Belly Laughs by Jenny McCarthy: When I picked this book up at the local library’s Used Book Sale, I had no idea who Jenny McCarthy was. Had I known, perhaps I could have saved myself the trouble! I do NOT recommend this book to Moms, expecting or otherwise. McCarthy makes pregnancy sound terrible and terrifying, unlike the “laughs” indicated by the book’s title. The author has no knowledge of pregnancy aside from her own personal experience. After reading this book I was very concerned for her marriage which, I was not surprised to discover, ended a year after the book was published. I was also concerned for her son, as her immaturity was evident on every page. McCarthy is living proof that all the money, fame, looks, and exotic lifestyle the world has to offer cannot buy happiness or contentment.
I finished Belly Laughs in two days (thankfully) because I hate to leave books unfinished. If there is any encouragement this book has to offer, it is that Jenny McCarthy is proof that ANYONE (with enough money & fame) can write a book, and have it published.
Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff About Money by Richard Carlson: As with the other “Don’t Sweat” books, this book is not so much about money as it is about a life philosophy. Much like Dale Carnegie’s How to Stop Worrying and Start Living, it is about changing your attitude to change your circumstances. This book has 100 chapters, each only 2-3 pages long. It is quick read, with tips that are simple to understand and apply. I enjoyed the optimism and enthusiasm of the book. Although this book is not about the nuts and bolts of financial success, I think readers (like myself) on the road to financial freedom will find it upbeat and encouraging.
Organized Simplicity: The Clutter-Free Approach to Intentional Living by Tsh Oxenreider: I think this is the first book I have ever read on the subject of organization. I LOVE to organize and live simply, but I’ve never been interested in reading books about the subject. However, this book came highly recommended. After reading Organized Simplicity, I now believe that Tsh Oxenreider and I are kindred spirits. Long before we ever lived in China, I loved to simplify my life. I knew that if God was going to call me somewhere or to do something, that I didn’t want to be hampered by disorganization, excessive possessions, or (now) debt. Tsh’s family went through a similar simplifying process as they packed up and moved to a foreign country, taking only 15 boxes with them on the airplane as they started their new life. Her love for simplicity in life, purpose, time management, finances, possessions, and home is very similar to my own. If you are longing for a more intentional life that is less cluttered (making more room for relationships, improved health, improved finances, and an improved environment) , then I would highly recommend this simple and thought-provoking how-to book.