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28 03, 2015

Review: But God by Herbert Cooper

By | March 28th, 2015|Categories: Christian Living, Health, Mind, & Body, Nonfiction, Religion & Spirituality, Self-Help|Tags: , , |0 Comments


but good book coverReviewed by Charity Lyman

I frequently read Christian self help books but more often than not I feel like I’ve wasted my time. Typically, it’s a lot of reading with semi-interesting facts that make no difference in my everyday life. These books bring to light areas where one might need to change but don’t give any answers on how to make that change possible. When But God: Changes Everything showed up for review, I almost didn’t even take a second look. But I respect Craig Groeschel (who wrote the foreword) and on that recommendation alone I decided to give it a try. Here are my thoughts on But God by Herbert Cooper.

But God takes the reader through a journey. It is written specifically for those who have tried option after option and yet have made no significant changes in their lives.

1 03, 2015

Review: Keep Calm and Ask On by Michael Samuels

By | March 1st, 2015|Categories: Health, Mind, & Body, Motivational, Self-Help|Tags: , |3 Comments


keep calm and ask on book coverReviewed by Sarah McCubbin

As each of us go through our day to day lives, we look around us and notice. Some people are the “haves” and some are the “have-nots.” Some people live the American dream and some people just sit around and daydream. What makes one successful and the other not? How can someone turn those dreams into reality? In his book, Keep Calm and Ask On: A No-Nonsense Guide to Fulfilling Your Dreams, Michael Samuels addresses our wishes and wants and how to make them come true.

Samuels encourages each one of us to think about what we want…and then write it down. He suggests that we analyze why we want it, as dreams of a selfish nature won’t really make us happy and that is what this is all about. In

28 02, 2015

Review: Your Life Isn’t For You by Seth Adam Smith

By | February 28th, 2015|Categories: Health, Mind, & Body, Memoirs, Nonfiction, Self-Help|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments


your life isn't for you book coverReviewed by Poppy Johnson

Your Life Isn’t for You by Seth Adam Smith is the author’s story of learning to be less selfish (as the title intimates) and as a result, turning his life into one that is richer, more productive and more satisfying. Smith found peace in his life; his story is one of truth and acceptance told in an honest and heartfelt way.

The book opens with Smith explaining how his article “Marriage Isn’t for You” got over 30 million views and became an overnight sensation. He goes on to relay his life experiences over the span of ten chapters. He discusses his time as a Mormon missionary, his withdrawal from others and his ensuing depression, and even his thoughts of suicide. Smith talks about feeling like a “selfish giant” and living out his days in a

27 02, 2015

Review: The Antidote by Barry Werth

By | February 27th, 2015|Categories: Business & Investing, Health, Mind, & Body, Nonfiction|Tags: , |2 Comments


the antidote book coverReviewed by Sarah McCubbin

In his book, The Antidote: Inside the World of New Pharma, Barry Werth uses extensive research to follow the bio-pharmaceutical company, Vertex, from its infant stage through the next twenty years. Using his skills as a successful journalist, he goes behind the scenes to discover the step by step process involved in starting a successful drug company, bringing a new medicine to market and the lives of the dedicated scientists that make such breakthroughs possible. Primarily, this book focuses on two drugs, one for Hepatitis C and the other for Cystic Fibrosis. Both were huge advances for people suffering from these conditions.

I was interested in this book as a way to understand what goes on behind the scenes in pharmaceutical companies and a bit about the process of creating new drugs. However, I do

7 02, 2015

Review: Integral Healing by Lynne Feldman

By | February 7th, 2015|Categories: Alternative Medicine, Disorders & Diseases, Health, Mind, & Body, Motivational, Self-Help, Women's Health|Tags: , , , , , |3 Comments


integral healing book coverReviewed by Sarah McCubbin

Some people seem to have lives full of tragedy. One thing after another occurs leaving them on edge waiting for the next shoe to drop. All the while, other people may go about their lives relatively unscathed. In Integral Healing, Lynne Feldman shares her health crisis as one of many trials she has faced in life. When she was diagnosed with breast and lung cancers in 2010, the baggage of her past returned to the forefront.

Prior to her cancer diagnosis, Lynne had already studied a form of treatment called Integral Healing. In essence, its general goal is to combine various theories of healing (physical, spiritual, emotional, mental) in a way that uniquely suits each person. As Lynne struggled to come to terms with her diagnosis and her own mortality, she began to rely more heavily on

1 02, 2015

Review: Working Memory Advantage by Tracy & Ross Alloway

By | February 1st, 2015|Categories: Health, Mind, & Body, Nonfiction, Psychology, Self-Help|Tags: , , |3 Comments


working memory advantage book coverReviewed by Poppy Johnson

A person’s working memory is the recall that is necessary to use on a daily basis to solve most of life’s pressing problems. The human brain possesses too much information today and does most of the tasks well when forced to multi-task. However, if we make an effort to consciously process information slowly, our brains only become more proficient at what they need to do.

The authors start with explaining the purpose of the brain and how it functions (beginning with the prefrontal cortex and highlighting each area of the brain). The Working Memory Advantage: Train Your Brain to Function Stronger, Smarter, Faster gives tips for prioritizing information better, adapting easily to new situations, staying motivated to achieve long term goals, remaining positive in trying times, and even tips to help a person become a better athlete.

The book

24 01, 2015

Review: The 52 List by Lizzie Jones

By | January 24th, 2015|Categories: Health, Mind, & Body, Motivational, Self-Help|Tags: , |2 Comments


the 52 list book coverReviewed by Sarah McCubbin

Most busy, organized people use lists–usually lots of lists. There is a weekend “to do” list, a work “to do” list and any number of other ones involving children, holidays, projects and more. The whirlwind of activity most of us live in feels more like a tornado than a satisfying productive life. There is the sense of urgency to do the necessary things that keep life moving…work, chores, kids, shopping and more. What if we lived differently? What if it didn’t have to feel that way?

In her book, The 52 List, author Lizzie Jones shares her own realization about the nature of busyness and what she chose to do about it. Her thoughts are simple but have the potential to completely transform your busy life into something that feels much more complete. She suggests

23 01, 2015

Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Metabolism Solution by Lisa Lynn

By | January 23rd, 2015|Categories: Diet & Weight Loss, Exercise & Fitness, Giveaways, Health, Mind, & Body, Personal Health|Tags: , , , , |5 Comments


metabolism solution book coverPlease join Lisa Lynn, author of The Metabolism Solution, as she tours the blogosphere with iRead Book Tours!

Enter to win a a copy of the book below – open to US and Canada residents

Reviewed by Sarah McCubbin

In her book, The Metabolism Solution, Lisa Lynn compiles her extensive knowledge on the topic of weight loss to create a user friendly manual for anyone who needs to lose a lot or a little. Writing from her own personal experience, she shares her story of being overweight and what she did to move past it.

Knowing that weight loss can be a tricky topic for many people, Lisa addresses a wide variety of factors that affect whether one is ultimately successful. Initially she discusses supplements that boost metabolism and why they work. Specifically, she endorses her own personal LynFit brand and why she believes they

12 01, 2015

Review: How to Lift Cars Off Your Face by Tom Cladis

By | January 12th, 2015|Categories: Health, Mind, & Body, Motivational, Self-Help|Tags: , |0 Comments


how to lift cars book coverReviewed by Lauren Cannavino

Tom Cladis discusses the power of the mind, the human spirit and how simply changing your mindset can completely reshape the way you live your life. The book is uplifting, but not in a preachy, self-help fashion and Cladis fills the text with inspirational quotes, historical facts and personal anecdotes that make the book both educational and fun. How to Lift Cars Off Your Face will teach not only how to reshape your way of thinking in order to benefit yourself, but will also make you look at how you currently think and act. The book is interesting because it may point out habits, thought processes or attitudes that the reader may possess without even realizing. Cladis forces the need for a step back and encourages a reorganization of thoughts, behaviors and even goals. The

3 01, 2015

Review: Project Personal Freedom by Kingsley Gallup

By | January 3rd, 2015|Categories: Health, Mind, & Body, Self-Help|Tags: , |1 Comment


project personal freedom book coverReviewed by Poppy Johnson

Project Personal Freedom: Tips and Tools for a Liberated Life – a chunky, pocket-sized book by Kingsley Gallup – gives important directions for each day of the year. If you want to read an idea a day, this book is for you. Project Personal Freedom is like those calendars that have a quote and a nice thought for each day–only in book form, which makes it is easier to go back and review the advice again and again. The book is a devotional of sorts and offers plenty of advice, some of which you’ve likely heard before. However, the advice is backed up with content that does make the reader think and meditate on the questions, answers and observations of the author.

As readers we get to choose whether or not to follow the missives in the book, but they are