Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Have a New Sex Life by Friday by Dr. Kevin Leman

If anyone could help you improve your sex life, Dr. Kevin Leman has good advice to help you do just that. In his new release, Have a New Sex Life By Friday, Dr. Leman shares a lot of information on improving your sex life. . .and your marriage in this book.

As you work your way through a week of improving intimacy with your spouse, Dr. Leman shares on Monday why women need sex, on Tuesday why men want sex, on Wednesday how other people in your lives (past and present) affect your sex life, on Thursday how to use your words to help improve and shape your sex life and on Friday he shares how to add spice to your sex life.

Have a New Sex Life by Friday is full of good information on how to make your sex life a "Wow" sex life. Dr. Leman has worked as a therapist for over 30 years and has been married for over 40 years. He shares a lot of basic information that many couples may not know, or they may need to be reminded of when their sex life begins to wain. Along with all of his good information, he also shares a lot of common questions and stories from Christian couples as he answers questions in the last half of the book that relate to each day's section in the book. He also makes reading this book fun with his great sense of humor.

My husband and I have been married for many years and recently faced challenges of four moves in three years with a special needs child that took it's toll on our physical intimacy, because we couldn't make time for it the way we needed to during that season. Have a New Sex Life by Friday had a lot of good ideas for us to not only make time but to make things better when we did take time. While this book is aimed at Christian couples, I think it could help most couples that are looking for improvements in this area. Dr. Leman covers pretty much all angles of this issue--with his great sense of humor . I read bits and pieces to my husband and we had some good discussions. We appreciated how down to earth and easy to relate to Dr. Leman is. I highly recommend this book.

More information is available from the author and his website: https://www.haveanewsexlifebyfriday.com/

I read a copy of this book on NetGalley through Bethany House Publisher. I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for reading the book.

Snow Country by Kristin Neva

Beth Dawson was recently jilted by her fiance shortly before the wedding in California. To help deal with the heartbreak she feels, Beth heads to Michigan to visit her grandmother. Not only does she enjoy time with her grandmother, but Beth also meets a young attractive state trooper. Her mother wants her to stay single and to help her Grandmother to move to California. What does Beth want? Can Beth heal and move on in a new direction? Is it too soon? What about her rules for Christian courtship?

I enjoyed Snow Country and read it within a couple of days. Kristin Neva writes a novel that left me turning the pages quickly to find out the answers to those questions and more. I don't want to share the answers to those questions and spoil the plot. For her first novel, I think Neva has done an excellent job in drawing the reader in and making them feel at home with a lot of fun, lovable characters. I also liked that this novel offers history and information on the Upper Peninsula region of Michigan region.  

Snow Country is book one in A Copper Island Novel series. I am looking forward to reading book 2A: Aimee and Russ's story that is due to be out this summer. I especially enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys Christian romance and historical/regional novels.

Neva also wrote Heavy about life with her husband who has ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease). You can find that review here: http://readingwritingandpondering.blogspot.com/2014/03/book-review-heavy-by-kristin-neva-and.html

I received a copy of Snow Country from Kristin Neva. I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for the book.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Everything You Need You Have by Gerad Kite

I was intrigued by the description for Everything You Need You Have. Gerad Kite is an Acupuncture Master who formerly was a psychotherapist. Currently, I have been getting acupuncture treatments for some health issues so I thought the book might be helpful to me.

At first, I thought Everything You Need You Have was too deep. I struggled initially to get into his whole metaphor of life being like a pendulum to be at home in yourself. Then as I continued on through the book and reading through the many instances of sharing other people's stories and how this metaphor helped them in their lives, I began to understand it more and became able to feel like I could apply it to my own life. At the same time, I still felt like a lot of his information was more geared towards another psychologist than to the average person. I enjoyed the personal stories that Kite shared the most as I worked my way through the book to apply the principles to my own life. Kite goes through 10 steps, with each step being a chapter, along with some other pertinent information in the awareness, surrender and being chapters.

Everything You Need You Have was based on the ancient Chinese philosophy. Kite uses his experience from his own life and as a relaxation and acupuncture expert to help many different people in all types of situations. If you have interests along this line, then you may enjoy this book. However, if deep topics and philosophical thinking challenge your mind and make your head hurt, like it did me, then it may not be the book for you.

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

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Lists to Love By for Busy Wives and Lists to Love by For Busy Husbands by Mark and Susan Merrill

Lists to Love By for Busy Wives and Lists to Love By for Busy Husbands are two books that would be great to read to start the new year out on the right foot for your marriage. The best part is that these little books don't take a lot of time and yet your marriage can reap the rewards of your efforts if you will read and apply them regularly.

Each Lists to Love By book contains thirty lists. A few of the lists included are: 7 truths about Marriage, Five Things Husbands (or wives) wish Husbands (or wives) knew, 5 ways to use body language to connect, 6 things to do when you're lonely in your marriage and 8 expectations for a great marriage. At the end of each list the authors have included a section entitled, Taking the Next Step. This section gives the reader a few questions to think about to apply the list they just read to their own marriage.

Ideally, for the best results, both the husband and wife would each read a Lists to Love By book and work together to improve the marriage, but it isn't necessary. In the front section, each book shares several ways to best use the book for getting the most out of it. Each book also shares how the authors came to write these books and why they feel they are qualified to do so. Briefly, Mark Merrill is the founder and president of Family First, a national non-profit organization dedicated to helping people love their families well and he hosts The Family Minute, a nationally syndicated daily radio program. Susan is also involved in these organizations.

Both my husband and I found these Lists to Love By to be useful in making our marriage even better. My husband especially liked that each chapter was short so he still had time to read them even with the busy schedule he has this time of year. It is indeed a book for busy people to use. I would recommend Lists to Love By for both husband and wives in all stages of life. I think we can all benefit from these short reminders and challenges, or "Simple steps to the marriage you want," as we seek to make our marriages the best they can be.

I received these books from Hachette Book Group. I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for the book.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Knowing Jesus: The Essential Teen 365 Devotional from Broadman and Holman Publishing Group

Knowing Jesus:The essential Teen 365 Devotional offers teenage students a path to knowing Jesus every day of the year. The 365 devotions offer Scriptures and action points that focus on the complete life of Jesus.

Knowing Jesus for teens is one that will make the reader think. Each daily devotion offers a Bible reading for the day that will need to be looked up in a Bible separately. There a few notes on the concepts that were a part of the reading. Then, there is an "Ask Yourself" section which includes two or three questions to stop and think about from the reading. Each day's reading concludes with the "Respond" section. In this section, readers are asked to stop and think about how to apply what you read in some way. Several days ask for the reader to journal their answers.

I think Knowing Jesus is an excellent tool for learning more about the Bible and applying it to life. It really is designed to help teens change their lives as they read, grow and learn more about His life. It would be a helpful quiet time book for my teenager as he studies his Bible and starts the new year. At the same time, along with this devotional, the reader will need a Bible and and a journal (could simply be a plain notebook) to get the most out of the reading for each day. I also think this would be a good devotional to use with teens as a family discussion, which is what I think we will do as we start the new year.

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

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Where Does Love Hide? by Mary Manz Simon and Illus by Hannah Wood

Where Does Love Hide? is a lift the flap board book for little ones ages one to three. This cute, bright board book is designed to help young children learn the basic concept of love in action. Children can see every day actions they can take to show love to those around them. Each page shows an example of love in action along with a short memory verse.

Every day, many children hear the words, I Love You. However, they don't always understand what those abstract concepts mean. Mary Manz Simon's book, Where Does Love Hide? is designed to help children see how to show what love looks like through day to day activities like helping to put up groceries, taking turns when playing, and helping Grandpa with a small task.

Where Does Love Hide? is bright and nicely illustrated with pictures and flaps that are easy for little ones to see and get their hands on. In the back of the book there is a short note to parents to help them see how to use the book to help their little ones grown and learn. I think it is a nice book for families to use with young children and I would recommend it to those who have little ones. I think it teaches basic concepts that can be built on as the child learns and grows.

I received Where Does Love Hide? from Tyndale Kids. I was not required to write  positive review in exchange for the book.

About the author:
Mary Manz Simon is an award-winning author whose titles have sold more than three million copies in the Christian channel and are available in ten languages. A long-time columnist for Focus on the Family, Mary has authored numerous articles for a variety of periodicals. Her speaking venues include Book Expo of the American Booksellers Association (BEA), National Religious Broadcasters (NRB), and International Retailing Show of the Christian Booksellers Association (ICRS). She serves as an adviser to MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) and was quoted in McCall's magazine as one of "America's top parenting experts."

Saturday, December 24, 2016

I'm Going to Give you a Bear Hug! by Caroline B. Cooney and Illus. by Tim Warnes

What child doesn't want a hug at bed time? This beautifully illustrated children's book encourages a bit of silliness and is virtually guaranteed to have everyone in the family going to bed with a smile on their face.

I'm Going to Give You a Bear Hug! is a delightful children's book geared for ages four to eight. The rhyme is simple but so well-worded to keep the young one's interest as they read and gather hugs from many animals such as bears, horses, pigs, fishes, and more that are just so nicely and brightly illustrated.

I highly recommend I'm Going to Give you a Bear Hug! I think it would be a regular request for bedtime reading at our house. My son is a little older than the recommended age range but he enjoyed it and it left him smiling. I honestly think it could make pretty much everyone smile. My family truly loved this book--both the beautiful illustrations and the verse.

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