Aug 24, 2016

Book Review: Life is Better at the Beach (Bible Devotional) by Christina Vinson

I took my book to the beach!


Great quote:  "Think back to your time at the beach. Saltwater was in your hair, the kids were covered in sand, you took a nap in the middle of the day, and your e-mails went unanswered. There was no striving involved - and didn't it feel freeing?" (Page 86)

Book summary:   "The beautiful four-color book of inspirational photos, Bible verses, quotations, and short writings invites you to escape the buzz of the everyday and into the tranquility that the beach offers. Each section of this book will cover a “beach rule” and encouraging thoughts on how you can incorporate that mind-set or behavior into your daily life." (Amazon)

My thoughts:  Life is Better at the Beach by Christina Vinson focuses on 15 beach rules, designed to remind readers of relaxing times at the beach, but also to focus readers on God's plans and peace.

The "rules" of the book are simple and relaxing beach-themed ideas. From "Breathe in the Fresh Air" (Rule 7) to "Don't Miss the Sunset" (Rule 13), each idea allows readers to draw parallels between a memorable trip to the ocean while being stuck in the hectic stresses of day-to-day living. 

Rule #10, for example, is to "Observe the Tide." With the word-picture of following the rhythm of the tides, Vinson encourages readers to look to seasons of life as they also ebb and flow. "...you will not stay in stay in the same season forever. If you're in a barren and desolate winter, take heart because spring is coming." (Page 108)
Take a life lesson from these Beach Rules:BEACH RULE 1: Wake up smiling
BEACH RULE 2: Shoes are optional
BEACH RULE 3: Soak up the sun
BEACH RULE 4: Look for seashells
BEACH RULE 5: Build sandcastles
BEACH RULE 6: Ride the waves
BEACH RULE 7: Breathe in the fresh air
BEACH RULE 8: Nap often
BEACH RULE 9: Take long walks
BEACH RULE 10: Observe the tide
BEACH RULE 11: Read a good book
BEACH RULE 12: Listen to the crashing waves
BEACH RULE 13: Don’t miss the sunset
BEACH RULE 14: Leave your troubles behind
BEACH RULE 15: Make memories

Much like an actual trip to the beach, the only drawback to this tiny book is that it is rather short and sweet. The book itself is 192 pages, but a lot of that space is taken up by gorgeous beachy photographs and Bible quotes in fancy script font. 

With its glossy pictures and eye-catching fonts, Life is Better at the Beach is an excellent choice as a gift book for those who love the shoreline. This is a quality book with a message that is both lighthearted and uplifting at the same time. 



Rating:  4.5 of 5 stars


Book Facts:
  • Pages:   192
  • Year originally published:  2016
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Aug 22, 2016

Book Review: Street of Eternal Happiness by Rob Schmitz





Great quote:  "In many respects, turn-of-the-century Shanghai reminded me of turn-of-the-twentieth-century New York City. The rapid economic growth and the rise of a wealthy class in New York during America's Gilded Age was now repeating itself on the other side of the planet...Yet it was the sudden mix of people that struck me as one of the most obvious similarities. The dialects of Chinese spoken by migrants along the Street of Eternal Happiness from provinces like Sichuan, Hunan, and Fujian were just as unintelligible from one another as Italian, French, and German among the European immigrants who flocked to nineteenth-century New York." (Page 31)

Book summary: "An unforgettable portrait of individuals who hope, struggle, and grow along a single street cutting through the heart of China’s most exhilarating metropolis, from one of the most acclaimed broadcast journalists reporting on China today." (Book Cover)

My thoughts: Today's Modern China is a blended melting pot of dialects and cultures from across the region of China. Unlike the China of the past, with ethnic regions, foods and languages, today's China is ferociously racing towards the future, with hope in the hearts of its billion citizens. As the Chinese clamor for a definition of what modern Chinese will mean for the individual, people are rushing into the cities and industrial centers with an eye towards making a solid future for themselves.  

Street of Eternal Happiness by Rob Schmitz is an engaging and thoughtful look at the people behind the headlines of modern China. Journalist Schmitz trains his eye on just one street and only a handful of people in his quest to explain how the changes the entire world is seeing in China is affecting the "common man" Schmitz encounters down the road from his home in Shanghai. 

In each of the 15 chapters, Schmitz focuses on one individual. He explores what drove the person to the Street of Eternal Happiness (which is Schmitz's own loose translation of the Chinese name for the street where he resides). Schmitz introduces readers to Chinese citizens such as CK, who owns a sandwich shop called "your sandwich" (no capital letters used), while also relying on his musical skills and training on the accordion. I was especially intrigued by a batch of letters that Schmitz details which were from/to Wang Ming and his wife, sister and others. The letters outlined a time of Chinese history in the 1950s when political prisoners were rounded up for being a capitalist. What Wang Ming and his family went through contrasts quite sharply with what modern Chinese are experiencing with their own brand of capitalism that is currently allowed by the Chinese government. 

Street of Eternal Happiness is focused on one small street and just a handful of people, but the story transcends to much more. It's a microcosm of modern Chinese history, with its meteoric rise towards capitalism with while its roots are still distinctively communist. Even more than that, however, Street of Eternal Happiness is about the human condition, about leaving your past behind to find a new future, about people who work hard to provide a better life for themselves, about the human desire to follow their own dreams of the good life.

Street of Eternal Happiness by Rob Schmitz is well written and thoughtful portrait of the complex world of Shanghai, China and the ordinary people.



Rating: 4 of 5 stars


Book Facts:
  • Pages:    336
  • Year originally published:    2016

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Jul 15, 2016

Book Review: Mind-Gut Connection by Emeran Mayer, M.D.

Note: I'm just a book reviewer and in no way am I am medical professional. The thoughts in this review are just my thoughts on the book. Please consult your doctor for professional information regarding this book. Thanks!



Book summary:  "Combining cutting-edge neuroscience with the latest discoveries on the human microbiome, a practical guide in the tradition of The Second Brain, and The Good Gut that conclusively demonstrates the inextricable, biological link between mind and the digestive system." (back cover)

My thoughts:  Mind-Gut Connection by Emeran Mayer M.D. is an interesting book! The entire premise of the book is how your gut, mind and body are all connected to each other more than most people understand. 

Topics covered in the book include: 

  • Our Body, the intelligent super computer
  • Intuition and gut feelings: how the mind-gut-microbiome communication informs our everyday decisions
  • How to Optimize Brain-Gut Health

Mind-Gut Connection is written in clear and concise language, not geared towards the medical science professionals. Terms are explained in laymen's terms and concepts are easy to follow, even if the concepts are totally new to the readers. And this book is quite possibly filled with whole new approaches to healthy living that readers might not have heard before now! With an emphasis on how your thoughts can control your gut (and your body), this book presents an approach to health that puts the patient in the driver's seat, not just the doctor or the medicines.

With its emphasis on controlling your thoughts and even analyzing dreams, the conclusions of Dr. Mayer might not be for everyone. However, those who are interested in a whole body approach to many ailments, especially in the gut, will find insightful and intriguing ideas in Mind-Gut Connection by Emeran Mayer M.D. 



Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars


Book Facts:
  • Pages:   320
  • Year originally published:   2016
  • Author: You can find out more about the author at the author's Website.
  • Book Tour: My review is part of a larger collection of reviews. For more information, please visit TLC Book Tours
Purchase on Amazon:  Mind-Gut Connection by Emeran Mayer M.D.


 
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Jul 11, 2016

Book Spotlight: Great Disneyland Scavenger Hunt by Catherine F. Olen





Book Spotlight Description:  "See the enchantment of the Disneyland resort in a whole new way with "The Great Disneyland Scavenger Hunt." From Main Street U.S.A. to New Orleans Square, Walt Disney lovingly designed every detail to immerse guests in the magic of his theme parks.


"See Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure through new eyes when you discover fantasy, thrills, and dreams around every turn. Whether you’re perusing the shops, waiting in line, or riding attractions, there’s plenty to uncover for even the most knowledgeable Disney fan.


"If this is your first visit or your five hundredth, you will discover something new with "The Great Disneyland Scavenger Hunt."

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Book Facts:
  • Pages:   180
  • Year originally published:  2016
  • Author Bio: Catherine Olen has enjoyed a love affair with the magic of the Disney theme parks for as long as she can remember, counting herself among Disneyland passholders for the last twenty-five years. Previously, Olen owned and operated Hollywood Grave Hunter and is the proud author of The Final Curtain: Celebrity Deaths and The Upside of Undertaking, chronicling her previous career experiences. She has been a correspondent to Entertainment Tonight (US and France), The Biography Channel, Reelz Network, and the Mark & Brian radio show.
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