Strive to be UNCOMMON

Strive to be UNCOMMON

Hi everyone… I promised I’d post this book review yesterday, but I’m still battling this crazy sinus infection, I’ve had for almost a month. It has been a drag, but I’m glad I still felt up to reading. 🙂 So today, we are going to look at the newest book that just hit stores today– Uncommon-The Pursuing a life of passion and purpose by Carey Scott.

We meet Carey Scott a young woman, who has been hit with almost everything. She was told her has ovarian cancer, but by God’s grace and gentle hand was healed by a miracle the cancer was gone. This made her think about how it is to be uncommon and write this awesome book.

Through out the book we take a look at several uncommon virtues and Biblical women who were not the norm during their time or even today. Carey wants us to see that it is important to stand fast in your feelings and moral rights when all about you are losing their minds. That reminds me of the poem If by Rudyard Kipling. (“If you can keep your head, when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you; If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, and make allowance for their doubting too….”  That’s all I remember. lol)

She mentions how people today are scared to speak up for their opinion. The world does want you to shush today. She mentions the last Presidential election and how people are still fighting. Does this have to continue? No, we must strive to be uncommon and voice our opinion and also listen to others reasonably.  Being Uncommon is tough stuff, but in the end God will reward you. Be loud and proud and show off your God colors. 🙂

I wasn’t sure what to think about this book when I first received it from the great Barbour Publishers. I thought “okay, what’s this book going to tell me?” Instead this was a good application book and I even felt sad sometimes, because how true the stuff was being said. There were a lot of truths mentioned. It’s a very moving book and every though provoking.

I really think this book would be great for a Bible study in a church. It’s a lot to cover, but I think it would be well worth it.

Here’s a few places to find the book:

Barnes and Noble: $12.09

Walmart: $9.66

Here are some other sites to learn more about this book and more about Carey Scott.

careyscott.org/uncommon/ 

Again, I thank Barbour Publishers for sending this great book for my honest opinion.

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Remember to take a look at the other books I’ve read and stop by again soon, for another review. See you all very soon.

Happy Summer, Happy Reading… 🙂

 

 

New Publication from Jordan Christy

New Publication from Jordan Christy

Today, I’ve been reading my next book. (I’m reading three at a time at the moment. That’s a hard feat if I may say so!) This book is How to Be a Hepburn in a Kardashian World by Jordan Christy. The book was released this past Monday, April 4, 2017.

This is more of an etiquette book than anything, but it could be classified as a Self-help book. So far I have enjoyed it, although I can’t say it is my favorite. I’ll break down what are feel are pros and cons.

First the pros: This book gives you a good perspective on how to handle relationships, personal or business. It gives you ideas how to manage your character and be a more presentable person and discover who the real you is. I also like the fact the book gives you tips on how to handle social media etiquette and work issues.

Second the cons: I don’t agree that everything in life goes the way Jordan says. She talks about being a hard worker and going above and beyond. I’ve been a hard worker and have done exactly what she has said. From my experience, I was looked at more of goody-two-shoes than being looked up at for all my hard work.  I also noticed that although, this book was published with a Christian Publisher, she doesn’t mention how her faith is probably how she copes with issues and can get through the situations and examples she talks about. She even mentions things like the F-bomb and stuff like that. Real life things, but not something I think about everyday or a person of faith should be doing. Myself, I never ever say a curse word. (Truth!) This particular point is sort of sitting in the middle of the pros and cons list.

Now, I feel I can recommend this book to most girls (and young women 25+), because it leans in the middle of the road and is speaking to both faith and, possibly more, to secular individuals. Don’t get me wrong, it is good thing, but it is confusing to say this book is leaning more as secular advice book than faith driven advice book.

Did I enjoy this book? Oh yes! It has been quiet interesting. I have yet to finish the last few chapters which are going to be very interesting to me. But like I said I didn’t agree on everything the book spoke about or how to handle situations, but its just my opinion.

Before I sign off, I want to thank the great publishers over at Center Street (Hachette Publishers ) for giving my opportunity to read this book for an honest review (whether positive or negative)

I hope you enjoyed my review of this book. Please stop by again soon for another great read review.

Please take a look at the other books I’ve reviewed. Stay tuned for the next review coming soon!

 

 

Joyce Meyer’s latest publication

Oh! I’m so excited to tell you about the latest book that comes out later this week, actualJoyce.JPGly tomorrow, April 4.  Joyce Meyer’s 20 Ways to Make Everyday Better is a very inspirational book.

For those who do not know who Joyce Meyer is, she is a televangelist and tells you how it is in a Biblical perspective. She has been through a lot in her life. She was sexually abused as a child and has dealt with issues many of us face each day. Joyce really makes you think and she really knows how things are in your life. It is like she knows who you are and what you are going through everyday.

In this book, 20 Ways to Make Everyday Better,  Joyce has divided it into sections to get you rethinking in a better and more positive perspective.  The four sections focus on several topics to get you moving in the right direction for changing your negative perspectives to positive ones. The four topics (which have several sub-chapters) are as follows:


  • Section 1: When you Awake
  • Section 2:New Steps to Take
  • Section 3: Patterns to Break
  • Section 4: Before It’s too Late

I’m about half way into the book as I write this review. Joyce Meyer’s books are always and easy read and are big print. I have so far enjoyed the book and my perspective on things in life feel brighter and better. Amazing!!! I also have just discovered that there is a Study Guide book to compliment the publication. This will give the reader a deeper meaning to the book.

For those who order the book before April 31st, they’ll receive a free downloadable sampler from Joyce Meyer that includes LIVING BEYOND YOUR FEELINGS, BATTLEFIELD OF THE MIND, OVERLOAD, and LET GOD FIGHT YOUR BATTLES. To get your free downloads go here: http://www.faithwords.com/20ways. You simply have to fill in your name, email, and upload a copy of your receipt.
Lastly, I want to thank, Joyce Meyer and the FaithWords-Hachette Publishers in allowing me to share this great and awesome book. I’ve enjoyed it immensely and will continue the journey as I read the rest of the book.
Until next time, Happy Reading!

A study on shame and guilt

414688Oh this was a wonderful study! I Am Found by Laura Dingman helps anyone with a guilty conscience and dealing with shame in their life.

This was a six week intensive bible study. We focused on where shame and guilt started. Obviously, the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve eating that fruit and wanting to cover their nakedness with fig leaves. We later move in to studying the Prodigal Son and how to look at it 5 different ways.  Yes, five! and it didn’t get boring either.  You have to understand you cannot escape the guilt you have, but you can move forward and forgiveness is just the start. 🙂

What I liked about this book was that you had memory verses every week to memorize and they were great words of encouragement. At the end of each week you had to pick a way to apply what we learned and hold ourselves accountable for our progress throughout the study. That was a great idea!

So much to overcome when reading this study. It teaches you to let go. I’ve had many stressful situations that I feel bad about and this book helped me to release a little bit of the pain. It just takes time to release all of it, but God is there and you are in His Hands.

Such a wonderful study! Plus I want to mention I got it through Moody Publishers for my honest review. I was not disappointed.

Here’s where you can get this book. Try these great retailers. If you have the physical store, make sure you go to that and support businesses in your community.

Amazon: Kindle $7.99; Paperback $9.61

Christian book: Paperback $9.99

Barnes and Noble: Nook $8.49; Paperback $9.61

Everything is Possible by Jen Bricker

Today I posted twice. An original poem of mine. I was feeling sad today and felt like sharing it. You can see that here and feel free to leave comments. 🙂 Now, off to today’s book review of Everything is Possible by Jen Bricker.

What a wonderful book! I just finished it today. At a time in my life when I’m feeling discouraged about things and people around me, this was a great pick-me-up.

Jen Bricker is an extraordinary young woman. Being born with no legs, life was not going to be a easy for her. She also was adopted because her biological parents could not take care of a hajen-bricker-everything-is-possible-663x1024ndicapped child.

In this book, Jen narrows down her exciting life into many topics and links them to Bible verses. I love the keeping faith chapter. Jen never lets anything get her down and she admits her difficult moments and sassy ones too. She never considers herself handicapped. Jen shows she is human (maybe superhuman lol), but that she also loves everyone around her and is never afraid of anything. If its a challenge, she’ll do it. Nothing holds her back. Did I mention she’s an aerialist? That’s strength to do that kind of stuff. Best part?! She credits God for everything in her life even her struggles; that God has to have a reason even for that particular parking space.

As I read this book, I could see so many similarities between me and Jen. I’m sure others will too. You can relate to her easily. You like her. For me, I think its that spunky-ness we both possess and our crazy thoughts.  Sometimes we just want to punch someone for their rude ways. Laugh Out Loud!  🙂 Just kidding, but I’m sure you get the same feelings too about things.  We want to love others, even if they make it difficult.

This book was awesome and I’m actually proud to say this was one of the first copies off the press, because I got it through Baker Publishing’s Blogger Program. I loved the book obviously. But don’t take my word for it! Check it out for yourself below.

If you want to learn more about Jen, follow her on social media @JenBricker and @JenBricker1 on Twitter. Plus visit her website at www.jenbricker.com. Pretty easy to remember, right?

If you’d like to pick up a copy, please check out these fine retailers below or visit a local one near you. Please support local businesses! Also, see if your local library has a copy. 🙂

AMAZON: Hardcover $10.88; Kindle $9.36

Barnes and Noble: Hardcover $11.84; Nook $12.99

Until next week’s review of the devotional I AM FOUND by Laura Dingman, get a glass of hot tea and a nice book to snuggle up with. Fall is coming…

Happy Reading!

Choice Summer The Nikki Sheridan Series by Shirley Brinkerhoff

Choice Summer The Nikki Sheridan Series by Shirley Brinkerhoff

Wow! This book is really good. I read it back about 10 years ago and I keep wanting to go back to it. Written in a Christian Perspective, this book, Choice Summer by Shirley Brinkerhoff, is the first book about the summer Nikki Sheridan’s life changed forever. Just to note this book is for mature teenage girls and brings awareness to the importance of waiting to have sex before marriage. It also approaches the topic of unwanted pregnancies and abortions.

Nikki was just the typical 16 year old girl. Popular and her boyfriend was definitely one of those cool boys on the varsity. You know LETTERMAN jacket, the works. The story begins in the nurses office at a clinic far from home on her way to her grandparents house for the summer. The nurse tells her the news: “Sure enough, honey, you’re pregnant!” The word runs through Nikki’s mind PREGNANT?!  BUT IT JUST WAS ONE TIME. The story goes on and she tries to figure out ways to hide the pregnancy, however, she knows she can’t hide it for long. Nikki can’t be a disgrace to her parents or her grandparents.She has all the symptoms and morning sickness is one. She seeks confidence  in an old friend Jeff and he gives her Christian guidance and counsel.

Nikki’s got some decisions to make. She considers a possible abortion. Could it be as simple as the nurse said? Will God forgive her for her decisions? She only has a few weeks to decide on what to do. Before too long her belly will be growing with the precious life inside her. Also will a dark  family secret be revealed? Is Nikki ready for what’s coming? You’ll just have to get a copy of this great  book!

It is out of print so here are a few links I found in the meantime.

https://www.amazon.com/Choice-Summer-Nikki-Sheridan-1/dp/1561794848

http://www.thriftbooks.com/w/choice-summer_shirley-brinkerhoff/1071150/#isbn=1561794848

 

I Don’t Get You by Sherry Graf

What an enlightening booklet! I couldn’t have found a more helpful book. Plus, I got it through Tyndale Publishing’s Blog network for free to review. This book shed light on relationships; serious or casual. It helped the reader to see when a relationship was going too far too fast or help decide on how far the relationship should go through 5 simple steps. Those steps are the following sharing guidelines:bio-data, testimony-faith story, dreams, fears, and deepest hurts. Yes, we may share some of these with our friends, but the book is really speaking about the deepest personal fears, dreams, and hurts that you have dealt with.  The book gave light on so  many things that I hadn’t really seen before or took time to notice.

This booklet was an easy read and really helped me figure out how to get through a tough time with a friend.  Grab your copy at the stores below. It helped me, so I’m sure it will help you look at the different side of things.

Amazon: Kindle for $2.37; 10 pack of paperbacks $19.99

Barnes and Noble: $2.49 for all editions

Stay tuned for next week’s post on Anchor In The Store by Sarah Sundin. It’s really been a great read and I’m sure I can use what I read in this book to relate to it… 🙂

Happy Reading!