Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Review: Parenting with Heart

Parenting with Heart: How Imperfect Parents Can Raise Resilient, Loving, and Wise-Hearted Kids by Stephen James and Chip Dodd

Parenting with Heart: How Imperfect Parents Can Raise Resilient, Loving, and Wise-Hearted Kids by Stephen James and Chip Dodd
I'm always on the lookout for parenting books that inspire and guide me to be my best. To really engage me though, the book must acknowledge the challenges of parenting, and offer grace and understanding rather than judgment and perfection. This book met those expectations. Parenting with Heart encouraged me to strive for ‘good enough’ rather than unattainable perfection, and reminded me that I don't need to have all the answers.

The book is written by professionals in the field and whilst at times it read like a text book, the authors made attempts to relate to the reader with examples from their own parenting. Rather than a list of do's and don'ts, the authors highlight that there is no perfect parenting model. They advocate for a long term view of parenting, and encourage the reader to accept that imperfection, pain and failure is inevitable. The authors invite the reader to address past hurts and heart issues in order to move forward to be their most authentic self and an engaged parent. Practical advice is given to put theory into action, and questions are provided for reflection at the conclusion of each chapter. Parenting with Heart is a practical tool and well worth the read.

My Rating ~


Check it out on Goodreads.

Nicki

Disclaimer: I received this book free from Revell through the Revell Reads blogger program http://www.bakerpublishinggroup.com/revell/revell-reads. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Review: More than Enough

More than Enough: Living Abundantly in a Culture of Excess by Lee Hull Moses

More than Enough: Living Abundantly in a Culture of Excess by Lee Hull Moses
Ever look around your life and feel overwhelmed with gratitude for everything you have? Sure, nothing is perfect, but if you have a safe place to live, food on the table, and clothes to wear, the reality is that life is pretty good. That's not true for many people in the world, and you may wonder, "How do we live in a way that honors God and shows gratitude for the good life we are living in the midst of a world full of pain and brokenness?"

All our daily choices have an impact on the earth and the people around us: choices about where we shop, what we eat, what we give away.… But can we really do anything to help? Can we find joy in our own lives when there is so much pain in the world? Sorting out the answers gets overwhelming and complicated very quickly.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Review: Quiet Girl in a Noisy World

Quiet Girl in a Noisy World: An Introvert's Story by Debbie Tung

Quiet Girl in a Noisy World: An Introvert's Story by Debbie Tung
This illustrated gift book of short comics illuminates author Debbie Tung's experience as an introvert in an extrovert’s world. Presented in a loose narrative style that can be read front to back or dipped into at one’s leisure, the book spans three years of Debbie's life, from the end of college to the present day. In these early years of adulthood, Debbie slowly but finally discovers there is a name for her lifelong need to be alone: she’s an introvert.

Monday, January 1, 2018

2017 Reading Goals & Challenges

Books Read In 2017:
  1. Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1) by Richelle Mead
  2. Shattered Glass (Glass, #3.5) by Maria V. Snyder
  3. Dawn Study (Soulfinders, #3) by Maria V. Snyder
  4. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
  5. Midnight Jewel (The Glittering Court, #2) by Richelle Mead
  6. Every Lie I've Ever Told by Rosie Waterland
  7. The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer
  8. Quiet Girl in a Noisy World: An Introvert's Story by Debbie Tung     
Reading Challenges Completed:

2017 Reading Challenge

2017 Reading Challenge
Nicki has read 8 books toward her goal of 8 books.


So that's 8 books, 2908 pages, and one reading challenge completed in 2017

I'm aiming for 12 books in 2018 and will be signing up for Goodreads 2018 Reading Challenge.

What reading challenges or goals have you signed up for in 2018?


Nicki

Sunday, January 1, 2017

2016 Reading Goals & Challenges

Books Read In 2016:
  1. Ten Thousand Skies Above You (Firebird, #2) by Claudia Gray
  2. First Impressions: A Firebird Ficlet (Firebird, #1.1) by Claudia Gray
  3. Jocelyn's Story by Cassandra Clare
  4. Hope Unfolding: Grace-Filled Truth for the Momma's Heart by Becky Thompson (Audio)
  5. Night Study (Study, #5) by Maria V. Snyder
  6. The Glittering Court (The Glittering Court, #1) by Richelle Mead
  7. The Winter Witch by Paula Brackston
  8. Orphan Black: Helsinki #1 (of 5) by Graeme Manson
  9. Orphan Black: Helsinki #2 (of 5) by Graeme Manson
  10. Orphan Black: Helsinki #3 (of 5) by Graeme Manson
  11. Welcome To Orphancorp by Marlee Jane Ward
  12. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty 
  13. Welcome to Shadowhunter Academy (Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy #1) by Cassandra Clare
  14. Hope Unfolding: Grace-Filled Truth for the Momma's Heart by Becky Thompson (Paperback)
  15. Replica (Replica #1) by Lauren Oliver - Review
  16. The Mother God Made Me to Be by Karen Valentin
  17. A Million Worlds with You (Firebird, #3) by Claudia Gray
  18. Orphan Black: Helsinki by Graeme Manson
  19. Orphan Black: Helsinki #4 (of 5) by Graeme Manson
  20. Orphan Black: Helsinki #5 (of 5) by Graeme Manson

Reading Challenges Completed:

2016 Reading Challenge

2016 Reading Challenge
Nicki has read 10 books toward her goal of 25 books.
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So that's 20 books, 3815 pages, and one reading challenge completed in 2016.

I'm aiming for 10 books in 2017 and will be signing up for Goodreads 2017 Reading Challenge.

What reading challenges or goals have you signed up for in 2017?


Nicki