Tuesday, February 23, 2016

How To Have a Good Day by Caroline Webb

  There is a saying, as a man thinks so he is. Our brain’s perception of things determine how we respond.
   We react autonomic to phrases as never, always, but.. even without thought.  It is part of what is called our automatic brain. We react without thinking.
   We can train our brains to react a certain way. The point of training our self to perceive differently is to make ourselves happier and healthier. There is a right way and a wrong way to handle daily stress.
   Webb suggests there are seven building blocks we encounter each day and she presents three sections on how to transform the tasks you will confront each day into a good day.
   She walks us through to the solution by using scientific evidence along with practical techniques and real examples from real people. She uses behavioral science to point out what can be done.
   The book contains twenty one chapters with three appendix. Suggested readings follow the appendix.
   The main trust is we have a two system brain which contains a deliberate system and an automatic system.  We do our reasoning in our deliberate system. When we react in the area of shortcuts we are using the automatic system.
   I found this book to be very informative and would recommend it for all who are interested in behavior.
   This book was sent gratis from the publisher to me as a member of the blogging for books review team. I was not required to slant my review. All viewpoints are those of the reviewer and not those of the publisher.

Friday, February 5, 2016

The Confessions of X by Suzanne M. Wolfe

In the Confessions written by Augustine, the Bishop of Hippo, a nameless woman is mentioned who was his concubine. No name is given but there was some reason he never forgot her.
This fiction retelling told in first person also follows the custom of not giving her name. It recounts what may have happened. The story line shows  research was needed as to the society of that time period.
Augustine was promised to another. For him to marry a woman from a different social economic was frowned upon. But to take her on as a concubine, that was okay.
You have to understand in that period a concubine was a common law wife. The term was not used for the prostitute.
The story is plausible. Augustine, according to history, did live a self centered lifestyle before he became a Christian and one of what is now known as a Church father. It is known that in his confessions is mentioned an unnamed female.
This is the benefit of fiction. A writer can use imagination in constructing an answer. She still does remain nameless but we see through her actions her love for Augustine.
This is another book to add to the romantic genre. It is well done and female readers will find it enjoyable.
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