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Journeys Of A Lifetime

Who doesn’t love to travel and to dream of where you want to go? Journeys Of A Lifetime is one giant coffee table book. The cover of this hefty tome is Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany. Inside are 500 of the world’s greatest trips sectioned by water, rail, road, foot, by food, etc. Each section has the stunning photography that National Geographic is known for. Included also, are different trip routes you can take.

Getting to review this lovely book it reminded me of different places and experiences I’d like to have some day. One thing I’ve wanted to do since childhood is cage dive to see Great Whites. In fourth grade I wrote a short story about a Great White. A place I’ve wanted to go visit since grade school is Poland. I’m not Polish, but after reading a children’s book based on World War II I’ve wanted to go visit it. I find their language sounds like music.

I received a complimentary copy of National Geographic’s Second Edition Journeys Of A Lifetime from TLC Book Tours. The views expressed in this review are my own. To go grab a copy for your home help support National Geographic. This book would make a great gift, conversation piece, inspiration and beautiful coffee table book.

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In Focus Meditation

This short book was outside my personal comfort zone. I haven’t read up on New Age Spirituality till this book. The main focus of this book is the different types of meditation. Other topics covered: chakras, spirit animals, Mediums, Tarot, Angels, spirit guides, etc. I almost wanted to DNF for spiritual reasons, but I pressed on and finished this book.

Honestly, after reading more in depth on this popular subject some of it I found superstitious, cheesy, but some parts I did find meaningful and helpful. I do want to start meditating. I do currently practice deep breathing to aid with calming and lowering my anxiety.

I received a digital ARC copy of In Focus Meditation by Jacqueline Towers From NetGalley. This review contains only my opinion. If you are looking for a book that gives you a basics 101 overview of this subject, then this would be a good book to choose.

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Marilla Of GreenGables

If you love Anne Of Green Gables, then you will love this new fictional novel by Sarah McCoy about Marilla before Anne arrives on her doorstep. This sweet novel imagine’s what Marilla’s life was like before Anne Shirley came into her life. Since I’m a huge fan of the 1980’s mini series I always imagined what happened between John Blythe and Marilla. Having become a fan of the new Netflix show “Anne With An E,” I wondered if Marilla’s mother really did pass after childbirth. This novel stirs the imagination as to why Marilla turned out so strict and reserved.

Marilla was never my favorite character in Anne Of Green Gables. I always found her reserved, strict, emotionless and boring. This book peels back her stone exterior to the true heartfelt woman beneath her protective layers. A lot of stories within this novel remind me a lot of Anne’s adventures. This book brings Marilla to life.

I received my complimentary ARC copy of Marilla Of Green Gables by Sarah McCoy from William Morrow care of TLC Book Tours. The opinions I express in this review are my own. To find out more about the author check out her website. To purchase a gorgeous copy via Amazon.

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The Magic Of Inner Silence

The cover of The Magic Of Inner Silence is gorgeous. I love trees and forest, so the beautiful green on the cover matched with the pretty title font caught my attention. This short little book is about Brigitte’s discovery of what it means to be still and observe nature, to enjoy nature.

In today’s society we are always on the go and rarely stop to truly take in nature, animals, weather, plants, etc. Not only does the author learn to be silent and truly hear nature, but Brigitte learns that when she talks to animals that may be viewed as threatening these animals listened to her. For instance there were a lot of bees near her garden and she kindly explained what she was doing in her garden and that she meant them no harm. She didn’t get stung, but her neighbors did. Another the author found is that our pets do communicate with us in their own ways.

This book at times was written like poetry and at times it was a little instruction manual of sorts. Brigitte writes simply, poetically and she truly wants you to experience the joy she’s discovered through being silent. Some things she mentions in her book I don’t agree with communicating with guides, though I do believe angels are there to help us at times of need. There are important things I did learn through reading her book.

I received my complimentary digital ARC copy of The Magic Of Inner Silence by Brigitte Novalis from NetGalley. The opinions in this review are strictly my own.

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Create Your Dream Life Now

When I saw the artwork on the cover of this book I just had to request to review it, not to mention the title, Create Your Dream Life Now, is enticing. This short book is filled with inspiration and helpful tips on how to focus on what you want to achieve through practicing yoga, meditation, prayer, implementing morning and nightly rituals and more.

I have in the past read books on different types of meditation. This book provided a very small sample. I discovered some I’m not too, keen on implementing, but might be open to others. I like the idea of having morning and nightly rituals. I do have a small morning one of sitting and having some coffee before work, but to add more to it, so there is more balance would be good. I have once gone to a yoga class which was outside my comfort zone. The stretching was very challenging and I couldn’t spiritually stomach the chanting, so I didn’t. As for prayer I don’t pray as much as I used to, or could/should. I do believe in God and I know this book’s stance is from a different belief system.

I think even if you don’t agree with everything in this little book you can still come away with helpful suggestions in how to focus your life goals and create balance in your life. Due to recent health ups and downs I’ve gotten into more deep breathing to help my anxiety go down so I can relax more to fall asleep at night. It truly works. I think having a tube down my throat as an infant in the hospital didn’t help in me knowing how to breathe comfortably through my nose, or to know to take good hearty, deep breaths.

I received a complimentary digital ARC copy of Create Your Dream Life Now by Darren Marc from HCI, care of NetGalley. All the opinions expressed in this review are strictly mine.

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This Season Of Angels

I haven’t read many, if any books on the topic of angels. When I got asked if I’d be interested in reviewing a book about angels by Perry Stone I took the opportunity. I have heard about Perry Stone and know he’s a very popular Christian author and preacher. This is my first book of his that I’ve read.

This Season Of Angels chronicles the different times in the Bible when angels have assisted believers whether protecting them from harm, telling them an important message, or providing them nourishment when needed. Pastor Stone also, sprinkles in a few person stories of experiences with angels and a few experiences by friends/family members.

I received a complimentary copy of This Season Of Angels by Perry Stone from Faith Words. The views expressed in this review are strictly my own. If you have an interest in angels and the role they play you may enjoy this book. I find them interesting to a degree, but I found this book wasn’t for me. The Bible stories shared throughout seemed to be recycled over and over again. Also, there weren’t as many personal experiences as I was expecting. I might give Pastor Stone’s another go down the road.

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Cockloft

The cover to Cockloft endeared me right away as it reminded me of the cover of Jenny Lawson’s memoir, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened. Jenny’s cover has a mouse and Kyle’s has a squirrel, but both their poses are the same. Dramatic and hilarious.

If you love short chapters, have a healthy dose of snarky humor then you will enjoy this memoir of sorts. Kyle takes you behind the scenes of what gay married life is like in NY before Trump and during Trump. He also, takes you along on a few of his and Julius’ vacations. Some of my fave chapters include: Amsterdam, France, the squirrel chapters, and many others.

I received a complimentary ARC of Cockloft by Kyle Thomas Smith from Gatekeeper Press through Smith Publicity. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.