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Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World

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Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World: How One Family Learned That Saying No Can Lead to Life's Biggest Yes is author Kristen Welch's answer to the heavily entitled culture that we currently live in. When I received this book, the first thing I noticed was the absolutely gorgeous cover. It's a very unique and extravagant cover - made from a thick white, textured paper embossed with gold writing. It really caught my attention and made me want to pick it up and read it right away. Like many other Christian parents, I have several children in various age ranges who can really struggle with gratefulness at times. I struggle as a parent with finding the right balance between wanting to give my kids what "everyone else" has, not wanting them to be spoiled, and frankly not being able to afford keeping up with the Joneses. It's hard for kids to understand why they can't have it all, and that's why there's a huge need to teach gratefulness. I appreci…

Change Your Brain Change Your Life

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Dr. Daniel G. Amen, M.D. has published a revised and expanded edition of his New York Times Bestseller, Change Your Brain Change Your Life: The Breakthrough Program for Conquering Anxiety, Depression, Obsessiveness, Lack of Focus, Anger, and Memory Problems. The book is updated and new material has been added since the original book was published in 1998. It's divided into three parts: How Imaging Changes Everything, Know and Heal the Brain Systems That Run Your Life, and The Brain Warrior's Way. The back cover reads:

"In this completely revised and updated edition of the breakthrough bestseller, you'll see scientific evidence that your anxiety, depression, anger, obsessiveness, or impulsiveness could be related to how specific structures in your brain work. You're not stuck with the brain you're born with. Renowned neuropsychiatrist Dr. Daniel Amen includes cutting-edge reseach and the latest surprising, effective "brain prescriptions" that can hel…

The Mountain Midwife

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The Mountain Midwife: A Novel is the first book I've read by Laurie Alice Eakes. The story sounded so interesting and intriguing that I wanted to pick it up and read it right away. The storyline reminded me of Jolina Petersheim's The Midwife, which is one of my all-time favorite books, so I went into it eagerly expecting another page turner. The front cover is absolutely gorgeous and looks super inviting. The back cover reads:

"For nearly two hundred years, women in Ashley Tolliver’s family have practiced the art of midwifery in their mountain community. Now she wants to take her skills a step further, but attending medical school means abandoning those women to whom she has dedicated her life, the mountains she loves, and the awakening of her heart.

Ashley Tolliver has tended to the women of her small Appalachian community for years. As their midwife, she thinks she has seen it all. Until a young woman gives birth to a baby at Ashley’s home and is abducted just as she t…