Saturday, February 28, 2015

Lean on Me by Anne Marie Miller

In her newest book, Anne Marie Miller talks about finding community through being committed and vulnerable to others. Using her own desperate need for community, Ms. Miller walks the reader through what this looked like for her and how her community helped her heal and move through a very painful part of her life. 

We all need community, yet we often keep ourselves from finding true community by either holding back our vulnerability or our commitment. I enjoyed reading how Anne did this in her own life and how this can easily apply to my life.

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook bloggers program in exchange for an honest review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

It Was Me All Along by Andie Mitchell

This is the story of a girl and her love affair with food. As a little girl, there were no limits on what or how much Andie Mitchell could eat. She had no good role models when it came to eating to fuel one's body and would eat mindlessly throughout the day. As you can imagine, this lead to great weight gain and by the time she was twenty years old, Andie weighed 268 pounds.

When she read that number on the scale she was scared. She knew something had to change. Despite all her previous failed attempts to lose weight, Andie set out to do the impossible. To take charge of her eating and find balance in her life.

In the end, she lost 135 pounds and became a food blogger. I love that she found a way to continue to enjoy food - real food - and found a passion for sharing her story with others. I also enjoyed her honesty and her willingness to share the ups and downs of her journey.

This book was such an enjoyable read. I do wish the book had photos included as I think they often add so much to a memoir. I received this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for this review.

For more information about the book, go HERE. For more information about the author, go HERE.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

The Power of a Half Hour by Tommy Barnett

What can you do in a half hour? Read blogs? Check instagram or facebook? Eat lunch? Change your life?

The premise of this book is that by using our time wisely, we can make small investments (30 minutes at a time) to change our lives. As a violin teacher, I know the importance of daily practice - 30 minutes a day goes a long way in the development of musical skills (or any skill for that matter).

This book is written by a senior pastor of a very large, fast growing church in America. It's divided into seven parts and each part has its own focus. Within each part, Mr. Barnett outlines thirty different half hour principles that will help you live more intentionally. Whether you want to strengthen your faith, build your character, improve relationships or change the word, there are principles and ideas in this book that will help you do just that. With examples and stories, Mr. Barnett shares how these principles have affected his life and the lives of others he knows.

If you skip to the end of the book before reading through it, you will find all thirty personal action plans laid out with a reading assignment. He also outlines the half hour principle that corresponds to the chapter, personal inspiration and specific plan/action steps. There is also a small group study guide included.

It's true that we all have the same amount of time in any given day. Some of us use it wisely, and others waste it day after day. I was encouraged to spend relatively small amounts of time (30 mintes) and make a bigger impact with my life. Whether I use that time to teach a violin lesson, read a book aloud to my kids or study the Bible, these small investments will add up to a life well-lived.

I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for a review.

for more information about the book, go HERE
for author bio, go HERE