Ordering Your Private World by Gordon MacDonald

Gordan MacDonald

MARCH 22, 2019

PUBLISHED BY: Thomas Nelson; Revised, Updated edition (September 5, 2017)

LENGTH: 256 pages

GENRE: Non-fiction, Information

BUY ON: Amazon

In this world today, we have smartphones, laptops, and other electronic devices to organize our life; occasionally we might even see the rare form of organization on an old-fashioned calendar or sticky note. However, where are the devices to organize our private worlds—our inner lives? Because we can not own a device that can do that, George MacDonald gives a book on how to. Ordering Your Private World is the tangible guide on how to bring order to your every day. Christian’s can be like an unread book sometimes—of value, but not near as much as if he had chosen to grow and sharpen his mind. One’s spiritual world is just as important as his physical world; without one or the other, each can not reach its full potential.  God is calling each and every person to a specific thing. However, we can not learn of that thing until we accept his calling. Once we accept His calling, we can begin to live our lives to their full potential. Another important aspect to ordering your private world is time. Time is the easiest thing to lose and the hardest to find. Disorganized time is most often the cause of a disorganized private world. In addition, carelessness about either work or God are symptoms of a disorganized person. George MacDonald’s Ordering Your Private World is the most tangible we can get to owning a device that organizes our private world. Using real-life stories and examples, MacDonald brings together a great guide to bringing organization back into one’s life.

I always love reading self-help books, because I always love being inspired and motivated to try something new. I am a very neat person, however, organizing–well, lets just say that’s not my strong point. I struggle with organization, and am always losing things because of it. My private world isn’t any different. I might be very punctual and diligent, but I struggle because of my lack of orginization.

I enjoyed Ordering Your Private World because it put into tangible perspective how to get organization back into my private life. I learned how to organize my time better, as well as how to keep track of my time and stop losing it. MacDonald did a great job balancing explaining with engaging. I found this book pretty easy to read, and I understood everything I read.

I reccomend this book to all of the other people who, like me, might be neat yet struggle with organization. Who love organization, but lack it. However, I also reccomend Ordering Your Private World is to any person–with lack of organization or not–who have a desire to learn…because learning is never a waste.

How I Raised Myself From Failure To Success in Selling by Frank Bettger

Frank Bettger

March 10, 2019

PUBLISHED BY: Touchstone; 1st Fireside ed edition (April 9, 1992)

LENGTH: 192 pages

GENRE: Non-fiction, Business, Information

BUY ON: Amazon


Many people have experienced failures in their lives. Many people have experienced a time when they quit; just gave up because they didn’t think they could go on. Frank Bettger has experienced his fair share of failures and he writes about how he overcame them in his book How I Raised Myself from Failure to Success in Selling. After being fired from his current salesman job for being too lazy, Bettger gave up the salesman job because he thought he was a failure at it. The truth was that he was not a failure at it—until he quit. One night, after talking to Dale Carnegie, Bettger made a decision that would change his life—he made the decision to stay in the insurance business and put the same enthusiasm into selling as he did when he played baseball. From that point on, Bettger became enthusiastic about selling and it transformed his life. As when anybody first starts out, he earned minimal wage, however, he remained enthusiastic about it and before long he was working his way up to a higher income.  While enthusiasm was a big part in selling, it wasn’t the only skill he learned. Bettger also shares other tools that raised him up. He shares the secrets on how to create, win, and gain a person’s confidence and he shares how even the small things like smiling, looking one’s best, and asking questions, led to more sells. How did these small things help? And what is the most important word in selling? Frank Bettger’s How I Raise Myself From Failure to Success will answer these questions and much more;it is the perfect book for any sales person who desires to succeed.

This author was MY kind of business author. Like I said in my last post, I sometimes have trouble reading business books, because the authors write so dry. A lot of times, the authors drag on about one subject and don’t add any spark or life to their content. Frank Bettger was completely different. He told so many life stories, which I always love when authors do that because it proves that what they are saying works. It also helps me relate to them. I am not currently a sales person, however, I enjoyed this book and learned a lot, because the author wrote so engaging. He kept telling story after story, and they all related to what he was writing about.

Even though I am not currently selling anything, How I Raised Myself from Failure to Success in Selling pointed out how important it is to smile. I also learned how important looking one’s best is; whether I am selling or not, it always makes a good impression on people.

In my opinion, Frank Bettger did an awesome job pointing out and teaching many valuable facts. Even if you are not a salesperson, I recommend this book, because, it teaches a lot. You can always learn something new. No matter what your occupation, Frank Bettger does an amazing job of giving the reader important life lessons, applicable for all areas of life.

Little Girl Crying by Belinda Rose

Belinda Rose

March 11, 2019

PUBLISHED BY: BookBaby (August 11, 2018

LENGTH: 478 pages

GENRE: Non-fiction, Memoir

BUY ON: Amazon


All girls are self-conscience about their looks—weight, face, and figure—however, some girls worry so much about it that they almost kill themselves. This was the case for Belinda Rose. In her book Little Girl Crying she tells her sad story of suffering from anorexia nervosa and depression for 38 years of her life. Growing up in an abusive home, being bullied at school, and raped by a trusted friend, Belinda Rose started starving herself when she was only twelve years old. Before long it got to where she was surviving on only 200-400 calories a day because she thought she was fat and was desperate to lose weight. Not only that, she was hospitalized 13 times in 18 months because of her frail condition. She then went to binging and purging where she could stuff herself with whatever she wanted as long as she forced herself to vomit afterwards. Recovery to her seemed impossible as she felt lost and alone, as her disorder destroyed her mentally, physically, and spiritually. However, as a small child, Belinda had relied on her imaginary friend, Jesus, to comfort her and give her hope through her dark times. It was this love and devotion that eventually miraculously stilled the Voice of anorexia and lifted the darkness away.

Little Girl Crying was a challenging book to read. As I traveled Belinda’s journey with her in the form of a book, I was amazed by her story. I was also annoyed because every time someone tried to help her overcome this disorder, Belinda let it tear her down again. She was hospitalized so many times because she wouldn’t follow anyone’s advice and instead continue down her road to destruction. I just wanted to reach into the story, shake her by the shoulders and tell her, “You do not realize how much this is destroying your life. You don’t want to do this. Being skinny is not worth this.” But as I continued to read, I realized how often I have been just like her. There have been so many times that I tear myself down because I feel ugly or overweight, even though I know I am not. Yet ,what I need to realize is I am fearfully and wonderfully made. God made no mistake when He created me. Little Girl Crying was such an inspirational book that encouraged me to be very careful what my thoughts are because they are a powerful thing that I can either use to tear me down or build me up. The author wrote in a very engaging way, however, I would recommend this book to an older audience only because of its mature content. I did not think the author wrote in an inappropriate way at all, and I thought she handled the subject very well.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through the BookCrash.com book review program. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s CFR Title 16, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Emmeline by Sarah Holman

Sarah Holman

March 8, 2019

PUBLISHED BY: Sarah Holman; 1 edition (February 18, 2017)


GENRE: Fiction, Christian Fiction, Historical Fiction

BUY ON: Amazon


What if a classic Jane Austen’s Emma came to life in modern 1930’s? A modern twist on the well-known classic comes Emmeline by Sarah Holman. Emmeline Wellington is a wealthy young lady living in 1930’s America. Proud of her matchmaking skills, Emmeline’s number one goal is to match her newly found friend, Catarina, with one of the most eligible bachelors in town. However, everything appears to go wrong and even her friend and neighbor, Fredrick Knight, questions her every move. When Emmeline misinterprets a man’s intentions, and makes a mess of things, what will it take to make it up? Will true friendship and love triumph over all or will friendships be broken and hearts hurt?

I really enjoy classics and while Jane Austen is not my favorite author, I really enjoyed this spin off her book, Emma.

I absolutely adored all the characters! Emmeline was so proper and wealthy, yet she was still sweet. Frederick was such a cool guy; the honest and faithful friend that every girl dreams of. Catarina was such a cool edition to the story as it was not common back than for a wealthy young lady to spend time with a poor work-hand.

I loved how Emmeline kept getting into trouble even after Frederick warned her. And I found it humorous how Frederick’s warnings always came true. And–oh my word–I LOVED the ending. It was probably supposed to be a surprise ending, however, I had a hunch and it turned out true.

I now want to go back and read this book over again to savor the super sweet story!

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Stellae Books in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own and a positive review was not required.

The Lion and the Lamb by Charles Causey

Charles Causey

March 8, 2019

PUBLISHED BY: WestBow Press (November 18, 2016)


GENRE: Non-fiction

BUY ON: Amazon


Tell anybody the word Holocaust and ask what the first thing that comes to mind is and 9 out of 10 people will probably say Adolf Hitler or Nazis. The Lion and the Lamb by Charles Causey gives a behind the scenes insight on what really went on during the Holocaust. Many people know Adolf Hitler as the brains and wickedness behind this disaster, however, not many people have heard of or read about the other half. While Adolf Hitler was the leader of all this corruption, hundreds of Nazi leaders helped carry out his plans. From the Nazi who discovered the poisonous gas used to kill over a million Jews to the Nazis torturing the prisoners in the camps, Causey’s book brings the reader into the Nazis inner circle. Meanwhile, a courageous Dutch resistance worker did her fair share in making history—by risking her life daily to keep Jews out of concentration camps. Switching between these two vastly different stories, the author brings together a book full of horror and courage, and a new, unique look into the world’s most devastating event—World war II.

I have always heard of and learned about Adolf Hitler in History books and such, however, I have never really heard of the other Nazi leaders. This book was amazing; it was horrific and fascinating at the same time. I could not believe all the wicked things that went on behind the scenes of World War II between the Nazis. It proved that Satan really was at work during this horrible time in history. Learning about World war II from two different points of view was unique as well. It was saddening to read about the dark and depressing Nazi side as their number one goal is power, but then inspiring to read about the light and hopeful victim side of Corrie Ten Boom as her number one goal was just to save people’s lives. One side was just looking for earthly pleasures while the latter was creating eternal ones. As I read Corrie Ten Boom’s side of the story, it really made me check myself and realize how truly blessed I am to live in a safe and loving home. Nowadays in America we take so many things for granted. There is such a big problem with obesity because of this; we take for granted the things that God has blessed us with. The Lion and the Lamb was an inspiring story of hope and courage in the middle of a dark and horrid war.

*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Character Counts by Og Guinness


Og Guinness

March 4, 2019

PUBLISHED BY:  Baker Books (March 1, 1999)


GENRE: Non-fiction

BUY ON: Amazon


Many great leaders line our history who have helped both shape and define what we can look back on today. Character Counts captures four remarkable world figures and shines a light on each of their leadership qualities. George Washington, William Wilberforce, Abraham Lincoln, and Alexander Solzhenitsyn have all left their own mark in history; however, what brought these leaders together? Each of their stories are completely different, none of them have met each other, and each grew up in completely different ways and places. Yet despite all their differences, each of these leaders held one large similarity—character. Character is something that is beginning to get overlooked; money, net worth, and titles seem to be taking its place. However, in Character Counts, Og Guinness brings together concise biographical and contemplative chapters told from five different authors’ incites. As each chapter unfolds, it is clear that character was a key role in each leaders’ life. Without character, George Washington would not have been the man of honor he is known for today. Without character, William Wilberforce would have never stood up for the abolition of slavery in the first place. Without character Abraham Lincoln definitely would not have been known as “honest Abe” nor would he have fought to turn a war-torn America into the free one we enjoy today. And without character, Alexander Solzhenitsyn would not have criticized communism or endured the punishment in return. Character Counts brings together these remarkable men’s stories, and proves that character is, in fact, very important in the lives of each individual. It is also a living example that adversity is what brings forth the best form of character

Character Counts was a very interesting and informative read. I had never actually heard about Alexander Solzhenitsyn before reading this book. I appreciated that the authors gave a brief biography on each leader’s life without dragging on with uneeded information. They told the reader just enough information about the person to get the just of their lives, but then went straight into their leadership qualities. I also thought it was cool that the book was written by five different people. I always enjoy hearing several different points of view. In addition, the authors did a great job of writing in their own words, but harmonizing the main points. There are so many leadership lessons we can learn from the phenominal lives of these 5 leaders, but I thought the authors did a great job of picking out just a few. They did so without belittling any of the other lessons, the leaders taught. Overall Character Counts was a smooth written book with informative facts that I rate a four out of five stars. The only thing that kept this book off a five stars was that I think the authors could have made the leaders’ stories a bit more exciting to read. That being said, i did not think the book was boring–it just needed a bit of excitement to it.


Our Iceberg Is Melting by John Kotter

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John Kotter

FEBRUARY 17, 2019

PUBLISHED BY: Penguin Random House; 2 edition (January 5, 2016)

LENGTH: 76 pages

GENRE: Fable

BUY ON: Amazon


Our Iceberg Is Melting by John Kotter and Holger Rathgeber is a cute, simple fable illustrating the principle of “changing and succeeding under any conditions”. A group of dignified emperor penguins in Antarctica, lived on an iceberg that had been their home for many years. The penguins relied on each other for warmth that kept each one alive and in return protected each other from all the harsh Antarctica holds. One day, however, their peaceful life was shattered when a curious penguin named Fred made an annihilating discovery that threatened their home. However, pretty much no one believes Fred; and the few that do, now have to come up with a solution to keep their colony safe before the harsh winter months arrive. This very small group has to come up with a way to convince all the other penguins of their danger and a solution to keep them safe. As all the birds give suggestions for solutions, Fred’s worry mounts as none of the solutions sound realistic. What does it take to keep their family together? Will they be able to find a way. Read Our Iceberg Is Melting to find out!


While this story and its characters are fiction, it illustrates an important lesson of working well under whatever life brings your way. I thought the story line was really cute and a creative way to teach a lesson. I did think that the subtitle “changing and succeeding under any circumstances” didn’t describe the content very well. In my opinion the story seemed to teach how to work well as a team more than it taught how to change and succeed “under any circumstances”. The story itself was cute though and it did teach a good lesson, and since I rate books based on the content more than the title, I am giving it a four-star rating.


Love, Ani-1


20 Question Book Tag


Happy Saturday, Jedi! I was nominated for the 20 question book tag by Ezra and Lily Thanks Ezra and Lily! Make sure to check out their awesome blogs!

How many books do you think are too many books in a book series?

Well one of my favorite series, the Mandie series has 40 books, so I honestly don’t think a book series can have too many books–especially if it is a good one!

How do you feel about cliffhangers?

I am 50/50. If I have the next book in the series, than I love cliffhangers because it makes the introduction into the next book so much more exciting. However if I dont have the next book, I hate cliffhangers because I can’t find out what happens so I just go. crazy trying to imagine what is going to happen.

Hardback or paperback?

I prefer hardback for nonfiction books and I prefer paperback for fiction books.

Favorite book?

My favorite book is always changing because I read alot. However, currently my favorite nonfiction book is Hiding in the Light by Rifqa Bary and my favorite fiction book is The Chance by Karen Kingsbury.

Least favorite book?

Definitely Where the Red Fern Grows. I hate books with sad endings!

Love triangles, yes or no?

I am not really into romance, so I don’t really care about love triangles.

The most recent book you just couldn’t finish?

The Lord of the Rings. I didn’t even finish the 2nd chapter of the first bookq because the book were so boring and I didn’t even get what was going on.

A book you’re currently reading?

The Lion and the Lamb. It is a WWII true story.

Last book you recommended to someone?

I think it was Lifted From Darkness.

Oldest book you’ve read?

Obviously the Bible.

Newest book you’ve read?

Most likely it was Still in the Game

Favorite author?

Chuck Black

Buying books or borrowing books?

I prefer buying because then I own the book and I can read it as much as I want.

A book you dislike that everyone else seems to love?

The Lord of the Rings

Bookmarks or dog-ears?

Neither. I don’t usually take long enough to read a book that I need to mark my spot. The only time I ever do is when I read books on my kindle, but then I have an automatic bookmark.

A book you can always re-read?

The Chance by Karen Kingsbury

Can you read while hearing music?

No. I prefer peace and quiet.

One POV or multiple POVs?

I actually like both–as long as it is written well.

Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?

Definitely one sitting!

Ok, that’s all! Thanks again Ezra and Lily. I am going to nominate…

Abby Rose

Love, Ani-1