Books By John Thomas Wood

Keeping Seattle Up – Rex Cohm is a single parent, a psychotherapist and a man who has lost two important women in his life. Nearing mid-life he is offered, almost by accident, a radio talk show on sex. We follow Rex through his losses, his relationship with his precocious teen daughter and his dialogues with his listeners. Readers will be touched by his struggles, his small victories, the journey he takes with his child and the life lessons he has learned. Available now at Booktrope, Amazon and B&N, as an e book or in print.

Be Strong, Be Smart – a father talks with his daughter about sex –This is a small powerful book written by a father to his 14-year-old daughter about her future sexual life. He talks about attitude, gender, fear, respect, anatomy, desire, orgasm, masturbation and, yes, love.  This eye-opening read will appeal to mothers and fathers, sons and daughters everywhere; a great opportunity to read and begin a dialogue in a family.

BSBS is getting some great reviews, like this one:  “I couldn’t put it down until I had read the entire book. It is fantastic, extraordinary and absolutely wonderful.  Because you made it personal it felt so real and like a loving father sharing with his daughter rather than a distant or preachy book. Putting in the daughter’s response chapter was such a fine idea.   I could really relate to much of what you shared — as a single mom with 3 daughters.”

Be Strong Be Smart is available now through Booktrope publishing  Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

The next five books listed, The “Heart of Life” series, are available from Booktrope publishing and on Amazon and B&N, as an e-book or in print.

The Heart of Power will forever change the way you look at power, relationships and organizations. A collection of 100 aphorisms on personal power and leadership, this little book explores how power is defined and valued, how our attitudes about power shape our lives, power in intimate relationships, how we deny our power and what power means to leaders. The Heart of Power has the potential to change your life by changing your mind and feelings about power. You will discover the basis for your power, the form it takes and the results of power, both in yourself and those around you.

The Heart of Leadership – East Meets West Leading the 21st Century Organization –This is a book for present or emerging leaders in any kind of organization. It holds traditional ideas about leadership up and examines them through the lens of Eastern philosophy. The Heart of Leadership is, at the same time, supportive and challenging. Based in the belief that human beings are inherently well meaning, it is a compassionate look at leadership aimed at empowerment, collaboration and consensus building. Power, authority, management and group dynamics are explored in innovative ways; a great gift for leaders at any level.

The Heart of Relationships — 105 truths on the path to intimacy, is refreshing and provocative in its approach, tone and content. It is a collection of 105 aphorisms on love, marriage and intimacy, where these three meet and where they don’t. The book brings to the surface intriguing ideas about the way human beings search for love; find it and how we treat it when we have it. In language that is familiar and straightforward, The Heart of Relationships takes the reader on a tour of the paths to intimacy, rocky and winding as it often is.  This is a marvelous read for those about to get married, a useful tool for couples in crisis, a great relationship builder for couples who want to enrich their partnership and a valuable tool for those who counsel others.

The Heart of Feeling –This is a unique book that will open the reader to a greater depth on feeling and a greater understanding of where feelings come from, how they affect us and how we can learn to manage them. Forty-three individuals comment on thirty-one feeling states, opening up in a personal way about what they have learned about joy, suspicion, anger, sadness and many other emotions. It is both a personal book that will help the reader become more aware of feelings, more accepting and more expressive. It will encourage you, as Carl Rogers said about the book, “to become more fully a person.”

The Heart of Fear – All of us are afraid at some time or another and fear is an emotion that we should not deny. On the other hand, fear should not run our lives. The Heart of Fear explores the role fear plays, how we learn to be afraid, the things we’re typical afraid of and how to manage our fear. It is an encouraging, uplifting book that sheds light on the feeling we most need to understand.  Any parent, leader, teacher or counselor will benefit from this book.

Citizen and Conversations with Dog are available through the author.

Citizen  is a rich, compelling novel that interweaves the lives of individuals with the major global conflict of the 20th century.   The book tells the stories of three families that struggle through the captivity and inherent racism in the internment of 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II. The novel focuses on Will and Molly Whitman – based on the real life publishers Walt and Milly Woodward—a young couple who are new to publishing. They have recently purchased The Bainbridge Review, a weekly that serves the small island of Bainbridge Island, Washington. Shortly after they buy the newspaper the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor. Before three months pass, nearly 300 of their neighbors are rounded up and taken away to internment camps throughout the west. This is a human story of fear, courage and love.  Set in a charming Northwest community and in the desert northeast of Los Angeles, the characters in Citizen live through issues that remain in today’s headlines.

Conversations with Dog —“Conversations” ranges from tongue-in-cheek to the sublime. A running dialogue between a seven-year-old border collie and the author, the book explores life, love, religion, fear, power, death and those chewy rawhide things. A book that is at the same time funny and deep, it’s a great read for lovers of dogs and life. Using her master as a foil, “Moonshine” will lead you on a romp through a field you won’t soon forget. As Spot says in his review: “It’s definitely a best smeller.”

 

 

 

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