“Of Mess and Moxie”

 

The book for review is “Of Mess and Moxie: Wrangling Delight Out of This Wild and Glorious Life” by Jen Hatmaker. This book falls in the genre of non fiction, religion, Christian life and Women’s Issues.

Meet our main character Jen Hatmaker, a mother of five and also pastor’s wife. This book dives into her life, her family’s life and how it revolves with her beliefs as a Christian while living in Austin, Texas.

Each chapter dives into topics that are fun for laughs and giggles, especially since this is not our family. Jen ranges from talking about not being stuck into what image you were as a child how it is okay to re-brand yourself , reinvent yourself from who people knew you then. You will learn her joys and downs of motherhood and what it means to be a parent.

Her antidotes of what happens in her life will make you laugh as you read about this child doing this or her doing that. The chapters are full of her theory on how to approach a grocery store shopping, how not to get upset when your child is peeing on an expensive towel at Bath and Beyond, how in everything there is a sprinkle of spirituality that we can learn and grown from.

I told myself I would not read another spiritual book. I have been on a tear of reading these books to read and review. When I started this book, and I was not aware of what kind of book it was exactly, I felt a little down to, “Here I go again,” mood. But as always there will be a chapter I come across that I was meant to read, that was supposed to show me, help me understand and explain things to me in my own life. And soon another chapter did that and another and another. I did enjoy this book. Her quick wit and humor is one I can appreciate and enjoy since that is how my own family is. A good pick up which is light and airy but not only fluff.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

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“Real Artists Don’t Starve”

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The book for review is “Real Artists Don’t Starve” by Jeff Goins

The phrase or notion that an artist is a starving artist is one we hear almost the minute we enter any field of creativity whether that is writing, music or painting.

Inside these pages you will find examples of people who have made it, but not just make it but make it big. They believed inside that they would be not a starving artist but a successful and productive one at that.

Some of the things you will read is that not of all you are born an artist, it is something that is cultivated. And if you ca get a person to mentor under the better for you, someone who you can learn from and grow before you go on your way.

Artists of any kind work better when they collaborate with like-minded people. Who better gets what you are going through? In time you will be able to go out and express yourself. But don’t take your work or yourself for granted. Don’t work for free. It took you time to get to this point, own your work and people will own it as well.

I’m a huge fan of Jeff Goins. When I first started reading I must admit I was a little let down for the examples given didn’t seem to fit me. The people inside the pages were doing well with their careers before jumping to what they really wanted to do, they had the finances to do so. I am neither so wasn’t sure how if this could apply to me. I’m glad I kept reading for it did give me ideas toward new steps. While I applied some of his ideas already it was nice to read new ones and in the amazing style of his I fell back in love with the book.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

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