Monday, May 29, 2017

If you can get past the cussing ... book for women who want to get their stuff together

REVIEW: Boss B!$%*:A Simple 12-Step Plan to Take Charge of Your Career by Nicole Lapin

My interest was piqued when I was sent this book for review, because I always like to hear the inspiring stories of powerful women like Nicole Lapin, a successful and profitable television anchor and author. So, I decided to keep an open mind despite a curse word being in the book title.

Because, as Lapin describes, being a Boss B!$% isn’t a bad thing, but a very good thing. She says it is kinds of like being Glenda the Good Witch, not the Wicked Witch of the West. Basically, being a woman in control. A woman who is the hero of her own story. A woman who doesn’t need saving because she has her stuff together. A woman who takes ownership of her life, and is confident in her power to create successful life on her terms. Being a Boss B!$%  is being a woman that owns being a woman and is comfortable in her own skin.

But, more than anything, Lapin says, being a Boss B!$% is a state of mind more than a title or anything else. It doesn't matter where you work, if you work for someone else, or if you don’t work at all. Being a Boss B!$% all about how you feel and carry your self. You can either let the days run you or you run the day. And a Boss B!$% runs everything!

This is not a wimpy book or a light read, it is hefty at more than 370 pages, and is broken down into 3 big Sections: Being the boss of you, Being the boss at work, and Being the boss of your own business. It even includes a dictionary of business terms (terms that you don't need a dictionary to understand). So, if you can get around the cuss words in this book (the author at the very beginning of the book at least admits that she does cuss a lot), the author has a lot of wisdom and knowledge to share. 

*I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this unbiased review. 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Overall a good starter book for new Christians or youth learning how to pray deeper

REVIEW: Talking with God: What to Say When You Don’t Know How to Pray by Adam Weber

If you are looking for a starter book on prayer, this might just be it! Because as the title states, prayer is simply all about talking with God.

The book is broken into three sections including a section on “How to Pray When...” and includes such topics as when we face storms, are discouraged, are exhausted, and are wanting to be used by God. It is written in easy, accessible language with 15 short chapters.

One of the most fun and interesting sections is at the end of the book in the endnotes section in which author Adam Weber affectionately calls “field notes.” Most readers would skip this section entirely, but it is here that Weber offers up paragraph explanations from within each chapter. For example one endnote (aka “field note”) says: “While dropping off my kids at school, my first grader randomly said, ‘Dad, Jesus died and rose from the dead before I was born, right?’ And I said, ‘Yup, he sure did.’ My son went on to ask, ‘But, Dad, were you there? Did you see Jesus rise from the dead?’ All I could say was, ‘No, buddy, I didn’t. But that would have been cool, huh?’ I’m so glad my kid thinks I am two thousand years old.” That is golden! So, if you get this book, don’t skip the endnotes (aka “field notes”).

*I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this unbiased review.