i absolutely, positively LOVED this book. i will be continuing to refer back to it for recipes and motivation/inspiration. i could identify and relatei absolutely, positively LOVED this book. i will be continuing to refer back to it for recipes and motivation/inspiration. i could identify and relate to Tosca, the author, on SO many different levels. the following are some of my FAVORITE quotes from the book: "if you ate perfectly, you wouldn't have to adjust your health plan by using supplements, or other treatments--you would be getting right amount of nutrients and fuel from food." pg. 153 "your body responds to smart health choices the second you make them." pg. 153 "the best way to supercharge your body is through nutrition first." pg. 153 the joy of eating a chocolate chip cookie is short lived compared to the pain of not being able to fit into your skinny jeans or a pretty dress." pg. 184 (that's my personal favorite and a HUGE motivator) "it only takes a second to change a negative outlook to a positive one." pg. 217 (another personal favorite motivating thought) "mood is something i am personally in charge of and can actually change." pg. 218 (my third favorite...and one that i really need to post somewhere as a reminder when i allow "the committee" to convene in my head) i LOVE how she breaks things down into age specific things...i was able to skip a lot of pages because they weren't relevant to me (yet) or i had already passed that decade. i was able to focus on what was pertinent to me....more
since i had never read charles dickens before (or at least i don't remember reading him), i had to get used to how he writes and the flow of the textsince i had never read charles dickens before (or at least i don't remember reading him), i had to get used to how he writes and the flow of the text and how the characters spoke. once that happened, i really got into the book and truly enjoyed it and couldn't believe i had never read him before. truly enjoyable and i hope to be able to re-visit it some time - after i've read ALL the other books i have on my list!...more
i absolutely, positively L-O-V-E-D this book and i have even more respect and admiration for this President. Granted, he did make some mistakes (whichi absolutely, positively L-O-V-E-D this book and i have even more respect and admiration for this President. Granted, he did make some mistakes (which he freely admits), but i honestly believe that he did more right than he did wrong. As i concluded this book, one thing struck me: yes, President Bush did inherit some messes that had to be fixed from the Clinton administration, but the ripple effects from 9/11 are STILL being felt. 9/11 put into motion some things, economically, that came to light during President Bush's terms. Some things were inevitable, but 9/11 (in my opinion) wasn't just about some hijacked airplanes that struck the World Trade Center, the Pentagon or went down in a field; the events of that day set into motion the effects that we're feeling today. the following are some quotes that really impacted me: "When you know you have unconditional love, there is no point in rebellion and no need to fear failure." pg. 8. "I have always believed that a campaign platform is not just something you use to get elected. It is a blueprint for wat you do in office." pg. 56. "When we look to the unborn child, the real issue is not when life begins, but when love begins." Bob Casey, the late Democratic Governor of Pennsylvania, pg. 113. "The patients reaffirmed my conviction that every life has dignity and value, because every person bears the mark of Almighty God." pg. 333 (that possibly could be one of FAVORITE quotes). "I didn't hector or lecture them; I let my actions send the message. Laura and I attended church in Beijing, met with religious leaders like Cardinal Joseph Zen of Hong Kong, and spoke out for the rights of Chinese underground preachers and worshippers, bloggers, and political prisoners." pg. 428. "As President Ion Iliescu introduced me, the rain stopped and a full-spectrum rainbow appeared. It stretched across the sky and ended right behind the balcony that was lit as a memorial to freedom. It was a stunning moment. I ad-libbed: 'God is smiling on us today.'" pg. 430. (This is DEFINITELY my favorite!) I love the paragraph on p. 431 that describes Putin's reaction the 1st time he visited President Bush in the Oval Office. I laughed because Putin blurted out, "My God...This is beautiful!" "It was quite a response for a former KGB agent from the atheist Soviet Union." While Obama may have run his campaign on the promise of a "transparent" administration, in my opinion it has been anything BUT that. Not only was President Bush a transparent President, but in this memoir he truly is. I honestly believe that we expect to be informed of things that maybe at the time we have no business of knowing, because of our National Security, but also for the safety of our men and women serving abroad. I believe that we truly forget that anything broadcast over the airwaves to us, can be and probably is intercepted by those who would use that information against us to do us harm. I'm not saying that we shouldn't hold our elected officials accountable, but sometimes we just need to trust that we will be informed when the time is right. I recommend this book to supporters of President Bush and also to his critics that sit like baby birds and digest any garbage that the liberal media wants to feed us. Read this first, then form your opinion of the man. Say what you want, but you cannot deny the truth that this President kept us safe and while there were further terrorist plots and attempts on this country after 9/11, none of them came to fruition while he was in office. Unlike Obama, whose actions betray his words; President Bush fulfilled his promise to keep America safe.