Book Review: Inspire Your Marriage

Inspire Your Marriage by John Thomas is an interesting book that helps you understand individual and team qualities to which you and your spouse are attracted. Chapter One contains a quiz which determines which qualities attract each of you. Chapter Two begins to explore independent qualities, such as “Be Confident” and “Be Self-Reliant.” Chapter Three examines team qualities such as “Be Supportive” and “Be Enticing.” Each quality is examined with a case study of someone who might have problems in that area, and then an action plan for improving in each quality is provided.

Taking the quiz with your spouse can help you both see which qualities are important to each of you, and how you can improve in qualities in which you might be lacking. Even just taking the quiz yourself can help you improve in certain areas.

I found this to be interesting and helpful and would recommend it to all married couples who want to better connect with their spouse.

I downloaded a copy of this book on Kindle Unlimited, where subscribers can borrow books for free.




Plant Based Cookbook

Plant-Based Cookbook: 100 Delicious Recipes for a Healthy Life by Melissa Petitto is a gorgeous book filled with tempting plant-based recipes. It is divided into seasons, which I think is so important because it gives you a chance to use vegetables and fruits that are available and fresh in the current season.

The recipes I will be trying soon, as we are in between the Fall and Winter seasons, are the Fall Bean and Butternut Squash Minestrone, the Baked Apple Cider Donuts, and the Brussels Sprout, Apple, Turnip and Mandarin Slaw. There are many other tempting recipes for every season.

Each section includes a list of in-season vegetables and fruits. This book is all about using fresh, available, in-season fruits and vegetables to create delicious, plant-based meals. The photos are gorgeous and plentiful. The recipes are detailed and helpful. I recommend this book to anyone who follows a plant-based way of eating, plus anyone who wants to add more fruits and vegetables to their diet.

I received a free copy of this book from the publishers via Netgalley. My review is voluntary.

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Crow’s Feet: Life As We Age

Crow’s Feet: Life As We Age is a collection of essays and poems by and for those of us over 50. There are 36 works by various authors who explore different aspects of aging. The overall theme I found is that our age does not define us and does not limit us.

At the age of 56, I understand these essays in ways I would have not have when I was younger. Not every story spoke to me, but the ones that didn’t necessarily speak to me will speak to others.

Even if I didn’t always identify with the message of a particular author, they are all well written and the collection is well edited by Nancy Peckenham.

The following five works were my favorites:

When I Go Down, It Will Be With a Smile on my Face by Shea McNaughton, which is about finding joy and adventure on the back of a Harley at the age of 60.

And the Years Have Flown Away like the Leaves on a Mid-October Day by Julia E. Hubbel who talks about the changing seasons of life.

Like a Fine Wine We Get Better With Age by Michelle Monet explains how we get better and better every day, even if we might move a little slower.

Life at 102 by Nancy Peckenham introduces us to the author’s amazing 102 year old mother and how she has always embraced the challenges of growing older with energy and physical activity.

Looking at Old in a New Way by Maggie Frye explains that we can grow older and not feel old.

Although the five works above were my personal favorites, people over 50 will find others they personally enjoy and identify with in this collection. I had a smile on my face many times as I read about women my age or older than me having grand adventures, including posing nude, traveling on motorcycles, and sporting purple hair! This book is a testament to the fact that life gets even richer and more rewarding as you grow older.

I received a free copy of this collection from the editor. My opinions are my own and my review is voluntary.

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Harness the Power of the Invincible Mind

(Spatial Strategy to Success and Happiness)

Harness the Power of the Invincible Mind: Spatial Strategy to Success and Happiness by Alex Neumann is a motivational book about throwing away old misconceptions and using a new strategy in order to move forward. This book successfully uses many examples and interesting anecdotal stories to make its point.

There are ten chapters in this book. I identified more with some of them than others. One of the main lessons that impacted me in this book is Ride Your Adversity. I would interpret it as Do Not Fear or Wallow in Adversity. Extreme fear of failure can result in stagnation, cowering in fear, or refusing to move forward. Basically, fear of failure can lead to failure. Wallowing in adversity can lead to an unhappy, stagnant life. Learning from your adversity can give you success in the future.

Another strong message I got from this book is, basically, Don’t Be Afraid To Try. Among the anecdotal examples are the following: Michael Jordan missed 9000 shots while having one of the most, if not the most, successful basketball careers in history. Einstein and Beethoven were deemed failures before they achieved greatness. JK Rowling came from poverty and was living on public assistance.

This book gives many other interesting and compelling anecdotes to make its points in a very successful way.

There are also lessons that I enjoyed on learning to say no and what happens when you try to control everything.

Harness the Power of the Invincible Mind contains some Buddhist principles, and I am a Christian, but there are still some helpful strategies that anyone of any faith can use to overcome setbacks and move on to a happy and successful life right now.

I found this book, and its anecdotal stories, to be interesting and helpful. I would recommend it to everyone, but especially those who are feeling hurt and discouraged.

Bottom Line: If you are discouraged, read this book!

If you are feeling discouraged, wishing you love and happiness!

I received a free copy of this book from Alex Neumann via Netgalley. My review is voluntary.

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Chasing Flavor

Chasing Flavor is an amazing cookbook by Dan Kluger that is true to its name and helps you get the absolute best flavor into your food. He starts with suggestions for pantry and kitchen equipment to help you make his recipes. He shows different techniques, such as how to cut and blanch vegetables, make pasta, and slice brisket. The cookbook is full of great ideas, such as adding pureed cauliflower to tomato soup so you get creaminess without dairy, or turning chicken nuggets into something insanely special by adding a maple chile glaze. 

Among the recipes I plan to try are Cashew Vinaigrette, Crushed Cucumbers with Yogurt and Chiles, Heirloom Tomato Panzanella with Parmesan Croutons, Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Fermented Chile Sauce, Grandma Pie, Raisin Stuffed Pork Loin, and Pan Roasted Chicken Breasts with Warm Potato Salad.

I received a free, temporary digital copy of this book from the publishers via Netgalley. My review is voluntary.

Clean Treats for Everyone

Today we have the first cookbook I’ve reviewed on this blog. Although I review a lot of fiction, I love to cook and I often review cookbooks, so you will see more of those occasionally, especially since the holidays are coming up. Below is my review of Clean Treats for Everyone. It uses natural ingredients to make delicious desserts. Release Date: October 6, 2020.


I am really enjoying this dessert cookbook. I wouldn’t classify my diet in any particular group. I’m not totally vegan or vegetarian, although I eat many of those types of foods. I don’t really follow any named diet. I’m just someone who wants to try and eat a little better. This cookbook gives me treats that use natural ingredients so that when I do snack, it is in a healthier way.

I have just made the almond cranberry granola bars, which were delicious. The chocolate mug cake is next on my list, and then the lemon bars. However, I will be trying lots of recipes in this book. 

If you want some recipes for some sweet treats made in a healthier way, you will love this cookbook.

I received a free, temporary digital copy of this cookbook from the publishers via Netgalley. My review is voluntary.

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Coming of Age in the American Century (1917 to 1956) by Frederik Logevall

This is the first book of a two book biography of John Fitzgerald Kennedy. 

The first book covers the background of his parents, especially the controlling Joe Kennedy. and shows how “Jack” alongside his brother Joe Jr., was groomed for politics from the time he was a child., 

Kennedy’s childhood, education, and romance with Jackie, as well as his military service and the death of his older brother, are covered in-depth. The book ends just as he is deciding whether to run for President. 

This excellent work really sheds light on the whole man by looking at his early life and not just his presidency. It looks at the stressors in his life as well as the accomplishments. And it introduces Kennedy in a personal way to those of us who were born after his lifetime. 

Those interested in US history and presidential biographies will enjoy this book. This is a fine biography that rates five stars.

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