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)
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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