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Find Your Strongest Life by Marcus Buckingham + my Tell Me Thursday answers

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Yesterday, I asked some Tell Me Thursday questions, which have to do with my book review for today (if you’re a woman, you definitely want to hear about this book). But before I get into that, I promised to share my own answers:

1) My favorite toy when I was a kid: My Care Bear Wish Bear. I loved the Care Bears and I thought they were real. Whenever I was on a plane ride, I would sit by the window seat to look for Care-A-Lot.

2) My second home: Like Cyndi, I like to think of the church that I go to as my second home. More than anything, it’s because of the wonderful people that I see whenever I’m in the building. Oh, and I love the food they serve for merienda (ginataan and turon!) at the basement cafeteria, too!

3) My comfort food: Breakfast food! I love waffles, bacon, eggs, cereal, muffins, and I can go on and on and on…

4) What I want to do if I could take a break from what I needed to do: I would escape to one of my favorite secret spots to get some peace and quiet. And just stay there, without worrying about the time. I would stay there and just think…pray…maybe read, too.

5) What makes me smile: Downtime with my nephews. I love that moment when they’ve stopped running around and they’re just sitting still beside me. It usually only happens when we’re watching TV or when they’re busy playing video games. My 2-year old nephew loves to crawl into my lap with his bottle of milk and lean his head against me. Happy times.

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Now the reason why I asked those questions was because thinking about what makes us happy–what makes us feel strong–is one of the key parts of living a strong life, according to the book Find Your Strongest Life: What the Happiest and Most Successful Women Do Differently by strengths guru Marcus Buckingham.

Most women I know (myself included) grew up with the illusion that we need to live “balanced lives”. The question is, what does that look like? Have you ever really, truly, felt “balanced”?

Buckingham says, “So often you’re told to strive for balance. But balance is the wrong target. Balance is almost impossible to achieve and not fulfilling when you do.”

In the book, Buckingham addresses the common problems that women have, and offers some mindset-changing insights on how to live differently. Watch this video to know more:

My verdict: I love Buckingham’s idea of living an intentionally imbalanced life. It’s such a refreshing and freeing perspective that makes so much sense. After reading this book, I was able to rearrange my schedule in a way that opened up time for more “strong life” moments, like spending time with my nephews, taking road trips, and enrolling in classes that I knew I would enjoy. This book inspired me to take a photography class! Whenever I find myself feeling weary again, I go back to the principles I learned in this book. When I think about it, the book can be summed up in just a few paragraphs. If you don’t have the time to read it, you can just skim through the important parts and you’ll pretty much get the gist.

Give it a try: Take the free Strong Life Test and browse through the book preview here. (By the way, I wouldn’t take the test as gospel truth, though. I took the test twice and had different results each time, both of which could apply to me. I  just read both profiles in the book and took the recommendations with an open mind.)

Think about it: What makes you feel strong?

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Plan B by Pete Wilson

One of the best books I read while I was on this trip is a book called Plan B. At the end of this post, I will tell you how you can have a chance to get a copy of this book for free (if you reside in Metro Manila)!

Here’s the gist of the book:

I love how God’s timing is always perfect. When I first got this book, I wasn’t in the mood to read it, but when I finally did, I’m glad I got around to it.

Suffering and pain are both inevitable. Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble.” (John 16:33) Sometimes the trials and tribulations seem to turn my world upside down that I don’t know what to do, and I end up sinking into a dark and desolate emotional place. When I find myself in a place that I didn’t expect to be, a place I didn’t want to be, I search, plead, and beg God for answers. And when they don’t immediately come, I get frustrated and depressed. Does this sound familiar? Does this happen to you?

Pete Wilson does a great job capturing the emotions behind the so-called nightmares that we experience through his own stories, and other real-life stories of people who went through their own seasons of great difficulty–the ones they didn’t ask for and they didn’t expect. As I read them, I, too, wondered about the answers, explanations, solutions…

But what if we didn’t need answers? What if there was something better than getting easy answers and quick fixes? Jesus did say we will go through trouble in this world, but we often miss the second part of the verse: “But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

The book goes into what that second part means for us and what it looks like and feels like in our lives. It isn’t one of those books that offers paint-by-numbers solutions to our problems, but it does go straight to the heart of who God is and what He has done and what He continues to do for us. It’s an easy read, and if I were you, I’d keep a highlighter within your reach. For many people, this book is an invitation to hope once again. I highly recommend it, and it’s one that I’ll be reading over and over again.

For more information on the book, go to http://www.planbbook.com. You can also download a sample chapter here.

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I’ve got one copy of the book to give away! To get a chance to snag it, leave a comment below and either:

a) Tell me why you want the book
b) Give me a topic that you want me to write about (or a question you want me to answer) on this blog.

On Monday, July 12, I will select one person at random to get the free copy, and I’ll notify the winner through email. It’s really easy! Sorry, but it’s only open to those within Metro Manila. And that’s because…I’ll be back home in the Philippines next week. :) More on that in my next post!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Nelson’s Complete Book of Bible Maps and Charts, 3rd Edition

I am such a bookworm, I get excited every time I get a new book. This time around, I decided to review something that some people would view as different from my usual fare…but I just couldn’t resist. I think it’s the geek in me. :)

I love the Bible, and I love getting deeper into it by learning more about it. Nelson’s Complete Book of Bible Maps and Charts got me excited when I saw it, because when I browsed through it, I saw that it was packed with all sorts of information about the Bible. Outlines, summaries, maps, charts, photos…you name it, the book’s got it. Do you want to visualize what Solomon’s temple looked like? Do you want to see what the hill of Bethsaida looks like? Do you want to see the maps of Paul’s journeys? Do you want a breakdown of all the events in the life of Jesus? All these and more, you can find in this book.

I love that it’s printed on nice paper and that it’s in full-color, but I’d like to see them create a more dynamic layout in the future editions. The book is so rich with Bible trivia, and the team that prepared this book did such a great job analyzing the books and making charts that explain the themes in the Bible, that it would be a shame to miss them. What’s great about this book is that it’s intended for nonprofit and noncommercial use in classrooms, seminars, and small group studies, so you can make copies (no more than 1,000 units in each setting and not to be sold) for your students or peers. If you have the book, you can also download the digital maps and charts for free on the Thomas Nelson site.

This book is not for everyone though, because the overload of information can be way too much for some people who are not all that interested or those who have short attention spans. Admittedly, I had a difficult time sitting through one chapter. But just like the Bible, this one’s meant to be read throughout one’s lifetime and serve as a reference book for years to come. I think it’s a must-have for everyone who teaches out of the Bible, whether you’re a pastor, Sunday school teacher, or small group leader. But even if you’re just curious and you want to know more about the Bible, I highly recommend it. I already know it’s going to be one of the most useful and important books in my collection.