Thursday, March 19, 2015

Are You Ready for More Wicked Business?



It is time for another adventure with Lizzy, Diesel, Carl, and Glo.  What fun could Janet have cooked up for this group in Wicked Business?  I’m ready are you?

Synopsis: 

Lizzy continues her work at the bakery with Glo running the front of the store.  Then one night a murder takes place and Lizzy and Diesel must check it out.  The office says that there is a connection between the murder and one of the saligia stones.  As they investigate the stone reveals itself as a lust stone.  A book of sonnets is the first clue, but it falls into the custody of Wolf.  So what will become Lizzy and Diesel’s strategy to get to the stone back and find the tablet?  Glo wants to help and provides some entertainment as she attempts spells and dates.

My Thoughts: 

I was ready for the second adventure hoping that I would like it more than the first.  I don’t think that I am a fan of the Lizzy and Diesel series.   I am still a fan of Janet’s writing just not this series.  For those who read a great deal sometimes there is a part of that author’s work that is not your favorite. 

The plot was enjoyable!  I also found it mildly entertaining!  Lorelai King did an excellent job of narrating this story.  I am a fan of Lorelai’s work and look forward to hearing her again in the future!

The next book in the Lizzy and Diesel series is Wicked Charms.

Rating: 

3.5/5

Please visit Janet Evanovich on her Facebook page, Twitter, and her Website.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Are You Your Best Self?



Are you your best self?   This is the question asked by author Stasi Eldredge in her book Becoming Myself.  Another way to ask this question is do you know what is keeping you from becoming yourself?    

Stasi’s purpose is to help people who are suffering in bondage to sin.  They need to find freedom to be the best of who they are.  The book has fourteen chapters which divides into eight sessions with the accompanying study guide.  You can also get the DVD to help with group discussion if including others in your reading of this book.

The first couple of chapters focus on:  One can you really change?  Two how can you look back with mercy and not anger and bitterness?  For me Stasi’s voice spoke with compassion and mercy about how the past can’t be changed but you can change the future.  It can change your focus on how to change.  How can change challenges you to be different?

The next chapters are about our current landscapes of our lives and the people who have made us who we are.  It is mostly referring to our mothers.  This could be a good or bad topic depending on your experience. The final chapters are about breaking the bondage and understanding on how to move forward.  Are we aware of what is truly going on in this world where we wait for God?

My Thoughts: 

I loved this book!  I would highly recommend this study.  I found it challenging but a reminder of what is to come.  I was fortunate to read this book as part of a study with my friend Gina.  I found the study guide helpful to go along with this book.  I also consulted the DVDs which were great to hear Stasi speak but did not really help pull everything together for me.

Rating: 

4.75/5
Please visit Stasi on her Facebook page, Twitter, and her Blog.