Sunday, July 20, 2014

Letting Go of Perfect by Amy E. Spiegel

I chose Letting Go of Perfect because of its subject and because Angie Smith wrote the foreword. I am a big fan of Angie Smith's books, blog writings and her story. 

It was easy for me to like the author because I could relate to her love for books as well as with her introvert personality. She is a realist and chooses to approach the subject in a realistic way, which I really appreciated. She doesn't give a 5 step guide or a couple of easy steps, instead she is honest about the messy in her life, sharing personal experiences in a funny way. I mostly loved the way she uses the illustrations, I think they are perfectly fit for the lessons she wants emphasize in each chapter. 

What I enjoyed most is that I could feel the author's authenticity throughout the book - it felt like a friendly chat over a cup of coffee. 
I also liked the way she tackles issues like: suffering, pride, addiction, time management, relationships, media consumption and identity issues. She manages to give a scriptural perspective, sharing relevant Bible passages to emphasize the truth over her own point of view.

At the end of the book there is a list of book recommendations with a little summary for each of them (goodies at the end!). Finally, the author offers a Letting Go of Perfect one-week-schedule at the end, with daily reflection Q's and Bible verses. 

Here you can find the author's blog and other resources. 
> There's also this cool free app for your phone that you can check out here

I have requested this book from B&H Publishing in exchange for an honest review. The ideas and opinions expressed here are my own. 

2 comments:

  1. Hi Bianca,

    I came across your blog and thought you were really lovely and exactly the sort of person that I would love to hear the opinion of.

    I am a new author and have just finished writing my first children’s adventure story which is going through its final editorial stages with my copyeditor and will be available in approximately two weeks.
    It is about an eleven year old boy, Jake Summers, who finds himself on an adventure in a long-forgotten magical world where together with his class-mate Arianna and a strange creature called Noggin, he has to race against time through five deadly challenges to fulfil an ancient magical prophecy and save the world.
    It is along the lines of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and like that story, I have attempted to weave good strong family values and the importance of forgiveness. It would appeal most to those who enjoy the likes of Fablehaven, Harry Potter and Percy Jackson.

    It is the first in an intended series, although I’m not sure at this point, how many there will be.

    I would be extremely grateful if you would consider reading it for me, it is called Guardian of the Underworld and you can find it on Goodreads, the synopsis is below this message and it will be available in paperback, PDF and ebook format.

    I look forward to hearing from you,

    Kind regards

    Rachel Tetley


    SYNOPSIS


    Two worlds

    Neither can exist without the other

    And one guardian to ensure their survival

    But a family with a score to settle

    Forces one boy, into a dangerous adventure

    Jake Summers is an ordinary boy with an ordinary family- so he thinks. He has just spent another summer holidays building dens in the woods with his best friend Paul. But when someone special unexpectedly dies, Jake is determined to find out the truth, unaware that it will change his life forever.

    He discovers a key to Grandpa’s forbidden room, and is plunged into a long-forgotten magical world, together with class mate Arianna Brown and a strange creature called Noggin. Stormy seas, underground carts pulled by Golden Eagles and a dragon all stand in his way. He must race against time to fulfil an ancient magical prophecy and save the world.

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    1. Hello Rachel,

      Thank you for contacting me. Your book sounds interesting, I would like to read and review it. Could you send me a copy in ebook format via email? (my email address is biancatoia@gmail.com)

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