Books Read in February 2016

If you read Monday’s post, you know that last week was CRAZY, and now I feel so behind! That is why I am getting this post out in the 2nd week of March instead of the 1st. 🙂

Books Read in February 2016

Amazingly, I did a fair amount of reading in February:

Trim Healthy Mama – very good!

An Amish Year – very good, too.

Choosing Joy – Like I wrote in the post, this one is a MUST READ

How to Get Honest Reviews – This is an excellent book that I hope to implement soon.

The Healing of Families – I’m still not sure how I feel about this book. There were a lot of good points but there were also some areas where I questioned the theology. I need to process this book a little more before making a final judgement.

Feels Like Love: A Snow Valley Romance – This is a Christmas story and although I know Christmas is over, I read it anyway. It is a cute and clean romance story.

Sugar Detox: Uncovering the Guide to a Healthier Lifestyle… – There were a lot of problems in this book including way too much repetition. It also read too much like a commercial. The concept is good and I have personal experience with sugar as an addiction  and the few recipes at that end that I tried were good but not enough to recommend the book.

How I Sold 80,000 Books – Got lots of great marketing ideas from this book!

Book Publishing for Beginners – This book is okay. There are some good ideas but, and I hate to write this, it was kind of boring. It was basically a play-by-play of a few of his book launches without much else. I wouldn’t recommend this book either.

Yes, I really read all those  nine books this month! Several of those books weren’t very long and I had lots of “pockets” of time where I was able to read for a bit.

Books I’m Planning to Read in March

I am not planning to do much reading in March, per se, unless I have unexpected reading time like I did in February. But here are the few (Not including the bible study):

The Power of Broke – I am reading this for the Blogging for Books review program

The Excellent Wife – I am reading this with some fellow homeschooling moms as a book study. So far, it has been very challenging – in a good way!

Living with Intent: How to Choose Joy and Success, and Change Your Life in 7 Days – I found the book free on Amazon and decided to check it out. The title is certainly interesting. 🙂

What are you reading this month? Do share!

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Book Review: The Paleo Chef

paleo chefFrom the book description:

Acclaimed international chef and television personality Pete Evans takes a whole new approach to making gluten-free, grain-free, and dairy-free meals that are worthy of a restaurant but effortless to prepare.

My comments:

I have never heard of Pete Evans, but when I had the chance to read/review this book, I snapped it up. Since going gluten-free, I am alway on the lookout for yummy and easy recipes to try.

Now, these recipes are not inherently budget-friendly; however, if you are the frugal-type, you can probably find many of the items needed for some of the recipes on sale or through coupons. And, they weren’t as “effortless” or as quick to make as I expected. But, the recipes I tried are DELICIOUS!

I haven’t tried all the recipes yet, the seafood recipes, and a few of the meat recipes, are a bit above our budget at the moment; however, the ones I have tried, I have absolutely loved, loved, loved. These yummy recipes make eating healthy so much fun, and it is almost feels like I am splurging, and not eating in a healthy way.

My favorite section? Belive it or not, it is the “vegetables, sides and snacks” section. The “cauliflower rice” was a revelation, and the “brussels sprouts in bacon and garlic” is one of my new all-time favorites. I love brussels sprouts, but my hubby and son, do not, but I don’t care. 🙂 I am going to make this recipe over and over again!

I also enjoyed reading the introduction and the “About Ingredients” sections. Chef Evans gives a brief, but thorough synopsis of the Paleo lifestyle, and I learned a lot about fermented foods. And, who knew about the importance of activating nuts? Not me!

So, whether you are a die-hard Paleo follower, or have no clue (or care) about this lifestyle, I absolutely recommend you give the recipes in this book a try.

I give The Paleo Chef four (4) stars.

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Book Review: What Color Is Your Parachute? 2015 Edition

what color is your parachuteFrom the book description:

What Color Is Your Parachute? is the world’s most popular job-hunting guide with more than ten million copies sold. Now, no matter what your circumstances, every job-hunter can find help with up-to-the-minute information on what has changed about the job market, plus strategies for finding jobs even when everyone tells you there are none.”

My comments:

I don’t normally review these types of books, but I know that there are a lot of people of people out of work right now, and have been for a while. Plus, I will be finishing school, God willing, in May 2015, and will need to decide on my next course of action: look for a job or start a business; therefore, when I had the opportunity to read and review this book, I snatched it up.

The book, I have to say, was a lot different than I expected. It isn’t the usual job-hunting book at all. Yes, it covers the usual topics such as tips for interviewing, and salary negotiation. However, it goes much deeper than that. The bulk of the book has the reader look into herself, in all areas of her life, in order for her to find the skills, wants, and dreams in order to find, not only a job, but the perfect job for her.

Now, I already did someething similar to this before going back to school, but I went ahead and did the exercises for the review. And, I have to say, I got a lot of value out of the process. I think that just going through the steps to “Understand More Fully Who You Are” is worth the price of the book.

The crux of the guide is to help the reader get the opportunity to choose where to work, rather than being dependent on newspaper or online ads, and competing against many others in the workforce. That is why there is such an emphasis in the book of knowing who you are, dealing with any “handicaps” that may stand in your way, and advice on how to change careers. There is also a section for starting a business for those who are so inclined.

The extensive appendex offers information on “finding your mission in life, information specifically for returning veterans, a section on the emotional drain of being out of work, and a list of career coaches for those who want to work with someone personally.

One thing to note: much of the author’s grammar and language is, well to use his term, “unorthodox.” Thus, thankfully, he offers a note of explanation as to why he make the choices he did. I am glad that he included a note on grammar because when I was going through the book, I was a little surprised and annoying. Now, I don’t agree with some of the reasons he chose to take the unorthodox route, but his explanations changed my inital thoughts on the book. 🙂

If you, or someone you know, is look for a job or looking for a career change, I absolutely would recommend this book, and give it four (4) stars.

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I am grateful to the Blogging for Books Review Program for providing me with a review copy of What Color Is Your Parachute?. I was not required to submit a positive review. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

Book Review: Journal of a Soul

Journal of a Soul

From Book Description:

“No other pope of this century has aroused so much interest and universal affection throughout the world as has Pope John XXIII. Journal of a Soul is an inspiring reading experience that records this pope’s thoughts and traces his spiritual development from adolescence to the seminary to a career as a priest, a European papal diplomat, Patriarch of Venice, and finally Pope John XXIII.”

My Comments:

Ever since Pope John XXIII’s canonization in April, even before that actually, I’ve wanted to learn more about him. Therefore, I was excited when I had the opportunity to get a complimentary copy of a Journal of a Soul in exchange for a review through the Blogging for Books program. And, I am happy to say that I was not disappointed.

This beautifully written book will touch your spirit as you get a glimpse of the very soul of Pope John XXIII who convoked the Second Vatican Council. The book relates his life from childhood until his death in 1963. Being that much of the book is his personal journal, he is very candid about his struggles and victories, desires and longings for God and the Church. He shares his devotions and love for the Blessed Mother. But, you not only get a view of his deep spiritual life, you gain insights and challenges for your own spiritual life.

Besides his journal, the book contains many pictures and illustrations, four letters he had written, his spiritual testament, his apostolic letter on the rosary, and several prayers that he had written. On top of all that, there is an appendix to the book that includes, among other items, “Notes for a biography of Pope John Roncalli,” “The ‘Little Rules’ of ascetic life,” and various maxims.

I thoroughly enjoyed Journal of a Soul and highly recommend it. I give the book four (4) stars.

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To get more information about the book go here.