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Food Junkies

CoverAbout the Book by Vera Tarman & Phil Werdell & Read by Lisa Bunting

Is it possible to be addicted to food? When does indulging in ‘comfort’ food become substance abuse? Is it possible that there is more than a lack of will power at work when someone can’t stop eating? In Food Junkies, Vera Tarman and Phil Werdell explain what is – and isn’t – food addiction, tackling this complex and poorly understood problem through the stories of many survivors and from the perspectives of medical researchers/practitioners. They break down the science behind the research so that anyone can understand it, and take a fresh look at obesity, overeating, binge eating, anorexia and bulimia. For people struggling with these issues — and their families — recognizing the condition is the first step to gaining the kind of support and advice they need.

Food Junkies (finalist in the 2016 Voice Arts Awards) offers hope and guidance. Read by Lisa Bunting, according to one audible customer review, her “calming voice assists with decreasing the shame so often found with addiction and can open the listener up to actually hearing,” while another noted the audiobook version “brought the science to life in a different way than the book. It made it even more real as one can’t ‘skim’ or ‘rush’ through the life-changing content.”

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Think Happy Club: Friendship

Author Grace Snoke and Illustrated by Anne Saucer

Reviewed by Felita Daniels / 26 Pages

Think Happy cover artThis book is categorized as self-help in relationships at Amazon. Where it is different than perhaps most other self-help books, is that it is whimsical and fun. There are charming illustrations. In a child-like method it is brought to your attention that relationships shouldn’t be taken for granted. There are suggestions of actions to be taken to strengthen your friendships.

On my tablet, which utilizes Kindle software for Android, every other page was blank. I am not sure if this will be everyone else’s experience. Grace Snoke and Anne Saucer are talented individuals and I wish them well in their endeavors. This was a delightful bit of fun to reinforce what we should be doing for healthy relationships with our friends and loved ones.

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About the Author

Grace SnokeGrace Snoke was born in San Antonio, Texas, where she lived for 13 years before moving to Kerrville, Texas. She attended college at Angelo State University where she met her husband and a year later moved to Lincoln, Nebraska, where she continued her education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is a corporate journalist working as an internal communications contractor and website administrator for Fortune 500 companies. Her first book, “Think Happy Club: Friendship,” was co-written by Anne Saucer, a colleague at a gaming website they had both worked for previously.

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Review: 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do

Author Amy Morin / Reviewed by Felita Daniels / Pages 272

I believe that most folks that like to read are also the type of people that like to grow and improve themselves. Even if you aren’t into reading psychology books in general, I think anyone can related to some portion of this book. The author Amy Morin discusses 13 areas or weaknesses that can slow the journey to contentment and happiness.

13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do CoverMost people would look over the list of 13 and mentally say to themselves “I’m fine with that one, that one, yup, okay on that, “ but then hit one and stop dead in their tracks. Or their spouse reading over their shoulder would say “Skip to #7, you need to read that chapter, honey.” If you are wondering where your weak spot may be, the publishers have provided a quiz.

The style and formatting of the book is easy on psychological terms and organized in a practical style. The use of real life examples, bullet points, beginning chapters with famous quotes and summarizing ‘What’s Helpful’ and ‘What’s Not Helpful’ at the end of each topic make for light reading of serious subject matter. I liked that references for each chapter were included at the back of the book. If you decided you wanted to delve more deeply in to research on your soft spot, you could. Continue reading

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