Thursday, June 23, 2016

What's On The BookShelf..

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The Autoimmune Solution: This was an interesting read if you’re struggling with any health or allergy issues. The book’s basis is written on the scientific research that shows certain foods can aid inflammation & if you’re suffering from an autoimmune disease {allergies are considered one}, then you would likely benefit from the book. The author herself is an MD who opted to specialist in the field of Functional Medicine. She herself also has an autoimmune disease & thus maintains to her own principles. Having said all that I’m so-so with some of the information provided. I felt the first half of the book was incredibly interesting, but the second half of the book {home toxins} really did me in. I will say that our family all ready avoids many of these foods for the mere reason that we show sensitivities of allergies to them, due to my inability to cope with artificial scents of any kind we also don’t use the majority of the toxins listed in the section that I felt dragged on a bit, perhaps that’s why I struggled with it? There were foods on her no-no list that we do consume such as legumes & I’m not sure about giving them up for a lifetime. All up it was certainly an interesting read & available in the state library system for those interested.

The Green Ember: This has been on my list for ages. I started it last year while using our indoor bike, but for one reason or another found myself engrossed in a variety of other books & never made it back to this one. I pulled it back out & listened to it front to back. It brings to mind several other books all mashed into one, & will certainly appeal to my animal loving, sword twirling, self described book hater. There is all ready a prequel written & a book that would, historically speaking, take place after this one. The main story is about a small rabbit family who end up separated due to an attack of wolves. Through the course of the story the young sibling pair who survive the attack learn much about the history of their own family & all that it entails: good & bad. They learn to overcome their fears, face their enemies, & find courage to do what’s right even when no one believes in you. As a side note, the audio copy is a little difficult to get into at first & I think that’s part of why I put it aside for a while. However, after picking it back up & starting over I found the narration quite enjoyable.

Thornwood House: I crash listened to this over a couple of weekends, listening to the majority of it one cold rainy weekend. The book is a hefty listen with something like 16+ hours of story! I was drawn to the title way back during an Audible Daily Deal when the book was a meagre $4  or so. The story is set in Australia which is what drew me to it in the first place. It’s listed, I believe, as a thriller or edge of your seat type story & there are certainly aspects of it that are written in just such a way, but once you really get going with the book I found it to be less edge of your seat until the end. The story opens with the death of the main character’s ex, the father of her child. It’s believed he took his own life which both daughter & mother find hard to cope with. In his will he leaves them a family home & they set out on a new adventure to bring life back to the home. The story travels between various times as you learn about people who lived in the home, other family members who are gone, & then find answers to many probing questions along the way. I really enjoyed this book, especially as an audio while I was busy working around the house. I was probably 1/4 or more through the book when I had it laying by the sink playing while I cleaned the kitchen one evening. I’d felt reasonably confident that while my children wouldn’t enjoy the story I’d have no qualms with them overhearing portions of it, however on that occasion one of the characters in the story began cursing at such a rate I was in a made scramble to pull rubber gloves off my hand in order to pause the thing, thereafter I only listened while wearing my headphones.

Raising Grateful Children in An Entitled World: This book has been on my list to read for ages, but I always find more pressing books then the majority of non-fiction. I’ve never been willingly drawn to non-fiction books in the same manner that at least one, if not both, of my children are. Thus, this book remained on the “some-day list” until a friend mentioned she was reading it & was grateful I’d suggested it to her. I’m still trying to decide if I actually suggested the book or merely mentioned it, but it inspired me to read it. Unfortunately neither of my local Christian book stores had the book & I’m not generally a fan of Kindle books. Especially as our home is often very dark at night time for those of us who struggle with bright lights {thank you VPD}. This makes reading in an evening hard, especially when my headlamp & book light keep being “borrowed”. Thus I ended up choosing the audio option for this book. I’m glad I did. The female narrator did an amazing job & the book itself is written in such a conversational tone I had a hard time putting it down. The author shares her own parenting struggles & successes in regards to raising children to be grateful in a world where most children are given anything & everything. I appreciated her humour, her honesty, & her wisdom. It’s a rare day I purchase, or even take time, to read a parenting or homeschool books. I find most are written by Mamma’s of very young children who haven’t experienced the various emotional highs & lows that they’ll one day face as their children grow up. I know they may have wisdom to share & they may have some very thoughtful insights, but generally they aren’t ones I need or can use. This book wasn’t like that. I finished this book & was ready to listen to it again, it was that kinda good. That kinda wise. That kinda inspirational. I really need to obtain a hard-copy though as there’s an index full of goodies in the back one can’t access via the audio version as there doesn’t appear to be a pdf companion as there are for some. There are also some suggestions at the end of each chapter which would be lovely to have in written format to review & revise for use in our own home. My only caveat with the book is no matter which format you opt to read it in, be prepared to do a light of highlighting, note taking, or “clipping” it’s just that full of awesomeness.

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