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The recent health care laws have brought to light some of our greatest fears.  Truth is, we’ve got a problem with the health care system in this country and have yet to find a solution.  In his book, Health Scare, health care industry veteran, Rene P. Moret, dissects the problem and encourages us to transition our thinking of how to solve the health care crisis and focus on understanding the problem as a means of solving it. 

Moret introduces the concepts of “Well Care” and “Sick Care” and clues readers in to what distinguishes one type of car from the other and discusses reasons why health care in the United States continue to skyrocket.

My thoughts:   Moret’s book comes at a time when our nation is still reeling from last year’s health care debate.  The insurance industry realizes something needs to change.  Elected officials realize something needs to change.  The business world realizes something needs to change.  Everyone seems to realize something needs to change but no one seems to have any idea as to what to do.  Some of the ideas presented in Moret’s book seem plausible but it’s Moret’s explanation of some of the complicated concepts presented in the recently passed health care bill that I appreciate.  Moret understands Americans are afraid and don’t quite understand much of the verbiage of the bill and helps the reader get a better grasp of the bill and the “truth behind America’s Health Care Crisis”. 

Click here to read an excerpt of HealthScare.  

Disclosure:   I received a book for review in exchange for writing this post.  I did not receive any form of compensation from the publisher..  All opinions expressed in this post are mine and not influenced in any way by receipt of the review product. 


Let’s Do Lunch Book Review

Kudos to author Roger Troy Wilson for presenting a dieting book I can relate to.  Hard to believe the author was over 425 lbs., yes four hundred twenty-five pounds.  WOW!  Roger writes that he had tried everything to lose weight and nothing worked for him.  However, he found a method that worked for him and wrote a book about it.    

Liner notes: Roger Troy Wilson weighed 425 pounds and had a 5-foot waist. He had given up on losing weight and prayed that he would die and go to Heaven.

After fifteen years of experimenting with different foods and eating patterns, he discovered how to actually have fun losing weight easily—almost the complete opposite of most diets. He lost 230 pounds and 24 inches from his waist.

Today Wilson has maintained his weight loss for years. “You do not need to exercise or count carbs. You can do it without portioning and shakes and chemicals,” says Wilson. 

In Let’s Do Lunch, he reveals:
* the dumbest thing we all do that keeps us from losing weight
* which “non-fattening” foods are actually fattening
* special ways to eliminate cravings
* where to go and what to get when you want to eat something quick

Once you’ve read Let’s Do Lunch, you’ll never think of eating any other way.

 I love this book and was able to relate to Roger’s struggle.  In fact, I finished the book the very same day I received it.  His secrets to weight loss are simple and above all something I can see incorporating into life.

Roger believes there are four secrets to weight loss:

  1. Eat fruit

  2. Make lunch your priority meal of the day

  3. Eat foods you enjoy that are lower in fat

  4. Enjoy corn, beans and peas instead of bread, pasta, potatoes or rice.


The views expressed in this post are my own. I have received a copy of the book in exchange for this review.

Sandi Patty, Grammy and Stella award-winning vocalist and noted Christian author gives a peek into the struggles of her battle with weight.  The physical and psychological struggles she writes of are common amongst those of us who have struggled with our weight.  Patty  discusses her fears, disappointments, ups and downs of her weight loss journey.  Each chapter begins with an incident related to her impending weight loss surgery intertwined with flashbacks and future hopes and dreams.    

Liner notes: Award-winning vocalist, speaker, and author Sandi Patty uncovers the crucial decision every woman must make to leave a life of regret and find a life of freedom and joy.

Patty is a gifted author and I have enjoyed several of her previous works.  I appreciate the honesty she writes of in her weight loss journey.  However, I would love to hear more of the changes she has made since her surgery.  

The CD accompaniment will be released in August 2010 and despite my disappointment with the book, I am looking forward to hearing Patty’s latest CD recording, including the title track, The Edge of the Divine.


The views expressed in this post are my own. I have received a copy of the book in exchange for this review.

I have been a fan of Max Lucado for a long time and was excited when the opportunity to review one of his works arose. “Cast of Characters” is a wonderful collection of some previously published writings coupled with some new ones. The collection of stories illustrates how God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things.
The story of the woman who washed Jesus’ feet with her hair is a personal favorite. Everyone looked at this woman in disgust yet it was Jesus who reminded them her act was one of love. He knew her sins even more than those who judged her. However, when they didn’t greet Him with a kiss…she did. They didn’t wash His dusty feet…she did…with her tears.
This collection of stories is inspirational and uplifting. It would make a wonderful addition to your reading collection and an even better gift to someone who may be struggling to find their purpose. There’s a place for everyone and everyone has a place.
The views expressed in this post are my own. I have received a copy of the book in exchange for this review.

A Summer Secret
A Summer Secret centers around thirteen year-old Mary Beth and her twin brother, Johnny and Sawyer, a young runaway.  Set in Middlefield, Ohio, an Amish community, A Summer Secret is the first in Fuller’s “The Mysteries of Middlefield”.  
Mary Beth’s curiosity peaks when she starts hanging around an abandoned barn near her home against her parents’ wishes.  Mary Beth takes a liking to the barn as it serves as a getaway from her brothers.  The more she hangs around the barn, the more strange things she notices.  Soon she notices her twin brother, Johnny, has been hanging around as well and pretty much for the same reason she does.  Johnny simply wants to getaway from it all and the barn proves to be that place. 
A Summer Secret is a wonderful read for the 10-14 year-old group.  Mary Beth’s caring spirit comes through in this novel as we see the friendship between she and Sawyer develop.  However, the book doesn’t delve much into the lives of some of the other characters.  A Summer Secret seemed to read as some of the author’s novellas leaving the reader with many more questions than answers.
Overall, A Summer Secret offers a glimpse into the Amish community through the eyes of a curious little girl.  Younger readers may not be as critical of the lack of character depth or ponder much about the rest of Mary Beth’s family and may appreciate this as part of their summer reading.

The views expressed in this post are my own.  I have received a copy of the book in exchange for this review.