Archive of Non-fiction

06Oct2018

Book #36: The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

I’ve already written my strong feelings on this book here, so I won’t go into it much more here, but it’s a good reminder that some books are worth returning to again and again. After a particularly bonding experience at a book club I hosted one night, as a group we decided to study The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey together.  Over seven weeks, we read and disc

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06Oct2018

Book #35: How to Talk So Little Kids Will Listen

I’ll be upfront and say that I zoomed through How to Talk so Little Kids Will Listen: A Survival Guide to Life with Children Ages 2-7 by Joanna Faber and Julie King, skimming large swaths of it, since it was a companion book to the original.  I read How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber years ago and found it incredibly valuable for my parenting, so wh

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06Oct2018

Book #34 Getting Back to Happy

I bought a copy of Getting Back to Happy: Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Reality, and Turn Your Trials Into Triumphs by Marc Chernoff hoping to find some new tools for dealing with depression and anxiety.  Our family has been dealing with these issues for years and what I read from Marc’s blog with his wife, Angel, told me they had insightful things to say on the topic.  Having dealt with

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06Oct2018

Book #31: Mere Christianity

Next on my scripture supplement reading was Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis.  This book has been on my to-read list for ages and after I found it in a stack of books given to me by a friend, I thought it was about time I read it. I went into reading it blind, not really knowing what it was about other than, uh, Christianity.  It’s actually a compilation of talks Lewis did for radio, which w

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08Aug2018

Book #24: The Read-Aloud Family: Making Meaningful and Lasting Connections with Your Kids

I love books of lists, particularly books that are about books and include lists.  It’s a very specific obsession and I’m always on the prowl for them.  My favorites are Honey for a Child’s Heart by Gladys Hunt (and her companion books, Honey for a Teen’s Heart and Honey for a Woman’s Heart), The Read-Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease, Give Your Child the World by Jamie C. Martin, and now

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30Jul2018

Book #22: World War II: The Rest of the Story and How It Affects You Today

This book pulls no punches.  Richard Maybury is the author of multiple books that force me to examine what I’ve always understood about history, politics and economics, but this was the first.  World War II: There Rest of the Story and How It Affects You Today is a study of WWII from an economic standpoint and what he draws from his research and those of other historian/economists shocked me.

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30Jul2018

Book #21: Holding Fast

After finishing Isaiah for Airheads, I was ready for another supplement to scripture study. I saw this one on Goodreads and it peaked my interest.  I love Amazon’s used book selection and I’m certain it’s enabling my book buying addiction, but Holding Fast by Robert Millet was worth it.  In fact, I might buy copies to give away as well. Geared specifically toward LDS readers, the subtit

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28Jul2018

Book #18: Isaiah for Airheads

I’ve never read a John Bytheway book before, but his book Isaiah for Airheads, caught my eye while I was in Deseret Book in Portland.  I always thought his books were geared toward teens but after reading the blurb on the back, I knew this book was just right for me. Reading Isaiah is either a beautiful poetic experience or a massive stumbling block for me.  I’ve had times where reading f

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26Jul2018

Book #17: Flat Broke With Two Goats

The moral of this book?  Some people just never get their acts together.  Yeah, I kinda hated this author.  Hated is probably too strong of a word.  But she and I will never be friends.  I probably wouldn’t even have wanted to hear her tell her story at a party.  It would have just irritated me. I don’t want to expend a lot of effort on this review because I’ve got another twenty cu

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26Jul2018
Author
Jenny
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100 Book Challenge, Non-fiction

Book #16: Norse Mythology

Ah, Neil Gaiman, you’re a genius.  I don’t love all your books, but there are some that blow my mind. The Graveyard Book, Fortunately the Milk, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Coraline, all amazing books I consider worthy of multiple readings.  When I impulse-purchased Norse Mythology while at Portland’s famous bookstore, Powells, I hoped I was in for a treat.  I was, but not wholly wha

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