Tagged: Nonfiction

New Rules for Positive Parenting – Review

Thrice Read Books reviews New Rules for Positive Parenting by Jerre Ader

About this book:

Published April 12, 2016 by Difference Press

Parenting is a responsibility of epic proportions. As a parent, you’ll have your child for a year when they are a baby, four years when they’re a toddler, and preschooler, a child for five years, and then for eight years when they’re a preteen and a teenager. Then you are mostly done with your job of parenting. How you do this job of parenting will have an impact on your child for the rest of their life. 

But, don’t despair! There are no perfect parents. We didn’t have them, our parents didn’t have them, and our children won’t either. However, we can all be parents who are good enough. 

In New Rules for Positive Parenting, author Jerre Ader reviews research on new brain science and attachment theory and what it tells us about raising secure children. She describes how beliefs and behavior patterns, or schemas, can be developed in childhood and stay with us and impact our thinking and behavior as adults. The way a person describes the childhood they had provides useful information about how their own child is likely to attach. 

Your attachment style impacts 90 percent of your relationships. The attachment process occurs throughout the life span. You will learn how you can develop acquired secure attachment and pass that secure attachment on to your child. 

Parents who change can change their children.

Jenn’s Review:

It’s been a while since I read a book that left me undecided on whether I liked it (or agreed with it, in the case of nonfiction). Jerre Ader’s New Rules for Positive Parenting falls in that category.

I got this book because our daughter recently rounded the teen mark and with that, came her desire to attend brick and mortar public school for the first time. What we had going on worked, but I knew we could improve our relationship.

New Rules does lay down valuable, science based information on attachment, and some of the ways parents can foster better relationships with their children. Ms. Ader also makes valid points about how our own childhood attachment wounds affect adults, and those remaining wounds go on to affect our relationships with our children, I felt her suggestions on how adults can heal these wounds fell short of helpful. [Note: I’ve read a number of the reviews for this book on Amazon, and she’s gotten a number of 5 stars, with a large number of those from self-identified therapists – Maybe my lack of understanding in this department, specifically in psychology contributes to this.]

I also struggled with her whole insistence that we should not tell our children “no.” I’ve heard this idea before, and I simply cannot get on board with it. Times will always arise where trying to compromise or conversate a child (whether 3 or 15) is neither appropriate nor practical. 

I would recommend this book to new or want-to-be-parents, especially. Parents with older children may, like me, struggle with this information, whether from deep seated patterns (from childhood and current situations) or from practical experience. Like any nonfiction work, my recommendation is to approach it with an open mind and take away anything useful you find. 

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Purchase this book:

This book is available from Amazon in Kindle format here. [affiliate link]

Ceres (Images of America Series) Book Review

You can purchase a used copy of this book here.

Great book on the history of one California’s little known cities.  Sitting just south of Modesto California, Ceres’ history is quite amazing in itself.  If you are a history buff, or if you enjoy the small places of the world, this is a book you’ll want for you collection. As a long time resident of Ceres, CA, myself, it was fascinating to read the history of the town I played ball, road bikes, and lived in.

This book is also available on Amazon in Kindle, hardcover and paperback editions here. [affiliate link]

Awaken Your Divine Intuition – Book Review

This week’s book review is Awaken Your Divine Intuition by Susan Shumsky, DD.[Note: this post contains an affiliate link.]

This work on intuition has been on my wish list for several months. Recently, I received this as a gift. Sadly, the months of anticipation didn’t pay off.

The book covers a good deal of information (in a roundabout manner). Part one is dedicated mostly to the author’s own personal journey with meditation. Part two teaches what to expect during your “Breakthrough Meditation Session” (which is jam packed with testimonials about how wonderful the program and Dr. Shumsky are). I believe part three held the most value for me as an intuitive empath, as the author covers spiritual safety and how to protect yourself while meditating and practicing various spiritual practices (what’s safe, what’s not, and why). I do not personally agree with all of the author’s recommendations, but I am also of the mind that this does not discount the value of what she has to say in this section of the book. The final textual section of this book, “Inner Space Adventures,” covers a variety of anecdotes that demonstrate the extremes of virtually all of her warnings. 

Dr. Shumsky’s writing isn’t always easy to follow, and at page 100, I felt she was still trying to sell me on what she proposes and the value of her particular program (and her various other books, which she promotes endlessly throughout the entire 212 pages of text. After sifting through all the testimonials, I’d say that the actual meat of the book has some useful information in it, and the meditation that comes with the purchase of the book is deep and purposeful.

The author states that God is not attached to one particular religion, but I will warn potential readers that this book has a decidedly Christian bent to it. If such things offend you, I’d recommend staying away from this book. If you can see past that, the techniques and tips in this volume are worth reading. 

I’ve been trying to come to a conclusive decision regarding a recommendation on this book, and thus far (after 3 weeks), I’m still at a loss for a definitive good or bad. So, I’ll just leave this here for you to decide for yourself: 

This book has very valuable information in it for those who work with their intuition and for those who wish to develop a deeper Divinity-centered meditation practice. I believe that Dr. Shumsky could have filtered a good deal of the self-promotion and made the book more concise, however, I also think she (and her agent/editors) likely had reasons for leaving it in, besides just meeting a page-count goal. For the reader who is willing to wade through this mire, the book holds its own value.

You can purchase this book in Kindle or paperback edition from Amazon here.

The Productivity Handbook for Lazy People – Review

About the Book:

How Would You Like To Get More Done This Year Than You Have In The Last 10 Years?

Overcoming procrastination and unlocking your latent ability to be productive doesn’t have to be rocket science.

The art of productivity is based on a number of definitive fundamental techniques that not only guarantee results but promote your ability to perform under dire situations.

In this book,you will be introduced to a number of techniques and practical principles which aim to harness your ability to be laser focused, thorough in planning, efficient in execution and smart in prioritizing to promote productivity on a daily basis

Forget about secret recipes to success and natural born talent, deliberate practice and implementation of the techniques in this book will unlock the doors of success in any and every sector of life.

You will learn:

  • How to set realistic and smart goals that are actually achievable. 
  • The science of hard work and how to tap into your full potential.
  • Multiple pomodoro techniques that have been customized.
  • How to switch from To-Do Lists to a Success List and how it can change your life.
  • What it takes to get the most out of a 12 hour day.
  • Daily non-negotiable habits to keep your strong, fit and alert.
  • An effective technique to deal with difficult tasks.
  • What athletes believe is the key to being the best in the world.
  • How to work even when you feel drained, lethargic and uninspired.
  • Habits and routines that promote productivity and results.

Let’s unlock the greatness within you!

About the Author:

‘A Picture Tells A Thousand Words’ 
I prefer writing a thousand words instead. That’s just the thing, I love writing. Oh wait, I’m supposed to do this in Third Person. Zak Khan is an experienced writer who will become a bestselling author. 

Lawyer, Photographer, Writer, Dreamer, Manga&Anime Fan, ‘Abstract’ Painter (Keyword Abstract) and resides in sunny side South Africa…where we supposedly don’t have fresh drinking water let alone an internet connection 😉

To get in contact, email TheZakKhan@Gmail.com or check him out on Twitter.

Jenn’s Review:

Disclaimer: I am a productivity nut! I have so much on my plate on any given day, that I am always on the hunt for new ways to streamline my day, so… when I got Zak’s email about this book and his promo (I was able to get the book for free on Amazon for a limited time), I snatched it up and stuck it on my to-read list for a day I couldn’t come up with another book to read.

That out of the way, I had just such an opening not long after purchasing this little gem. And right out of the gate, I fell in love with the premise of this self-help book: Knowing what to do, and doing it, are two completely different concepts.

August of last year, I reviewed Level Up, by the same author, and since that book had a number of useful ideas, I looked forward to diving into this book. 

Mr. Khan’s editing still leaves some to be desired (though this book had fewer glaring mistakes than Level Up), however, the premise of the book, along with the concepts he outlines in Productivity Handbook are spot on.

As a fellow productivity fan, the concepts in this book are mostly things I’m already doing, i.e.: actually doing the work. You can study ideas and suggestions and concepts until the cows come home, but folks, if you don’t put it in gear and DO, you’re never going to get anywhere.

This book is a quick, easy read at just over 100 pages (105 to be exact). I was able to read it in a single afternoon, and in the introduction, Mr. Khan promises to lay out his concepts in easy language that a twelve year old could grasp. As the parent of a twelve year old, I’m very tempted to put him to the test, but for now, I’ll refrain. Sam already has a reading list for reviews that is amazing.

I can vouch for every single one of the ideas laid out in this simple volume. If you are aiming for some big goals this year, you’ll want this at the top of your reading list. As in – get the book now. Read it today. Don’t procrastinate. (Because procrastination gets everyone to the same place: nowhere)

Buy the book:

This book is available from Amazon in Kindle and paperback editions here. [affiliate link] 

Magic Intentions – Book Review

About the book:

This book of quick magic intentions is an accompaniment for the highly-rated Knight Blazer series of books. This short book contains an introduction to magic and a quick to read explanation of how it relates to the real world. Using this book, you can follow a journey of magical discovery. The magic intentions are fun and easy to use straight away. May you use it wisely! Also included are two FREE chapters of Knight Blazer – Sword of Esoncia – Book1. In addition, you get exclusive access to the FREE ’21 Day Energetic Money Activation Program’ to ‘Transform Your Relationship With Money’

The Magic Intention covered are:

Magic Intention 1 – Happiness

Magic Intention 2 – Intimate Relationships

Magic Intention 3 – Giving Love and Blessings

Magic Intention 4 – Money

Magic Intention 5 – Friendship

Jenn’s Review:

I can honestly say I’m not convinced this qualifies as a book, but since Amazon sells it as such, I’m reviewing it as such. Magic Intentions: 5 Energised Affirmations by Don Trey is exactly what it says it is. Though he introduces them as magic spells, they are simply affirmations repeated a given number of times. Any student of the Law of Attraction and Universal Source will recognize them as such.

That said, this is a quick and easy read, and not difficult to keep on hand for inspiration when drafting your own affirmations. If you aren’t inclined to draft your own, then this short volume is perfect. The five included affirmations broadly cover most situations for which one might want to create an affirmation to keep their energy focused and positive while manifesting what they desire, be it better finances, romance or releasing what no longer serves.

As I mentioned, this e-book is a really fast read, and after a once-through, is worth keeping on hand for reference for novice Law of Attraction students or those new to affirmations in general.

This book is available in Kindle format only from Amazon. You can purchase your free copy here. [affiliate link]

Level Up – Book Review

About the book:

Are you struggling to complete tasks and accomplish your goals? Do you want advice on managing your time and being productive that actually works? Are you interested in just being told the cold hard facts about why you’re struggling to get things done and how to fix it?

There are thousands of apps and books promising to help you be productive but in actual fact, it’s these very same apps and books that are adding to the reasons as to why you’re unable to do the things you so desperately need to. This book is a fix for anyone who needs logical and realistic answers to questions on productivity and time-management.

In the guide “Level Up – Smart Ways To Be Productive, Manage Time And Get Things Done” you’ll get an entire system laid out for you with different techniques, methods and ways for you to level up your skills at completing tasks, managing time, earning rewards, developing habits and sticking to resolutions.

Jenn’s Review:

It isn’t often that I do a review on a book that took me less than an hour to read, but this one, I think, is worth passing along (plus, the e-book is free on Kindle, so, why not?). Zak Khan’s book Level Up: Ways to be Productive, Manage Time and Get Things Done fits the bill.

In his e-book, Mr. Khan concisely sums up several ways to add time into your day, improve your health and life, and reach your goals faster. His no-nonsense approach is blessedly clear and to the point, if poorly edited in places. If you’re looking for ways to improve your personal, professional or romantic life, this is a great place to start.

The Kindle version of this book can be purchased from Amazon here. [Affiliate Link]

Update December 28, 2018: In migrating the book review from our old site, I noticed that this book is no longer free. However, my opinion of it has not changed – it is definitely worth the $2.99.

Anti-Inflammatory Diet Protocol – Book Review

About the book:

Hi, my name is Jessica Campbell,

Over the years I have tried a number of diet and exercise programs and have enjoyed putting health and wellness at the top of my priorities. Some of the things I’ve tried have worked, others not so much. What I hope to share with people is not only my enthusiasm for better ways to live but for the results people can attain when they take action. 

This book contains proven steps you can take your life to new levels by eating whole foods and healing your body from within. Want to understand a simple and healthy way to change your eating habits for the better? Keep on reading. The Anti Inflammatory Diet Protocol is just that, a way to eat more simply but still enjoy the foods you eat. And by doing so, you have the true possibility of reducing or eliminating inflammation. There’s no single one off approach to doing this but through dietary testing and adaptation, you can find foods that make you feel far better than you may right now. I hope I can show you the way to better health, a better body and a happier life.

What you’ll find in this 30 page starter book are the ways in which I’ve found a healthier balance with food so that you can reduce or remove inflammatory foods from your life. Don’t wait for someday when you can start eating delicious and nutritious whole foods today that not only make you feel better but look better too.

Don’t wait, you’ll want to put this information to use as soon as possible. 

Download this book today and learn a new way to approach the food in your life.

Jenn’s Review:

If you are like me, and your body is worn down with inflammation and chronic pain, you struggle with high blood pressure, possibly diabetes, Jessica Campbell’s Anti-Inflammatory Diet Protocol: How to Beat Chronic Inflammation, Lose Weight, and Heal Your Body with Whole Foods needs to find its way onto your reading list.

I picked up the e-book format of this publication shortly after my doctor recommended an anti-inflammation diet for me. Her advice took me off-guard, and was unlike anything I’d heard before. Ms. Campbell’s book reiterates what my doctor told me almost two years ago, and when I picked this up and took the time to read it recently, it re-inspired me to get my eating back on track. Her advice deviates some from what my own doctor recommended, and I have found that I feel better avoiding grain, but the contents of this book are still simple, straightforward, and the recipes look absolutely delicious (I’m not much for actually following a recipe, they’re more of a springboard for what I do in the kitchen). 

If you are a hard-copy recipe reader, you might want to get this in paperback edition, or check out the free Kindle version if you want to know what you’re buying ahead of time.

You can buy either the Kindle or paperback version from Amazon here. [affiliate link]

Swords: An Artist’s Devotion – Book Review

Buy a copy of this book here.

About the book:

Be smitten by the sword! An extraordinary young artist brings the history of this noble weapon — and its skillful masters — into stunningly sharp relief.Brave men and women have taken up the sword since ages of old, and a fascination with this formidable weapon grips dedicated followers to this day. Here is a celebration of swords and swordsmen that spans time and place — from ancient warriors such as Beowulf to medieval knights; from stealthy ninja and samurai to legendary maidens of war. Illustrated with breathtaking intricacy, SWORDS reflects the passion of a true devotee, offering lavish background details on design and use as well as exquisite spreads showcasing specimens in all their shining glory.
Back matter includes a bibliography.

Brian’s Review:

This is a fun book filled with some interesting information on one of man’s most oldest and deadliest weapons ever created.  With great illustrations and fun facts this is a book any enthusiast will enjoy.  Thumb through and look at the pictures, or take the time to read the words.  Either way this book is a winner.

You can also buy this book from Amazon in either Hardcover or Paperback editions here. [affiliate link]

Football Facts – Book Review

About the book:

This big-as-a-linebacker collection will win over every football fan-even reluctant readers. Featuring such cool categories as On the Gridiron, Super Feats, and Catch Phrases, it contains thousands of football facts and fun trivia, as well as great stories, amazing plays and players, and lots more. Paperback, 352 pages (From Amazon.com product listing.)

Brian’s Review

This is a fun book with information pertaining to one of America’s favorite past times.  With notes on records and other facts about football any football enthusiast will love. They young will enjoy learning about their favorite sport while older people will enjoy testing their knowledge, and gaining that tad bit of information that will let them seem smarter around the water cooler during the season.

Buy the book:

Thrice Read Books has one copy of this book available here.

This book is also available from Amazon in paperback edition only here. [affiliate link]

Homemade Magick – Book Review

I have not had the privilege of reading any of Mr. DuQuette’s other works, however I picked up Homemade Magick: The Musings and Mischief of a Do-It-Yourself Magus while doing some research for a novel I’m working on, and I was not disappointed. (This post contains an affiliate link)

Through witty anecdotes and references to much larger bodies of work by renowned experts in the field of mysticism and magick, Lon Milo DuQuette relates his own journey with magick, mysticism and spirituality, much of which is relate-able to a vast array of readers. From the beginning of the book, Mr. Duquette relates such things as initiation rites, how to work with the Tarot (there are far more uses for these cards than just delving into the psyche, apparently!), and how to approach learning to practice your own magick craft.

The author also relates how magick can and should be approached when there are little ones about (If you feel there is nothing to hide, then why hide it from your children? His own son was raised as part and parcel of as much of the goings-on as any member of the DuQuettes’ social circle) and how magick has intertwined with his 47 year marriage to another magician.

Included as well, are a variety of elemental prayers and a full script for one of the rites that the DuQuette’s regularly host every year. (Shakespeare with a kick)

My one complaint in this (and it is a very minor complaint), is that Mr. DuQuette refers to those who practice paganism and Magick as “magicians”, which carries an entirely different meaning for me; this seems to confuse spiritual practice with the art of illusion practiced for the entertainment of others. While Mr. DuQuette and his wife do put on rites that are both spiritual and entertaining at the same time, I harbor the belief that calling himself (and other practitioners of the old ways) a magician diminishes the spiritual side of what he is actually offering discourse on. On one hand, this seems to be a petty complaint, however, in the interest of full disclosure as a book reviewer, I feel it’s only honest to point this out. 

This is not a book on performing illusory magic. It is a rather compact yet thorough manual on finding the spiritual magick in the everyday world. 

You can purchase the book on Amazon in Kindle or paperback format here.