It has been far too long since I have been to Ireland. This book has tugged on my heart once again to go there...I just can't stay away. Along with th...moreIt has been far too long since I have been to Ireland. This book has tugged on my heart once again to go there...I just can't stay away. Along with the country and history itself, the irish literature has always been close to my heart; from the poetry of yeats that we all learned in High School to long forgotten Irish tales that seem to pop up every once in awhile....this book brings us back to that. Reminding us of all the great writers that have come out of Ireland....The introduction alone, pulled me in upon reading the first sentence. Please pick this book up!(less)
I read this book and did a book report on it in 5th grade. I can not remember what it was about but I do remember how amazing it was. He drew me in wi...moreI read this book and did a book report on it in 5th grade. I can not remember what it was about but I do remember how amazing it was. He drew me in with his saucy wit and undeniable charm. He was bogart meets drag net Yep sam was the man. (less)
Any book that says love, sex and relationships on the cover is something I steer clear of in the book store. Not to mention the people holding those...more Any book that says love, sex and relationships on the cover is something I steer clear of in the book store. Not to mention the people holding those books who have that “let’s talk” look in their eye. “No, Mr. Stranger, I do not want to bond over our hurts in life. I’m here for my latte and Lit fix.” It is true I am a “self-help” snob. I have good reason; the majority of self-help books are all about SELF. I think the best advice anyone can receive to make their life better is to go help someone else and take your eyes off yourself. Go participate in life! (Disclaimer when I talk about “self-help “I am referring to books with titles like, “LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE NOW. (barf)) And so there I was, in my new home starring at my roommate’s book shelf with this self-help book staring back at me. I had read it in my early twenties and then quickly gave it away. In the Christian circles people love to give each other books and so it came into my possession as quickly as I gave it away. This time though I gave it a fair chance. Drained by the daily complaints of my friends…” The fire works aren’t there anymore…where did they go? And when? I want to find them again. ” “ We are drifting it must be over” “ we had love, now its gone” “ I AM INLOVE with that guy on the bus its MENT TO BE the universe intended it.” “ I have to find HIM” “ I have to find HER” The list goes on and on. “Love” to my single ears sounded like a horrible virus I did not want to catch. Everyone who “fell” in love or caught “the love bug” was desperate when in love and desperate without it. Love, Sex and Lasting Relationships begins with infatuation and the difference between infatuation and love. FINALLY!!!!! What I have been telling my friends…and they have continued to ignore me. Now I have a professional to back me up. The book is Biblically based though gives non-Biblical reasons to back up his statements as well. This isn’t a book on how to find your mate, how to be attractive, how to attract or any of the other non-sense that is polluting the bookshelves of Barnes and Noble. This book highlights and outlines real, deep love that can only come with time and commitment. The highlight of the book was Ingram discussing that love is NOT a feeling but an action. It is a willful action where we have the freedom to choose to love or not. “The love bug,” is merely a chemical reaction to a person or situation. Yes, all this is elementary and Im sure you are rolling your eyes…but look around at the relationships of your friends. How many go relationship to relationship because the spark is lost so they go looking for another not working through to find that deep love that can only come with hard work and commitment. This book is for the Christians and non-Christians. I strongly believe if this book was read and implemented our divorce rate would DRASTICALLY go down. Go pick it up…if a self-help snob liked it..anyone is bound to. (less)
One the back of the book " On December 8,1995, Jean-dominique Bauby suffered a massive stroke, locking his mind in the prison of his body. He then prod...moreOne the back of the book " On December 8,1995, Jean-dominique Bauby suffered a massive stroke, locking his mind in the prison of his body. He then produced a work so unusual, moving and beautiful that it was published, read and admired around the world. With grace and economy, it describes his life before and after the stroke, his continuing and imaginative freedom, and how he comes to terms with what has happened. It is a book that illuminates the very business of being alive."
I do not know how I could give this book anything less than 5 stars. I picked it up in hopes it would grab my attention. Novel after novel these past couple of weeks have lacked the X-factor to pull me in. This book did just that and then some. I grew teary-eyed as I read the accounts of Bauby. Day by day he was left silenced with more inexpressible thoughts than anyone should be burdened with. His prose, beautiful and honest, captivated me page by page. I closed this book with a wave of thankfulness. Thankful for his strength to tell his story and thankful that this disease is rare. As many critics have stated this book does make you fall back in love with life.
excerpt " When blessed silence returns, I can listen to the butterflies that flutter inside my head. To hear them, one must be calm and pay close attention, for their wing beats are barely audible.. Loud breathing is enough to drown them out. This is astonishing: my hearing does not improve, yet I hear them better and better."
When I was in high school I had a bucket list of places I wanted to go, things I wanted to see and projects I wanted to conquer. When I shared my list...moreWhen I was in high school I had a bucket list of places I wanted to go, things I wanted to see and projects I wanted to conquer. When I shared my list it raised eyebrows...and not in the "I am so impressed.." sort of way but in that "WOW she's nuts and unrealistic." I threw my list away. I spent my 20s searching for that "practical" thing that I could be passionate about and pursue as a career. I was miserable and put school off for several years because nothing practical kept my attention. Two years away from thirty I was done pleasing others. I decided to be stupid, pursue my dream and move across the country.
A lot of people expressed their concern and a handful supported me. Now three years later and a lot of experience under my belt I've hit the mark of give it all up or push through to the next level. As I look behind me over the course of the past three years I have developed a group of friends and family who continue to encourage and cheer me on. THAT is where Richie Nortons book comes into play. In my life starting a fun project was never hard...it was continuing it and working on it daily that was the most challenging. I have faced fears I didn't know I had. Norton addresses ALL of that and then some. He also gives tools and advice on how to break through.
This book isn't just for entrepreneurs but also for the teacher who wrote a cutting edge curriculum. The mom who designed a new carseat or the grocery store clerk who dreams of being a novelist. This book is relevant in anyones life. I will be reading this several times a year.(less)
Nothing like a good dose of vulnerable truth to get you to fall back in love with life. I will read this again. I read it on my kindle but this is one...moreNothing like a good dose of vulnerable truth to get you to fall back in love with life. I will read this again. I read it on my kindle but this is one of the few books where i feel a print copy is needed.(less)
The Love langauges series has been talked about in concervative circles for years. I have avoided this series for that reason. Although Dr Chapman has...moreThe Love langauges series has been talked about in concervative circles for years. I have avoided this series for that reason. Although Dr Chapman has branched out and coverd many different situations regarding Love Languages... I first became interested in this series when I read the book Love Languages for Children. I have been in childcare for 15 years and out of all the classes and books I have read, it was the Love Language book that helped me the most.
This book was an impulse buy...once I picked it up I could not put it down. This book discusses the 5 Love Languages and how each of us has a particular one that we speak. Dr Chapman discusses both platonic and romantic love. If everyone read this book..marriages, friendships and dating relationships would change drastically.
Danny Wallace is extremely charming through his quirky wit. He will win you over! I laughed out loud at every page. Very rarely am I able to fall into...moreDanny Wallace is extremely charming through his quirky wit. He will win you over! I laughed out loud at every page. Very rarely am I able to fall into humourous books...lets face it, its so much better when someone delivers a line rather then reading it. Danny is funny both on Tv and in writing. Danny often comes up with little adventures...little did he know that one day of boredom would result in a worldwide cult. You don't find out till the end what the the purpose for the cult is, but truthfully it doesn't matter because all you will want to do is Join him. (less)
This book is popular in Christian circles but it isn't just for Christians and it is not just for those dating someone. After my last relationship I r...moreThis book is popular in Christian circles but it isn't just for Christians and it is not just for those dating someone. After my last relationship I realized I didn't know myself well enough to commit to someone. I went through this book on my own to understand what I can give and need in a relationship.
I know before I get married this book will be essential when dating. I am thankful I can go through it before being committed to someone so that my answers aren't tainted in anyway.
I highly recommend this book to both singles and those who are thinking about marriage. (less)
This is the account of life as a child soldier in Sierra Lione. 12 year old Ishmael Bleah was brought up in a close-knit family. After school he enjoy...moreThis is the account of life as a child soldier in Sierra Lione. 12 year old Ishmael Bleah was brought up in a close-knit family. After school he enjoyed American Hip-hop while coreographing dance routines with friends. He enjoyed shakespeare and public speaking until the civil war passed through his village. It wiped out all he had ever known and adopted him into the life of a child soldier.
His writing did not pull me in nor did the storyline at first. I felt as though there were too many coincidences for it to be all real. I must admit while reading this book my Westerized skepticism caught up with me. I found myself questioning the truth of his story. Having been raised in a safe environment and the only violence I was subject to was the knowledge of school shootings, gangs in the city and abusive drug addicts. Living on a battle field much less partake in the war was never on my radar until my teens. In order to accept his struggles I had to dismiss the reality I had always known and allow myself to accept that atrocities like this are prevalent today.