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5 Questions You Should Be Asking Yourself When Reading Non-Fiction Books

5 Questions You Should Be Asking Yourself When Reading Non-Fiction Books

  Non-fiction books of any category can be extremely helpful, enlightening and in some cases life-changing. The category of non-fiction books I want to discuss today is mostly self-help, but these questions can be used to get the most out of your reading experience, in […]

Book Review: Crypocurrency by Abraham K. White – An Informative Reference Guide

Book Review: Crypocurrency by Abraham K. White – An Informative Reference Guide

Book Details:  Title: Cryptocurrency Author: Abraham K. White Publisher: Amazon Digital Services Publishing Date: October 16th, 2017 Genre: Business, Finance My Thoughts:  Due to all of the recent talk about Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, I have become to be very interested in the subject matter, […]

5 Questions You Should Ask Yourself When Reading Non-Fiction

5 Questions You Should Ask Yourself When Reading Non-Fiction

5 Questions You Should Ask Yourself When Reading Non-Fiction
Hi, everyone!
As you can tell from this book blog, my taste in reading is rather diverse, with only a very few genres and book types I tend to stay away from, simply because I think most books are cool, and there is something to be said about keeping it interesting by reading a wide variety. I sure as heck, am rarely bored with my reading choices, which is an awesome side effect. What I choose to read at the moment, does have a lot to do with my mood, as well as how much time I have at the moment to invest in a particular subject. And as you surely are aware – some books and topics simply need more attention than others.
For me, reading nonfiction vs fiction is that nonfiction should transform me somehow. Not that fiction can not have transformative qualities, but I absolutely demand that from a non-fiction book, which is also why I am hard on them at times. My reason for reading non-fiction is to learn something that is actionable and concrete, and therefore powerful and extends far beyond the mere time i have spent with the book itself. It is also a spring board toward more, and that is why I take my time to ask myself the following questions when reading a non-fiction book. Feel free to use them as journaling prompts for your reading journal.
  1. How does this content/subject matter apply to my life in a concrete manner? In order to get the most out of the read content, I find it most important to make it relatable to your own life. Even the most obscure nonfiction books have within them lessons, that can be applied in daily life, even if it is a thought of what not to do.
  2. How can I turn what I have learned from this book into actionable steps to further myself on my journey toward my goals? Implying what you have learned is, in my opinion, the most important reason to read non-fiction books in the first place. Without taking action steps, the knowledge is useless. Therefore, if you want to limit yourself to one questions, out of these 5, this would be the most important one.
  3. How does this information translate itself into my career? Even if the subject does not apply in a direct way to your career, it might do so in an indirect way. Try to find a way to discover what you could use this learned knowledge for to further yourself in your career path.
  4. Who can I share this information/book/knowledge/lesson with? Sharing what you learned enforces your own lessons. Keeping this truth in mind, don’t keep what you learned to yourself. Just make sure that the person whom you are trying to teach is a willing student.
  5. What can I read next to build upon that knowledge I learned from this book? If you enjoyed or found value in the lessons within the book you just read, find a way to deepen and expand that knowledge by finding more books on the subject, or utilizing the internet to search for more. One book can become a springboard to deepening your expertise in a subject matter, in a surprising way, if you utilize that option.
Question: Do you read more non-fiction or fiction books as a general rule and why? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.
Here is a list of my current favorite nonfiction books you may want to check out:
Book Review: One Heart, Many Gods – The Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Devotional Polytheism

Book Review: One Heart, Many Gods – The Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Devotional Polytheism

Book Details: Title: One Heart, Many Gods Author: Lucy Valunos Publisher: Amazon Publication Date: August 7th, 2016 Genre: Spirituality, Paganism   My thoughts: I am not new to the subject, but after a few people had recommended this book for new practitioners of polytheism, I […]

Book Review: Discover Your Master Chakra by Stephanie Larson

Book Review: Discover Your Master Chakra by Stephanie Larson

Book Details: Title: Discover Your Master Chakra Author: Stephanie Larson Publisher: Llewellyn Publications Publication Date: February, 8th, 2017 Genre: Health, Mind and Body, Non-Fiction   My Review: I received a free copy of this book in return for an honest review. I am somewhat familiar […]

Book Review: Me, Myself And Lies For Young Women by Jennifer Rothchild

Book Review: Me, Myself And Lies For Young Women by Jennifer Rothchild

Book Details:

Title: Me, Myself, And Lies For Young Women

Author: Jennifer Rothchild

Publisher: Harvest House Publications

Publication Date: May 1st, 2017

Genre: Christian, Teens and Young Adult

I have received a free copy of this book in return for an honest review

My review:

I picked up this Me, Myself, And Lies For Young Women in my attempt to read more diverse books that are outside of my faith, and in some cases also outside of my comfort zone. But what I found instead was a universally gentle book on teaching young teens and women their personal value, no matter what faith.

Sure, there was a mentioning of the Bible, and references to the Scriptures, which is what I expected with a title from that genre, but it wasn’t pushy and in your face, as some other books with religious undertones I have read in the past.

The Author of Me, Myself And Lies For Young Women – Jennifer Rothchild, had a very firm grasp about how and what her target audience thinks, what they do, and which kind of world they live in – and that was refreshing. After just having finished a book that did not take the time to clearly identify with whom it was meant to serve, it was great to read a book from an Author who did understand the importance of that concept

I love the metaphors that were used throughout the book to describe the message, centering around “cleaning out and filling your closet” with positive values and thoughts.

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The exercises presented in the book – which would make good journal prompts for young women – were contemporary and not preachy, but uplifting and well-formed.

My favorite part was when she talked about labels, and stated that giving yourself positive and true labels are like wearing “designer labels”.

Quote: These are your designer labels, and they’re the look that really works for you. Go ahead and try them on. Then look in the mirror and see how great they look on you!”

I really enjoyed reading this book, as it was uplifting, gentle, and stayed true in message and voice, fitting perfectly for the intended target audience, with a message that transcends faith – the importance of self-confidence, self-value, and self-esteem.

Available on Amazon 


Book Rating:

5 out of 5 Stars

Book Summary:

What Do You Say When You Talk to Yourself

Do the words you use when you talk to yourself ever sound like this?

I’m not pretty enough…

If only I was popular…

I’ll never be good enough…

Whether you say it out loud or in your head, words like these will tear you down as a teen girl and make you feel like you don’t matter.

The truth is, you do matter! And you can learn how to tell yourself the truth with powerful soul talk—telling yourself the words that God Himself would say to you.

With authenticity and wit, Jennifer Rothschild will help you

  • live with confidence
  • know what God’s Word says about you
  • feel comfortable in your own skin

As you replace lies with God’s truth, you’ll be free to live the beautiful life God has planned for you.

About the Author:

Jennifer Rothschild is a recovering perfectionist who has learned to live beyond limits ever since her life drastically changed at the age of fifteen, when she lost her sight. Now, more than 30 years later, she boldly and compassionately teaches women how to find contentment, walk with endurance, and celebrate the ordinary.

She’s the author of ten books, including the best-selling Lessons I Learned in the Dark, Self Talk, Soul Talk, the popular Me, Myself and Lies Bible study, and her soon to be released, God Is Just Not Fair.

As a speaker, author and accomplished singer-songwriter she travels internationally, offering fresh, sensible, Biblical advice to audiences who, like her, are determined to pursue healthy and fulfilling lives in spite of their circumstances. She has shared her practical and inspiring messages to arena-sized audiences across the country, and media outlets including Dr. Phil, Good Morning America, Life Today, The Learning Channel and The Billy Graham Television Special.

Jennifer is an avid listener of audio books, a C.S. Lewis junkie, and has a weakness for dark chocolate and robust coffee. She and her Dr. Phil live in Springfield, Missouri, and have two sons Connor and Clayton and a lovely daughter-in-law, Caroline. When she is not traveling, Jennifer enjoys nature walks, and riding a bicycle built for two.


Book Review: How To Make People Like You In 90 Seconds Or Less

Book Review: How To Make People Like You In 90 Seconds Or Less

I am an introvert, I rather spent time alone, than navigating large crowds or gatherings. While they all have their purpose, I am not exactly the person who would think everyone would want to navigate around me as soon as I enter the room. And […]

Detailed And Effective – The Key To Making Money On Craigslist by Steven Fies – A Book Review

Detailed And Effective – The Key To Making Money On Craigslist by Steven Fies – A Book Review

Until now, I have never read, or even heard of a book that specifically was written for making money on Craiglist. But why not, which is exactly why I jumped at the opportunity to receive a free copy of The Key To Making Money On […]

Success With Stress by Jae Ellard: A Review, Guestpost And Giveaway

Success With Stress by Jae Ellard: A Review, Guestpost And Giveaway

Today, I am happy to introduce you to Jae Ellard, the Author of Success With Stress, and her take on how to deal with our many stressors that we come across every day, despite our best intentions.

Conscious Ingestion

By Jae Ellard, Author of Success with Stress and Founder of Simple Intentions

What do you consciously ingest each day? If you are like most people, food is the first thing that comes to mind – as humans we intentionally consume food daily. It could be said that those who follow trends like mindful eating and elimination diets have a higher consciousness about what they ingest – meaning only that they are very intentional about the food they put into their bodies.

What happens if we expand the concept of ingestion beyond food and consider the content of the world you ingest each day? For example, what type of music plays in your car or office, what type of news do you read and from what source, what type of technology do you interact with and what people and environments do you source from each day?

Now consider, how the content you consume impacts your energy and attitude. Just like with consuming food, not all content gives energy or sits well internally. This can lead to a feeling of emotional or mental indigestion. (And just like with food, sometimes people keep consuming that which is causing discomfort, even after they discover how their body reacts to the input.)

If you feel like you might have emotional or mental indigestion and are curious to explore what types of content may be the source, start by creating awareness around the content you consume each day. For each person the answers will be different – but the questions are the same.

  • What type of sound do you intentionally and unintentionally ingest each day? (Think television, music, YouTube, background noise in your office, the soundtrack on your commute and so on.)
  • What type of information do you intentionally and unintentionally feed your eyes, ears and brain each day? (Think Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, E-mails, magazines, books, cookbooks, children’s homework, newsstands in grocery stores, advertisements, signs in stores and so on.)
  • What type of people do you intentionally and unintentionally interact with each day? (Think people at work, on your commute, in your home, in the market and malls, in your neighborhood, your children’s friends (and their parents) and so on.)
  • What is the first content you ingest in the morning? (Your phone, your dog, your spouse, your children, yourself and so on.)
  • What is the first content you ingest before falling asleep? (Your phone, your dog, your spouse, your children, a book, a magazine, yourself and so on.)

Once you have developed awareness around what content you are consuming each day, you can begin to see what content may be linked to any feelings of emotional or mental indigestion. Once you see the link, explore the connection.

The difference between emotional or mental indigestion and physical indigestion is that the solution for content indigestion isn’t always elimination. Instead, it can be an illumination of an aspect of yourself to explore more deeply, which could lead to elimination of that content or in some cases a deeper yearning to consume more.

How could your life be different if you were to create more consciousness around what eyes, brain, body and heart ingest each day?


[This article originally appeared on Huffington Post]


Success With Stress Book Review


Like most people nowadays, stress is one of our constant companions. There is always more to do, then time, more demands, than skills, and more emotional burdens to be carried, then are healthy. So, each and every time, I have an opportunity to learn more about lightening that burden, I take the chance.

When I was given the chance to read and review the book Success With Stress by Jae Ellard, I came to it with a positive attitude, and a willingness to learn something new.

However, I found a book that was very simple, covering only the mere basics, with many blank spaces, and held in a very depressing format, to the point that when I showed the book to my daughter (who deal with anxiety, among other chronic illnesses), her reaction was that the book had a depressing look to it.

And I don’t mean the simplicity of the cover, but the simplicity of the content – which all that it contained was information, I could have googled within 2 minutes – but also the graphics within.

As I said, I was really looking forward to learning something, anything from reading this book, but instead of doing so, I was left wondering, why the Author had such good intention (which was obvious by her writing style) but decided to not follow through on what could have been a truly helpful book with some solid, in-depth resource, and extended information.

I have received this book for free as a part of a book tour, but as always, all opinions covered on this blog are my own.

Book Details


Title: Success With Stress

Author: Jae Ellard

Publisher: Simple Intentions

Publication Date: March, 31st, 2011


Book Rating


2 out of 5 stars


Book Summary:


Believe it or not, stress isn’t all bad; in fact, it’s an important part of the natural world. Stress helps us survive as a species – because of that we want the ability to be stressed. That said, being able to MANAGE STRESS WITH GREATER SUCCESS is the difference between surviving and THRIVING. Success with Stress explores five simple ideas to spark your personal power to change the level, duration, and frequency of the stress in your life. With workplace stress being linked to the quality of life, health, and workplace morale, this is a must-read for any team looking to improve morale and individuals looking to improve their quality of life.


Author Bio:

Jae Ellard is an author and expert on behaviors that cause imbalance, disengagement, and distraction. After years in senior communication roles crafting content for executives, Jae collapsed from stress-related adrenal fatigue. This life-altering experience propelled her to research human behavior, neuroscience, mindfulness, and organizational relationship systems.

In 2008, Jae founded Simple Intentions and developed the Mindful Life™ Program to generate intentional conversations to disrupt patterns and create awareness, accountability, and action at a team and individual levels. Jae has taught the skill of awareness in more than 50 countries to thousands of employees at multinational corporations such as Microsoft, Amazon, and Expedia.

Jae is a columnist on workplace awareness for Mindful Magazine, as well as the author of 7 books on the topic. She contributes to the Healthy Living section on Huffington Post as well as the Simple Intentions blog. In 2013, she founded Seattle Wisdom, a community organization working to create and support conscious conversations in professional spaces in the Pacific Northwest. Jae has a master’s degree in Communication Management from Colorado State University and a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Communication from Metropolitan State College of Denver. She holds certificates in co-active coaching and organizational relationship systems coaching.



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Top Ten Books I Reviewed Before I Started A Book Blog

Top Ten Books I Reviewed Before I Started A Book Blog

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