Everything you need to know to be prepared, confident, and successful
As you grow up and make your mark on the world, you’re going to run into plenty of situations that require you to be confident and capable. But it’s hard to be either when you don’t know what you’re doing! If you want to have it all together, The Girls’ Guide to Conquering Life is your go-to resource. With great illustrations and step-by-step instructions for almost everything a young woman needs to know, this book shows you how to
· introduce yourself
· change a flat tire
· respectfully break up with a guy
· leave a tip
· apply for a job
· ask for a promotion
· behave during a traffic stop
· create a personal budget
· wash your face
· clear a clogged drain
· iron a shirt
· wear a scarf
· shoot a basketball
· and much more
The world needs women of character who don’t wait for others to do what needs to be done. With The Girls’ Guide to Conquering Life, you’ll be well on your way to impressing everyone around you with your skill, confidence, and grace under pressure.
– from publisher’s website
I found this book a little ridiculous. I know it’s written for younger girls, probably pre-teens to teens, but some of the things that were included I thought were common sense. One of the things was about how to open the door for someone and one of the steps was to figure out which way the door opens. Another thing was about how to shake hands and is very detailed in how to do it which seemed a little excessive. It also talks a lot about fresh breath which might make people too self-conscious about how their breath smells. In one section, the author emphasizes not being creepy when making eye contact and says, “Comfortable eye contact is 4-5 seconds, pause by briefly looking away (to avoid staring), and then make eye contact again.” Another section she says, “Wrap a gift just right, and the receiver may even save the perfect paper as a memento of your thoughtfulness or decide to reuse such nice paper.” There were other sections where she talks about how to use a circular saw and I kept thinking that if someone was going to use one, they wouldn’t go to this book but instead to a manual or something else. It all seemed a bit excessive and dramatic.
Many consider Evangeline Hamilton cursed. Orphaned at a young age and possessing a pair of mismatched eyes–one bright blue, the other dark brown–Eva has fought to find her way in a world that constantly rejects her. Yet the support of even one person can help overcome the world’s judgments, and Eva has two–Seth and Zach, two former orphans she now counts as brothers.
Seeking justice against the man who stole his birthright and destroyed his family, Logan Fowler arrives in 1880s Pecan Gap, Texas, to confront Zach Hamilton, the hardened criminal responsible for his father’s death. Only instead of finding a solitary ruthless gambler, he discovers a man not much older than himself with an unusual family. When Zach’s sister, Evangeline, insists on dousing Logan with sunshine every time their paths cross, Logan finds his quest completely derailed. Who is truly responsible for his lost legacy, and will restoring the past satisfy if it means forfeiting a future with Evangeline?
– from author’s website
I enjoyed this book. I loved the story of the siblings and how they chose to be a family and stuck together despite not being blood and being really young when they got together. I also think that a lot of people could relate to Evie in that even though most people don’t have two different color eyes, almost everyone has something about their body that they’re ashamed of. I would have liked to see how Logan reacted to the siblings not being blood but it was still good nonetheless. I also think Logan’s forgiveness of what Zach did to his family seemed a little fabricated and quick but nevertheless, I enjoyed the book and I’m looking forward to Zach’s story and seeing more interaction between Zach, Evie, and Seth.
Samson is based on the powerful, biblical epic of a champion chosen by God to deliver Israel. His supernatural strength and impulsive decisions quickly pit him against the oppressive Philistine empire. After being betrayed by a wicked prince and a beautiful temptress, Samson is captured and blinded by his enemies. Samson calls upon his God once more for supernatural strength and turns imprisonment and blindness into final victory. – from film’s website
Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to see a screening of the whole movie yet, but I was given the opportunity to watch a montage of various scenes from the movie, ahead of its release.
From the scenes I watched, it appeared well done cinematically which is often a knock against Christian films. It would have been nice to see how scenes transitioned into one another to see if they worked well. Despite the story of Samson including a lot of fighting and killing, from the scenes I saw, it was fairly clean. In one of the scenes see a severed head with a little blood on it but never see the part of the head where it was severed. There are other scenes where you know killing is going on but you don’t see much of the blood or gore of it. With how Samson is portrayed, you can easily see how he let Delilah trick him. I would have liked to see how they ended the movie because of how it ends in the actual story or if they changed it. Overall from what I saw, it is fairly accurate to the biblical story, although like usual they added things that weren’t in the original, and would be okay as a family movie as long as you’re aware that there is a lot of fighting and killing.
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After her husband, Jack, dies in a climbing incident, Shauna has only her five-year-old son and her helicopter charter business to live for. Every day is a struggle to make ends meet and she lives in constant fear of losing even more than she already has.
When her business partner is murdered, his final words convince Shauna that she’s in danger too. But where can she turn? Zach Bannister was her husband’s best friend and is the person she blames for his death. She’s barely spoken to him since. But right now he seems her only hope for protecting her son.
Zach is only too happy to assuage his guilt over Jack’s death by helping Shauna any way he can. But there are secrets involved dating back to Shauna’s childhood that more than one person would prefer to stay hidden. – from author’s website
As with most of her books, I found Coble focuses on the character’s stories and wraps the plot around the characters. At points, the storyline was less believable and it was easy to forget that Shauna was ex-navy, although I can understand how grief changes a person. Maybe I wasn’t paying as much attention as I normally did, but when it was revealed who the antagonist was, I had completely forgotten who he was and where he had been introduced before in the book. I liked Zach’s character and how he wanted to make up for his guilt at the death of his best friend by looking out for Shauna and Alex. Overall, it was a decent book that pulled in several murders, although the motivation seemed a little far-fetched.