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Saturday, April 23, 2011

Love Food & Live Well, Chantel Hobbs

I was excited to read Love Food & Live Well - I am recently recovered from a 5 month illness and really wanted to be encouraged in my kick start to healthier eating. However, this was not the book for that. It was a quick read. Chantel Hobbs wants to let us know that she lost 200 lbs - but since she doesn't want to dwell on the pain of the past - she doesn't really tell us how she did it. It is more of a Don't Eat the Whole Bag of Chips or Cookies, Save some for Next Week sort of advice. Her actual food section is about 6 pages long, 2 recipes each for each meal, mediteranian style. That's helpful. She did give a few workout photos on a bounce ball - that I might use if I get a ball.
If you have never looked into the food issues at all, and this is your first look at how food can entice you - maybe you might like this book. For the "Author of Never Say Diet", she sure does use that word alot in this book. It seems to be a collection of blog posts, or journal entries, of how much she likes her new body, her new fame, her new job promoting her fame, and how you too, could - I'm not sure. Love food? I really really love food already.

Chantel Hobbs, Love Food & Live Well
$19.99/$22.99 Can
Diet / Health

WaterBrook Press
217 Pages, Easy Read

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review from Blogging for Books. I will donate this book to the Deschutes Public Library.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

The Daughter's Walk

The Daughter's Walk is a departure from some of the homesteader romance beat the odds type of books, even for Jane Kirkpatrick. There isn't a girl longing for a husband, or a wife supporting her man. There are a cast of strong and courageous female characters doing what they could to get by in a day that didn't value the skills or input of women. Money seems to be key. This could be a quote from today, "My life had been defined by money; working for enough of it, saving for college, then using it instead for family needs". The book has the theme of earning, losing, earning spending, earning losing. Story of my life as well. (Quote from page 103). The story also has alot to do with writing. The value of writing down your story. The guilt and shame you might receive from relatives, the expectations of others - and really claiming the joy of writing. I like it when the character reflects - "It's easer to write than to speak about how I feel." I identify with that with my blogging! Towards the end of the book, Jane weaves us through the later years of the character's lives - she shared a poem, I think by Tagore? "I slept and dreamt that life was a joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I served and understood that service was joy." I see this quote pertaining to moms - even though the character is not a mom. When we learn to love the service, the passion of the work - Joy comes!

I will have to report Jane Kirkpatrick is my favorite author. I feel connection though our towns, as I was on the Vollyball team coached by one of her friends way back in the day, and then we both share a love for Central Oregon, my living in Bend. However, this was the hardest book to get into. The book is about the walk of a daughter and mother team, but the walk came so quickly, it was hard to know who the characters were - to identify with what they were doing. But the book had to go to the final pages, and your journey reading it, will be time well spent, as their story comes full circle.
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