The book illustrates how Cinderella, Rapunzel, Aurora, Belle, Snow White, Jasmine, Ariel, and Tiana, celebrate Valentine's Day. The bad of the book isThe book illustrates how Cinderella, Rapunzel, Aurora, Belle, Snow White, Jasmine, Ariel, and Tiana, celebrate Valentine's Day. The bad of the book is that there are only one or two pages for each princess. ...more
I bought the book and it was deceiving because some recipes look good, nutrient dense, very healthy, and reachable, but many other recipes have ingredI bought the book and it was deceiving because some recipes look good, nutrient dense, very healthy, and reachable, but many other recipes have ingredients hard to find like; chlorella powder, maca root powder, ginseng, matcha, noni powder, acay berry juice, coconut butter, Thai basil, products of his Vega brand, or specific brands like "Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Sticks". It was hard enough to get nutritional yeast, yet the delivery fees were high. Not everyone lives in a cosmopolitan big city with exotic food :-/...more
The book is easy to read. It includes a little autobiography, gluten-free diet explanations and advices, a few warm up and yoga exercises, cooking recThe book is easy to read. It includes a little autobiography, gluten-free diet explanations and advices, a few warm up and yoga exercises, cooking recipes, and funny remarks from time to time....more
The book has a story featuring Cinderella before the well known story where she meets her prince. Her stepmother and stepsisters are out, and she is dThe book has a story featuring Cinderella before the well known story where she meets her prince. Her stepmother and stepsisters are out, and she is daydreaming while cleaning the house. The other story is with Belle, beautiful dresses, a kind Beast and a little book. The books contains stickers....more
I bought the book. It was expensive for what it was. I bought it thinking it was going to talk about some religions, but it only has half page about CI bought the book. It was expensive for what it was. I bought it thinking it was going to talk about some religions, but it only has half page about Catholicism, half about Mormonism, and half about Jainism. As it is addressed to children, I thought it was going to be full of (or at least with many) drawings about each main religion with an explanation and some traditions and beliefs. Some people belief because it makes them feel better and their parents taught them that their god is true; it is better to apply the scientific method when possible. That's it, that's the book. It also includes four blank pages to write a story the kid imagines, and to write or draw a god the kid imagines. ...more
This book has good advices, but it has been one of the most annoying Chapman's book I have read so far. It has lots of Bible verses and god this-god tThis book has good advices, but it has been one of the most annoying Chapman's book I have read so far. It has lots of Bible verses and god this-god that-Jesus this and that, which, as an atheist, result tiring to read. Yet, I managed to read the book until the end because the counseling seems rational and useful.
Some of the most upsetting phrases in this book: -"Sometimes our difficulty in seeking to please our spouse is rooted in the fact that we have been hurt, wronged, or abused by him or her. If this is the case, then certainly we need to follow the biblical admonition of confronting the spouse in love and seeking reconciliation. Then with true forgiveness, we reach out to express love by seeking to please them again". The idea that someone abused would look to confront and seek reconciliation to be able to want to sexually please the offender is contemptible.
- "The husband is responsible for having 'eyes only for his wife', and the wife who understands the nature of the husband's sexual arousal will understand the purpose of keeping herself attractive physically (...) and she has no reason to fear his wandering eyes". It was to be expected in a religious book intended for religious people... anyway I find it disrespectful. ...more
The books seems very useful and very organized. It includes some good exercises for the couple. The solutions the author proposes for some common probThe books seems very useful and very organized. It includes some good exercises for the couple. The solutions the author proposes for some common problems make sense but it requires a partner very committed in the relationship. That Chapman's ideology "change yourself first and the others will change" doesn't work always in the real life.
As an atheist I just ignored the bad parts (parts which I don't agree or parts related to his imaginary friend) because it was little compared to other Gary Chapman books. I don't write here all the nice and useful phrases because there are so many in the book, but I do include here some phrases which I disagree or are just baffling .
- "There is a simple, yet dramatic, way to teach this lesson ("if we don't work, we don't eat"): you merely assign your children a job a let them know that if they complete the job, they have the privilege of eating dinner that night. If they do not complete the job, they must miss the meal. You need not coax, scold, or intimidate them to complete the job (...)". To feed children is a parent's duty, it is not a reward to teach anything!
- "My personal pattern has always been to give 10 percent to the church I attend and to give additional offerings to other organizations as I am able and feel prompted by God. (...) It has always been important for me to remember that I do not give to the church, but rather I give to god through the church. I do not give to christian organizations, but rather I give to god through christian organizations". *perplex*
- "obedience is learned by suffering the consequences of disobedience. (...) this has the advantage that the child knows ahead of time what the consequences of breaking a rule will be (...)". Behaving well for fear of punishment...sooo christian! rewards and punishments, what a weak incentives to follow rules.
- "The wife is challenged to "respect her husband" (ephesians blahblah) and to allow him the privilege of loving her. Some women find this difficult when they have been reared in a culture that teaches them to be assertive and take care of themselves". Backward, that's it.
- "The two of you will never reach your potential without the smile of God. (...) Sexual lovemaking is greatly enhanced when a husband or wife takes the initiative to acknowledge god in all areas of life. When a husband chooses to join his wife in a time of bible reading and prayer, he enhances their sexual experience. (...) Her spiritual hunger for god makes her want to be intimate with this man, who is seeking god. It is simply a fact. Those couples who walk closely with god will be much more successful than others in lovemaking". Say-no-more :-D
- "We honor parents not because we believe they are honorable but because they gave us life. Without them, we would not be here. That's a huge debt". As a mother myself, I find this statement soooo wrong! parent's duty is give their children all what they need, from food, health, and shelter, to education, safety, and love. Children don't ask their parents to bring them to life, it is parents' decision and it comes with duties. We ought to be respectful with others -parents included-, but it is nobody obligation to love or even talk to his or her parents.
The book also includes the lists "what I wish my wife would change" and "what husbands wish" (and the wife version too) which are the most shallow and sexist (no, I'm not a feminist) things I have ever read in a Chapman book.
Apart from of these phrases and the ugly lists, it is a very good book.
Good book to practice reading and reading comprehension. The book includes answers, stickers for each page read, and a poster to complete an image witGood book to practice reading and reading comprehension. The book includes answers, stickers for each page read, and a poster to complete an image with each sticker. It helps if the kid and the adult helping have knowledge about major fairy tales....more
There are some ideas on the book that I'm strongly against, for example it says that it is good the children see a parent's argument to learn how to sThere are some ideas on the book that I'm strongly against, for example it says that it is good the children see a parent's argument to learn how to solve differences, and pages later it says "shouting and getting passionate is acceptable". No, shouting shouldn't be acceptable.
It also suggests to negotiate changes in behavior that annoys the other partner like "I agree to...if you agree to...". That sounds like a bribery. To change a habit for one's only interest and not to try to make happier the other person, the beloved one, seems to put the relationship like in a farmer's barter!
About cheating, the author says both of the partners are responsible for it, the cheater and the cheated on. If one is not happy, the he/she should talk to the other, but under no circumstance cheating should be justified.
One of the ways the author propose to cheer up is to compare oneself with someone worse. Plainly weak advice, falling almost in the religious winds.
The book was useful to understand what "ILYB" means, to get an insight that perhaps a ILYB relationship can be improved, and to get a couple of nice exercises, but I find the book cold and disorganized.