Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Fascinating! 'Reading People: How Seeing the World Through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything' - by Anne Bogel

9780801072918

About the book:

If the viral personality quizzes strewn about our social media accounts are any indication, we are collectively obsessed with the idea of defining and knowing ourselves and our unique places in the world. But what we're finding is this: knowing which famous movie character you are is easy, but actually knowing yourself isn't as simple as just checking a few boxes on an online quiz.

Backed by extensive research and illustrated with engaging stories, Reading People explains what makes you uniquely you, what makes the people in your life uniquely them, and why it all matters. Popular blogger Anne Bogel makes it easy. In this fascinating book, she collects, explores, and explains the most popular personality frameworks, such as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, StrengthsFinder, Enneagram, and others. She shares the life-changing insights that can be gained from each, along with practical applications across all facets of life, including love and marriage, productivity, parenting, the workplace, and spiritual life.

Want to revolutionize the way you live, love, work, and pray? Understanding personality is the first step!

My review:

This was a fascinating book that looked at different aspects of personality and how we can use this knowledge to better understand ourselves and others.  I was familiar with some of these, such as the Myers-Briggs and I knew that I was an introvert but I don't think I had ever heard of the StrengthsFinder or Enneagram.   I actually had taken the Myers-Briggs in college for a career class and was able to dig up my results, which is an INFJ.  I learned we make up less than one percent of the population!  I took a free online test she recommended to learn your type to see if I got the same result and I did.  She used examples from literature when explaining the different combinations, which was fascinating and fun. I loved all of the personal stories she shared as she mistakenly thought she was a different combo for a long time and how she was able to improve her relationships with her husband and children, especially her one daughter who's very different from her, once she figured out the different personality types they had.  Anne explained that the brains of introverts and extroverts work differently from each other, such as in processing and nervous system function. 

She also talked about places having personalities, too, and that a lot of places cater to extroverts.  Her description of highly sensitive people struck a chord as I think I fall in that category as well; this was another aspect of personality I had never heard of.  I also liked her last chapter about your personality not being your destiny, that being aware of your strengths and weaknesses can help you if you want to grow.  It's more about the mindset you have, whether it's fixed where you think you are what you are, you can't change anything and that things should come easily if they're meant to be or if it's a growth mindset, where you can improve your natural talents, abilities and skills through effort.  She also points out that our foundational habits, our friends and the thoughts we dwell on all impact the kinds of people we are and who we become.  I love learning about personalities and trying to understand what makes people tick.  This book was a great resource, easy to read and kept my interest throughout.  I highly recommend it!

I received this book free from Baker Books in exchange for an honest review.

           Anne Bogel, Author

Anne Bogel is the creator of the popular blog Modern Mrs. Darcy and the podcast What Should I Read Next? Her popular book lists and reading guides have established Bogel as a tastemaker among readers, authors, and publishers. Bogel lives in Louisville, Kentucky. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.
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Sunday, December 10, 2017

NIrV May the Faith Be With You Holy Bible Hardcover- by Zonderkidz

9780310757887, NIrV May the Faith Be with You Holy Bible, Hardcover

About the Bible:

Life in the Spirit isn’t about cushioned pews and easy living—it’s about adventure, risk, daring, and the pursuit of wisdom. It’s about letting the awesome power of God work through you to do things you never thought possible.

In this brand-new full-text Bible, you’ll learn the highest, truest, and most rewarding way to a life of wisdom, apprenticing with the Ultimate Master himself—Jesus Christ.
Features include:
  • 24 full-color pages of content on the marvel of God’s creation and the meaning of faith
  • Vibrant outer space imagery
  • Compelling, metallic-embellished cover
  • The complete text of the New International Reader's Version (NIrV) of the Bible
My review:

This is a pretty cool looking Bible!  There's space artwork on the special pages throughout the Bible called Master Moments, where kids learn about cool people and events in the Bible, Ways of Wisdom, where they can find answers to questions and Use the Force, which helps them apply what they've learned in the Bible.  There's also a basic Bible Dictionary in the back along with a list of Great Bible Stories.  The New International Reader's Version is a simplified version of the NIV, geared to about a third grade reading level and the Bible also includes a presentation page.  It's also available in black imitation leather.  If your child likes space, this is the Bible for them!

I received this Bible free from Handlebar in exchange for an honest review.

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Review of 'All Things Now Living,' Blog Tour and Kindle Fire Giveaway


About the book:


Her whole life Amy has been taught the people of New Lithisle deserve to die, but when she falls for Daniel, she determines to save him.
Sixteen-year-old Amy doesn't like anything to die, she won't even eat the goats or chickens her mama has butchered every fall, but she can't let herself pity the inhabitants of New Lithisle. In a few short months the dome they built to isolate themselves from the deadly pandemic is predicted to collapse, but her whole life Amy has been taught it's God's will they die. They traded their souls for immunity to the swine flu virus, brought God's curse upon themselves by adding pig genes to their own.
Then, while on a scavenging trip with her father, Amy is accidentally trapped in New Lithisle. At first her only goal is to escape, but when she meets Daniel, a New Lithisle boy, she begins to question how less-than-human the people of New Lithisle are.
Amy's feelings grow even more conflicted when she learns she didn't end up in New Lithisle by mistake. Her father is secretly a sympathizer, and was trying to prevent the coming destruction.
Now time is running short and Amy has to decide if she will bring the computer program her father wrote to his contact or save herself. Installing the program could prevent the dome's collapse, but if Amy doesn't find her father's contact in time, she'll die, along with everyone else.

My review:

This was a very interesting and original story with a ton of action!  Amy was a very strong character and I liked how she kept trying to do the right thing, even when it wasn't easy.  She also stood up to Daniel and others; she could be quite stubborn! I was a little disappointed in her at one point, for almost giving up rather than verifying the truth.  I liked Daniel, also, who was similar to Amy but played more by the rules.  There was some romance and some talk of eternity and God being love.  Daniel prays and talks about Believers in his sector but Amy seems to not be as familiar with prayer or know what to think of God.  Faith or salvation in Jesus weren't explained at all.  I also felt other things weren't explained very well, such as where are the other six daughters of Allarice and how exactly did the present situation come about.  We learn more as the book progresses but a lot is never answered.  Maybe it will be in future books?  This felt like a timely story, what with talk about human and animal genes, experiments and creating features you want in your child.  The story got resolved so I wonder what will happen in the next book.  Overall, it was a very interesting read and I'd recommend it if you like dystopian or science fiction stories.

I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review.

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Rondi Bauer Olson is a reader and writer from Michigan's Upper Peninsula, where she lives on a hobby farm with her husband, Kurt. She has four grown children, works as a nurse, and also owns a gift shop within view of beautiful Lake Superior.
Find out more about Rondi at http://rondibauerolson.weebly.com.
While on a scavenging trip with her father, Amy is accidentally trapped in New Lithisle in Rondi Bauer Olson's All Things Now Living. At first her only goal is to escape, but when she meets Daniel, a New Lithisle boy, she begins to question how less-than-human the people of New Lithisle are. Amy's feelings grow even more conflicted when she learns she didn't end up in New Lithisle by mistake. Her father is secretly a sympathizer. Time is running short and Amy has to decide if she will bring the computer program her father wrote to his contact or save herself. Installing the program could prevent the dome's collapse, but if Amy doesn't find her father's contact in time, she'll die, along with everyone else.

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Monday, December 4, 2017

Deadly Proof - Atlanta Justice 1 - by Rachel Dylan

 About the book:


Riveting new series offers legal suspense with a romantic twist
In the biggest case of her career, attorney Kate Sullivan is tapped as lead counsel to take on Mason Pharmaceutical because of a corporate cover-up related to its newest drug. After a whistleblower dies, Kate knows the stakes are much higher than her other lawsuits.
Former Army Ranger turned private investigator Landon James is still haunted by mistakes made while serving overseas. Trying to forget the past, he is hired by Kate to look into the whistleblower's allegation and soon suspects that the company may be engaging in a dangerous game for profit. He also soon finds himself falling for this passionate and earnest young lawyer.
Determined not to make the same mistakes, he's intent on keeping Kate safe, but as the case deepens, it appears someone is willing to risk everything-even murder-to keep the case from going to trial.
My review:

I found this story interesting because of the civil law angle.  So many books focus on prosecuting criminals and this one looked at getting justice for families hurt by a corporation.  I learned some interesting things about the process for that kind of case.  Kate Sullivan was an admirable character, a strong Christian who desperately wanted justice for her clients but maybe too emotionally involved.  Landon also had a strong sense of justice and took on too much blame for past mistakes, which then affected how he viewed his job now.  I liked how they weren't perfect characters, with Kate dealing with depression and workaholic tendencies and Landon, his past.  I also felt Kate was too naive, from not really thinking a certain person could do what they did to not being cautious enough even after being threatened.  Sometimes she seemed to make stupid choices for someone so smart.  There was some romance and some action.  I liked how we get the viewpoints of Kate, Landon and also two people on the other side of the case, Ethan and Nicole.  The dialogue and writing felt a little stiff to me.  Overall, I did like it and I plan to read the next book in the series.  I would recommend it if you like legal fiction.

I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review.

About the author:
Rachel Dylan writes Christian fiction including legal romantic suspense. Rachel has practiced law for over a decade and enjoys weaving together legal and suspenseful stories. In addition, Rachel writes the Danger in the Deep South including "Lethal Action" and "Devoted Defender," which appeals to fans of edge of your seat romantic suspense. Rachel also writes the Windy Ridge series including "Trial & Tribulations" and "Fatal Accusation." These legal thrillers with elements of spiritual warfare are great for fans who enjoy books by Peretti or Dekker. "Trial & Tribulations" was a Selah finalist in 2016. Rachel lives in Michigan with her husband and five furkids-two dogs and three cats. Rachel loves to connect with readers.
Find out more about Rachel at http://www.racheldylan.com.