Advicesisters.com Wants You To Get in the Reading Spirit!
Winter is the perfect time to snuggle up with a great book! Here are five books to read that I think will enhance and improve mind, body and spirit.
Alison Blackman, Editor in Chief, advicesisters.com
I really do like “raw foodist” and entrepreneur Kimberly Snyder. Although I reviewed her book The Detox Solution in 2011 (see review) the transformation she had in mind was radical. Unless the readers really wanted a complete lifestyle change the nutritional suggestions would be challenging for the average person.
But I loved her helpful beauty tips.
Fast forward to 2017 and Kimberly Snyder has co-authored a book with none other than Deepak Chopra called Radical Beauty: How to Transform Yourself from the Inside Out (Harmony Books 2016) .
Ms. Snyder and I’m sure Deepak Chopra as well, believe that health and beauty are connected. So this new book is really a guide to a different way of thinking, living, and acting. It too is “radical” for in the way most utter transformations are. To follow all of the suggestions packed into the book from inner awareness to yoga to recipes and even how to sleep better, most people would have to seriously transform almost every aspect of their lives.
The suggestions are good, but I think most readers will be initially excited, and then overwhelmed by trying to do it all at once. My suggestion (as with most self-help books) is that you read it all, then take away snippets that you relate to. Don’t try to do it all at once. Just focus on a few aspects of this holistic approach and then move forward if you want to
My suggestion (as with most self-help books) is that take away snippets and work “smaller.” Don’t try radical transformation unless you can really commit to it.
Or just read it for inspiration, and some of the delicious recipes (I’m including an easy one below):
Recipe from Kimberly Snyder: Cranberry Goddess Snacks
Ingredients: ¼ cup pine nuts* ¼ cup sunflower seeds* ¼ cup almonds* ½ cup dried cranberries 2 tablespoons maple syrup, plus more as needed, 1 ½ tablespoons coconut oil, ½ teaspoon vanilla extract, ½ teaspoon nutmeg, pinch of sea salt, ½ cup of finely shredded unsweetened coconut flakes
*Ideally soak seeds and nuts overnight and rinse well.
Directions: Place the pine nuts, sunflower seeds, and almonds in a food processor and pulse until coarsely ground. Add the dried cranberries and pulse again. Add the maple syrup, coconut oil, vanilla, nutmeg, and sea salt. Continue to pulse until the mixture begins to stick together. Taste for sweetness, adding more maple syrup if necessary. Place the shredded coconut flakes to coat. Place them in the fridge for at least 1 hour before serving to harden. Store in fridge in airtight container.
Country music has never gone out of style but the style of country music definitely has changed from the spangled outfits of Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton to the stiletto boots and skin tight jeans of Country singers such as Carrie Underwood.
No matter for Whisperin’ Bill Anderson as Country is a lifelong love story and his new book: Whisperin’ Bill Anderson: An Unprecedented Life in Country Music by Bill Anderson and Peter Cooper (University of Georgia Press 2016) (University of Georgia Press 2016) will have you smiling even on a bad day.
This multi-award-winning, Grand Ole Opry Hall of Fame singer/songwriter had some mega-hits that country music fans probably know including: “City Lights,” (Ray Price), “Tips Of My Fingers,” (Roy Clark, Eddy Arnold, Steve Wariner), and “Once A Day,” (Connie Smith) to name a few.
Few would realize that the modest Bill Anderson started his career at the bottom in radio, and rose to stardom with good hard work.
You don’t really have to love country music to love Bill Anderson. His writing is just so authentic with an important message of hard work, determination, and reinvention.
Even though Anderson was the only songwriter in country music history to have a song on the charts in each of the past seven consecutive decades with 80 charting singles and 37 top ten country hits, he had to reconsider his career as he aged and his style of music wasn’t as relevant as it once was. No one is a star, forever.
Some people withdraw and fade away. Bill Anderson has found more than a single second act. You can’t help but be inspired by him — and like his book!
The cover of The Food Safety Book: What You Don’t Know Could Kill You by Joe Kivett and Dr. Mark Tampling with Dr. Gerald J. Kivett (Constant Rose Publishing 2016) is a cheerful green with a big cheerful red tomato on the cover, but inside are some somber facts about food.
Dr. Mark Tamplin is a foodborne pathogen scientist. I assume that means he knows a lot about what happens to food when it’s tainted. After you read this book, you may want to throw
After you read this book, you may want to throw everything in your kitchen into the garbage. Please don’t!
The book is just a guide to storing food safely.
However, if you’ve ever wondered how long butter can keep in the freezer, or how to store raw meat or even vegetables properly, this book will come in handy.
There is also a comprehensive 41-page “A to Z” Guide with more than 375 entries on selecting and storing over 75 fruits and vegetables. Some of my favorites weren’t in there, but it does give you a good idea, a benchmark if you will, for dealing with food storage.
The book isn’t very expensive but it could save you a lot of time and money — at the doctor’s office! , The Food Safety Book is available on Amazon.com (for example) for $13.99 and for Kindle, Nook and iPad for $9.99.
When I received a review copy of The Optimists Guide to Divorce – How to get through Your Breakup and create a New Life Your Love by Suzanne Riss and Jill Stockwell (Workman Publishing 2016) I thought it was going to be another how to channel your anger and get even by taking that lying cheating man to the cleaners” book.
But The Optimists Guide is different — the focus is on dealing with a bad breakup using the positive reinforcement through a support group.
The authors are women who founded the Maplewood Divorce Club a women-only support group inspired by 12-step programs.
As the readers follow some of the women in this group you can see their journey from shock and anger to acceptance, healing, and a new way of life following some of the women in the Maplewood Divorce Club.
While it’s likely the actual facts have been changed to protect people, the situations and personalities, seem authentic. More importantly, they are interesting and different enough to keep your attention.
No matter what the topic of a success team, the components are pretty much the same:
A group of people start out as strangers with a common goal (in this case to get through a divorce) and provide support to each other, eventually often ending up as lifelong friends. As members of the group move on, others will come and take their place (read more about success teams).
The book isn’t just a feel good, there are ups and down, but most of us can relate to the notion that these ladies were stronger together, helping one another deal and heal.
If you are going through a bad breakup, whether it’s a divorce or another relationship, you might be inspired to start a group of your own (read: Hunting? Hurting? A Dating Success Team Group Can Help You Get a Grip!)
For those in love whose hearts are not broken, there’s Our Soppy Love Story: A Journal About Us By Phillipa Rice (Andrews McMell Publishing).
Perfect for the “young-at-heart” couple, this “just-launched” workbook/journal is filled with Rice’s sugary/”cutesy” boy & girl cartoons.
The idea is that by documenting the small moments in your life, you can appreciate them more. You can capture a time in your life that you can look back on in the future and remember how it all felt.”
Basically, this cute little book is a fill-in-the-blanks, journal. Journaling is a way to remember not just the small moments in your life (e.g. “our favorite desserts” or goofy portraits you draw of your special someone, but it is a way to look back and see how your relationship has developed.
Most of us don’t have a lot of time, and we’re so busy on electronic devices we forget that there is pen and paper out there and it’s more lasting. This easy to fill in the blanks book might change all that.
Honestly, I don’t think many grown men would greet this entire couples project with a great deal of enthusiasm, but most women will enjoy the process, even if they do it alone.
“Check off whether the day was ‘stressful,’ ‘productive,’ ‘gloomy,’ or ‘different’;” “Rank your three favorite things;” and “Let’s never forget.”
Younger girls in love will adore this journal, but it would make a cute add-on to a wedding shower gift for a more mature couple, too.