Thursday, June 29

Beneath Copper Falls: A Book Review


Beneath Copper Falls by Colleen Coble

I'm not an avid Colleen Coble fan because I read one of her books several years ago and didn't care very much for the storyline. However, I enjoyed this book quite a bit!

This book is based around a 911 dispatcher named Dana. She's recently moved to tranquil Rock Harbor after escaping from an abusive relationship only to find the town has a serial killer on the loose. I guess that this book is part of a Rock Harbor series - which I didn't know when I read the book, and I didn't feel like I was missing too much of the story or character development when I jumped into this book without reading the others.

The character development in this book was convincing and just downright good. It was full of suspense and kept me hanging on through the last page. Little bits of a love story were intermingled into the book, but I felt like the predominate theme was suspense, which is my favorite type of book to read. I give this book two thumbs up!


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Tuesday, June 27

Insight: A Book Review


Insight by Dr. Tasha Eurich

I was a bit surprised by how much I liked this book! It's not a subject that I typically read, but was very intrigued by the subject matter and at how popular the author is. The book cover says that her TED talk has been viewed over a million times on YouTube.

Like I mentioned above, this isn't the type of book I typically reach for. I've veered away from self-help or self-care books because a person can only read so much in this subject before they are completely overwhelmed with all the things they need to be doing in different areas of their life. However, I grabbed this book because the cover drew me in instantaneously, and then the book tagline kept my attention - "Why we're not as self-aware as we think, and how seeing ourselves clearly helps us succeed at work and in life."

In this book, Dr. Eurich talks about how research shows that self-awareness - both knowing who I am as a person and how others see me - is the foundation for high performance, smart choices and lasting relationships. Out of her years and study as an organizational psychologist, the author talks about how self-awareness is a develop-able skill and provides knowledge and tips for the different types of self-awareness in people, how to tackle roadblocks to self-awareness, how to gain true insight into how you think, your skills, your mannerisms, etc. It's not all science-y though! There are stories interspersed into the chapters to help keep the readers attention.


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Cultivate: A Book Review

 
Cultivate by Lara Casey

I have been anxiously waiting for Lara's second book to come out since it was first announced. I loved her book, Make It Happen, and I just ordered her Powersheets (which I think will be a great tool to fill out/set up as I read through Lara's newest book). This book focuses in on the fact that women often feel like they have to have it all together in order to live a meaningful life, and instead of having it all together, they feel inadequate, overwhelmed and exhausted by trying to do it all. You could say that the tagline to the book is "We can't do it all, and do it well. But, we can choose to cultivate what matters."

What I love about this book and about Lara in general: she is unbelievably genuine and honest about her life, her struggles, her inadequacies. She's a great storyteller, but the way she tells a story - in her books and in her Instagram - builds a trust between her and the reader.

Cultivate is a great book! It is full of wonderful little nuggets of truth and encouragement. Lara tackles areas of emotional difficulty with truth and grace. This book will leave you so refreshed!


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Monday, June 26

The Weekly Prayer Project: A Book Review



This is a hardcover book, but taller than a normal book with thicker pages, not quite glossy like a workbook, but better quality than a regular book (you know, slightly yellow and very paper-y feeling). It's also written in a workbook style with weekly challenges and areas to journal and reflect. There are 52 passages of Scripture for each week of the year, helping the reader to explore different types of prayers found in the Bible ranging from gratitude, to lament.

Overall, this book is so beautiful. The images and fonts interspersed through the weekly studies are modern and helpful for the week's studies. I thought the Scripture passages were well picked and questions help foster a weekly study. Despite all these things, I just don't know if I would stick with a workbook like this every week for an entire year. Maybe every day for a couple months, but not throughout the year. Personal preference and maybe it's different for you?


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Wednesday, June 14

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality: A Book Review


Emotionally Healthy Spirituality by Peter Scazzero

I wasn't sure I wanted to read this book, but after a friend raved about, I figured I would give it a shot. The premise of this book is that you can't be spiritually mature while remaining emotional immature. Born out of a season where the author noticed this in himself and then started seeing it in churches across the country, this book outlines his journey and shares the signs of emotionally unhealthy spirituality. One of the things he noticed was himself using God to run from God. I think that's the part of the book description that drew me in the most - the fact that the author could admit that about himself. I've seen that play out greatly in several of my relationships.

There's a reason this book has sold more than 250,000 copies. It's well written, full of good things (I mean, very good things), not skirting the real issue of spiritual feebleness and what to do about it if you see it in yourself. Like the friend who recommended it to me as a good book to pick up, I will in return recommend it to you!


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Tuesday, June 13

The Physics of Everyday Things: A Book Review



I had really high hopes for this book, but in the end, was disappointed with it. The author is a physics professor set out to reveal the mind-bending sciences behind the seemingly basic things that keep our daily lives running, from our smart phones to x-ray machine to airplanes. I thought the concept of this book was incredibly intriguing! I want to learn about the physics of those things.

Perhaps part of the problem was with my expectation of this book. I expected illustrations or layman's depictions of the physics behind each item the author was describing. Instead, there were only a few illustrations while the rest of the book described things in words only. That made the book very hard for me - a very non-science type person - to understand what the author was saying and describing.

All in all, I don't recommend this book to people without a science background.


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Wednesday, June 7

Real Artists Don't Starve: A Book Review



Frankly, I wasn't sure that I wanted to read this book. It's nothing against Jeff Goins as an author - I've read one of his books and enjoyed not only the content but also his writing style. This book seemed interesting too; however, how many books can a person read about improving themselves, selling their product, developing their dream, marketing themselves, etc. before it's simply too much information. And like I said, I wasn't sure that I wanted to read this book all because I wanted to push pause on how much information I was consuming to focus on "doing."

But then I started to see the snippets of the "12 rules of new renaissance" that Goins was sharing on Instagram and I was intrigued. Things like "The Starving Artist despises the need for money. The Thriving Artist makes money to make more art." In this book, Goins sets out to dismantle the myth that being creative is a hindrance to success by revealing how an artist temperament is in fact a competitive advantage in the marketplace. He talks about how creative individuals throughout history didn't suffer to create their art, but capitalized on the power of their creative strength.

I am quite glad I picked up this book, and didn't pass on it because I was mentally tired of taking in more information about what I should be doing, need to do or could be making time for. Goins has a relate-able writing style. He kept me on my toes as I was reading, constantly underlining or making notes in the margins. I give it a very big two thumbs up!


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Sunday, June 4

Roadfood: A Book Review


Roadfood by Jane and Michael Stern

I have been dying to get my hands on this guide to all the best eats throughout the United States! It's arrived, and it's awesome! I plan to stick it in my car for road trips or even impromptu trips, or better still for seeking out the hidden gems when we travel back and forth to both of our parents' homes.

The book itself is gorgeous. Very well designed. It's broken into sections of the country, and includes maps of the areas the book is describing so you can easily open it open, find what area of the country you're currently in (or headed to) and then identity what restaurants are on your way to your destination. On a page after the area map, the book describes what the restaurants are known for along with their address (duh!) and phone number.

I can't wait to use this guide to over 1,000 of the best local hot spots and hidden gems across America!


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Friday, June 2


The Gospel According to Paul by John MacArthur

I haven't read a lot of John MacArthur's books, but thought I'd give this one a shot. Lately, I've been stuck in an easy-read type pattern, and knowing that this would be a heavier, thought provoking book where I'd have to pay attention was a bit daunting.

In this book, MacArthur dives into part of the New Testament books that Paul wrote to the early church and how these key texts have a unique emphasis highlighting some essential aspects of the Gospel. The book is about 250 pages, and while packed with great information, was a fairly quick read for me. MacArthur did a good job of using phrases and words that the average person could understand (and not too "scholarly" or with phrases that minsters and Christian often educators use when talking about the early church), while still tackling very key and very heavy parts of the Gospel and his writings to the early church. I found this book educational, and like I said above a quick read; however, you definitely have to be in the mood to pay attention (unlike an easy fiction book).


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