Friday, March 7, 2014

Book Review: Three Small Books Worth Reviewing

As you all know, I usually review books on Mondays, but there was a bit of a mix-up and I was scheduled to be part of a blog tour on a Friday---two weeks ago.  I feel terrible and I deeply apologize for not posting on the correct day, but I hope this makes up for it.

Today I want to tell you about three Time Out Classics.  They are by some of my favorite authors and are just the thing for when you're discouraged, need a smile, or just want to read for a few minutes and feel your spirits lifted.

The first book is Everything I Need to Know I Learned at Home by John Bytheway.  I love John Bytheway's talks because he usually takes normal, everyday things and applies them to gospel principles. This book is no different and he takes things/phrases he learned at home like wash your hands, clean your room, change your attitude, ask your dad, help your sister, come and eat and applies them to the simple basics doctrine.  (And when I was reading, I heard my own mother's voice echoing some of the same things his mother did!) I love how down to earth he is in his comparison and how I can learn and read things in a different way after I've read his perspective.  The chapters aren't long, but I've definitely thought a lot about the words inside after I've closed the book.

The second book is Making It Through the Middle by Emily Freeman.  She talks about how when people discuss their trials, they usually focus on the end and how everything turned out and not how it was for them in the middle, which is usually the hardest part.  She had several recommendations like turn to the scriptures, recognize His mercy, Trust God's heart, and continue to minister to name a few.  The thing I liked best about this book was the little quotes sprinkled throughout that really soothed my heart as I've thought about my own struggles.  Sometimes making it through the middle is just about endurance and knowing tomorrow will come and how it is what we do when we encounter the unexpected that defines us.  There were some really great stories that add depth to the discussion.  Highly recommend this one for anyone who's ever struggled. (And who hasn't?)

The third book is Habits of Happiness by Wendy Ulrich.  This is a quick read but filled with great nuggets to help improve the happiness in your life.  Dr.Ulrich has a way of turning everything you've ever thought about being happy and turns it around, like, celebrate your failures, don't get motivated to exercise, stop hoping to find friends, and don't endure to the end.  (Which makes you think, what? doesn't it? And if you want to find out how she turns those topics around to happiness, you'll have to read the book!)  It's a short book, but it has exercises within the chapters so you can evaluate yourself, and I think this is one I'll be reading again and again.  So many great bits of information and help to bring a little more sunshine and happiness into your life.

So if you have a spare moment this weekend, these are definitely some books you'll want to pick up! You won't be sorry!

Here's the back copy:

Habits of Happiness – Wendy Ulrich

When happiness doesn’t enter our days automatically, and when life isn’t going as planned, sometimes we are quick to equivocally gauge our overall happiness in life. In this book, filled with scientific research, practical advice and engaging anecdotes, Dr. Wendy Ulrich invites readers to look at happiness in a new way.

Making It Through the Middle – Emily Freeman

Life is full of challenges, and it’s easy to feel the end of our trials will never arrive. But is it the end we should be spending so much of our time focusing on? In this book, Emily Freeman shares six lessons, and various personal experiences to assist readers in staying strong when they are right in the middle of a hard time.

Everything I Need to Know I Learned at Home – John Bytheway

Sometimes the smallest phrases we use in everyday language can be eternal principles that get us through our lives. In this book, John Bytheway makes an inspiring and insightful connection between everyday phrases spoken at home and principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

1 comment:

Debra Erfert said...

Thanks for the reviews!