I have read very few self help books in my time...
I though these 3 sounded pretty interesting
1. "Throw Out Fifty Things" by Gail Blake
Here's what I can tell you...I am sending my copy of this book to my Best Friend Stephanie in Japan... I don't think she's thrown anything away since 1975...which was the year she was born (I am not a hoarder of crap, pretty paper and stamps and things that sparkle maybe, but not crap) However, if I was a hoarder of crap, not just "crap" crap (like the strawberry Kissing Potion that's been in your makeup bag since 1984- Chapter 2) , but also emotional life "crap"...(like maybe "Letting go of the Need to Feel Secure" Chapter 18)...ooh did I say I wasn't a hoarder...? OK...I really loved the funny little stories in every chapter, and how she added a score card at the end of each one for you to fill out...a sort of journal of "crap" if you will. From your bathroom to your brain the author leads you on a journey of getting rid of all the things weighing you down. For me, I had some serious moments in the second half of the book "Attacking the Mental Mess"...where I thought..."seriously,does this woman know me?"...The point is well taken. Thanks Gail!
2. "Mrs. Meyer's Clean Home " by Mrs Thelma Meyer
Um, personally I think cleaning is over-rated...what's the point it's all just going to get dirty again, right?...Ok Just kidding...well kind of...What I liked about this book is that it
a. gives you recipies for cleaning products from your own kitchen which are also chemical free and very "green"
b. has an actual schedule by day, week and month of how to tackle different cleaning projects, from your kitchen (daily) to your gutters (monthly) I will never be this organized
c.It has a VERY HANDY index so if say I needed to get some red wine and chocolate out of a blouse...welllll that's on page 168-169...very helpful (not that I've ever had to do that)
To me, this book is a great reference book for the index alone.
3. "How To Mess Up Your Child's Life" by Olivia and Kurt Bruner
I laughed a lot reading this book, and I hope I can explain it well..The authors Olivia and Kurt Bruner are married and the parents of 4 children. Kurt is a Pastor with the "Focus on the Family" movement and Olivia is a former Schoolteacher and you can read all about them and their other works here. This is a very different take on a parenting book, (which I typically avoid because I don't want to be a better parent...) in that first, it's entertaining. And second it shows several (ok 7) really good examples of what we are all probably guilty of in one way or another in our parenting, and then kind of shows us the light, if you will....it was informative and very funny without being overly preachy or making me feel guilty.
OK THAT's IT!!
I am giving away 5 sets of each of these books...yes that's right there will be 5 winners and you're each getting all three books (us and canada only no po boxes) Thanks to Hatchette Book Group for these books.
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Winners will be announced here Next Sunday April 12th...where I will be announcing another self help giveaway..hooray!!