book review · Five Star Review

The 8-Hour Sleep Paradox, Surprising Facts About Your Sleep

the eight hour sleep paradox
The 8 Hour Sleep Paradox by Mark Burhenne, DDS

Are you having a brain fog?

Can’t concentrate at work, feeling dizzy?

Gaining weight?

The cause of your afflictions may be as minor as you think but still so critical.

It is sleep.

The very first chapter of Mark Burhenne’s book The Eight Hour Sleep Paradox begins with the question:

Why is a dentist writing about sleep issues?

It begins when his daughters complain about his snoring one day, but come to learn it was his uber health conscious wife who had the sleeping problems. More specifically, interrupted sleep breathing.

“The people who suffer the most are perhaps the people who seem the healthiest.”(pg. 17)

Mark warns us that it is our teeth and their placement that literally affects how we breathe at night. For example, “the placement of your teeth in your mouth affects the placement of everything else including your jaw, tongue and facial muscles…among other things crowded teeth reduce the amount of space you can use to breathe.”(pg. 5)

Now we understand in part, how teeth affect our sleep.

The power of this book rests in the caring tone Mark Burhenne have for readers; born from care for his own family. He was saddened by the loss of his father in 1996 who suffered dementia, and Mark wondered if sleep could have changed his dad’s fate. Now that there is more research conducted on the topic, is there more we can learn from sleep? Can it save us?

What you should know about the sleep paradox now

  • Common types of people with undiagnosed sleep disorders are: athletes, allergy sufferers, children with ADD/ADHD, petite women(?) and those who grind their teeth.
  • Monitor your sleep(there are apps for that, by the way).

One key takeaway I got from the book is that it is not about getting 8 hours of sleep, it is the quality of how you are sleeping. If you are getting up in the middle of the night or after hearing your own interrupted breathing via a monitor, chances are you will not be at your optimal self the next morning.

Word of advice? Don’t end up like The Sleepless!

I highly recommend this book!

Thank you again, to Mr. Mark Burhenne for gifting me this book!

~The Write Web

 

 

book review · Five Star Review · Online Learning

Learn Chemistry Concepts in Under a Minute With This Book

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Image courtesy of WellFleet Press

Know-it-All Chemistry by Nivaldo Tro

Wellfleet Press(2017)

ISBN: 978-1-57715-151-7

Grab Know it All Chemistry on Amazon today!

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As I always say, any book on science and math that uses colorful images, charts and illustrations, automatically gets an A+.

Know it All Chemistry has this and more going for it; I highly recommend it- but only as a companion to studying chemistry on a deeper level.

If you are looking for a simple, easy to understand book for help on areas dealing with tough topics like ionic bonding and chemical equations, this book is for you.

I wish this book was available when I was taking honors chemistry in the tenth grade years ago. The class was tough. Thank goodness for sites like Khan Academy  and  Thought Co.  where you can learn this subject and more for free. There are also several books you can buy to help you with chemistry.

Earlier, I mentioned that this book is better paired with a deeper study of chemistry.

I say this because the book is broken into one minute bites- chapters that give you the bare bones about specific topics and even runs down the timelines of famous chemists and theorists.

A fascinating fact I learned from reading the book was about the Yew Tree. This tree is very special even though on the surface it seems it may not be. Chemists have found out that its bark actually has cancer fighting agents in it.

In summation, I find this book to be very much needed as a companion to whatever you are using to study chemistry now. Highly recommended!

*Book received for free from Netgalley.

afterlife · Apologetics · book review · Five Star Review

Answering the Toughest Questions About Heaven and Hell

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Image courtesy of Bethany House

Answering the Toughest Questions About Heaven and Hell by Bruce Bickel and Stan Jantz

Published by Bethany House(2017)

ISBN:978-0-7-7642-1871-2(Print)

Grab your copy on Amazon!

*Book received for free from Bethany House Publishers*

Here’s a sobering fact: “More than 7,000 people die each day in the U.S. Nearly 11,000 are born each day.”(Answering the Toughest Questions, pg.28, 2017).

Bickel and Jantz began this book in the most logical way by asking: Is there an afterlife in general? The tone of the book is conversational, intellectual and made for very easy reading.

However, where the book excels in being  highly organized, the answers given may satisfy those who are deep in the religion and who never waver from the Word of God whilst “new school” believers like myself, believe in Christ but are not quite sure if everything the bible paints is 100% accurate or made clear.

The good part is that the authors actually save the biblical teachings for later. They offer information on the afterlife based off of sound research and used ingenious quotes from Peter Kreeft, Freeman Dyson, Alan Segal, and more.

The real question remains though: Were they able to give us what we want?

Well, the authors were humble enough throughout the book to mention that they do not have clear answers on everything. In fact, going with God, reading the bible and combing through research dealing with the afterlife is anyone’s best bet.

Another cool feature of this book are the reflection questions at the end of each chapter. The questions are tough too! Not something to take lightly. This is your afterlife we’re talking about here.

Below are a few teaser bits of what I learned from this book:

  • Before followers of Jesus were called Christians, they were called people of the way because Jesus said it first that he was/is the way to heaven.
  • C.S. Lewis said “we have an innate desire for immortality so immortality(in some form) must exist.
  • Death may not sting, but it still hurts(I love how they put that!)
  • Life after death can be explained through biology, consciousness, teleology, and physics- to some degree.
  • Our brains and minds are separate. Therefore, when the body dies our minds or spirits will live on.

I enjoyed this book completely. It sort of rekindled my faith. I love reading theology and Christian living books for this reason.

Do you have any thoughts or experiences you’d like to share here? If you have reviewed the book also, let me know!

-The Write Web 🙂

book review · Communicating with God · Five Star Review · heaven · Holy

Prayers for an Anxious Heart( a review)

Prayers for An Anxious Heart

Compiled by Barbour Publishing Staff(July 1, 2017)

ISBN: 978-1-68322-171-5

*Book received for free from Netgalley

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These prayer collections(there’s many of them!)published by Barbour, are really hard not to love.

If you are a Christian Woman then this neat little devotional is definitely for you.

Now, if you are not Christian or just need a pick me up to remind you of what’s really important- then the soothing words of this book is for you too.

“Just when I think I might have it all together, something happens to remind me that I am not in control.”(Prayers for an Anxious Heart, 2015)

The everyday stressful moments that seem to stunt our spiritual growth is real but having this powerful book with prayers in it is a great way to begin or end your day.

I think the beautiful factor of these books is that it offers biblical guidance without the need to bash you over the head with rules and structures on how to pray.

For instance, many of the “prayers” offered in the book are inspired by life and Scripture. Well, Scripture is life, but you get the drift.

You can take the prayers and tailor it to your life. Not repeat it word for word. But if you must repeat the prayers exactly, that is your choice too. Hey, it could strengthen your prayer life!

In sum, there is nothing bad to say about a neat book for women who face real troubles.

Five purple hearts!

P.S. I will try to post more reviews of the Spiritual/Christian nature on Sundays or once a month! Please subscribe if you’d like more reviews  and writing tips!

book review · Creative Writing · Five Star Review · writing

The Art and Craft of the Short Story( a book review)

art and craft of short stories
Book cover courtesy of Open Road Distribution(October 2016)

The Art and Craft of the Short Story by Rick DeMarinis

Originally published by Story Press(2008)

ISBN: 978-15040-3685-6

If you’ve ever wanted to take that Master’s course in creative short fiction writing, I recommend none higher than DeMarinis’ The Art and Craft of the Short Story. This is no short book with quick, easy clichés to get you writing better. On the contrary, you will learn the anatomy of the short story and how to tell the difference between a good one and bad one.

What makes this book so good?

  • It is straight to the point with explanations of the tools of creative writing.
  • Lots of exercises.
  • Examples of amazing short stories written and published.

As someone who loves reading poetry and short stories, I had to pick this one up. I needed a book from an expert who will not only tell, but show me what good writing looks like.

DeMarinis breaks down beginnings, endings, plots, imagery, theme and more.

You realize he is speaking to you as a gentle instructor, showing you what you already realize as a reader: that a story has to grab your attention from the get go.

Here is just a few of the sage advice you’ll find:

  • “If there is a thematic point in a story to be made, it would have to emerge organically-not forced”(pg.59) meaning as you are writing, you may not want to focus on theme, just tell the story. Readers will have their own thoughts on what the theme truly is.
  • The contemporary short story is mostly character driven.
  • Shifting points of view may bring the story into sharper focus.
  • Closing a short story is similar to closing a poem(really loved this topic!)
  • The weird yet glamorous world of meta-fiction writing.

I think the biggest take away from this book is the breakdown of stories. As DeMarinis puts it:

“In fiction, every sentence is innovation.”(pg. 135) Stories are made up of Narrative(voice that tells the story), narrative summary(moves story forward), and scenes(place characters on stage).

Seeing it condensed like that after reading his book, really nailed it.

So if you are interested in writing short stories and getting them recognized and/or published, you will be doing yourself a favor by picking it up either on loan from Freading.com or clicking its title above to purchase from Amazon.

I wish I could spill all the information from beginning to end on this book, but writing is your journey and yours alone.

Would you pick up this book to improve your own writing or to learn about short fiction?

What are some books you have read on short story writing? Share here!

Sincerely,

-The Write Web

book review · Five Star Review · relationships · Romance

Rock-N-Ink Series Presents, Beautiful Mess(a review)

Beautiful Mess(Rock –N-Ink series, #2) by Kasey Lane

Published: Sourcebook Casablanca 2017

Cover and Internal Design by Sourcebooks, Inc. Cover Art by Craig White

Read this on my LG Tribute, downloaded from Freading.com but you can also grab books 1 and 2 of the Rock-N-Ink series on Amazon/Kindle today!

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It is that feeling you get when the ride is over. You do not want to close the book, but alas, it is over.

I have enjoyed both Beautiful Crazy and Beautiful Mess- a LOT.

In Beautiful Mess, we meet JamiLynn Dillon, Mason Dillon’s little sister and prim and proper attorney at law.

JamiLynn’s heart was broken by the heartthrob drummer, Jackson “Jax Pain” Paige five years ago while she attended college. She did not expect to run into him at his own tattoo parlor, Tatuaggio, and once again old feelings stirred up in her heart for this super gorgeous man who took her heart and body, gave it a ride she has not forgotten, then discarded her by walking out on her years ago.

When Jax sees Miss Prim and Proper Jami, it is as if whatever was missing in his soul, was finally piecing itself back together again. However, there are two problems: she is Mason’s little sister and he walked out on her all those years ago.

With all the heat and old feelings of regret and guilt building up,you begin to wonder if the two will ever make it.

Between Jax’s reason as to why he left, and Jami not being able to let go of the past nor let her hair down and then the fact that her parents have more control of her life then need be, it will take a miracle for these two to rehash the past safely and just get on with it.

This book earns five purple hearts for excellent pacing, memorable characters, and a storyline brimming with sizzling sensuality, camaraderie and lots of rock and roll and ink.

First of all, I loved this series because how can you go wrong with music, tattoos and romance? You just can’t.

Jamilynn may be an attorney but she has her heart trapped in a steel cage and for good reason. A boyfriend in high school hurt her. Badly.

Then in college, she meets Jax who is her artistic, amazing hot tutor and then Jax walks out on her- it is pretty understandable why she does not want to fool around with Jax Pain(or any dude) anymore, but darn it, Jax knows the right words to say and it helps that he is older, wiser and have discovered new ways to bring her to new heights(in bed and in life)

“Because right now, right here, Jax Paige knew only one thing for sure: he wanted JamiLynn Dillon more than he wanted his next drum solo, more than he wanted a multimillion dollar contract.”(Beautiful Mess, pg. 112 , 2017).

I could not get over the feels and chills and outpouring of sexuality and equal amounts of pure adoration and love Jax had for this woman.

JamiLynn may be cute and very smart but she was really damaged by her past, which actually made her equal parts stoic but also a teddy bear underneath. We rejoice when she realizes she is just like everyone else, she is a part of something bigger and the past does not have to keep her.

Did I mention the scorcher bedroom scenes(SWOON!)

Or the way Jax defends her and constantly dotes on her?

My favorite scene of all is when he receives a text message from her that she is tired and wants to go home but he is there. At her place. Waiting for her and fixes her tea, soup and rubs her feet after a hard day.

Can I get an AMEN!

The tone of the book is marshmallow sweet with the savory sauce of romance I was looking for.

If you are into rock n’ roll and tattoos you will love this one.

Be sure to check out Kasey Lane at www.kaseylane.com for more of her books!

Also, if you are into bikers and romance, I reviewed an equally hot novel you may want to check out today too!

book review · Communication · Five Star Review · Marriage · relationships · Romance · Uncategorized

You’ll be Panting and Maybe Crying after Reading Overdose, A British Bad Boy Romance

 

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Overdose by Raven St. Pierre

Overdose: A British Bad Boy Romance by Raven St. Pierre

Published October 2016

I purchased this book from the Kindle Store for $3.99. Get it now. Not kidding!

Warning: This book deals with some SERIOUS issues such as abuse and other forms of violence.

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The author warns us that this hero is flawed and dirty.

However, nothing prepared me for the rollercoaster ride of feels and even threats of tears in my eyes as I read this work. Let me tell you why.

Zander Hale is all kinds of messed up. He is a narcissist. Insomniac and a sex addict. Dr. Vanessa Ferris of Ferris and Ferris has to treat him. But what she did not expect was a primal, sexy beast who is also a mental health doctor himself, to take such an interest in her.

It also didn’t help that her soon to be ex- husband works with her and is always so nosy. They have a son together, but Vanessa is truly done with her cheating husband.,

The first time Vanessa tries counseling Zander, she finds him too prideful and way too cocky, but he is an honest man. He makes it known on first meeting that he wants her. To Zander, Vanessa is becoming his very own brand of addiction and if the tension becomes too much, he’ll have to do something about it.

Now, here is where the book earns a whopping five hearts: This is the first time that there isn’t a “comedy relief” or “sista-friend” in this work of fiction for the protagonist to lean on.

To me, sista friends and comic reliefs for certain books, slows down the pace.

There were times reading this book that I wish I could help her with her situation with such a controlling husband. But it was refreshing to not have that interference, she mostly drew her strength from Zander and so I appreciated the alone time they had with each other.

I also really liked the fact that there really weren’t any heroes in this story. Everyone had flaws. The difference is in how they handled themselves.

Without giving too much away, Vanessa shut her husband from her life as soon as he cheated, but it seems he had something important to tell her that she just would not hear. I paid attention to this in the story, knowing good and well he blew his chances with her, but still…something was off about him.

Zander, to me was the true victim all through life. Again, I will not spill his beans, but his times of being cocky were obviously “bravado masks” for when he was hurt. But I  enjoyed him bantering with Vanessa and the way they steam up the darn eBook was FIRE!

I found it interesting that the main characters: Dr. Simon Ferris, Zander Hale, and Vanessa Ferris are all mental health doctors, but Vanessa gave Zander the time of day to hear why he does what he does, instead of affording her husband the same listening ear.

However, you will quickly figure out the darkness her ex- husband was hiding and will be glad she turns to Zander.

The book goes more into Zander’s background than Vanessa. We get bits and pieces of her past life as far as academics and career is concerned but I do not recall her mentioning her own parents at all.

I highly recommend this book because it is a testament that true love can kick any bad situation’s butt if we hold out hope for one another and the future. The hero in this book not only made me swoon hard, but conveyed that all people deserve a chance at happiness.

Another great page turner from Raven St. Pierre!