The Chase by Kyle & Kelsey Kupecky

The Chase

Only God could have written a love story as beautiful as Kyle and Kelsey Kupecky’s. From their teenage days thousands of miles apart when they separately wrote letters to their future spouses, to a chance meeting backstage at a concert, their story brings inspiration and hope to every girl.

It’s easy to get impatient for the future to play out, especially when it comes to love. Before long you find yourself chasing the perfect guy and trying to write your own happily ever after. But the truth is your best future won’t be found chasing boys–it’ll only come by first chasing God.

Together, Kyle and Kelsey will show you how to put God first, protect your heart, deal with the loneliness and peer pressure that come along with purity, and see yourself as God does.

Let the chase begin!
– From Kyle and Kelsey’s website

I will start off by saying I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I liked the book well enough, but I found that it didn’t offer much that hasn’t been said in other Christian dating books geared toward teenage girls. This book was a quick read with short chapters and a lot of personal anecdotes. Kyle and Kelsey included a lot of stories from real life experiences, either they or someone they knew went through, which they used as the basis for their points. I liked the format of the chapters where you got Kelsey’s view on the chapter topic, and then you got Kyle’s view on that same topic. I think this could be a really good book on dating for teenage girls who want something from a Christian perspective.

A Beginner’s Guide to Paradise By Alex Sheshunoff

A Beginner's Guide to Paradise

So You Too Can:

– Move to a South Pacific Island
– Wear a Loincloth
– Read a Hundred Books
– Diaper a Baby Monkey
– Build a Bungalow

And Maybe, Just Maybe, Fall in Love! *

* Individual results may vary.

The true story of how a quarter-life crisis led to adventure, freedom, and love on a tiny island in the Pacific.

From the author of a lot of emails and several Facebook posts comes A Beginner’s Guide to Paradise, a laugh-out-loud, true story that will answer your most pressing escape-from-it-all questions, including:

1. How much, per pound, should you expect to pay a priest to fly you to the outer islands of Yap?
2. Classic slumber party stumper: If you could have just one movie on a remote Pacific island, what would it definitely not be?
3. How do you blend fruity drinks without a blender?
4. Is a free, one-hour class from Home Depot on “Flowerbox Construction” sufficient training to build a house?

From Robinson Crusoe to Survivor, Gilligan’s Island to The Beach, people have fantasized about living on a remote tropical island. But when facing a quarter-life crisis, plucky desk slave Alex Sheshunoff actually did it.

While out in Paradise, he learned a lot. About how to make big choices and big changes. About the less-than-idyllic parts of paradise. About tying a loincloth without exposing the tender bits. Now, Alex shares his incredible story and pretty-hard-won wisdom in a book that will surprise you, make you laugh, take you to such unforgettable islands as Yap and Pig, and perhaps inspire your own move to an island with only two letters in its name.

Answers: 1) $1.14 2) Gas Attack Training Made Simple 3) Crimp a fork in half and insert middle into power drill 4) No.

I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I have to be honest, I only finished about half of this book. I was interested for the first part of the book (about a quarter of the way through), but it started losing my interest as everything seemed to drag on. This book is a very long read with short chapters that make you feel like you’re making a lot more progress than you actually are. I found the book to be not interesting enough to keep my attention for the whole book. I think this book could have been much more interesting if it was made shorter by either cutting some things out or summarizing more.

I did like the “What You Can Expect to Learn in This Chapter” sections at the beginning of each chapter. They provided some interest to the chapter. An example of this is:

Chapter 25
What You Can Expect to Learn in This Chapter
– How do you know if the hunk of steaming sea turtle you’ve just been handed is undercooked?
– What month is cell phone etiquette month?

This book may be for some people and I found it a little bit interesting, but for me it was too long and it dragged on.

International Literacy Day

Today is International Literacy Day. When I was growing up (in Canada), I never thought about people who couldn’t read. I started reading before I started school and my love of reading has grown. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve become more aware of people who don’t know how to read or they struggle with reading.

And it’s not just something that affects those who live in less developed countries. There are many people in North America, for example, who can’t read or struggle with reading. As the infographic below shows, it affects most of the world.

Literacy is an important part of our world and it can empower people to be able to change. I’ve learned a lot of things simply from reading and it’s tough to think that I would never have been able to know those things, knowledge I’ve used to better my life, if I hadn’t learned how to read.

Please check out the infographic below and you can read Grammarly’s blog post where it is found at

Celebrate International Literacy Day and contribute to improving literacy rates around the world. The literacy rates aren’t just numbers – they are actual people who can’t read this blog post, even if it was translated into every single language. The majority of these people live in poverty and are disempowered.

You may or may not like to “read”, but your life would be drastically different if you couldn’t read. You can choose whether or not to read. For people who can’t read, they have no choice.

Literacy Day

Infographic from