Category Women

A Woman’s Guide to the Wild

A Woman’s Guide to the Wild: Your Complete Outdoor Manual
By Ruby McConnell
Sasquatch Books
Retail Price:  $18.95
Amazon Price: $13.15

Book Description:  For women who enjoy hiking, camping, backpacking, and other outdoor recreation or those inspired by Cheryl Strayed’s Wild, this is the definitive guide to being a woman in the great outdoors. This friendly handbook covers the matters of most concern to women, from “feminine functions” in the wilderness to how to deal with condescending men, as well as the basics of wilderness survival tailored to women’s unique needs. It includes gear lists in addition to advice for camp setup, fire building, food and water, safety, weather, and navigation.

Review

This is one of the best books I have read in a long time. It is not only instructive, but entertaining.  The author carefully points out what actions a woman in the wilderness must take to not only survive but enjoy her wilderness experience.  You can tell that McConnell loves the wilderness and wants to share her knowledge with other women to equip them reconnect with nature.

This book is very thorough, giving you not only guidelines but lists on what to bring, how to stay safe, first aid, dealing with weather, how to set up camp including your cooking area, and much more.  Yet is is small enough to put in your pack so you can reference it while out hiking or camping.

If you are new to the wilderness experience, this book is definitely one you will want to read and even study.

~Reviewed by Tricia C.

 

    Smart Mom Rich Mom

    Product DetailsSmart Mom, Rich Mom: How to Build Wealth While Raising a Family
    by Kimberly Palmer
    AMACOM
    Retail Price:  $14.95
    Amazon Price:  $6.94

    Book Description:   Of all life’s financial shocks, few compare to bringing home an infant. Just one tiny person costs $250,000 to raise– not including college! How will you pay for it? That agonizing question fuels mothers’ choices about their careers, budgets, and families. Some lean in, some scale back or seek new opportunities–there are no easy answers . . . but lots of rewarding possibilities. “Smart Mom, Rich Mom” explores how women today are navigating the financially challenging career/parenting years. Written by a national money columnist and mom of two, the book chronicles people who have stayed in the game–full-time, freelance, self-employed, and more–and emerged more prosperous and empowered. “Smart Mom, Rich Mom” mines their experiences to uncover both career advice and spending and savings strategies that everyone can use. Stories, checklists, action steps, planning tools, and more explain how to:

    – Prepare financially for parenthood–whether you’re expecting your first child or your third

    – Balance thrift with generating income and investing wisely

    – Find flexibility at work while safeguarding your earning potential

    – Save for both college and retirement despite increased expenses

    – Plan for unexpected events, like a layoff or illness

    – And much more

    Kids change our lives, adding joy but draining bank accounts. “Smart Mom, Rich Mom” helps you adopt healthy habits–and make hard decisions–that pay off in abundance.

    Review

    This is a fantastic book for mom’s who not only want to stay in the game, but make the best financial decisions for their family.  While I am an “empty nester”, I lead a group of entrepreneurial women in a monthly class. Most of them are young mom’s trying their best to take care of their kids and still contribute financially to their household.  I purchased this book for them to read and was very pleased with it.  I wish I had this advice when I was a young mom. It’s direct, applicable and gives practical advice for mothers on how to be smart about money. Thrift is the best use of all your resources — including money AND time — so mommy savings tips need to expand from coupon-clipping and into longer-term investments.  Moms can feel overwhelmed thinking about and planning for the future, but the author makes it “doable” by sharing her own experience, while also drawing on others’ stories.  The best part is that you can walk away from this book with clear ideas about how to take better ownership of your family’s finances. This is  must-read for women, mom’s and mom’s-to-be and even an old timer like me found so much to learn!

    ~Reviewed by Allie B.

      Be REBELLIOUS

      Be Rebellious: Fight Back Against a Culture that Doesn't Care About YouBe REBELLIOUS
      By Megan Clinton
      Worthy
      Retail Price $14.99
      Amazon Price: $13.21

      Book Description:

      Why are we trying so hard to fit in when God created us to stand out?Many of us have been tricked into believing that life is all about starving yourself into a size 0, wearing sexy clothes, and snagging a hot guy. We measure our worth by the number of our followers on social media or “likes” on our digitally enhanced selfies.We shape our lives around these lies, unaware that we’re on a pathway to brokenness and destruction: Eating disorders. Depression. Addiction. Abuse.We may think we are “rebelling” by breaking the rules of our parents’ generation—but the reality is, we’re anything but rebellious. Instead, we’re slaves to our culture, desperate to fit in.But we don’t have to live this way. We have a choice.

      Do you want to make a difference and change the world? Then take your heart and life back from a culture that doesn’t care about you! Grab hold of the truth that your value isn’t based on your relationship status or dress size—it’s based on who you are.

       

      In Be Rebellious, Megan Clinton shows you inspiring and practical ways to be the woman God created you to be. Through her own experiences and biblical teaching, she encourages you to embrace your true beauty and to run toward God.

      It’s time to for this generation to rebel against modern-day culture . . . and live free!

      Review

      This is a fantastic book for both younger and older women alike.  We are often sucked into aligning ourselves with the culture and trying to fit in.  Clinton reminds us that we are called to stand with God, regardless of popular opinion and trend.  If we want to reach others for God, we need to learn who we are, how we are gifted, and where God is calling us to reach others for him.  This was an inspiring call to action for women of all ages.

      ~Reviewed by  Rosie B.

        Global Mom

        Global Mom
        By Melissa Dalton-Bradford
        Familius
        Retail Price $17.95
        Amazon Price: $13.73

        Book Description: 

        After more than twenty years living internationally—sixteen addresses, eight countries and five different  languages—writer Melissa Bradford shares a fantastic journey of motherhood that will inspire any family.

        Follow this family of six on their passage—extraordinary, hilarious and heartbreakingly poignant—from Bright Lights (of New York City) to the Northern Lights (of Norway) to the City of Light (Paris) to the speed-of-light of the Autobahn (in Munich).  Continue deep into the tropics of Southeast Asia (Singapore) and end your voyage in the heights of the Swiss Alps (Geneva).

        As varied as the topography—the craggy fjords, the meandering Seine, the black forests, the muggy tropics, the soaring Alps—this multicultural tale traverses everything from giving birth in a château in Versailles to living on an island in a fjord. From singing jazz on national Norwegian T.V. to judging an Indonesian beauty contest. From navigating the labyrinth of French bureaucracy and the traffic patterns of Singapore to sitting around a big pine table where the whole family learns languages, cultures, cuisines—where they, in short, learn to love this complex and diverse world and, most importantly, each other.

        Review

        The author has lived a life that others only dream of, traveling the globe and raising her family in a variety of interesting, life-enriching settings.  Not that her life has been a picnic.  She has suffered loss, had to endure change, and make a consistent life for her children though her living conditions were anything but consistent.  Due to her situation, Melissa has learned to see her life as an adventure and shares how to live life in the moment.  She encourages the reader to see their lives the same way, no matter where they live, and to make hospitality a way of life.  It was a fantastic read!
        ~Reviewed by Allie B.

          Heartfelt

          Heartfelt
          By Joneal Kirby
          Worthy Publishing
          Retail Price $15.99
          Amazon Price: $11.75

          Book Description: 

          Every woman longs for good conversation, a safe place to be vulnerable, and wisdom from women who are ahead of us on the journey. In previous generations, women lived in close-knit communities and encouraged one another in marriage, parenting, and spirituality. In today’s world, we often feel isolated. Yet our God-given craving for connection remains.

          In Heartfelt, Dr. Joneal Kirby shows us how to embrace the joy of emotional intimacy with other women. Her practical wisdom and personal experience, combined with dozens of real-life stories, equip us to cultivate meaningful relationships with women in all seasons of life.

          You may feel you’ll never move beyond the small talk of church coffee hour. You may wonder if your current friendships will ever reach a new depth. Heartfelt gives you the practical ideas and inspiration you need to change surface-level interactions into deep relationships that can change lives forever.

          Includes prayers, questions for discussion and reflection, and a guide to beginning your own intergenerational small group.

          Review

          In this book the author encourages us to listen to our need for friendships and to find and strengthen those relationships. With a passion borne from an intense belief in the power of friendship, Kirby guides your relationships to new levels of intimacy and trust. You will find great tips on how to deepen friendships and understanding the importance of those friendships in a woman’s life. Engaging, honest, and deeply personal, this book will inspire you to see your desire for friendship not as a burden but as a gift.

          ~Reviewed by Deb S.

            Global Mom

            Global Mom
            By Melissa Dalton-Bradford
            Familius
            Retail Price $17.95
            Amazon Price: $13.73

            Book Description: 

            After more than twenty years living internationally—sixteen addresses, eight countries and five different  languages—writer Melissa Bradford shares a fantastic journey of motherhood that will inspire any family.

            Follow this family of six on their passage—extraordinary, hilarious and heartbreakingly poignant—from Bright Lights (of New York City) to the Northern Lights (of Norway) to the City of Light (Paris) to the speed-of-light of the Autobahn (in Munich).  Continue deep into the tropics of Southeast Asia (Singapore) and end your voyage in the heights of the Swiss Alps (Geneva).

            As varied as the topography—the craggy fjords, the meandering Seine, the black forests, the muggy tropics, the soaring Alps—this multicultural tale traverses everything from giving birth in a château in Versailles to living on an island in a fjord. From singing jazz on national Norwegian T.V. to judging an Indonesian beauty contest. From navigating the labyrinth of French bureaucracy and the traffic patterns of Singapore to sitting around a big pine table where the whole family learns languages, cultures, cuisines—where they, in short, learn to love this complex and diverse world and, most importantly, each other.

            Review

            The author has lived a life that others only dream of, traveling the globe and raising her family in a variety of interesting, life-enriching settings.  Not that her life has been a picnic.  She has suffered loss, had to endure change, and make a consistent life for her children though her living conditions were anything but consistent.  Due to her situation, Melissa has learned to see her life as an adventure and shares how to live life in the moment.  She encourages the reader to see their lives the same way, no matter where they live, and to make hospitality a way of life.  It was a fantastic read!
            ~Reviewed by Allie B.

              Heartfelt

              Heartfelt
              By Joneal Kirby
              Worthy Publishing
              Retail Price $15.99
              Amazon Price: $11.75

              Book Description: 

              Every woman longs for good conversation, a safe place to be vulnerable, and wisdom from women who are ahead of us on the journey. In previous generations, women lived in close-knit communities and encouraged one another in marriage, parenting, and spirituality. In today’s world, we often feel isolated. Yet our God-given craving for connection remains.

              In Heartfelt, Dr. Joneal Kirby shows us how to embrace the joy of emotional intimacy with other women. Her practical wisdom and personal experience, combined with dozens of real-life stories, equip us to cultivate meaningful relationships with women in all seasons of life.

              You may feel you’ll never move beyond the small talk of church coffee hour. You may wonder if your current friendships will ever reach a new depth. Heartfelt gives you the practical ideas and inspiration you need to change surface-level interactions into deep relationships that can change lives forever.

              Includes prayers, questions for discussion and reflection, and a guide to beginning your own intergenerational small group.

              Review

              In this book the author encourages us to listen to our need for friendships and to find and strengthen those relationships. With a passion borne from an intense belief in the power of friendship, Kirby guides your relationships to new levels of intimacy and trust. You will find great tips on how to deepen friendships and understanding the importance of those friendships in a woman’s life. Engaging, honest, and deeply personal, this book will inspire you to see your desire for friendship not as a burden but as a gift.

              ~Reviewed by Deb S.