Thursday, September 22, 2016

"Healing Waters" book review
"When life seems to conspire against you, how do you find the courage to dive into Healing Waters?".  This quote was what drew me into reading this book.  I guess you can say that was a great one liner! ☺ 

Back Cover Intro:
When Lucia Coffey looks at her reflection, she sees fat and failure.  When she looks at her sister Sonia, she sees svelte and success.  When she looks at God, she sees that divine love can't possibly be doled out equally.  All her life, Lucia has coped by throwing herself into taking care of those who seem more worthy of God's goods, and feeding the dreams she has buried alive. 
But when tragedy strikes Lucia's family, she meets Sullivan Crisp, a decidedly offbeat psychologist who is trying to cope with his own shattered past.  They form an alliance to try to hold her family together and, in the process, both tentatively dip their toes into the waters of healing.  Step by faltering step they wade in, forging an unlikely community and digging deep for the courage to face a lurking danger that could pull them under..... or remind them what it's like to dance on the waves.

I enjoyed reading this book, since I felt like the main character, Lucia at one time.  Low self esteem, lack of self confidence, and often second guessing the power that God possess.  I think many women may have felt similar to this at one point in their lives. Lucia, in the story surrounds herself around positive people who helps her on her journey toward healing. I have learned first hand how those who we keep around can  affect our well being. This could be a spouse, family member, friends, coworkers, etc. Despite what Lucia feels about her past and her  present situation in the story, she finds out there is hope for her future. 

If you are struggling with your own demons, which everyone is, this is a great read to help bring peace, hope, and a breath of fresh air.  This book is a Christian novel and the author includes biblical scripture within the story, but again if you are not a Christian or you don't consider yourself as a religious person, you will still enjoy this story despite the Christian under tones. 

This review was based solely my opinion.  I was not compensated at anytime for this review.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016


When I created this hashtag, I never knew where it would take me.  This summer, I decided to venture out into my small bookstore business, and this hashtag was push to keep this business going.

During the summer, my time was devoted to networking, working this business, and taking this business out into my local farmer's market.  When I would set up my stand at the market, I would write in chalk all around the market my hashtag, #READINGneedsreading. 

Many people questioned me, the meaning and what it said.  I reminded them that our city needs to read. 

My heart has been to bring back the joy of reading back into our society, especially the city that I live in.  I live in the city that was named at one time the poorest city of the U.S., one that is poverty stricken, one where many would call it a place where there isn't any hope.  With all the negativity that may come from this city, I want to bring some positive changes even though, to me it may be small. 

The benefits of reading that many people have forgotten are learning new ideas, relaxing, broadening horizons and learning about places that many may not be able to visit.  With the increase of literate people, there will be an increase in moralty.  Understanding and learning about others will come while reading books. 

I am determined to bring back the joy of reading, even if I impact just one person.  Reading is my passion and my God's given gift.  If there is anything that I can do to inspire you, that would be to buy a book, find a book, go to your local library, and read!