After the Miracle: The Cody Parmer Story Book Blast

After The Miracle cover.
After the Miracle: The Cody Parmer Story

In the summer of 1999, doctors raced against the clock to save Cody Parmer’s life after a terrible car accident on a rural Idaho road. His parents, Brenda and Kreg Parmer, prayed that God would save him, and received their miracle. Months after his recovery a mysterious new discovery threatened to take Cody’s life once more, but this time the doctors couldn’t fix it. As Cody fought for his life, his mother searched for answers. Why would God let this happen? Would God save her son, just to let him die a short time later? Even if Cody lived, could the family handle his injuries and limitations? Even after receiving a miracle, the strength to accept God’s will would be the greatest blessing they could ever ask for.

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Praise for the Book
“Such an amazing story! I read this book cover to cover all in one day. I could not put it down! It is very well-written, and you feel as if you are right there with the family experiencing every part of their incredible journey first hand. I cried through a lot of it but found parts that made me laugh too. When a book can make you do both of those things, you know you’ve found a good one.” Shannon Dooley, Amazon Review

“This is a book about amazing resiliency in the face of the kind of trauma every parent dreads. It’s told with incredible honesty and transparency. But, it’s also a story about struggling faith that grows into a deep belief in the goodness of God even in the face of adversity…” MarSue, Amazon Review

“This book was an inspiring read. Very well written, and a page turner. Cody’s family made it through some impossible odds. You really feel the struggles that they go through as they try everything to get the best results for their son.” Nora, Goodreads Review

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Chapter 16 –
I turned to Cody and he truly looked lost. The charts didn’t lie, Dr. Pike had done the tests again and again. It was done. Finished. Cody was gone and he wasn’t coming back. No amount of wishing or hoping or praying was going to fix it. And instead of him just dying naturally, we had to be the ones to flip the switch and cut off his air, his food, his medication. It was cruel. It was torture. It was too much.
Kreg was trying to be strong for me but I knew he felt it too. I could see it in his eyes. The pain, the struggle of the impossible choice, the burden of our whole family’s emotions on his back. It was too much for him to bear as well, though he had to maintain some sense of composure for all our sakes.
I gave up trying to make decisions and buried my head in my hands. Then, in the middle of our solemn and painful silence, came a knock on the door.

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Promo picture of the Parmer family.About the Authors
Brenda and Kreg Parmer met in high school in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and fell in love on the night of graduation. Brenda graduated from cosmetology school and Kreg went to work for a farm equipment company, and soon married. They had one son, Cody, and three beautiful daughters. Since the accident in 1999, a major part of Brenda and Kreg’s lives have been devoted to caring for Cody, who still suffers from major limitations. They love being with family, enjoying the beautiful Idaho scenery, and visiting their grandchildren. Along with their family, their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is the most important thing in their lives.


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Wheels Of Wisdom By Tim And Debbie Bishop

Cover of Wheels of Wisdom by Tim and Debbie Bishop.Wheels of Wisdom by Tim & Debbie Bishop is full of common sense, adventure, and yes wisdom.

The authors write about the trips they took across the country on bicycles. The book is sectioned into 52 lessons, and they are great for when you don’t have too much time to read. You can read each section seperatly, and go back a week later and not be lost.

Reading this is a wonderful way to travel the country without actually going anywhere. I could not imagine riding across the country before reading this.

If you are thinking about making a cross-country bike ride for the first time, there are lots of helpful tips and good advice in this book.

Most of the “lessons” apply to anyone, anywhere.  The book is well written and easy to read. I like it.

About the book:

After three tours totaling over 10,000 miles, Tim and Debbie Bishop have discovered wisdom and truth from the seat of a bicycle. In Wheels of Wisdom, the authors share the life lessons they learned on the open road.

When you’re looking for enlightenment, you can find it almost anywhere, be it from watching two herons saunter across a Florida road, pedaling to a dead-end in a Kentucky tobacco field, or observing eagles flying overhead in Montana. In each lesson of this book, you’ll find practical insights, inspiration, and encouragement—along with personal reflection questions that will help you:

– Adopt the right mind-set
– Conquer fear, worry, and inaction
– Overcome obstacles
– Relish life’s journey

Certain principles are universal whether you are bicycling across America or chasing your own lifelong dream.

You may be continuing your education, connecting with new people, looking to change jobs, or simply wondering about your future. Wherever you are in life, Wheels of Wisdom will give you a fresh perspective and new motivation for your own adventure. Not only will you encounter meaningful truth as you travel vicariously to new places and meet new people, you’ll also experience some genuine “God moments” and have some fun on the way.

So, pack up your dreams and passions and come along for the ride. It’s time to learn on the open road!

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About the Authors:

Tim and Debbie Bishop have coauthored four books about their midlife launch into marriage, cross-country bicycle touring, and other matters of faith and inspiration. Two Are Better: Midlife Newlyweds Bicycle Coast to Coast captures the story behind the stories, while Bicycle Touring How-To: What We Learned shares their knowledge with bicycle touring wannabes. More recently, Wheels of Wisdom: Life Lessons for the Restless Spirit conveys some deeper truths that apply to virtually any life pursuit. Metaphors in Motion: Wisdom from the Open Road is an e-book containing more lessons like those found in Wheels of Wisdom.

The Bishops serve as volunteer Hope Coaches for TheHopeLine, a nonprofit organization that seeks to reach, rescue, and restore hurting teens and young adults. They are available for speaking engagements about their touring and life experiences. They reside in Thompson’s Station, Tennessee, and blog periodically at this Open Road Press website.

In addition to consulting for small businesses, Tim Bishop has written Hedging Commodity Price Risk: A Small Business Perspective, an e-book that explains hedging concepts in easy-to-understand language with practical examples. He has over thirty years of business experience and blogs on hedging at Tim is a native of Houlton, Maine.

Debbie Bishop has taught for over twenty-eight years. She has a passion for reading and seeing that young people do it well. She also has a strong interest in recovery issues and encouraging others with her own triumphs over such struggles earlier in her life. She is a featured author in Love is Out There by Melissa Williams-Pope, in which she relates her own story of finding love later than most. Debbie volunteers as a facilitator for FINDINGbalance, an online support group dedicated to helping women who are struggling with eating disorders. Debbie is also a native New Englander.


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No Excuses: The Story of Elite Gymnast Aimee Walker-Pond Book Blast

No Excuses

I know how hard it can be to function out in the world without hearing, and actually getting out in front of people and doing a gymnastics program, must be really tough.

This is sure to be a very inspiring story. Especially for the deaf and hard of hearing.

No Excuses: The Story of Elite Gymnast Aimee Walker-Pond by Adam U. Kempler

No Excuses: The Story of Elite Gymnast Aimee Walker-Pond traces the gymnastics career of a girl born deaf and blind in one eye. Despite challenge after challenge and setback after setback, Aimee rose in the gymnastics world to compete for UCLA and BYU and at the level of International Elite—a feat no athlete with comparable disabilities has accomplished in the history of the sport. This biography describes how Aimee overcame her health struggles, learned American Sign Language, succeeded in gymnastic, enjoyed social activities, acted in movies, traveled to Hawaii and Russia, worked hard in school, competed in college, and found romance. Bruno Grandi, President of the International Gymnastics Federation, said, “Aimee has filled our hearts with the fire of warmth and love and inspired us all to become better.” Valorie Kondos Field, head women’s gymnastics coach at UCLA and winner of six NCAA National Championships, said, “Aimee’s not deaf. She just can’t hear. Why would she need two eyes, when she has one? She has no excuses.”

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Excerpt – Preface

“The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is now,” says one Chinese proverb. When I started this project, I had no idea that it would take thirteen yearsto complete and involve about eighty interviews with Aimee’sfamily, friends, mentors, and coaches. Why did it take so long? When I first met Aimee, I was an English professor, and she was in the middle of her career. No one knew how long her career would take or where it would take her; however, I could see that her story was significant and had to be told, so I approached Aimee about writing her story. We then agreed to work together on this project—although at the time we didn’t fully understand the place her story would take in the gymnastics world and in disability literature.

Helen Keller said, “Blindness cuts us off from things, but deafness cuts us off from people.” Most of us don’t have much experience with blindness, deafness, or other disabilities. When I was working my way through college, the only job I could get was working with severely handicapped students as an instructional aide at a high school, which I reluctantly accepted out of financial desperation. I worked with a young man who had been a popular running back on the school’s football team but had been hit head-on by a drunk driver, placing him in the severely handicapped program. When I first saw him, he was drooling in a wheelchair, and I felt sick to my stomach. After four years of working together, he became one of my best friends. Through that experience and many others like it, I gained a better understanding of some of the struggles that others face, and it prepared me to see the significance of Aimee’s story when I first heard about it.

After twenty-seven years in prison, Nelson Mandela said, “As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison.” People with disabilities are imprisoned by their bodies, and most of them are never set free in this life. I taught a class in a juvenile detention facility for five years, and I had a student who stopped me outside of class one day. She looked across the grass at the tall fence at the end of the field. It was wrapped with razor wire at the top. She said, “I can’t take it in here. I’ve got nine months left, and I can’t handle being away from my family.” Being incarcerated can change us, and by teaching in detention camps, I gained a better understanding of the need that we all have for hope, especially the disenfranchised. I hope that readers of Aimee’s biography will gain a better understanding of the world of people with disabilities and encourage others to feel hopeful.


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Praise for the Book:
“Aimee’s not deaf. She just can’t hear. Why would she need two eyes, when she has one? She has no excuses.”
Valorie Kondos Field—Head Women’s Gymnastics Coach at UCLA who won six NCAA National Championships

“Aimee has filled our hearts with the fire of warmth and love and inspired us all to become better.”
Bruno Grandi—President of the International Gymnastics Federation

“As a parent, devoted gymnastics fan . . . and one who views success in terms of personal growth, not medals or titles won, this is a story that inspires me.”
Kathy Johnson Clarke—1984 U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Team Captain who won a team Silver medal and an individual Bronze medal on the balance beam.


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AdamAuthor Adam U. Kempler

Adam U. Kempler is an English professor and author in southern California. He has worked extensively with students with disabilities, including those in high schools, colleges, and detention facilities. He enjoys spending his free time surfing locally and fly-fishing in the backcountry of Yosemite. Adam and Jennifer have six children: Jesse, Stephen, Rachel, Rebekah, Timothy, and Ruth.

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Garden Blessings By June Cotner

Garden Blessings: Prose, Poems and Prayers Celebrating the Love of Gardening.Garden Blessings: Poems, Prose and Prayers Celebrating the Love of Gardening by June Cotner is a wonderful collection of garden related writings.

It includes  I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud by William Wordsworth, which is one of my favorite poems. There are a lot of other poems in there too, with subjects ranging from trees, to birds, and seasons.

The prayers for gardeners are nice too. I really like this book. It would be great for teaching kids about gardens, and outdoor life, and poetry of course.

About the book:

Our gardens grow us, and this moving collection of readings takes us through every season and down a path of pure pleasure. Garden Blessings is a one-of-a-kind treasury of uplifting prayers, prose and poems that share a common appreciation for the love of gardening and the many blessings that gardens bring to our lives. June Cotner, a bestselling inspirational author, has gathered a bounty of gifts from the garden here, offering gems of wisdom that remind the reader and gardener in all of us just how much we learn from nature.

The kiss of the sun for pardon,
The song of the birds for mirth,
One is nearer God’s heart in a garden
Than anywhere else on earth.

—Dorothy Frances Gurney

About the author/editor:

Author and Editor June Cotner.JUNE COTNER is the author and editor of twenty-eight books, including the best-selling Graces, Bedside Prayers, and Dog Blessings. Her books altogether have sold nearly one million copies. A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, June is the mother of two grown children and lives in Poulsbo, Washington with her husband. Her hobbies include yoga, hiking, paper crafting, and playing with her two grandchildren. For more information, please visit June’s website at You can also follow June on Twitter.

This book is published by Viva Editions as are several other great books I have reviewed including Word Catcher, Crafting Calm Girlfriends Forever, The Frugal Foodie Cookbook, Use Your Words, The Gratitude Power Workbook, The Lazy Gourmet, and Lemons And Lavender.

I received a free book to review.

Life: It Is What It Is By Lisa Sugarman

Cover of Life: It Is What It Is by Lisa Sugarman.Life: It Is What It Is by Lisa Sugarman is a collection of essays about life in Marblehead, Massachusetts.

These are really fun to read. Lisa Sugarman made me laugh and even managed to make me think a few times.

Some of the things she writes about are not things that usually concern me (school board meetings), because I have no kids (not even grandkids here), so I don’t usually keep up with that sort of thing.

But the schools are important to everyone in a community, because what happens there will eventually affect everything in the community (those kids will grow up). So even those articles were interesting, even aside from the fact that the author manages to make any subject amusing.

There are over 40 essays in this book, with subjects ranging from paranoid parents, being nice to nice people, making big New Years resolutions, reincarnation, and dealing with holidays. There is something for everyone.

About the book (from the back cover):

“While the rest of the world has six whole degrees of separation, Marblehead barely has one.”

Lisa Sugarman grew up, works, and lives in Marblehead, Massachusetts, a small town crammed onto nineteen square miles of east coast peninsula. As an opinion columnist for The Marblehead Reporter, she sees her home not as a town, but as a living, ever-evolving character.

Marblehead is by turns warm and friendly, pretentious and aloof. She’s modest and mysterious, beautiful and charming. She’s a wonderfully imperfect coctail of what makes people tick, and Lisa captures her changeable, magical nature in Life: It Is What It Is. And according to many of her readers, she does it like she’s talking to you from a bathroom stall.

What happens in Marblehead happens everywhere, whether the results are good, bad, or bizarre. Lisa’s columns remind us life is fluid, often chaotic, and never, ever perfect. And that’s okay, because it’s not supposed to be.

About the Author:
Promotion picture of Lisa Sugarman.Lisa received her bachelor of arts with honors from Salem State University in 1991 and attended Emerson College’s MA in Writing, Literature & Publishing program. Since 1991 she has written for a number of Boston-area newspapers, including: the Canton Journal, the Randolph Herald, the Hingham Journal, the Cohasset Mariner, the Swampscott Reporter, The Jewish Journal, the Sharon Advocate, and the Stoughton Journal. Most recently, she has authored the semi-regular opinion column It Is What It Is for The Marblehead Reporter and other GateHouse Media, Inc. publications since 2009.

Married to Dave, her high-school sweetheart, Lisa has two daughters, Riley and Libby.

 You can find Lisa Sugarman on  her blog, as well as on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube,  and Pinterest.


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Christ Kitchen: Loving Women Out Of Poverty By Jan Martinez

Cover of Christ Kitchen by Jan Martinez.Christ Kitchen: Loving Women Out Of Poverty by Jan Martinez is about the job training program started by the author in Spokane, WA.

It is also a bible study of the Samaritan woman. She compares some of the poor women she meets at the training program to the Samaritan woman.

The author says we can learn a lot, from this tutorial, about how to interact with people who are different from us, no matter what the differences are (financial, cultural, racial, national).

Anyone who is thinking about mentoring others (or ministering) could learn a lot from reading this. Especially if you are thinking about starting a job-training micro-enterprise of your own.

This is a really good book. At first I didn’t think it would apply to me too much because it is about people in a large city. Larger than any of the places near me (the largest place near me is only 67,000) anyway.

But after thinking about it, I realized there will be poor people no matter where you go. We do in fact have a “bad” side of town, and there are homeless shelters in both the big towns close to me.

So doing something like Christ Kitchen here would probably be really good. Not just for the people it helps but for the community. Something to think about for sure.

About the book:

“I awoke with a knife at my neck and the palpable pounding of a rapist’s heartbeat on my chest.” So begins Christ Kitchen—a story about redemption and healing based on the experience that molds the author’s life, brings her to faith, and fans a passion to help other desperate women living in poverty.

Jan Martinez tells a compelling story of women living in poverty in America, demystifying the baffling complexities of poverty, and providing thoughtful solutions suited to individuals or groups. The book provides a practical, replicable example for overcoming poverty through Christ-based mentoring and employment at Christ Kitchen, a job-training ministry to low-income women.

Based on the mentoring approach Jesus uses with the Samaritan woman at the well, the book exposes God’s heart for the poor and equips us to share his message and our lives with women who never find their way to church. Masterfully, he shows us how to talk with society’s outcasts and love them into the Kingdom. With equal mercy, the Lord shows us the way to finding our true selves through service to the “least of these.”

Through insightful, personal stories of women from the street struggling to change their lives and women from church communities struggling to walk beside them, Christ  Kitchen provides a mentored path for both to transcend barriers of class, race, and opportunity to form healing, faithful relationships.

Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Deep River Books (September 5, 2013)
ISBN-10: 1937756920
ISBN-13: 978-1937756925

Promo Picture of author  Jan Martinez. About the author:

With Master’s degrees in public health and counseling, Jan Martinez founded a job-training project called Christ Kitchen, which attracts low-income women to work.  Through the production and sales of gourmet dried food products and catered meals, this project enables women to learn to work, to become employable and, eventually, to support themselves and their families without reliance on government programs or destructive relationships.

Christ Kitchen recognizes the myriad of issues making employment and self-sufficiency difficult for women in poverty. They offer a work setting in which any willing woman can gain skills and competencies which in turn improve their confidence and self-image. Helping low-income women learn the love of Christ and achieve emotional and mental stability as they become self-reliant, stable workers and citizens, is the goal or our growing community.

Recognized for her countless hours of serving others, Jan has received awards such as the Sister Peter Claver Award (2010) reflecting the mission, compassion quality, and commitment of service and leadership from the Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and Children’s Hospital; Person of Excellence (2006) by the Spokesman Review; Helen Hamilton Peacemaking Award (2006) from the Presbyterian Synod of Alaska-Northwest; Governor’s Recognition Award (2003) for commitment to the excellence of the human spirit; and the Spirit of the Daughter’s Award (2003) by the Jonas Babcock Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution.

Jan received a Doctorate in Ministry researching discipleship with the poor and is an adjunct professor at Whitworth University. She is married to Felix Martinez, a physician, and they have two beautiful children, Jake and Rose, both adopted as babies from Korea. They’ve served in medical missions in Kenya, Nepal and Vietnam and go fly fishing together every chance they get.


Visit the Christ Kitchen website for more information or to make a donation. You can buy a copy of the book there too.

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Nip It By Kristen Fredricks And Jeanie Wade

Cover picture of Nip It by Kristen Fredricks and Jeanie Wade.Nip It: Stop Negativity Moment by Moment by Kristen Fredricks and Jeanie Wade has a lot of good advice in it.

The authors tell you how to recognize negative moments(and people) and give you lots of tips and techniques that will help you learn to turn them from negative to positive moments.

And if you can’t manage to make it positive (some things just are NOT) you can still learn to deal with it better. Maybe.

It does take practice and you have to keep at it.

The authors actually make it sound easy. It isn’t easy. Not for me anyway. However – if/when you manage to do it…it can make life a lot happier.

I’m still working on it. I have managed to get myself to pause(mostly) – so I have a chance to ACT instead of REACT. You wouldn’t think that could make such a huge difference…but it does.

You are gonna have to try it yourself though. You won’t really believe it till you try it.

Go on. You will like it. Really! I do.

About the book:

Every person’s life has room for more positivity, and positivity is always your choice. The personal stories and real-life situations in Nip It challenge you to see your life as a series of individual moments over which you have control. Then you can choose to “nip” the negative moments and turn them into something more positive.

The authors provide hints and tips to help you recognize the negative situations you encounter, find ways to change their impact, and help you shift the outcomes from negative to positive. By the end of the book, you will have a toolset that will allow you to act rather than react when faced with a negative moment. When you apply the techniques that are outlined, you can begin to experience more positive life moments. And with practice, you’ll find that your positive moments turn into positive hours, then positive days, weeks, and months, which can lead to an overall life of greater positivity.

About the Authors:

Promo picture of author Kristen Fredricks.

Kris Fredricks has more than twenty years experience guiding groups to enhanced teamwork and more effective performance. She uses her naturally optimistic attitude to help others create a positive vision for how they will work together more effectively. Her natural enthusiasm is contagious.




Promotional picture of author Jeanie Wade.


Jeanie Wade has spent more than thirty years leading teams and understands how one negative team member can impact an entire team. She, like many people, is not a naturally positive person, so she enjoys sharing her insights on how practicing positivity every day can change your life.


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Faith Departed by Elizabeth Maddrey Review

Cover of Faith Departed by Elizabeth Maddrey.I really enjoyed reading Faith Departed by Elizabeth Maddrey. It is about twin sisters named June and July who are both trying to start families and having a hard time of it.

Anyone who has ever wanted a baby and couldn’t have one or just had a lot of trouble getting pregnant will feel a bond with these characters. Including the men.

It isn’t just women who want families and lots of us women tent to forget the fathers when it comes to pregnancy and childbirth.

I loved that this story includes the points of view of the husbands as well as the wives.

It is a book about faith as well and how trials can help us grow.

About the book:

Starting a family was supposed to be easy. 

 Twin sisters June and July have never encountered an obstacle they couldn’t overcome. Married just after graduating college, the girls and their husbands remained a close-knit group. Now settled and successful, the next logical step is children.

 But as the couples struggle to conceive, each must reconcile the goodness of God with their present suffering. Will their faith be strong enough to triumph in the midst of trial?

About the Author:

Picture of author Elizabeth Maddrey.Elizabeth Maddrey began writing stories as soon as she could form the letters properly and has never looked back. Though her practical nature and love of math and organization steered her into computer science for college and graduate school, she has always had one or more stories in progress to occupy her free time. When she isn’t writing, Elizabeth is a voracious consumer of books and has mastered the art of reading while undertaking just about any other activity. She loves to write about Christians who struggle through their lives, dealing with sin and receiving God’s grace.


Elizabeth lives in the suburbs of Washington D.C. with her husband and their two incredibly active little boys. She invites you to interact with her at her website or on Facebook:

You can also follow her Twitter: @ElizabethMaddre

Crafting Calm By Maggie Oman Shannnon Review

Cover of Crafting Calm by Maggie  Oman Shannon.Crafting Calm :Projects and Practices for Creativity and Contemplation by Maggie Oman Shannon is all about ways to relax and be calm by crafting things.

I’m not a really crafty person myself and most of the crafts didn’t really appeal to me but I do like to crochet and making something can be incredibly relaxing. Especially if it is something for someone else.

Not only do you get the relaxation of concentrating on something but you get the pleasure of giving it to someone who needs it.

In this book you find recipes for crafting items such as anointing oils, blessing baskets (I really liked this one!), prayer mats, tray sand gardens, and many others.

Each one also usually has a story associated with it as well as suggestions on how to make the process more meaningful for you.

About the book (from the back cover) :

Craft Your Way To Inner Peace

In this wild and wired world, it is increasingly difficult to truly relax and find the stillness within. Maggie Oman Shannon’s Crafting Callm is a DIY guide to peace of mind, offering an abundance of ways you can achieve serenity and satisfaction by living the handmade life. Author Oman Shannon, the spiritual director of a Unity Church, explores crafts and creativity as a lifelong practice with enormous physical, emotional and spiritual benefits. And by knitting love and hope into every stitch, handicrafts help form new friendships and community. From making a desktop shrine or mini-Zen garden, to stringing intention beads and painting personal prayer flags, Crafting Calm is an essential tool for making mindfulness.

About the Author :

Rev. Maggie Oman Shannon, M.A., is an interfaith minister, spiritual director, workshop and retreat facilitator, and author of five books, including Prayers for Healing and A String and a Prayer: How to Make and Use Prayer Beads. In 2000, Maggie Oman Shannon founded The New Story, a coaching and consulting business focused on helping people create deeper meaning in their lives. Shannon currently has the honor of serving as Spiritual Director of Unity Spiritual Center of San Francisco.

Rev. Shannon can be found on Facebook.

This book is published by Viva Editions as are several other great books I have reviewed including Word Catcher Girlfriends Forever, The Frugal Foodie Cookbook, Use Your Words, The Gratitude Power Workbook, The Lazy Gourmet, and Lemons And Lavender.


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Who Do You Want To Be? By Dr. Nicola Bunting Review

Who Do You Want To Be? How To Embrace Change And Live Your Dream by Dr. Nicola Bunting was interesting and not too difficult to read.

The book aims to help people who are going though changes in their lives figure out where they really want to go…and how to get there.

And it doesn’t matter if they changes are something you choose or something that just happens…like getting fired or losing your home in a tornado. Or if you just wake up one morning and decide you don’t want to keep on living the way you have been.

Whatever the changes may be Dr. Bunting wants to help you use the changes to actually find and live your dreams.

I really like that she uses the Enneagram which is a really neat personality profiling framework. I did the questionnaire for this a long time ago (you can do one online) and it was really helpful. It can tell you things you didn’t realize about yourself and what you really like.

I didn’t actually sit down and do all the things she recommends in the book(yet). I expect that if you actually did do the work it would be extremely helpful…and a lot cheaper than actually hiring a coach. Of course you might just find out you really need to hire a coach…

About the Book :

Change is inevitable – the plans we’ve made for our lives, our careers, our relationships, our family, and our finances can suddenly need dramatic adjustment, and that is when we anxiously realize, often too late, that we need a Plan B. Whether it’s the immediate shock of suddenly being made redundant and asked to clear your desk, or the more fundamental challenge of changing your career or ending your marriage, how you handle change may determine how happy you are in life. Who Do You Want To Be? intends to be an eminently practical book, a vital resource to turn to when faced with any kind of major change in your life – how to identify the nature of the change you are confronting, how to prepare yourself for it, how and when and in what spirit to take advantage of the concurrent opportunities that present themselves. . .

About The Author :

Picture of Dr. Nicola Bunting.Nicola Bunting is a personal and professional coach and founder of the international bespoke coaching company La Vita Nuova. She is one of only 1% of coaches to have attained the master certified coach credential and her clients include executives and other business leaders across several industries.

Dr. Bunting can be found on Twitter and her company website La Vita Nuova.


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