When Your Parent Becomes Your Child By Ken Abraham About the book: Hope and inspiration for helping parents through the aging process and the decline that comes with dementia and Alzheimer's Disease. Dementia is one of the world's fastest growing illnesses. Without a major medical breakthrough, the estimated 24 million people living with some form of the disease could easily jump as high as 84 million by the year 2040. It is rapidly becoming everyone's problem. When Your Parent Becomes Your Child tells the story of one family who reluctantly began to recognize and then deal with the common issues found in caring for their elderly loved one: memory loss physical decline personal hygiene dangers of driving and living alone aberrant behavior uncharacteristic attitudes As he chronicles his own mom's degenerative condition, New York Times bestselling writer Ken Abraham not only educates but offers inspiration to help readers cope with and manage their family circumstances. With humor and spiritual reminders of God's command to honor our parents, Abraham encourages readers, helping them shoulder the additional, often difficult responsibilities. And though patients will not recover this side of heaven, he suggests many practical things that families can do to make the experience safer, kinder, and more endurable for everyone involved. Helping our loved ones live out their remaining years in dignity paves the way for a rewarding and enriching experience for our families, and for the people whose lives they have affected for all eternity. My Thoughts: As more families experience dementia firsthand, books such as this are a great help in understanding we are not alone in the quest of dealing with the disease. Ken Abraham has written an easy to follow personal story of his mother's journey with dementia. Ken offers great insight and advice for everyone walking this path. It is ironic how many of the situations the Abraham's family dealt with are played many times over with similar circumstances for others with Alzheimer's. A key thing to remember people with dementia live in their own reality, we shouldn't try to pull them into ours because they are not there. We have to learn to enter their reality. *i received this book free for review from Thomas Nelson Publshers* Favorite Quote: "She was lost, but we were the ones who didn't have a clue." Rating: 5 carats
Graceful by Emily Freeman About the book: You know her--the good girl. She's the reliable one who shows up every week at youth group wearing a purity ring and a smile. She gets good grades, makes the team, and doesn't need to be told to come home on time. But deep down she is crushed by the weight of the responsibility to be the good one, the smart one, the one who never messes up. With the same candor and gentle spirit she showed women in Grace for the Good Girl, Emily Freeman now gives young women what they need to be free on the inside, no matter what's going on outside. Through an honest look at the roles girls play, she helps them learn to stop trying and start trusting that the Jesus who came to save them also comes to live with them, right here and now. My thoughts: I've never really read a book like this. Emily Freeman gently and vulnerability tells us like it is, that's we were created by Christ and loved by Him, as if she were sitting right on the couch with us. Each chapter illustrates a different way we choose to hide or try and DO to win others approval. Then she shows is why God created us and challenges is to embrace His grace living for the One who created us and being who we truly are. This book is so good and although it says it for young women I feel like any woman can identify, see herself in, and learn from it. Emily Freeman writes lyrically and openly about what she and her friends have gone. It leaves me waiting for her next book knowing that it'll be as touching. *i received this book free for review from Zondervan publishers through netgalley.com* Rating: a whole gem parcel
By Annie Downs
About the book:
Your body is an instrument.No, it's not a flute, or a guitar (I hope).It is a sacred and original design by a master craftsman with a specific plan and purpose.That's a pretty big deal.From head to foot, the way you view your body is directly connected to how you serve God. Seriously. From the thoughts you think to the steps you take, every part of you is linked to the divine.Perhaps you are struggling with your body image or are trying to make sense of why God made you as you are. Maybe you are looking for new ways to understand Scripture or to love God more fully. Either way, this book will take you on a thoughtful, funny, and spirit-filled exploration of the way you were designed and will help you better honor the Creator by learning to value his perfectly unique creation (yourself!).
*i received this book free for review from Zonrvan Publishers*
People Cant Drove You Crazy If You Don't Give Them The Keys
By Mike Bechtle
About the book:
Strange as it may seem, other people are not nearly as committed to our happiness as we are. In fact, sometimes they seem like they're on a mission to make us miserable! There's always that one person. The one who hijacks your emotions and makes you crazy. The one who seems to thrive on drama. If you could just "fix" that person, everything would be better. But we can't fix other people--we can only make choices about ourselves. In this cut-to-the-chase book, communication expert Mike Bechtle shows readers that they don't have to be victims of other people's craziness. With commonsense wisdom and practical advice that can be implemented immediately, Bechtle gives readers a proven strategy to handle crazy people.
More than just offering a set of techniques, Bechtle offers a new perspective that will change readers' lives as they deal with those difficult people who just won't go away.
was pleasantly surprised by this book. He addresses reason why people drive us crazy and what we can do to overcome it. He points out how to determine if we should stay in contact with our crazy people and when we can't leave now to approach it in new ways.
It is written in a very straight forward, cut to the chase manner and at times funny.
I think we all can learn something from this book.
" Contentment in life doesn't come from the absence of conflict; it comes from not giving away our emotional control to the demands of other people. We learn how to be independent in our choices instead of being dependent on what other people think
“Available October 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”
About the book:
Forced to choose between military school and a Christian spy organization, skeptic Spencer Garmond signs on with the Bible geeks. But before he even boards the plane for Moscow, Spencer realizes this is no Bible club.
These guys means business.
Stumbling onto a case involving a gang of homeless boys, a chilling tattoo, and the always beautiful Anya Vseveloda, Spencer struggles to find the faith needed to save the Mission League from enemy infiltration.
Spencer's grandmother has given him two choices, join The Mission League or go to military school, neither of which Spencer wants. Reluctantly, he choose the mission league thinking its a bunch of kids like himself although they study the Bible and are what he calls "churchers". He reasons it has to be better than military boarding school. He soon realizes to his surprise this isn't your ordinary Bible study and he's signed up for the ride of his life, traveling all the way to Moscow, Russia.
Throughout out the journey he learns there's more to life than he has been seeing, begins to questions his beliefs, and ultimately find answers through trusting God and helping others.
I usually don't read fantasy books but this one was pretty good. All of the characters were very realistic and I was constantly being surprised.
*I received this book free for review from the author*
A Charmed Life Series By Jenny B Jones About the book: Join city slicker Bella as she struggles to adjust to country life! In So Not Happening, Bella moves from New York to Oklahoma with her mom and stepdad. In I’m So Sure, her family signs up for a reality show. And in So Over My Head, Bella goes undercover as a clown to solve a murder. My Thoughts: A Charmed Life is the repackaged version of Jenny B Jones's three books "So Not Happening", "I'm So Sure", and "So Over My Head". These books are as quippy, fun, and emotional as any of Jenny B Jones's books. I can't speak highly enough of her writing and the way she combines plot, unique characters, and humor into am enticing read. All I say is no matter what genre you like, read her books! They are awesome! *I received this book free for review from the publisher through netgalley.com* Rating: 5 carats
Finally and Forever
By Robin Jones Gunn
About the book:
What was she thinking? Katie Weldon wonders if she was crazy to spontaneously fly off to Africa on a mission trip. Suddenly she is dealing with a new culture, a world she's never experienced---and Eli, a friend who is quickly becoming much more. It's all overwhelming ... and exciting. As her life turns topsy-turvy, however, she begins to think this might be exactly what she needs. Here, God might give her a glimpse into His will for her life. But just as Kenya and its people find a place in her heart, and her relationship with Eli begins to get serious, Katie is faced with unanswered questions from her past and unresolved issues with Eli. Is she really headed down the same path into the future he is? It doesn't look like it. Why can't she finally and forever settle into a set direction? Living in this new and captivating place, one thing she knows for sure: anything might be possible. Finally and Forever is the final book in the Katie Weldon Series.
I don't really know where to begin with this one. It's been so exciting to get and to read but it's the end of an era. Robin Jones Gunn is done writing about Christy Miller, Sierra Jensen, and Katie Weldon.
Katie is on her way to Africa for a missions trip with her boyfriend,Eli, and is in for a total culture shock. To her surprise Katie finds a deep love and calling to continure to serve the African people. It's a call Eli doesn't feel. Can their relationship survive the different directions their life is about to take?
Robin Jone's Gunn wrapped up the series satisfyinly and gave us great closure to everyone of the characters that many of us have grown up with. Sad as it is the end of the series may be final but the love for her stories will live on with us forever.
*I received this book free for review from Zondervan Publishers*
The Scent of Rain
By Kristin Billerbeck
About the book:
Daphne Sweeten has left Paris - and a career she loves - in order to marry a man she loves even more. But when he stands her up on their wedding day, Daphne's left reeling. Trained as a professional "nose" or perfume creator, Daphne soon realizes that her sense of smell has somehow disappeared too.
In the days following she moves to Dayton, Ohio, to take on a job creating fragrances for household products. Without her sense of smell, she must rely on her chemistry skills, and hope her handsome new boss, Jesse Lightner, doesn't notice before she can figure out how to get it back.
Despite her desire to return to Paris, she can't deny the way Jesse makes her feel. But when Daphne approaches former contacts, she learns her missing ex-fiance has somehow snagged her old job.
As Daphne and Jesse work on a signature scent for their new line, she feels God at work in her life as never before. And the promise of what is possible is as fresh as the scent of rain.
Being a regular reader of Kristin Billerbeck's blog, I have been anticipating this book as she posted about the struggles of writing it as well as what she learned through her research.
Daphne Sweeten is a professional "nose" someone companies hire to smell things and put together scents for their products. Her life is glamourous and she has everything she could dream of but is willing to give it all up for to marry the guy she thinks she loves.
When she is suddenly left at the alter she has no where to go but to the life she had planned for after she was married including moving to Dayton, Ohio from Paris and working for company formulating cleaning products. To make matters worse, the trauma of it all has caused Daphne to loose her most precious asset, her sense of smell.
Is this really what God had planned for her? Can she survive without everything she thought she needed?
I really liked Daphne's character. She's straight forward and honest about what she is going through as she tries to sort it all out. She makes a lot of discovers that help her to grow personally and spiritually without loosing who she was.
Kristin Billerbeck took a traditional romance and filled it with the spunk of chick lit making for a unique read.
* I received this book free for review from Thomas Nelson publishers*
"Though knowing that logically and believeing it emotionally were two different things."
Rating: 5 carats
By Beverly Lewis
About the book:
Amelia "Amy" DeVries, a 24-year-old violinist, is disillusioned with life and love after the collapse of her long-running romance. Weary of endless rehearsals and performances, Amy sets out on a road trip through the Pennsylvania mountains. She leaves her cell phone behind so life's demands can't intrude on her solitude. She doesn't know, nor care, where she will end up.
When her car breaks down deep in the mountains, Amy realizes the flaw in her "no cell phone" plan. She abandons her car and walks the winding roads, searching for help. Following the smell of woodsmoke and the sound of music, she finds a rustic log cabin. There she meets a young Amishman--and through him a community--that will change her life forever.
Beverly Lewis is back with a new book, the first in the Hickory Hollow series but also a book that could stand on its own.
Amelia is an accompilished classical violinist that finds more joy living and playing under her psueodnym, Amy, as a country music fiddler.
Michael is an Amish man still deciding whether or not he wants to commit to Amish ways and his father has given him an ultimatum, join the church or leave forever.
As the two get to know each other they begin to understand the other's lifestyle and see how the grass isn't always greener on the other side.
Beverly Lewis wrote a satisfying book and did a great job of exploring relighion through dialogue instead of prose. Her charcters asked real question and gave real answers.
*I received this book free for review from Bethany House Publishers*
By Kristin Billerbeck
About the book:
Daisy Crispin is at a crossroads. In one direction lies the promised land--life at college, away from her embarrassing and overprotective parents. In the other direction is reality--her strapped bank account, an ailing father, and family priorities. Daisy knows the "perfect" daughter wouldn't have to think twice. But maybe Daisy was never really perfect on any level, because she does not want her life to look the way her parents think it should. She won't let that stop her, though. Now that she has been given an exciting free trip to Argentina before going to college, she's thrilled--until her parents decide to go along with her.
Perfectly ridiculous, the third book in the Universally misunderstood series, is ridiculous. A lot of people would say it's only fluff with a dash of humor and it is, there's a lot of funny scenes but it really is so much more.
Daisy and her best friend Clare are ready to hop on a plane for an elaborate graduation gift of a trip to Argentina when Daisy finds out in order to receive her scholarship to college she has to complete a missions trip.
A missions trip in Argentina? It'll kill two bird with one stone. But the journey Daisy is on is more about learning who she is and what she is worth than she even expected.
“Available July 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”
About the book:
The author of To Die For returns to the court of Henry VIII as a young woman is caught between love and honor. Juliana St. John is the daughter of a prosperous knight. Though her family wants her to marry the son of her father's business partner, circumstances set her on a course toward the court of Henry VIII and his last wife, Kateryn Parr.
Sir Thomas Seymour, uncle of the current heir, Prince Edward, returns to Wiltshire to tie up his concerns with Juliana's father's estate and sees instantly that Juliana would fit into the household of the woman he loves, Kateryn Parr. Her mother agrees to have her placed in Parr's household for "finishing" and Juliana goes, though perhaps reluctantly.
For she knows a secret. She has been given the gift of prophecy, and in one of her visions she has seen Sir Thomas shredding the dress of the king's daughter, the lady Elizabeth, to perilous consequence.
As Juliana learns the secrets of King Henry VIII's court, she faces threats and opposition, learning truths about her own life that will undo everything she holds dear.
The Secret Keeper" is the second book in Sandra Byrd's Ladies in Waiting series (read about TO Die For)
The book follows the same format as To Die For and is equally filled with deep and luxurious descriptions whisking you away to 1540s England.
We follow Juliana St. John as she waits on Lady Katelyn Parr. Juliana is incredibly loyal to Kate through everything and we see a wonderful and strong display of friendship throughout the entire book. Something that makes "The Secret Keeper" unique is that it is from the persepcitve of a friend instead of the main character herself.
Ayone who likes historical fiction will love this book as well any wanting to learn about a new era.
*I received this book free for review from the publisher*
Rating: 4 carats
Katie Up and Down the Hall
BY Glen Paskin
About the book:
For families and animal lovers everywhere, Katie: Up & Down The Hall is the heartwarming story of how five neighbors living in a New York City apartment building are brought together by the purchase of a remarkable cocker spaniel.
Based upon a widely-read article published in Family Circle (“Granny Down The Hall”) here is the transcendent tale of how three generations of strangers and a dog create their own little family amidst the pressures, haste, and intensity of big-city life.
At the center of it all is Katie, an astutely intelligent spaniel with an unforgettable face who becomes a celebrity in her New York City neighborhood. There she is, alternately racing up and down an eighty-foot hallway between apartments, pushing open doors with her paws, or trotting outside along the Hudson River, surrounded by her “pack” of human friends. Through her soulful eyes, we witness nearly fifteen years of antics and family adventures spanning everything from Hollywood high times to the terrors of 9/11.
There was so much hype surrounding this book from having the stories already published and loved in a magazine that I thought it would be better than it was. It sounds like a great story, who wouldn't think a dog uniting an apartment complex was a sweet story? But i really found the book dull and somewhat lifeless.
*I received this audiobook free for review from Hachette Book Group*
By Jane Kirkpatrick
About the book:
Annie Shaw is a writer with lots of challenges. She has a new editor, her publisher would like a little more romance in her romance novels, and her latest novel set in a prison complex appears to be going nowhere. Only her first novel hit the bestseller charts and that was Annie's own story written before she divorced her husband who still comes around asking for money. To support her. Annie's cadre of friends decide that the way to get a bestseller is to get Oprah to know her name. What follows is a raucous effort to find fulfillment and how a Jack Russell Terrier, a trip to Barcelona, Spain and good friends help Annie discover that friendship is more important than fortune or fame.
Barcelona Calling is about an author struggling with self doubt and trying to make her next book a best seller.
She has a great bunch of friends who support her and thats what really makes the book a good read. They all believe in her so much they are willing to help her in any way they can for her to achieve the success she craves. They decide to set out on a journey to get her book chosen as part of Oprah's book club.
This book was a fast and sometimes funny read but it also felt very drawn out and at times dull
*I received this book free for review from Zondervan Publishers through NetGalley.com *
"I don't have to be perfect. Perfection doesn't mean without errors or omissions; it means complete"
Rating: 3 carats
The Director's Cut
By Janice Thompson
About the book:
SYNOPSIS: Tia Morales is used to calling the shots. She’s the director of the popular sitcom Stars Collide, and her life on set is calculated and orderly. Well, most of the time. But her life outside the studio is another matter. If only she could get her family to behave as well as her stars do! When she starts butting heads with handsome camera operator Jason Harris, it’s enough to send a girl over the edge. Will she ever learn to let go and take life–and love–as it comes?
The Director's Cut wraps up the Backstage Pass series (read about Stars Collide and Hello, Hollywood). It was a great way to end the series.
The book centers around Tia Morales and her life as a tv writer trying to learn is ok not to control every single aspect of her life. Many of characters from then past books return of they don't disappoint, they are exactly like I remembered them.
The Director's Cut is a light, fun, and fast read.
*“Available June 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group*
By Amy Sedaris
About the book:
America’s most delightfully unconventional hostess and the bestselling author of I Like You delivers a new book that will forever change the world of crafting. According to Amy Sedaris, it’s often been said that ugly people craft and attractive people have sex. In her new book, SIMPLE TIMES, she sets the record straight. Demonstrating that crafting is one of life’s more pleasurable and constructive leisure activities, Sedaris shows that anyone with a couple of hours to kill and access to pipe cleaners can join the elite society of crafters.
You will discover how to make popular crafts, such as: crab-claw roach clips, tinfoil balls, and crepe-paper moccasins, and learn how to: get inspired (Spend time at a Renaissance Fair; Buy fruit, let it get old, and see what shapes it turns into); remember which kind of glue to use with which material (Tacky with Furry, Gummy with Gritty, Paste with Prickly, and always Gloppy with Sandy); create your own craft room and avoid the most common crafting accidents (sawdust fires, feather asphyxia, pine cone lodged in throat); and cook your own edible crafts, from a Crafty Candle Salad to Sugar Skulls, and many more recipes.
I was disappointed with this book. I thought the combination of comedy and crafts would be really fun but it was actually very saracstic, had no crafts, and really no plot whatsoever.
*I received this audio book free for review from Hachette Book Group*
Rating: 2 carats
Sarah Francis Martin has a passion to encourage and relate to women in their twenties, and is honored to do so through She Seeks, the 20-something ministry of Proverbs 31. Her relevant and conversational style will lead young adult readers to live out the Kingship of Christ in everyday life in order to find godly success, purpose, and well-being. Obsessed with pink lip gloss and all things artsy-crafty, Sarah lives with her husband and son in North Carolina. Her ministry, LIVE IT OUT!, is a space for 20-somethings to connect with one another and grow closer to Jesus (www.liveitoutblog.com).
1.What gave you the idea or inspired you to write your book?
I've loved writing for the ministry She Seeks which is a part of Proverbs 31 Ministries just for 20-something women. Our readers would ask us for resources that speak directly to their life as a young adult and we would come up short for books to recommend, etc. One day I was driving to work all stressed out about my career and some friend drama. As I worked through this stress, God spoke to me saying, "I am King over your career drama and your friend drama. Don't forget that!"
I decided that I would set out to write what I called a survival guide for 20-somethings. But, rather than just surviving this decade, I want my girlfriends to THRIVE. God continually shows me that the only way to thrive through life's stress, we must put Him in the center of everything.
2. What do you hope readers will take away from "Stress Point" ?
I hope my readers will walk away from the book with a renewed (or new) sense of passion for Jesus and declare that He is King of Kings over their money, their love life, their career paths, etc. We can't separate our faith from any area of our life and the Bible has answers to all of our stress.
3. What is the best advice you've ever been given?
Though I don't watch the shows any more, I did catch Dr. Phil and Oprah say something to the effect of: You wouldn't worry about what other people think of you if you knew how little they really didn't think of you.
This speaks to me when I'm all freaked out about how my friends or co-workers perceive me. Everyone is concerned about their own life, their own insecurities so much so that they probably aren't nit picking who we are.
4. Your bio says you are artsy-craftsy what is your go-to craft?
Oh I love playing with bright colored paint and paper to make collages. It is fun to get my hands messy. I'm also loving watercolor and sketching these days. Though it is easy to look at artists and wish I could paint as well as they do, I'm learning to relax and just have fun with it. It is totally a distraction from stress for me!
5. On She Seeks, it's is known that you have over 50 tubes of lip gloss, all various shades of pink. If you were stranded on an island and could only have one lip gloss, which one would it be?
This questions rocks! Love it. I'm totally into the Revlon Colorstay lipgloss and lipsticks these days. The color literally lasts ALL day. So, if I were stranded on an island with only ONE tube, this would be the one because I get more bang for my buck and don't have to constantly re-apply.
6. What's playing on your iPod right now?
Oh, man. I really need to update my iPod. But, my go-to tunes are Jesus Culture, The Passion Conference worship CD, Toby Mac and a friend of mine, Giles Blankenship.
7. What's next for you?
I would love to write more books that relate directly to young adult women. I've been on a kick with my blog doing the RISE UP! series which encourages women to rise up and make Jesus famous in their life. It would be really awesome, I think, to turn this into a Bible study book.
by Sarah Francis Martin
About the book:
Want to ditch the drama and thrive through your twenties?
Body image. Friendships. Career. Money. Dating. All these issues and more serve as points of stress for the 20-something woman, and combined they can make for a decade of drama in a girl’s life. Sarah Francis Martin is the slightly older girlfriend who’s been there, done that, and got the not-so-cute t-shirt. Through this interactive Bible study, Sarah helps young adult women address each stress point by encouraging them to wait on the Lord, worship Him, and make Him the focus of their lives.
In Stress Point you will:
Find interactive chapters covering ten stress points for the 20-something woman
Dig through Scripture to apply truth to each stress point
Engage with real, raw, and relevant stories from girlfriends just like you
Journal through each chapter to engage with God in a meaningful way
Interact with Sarah through her video blogs for each chapter
Connect with your girlfriends in a Stress Point Survival Group; leader guide included
This is such a unique book, from the way the journal is formatted to the beautiful background pictures and the simple fact there aren't many books geared towards woman in their twenties. Stress Point is a winner.
I was so excited to start reading it because I have followed the She seeks ministry Sarah writes for since it's beginning and this book goes write along with their weekly devotional themes and videos. As I read it I felt like I could see Sarah sitting in front of her webcam talking to all of us as she does in her frequent Thursday vlogs.
Although the title is Stress Point and is geared at eliminating the drama of our twenties the theme isn't stress at all but putting your life and focus in God's hands whatever area of your life you are feeling stress.
* I received this book free for review from Thomas Nelson Publishers*
" God knows your dreams, but He wants to be your one and only wish"
Come back Friday for an interview with Sarah
Rating: 5 carats