Book Review: Shearwater


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Shearwater, by D. S. Murphy, is a fascinating fictional look at the mythology of Ireland. Clara Clark never knew she had relatives in Ireland. She lived in America, until a tragic accident claimed the life of both of her parents while they were on their way to watch Clara perform in a high school musical production. Clara had a beautiful voice. . . .almost siren like in its beauty. When her parents died, it was discovered that her closest relative was a grandfather in Ireland that she never knew she had. So when the dust settled, she was off to Ireland!

Clara is a bit out of her element in Ireland, not being raised with these myths and legends, but she needs to learn fast who she can trust, who she can’t, and who she is. She missed her friends, but she also enjoyed the novelty of being the new girl, the girl with the accent. But when her appearance changed dramatically on her 16th birthday, people began telling her there was something special about her. Something that may not be safe.

D. S. Murphy tells a riveting tale about mythological creatures and their enemies. Shearwater is skillfully written and convincingly portrays high school life with its jealousies and complexities. I expected a children’s book about mermaids, but Shearwater is actually more like the popular vampire television shows and movies where the otherworldly creatures were integrated into human life. Readers who enjoy stories about these and other supernatural creatures will love Shearwater.

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Book review: Grace Group


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In Grace Group, by Carrie Maldonado, Holly had just been diagnosed with a rare terminal illness. How can she carry on her life as a human resource director, her sometime love affair with her boyfriend, and her duties as daughter to her battling parents? Through unlikely meetings Holly discovers her life purpose and begins to throw herself into it. You’ll be surprised to see how things transpire as good battles evil. Unlike other stories I’ve read, there is good reason for every encounter as the story is woven together.

What lies beyond the end of this life? No one can really know, though there are many theories including those of various religions and belief systems. One view is presented here and scenarios are revealed which differ from normal romance stories. Nonetheless, one true religion prevails in the unexpected ending.
This book was most enjoyable to read and at the same time gave me so much to think about. As Holly grew in her awareness of the spiritual realms and of her own diagnosis, I reflected on my own life and whether it will have long range meaning. Holly learned to spend time caring for others who could offer her nothing.

How often do we perform selfless acts of kindness, random or otherwise? How do we spend the moments of our days? What really matters? It’s not what you think. If you sometimes feel that you don’t know what you’re living for, Carrie Maldonado has written a very insightful book that you will enjoy and maybe even find yourself in; Grace Group.

Book review: As Glaciers Move


 

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As Glaciers Move by Joseph Whitson is a lovely book of poetry. Whitson has attempted to outline his whole life with poetry. Various episodes appear including everything from birth to death; first love to a marriage dragging out. It would seem that one is reading Whitson’s most intimate details of his life, but in reality one is reading his emotional responses to the various events. So rather than revealing specifics, he is revealing very intimate feelings. And feelings are after all subjective.

Glaciers, as everyone knows, move so slowly you cannot see the movement to stop and stare at it. Just like life, time passes without our realization. I frequently hear people say, I can’t believe it’s September already. I can’t believe it’s been 50 years since I was in high school. By stopping and observing the moments you can possibly learn and gain more from your life.

Those who know me are astounded to find that I read, liked, and reviewed a book of poetry. I frequently find poetry to be trite, but As Glaciers Move by Joseph Whitson is a vast exception to that rule. I could tell when I read the summary that it was different and worth taking a closer look. Perhaps I move slowly too. I have had many experiences in my life, in my 58 years, and could do with more reflections on those experiences to learn from them. I often keep too busy and do not take much time for reflecting. Maybe poetry allows us to do that. Maybe I should read more poetry. But I believe that anyone who likes introspective poetry will gain a lot from reading this book. It’s certainly changed my perspective.

Book Review: It Feels Good to Feel Good


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It Feels Good to Feel Good by Cheryl Meyer is packed with information about toxins in our food and cosmetics. Beyond that, it gives us information on avoiding these toxins and chemicals and where to find affordable alternatives. Also, every chapter includes lists of things you can do to improve in different areas. For example, you can eat only organically grown meat and eggs and vegetables or you can eat more seeds and fewer animal products in general. There is mention of the current bee crisis which involves collapsing hives due to an unknown factor. Nobody likes bees, but do you like honey, do you like that plants are pollinated so that we can get food, do you like that trees are pollinated so that we can get oxygen? It would be a very far-reaching problem if the bees were to disappear.

Meyer goes into great detail on the fine points of various food choices that we make every day. For instance, do you eat full-fat or low-fat dairy? Farm-raised or wild caught fish? Shrimp from Asia or Mexico? Knowing the answers will make a huge difference in your health. When you eat according to the rules stated by this author, it is said that you will detox, lose weight, clear your skin, get regular, and many other benefits.

Cosmetics are a very high source of toxicity in your body. Think about it. You either apply products to your skin, spray them on, or put them on your lips which you will end up ingesting. When applying products around your eyes, they can get immediately into your bloodstream from the capillaries that are close to the surface. From there it is just a short distance to the brain. Cleaning supplies are another hotbed of chemicals. Check out the resources listed to find out what is in your products and follow the rest of the suggestions in this book. It’s very comprehensive and will help your health dramatically.

Book Review: Nourish


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The word “nourish” to some people means to eat food that is good for you. Stephanie Hrehirchuk has recreated the concept of nourishing to mean doing anything that is good for you. For instance, creating a new habit not to eat sweets would be nourishing. You could eat fresh fruit or whole grains instead. The ultimate goal of this book is to walk you through a detox of your body, mind, and spirit. Eating the same foods over and over, especially if they are processed or contain chemicals, is to toxify your body. Hence, you can detox and get rid of some of that kind of things out of your cells. Nourishing practices also include meditating, self-massage, herbal remedies to help you relax and heal, and preparing beautiful and healthful food for yourself and your family. Even time can be nourishing. When a person is stressed, oftentimes all they need is to get away by themselves and or/with God, to think, reflect, journal, or just do nothing.

The book “Nourish” really appealed to me because I have many major stressors in my life. In addition, it is beautifully designed with drawings and poetry.  Hrehirchuk even has a Facebook group to follow along and discuss the detoxes. I can see now that I can rework some of them so they are less stressful to me. This book will be good for any overworked or overstressed person, for instance, those who take care of others, those who work long hours with little appreciation, or even mothers of young children. There is a 21-day detox and a three-day detox outlined in Nourish, depending on how much you need to detox and how much time you have. The three-day detox could be more intense, but at the same time, it could be more manageable because it is only three days. I think it would do everyone a lot of good to take some of these principles to heart and learn how to relax and be good to themselves.

Book Review: Sugar is Poison


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I enjoyed reading this book by Amy Mayer and indeed even learned some things. I am a certified nutritional consultant but I did not know about a certain fat hormone mentioned in this book. This is a good wake-up call especially to parents but for everyone who may be experiencing obesity or diabetes. School lunches are particularly a target of the recommendations of this book. Sugar is Poison outlines the different ways that manufacturers are encouraged to hide sugar in their products, at the expense of our children’s health. Read this and live better.

Book Review: Speed Up Your Metabolism: Strategies That Will Help You Lose More Weight!


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If you’re looking to try a new diet book this spring, this may be the one. I knew some of the tips in Speed Up Your Metabolism, but had forgotten or stopped using them. But some of Smith’s tips were new to me. Reading the book inspired me to drop a few pounds this spring. I especially liked the list of foods that will speed metabolism. I like green tea and it would be oh, so easy to drink three cups a day.

Starting a new job last week I had to give up my “life of leisure” and start getting up early every day again. I could use some more energy and this book will definitely help me to get it. If I lose a few pounds in the process, so much better.

Enjoy! And let me know if this book helps you.

Book Review: The Professor and the Bird


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The Professor and the Bird by Roberta Franklin is one of the longer books I have read in a while, but it was a fast read none the less. It’s an entertaining story of a young woman motor biking through Turkey when her bike breaks down and she happens upon an archaeological dig. While her motorcycle is being fixed by some of the dig participants, she learns a little bit about ancient history from Professor Nicos. She is attractive and pursued by most of the young men in the dig. The amateur in the group, she somehow finds a valuable artifact and is celebrated for it. However this also makes her a target for criminals who wish to obtain the treasure for themselves. The story is convincingly written and there is plenty of romance. Romance fans will love this book.

 

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