Book Report: Educating the WholeHearted Child By Clay & Sally Clarkson

Homeschool is one of those things that I said that I would NEVER, ever, ever, ever…(you get the point) do…along with network marketing. Yep, enjoy the laugh. haha!! #eatingmywords #andlovingit #yumm

The more research I do, the more I’m feeling called in this direction. I have several wise women around me who have been homeschooling for years. I asked them to pray for our family as we look into this option for our kids. One of these ladies suggested that I read this book. And because Amazon is always at my fingertips…and I’m a #bookaholic I ordered it asap.

You know what’s funny, these ladies I mentioned above…they’re the same ones that got me into network marketing too…and I’m SO thankful!!! I’ve been blessed to have fallen into the perfect gig/ministry on my first try! #comfortzonesarebadforyourhealth

SO, here we are researching, praying and talking to everyone we know who homeschools trying to make a decision. I absolutely love what the Clarkson’s are doing in this book, showing the biblical foundations and answering questions.  Basically mentoring you along your journey to decide if homeschooling is right for your family. They also provide a simple path to follow to get started with lots of resources and tips along the way.

We are still in the process of making a final decision for our family, and I’m nowhere near finished with this incredible book, but I look forward to finishing it soon. I know that, as my friend said, with this book and a lot of prayer (and some input from friends who’ve been there) we’ll find our way.

I’d appreciate prayer as we make this decision and would love to hear any tips you may have, positive experiences you’d like to share, or just some encouraging words on the subject. Comment below!

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Book Report: Rich Dad’s Business School for People Who Like to Help People by Robert T. Kiyosaki

If you’re wondering how to make some extra money, maybe even achieve financial and time freedom, you need to read this book.

If you’re thinking about getting another job to make ends meet, you need to read this book.

If you’ve already done pretty well financially, but want to diversify a bit, you need to read this book.

Reading this book has been an education, it’s only about 125 pages long, but full of great advice, tips, and direction. Mr. Kiyosaki shares several different ways to increase wealth and build a financial future, and points out the pros and cons of each. He also gives ideas on what to look for in an opportunity.

“Business Mindset” is something that has been a challenge for me, but thanks to this book and my hubby (he’s read several of Mr. Kiyosaki’s books as well) my mindset is changing for the better. I’m excited about what I learned here! I love that this book has also helped me to be reminded (again)  about how blessed I am to be part of the company that I’m with. All of the values (things to look for in an opportunity) that he lists, our company does a phenomenal job with and I’m so thankful! God has truly blessed us!!

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Book Report: Being Real by Mike Kipp & Kenny Wade

It’s really fun to read a book when you’ve known the author or authors and had interactions with them. You can hear them talking in your head as you read, and can even imagine some of the stories they share more vividly.

Even if I didn’t know the authors, I would still recommend this book. Not just in regards to sharing your faith, but just for life and relationship tips in general. I’ve never heard anyone say that they had too many friends. Have you?

I loved the perspective of, when we meet people, to look for the image of God in them. The point of connection. Then build a relationship with them, do life with them. As someone who craves community, but isn’t sure what to do about creating that in my life, this book was very helpful and encouraging!

Here is a quote from the book, written by an anonymous student, that sums up the book really well:
“Throughout my life, I have dealt with a lot of hardships, but in every one God was there to keep me on my feet. My journey with Christ is one of doubt and realization. Throughout my teen years, I have strayed away from the path that He has laid before me. I have found a Savior that died not only  for me, or other churchgoers, but the murderers, rapists, Muslims, Jews, terrorists and politicians. We’re all people who are called by one name, Beloved.”

There is always hope, for anyone, no matter their current circumstances or past. There is a hope for a brighter, more love filled, future. We are ALL Beloved.

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Book Report: Recaging the Beast by Jane Remington

There is a fungus among us, and it is a dangerous thing indeed.

Jane Remington’s book is a very eye opening look at that fungus, how it got out of control in the first place and how to put it back in its cage where it belongs. Reading this book has really opened my eyes to how dis-ease is created and prolonged.

My recommendations for this book:

  • DO NOT read this before bed, especially if you have just finished watching Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit. All I could see as I read about the fungus was Orks, the dirty, nasty bad guys that go around killing and pillaging everything in those movies. Though it is helpful imagery to understand the destructive power, it sure doesn’t make for pleasant dreams.
  • DO read it with a prayerful heart and an open mind. The author challenges several long standing beliefs with pretty strong arguments. Yes this book as effected how I will raise my children, no it will not require an entire change from the norm. Be open to taking bits and pieces and doing the best you can with what you have for now.

I read this book to gain a greater understanding of how my business can truly help people, I am so thankful for simple effective solutions. I was excited as I read (and scribbled often in the margins) about how the knowledge I have now can help so many people! I have been blessed to be a blessing! I am so thankful that I know of simple and super effective ways to help recage that beast for myself and my family. Ways that might help keep it caged to start with.

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Book Report: What to Say When You Talk To Yourself by Shad Helmstetter, Ph.D

You know that saying, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” It’s true, especially when you talk to yourself.

What?! You don’t talk to yourself?!

I bet you do, most of us do. The question is, what are we telling ourselves and does it make a difference in the overall scheme of things.

According to the Bible, Proverbs 23:7, “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” And Luke 6:45, “For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.”

Proverbs 18:21 says, “The tongue has the power of life and death.” Are you speaking life into your life?

Even though I’m not 100% on board with everything Dr. Helmstetter says in his book, there are LOTS of good nuggets in here. I really like how he talks about why most “self help” books don’t work…because we aren’t consistent…there’s that word again. 🙂

He talks about how we are given programming (like a computer) from different sources as we grow up, some good, some bad, and offers suggestions on reprogramming our “systems” in order to be more effective, healthy, successful, etc. I know that this has been true in my life, how I was as a child, what I believed about certain things has definitely changed over the years. And not always for the better. Making the time to be consistent, especially in prayer, is helping me to change some of those negative misconceptions I had about myself and about God specifically.

Dr. Helmstetter is also very thorough in helping you create specific affirmations to overcome some of these challenges and replace the negative “tapes” with positive ones. Chapter 8 is about the 5 steps of Self – Management that help control whether we succeed or fail. John Maxwell talks about this in several of his books as well, self-leadership. Here is a link to my Book Report on John’s book, Good Leaders Ask Great Questions. I have several other books on my list to read this year that are on the subject of mindset and self talk, so be watching for those reports as well.

I’ve combined what I learned from this book along with what I took away from Lara Casey and Terri Savelle Foy‘s books and I believe I’ve put together something that will help me take that next step mentally to creating “success” as it pertains to me and my life. I’ve put together a few videos and posts here on the blog about my system, here is a link to the first in the series in case you missed them.

Enjoy!!

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