In "How to Beat the Energy Thieves - Book 1" Jess Miller sets out his personal recipe for dealing with some of life's most difficult problems.
Drawn from a lifetime of experience his clear and direct message will strike a chord with many struggling to overcome behavioural or addiction issues.
From drugs and alcohol to gambling, stealing or knife crime Miller lays out his stall forcefully and with utter conviction. By painting each of the challenging issues in the persona of a thief, out to steal your energy, he is able to personalise the struggle and energise the intended or actual victim to face up to the thief that is ruining their life.
More than a "just don't" exhortation, Miller suggests alternative ways to channel behaviour and thus thwart the thieves.
The book is quite refreshingly not targeted at a specific age or demographic group, but is rather intended to be used by all. It will prove a useful tool not only for individuals who are "under attack", but also for social workers, charities and others seeking to deliver help to those who need it. The book is not technical and is an easy read, probably even for those whose literacy skills are in need of development. The style is clear and positive, constantly reinforcing and developing Miller's message.
For some this could be a life changing read.
And if you were in that place and recognised you wanted out why wouldn't you give it a try?
Euan Davidson, Llb(hons.), former Solicitor, PLC Director and Charity CE
"This series of books will certainly help many people come out of their darkness into the light. There are real gems of wisdom scattered throughout the texts which can serve as anchors for those who are navigating troubled waters. Highly recommended."
Erroll Bowyer, Homoeopath
In an age of dependency – on alcohol, on drugs – and an addiction to the things that money can buy there are so many people who are desperate for a way out.
Beating these dependencies, or as Jess Miller puts it, ‘energy thieves’, is one of the greatest needs of a generation.
Jess’s books set out to make this a series of steps.
Understanding the problem, its causes and how to deal with it would seem standard practical advice, but with Jess the steps are so clear, such good sense and so achievable that there is no barrier left to reaching the goals: once someone has asked themselves the question, “How can I make my life better?”
These are books with an immediate appeal: the cover is eye-catching; the contents are very readable and extraordinarily interesting. It is like walking with a friend – the conversation is good, the direction begins to look beautifully clear and before you know it you’ve followed the line of argument and can see a completely new way ahead.
Reading these books is like a high-octane refuelling – your life-journey will take you further than you could ever have imagined. The energy which dependency has ‘stolen’ from you is replaced and life is renewed.
I wholeheartedly recommend these books.
I hope they will become a life-force for all the people who long for a way out of their problems.
Lavender Buckland, M.A., LLM (Licensed Lay Minister)
Short Review of 'The Great Convergence'
The principal theme of this short, primarily comic novel is the prelude to, and the development of, a huge auction in a little English village, drawing in participants from all over the world. It is in the interaction of these with each other and with the locals that the humour chiefly lies. Several mysteries, and several distinct characters, both sympathetic and antagonistic, are introduced in the early chapters, so that this is the sort of story one reads late into the night until all is worked through and resolved. If you like fishing, auctions and pubs, or any of them, this is a story for you. Jess Miller's sense of humour, and also his strong sense of justice, suffuse the whole plot.
Brendan Parnell, Devon, UK
"I recently read 'The Great Convergence'. I received the book on the Sunday, started reading it on the Monday and could not put it down until the Wednesday, when I finished it.
Fantastic read with colourful characters that come to life through the witty story."
Andy in the U.K
"The Great Convergence is irrepressible and relentlessly funny. It would make a good movie in the tradition of 'The Wrong Box'"
Robin - CapeTown
"This book is remarkable. For Americans it will remind you of the Mark Twain writings; where the entire story sets you in a place and time you have never experienced and then you live in the story with the other characters.
It'll take you out of our 'fast paced' American way of life and put you in another world -- even if only for a few hours. It is a Norman Rockwall type life-style - in words instead of paints."
Laurence from the U.S.
"Sitting beside a river in Scotland wondering if there were any fish in it I was pleased to have The Great Convergence with me. I didn't get much fishing done but had lots of laughs at the antics of the characters. It will become compulsory reading for all frustrated fishers I'm sure. Can't wait for the next one."
Paul in the UK
"The opening chapter sparks curiosity and leaves the reader intrigued by the possible bearing the 'the Crow that was a Rook' has on the plot.
As the story progresses the characters are moulded well into the narrative and the characters become real to the reader.
Dialogue is credible and typical of the period and the characters are rich and genuine, admirably complimenting and fitting the story.
This is an entertaining, humorous read.
Mick Cromhout - Options Publishing
The Great Convergence
Energy Thieves Series
We're All In This Together
"Jess, your book stopped me from committing suicide, it's absolutely brilliant. Thank you so much."
This anonymous call was received by Jess on the 9th November 2000 and confirmed to us that he was right to sell his car to finance getting his book into print. The caller said he had read the book twice in two days and was starting it for a third time, but declined to give his name.
Eventually contact was established between them and Jess helped this deeply troubled person come back from the depths of the darkness and head out on a new road to a better life.
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