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instant Happy journal

instant Happy journal

365 days of inspiration, gratitude, and joy

Karen Salmansohn

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I was very excited about receiving this book to review.  The cover is bright and colorful. The pages are different every day.  The Author states the mission of this book is “to help you to live your happiest life”.  The book is filled with what the author calls “happiness prompters”.  These prompters are meant to inspire you to reflect and focus on your day.  Where is the most joy, appreciation and love is found in you life or day?  I like that you have a fill in date, this way you can start on any day you choose. The book is very happy and will inspire you to want to journal your thoughts.  The pages are beautifully designed and the prompts are thoughtful.

Here is an example of two of the “happiness prompters”.

“It’s time to let old habits go!”

Your Mantra

“I release the need for these old habits in my life!”

“NOW TALK YOURSELF INTO LETTING THESE OLD HABITS BECOME ANCIENT HISTORY.”

Space is left for you to journal your thoughts.

or

“DO IT NOW”

“Sometimes later becomes never.”

Space is left for you to journal your thoughts.

This book was provided to me free from the publisher through the Blogging For Books review blogger program. I was not required to write a positive review and, the opinions I have expressed are my own.

 

YOUNGER NEXT YEAR

youngernextyear (1)YOUNGER NEXT YEAR

The Exercise Program

Chris Crowley &

Henry S. Lodge, M.D.

With a Whole-Body Exercise Regimen

by Bill Fabrocini, P.T

The authors of Younger Next Year and Thinner Next Year strikes again. In this book they combine Younger Next Year and Thinner Next Year to come up with what they call “road map to your best life”.

This is another health and fitness book. They tell you what exercises to do and how to do them. This book is to help you get through the first month of exercise and the author hope this book will be a reference book you will use the rest of your life. There is also a how to book on the right way to exercises.

The authors recommend we exercise six days a week for 45 minutes a day plus 10 minute warm-up.  After the first month two days would be substituted for strength training. The is a lay out of warm-up exercises and strength training by Bill Fabrocini, Physical Therapist and  Riggs Klika PHD. You can download six-page illustrated cheat sheet for the warm-ups and a guide for the 25 scared strength training exercises free at youngernextyear.com.

The author suggested we treat exercise like it is a job. Pencil it into our calendar.  Stating that we would not call out on a job so fast, so, we should treat exercise the same way we treat our real jobs.

I enjoyed the book even though a lot of it I have heard before, sometime you need that motivation to get you started moving again.  Someone to tell you that by not exercising you are allowing decay to set in but if you just get moving you can change the way the story ends. I received a free ARC of this book from NetGalley and Workman Publishing Company in exchange for my honest review.

 

 

CENTRALIA-Things are not what they seem

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BY MIKE DELLOSSO

Centralia is about Peter Ryan the perfect soldier.  Peter awakes up on a typical morning only to find out that he is alone.  He calls is neighbor only to find out that his wife and child was killed in a car wreck.  He is devastated and he can’t memory the funeral that he had for wife and child. When he finds a note from his daughter telling him that they were in Centralia.  He said second guessing everything.  Then armed men show up and he doesn’t know where he got the skills to handle himself like a soldier.  Peter now find himself on the run.  His memory is going in and out. He’ don’t know whom to trust.  This book has a lot of twist and turns.  If you like Christian fiction you will enjoy Mike Dellosso.  This book will have you sitting on the edge of your sit.

Here is a link to the Youtube video by JohnnyIshootstuff  on the near ghost town of Centralia located in Pennysyvannia. There are a total of 8 people living in Centralia. The town was abandoned in 1962, when an underground mine fire started burning. The file is still burning today.  https://youtu.be/ZpNkUuvBIQE

This book was provided to me free from the publisher through the Tyndale review blogger program. I was not required to write a positive review and, the opinions I have expressed are my own.

 

 
 

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Creating a Better Life for Yourself

Thrive

The third metric to redefining success and creating a life of well-being, wisdom and wonder.Thrive

Arianna Huffington

When I came across this book I couldn’t wait to read it.  Arianna Huffington talks about the day she had a wake up call and knew she needed to change her life.  Her wake up call came with broken cheekbone and a nasty gash over her eye cause by a fall brought on by exhaustion and lack of sleep.

Money and Power has been the traditional success metric. Huffington compares this to a 3-legged stool where money and power are two legs and cannot stand with out the third.  Third leg of this metric is well-being, wisdom and wonder.  Huffington spells out how we can redefine our lives by creating a life of wisdom and wonder.  Most of this we all have read in other books, but it is good to hear it again as a reminder that we need to treat ourselves as number one.

We are so plugged in to electronic these days that we sometimes forget to be in the moment, take care of ourselves, be grateful, exercise, listen to the tiny voice within and giving. When our love ones
are talking to us, oftentimes we are there physically but not mentally.  We spend a lot of time on our cell phones, keeping up with our friends on Facebook or working 60 hours a week. We don’t always have time for the important things.

Life is short and we should enjoy every moment of the journey. Chasing money and power shouldn’t be the only things in life you are chasing.  A balance needs to be in place so we can enjoy the important things in life.

This book was provided to me free from the publisher through the Blogging For Books review blogger program. I was not required to write a positive review and, the opinions I have expressed are my own.

 

THE BUMPS ARE WHAT YOU CLIMB ON

THE BUMPS ARE WHAT YOU CLIMB ON

THE BUMPS ARE WHAT YOU CLIMB ON

Encouragement for Difficult Days

Warren W. Wiersbe

Warren W. Wiersbe bio states he is a Distinguished Professor of Preaching at Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary and has pastored churches in Indiana, Kentucky, and Illinois. He is the author of more that 150 books.

This book has 30 chapter you can use as a devotional.  The book is about those difficult days.  We all go through problems and difficult times.  What do we do when we have bumps on the path of life? The book offers comfort for the times you go through depression, frustration, and hard times.It is uplifting and encouraging. Wiersbe uses the Bible to extract wisdom it guides you to respond with faith.

The Bumps Are What You Climb on will help you find joy, contentment, teach you how to trust in God and how to reap the benefits of forgiveness. This book is a book that I will read more than once or twice.  It is truly a gem.

 
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A.D. The Bible Continues: The Book of Acts

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By Dr. David Jeremiah

Dr. David Jeremiah, is the founder and host of Turning Point Radio, sought-after speaker  and  New York Times Bestselling Author. He has won numerous awards.  He is a true man of God.

The Book of Acts is part of the A.D. The Bible Continues NBC miniseries that airs on Sunday. The book is about the first followers of Jesus.  It is a very easy to read with the New Living Translation.

The Introduction and the Prologue gives you the last days of Christ. The Gospel of Luke the story of crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. The Book of Acts has twenty eight chapters in the bible.  Dr Jeremiah, The Book of Acts goes through each of the 28 chapter in a way that is easy to read.  The followers of Christ went though ups and down while delivering the Good News. The Holy Spirit was always there to give them the courage to keep pushing the message of Christ. The Book of Acts gives you a biography of 20 key players.  It gives you their Strengths and Accomplishments, Lessons from their Life, Vital Statistics and Weaknesses and Mistakes. The book also has color photos that are from the television miniseries.

I enjoyed this book.  Dr David Jeremiah really made the Book of Acts easy to understand.  The biographies of each player was my favorite.

This book was provided to me free from the publisher through the  Tyndale review blogger program. I was not required to write a positive review and, the opinions I have expressed are my own.

 
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Posted by on April 25, 2015 in Christian, God, Hope, Inspiration

 

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Putting Love back in Soul Food

Soul Food Love:  Healthy Recipes Inspired by One Hundred Years of Cooking in a Black Family

By Alice Randall & Carolina Randall Williams

Alice Randall  bio states she is a New York Times bestselling author, she is the only person to ever study with Julie Child for credit at Harvard. She is country music writer, she has been recognized by the National Institutes of Health as a Health Champion and is the Nashville Ambassador of Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution.
Soul Food LoveCarolina Randall Williams bio states she award-winning published poet, Harvard graduate, co-author, and a teacher.  She owns over 1,000 cookbooks.

Soul Food Love takes of through five generations of kitchens where the recipes were handed down generation after generation.  Three generation of women weighting more than 200 pounds.  The fourth generation refusing to never weigh two hundred pounds. Alice and Carolina takes us though each kitchen and the delightful stories and traditions in the first 77-pages will give you joy and insight into this black families love for food.

The next part of the book are recipes from Carolina  “Baby Girl’s Kitchen”.  The book holds on to the traditional soul foods, like sweet potatoes, collard greens, and black-eyed peas. Only the way they are prepared is changed. The recipes are meant to give a redo to the old soul foods by reinventing a more updated versions with ingredients that are heart healthy.  The Deford’s Spicy Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Pomegranate (pg 160)  this recipes is featured on the cover of the book.  The recipe gives you everything, it gives sweet from the sweet potatoes and pomegranate, and spicy from the hot red chile peppers.  All wholesome ingredients. Another recipe I thought was something that I would try was the substitute for oatmeal called Chia Pudding (pg 214).  This recipe you can cook the night before and you wake up to a ready-made breakfast straight from the refrigerator.  The book is filled with recipes with vegetables and herbs.  Like the Links Salad (pg 163), it has green beans, green peas, cucumbers, basil and lemons and peppers. The recipe is simple to make and good for you.

Eating healthy means making life changes. This book takes the food we love and give them a make over to make them healthier.  This book is a good step for someone who does not know how to start eating better. The pictures are beautifully done, the recipes ingredients list are not very long. Carolina even states that you “can cook ever recipes from a Wal-Mart shelf.”

I would recommend  this cookbook to anyone who is looking for new take on soul food recipes. Soul Food Love is filled with 80 recipes that you and your family will love.  It will also bring love to your heart.

This book was provided to me free from the publisher through the Blogging For Books review blogger program. I was not required to write a positive review and, the opinions I have expressed are my own.

 
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Posted by on April 18, 2015 in Healing, Healthy, Inspiration, Motivational

 

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