Welcome, #RRBC’s “SPOTLIGHT” AUTHOR for September @JohnJFioravanti! #RWISA

Hello, all!  I’m here today to welcome back Author, John J. Fioravanti, RRBC’s “SPOTLIGHT” AUTHOR for the month of September.

John was one of the first members of RRBC to hold this illustrious seat and today begins the first day of his SA tour.  I am so honored to host him and introduce his latest piece of work, “REFLECTIONS:  Inspirational Quotes & Interpretations.”

Reflections by John F

Take it away, John!

I’m grateful to Nonnie for opening up my tour today and also for arranging this special month in my honor!  I am a LifeTime Member of the RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB and although I took a sabbatical from the club a couple of years ago, I have returned and reprised my role as MEMBERSHIP DIRECTOR.  I’ve dropped by Nonnie’s blog to share a bit about my book, REFLECTIONS.  

Why did I write a book like this?

The first thing that comes to mind is that I enjoy thinking deeply about the meaning of life and how to live it well. I recall listening to professors in philosophy classes as a university student and feeling baffled. I was being challenged to look beyond the obvious superficialities in life to dive deeper and discover meaningful ideas I had not considered before. I found the experience stimulating. It was also humbling because I realized that I didn’t possess all the answers.

I recall that my favorite religious studies professor often reminded us to stop obsessing about the answers to life’s questions and apply ourselves diligently to understand the questions. The first time I heard that I looked at him as if he had three heads! Eventually, it dawned on me that we can’t possibly know where to look for answers if we don’t possess a thorough understanding of the problem. Of course, at that time, I suffered under the delusion that life’s questions had definitive answers that represented the ultimate truth. Good grief! I had become intellectually arrogant.

My studies in history led me to discover many great thinkers who were produced by different cultures and belief systems. Next, I had to learn to overcome my own Christian, North American prejudices and really listen to the words of these men and women of wisdom. The struggle to understand forced me to explore the depths of my own spiritual being.

Today, I enjoy reading inspirational quotes because they evoke within me the same challenges I wrestled with during my university years. As I re-read a quote, I think about Father Henry Hall admonishing us to understand the question – or in this case, the words of the quote.

Once I think I have a handle on the meaning of a quote, I’m faced with the inevitable question, “So what?” Good question. How are these words meaningful? Can they help me as I navigate through life? As I struggle with this test, I begin the reflecting stage of the process. Often, I don’t know where this deep interior dive into the depths of my soul will lead but I hope I’ll emerge with conclusions that are helpful.

Essentially, these reflections are for me. Yet, when I started using them as blog posts, I discovered that they provoked others to reflect and share their ideas. I was pleasantly surprised to be drawn into some interesting discussions online. That got me thinking again.

I published REFLECTIONS – Inspirational Quotes & Interpretations to share my spiritual journeys with the selected quotes in the hope that the collection would help readers to think about how these words of wise men and women down through time can help to improve their own lives.

Since publication, a few readers shared with me that they keep a copy of this book handy so they can read one reflection each day and think deeply about it. That made all of the effort worthwhile!

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Author Bio:

John F.

John Fioravanti is a retired secondary school educator who completed his thirty-five year career in the classroom in June, 2008.

Throughout his career, John focused on developing research, analysis, and essay writing skills in his History classroom. This led to the publication of his first non-fiction work for student use, Getting It Right in History Class. A Personal Journey to the Heart of Teaching is his second non-fiction work; it attempts to crystallize the struggles, accomplishments, and setbacks experienced in more than three decades of effort to achieve excellence in his chosen field.

John’s first work of fiction is Passion & Struggle, Book One of The Genesis Saga, and is set within Kenneth Tam’s Equations universe (Iceberg Publishing). He claims that, after two non-fiction books, he’s having the time of his life bringing new stories and characters to life! Book Two is Treachery & Triumph.

At present, John lives in Waterloo, Ontario with Anne, his bride of forty-six years. They have three children and three grandchildren. In December of 2013, John and Anne founded Fiora Books for the express purpose of publishing John’s books.

Connect with John via…

Twitter:  @JohnJFioravanti

What an interesting post!  Thank you, John, for enlightening us as to the WHY behind this magnificent book!  I say that because it is truly amazing.  When John first published this book, he gifted not only me with a personal, autographed copy, but he also sent copies to both my daughters and also to my husband.  We have all read and immensely enjoyed the inspiration found in this gem of a book.  Pick up your own copy today and I assure you, you’ll feel the same.

To my visitors:  Thank you so much for dropping by today to support John and his work.  Please drop by the “SPOTLIGHT” AUTHOR forum at RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB to find out more about John’s time in the spotlight.

If you’d like to be featured in one of the many wonderful hot-seats held by RRBC members, we invite you to JOIN US!  We’d love to have you!

See you next time when you drop by to WATCH NONNIE WRITE!

39 Comments

  1. Welcome back, John and congrats on your selection as Spotlight Author!

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  2. It has been such a pleasure to have you back in the RRBC halls again, John. Congratulations on standing in the Spotlight.

    Great support per usual, Nonnie.

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  3. Gwen M. Plano

    Congratulations, John, on being selected as the Spotlight Author. I loved REFLECTIONS and especially love that you are back in the Club in an active way. YAY for all of us!!

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    • John Fioravanti

      Thanks a bunch, Gwen! I appreciate your kind and supportive words. Glad you dropped by!

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  4. D.L. Finn, Author

    Congrats on being the Spotlight Author, John:) I like the idea of understanding the question. I have your book on my TBR list. Enjoy your month.

    Thanks for hosting, Nonnie.

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    • John Fioravanti

      Thanks, Denise! I hope you enjoy Reflections!

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  5. Shirley Harris-Slaughter

    Well John, I felt like a deer in front of headlights after reading your deep thoughts on the meaning of life. I mean we could go deeper and deeper into this subject and tear our hair out trying to understand it. I don’t think there is any right or wrong answers because, like you said, we have to understand the question. I’ll stop right here or else I might get confused again. Enjoy your Spotlight.

    Nonnie, John and I thank you for hosting him. Lol.

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    • John Fioravanti

      Thanks, Shirley, for the deep dive into the meaning of life! Thanks for stopping by with your support, dear!

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  6. Anne Fioravanti

    Love reading what you write as you do it so well. Reflections is a good book to keep!

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    • John Fioravanti

      Thanks, Mrs. F.! I couldn’t agree more!

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  7. John this looks great – one I will definitely have to add to my list. I do love quotes and positive quotations!

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    • John Fioravanti

      Thanks, Opher, I hope you enjoy it!

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  8. John Fioravanti

    Reblogged this on Words To Captivate ~ by John Fioravanti and commented:
    Yesterday, I began my week-long “Spotlight” Author blog tour to share my latest book “Reflections”. I’d like to thank President and Author, Nonnie Jules, who also penned the introduction to this book and Rave Reviews Book Club for shining this spotlight on me and my work this month. Nonnie is hosting this first blog post.

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  9. Congratulations, John! It’s good to meet you here. I love reading inspirational quotes and literature. I have quite a few paperback handy. You surely deserve the spotlight this month.

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    • John Fioravanti

      Thank you very much, Miriam, it’s good to meet you here as well! I hope you get a chance to read Reflections. Thanks for stopping by!

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  10. Congratulations, John! Great to find you in The Spotlight this month. Best wishes.

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    • John Fioravanti

      Thanks, Bette, I’m looking forward to a fun time enjoying interchanges with old friends and new alike!

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  11. It is most interesting to read John’s explanation of why he was compelled to write this book. And, may I say it is wonderful to have him back on the team? Well, it is! Enjoy your spotlight, John!!

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    • John Fioravanti

      Hi, Jan! Yes, you have my permission! LOL! I’m pleased to be back on the Team serving the members of this great community and working with you again. I’m hoping you are feeling better this week – I know from personal experience how painful a cracked rib can be. You’re in my prayers, dear.

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  12. This was such a lovely way to begin my Monday morning here in OZ! I’m delighted to see you back, John. Your time in the ‘Spotlight’ is so richly deserved.

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    • John Fioravanti

      Hi, Soooz! Thanks for your kind words and for stopping by to say hello!

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      • An absolute pleasure, my friend.

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  13. Hi, John, your book sounds very interesting. I always look forward to reading your books and this one will be one of them. Congratulations on your tour!

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    • John Fioravanti

      Thank you very much, Joy, I hope you enjoy the book!

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  14. Hi, John. It’s so good to have you back! *Hugs*
    This was a great post, and I’m looking forward to what’s coming up. 😀

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    • John Fioravanti

      Good to see you visiting here, Rhani! Thanks for your kind words and your support!

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  15. Gordon Bickerstaff

    John, great to see the spotlight on you! Have a wonderful time.

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    • John Fioravanti

      Great to see you here, Gordon! I’m sure this tour will be a lot of fun.

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  16. I like your motivations for writing this book. In this too busy world, it’s good if we can pause and reflect on life.

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    • John Fioravanti

      Thanks for stopping by, Wendy. You’re absolutely right about our pace of life and the need to think about what’s important in life. I’m busier now than when I was in the classroom!

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  17. Congratulations, John. You certainly deserve the Spotlight Honor and I hope you enjoy your month.

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    • John Fioravanti

      Thank you very much, John. I was very surprised to be named Spotlight Author for this month. I’m sure it will be a lot of fun. I appreciate y’all stopping by!

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  18. I have read several books from John, and I’ve added this one to my TBR. Not only do I love his style of writing, but I also love his perspective on being contemplative in life. I’m happy to see him highlighted here. 🙂

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    • John Fioravanti

      Thanks for stopping by with your kind words, Yvette, and I hope you enjoy Reflections.

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  19. John Fioravanti

    Thanks, Nonnie, for giving me this great honour to be the Spotlight Author. I’m especially glad to be hosted on your lovely site today!

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    • John, the honor and the pleasure is all mine. It’s off to a great start. Awesome post! Thanks!

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      • John Fioravanti

        Again, many thanks, Nonnie!

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