“The 5 Love Languages: Singles Edition”–Review

51AXd5ixNpL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_Great advice for any relationship.

In The 5 Love Languages, the reader learns how to give and receive love in different types of love languages, which helps their relationships—not just romantic relationships—to grow.  I’ve never read the original book; however, it’s been recommended to me.

The singles edition describes the 5 love languages: words of affirmation, acts of service, receiving gifts, quality time, and physical touch.  Each chapter will help the reader:

  • Understand themselves and others better
  • Relate to others more confidently
  • Grow closer to family and friends
  • Discover the missing ingredient in past relationships
  • Date more successfully.

This book is definitely helpful for those who would like to learn the love languages of their family members, friends, significant others, etc.  Not sure what your love language is, no problem.  The book includes a quiz to reveal your language.  In fact, I still need to take the quiz.  And if you’ve ever been curious about online dating, there’s a section in the back of the book giving the pros and cons.  This was worth the read, in my opinion.

Feel free to post your comments.  Happy reading!

*I received this copy from Moody Publishers, in exchange for an honest review.

About the author: Gary Chapman is an author, speaker, and counselor, who has a passion for helping people form lasting relationships.  He is the bestselling author of The 5 Love Languages series and the director of Marriage and Family Life Consultants, Inc.  Gary travels the world presenting seminars, and his radio programs air on more than 400 stations.  For more info on the author, click here.

“How to Live in Fear”–Review

_225_350_Book.1876.coverI’m a mess—but that doesn’t mean God isn’t good, He doesn’t care, or He is unable to change my situation.

In How to Live in Fear: Mastering the Art of Freaking Out, Pastor Lance Hahn talks about his current struggle with severe anxiety disorder, which he’s dealt with since he was six years old.  For unknown reasons, he’d constantly suffer panic attacks, usually at home, in school, during his sermons, etc.  Oftentimes, these attacks would lead to nausea, including fainting.  In this book, he uses empathy and patience with those who also deal with anxiety, and guides them through steps to coping with fear and panic attacks.  Not only does he guide his readers with coping, he teaches people to accept their feelings without giving in to them.  Despite the years of struggling with anxiety, Hahn has always believed God was on his side and still is.

Although this book isn’t really for me, I admit I like how honest the author is.  It’s a recommended read for those who know the pain of anxiety attacks.  Hahn isn’t one to suggest people pray and it all will go away.  Because he knows what to expect with his panic attacks, he advises people to take on healthy hobbies and activities to keep the mind occupied.  Diet and exercise is what he also recommends.

If you, readers, suffer from anxiety or know others who go through it, this book can be a guide for you.  Feel free to post your comments.

Happy reading!

FTC Disclosure: I received this copy from BookLook Bloggers, in exchange for an honest review.

About the author: Lance Hahn is the senior pastor of Bridgeway Christian Church in Roseville, California.  He is the host of the Ask Pastor Lance radio show, a conference speaker, and an adjunct professor.  He is married to Suzi, and they have two daughters, Jillian and Andie.

“The Productivity Project”–Review

25733994In The Productivity Project, Chris Bailey shows us how to be more productive in any part of our lives—work, school, meetings, etc.  If you’re looking to become more productive, to make any simple changes in your life, this book provides helpful tips.

Chris Bailey talks about how he’d turned down lucrative job offers in order to pursue his lifelong dream: to spend a year performing an experiment into the pursuit of productivity, which has been his area of interest since he was a teenager.  After obtaining a business degree, he created a blog that talked about his yearlong productivity project he conducted on himself, including where he continued his research and interviews with some of the world’s foremost experts, from Charles Duhigg to David Allen.

Included in Bailey’s experiments were: getting by on little to no sleep, for several weeks; cutting out caffeine and sugar; living in total isolation for ten days; using his smartphone for just an hour a day, for three months; and, stretching his workweek to 90 hours.  Because he was usually a late riser, he forced himself to rise at 5:30 a.m., every day, for three months.  He did all this while monitoring the impact of his experiments on the quality and quantity of his work.

Throughout this book, Chris will teach you:

  • Slowing down to work more deliberately
  • Shrinking or eliminating the unimportant
  • The Rule of Three
  • Striving for imperfection
  • Scheduling less time for important tasks
  • The 20-second rule to distract yourself from the inevitable distractions
  • The concept of productive procrastination

Somewhere near the middle of this book, I made a goal to start rising, every day, at 7 a.m.  Even 7:30, at the latest.  I set my alarm every night.  I don’t remember when I started the goal—I have a bad habit of not keeping track of certain things—however, it’s been working out.  Whether I have to be somewhere early or not, I just like the idea of appreciating a nice morning.  Oversleeping got me nowhere; I’d just miss out on a good morning.  So far, so good with rising early.

Although I love a good cup of coffee, including soda, Chris Bailey has a relevant point on the constant consumption of caffeine and sugar: it slows you down and ruins your productivity, especially depending on the time of day you consume it.  I’m doing my best to cut back.  After all, Bailey suggests we consume caffeine strategically, not habitually.  I’m glad he mentioned how our health can make a big difference with our productivity.

Here’s one passage I did like from the book: Working deliberately and purposefully throughout the day can make or break how productive you are.  But having a purpose is just as important.  The intention behind your actions is like the shaft behind an arrowhead—it’s pretty difficult to become more productive day in and day out when you don’t care about what you want to accomplish on a deeper level…Investing countless hours becoming more productive, or taking on new habits or routines, is a waste if you don’t actually care about the changes you’re trying to make.  And you won’t have the motivation to sustain these changes in the long term.”

Bailey also points out: Productivity is about how much you accomplish.

I’m glad I had the opportunity to read this book.  I still have a long way to go with making some changes in my life.  It’s helpful to know that productivity isn’t about having so much to do on a daily basis; it’s about how much you accomplish on a daily basis.  I encourage you, readers, to check out this book.

About the author: Chris Bailey, a graduate of Carleton University in Ottawa, wrote over 216,000 words on the subject of productivity on his blog, A Year of Productivity, during a yearlong productivity project where he conducted intensive research to discover how to become as productive as possible.  He has written hundreds of articles on the subject and has garnered coverage in media, such as The New York Times, The Huffington Post, New York magazine, TED, Fast Company, and Lifehacker.  For more info, click here.

Happy reading!

FTC Disclosure: I received this book from Blogging for Books, in exchange for an honest review.

“Percolate”–A Review

Is there a voice inside of you that’s urging you to make changes and seek a richer, more fulfilling life?  Do you feel like you’ve been searching for something more meaningful, even if you don’t know exactly what it is?  Have no fear–“Percolate” will show you how to let your best self filter through and thrive!

I can honestly say that I did enjoy reading Percolate, by Elizabeth Hamilton-Guarino.  I like how the author uses coffee as a metaphor for when it comes to making changes in your life; for example, chapters that are entitled Allow for Change to Brew, Choose a Bolder Brew, Create Your Own Best Blend, etc.

For anyone who is looking to make a change or two in life—major or minor—I’d recommend this book, especially if you’re a fan of coffee.  Throughout the book, the author talks about events in her life that caused her to make positive—albeit difficult—changes that made her the person that she is now.  Also, she talks about everyday topics and issues that we all go through and what we can do about it, including solutions to achieve happiness.

There was a particular passage in one of the chapters that caught my attention, where the author says: “When people tell me they’d be happier if they had more money or a nicer house or a multitude of explanations, I can’t help but think it’s all a disguise.  No one thing or person can make you happy; happiness is a choice from within.  These are merely excuses to not be happy in the present moment.”

I’m happy to have had the opportunity to read this book.  Check this book out and feel free to post your comments.  Happy reading!

FTC Disclosure: I received this free copy from Hay House in exchange for an honest review.  The opinions are my own and based on my own experience.