Author Carlton R. Smith's New Book Divulges Viewpoints for Self-growth

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‘The Ignorant Grandfather’ is a thought-provoking read borne out of the author’s years of teaching, mentoring counseling and advising.

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Author Carlton R. Smith reveals a collection of essays that chronicles his experiences over his lifetime concerning parenting children, counseling and mentoring. It is done through short reads. Shown mostly as dialogs with his children and others remembrances, “The Ignorant Grandfather”, once started, almost compels readers to read it to completion.

The essays included in this volume deal with the substance of some things that he learned and other topics of interest. They showcase situations and explanations that are loosely patterned to get people to think logically and more deeply. The author wrote this book after many long years of teaching, mentoring, counseling and advising. Among the populations he has worked with have been soldiers, alcoholics, those seeking spiritual grounding, children (his own and others’), young prisoners (18 to 22 years old), and those with existential problems.

“I think very nearly all people have problems with communicating with one another,” Smith shares. “Misunderstandings are rife. We also have trouble with parents or children of parents. Most people also have problems with ego strength and seeing self and others as we really are. We also have grave problems during times of crisis, transition and turning our negatives into positives.”

A thought-provoking and informative read, “The Ignorant Grandfather” can help all who read it to discover easily digested and understood principles, techniques and philosophies. It reveals to readers a philosophy of teaching, helping and growing in self and community.

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About the Author
Carlton R. Smith is 64 years old, married to his wife, Kay, for 43 years, and is the father of three children and grandfather of four grandchildren. He retired from the army in 1991 after 20 years of service and acquired a master’s in professional counseling. He has held various jobs as team member, team leader, first sergeant in various detachments, and first sergeant and acting commander of the president’s bomb squad (EOD) in the army for 13 years. He was also NBC operations and intelligence NCO for the Twenty-Fifth Infantry Division (L) and for a reserve army battalion, also a year as first COSCOM enlisted reserve NCOIC for his remaining army time. He has counseled both in the army, in mental health departments, and a youth prison. Now retired, he counsels pro bono. He is a recovered alcoholic of 27 years. He has taught extensively throughout his life, both in and out of the army.

The Ignorant Grandfather * by Carlton R. Smith
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Publication Date: February 3, 2014
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 236 pages; 9781493160440
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 236 pages; 9781493160457
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