I read the first 4/5ths of the book on my kindle and finished the last part with the kindle app reading the book to me while I was driving on a trip.I read the first 4/5ths of the book on my kindle and finished the last part with the kindle app reading the book to me while I was driving on a trip. The back and forth emotional struggles the author faced were honest and realistically written, yet a bit tedious to read because she was "going to see him one last time" about a hundred times. Since this is non-fiction, my guess is that the book was made as palatable to the reader as possible, so the real back and forth would probably have been even more difficult to read.
It's very human to keep trying and not give up on someone. How many of us have said, "just one more time and this time I'll make it work" in a relationship that you knew in your gut was going bad early on? The longer you stay in the relationship the harder it is to get out of because you have invested so much time and so much of your heart into this person. One reason you kept trying is you believed your love would heal the man's broken life and he would turn in the man you know he has the potential to be. Living with the constant disappointment can be very taxing on the heart and the body. The stress of not knowing where you stand can make you physically stick. Every time you make up your mind to say "the end" he warms up and becomes the man you knew he could be, but once he is assured of your commitment, he goes back to the dark side. The author relayed this all very well. Her writing style is very easy to read.
I found the ending a bit funny. To read it with your eyes is one thing, but to here the kindle actually say "done, done, done" a thousand times is crazy sounding. Anyway, I would recommend this book to anyway who feels indecisive and stuck in a relationship that is unhealthy. If nothing else, it will make you feel less insecure and will normalize some of the process for the reader. Also, writing about your angst in a journal is a great way to express your frustration and not hold it in. Then you can go back and remind yourself as to why you were getting out of the bad relationship. That's great advice....more
This book was easy to read and even easier to relate to on so many levels. The author writes in a very conversational style so you feel like she is taThis book was easy to read and even easier to relate to on so many levels. The author writes in a very conversational style so you feel like she is talking to you. It is not preachy and reads in some ways like a novel, which is why I finished the book.
I think this is a brave topic and one that will help many women who are mystified by the suddenly switch in their man's personality. The same could be said in the reverse as I am sure many nice guys have fallen for a woman like Ben. The sad truth of the matter is that I have had similar experiences as Susan Williams in my life with different relationships. I didn't have the exact same turmoil, but a few that were similar enough to make me pause and reflect while reading this book.
Like the author, at times I, too, found myself journaling about the confusion I felt as a way of coping with the emotional turmoil I suffered inside. I had to let the pent up emotions out so they wouldn't make me crazy. Trying to discuss your issues with a narcissist is impossible as they have a way of turning it all around and attacking you instead of looking at themselves and what they could do to change. I have also worn out dear friends with my indecisiveness at times. I've enjoyed this book so much I plan to read the second in the series. I have found it very insightful and well-written. I would highly recommended it even to women in healthy relationships....more
I wish I had read this book two years ago. I would have been much smarter about my spending if that had been the case. But moving forward, I believe tI wish I had read this book two years ago. I would have been much smarter about my spending if that had been the case. But moving forward, I believe the things I have learned from the class and from this book will last me a lifetime. I can still change my future. One of the most impacting statements for me was this - You tell your money where you want it to go. Then it doesn't just disappear and you have little to nothing to show for your hard work. Create a budget and follow it.
Dave Ramsey's Complete Guide to Money is an empowering book. Not to mention that the author's writing style is very conversational so it's like he's talking to you when he writes each chapter. The discussion questions at the end of each chapter are also provocative and designed to engage the reader in group discussion. But they are still beneficial if you are reading this alone and just looking for some wisdom/good advice on how to get out of debt and make your money work for you.
This complete guide to money is a keeper and I'd recommend it to everyone who has spent money and wondered where it had all gone. I am now budgeting and not borrowing. No more credit cards. This book has changed my approach on how I view money and I'm grateful for the lessons Dave shared in the book. Highly recommended. ...more
"Choices" by Melody Beattie is a unique non-fiction book. I've never encountered anything like it before. Normally it takes me forever to read non-fic"Choices" by Melody Beattie is a unique non-fiction book. I've never encountered anything like it before. Normally it takes me forever to read non-fiction, but she sprinkles in stories and scenarios that are interesting to read and help her make the point in each chapter that she is trying to convey. "Choices" is filled with a lot of truth and many useful lessons about how we make choices all the time whether we realize it or not. Some parts (the stuff about reincarnation and spiritual journeys in Tibet) were kind of hokey because they contradicted the Judeo-Christian thoughts that made the most sense to me.
For the most part this book was helpful and could be life-changing for people who feel stuck in their lives. We are not just victims of negative circumstances, but can use our life experiences to grow as a person. She says that we get the most out of life when we take our eyes off ourselves and use our hard-earned lessons to help others. This is a very Christian principle. I've found it to be true in my life.
I highlighted a lot of things on my kindle that she wrote because I wanted to ponder them later. Life is a journey that we can enjoy or fall victim to in our minds. What we think about, what we dwell on, and the choices we make are ours alone. They do influence us on a daily basis. Faith is a key to unlocking all of the above.
I found this book to be inspirational and compulsively readable. I read over the reincarnation stuff but didn't find it to be helpful because it contradicts and confuses the other message. Melody is a fantastic writer and has a lot of useful insights. I would recommend this book as a tool for people to help them change their perspective. It contains a lot of nuggets of truth that are worth digging up. I feel more empowered as a person because of this book, and that makes it a book worth reading. ...more
This book ended up being more enjoyable and interesting than I initially expected. When I first considered reading it I thought.More like 4.5 stars...
This book ended up being more enjoyable and interesting than I initially expected. When I first considered reading it I thought... "Hmmm...non-fiction. Well this will take me awhile." I ended up reading the entire book in a few weeks, which never happens with non-fiction books. But the subject interested me, so I tried it out. I am glad I did because it gave me some insight and made me more aware of non-verbal cues that I may be giving people when I am listening to them. I learned a lot of this body language info in counseling classes back in the 80s, but it was a nice refresher. It would be a great resource for people who have difficulty reading non-verbal cues, like someone with Asperger's Disorder.
The way the book is described it gives the impression that it's more of a how to book in order to get what you want from people, but it's really more of a, "Why won't this person talk to me?" Or, "Why do I have trouble making and/or keeping friends?" type of book. Yes, there are some parts that go into interviewing techniques, but anyone who has done an investigation or conducted hiring interviews might find these portions helpful as well. There are also many techniques shown that you can use to talk with someone about a controversial subject and still get heard.
I loved how the authors included pictures to explain some things like body language and what to look for. There are suggestions on what do do when dealing with anger and how to assess where to go in a heated conversation. There are even some sections that talk about verbal communication and non-verbal communication between couples, and about how to get your spouse to talk to you about a difficult subject so it's a win-win situation. There are references and resources at the end of the book so you can delve further into this subject matter if you want to. Overall, I found it to be a very helpful book....more
This story kept my attention to the end. The pacing was really good and I liked how the story includeMore like 3.5 stars because of the writing style.
This story kept my attention to the end. The pacing was really good and I liked how the story included so much about their fears and their challenges including the ones regarding faith and doubt. The writing style took a bit getting used to, but it didn't take much from the story. I still felt like I understood what they went through when they risked their lives. All of the miraculous ways God intervened on their behalf was quite inspiring. I couldn't help thinking of Paul the Apostle and his many trials. For people who long to read about how God still does miraculous things on behalf of his children in modern times, this book would be the perfect way to give them that testimony. ...more
This book was pretty intense, and at times quite convicting. Most people are curious about how things like sex slavery can happen in our world today,This book was pretty intense, and at times quite convicting. Most people are curious about how things like sex slavery can happen in our world today, but most people don't want to get in harm's way to help change the situations for these girls. Believe it or not, I actually know a few women who are living in other countries (like Thailand) and helping rescue girls forced into prostitution. It has to be incredibly hard to see the pain they have gone through. And then to find out many times their families sold them to these traffickers... ugh.
The writing style was okay. At times I got lost in the book because I felt connected to the characters and drawn into the story. At other times, I got a bit stuck because of some stilted inner dialog and lost my connection. But overall, the story was quite compelling. I wouldn't recommend reading this book at night, though, or the reader might have some frightening dreams. I can't imagine being 12 or 13 and being raped 27 times the first night. It's unfathomable how evil some humans can be to innocent children. Then again, I've worked with abused and neglected children as a social worker for over 20 years, so there isn't much I haven't seen. This book just happens to show the worst of the worst.
People are understandably uncomfortable with prostitution. Men in the offending countries often think these girls actually want to be prostituting themselves. Maybe that's how people deal with the knowledge that this type of crime is happening around the world. Surely it has to be desired behavior, right? Calling them whores just dehumanizes them. So when these poor girls seek help, they may be victimized again, or worse, sold back to the pimps who will beat them or possibly even kill them.
Human trafficking is probably the sickest problem in this world today. I found it interesting that there were some faith threads in this book, and at the same time it was littered with some harsh and degrading terms. I suppose that did lend to the book's authenticity, but it still made me wince a few times. Anyway, I am glad I took the time to read this book. It has definitely opened my eyes even more to the plight of many children around the world....more
Interesting summary of the monarchy from the more famous times to the present. I assume it's all based on facts that have been verified or it wouldn'tInteresting summary of the monarchy from the more famous times to the present. I assume it's all based on facts that have been verified or it wouldn't be non-fiction. There were some things about the monarchy I really didn't want to know. The book was simplistic in some places and in others the quotes and tidbits of history were compelling. Overall, I enjoyed it, but not as much as I would have hoped....more
One of the things I enjoyed most about this devotional was how the author was able to take things that motorcycle enthusiasts are very familiar with aOne of the things I enjoyed most about this devotional was how the author was able to take things that motorcycle enthusiasts are very familiar with and she worked them into a daily lesson that could be easily understood by bikers. There are a lot of Christian motorcycle clubs in this country, so I think it's great that there is now a devotional that can speak to their favorite hobby as well as to their hearts. I don't ride a bike, but I have a lot of friends that do. Even so, I still learned a lot of cool analogies from the devotional. It's easy to read and the lessons are deeper than you might expect. I highly recommend it....more
I was presently surprised by the depth of this book. It was fairly well-written, too. I typically dislike non-fiction, but I do love true stories, soI was presently surprised by the depth of this book. It was fairly well-written, too. I typically dislike non-fiction, but I do love true stories, so I decided to give it a try. The title is also very fitting, because if Courtney hadn't heard Hannah when the father said Anna, the story may have turned out differently. I found myself engaged in the story and tearful on a number of occasions, but in a good way.
This book shows the way God works in just one vivid example of how our lives are not our own and how each and every one of us is precious to God. This story made me think of other people who just wanted the lost to know Jesus. It was the cry of their hearts. Many of them ended up being martyred or dying from some unexpected situation, but people found the Lord as a result, so you never know what God intends to do with our pain. We just have to trust Him through it.
My favorite scene in this book was right before Anna passed away and how she acted toward her family while on vacation. I also adored the part where she wanted to know Jesus, because her child-like faith and remorse made me cry. What a precious situation, and how privileged the author must have felt to share that experience with her child. I thought about Lynette's life and how she could have given up raising children after the first tragedy, or the second, but because she persevered, God gave her Anna. This story is a testimony of how trusting God even though the most painful situations in our lives can often cause the greatest blessings. Great book!...more
I don't like to read non-fiction. Maybe one out of every ten books I start that are non-fiction actually get read to the end. This book is one of theI don't like to read non-fiction. Maybe one out of every ten books I start that are non-fiction actually get read to the end. This book is one of the few that I can say truly inspired me. It made me think. It made me laugh at times. And yes, I even got a bit tearful on occasion. There were so many nuggets of truth to digest. This is the perfect Bible study book for singles, couples, and families. Seriously, there is so much to glean from this book.
Honestly, I can't remember the last time I enjoyed reading something this much that had to do with studying a particular book in the Bible. Now starting out I wasn't sure how I'd feel since I know the pastor personally. He did my oldest son's baby dedication nearly 20 years ago. So I bought the book to support him, but it was with a bit of trepidation I began reading. I mean, who wants to give someone they know and love a bad review, right? I'd rather not review it at all. At least not publicly. Thankfully this wasn't an issue.
The funny thing is that I enjoyed the examples and stories so much I found myself grabbing my husband frequently and saying, "Hey listen to this." Then I'd read the part that inspired me or made me smile. Seriously, I am very glad I read this book. I highly recommend it and think it would be particularly inspiring for home groups to study. I hope sales take off because if Christians all understood that true love begins with God, and studied what 1 Corinthians teaches in such depth (as the author does in this book) then it would overhaul our families, our country, and even touch the world.
Seriously, I found it quite convicting in some places, so it's not for those living in denial or who want to believe they have already arrived. Be prepared for a little heart surgery when you read this, but if it results in a healed and restored heart and better relationships, then it would be worth it, right? ...more
Since I've read a number of historical fiction titles over the years about Henry IV and Elizabeth Woodville, Richard III and the Nevilles, Lady of theSince I've read a number of historical fiction titles over the years about Henry IV and Elizabeth Woodville, Richard III and the Nevilles, Lady of the Rivers (about Elizabeth Woodville's mother, Jacquetta, and her husband Lord Rivers,) The Red Queen (Margaret Beaufort) and numerous other stories about the Tudors, Plantagenets, etc., I found this book quite historically engaging. I would have rated it higher, but it took me over a year to finish reading it. Not because it wasn't interesting, but because of the many details including references and historical events. It takes me a lot longer to read non-fiction for this reason. Regardless, I think it helped illustrate the backgrounds of several prominent women during the Middle Ages and their political aspirations/issues. I would highly recommend it for history lovers, particularly those interested in the politics of the 14th and 15th centuries. It also has lineages and pictures in the book, which added to its appeal. ...more
Finished this book a year ago and forgot to rate it before giving it to a friend. It has some good stuff in it that I highlighted in a personal journaFinished this book a year ago and forgot to rate it before giving it to a friend. It has some good stuff in it that I highlighted in a personal journal....more