The Compound Effect by Daren Hardy

Daren Hardy

MARCH 24, 2019

PUBLISHED BY: Vanguard Press; Csm edition (October 2, 2012)


GENRE: Non-fiction, Information, Self-help

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Have you ever been bitten by an elephant? How about a mosquito? This is an example that it is the little choices in life that will decide your life’s destiny. In Darren Hardy’s The Compound Effect, the author writes of the principles that shape life, business, relationships, and more. Big decisions are what seem to determine one’s life’s outcome; choosing to quit a job, move out of state, get married, have children. And while these decisions sure have their part in shaping one’s life, Darren Hardy proves that little choices are just as important. He gives an example of asking the reader what they would pick between $3 million instantly or a penny doubled each day for the next 31 days. Many people would probably pick the million because a penny doesn’t seem like much; however, the results of the penny are astounding. By day 29 the penny is worth only $2.7 million, but then day 30 it is worth 5.3 million, and day 31 it is worth over 10 million. You see, it isn’t until the end—the last days—that we began to see the results of the penny. This is a perfect example of the compound effect. Every little choice we make right now, down to the very penny we spend and the calories we eat, have lasting effects. Right now, we don’t see it, but just like the elephant/mosquito example, it is the little things that bite, and it is the little choices that make a difference. It is the little choices that slowly add up until they are overpowering even the big. Making just one little choice today can impact your life 3 years from now. Do you want to change your life’s course in a way you can be proud of in the years to come or do you want to keep your life on the course it is now—letting small decisions you don’t even realize continue to bring your life on a downhill spiral that you will suffer from in the years to come? The choice is yours; therefore, Darren Hardy encourages the reader to change his life now—with the compound effect. Reading The Compound Effect can change your life’s destiny.

The Compound Effect changed my outlook on several areas of my life. Darren Hardy made this book chock-full of so many good points that I loved. He wrote in a way that made so much sense.

His story is such an inspiration and example of what he writes. Growing up his dad was a lot like my dad–strict and “no funny business allowed”, yet very wise and successful. I could totally relate with a lot of the things he was talking about, so it almost made the book seem like it was written for me.

Not only that, I was inspired to put to action his principles; I have started a tracking journal now, and am logging each and every penny I spend, and would like to make one of my eating habits as well. And let me tell you–his principles really do work. Tracking every single penny I spend, makes me way more conscious of what I buy, because I am much more aware of what I spend my money on. The Compound Effect is totally a book I reccomend.

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

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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.

Little Girl Crying by Belinda Rose

Belinda Rose

March 11, 2019

PUBLISHED BY: BookBaby (August 11, 2018

LENGTH: 478 pages

GENRE: Non-fiction, Memoir

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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 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

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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

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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.

The Theft of America’s Soul by Phil Robertson


Phil Robertson

March 2, 2019

PUBLISHED BY: Thomas Nelson (February 5, 2019

LENGTH: 206 pages

GENRE: Non-fiction

BUY ON: Amazon


Millions of people around the world have heard of or watched the famous reality TV show, Duck Dynasty. Now, in The Theft of America’s Soul, the father of them all, Phil Robertson, shares his story as well as the lies that are destroying our country and the truths that will set it free. As a young adult Robertson shares the many mistakes he made; from making his wife leave, to drugs, and depression. After hitting rock bottom and almost losing his wife to divorce, Phil Robertson gave his life to Jesus Christ who completely turned his life around. After coming to this realization, Robertson started traveling the United States, inspiring people of all ages before also helping birth the TV show Duck Dynasty. Told with wit and humor and from the lips of a true hillbilly, The Theft of America’s Soul gives a unique look on how to get America back on track.



I have never watched the show Duck Dynasty, yet I have seen their faces and branding all over the place. On books, hunting equipment, duck calls, shirts, and other merchandise; the people behind the show have definitely made an impact. I think it is so cool that the Robertson family have taken a stand against Gay marriage and abortion, and never backed down. Phil Robertson’s book was a true show of his firm stand in his Christian faith. America needs more people like him–who will stand up for what they believe.

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

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

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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.


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