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How to Listen so People will Talk

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One of the first things that caught my attention while reading How to Listen so People will Talk is the friendly, non-judgmental, conversational tone. It is as if a friend is sitting across the table and talking to you about issues they’re facing. Although I’m an introvert, I’m also a talker. Talkers often have so many things rolling around in their heads that they tend to interrupt or not offer their undivided attention while others are speaking to them. I, for one, could be a better listener, and could abstain from interjecting my opinions, experiences, or advice unless they’re warranted. I love how this book gives advice with information in the Bible as a foundation. Specifically the book of Proverbs. Listening is an important gift—for the one talking to you, as well as yourself. You can’t learn and grow if you don’t listen to what God, or others, are telling you. I also love how this book is organized. Each chapter is titled, has a related quote, and ends with an

Do One Thing Every Day That Makes You Happy

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I love devotionals and journals. Keeping your mind positive and writing thoughts, goals, etc. is a creative way to appreciate your life and indirectly influence others to be happy too. This little book of positivity is a treasure trove of prompts, quotes and practices that guide and inspire you to do, think, say, and create what makes you—as an individual—happy. I like that each entry allows you to fill in the date, so you can start it whenever you want, and you don’t have to leave blank pages if you skip days. This makes a great gift for someone you want to encourage. 5 Stars! Cover : Love Title : Love Pages : 368 Publisher: Clarkson Potter I received a complimentary copy of Do One Thing Every Day That Makes You Happy: A Journal from BloggingForBooks.

Rewordable (word game)

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A little change of pace from my book reviews – here’s a fun word game. If you like brain games like I do, I think you’ll enjoy this one. I love games that make me think, such as scrabble, trivia, etc. and this one certainly does. The entire game comes in a small box that makes it easy to take while traveling, the cards and discs are colorful, and the directions are easy to understand. If you can read, you can play this game, and the more players the more fun. A fun gift, or a keeper, Rewordable is unique and fun. 4 Stars I received a complimentary game from BloggingForBooks.

Egypt's Sister

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I’m a big fan of Angela Hunt. She is a gifted storyteller and creates beautiful Biblical Fiction. She puts a lot of research and dedication into her writing, and many of her characters are based on real people in history. With that said, this isn’t one of my favorites that she’s written. It is a good story, but it didn’t fully captivate me. I found myself putting the book down and not being in a hurry to pick it back up. Although I wasn’t fully invested in Cleopatra, Chava gave me reason I continued on. The aspect I loved about this book was Chava’s unique and intriguing relationship with God. Her faith is touching and carried the story, but I wish the pacing was a bit more steady. Overall, this is a good story (but not great like the other books I’ve read by this author!) 3 Stars Cover: Love Title: Love Publisher: Bethany House Publishers Pages: 384 I received a complimentary copy from Bethany House and NetGalley.