Book Review: Trace Your Roots with DNA: Using Genetic Tests to Explore Your Family Tree by Megan Smolenyak and Ann Turner ISBN: 9781609616168


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If you are a true genealogist, amature or otherwise, you need Trace Your Roots with DNA: Using Genetic Tests to Explore Your Family Tree by Megan Smolenyak and Ann Turner.

Let’s start out with the one problem with this book.  This book was written in 2004 and a lot of genealogy and DNA resources have changed.  There are many links to many resources listed in this book. A lot of these links no longer work.  

Other than some of the links no longer working, this book is still pertinent today.  The authors provide simple, straightforward explanations of many complex genetic terms and practices.

If you are tracing your family history and you plan to use genetics, at least in part, to climb your tree, Trace Your Roots with DNA will help you understand the results you receive.

The book is well written and informative and will probably be your “Go to” resource when you work on your family tree.  Grab your copy now and join us in the fascinating world of family tree research.

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Book Review: The Build Framework: A Heart-Based System for Personal and Professional Growth by John Peitzman ISBN: 978-0-6483453-0-5


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Common sense isn’t so common anymore. That is the reason that books like The One Minute Manager and In Search of Excellence are still relevant today. Sometimes we all need a little reminder about what we should be doing in our organizations.

Back in the 80s, we saw a bunch of McManagement programs where someone came in and put up some posters with a slogan on it.  We called this Management Du Jour.

The next thing you knew, you were issued a binder with the new McManagement slogan on it.  If you were lucky, you got a t-shirt with the slogan on it and everyone got a tote bag, coffee mug, and some balloons, each with the new slogan on it.

The corporate suits would gather all the front line people together.  They would all sing Kumbaya and recite the new slogan and then it was back to the same old same old.

The Build Framework isn’t Management Du Jour or McManagement.  It is a common sense approach to how to improve your organization.

This short book has just five simple steps to help leaders remind themselves of what is important and actually get to lead. A fast reader can read this book in about a half hour to an hour, assuming no pesky interruptions like the boss or work.

The book is well written.  There are a few funny stories that are pertinent to the subject being discussed that help keep the reader engaged.

Will The Build Framework solve all your management problems? No.  Will it provide a different perspective for you? Yes, probably.  

Grab your copy of this and take it with you.  By the time you flush, you should have some new tools for your professional toolbox.

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150 Best Toaster Oven Recipes by Linda Stephen ISBN: 978-0-7788-0616-5

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You might be trying to downsize in a big way.  Your regular range oven might be on the fritz. You might be trying to reduce your power bill.  You might not have the money to buy a conventional oven. Or, you might just want to cook something while the big oven cooks something else.

No matter what, 150 Best Toaster Oven Recipes by Linda Stephen gives you some simple ideas of things you can cook in your toaster oven.

This book tells you about what types of cookware works best in the toaster oven and then tells you all about tons of mouth-watering recipes you can make in your toaster oven.

You can find toaster ovens ranging in price from about fifty bucks on up to around two hundred dollars.  We are sure you could find even more expensive ones if you tried. The good thing is that if you need to save space, or whatever reason you may have to try out cooking in a toaster oven, 150 Best Toaster Oven Recipes has you covered.  

How does spaghetti pie sound to you? This is one of the great recipes you can try out in your toaster oven.  What good ol’ Southern boy would turn down pecan crusted chicken? What’s not to like about that?

When you buy your copy of 150 Best Toaster Oven Recipes by Linda Stephen, you will find yourself trying out all sorts of these recipes.  Most of them are very quick and easy to prepare and the author tells you step-by-step what to do.  You will find yourself using your toaster oven a lot more often.

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Book Review: Project Unthinkable: A Doctor’s Gamble to Save Millions of Lives by Derek Yach ISBN: 978-1-988025-30-8


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I would have to say that
Project Unthinkable: A Doctor’s Gamble to Save Millions of Lives by Derek Yach is probably the most hope filled book I have ever read.

If everything works out the way the author Derek Yach seems to think it will, we will soon all be living in a smoke-free world.

I have to admit, if I were browsing a book store or searching through Amazon, I probably would pass this book by.  

If I had passed up on reading this book, I would have missed reading a wealth of information that I would not have received anywhere else.  

I really don’t know how the WHO works, but I know the FDA is made up of a bunch of goons that couldn’t regulate a dog fight.  I say this because they won’t allow natural foods and supplements to be sold unless they are willing to bow down and say that the only treatment for cancer is chemotherapy and radiation.

These same cancers are caused because the FDA does not do its job to protect our food supply.  Case in point, GMO isn’t as benign as it sounds. We are sent countless books to review that are written by top doctors in their fields.  These books tell us that GMO means that the chemical known as Roundup, an herbicide, is grown into our foods. And the FDA doesn’t think that it is important for us to know which of our foods are GMO?

The FDA didn’t even look at mesh implants before they were approved for implanting in humans.  

Now, Project Unthinkable tells us there is hope for us all.  The hope doesn’t come from government regulations of tobacco, but from one of the largest tobacco companies in the world.

This book is very well written and, believe it or not, it is very entertaining.  You will learn a lot about what you didn’t know you didn’t know. This is the kind of book that you will be surprised you found to be so interesting you just can’t put it down.

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Book Review: The Instant Pot® College Cookbook: 75 Quick and Easy Meals that Taste Like Home by Julee Morrison ISBN: 978-1-64152-259-5

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Life in my (David) dorm room was unusual.  I actually cooked in my room, whereas most students ate in the dining halls, ordered pizza, or lived on Pop Tarts.  One freshman I knew actually ate horse food because he thought it would help him gain muscle tone.

I wish I had an Instant Pot back then.  The Instant Pot® College Cookbook: 75 Quick and Easy Meals that Taste Like Home by Julee Morrison is a step-by-step guide on how to use the Instant Pot to make some very tasty and good for you meals that college students will love.

Actually, any person cooking for a small number of people will find this book to be very useful.  There are even instructions on how to make a Thanksgiving meal in the Instant Pot.

This book even tells you how to make broccoli cheese soup from scratch.  You won’t have to settle for Ramen noodles every night or Pop Tarts 3 meals a day; using the Instant Pot is simple and easy.  The pot does all the work.

This book is well written and well thought out.  It is simple and easy to follow. Shoot, even a freshman can eat like a king by following the instructions and recipes in The Instant Pot College Cookbook.

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Book Review: Be Heart Smart: Understand, Treat, and Prevent Coronary Heart Disease by Dr. Waqar Khan ISBN: 9781732268609


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We have been sent several books related to medical practices, diet, exercise, and several books related to heart health. If you just look around a little bit, you will find several.

However, Be Heart Smart: Understand, Treat, and Prevent Coronary Heart Disease by Dr. Waqar Khan is different.

Many of these books we have read are written by doctors who only want to brag about their credentials and tell us about all the brilliant things they have done in their practices to miracuously save a life.

Many of the doctors who write books now a days have only one tool in their toolbox.  Usually that tools is a drug that they helped develop.

Some doctors use most of their book to promote their practice and some unique method that you can only get from their practice.  Those books will tell readers countless times how to contact their practice.

Dr. Kahn is different.  He tells us about multiple ways we can prevent or treat Coronary Heart Disease.  Some of the treatments are surgical and the doctor describes them in layman’s terms so that almost anyone can understand what will take place.

Unlike many doctors, Dr. Kahn doesn’t have an ax to grind or a particular procedure to promote.  Instead, he tells us about diet, exercise, stress reduction and other simple things we can do to prevent or treat heart problems.

This book is very informative and does not come across as self-promoting like so many others we have read.  

Face it, you or someone you love will need to have heart-related services sometime in their future.  Grab a copy of Be Heart Smart now while you can read it and absorb it, and maybe help prevent a heart issue.  

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Book Review: Using the GAPS Diet: 175 Recipes for Gaining Control of Your Gut Flora by Signe Gad



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When your child is sick, you will do just about anything to heal them.  Gut health is more important than many people think. The GAPS Diet can help you heal a sick gut.

 

The GAPS Diet is different from any diet we have ever heard about.  Most diets suggest you use whole raw foods and, if you do eat meat, to use the leanest cuts of meat with as little fat as possible.  The GAPS Diet turns that advice on its ear.

 

Using the GAPS Diet: 175 Recipes for Gaining Control of Your Gut Flora by Signe Gad is a compact, but complete, course in following the GAPS Diet.  

 

Readers will learn what is wrong with the typical American diet, which many people refer to as the SAAD.  If you are having problems with your gut, using the GAPS Diet may just well be the answer you are looking for.

 

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Book Reviews: The Tears of Gethsemane by Deborah Faulks ISBN: 978-1-9736-0786-1


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The Tears of Gethsemane by Deborah Faulks was a difficult book for me to read and review.  It is very different from most books regarding Christianity.

When I first started reading this book, it was difficult for me to concentrate on it.  I started it over several times because I just wasn’t getting it.

I started to just set it aside for later, but then a prompting told me I really needed to get into this book.  I said multiple prayers and then dug into it.

Once I was able to quiet my mind, I was able to really understand what the author is trying to say.

Suzanne and I are from a charismatic, fundamentalist background.  This being said, we a have a few fundamental theological differences, but the overall feel and message of the book is completely in keeping with our beliefs.

This is not the kind of book one should just plow right through,  It is the kind of book that one should read with a lot of prayer and reflection.  One should keep their favorite translation of the Holy Bible handy and probably another translation to help when one has questions.

The Tears of Gethsemane would make a great small group Bible study. This would probably be the best way to approach it.  

Perhaps a group of Christians should take one chapter at a time and spend a week reading and re-reading it as well as prayerfully considering it.  Then, they could come together and discuss it in more detail.

If you miss this book, you have probably missed a blessing.

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Book Review: Best of Bridge Weekday Suppers: All-New Easy Everyday Recipes by Emily Richards and Sylvia Kong ISBN: 978-0-7788-0610-3

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When you don’t know what to make for supper and everyone is bugging you to feed them NOW, what do you do?

You could go scream into the clown’s head and get some robot food, or you could pick up your copy of Best of Bridge Weekday Suppers: All-New Easy Everyday Recipes by Emily Richards and Sylvia Kong and you are ready to go.

You probably have everything you need to fix most of these recipes.  There are even recipes for dessert in here.

These recipes are easy to follow.  Well, not really. The problem will be when the recipe says to cook the bacon and set it aside.  What cook is going to allow bacon to just sit there without eating it?

If you can resist the bacon long enough for it to actually make it into your recipe, you have the makings for some very tasty meals.

The spiral binding on this book makes it easy to follow the recipes because it doesn’t change the page while your back is turned.  Who hasn’t had the page turn on them while they are making a recipe? This makes for some interesting meals.

This easy to follow book will make a great addition to your cookbook collection. Even a husband can follow these recipes.  Get your copy of Best of Bridge Weekday Suppers today.

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Book Review: The Herbal Medicine Cookbook: Everyday Recipes to Boost Your Health by Susan Hess and Tina Sams ISBN: 978-1-64152-264-9


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Cholesterol too high? Take a pill.  Blood pressure too high? Take a pill. Got a cold coming on? Take a pill.  So many pills cannot possibly be good for us.

Modern medicine has an answer for just about everything.  But at what cost to your health?

The Herbal Medicine Cookbook: Everyday Recipes to Boost Your Health by Susan Hess and Tina Sams provides you some simple, relatively inexpensive ways to help you stay healthy.

This book is a step-by-step guide to eating in such a way that you give your body what it needs to heal itself.

You don’t need to replace your doctor or other health care provider, unless that is your goal.  You can help yourself feel better by following the recipes in this cookbook.

The Herbal Medicine Cookbook takes the idea of Chinese medicine and makes it easy to understand and easy to follow.  You won’t need a lot of fancy herbs or other ingredients. You probably have just about everything you need to follow most of these recipes right now.

This book tells you what equipment you need to get started.  Most modern kitchens have all of it or, at least, most of it anyway.

By following these easy recipes, you will give your body what it needs to feel better and healthier.

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