BOSSY PANTS is one to read when you want to laugh from deep within. Tina Fey has a way with words that she can work in her witty humor, her world views, prejudice against women, and feminism in her self-deprecating way that ultimately inspires. She’s a powerhouse of fun and inspiration and makes our every day lives feel exciting! There is no room for boredom! I highly recommend!
MESSENGER is a powerful and inspirational message to all who read it. It’s a beautiful testimonial of strength and love beyond measure. This is Mattie’s legacy. This is a tender read, a detailed account of the life and feelings of Jeni Stepanek’s son Mattie who suffers the pan of muscular dystrophy. Mattie was an angel from heaven who looked beyond himself to do good for others, in spite of his own struggles to survive. He brought peace, love and harmony to all who knew him. This young man’s indomitable spirit lives on even though he lived a short of 14 years but has left a legacy of inspiration and hope for all who come into contact with his writings. His dream was to be known as a "Peacemaker" and he achieved his goal lovingly. I can’t recommend this one high enough!
From all of the beautifully written reviews, my expectations were pretty high, but this book actually exceeded my expectations. Where do I start?
A mark of a good book is its ability to take the reader to new places, to be placed in someone else’s shoes to be enabled to see the world from an entirely different vantage point. A superb command of language is revealed in this exciting escapade fraught with unpredictable turns and interesting elements and details. The strength of this thriller is not in the whodunit but in the clever plot line. This book was a revelation and continues to affect me months later. EXPLOSION IN PARIS, while a stunning source of exciting entertainment, also serves a purpose that far outweighs tickling your fancy.
I enjoy writing reviews on books I truly find distinctive and special. Suffice it to say that the impact of Angela’s life enriched mine. The venomous villain didn’t disappoint with his dark and twisted expectations. This brings the question to mind, how far would any of us go to save our loved ones? Desperate circumstances call for desperate measures. The sprinkling of French phrases throughout added much realism and authenticity to Angela’s new haven. The soul-searching words and the healthy dose of humor drew me in and made me hungry to fill my life with joy. I found myself enthused by the life-changing message and felt that it reached into my chest and gave my heart a squeeze. I think it will change the readers’ perspective about the hard times in their lives and find joy in spite of them. With each poignant chapter I learned the lesson that there is no fear in love. If there is pain and fear, it can not be love. Some parts I read through a blur of tears. But, on the whole, I found this to be a heart-wrenching, but also heart-warming journey from heartache to pure joy that will renew the readers’ spirit.
This book oozes "joie de vivre". It is shear reading pleasure as the author takes us through Paris, and Provence, with rapturous descriptions that tease the senses with the aroma of fresh baked bread, the fragrance of the lavender and herb fields; the sights of ancient buildings and cobblestone streets; the succulent tastes of the French cuisine. French cuisine is an art form to be appreciated and enjoyed and not rushed. To capture and share a remarkable life, the joy, the humor, the honesty and the passion, is a wonderful recipe for life. The French know how to enjoy the pleasures of life. It is clear Angela’s spiritual home is Les Plus beaux villages de France. She found true passion for life, and embraced it completely. Angela’s energy, sense of humor, intelligence and zest for life shine through each page.
I felt such an affinity and admiration for the characters. The story reinforced my belief that there is so much we can learn from each other. I have great respect for authors or anyone, for that matter, who are responsible for changing people’s mindsets for the better. People who seem to have a self-appointed moral compass need to look within to research the why of their urgent need to be right and to be better than everyone else and to be the center of all attention. I recently read ASK AND IT IS GIVEN. This is another book I give high marks for and that I recommend highly. We get what we give, in a nutshell. EXPLOSION IN PARIS is a wonderful representation of this.
This book is the fabric of human conditioning. It opens our eyes to the blessings that most of us take for granted, namely freedom; freedom to be ourselves, to be who we are at heart. This book is guaranteed to truly deepen your empathy towards others’ plight in the world and the all-important human decency. I fell in love with the engrossing, engaging characters, filled with strength and courage that I wanted to hug or slap or love. It unleashed surprisingly unrestrained moments of gut-wrenching laughter; then, before I knew it, I was reaching for a tissue to wipe the tears away. I was touched by all of the emotions I felt while completely absorbed in the characters’ lives. This is a happy book. Every line of this book is filled with energy, enthusiasm and delight.
EXPLOSION IN PARIS is a breathtakingly powerful soul-mending and motivating read that inspires hope that reflects clearly in the rebirth of the heart. I devoured this book and hated to see it end. This was one I’ve read that as time passed I found myself missing it.
TIGER’S QUEST is compelling and interesting and surpassed my expectations. It is a perfect follow-up to Tiger's Curse. I appreciated and learned from the myths and theology of the Asian background and the excellent writing worked magic into the flowing and well-crafted storyline. Kelsey goes back to Oregon to give Ren a chance to experience life without holding him back. She tries to date other guys, Li being the main guy, but after a few months of dating Ren comes back into Kelsey’s life and the rivalry begins. I recommend reading Tiger’s Curse first. This is an exciting read and I guarantee will keep you entertained for hours!
The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are This concept is a gem that needs to be studied and practiced! Our struggle for perfection, fear of being seen as “different”, fear of being disliked, un-accepted and so many other crippling aspects of “being human” all make us vulnerable to sickness, and misery. This wonderful book endears us to living an authentic life, whole-hearted living and accepting the fact that what makes us different also make us unique and special. We need to embrace our authentic selves and STOP trying so hard to please everyone else by being the way we think THEY want us to be. Yes, it sounds easy on paper but the truth is that, of course, this insight makes more sense than anything else I can think of! This should be on all of our bookshelves!