Showing posts from June, 2014

"I found a lump"

"I found a lump". Those are the last words you want to hear your doctor say when you have your yearly physical. And truthfully, probably the last words you expect to hear your doctor say at your yearly physical. Especially when you're young, like I am (30). But many women, including myself, do hear those words. And they're scary. Our natural response to finding a lump in our breast is to automatically think "breast cancer" - especially if you have a family history of breast cancer, which I do. My grandma had triple negative breast cancer in her 60s, which puts me at a higher risk of developing breast cancer myself. (She's doing great now and has passed her 5 year remission point, by the way!)

If you're like me and you or your doctor find a lump in your breast, you will probably turn to the internet for information while awaiting your testing (ultrasound and/or mammogram). The internet is a blessing and a curse. On one hand, you can find lots of gr…

Highly Happy Marriages

The Surprising Secrets Of Highly Happy Marriages: The Little Things That Make A Big Difference is Shaunti Feldhahn's latest offering in the marriage-book department. I always look forward to reading Shaunti's books and have also recently read and reviewed her new book, The Good News About Marriage: Debunking Discouraging Myths About Marriage And Divorce. Highly Happy Marriages is extremely well-researched and promises to identify twelve habits of what Feldhahn refers to as "Yes!" marriages and what they have in common. The "secrets" include: Know Little Is Big, Believe The Best, Go To Bed Mad, Keep Score, Boss Their Feelings Around, Have Factual Fantasies, Use Sign Language, Hang Out, Don't Tell It Like It Is, Look Higher, Get In Over Their Heads, and Think They Hit The Jackpot. There's also an introduction explaining how Shaunti and her husband conducted the research, and a closing chapter called "Putting The Secrets To Work", explaining…

Kitchen Confidence

Kitchen Confidence: Essential Recipes & Tips That Will Help You Cook Anything is Kelsey Nixon's (host of Cooking Channel's Kelsey's Essentials) first offering. It's a beautiful cookbook with color photographs on nearly every page and is chock full of not just recipes, but kitchen, food, cooking, and gadget tips sprinkled throughout. The layout is clean and pleasing to the eye. The sections include Introduction, Essential Pantry, Essential Equipment, Essential Techniques, Breakfast & Morning Treats, Starters, Salads, Sandwiches & Soups, Main Courses, Sides, Desserts & Sweets, Thanks, and Index.

I am a cookbook aficionado - I absolutely love collecting cookbooks of various types. This cookbook managed to avoid all the complaints I have about many cookbooks published today. The recipes are all accessible - not full of weird ingredients you have to go to a special store to buy. Clear directions are given and many helpful hints are provided. I've been …

25 Ways To Communicate Respect To Your Husband

25 Ways To Communicate Respect To Your Husband (a handbook for wives) by Jennifer Flanders is a small, short book with bite size chapters. The author recommends reading and focusing on one chapter per week to truly get into the habits of performing these steps to showing respect to your husband. Each short chapter includes Scriptures, quotes, and a list of "action items" that you can begin doing to actively communicate respect to your husband.

I've read Jennifer's previous book, Love Your Husband, Love Yourself and absolutely loved it. Therefore, I was thrilled that she had finally released a new book! LYHLY was a much lengthier book that went into a lot more detail about marriage, whereas this is a much shorter, briefer, and to the point guide directed solely at respect as opposed to a large treatise about marriage in general. Respect is an area I struggle with in my marriage and have trouble finding books that tangibly explain just HOW to respect your husband, no…

Fly A Little Higher

Fly A Little Higher by Laura Sobiech is the story of 17 year old, Zach, and his mom, Laura. They find out Zach has terminal cancer and a very bleak prognosis when he's just 17 years old. Laura gives his life into God's hands, just praying that his life would touch others in a great way. This is the story of his battle with cancer and how he touched many lives in his short time left in this world.

Fly A Little Higher is a touching story of love, hope, faith, and loss. Although cancer books tend to depress me, and this one did a bit (I mean, a 17 year old is dying), it was truly uplifting as well. Zach and his family made the most of every moment of his situation to truly make an impact on the world. Their great faith in the face of great tragedy was very inspiring and convicting. I recommend this book to anyone who likes memoirs or is looking for a story to build their own faith.

I received a copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review. All opinion…

Arms Open Wide

Arms Open Wide: A Call To Linger In The Savior's Presence is a wonderful devotional book by Sherri Gragg. This is an absolutely beautiful hardcover book with thick, glossy, color pages. It includes a dedication page and would make a beautiful gift book. It's divided into 34 chapters, so a little over a month's worth of devotions. They are written almost in a storytelling form, which makes the passages from the Bible come to life. Each devotional starts off with a Scripture page, then gives you a short portion of the Bible to read on your own before reading her devotional commentary on it, then finishes with a prayer at the end. There is also a glossary of potentially unfamiliar biblical terms in the back of the book.

I love this book. Sherri makes you feel like you were there when the Bible stories took place. She breathes a new life into passages you've probably read dozens of times. I love how carefully she brings you into the Jewish culture and understanding. The ov…

Confessions Of A Sociopath

Confessions Of A Sociopath by M.E. Thomas (pseudonym) promises to take readers on a journey into the mind of a sociopath, revealing what makes them tick while debunking myths about sociopathy and offering a road map for dealing with the sociopaths in your life. It claims the author draws from her own experiences as a diagnosed sociopath; her popular blog,; and scientific literature to unveil for the very first time these men and women who are “hiding in plain sight.”

This book was just okay for me. It's touted as part confessional memoir and part primer for people wanting to learn more about sociopaths, but I found it to mostly be "Thomas" touting herself as perfectly charming, the object of everyone's desire, able to get away with anything, and basically the most perfect person on earth - other than the fact that she's a sociopath with no normal human emotions or empathy, of course. Her grandiose bragging got old pretty quick, and made the boo…