You Are Essential: 100 Inspirational Reminders of How Much You Matter
Author: Thomas Nelson Gift Books
Published: April 20, 2021
Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: June 5-7, 2021
Jessica’s Rating: 5 stars
With 100 uplifting quotes and stories along with vibrant artwork, You Are Essential is for the essential people in your life–including you!–who need a reminder that what they do matters.
We all have essential people in our lives, whether they are friends, family, or someone we are meeting for the first time at the doctor’s office or grocery pick-up line. Designed to be given as an encouragement or thank-you to others or as a self-purchase to remind yourself how much the world needs you, You Are Essential includes:
- Inspirational quotes
- Encouraging stories
- Colorful artwork
This timely and timeless book is ideal for:
- Classroom and online teachers
- Nurses, medical assistants, EMTs, pharmacists, and doctors
- First responders and their families
- Parents juggling both childcare and a career
- Grandparents stepping in to help during turbulent times
- Pastors, youth leaders, and Sunday school teachers
- Grocery store delivery shoppers and postal service employees
- Homeschooling parents and co-op leaders
- Factory workers, car mechanics, restaurant personnel
- And more!
The perfect way to let someone know you see all that they are doing and that you’re grateful, You Are Essential is a beautiful celebration of the human spirit and a reminder that no matter what, we will always need each other.
You Are Essential is a book for everyone as we are ALL essential! When COVID hit last year many different types of occupations came to the forefront, and some that are usually not considered important/ essential suddenly became VERY important to all of us. I am in one of those professions (I work in a local government office) that is essential but not very appreciated by the public, still even now. It’s rare to get a thank you and more common to get yelled at. I had a rough day at work when I had ordered You Are Essential, so it came at a good time for me.
You Are Essential is uplifting and gives encouraging quotes, stories and scriptures. It shows how everyone is important with what they do: Sometimes we just need reminding!
The book itself it pocket sized and is colorful and even has its own personal ribbon bookmark attached to the book. It would make the perfect gift for those who need these reminders and a great little coffee table book.
I plan to hold on to this one and read it as I need it.
I received a copy from the publisher via Amazon Prime.
Today I share my review for Walk Your Way to Better by Joyce Shulman. This book gets a 5 star review from me!
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This is a book about walking your way to better. Everywhere you turn, people, podcasts and gurus promise a simple path to the life you want. But few of them work. Why? Because simply reading the words is rarely enough to call your heart and mind to action. This book is different. Each section provides a thought-starter, insight or story. But I don’t want you to just read it. I want you to read a section and then lace up your sneakers and head out the door. Because while walking, your brain processes in a unique way, enabling you to recognize the things that are truly holding your back and the changes you actually need to make. You will literally Walk Your Way to Better. Along the way, you will forge a powerful connection between your mind and your body. And bonus — you’ll feel better and become fitter.
Walk Your Way to Better: 99 Walks That Will Change Your Life
Author: Joyce Shulman
Published: January 23, 2020
Genre: Motivational Self-Help
Publisher: Kibo Press
Reviewed By: Jessica
Jessica’s Rating: 5 stars
Dates Read: May 16-26, 2020
This book accomplishes what it says: You really can ‘walk your way to better’. If you are thinking ‘a better what’? The answer is A BETTER YOU.
Shulman gives us 99 short chapters and walks. These chapters can be read within a few minutes and consist of a statement to start you thinking, information/research or a story from her life that she deems appropriate to the topic she is directly talking to you about. Now, after you finish a chapter go do as Shulman highly suggests and take a walk! Walking helps the brain process what it just read. You may surprise yourself with the thoughts that may come to you as you walk!
This is not a self-help book about losing weight, though that could possibly happen if you walk after each chapter as Shulman intends. By the time you are finished you feel accomplished and as if you know the author. Shulman also encourages you to be interactive with the book, besides walking: write down your thoughts, answer the questions she poses in this book, etc.
Shulman does say that not every chapter will ‘speak’ to you and this was true for me. I am not a mother, and Shulman is and she wrote about her children a lot in the chapters. So much so I started to think I was not the target demographic for this book and then… BAM… I read a chapter that ‘spoke’ to me and changed my thoughts on this book.
This book is for every woman to read. Read it and also walk your way to better!
Walk Your Way to Better is available to purchase now on Amazon.com.
About the Author:
Joyce Shulman, founder and CEO of 99 Walks and Macaroni Kid reaches millions of moms each month with hyper-local and national e-newsletters and websites, social media content, video and her Weekly Walk podcast. Having created a one-of-a-kind digital platform, she connects families to the wonders of their own communities and inspires women to chase their dreams and crush their goals.
Her most recent endeavor, 99 Walks, is on a mission to combat loneliness and improve fitness through the simple act of encouraging moms to walk together. Her mission? Nothing short of getting a million women walking.
Throughout her two decades as an entrepreneur, Joyce has guided SAHMs, teachers and even MBAs to success. Joyce shares how moms need to “take care of mama bear” and avoid the “martyr mom syndrome.” Her experience in business and leading mompreneurs makes her a coveted speaker where she shares tactics for beating burnout, fueling creativity, goal crushing, how walking can fuel productivity and performance, and more.
Joyce received her Bachelor’s in Business Management from the University of Maryland and her Juris Doctor, Cum Laude, from St. John’s University School of Law. After law school, she spent more than a dozen years as a New York City lawyer where her practice focused on complex commercial litigation.
A self-confessed idea junkie, in 1998, Joyce abandoned law firm life to liberate her entrepreneurial spirit and focus on the things that are most important to her: family, community and empowering women to chase their dreams.
You can find the whole blog tour here:
May 25th @ The Muffin
What goes better in the morning than a muffin? Grab your coffee and join us in celebrating the launch of Joyce Shulman’s book Walk Your Way to Better. You can read an interview with the author and enter to win a copy of the book. http://muffin.wow-womenonwriting.com
May 26th @ Karen Brown Tyson’s Blog
Stop by Karen’s blog today and you can read a guest post by author Joyce Shulman about how you become inspired to write a book. https://karenbrowntyson.com/blog/
May 28th @ One Sister’s Journey
Visit Lisa’s blog today and read her review of Joyce Shulman’s book Walk Your Way to Better. https://www.lisambuske.com/
May 30th @ One Sister’s Journey
Stop by Lisa’s blog again today where you can read a guest post by author Joyce Shulman where she talks about why do women need to take care of themselves. A timely post in this day and age! https://www.lisambuske.com/
May 31st @ Author Anthony Avina’s Blog
Visit Anthony’s blog today and read his review of Joyce Shulman’s book Walk Your Way to Better. https://authoranthonyavinablog.com/
June 2nd @ Lady Unemployed
Visit Nicole’s blog and read Joyce Shulman’s guest post about beating brownout (the precursor to burnout). https://ladyunemployed.com/
June 5th @ Wellness Connection Utah
Visit The Wellness Connection today and read thoughtful insights into Joyce Shulman’s book Walk Your Way to Better. https://www.wellnessconnectionutah.com/blog
June 6th @ Author Anthony Avina’s Blog
Stop by Anthony’s blog again where you can read a guest post by Joyce Shulman on how walking can help with loneliness. https://authoranthonyavinablog.com/
June 8th @ Reviews and Interviews
Visit Lisa’s blog today and read her interview with Joyce Shulman, author of the book Walk Your Way to Better. http://lisahaseltonsreviewsandinterviews.blogspot.com/
June 10th @ Bookish Tay
Stop by Taylor’s blog today and you can read her review of Joyce Shulman’s book Walk Your Way to Better. https://tayepperson.com/
June 12th @ The New England Book Critic
Visit Victoria’s blog today and read her insights into Joyce Shulman’s book Walk Your Way to Better. http://www.thenewenglandbookcritic.com/
June 13th @ Simply Nourished Wellness
Visit Stephani’s blog today and you can read her review of Joyce Shulman’s book Walk Your Way to Better. https://www.baconandwhippedcream.com/
June 15th @ Jessica’s Reading Room
Visit Jessica’s blog today and make sure you read her review of author Joyce Shulman’s book Walk Your Way to Better. http://jessicasreadingroom.com
June 17th @ Bookish Tay
Visit Taylor’s blog again and you can read a guest post written by Joyce Shulman about how to keep fear from standing in your way. https://tayepperson.com/
June 19th @ Coffee with Lacey
Stop by Lacey’s blog and read her review of Joyce Shulman’s book Walk Your Way to Better. https://coffeewithlacey.com/
June 19th @ Second Wind Leisure
Stop by Terri’s blog today and read her review of Joyce Shulman’s book Walk Your Way to Better. You can also read a guest post written by the author about the power of yet. https://secondwindleisure.com/
June 20th @ Cafeyre
Visit Karoline’s blog today and read her review of Joyce Shulman’s book Walk Your Way to Better. https://cafeyre.wordpress.com/
June 21st @ Simply Nourished Wellness
Visit Stephani’s blog again and you can read a guest post by author Joyce Shulman about the value of walking. Don’t miss it! https://www.baconandwhippedcream.com/
June 22nd @ And So She Thinks
Visit Francesca’s blog today and read her interview with Joyce Shulman, author of Walk Your Way to Better. http://www.andsoshethinks.co.uk/
June 23rd @ The Frugalista Mom
Stop by Rozelyn’s blog today and read her review of Joyce Shulman’s book Walk Your Way to Better. https://thefrugalistamom.com/
June 24th @ Cathy C. Hall Writes Visit Cathy’s blog and read her review of Joyce Shulman’s book Walk Your Way to Better. https://c-c-hall.com/
June 25th @ D-Mom Blog
Don’t miss Leighann’s review of Joyce Shulman’s book Walk Your Way to Better. http://www.d-mom.com/
June 26th @ Deborah Adam’s Blog
Stop by Deborah’s blog today and read her review of Joyce Shulman’s book Walk Your Way to Better. http://www.deborah-adams.com/
June 27th @ Deborah Adam’s Blog
Visit Deborah’s blog again today and you can read a guest post by Joyce Shulman about the commitment to women walking their way to better. http://www.deborah-adams.com/
June 28th @ Bev A Baird’s Blog
Visit Bev’s blog today where she reviews Joyce Shulman’s book Walk Your Way to Better. https://beverleyabaird.wordpress.com/
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!
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
Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: January 11-14, 2019
Jessica’s Rating: 3.5 stars
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.
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:
Mind and Spirit
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.
365 Ways to Find Peace: Meditations & Inspirations
Editor: Marcus Braybrooke
To Be Published: April 16, 2019
Reviewed By: Jessica
Date Read: January 24, 2019
Jessica’s Rating: 3 stars
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.
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.
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