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Book Review: Your Money or Your Life

Your Money or Your Life Book Review

“Our behavior is a concrete representation of our values. How we spend our time and money says volumes about who we are and what we stand for.”


Money plays a much deeper role in our lives than we’d expect. We don’t realize the sacrifices we make to our own existence in pursuit of more money and more things. And just because we make good money at our current jobs, doesn’t mean we are using that money to the full extent that can enrich our lives.

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Book Review: On Writing by Stephen King

book review by christine c renee On writing by stephen king

 “Writing is a lonely job. Having someone who believes in you makes a lot of difference. They don’t have to make speeches. Just believing is usually enough.” ~ Stephen King

Stephen King’s On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft always comes up in articles, forum conversations, and books written by other writers and creatives who talk about the art of writing.

Non-fiction and fiction writers, bloggers and indie writers all praise this book. So, in June of 2016, I purchased the paperback from Amazon.

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Book Review: On Writing Well by William Zinsser

book review by christine c renee On Writing Well

“I’ve used writing to give myself an interesting life and a continuing education…Learning is a tonic.” ~ William Zinsser

One of my goals for 2016 was to become a better non-fiction writer.  I never pursued bettering my writing skill past college. However, I knew that if I was going to be any good at blogging, I had to learn how to write better.

I was starting a new relationship with online writing. A complete 180 degrees from my days of business and college writing. So, I hung out in the blogs of successful non-fiction writers. Authors whose writing style I enjoyed.

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Book Review: Blackout By Sarah Hepola

book review by christine c renee Blackout by Sarah Hepola

“He wasn’t drinking too many Long Island iced teas; he was punching a hole in the space-time continuum.”

Amazon Kindle had an 80% off sale. I clicked on the banner with skeptical curiosity. There’s no way I would find anything remotely worth reading in here. But I’m a sucker for  pretty book covers with enchanting typography.

Then, I came across Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget. An odd title and just the opposite of a “pretty, enchanting” cover. I also thought to myself that this was going to be just another “woe is me, I drank till I passed out too many times, my parents were cruel, the world is cruel” kind of memoir. But I gave the sample read a try anyway because as a former heavy drinker, I was drawn to this story.

It is about a woman who lost large chunks time after drinking too much; “the free prize at the bottom of every vodka bottle.” ~ Big Bang Theory.

Needless to say, I’ve experienced the same thing during my twenties and thirties. And two minutes into the sample, I was hooked!

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Book Review: Slipstream Time Hacking by Benjamin P. Hardy

book review by christine c renee Slipstream Time Hacking

“There are doors remaining open that need to finally be closed once and for all.” ~ Benjamin P. Hardy

In a world that supports multitasking, to-do listing, and super goal setting, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. And very easy to get sidetracked from a path that’s right for you (not someone else).

What if you could find the one thing that was good for YOU?  What if you could learn how to slow time down? And what if you could learn how to get more done and live a better life?

In his book, Slipstream Time Hacking, Benjamin P. Hardy talks about hacking your time, finding a slipstream to get more done, and, in simple terms, live a better life doing what’s right for you.

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Book Review: The ONE Thing by Keller and Papasan

book review by christine c renee The One Thing

“Connect today to all your tomorrows. It matters.” ~ Gary Keller

I heard about this book from a wonderful client who asked me to write about goal setting. It was going to be featured in an e-book.  When I first read his instructions, I didn’t know what he meant by “the one thing.” He just said to cover it. I thought he meant to pick out the best thing a person needs to set good goals.

However, on a hunch a week after starting the project, I Googled “the one thing” and came across this book. After a quick facepalm, I confirmed that he was talking about the book. So, I bought it and was astounded by the way this book helped me with a client project, and became the answer to some things in my personal life at the time.

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