Book Review: Overload by Joyce Meyer

Book Review: Overload by Joyce Meyer

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The book caught my attention due to several things. The author, Joyce Meyer, I’ve recently started enjoying listening to on my Roku, then the cover of the book caught my attention. The red cover with the bold text immediately said “PICK ME UP!”. Then the content had me intrigued even further.

Overload is essentially about how are lives are filled with stress and how we are so overloaded with things happening in our lives, that we take no time out for God. We find other things of more importance, that we focus on the things, than Him.

The synopsis from the publisher essentially describes it as technology increases with accessibility, it becomes harder to mute the background of your life and receive God’s guidance.

I really did enjoy reading this book. There are a lot of things that you’ve heard before, but for some reason, the way she wrote it and laid it out within the pages just made sense. I felt inspired to do more in my life to cut out the needless clutter that keeps me from focusing on God.

She focuses alot on stress, and with good reason. We all are covered up to our ears with stress, and the interesting part is, we really don’t have to be. For some reason, so many of us can’t say no, and because of that the stress increases. You want control over a situation, stress increases. You over commit, stress increases.

As I mentioned before, I enjoyed this book and will definitely hang onto it to read again in the future, especially when I find myself losing my way and need a nudge back  into the right direction. Definitely an easy book to read, and you won’t find yourself bogged down with information that goes beyond your interest.

I received this book from the publisher on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Book Review: Socially Confident in 60 Seconds by Deborah Smith Pegues

Book Review: Socially Confident in 60 Seconds by Deborah Smith Pegues

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This book is about how to succeed in social and business life, by tips she provides. She provides practical tips for “navigating any situation”.

Essentially this book is chock-full of information of etiquette and tips on how to navigate life. It has a lot of helpful information, especially for those who weren’t raised on the polite ways to treat other people and the social etiquette in life. Things like opening the door and saying “thank you” should be expected and understood. But Deborah seems to understand that in today’s era, these tips are much needed.

That said, the title I think is just a little misleading. Yes, the information is helpful, but the book is essentially an etiquette book. Everything contained is etiquette and way you are supposed to act in every situation you encounter. So the tips on how to be socially confident in 60 seconds isn’t really a great title. Because nowhere within the pages did it tell you what the formula was that in 60 seconds, you’d be confident. Essentially the confidence comes about by no longer thinking of yourself and your failures, but focusing on others around you.

It was an interesting read, one that after the first few chapters I skimmed through.

I received this complimentary from NetGalley from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: The Pursuit of Lucy Banning by Olivia Newport

Book Review: The Pursuit of Lucy Banning by Olivia Newport

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I’m always intrigued with period pieces, especially those where the woman is growing up in a time period in between the horse and buggy and motorized transportation. The woman who is struggling to find herself and her independence in a time where women were trained to stay home.

Lucy Banning is a young woman whose family lives amongst the rich, who is engaged to be married. The young man she has known all her life and pretty much knew this is who she is going to marry. She has been sneaking around and going to class at the college where they admit women, and while there she meets her brother who introduces her to a friend of his.

The story I did like, but I didn’t love it. There were parts that had me wondering while I read what I missed. The first being, she is rethinking her feelings for her fiancé, but my question was what kind of feelings did she have for him and when and where did she start having second thoughts. The story pretty much drops you into her feelings without any indications as to how she got there. Second, there were some issues with the fiancé, but no where in the story was there any inkling of what might be happening. Thirdly, whatever happened to her interest in classes.

As I said, I did enjoy the book, it’s just that there were many areas where I was left questioning and wondering about missing pieces within the plot.

I downloaded this book from Amazon during a period where it was available for free. So there were no offers from the publisher to return a review for a book. I selected this one on my own accord.

Book Review: Kissed by a Cowboy by Debra Clopton

Book Review: Kissed by a Cowboy by Debra Clopton

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I was interested in the book, because who doesn’t like the title, “Kissed by a Cowboy”. Already I’m imagining my very own cowboy, and Jarrod fit the bill just right.

The cover on the outside didn’t really appeal to me, which is probably why I’ve passed over the book numerous times in the past. But this time, I opted to give it a try.

The book is about Cassidy who has returned home, to a home that her aunt Roxie left to her. She’s leaving behind a broken marriage that ended in divorce, and returning to a place she always related to as being home. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that there is a handsome cowboy who lives next door.

It was a little hard for me to really get into this book. After the first chapter, I found myself skimming each page looking for something to captivate me. But the character, Cassidy I never really felt like I knew her. I didn’t understand her motivation for moving back onto the ranch.

All in all, it’s doubtful that I will be reading the first two books of this trilogy. Like what I had read from another reviewer, this is definitely a book that stands alone. In fact, I never even realized it was part of a trilogy.

I did receive this book from BookLook in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: Sister Dear by Laura McNeill

Book Review: Sister Dear by Laura McNeill

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Wow. Just wow. I always love a book where I can’t put a book down because it has captivated me. This was one of those books. I started it last evening and was lucky enough to finish while at work. Yeah, things were a little slow at work and instead of getting on the computer and surfing the internet, I opted to pull out my kindle and read the book.

Sister Dear is about two sisters, Allie and Emma. Allie has always been the “good girl” with a promising career in medicine when tragedy strikes. Convicted of murder, she spends 10 years in jail, away from her family, fiancé and daughter. Her sister Emma cares for her daughter, while being the only one who visits her in prison. But finally she is released, and try’s to make sense of what happened and how she can prove her innocence.

The book flashes back and forth between the time before Allie ended up in prison to the present. It is done in such a manner that it isn’t annoying, in fact, I found it rather helpful. As you are reading you know that there is something wrong, something going on and yet you aren’t really sure which direction it is going to go in.

The only thing I found slightly off is the events at the end of the book. I found that it did nicely tie things in and together, but one of the characters wasn’t really a part of the story. He was, but yet… he wasn’t.

All in all, I really and truly enjoyed the book and look forward to reading other books by Laura McNeill.

I received this eBook from BookLook in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: Hemsley & Helmsley: Good & Simple

Book Review: Hemsley & Helmsley: Good & Simple

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When I initially chose this book, the premise of the book intrigued me. The idea to have fun, easy meals to create during the week, while living a healthy lifestyle. These two sisters, Hemsley and Hemsley are focused on wholesome cooking.

The book is beautiful. Well laid out and the type face was well-chosen. It’s easy to read, while teaching you the reader, the reason and benefits of a healthy lifestyle. If you have already touched base on this type of lifestyle, it merely reinforces what you already know.

The cookbook has beautiful photo’s of the majority of recipes, which taunt and urge you to make each and everyone of them. Intrigued, I had my husband select a few that he would like for me to try out.

We tried first the Kasha Buckwheat Burgers/Balls. I followed the directions and found that my buckwheat burgers/balls never really firmed up and when attempting the batch frying, consistently fell apart. The next recipe we tried was the Lubee Beans (Lebanese Green Beans in Tomato Sauce). The flavors in all was just okay. Definitely not something that we look forward to making again in the future.

At this point, I’m willing to try another recipe, just to be encouraged that the recipes contained within the book are worth trying. But it promotes a defeatist feeling when you buy ingredients that end up going down the garbage disposal.

The plus side, is that the recipes are fairly easy to understand and you do not have to buy a wide variety of unknown items to make the recipes.

All in all, I am glad to own this book and will most definitely try another recipe. If my opinions change, I’ll post and update the stars.

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: Mermaid Moon by Colleen Coble

Book Review: Mermaid Moon by Colleen Coble

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Mermaid Moon is about Mallory Davis trying to find the truth about what happened to her dad. They haven’t been in contact with one another for years, but she gets a distressed call from him. Concerned, she contacts her friend in Mermaid Point to check on him, who then relays to her the bad news. Determined to find out what happened to her dad, she goes to Mermaid Point to stay and find out what is going on.

This is the second book in a series, the first book I did not read. However, there were characters and conversations throughout that left me pondering just what I missed. So while this could be considered a stand alone book, I think the characters such as Luke and Claire don’t make that nearly possible.

Having read other books by Colleen Coble, I found myself slightly disappointed with this particular story. The first part of the book just seemed to go slowly for me, as I struggled to figure out what role what person played in the story line. But as the pieces started to come together, my attention was grabbed and I was captivated until the end to see how it all played out. Even so, I still wondered what happened to Julia and Ian.

All in all, I think it was a pretty good book. It wasn’t one of my favorites. Despite that, I still look forward to reading other books by Colleen Coble.

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.