Saturday, June 16, 2012

This Book Room

In his first bestseller, Financial Peace, Dave Ramsey taught us how to eliminate debt from our lives. Now in More Than Enough, he gives us the keys to building wealth while also creating a successful, united family. Drawing from his years of work with thousands of families and corporate employees, Ramsey presents the ten keys that guarantee family and financial peace, including: values, goals, patience, discipline, and giving back to one's community. Using these essential steps anyone can create prosperity, live debt-free, and achieve marital bliss around the issue of finances. Filled with stories of couples, single men and women, children, and single parents, More Than Enough will show you:

How to create a budget that fits your income and creates wealth
What finances and romance have to do with one another
What role values play in your financial life
How to retire wealthy in every way
And much, much more

Resonating with Ramsey's down-home, folksy voice, heartwarming case histories, inspiring insights, quotations from the Bible, and exercises, quizzes, and worksheets, More Than Enough provides an inspiring wealth-building guide and a life-changing blueprint for a vital family dynamic.

My thoughts: This book is classic Dave and just really motivating for anyone who's seeking more than enough and doesn't know how to get there. I am so grateful that my husband and I are both on the same terms of what "enough" looks like {this is pretty minimal, and believe me, we have more than enough}. Kudos to Dave for delivering this great book!

A massive head injury, as the result of a tragic car accident, left Krickitt Carpenter in a coma just two months after her marriage to Kim. When she finally emerged from the coma, she recognized everyone in her life except her husband, Kim. Starting all over, they built a new love and dedicated their lives to each other all over again.

My thoughts: I watched the movie, and I have to say, I wasn't a huge fan. I thought it was stupid the couple got divorced... in the movie. This book was refreshing and a true testament to God's grace for us all. The couple never gets divorced in real life, thank God! This story was fascinating and inspiring. A perfect read any time of the year for anyone!

Lydia Hoffman owns a shop on Blossom Street called A Good Yarn--a shop that represents her dream of a new beginning, a life free from the cancer that has ravaged her twice. But the shop also means something to the women who come to take knitting classes and who learn from Lydia's first lesson--how to knit a baby blanket. In her signature warm and compelling style, Debbie Macomber once again tells the story behind the significant lives of women searching for meaning in a small town.

Additional notes: This is the first book in the Blossom Street series. There are currently eight books in this series with one accompanying Christmas book. I would imagine this series is ongoing.

My thoughts: I gobbled up this book like it was Thanksgiving and it was a turkey! I can't wait to read the rest of this series. I had picked up Debbie's books before and never got into them, particularly the Cedar Cove series. I am really glad I gave this series another shot!

Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is still learning the ropes at her cousin Vinnie's bail bond office, so when she sets out on the trail of Kenny Mancuso--a suspiciously wealthy, working class Trenton boy who has just shot his best friend--the stakes are higher than ever. That Mancuso is distantly related to vice cop Joe Morelli--who is trying to beat Stephanie to the punch--only makes the hunt more thrilling….

Taking pointers from her bounty hunter pal, Ranger, and using her pistol-packing Grandma Mazur as a decoy, Stephanie is soon closing in on her mark. But Morelli and his libido are worthy foes. And a more sinister kind of enemy has made his first move…and his next move might be Stephanie's last.

Additional notes: This is the second book in the Stephanie Plum series, and there are currently 18 {!} books in this series with a few accompanying novels. You can read my review of the first book here. So far as I know, this series is ongoing.

My thoughts: I loved, loved, loved Stephanie's grandma's role in this book. She is such a little firecracker! Janet is great for giving her characters humor - this series is so enjoyable. I literally laugh out loud while reading this series, and I do not laugh out loud from a book or movie often.

Secrets have a way of getting out, especially when a diary is involved. Whatever you do, don’t ask Greg Heffley how he spent his summer vacation, because he definitely doesn’t want to talk about it. As Greg enters the new school year, he’s eager to put the past three months behind him . . . and one event in particular. Unfortunately for Greg, his older brother, Rodrick, knows all about the incident Greg wants to keep under wraps. But secrets have a way of getting out . . . especially when a diary is involved. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules chronicles Greg’s attempts to navigate the hazards of middle school, impress the girls, steer clear of the school talent show, and most important, keep his secret safe.

Additional notes: This is the second book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. There are currently six books in this series with the seventh book due out later this year. You can read my review of the first book here.

My thoughts: I have to admit - I saw more in this book how some people aren't a fan of this series since Greg somewhat bullies others around him. That is definitely true. I would not necessarily recommend this book for younger readers - and yes, I know I'm modest and conservative, and no, I don't care. If your kids are reading this, please read the books before they do to ensure they aren't reading anything you don't want them to. This book is, at times, violent and promotes zero morals. I think adults would be okay reading this book, particularly if you have morals and can read a book for just pure entertainment and leave it at that.

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