventions, please visit the author's website at: www.philipbchute.com