Review by Rox Burkey
Author John Fioravanti has amassed inspiring data on people who share the common goal of contributing to a better world. The format is easy to read and undrstand. Reading the words of the quoted technologists, motivational speakers, actresses, authors, religious leaders, coaches and so forth, made me think about how their comments apply to me at this time in my life. John provides detailed insights he discovers in himself from each of these quotes based on the individual’s background and their achievements.
The quotes are richer because of real life experiences of the individuals. All of the people John included were not born famous, but made the most of each element in their life journey. At all the intersections they faced, they made choices to drive the outcomes or results they wanted.
One of the quotes that stood out for me was by Miguel Angel Ruiz.
“Be impeccable with your word. Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.” – Miguel Angel Ruiz
It reminded me of behavior my mother insisted upon. “If you can’t say something nice about someone and mean it, don’t say anything at all. At this point this book provided a new dimension for me. Reading to a bit of insight from another as a quote, seeing John Fioravanti’s thoughts on the subject, and then naturally putting it into my frame of reference or life exerience was enlightening. The quotes assembled are relevant to most who take a path of growth with a desire to be their best at whatever they do.
I recommend this book to anyone 16 and older. If you do read it I would challenge you to put it away for a couple of years then read it again. At different points in your life many of these quotes will mean different things. Thank you John for the research and effort you did to make this for anyone and everyone.
John taught high school history for thirty-five
years in just two schools in the Waterloo, Ontario region. His wife and
business partner, Anne, and John have been married for more than 40 years. They
have three adult children and three grandchildren. In 2002, John wrote an
educational book for high school students about writing skills in the
discipline of History. “Getting it Right In History Class” is
available in Canadian and International editions at Wintertickle Press.
In 2006, Iceberg Publishing commissioned John to write an inspirational book about his years in the classroom. “A Personal Journey to the Heart of Teaching” was published in 2007. The book won a Bronze Medal at the IPPY International Awards in Los Angeles in May 2008. He retired from teaching the next month.
John and Anne decided to strike off on our own and founded our own publishing company in December 2013. They called it Fiora Books. Their good friends at Iceberg Publishing returned John’s award-winning book back to allow them to publish it under the Fiora Books imprint. The 2014 edition of “A Personal Journey to the Heart of Teaching” was released in May 2014 on Amazon in paperback and eBook formats.
His current projects include a series of science fiction novels called “The Genesis Saga”, and a second non-fiction work. The first two fiction volumes, “Passion & Struggle” and “Treachery & Triumph” are currently available in eBook and paperback formats. The third book in the series is being drafted. As well, another inspirational, non-fiction work, “Reflections”, which was published in 2016,