Archive of Self-help

16Dec2018

Books #71, #72, #73, #74 and #75: The Leadership Education Library

In case you haven’t noticed from the piles of posts referencing homeschooling, that’s a thing I do.  This is my ninth year, and I’ve read just about every book, website, or resource about homeschooling out there.  I’ve tried most of them too.  If it doesn’t resonate with me or my kids, I ditch it and if it does, we keep it and adjust where needed.  So far we’ve been happiest follow

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14Dec2018

Book #64: The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction

This is the book that nearly derailed my 100 book challenge.  If I was a speeding train in this challenge, this slowed me to a craw.  And it wasn’t a bad thing. I borrowed a copy of The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction by Alan Jacobs from the library, then filled it with sticky notes to remind me of favorite passages.  But it had scads of holds on it so I had to return it and

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12Dec2018
Author
Jenny
Category
100 Book Challenge, Self-help

Book #57: Scary Close

I can’t even remember why I requested this book from the library.  The author Donald Miller, wrote a book my oldest daughter liked called A Million Miles in a  Thousand Years, which I haven’t read yet.  Scary Close had a blurb that called out to me, so I gave it a try.  Compelling and painful, it was difficult for me to read, yet it ended up being beneficial. Donald Miller tells the sto

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11Dec2018

Book #44: Turn the Page

I read Turn the Page: How to Read Like a Top Leader by Chris Brady a year ago and tried to apply some of the principles taught in it.  I found them useful in my reading journey, so I decided to ask the book group of homeschooled teens that I mentor to read it with me.  I thought we’d have an interesting discussion of the concepts in it, but mostly the kids got hung up on whether or not you sho

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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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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 #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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22Feb2018
Author
Jenny
Category
Fantasy, Fiction, Self-help, Young Adult

Book #7 Geoffrey P. Ward’s Guide to Villainy

Last week I made a trip to the Life, the Universe and Everything Writing Conference.  I had heard about this conference from my writer sister-in-law who is in the know about these sorts of things.  As a birthday present, my husband surprised me with a plane ticket to go with Caren and not really knowing what to expect, I excitedly headed off. I write.  Sort of.  I have mounds of thoughts an

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