Sorry I’m Not Sorry by Nancy Rue {A review}

(As with the other books in this series, I did not personally read it. In fact, the day the book arrived I only saw it when I opened the box. My 14-year old grabbed it, read and passed it on to her younger sister. This review is from my 14-year old.)

SorryI absolutely loved the first two books in Nancy Rue‘s new trilogy, Mean Girl Makeover. The latest addition to the series, Sorry I’m Not Sorry, proved just as delightful as the first two.

In Sorry, readers will take a peek into the mind of Grass Valley Middle School’s Alpha Wolf, Kylie Steppe. Those who have read the preceding books will remember Kylie as the leader of the sixth-grade bullies. I admit, I had my doubts about this book. But Ms. Rue has once again delivered a true-to-life, captivating, and occasionally laugh-out-loud funny depiction of yet another aspect of the ever-growing bullying problem in America.

Kylie is one of many characters in Mean Girl Makeover that girls from fifth or sixth-grade will laugh with, cry for, and cheer with in Sorry. Through weeks of guidance from Lydia, Kylie is finally starting to change into the beautiful, loving child of God that she was created to be. But her old friends see the change and they’re definitely not fans of the new Kylie. When they turn on her through social media, Kylie is left with a decision to make: Fight for what she knows is right, or give in to her old self and retaliate against the pain she suddenly sees and feels. She finally begins to realize that her choices and  actions affect other people, as well as herself. The online bullying campaign hurts her in a way that she’s unused to, but Kylie isn’t sure how to respond. Will she make the right decision? Will Tori and the Tribelet be willing to trust Kylie and help  her, even though she’s hurt them?

I highly recommend this book and the entire Mean Girl Makeover series to any girl in middle school or even high school. Ms. Rue, you’ve nailed it once again! Congrats and many, many thanks for your effort to help the campaign against bullying.

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars!

We received a free copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of review. All opinions are our own.

Just another dumb girl.

Ever wonder what happens in the church office on a Monday?

No?

Well then. You might want to skip right over this post. If you answered yes, keep reading.

The office officially opens at 8:30 but I’ve gotten in the habit of arriving at 8. I started that because I would have to leave to take my oldest to choir at the high school and I just felt better knowing I was being honest with my time sheet and the church’s money. She hasn’t had classes but I’m still coming in at 8.

This morning the computer was extremely slow. I mean it was so slow one could go into the kitchen, make some boiled eggs and eat them while waiting for the computer. A few of the keys decided they weren’t working today because apparently they wanted more money.

A quick (slow?) restart to the computer had it changing it’s tune.

I also brought my laptop in because I need to access a file on it. That dern machine wouldn’t connect to the wifi. I tried everything. Disconnecting. Connecting. Trying a different network. Nothing. Sigh. Then I realized my phone also wasn’t connecting. I learned this when I kept hitting Send/Receive all folders in the church’s email and nothing came. I had used my phone to send the church an email with the file I needed.

Switch that to mobile data and we’re good to go.

Then my headache started. Well the one where my head actually ached. I’m pretty sure the above gave me the headache. I left to get lunch and some caffeine help with the headache.

I really, really hate how fast food makes my innards feel. Bleh.

After eating lunch I took my trash out side to the dumpster because I wanted more sunshine and didn’t want the office to smell like fast food.  I tucked a box I had flattened under my arm, grabbed my keys and went out in to the glorious sunshine.  At the dumpster I tossed in the trash in my hand.

And my keys.

I tossed them all in the empty dumpster.

My keys laid there on the bottom mocking me.

Now what I was going to do? I was the only one on the premises. The fill-in janitor was  coming back but she wasn’t here yet. I was locked out of the building. I needed those keys. I’m way to short to bend over the edge and hope to reach the bottom.

So I climbed in.

Oh yeah. I climbed in, grabbed my keys and did a quick gymnastics course getting back out. Apparently all the upper arm exercises I’ve done have paid off.

There is an upside, ladies, to having a “fat day”. I had planned on wearing a skirt today but felt too fat in it.

I’m pretty much afraid do anything else right now. Who knows what will happen!

The Pleasure of His Company by Dutch Sheets {A Review}

What would it mean in your daily life if you knew God, the Creator of the Universe desired to spend time with you? What if you could truly find pleasure in His company?

Sound like an impossibility? Something reserved for a select few, none of which happen to be you?

World-reknown author and speaker, Dutch Sheets, has written a book sharing his life stories on how he cultivated, and continues to cultivate a personal, deep relationship with Jesus. He has found pleasure in His company and he can’t keep it to himself.

Each short chapter contains Scripture, a personal story and/or a Biblical story that illustrates the profound truth, and closes with a prayer. It would make a great devotional book, and since there are 30 chapters, you could easily read through it in a month, and then read it again the next month.

It is easy to read, engaging and for the most part spot on Biblically. There were a few times I had to stop and think about what I thought about that passage/verse and decide for myself if I agreed with Dutch Sheets or not.  (As we all must do when reading books!)

I give this book 4 out of 5 turning pages.

I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own.

How to Love your Neighbor without being weird by Amy Lively {A Review}

Do you struggle to love your neighbor? Do you wonder what would be the best way to reach out to them, and show them the love of Jesus in everyday life? I do. I can proudly say I know most of my neighbors by name, in fact on my block I know everyone except for 3. But I don’t really know them. I don’t know how to minister to them in their needs.

Amy Lively has learned how to love her neighbors without being weird. She’s learned how to reach out, share Jesus, and get over the I’m-standing-on-my-neighbor’s-porch-what-do-I-do-now fear, and she wants to share her knowledge and ideas with you. She has written a book, How to Love your Neighbor Without Being Weird and it’s a must read for everyone who feels guilty about not following Jesus command to “Love Your Neighbor”.

“How to Love Your Neighbor Without Being Weird helps you overcome fears about getting to know your neighbors and sharing your faith. You’ll learn simple, practical ways to get to know your neighbors, using your God-given personality. As you venture out of the comfort of your living room and into the lives of your neighbors, you’ll form authentic friendships, create a safer community, and find fulfillment in obeying Christ’s #2 command.”

Amy writes in an easy to read style and shares personal stories, and offers a ton of simple tips. Each chapter will have you saying, “Well, I could do that!”   Each chapter ends with thought-provoking questions that you could use in a Bible study with others who want to love their neighbors.

You can learn more about Amy and how to love your neighbor at How to Love Your Neighbor.

I received a free copy of this book from the author for purpose of review. All opinions are my own.

A Bone To Pick by Mark Bittman {A Review{

Mark Bittman is one of America’s best-known food writers. He is probably better known for his books, “How To Cook Everything” and for his op-ed pieces that have appeared in newspapers like The New York Times and The New York Times Magazine.

I recently read his latest offering, A Bone To Pick, The good and bad news about food, with wisdom and advice on diets, food safety, GMOs, farming, and more. Each chapter stands alone, so they can be read in any order you choose. Each chapter also was originally an op-ed piece so the style fits that format better than a normal book.

The information in each chapter though is spot on and very good. The book is incredibly well written. It is very clear that Mr. Bittman is knowledgeable about this subject.

I, personally, found the book a little like eating a dry, plain saltine cracker. There wasn’t a lot of personal stories and anecdotes. It was, in the words of Sergent Joe Friday, “Just the facts.” There is nothing wrong with that, I just found the book a little hard to get into and read.

My favorite chapter has to be the one in which he talks about comfort food. This chapter stands out in stark contrast to my thoughts on the rest of the book. It is full personal ancedotes, is more a slice of bread, fresh from the oven and slathered thickly with fresh butter.

I give this book 3.5 out of 5 turning pages. If you’re anything like me, and enjoy reading and learning about all things foods, you should get a copy of his book and read it for yourself. I’d love to hear your thoughts!

I received a free copy of this book for the purpose of review from Blogging For Books. All opinions are my own.