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     The Book That Made Your World: How the Bible Created the Soul of Western Civilization

By Vishal Mangalwadi
Published by Thomas Nelson

    Although I’m not the religious type I do enjoy reading about philosophy and religious texts because I feel that there is always something to learn from them. Mangalwadi raised in India, brings in an interesting perspective on a text that has impacted nearly everyone on earth, the Bible. 

     If you like to see a philosophical approach, yet biased it is a good book to read. What I did like about it was how it tied it to many of the things we know of such as pop culture, science, human rights and justice. Although interesting, there were many points in which I did not fully agree on because I thought that the author was very biased (but it is his book). I also didn’t like how some points (to me) seemed more like criticism of certain aspects of culture, for example pop culture. It isn’t for light reading, and if you’re willing to stick with it you might learn a thing or two as well. Overall this is one I would only recommend to those that like to learn something new or don’t mind a fresh perspective. 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from F+W Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” 

     I have a secret obsession, fascination, or whatever you want to call it with old books. Unfortunately I don’t own any old books, but at the sight of one I immediately go ballistic. What is it about them? Is it the thought of the history behind them, the story within the book? Really, what is it? I could be in a room with antique books and be extremely happy, there’s just something about those old pages, the feel, the look, the smell… that’s just exciting to my senses.

Lately there’s a particular theme to old books that I find myself looking into time and time again. Original first print Vincenzo Valgrisi books. If only those books weren’t so expensive, you can bet I would collect them. Just the thought of running the tips of my fingers along the lines of text, or holding a page in between my index finger and thumb makes me go insane. Sometimes I wonder if I’ll ever eve get a chance to touch one, its like my platonic crush, a secret (not so much now) dream of mine. Maybe if only I could get my hands on one, just one of those books no matter what the subject I would be so happy! To think that such marvelous object could belong to me… hey one can dream right?

Smile, sometimes the oddest things can make us smile. 

Part Time Vegan 201 Yummy Recipes That Put the FUN in Flexitarian

By Cherise Grifoni

Published by F&W Media

I’m a pollotarian by choice, I won’t lie I have given vegetarianism some thought but I feel like if I lose my chicken I will lose my sanity. Veganism for me is on the end of the spectrum, its a very strict diet but you know what? Cherise does a phenomenal job on laying out (OMG delicious recipes!!!) the concept of being a vegan. I love how she has a sense of humor (and you see it all through the book). It seems to me that she knows how to add some spice in life, because I gave some recipes a try (desserts!) and I really enjoyed them. I like how she doesn’t try to guilt trip you on animal rights, and believe me I’ve seen it done quite often in Vegan/Vegetarian books. After reading the book from cover to cover (which was extremely enjoyable, and mouthwatering!) I found her blog [Your Vegan Zombie]  www.yourveganzombie.blogspot.com and I really liked it. She has helped me find new creative ways to get my protein and vitamins that I need (Cherise thank you!). I just loved the content all around! I know there will be a few recipes that even non-vegans will want to try (did I mention desserts?!), full of flavor and love, theres a recipe in this book for everyone.

If there was one thing I do have to comment on is the lack of pictures. I love pictures what can I say? I would’ve loved it even more (and I already love it!) if there were pictures throughout the book to see how the dishes could turn out. Although it might’ve been because Cherise didn’t want us to drool more over this book. I would definitely recommend it (and her blog too!) for anyone who wants some creativity in the kitchen, eat healthier, or just wants to try some delish food make sure to add this to your recipe book collection!

Smile, be creative in the kitchen!

                                                                                                                                                              

                                                                                                                                                      

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from F+W Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” 

When I first saw this book I thought it would be a lovely addition for some light reading. The book is beautifully crafted with lovely pictures and many wonderful quotes. I know that there is a full length book by Dr. E. Eggerichs from which this little book is based off on. Prior to getting this book I had heard many positive things and even read many positive reviews on Dr. E Eggerichs’ books that I was looking forward to getting my hands on this one.

Unfortunately for me, I am not married and quite frankly I can’t put myself in such a situation to fully understand what marriage is all about. Although this book may be geared towards married couples I did find material that can essentially apply to relationships in general. Take for example the concept of respect, which I believe is one of the fundamentals of any healthy relationship. This book would be a lovely gift for a newly married couple or just any married couple out there.

This book was a gift from Thomas Nelson for this review, the opinions I have expressed are my own.

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