Monday, February 28, 2011

The Life Ready Woman (Thriving in a Do-It-All World), by Shaunti Feldhahn & Robert Lewis and Book Giveaway

How many of us feel because we are women in a modern world we have to try and do it all? I have to say, a lot of times I feel that way. At times I feel as though if I am not doing it all, I am not successfully living my life. Question, does it really have to be this way? Shauntie Feldhahn and Robert Lewis wrote a book called The Life Ready Woman: Thriving in a Do-It-All World. In their book, they have come up with a great way to show you how it is possible.

Women have come a long way. Before hand it was in the kitchen making food and taking care of the kids. Then things changed. We were given the ability to vote, join the army, hold public office positions, etc. In The Life Ready Woman, the authors state that life happiness doesn't necessarily come from all we accomplish in life but rather the way we open our lives up to God and let him guide us where to go.

The 3 things that stick out the most for me are the 5 common issues that bring about problems for women, the 3 types of core callings, and Faith Step #2. I also really love how they have biblical quotes to go along with their theories and points. There are stories in the book that make you realize that you are not the only one. What is really high on my list are the sections where you can interact with the authors of the book.

Book Giveaway!!!!

In order to give one of my readers a chance to enjoy and learn from the book as I did,  I am giving away a copy of The Life Ready Woman.

For a chance to win this book, please leave a comment as to why you would like to read this book. The giveaway will be closed on March 7, 2011, with the winner announced and emailed on March 8, 2011. Please leave your email address, or you will not be entered in the giveaway.

Not only am I giving away a book, but MomLife Today is having a Weekend To Remember giveaway, which can be entered bellow.

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Thanks to Amy of the Litfuse Publicity Group for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Vidal Sassoon The Movie

Vidal Sassoon's impact is so profound in so many ways, even forty years after his revolution, he is inarguably the most important person in hairdressing, ever. He is the ultimate hero. His life serves as an extraordinary inspiration to millions of people, reminding them what is possible with the right commitment and passion.

                                                     -Michael Gordon, Producer

A feature documentary spanning 80 years of revolution in culture, as told through the life of one extraordinary man, VIDAL SASSOON THE MOVIE is the revealing and inspirational story of how one man changed the world with a pair of scissors.

A true rags to riches tale, the film traces Sassoon’s path from a London orphanage to international success and celebrity. It follows Michael Gordon, founder of the haircare company Bumble and bumble, as he sets out to document Vidal's life in a richly visual book. Sassoon's story comes alive as the design of the book unfolds.

Living through war and poverty, the seeds of his future are spawned as young Vidal becomes driven to rise above the circumstances of his birth. Spurred by his mother’s dream that her son would find success as a hairdresser, Sassoon apprentices in a local salon. “I made up mind, if I was going to be in hairdressing, I wanted to change things.” Through tireless hard work and commitment, he struggles to modernize the old-fashioned world of hair; with modern architecture as his inspiration, Sassoon focuses on geometric shapes and angles that literally changes the way women look, and ushers in the social revolutions of the 60’s. Salons, schools and products follow all over the world, and his tag line, “if you don’t look good we don’t look good” becomes a defining cultural touchstone.

With an added emphasis on his inspirational drive, VIDAL SASSOON THE MOVIE shows Sassoon to be not only one of the great innovators of our time, but a cultural life force as relevant today as ever.

Phase4 Films will release VIDAL SASSOON THE MOVIE on February 11, 2011 in New York; February 18, 2011 in Los Angeles, and other markets nationwide in late February and March 2011.

Thanks to Kenneth Rosenstock (42west) for giving me the opportunity to post this information.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Mubu & Mu-Mu (The Little Animal Doctor), by Peter Alexander

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I really love reading children's books. I am sure you have read this before, but I do. I was given the opportunity to read and review a book called Mubu & Mu-Mu. I must say, after reading it, I was glad the opportunity was given.

Mubu is a little girl who lives in Thailand with her mother and grandfather. Most of her life is filled with fun and adventure. She spends most of her time playing with animals, running through a forest, etc. The one thing she likes the most is the she has been able to take certain animals under her wing and raise them as her own.

One day, Mubu's grandfather went into the forest to look for some herbs and came back with a gibbon. It was hurt and needed to be taken care of. So her grandfather instructed her on what to do. Of course, like most little kids, she did not listen to his three rules and almost got hurt along with the gibbon.

This story teaches children what happens when they don't listen to adults and how important it is to follow rules. It also shows them about life in another country.

The art in the book is also just as great as the story. The colors are vibrant and kind of pop of the page. The detail is right on point, which also helps to draw you into the story. Another wonderful aspect of this book is the little synopsis and pictures of Mubu as a child and all grown up.

I say people should own a lot of books because I love reading, but I really think this one is one that all kids should own.

I thank Bostick Communications and Kennebec Entertainment LLC for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book.

Friday, February 11, 2011

The Adventures of Blue Ocean Bob (Blue Ocean Bob Discovers His Purpose), by Brooks Olbrys

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I am a big fan of children books. I try to collect as many as I can for my daughter to read. I love to read. I am trying to get her to become one of those kids that love to read also. So far, I am proving to be successful.

This book is a great book. First, the story is written in the form of a poem. This makes it easy for kids to read and a great way to keep them interested because of the flow. Secondly, the illustrations are magnificent. They are brightly colored and percisely drawn. They pop out of the book as though they are real and not just a drawing that someone created. Thirdly, and most important, is the story. It lets children know that no matter what, they can achieve whatever they put their minds to.

Bob is a young boy who wants to figure out what he can do in life. Even though he lives on a beautiful island, he figures there is more to life than what he sees. His friend and companion, Xena - a bird, is concerned about him and the adventure he is about to take. But no one can change his mind and he sets out on this adventure. After asking a couple of sea creatures some questions, he makes up his mind about what he wants to be.

If you want to teach your child about believing and achieving a dream, then you should add this book to their bookshelf. I thought it was wonderful and think that anyone can learn a lesson from it. My daughter loved reading it and enjoyed looking at the pictures too. I highly recommend this book for every child to own.

Thanks to Brooks Olbrys for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Left At The Altar, by Kimberley Kennedy

Have you ever been humiliated, embarrassed, or even ashamed? If you are a woman (I guess even a man), being left at the altar is one of the worst feelings that you could possibly go through. Luckily, I can say that it has never happened to me, but for Kimberley Kennedy, that became a life story.

Kimberley's story begins like most others. She was raised in a traditional family. Of course there were typical problems in her family like most others, but she got through them. After college, she met who she thought would be the love of her life, on a blind date. This was the guy she was going to marry and she was determined to make it happen. After sometime, her fiance started to act different. He started to find fault in everything that she did. A big hint that she didn't pick up on, was her engagement. She was asked for her hand in married out of an argument. But even so, this was still her knight in shining armor. And so the planning began, which led to the downward spiral of her life.

Left at The Altar is Kimberley Kennedy's book about how to deal with rejection whether it comes from divorce, dating, or even her, like marriage. Her goal in writing this book is to be able to help other women understand that they are not alone and don't have to feel the pain of rejection forever. She has ways of helping them heal and move forward in their life by not staying in that same painful place. There is a section on the Five Stages of Grief, diagrams, and different quotes and antidotes. She also relies on God throughout the book to help people understand that it is not the end of the world and that there IS life at the end of the tunnel. There are also other people's stories that help you understand that you are not the only one.

I feel like this is a book that everyone can benefit from. Anyone going through any kind of issue can take this book and remember that they are not the only one going through it. Everyone should include this book on their bookshelf.

Thanks to Thomas Nelson for giving me the opportunity to review this book.