Toward Happier Choices by Michael Oborn.
A Coffee Conspiracy.
This book is a Memoir better described as an Anthology of a person’s life. It also might be looked at as a transition piece by a person who doesn’t tell, but shows how he reinvented his life.
“Our challenges strengthen and increase us. Our failures define our path. Without them we don’t grow.
Are you unhappy? Does your bank account suffer from diarrhea? Where do you fit in? How do you change your life?
No one can change your life for you. I can show you what I did. It’s all about re-inventing our lives.”
1-Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer on 27 June 2019 for Reader’s Favorite. Rating: 5.out of 5 Stars.
“You can almost feel the love and affection in the words he has carefully chosen for each person. A very powerful narrative.”
2-Reviewed by Kayti Nika Raet on 03 July 2019 for Reader’s Favorite. Rating: 5.out of 5 Stars.
“Through the multitude of rich essays, Toward Happier Choices makes for a powerful, evocative, and perhaps even feminist read.”
3-Reviewed By Gisela Dixon for Readers’ Favorite. Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars.
“Michael has a knack of presenting ideas in a very convincing, sincere, and empathetic manner and I definitely look forward to reading more from him on these subjects.”
4-Volunteer review by MatereF on 10 July 2019 for online book club. Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars.
“Michael made this book very engaging and entertaining.”
5-Volunteer review by Fazzier on 24 April 2019 for online book club. Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars.
“I recommend this book to parents, teachers, human rights activists, and any other person who would like to take control over their lives.”
6-Volunteer review by Namaste23 on 16 June 2019 for online book club. Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars.
“The audience for this book would be anyone who enjoys learning about other people’s lives and experiences. “
7-Reviewed by Ray Simmons on 03 July 2019 for Reader’s Favorite. Rating: 5.out of 5 Stars.
“The narrative is sincere, it is truthful, and it points out a difficult but worthwhile path to a more fulfilling life. The story is very well told. “
8-Reviewed by Jack Magnus on 03 July 2019 for Reader’s Favorite. Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars.
“His story documenting his Mission was fascinating, especially the part where he manages to see Christopher Plummer play Hamlet, and the effect that has upon his outlook on life. Each story in this collection is a treat and not to be missed.”
9-Volunteer review by AndleHizon29 on 15 June 2019 for Reader’s Favorite. Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars.
“Mr. Oborn has picked the pen in his sixties and succeeded to pursue his dreams. What an inspiration!”
10-Reviewed by Mamatyler on 04 July 2019 for online book club. Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars.
“We all, like Oborn, want to be accepted for who we are not for what people expect us to be.”
11-Reviewed by Falconcrest on 02 July 2019 for online book club. Rating: 5 of 5 Stars.
“This book will appeal to all. I especially recommend it for high schools and early child development. It can be a useful tool in teaching how to think outside the box.”
12-Review by Sumi8 on 20 June 2019 for online book club. Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars.
“The stories where Gina Sue is mentioned are definitely the best ones. Be it her love for cats or quilting, it is all described in a way that sparks adoration from the reader. Her character stands out in the book for sure.”
13-Reviewed by J odoyo on 22 June 2019 for online book club. Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars.
“Those who love reading inspirational memoirs, feminists, and freedom activists should read this book with an open mind. “
14-Reviewed by Ahouser25 on 13 June 2019 for online book club. Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars.
“It is a monumental message that Oborn shares.”
15-Reviewed by ReedingQueenz on 23 April 2019 for online book club. Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars.
“Oborn created a usable tool for readers to evaluate and examine their own deep rooted belief systems. Heavy at times, the topics that are addressed are real and raw. A man’s true memoir. “
16-Reviewed by tsukhamla22 on19 April 2019 for online book club. Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars.
“It is a book for every age, motivation for the young and an inspiration for the ripe (never to old).”
17-Reviewed by rosariosoley on 14 April 2019 for online book club. Rating 4 out of 5 Stars.
“Late in our twenties, when bigger questions might arise, knowing of the struggles of others is always a good medicine … we’re not odd, even if we are alone or frightened.”
18-Reviewed by Elite One on 10 April 2019 for online book club. Rating: 4 of 5 Stars.
“The biggest slice of cake is the essay on the sport reporter “Jack Smith”. The way that Jack Smith’s story is told, is really exceptional.”
19-Reviewed by AndreaJoy on 31 March 2019 for online book club. Rating: 4 of 5 Stars.
“I find this book very enlightening, and relatable. I think it is a book for anyone who is searching a way to find happiness while being held back by their own beliefs.”
20-Reviewed by ciecheesemeister 06 June 2019 for online book club. Rating: 4 of 5 Stars.
“The author is… someone whom it would be a pleasure to share a coffee with. I hope that Mr. Oborn will continue sharing his stories with the world.”
Paperback: 214 Pages
Publisher: Independently Published (January 16, 2019)
Educating Will Kimball by Michael Oborn.
This is the story of a love gone wrong and a life gone lost. Without some reason to go on breathing, Will Kimball’s mornings were terrifying. Running on empty; where to go, what to do, and how were every day’s identity crisis.
Las Vegas with its many casino-hotels was his first stop. It looked like a city in which one could lose one’s self. That done, the where crisis was solved. Women answered the what dilemma. The female, with her marvelous and bewitching ways worked for a short time, but until one has a fairly firm relationship with self, it’s only sex. The how crisis was actually the easiest to solve. Having been a good Mormon boy in his first life, Will knew nothing of liquid intoxicants, until, that is, his new friend, Woody introduced him to Fats the bartender. You guess it. The how crisis was solved. Booze allowed Will to breathe again, until, empty returned, and he could no longer breathe without it.
Resurrection Corner, a one tavern town in upstate New York, was Will’s last stop. At the bottom of his life in a visceral rut of drunken self-pity a splinter of hope pierced through the bitter cloud of resentments. Her name was Cate Lynn Sudani. And Cate Lynn Sudani was a wizard.
Review by John Hanson: Riveting, suspenseful, and interesting Oborn is a great story teller. I was intrigued with the story of a former church employee who finds some Joseph Smith original documents and takes them. He is fired and pursued by a modern day Danite. In the course of fleeing and hiding his life changes and he finds real love. I couldn’t put the book down.
Publication Date: Feb 1, 2023
US Trade (6 x 9 in / 152 x 229 mm)
Keywords: addiction, Mormons, Harley-Davidson
Honor Bound by Michael Oborn.
For every First Responder killed in the line of duty, three die by their own hand. There is more to being a cop than may appear at first glance. Danny, a cop, has a drug problem. He loses everything; honor, family, home. Turning in his shield was the hardest thing he ever did. His partner and best friend, Patrolman Roger Senail, committed suicide following his own arrest for drug addiction. Danny was devastated. When facing the barrel of his own piece Danny chooses life over suicide. He then dedicates his life to making sure the stigma and dishonor never happens to another policeman. Danny learns the enemies of change come vested in authority and are armed with enormous power. Against incredible odds this a story of the impossible and of hope and a promise; it is a story of the men and women who answer the call to serve and protect; and it is the story of those who stumble and fall. This is a story of hope and a promise and a Rogue Cop who went to war to answer the promise.
Review by The McKenzies: Awareness to helping our emergency responders instead of abandoning them. Someone’s done their homework. Honor Bound takes you into the life of a Seattle area Police Officer (okay Kirkland if ya wanna get technical) Danny Ireland who is addicted to pain killers and has done some less than honorable things to acquire them. You take a deep dive into his consequences and all I gotta say is someone has done their homework. I’ve worked with at risk, homeless, and chemically dependent folks (interestingly enough in the Seattle area) often, so when I read this book, I felt like I could’ve been reading out one of my residents. In fact, I had to make sure that this isn’t based off a real story given that I do work in close conjunction with some of Seattle’s LEO. I’ve seen first-hand what withdrawal and detox can do to a person. It’s not pretty. This is a dark picture of addiction and the tole it takes on friends, family, and coworkers around Danny. It’s definitely a gut punch in places. The authors writing speaks of someone who’s either been in law enforcement or close to it long enough to know some of its more intimate details. That or he did his homework with LEO that talked with him. Not to give away spoilers, but “Safe Call Now” is a real service for all emergency services personnel and is a nationwide service. One that now I know about will let my brothers and sisters on my local FD know about. I would love to see this turned into a movie. It’s definitely something that needs to be brought to light and more emergency responders like myself need to know about it. The action scenes would be perfect for action buffs and for those of us who can’t turn away from a cop movie or drama it’s got it all.
Publication Date: Feb 1, 2023
US Trade (6 x 9 in / 152 x 229 mm)
Fiction: Action Cop Drama
Keywords: addiction, police, suicide, redemption
Shepherding Cassie by Michael Oborn.
Why does nine-year-old Cassie Shepherd need conversion therapy? How does Cassie’s father ensure his daughter does not become a lesbian? Cassie’s father is convinced most professional female athletes are homosexuals. An Olympic coach wants to coach and enter Cassie in the Olympics. Grandpa, the town drunk, is the only person who stands between his nine-year-old granddaughter and three months of electric shock treatments and brainwashing techniques.
This is a story Eastwood would snap up if he were ten minutes younger.
Multiple awards, Contained Movie. Grandpa is in 98% of the scenes.
Some of the characters, names, incidents, locations, and events have been fictionalized for dramatization purposes. Any similarity to names, characterizations, or persons is entirely coincidental and unintentional.
Review by Jeff Hazelton: Strong characterization, good action. It felt like the first page dropped me right into the action. The book only got harder to put down as I continued. I think the biggest compliment to the writing is what happened to me a few days after I finished reading it. As I was having dinner at an alehouse, I glanced over at the bar. There was a man sitting there who somehow looked familiar, although I didn’t think I had actually met him. Then it hit me. The man looked like he shared the same qualities as Obie, the lead character in this story. (If I were casting, he’d get the first audition.) The characterization was so strong that Obie felt like a real person who could be sitting at that bar.
Review by Michael Oborn: OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD plus SECOND PLACE WINNER at the SRFILM FESTIVAL in NEW YORK.This book recently won an Outstanding Achievement Award at the Calcutta Cult International Film Festival which is a member of the British Film Institute, London and the Film Society of Lincoln Center, New York. Shepherding Cassie was recently awarded a Second-Place honor at the SR Film Festival in NY. Additionally, it has now been “Selected” into the finals of five Film Festivals.
Nine year old Cassie swipes her brother’s jeans, chops her hair short and happens to be good at gymnastics. Her father, a leader in this small farming community, thinks professional female athletes are lesbians. To keep his daughter from becoming a homo he commits Cassie to a camp specializing in behavioral modification which uses electric shock therapy and brain washing techniques that guarantees positive results. Grandpa, the town drunk, is only person who can help Cassie and grandpa is in prison.
Review by Amazon Customer: Looking forward to the movie…I love the occasional fiction, but I never thought to read a movie script. I’m glad a friend recommended it. I couldn’t put it down. I ordered additional copies for my book club. If this movie is a movie, I definitely want to see it.
Review by K. R.: I fell in love with Obie in the first scene.Surprises abound in this story. (For years I have been working in the field of literary discipline as an editor, writer, and publicist. I didn’t know what I was in for when Michael asks me to do an edit. Talk about exceptional. SHEPHERDING CASSIE stands head and shoulders above so much of what is called literary fiction. The fact that it is in film script format makes little difference.) Laurence Shepherd, the leader of this small farming community is convinced women athletes are homosexuals. When a coach scouting for talent sees Cassie perform, she asks if she can train her for the Olympics. Laurence must save his daughter from becoming a lesbian. He commits her to a three-month conversion camp that guarantees positive change in sexually conflicted individuals. Grandpa, Obie Shepherd, the town drunk, is the only person that can help Cassie and Obie is in prison. I fell in love with Obie in the first scene. I call SHEPHERDING CASSIE a must read.
Review by Jim Whitefield: This is a must read screen play.Shepherding Cassie grabs you from the start. You are immediately drawn to Obie. Scene by scene as the plot develops other characters are introduced and described well and you can picture the action all the way along. This is a very well written screen play with twists and turns all the way to the end. It flows beautifully and does not disappoint. I loved this script and look forward to seeing it on screen.Jim Whitefield ~ Author of The Bible Delusion and The Mormon Delusion series.
Review by Tia Night Eagle: This will move you, storytelling at its deepest,, glad a friend recommended checking it out…Excellent work; great writer.
Publication Date: Feb 1, 2023
US Trade (6 x 9 in / 152 x 229 mm)
Keywords: grandpa, coming of age, screenplay
Fiction: Coming Of Age
About The Author: Michael Oborn recently received two awards from Readers Favorite. 5 Star rating medallion and an Honorable Mention. Thank you, ‘Readers Favorite’.
The Complete Mystery of Matthew Alcott has become a subject of heated debate and interest among angry Mormons, ex-Mormons, and religious scholars. Oborn’s book has been critiqued and reviewed on five continents.
A growing audience of interest is spreading though borderline church members in the 14,000,000 memberships of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Oborn has piqued the indignation of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles In Salt Lake City for writing a suspense fiction using the cultural environment of Mormonism as the backdrop of his story just as Dan Brown did among the Cardinals of Rome with the Da Vinci Code.
Oborn served an honorable two-year mission for the Mormon Church. He is the son of a manager of The Deseret Industries, a non-profit church welfare organization.
A fascination with science and cultural anthropology, Oborn graduated from Weber State University and holds a title of Chemical Dependency Professional in the State of Washington.
More About Mike Oborn as an Actor, Director, and Retired Drunk: Michael is a Chemical Dependency Professional working with addicts and their families. He is affiliated with SAFE CALL NOW, a nonprofit organization involved with police and firefighters. “Our first responders have the most difficult job in our society. As a result of the high stress and injury rates they have a suicide rate almost three times that of us, the citizen they protect and serve. Most of that number suffer the disease of addiction. Very few people realize this.”
Message From The Author: If you like Charles Bukowski, E. Annie Proulx, Craig Johnson, or Edward Abbey, I’m your man. Mine writing has been called a Karate style.
Why Mystery/Suspense? I wanted to write a book that was entertaining, historically enlightening, and educational. I did so because so few non-Mormons really know what being a Mormon means. When people ask me at author readings for book clubs and book stores, “What is the strangest experience you have had when talking to people about your book, I have to say, People’s reactions.”
A non-Mormon will tell me something like, “I find this hard to believe.” An ex-Mormon, on the other hand, will hug me and exclaim, “You’ve made it understandable. I didn’t think anyone could.”
Non-Mormon’s have a hard time believing what it really means to be a Mormon.
I am a cancer survivor.
When my sweetheart was diagnosed with the ugly word, cancer, the three years that followed were a blue blur.
I remember words like endometrium and carcinoma. My first memory was surgery in which they took out pieces of her and discarded them. I remember the quilt group of women she belonged to that unanimously recommended, “get the spinal.” I remember in pre op the anesthesiologist, a lazy older dude that ignored the quilt groups advise when my back was turned. I remember her pain in post op and the looks I received when I spoke to the nurse in charge as said “do the spinal and do it now. I don’t care if it is post op.” They were smart and had another anesthesiologist do the procedure. I remember chemicals so toxic the nurses had to be careful handling it when they set up the I.V. that shot it into my sweetheart’s veins and arteries. I remember the day my sweetheart asked me to take my beard trimmer to her hair and how we wept as I sheered her head. I remember her donation of hats to the medical center when her hair started growing back, twelve in all. I remember sleeping in hospital rooms on chairs. I remember an overhead machine damn near the size of a Volkswagen that bombarded my wife’s stomach with something invisible called radiation. It was in a lead lined room with a twelve-inch-thick door. I had to leave her lying on a cold slab under that Goddamn machine naked, cold, and alone. I remember diarrhea so fierce she was hospitalized for twelve days. I remember the doctor that insisted it was Crohn’s Disease. We lived with it for over a year with no relief before we went to a Naturopathic Doctor that said, “Let’s see what you are allergic to.” Sure, enough the radiation that was pointed at the endometrium damaged the stomach also. The Naturopathic doctor with a suggested diet change gave us our lives back. It has been over six years now and we are good and I lived through it.
I have advice. For any who care to know when it gets serious and you are spending a lot of time with medical people take an advocate with you. At every stage have someone with you who represents you and if the doctor refuses to acknowledge them and or their questions fire the bastard and get a second opinion.
Michael states, “He is spoiled rotten by his sweetheart of 22 years.”
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