Pass It On {Book Review – Cool Cover}

Pass It On

by Champ Thornton

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Fill-Out • Nonfiction • 220 Pages

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About the Book:

Although the fast-changing world might say otherwise, there is still great value in passing on life lessons to the next generation. Going through the book of Proverbs in bite-size chunks will give users an opportunity to learn God’s wisdom and then share that wisdom with the next generation.

Pass It On guides users through the book of Proverbs and allows them to create their own, personalized wisdom journal that they can share with someone they love. Answering questions about God’s perspective on the world, writing out prayers, and sharing their own stories will give users a way to create a lasting keepsake for themselves and for someone they love.

Champ Thornton, best-selling author of The Radical Book for Kids, has created another innovative resource to help strengthen families and grow them in their love for God and each other. There are many different kinds of legacies to leave, but sharing yourself with the next generation, will stand the test of time. This is a perfect gift for an older and wiser friend or relative so they can share themselves and what they have learned about God with the next generation.

Why I Choose this Book:

I’ve been reading the Proverb of the day for nearly four years now so to dig deeper into the book was intriguing to me. Plus, I thought it would be neat to fill out this book now – when I’m still single – with the idea of passing it along to my kids one day if I ever get married. I figured it would be interesting to see how my thoughts and perspectives change as I get older.

What I Thought about this Book:

When possible I read books entirely before reviewing them, but sometimes I get a book for review without enough time to go through it all the way. (For instance a Study Bible.) This is another one of those books because it’s supposed to be gone through slowly – they suggest you only go through one Proverb a week. Therefore, the thoughts I’m sharing are from what I’ve already gone through, plus my overall impressions.

The Cover

Y’all. It has a soft, leathery feel and is textured. I’m a touchy-feely person, so textures make me happy. If you look at the picture above there are “stitches”, well those are real, not just drawn on. And the words and the quill are engraved into the cover. And the gold lettering shimmers. Although the colors aren’t exactly my style, the rest of the book is a total feast for the eyes, as well as delightful to the touch. But. Enough about that.

The Concept 

really like the idea of filling out a book about the book of Proverbs for the next generation. How much more Biblical can you get? So many of the verses in Proverbs are of a father passing advice and wisdom along to his son, and so kudos to Mr. Thornton for creating this book.

The Introduction 

The first twenty pages tell what you’re supposed to do with the book, as well as giving a birds-eye-view of Proverbs. For the most part I liked this, but there were times I found it slightly confusing.

The Chapter By Chapter Set Up

I like this a lot. It’s easy to understand, clear, and laid out nicely. It starts with a “Guided Tour” which is only a few paragraphs long and talks about the Proverb. Next “At-A-Glance” where we have a chart breaking the chapter down into verse sections. Then we have the Proverb itself, which includes breaks that correspond with the “At-A-Glance” chart. (I really like that.) And each chapter ends with several pages of “Reflections” where the reader gets to answer different questions, writer prayers, and share part of their life story for whoever they are going to “Pass It On” to.

The Questions 

The questions themselves haven’t really blown me away with their greatness. There have been times when I’ve been slightly confused, or else not sure why a certain question is deemed important. Still, I’ve enjoyed getting to answer them, and they have caused me to pause and really reflect which is good.

Conclusion:

I’ve been enjoying this book so far, and look forward to continuing on with it. If my dad would fill out something like this (he wouldn’t – I asked) then I would totally get a book for him.

Rating: 

I’m giving Pass It On 4 out of 5 stars, and 8 out of 10

*I received this book from Litfuse in exchange for an honest review

Thankfulness and Books Mix Admirably​

Happy Tuesday, folks! Today I’m having fun linking up with the Broke and Bookish for their Top Ten Tuesday series. This morning I had fun thinking of ten of the books that I’m really thankful for.

  1. Control Girl by Shannon Popkin I read this book at a time when I really needed it and I’m still thankful and benefiting from the lessons I learned from it. (Nonfiction)
  2. Way of Escape by Catherine Farnes Years ago when I spent nearly a decade being sick I found this book late one night and instantly felt like I’d made a deep friend. 
  3. Life Creative by Wendy Speake and Kelli Stuart This book is beautiful on so many levels. I loaned it out, but I can’t hardly wait to read it again. (Nonfiction)
  4. The Bridge by Jeri Massi Three-year-old me learned how powerful words were while listening spellbound to my sister reading this book.
  5. Screens and Teens by Kathy Koch Balance is so important, and this book has reminded me of that over and over again. (Nonfiction)
  6. Of Stillness and Storms by Michèle Phoenix This book. It showed exactly what I’ve wanted to say so many times. (Although there are somethings I don’t agree with.)
  7. The Insatiable Quest for Beauty by Tiffany Dawn I’ve seen so many girls struggle with this issue and Miss Tiffany talks about it in an honest, delightful, and raw way. (Nonfiction)
  8. Treasures of the Snow by Patricia St. John The first “big” book I ever read – my life was changed from that moment and I’ll forever be thankful to Miss Patricia.
  9. Go Teen Writers by Stephanie Morrill and Jill Williamson I have this book both as paperback and kindle – it’s a must for all young writers. (Nonfiction)
  10. Tiger Shark Strikes Again by Anthony G. Bollback Another one of those books that captivated me as a child. When I later became friends with the author, I was thrilled.

What are some books you’re thankful for?

The Craziness of Being Still

So far November has been such a huge blur that I’m barely even sure what month it even is anymore. (Case in point: I just wrote “February” instead of “November” in the above line.) In fact, I just today wrote out my goals for this month. Obviously, that’s somewhat of a fail, but I’m thankful I at least wrote goals sometime during the month.

There’s been so much going on this month that it’s kept me on my toes and that, of course, is rather fun. I got home yesterday from being in PA for the weekend for a wedding. (And we hurried home from that – leaving early in the morning and listening to Christmas music as we drove through snow in the mountains – so we could make it to church in time to help serve Thanksgiving dinner.)

The weekend before that I was in Columbus for a cousin’s get-together. (Did you ever imagine when you were a kid how much harder it would be to plan a couple days together once everyone had jobs?)

The week before that we had a retreat where I work, which means pretty much nonstop kitchen time for me. Rewarding, but overwhelming at times, especially as I’m still learning to juggle my two part-time nonwriting jobs.

Throw in a bridal shower, company, last-minute changes, writing/editing, work, and ya know, life (which includes having to sleep), and November has just been a rather beautiful woosh as it’s sped by.

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Each morning as I sit down to have my devotions (reading the Bible, praying, and sometimes going through a Bible study/Christian living nonfiction book), my mind runs rampant, thinking of everything I have to do during the next twelve hours. Sometimes it’s hard to cut off all the noisy thoughts and just focus, but for the most part, I’m able to catch myself and work on just being still.

Being still isn’t something I’m naturally good at. Oh yes, being still physically isn’t hard – in fact, because of health issues I’ve had I’m quite proficient at knowing how to need to rest. BUT! Even when my body is resting, my mind runs around much faster than my comfort level allows. My mind will compile list after list of things I should be doing, of changes I need to make, of ideas that need to be written down, of thoughts and memories and problems. And that’s good. Because if I couldn’t think through things I’d have a lot of issues. But, as good as that is, sometimes I need to silence it. Sometimes I need to hush all the loud, competing, yowling voices and be still on the inside as well as the outside.

This morning when I sat down on my couch for my devotions I set my timer on my phone, then turned the phone on silence and stuck it out of sight. That meant that I would know when I had to get to the rest of my day to make it to work on time, but until that timer rang I could be still and focus on what God had for me instead of constantly checking the time or getting distracted.

It was beautiful. Peaceful. Unrushed.

It was just what I needed.

I know there are sometimes when this can’t happen. If I wake up late or I’m babysitting (babies can’t be put on silence nor left out of sight), then I have to just go with the flow. But, for the most part, this is how I begin each day. Uninterrupted time with God. Time for being still. Time for setting aside the craziness of life and focusing on who I am in Christ.

And do you know what? Taking time each morning to be still, even when a dozen things are vying for my attention, always makes the rest of my day go better. Crazy, right?

(Speaking of crazy, I’m still sitting here in my pajamas six minutes before I’m supposed to leave for work. So…. Gotta go.)

Autumn Book Tag {Vlog}

A delightfully happy cold and windy Thursday morning to you! I’m off to make people’s day at a coffee shop, and in the meantime y’all can watch my latest vlog, which is an autumn book tag. Autumn and books? What could be better!

What’s your favorite genre to read in the autumn?

My Most Embarrassing​ Moment

Last night I was chatting with a friend about random awkward moments, and an awkward, embarrassing moment from a few years ago popped into my mind. It makes a good story, and it’s fun to laugh at other people’s embarrassing moments, so I thought I’d share it with y’all for a mid-week brighten-up session. 🙂

Back in 2014 I traveled for several months abroad – first a month in Indonesia, then after just eight days back at home I left for a month of road-tripping across Europe. As you can imagine I spent a lot of time with non-English speaking people and therefore sometimes kinda maybe forgot to be extra careful with what I said.

At one point in the trip, I visited Beje, also known as The Hiding Place, with my family. (You can read about my adventures there here and here.) Visiting the Beje was a dream come true, and I enjoyed it immensely. Unfortunately, the people who we were going on the tour with (total strangers to us), were in a hurry and kept trying to speed things up. That, in turn, made the tour guide flustered and she took it out on us by being rude.

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When we left the Beje we were all hungry, so we walked to a very crowded marketplace and had fun experiencing the culture as we wandered around looking at the flower booths, and admiring the beauty of old buildings. Next, we ducked under the outdoor awnings to a large maze-like area with lots of different stands selling meat and veggie pies, as well as a variety of other foods. As we stood clustered together in the bustling place eating (and mind you, this was an hour or so and a fair distance away from the Beje), my sister mentioned how it had ruined the tour for her when the guide had been so rude.

I, meanwhile, felt rather sorry for the tour guide because it had been the other Americans on the tour who felt were the rude ones. So coming to the tour guide’s defense I was like, “It was those other Americans who were rude cause they kept being annoying and rushing the tour guide!”

From right behind me a deep voice said, “Well we had to hurry because we’re on a cruise ship and it only stops here for seven hours and we had more to do today than just tour the Beje.”

I jumped and turned around, horrified to see that the very stranger I was complaining about was standing literally right behind me. Apparently, my sister had seen him and was trying to elbow me to make me quit talking, but it was so crowded where we were I thought she was just being shoved into me. Thankfully we never had to see that person again, and hopefully what I said didn’t bother him too much.

It was a good reminder for me that even when I’m in the middle of a large, crowded, marketplace in a different country, there might still be an English speaker right behind me.

What’s one of your embearassing moments?

October 2017 In Review

{Y’all. October was a long month – in the very best way possible. It felt like SO much happened and fit into that 31 day span. And now November has been rushing by far too fast, so… We’ll just pretend like this month review isn’t nearly half a month late.}

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What I focused on in October:

  1. Lots of busyness with juggling my two nonwriting jobs during a busy time with my retreat job
  2. Catching up on book reviews and, well, lots of reading
  3. Soaking in being home in October/learning/life/family time/being sick

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Reading Update

Fiction: 8
Nonfiction: 7
Book Reviews: I’m not sure, but I know I caught up from previous months
Audio Books: 7
{Yeah. I read a lot.}

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Traveling

Nights Gone: 5
New States or Countries: None

{Craziness, I felt so very happy and blessed to get to stay in beautiful Ohio during the entire glorious month of October. That hasn’t happened in October for a while.}

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Goals

In October of 2017 wanted to….

  1. Write Weekly Goals {YES! – I might have missed part of one week}
  2. Eat Paleo (except coffee) 21 days {Loosely – very loosely translated as paleo, but YES}
  3. Get to bed by 10:30 10 times {Ha! I totally lost track}
  4. Switch winter/summer clothes {YES}
  5. Vlog 4 times {YES}
  6. Blog by 9:30 20 times {YES – I think so anyway?}
  7. Edit 10,000 words on Echoes {Cute. No.}
  8. Read 3 non-fiction books {YES}
  9. Get writing program on computer & Work on Plotting book {YES to the first and NO to the second}
  10. Focus on getting into the correct rhythm at coffee shop {YES}
  11. Catch up on reviews for all the books I’ve read in the last few months {YES}
  12. Blog about: Coffee Shop Job, 25 Before 25 Update, Birthday Musings, Monthly Review, and Take part in at least 2 Link-ups {I did one link-up, one tag, so counting that}

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What I’ve Been Learning

 

Y’all. I read a treasure trove of fantastically wonderful nonfiction books in October. There were so many four and five star reads it makes me wish I could always have so much “success” in the books I choose.

Calm, Cool, and Connected reminded me to continue working on something that I’ve been trying to implement into my life for a while. Technology and social media are wonderful as tools, but I am adamantly against them being masters. It’s so easy to turn to my phone whenever I have a few free moments and either browse online or else read a book, or even just “clean up.” (I can’t stand having notifications or excess things on my phone.) BUT! It’s not healthy or who I want to be when I’m always turning to my phone. I’m trying to get much better at being detached from my technology and really only getting on it when I have a certain purpose in mind. (I’m still on it a lot, but working at only doing so intentionally.)

True Identity was another hugely helpful book because it’s something I’ve been working on learning for years now. My identity and satisfaction can’t come from what I accomplish because when it does I never feel satisfied or good enough because it’s simply impossible for me to do enough to make myself happy. But, I don’t need to be enough or try and do enough. Because who I am, where my worth comes from, is who I am in Christ. And yes, I’m still working on doing what I can and should do, but there’s a huge difference between that and the pressure I’ve put on myself for so much of my life.

In addition to learning from reading, October was good for learning from other things, too. I went to a weekend retreat where I very much enjoyed turning my phone off, put it away, and just focusing on people and God and what I could learn. That weekend provided a lot of food for thought and reminded me where I currently am and where I’m heading and how thankful I am for various things.

Vlogging was another area where I spent some time learning and growing in October and having a lot of fun at it. I’m so glad I took up that new venture in life.

And folks, this is what happens when I don’t review the month right away – I begin to forget what months I learned certain things. #OhWell

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Other 

 

As I mentioned above I went on a weekend retreat. It was with my group from church and it was lovely. I work at a retreat so I’m used to doing all the little behind the scenes things and being a part of the staff. Therefore it was SO WEIRD to be on the other side of the line – being an actual attendee. (It wasn’t at the retreat center where I work though.) I wasn’t really looking forward to attending because serving is much more of my comfort zone… but I knew that if I was going to be an attendee with anyone, I would want it to be with the group I was going with. It ended up being fantastic and I am so thankful for that weekend.

I had fun randomly going to my adopted parent’s house a few times, including once for the night. There are some months where I don’t get to see them, so getting to hang out three times in one month was pretty great. One of the times I took my little brother so we could have some brother-sister time because we don’t get to hang out as much as we used to.

In addition to everything else, I watched the Children’s Hosptial Marathon in Columbus with my best friend while her husband ran the half marathon. I also spent some time hanging out at my sister’s house, worked on editing Echoes, and musing over the fact that I’m now a quarter of a century old and how that actually doesn’t change much. I also spent huge amounts of time inwardly (and sometimes outwardly) gushing over how glorious October is and how thankful and happy I am to live in Ohio, especially during this time of year.

Near the end of the month, I was delighted when one of my most wonderful friends in all of forever came early to surprise me. Hosanna was planning on helping out at a retreat I was working at, but having her come early was simply amazing because then we got to spend some good, quality time together outside of work.

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What were some of your highlights for October? (Or was that so long ago that you already forget?)

First Ever Book Review About Dating? (I think so, anyway….)

She’s Got the Wrong Guy

BY: Deepak Reju

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First Person • Nonfiction • One Point of View • 162 Pages

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About the Book (Backcover Blurb):

Why do the nicest women pick guys who let them down for one reason or another? The answers are not always straightforward. For some women, the issue is as simple as not really thinking through what they’re looking for or should be looking for in a man. Others feel they’d rather be with someone (and pretty much anyone will do) than be alone, while still others are unconsciously replicating patterns of bad relationships they learned in childhood or from traumatic experiences and don’t know how to stop the cycle.
Deepak Reju, writing from his years of experience as a pastor and a counselor, shares with women his perspective on how to assess a relationship’s strengths from the beginning, how to identify possible pitfalls, and how to have the courage to not just “settle” but to wait for a relationship that will be a blessing to both of you.

 

Why I Choose this Book:

Reading the backcover blurb brings up questions I’ve asked multiple times. Plus, the book (and especially the cover) seemed interesting.

What I Thought about this Book:

I was somewhat apprehensive when I went into this book – having no clue if I’d agree with the author on any or all of the points, but also extremely eager to read the book and figure out what the author had in mind. I certainly didn’t want a book of fluff, and I don’t think anyone would accuse this book of that. Mr. Reju dove right into the thick of it, and with examples and a grace-filled tone kept the book serious and on mark the entire time.

Part 1 Talks about what some of the problems with dating are today…. Such as people look at marriage and dating differently than they used to and so everyone is kinda scrambling around trying to figure out where we fit in. Or the fact that some people have wrong motives in a relationship. Or that some people have made marriage a sort of idol in their lives. It was all very spot-on and Mr. Reju crammed a lot of info into a few pages without making it feel rushed.

Part 2 Discusses ten different types of guys to avoid dating. Mr. Reju shared examples of a couple (or sometimes two) for each of the examples. I’m guessing the examples came from people who he’d known personally or possibly even counseled (or wished he could have), but he never specifically said. The ten types include guys like The Control Freak, The Unbeliever, The Angry Man, The New Convert, and The Passive Man. Again, what was said in this section was so good and if I had friends in dating relationships that matched any of these examples I’d totally want to give them this book.

Part 3 Was very short at the end and is about finding the right (Godly) guy. It also talked about how it’s okay to wait sometimes, and that waiting is a part of life and can help build our character and turn us into the person God wants us to be.

Overall I enjoyed reading the book, learned from it, and found it really interesting.

Conclusion:

At this point, I really can’t think of anything I disagreed with in the book. It does talk quite openly about temptations that dating couples (and really anyone) have, so, therefore, I wouldn’t recommend this book to young teens without parental guidance.

Rating: 

I’m giving She’s Got the Wrong Guy 4 out of 5 stars, and 8 out of 10

*I received this book from Litfuse in exchange for an honest review