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Recipes for a Beautiful Life Paperback – November 17, 2009
Madaline and Julie have created a "time-out" for women in Recipes for a Beautiful Life. Enjoyable pictures and Scriptures, refreshing herbal bath treatments and rejuvenating homemade facial products encourage us to take a few minutes to renew our bodies and souls." Beth Lester, Owner, Home Staging Designs of California.
The authors urge women to take at least a moment every day to appreciate something beautiful, whether it be a child or a flower or a sunset. It’s important to eat healthy and exercise, she says, but it’s equally as important to nourish your mind and soul through prayer and inspirational reading. To inspire readers she has put together a collection of photographs and Bible verses. The author uses great photographs, and the verses that are paired with each one are quite fitting. The spa tips in the back are a real treat. I would read this and put it on my coffee table. It’s a quick read, something nice to flip through and to enjoy the photography. It’s also something nice to show to your friends." The P3 Press, a division of Brown Books Publishing Group
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Content: Clean & uplifting.
Rating: 4 Stars
Source: From Author For Review
This book is full of beautiful pictures that will make you ooohhh and ahhhhh and even chuckle and maybe sniffle a bit as they bring back memories of places you might have been or just an old memory of a child or family member.
Recipes For A Beautiful Life is another example of self-publishing. Julie and Madaline put together the book with the help of [...] who has now merged with [...], a subdivision of Amazon.com. (Engaging Thoughts was self-published through [...]).
Recipes For A Beautiful Life treats the reader with wonderful pictures accompanied with verses from the Bible (primarily Psalms and Proverbs). In Part 2 of the book there are home recipes for beauty treatments for that lovely lady in your life. I haven't had an opportunity to try any yet, but I intend to as soon as I get the moment!
Here is a little about the authors, Madaline Hall and Julie Keye.....
Madaline Hall was born and raised in New York City. She married and has two children. She entered the business community as an insurance broker working for a major company and was co-owner for Crafty Concepts, a craft business.
Her avocation for years has been her interest in all things literary. She currently lives on Long Island, New York and is dedicated to photography and writing inspirational works.
Julie Keye was born and grew up in New York City. She entered the film industry as an editor, working on many feature films. She married and has a daughter who served as a missionary in Japan.
In recent years, residing in California, she has written children's stories and film scripts, and most recently, collaborated with her childhood friend, Ms. Hall, on books with inspirational reach.
They met when they were eleven years of age and have been friends ever since. They feel truly blessed to enjoy a great friendship, and to have found God in their lives.
Recipes For a Beautiful Life can be purchased through Amazon.com at a reasonable price. This will make a real nice gift for Christmas or any other special occasion.
This book was graciously given to me by the authors, for review purposes. I am under no obligation to provide a positive review. But I am happy to have been able to do so. May the Lord bless Julie and Madaline for this lovely book.
This work is written in two parts, the first is a collection of gracious pictures complimented with a Scripture verse. Many caught my eye and my heart as I read through the pages, but one stood out to me and that was the picture of a little girl smelling flowers with the Scripture verse:
All the days planned for me were written in your book before I was one day old. It brought back memories of my childhood and how surely God has planned my life. I believe each picture and verse will quicken an emotion inside of each one as they turn the pages. Tender, thought provoking, and often bringing a smile inside and out. Very well done.
The second part of the book is: Relaxation and Home Spa Treatments. I really enjoyed this section as well. First I learned how to make beauty treatments with ingredients I had around the house or could easily get it I didn't, that was great. Second I could baby myself and walk away feeling refreshed.
All in all this is a delightful read. It is one you will cuddle up with time and time again just to have your Spirit renewed and help bring yourself to a refreshing. Very well done, a delight to both the Spirit and the soul.
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