The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly by Matt McCarthy

Book description:

In medical school, Matt McCarthy dreamed of being a different kind of doctor—the sort of mythical, unflappable physician who could reach unreachable patients. But when a new admission to the critical care unit almost died his first night on call, he found himself scrambling. Visions of mastery quickly gave way to hopes of simply surviving hospital life, where confidence was hard to come by and no amount of med school training could dispel the terror of facing actual patients.

This funny, candid memoir of McCarthy’s intern year at a New York hospital provides a scorchingly frank look at how doctors are made, taking readers into patients’ rooms and doctors’ conferences to witness a physician’s journey from ineptitude to competence. McCarthy’s one stroke of luck paired him with a brilliant second-year adviser he called “Baio” (owing to his resemblance to the Charles in Charge star), who proved to be a remarkable teacher with a wicked sense of humor. McCarthy would learn even more from the people he cared for, including a man named Benny, who was living in the hospital for months at a time awaiting a heart transplant. But no teacher could help McCarthy when an accident put his own health at risk, and showed him all too painfully the thin line between doctor and patient.

The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly
offers a window on to hospital life that dispenses with sanctimony and self-seriousness while emphasizing the black-comic paradox of becoming a doctor: How do you learn to save lives in a job where there is no practicing?

My review:

I wanted to read this book because I find the medical field interesting and thought that it would be cool to get the inside scoop into how doctors are trained.  I think that McCarthy did an amazing job giving readers a glimpse into the life of an intern, not just the medical parts, but the thoughts and feelings that interns experience.

What was surprising to me was that McCarthy (and the other interns) were as unprepared as they were at the start of their internship.  I guess I always thought that the doctors you encounter at the hospital had more confidence in what they are doing.  After reading this book, I view doctors more like regular people.

I also appreciated the way that McCarthy gave readers resolutions to the patients that he encountered, where there was resolution.  I was wondering about some of the patients and hoping that I would find out what happened to them.  On the other hand, some patients just disappeared, which kept it realistic.

The criticism I have about the book is the language.  Perhaps interns drop the f-bomb frequently in conversations, but it wasn’t necessary in the book.  Readers beware, you will have to skip over many curse words.  It is unfortunate, because if it weren’t for the foul language, I would recommend this book to teens potentially interested in a career in medicine.  As it is, I would have to rate this as an adults only book.  I am not naive enough to think that teens don’t curse, but I wouldn’t recommend a book to them in which there is cursing.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.

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Girl in the Song by Chrissy Cymbala Toledo

Book description:

Chrissy grew up surrounded by the beauty of love and the ugliness of pain. The daughter of a pastor whose church was located in a rough-and-tumble area of Brooklyn, she witnessed the ravaging effects of the streets on the lives of the most desperate―drug addicts, derelicts, and other destitute people. Yet her own home was a haven of warmth, filled with affection and love.

Then something happened that tore her away from it. With the flip of a switch, Chrissy fell deeper and deeper into deception where haunting images and songs pointed to one thing―perfection. Longing to be the girl in the song, she became entangled in an obsessive relationship. Before long, secret after secret led her down the path to becoming someone she didn’t even recognize. Locked in to an impossible life, Chrissy found release from a surprising direction.

Girl in the Song tells the gripping, true story of a young woman whose choices led her to despair and incredible triumph. More than the story of one lost girl, Chrissy’s experience points to the power of hope to lead us away from destructive relationships and into a life that just might end happily ever after.

My review:

There is so much of this book that I could identify with.  Sometimes I think I’m the only one that has to fight with the voices in my head, so it was encouraging to read about Chrissy’s battles.  The words might be different, but the message is the same and it comes from the same source.  I loved reading of Chrissy’s triumph over the darkness.

This book is a great read for anyone who has struggled against the voice telling them they aren’t good enough or leading them down the path of If only…  Stories such as Chrissy’s read like fiction because they are so unbelievable, but carry such hope because they are real.  The conclusion of Chrissy’s story is better than any fictional story could be.

As a parent, the tough love approach of Chrissy’s parents was difficult to read because I can easily imagine the cost and despair they experienced.  But joy comes in the morning!

This story has a little bit of everything for everybody, whether you are a parent, a teenager struggling with the same issues as Chrissy, a musician who understands the power of a song, or anyone who has dealt with addiction or obsession.  If you or someone you know is or ever has struggled with deception or despair, you will identify this book and enjoy it.  I also think it is a great read for any teenager, especially teenage girls who are constantly faced with lies every day.  It’s too bad that it couldn’t be read and discussed in a public high school.  I think a lot of teenage girls could find encouragement in it.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale Publishers in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.

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‘Til We Meet Again by Ray & Betty Whipps

Book description:

Ray and Betty Whipps both served in Europe during WWII: Ray as an infantryman under General Patton in the trenches of Normandy, Paris, and Belgium, and Betty as a field nurse in Cherbourg, France. The two met when Betty tended to Ray after he was injured in a mortar blast. Both strong Christians, the two bonded over their shared faith, and as Betty nursed Ray back to health, they fell in love and vowed to marry after the war. However, soon after Ray returned to his unit, he was captured by German forces and held captive in Stalag VII, Germany’s largest prisoner of war camp. It was there that Ray’s faith was put to the ultimate test as he endured the most horrific weeks of his life―weeks marked by brutality, malnutrition, back-breaking labor, and near-constant death. The only thing that kept him alive was the dream of someday reuniting with Betty.

Told in first person from Ray’s perspective, with personal wartime letters from Betty interspersed throughout, ’Til We Meet Again is a sweeping love story set amid the backdrop of WWII. The perfect combination of “in the trenches” battlefield accounts and classic 1940s romance, this memoir reads almost like a novel. It is an epic story of faith, hope, and love, and a nostalgic look back at one of the most memorable periods in American history.

My review:

This is such an excellent book that captures the spirit of the soldiers during WWII.  Ray does a great job in helping readers understand the thoughts that soldiers have, without making the book too graphic.  Reading books by members of “The Greatest Generation” shows that the men and women of that time truly were great human beings.  They didn’t necessarily want to be there, but they answered the call.

I thought Ray’s stories, especially the ones in which he disagreed with his superiors but carried out the orders anyway, were really interesting.  I really appreciate a book about a soldier from WWII that I would love for my boys to read.  Frequently books from a soldiers perspective contain colorful language that I could not pass along to my boys, but this one is excellent.  It captures war without sharing the coarseness that groups of young men together in the trenches display.

I would love to read another book by Ray and Betty Whipps.  I think that readers can learn a lot from them, not only through their experiences and how they met, but also how they managed to build and maintain a successful life together.  How do people stay married for 70 years? What is their secret?  Ray and Betty have a lot of wisdom to share.  At the end of the book, Ray shares small snippets of advice, but there is so much more that he could share.

I loved every bit of this book, from the sweet interaction between Ray and Betty at the beginning, to the very end.  I only wish there was an advertisement at the end of the book for another book by Ray and Betty.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale Publishers in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.

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Heartbreak Trail by Susan K. Marlow

Book description:

The second in the Circle C Milestones series
Andrea Carter can ride, rope, and cut out cattle with the best of her brothers’ ranch hands. Yet, her mother has always held the family’s youngest daughter back from fully participating in ranch activities.
With the approach of her fifteenth birthday, even the ranch boss, big brother Chad, can’t deny that his baby sister is better at ranch skills than some of his cowhands. When Andi announces that her quinceañera birthday wish is to join the upcoming cattle drive, her family is stunned. But after further discussion and multiple newspaper clippings about spirited women who balked at society’s expectations, even Mother agrees that the only way to get this cattle-drive notion out of Andi’s head is by letting her and her cousin Levi go along as Cook’s helpers. Andi is elated. What can go wrong on a two-week drive to Los Angeles?
Andi quickly discovers that a cattle drive is a dirty, dangerous business with little sleep and the same food day after day. Between late nights, dust, mosquitos, and an abrasive cowhand trying to win Andi’s attention, it is definitely not a holiday. Andi grimly determines she will stick it out. When a river crossing goes wrong and Chad is shot in a gunfight with suspicious men who have been shadowing the herd, Mitch the trail boss finds himself dangerously shorthanded. Andi and Levi can no longer just give Cook a hand. It’s time to pitch in and help Mitch get their cattle to market―any way they can.

My review:

I thought this book was very fun to read.  I enjoyed revisiting Andi and her family and I am a big fan of Marlow.

The best part about this book for me was the descriptiveness of the cattle drive.  Marlow does a great job of capturing experiences that the workers of a cattle drive might have experienced.  It is one thing to know that cowboys would drive cattle across rivers and eat the food that the cook was able to carry along, but another thing to experience the dangers and monotony through the eyes of a young girl.  Young readers, especially those studying the west, will benefit from Andi’s reflections of her experiences.

I also enjoyed this book from the message of it.  Andi is so desperate to participate in the cattle drive, but soon understands that the reality of life on the trail is much different from what she imagined.  I can certainly identify with that!

Marlow delivers something for everyone in Heartbreak Trail.  There is danger, mystery, excitement, and the love that a family has for each other.  If you are looking for a great book to give young readers a glimpse into the lifestyle of a cattle drive and the quest of a young girl for adventure, this is a great choice!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Kregel Publications in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.

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Marriage on the Mend by Clint and Penny A. Bragg

Book description:

Approximately fifty percent of the couples who sign a marriage license will also sign on the dotted line of a divorce document. In order to turn the tide of this stark statistic, couples who have considered or experienced separation or divorce must be given real tools to reconcile, restore, and rebuild their relationships. Marriage on the Mend provides these tools for couples in crisis.

Clint and Penny Bragg know what it means to be that couple. After being divorced for eleven years and living 3,000 miles from each other, they were remarried―but the difficult work of restoration continued long after that second ceremony. The Braggs know that couples who reconcile face a unique set of challenges, including unresolved arguments, poor communication habits, unforgiveness, and betrayed trust. Biblically based materials are required to walk through this treacherous territory toward full healing and restoration.

This practical, realistic book identifies roadblocks that may stall relationship progress, recommends ideas to deepen intimacy, offers solutions to effectively handle past hurts and conflicts, and applies Scripture to every aspect of the process in order to proactively stabilize and safeguard the marriage. At the end of each chapter, the Braggs include a prayer for couples to share to help facilitate healing.

The one thing all broken relationships have in common is that true healing takes time. Using the framework of Nehemiah’s effort to restore Jerusalem’s walls following the Israelite’s exile and captivity, Marriage on the Mend provides a clear framework for the restoration of relationships.

My review:

I thought this book was filled with great advice and concrete exercises to improve any marriage.  Even though the book is geared for couples who are trying to heal their relationship after separation or divorce, I thought it had really good information that could be applied to any marriage.  After all, all marriages encounter disagreements and stressors.

I really enjoyed how the authors referred to Nehemiah throughout the book.  It is a book of the Bible that I haven’t studied, so I really felt like I learned a lot.  The best part of the book is that the authors don’t just tell readers to do something without providing us with the necessary tools to put it into practice.  For example, they encourage readers to keep a journal.  If you are not familiar with journaling, it is not an easy thing to start.  However, they give a step-by-step framework on how readers can go about writing a journal entry.  I need that kind of concrete instruction!

Although this book would be helpful for any spouse, it does assume that both partners are invested in putting effort into the relationship.  I’m not sure how helpful it would be if one partner was already completely checked out.  It would still be beneficial as a tool for personal growth, but both parties need to participate.

This book is a must read for anyone who is desperate to save their marriage.  It is a short book that is quick to read, and is much less expensive than divorce!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Kregel Publications in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.

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A Bride At Last by Melissa Jagears

Book description:

Abandoned by his mail-order bride, Silas Jonesey has fought an uphill battle to recover from a pattern of poor choices. Now his prayers for reconciliation have finally come true and his estranged wife has contacted him with her whereabouts.

Kate Dawson was supposed to be a mail-order bride, but upon realizing she’d been deceived about her intended groom, she’s now settled into life as a schoolteacher. When the mother of a student passes away, Kate assumes she’ll take on care of nine-year-old Anthony–until two men suddenly show up in town, claiming to be the boy’s father.

Silas can see Anthony loves Kate, so he enlists her help in reaching out to the boy and attempting to prove his paternity to the court. When a common interest in Anthony leads to an interest in each other and Silas and Kate begin to think they can overcome their rocky start, neither is prepared for the secrets and past hurts that have yet to come to light. Can Silas, Kate, and Anthony’s wounded souls bind them together or will all that stands between them leave them lonely forever?

My review:

I had a bit of difficulty in making it through this book.  It never hooked me where I was so invested in the characters or the plot where I couldn’t wait to find out what happened.  The characters are nice enough, but the plot felt a little too forced, in my opinion.  It is a given that these type of historical fiction romance novels end with the main characters in love forever.  For me, I like to read to discover how it all happens.  I thought there were a couple of minor surprises, for example, I expected Silas to determine his paternity from reading Lucy’s journals, but that was not the case.  However, those surprises were not enough to keep my interest.

The best part of the book for me was Silas.  I enjoyed reading about his struggle with alcoholism, because I’ve never read a book of this genre in this time period addressing people struggling against drinking.  I thought it was a nice addition to the book.

Overall, I did not enjoy this book.  I wanted to, especially since I enjoyed A Bride for Keeps so much.  I enjoyed revisiting Julia and Everett, but this book didn’t grab me as much as that one did.  However, I will definitely give the other books in this series a try.  I just hope that they are more like A Bride for Keeps.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.

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The Midwife’s Tale by Delia Parr

Book description:

Martha Cade comes from a long line of midwives who have served the families of Trinity, Pennsylvania, for generations. A widow with two grown children, she’s hopeful that her daughter will follow in her footsteps, but when Victoria runs off, Martha’s world is shattered.

Worse, a new doctor has arrived in town, threatening her job, and she can’t remember a time when her faith has been tested more. Still determined to do the work she knows God intended for her, Martha is unprepared for all that waits ahead. Whether it’s trying to stop a town scandal, mending broken relationships, or feeling the first whispers of an unexpected romance, she faces every trial and every opportunity with hope and faith.

My review:

I was really excited to read this book after I saw the quote from the back that stated “Fans of Jan Karon’s Mitford series should love Parr’s work” by the Philadelphia Inquirer.  I absolutely loved the Mitford series and devoured every book.

I have to admit that the first third of this book left me questioning that remark.  I kept saying to myself, “There is nothing similar to this and the Mitford novels,” and I wasn’t sure that I could make it through.  I even stopped reading it to read a couple of other books, hoping that I could pick it up with fresh eyes and become engaged in Martha’s story.

For me, the story really began when Martha encountered “Boy”.  From that point on, I read because I wanted to find out what happened.  As other characters were included into the storyline and the townsfolk began to interact more, I began to see the Mitford charm seeping into the pages of Parr’s novel.  Readers just have to be very patient for the storyline to unfold.

I kept reading, looking for clues of the “unexpected romance” promised on the back cover.  Unfortunately, I never really encountered an “unexpected romance”.  I did, however, encounter a rather predictable romance.  That is not to say that it is terrible, but when I read “unexpected romance”, I expected something completely out of the blue to happen.  There were a couple of surprises in the book, just not in the romantic sphere.

I will probably give the next book in this series a shot, if only to find out what happens to Martha and if she is reconciled with her daughter.

Overall, this is an okay book.  I’m not super excited about the characters or the plot, but there isn’t anything horrible about it either.  If you are looking for a light summer read, you might give this one a try.  If you loved the Mitford series as much as I did, you might love this one.  Just be aware that the story takes awhile to develop.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.

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The Tank Man’s Son by Mark Bouman

Book description:

In the tradition of The Glass Castle and Angela’s Ashes comes the most unforgettable memoir you’ll read this year!

What did it mean to be the Tank Man’s son? To grow up overwhelmed by my father’s presence and personality? It was as if I didn’t exist, as if I was just something else for my father to crush.”

So begins the haunting memoir of Mark Bouman as he recounts the events of his childhood at the hands of his larger-than-life, Neo-Nazi father in brilliant, startling detail. From adventure-filled days complete with real-life war games, artillery fire, and tank races to terror-filled nights marked by vicious tirades, brutal beatings, and psychological torture, Mark paints a chilling portrait of family life that is at once whimsical and horrific—all building to a shocking climax that challenges even the broadest boundaries of love and forgiveness.

An epic tale of redemption and reconciliation, The Tank Man’s Son is a literary tour de force that is sure to become an instant classic.

My review:

This book was very hard to read at times.  Bouman’s accounts of abuse at the hands of his father is disturbing and sickening.  It is strange that a book that depicts such abuse could also have the power to make me laugh out loud, but this one does.  The tale of the tree stump and the dynamite made me laugh harder than I have in a long time while reading a book.  Although I enjoyed the laughter, there were far more times when I gasped out loud, knowing that a child’s mistake was going to result in abuse, like the hole in the swimming pool.

What I found most insightful about this book is Bouman’s feelings while he was attending college.  I never realized the way that a childhood filled with abuse continues to affect the survivors throughout the rest of their lives in such a strong way.  It was really heartbreaking.

The ending of the book was so much better than anything I could have imagined.  Forgiveness is probably the thing I struggle with the most and the lesson of forgiveness in this book is just so powerful.

This is an amazing, amazing book.  It is non-fiction that reads like fiction.  It has been a long time since I read a book and wished my mom was still alive just so she could read the book, but this one had the effect on me.  I know she would have loved this one.  If you love a great story of redemption and restoration, you will love this one, too.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.

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The Fall of Babylon the Great America by Michael D. Fortner

Book description:

If you are looking for an analysis of Babylon the Great, to determine if it might be the United States of America, then this book is for you.

One of the most difficult things I had to do in order to correctly interpret Bible prophecy, was come to the realization that America is Babylon the Great (BTG). I did not want to believe it. I resisted because it means that America will be destroyed in a nuclear holocaust. But after years of study, the evidence forced me to that conclusion. Then I realized, that most nations of the world will suffer great destruction to one degree or another, based on their sins. So America will also suffer for its sinfulness.

I also came to understand that Babylon the Great (BTG) is not all of America, it is ONLY wicked America. God will destroy wicked America, but he will save a righteous remnant from those who do not go in the Rapture, to rebuild the nation.
During the past 10 years I saw such great decline in America, that I can now see why America will be destroyed, and also why it must be destroyed.

But America will NOT be destroyed before the start of the Great Tribulation (GT), which is so often claimed, but will only be wounded at the start, but will be nuked and then invaded at the end of the GT. The nuclear war and invasion of America are the last acts of the beast (a Revised Islamic Empire) and its allies (Russia and China and North Korea), in its attempt to totally destroy Christianity and the Christians in America. Then Christ returns to save the world by destroying the evil that is taking over the world.

Many people misinterpret Babylon the Great (BTG) harlot, prostitute, in Revelation 17 and 18. She has been interpreted to be, the Roman Catholic Church, the Protestant Church, America, Jerusalem, Islam, Saudi Arabia, and who knows what else.

I will provide a mountain of evidence and explain in detail the political Babylon, which is the government of the United States of America; the cultural Babylon which is the polluted culture of America that is formed by movies, TV, and music; and the economic Babylon that is capitalism which is headquartered in America; America being the premier capitalist nation in the world. If Babylon is also a city, then it is New York City.

Like my other two books on Bible prophecy, there is a lot of new insights in this book that are not found in any other book on Babylon the Great and America. I will also discuss the Old Testament references to an end-time Babylon, which is not a rebuilt city in Iraq, but can only be the same as Mystery Babylon in Revelation.

And I will discuss the founding of America, how it was founded with a de facto covenant with God (“de facto” means being in effect though not formally recognized). But America also is chosen of God because it was one of the nations that God promised to Abraham. Yes, God promised Abraham more than one nation! It is likely the main reason that America became the greatest and most powerful nation the world has ever seen.

We will discuss how America will be destroyed in a nuclear holocaust and be invaded, but Christ will return to save humanity and civilization from total destruction. I also show how America will be split into three parts by a huge global earthquake (Rev. 16) after it betrays Israel. One split will be along the Mississippi River.

This book also includes a discussion of Gog and Magog of Ezekiel 38, which gives us details for two wars, not just one. One will be an invasion of Israel, the other will be an invasion of America.

In the appendix I discuss the misinterpretation of Walid Shoebat, showing that his view of BTG being Saudi Arabia is grossly wrong.

This is Book Three of the Bible Prophecy Revealed series of books on Bible prophecy, which is a complete teaching on Bible prophecy. If you liked the other two books, you will like this one. If you did not like the other two, you will not like this one.

My review:

I was looking forward to reading this book because I had already read and greatly enjoyed the previous two books in this series.  I wasn’t disappointed.  My favorite thing about Fortner’s writing is the logical way he presents his ideas and arguments for his interpretations.  Readers may or may not agree with all of his viewpoints, but his logical arguments make you stop and think.

I found the historical information proving that America was founded as a Christian nation absolutely fascinating.  I have always believed that we were founded as a Christian nation, probably because I am old enough that I went to school in a time where the mere mention of God in a classroom didn’t result in an immediate lawsuit with the ACLU.  However, I learned quite a bit from the chapter on the history of America.

I really appreciate the format of the book, where the end notes are listed immediately following the information referring to them.  I wish more authors would adopt that format because it is so user-friendly.  It also lends a great deal of credibility to the information and opinions given by the author.  I thought the historical information was so compelling that I thought to myself that I should read some of those sources so that I could learn even more, especially about things like Thanksgiving.

I also really enjoyed reading about the dreams and prophecies that people in the 20th century have reported, particularly the one about “prosperity Christianity” because we see it everywhere.  I was amazed at how many prophecies were spot on.

If you are looking for information about America’s role in end times, this book is a must-read.  Whether you believe that America is Babylon the Great or not, this book will give you plenty to think about.  If you believe that America is Babylon the Great, this book will provide you with logical arguments to support your viewpoint.  This book was such a timely read for me because a friend and I were just talking about this exact topic a week before the book arrived in the mail!  I can’t wait to share with her everything I read and I can’t wait to read the last one in the series.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.

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Effortless Healing by Dr. Joseph Mercola

Book description:

LET YOUR BODY DO THE WORK

Do you have to tell your leg to heal from a scrape? Your lungs to take in air? Your body that it’s hungry? No. Your body does these things automatically, effortlessly. Vibrant health is your birthright and within your grasp; you just have to step out of the way. In Effortless Healing, online health pioneer, natural medicine advocate, and bestselling author Dr. Joseph Mercola reveals the nine simple secrets to a healthier, thinner you. The results are amazing and the steps can be as easy to implement as:

·         Throwing ice cubes in your water to make it more “structured”
·         Skipping breakfast, as it could be making you fat
·         Eating up to 75 percent of your calories each day in fat for optimal health, reduction of heart disease, and cancer prevention
·         Avoiding certain meat and fish, but enjoying butter
·         Eating sauerkraut (and other fermented foods) to improve your immune system and your mood
·         Walking barefoot outside to decrease system-wide inflammation (and because it just feels great)
·         Enjoying a laugh: it’s as good for your blood vessels as fifteen minutes of exercise

Effortless Healing is the distillation of decades of Dr. Mercola’s experience and cutting-edge medical knowledge. With his wisdom and that of your body, you can optimize your health, your weight, and your life…effortlessly.

My review:

I think this is a very timely book.  More and more people are aware that our choices in what we eat impact not only our current health, but also our future health.  It seems like if you spend any time at all talking with your friends, the subject of food and specifically healthy food comes up.  Everyone wants to eat better and make choices that positively impact our health.

That is why this is such a great book.  I loved the title and couldn’t wait to read about the 9 strategies Dr. Mercola put forth to help our bodies fix themselves.  Our bodies are fearfully and wonderfully made and are certainly made to renew and regenerate, but only if we do our parts!

I read through the book and found a lot of it to be common sense.  I didn’t have any “aha” moments and have read a lot of the information in other books.  However, I found the concept of “structured” water very interesting.  I also enjoyed the strategy of breakfast being optional.  I have never in my life been a breakfast eater and have always struggled with plans where one must eat within 30 minutes or an hour of rising.

The sample weekly plan at the back of the book was very clear and helpful.  I enjoyed reading the guidelines and the fact that there was an explanation of the benefit directly after it.

I found it helpful to incorporate one healing principle at a time until it was effortless and didn’t require any extra effort before moving on to the next one.  For example, I focused for several days on incorporating structured water before moving on to the next idea.  It made it much easier for me to get to the point where it is second nature.

Overall, this is a great book to reinforce a healthy lifestyle.  I’m not sure that the information given is groundbreaking or revolutionary, but it is a good reminder of things that we should all be doing to help our bodies maintain themselves for optimal health.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.

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