Book Review: Raising Bookworms: Getting Kids Reading for Pleasure and Empowerment by Emma Walton Hamilton #BookReview #Reading #RaisingBookworms

Raising Bookworms: Getting Kids Reading for Pleasure and Empowerment

By Emma Walton Hamilton

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My thoughts:

Growing up I read countless books on subjects that interested me including tornadoes, insects, wildlife, and of course, fictional fairy tales and other stories I could get lost in. After having children of my own, something I knew for certain was that I wanted them to be readers too–not just for school, but to actually develop a love for reading and learning for life. It couldn’t be more of a challenge, especially now in a world full of electronic competition.

In this book the author demonstrates how parents and teachers can guide children toward reading, and help establish a love for reading beginning as early as baby hood. She shares strategies for different age groups and some eye-opening statistics. There are also recommended book lists for each age group, and a resource section which includes recommended books and other publications, organizations, and websites for parents and educators.

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A to Z Challenge: Music from Favorite Films “F” Fireproof “While I’m Waiting”

I’ve joined in for the A to Z challenge this year which runs from April 1st to the 30th. My choice of theme is Music from Favorite Films. I’ll be sharing the songs in order of film title and will write a little about my thoughts on the movie as well.

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I’ve probably seen this movie twenty times and never tire of it. In Fireproof, Caleb (Kirk Cameron), a fireman, is struggling with his marriage to Catherine (Erin Bethea). Caleb’s been quite selfish and refuses to help pay for house improvements because he’s saving to buy a boat. He also expects Catherine to maintain everything around the house even though she also works as a hospital administrator.

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It’s all just added stress for Catherine as she struggles to help her parents because her mom has recently suffered a stroke.

It gets to the point to where Caleb and Catherine have little respect for one another and argue constantly. Catherine bursts–she can’t take it anymore and asks to leave the marriage. In a heated argument, Caleb agrees with her. Continue reading “A to Z Challenge: Music from Favorite Films “F” Fireproof “While I’m Waiting””

Book Review: Sleep Smarter: 21 Essential Strategies to Sleep Your Way to A Better Body, Better Health, and Bigger Success by Shawn Stevenson #SleepSmarter #BookReview #Health

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By Shawn Stevenson

My thoughts:

Finding this book was like a stroke of luck for me and I was really excited to get into it. After attempting to repair my sleep habits months ago, there were still multiple things I was doing wrong. Continue reading “Book Review: Sleep Smarter: 21 Essential Strategies to Sleep Your Way to A Better Body, Better Health, and Bigger Success by Shawn Stevenson #SleepSmarter #BookReview #Health”

Thyroid Healing by Anthony William – My Story – Update and Results #2 – Hiatus

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On January 12th, 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 HERE.

On February 23rd, I shared my first update. You can find it HERE.

Today is August 2nd, 2018 and I’ve been on the protocol now for 7 months. I haven’t strayed at all and I’ve remained obedient with my supplements and my foods. Here’s what I’m doing now:

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How to Break Up with Your Phone: The 30-Day Plan to Take Back Your Life by Catherine Price ~ Book Review

How to Break Up with Your Phone: The 30-Day Plan to Take Back Your Life

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From Goodreads: 

Packed with tested strategies and practical tips, this book is the essential, life-changing guide for everyone who owns a smartphone.

Is your phone the first thing you reach for in the morning and the last thing you touch before bed? Do you frequently pick it up “just to check,” only to look up forty-five minutes later wondering where the time has gone? Do you say you want to spend less time on your phone–but have no idea how to do so without giving it up completely? If so, this book is your solution.Award-winning journalist Catherine Price presents a practical, hands-on plan to break up–and then make up–with your phone. The goal? A long-term relationship that actually feels good. You’ll discover how phones and apps are designed to be addictive, and learn how the time we spend on them damages our abilities to focus, think deeply, and form new memories. You’ll then make customized changes to your settings, apps, environment, and mindset that will ultimately enable you to take back control of your life. 

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Think Forward to Thrive: How to Use the Mind’s Power of Anticipation to Transcend Your Past and Transform Your Life by Jennice Vilhauer *Book review*

Think Forward to Thrive: How to Use the Mind’s Power of Anticipation to Transcend Your Past and Transform Your Life

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by Jennice Vilhauer

Blurb: Anticipating a positive future is the key to well-being and mental health. Yet when many people think of the future they experience anxiety, depression, fear, self-doubt, and feelings of being overwhelmed. Most people, unaware of how to change the future, are trapped in a cycle of recreating their past over and over again. However, your past does not have to define who you are or where you are going. You can break free, but only if you know how and have the necessary skills to do something different. Future Directed Therapy (FDT) is a new psychological intervention developed to teach people to create their future with awareness and choice. Unlike other books about creating a better future, the skills in Think Forward to Thrive, are based on cutting edge cognitive science. Think Forward to Thrive will teach you step-by-step the psychological skills that can transform your life. Think Forward to Thrive is filled with information and exercises that will help you: Overcome negative emotions Identify what you want in life Transform limiting beliefs Take action Live ready for success Stop talking about your past and start creating your future!

My Thoughts:

I purchased Think forward to Thrive after reading an article online about how people can learn with Future Directed Therapy to let go of unwanted thoughts and redirect their way of thinking to help them meet their goals and anticipate a positive future. I’d never heard about Future Directed Therapy and was intrigued.

Forward_thinkingI was pleasantly surprised with the book. It includes stories concerning multiple people and their experiences, discloses what they can do to help themselves, and offers worksheets where you can assess yourself. In these, they help train you to change your thought patterns. Whether you’re in a bad relationship, sick with a disease, just plain stuck because of your past, or simply want to work on changing your thoughts, this book might help you. We are in charge of our thoughts, we don’t have to limit ourselves, and we have the control to change.

I like that each chapter has a famous quote in addition to the quotes throughout the book. One of my favorites is a powerful one…

“Past experiences do not define who you are unless you allow them too. You are free to change at any time.”

On the other hand, there are a few sections I felt unsure about. In one section, the book discusses people and how you can work toward getting them to admire you. Let’s face it, it’s possible that some people just aren’t going to like you and there are some things that we just aren’t in control of. Bad people exist and bad things do happen, however, I think the book can help us to keep our minds on track and thinking positively in these cases.

I like the layout and structure. The worksheets help personalize the experience because, we’re all different and we all think differently. We all have different pasts and have had different experiences in life. The worksheets allow you to personally narrow in on what you want to change. I feel that’s it’s written well and easy to understand. In my opinion, this isn’t a book you can read once and be on your way. It’s full of information. I think its a work in progress over time. Overall, it’s an uplifting book that can help you redirect your future.

4****

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