#GuestPost by #Author Jim Cowan ~ Is Britain realising its full potential? What do you think? #Political #Social @thebpotential #FridayReads

Today I have a guest post from Jim Cowan showcasing his book The Britain Potential. In the book Jim explains why he believes Britain isn’t reaching its potential. The Britain Potential can be purchased at Amazon  in paperback as well as via B&NKindle and kobo 

Over to you, Jim.

This is a book about bringing more heart and true humanity about in Britain today and the part we can each play in doing that. Exploring potential also turns out to be a great way to make sense of what’s happening in Britain today. As one reader said to me, “The best book on social and political stuff I’ve read.” Here’s its starting point:

“Each time humanity has developed a more advanced consciousness we have changed how we do things, the kinds of organisations we have, and how government operates. That shift of consciousness has entered peoples’ lives changing how much potential has been realised. Compare the stifling of potential in the middle ages with the potential realised in the age of reason.

So is there a next generation Britain? Is a shift of consciousness occurring which will enable the country to move on from where it is today and for far more potential to be realised? By the time you finish this book, I think you will say yes there is.”

People kept asking me what I was writing. I found myself replying, “Britain is a country with huge potential, but is not realising that potential by a long way.” NOT ONE PERSON DISAGREED! Now that the book has been published, still no one has disagreed.

This book is helping readers navigate their way between stifling-potential-Britain and realising-potential-Britain.  We all experience the push and pull of these two sides to Britain. 

‘Something’ is bound up with our real lives, strengthens our sense of self, unites us with others, and treats us as being intelligent, autonomous, and free individuals. ‘Nothing’ is trying to present itself as ‘something’ but everything about it is contrived, mass produced, and essentially the same wherever and whenever. It does nothing for our sense of self, treats us as a consumer and a unit in a market. …’Nothing’ is everywhere!”

Becoming more aware of how all that works means we can get ourselves onto more and more of the ‘realising potential’ side of the equation. I show how these two experiences of Britain are running throughout the institutional and social fabric of the country, challenging us daily as individuals, families, communities, organisations, and in our politics. Exploring this notion of potential turns out to be a rich vein.

I associate Britain’s torn social fabric and 40 years of market thinking with a stifling potential side of Britain. My book gives details of 50 initiatives going beyond market thinking that are about the realising potential side of Britain.

But there’s a lot more going on. 

Industrial revolution Britain led into welfare state Britain which led into market thinking Britain and which seems to be moving into a civil society Britain. In each of these cases the three major building blocks of the country: the state, civil society and business shifted in their power relationships with each other. Intrigued by this unique analysis of the country? 

Chapter 7 spells it out and chapter 9 puts flesh on the bones of just how Britain seems to be moving out of market thinking and into one with civil society at the centre. It’s a vision no political party has been able to come up with. A key freedom today is becoming/being the person you know you can be: existential freedom. And it’s through ‘the arts’, faith, and all kinds of activism (with or without the internet) that people are growing their lives under their own resources, sometimes building new lives. This too is realising-potential-Britain. Civil society is where the country wants to go, irrespective of government. 

But the real freedom we all can tap into is to develop our consciousness. And that is something no government or politician controls.  

“…. we are not problems waiting to be solved, but potential waiting to unfold”

About the Author

Jim Cowan has focused on political and social change in Britain for over 40 years.  Community development, encompassing many different roles, has been at the heart of his work from the early 70s until 2012.  Between 1968 and 2005 he acquired five social science degrees, including a PhD.  He was also an honorary visiting research fellow for 10 years up until 2016.  In his personal life, he has practiced a socially engaged form of Buddhism for over 40 years which has enabled him to develop his consciousness more fully and realise more of his potential.  Since 2012 he has been meticulously researching what has been, and is, happening across Britain. All these aspects, work, personal and social, academic study and research come together in this book; and it is these four voices of doing, thinking, being, and researching that you will hear as you read The Britain Potential.

You can find out more about Jim and the book on his website.  

Borderlands: A DCI Ryan Mystery by @ljross_author ~ When the gods made man, they made a weapon… #CrimeFiction #BookReview

Author: LJ Ross

Kindle Edition

Category: Crime Fiction, Murder, Police Procedural, Book Review

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When the gods made man, they made a weapon…

After uncovering a fresh wave of corruption within the ranks of Northumbria CID, Detective Chief Inspector Ryan was looking forward to an uneventful summer. But, when a young woman is shot dead on the remote army ranges of the Northumberland National Park, Ryan is called in to investigate.

The prologue introduces a soldier who has been stationed in Helmand Province and returns home traumatised, unable to hold down a job and is left to fend for himself on the streets. He’s a damaged soul who you can’t help but feel sympathy for, but one who holds onto his moral values, despite the dangers and obstacles he faces.

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The Rules of Murder (DI Dani Stephens Book 2) by by @RSinclairAuthor ~ The Race Is On To Catch a Killer #NetGalley #TuesdayBookBlog

Author: Rob Sinclair

Published: January 2020 by Canelo Hera

Category: Murder, Crime Fiction, Thriller, Psychological, Book Review

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Henry and Caroline Redfearne’s annual ball is the hottest social event of the year.

But the fun is cut short by the discovery of their son’s body, apparently the victim of a frenzied assault. He was last seen heading off with 17-year-old Sophie Blackwood, and a blood trail seems to show that Sophie has been kidnapped.

Dani Stephens is still coping with a traumatic brain injury—the consequence of her serial killer brother’s attack. Her personality changed in the aftermath, leaving her prone to mood swings and impatience but she is slowly improving and her concentration is better. That is until her brother intrudes in her present case.

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The Confession by Jo Spain ~ What prompted an unprovoked attack? #Psychological Murder/Mystery @SpainJoanne @QuercusBooks

Author: Jo Spain

Published: January 2018 by Quercus

Category: Murder, Mystery, Psychological, Book Review

Late one night a man walks into the luxurious home of disgraced banker Harry McNamara and his wife Julie. The man launches an unspeakably brutal attack on Harry as a horror-struck Julie watches, frozen by fear.

Told from the perspectives of Julie, JP Carney and the investigating officer, DS Alice Moody, The Confession takes a totally different slant on a psychological thriller. From the dramatic and compelling prologue, set in the present, we know the identity of the murderer immediately. The mystery is why. What prompted the attack? What was the perpetrator’s’s motive?

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#SundayStills ~ If only old buildings and objects could talk…what stories would they tell #Photography

Hugh from Hugh’s Views and News is hosting the Sunday Stills feature this week for Terri Webster Schrandt 

This week’s theme is OLD. What images are conjured up by that word? And what things do you consider to be old? My choices today, I think, definitely deserve to be classed as old.

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Death on the Danube: A New Year’s Murder in Budapest by Jennifer S. Alderson #CosyMystery @JSAauthor #RBRT #FridayReads

Author: Jennifer S. Alderson

Published: November 2019 by Travelling Life Press

Category: Cosy Murder/Mystery, Travel, Book Review

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Recent divorcee Lana Hansen needs a break. Her luck has run sour for going on a decade, ever since she got fired from her favorite job as an investigative reporter. When her fresh start in Seattle doesn’t work out as planned, Lana ends up unemployed and penniless on Christmas Eve. 

After losing the job she loved, not to mention her husband leaving her for his new assistant, Lana Hansen’s fresh start in Seattle isn’t working out as planned. Thank goodness for eccentric Dotty Thompson, her landlady and good friend.

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ Mortal Fall: A Novel of Suspense set in Glacier National Park by Christine Carbo #BookReview

It’s a while since I did Throwback Thursday post and this week I’m revisiting Mortal Fall. This book follows on from The Wild Inside but can be read as a standalone as it has a different main character.

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The Rise of Magicks (Chronicles of The One: Book 3) by Nora Roberts #PostApocalyptic #Fantasy #TuesdayBookBlog

Author: Nora Roberts

Performed by Julia Whelan

Published: November 2019 by Brilliance Audio 

Category: Dystopian, Post Apocalyptic, Fantasy, Audiobook Review

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Fallon Swift has spent all her life preparing for this moment. No longer can she stand by whilst her fellow Magicks are hunted by the fanatical Purity Warriors or rounded up and experimented on by the government.

Fallon must follow her destiny to restore the magical shield that once protected them all. The final battle has begun…

Twenty years ago when a deadly pandemic was unleashed upon the world, destroying civilisation, a child was conceived. She, who would come to be known as The One, was destined to fulfil a prophecy and lead the light against the dark.

On the shield, one of seven forged in the timeless past to hold back the dark, fell a single drop of blood. 

So the shield weakened, and the dark, spider-patient, waited as the decades passed, and the wound spread under grass and ground.

And on the last day of what had been, a good man, in all innocence, broke the shield open. The dark rewarded him with a deadly infection, one that would pass from man to wife, from parent to child, from stranger to stranger.

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