Monday, February 20, 2017

How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind

I rarely (and i mean rarely) review a book before I've finished it. Some examples include coloring books (because they take a long time) and bible studies (because there's often no need to finish them to be able to give a proper review). But books? No, I finish them first.

So why is this one an exception? Because I couldn't wait. I've only just started chapter 7 (of 29), and I've been chomping at the bit since page 1 (actually, page 7) to tell you about it.

I love this book. Love it! The author, Dana of A Slob Comes Clean is so funny! And she's real. She shares her struggles with being a slob with raw humor that I find refreshing. Loads of these types of books are all "I used to have this problem, but now I have life all figured out, and everything's super and perfect and roses and peaches and stuff." But Dana's all "I had this problem, but I figured out how to fix it, but I still struggle sometimes and that's ok." I just love that.

And, for real, I totally feel like she's talking about me (or to me) when she describes her struggle with being a slob. And she's real about how people might read her book ("Some of you flipped to this chapter and are starting here. I totally get it. You're desperate." p. 37, and "...I'll explain a little. [But not a lot. That's what the chapters you skipped are for.]" also p. 37). XD She even includes a picture or 2 of her mess. Makes me feel much better knowing I'm not the only one with a pile of dished on the counter.

Again, I'm only on chapter 7, but I can already tell this is going to be one of my favorite books. I'm going to pull it out again and again when I need a reminder or a little encouragement. I'm going to highlight my favorite passages and put sticky tabs on important pages. I am definitely domestically challenged, but for the first time in a long while, I feel like I can overcome that.

So head on over to get your copy of How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind. (Don't worry, it isn't an affiliate link.) I'm off to do the dishes. ;)

Saturday, February 4, 2017

A Patch on the Peak of Ararat Review

 A Patch on the Peak of Ararat is a children's book by Gary Bower. Now, right off on the cover, you can tell that the ark in this book isn't the "bathtub" type of ark that most children's books portray. You know the ones. The cute little boat with Noah standing on the deck, and the giraffe's heads sticking out the top. That type of ark makes it very difficult to believe the account of Noah's Ark as truth. But this book has a nice, big ark with no animals sticking out of it. Safety and whatnot. :)

Anyways, this book, of course, rhymes (as most children's books do). But this book is reminiscent of "The House That Jack Built" in that each new phrase builds on the last. And each phrase is repeated after each new one is introduced. Which is fun for kids.

The illustrations by Barbara Chotiner are fun, too. My son, 7, that I read this book to said he loved the pictures.

I like that the book contains God's promise to never flood the earth again, but it never mentioned that God flooded it in the first place. Or why. The only time God is mentioned is when Noah followed his "carpentry plan" (lol!), and the promise of no more global flood.

However, it does tell you at the end of the book where you can read the whole flood account (calls it a "story" which I do not like) in the bible. So this is a nice way to introduce what happened in sort of an overview manner, then you can choose to go in depth in the bible.

It may sound like a lot of complaining, but I'm particular about my biblical children's books. This is actually a super cute book that tells about the account of the flood from the bible. While it's not particularly informative, it's catchy, fun, and it's a great way to begin (or end) a discussion about the how and why of the global flood.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.