Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Book Review - Switch On Your Brain by Dr Caroline Leaf



Publisher's Blurb: You are not a victim of your biology!

The vast majority of the illnesses that plague us today are a direct result of our thought life. What we think about truly affects us both physically and emotionally. Today our culture is undergoing an epidemic of toxic thoughts that, left unchecked, create ideal conditions for illnesses.

Supported by current scientific and medical research, Dr. Caroline Leaf gives you a prescription for better health and wholeness through correct thinking patterns. She exposes the "switch" in your brain that will enable you to live a happier, healthier, more enjoyable life where you achieve your goals, get your thought life under control, and even become more intelligent. And her 21-Day Brain Detox Plan guides you step-by-step through the process of replacing toxic thoughts with healthy ones.

Ready to reap the benefits of a detoxed thought life? Read on . . .

My Review: What to say about this book? How about, I was extremely disappointed in this book. It is not at all what I was expecting. How the author considers herself a scientist is beyond me. She states that is science is not backed up with scripture, she does not believe it. She is doing her clients a great disservice. I do not recommend this book at all - it is simply Christian fundamentalism disguised as a self-help book.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from BakerBooks, a division of Baker Publishing Group".
 


Book Review - Fired Up by Mary Connealy



Publisher's blurb: When a doctor who attracts danger falls for a cook determined to make it on her own, there's going to be trouble in Texas!

Glynna Greer came west as a mail-order bride and ended up in a bad situation. Now her husband, Flint, is dead, and she's determined to make a go of it on her own. In a town full of men, Glynna decides she can support her two children by opening a diner--never mind that cooking is not her greatest talent.

Dare Riker is a doctor who saves lives, but someone seems determined to end his. It may have something to do with the traitors he dealt with during the Civil War, or it might be related to the recent incident with Flint Greer and the ranch. Whoever the culprit is, he or she seems really fired up, and Dare can't let his guard down for a moment--which is a challenge, since right now he's trying to win the heart of the recently widowed Glynna.

Though his doctoring business is booming due to Glynna's questionable cooking, Dare seems to encounter unexpected dangers wherever he goes. There's the avalanche. And the fire. And then the shadowy figure with a knife. Can Dare survive it all long enough to convince Glynna to take another chance on love?

My Review:  This is the 2nd in the series- I really enjoyed  both books. Genuine & likable characters, fast-paced story line, great book overall.  I would recommend this book to others.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group".
 

Book Review - Chasing Hope by Kathryn Cushman



Publisher's blurb: A Touching Story of Two Unlikely Friends.
The Power of Trust.
The Struggle of Pain.
And How, Sometimes, Following God Can Lead You to the Most Unexpected Places.

A talented runner determined to make the Olympics, Sabrina Rice had her dreams shattered by a devastating diagnosis. One forfeited scholarship and several years later, she's forged a new vision for her future that has nothing to do with running, which she's buried deep, intent on forgetting...

Until the day she sees Brandy Philip running across the college campus, easily outpacing security. Sabrina immediately recognizes world class potential, and it's all the more painful that it belongs to a troublemaking teen. When a chance encounter brings the two young women together, Sabrina realizes she's Brandy's best hope to salvage a life about to spiral out of control forever.

My Review: I liked this book. I found Sabrina a little secretive about her illness, which I found odd. The characters were engaging & likable. Quick flowing story line. I would recommend this book to others.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group".
 

Book Review - Orchard of Hope by Ann H. Garbhart



Publisher's Blurb: The smoldering embers of unrest are stirring--and even Jocie's sweet spirit can't put them out.

It's already been an eventful summer for Jocie Brooke. Little does she know, things have only just begun to heat up. Drought has gripped the quiet Kentucky town of Hollyhill and it seems as if everyone is waiting--for rain, for a fresh start, for the next step toward the future.

Into this tense haze of anticipation comes a new family, aiming to make a better life for themselves by planting an orchard on the outskirts of town. Fresh off the freedom train, Alex and Myra Hearndon are sensitive to what the color of their skin may mean in the segregated South. And even though Jocie quickly befriends the family, suspicion from both sides of the racial divide proves a formidable obstacle. Can Jocie help bridge the gap? Or will life in her quiet community fall apart at the seams?

Bestselling author Ann Gabhart invites you back to Hollyhill for a gripping tale of unexpected friendship, forgiveness, and the bright promise of a new beginning.

My Review: I loved this book. I really enjoyed the 1st book and this one was just as good if not better. Engaging characters and ever changing story lines make for a great read - I would definitely recommend this book to others.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group".
 

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Another "where the heck have I been" type post

I know if has been ages since I have posted anything other than a book review. Life has been busy to say the least.

Currently, my mother in-law is living with us because of some health concerns & because she has early stage Alzheimer's and needs daily care. This has not been an easy thing for me to adjust to. My mother in-law & I never much liked each other to begin with and now I am with her 24/7 in a care giver role that I am really not cut out for. We are managing ok I guess. We are both somewhat stressed. She is overwhelmed with all the new things happening to her & doesn't remember most of what she is told about these new ailments. I am doing my best to be patient with her, and most days that works. Although I could really use a break.

She is going home to her daughter's house for the holidays while her daughter is off work to care for her, so I will get a bit of a break. But then she will be back here indefinitely until her other health concerns are worked out.

I haven't been looking for work as I really need to be home with her right now, so applying for anything would not be a good idea - she cannot be left alone for long.

I have had 3 craft shows this fall/winter. I did progressively better at each one. The last one with the Durham Region Community Crafters Guild was the best - I will be sure to enroll in their next sale. I like that it is all hand crafted items and no "gift" type booths such as Scentsy, Tupperware or Pampered Chef.

Otherwise, we are all doing well. Christmas has snuck up on me & I haven't even started shopping, not that I have many people to buy for.

Here are a couple pics from my most recent craft show.






Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Book Review - A Simple Christmas Wish by Melody Carlson



Publisher's blurb: Rachel Milligan never imagined that she and her seven-year-old niece would spend the week before Christmas on a quaint Amish farm in Ohio. But with so many unexpected occurrences of late, perhaps she shouldn't have been surprised.

With her young niece Holly in tow, Rachel anxiously makes her way from Chicago to Ohio's Amish country. As love begins to blossom, family secrets emerge, and old wounds are healed, Rachel realizes that she will do whatever it takes to ensure that Holly has the loving family she needs.

My Review: I found this book interesting & frustrating at the same time. Learning how other people live is always interesting, and adjusting to different lifestyles can be challenging. I liked the characters in this book. I did feel Rachel was a bit too much of a pushover and could have been more assertive. I would recommend this book to others.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group".
 

Book review - Christmas at Harmony Hill by Ann H. Gabhart



Publisher's blurb: A stirring story of healing, hope, and home at Christmas

It is 1864 and the nation is torn apart by civil war when Heather Worth discovers she is with child. With her husband at the front and nowhere else to turn, she seeks refuge in the Shaker village of Harmony Hill. Amid the tumult of the times, Heather yearns for the peace she sees in this strange community. But can this longing really be fulfilled amid these people with their peculiar beliefs about family?

As Christmas approaches, the joy of new life and the love that is born of forgiveness may hold the answer.

My Review: For the most part, I enjoyed this book. I found the characters both likable & believable. However, I must say, I don't think I much care for the Shaker lifestyle. It was a good book overall, and I would recommend it to others.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group".