How to Successfully Pivot to a New Career – Love Your Work {Book Review}

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Love Your Work

BY: Robert Dickie

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First Person • NonFiction • 203 Pages

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It sounded like a smart book to read. In reality I already love my work, but the back cover blurb was interesting.

Backcover Blurb: 

Is your career all it could be?

Henry David Thoreau famously said, “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.” Does this describe your current work situation?

Whether you’re just starting out, looking for a change, or experiencing unwanted change, there’s a way forward. Love Your Work is about pivoting step-by-step to a more satisfying career. It will help you:

  • Dream up bigger goals than you have now—and meet them
  • Search out new careers or niches within your industry
  • Pursue work and success in the holistic sense

Maybe the new economy feels daunting to you. Maybe you’re not sure how to break out of your industry. Maybe you’re struggling to move up in rank. Wherever you are, if you don’t find your work meaningful and engaging, it’s time for a change, and Love Your Work will prepare you to make it.

Robert Dickie III is a career advisor and CEO passionate about helping people find their best work. And it shows. He offers motivating stories, insights into today’s market, and dozens of resources for growing in your career. By the end of Love Your Work, you won’t just be equipped for the next move, you’ll be inspired for it. You’ll see work differently, and you’ll want to pursue it like you never have before.

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The first several chapters took a while for me to get through – they didn’t exactly apply to where I am in life right now. It felt like information overload and rather boring, like a chunky article that I didn’t exactly know what the takeaway would be for me personally. (To clarify: I’m pretty sure this is because I’m not at a place where this information pertains to me, not because of the book itself.)

About a fourth of the way through the book though, it became a lot more relatable and I began finding gems as I read. There were a lot of great one-liners, quotes, ideas, and statistics. The writing felt a lot more engaging, and I found myself curious about what was going to be shared next.

It’s clear the author really researched the topic of how to build a successful career in todays economy. Some of the information regarding how much the career world is changing was a bit over my head, but mostly I found it intriguing. Obviously I knew that the field of technology is rapidly changing, but I hadn’t realized just how extremely fast that change is happening, so this book was rather eye-opening.

The author presents a balanced and Biblically congruent look at work and careers and giving your best. I appreciated his insights, suggestions, and the resources he suggested. (Not that I’ve looked into all the resources yet, because there were a lot of them.)

One of the “ah-ha moments” for me was when he was talking about someone who regularly asks his audiences what they would do differently if they could go back to when they were 18 and “start again” with their careers, lives, etc…. The author wrote what he’d do, and I realized that as a twenty-four-year-old, I have an advantage over literally everyone older than me who hasn’t stopped to ask themselves questions like that. That advantage, is of course, that I can ask myself that now and make changes at this age, instead of waiting until I’m older to realize it if I’m not on the path that I want to be in life.

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This book had a lot of good information, and even though I regretted requesting it for review at the beginning (because I didn’t feel like it was beneficial to me and it didn’t hold my interest), I’m glad I read it.

I would recommend it to anyone thinking of switching to a new career, or who is dissatisfied with their current job.

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I’m giving “Love Your Work” 3 out of 5 stars, and 5 out of 10.

*I received this book free from Moody Press

Discipline that Connects – Book Review

Discipline that Connects with Your Child’s Heart

By Jim Jackson & Lynne Jackson

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First Person • Non-Fiction • Two Points of View • 311 Pages

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About the Book (Backcover Blurb):

Did you know that the way we deal (or don’t deal) with our kids’ misbehavior shapes their beliefs about themselves, the world, and God? Therefore it’s vital to connect with their hearts–not just their minds–amid the daily behavior battles.

With warmth and grace, Jim and Lynne Jackson, founders of Connected Families, offer four tried-and-true keys to handling any behavioral issues with love, truth, and authority. You will learn practical ways to communicate messages of grace and truth, how to discipline in a way that motivates your child, and how to keep your relationship strong, not antagonistic. Discipline is more than just a short-term attempt to modify your child’s actions–it’s a long-term investment to help them build faith, wisdom, and character for life. When you discover a better path to discipline, you’ll find a more well-behaved–and well-believed–kid.

 

Why I Choose this Book:

I am incredibly interested in the reasoning behind why people think or do things. I ask “why?” all the time. I also find it fascinating to study personalities, read about studies done with people, and occasionally parenting books. Not only do I generally find books like this interesting, but they can also be helpful even in non-parenting situations – such as when I help out with the kids at Sunday School. Plus, I figure that if I ever do have kids one day (which I would love to) having studied the information now will be helpful. So, that’s the reason I choose this book even though I’m not a parent.

What I Thought about this Book:

It was intriguing, and at times enlightening. There were some lightbulb moments which were pretty cool. In fact, one of them helped me change my mindset toward one of the kids that I get to hang out with on a regular basis. So yay!

There were quite a fews of the things in the book I did agree with, but there was also a fair amount that I didn’t agree with. For one thing I felt like the balance was off. I don’t think parents should be control freaks, but there is also the other side of the spectrum where the parents give the kids too much control. From my viewpoint the book advocated giving the kids too much control. I think that their approach is a great idea to practice some of the time because it is really important for kids to learn to think through things on their own and learn how to make good decisions, but I also think it is important for kids to learn to obey their parents cheerfully even when they don’t understand or want to.

I totally agree that parents should make sure their kids feel safe, loved, and secure, and I’m glad that this book addressed that.

Conclusion:

I’m not a parent so I’m not fully qualified to recommend or not recommend this book, but I will say that I learned from it, and it gave me some good food for thought.

Rating: 

I’m giving “Discipline that Connects with Your Child’s Heart” 3 out of 5 stars, and 5 out of 10.

*I received this book from Bethany House Publishers

Characters, Inns, and Secrets, Oh My! (The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill – Book Review)

The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill

By  Julie Klassen

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Third Person • Fiction • Multiple Points of View • 448 Pages

 

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About the Book (Backcover Blurb):

On a rise overlooking the Wiltshire countryside stands the village of Ivy Hill. Its coaching inn, The Bell, is its lifeblood–along with the coach lines that stop there daily, bringing news, mail, travelers, and much-needed trade.

Jane Bell lives on the edge of the inn property. She had been a genteel lady until she married the charming innkeeper who promised she would never have to work in his family’s inn. But when he dies under mysterious circumstances, Jane finds herself The Bell’s owner, and worse, she has three months to pay a large loan or lose the place.

Feeling reluctant and ill-equipped, Jane is tempted to abandon her husband’s legacy and return to her former life of ease. However, she soon realizes there is more at stake than her comfort. But who can she trust to help her? Her resentful mother-in-law? Her husband’s brother, who wanted the inn for himself? Or the handsome newcomer with secret plans of his own . . . ?

With pressure mounting from the bank, Jane struggles to win over naysayers and turn the place around. Can Jane bring new life to the inn, and to her heart as well?

 

Why I Choose this Book:

Of late it seems as if covers have had far more power to grab me in than they used to have. This cover was so beautiful that I read the blurb, and when it didn’t appear to be too romantic, I requested the book. I still think the cover is the most eye-pleaseing one I’ve seen in some time.

What I Thought about this Book:

The book was slloowww getting started. I spent the first while wondering who the main character even was. As the story picked up a bit, I was surprised to find myself beginning to get intrigued. By the time the book was nearly over it was difficult to put down. (As in, reading far into the night.)

I felt as if I’d come to now the characters and I wanted to figure out what would happen to them next. There was good character development – I went from not liking any of the main people to being able to see why they did what they did and it making sense. I also enjoyed the setting. It seems like a lot of research went in to making the book realistic, and even though I had a few quibbles here and there, overall I felt like I was sucked into then world.

The plot was nice, but it’s a mostly character driven book, which I enjoyed. It reminded me of a Jane Austen book, which make sense considering the setting and time period. There wasn’t a huge amount of romance, but certainly a realistic amount that was handled well. (Yay for balance!)

Conclusion:

If I had the second book in the series at my beck and call, I’m pretty sure I would be picking it up before the day was over.

The objections and hesitancies I have for this book are very few. There are some things that obviously aren’t acceptable, but they were portrayed as such. So, happy day!

Rating: 

I’m giving The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill 3 out of 5 stars, and 6 out of 10.

*I received this book from Bethany House Publishers

Pursuing Gold – Book Review

Pursuing Gold

By Cynthia L. Simmons

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Third Person • Multiple Points of View • Fiction • 308 Pages

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About the Book (Backcover Blurb):

With his father dead and his business partner incapacitated, Peter Chandler inherits the leadership of a bank in economic crisis. With only a newly-minted college degree and little experience, Peter joins his partner’s daughter, Mary Beth Roper, in a struggle to keep C&R Bank afloat while the Civil War rages around Chattanooga. Political pressure for unsecured loans of gold to the government stirs up trouble as tempers and prices rise. Their problems multiply when Mary Beth discovers counterfeit money with Peter’s forged signature. Can they find the forger before the bank fails? The two friends must pursue gold on behalf of their business, as they learn to pursue their heavenly Father to find hope and peace.

 

Why I Choose this Book: 

I rarely comment about covers, but this book pretty much dictates I do so. When I received an email asking if I wanted to review this book the cover hadn’t been released yet. The premiss looked interesting because Historical Fiction without too much romance is pretty much my favorite. So, after reading the blurb several times and deciding that there weren’t any red flags, I excitedly signed up.

Then the book arrived with the above cover. And, well, I kinda lost interest in the book. (Sorry!) I’m sure there are some people who would find that cover promising, but to me it made the book look boring. It was with reluctance that I finally settled down to read the story. Then, crazily enough, the book was really interesting and drew me in right away. So, this is one book I wouldn’t have signed up for if I had seen the cover, but happily I hadn’t.

What I Thought about this Book:

I enjoyed it a lot – it wasn’t what I expected, and that’s a good thing. The book felt very well researched but without too many details to bog the story down. At the end of the book I felt like I understood some of what happened during the Civil War better, so yay.

I especially enjoyed Peter and Mr. Roper’s interactions. Mr. Roper was probably my favorite character even though his scenes were rather brief. The characters were fairly different from each other, and for the most part their actions were believable.

Peter and Mary Beth had a some romance intertwined with their character arch (obviously), but it was done in such a way that, although it wasn’t always completely believable, I actually appreciated it. I hate it when the romance in books is founded on misunderstandings and non-communications, and that was blessedly absent (from what I can remember) in this story. So yay, Miss Cynthia! I applaud you.

The book held my interest and made me want to find out what would happen next. The plot wasn’t incredibly unique, and there were a few things that made me go riigghhhhtt, but for the most part it was well-written.

Conclusion

The book takes place during the Civil war and there’s some violence and threats and people killed (although no direct war scenes). It wasn’t too graphic though, so that was nice. There were also several places in the book that weren’t edited as well as I would have liked, but nothing too horrible.

Overall I appreciated the book, and would like to read more from this author in the future.

Rating 

I’m giving Pursuing Gold 3 out of 5 stars, and 7 out of 10.

*I received this book free from Litfuse*