Tag: Self-Help

365 Ways to Beat Stress/ 365 Ways to Find Peace

Today I am reviewing two similar books, both from the same Publisher: Watkins Publishing.  Both of these books are released next week, April 16th.  I received e-arc’s via NetGalley. They both have gorgeous covers, which is what caught my attention to these books!

The Books:
365 Ways to Beat Stress
365 Ways to Find Peace


365 Ways to Beat Stress: How to Relax and Find Perfect Calm
Editor: Adam Gordon
To Be Published: April 16, 2019
224 pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: January 11-14, 2019
Jessica’s Rating: 3.5 stars

Book Description:

No other book offers so many easy-to-use and diverse stress-relief techniques in a uniquely attractive gift package.

With a different technique or tip for each day of the year, no other book offers such a wide range of ways to release stress and anxiety, all set in an attractive illustrated design that will make dipping in for inspiration a joy. All the practices are effective yet also easy to follow, even if you have never tried them before, and range from energy techniques such as simple shiatsu, to quick stress fixes such as visualizing a blue bubble, to methods of life simplification such as avoiding a news overload and rationing your evenings out, to inspiring visualizations such as imagining yourself as the sky or as a lotus floating on water. This is one of the first two publications in a new 365 series from Watkins, showcasing easy, accessible and effective approaches to dealing with our demanding modern lives. Readers are free to work through the book in any order they like, either using the chapter headings to deal with aspects that they feel need particular attention (for example, home, work, relationships, mind and spirit, or stress and emotions), flicking through at random or selecting ideas in chronological order. There is no need to subscribe to any particular belief, lifestyle or long-term practice; this is simply a collection of brilliantly effective ideas that together have the potential to transform lives.

Jessica’s Review

365 Ways to Beat Stress is exactly what it sounds like: Suggestions to try and ‘beat’ the various stressors in your life.  There are different sections in this brief book that focus on various parts of life. Some of those sections include:

Mornings
Quick Fixes
Positive Change
Mind and Spirit
Home
Work

This book can be read as quickly or slowly as you want.  You can read whole sections at once or focus on one day at a time (There are 365 ways, so you have one a day for a whole year!).

For me personally, some sections worked better than others.  While some of the ‘ways’ seemed like they could cause stress in the beginning, but ultimately end up relaxing (learn to knit) some I just did not see feasible as a reducer for stress (Learn ASL/ a foreign language/ join a choir/ walk to work).

There are some good suggestions for ways to beat stress, some you could do on vacation at the beach!

We are all different and have our own unique stressors.  The various ways to beat stress  might work for me, but may not work for you and vice-versa. This is overall a decent read that could help you with reducing stress in some way. You should find something that will work for you in this book.

Special thanks to Watkins Publishing for sending me an e-arc copy to read and review via NetGalley.

Pre-order Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK


365 Ways to Find Peace: Meditations & Inspirations
Editor: Marcus Braybrooke

To Be Published: April 16, 2019
224 Pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Date Read: January 24, 2019
Jessica’s Rating: 3 stars

Book Description:

No other book contains such a wide range of accessible, effective and inspiring self-calming techniques, drawn from traditions and literature from around the world, both secular and religious.

With a different meditation or inspiration for each day of the year, this is a wonderfully inspiring collection that will open readers’ hearts and mind and show them the way to peace and contentment whatever their mood or situation. A fresh, attractive design featuring sympathetic line drawings adds to the appeal of this gift package. Author Marcus Braybrooke has drawn upon poetry and prose, sacred and secular, from all around the world and from all ages, from the Upanishads and the Tao Te Ching to the speeches of Mahatma Gandhi and the great 19th and 20th-century poets such as Walt Whitman, Rainer Maria Rilke, Wallace Stevens and Seamus Heaney.

The inspirations and meditations are arranged thematically, following a structure that reflects the idea of love radiating outward – from self-esteem, the acknowledge of spirit within oneself; through love for family and friends; through love for humankind in general; to love for the One, the spiritual essence that animates all existence. Readers can choose to follow this order, or dip into the book at random, or select an area that they feel particularly drawn to work on. Containing the wisdom of all the world’s great spiritual traditions, this is a book that will appeal to people of all faiths, as well as to those who believe in spiritual values without subscribing to a particular religion or even belief in a divinity.

Jessica’s Review:

365 Ways to Find Peace is not a book on techniques as the book description suggests.  It is a book of 365 quotes from people throughout time and the world.  Each ‘way’ has the quote, who said the quote, the year of their birth and death, and where they are from.

The quotes are in different sections which include:
The Centre of Being
The Inner Circle of Love
The Outer Circle of Spirit

This book can be read as quickly or slowly as you want.  You can read it in the groupings or focus on one quote a day.  This one was not really for me as I was expecting a different book- one that give various ways to find inner peace (like 365 Ways to Beat Stress did). I did not want to read a book of quotes.  Because of that, this one missed the mark for me.

Special thanks to Watkins Publishing for sending me an e-arc copy to read and review via NetGalley.

Pre-order Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK

Blog Tour: WTF, God? By Michelle N. Onuorah

Today I am part of the blog tour for WTF, God? : Understanding God in the Midst of Transition by Michelle N. Onuorah which is being hosted by Itsy Bitsy Book Bits. I will be sharing my review.

Crossroads are an inevitable part of life. But how do you navigate them when your life is not your own?

At 22-years-old, Michelle Onuorah was a bestselling author, former runway model, and recent college graduate with the world at her fingertips…Or so she thought.

In a matter of weeks which turned into months…and eventually most of her twenties, the God of the universe systematically revealed that He was also the God of her life – and she was not. With breathtaking candor, razor sharp humor, and bold vulnerability, Michelle shares the ten key lessons she’s learned about God, life and understanding both in the midst of ceaseless transitions.

In her words, “This book is for those of you who believed with all your heart that you would end up in one place and somehow, despite following God – or maybe even because of it – ended up on a completely different path. This is for those of you who, though you love God, sometimes wonder who He even is. This is for those of you who choose to believe He’s still good.”

This book is for you.

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WTF, God?: Understanding God in the Midst of Transition
Author: Michelle N. Onuorah
Published: January 13, 2019
125 Pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: February 17-20, 2019
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars

Jessica’s Review:

Imagine you have your life planned out the way YOU want, but God has other plans for you and it is a 180 from the reality you had in mind.  This is what happened with Michelle N. Onuorah’s life in the 5 years from when she graduated college. And it started with 4 words: “We’re letting you go”.

WTF, God is Onuorah’s memoir of her unexpected life that God had planned all along.  Yes, the title means just what you think it means. Imagine your frustrations with life take hold of you so much that you have to yell out “WTF, God!?!?!?” Yes, there is some foul language in this memoir, but it is not extreme as you may think it is going to be. 

Onuorah is candid about her life history, struggles, and her addictions despite her fears of admitting them to us, the reader.  As I was reading it felt as if she was talking directly to me. I know a little of her history as I have read all of her previous works and enjoyed them,  and even have communicated via email with her, but now I feel I know her more personally. WTF, God is a short memoir just over 100 pages and can be read very quickly. In the first 90 minutes of reading it I was over halfway done with it! 

Despite the roller coaster that life may bring us, Onuorah shows us through sharing about her life that God knows what he is doing and to have faith in Him. Despite the title possibly turning you off of the book, please pick up WTF, God. You won’t regret it!

WTF, God is recommended.

Michelle N. Onuorah is the bestselling author of Type N, Taking Names, Remember Me, Jane and Atlas Died. WTF, God? is her debut non-fiction release. The daughter of Nigerian immigrants, Michelle grew up with a love of storytelling. At the tender age of thirteen, she wrote her first book, Double Identity, and self-published it the next year. For three years, she ran an independent magazine, MNO, and served as the main writer and editor-in-chief. Her writing has appeared in Vestiges Literary Magazine, Avalon Literary Review, and Medium.com among others.

A graduate of Biola University, Michelle is putting her film degree to use by producing a new teaching series under her company, MNO Media, LLC. The series, Life in His Light, is designed to help Christians who struggle with depression overcome it.

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Blog Tour: Time to Refresh

Today I share my review for the devotion Time to Refresh: A 21-Day Devotional to Renew Your Mind After Being Laid Off, Fired or Sidelined by Karen Brown Tyson. This blog tour comes at the perfect time of year as the holidays can be a hard time of year in the first place  and if you have recently lost your job, you can be challenged even more.

This blog tour is brought to you by WOW! WOMEN ON WRITING TOUR.

Devotion Description:

What happens when some part of your life comes to a screeching halt?

Time to Refresh: A 21- Day Devotional to Renew Your Mind After Being Laid Off, Fired or Sidelined, highlights Karen Brown Tyson’s journey through the Bible following one of three layoffs in her life.

Watch how God leads one woman on a 21-day journey through the Bible and teaches her how to G.L.O.W.— gratitude, listen, observe and witness.

Time to Refresh is available to purchase:
Amazon US
Barnes and Noble
Amazon UK


Author: Karen Brown Tyson
Published: August 10, 2018
68 Pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: November 19-25, 2018
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars

Jessica’s Review:

Time to Refresh is a 21 day devotional that focuses on what to do after being laid off, but it can apply to any difficult time in your life.  Reading this devotional helped me, and I have not been laid off. 

Tyson refers to timeouts throughout the devotion.  Timeouts are a brief suspension of an activity (in the case of this devotion, a job). Tyson shares her personal story of being laid off three times over the course of 25 years.  In each daily devotion, she shares journal entries she wrote to God over the first 21 days of her most recent layoff.

She also focuses on a topic each day and gives an example of each topic from the Bible with verse(s) to read.  She has timeout takeaways, listening, and witness sections. The listening sections are where she wants you to ask God for advice as you pray.

You may see a 21 day devotion and think that is too long, but each day is not super long (including the bible verses suggested).  It also takes 21 days to start a habit and with starting this devotional, it can help to start daily readings of the Bible and devotions.  This devotion can help someone who is struggling through a job loss or any other major life event that may be occurring. 

About the Author:

For the past 25 years, Karen Brown Tyson worked for Fortune 500 companies in the fast food, pharmaceutical, and telecommunication industries. Today, Karen is the founder of Constant Communicators, a lifestyle business that helps people improve their business writing skills. Time to Refresh:  A 21-Day Devotional to Renew Your Mind After Being Laid Off, Fired or Sidelined was released in August 2018.  Karen lives in North Carolina with her husband and son.

Contact Karen:
Website
Blog
Twitter @KBTWrites
Facebook

 

You can find the whole blog tour here:

November 26th @ The Muffin

What goes better in the morning than a muffin? Grab your coffee and stop by the Muffin blog where you can read an interview with author Karen Brown Tyson and enter to win a copy of her book Time to Refresh.

muffin.wow-womenonwriting.com

November 29th @ Bookworm Blog

Be sure to stop by Anjanette’s blog where you can read Karen Brown Tyson’s guest post on managing career, home, and ministry.

bookworm66.wordpress.com

November 29th @ The Frugalista Mom

Visit Rozelyn’s blog where you can read her review of Karen Brown Tyson’s book Time to Refresh.

http://thefrugalistamom.com/

November 30th @ Amateur Twin Mom

Visit Jonelle’s blog to read what she has to say about Karen Brown Tyson’s book Time to Refresh.

https://www.amateurtwinmom.com

December 3rd @ Beverley A Baird Blog

Visit Beverley’s blog where Karen Brown Tyson talks about how to improve your writing life.

https://beverleyabaird.wordpress.com/

December 5th @ Break Even Books

Stop by Erik’s blog where you can read Karen Brown Tyson’s blog post about how to build your personal brand.

https://breakevenbooks.com/

December 5th @  Jill Sheets Blog

Stop by Jill’s blog today where you can read Karen Brown Tyson’s blog post about how to improve your writing life.

https://jillsheets.blogspot.com/

December 6th @ Beverley A Baird Blog

Visit Beverley’s blog again where she shares her thoughts about Karen Brown Tyson’s book Time to Refresh. 

https://beverleyabaird.wordpress.com/

December 7th @ Bookworm Blog

Visit Anjanette’s blog again where she interviews author Karen Brown Tyson about her book Time to Refresh.

bookworm66.wordpress.com

December 8th @ A Storybook World

Visit Deirdra’s blog where you can read Karen Brown Tyson’s blog post about fearless writing.

http://www.astorybookworld.com/

December 9th @ Reducing Overload

Stop by Peggy’s blog to read author Karen Brown Tyson’s post about journaling and stress management.

http://reducingoverload.com/

December 13th @ Memoir Writer’s Journey

Visit Kathleen’s blog where you can read Karen Brown Tyson’s blog post about fearless writing.

https://krpooler.com/

December 13th @ M.C. Walker’s Blog

Visit M.C. Walker’s blog where she interviews author Karen Brown Tyson about her and her book Time to Refresh.

https://seeminoltawrite.com/

December 14th @ Strength 4 Spouses

Visit Wendi’s blog where you can read Karen Brown Tyson’s blog post about having faith during difficult times.

https://strength4spouses.blog/

December 15th @ Jessica’s Reading Room

Visit Jessica’s blog where you can read her thoughts on Karen Brown Tyson’s book Time to Refresh.

http://jessicasreadingroom.com

December 16th @ 12 Books

Visit Louise’s blog where she shares her opinion on Karen Brown Tyson’s book Time to Refresh.

http://www.12books.co.uk/

December 18th @ Look to the Western Sky

Visit Margo’s blog where you can read Karen Brown Tyson’s blog post about parenting.

https://www.margoldill.com/

December 20th @ Strength 4 Spouses

Visit Wendi’s blog again where you can read her opinion about Karen Brown Tyson’s book Time to Refresh.

https://strength4spouses.blog/

December 20th @ The Faerie Review

Visit Lily Shadowlyn’s blog where you can read Karen Brown Tyson’s blog post about journaling.

http://www.thefaeriereview.com/

December 21st @ The World of My Imagination

Visit Nicole’s blog where she shares her thoughts about Karen Brown Tyson’s book Time to Refresh.

http://theworldofmyimagination.blogspot.com

December 23rd @ Look to the Western Sky

Be sure to stop by Margo’s blog again where you find out what she had to say about Karen Brown Tyson’s book Time to Refresh.

https://www.margoldill.com/

December 23rd @ Coffee with Lacey

Visit Lacey’s blog where you can read Karen Brown Tyson’s blog post about journaling.

http://coffeewithlacey.wordpress.com

December 24th @ Coffee with Lacey

Stop by Lacey’s blog again where she reviews Karen Brown Tyson’s book Time to Refresh.

http://coffeewithlacey.wordpress.com

December 27th @ The Frugalista Mom

Be sure to visit Rozelyn’s blog again where you can read Karen Brown Tyson’s blog post about change management.

http://thefrugalistamom.com/

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