Restore, Book Review

Restore, by Vince Antonucci 

What should we do when we feel stuck in life?
You know how it feels. There’s a hurt in your past that is hard to get beyond. There’s a bad habit that’s difficult to break. There’s a setback that is just too tough to overcome.

We all have our own unique situations in which we feel “stuck.” Americans’ favorite suggestions for how to fix our lives—self-help programs, self-esteem techniques, or simple willpower—leave many of us ceaselessly spinning our wheels and feeling just as “stuck” as ever. Vince Antonucci knows what this feels like, and he knows many who have struggled to fix their lives with these dead-end methods. He struggled to get past the pain of a neglectful and angry father. It wasn’t until Vince decided to go through a recovery and rehab course, focused on God, that he learned ways to break free of that hurt and to live in God’s future.

Today, when someone walks through the doors of Vince’s innovative church, located just off the Las Vegas Strip, he offers a Restore class as one of three core classes that every member takes. He knows how important it is to learn to break free of these old hurts and bad habits. The essence of that popular class is contained in this book.

Move past your past, heal your hurts, and break your bad habits.

My Thoughts: First of all I want to start with saying that I did receive this book from the publisher so I can review it but of course, this doesn't effect my opinion of the book in any way. Addiction is a hard issue to talk about, even though it's something that's incredibly common. This doesn't just have to be drug addictions either. It deals with all kinds of little sins and is really opening. I completely recommend Restore. 

Rise and Grind, Book Review

Rise and Grind by Daymond John 

New York Times bestselling author of The Power of Broke and "Shark" on ABC's hit show Shark Tank explores how grit, persistence, and good old-fashioned hard work are the backbone of every successful business and individual, and inspires readers to Rise & Grind their way the top.

Daymond John knows what it means to push yourself hard--and he also knows how spectacularly a killer work ethic can pay off. As a young man, he founded a modest line of clothing on a $40 budget by hand-sewing hats between his shifts at Red Lobster. Today, his brand FUBU has over $6 billion in sales. 

Convenient though it might be to believe that you can shortcut your way to the top, says John, the truth is that if you want to get and stay ahead, you need to put in the work. You need to out-think, out-hustle, and out-perform everyone around you. You've got to rise and grind every day.  

In the anticipated follow-up to the bestselling The Power of Broke, Daymond takes an up close look at the hard-charging routines and winning secrets of individuals who have risen to the challenges in their lives and grinded their way to the very tops of their fields. Along the way, he also reveals how grit and persistence both helped him overcome the obstacles he has faced in life and ultimately fueled his success.

My Thoughts: After watching shark tank for years I was of course interested in reading Rise and Grind when it was offered to me to review. This book is motivational! I loved that it has stories not only from Daymond but also from others. Rise and Grind is a great way to help outperform outwork and out hustle to be better, I do wish it had more tips for the average reader. 

The Empowered, Book Review

The Empowered by Craig Parshall

Just when a mysterious death in Washington, DC, appears to have voodoo connections rooted in New Orleans, Trevor Black also receives an invitation to speak at the national ABA convention in the city.

He knows he’ll be in enemy territory, both as a disbarred attorney and as a follower of Jesus, but he determines to travel there and confront the supernatural element. Right after a grisly murder in his hotel room puts him on the suspect list, his daughter disappears, leaving a note that suggests a connection to the local cult religion. Now Trevor must not only crack the case but try to protect Heather from forces of darkness clutching at her soul as well. And just as he discovers that his ability to sniff out the supernatural has its limitations, Trevor learns that this web of evil extends far beyond isolated murders, enslaving scores of innocent children, with its head perhaps linked to the highest seats of power.

My Thoughts: I have to start by saying that I received this book to review from the publisher, but of course this doesn't effect my thoughts on it in any way.The Empowered is a thought provoking read! There is a spiritual battle going on, and it is a fun challenge for the reader to see these outer forces at work. This book is full of mystery and exposes the evil in it. A great read for anyone who likes fantasy books. 

The Millon-Dollar One-Person Business

The Millon-Dollar One-Person Business by Elaine Pofeldt

The indispensable guide to earning a six-figure take-home income on your own terms, from contributing writer Elaine Pofeldt.

The rise of one-million-dollar, one-person businesses in the past five years is the biggest trend in employment today, offering the widest range of people the most ways to earn a living while having the lifestyles they want. In The Million-Dollar, One-Person Business, Elaine Pofeldt outlines the pathways to joining this entrepreneurial movement, synthesizing advice from hundreds of business owners who've done it. She explains how to identify, launch, grow, and reinvent the business, showing how a single individual can generate $1 million in revenue--something only larger small companies have done in the past. Both inspirational and practical, this book will appeal to all who seek a great worklife and a great lifestyle. 

My Thoughts: When I was offered this book for review I was immediately interested in reading it. In the past I've had my own business (now it's just a hobby) and I really wanted to know what ideas were in this book. I do have to say I am skeptical though. I thought this book would just be about big start ups, or just a ton of "tips", but it has case studies with real people running successful business. I loved getting to read about other people's successes and found this book not only inspirational but has a ton of great advice. 

Hope for Each Day, Book Review

Hope for Each Day by Billy Graham 
Words of Wisdom and Faith

Billy Graham brings hope for every day…
Beloved inspirational author and pastor Billy Graham knows how important hope is for living a life full of peace, joy, and love. And he knows that God’s Word overflows with hope throughout its pages—all the way from Genesis to Revelation.
Now lasting, biblical hope can be yours every day with this 365-day devotional. Fill your heart and mind each day with the presence and fullness of God’s grace and power in your life. 
This classic devotional has been updated with a leathersoft cover, deluxe interior design, a ribbon marker, and new “Hope for Today” takeaways to keep you close to the Lord throughout the day. Your soul will be blessed as God’s everlasting hope remains at the center of all that you do.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 15:13

Billy Graham, world-renowned preacher, evangelist, and author, has delivered the gospel message to more people face-to-face than anyone in history and has ministered on every continent of the world in more than 185 countries. Millions have read his inspirational classics, including Angels, Peace with God, The Holy Spirit, Hope for the Troubled Heart, How to Be Born Again, The JourneyNearing HomeThe Reason for My Hope, and Where I Am.

My Thoughts: I received this book so I can review it, but this doesn't effect my review in any way. I immediately loved the cover of this book, it's reminiscent of a 50's bible. The print is big and I love that it has daily devotionals. I do wish though that these didn't have the dates on them, because it's hard to either start on the wrong day or skip to your day. Enlightening and easy to read ever day!

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