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Book Review: FREE YOURSELF FROM THE DIET LANGUAGE by Ayelet Kalter

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review

FREE YOURSELF FROM THE DIET LANGUAGE by Ayelet Kalter starts with a very interesting premise:  Is obesity the problem in a society trying to be healthy or is the way we approach losing weight the problem?  According to most schools of thought, obesity is a disease and health is the lack of disease.  Can you be obese and healthy at the same time?  Why do 95% of diets fail?

As someone who has struggled with weight loss since hitting my 30s and having 3 kids,  I’m always on the look out for diet options.  I’ve tried just about everything that I thought I could stick to (Atkins, calorie counting) and even those that I knew I couldn’t (apple diet).    I’m not unhealthy.  I get plenty of exercise.  I don’t make superb food choices but I’m not only eating junk food either.   Why was I having trouble losing weight?  I was hoping FREE YOURSELF FOR THE DIET LANGUAGE could offer some insight into the process instead of just another ‘do this — trust me it works’ routine sales pitch.  What I found was a very scholarly, informative book about how diet language affects our way of thinking and, even, our way of life with the obsession to be healthy, which usually equates to being thin.  Thin isn’t necessarily healthy just like obese isn’t necessarily unhealthy.   Once we switch from the old way of thinking to mindful eating,  true change can take place.

If you’re looking for an inspirational,  easy to read self help book, this isn’t really the book for that.  It’s very scholarly with footnotes and citations.  It reads like an academic book more than self help.  The information inside if very valuable but, personally, I think you need to be in the right mindset before you open it up. If you’re not ready to focus and really take in what Kalter is saying,  you won’t benefit from the valuable information.

I recommend the book if you’re looking for a scholarly approach to diet and weight loss.

Book Review: UNBREAKABLE by Yaffa Golan

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

When I first was asked to review UNBREAKABLE,  I checked out the cover.  I’m the type of reader that really does judge a book by the cover.  If the cover doesn’t interest me,  I won’t check out the blurb.  If the cover does interest me,  I read the blurb,  followed by the look inside and — finally! — click buy.

My first thought when seeing the above cover was “oh what a sweet looking lady.  I bet she has some interesting stories to tell.”   Yaffa Golan’s stories about her life weren’t just interesting…they were amazing.
Yaffa grew up in poverty.  It was a tough beginning to overcome but she did — becoming a bank manager and, later, a successful business woman.  Her story takes even more twists and turns when she uncovers bank fraud and irregularities in how a non profit meant to help Holocaust survivors was reporting funds.   Through death threats and legal battles,  Yaffa never lost sight of her faith, hope and truth.  
The writing style is very personal and chatty.  I felt like I was sitting across from Yaffa as she told the stories of how she beat the odds and became the strong, determined, successful woman she is today.   Another nice thing is the book is relatively short.  My kindle said it would only take 3 1/2 hours to finish it.  I was so engrossed in reading,  that I finished it in one sitting!  I recommend UNBREAKABLE if you’re looking for an empowering true life story.   You’ll be happy you ‘met’ Jaffa.  I know I am.

Book Review: RIDING by Cassia Cassitas

*I received a free copy of this e-book in exchange for my honest review*

The first thing that drew me to RIDING by Cassia Cassitas was the cover.   The subdued water color-eske look shows the front and handle bars of a bicycle as it/the rider gets ready to take off on a journey.   The ‘walls’ around it at first look like they’re covered in graffiti but, the closer I looked, the more I saw.  Instead of just random graffiti, there are planes, bikes, books, buildings, people — everything you need to get places and achieve your dreams in life.   Those images tie heavily into the message of RIDING, which I appreciated.  It’s almost like sharing a secret with anyone who knows the truth of what’s inside the pages of the books and — more importantly — what’s inside the hearts of the athletes that keep ‘riding’ no matter what stands in their way.  That’s the beauty of a book like RIDING.  The message is weaved so seamlessly into the narrative that you never feel like it is being preachy or trying to make you feel or think one way or the other.  There’s no agenda here.  It’s a tale of inspiration, following your dreams, and succeeding no matter what stands in your way.  You naturally feel and think as you take this journey with the characters.

RIDING opens with a chapter in 1st person point of view.  This initially confused me because the rest of the book isn’t in 1st person.  I couldn’t decide if the “I” narrator was the author or one of the characters.   The writing style also reminded me of a book I helped edit in college that was translated from Greek to English.  The sentence structure and word choice reminded me so strongly of this particular book that was itself modeled after Vigil and Dante, that I looked up to see where the author was from.  She appears to be from Brazil and not Greece.  It still reads very much like a translated book instead of native English.   Not that that’s a bad thing, it’s just different.  
Another thing in the ‘different’ category is the events of the novel are told in a series of vignettes that don’t follow in sequence.   The time jumps initially confused me.  I swiped to the previous page in the e-book to make sure I didn’t miss anything.  Once I got used to the story telling technique,  it was easier to follow but, if you’re a fan of books told in linear fashion, RIDING may not be for you.  
Overall,  I recommend RIDING for its heart felt message of  never give up on your dreams — no matter how far out of reach they seem.  It’s something we all should keep in mind, no matter what the circumstances.