Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Ghost Boy

Ghost Boy: The Miraculous Escape of a Misdiagnosed Boy Trapped Inside His Own BodyGhost Boy: The Miraculous Escape of a Misdiagnosed Boy Trapped Inside His Own Body by Martin Pistorius
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I love true stories. Something about them just makes them so much more alive to me as a reader.

This is the story of Martin. A young boy who had some sort of health issue that left him pretty much in a world of his own unable to communicate, allow him the use of his body, leaving him in a wheelchair with little understanding of what was going on around him.

He slowly starts to become aware of his surroundings more & more, while it takes those around him a while to notice. Thankfully, a nurse could sense he understood more then everyone thought & pushed to have him tested. Once they realized his brain was coming back, it was time to work on a way to communicate. The story is the way Martin was able to come back to the world & become PART of the world.

Reading what was going through his mind while no one understood was tortious to me. I can't even imagine. Having to sit, sometimes in painful condition, to listen to everything going around him & even to have horrific things happen & he having no way to tell anyone or cry for help... or to even have an opinion on what to eat or wear, the basic things. I cant even imagine.

We see that with technology, & with a lot of hard work for Martin to regain strength & the natural ability he had to deal with computers, he was able to come back into the world & talk with his family & even find love.

After hearing of some of the things he lived through, I was so glad he had a happy ending.
So deserved.

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Friday, April 17, 2015

Yeah, Maybe

Yeah, maybeYeah, maybe by Joey Hodges
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

So the power of blogs... I saw this book popping up everywhere a few weeks back.

Joey Hodges is a blogger who has a pretty decent following so people were really promoting her book. Plus it was on a Amazon Kindle special so I decided to give it a go.

The story takes you back to high school & the relationship between 2 best friends. 2 completely different young ladies starting their freshman year together. And while they have been best friends their whole lives, they never went to the same school. Would their friendship last in a different environment?

It's really a easy read bringing back high school memories of drama, of the popular gang & the way they can influence those around them, the dirty way that teenage girls can act, the first love butterflies & meeting the cute boy in school who likes you as well, the emotions of it all & the way it can tear friendships apart.

This book had a little twist when it came to the relationships Annie had with her parents, which wasn't something I saw coming expectantly, & sort of just felt odd to me in the story, but whatever.

I loved that we did see Annie become a stronger person throughout the book though. I did cheer for her through her whole freshman year.

So yeah, I did enjoy the book. Is it the best read of all time? Maybe not, but it was fun to take the journey back to high school for a few hours.

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Hot Body Year-Round

Cassey Ho's Hot Body Year-Round (Enhanced Edition)Cassey Ho's Hot Body Year-Round by Cassey Ho
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I've never gotten a book before with Fitness in mind, but I was excited to get this new book from Cassey Ho. I love her videos on YouTube & her idea of healthy / clean eating which made me excited to see what this book had in store.

In it is a plan for year round. Recipes & exercises that are made specifically for each season with the idea you can pick out your exercises to do every day & mix it up as the next season comes up. I like that. It's not the same thing the year round. There is a page that has a suggestion of what sort of plan should be followed for your level in fitness.

Also, the recipes for each season look AMAZINGLY delish! Clean eating is the menu plan & I appreciate that a lot of them are vegetarian friendly.

The book really is a nice thick book that will come in handy for both the recipes & the workouts. I'm excited to see what Cassey has in her future for all of us trying to stay fit.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

You'll Get Through This

You'll Get Through This: Hope and Help for Your Turbulent TimesYou'll Get Through This: Hope and Help for Your Turbulent Times by Max Lucado
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Something about Max Lucado books that just speak to me. So easy to understand- so full of real life lessons - full of Biblical truth. I just enjoy every one of his books.

I don't even know what made me pick up this book. I don't really have a "tough time" happening right now, but I guess the saying always goes - you're either in a tough time, coming out of a tough time or getting to go into a tough time - well, that came to mind. So I know I may not be in a tough time now, but I know one lies ahead. It always will.

& this book was just good for tough times of normal every day life. Small frustrations. I'm aggravated at my job & there was even a little part that spoke right to my heart about that situation.

The book is centered around the story of Joseph & his story of being betrayed by his brothers, left behind, rejected. The people he ran into during his life, the people who promised him things but soon forgot him, the woman who framed him while he kept his morals & values, the position that God led him into to ultimately save so many in a nation, including his brothers that ultimately left him behind for harm. God works in all things. God can bring good. You are Joseph in your generation.

I really can't say enough good about this book. I'm thankful I picked it up.

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Monday, April 6, 2015

Capturing the Moment

Capturing the Moment: Inspiration and Techniques for the Modern PhotographerCapturing the Moment: Inspiration and Techniques for the Modern Photographer by Sarah Wilkerson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What a neat book.

This is such a beautiful book to have for inspiration, to learn some tips, to get some ideas.

This is made from all the ladies at Clinkin' Moms - a site that I love to go visit & see what questions they are answering & to see what the latest is.
This book is a collection of their works broken out into categories.
It's not so much a book that gives you direction or teaches you anything, but on each picture, it does let you know the settings of the camera, which is good to know so you can practice yourself.

The book is heavy & thick & well constructed as well.

For a photographer, I think its great just to thumb through to get inspired. Glad to have it.

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