Sunday, November 23, 2014

The Skinny Gut Diet by Brenda Watson

The Skinny Gut Diet by Brenda Watson is a diet book for lifetime weight loss.   This author outlines the plan and some histories of success by some of her clients.  The front half of the book has stories/histories of some of the author's success along with some of their problems.  This author has evidently already authored a diet called the Fiber35 Diet.  The skinny gut diet promises to not only cause weight loss but also to permanently loose the weight.  She gives a 2 week startup plan and has many recipes for having good results on this plan. 

This is not however what impresses me the most on this plan.  She outlines why we as a nation are gaining weight while eating less food.  She tells how our diet is changing our gut and turning us not only into an overweight nation but also constipated and/or diarrhea , depressed, and having chronic abdominal pain.  She connects this with our overuse of antibiotics starting at a very young age.  This killing of our good bacteria along with bad bacteria affects the human for much longer than previously thought.  Some can be affected for months or even years.  She explains how the American diet of low fiber and vegetables coupled with no fermented foods have no healing properties with which to fight this "too little or no good bacteria" in our guts.  This leads to chronic inflammation.  Combine all this with excess stress, aging, and the toxins in our environment and is it any wonder that the resulting stress hormone release in our bodies are causing a weight gain?

This book is well written and easy to understand.  She spends much time in the front of the book explaining the plan and the back of the book explaining the diet.  If the reader needs a 2 week plan to get started then she provides it.  If the reader needs recipes then the author provides it.  She tells point by point the why for each part of her diet.

I liked the book and thought it easy to understand and found the diet easy to follow and had success in the weight loss.  It will remain to be seen if I can maintain this for life. 
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A Love Without End by Robin Lee Hatcher

A Love Without End by Robin Lee Hatcher is the latest novel by this author.  This is a Kings Meadow Romance but it is a stand alone novel evidently as the reader does not have to have any knowledge of the other novel, A Promise Kept, in order to enjoy this one and enjoy you will.
Kimberly is a widow who along with her daughter is used to the good life but with the death of her much loved husband found out that the family had not been able to afford the good life that they were living.  Kimberly needed to sell everything to pay the debts and now was homeless and without a job.  Luckily her very good friend, Janet, rescued her and is allowing her and her daughter to live in her Idaho home rent free.  Kimberly knows that this is only temporary until she can get a job in Seattle and go back to the city life that she loves.  Her daughter, Tara on the other hand loves horses and has wanted one ever since she can remember.  Tara had been given a horse, an untrained horse but a horse none the less and she was thrilled but now she needed a place to board and train this horse and all with no money to do it.  Janet introduces Kimberly and Tara to Chet who agrees to board and teach Tara how to train the horse in exchange for Tara's work on the ranch.

Chet second guesses his generosity which he can barely afford but quickly changes his mind when the petulant teenage Tara turns into hard working ranch hand who is willing to do as asked no matter how hard the work and is quickly getting her horse trained as well.  Chet and Kimberly even though opposites find themselves drawn to one another as do Tara and Chet's sons Sam and Pete. 

This is a well written Christian romance novel that anyone would love to read.  Read it and the aforementioned Promise Kept and be ready for the next promised novel by this author, Whenever You Come Around  which should be out in the Spring of 2015.
I was provided this book by Booklook for this review.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Look and Live by Matt Papa

Look and Live by Matt Papa is the first book that I have read by this author.   This book is written for those who would like a closer walk with God.  A walk that is glory filled and a walk in which you are mesmerized by the very world in which you live that God has created just for us.  The book starts with explaining the Glory of God and how it pertains to worship and how to more fully worship and continues on with mission, prayer, always noticing God's work and ends with how to show God's glory through your own daily living. He writes that we all worship, we are made that way--it is just a matter of what we worship that is important.  Will we worship the shiny object we just saw or will we worship the creator of all that is us and surrounds us.  He explains how important it is to start your day with prayer and Bible reading and how to find it a glorious beginning to each next day of your life.  This book was written after writing the music for his album by the same name and includes many of the lyrics as they fit into the writings.

I tried to like this book but many times I found myself getting lost in the words.  I am sure that the author is a good writer or he would not be a successful musician and minister to the people.  There is a writer for everyone and this one is probably the one for someone else.  He had great ideas and I will probably use many of them as I go through my daily life I just didn't enjoy reading the book as well as others.  I would rank this book at a 4 out of a possible 10.  It is his first book though and I would give him another chance should he write another book which catches my eye.
I received this book from Bethany House a division of Baker Publishing Group for this review. 

Sunday, November 2, 2014

A Love Undone by Cindy Woodsmall

A Love Undone by Cindy Woodsmall is her newest read.  I really like the way that Ms Woodsmall puts together a novel and this one is also good.  It is "a novel of shattered dreams and God's unfailing grace.".  
Jolene Keim has already been loved and lost by her first love, Van Beiler.  When her parents drown in the river during a storm Jolene was lost in not only the grief but also was extremely busy trying to raise her large group of siblings, 8 year old Ray had special needs ever since his accident and by himself took a lot of time.  Van was always nice to her but he eventually moved on, married and had children with his new wife. 
Andy Fisher has already been loved and married and had a child but his wife left him and his son 6 years ago.  Andy being a member of the Amish religion is stuck.  His may not divorce her so he must remain married to Eva though he hasn't seen her in years.  Jolene and Andy both find themselves trying to help Lester who is a stogy old man who is Andy's uncle and Jolene's beloved landlord.  Lester is who helped her be able to remain in her house all these years by allowing her to cook for him for most of the rent or she never could have done it.  Lester is an old horseman who after his accident had room for the new horses that Andy had recently acquired.  Andy and Jolene find themselves drawn to one another but because they know the rules do nothing to make themselves in trouble by the church--that is until they are accused by the bishop's daughter of adultery.

This book is good.  The author tells the love story without the usual trapping of that the Amish are goody goody people.  They are real people with real problems in love.  I really like her writing and this book is very good also.  Her books are fresh and have a new plot every time.  I would recommend this book for any female reader of any age.
This book was provided by Waterbrook Press for this review.

The Sacred Year by Michael Yankoski

The Sacred Year by Michael Yankoski is a book about the author's decision to change his spiritual life during the course of the year.  His life is ok.  He works as an inspirational speaker in the Christian forum but he feels a lacking in his own spirit's life.  He no longer or maybe never felt the closness to God that he desires in his life.  The whole year starts with a startling revelation watching another inspirational speaker faking his spiritual life to the crowd of believers and looks into his own life and finds that he is also lacking in ways that needed improvement.  The author starts making time for his spirit to grow closer to God the creator.  He starts slow.  He spends time in a local monastery getting advise from Father Solomon.  Oh he doesn't spend the whole year there, just now and then touches base with the Father and gleans advise from him as needs arise.  First he is advised to become more attentive and responsive to God and his gifts
and surroundings.  Once again Michael started small--with an apple.  He really tasted and enjoyed his apple---for an hour.  Michael goes on to think and digest various concepts of life--death, illness, the poor, human justice in the world and finds that life is not fair.  We say that all the time but the author goes on to digest that concept and attempt to in his own little corner of the world to make a difference.

I have got to admit I have read and met the author, though I am sure that he remembers me not and so I was glad to read this book of his.  I had read his book, Under the Overpass and enjoyed that book of his year living life as a homeless man.  This book however is deeper and at first starts slow.  Don't give up on it.  I think that when we American go to make a big change such as this in our life we tend to want the changes to happen quickly and I think that quite possibly Michael was much the same in the beginning of his year.  Michael at the end of the year was a changed man with different life practices and because he took the time to discover his own reasons for the different changes he took I believe that he will continue with these practices and make improvements in his life and the lives of those around him.  Michael as all young people are was immature in Under the Overpass but wanting to do good.  This more mature Michael will change the world.
  The reader cannot read this book as a blueprint on which to model their own life--each must take the time to discover the changes necessary for their own life.  God has a plan for each of us and we must be quiet to hear that still small voice that will tell each of us what that plan is.  This is a good book to read for any who want to make a difference in the world and in their life.
I recieved this book from Booklook for this review.