Monday, October 30, 2017
Thursday, October 26, 2017
This book is an in-depth look at who God is and understanding His love and how this directly impacts each of us personally. Jennings really does a great job with exploring this topic as he ties in research, examples from the media and society today along with Biblical accounts. While there is so much information included in this book, I first thought it was going to be a little overwhelming and "heavy," but the chapters are divided nicely and there are charts, lists and a review of key points at the end of the chapters which help to break the information down into smaller pieces and make it less intense. This is a great book to read if you feel as if there is more to how you are living life and want a clearer understanding for who God is and His love.
*Thanks to the Baker Books Blogger Review Program for the complimentary copy of this book.*
Saturday, October 21, 2017
This book is absolutely gorgeous! I could sit down and page through it for hours! It is filled with 60 various projects that you can do to really make your house, your space your own. The book is divided into sections, each section being a different area of the house including entry way, kitchen and closets to name a few. Each section is further divided by each specific project. The steps needed to complete each project are very specific and in my opinion well-written making it very easy to work through a given project from start to completion. There are so many photographs included of the projects at various stages as well as the photographs of the completed projects. This book is so inspiring and makes me want to really dive into various rooms of my house and do little things here and there to make it more inviting, more pretty, just more me. I highly recommend this book if you are looking to make changes to your home, your space or just want to see various ideas and projects just in case you may perhaps want to make a few changes or need some help getting started!
*Thanks to the Blogging for Books program for the complimentary copy of this book.*
Thursday, October 19, 2017
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Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Monday, October 16, 2017
"Deadly Proof" is the first book in a new series by Rachel Dylan and it is a must-read for those whom love suspense and/or legal thrillers!
Kate is assigned to a new case as the lead attorney and she knows this is a big deal and much at stake after a death occurs of someone closely involved. When attacks start being geared toward her, she knows she need to do something. Landon is hired by Kate to look into the allegations that were made about the company and he finds himself enthralled by not only the case but Kate as well and knows that he needs to help her with what he was hired for, but he needs to keep her safe as well.
This is fast-paced and twists and turns throughout as the stakes get higher and more details are leaked to the reader bit by bit. I absolutely loved the characters in this book and cannot wait to read book #2! I highly recommend this book!
*Thanks to Bethany House Publishers for the complimentary copy of this book.*
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Thursday, October 5, 2017
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
As any parent of a tween, teen or 20-something knows, adolescents take risks. In fact, those aged 12-26 are hard-wired to take risks, but how do you combat these natural impulses? In Born to Be Wild, Jess Shatkin brings more than two decades' worth of research and clinical experience to the subject, along with cutting-edge findings from brain science, evolutionary psychology, game theory, and other disciplines -- plus a widely curious mind and the perspective of a concerned dad himself.
As Dr. Shatkin illustrates in Born to Be Wild:
- Adolescents are genetically engineered to prioritize emotions over logic: Teens make risky choices for social acceptance and to avoid emotional pain. If a peer is watching, even a peer they don’t know, adolescents are more likely to take risks.
- Teens know that they’re not invincible. In fact, studies have shown that, when teens engage in risky behavior, they often overestimate their chances of being harmed by that behavior.
- Improving parenting practices and increasing parent monitoring can help halt high-risk behaviors: Shatkin shares Parent Management Training (PMT) techniques that emphasize tactful praise over remonstrations of how not to behave.
- Supportive families benefit the brain: Studies show teens raised by parents with low levels of conflict in their homes have less demanding brain reward centers; these teens will engage in less risk-taking behavior because their interpersonal relationships are rewarding.
Ironically, even though adolescence is a risk-taking time, it is also a time of incredible potential. In Born to Be Wild, Shatkin shows what parents and teachers can do--in everyday interactions, teachable moments, and specially chosen activities and outings--to work with teens' need for risk, rewards and social acceptance, not against it.
This book is an excellent resource for parents, and professionals working with children and teenagers. Seriously, Shatkin addresses so many things throughout this book, including social media, the idea that teens think they are invincible and peer pressure, just to name a few topics. Some humor is sprinkled in as well as personal anecdotes, along with the research, the lists and the facts. This is an easy book to read as it flows so nicely and is neatly divided into chapters, making it also a great resource to go pick up and read a section that pertains to the moment or season in life. This is such a tough time in a person's life, but it can also be rewarding and a time of learning with good supports. I highly recommend this book!
About the Author:
Nationally recognized child and adolescent psychiatrist Jess P. Shatkin, M.D., M.P.H., is one of the country's foremost voices in child and adolescent mental health. He serves as Vice Chair for Education at the Child Study Center and Professor of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Pediatrics at New York University School of Medicine. He has been featured in top print, radio, TV, and Internet outlets, including the New York Times, Good Morning America, Parade, New York Magazine, Health Day, CBS Evening News, New York Daily News, Wall Street Journal, and the Los Angeles Times. In addition, for the past eight years Dr. Shatkin has been the host of "About Our Kids," a two-hour call-in radio show broadcast live on SiriusXM's Doctor Radio. He lives in New York City with his wife and two teenage children.