Review:Skinny Life

          


             "Skinny Life" is a personal growth book written by author Crystal Dwyer Hansen. She writes her thoughts on the secret to physical, emotional, and spiritual fitness, as her subtitle states.  I did not pick out this book for weight-loss, although it leans heavily in that area. However, I picked it out for spiritual and emotional fitness. I recently read, and reviewed, "Real Food for Rookies" which is a great book to read along with `Skinny Life`. Crystal Hansen states that her book is not about diet or workout, but about changing your mind (thinking).
                 I found this quote on page 14, "We spend almost $60 million per year on diet and weight-loss products, yet people are heavier than ever before in history." "Skinny Life' raises the question, "How many diets have you been on? Did they work?" It's time to acknowledge the connection between your mind, body, and spirit (pg 18). The more you are willing to embrace change, the greater your chances for success in every area of your life. (pg 22.)
                 The intended audience are those wanting to live a healthier lifestyle. The author's ideas are clear with a `Skinny Life Toolbox' in each chapter.

Author Bio:





 Crystal Dwyer Hansen is an entrepreneur and founder of CrystalVision, Ltd. and Skinny Life ®. She is a member of the International Coaching Federation and a wellness and nutrition expert. Through Crystal’s personal life-change coaching, speaking, CD programs, videos, books, and articles, people all over the world have experienced profound and lasting transformation in relationships, career, health, and wellness. She and her husband, best-selling author and entrepreneur, Mark Victor Hansen, live in Newport Beach, California.


Disclaimer: I received `Skinny Life` as compensation for my honest review from Worthy Publishing.

Crazy Little Thing Called Love


Tell us a bit about the story behind your latest novel. Where did your inspiration spark from?
There were two sparks for Crazy Little Thing Called Love: the first was the whole idea of young love and a couple eloping. I know people who were high school sweethearts and got married, and their marriages are still going strong. The second was the realization that we’ve all made mistakes and wishing we could undo those mistakes.
How long did your book take you to write?
I use The Book Buddy, a work-text developed by author Susan May Warren, and take about two weeks to develop my characters, my plot, and my spiritual thread. Then I take a month to fast draft the story before I rewrite it. All told, the process for the initial draft I sent to my editor took about 10 weeks.
How long was the editing/publishing process?
From start to finish – which includes my first draft, second edits, copy edits, and galley edits – one year.
Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
There’s so much I could say to aspiring writers. Find a mentor. Invest in writers’ conferences. Join My Book Therapy (author Susan May Warren’s writing community). Most importantly, stay grounded in who God says you are. The publishing business can mess with your head.
What’s your next book or project?
There are two more installments in the Destination Wedding series in 2016: another novella and another novel: Almost like Being in Love.



Beth K. Vogt

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Beth K. Vogt believes God’s best often waits behind the doors marked “Never.” A 2015 RITA® Finalist and a 2014 Carol Award finalist, Beth is a contemporary romance novelist with Howard Books. Her 2014 novel, “Somebody Like You,” was one of Publisher’s Weekly’s Best Books of 2014. In 2015 she introduced her destination wedding series with both an e-novella, “Can’t Buy Me Love,” (May) and a novel, “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” (June).
Find out more about Beth K. at http://bethvogt.com.
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Review:A Heart's Promise




       "A Heart's Promise" written by Colleen Coble is book five of a Christian romantic suspense series. The year is 1866, Wyoming Territory. May the reader be reminded of booklet four. Emmie Croftner's deceased husband was a bigamist and Emmie has a secret. Rand Campbell knows her secret, would he tell Isaac Liddle? Is Emmie going to continue living in the past or will she love a man again? After being abused by a husband, and pregnant how should she respond? Are men just full of exuberance and flattery, or can they be trusted?
Emmie wonders if God really cares or is He a powerful being looking down on mere mortals with distant interest? Is He actually concerned with the small day-to-day heartbreaks of an ordinary person? Can we actually turn over our whole matters to the God of the universe?
This six month series ends in August. If you, the reader, like this series may I suggest author Tracie Peterson. Her books are great for and reader who likes Christian romance with a bit of suspense.

My Thoughts:
I do like this series, but wish it was all one novel instead of six individual booklets. For reviewing the book(s) I had to look back at the original ones and remind myself of what each plot was about. However, with book six in August I hate to see the characters go. I have grown to like them, especially the protagonist, Emmie. With book four I wondered how things were going to turn out. Be sure to read my final post on the series, "Journey of the Heart" (Colleen Coble), coming in August.

Disclaimer: I received `A Heart's Promise' complimentary for review.

Review: Tattered and Mended




                   "Tattered and Mended"  is a non-fiction book for the man or woman with a wounded soul. "The reader is the object of God's eye", says author Cynthia Ruchti. If we allow Him, God will bring us from `tattered to mended.` Jesus did not respond with accusation but with the heart of a servant.
                Cynthia later says, "Maybe we are asked  to be dark stitches among the light." (p. 23) Much of the book eluded me, even though we each have a mending place. I would give this book 4*, as I do recommend it to the reader who is tattered and torn and is looking for some answers. Because, as the author states in chapter ten, Only the eye of creativity sees brokenness as pre-art.
                  If God created a lineage for Jesus from a harlot, He can change anyone's circumstances. "Faith tells us God sees the art that isn't yet born in us." (p. 156)
                  The author ends the book with several suggestions on things the reader can do to help God mend them.

Disclaimer: I received `Tattered and Mended` complimentary for review.