Sunday, August 12, 2018

Stepparenting With Grace By Gayla Grace Review



Stepparenting with Grace offers a soothing salve and a holy nudge of daily encouragement for anyone navigating the unique dynamics of a blended family.

These devotions provide companionship, encouragement, understanding, and biblical insights from a veteran stepmom. This trusted resource will help you gain strength, wisdom, and comfort as you navigate the rocky terrain of creating a blended family. You will learn how to:

Trust a loving God when the kids do not.

Find unity in your new marriage and parenting through grace and understanding.

Explore your worth in Christ amid rejection.

Gain confidence in the stepparent role as you take on the armor of God.

Persevere through challenges and obstacles toward healthy, thriving relationships.

Each devotion begins with Scripture along with an encouraging thought for the day and closes with prayer.

I received a complimentary copy.


Cassandra's Review- Using bible scriptures to further help the shorter stories was a great choice. You get a scripture, tiny story and a prayer to enjoy (per page or so) and think on throughout the day. The book can easily be finished reading in a few short hours if you take your time with it and also even longer should you choose to really stop and feel each devotion and take time to get familiar with it.  If you are a step parent and need some pick me up advice for the tougher moments this is going to be a great read. 

Books By Felicia Johnson with Reviews


In many ways, Kristen Elliott is a normal, seventeen-year-old girl. Kristen loves her family. She works hard academically, and tries to please her mother. She takes on the additional responsibility of caring for her twin siblings, Nick and Alison. She idealizes her best friend, Lexus, who not only seems to lead the perfect life, but also catches the attention of John, the boy Kristen secretly loves. However, as is the case with many teenagers, Kristen feels frustrated, isolated, and confused. In other ways, Kristen is not like other kids her age.

She knows something is wrong with her. Kristen feels like an utter failure. She is unable to please her abrasive mother, and scared to confront Jack, her abusive stepfather. She is also unable to protect Nick from Jack, making her feel all the more helpless. Adding to her problems, she knows she will never be as beautiful as her best friend Lexus. Kristen finds solace in self-injury, and the company of Mr. Sharp, her imaginary friend who encourages her feelings of self-loathing.

 After a failed suicide attempt, Kristen is placed in the Bent Creek mental hospital, where she is diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. While in the hospital, she meets a group of peers suffering with their own mental illnesses, and a compassionate staff of doctors and counselors. From there, Kristen begins her journey to survival. She discovers the circumstances that brought her to this breaking point, struggles to understand her mental illness, and fights to be a survivor against her own worst enemy: her self-blame. Kristen’s tale of endurance illustrates the complex illness of Borderline Personality Disorder. Readers – including those suffering from BPD and their friends and family – can glean insight into BPD from Kristen’s humanity. Her story is an example of how, if we try to push the past away, we are either doomed to repeat it or let it haunt us to our graves.


OK Danny Boy: Chaos (Volume 1)

The spin off of “HER” is called “OK Danny Boy". This three part book series follows the story of an artistic and mysterious young man who Kristen meets during her stay in Bent Creek Hospital. Daniel proved to be a supportive peer, whom Kristen saw as a positive influence throughout her recovery. However, Daniel had not always been a role model.

 Daniel is diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, OCD and Juvenile Diabetes. His story follows his journey throughout his healing and learning to cope with life’s transitions, coming of age, living with mental illness as well as a physical illness and the suicide of a close friend. Fans of “HER” will get to see what it was like on the other side of the Adolescent Ward.

Part one: "CHAOS" follows Daniel's life before he goes into Bent Creek Hospital during his mental breakdown. Part two: "MONSTER" follows Daniel's story while he is in Bent Creek Hospital through his treatment. Part three: "LOVE" follows Daniel after his treatment in Bent Creek Hospital into his recovery process.

OK Danny Boy: Monster by [Johnson, Felicia]
"MONSTER" follows Daniel's story while he is in Bent Creek Hospital through his treatment.
The spin off of “HER” is called “OK Danny Boy". This three part book series follows the story of an artistic and mysterious young man who Kristen meets during her stay in Bent Creek Hospital. Daniel proved to be a supportive peer, whom Kristen saw as a positive influence throughout her recovery.

However, Daniel had not always been a role model. Daniel is diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, OCD and Juvenile Diabetes. His story follows his journey throughout his healing and learning to cope with life’s transitions, coming of age, living with mental illness as well as a physical illness and the suicide of a close friend. Fans of “HER” will get to see what it was like on the other side of the Adolescent Ward.

I received complimentary copies.

Cassandra's Review-  Raw, emotional and vulnerable, the books create a period of deep pain and loss. I felt the author chose a powerful way to express the reality of the topics.  The pure understanding and no filter gives the reader so much more than just a few very large stories.  If you have ever dealt with mental illness or still do, this book is a glimpse probably of what most of you have already witnessed.  The truth in the words is so pronounced and if you have ever been in a position to have been to a hospital like Bent Creek, to visit a loved one or for yourself, the book will feel all to close to home. 

Bitter and Sweet by Sandra V Feder Review

Bitter and Sweet
by Sandra V Feder
Coming September  2018
36963361
Preorder:
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Amazon
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When Hannah’s family has to move, her grandmother tells her how she felt leaving the old country — it was both bitter and sweet. As Hannah leaves her friends behind and tries to get used to a new house, she only feels bitterness. Was her grandmother wrong about the sweetness?

Hannah starts to feel better about the move when she sees her new house in the soft light of the Shabbat candles. When a new friend reaches out with a special gift, Hannah realizes that sweetness can come from unexpected places and that she can even create some herself.

Featuring art by acclaimed illustrator Kyrsten Brooker, this story subtly conveys a universal message — while life can be full of challenging moments, sweeter ones can be found and created. An author’s note is included on the concept of bitter and sweet in Jewish culture.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  A lovely book about change and positive thinking.  It is nice for little readers to understand that not everything is going to be wonderful during a big change like a move, but with enough courage and persistence it can all eventually turn out better.  While this does not happen realistically in all moves, it can make your child feel more at ease about the big experience.  

Conquer Change and Win By Ralph Masengill Jr Review

Conquer Change and Win 
Createspace
ISBN-10: 1515191877 
ISBN-13: 978-1515191872
Available from Amazon


What we are talking about is understanding the risk of change. Why is it so important that we know about and understand change? We humans, and there are no exceptions, are constantly involved in change. Change never stops. It is always constantly going on in us and around us. The truly successful men and women of the world have a good understanding of change and how you can manipulate change to your advantage. You cannot stop it, but you can control most change.

Are you in a personal or business rut? In a rut, you have no control where that rut will take you. You have lost your freedom to act. To not change is to lose control of your future. To be in a rut is losing your freedom to control your life, business or both. Laurence J. Peter states that "A rut is a grave with the ends knocked out." He is talking about life without understanding the importance of the effects that change has on all humans.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's review-  The book is written like the author is talking to you in a conference or a meeting.  It is well put together and filled with knowledgeable tips as well as advice.   Reading it gives a sense of accomplishment and a new look on a few old or touchy subjects.  The book can even bring new things to light that the reader might not realize.  In the end you can learn and feel more uplifted in a positive direction. 


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