From the Marketplace: Textbooks Heaven: Teaching Kids the Value of Hard Work

"The important thing is . . . that parents are able to give their kids a good education."

—Michelle Silvestre, owner of Textbook Heaven

image001As any homeschooling parent knows, getting the right materials can be difficult. For Michelle Silvestre, it started as a tremendous challenge that led to an opportunity.

"I was working at a car rental agency full-time and as a courier part-time," Michelle recalls.

Always wanting to make sure her children's educational needs were being met, Michelle struggled to find quality educational materials that were still affordable. While searching for a homeschool curriculum for her daughter, Michelle discovered her local school district sold textbooks that were no longer being used.

She bought what she needed and after her daughter was finished with them, Michelle would resell the books to recoup some of her costs. Eventually, Michelle decided to approach the school district with an offer to buy the books in bulk.

"I saw the opportunity to make the books available to homeschoolers for a very good price," Michelle says. She successfully acquired contracts with several other school districts as well.

“The books pretty much took over my house!"

Always passionate about homeschooling, Michelle decided to use her new home business to teach her kids the value of hard work. The early days of her business weren't always glamorous.

"Instead of having a living room, there were boxes and boxes of books stacked up on the floor with small walkways in between," Michelle remembers. "My children were my shipping department.

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Coming from a family of small business owners, Michelle knew the secret to success was not just selling to a customer, but also providing exceptional help and customer support—even if that help ended up benefitting other small businesses besides her own.

"Not only do I sell products, but I am always giving advice to new homeschooling families," Michelle says. "The important thing is to make sure that parents are able to give their children a good education."

During his campaign, President Joe Biden survived scandal after scandal involving his son Hunter — the Ukraine/Burisma scandal, the laptop scandal, the one involving a stripper from Arkansas and a long-lost child. And yet, after it all appeared to have been swept under the rug, Hunter has now released a memoir — "Beautiful Things."

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere discussed Hunter's "horrible" response when asked on "CBS This Morning" if the laptop seized by the FBI in 2019 belonged to him and reviewed a few segments from his new book, which they agreed raises the question: Is Hunter trying to sabotage his father's career?

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Countless corporations — from Delta Air Lines, Coca-Cola, and Porsche to UPS and LinkedIn — are calling out the Georgia voting laws, calling them "restrictive," "racist," and "discriminative." Meanwhile, words like "stakeholder" and "equitable" are starting to show up in their arguments.

On the radio program, Glenn Beck gave the "decoder ring" for what's really going on here, because our society is being completely redesigned in front of our eyes.

There's a reason why all these big businesses are speaking out now, and it has very little to do with genuine ideology, Glenn explained. It's all about ESG scores and forcing "compliance" through the monetization of social justice.

Glenn went on to detail exactly what ESG scores are, how they're calculated, and why these social credit scores explain the latest moves from "woke" companies.

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Dallas Jenkins is a storyteller — and he's telling the most important story of all time in a way that many believed was impossible.

Jenkins is the creator of "The Chosen," a free, crowdfunded series about the life of Jesus that rivals Hollywood productions. And Season 2 could not have arrived at a better time — on Easter weekend 2021. Church attendance has dropped, people are hungry for something bigger than all of us, and many are choosing social justice activism, political parties, or even the climate change movement as "religions" over God.

This Easter weekend, Jenkins joined Glenn on the "Glenn Beck Podcast" to discuss the aspects of Jesus that often get overlooked and break through the misconceptions about who Jesus really is to paint a clear picture of why America needs Emmanuel, "God with us," now more than ever.

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Award-winning investigative journalist Lara Logan joined Glenn Beck on the radio program this week to argue the Biden administration's border crisis is "enabling" drug cartels, allowing them to exploit migrants, use border wall construction roads, and cross the border much more easily.

Lara, who has witnessed and experienced firsthand some of the worst violence around the world as a war correspondent for CBS News, told Glenn it's "not an overstatement" to call the cartels in Mexico "the most violent and powerful criminal organizations on the face of the earth." And while they're "at war with us, we've been asleep at the wheel."

But Lara also offers solutions that the U.S. can enact to stop these horrific atrocities.

"There's more than 30,000 Mexican civilians who are massacred every year in Mexico by the cartels. And that's just the bodies that the Mexican government owns up to or knows about, right?" Lara said. "There's Mexicans buried in unmarked mass graves all across the country. I mean, everyone knows that the violence of the cartels is not like anything anyone has ever seen before. It even pales in comparison to, at times, to what terrorist groups like ISIS have done."

Lara went on to explain some of the unspeakable acts of violence and murder that occur at the hands of the Mexican cartels — 98% of which go uninvestigated.

"That's not unprosecuted, Glenn. That's uninvestigated," Lara emphasized. "[Cartels] operate with impunity. So the law enforcement guy, the policemen, the marine, the National Guardsmen, who are trying to do the right thing, who are not in the pocket of the cartels — what chance do those guys have? They've got no chance. You know where they end up? In one of those unmarked graves."

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