Book Review: Why Diets Don’t Work: Food Is Not the Problem

By Joyce Tilney

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The forward and endorsements in the front of this book were already a huge set up for me to expect a lot from the text. Alta Hatcher, from my hometown crowd in Dallas, Texas, Christ for the Nation’s Director of Healing Ministries was one of the endorsers. The second was from London, England, Seed Time and Harvest’s Linda Patton. They both gave a real matter of fact spiritual endorsements that reveals tidbits of information you will find throughout the writing. Tilney also comes recommended by men of God:  Dick Mills, Edwin Louis Cole (one of my favorites), Billy Joe Daughtery, and Robert Garrett Jr.

Reading the book is just as the introduction stated, “This is not another diet plan, it’s a battle plan!” If you have ever had to deal with eating disorders or bad eating habits, as I have, reading this book is a battle in itself because you have to deal with yourself in a very real way. As you read, you cannot ignore the valuable confrontation with the reality of your physical and spiritual situation. Reading through it Joyce put into words what I’ve always felt in my spirit about eating. She illuminates thoughts with plenty of scripture that show God’s heart about why? of our circumstance. She includes many encouraging notes and personal stories that lighten the load off your mind and spirit. She concludes the book with a battle plan that guides you through getting your physical and spiritual body in order. Not only that, but she includes a chapter summary at the end that includes the scriptures and thought process of each chapter. She ends the book with spiritual food for the walk, spirit man, soul and body. Another nugget is her recommended reading list. I will definitely be looking into those. You won’t mind turning this book into a crash course to improve yourself.

Thank you to Book Crash for providing this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

 


Book Review: A Perfect Pet for Peyton

By Gary Chapman and Rick Osborne

Illustrated by Wilson Williams Jr.

 

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 Well this book just jumped right into it. At first glance, it seems too long to tell this story to a child in one sitting. I was expecting some kind of parental page of instructions in the front that would explain how to break it into a few lessons. I wanted to get some guidance first on how to use it. Needless to say, I am sure it is difficult to summarize the content for a child when you are trying to get a point across as Chapman is about Love Languages. Though a child’s attention span may not get all the way to page 52, I believe that with some creativity you may be able to take it a few pages at a time and finalize the entire book with the quiz at the end that allows a child to express his/her likes. This part does come with instructions on guiding your child so as to not press them to any particular answer and get a good evaluation on their love language. The text was enjoyable reading for me and my children. It included cute fonts that supply the eyes with eye candy while reading it and in my opinion breaks the monotony of regular text. There are plenty of pages of seek and find fun included so that a child can take a break and engage in activity.  Overall, the book expresses love, caring, selflessness and other fantastic character qualities

I was provided this book by Moody Publishers for providing this review. I
was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have
expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the
Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

 


Book Review: This Beautiful Mess: Practicing the Presence of The Kingdom of God

By Rick McKinley

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There is so much junk in this world! As Pastor and Author Rick McKinley explains his experiences in Portland, Oregon, you are faced with the reality of how horrid sin has overtaken in this world. He strives to direct us to creating heaven on earth but before just programs it is a mindset, a mindset to be optimistic in looking at the world as a place for hope to impact more than fear. This is a place where darkness must fear faith.

McKinley offers his insight in a three parts titled: 1) Discovering the Kingdom 2) Re-visioning Life in the Kingdom and 2) Practicing the Presence of the Kingdom. At the end of every chapter he includes “Visions” allowing many to share their encouraging and thought-provoking writings.

My favorite part is “Alive in a Million Mysteries” as an educator it is sometimes hard to get students to stop and see the mystery of life in every living thing. We sometimes grow up to, more often than not, take everything for granted. Jesus is the King of creation!

I found This Beautiful Mess: Practicing the Presence of The Kingdom of God an eye-opening reminder of living life to the fullest with peace of mind.

 

 

 

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this unbiased review.


Book Review: Indoctrination: Public Schools and the Decline of Christianity

By Colin Gunn and Joaquin Fernandez

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Including contributors like R.C. Sproul Jr, and Ken Ham was no mistake! This book will make a huge impact on you asking, “As Christians, We must ask ourselves this: What is our standard for determining how to train our children? “The content is heart breaking, frustrating, yet, inspiring and helpful. I have been in the public and private sectors of education as well as teaching in all grade levels before going into administration and currently owning my education center and this book expresses my very frustrations with our system and why I chose to break away. There is not a lack of resources to tap into with this book in your hand. We don’t want cookie-cutter kids that think life is all about faithless knowledge and average futures! Tap into Indoctrination to understand why homeschooling nurtures the mind, body, and soul more than any classroom ever will. You will also be encouraged to do something about education as Chuck LaVerdiere prompts you to challenge what you read and verify the sources. If you are ready to put your big boy pants on, this book will open your eyes to what’s really going on in our education system. It may just change your life!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher, New Leaf Publishing Group, for reviewing it. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


Book Review: The Christian Mama’s Guide to Parenting a Toddler

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As a former staff writer and editor for Nickelodeon, Erin MacPherson has been chronicling her experiences as a parent of three by blogging, and writing for freelance magazine articles and devotionals as well as speaking. She captures the best of advice from her personal experiences in this book. I related to almost every scenario that she expressed in the book as I recounted my experiences with my first three children. I now have a new toddler that is 6 years younger than my last one. SURPRISE! for me. Needless to say, it’s been a while and I wanted to refresh my memory and update myself with any new information.   The book is full of VALUABLE material. As a teacher, I loved that she shared a chapter on how easy it is to incorporate teaching a child through every day chores and other simple activities. She spoke through her book as a girlfriend would when coming over for a chat, pleasantly and humorously simple. On the other hand she enriched her text with sections of prayer and scripture to balance the humor with how the ultimate joy and peace come from God alone. She taps into several topics that bring this book from a one-time read- through to a constant reference book. Topics such as discipline, potty talk, food, daddy’s role, education, and the best to me “getting a life” (If you’re a mom you know what that means) are only some of the areas she imparts her knowledge. Definitely a must read if you need to get prepared for the toddler years or are already ready to pull your hair out!

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.


The Daily Fix

I wanted to share an email I received from Dani Johnson’s mailing list. I hope it’s good “parent food” for you.

February 22, 2013

Hey ,

Okay, so picture this: It’s Saturday morning and you’re standing in the checkout line at the grocery store. In the line next to you, there is a mom with 3 kids. One kid is standing in front of the candy shelf saying, “MOOOMMMM, can I have some candy? PLEEEEASE???” When Mom says no, he starts to cry and throw a fit as he says, “You’re mean!!! I don’t like you anymore!”

The other 2 kids are screaming at each other, still arguing about the best kind of cereal and tugging on Mom’s arm, begging her to get both of their favorites. She finally caves in and says, “FINE! Go get it,” just to shut them up. Both kids take off running at full speed back to the cereal aisle. Mom looks around, totally embarrassed by her kids’ behavior. Frazzled and humiliated, she finishes checking out and leaves the store as quickly as possible.

We’ve all seen that before. If you have kids, you’ve probably experienced it yourself. And why does it happen? Because of a lack of preparation.

“HELP! My child is out of control!”

Whether it’s the terrible twos, the thundering threes, or the scary seventeens, it’s not uncommon for parents to feel like their children are out of control. In fact, in some circles, a parent who doesn’t feel that way is a rare find. But take a deep breath and know that you’re not in this alone! There is a proven system that can take your children from out of control to calm, cool, and collected. Here’s how.

If you take your kids into a public setting (like a grocery store or a restaurant) without preparing them, then you are basically telling them that anything goes! They are wild and crazy. They are spilling things and throwing things and yelling. But you did nothing to prevent those mistakes. In fact, you actually provoked those mistakes by not preparing your children ahead of time.

It’s important to talk to your kids about situations and behaviors before they are faced with them. All children want to succeed, and all children want to please their parents. When you prepare them for the situation they are about to walk into, you are setting them up for success instead of failure.

So here’s what I do…

Anytime we take our kids anywhere, whether it’s a restaurant, doctor’s office, grocery store, church, or any other public place, we use a few very easy steps to prepare them.

First, we have a “pre-game talk”. This lets them know what they are about to experience and lays out the guidelines they are expected to adhere to. In this talk, we make sure they understand where we are going and what the environment is (Is it a fancy restaurant? A hotel? An airport? A friend’s house?), who will be there (Mostly kids? Mostly adults? What kind of people will they encounter?), and what their conduct should be (Quiet? Inside voices? Good manners? Patient?).

I encourage them, telling them, “I’m so proud of you. We are going to have a great time! I am confident that you can follow directions, obey, and set a great example for others to follow, just as you have done in the past.” I also let them know the consequences if they do not obey.

And guess what? They do exactly as they were asked to do!

After we leave, we have another talk – a “Post-game talk”. This is just as important as the pre-game talk. This is when we celebrate their success! “You guys did great! Thank you for following directions!” I verbally reward the behaviors I want to see more of. I tell them that they honored me by following directions. I encourage each of them individually for their achievements and efforts.

And what is the result of this? Their excitement level goes through the roof, and when the next opportunity to be in a public setting comes around, they’re ready to do it all again!

This is a dynamically different kind of situation as the one I described to you at the beginning of this email, wouldn’t you agree?

So do you see how important it is to communicate with your children? They really do want to please you. They really do want to succeed. And if you prepare and motivate them beforehand, they will step up and do the right thing.

Preparing our children on how to respond properly in different environments teaches them how to honor us, themselves, and those who share the environment with them. This sets them up for success. How? They are being trained to look ahead, make decisions, and plan their time wisely.

And here’s the kicker… This doesn’t just apply to kids! This goes for adults, too. Can you imagine if the people in your company knew the proper way to respond instead of flying off the handle and saying something stupid or walking away because of some big fat ego trip? Imagine if you were groomed in this fashion, . Imagine how much more successful your life would be if you knew how to look ahead at what you’re about to walk into instead of blindly walking into a situation and reacting inappropriately. I’m here to tell you that it’s not too late!

I can’t tell you how excited I am that you have this information in your hands today, . This has helped to shape our family, our companies, and our community. We’ve heard so many stories from people who have used this strategy with their own kids, their students, their staff or co-workers, and their entire companies. I can’t wait to see you do the same!

Please take a minute to forward this email to every parent, grandparent, teacher, or babysitter you know. Send it to your friends, family, and co-workers. Share it on Facebook and Twitter. Print it out and give it to your kids’ friends’ parents. Get the message out there! Together, we are going to groom our families, companies, and communities for success! Please also let me know your thoughts about today’s Daily Fix by leaving your comments here.

Have an awesome weekend, and until next time, God bless you!

In great faith,

P.S. Don’t stop here… It’s time to groom your children for success. Here’s where you can get proven strategies, tips, and techniques to help your family succeed in every area of life!