Friday, May 25, 2018

Different Dream Parenting: A Practical Guide to Raising A Child with Special Needs: A Review



by Jolene Philo


My Thoughts:

This book is an excellent resource for parents of children with special needs. Section 1 covers Diagnosis.  Section 2 covers Hospital Life. Section 3 covers Juggling Two Worlds Section 4 covers Long Term Care Conditions. Section 5 covers Loss of a child. Section 6 covers Raising a Survivor.

Each chapter begins with a Bible passage and a short testimony from someone who has gone through this chapter’s experience. There are many resources for medical tips, professional advice and even prayer guides.

This excellent book is an absolute must have for any parent or loved one with a special needs child. I absolutely love the Christian aspect and the gift of hope, peace and comfort given.  Five Stars.

Publisher’s Notes:

Parenting can be difficult and tiring, especially when you have a special needs child with medical, behavioral, or educational issues. In Different Dream Parenting, author Jolene Philo offers guidance and encouragement through biblical insights and her own personal experiences. Find spiritual wisdom, practical resources, and tools that can help you become an extraordinary advocate for your child. Discover how you can move beyond the challenges and experience the joy of being your child’s biggest and best supporter.

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received a copy of this title for review purposes, free of charge, from NetGalley and the Publisher. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. This Review is my honest opinion.

Succulents

I adore succulents, I do not have much success with them here in Texas however. I would have thought they would grow better in Texas than Seattle, who knew?  When we lived in Seattle they grew so easy. Here are some terrific examples: 

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Romans (Everyday Bible Commentary series): A Review


by Alan F. Johnson 
Publish Date set as June 5, 2018


My Thoughts:

This great commentary delves deep into the book of Romans.  The author gives background on the book of and on the author Paul as well as critical historical information that brings a greater understanding to this powerful chapter of the Bible.  By going verse-by -verse this commentary explains how history, culture and backgrounds are relevant to each verse and helps the reader relate to the passage with a clearer understanding. This brilliant commentary gives the reader the benefit of years of study and seminary in a very readable and understandable text.  Five Stars

Publisher’s Synopsis:

Martin Luther said Romans was so important that every Christian should memorize it. Romans outlines many of the basics of the faith and has been a favorite of Christians throughout history. But reading Romans without knowing the historical background is like watching an old comedy without knowing the cultural references—still enjoyable, but not nearly as vibrant. Encounter Paul’s crowning epistle in full color through Romans from the Everyday Bible Commentary series. In it you’ll receive enlightening verse-by-verse commentary from Alan F. Johnson that’s both straightforward and insightful. You’ll gain:

Cultural and historical backgrounds
Insights from the original language
Help with the difficult passages
And more!

You don’t have to go to seminary to encounter God in exciting, new ways through His Word. Discover how much more enjoyable your personal study will be with understandable, quality Bible commentary for everyday life.

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received a copy of this title for review purposes, free of charge, from NetGalley and the Publisher. This Review is my honest opinion.




Full Cup, Thirsty Spirit: Nourishing the Soul When Life's Just Too Much: A Review


By Karen Horneffer-Ginter

My Thoughts:

With today’s life stresses we all need to strive to slow down, rest and nourish our souls.  This book gives practical advice on how achieve this and gives examples of how others are taking better care of themselves.  The business of today’s society and unbridled connectivity to phones, emails and the internet make it very hard to fully relax which negatively affects our peace of mind. The book instructs that there are six areas to evaluate in our lives.  There was nothing drastically new revealed, but it was an enjoyable read.  Four stars.

Publisher’s Notes:

We live in a world of constant movement, and our day-to-day lives seem to get busier by the hour. Our days are full of information, full of obligations, full of friends and family, full of everything . . . except fulfillment. And rushing has become a national epidemic. Even when we’re rushing to and from the good stuff – like a rewarding job with wonderful colleagues, or quality time spent with loved ones – we can still end up feeling drained and exhausted, overwhelmed by the sheer volume of life.

In Full Cup, Thirsty Spirit, psychologist Karen Horneffer-Ginter helps you understand that it is this volume, this busyness, that creates a disconnect between your outer life and your inner self. This separation can cause your soul to wilt, preventing you from experiencing joy and hearing your own wisdom about what needs priority in your life.

With an elegant narrative voice that inspires both laughter and compassion, Horneffer-Ginter shows you how to live a fuller life rather than simply filling your time. She focuses on six shifts to make in your daily life—teaching you to honor your rhythms, turn within, fill up, fully inhabit your days, remember lightness, and embrace difficulty.

Through a weave of personal stories, client experiences, and practical exercises, she shows you how to find balance in the swirl of daily life, so you can reconnect with what matters most.

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received a copy of this title for review purposes, free of charge, from NetGalley and the Publisher. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. This Review is my honest opinion.