Monday, May 23, 2016

Fast Metabolism Food Rx by Halie Pomroy with Eve Adamson

Fast Metabolism Food Rx is the first book I have read by Haylie Pomroy. This fascinating book offers food plans as a prescription for seven  health issues: Digestion problems, Fatigue and low energy, Hormonal issues including PMS and Menopause, High cholesterol, Brain issues like depression, anxiety and forgetfulness, blood sugar issues, and immune/auto-immmune disorders. I found it to be well-written and interesting to read.

I found this book to be very interesting. I like the idea of using food to help heal our bodies over medication whenever possible. Haylie encourages readers to work with their doctors to make changes but she also encourages patients to use food to improve health, either eliminating or cutting down on medication by working with their doctor. This book becomes especially credible to me when Pomroy shares her own health issues and how food has made her feel so much better without medications. . .and she has doctors who work with her and listen. She encourages readers to seek out health professionals who listen to them too. It isn't a diet plan although readers may lose weight following the eating "prescriptions" that Pomroy lays out. While she gives basic foods to eat on each prescription plan, she also shares ways you can change out a food or two, for something similar, if you have an allergy or aversion to one of the foods on her prescription lists. This book is about regaining health as much as possible through making lifestyle changes. She also shares recipes in the book to help readers follow the eating plans with tasty meals and snacks. Pomroy has more recipes are available on her website because she wants to see her readers succeed, she says.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone with these issues wanting to make changes to feel better. Fast Metabolism Food Rx has a lot of good information in it. It wasn't a fast read for me because I wanted to absorb all of this information and make use of it, but it was a good read.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

About the Author
Known as the Metabolism Whisperer, wellness consultant/nutritional counselor and #1 New York Times best-selling author of The Fast Metabolism Diet and Instant Best Seller, The Fast Metabolism Diet Cookbook,  Haylie Pomroy is ready to banish every myth about food and have you falling in love with what you eat all over again. You can lose weight, heal your metabolism and  start your life over with food. With clinics in Burbank, California and Fort Collins, Colorado and a stellar roster of celebrity clients such as Jennifer Lopez, LL Cool, Cher, and Robert Downey Jr., Haylie consistently provides her clients with tips, tricks, recipes and tough love to help reshape their bodies and kitchen woes. In January 2015 she released her third book, The Burn.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Life Verse Creative Journal with blank journal by Jana Magruder and Morgan Grace Magruder

The new Life Verse Creative Journal and Blank Journal are a beautiful, petite journal set. I already have a life verse but I loved this set. My life verses are, "Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God."

The Life Verse Creative Journal is a smaller size that I quite liked to stick inside my Bible to create along with my quiet time with God. This journal is aimed at choosing a life verse and making it your own, but even with having a life verse, there was plenty to help me learn and grow in God's Word. There are 15 verses with journaling prompts within the beautiful illustrations to color and work through. Even though I already selected a life verse before reading this journal, I found the journal's prompts to be thought-provoking and to help me keep my eyes on God as I created and meditated on verses for Him.

The Blank Journal is  is a great size to stick inside my Bible case with my Bible for blank art journaling pages of verses and drawing pictures to color myself. Both books are 64 pages and measure 5 3/4 by 7 1/4 inches. These two books were done by a mother/daughter team and come nicely packaged together. I think they would make a great gift for someone else or a great Bible art journaling/devotional tool for yourself. They are nicely bound paperback books. I am not sure the pages are thick enough to use markers so I didn't try to use them on this set but colored pencils work great.  I highly recommend this Bible coloring journal set. I see on the Barnes and Noble site that it is most recommended for teenage girls. . .but I really enjoyed the set as an adult woman.

I received this book set from B and H Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for the book.

Unashamed by Christine Caine

Christine Caine's new Christian self-help book, Unashamed, offers advice to readers on how to live the life Christ offers for you and lose baggage and shame to better do that. Caine shares from her life and from the life of other women how shame and the consequences of shame can affect life. She also shares through this book just what shame is, how we can feel shame, and how we can tear down the walls of shame and live our life without fear and shame.

Unashamed for me was helpful. . .but it was also a little ho hum. Since I enjoyed her first book, Undaunted, so much, maybe my hopes were too high. I also recently finished reading Brene Brown's books dealing with shame and attended a ladies retreat at my church that related Brown's books on shame to God's word and the Christian life. . .Because of that experience, I didn't especially learn anything new from this book. However, it did offer good reinforcement for what I had already learned and she quotes from Brown in this book. I also remembered some of Caine's history shared in this book that she shared in Undaunted. If you have not read Brene Brown's books or Caine's previous book, I believe this book will be much more helpful and interesting to you and I would recommend it. She also shares helpful Bible verses in chapter 8 to help you renew your mind and grow through affirmations that come from God's word. That chapter was especially good and helpful.

I received this book from the publisher, Zondervan. I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for the book.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Prescription for Natural Cures (3rd Edition)by Mark Stengler, James F.Balch and Tobin Young Balch

Prescription for Natural Cures is a great reference for holistic treatments and natural remedies for the health problems that one encounters. The cover states this book is a self-care guide for treating health problems with natural remedies including diet, nutrition, supplements and other holistic methods. We have an HSA for our health care needs so we often try to heal simple health issues ourselves before heading to the doctor. While you may also choose to talk to a physician or other healthcare provider about these issues, this book offers helpful ways to pursue healing along with a doctor's advice or it may also give you information you can discuss with your doctor.

Prescription for Natural Cures is so handy to have around, although it is a thick reference manual at 835 pages. It is easy to use with conditions organized alphabetically from A to Z. There are over 200 conditions referenced in this book.It is up-to-date with the latest information from natural health research and current treatment recommendations.

Part One covers conditions referenced in this book. Included among the many listed are athlete's foot, common cold, Gout, Hives, Muscle aches and cramps, sprains and strains, and warts among many others. Much to my chagrin, I found I had a wart about 3 weeks ago, I used this book to look up some treatment ideas to save a trip to the doctor for a simple healthcare issue. I used the homeopathic treatment, Thuja, in both ointment and pellets and my wart is almost completely gone. I could literally see it working in my case.

Part 2 of this reference manual offers "The Essentials of Natural Medicine." I recently used it to look up information on acupuncture for an injury I have. Through this book, I learned how acupuncture works and how to select a qualified acupuncturist. As a result, I will start treatments shortly with more knowledge. I appreciated all of the useful information in this book on the topic as I made a decision. The book also has information on other types of natural medical care and how they could be helpful depending on the issue that you are struggling with. There is information on aromatherapy, Acupuncture and Acupressure, Hydrotherapy, Natural Hormones, Herbal Medicine and Homeopathy, among other natural treatments.

I won a copy of this book from Turner Publishing. I chose to write a review because I just think this is a great reference manual and could be helpful to anyone. I highly recommend every household have one on hand.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Wonderland: A Coloring Book Inspired by Alice's Adventures by Amily Shen

Wonderland is a beautiful new adult coloring book form Amy Shen. Inspired by Alice"s Adventures in Wonderland, I think Wonderland is more than a coloring book. . .It offers a chance for you to give Alice a new adventure with your colored pencils.

This beautifully illustrated coloring book tells a bit of Alice's story through the pages. You can meet the Cheshire cat, have tea with the Mad Hatter, and play croquet with the Queen of Hearts.  Besides coloring delicate scenes, Wonderland offers a few places for you to draw in your own pictures. For example, you may add butterflies to a page with two butterflies or add a few owls to the page with three owls on it. There is also a maze and a series of puzzles on "the playing car's scroll." I especially enjoyed the extra activities along with the coloring.

Wonderland is best colored with well-sharpened colored pencils as most of the designs are fairly intricate. Some pages the coloring picture takes up the whole page and on some pages, there is a smaller design to color along with the story. I also tested markers on one of the smaller designs to see if they bleed through the pages. They do not. The pages are a lovely thick paper. There is also a dust jacket type cover that can be removed and colored on the back to make a sort of long pretty poster page or a pretty back side hidden on the dust jacket, something I am sure Alice would have liked. I think this is a great book if you are a fan of Alice in Wonderland and coloring. I am a fan of all things related to tea so I especially liked the tea time pages with the butterfly motif-ed teapot. I would definitely recommend that you add this great coloring book to your coloring book staff if these are among your favorite things.

Part of the story with smaller picture that I colored.
Dust jacket on the inside. . Beautiful butterfly scene to color.

Bird picture using colored pencils.
I received this book from  Blogging for Books for this review.

About the Author

AMILY SHEN is a renowned Taiwanese artist. She had worked as a custom and shoe designer and is now a full-time illustrator and art instructor. She has published three bestselling drawing books. WONDERLAND is her first adult coloring book.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Unstuffed by Ruth Soukup

Unstuffed  isn't your usual type of decluttering book as the subtitle says, Decluttering Your Home, Mind and Soul. Unstuffed offers advice on improving life in your home and with friends along with improving your spiritual and physical health. As I think about it, that is a tall order for this book.

Unstuffed is divided into three sections. Part one shares information on creating the home you want to live in as well as dealing with all the stuff that you fill it with. It isn't full of how to declutter because Soukup says she wrote another book on that topic. Part two shares information on how to slow down your schedule and clear up some of the paperwork that comes through your home. The last section of this part also contains a chapter on dealing with other people's stuff, whether it is given to you or you inherited it. The last part of the book offers information on how to cultivate real friendships and release those that are not serving you well or are toxic. It also offers advice on taking time for your own personal wellness in both body and soul.

 The chapter I found most helpful in Unstuffed was the chapter on dealing with stuff from other people. I haven't found another decluttering book to really tackle that struggle head on like Soukup. As an only child, I struggle with heirlooms and things to keep that I don't really care for but feel guilty if I get rid of. The book doesn't have me getting rid of anything yet but I can see where it offers valuable advice on having conversations on the topic with loved ones.

As a whole, however, this wasn't my favorite decluttering book. It was very broad in its topics although it did offer some great advice. I would recommend Unstuffed if you are looking for advice on how to make life improvements all through your life. However, I would recommend Joshua Becker's book, The More of Less, or Marie Kondo's book, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up if you just want a book to help you best clean out the house. I did enjoy the last chapter in which Soukup sharing her spiritual journey and how she came to know Christ, which also sets this book apart as clearly a Christian book. All in all, I would give it 4 out of 5 stars.

I received this book from Zondervan. I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for the book.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Looking For Lovely by Annie F. Downs

I loved Annie Downs first book, Let's all be Brave, so I couldn't wait to read Looking For Lovely. This book was another fast read for me, just like her first book. I enjoyed reading her personal stories as well as the Biblical truths she shared along with them. . .and at the end of most chapters, Downs encourages her readers to think about the lovely in their own lives and to take some sort of action to collect moments that matter of their own.

Looking for Lovely is divided into three sections. In the first section, In the Absence of Lovely, Downs shares some of the difficulties and challenges she faced in her life. In the second section, In Search of Lovely, Downs shares how God met her as she worked to heal from her hurts and looked for God in every area of her life. The Third section, When I Found Lovely, Downs shares how she changed her perspective on life. . .How she doesn't feel like she has to be perfect just because the book is ending here. I enjoyed the whole book, but for me, I especially liked this third section as Downs reminds us that God works in our lives when we let Him in on the process. He will take the broken pieces of us and make them into something beautiful for us and for those to see that we do life with. Downs shares that no matter who we are, God will help us to see the lovely on whatever path we are on when we look to Him and look for it. Since reading this book, I continue to look for the lovely in my own life. I would encourage any woman to get a copy and do the same. There is also a Bible study that accompanies this book so it would be great to do in a group of women.

I received this book from Broadman and Holman Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for the book.