Apr 13, 2015

Book Review: Do You Have The Courage To Be You? by Jenny Williamson


Great quote:  "I want your new identity to become your new core narrative. I want your belief in yourself to be strong and impenetrable. I want you to succeed in your world-changing mission." (Page 124)

Book summary:  "Before time began, you were imagined, planned, and created for a specific and unique purpose. There is something you were created to do and if you don’t do it, it will never be done. It is urgent that you find the courage to be and do all you were created for. Someone is waiting for you to be you. Have you ever contemplated your particular purpose - the reason you are on this planet? Have you intentionally pursued your true identity and attempted to fulfill your destiny? Do You Have The Courage To Be You? If you answered “No” to any of these questions, but want to answer “Yes,” then life coach, Jenny Williamson, will help you to do just that through the pages of this book."

"Do You Have The Courage To Be You? was the provocative question that changed the entire trajectory of Jenny’s life, and became the impetus used to propel her on a journey of discovering her water-walking, giant-slaying, history-making destiny. She prays it will do the same for you. As Jenny neared her fortieth birthday, she felt pitifully ordinary, was mired in mediocrity, and cloaked in comfort. She knew courage would be required for her to leave the known for the unknown."

"What does it mean to have the courage to be you? What thought patterns or belief systems keep you from being you? What challenges must be faced? How do you find your unique purpose? Within this powerful book, Jenny answers these questions, while transparently sharing her own story. Her journey led her to a vulnerable group of children - children who are being sold for sex - who needed a home and a family." (Book Cover)


My thoughts:  Jenny Williamson is a woman with a passion. Her mission is for those traded in the sex trade. Three was a time, however, when Williamson knew nothing about the sex trade. She lived a quiet, comfortable suburban existence as a mom and wife. She knew her life's purpose was something more.

Do You Have the Courage To Be You? by Jenny Williamson is a look at her journey towards her God-given purpose in life. Williamson's path to her own personal courage is broken into two parts:

  • Part One: Your Identity
  • Part Two: Your Destiny

Each chapter also ends with "Key Chapter Concepts to Consider." These important summary points are open-ended questions which allow the reader to contemplate how the chapter relates to her own life.

I deeply admired Williamson own particular courage to tackle the sex trade problem in her own small corner of the world. Her work in Sacramento, California has led Williamson to all parts of the globe now, as she speaks and mentors others who wish to help people trap the sex trade. 

My favorite part of the book was Williamson's path to her own passion. Despite her own personal convictions and ideas about her life, Williamson sought God's will for her life. She describes spending hours and hours walking and praying, while she waited for God to direct her path. Her Biblical approach to seeking God's path was inspiring and convicting to me.

While Williamson's passion is for the sex trade, this book is not specifically about her work terrible situation. This book explains the path she took to find her life's calling and the ways in which God has blessed her work.

Rating: 5 of 5 stars


Book Facts:
  • Pages:   256
  • Year originally published:   2015
  • Author:  Jenny Williamson is the Founder and CEO of Courage Worldwide, an international, non-profit organization that builds homes for children rescued out of sex trafficking around the world. For her efforts and impact, she has received numerous awards. She resides in Northern California with her family. 

    Jenny was recently honored as a top 10 nominee in L'Oreal's Women of Worth campaign. 
  • Book Tour:  My review is part of a larger collection of reviews that can be found at iRead Book Tours


Purchase on Amazon: Do You Have The Courage To Be You?: You Were Created On Purpose 

  
 
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Apr 12, 2015

Book Review: Hurricane Sisters by Dorothea Benton Frank





Great quote:  "The salt spray was stinging our faces, causing us to squint. The ocean was churning and roiling. And the color of the water was deeper, closer to black than blue. The charcoal sky was filled with fast-moving clouds and the wind was picking up, whipping all the palmettos and oleanders around like they were destined to take off and fly away. There was no question that a really nasty storm was coming to town." (Page 293)

Book summary:  "Once again Dorothea Benton Frank takes us into the heart of her magical South Carolina Lowcountry on a tumultuous journey filled with longings, disappointments, and a road toward happiness that is hard earned." (Inside Cover)

My thoughts:  Hurricane Sisters by Dorothea Benton Frank is everything you want in a summer beach read. Hurricane Sisters is slick and modern, with mentions of current movie stars and politicians in trouble because of leaked cell phone messages. Matriarch Maisie is an 80 year old grandma with a feisty cool persona and mom Liz is a tough Southern lady trying to hold her family together in the middle of her own personal drama. 

Hurricane Sisters deals with the very heavy subject of domestic violence. The story progresses slowly enough to shed light on how abusers slowly work their evil until the situation feels as if there is no escape. 

This is the first book by Frank that I have read, so I'm not sure where it fits in with her body of work. As a beach read, this book would definitely hit the spot. Hurricane Sisters has a fantastic beach setting and plenty of quirky characters to keep the story moving along. My favorite character was Grandma Maisie, but all of the characters are memorable.

Rating: 4 of 5 stars


Book Facts:
  • Pages:   352
  • Year originally published:  2014
  • Book Tour:  My review is part of a larger collection of reviews that can be found at TLC Book Tours
Purchase on Amazon: Hurricane Sisters by Dorothea Benton Frank


 
FTC Disclosure: Lavish Bookshelf received this product complimentary in exchange for an honest review. The opinions in this review are solely the opinion of the author. Lavish Bookshelf was not required to provide a positive review and did not receive any further compensation. Links in this post may be an affiliate link to another website. When you purchase item through an affiliate link, Lavish Bookshelf may receive monetary compensation for the referral of the sale.

Apr 6, 2015

Book Spotlight: Authentic Arts: Florence Travel Guide and Companion Guide

Hi Everyone! If you like to travel, especially to Italy...and especially to Florence, then you have to take a look at Laura Morelli's new Authentic Arts series. Today, I am spotlighting the second set of books in this series. If you missed my spotlight on the first book, check out Authentic Arts: Venice



"Laura Morelli has set out to make you an expert in handmade crafts." --American Style Magazine




About the Book

Going to Florence, Italy?

Don't buy anything in Florence until you read this book!

If you're traveling to Florence, Italy, you want to go home with a special souvenir: a leather handbag, a piece of gold jewelry, hand-printed stationery, or one of the city's famous luxury fabrics. But selecting which jacket or which wallet to buy can be an intimidating experience. How do you know if you're buying something authentic, something made in Florence, something made in a traditional way? How do you determine if you've fallen prey to one of the city's many tourist traps?

Florence boasts some of the most famous artistic traditions in the world. Here's what you need to know about them.

Laura Morelli leads you beyond the souvenir shops for an immersive cultural experience that you won't find in any other guidebook. This indispensable guide includes practical tips for locating the most authentic goods in one of the busiest tourist destinations in the world. Packed with useful information on quality and value, and with a comprehensive resource guide, Laura Morelli s Authentic Arts: Florence is the perfect guide for anyone wanting to bring home the unique traditions of the capital of the Renaissance. 

Artisans of Florence is the companion to Laura Morelli's Authentic Arts: Florence: A Travel Guide to Fabrics, Frames, Jewelry, Leather Goods, Maiolica, Paper, Woodcrafts & More . Put both books together and you'll be the most knowledgeable traveler in Florence!




About the book

Artisans of Florence is the companion to Florence: A Travel Guide, bringing you inside the workshops of several dozen of the most accomplished makers of Florentine fabrics, hand-carved frames, and other treasures. Put both books together and you'll be the most knowledgeable traveler in Florence! 

"Laura Morelli has set out to make you an expert in handmade crafts." --American Style Magazine

Laura Morelli, an art historian and trusted guide in the world of cultural travel and authentic shopping, leads you to the best of Florence's most traditional arts. Laura Morelli's Authentic Arts series is the only travel guide series on the market that takes you beyond the museums and tourist traps to make you an educated buyer--maybe even a connoisseur--of Florentine leather, ceramics of the Amalfi Coast, Parisian hats, Venetian glass, the handmade quilts of Provence, and more treasures. 

Bring Laura Morelli's guides to Florence with you, and you'll be sure to come home with the best of Florence in your suitcase. 


Where to buy the books





Meet the Author


Laura Morelli holds a Ph.D. in art history from Yale University, where she was a Bass Writing Fellow and Mellon Doctoral Fellow. She authored a column for National Geographic Traveler called “The Genuine Article” and contributes pieces about authentic travel to national magazines and newspapers. Laura has been featured on CNN Radio, Travel Today with Peter Greenberg, The Frommers Travel Show, and in USA TODAY, Departures, House & Garden Magazine, Traditional Home, the Denver Post, Miami Herald, The Chicago Tribune, and other media. Recently her art history lesson, “What’s the difference between art and craft?” was produced and distributed by TED-Ed.

Laura has taught college-level art history at Trinity College in Rome, as well as at Northeastern University, Merrimack College, St. Joseph College, and the College of Coastal Georgia. Laura has lived in five countries, including four years in Italy and four years in France.

Laura Morelli is the author of the guidebook series that includesMade in Italy, Made in France, and Made in the Southwest, all published by Rizzoli / Universe. The Gondola Maker, a historical coming-of-age story about the heir to a gondola boatyard in 16th-century Venice, is her first work of fiction.




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Mar 31, 2015

Book Chat: My 2015 Reading Plan (March Update)



***  March 2015 Update  ***


This is the year I'm reading a few of those 
forgotten books that are languishing on my personal shelves. 

Over the years, my reviewing duties have slowly cut into the time I have to read the books I've purchased on my own. Personally, I love to read travel memoirs, but I don't get to read many of those on book tours. I've also gotten away from book reading challenges in the past few years. I liked the challenges because breaking outside my usual genres always yields surprisingly great books. I'll still be working on book reviews and blog tours, just being more selective. 


Here's how the whole 
2015 reading challenge 
thing is going:


Grand Total of books read in 2015:  26




Lavish Bookshelf Challenge 2015: 
Tackling the To-Be-Read (TBR) Pile - One book per week (7/52)
  1. 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff  (Finished January 2015)
  2. Africa Trek by Alexandre Poissin
  3. Alice Princess by Alice Princess Siwundhla
  4. Amazon Journal by Geoffrey O'Connor
  5. Annapurna by Maurice Herzog
  6. Arabian Sands by Wilfred Thesiger
  7. Arcadia by Lauren Groff
  8. Beauty Tips From Moose Jaw by Will Ferguson
  9. Berserk by David Mercy
  10. Bookseller of Kabul by Asne Seierstad
  11. Catfish and Mandala by Andrew Pham
  12. Chasing Francis by Ian Morgan Cron
  13. Daisy Bates in the Desert by Julia Blackburn
  14. Dark Star Safari by Paul Theroux
  15. Desert Queen by Janet Wallach
  16. East Along the Equator by Helen Winternitz   (Finished January 2015)
  17. Ecotopia by Ernest Callenbach (Finished February 2015)
  18. Emotions by Charles Stanley
  19. Endurance by Alfred Lansing (Finished February 2015)
  20. Four Corners by Kira Salak
  21. Frenchman's Creek by Daphne Du Maurier
  22. Great Journey: Americans in Paris by David McCullough 
  23. Halfway to Each Other by Susan Pohlman
  24. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
  25. In Silence by Ruth Sidransky
  26. In Trouble Again by Redmond O'Hanlon
  27. Little House in the Arctic by Kathy Slamp
  28. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  29. Measure of All Things by Ken Alder
  30. Memoirs of an English Governess in a Siamese Court by Anna Leonowens
  31. Motoring with Mohammed by Eric Hansen
  32. My Cousin Rachel by Daphne Du Maurier
  33. No Horizon is So Far by Ann Bancroft
  34. Radio Shangri-La by Lisa Napoli
  35. Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
  36. Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
  37. Road Fever by Tim Cahill
  38. Running in the Family by Michael Ondaatje (Finished January 2015)
  39. Samurai's Garden by Gail Tsukiyama  (Finished February 2015)
  40. Sex Lives of Cannibals by J. Maarten Troost
  41. Sex on the Moon by Ben Mezrich
  42. Sycamore Row by John Grisham
  43. The Summons by John Grisham
  44. The Associate by John Grisham  (Finished March 2015)
  45. The Client by John Grisham
  46. Through a Window by Jane Goodall
  47. Too Close to the Sun by Sara Wheeler
  48. Turkish Reflections by Mary Settle
  49. Unchangeable Spots of Leopards by Kristopher Jansma
  50. Unheard by Josh Swiller
  51. Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan
  52. Winter in Arabia by Freya Stark

Other books To Be Read this year (if I have a LOT of extra time):
  1. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  2. Harry Potter Series (the entire series!) by J. K. Rowling




Book Riot's Read Harder in 2015 Challenge   
(8/24 completed)
  1. A book written by someone when they were under the age of 25 -- Soul Surfer by Bethany Hamilton
  2. A book written by someone when they were over the age of 65
  3. collection of short stories (either by one person or an anthology by many people)
  4. A book published by an indie press
  5. A book by or about someone that identifies as LGBTQ
  6. A book by a person whose gender is different from your own
  7. A book that takes place in Asia -- No Shortcuts to the Top by Ed Viesturs
  8. A book by an author from Africa
  9. A book that is by or about someone from an indigenous culture 
  10. microhistory -- Our Auntie Rosa by Sheila McCauley Keys 
  11. YA novel
  12. sci-fi novel
  13. romance novel -- A Heart's Disguise by Colleen Coble 
  14. National Book AwardMan Booker Prize or Pulitzer Prize winner from the last decade
  15. A book that is a retelling of a classic story (fairytale, Shakespearian play, classic novel, etc.)
  16. An audiobook
  17. A collection of poetry
  18. A book that someone else has recommended to you -- Endurance by Alfred Lansing
  19. A book that was originally published in another language
  20. A graphic novel, a graphic memoir or a collection of comics of any kind 
  21. A book that you would consider a guilty pleasure - The Associate by John Grisham
  22. A book published before 1850
  23. A book published this year -- Miracle on Voodoo Mountain by Megan Boudreaux
  24. self-improvement book -- Clutter Free by Kathi Lipp 




Aussie Author Challenge 2015   
(0/3 completed)
  • WALLABY - Reading Challenge Level
    • Read and review 3 titles written by Australian authors, of which at least 1 of those authors are female, at least 1 of those authors are male, and at least 1 of those authors are new to you;
    • Fiction or non-fiction, any genre



2015 Reading Challenge from PopSugar    
(13/50 completed)

  1. Book w/ 500+ pages
  2. Classic romance
  3. Book that became a movie
  4. Book published this year (2015)
  5. Book w/ a number in the title
  6. Book written by someone under 30 -- Miracle on VooDoo Mountain by Megan Boudreaux
  7. Book w/ nonhuman characters
  8. Funny book
  9. Book by female author -- What is Found, What is Lost by Anne Leigh Parrish 
  10. Mystery or thriller  --  A Dangerous Place by Jacqueline Winspear 
  11. Book w/ one-word title -- Endurance by Alfred Lansing
  12. Book of short stories
  13. Book set in a different country -- No Shortcuts to the Top by Ed Viesturs
  14. Nonfiction
  15. Popular author's first book -- A Heart's Disguise by Colleen Coble 
  16. Book from an author you love that you haven't read yet --  The Associate by John Grisham
  17. Book a friend recommended -- Samurai's Garden by Gail Tsukiyama
  18. Pulitzer Prize-winning book
  19. Book based on true story -- Our Auntie Rosa by Sheila McCauley Keys 
  20. Book at bottom of your to-read list -- East Along the Equator by Helen Winternitz
  21. Book your mom loves
  22. Book that scares you
  23. Book more than 100 years old
  24. Book based on its cover  --  Nourished by Becky Johnson and Rachel Randolph
  25. Book you were supposed to read in school but didn't
  26. A memoir -- Running in the Family by Michael Ondaatje
  27. Book you can finish in a day
  28. Book w/ antonyms in the title
  29. Book set somewhere you've always wanted to visit
  30. Book that came out the year you were born
  31. Book w/ bad reviews
  32. A trilogy
  33. Book from your childhood
  34. Book w/ a love triangle
  35. Book set in the future
  36. Book set in high school
  37. Book w/ color in the title -- Lavender Garden by Lucinda Riley 
  38. Book that made you cry
  39. Book w/ magic
  40. Graphic novel
  41. Book by an author you've never read before
  42. Book you own but have never read
  43. Book that takes place in your hometown  
  44. Book that was originally written in different language
  45. Book set during Christmas
  46. Book written by an author with your same initials
  47. A play
  48. A banned book
  49. Book based on or turned into a TV show
  50. Book you started but never finished

FTC Disclosure: Lavish Bookshelf received this product complimentary in exchange for an honest review. The opinions in this review are solely the opinion of the author. Lavish Bookshelf was not required to provide a positive review and did not receive any further compensation. Links in this post may be an affiliate link to another website. When you purchase item through an affiliate link, Lavish Bookshelf may receive monetary compensation for the referral of the sale.