Friday, November 18, 2011

Common Denominators for Success by Kenny J. Anderson REVIEW

For centuries people have sought to find the secret to achieving lasting success. Common Denominators for Success reveal the seven universal formulas for getting the results you want from life. Whether you are pursuing a lifelong dream or wish to develop deep, meaningful relationships, enjoy optimal health, or make the most of your time and money, application of these seven timeless principles holds the key to reaching your full potential and turning your dreams into reality. Ordinary people in all eras have achieved extraordinary results as they have applied these seven powerful formulas. Now is the time for you to live your dreams and get the results you want.

There are times when I see someone my age who has accomplished a lot more than I have and I feel behind and lazy because I haven’t gotten to that point yet. There are times when I see a couple my husband and my age living in a very nice house with a couple nice cars, nice clothing, etc…then I see my husband and I…we are happily married, with a happy beautiful child and we at times live off of ramen, sandwiches and canned goods to make rent and bills. My point is; I find myself wondering, when is our hard work going to pay off? My adopted grandmother told me that when she and her husband were first married they were grateful for the two for one deals on burgers at the burger joint otherwise they would have gone hungry. And later when they had two kids they had to trade in the bottles to get the money for milk for the kids. They now live very nicely.
My point in saying all of this is I was glad to review this book because I was hoping for ideas and inspiration on how to make our dollar stretch a bit further. For my eyes to open up to what we are doing wrong. And it’s funny because reading these guidelines was sort of an eye opener but so simple. Like stop making excuses. Be real. If you want it, especially if you know it will improve your lifestyle, make it happen. Another obvious tip that people tend to break all the time is spend less money than you make. Stop spending beyond your means. Also, you need to believe that you will make it to your goal. You will obviously have your down moments or days and feelings which is why you need to give yourself reminders why you’re doing this. Because remember, success is not a matter of chance but of choice.
One of the things I can be glad to have been brought up with is “if it’s something you really want, than go for it even if there are roadblocks. Because after that first roadblock you will feel more energized to get to your goal.” That was something else in the book that is a great tip.
After reading this book I felt like using it as a day-to-day how-to guide to help our finances and help our success rate at wanting great credit, a home, car, etc. I haven’t quite figured out how I would do that but if you have any ideas, let me knowJ
I fully enjoyed this book even though it was a self-help/financial book. I have gotten tired of reading only self-help books but I did enjoy and recommend this one and I hope you pick it up get something from it as well.

                                                                                I  received this book for review from Media Guests

How to Get a Married Woman to have Sex with You...If you’re Her Husband by Stephan Labossiere REVIEW

I like the title of this book first off. It was funny to see the reaction I got while reading the book. Getting “the look” with eyebrows raised. I point out the rest of the title and “the look” isn’t as strong but it isn’t all gone. I think because it’s not the typical title to a marriage/intimacy help book. At first I thought this was going to be a comedy read of sorts. But it was actually very enlightening to get a man’s opinion on what is going on inside the wife’s head.  Actually, that part is funny to think about.  But in all seriousness the author, Stephan had quite a few good pointers for men to take into account. Such as security, and that alone has a few sides to it. She wants to know he will protect her physically, verbally, emotionally and financially. If she doesn’t feel secure she isn’t going to be into being vulnerable in the bedroom or out of the bedroom. So…if she feels secure emotionally, physically, financially, etc…she is more than likely to be more open in the bedroom. Also, women wanted to feel connected to their husbands outside of the bedroom as well. Intimacy is not just the physical part of the relationship. That is the tip of the iceberg. After marriage the charm, manners, and work at the relationship should not fly out the window. We still want and need romance after marriage. Just because you “have” us doesn’t mean chivalry goes out the window. We don’t just flip a light switch whenever you want to “get it on”.
I do appreciate Stephan bringing God into the book. Because I as a Christian, I believe that God created sex for husband and wife. Like Stephan pointed out, sex is a beautiful thing to be cherished. Not just for baby making but for enjoyment as well.
All in all, this was a quick read but very enlightening and quite fun to read. I recommend and encourage all married couple to read this book. Only took me about an hour to read this book with it only being 85 pages.

                                                                   I received this book for review from Pump Up Your Book

Saturday, November 12, 2011

A Place to Belong by Lisa Troyer REVIEW

Looking for “a place to belong”? Find it in a community of women fostering relationships through authenticity, affirmation and accountability—find it in the Circle of Friends. Your outlook will never be the same as you explore the ministry potential of a dynamic group of “women helping women,” and catch their vision to be women committed to Jesus Christ, obediently seeking God’s will, and fulfilling their life mission as Christ-followers.

I really enjoyed the forward by Carol Kent…I think they should make that into a book…
I did enjoy the rest of A Place to Belong, I loved that she brought many biblical stories to the surface for us to remember that Jesus knows all and is aware of all even when we think He isn’t aware. That He did not care if you were the village whore and nobody would talk to you or look at you (even though they most likely did when she wasn’t looking or in earshot or there). I like that Lisa reminds us that we need a group, a circle of friends, a cadre to be able to talk to, have real talks, be able to have someone to call and vent to, not hide anything, to be accountable to, to help you stay on the correct path, to be in good company with people who truly love you and care about and for you, only want the best for you. That won’t sugar coat or be too harsh and kick you when you’re down, but give you tough love when you need it. For you to lean on.
She also reminds us to be real with God. People try to lie and hide things from God which is funny in its self because that is impossible. There are so many great things in the book to take from, use in your life, your marriage, your parenting, friendship. Though for me, the biggest thing in this book and the biggest thing I took from this was what she and her friends started; called the Circle of Friends. They are there to keep you in the right path, to call on anytime for anything. They keep you accountable and vice versa. You talk about anything and everything, the joys and struggles in your life; etc. etc. My own church has that, but we use what I believe is the French term, Cadre. You get together with the main person once a week, one of the leaders of the church that is in that cadre to talk one on one about whatever you want to discuss. You go out to eat or for a cup of coffee or go book shopping or whatever it may be.
There is a bit more in the book than what I am discussing here but this is the main of what I got from it. I do have to admit though, that I was hoping to get engrossed in this book. I was really looking forward to this book coming. But I found it hard to keep my attention on the book. I found my mind wandering to other books and things. I’m hoping that it was just my mood this time and the stresses of life at this moment. I am going to re-read this book in about six months to a year and maybe do another review on it or touch up this review. Please don’t take my criticism wrong, I do recommend this book for anyone and everyone. And even though this is a Christian book on women’s life issues, I do believe a man could read this and get something from it.  If you want inspiration to not throw in the towel or give up, this is the book for you.


                                                         I received this book for review from The B&B Media Group

Monday, November 7, 2011

Creatures of the Night that We Loved So Well by James M. Fetters REVIEW

Over 200 photos, many never published before, TV Guide ads, movie listings by date, scans of actual scripts, Interviews with the Hosts and writers and identities of the hosts revealed for the first time. Many you’ve seen on other TV series and movies and didn’t even know. What famous comedian was the side kick of Famous Morris in 1976? What two Horror Hosts, one in 1957 and one in 1982 had lawsuits brought against them because of their own TV shows?

When I first heard the title and synopsis of this book I was very interested. For a few different reasons: I wasn’t allowed to watch these shows growing up. I was too young and they were on too late. When I was old enough to watch them I got nightmares. Or I was too scared to go to sleep. It was the worst when I or one of my friends had a sleep over and they wanted to watch one or more of them…I couldn’t sleep then woke up from a nightmare….Oh those days lol. Also I have never been into horror. Whether it is movie or book. I came to realize that most if not all horror books/movies are so unrealistic. I like a little scary…but not too scary and a lot of reality. I could never watch The Matrix because of the unreality of it all.
But when I saw this book I thought it would be a lot of fun to find out who those people were that played those scary characters and all the behind the scenes stuff. And even though I am not into horror, even older scary, Like Hitchcock; even though I watch Alfred Hitchcock once in a while….where they use chocolate syrup for blood…I had a lot of fun looking at all the pictures and manuscripts with the producers’ editing, or about reading about the lawsuits that happened.
There is a ton of the scary shows with their synopsis’ and credits and things. Such as The Invisible Man, The Mummy, Frankenstein, Sealed Lips and so many more! This book is jammed packed full of pictures, facts, neat stories and fun oh so interesting tid-bits of information that anyone who saw any of these shows/movies will love to read this book. You will have a lot of fun going through the pictures alone. It’ll definitely take you back into time! I know I am not doing this book justice and I am sorry for that. But I do recommend this book for any of you who watched any of these pictures. It was a lot of fun for me to go through each page of information and picture.

I received this book for review from MediaGuests