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Brilliant Book Thursday

Well, okay…I guess there’s no other way to say it except, I’m sorry. I mean, I didn’t think the mere mention of a life changing book would cause such a stir and the problem NOW is that, well, I feel a little guilty. Guilty because I think your hopes were high for a spine-tingling thriller like The Shack or a turn-your-life-upside-down book like The Practice of the Presence of God. And this is not that book.

And creme brulee can never be jello (bonus points to anyone who can name that movie).

In my defense, let me say that in 2008 God has been pounding it into my head how important it is to care about my body and the things that I put into it. As one of the few members of Twinkies Anonymous, I have tried to work really hard this year on health and fitness. SO, this book was an amazing find last week – while I was still suffering from the Dreaded and Foul Infirmity.

But – seriously – it’s SO GOOD. Go buy it right now. Thanks.


Here are my thoughts the morning after I stayed up til midnight reading:

Eat This, Not That made me weep and this is why: it turns out that all the times I have watched Steve eat a juicy Single With Everything from Wendy’s, while I have fallen on the sword of the stupid Frescatta Sandwich, that I have been consuming HUNDREDS more calories. Fish Tacos at Chevy’s? Same deal.

In spite of the fact that I haven’t really wanted to eat anything at all this week, I bought this book yesterday and it’s fantastic! It clearly reveals (pictures on every page!) the relatively painless swaps you can make at restaurants and the grocery store in order to save hundreds of calories. It also lifts the mask off many of the things we think would be healthy options like wraps and honey wheat bread.

If you’re just going to thumb through it at Barnes and Noble, be sure to take a spin through the 20 Worst Foods in America list. Try not to cry. And definitely don’t go drown your sorrows in a Venti White Hot Chocolate – because that thing is like death in a cup.

So anyway, check it out…if I ever want to eat again, I plan to take it everywhere I go! (UPDATE: I DO want to eat again. All the time.)

Okay – I told you mine. Now tell me yours. What are YOU reading (Steve hates when I ask this question because it usually costs us money)?

Til Saturday,


P.S. Incidentally, I’m still not done being messed up by The Shack. If you haven’t read it, you simply must. It’s the first work of fiction that I’ve used a highlighter in so I can read and re-read.

April 3, 2008 - 10:50 pm

helenw13 - I must take my child to preschool…but had to click on…you are too funny…I did take your clue and perused the bestsellers and saw this book…I thought maybe you were reading 3 cups of Tea…I have seen this book and I love the author…I have two of his cookbook…in fact you would love them because they are super simple to make…my family has loved all that I have made and they have really funny names…like The Beaning of Life and Three Amigo Chili…anyway, check it out..

Alright…so Caleb doesn’t get any demerits…I better hit the road…more on books later!

April 3, 2008 - 11:00 pm

Katie - Sadly I’m probably aware of almost everything in that book since I’ve studied this stuff like mad. Now if I could just put it into practice…hmm…

And I couldn’t agree more about the Shack. It messes me up daily. I’ve decided next to the Bible it’s the most life-changing thing I’ve ever read. Noel was reading it last night and I ended up crying thinking about her reading it! (Does that make me a crazy person? Probably.) Anyway, to anyone that reads the comments – read this book!

Also – It’s My Best Friends Wedding.

April 3, 2008 - 11:01 pm

Katie - Oh, and I’m currently reading The Practice of The Presence and The Barbarian Way. 🙂

April 4, 2008 - 2:31 am

Kristin Bryan - After I graduated from college I swore off non-fiction books for awhile (college makes you hate reading).. so this list is by no-means spiritual..
I got slightly addicted to James Patterson’s Women’s Murder Club (they made a tv show based around the characters too) but since I am caught up all the way to his most current book, they’re not that much fun, because I’m all about instant gratification.. I don’t want to wait for him to write another one..
so I moved on to Janet Evanovich and her Stephanie Plum series (there is some occasional language) but she is unbelievably funny, I have been caught (on many occasions) laughing by myself in bed.. Luke walks in.. shakes his head and says “Stephanie??”.. it’s as if she’s a good friend of mine, we’re all on a first-name basis with her.

And as for non-books.. John and Kate Plus Eight is a tv show on the Sextuplets that were born in Hershey Pennsylvania after they had already had twins.. they are a Christian family.. and their relationship IS HILARIOUS.. I think it’s mostly funny because its probably a lot how Luke and I would be if we had eight children.. she gets really annoyed with him, but he takes it really well, and dishes it back out every once and awhile, but they’re still so in love, and affectionate.. (and what’s life/family without a little sass?)

April 4, 2008 - 2:34 am

Kristin Bryan - and so you don’t think I’m a total Heathen – I didn’t swear off the Bible even though IT’S nonfiction

April 4, 2008 - 3:40 am

helenw13 - Back for books…

I read fiction so seldom…I don’t know why…but during spring break I read The Memory Keeper’s Daughter…it was good…such a powerful statement on the effects of one lie and how it can ripple into so many others’ lives…

Currently on my night table…Christ Our Mediator by C.J. Mahaney…Cold Tangerines: Celebrating the Extraordinary Nature of Everyday Life by Shauna Niequist (Carl would cringe to know that I bought it because I loved the cover…it just makes me happy but mostly because I love things that make me want to celebrate more and possess more joy…and last Stepping Heavenward by Elizabeth Prentiss…I received this book on my 35th birthday from a friend…well that has been 8 years…I read such a great quote last week that just made me weep and I thought…I must read this book again…

Here’s the quote:

That’s all for now!

April 4, 2008 - 5:46 am

Tracy - I can’t, I won’t, it will hurt…I just am not going to get the book. I’m secretly happy with ignorance! Does it say anything about chocolate for dinner? I might buy it if it does!

April 5, 2008 - 4:45 am

bolovesjoe - Great suggestions! I have had Three Cups of Tea in my hands more than once, but have never made it all the way to the counter with it. It’s definitely on the list. Kristin, I’ll add your books to the vacation reading list. Oh, I just got SO distracted, thinking about vacation. Tracy, I don’t think the book endorses chocolate for dinner, but I totally approve. When Steve is gone, we often have pancakes for dinner and that doesn’t seem much better than chocolate. Katie – you’ve won points and you know what that means…respect!

April 5, 2008 - 12:46 pm

helenw13 - Hey Bo…did you get a surprise when you logged on to your blog…how dare WordPress redecorate without telling us…ha! I must say I was a bit startled to look at my dashboard…had to take a second look…

Have a very blessed weekend!