What I’m Reading {Fall 2015}

Since I missed my monthly book reviews in October, I have quite the list this month! As always, I’m linking up with Modern Mrs. Darcy! This post contains affiliate links. If you choose to make any purchases I will receive a small commission, at no increased cost to you.

A Good Yarn by Debbie Macomber

When I spotted another Blossom Street Novel in our local Little Free Library, I decided to scoop it up. Just like Starting Now (which I reviewed in August), this was a quick and fun read following the characters who frequent the knitting shop on Blossom Street.

The Namesake
by Jhumpa Lahiri

Sometimes I think I know what a book is about before I read it…and then I end up being completely wrong. I think I saw a preview for the movie adaptation of this book about 8 years ago, and somehow that made me expect the main character to go on a big adventure or personal quest to find himself…when really the book just followed his rather typical life growing up in America. This book had a really slow, uneventful plot, and yet I kept reading…I am still a little confused about the whole thing. It wasn’t bad but it’s not one I would read again.

For the Love
by Jen Hatmaker

I wrote about 10 pages of notes in my journal as I sped through this new release. Classic Jen Hatmaker- laughter, truth, and a lot of “yes!” as I read through. I thought hard about why I didn’t instantly give it a 5 star rating on Goodreads, instead settling into 4 stars. I don’t think there was anything really life changing in the book, which is apparently what I reserve the 5 start rating for. But lots of great reminders of things that I constantly need reminding about, if you know what I mean. Everything from self esteem to fashion choices, to parenting and marriage and community. I did love the Thank You Notes (ala Jimmy Fallon), which left me literally laughing out loud.

The Paleo Approach Cookbook
by Sarah Ballantyne

I was so excited that our library approved my suggestion to order this cookbook. After reading The Paleo Approach (which I reviewed in September), I couldn’t wait to get my hands on some of Sarah’s recipes. So far I have tried the apple plantain fritters, stuffed beef heart, and clam chowder and they were all delicious! I was sad that I had to return it before I was able to try more of the recipes. I would recommend this book for those who are interested in starting the Auto Immune Protocol but don’t necessarily want to read all the science behind the diet.

Back to Health: A Comprehensive Medical and Nutritional Yeast Control Program
by Dennis Remington

This was a re-read of a book given to me by a former doctor who treated me for candida. Re-reading the book was really quite disappointing as my newfound knowledge of real food has quickly outpaced what they share about in their book. Also, nearly every one of the recipes had ingredients that I’ve eliminated on my current diet, so this one quickly got tossed into the “giveaway” pile.

Surprised by Suffering: The Role of Pain and Death in The Christian Life
by R C Sproul

I ditched this book halfway. I never do that, but somehow since this was a Kindle version it made it easier. The first half was really good and helped me to adjust my attitude during a time of hardship, but then it switched to talking about death and that just really wasn’t getting me jazzed up to finish it. Maybe someday, but I’m not going to worry about it for now.

Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church
by Rachel Held Evans

This book was good, but I think because I read so many AMAZING reviews ahead of time it made it really hard for it to live up to the hype. There were definitely times where I could relate to Rachel’s adolescence, growing up in the evangelical church. But there were also things that I couldn’t relate to, and it was just hard for me to love it as much as I expected to. But I would still recommend it, especially since everyone’s journeys are so different.

The Elimination Diet: Discover the Foods That Are Making You Sick and Tired–and Feel Better Fast

by Alissa Segersten and tom Malterre

I wrote a bit about this book and diet during my post on Healing Diets in October. This book would be a great resource for someone who is just staring out and wanting to try an Elimination Diet. It includes the reasoning behind the diet, the actual protocol of the diet, and recipes to help you be successful.

Turning Off Breast Cancer: A Personalized Approach to Nutrition and Detoxification in Prevention and Healing
by Daniella Chace

I went into this book thinking that genetic testing was silly, but now I realize the importance of tailoring diet and detox plans to genetics and types of cancer. But I didn’t agree with all of the author’s nutritional recommendations especially since most of them were very generalized, which is the exact opposite of what she emphasized in the beginning (individualized, personally tailored plans). I recognize that’s hard to do when you’re writing a book, though. Overall, I think this was a great book to get people thinking about the importance of lifestyle and diet on breast cancer, and the whole field of epigenetics in general.

The Dirty Life: A Memoir of Farming, Food, and Love
by Kristin Kimball

Oh my. This book made me want to sell everything and move to a farm. That’s exactly what the author did after she met a farmer while writing a piece for a paper she worked for in New York City. It is the tale of their love, their hardships, and their bounty as they set out to work the land.

Eat the Yolks
by Liz Wolfe

I fully support this book’s mission to debunk the common health myths that most people believe (i.e. butter and eggs are bad for you; we need to eat lots of whole grains, etc.). I appreciate that Liz wrote the book for the common folk as it’s very easy to understand, and I would definitely recommend it as a great introduction to people who are interested in nutrition or figuring out what they should actually be eating.

The Little Free Library Book

As much as The Dirty Life made me want to sell everything and move to a farm, The Little Free Library Book made me want to install a small house at the end of our driveway and fill it with books and treasures for our neighborhood. This is a great book that shares stories from the thousands of Little Free Libraries that have been set up around the world. It also provides tips for how to go about starting your own LFL and suggestions for using it to build community.

TOX-SICK: From Toxic to Not Sick
by Suzanne Somers

I never thought I would read a book written by Suzanne Somers. But I heard her speak at the Evolution of Healthcare Summit and she actually had some really good things to say. I liked the way that she presented the majority of information in this book- she made some really good points about the increase in toxins flooding our bodies and the need to detox. But I also feel like the average person to pick up the book would be scared off by some of the detox procedures she suggests (not to mention the expense of some of the procedures). I guess that’s the difference between a celebrity who can afford to take tons of supplemnets a day and the rest of us who are trying to get by with what we can. Half of the book is a transcription of her interviews with various doctors, and while it was nice to hear from so many experts, it was a little disjointed and I feel like some simple formatting changes could have helped it to flow better.

Say Goodbye to Survival Mode
by Crystal Paine

Even though I’m not a mom, the MoneySavingMom’s book provided lots of great tips to help me ensure I am using my time most effectively. She had lots of great action steps that she suggested and through them I have been able to determine what my priorities are, how I’m spending (and wasting) my time currently, and how to make sure I’m not stretching myself too thin. She also covered budgets and things like that, but I found the time management sections to be the most helpful. I would definitely recommend this book-especially to (many of) my friends who are feeling overwhelmed as they try to live day by day in survival mode.

Rhinestone Jesus: Saying Yes to God When Sparkly, Safe Faith Is No Longer Enough
by Kristen Welch

This is a memoir written by a mom who steps out from her typical American lifestyle and says “yes” to wherever God may lead her…and ends up opening a maternity care home in Africa. When I was in South Africa I visited a crisis pregnancy center and had the same sort of “I can help to make a difference” experience that Kristen talks about in her book. But for some reason I had a hard time relating with her story—it could be because it was a little disjointed and the timeline hopped around; it could be because I’m not a mom so her frequent references to being “Just another mom” were lost on me.

The Cure for All Diseases
by Hulda Regehr Clark

The fact that I read this nearly 600 page book in a period of 24 hours shows how interesting it was (although I will admit there were some parts that I merely scanned). The author’s premise is that all diseases are caused by two things: parasites and toxins. I have a hard time believing that her electronic machine and detoxes can cure every single person’s health issues…but I also recognize that the book was written in 1995 and a lot has changed since then (illnesses, toxins, medical advances and scientific research, etc.). It was still very interesting as the author went through every single ailment from head to toe. I am excited to try some of her “clean up routines” nonetheless!

I love the fall and winter because there’s nothing cozier than curling up with a good book! Do you have any good book recommendations for over the holidays?



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