Journal Review: Map of You

Map of You by Sophie Williams

Map of You
by Sophie Williams

4 out of 5 stars

This book has guided journal prompts, personality quizzes, creative activities, and coloring pages. You can explore your emotions in a healthy way, learn to communicate, and set goals for your mental health.

This is such a cool book! It makes the mental health activities really fun, and all the pages are so attractive. I love the beautiful designs on each page. The bright colors and minimalist designs make it really special.

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NonFiction Review: Younger Next Year

Younger Next Year by Chris Crowley

Younger Next Year: Live Strong, Fit, Sexy, and Smart—Until You’re 80 and Beyond
by Chris Crowley, Henry S. Lodge, Allan J. Hamilton MD (Contributor)

1.5 out of 5 stars

This book gives advice on exercise, nutrition, and staying healthy beyond 50.

This is definitely a “guy” book, written by guys, for guys. It’s crass and in your face and trying to be super macho. I only wish that the descriptions on the back, or in the title, or anywhere on the internet had made that clear. There should be a big sign on this book saying, “No Girls Allowed.” I finally searched around and found a different book by the same authors called “Younger Next Year for Women.” Guess I should have picked that one up, but I won’t bother with it now.

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Book Review: Love Notes to My Self

Notes to Self by Tanya Carroll Richardson

Notes to Self: Creating a Practice of Self-Care, Self-Compassion, and Self-Love
by Tanya Carroll Richardson

4 out of 5 stars

Each page in this book has a little lesson or affirmation to help you navigate the difficulties of life and find peace within yourself. At the top of the page is a main statement, and then a short paragraph or two explaining the concept and how you can apply is to your own self-care.

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Non Fiction Review: Life Skills 101

Life Skills 101 by Maria Gorina

Life Skills 101: All You Need, But Won’t Learn in School
by Maria Gorina

4 out of 5 stars

This book covers topics such as emotional resilience, relationships, self-esteem, health, managing your time, and reaching your goals. It gives practical advice for navigating common pitfalls of life and being successful and happy in whatever you choose to do.

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Gift Book Reviews: The Magic of You, and Yes You Can

The World Needs More Smiles Like Yours by Laura Jane

The Magic of You: A Colorful Book of Happiness
by Laura Jane
4 out of 5 stars

This cute little book is full of inspirational sayings that encourage the reader to dream big and create beautiful things! Each affirmation or mantra guides you to make your dreams and goals a reality, pushing aside fear and embracing faith.

The book is divided into sections for Self-Love, Dream, Believe, Grow, and Create. The artwork in each section has a main color scheme: pink for Self-Love, orange for Dream, green for Grow, etc…
It’s a clever way to give some structure to the otherwise random little sayings.

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Non Fiction Review: Friendshipping

Friendshipping by Jenn Bane

Friendshipping: The Art of Finding Friends, Being Friends, and Keeping Friends
by Jenn Bane (Goodreads Author), Trin GarritanoJean Wei (Illustrations)
3 out of 5 stars

This book gives advice about forming friendships as an adult. It starts with how to find people that you have something in common with, where to look for friends, and how to recognize when a new acquaintance is interested in being friends. Then there are chapters about how to navigate difficult friend problems like hosting parties, lending money, or setting boundaries. There is some good advice about being compassionate and forgiving, and how to give a proper apology.

However, I found it odd that a book about friendship had so much political propaganda in it, almost preaching leftist ideology to the reader. It would have been much better to stick to the subject of friendship instead of forcing a political agenda into the book.

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Book Review: Eating with the King

Eating with the King
Eating with the King by Terri Rockwell

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was so impressed with this little book, especially because every page quotes Scripture! There are so many positive messages of encouragement in this book. Instead of making people feel guilty about their cravings, and their eating habits, or how their body looks, this book offers healing, positive attitudes, triumphant freedom, and constantly points the reader to Christ.

I think this book could apply to any craving or addiction, not just eating food. The messages in this book would help with anything that draws us away from God, forms a bad habit, or entices us to harm our health in some way. Continue reading