Reviewed by Jackie Paulson © 2012
I was given a free copy of this emotional roller coaster young adult novel which is about the suffering, loss of a loved one, and grief. When the main character, Mae McBride decides that her best friend is not her best friend any longer, the story shows us how they reunite in such a magical way.
What causes Mae and Heidi to have a departing conflict is the fact that when the house is caught on fire, Mae’s father saves Heidi’s life and dies a hero.
First off I can relate to having a loved one die, which many can who would read this book. The book shows the stages of grief among the character that are a reality and can be something I relate to as well as you.
NOTE: (My real mother died when I was five and she was 33), so I can really relate to all of the characters emotions in the stages of grief and loss.
Secondly, the story is short and easy to read in one sitting (105 pages total).
Thirdly, I could feel the emotions and the compassion in each character as true to life as well.
Fourthly, I think it would be easy to place blame on the “dead father” for saving Heidi. It is such a reality to envision this story as real. I also can see the two best friends take the stance they did in the story and then later realize the regret and silliness to only make up and become life time friends forever, learning from the experience.
This would be a great book for any age group but it is aimed towards young adults. If you decide to read this book please comment below of what you thought of it, thank you, © 2012 Jackie Paulson
One Big Thing by Phil Cooke
(Discovering what you were born to do)
As I looked on Amazon I have found that I am the first one to post a review about this book! This is a First for Phil Cooke and his book and for me as well. I would love to thank BookSneeze for giving me a free copy for my honest review.
Quote: “When you can do common things in uncommon ways, you’ll command the attention of the world.” I believe in this statement because if Gandhi, Mother Theresa or Princess Diana did things in the usual way or common way, they would not have gotten “noticed.” So in trying to figure out your one big thing as I am, we have to find something we love to do with a passion, and then make it our goal to make it our only focus.
I am searching as you may be for finding out what our life passion is and to be able to share it (whatever our it) is with the world!
Questions to ask:
- Whom do you want to influence?
- What do others do that drives you nutty? (That is your topic of passion)!
- What do you love to do but another would find it challenging?
This book will help you with:
- Practical strategies
- Job vs. passion
- Tools to keep you focuses
- Real life examples and stories
- Insights for connecting your calling to a cause bigger than yourself
- Ignite your creative spark and hare it with the world
The Cause within you and Life without limits are two great examples of books that the authors went out and found their One Big Thing. If you have not read them; (1) Matthew Barnett‘s The Cause within You will reshape your life and what you are doing. So many people are not happy with what they are doing, or have thrown in the towel on life. This book will have you re-evaluating the things that you are doing and remind you that we are all called to serve other people’s needs. Once we see that we are making the first step to finding our cause. (2) Life without Limits by Nick Vujicic, where most of us would have given up on living a “normal” life had we been born without arms and legs, Nick redefines normal, and in the process gives all glory to God. Both books compare to this one in the way that the author has found his One Big Thing by being an author and sharing his passion with the world.
I am on a search for my One Big Thing and between all three of these books, I just might get mine figured out in 2012!
May you be blessed by reading my post and please hit LIKE and Comment below. Thanks so much.
© 2012 written by Jackie Paulson
- Phil Cooke, Ph.D.: The Loyalty Obsession, and Why It’s Hurting Your Business (huffingtonpost.com)
- Living Without Limits read online (ammoomn.typepad.com)
- A REAL Inspiration: Nick Vujicic (angusjmcewan.com)
- BOOK REVIEW: The Cause Within You, Finding the One Great Thing You Were Created to do in This World, by Matthew Barnett, with George Barna (gratefulhome.wordpress.com)
- Princess Diana: Forever in Our Hearts a Scrapbook of Memories book downloads (lcfnlou.typepad.com)
Life without Jealousy by Lynda Bevan
The first book that I read by Lynda Bevan was “Stop being Pushed Around.” What I loved about the first book is the detail on how to stop being a “victim” in life. I learned more from Lynda’s book than I have in a long time. I was offered to read these two books free for my honest review from review the book dot com.
In life without jealousy I wanted to know if I was the jealous type as I always claim that I am not. I think we can have healthy jealousy and unhealthy jealousy. The opening of this book asks us questions in order to determine if you or someone you know is the “jealous type.” This book will help you discover the different types of jealousy and how to overcome it. By the end of reading this book you will eliminate your questions and begin to heal.
I am learning enough that I hope to get a copy of each of the 10 empowerment series that Lynda has published. This is book #4 in the series.
© 2012 Jackie Paulson all rights reserved
- Mean jealousy quotes (gilbertnieves2.typepad.com)
- Jealousy & Letting Go (3wordsfor365.com)
- James 3:14-16 Jealousy & Envy (ubebetternotbitter.wordpress.com)
- inspiration vs. jealousy (deniseporterkemp.wordpress.com)
- Overcoming Jealousy (everydayhealth.com)
- 14 Tips to Overcome Jealousy from Your Best Friend (bayintegratedmarketing.wordpress.com)
- Jealousy is Futile (the-pagan-perspective.com)
- Really, Jealousy? (bipolarlearningcurve.com)
- Obstacle 58: Jealousy (climbeveryobstacle.wordpress.com)
Stress Point Thriving Through your 20s in a Decade of drama A study by Sarah Francis Martin
Book Sneeze dot come gave me this free copy for my honest review. This book is about every day real life issues. I have learned how to center Jesus in my life by captivating each story into my own life experiences.
The author, Sarah Francis Martin guides you through tough decisions concerning your;
- Body image
And transform each one into God best for your life.
Right now, my eyes were opened to make just surviving to thriving in Christ, Daily. I have a saying, “Gods got your back.” Remember that!
So since God is always there, just go to Him first with everything like;
- Your bills
- Bank account
- Job interview
- Broken heart
- Drama (etc).
And declare, that Jesus takes those issues and you are free of stress.
Each chapter introduces a different name of God that the author elaborates on Christ’s Character.
- Wait on Christ and his timing
- Focus on Christ alone
- Journal and get answers for your life
- Do exercises to help you along your self discovery and life transforming issues the Godly way.
- Walk with you and invite Christ into every corner of your life. “If Christ is not your Focal Point, Go back to that.”
© 2012 Jackie Paulson All Rights Reserved