August Bookshelf Updates

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It has been a few months since I posted my book reviews!  I expected to read more considering I didn’t have cell phone reception since we were international all of July, but I read less on trains in Europe and enjoyed staring out windows more.  I can’t seem to feel that is a loss though 😉 !
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I wanted to read this because I love me some Duck Dynasty…don’t judge.  I was curious to learn more about John Luke Robertson and thought the book was a thoughtfully written Christian self-help book for teenagers.  John Luke organized the book by quotes and book suggestions he has and then shares experiences he has had that have solidified these points.  Each chapter is ended with a series of questions for you to think about and apply to your own life.  I found many of the questions for me ended up relating to: how are you using your God-given talents and are you getting the most out of your life?  I found John Luke very candid about life experiences, I enjoyed learning about how he and his wife met, and it was interesting to learn more about family from behind the scenes.  I think this would be a great book for a youth group to study, but I found the book very rambly and kind of disorganized.  I think John Luke’s book writing will definitely be improve as he ages and I’m happy there are positive role models for youth.


Dressing Your Truth, Discover Your Type of Beauty by Carol Tuttle //2 stars

I have always been interested in color palettes and beauty profiling so I decided to check this book out after hearing so much about the Dress Your Truth (DYT)  beauty program.  This book leads you through what the author describes as more than a seasonal palette analysis, but more of an energy profile of the four different types of beauty/movement a person can be.  I am fully confident that Tuttle is extremely body positive and wants people to love their best selves, but after reading the book I felt like I had to buy several other additional books written by her to really understand the system and that was a turn off for me.  I think the series would be great for people who are discovering themselves, their type of beauty, and I’ve heard that it really does make it easier to dress yourself.  However, I feel like there could be pictures and visual examples in the book to really help people identify themselves more easily.  The book was a very easy read and I read it in about a day.  If you’d like a self-help book that mingles in a more positive way to view yourself then this is a good one.


 What is a bookshelf update you have made recently?

  • I’ve mostly been rereading books lately. I’ve been on a fantasy fiction kick! But once I finish my current reread, I plan on reading Penn Jillette’s new book. It’s like a part memoir, part weight loss book. My husband has already finished it.

    • I’ve been reading a lot of self-help and fiction books here lately. I really love retold fairytales, but I haven’t found a good one in a while!! 🙂 I have been enjoying a lot of biographies as well so I’m curious what you think about that!

  • I’ve mostly been rereading books lately. I’ve been on a fantasy fiction kick! But once I finish my current reread, I plan on reading Penn Jillette’s new book. It’s like a part memoir, part weight loss book. My husband has already finished it.

    • I’ve been reading a lot of self-help and fiction books here lately. I really love retold fairytales, but I haven’t found a good one in a while!! 🙂 I have been enjoying a lot of biographies as well so I’m curious what you think about that!