Book Review: Jesus Skeptic by John S. Dickerson #JesusSkepticBook #JesusSkeptic #Christian #BookReview @ReadBakerBooks

Jesus Skeptic 

By John S. Dickerson

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My thoughts:

If you are a skeptic who does not believe in God, you are safe here.
If you were raised as a Christian but are no longer sure what you believe, you are safe.
If you like Jesus but not the church, this book is a safe place for you.
If you are tired of Christianity being defined by bigots and political parties, you are safe too.
I have been all these things and more…

I was completely hooked with this book from the very first pages. Hands down, it’s one of the most compelling books I’ve ever read.

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My Thyroid Healing Update #5 – Medical Medium Anthony William – Thyroid Healing – Liver Rescue -Celery Juice #MedicalMedium #Thyroid Healing #AnthonyWilliam #Healing #Hashimotos #Anxiety

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On January 12th, 2018, I shared my book review for Thyroid Healing by Anthony William, and I also shared my story about how I’ve struggled with anxiety and autoimmune disease. If you haven’t seen the original post and would like to read it, you can find it by clicking here. You can also follow all of my updates by clicking the link at the top of the page.


Wow! I’m super late with this update. I’ve received multiple emails requesting an update and hadn’t planned on it being this late. A month ago I started writing it up and it seemed like every time I sat down to write up my update, something would happen and I’d be pulled away. Sorry! 

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This update is considerably long, but hopefully you can bear with me.

I’m happy to say that I don’t have any major negative happenings to report other than the return of some 1-3am anxiety, a few palpitations, and a few headaches. Right now I’m on the same medication dose as last time (137mcg daily alternating 150mcg every third day), and things have been fairly stable. My weight is obviously where it’s going to stay now and I’m unsure if I’ll ever get down to just taking 137mcg daily. My doctor suggested trying to take 150mcg just two days every week, and taking 137mcg all other days, which I recently tried, and it was disastrous! I was having adrenaline rushes in the middle of the night, muscle cramps, and I couldn’t sleep. After trying that dose for two weeks, I quickly switched back to alternating 150mcg every third day again. Unless my thyroid can pick up the slack, which isn’t likely, I may have to continue alternating forever. Getting down to 137mcg daily is a goal for me because alternating this medication is for the birds; I don’t like it one bit. I’m back on the higher dose now and have been for about 4 weeks. (See my recent labs from Friday, Oct 10th below)

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Book Review: A Cowboy’s Lady by Debbie Macomber #BookReview #Romance #Fiction

A Cowboy’s Lady

By Debbie Macomber

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My thoughts:

Taylor has just moved from Seattle to Montana after taking a teaching position at an elementary school. She’s feeling a little unsure about the relocation, but everyone seems to be happy with her being there; for instance, everyone around town is talking about her (specifically how beautiful she is). Once Russ, a local rancher hears about this, he just has to meet her. When the two take one look at each other it’s love at first sight, but the problem is that they butt heads on everything under the sun.

I happened to be online looking up cowboy romances after seeing an intriguing review for a different book, and this book popped up. Of course the rating on this book is 4/5 stars, and she’s a favorite author, so I was sold. Cowboys, Montana, romance–it’s exactly the sort of read I was looking for. Usually Debbie Macomber books are favorites, but this one wasn’t what I expected.

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Book Review: It Would Be Night in Caracas by Karina Sainz Borgo #BookReview #Books #LiteraryFiction

It Would Be Night in Caracas

by Karina Sainz Borgo

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My thoughts:

It Would Be Night in Caracas is a story about a woman named Adelaida who struggles living in Venezuela during turbulent times of uprising and violence. She’s just experienced a death in the family, and as time moves forward she eventually loses her home. It’s a nightmare, and now she has no choice but to make a difficult decision for her survival.

This book is harrowing and frightening at times; it’s not for the faint of heart. I thought in my mind repeatedly throughout the story: who could live like this? It made me cringe at times, and I came so close to quitting. With that said, I thought the book was written well for the most part, I just wasn’t captivated by the story. It’s timely and political, but didn’t grab my interest. There was also something that niggled me, like how the flashbacks and present weren’t matching up well, which made the story confusing for me a few times.

Despite all the misfortune that was happening in the story, the book didn’t evoke any feeling or emotion in me when it came to the characters. I was naturally angry at times with the violence, but there wasn’t any emotional attachment for me.

I’m glad I was able to finish the book because the ending was satisfying. I’m not going to say I enjoyed it because it’s simply not that kind of book, but I’m still glad to have read it. I’m sure there are plenty of other people who would like this book and appreciate its literary value. I’ll likely read more works by Karina Sainz Borgo in the future.

3***

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This Week’s Children’s Book Reviews: Stormy: A Story About Finding a Forever Home – The Addams Family – I Hate My Cats (A Love Story) – The Big Book of Beasts – Karl, Get Out of the Garden! – Winter Shadow #ChildrensBooks #BookReviews

Hey, guys! I haven’t posted children’s books for so long, but after chatting about it yesterday with a fellow blogger, I realized how much I’ve missed doing these. Hopefully you can find some books here for your children to enjoy. 🙂


Stormy: A Story About Finding a Forever Home

By Guojing

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Stormy is a must-read for any dog lover. We picked this up because we read the author’s other book The Only Child which quickly became one of our favorites.

This wordless picture book has the most captivating illustrations. You can expect the same colorful, eye-catching artwork from the cover throughout the entire book. The story is about a little dog who appears to be lost and homeless. He’s very fearful and unsure of human contact. A girl who runs into him at a park takes interest and tries to coax him with a ball, but to no avail. After a few days of persistence, the little dog finally follows her home and a rainstorm develops. What will happen to this poor little dog? Will the girl ever see him again?

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This book is beautifully illustrated and kept our interest from front to back. It never ceases to amaze me how an author can craft a story with no words–one so powerful that has such an emotional effect on people. The kids and I had a lot of emotion reading it and after discussing it, we ended up reading it multiple times again. This book deals with trust, fear, loneliness, love, perseverance, and kindness. It may be recommended for ages 3-7, but it’s truly a book for all dog lovers of any age.

We enjoy wordless picture books and this is definitely one we’ll keep. Highly recommend! We’ll always be on the lookout for more books by Guojing.

  • Age Range: 3 – 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool – 2
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Schwartz & Wade (September 17, 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1524771767
  • ISBN-13: 978-1524771768

The Addams Family: An Original Picture Book: Includes Lyrics to the Iconic Song!

By Vic Mizzy, Lissy Marlin (illustrations)
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This book is basically The Addams Family theme song along with some really cool illustrations. There aren’t many lyrics at all, so this is largely a picturebook. All my kids enjoyed it, and I appreciated the nostalgia because I grew up watching the show. This is really helpful to teach kids the song. If they’ve never heard it though, the audio would be best to go along with it.

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Book Review: Gated by J.D. Ventura #BookReview #Suspense #Thriller #Gated

Gated

By J.D. Ventura

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My thoughts:

After Claire’s husband Sam is diagnosed with an early form of dementia, he’s convinced they need to move out of D.C. for a slower, more comfortable lifestyle. Claire isn’t sure what life will be like in West Virginia and feels quite negative about it, but she tries to remain optimistic because she loves Sam. She knows in her heart this is something they likely both need with his new diagnosis.

Everything is mysterious with this new ‘gated’ neighborhood, from the McMansions throughout, to the people that live within them. Claire begins to notice odd things about the neighbors and witnesses some downright scary events. As time moves forward she discovers that Sam has secrets about a special project he’s been working on, which leaves her seeking the truth in a world where there’s no telling who she can trust.

This book was totally insane, unpredictable, and nothing like what I expected. It was a real page-turner that I nearly read in one sitting. Some scenes had a Twilight Zone feel; I didn’t think I was ever going to figure out what was really happening here.

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