Monday, July 21, 2014

The Psychopath Whisperer: The Science of Those without a Conscience; Book Review

I was intrigued immediately when I saw the title of this book. I love to watch true crime shows and so this appealed to me. Maybe because I really don't get how someone can not have a conscience. The book is The Psychopath Whisperer: The Science of Those Without Conscience by Kent A. Kiehl, PhD.

Let me preface this by saying I am not studying psychology or anything like that. I am your average person who is simply interested in learning more. That being said, I found this book hard to put down, for the most part. This book is all about Dr. Kiehl's more than 20 years of research and study of psychopath's in the prison population including doing brain scans and such.

In his research and studying the brain scans he finds that psychopaths brain scans are different from "normal" people. He is intrigued and baffled and so continues to figure out what this means. Being that I am not a psychologist nor am I studying psychology, I found the book to be very easy to read and didn't feel like is was missing much. It is part memoir/autobiography but this has been Dr. Kiehl's life for over 2 decades. It really gives you an insight into how one is labeled a psychopath. I love the comparison that he gives between John Wilkes Booth (who we know shot and killed president Lincoln) and Charles J. Guiteau (who killed President Garfield). Most people assume that a murderer is a psychopath, but technically that isn't true. They have to meet certain criteria (listed in the book). You'll have to read the book to see which one is the true psychopath! ;)

Overall, super fascinating and an easy, mostly understandable read for a book lover like me!

I was given this book for free through the blogging for books blogging program. I was not required to give a positive review and all opinions are my own.

NIV God's Word for Gardeners Bible: book review

I love to garden. In fact, I would love someday to be a master gardener. I have no idea if that will ever happen, but my love of gardening is what drew me to God's Word for Gardeners Bible: Grow your faith while growing your garden.  First, the cover is beautiful, but inside is where the true treasure lays! You can never go wrong with a Bible and this one did not disappoint! Shelley Cramm is the general editor and she did a fantastic job.

This Bible has 260 daily and 52 weekend readings that explore the metaphors of gardens and gardening in the Bible. There are also special section on the Garden of Eden, Jesus' Last-Supper teaching on the vine, and the book of Revelation's urban gardens. It also has a topical index focused on garden-interested topics for 52 weeks. It is packed full! I love that there are so many different devotions to read that bring the gardening metaphors to life!

I received this book for free through the Book Look Bloggers program in return for a review. I was not required to give a positive review and all opinions are my own.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

let's sew together: book review

Let's Sew Together by Rubyellen Bratcher is a perfect book to get you and your kids sewing! I love to sew and was looking for a book that would have easy enough projects for me to do with my younger kids and could be completed fairly quickly. This book delivered!
My other concern was, would there be anything for my boys? I only have boys so I was pleasantly surprised that there are many things that boys and girls alike could make and use or play with. I love the jolly mr. robot, the travel the world quilt, and the applique backpacks.
There are templates, but you need to be able to enlarge them to get them to full size so if you don't have access to a printer to do this, it would be a problem if you were using the templates. Overall, I like the easy quick projects. I also like that many are unisex and there are some for girls AND boys.
I received this book for free from blogging for books for a review. I was not required to give a positive review and all opinions are my own.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

The Fit Bottomed Girls Anti-Diet: book review

Diet...a four letter word that I don't like. I've tried many. I've even tried to trick myself by calling them "lifestyle" changes. So I was intrigued by the title of this book. The Fit Bottomed Girls Anti-Diet.  Anti-Diet. I like the sounds of that! Who wants to eat only certain foods together? Or have to eat every so many hours whether you are hungry or not? Or not eat anything you like? UGH! Who really wants to do that for the rest of their lives? Not me!

That's where this book comes in. Upon reading this book I discovered it is actually based off the Fit Bottomed Girls website. I have yet to check that out, but it's on my list. Overall, I love the theme of this book. Each idea they give you takes only about 10 minutes to do. And the biggest thing that I love about this book, is it's all about small changes and loving the body you are in right now. It's all about changing your mind and thoughts before you can really change how you are eating. This book is fantastic at helping you to begin with changing your thoughts into being positive. I love the book and the easy suggestions that make this so manageable. Definitely something I am going to put this into practice!

I received this book for free through the Blogging for Books Program. All opinions are my own and I was not required to give me a positive review.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Seagrass Pier; book review

Elin Sumerall is incredibly lucky. She found a heart donor that was a perfect match for her. After the death of her husband, Elin feels blessed to be alive and to be taking care of her mom, who has early onset dementia, and her 4 year old daughter Josie.

Then she begins having strange and violent memories. Memories that she realizes are from the woman's heart she now has beating in her chest. Enter Marc Everton. :) He is an FBI agent looking for the person who killed his partner. All of the sudden he is thrust into looking for a murderer with Elin when he realizes that her cell memory is real and the threat to Elin is real. Neither is too happy at first as it brings back bad memories of a one time fling they had years ago. He soon realizes that Josie is HIS daughter and that both Elin and his daughter Josie need his protecting.

Overall, I loved the book. I could not put it down. It captures and holds your attention from the very first page. The twists and turns are great and the whole time I kept thinking, "Who did it?" There are many well developed characters, although I think the storyline that involved Kallianne could've been removed from the book with no real change to the story. Other than that I highly recommend Seagrass Pier by Colleen Coble!

I received this book for free from Book Look Bloggers for review. All opinions are my own.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Week-end review!

I'm trying to do better about updating my blog so here is my first week-end review! On Thursday we went to a local baseball game. Everyone went but T was the only one who would get in the picture with me!
Father's Day Mini Golf

 It's a peek into our week! On Sunday we took the Rev mini golfing for Father's day.

I do not have pictures but we also went swimming 2 days this week at our local pool.

On Friday we decided to head to a local park.
The boys loved playing on the playground.

We played a little catch with the football.

The boys loved that The General Lee from the Dukes of Hazzard drove by while we were playing! We even got to hear the horn! :)

We also walked their fitness trail (the youngest 3 boys rode their scooters.) It's a paved trail with fitness activities spaced throughout.

We saw this tree and thought that the piece sticking out looked a little like Scooby Doo!

So we had a fantastic week. We also tried a little free summer fun Pinterest style if you want to check that out too!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

NIV Life Journey Bible: book review


You can't go wrong when a Bible is up for review! :) I have my favorite Bible but I love to have all different types and versions to read and study. So, when I saw Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend was a part of the NIV Life Journey Bible, I couldn't wait to dig in! I have heard Dr. Cloud speak and love his books Boundaries and Necessary Endings.

This is a Bible that has snippets of their books woven throughout. In fact it has 300 "insights" as they call it. It also has 30 profiles of Biblical people, introductions for each and every book of the Bible, 20 essays that cover various topics (like grief, relationships, and more), and it also has an index in the back that lists a Bible reading plan, as well as a where to find it area in the index.

Overall, I like the layout and the articles and essays found in the Bible. The index is very helpful and I like how the reading plan is set up. This is the new NIV version so keep that in mind when you are deciding to purchase or not. Overall, I like the Bible and how it is formatted.

I received this book for free from Book Look Bloggers for review. All opinions are my own.