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Looking for Serious Advance Readers

Time is closing in on a very exciting event. In just a few weeks, my final manuscript for, Getting Through What You Can’t Get Over, must be submitted to my publisher. And I need your help!

I’m looking for a handful of serious advance readers. (Only three slots are available.)

What’s required?Your Story

1. Must give an honest and hard critique. If there are gaps where you thought there should be more info, places you get confused, things that don’t make sense, statements you disagree with, (I’ll need to know the why behind what you disagree with), etc. you must tell me. I want this book to help people, and if it’s written weakly, then it can’t make a difference.

2. I need your feedback no later than 8/25/14, but I won’t start sending chapters out until the end of this month. My deadline to turn things in to my publisher is 9/1/14, so that means I really need to get your feedback ASAP in order to have time for necessary changes. Leaving only 3 weeks for you to read and comment. I know it’s a push, but that’s why this is for serious folks only. ;0)

3. I need all of my advance readers to write at least two reviews that you’ll post online. One at Amazon, (I’ll provide info if you don’t know how), and one on Goodreads. (Again I’ll guide you if you haven’t done it before.) If you are willing to post other reviews in different locations, then I’ll bow and say, “Thank you,” in advance.

4. The final, and maybe one of the most important things I need, is for you to help spread the word. I am very passionate about providing hope for the hurting, and I’ve worked hard to interview, research, and pray over providing emotional, practical, and spiritual helps for those who’ve experienced trauma they’ll never get over. I need all the voices I can muster, who God willing, are equally interested in offering encouragement to those in desperate need of healing.

If this is a project/movement you’d like to play a personal and insider’s role in, then please let me know. For those who contact me after the slots are filled, I will keep your names on a list, and offer you an autographed copy of the book when it releases at a discounted price. In addition, those copies will come with a bonus gift. All I ask in return, is that you write reviews and/or spread the word.

Whether you read this book in advance, or after it releases, I simply want to offer my deep gratitude. Thank you for being willing to make a difference in the lives of others. Together, we can make the world a better place, one person at a time — starting with ourselves first.

Anita Fresh Faith

Are you walking through something you’ll never get over? Do you want to play a part in helping others? If so, comment here, and I’ll add you to the list. 

Habakkuk 2:2 (NLT)

Then the Lord said to me,“Write my answer plainly on tablets, so that a runner can carry the correct message to others.”

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Anita Agers-Brooks is a national speaker, Business and Inspirational Coach, Certified Training Facilitator, Communications Specialist, Certified Personality Trainer, and Certified Training Facilitator. Anita is also the author of, First Hired, Last Fired — How to Become Irreplaceable in Any Job Market. Her new book, Getting Through What You Can’t Get Over, releases through Barbour Publishing in April, 2015.

Anita co-hosts a weekly podcast, Engaging Life and Leadership with Darren Dake, available on iTunes, Stitcher, and other podcast platforms.

She’s a partner in The Zenith Zone, a business consulting firm. Member of the National Association of Professional Women, Christian Writer’s Guild, Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, and Toastmasters. A graduate of CLASSeminars for Leaders, Speakers, and Authors, a co-founder of The StoryWriting Studio, and speaker on circuit for Stonecroft International Ministries

Anita is passionate about work with integrity, healthy relationships, and issues of identity. She travels the country teaching others from her personal experiences and research. She believes it’s never too late for a fresh start with fresh faith.

When she wants to let her hair down, Anita lounges by a river or lake in Missouri, laughing with her husband of over thirty years, Ricky.

Follow her FreshFaith blog You may contact her via website or email


10 Important Ways to Simplify Your Life

Who doesn’t want more peace, more happiness, more simplicity? I know I could use some. On this episode of Engaging Life and Leadership, a podcast for twenty-first century men and women, Darren Dake and I explore the ten best ways to simplify your life.

Since this month’s theme is refocused focus, it seems especially fitting for us to explore some minimalist ideas. Opportunities to reduce, rework, refresh.

Engaging Life and Leadership’s 10 Most Important Ways to Simplify Your Life:

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1. Material Possessions – Too many material possessions complicate our lives to a greater degree than we ever give them credit. They drain our bank accounts, our energy, and our attention. They keep us from the ones we love and from living a life based on our values. When you invest the time to remove nonessential possessions from your life, you will never regret it.

2. Your Commitments – Most of us have filled our days full from beginning to end with time commitments: work, home, kid’s activities, community events, religious endeavors, hobbies… the list goes on. When possible, release yourself from the time commitments that are not in line with your greatest values.

3. Your Goals – Reduce the number of your goals to one or two. By reducing the number of goals that you are striving to accomplish, you will improve your focus and your success rate. Make a list of the things that you want to accomplish in your life and choose the two most important. Only when you finish one, should you add another from your list.

4. Negative Thoughts – Most negative emotions are completely useless. Resentment, bigotry, hate, and jealousy have never improved the quality of life for a single human being. Take responsibility for your mind. Forgive past hurts and replace negative thoughts with positive ones.

5. Your Debt – If debt is holding you captive, reduce it. Start today. Do what you’ve got to do to get out from under its weight. Find the help that you need. Sacrifice luxury today to enjoy freedom tomorrow.

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6. Your Words – Use fewer words. Keep your speech plain and honest. Mean what you say. Avoid gossip.

7. Artificial Ingredients – Avoid trans fats, refined grain (white bread), high-fructose corn syrup, and too much sodium. Minimizing these ingredients will improve your energy level in the short-term and your health in the long-term. Also, as much as possible, reduce your consumption of over-the-counter medicine – allow your body to heal itself naturally as opposed to building a dependency on substances.

8. Digital Distractions – Focusing your attention on television, movies, video games, and technology affects your life more than you think. Media rearranges your values. It begins to dominate your life. And it has a profound impact on your attitude and outlook. Unfortunately, when you live in that world on a consistent basis, you don’t even notice how it is impacting you. The only way to fully appreciate its influence in your life is to turn them off. Relationships with others are good, but constant streams of distraction are bad. Learn when to power off the blackberry, log off Facebook, or not read a text. Focus on the important, not the urgent. A steady flow of distractions from other people may make us feel important, needed, or wanted, but feeling important and accomplishing importance are completely different things.

9. Bitterness and Unforgiveness — This may be the most challenging thing for you to discard. But it will be the most powerful and freeing choice you make. Focusing on the removal of these two areas of pain sets you up for a whole lot of happiness.

10. Multi-Tasking — Research indicates that multi-tasking increases stress and lowers productivity. while single-tasking is becoming a lost art. Handle one task at a time. Do it well. And when it is complete, move to the next.

Without realizing it, we can develop a hoarding tendency. Whether in possessions, attitudes, or habits. But with decisive action, we take our lives back by simplifying many areas. Time is the one thing we can’t get back. It’s neither rewindable or recyclable. The ten most important ways we can simplify lives may not redeem time, but it can redeem our energy so we can make the most of the time we have.

Matthew 6:19 (NLT)
“Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal..

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As Darren and Anita travel the country speaking, they strive to balance between smart work and simpler choices. If we can’t live it, we have no business teaching it.

Receive an abundance of prosperity and peace when you learn and apply the secrets discussed. This show on Engaging Life and Leadership will inspire you to make simple, yet powerful changes. Your life should never be the same. Remember, you’re always leading, but are you leading well?

Now reaching over 57 countries, including the UK, word of this podcast continues to catch fire. Consider helping spread the message by going on iTunes to rate and review the program. Listen to three shows, then give your honest evaluation. Let your voice be heard.

You can always find Engaging Life and Leadership on iTunes, Stitcher, Juice, Downcast, Podcruncher, TuneIn Radio, SoundCloud, and other podcatcher platforms. We welcome and appreciate any and all reviews, please find us on iTunes, and leave your honest opinion today.

Leave your feedback, questions, or comments, at Find Darren at and email Anita at and at her email

Thanks, and tune in to Engaging Life and Leadership next time, where a single podisode could transform your life from mediocrity to magnificent!

Don’t forget to check out Anita’s Book, First Hired, Last Fired — How to Become Irreplaceable in Any Job Market, and Darren’s book, Unrighteous today.