REFLECTIONS – Inspirational Quotes and Interpretations (Non-Fiction)
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What do YOU think?
Does this question engage you or take you out of your comfort zone? Does it put you on the spot? REFLECTIONS is award-winning author and former educator John Fioravanti’s answer.
Offering his interpretations of fifty quotes by contemporary and ancient thinkers alike, John dives deep below the surface of words and explores the deeper meanings that shape his view of the world.
Deeply personal and presented in a self-effacing manner, these self-aware reflections will encourage you to dig deep within yourself and to discover more about the underlying truths that guide you.
Without trumpets or fanfare of any kind, John Fioravanti aspires to inspire you!
Available in e-book and paperback formats.
Background About Reflections:
Like many bloggers, I struggled to find my niche. One day I was inspired by Nonnie Jules, President and founder of Rave Reviews Book Club, in her daily inspirational emails to the members of the club’s governing board. She always began with an inspirational quote. Before long, I found myself responding to these with brief interpretations and reflections about how the quotes seemed to apply to me.
My responses were well received and I was encouraged to create blog posts around quotes that I found inspirational. I decided to proceed and named the blog series, My Inspiration. It wasn’t long before Nonnie Jules urged me to put together a book – a collection of fifty of these quotes and reflections.
I was gratified that some readers shared with me that they keep their copy of REFLECTIONS handy and select one each day to re-read and think about how it might apply to their own lives. For an author, it just doesn’t get any better than that!
A Personal Journey To The Heart of Teaching (Non-Fiction)
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This is a story about decency, family politics, family, fear, and triumph.
Teaching is the canvas but the portrait is so much richer and more colourful. This book will capture and absorb you. Fear of failure is a powerful motivator and as John Fioravanti battles and defeats his demons you will find yourself cheering for him as if he were contesting a sporting event.
Teaching is not a discipline confined to schools, and the lessons in this book about planning, listening, empathizing and sympathizing have applicability to all professions and walks of life − from a police lieutenant training officers to a sales manager teaching sales representatives and everything else in between.
John Fioravanti shaped, elevated, and improved the lives of thousands of young people. After you’ve read this short story, you’ll be fulfilled and uplifted.
Near the end of my teaching career, Kenneth Tam, a former student and friend, visited me at St. David Catholic Secondary School at the end of the school day. He and his parents had created Iceberg Publishing to publish his novels and those of his mother. Kenneth asked me to author an inspirational book for them about my career in the classroom. I felt honoured to be asked yet perplexed as to how to approach this project.
After some soul searching, I proposed that I write honestly about my journey in struggling to become the teacher I wanted to be when I decided to enter the profession. Thus, the project became autobiographical in nature as I talked about growing up and identifying the factors that led me to the momentous decision to teach. The story follows the ups and downs I experienced and reveals the demons that drove me on for thirty-five years.
After the book was launched, one of my colleagues shared with me that he thought the book was very personal – in a tone that expressed surprise and perhaps some disapproval. I smiled and pointed out that this was the purpose of the book and that’s why we inserted the word “personal” in the title.
Among my intended audiences were people thinking about entering the profession and those who were in preparatory studies, as well as rookie teachers. I hoped the book would give them the courage to pursue a great vocation. It wasn’t long before one of these people gave me her feedback.
I was walking along a hallway in our school heading for the Staff Room when I was stopped by a young lady who was supply teaching at our school that day. She had a copy of my book on top of the stack of books she carried in her arms in front of her. She thanked me profusely for writing the book and claimed that it was just what she needed to quell the panic she felt every day in the classroom. Then she hurried off to her next class. I felt so humbled by this experience. Even if no one else read this book, I could retire a happy man!
A PERSONAL JOURNEY TO THE HEART OF TEACHING Book Trailer by 4WillsPublishing:
THE GENESIS SAGA
A Brief Introduction:
This series of novels depict an evolving human civilization on the planet Genesis after humanity’s last war in 2083 resulted in the exodus of a million survivors in a colonizer ship. The ship, UNS Divine Scepter, launched in 2086, arrives at its destination almost a century later in 2181.
The Genesis Saga picks up their story in 2796 after the Genesis fleet returns home triumphant after the alliance defeated the Krogg Empire. The focus of this series of novels is on the drama that unfolds as a civilization that is six hundred years old tries to transform into a more secular and democratic society. Within these pages, you will find political intrigue, romance, religious terrorism and other elements common in human interactions.
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Book One: Passion & Struggle (Fiction)
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Marco Rossini is a historian with no political aspirations and no desire for power. However, he possesses unique knowledge that is about to change his life: he knows the human history of the planet Earth.
The Year is 2796 CE, and on the planet Genesis, human civilization looks very similar to the world it left behind. One difference dominates: a Church, created by the United Nations to compel peace, has ruled for seven centuries. Now, in the wake of a brutal war that aligned humanity with the new rulers of Earth, the old ways have been shattered, and Genesis needs a new, egalitarian government. Marco is the right man to help lead the change, but as the professor soon discovers, the battle between Church and state is far from over, and both sides are willing to spill blood.
Struggling to remake his world, to find love, and to survive in troubled political waters, can Marco Rossini change history?
My former student and friend, Kenneth Tam, approached me not long after A Personal Journey to the Heart of Teaching was launched to write a series of novels inside his sci-fi series The Equations. I had no confidence that I could write a novel and scoffed at the idea. Unperturbed, Kenneth stated that I had no idea I could write an award-winning book – yet I did that.
With a great deal of trepidation, I began the task of fleshing out the civilization that had evolved over six centuries on Genesis. Kenneth’s books focused on intergalactic wars while mine would focus on life on Genesis with all of its passions and struggles. Gradually, once I was able to shake off the almost-paralyzing fear of the unknown, I began to develop more personal aspects of Kenneth’s characters and created some of my own. It took almost six years of drafts and re-writes to get Passion & Struggle published. By that time, I had left my friends at Iceberg Publishing and set off on my own to start my own company with my wife, Anne, which we called, FIORA BOOKS.
Anne, who has a degree in English, was my first editor in the process and I’ll never forget the excited look on her face when she looked up from the first draft manuscript and told me that it reads like a real novel. That’s all the encouragement I needed!
Book Two: Treachery & Triumph (Fiction)
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Marco Rossini is the Vice President of Genesis and the civilian commander of the elite Alpha Corps special forces. His skills and courage are about to be tested in ways he could not have foreseen.
It is 2797 CE, and after centuries fractured along religious and social lines, planet Genesis is inching painfully toward unity. The civilian and Churcher executives of a new, hybrid government are convinced that without reform their society will not survive… but they are beset by challenges from fanatics who are determined to destroy all initiatives that might lead to positive change.
Marco’s close brush with death and his miraculous recovery with the help of the Earthers have steeled his resolve to fight for an egalitarian society… but can this academic-turned-political leader vanquish his enemies, save his love, and still preserve his own humanity?
This book was originally part of Book One in the original draft. I was still with Iceberg Publishing at the time and Kenneth and his mother, Jacqui, were both editing my work. They were agreed that the draft should become two books. So Treachery & Triumph was born.
Not long after that, Iceberg decided to start publishing novellas, so I was asked to split both books into three novellas each. Not long after the novellas were drafted, I decided to launch Fiora Books. My first executive decision as CEO of Fiora Books was to scrap the novellas and recreate the two novels. These stories went through a few incarnations before they were published a year apart.
Book Three is being drafted now. Please stay tuned.