Sunday, September 25, 2016

Hope Prevails

Disclosure: I received Hope Prevails: Insights From a Doctor's Personal Journey Through Depression by Dr. Michelle Bengtson complimentary from Revell. Provided I give an honest Review.

   Synopsis from Goodreads:

 Neuropsychologist Offers Hope to Those Struggling with Depression As a board-certified neuropsychologist, Dr. Michelle Bengtson sees the devastation of depression. Early on, she practiced the most effective treatments and prescribed them for her clients. But when she experienced depression herself, she found that the treatments she had recommended were lacking. Her experience showed her the missing component in treating depression. In "Hope Prevails," Dr. Bengtson writes with deep compassion, blending her training and faith, to offer readers a hope grounded in God's love and grace. She helps readers understand what depression is, how it affects them spiritually, and what, by God's grace, it cannot do. The result is an approach that offers the hope of release, not just the management of symptoms. For those who struggle with depression and those who want to help them, "Hope Prevails" offers hope for the future. 

 My Review: While reading this book I found it awesome to finally read a book from an author who understands what depression and anxiety is about. I hate that she has gone through it, or that anyone has gone through it. It is best to have books on these subjects from folks who have gone through the same things. Because you know they know how to relate more to you. 

I did find she was repetitive in a few chapters, to where I felt I thought I was rereading a chapter. Other than that I do love that she incorporates scriptures and talking about how God has helped her through her depression. This book would be great to do a weekly bible study with others, because at the end there are questions in the way you can discuss with your bible study group about what your answers were to the questions. Also my favorite thing at the end of each chapter she posts christian songs that have helped her throughout her depression and writing this book. Which I am going to of course go on Spotify and add all of these songs and make a happy playlist to see if it helps me out. I also love learning of new music and new christian music especially. They are always great to listen play to try and get your depressed self back up to cheery. I think this would be a great book to try if you go through any anxiety or depression, because it doesn't hurt to read a book and see if the author says something that just might click for you. Here is a LINK to click to see where to purchase this book for yourself. Have a Blessed Day!

Friday, September 02, 2016

Look For Your Loverly

Disclosure: I received Looking For Lovely: Collecting The Moments That Matter by Annie F. Downs. Given complimentary from B&H PublishingProvided I give an honest review.

Synopsis from B&H Publishing: 

“I want you to take every step of your life with excitement for where you are headed. And I want you to feel beautiful and confident as you do.” But how? When the enemy whispers lies that we are not smart enough, pretty enough, or rich enough? Or are you too dumb, too loud, too quiet, too thin, too fat, too much or not enough? What if you don’t have what it takes to be who you really want to be?” In Looking for Lovely, Annie Downs shares personal stories, biblical truth, and examples of how others have courageously walked the path God paved for their lives by remembering all God had done, loving what was right in front of them, and seeing God in the everyday–whether that be nature, friends, or the face they see in the mirror. Intensely personal, yet incredibly powerful, Looking for Lovely will spark transformative conversations and life changing patterns. No matter who you are and what path God has you on, we all need to remember the lovely, fight to finish, and find beautiful in our every day! 

My Review: I felt like I understood a lot of the insecurities and situations that this author has gone through. She shares experiences of her life where there were ups and downs and basically points out where she found her lovely. She describes where and how to look for those lovely areas and times in your life. Even in the worst experiences you have had in your life. 

I found it interesting how she could do this, but I know it's still really hard for me to find the lovely in my darkest moments. Sometimes I can't understand why God has allowed certain things I have went through to happen. I may never figure it out until I get to heaven. But we just have to try to stick with God and learn to trust and have faith in him. I am sure there is always a reason why someone has gone through this event or that event. Be it for them to grow from or to share with others so they are not alone. But yes there are a lot of areas that are difficult to understand.

I found reading this book, okay. It was interesting learning about situations of life Downs experienced. I am sure this book has spoken to other people whom have read it, but it just didn't really speak to me. I didn't get that "aha" moment that I expected I was going to get. Other than that it is a very pretty cover and I do believe that there is a study guide you can buy to go along with it. Maybe I will do that later on and reread it with the study guide. Click this LINK if you want to purchase this book. Have a Blessed Day!

Monday, July 11, 2016

Review: The Truth About Alice - Jennifer Mathieu

Goodreads Synopsis:

Everyone knows Alice slept with two guys at one party.

But did you know Alice was sexting Brandon when he crashed his car?

It's true. Ask ANYBODY.

Rumor has it that Alice Franklin is a slut. It's written all over the bathroom stall at Healy High for everyone to see. And after star quarterback Brandon Fitzsimmons dies in a car accident, the rumors start to spiral out of control.

In this remarkable debut novel, four Healy High students—the girl who has the infamous party, the car accident survivor, the former best friend, and the boy next door—tell all they know.

But exactly what is the truth about Alice? In the end there's only one person to ask: Alice herself.

My Review: When I first started to read The Truth About Alice, I found myself a bit annoyed of how the story was revealing itself to be like. I just felt at first it was just reading about an annoying high school novel. Maybe it was in the way it was written, because each chapter was a different person's story of what happened. I will say finally, when I made it to the middle of the book I slowly found myself invested in each of the characters story. I also needed to find out what happened and what was the full truth of the situation with Alice. As I reached the end of the book I found myself left with wanting to know more about two of the characters in the book and how they turn out after high school. I don't believe it will be a constant reader for me, but eventually it does pick up a bit later on in the book. I didn't like the cuss words that were used, but of course I'm sure kids nowadays use these cuss words. Which for the story makes it realistic and of course I'm sure this has happened to some teens in our world during high school. As for the cuss words and if I had a teen I know I would not want her reading this book. The sad thing is we can't always shelter children, especially when this book is in young adult section. I have found there are quite a few young adult books that have some vulgur words and some sex stuff in them. But so far I have not read anything as if it was made for the Romance section. You sometimes just have to read these books before allowing your children to read them. I will say I won't let this book keep me from trying more of  Mathieu's books. Have a blessed day!

Thursday, June 02, 2016

Let's Not Quit!

Disclosure: I received 5 Habits of a Woman Who Doesn't Quit by Nicki Koziarz  from B&H Publishing complimentary. Provided I give an honest response. Review on 5 habits of a woman who doesn't quit by Nicki Koziarz

 Synopsis from B&H Publishing:

 Have you ever gotten to the place where you just couldn’t take it anymore? Dreams. Programs. Jobs. Relationships. There are so many different areas where we feel like calling it quits. It’s time for an honest conversation on how not to give in to the temptation to give up. Nicki Koziarz is a woman who has thrown in the towel a time or two. In fact, she’s quit just about everything in her life. But with God’s help, she’s discovered a few habits that have helped her and others conquer the choice to quit. 5 Habits of a Woman Who Doesn’t Quit will enable you to: Evaluate the internal personal struggles that make you want to quit. Cultivate consistent habits to help you progress toward your goals. Receive a fresh dose of perspective from the Bible that will help you develop perseverance. You are not made to quit! Join Nicki as she identifies five habits to help you keep going no matter what struggles may come your way. 

My Review: I found this book interesting when the author is talking about how she started on her journey of learning not to quit. I have issues with quitting at times and procrastinating. She explains how her husband pointed out to her how she quits with nearly everything. She also starts asking herself is she quitting with God and every part of her life? She writes out 5 habits of how not to quit. The 5 habits are: 1. She accepts the assignment of refinement 2. She follows through with her commitments despite how she feels 3. She stays open to the movement of God 4. She gives others what she needs 5. She moves forward in faith. With each of these habits she explains about her life and how she used started to use these habits. I also enjoy how she puts in scripture here in there about the faith of Ruth, because Ruth is such a great role model for us to be like. I will say this book was a tad on the slow side for me to read and I must reread it myself. I may get more out of it the second time I read it. But for now I will give this book an okay rating. But you never know it may help you if you deal with issues of quitting. If this book intrigues you, you can purchase it at this LINK. Have a Blessed Day!