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25 11, 2015

Review: Brokenomics by Dina Gachman

By | November 25th, 2015|Categories: Business & Investing, Gift Ideas, Health, Mind, & Body, Nonfiction, Personal Finance, Self Help, Self-Help, Success|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments


brokenomics book coverReviewed by Nina Longfield

Brokenomics: 50 Ways to Live the Dream on a Dime by Dina Gachman is a funny, funny book. And it’s practical too. Who would have thought a book on personal finances could be so entertaining and humorous?

At its core, Brokenomics is a look at personal finance and how one might live better even on a minuscule paycheck. What separates Brokenomics from other (possibly all) personal economy books is a combination of Dina Gachman’s plausible stories, humor, and practical advice. Gachman peppers her personal finance self-help book with witty stories and real-world advice on how to really live rather than merely getting by. Gachman is straightforward in her narration. Some of Gachman’s rhetoric can be taken as tongue-in-cheek; at other times, her advice is like a smack on the forehead followed by a possible verbal “why didn’t

21 09, 2013

Review: Past Tense by Shawn & Ron Kilgarlin

By | September 21st, 2013|Categories: Gift Ideas, Health, Mind, & Body, Nonfiction, Parenting & Family, Self Help, Self-Help|Tags: , |1 Comment


past-tense-book-cover1Reviewed by Poppy Johnson

Past Tense, by Shawn and Ron Kilgarlin, reads like a daily devotional for anyone who has ever experienced stress. There are 24 sections in the book that cover everything from mental health issues, abuse and anger concerns, overcoming postpartum depression, holiday worries and how to squash them, faith based ideas, addiction and how to manage it, how to find happiness and reconnect with the family and how to live a better life in general. The authors include break out tips at the beginning of the main chapters, black and white photos of people in various life situations appropriate to the chapter titles, and add a quote form a famous person at the bottom (or top, or both bottom and top) of each page. There is a Resource Guide at the back of the book which shows other helpful websites

27 08, 2013

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Death by Living by N. D. Wilson

By | August 27th, 2013|Categories: Christian Living, Gift Ideas, Nonfiction, Religion & Spirituality, Self Help|Tags: , |3 Comments


download (1)Please join N.D. Wilson, author of Death by Living, as he tours the blogosphere with PR by the Book!

Reviewed by Poppy Johnson

Death by Living opens with a tongue in cheek shout-out to every category of stressed-out people out there: tired mothers, young politicos, Christian youths, faithless sinners, and so on. We can all relate to this and we all feel burned out at one time or another with the burdens of just living day to day. The book then moves on to stories of strength, hope and triumph from the author’s perspective. These stories include his relationship with God, his development of one true self, and his philosophy on living to die, or living well to die for others (which is a nobler cause in the end).

There are sixteen chapters which feature the author’s life experiences, and

14 07, 2013

Review: Joy-Worthy by Julie McGrath

By | July 14th, 2013|Categories: Gift Ideas, Nonfiction, Parenting & Family, Self Help|Tags: |1 Comment


JoyWorthy-Cover-2-201x300Reviewed by Poppy Johnson

Mothers everywhere know that raising children is often considered the most important vocation of their lives. They may not be ready for the self-sacrifices that come with children, but they will find out that every mom is a secret martyr, because they usually put their children first without thinking about the fact that their own needs will not be met in the mix. New mothers find out – often too late – that there is not enough time to do it all: taking care of the children and the spouse, the pets, helping with school homework, planning play dates, keeping up with the extended family, ailing and elderly parents and anyone else demanding a mother’s time and attention.

Mothers need gentle reminding that it is critical that they take care of themselves first to be 100% ready to meet

25 05, 2011

Review: 12 Magic Wands by Gregory G. Bolich

By | May 25th, 2011|Categories: Gift Ideas, Health, Mind, & Body, Nonfiction, Religion & Spirituality, Self Help, Self-Help|Tags: , , , , , , , |4 Comments


Reviewed by Joanne Lakomski

12 Magic Wands is not going to teach you the magic of Hogwarts and Harry Potter. I was a bit disappointed. I found the idea of meeting life’s challenges with a white-ash wand and rhymes very appealing. The wands that G. G. Bolich offers are wands that cultivate a deeper awareness of self in order to better meet life’s challenges.

Gregory G. Bolich is a professor and psychologist, and writes in the fields of psychology, religion, and spirituality. 12 Magic Wands falls into the self-help genre, and brings to bear the author’s experiences as a professor and therapist supporting people by tapping into magic. “Magic is just one path,” Bolich writes, “that offers aid along the challenging journey of life.”

After opening the book with a discussion to differentiate magic, science, and religion,

30 03, 2011

Blog Tour: Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer

By | March 30th, 2011|Categories: For Men, Gift Ideas, Health, Mind, & Body, Self Help, Self-Help|Tags: , , , , , |6 Comments


Please join Joshua Foer, author of Moonwalking with Einstein, as he tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours!

Reviewed by Erin McKibbin

What do the Greek poet Simonides of Ceos, the psychologists Hermann Ebbinghaus and George Miller, and Dom DeLuise hula-hooping have in common? They are all various chapters in the centuries long journey and research into the realm of mnemonics. Dictionary.com defines mnemonic as “something intended to assist the memory, as a verse or formula.” Joshua Foer, a freelance journalist, defines it as a path to a vital truth: “In every way that matters, we are the sum of our memories.”

In the fine tradition of other Gonzo Journalists, Foer doesn’t just tell the story of the history of memory through to the current world wide memory championships, he lives it. His voyage begins in

19 02, 2011

Review: Inspirations: Selections from Classic Literature by Paulo Coelho

By | February 19th, 2011|Categories: Gift Ideas, Health, Mind, & Body, Nonfiction, Religion & Spirituality, Self Help, Self-Help|Tags: , , , , , , |4 Comments


Reviewed by Joanne L.

In Inspirations: Selections from Classic Literature, Paulo Coelho has compiled selections of the works of a marvelous array of writers including Nelson Mandela, George Orwell, Kahlil Gibran, Mary Shelley, Hans Christian Andersen, and Machiavelli.

Coelho showed brilliance in formatting the selections into the “four different substances, uncreated and imperishable: Earth, Water, Air, and Fire…” The writing selections and their connections to the elements are subtle and inspired. Coehlo also provided notes about the connections he makes between the selection and their ‘substance’.

During my reading, I found myself assessing the writings for my own assignment into fire, water, earth, or air. I am framing the world with the concept now, too….news, movies, television shows. The framing and reframing using the elements deepens my appreciation for and understanding of this complex world.

Coelho’s opening section

29 10, 2010

Review: Iron Butterflies: Women Transforming Themselves and the World by Birute Regine

By | October 29th, 2010|Categories: Gift Ideas, Health, Mind, & Body, Nonfiction, Self Help, Self-Help|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |3 Comments


Reviewed by Claudia R.

“Like the mountains the collective power of women stands alone and, at the same time, is connected to and is part of something bigger than itself. I knew then, as I stood at the river’s edge gazing at the distant purple summit, that as we press forward for social transformation, Iron Butterflies are always alone and never alone; we are paradoxically one.”

Iron Butterflies, by Birute Regine, is a conglomeration of female role model experiences gleaned by the author over a period of time and a span of eight countries. Broken down in to 13 chapters, Iron Butterflies encourages female readers to stand strong against gender discrimination, using detailed examples and real life situations to demonstrate the positives of gender difference in leadership roles.

Using both practical and holistic methods, the women, a motley

6 10, 2010

Review: Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul by Deepak Chopra

By | October 6th, 2010|Categories: Gift Ideas, Health, Mind, & Body, Nonfiction, Self Help, Self-Help|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |5 Comments


Reviewed by Poppy J.

Deepak Chopra’s book (now in paperback), Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul, is a guide for people interested in changing their lives and broadening their horizons. It is a book that is best read slowly and carefully.

The book is divided into sections that detail how to reinvent your body and your soul, while offering ten steps to wholeness. Explaining the process as described in the book is difficult, so I won’t try to go into it here. Suffice it to say, that the instructions center on improving awareness of self and others, emphasizing love of self and others and offers strategies for finding, understanding and revealing the true nature of your soul.

Most people go their entire lives without thinking about their soul. This is because the soul is seen as separate from our daily lives, coming

16 09, 2010

Review: The Skinny on Success: Why Not You? by Jim Randel

By | September 16th, 2010|Categories: Business & Investing, Gift Ideas, Nonfiction, Self Help|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |7 Comments


Reviewed by Leigh A.

Everyone should have at least one good inspirational book on their bookshelf. It will get you through tough times by reminding you of the courage of your convictions. It will force you to re-examine the choices you’ve made – not as mistakes but as corrections you might want to make. And, like any good book, it will grab your attention no matter when you decide to pick it up.

And if you’re still searching for that one good book, The Skinny on Success should be your next read. Using a stick-figure couple who want to make their dreams come true, author Jim Randall talks about what it truly means to be successful. And as he quotes studies, research, and real-life examples of success, it becomes clear that the turning point for whether a person is successful