Sunday, February 6, 2011

The Reluctant Entertainer: Book Review

Author: Sandy Coughlin

Publisher: Bethany House (August 1, 2010)

Publisher's Synopsis: Real Entertaining for Real People
True hospitality is not about being perfect, cooking a fancy meal, or spending a lot of money. Rather, it's about an open door and an open heart. Rather, it's about an open door and an open heart. Popular blogger Sandy Coughlin offers a simple but savvy approach to help women break free of the anxieties that keep them from opening their homes. Emphasizing the forgotten goal of entertaining--connecting deeply with others--she shows how women can use the gifts and talents God gave them to reach out in love.

My Thoughts:
This beautiful, elegant book was absolutely not what I expected. I expected a Martha Stewarty how to book about entertaining.  What I read was a very delightful and entertaining book about the lifestyle of entertaining. 

Let me tell you a little about myself. I was married to a minister for seventeen years.  I entertained in my home very often (usually more than once a week).  I considered myself very good at it.  It came easy for me.  But that was another lifetime ago.  I now have six children and work outside of the home.  I remarried and we now live in StephenKingsVille, Texas.  We have lived here for two years now and we have not even had the time to meet any friends here.

Reading Sandy Coughlin’s book, The Reluctant Entertainer, brought back to mind the joy I once experienced through “entertaining” in my home.  I truly enjoyed it. Now I have the desire to try to get back that part of my life I now realize I miss!

Sandy gives hints, tips and recipes to make the actual entertaining aspect of life easier.  But this beautiful book is so much more than that.  Honestly it is not worth trying to find words to describe the book, you just really need to get your hands on a copy of it and READ IT!  This is a high-quality book, with beautiful photos and graphics, and many recipes that any women would love to make, with every day ingredients and simple instructions.

I have reviewed many books but this book I thoroughly and completely enjoyed.  And I will not be giving away the copy that was provided to me because I have underlined many parts of it and dog-eared a ton of pages.  This will be a re-read for me too.

I felt the strong urge to email Sandy Coughlin when I was only on page 42.  I did too, that was a first for me.  I have since subscribed to her blog and have plans to subscribe to her friends’ blogs as well.  This is an absolute: MUST READ
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Thursday, February 3, 2011

14 Secrets to Better Parenting: Powerful Principles from the Bible - Review

Title: 14 Secrets to Better Parenting:  14 Secrets to Better Parenting:  Powerful Principles from the Bible

Author: Dave Early

Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Inc.

I enjoyed this book.  Dave Earley bases his “14 Secrets” from the Bible’s book of Proverbs. From “Concentrate on Wisdom” to “Help Them Experience God for Themselves,” these principles will help every parent learn use scriptures of the Book of Proverbs to raising successful children.  Each Secret has a “A Look in the Mirror” section at the end to allow readers to do a self-evaluation on how the reader is currently applying the biblical examples of parenting as taught in the Book of Proverbs.

The section that most applied to me was “The Four Perils of Folly”.  I have been been researching how to help my children overcome a poor example of foolishness  that was present in my former marriage. Mr. Early spoke directly to my heart regarding this area and I believe it accurately describes foolishness and the ramifications of parenting with “folly” and then offers ways to overcome it.

The author continuously quotes scripture from Proverbs to keep his teaching scripture based. I highly recommend this book for newer Christians and especially parents that love application of scripture.

This book will be available on or near April 1, 2011.

(Disclaimer:  I received a digital copy of this book free of charge in exchange for my honest opinion.)

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