The Seven Minute Difference

This past week, I read The Seven Minute Difference: Small Steps to Big Changes by Allyson Lewis. This book was a great read! I opened the book expecting it to be a chore to read, but ended up reading half of the book the first night. With this book, I have a plan started of how to change my life with what Allyson calls “micro-actions.” With each micro-action, Allyson shows readers how to change their lives with things that only take a few minutes per day.






Also with this book, I received The 7 Minute Life daily planner. This honestly changed the way I think about each day. The planner gives me a place to write my goals as well as my plans. The front of the book contains sections to write micro-actions that are addressed in the book such as prioritizing, discovering your purpose, personal goals, etc.
The book is aimed at business people and people who have been adults for a while, but I still recommend this book to anyone who feels like they need to get control of their life. I’m a serious procrastinator, but I can—and have—change my life with just a few minutes a day thanks to this book.

For more information on The 7 Minute Life System click here. For videos click here.



This book and planner were provided for free from BuzzBlog. I was asked to write an honest review, and a positive review was not required.

Posted by Jane | at 10/22/2010 10:32:00 PM | 0 comments

Outlive Your Hyphen

Every gravestone has a hyphen. There’s the year a person was born, a hyphen and then the year they died. That hyphen represents that person’s entire life. What will your hyphen say?

In his typical fashion, Max Lucado uses anecdotes, theology, and application to show us how we can outlive our lives. Mr. Lucado calls us to look beyond the mundane everyday life things and focus on the amazing things we can do with Jesus in our lives. Max asks us to break out of our comfort zones and be followers of Christ. He finishes the book with a powerful image. People who are in need are Jesus. When we love a person in need, we are ultimately loving Jesus.


Max Lucado has touched the lives of many once again with Outlive Your Life. It has inspired me to live my hyphen to the fullest, and it’s definitely a must-read for anyone who feels the need to do the same. The best part is Lucado is contributing 100% of all his author royalties to World Vision.

This book was provided for free from BookSneeze, a branch of Thomas Nelson Publishers. I was asked to  honestly review it, and a positive review was not required.

Posted by Jane | at 10/16/2010 02:31:00 PM | 0 comments

Your Life Matters--The Butterfly Effect Review

Every single thing you do matters.

It’s easy to slip into the thoughts that you don’t matter and that unless you’re some big-shot, no one cares. You do matter, and everything you do matters. If even a single butterfly can flap it’s wings on one side of the world and cause things to happen on the other side of the world, then you can change the world by giving directions to a stranger on the street.
I loved Andy Andrew’s book The Butterfly Effect; our lives matter, and we should act as if they do. The entire book can basically be summed up by the last page:
Every single thing you do matters. You have been created as one of a kind. You have been created in order to make a difference. You have within you the power to change the world.

Yes. It’s all true. 




This book was provided for free from BookSneeze, a branch of Thomas Nelson Publishers. I was asked to  honestly review it, and a positive review was not required.

Posted by Jane | at 10/16/2010 02:09:00 PM | 0 comments

The Story of Your Life

I've never written a review on an album before, but I really feel like this one deserves it. Matthew West just released a new album a few days ago called The Story of Your Life. He based the entire album on stories he received from fans, which numbered over 10,000.


I just finished listening to the entire album, and at points the songs made me tear up. All the songs are stories of horrible things happening to people, but they show that there is always redemption with Christ! I can see myself in a few of the songs, and it really speaks to me. I think everyone can relate to My Own Little World and The Story of My Life. Look up the songs on YouTube and buy the album, it really is great.

I will be posting short blogs on how a few of the songs speak to me and apply to my own life on my Tumblr blog over the next few days. http://living-aloud.tumblr.com/

Posted by Jane | at 10/13/2010 04:24:00 PM | 0 comments

Friendship Factor Review

It has been some time since I have written a review for lack of time to read for pleasure anymore.  However, in my Basic Communication class we were required to read The Friendship Factor by Alan Loy McGinnis. I’ll admit I started the book reluctantly even though my instructor reassured us that it would be a “keeper”. Now that I’ve finished it, I’m glad I did.


No matter what one has been through, chances are he or she has been through hardships in some sort of relationship, and I am no exception to that rule. The Friendship Factor touches on points that many people, myself included, never really sit down to think about in a relationship. There were quite a few great things that McGinnis mentioned throughout the book, but a few have stuck with me in the last couple weeks that it’s been assigned to read.

First, McGinnis has Five Guidelines for Cultivating Intimacy in the second part of his book. I’ll list each of the chapter titles and give a summary of what I learned from each.
1.       Please Touch- Use your body to demonstrate warmth—touch is for everyone (including me).
2.       The Art of Affirmation- Be liberal with praise—instilling self-confidence in others can boost your own.
3.       A Coffee-Cup Concept of Marriage- Schedule leisurely breaks for conversation—fifteen minutes of sit-down-stop-everything-else time is enough to keep a marriage—or friendship—going.
4.       How to Improve Your Conversational Skills-Learn to listen—listening is the single most important thing in any relationship; hearing and listening aren’t the same.
5.       When Tears Are a Gift from God-Talk freely about your feelings—while you don’t have to disclose everything with everyone, you should be able to talk about your feelings with at least one or two close friends.

Secondly, the only thing I actually wrote down from this book is from the chapter entitled Six Techniques to Help You Get Angry without Becoming Destructive. I put each in my own words:
1.       Talk about feelings, not faults.
2.       Stick to one topic, don’t bring up the past
3.       Allow time for response
4.       Vent and resolve, don’t come and conquer
5.       Don’t drink and argue
6.       Criticize, then show affection

That’s what I mainly took away from the book; and Dr. Smith was right when he said it’s a keeper. I recommend this book to anyone, regardless of if you think your relationships are going well or not. I will end this with two quotes from the book that really stood out.

‎"A true apology is more than just acknowledgement of a mistake. It is recognition that something you have said or done has damaged a relationship -- and that you -care- enough about the relationship to want it repaired and restored."  
--Norman Vincent Peale


"Someday, after we have mastered the winds and the waves, the tides, and gravity, we will harness for God the energies of love, and then for the second time in the history of the world...[we] will have discovered fire." 
--Teilhard de Chardin 

Posted by Jane | at 10/07/2010 04:21:00 PM | 0 comments