Category Archives: Self Help


by Debora M. Coty

Publisher: Barbour Books

Published: March 1, 2012

Format: Paperback (224 pages)

ISBN: 9781616263478

Origin: netGalley E-Galley

***Though the publisher provides the free book, I offer the opinion.***

My Look:

From hormonal changes to life’s middle age weight challenges, this devotional inspires with laughter, scripture, and teachings.

Debora Coty will guide you through the demons of menopause, change your attitude about age, help you to shed your invisibility cloak, and strengthen your relationships all the while helping you work through God’s plan of discarding your secret labels. Through simple techniques, she will give you a foundation to build a better Christian life. With scripture, quotes and targeted questions, she will expose your inner ogre and transform you by trimming a double life down into a single good one. The situations she describes will make you laugh hard enough for tears to form, but she’ll have you gripping on tight to the lessons learned.

This book is invaluable.  It encompasses not only the years of menopause but will guide women for all the years after.

My Take:

I recommend Debora Coty’s MORE BEAUTY LESS BEAST: TRANSFORMING YOUR INNER OGRE. She’ll hook you with the real deal about the middle years, and her style of teaching will not let you go. Using her special brand of humor, she provides an amazing view of life and shows you how much better it can be.

You will want to keep reading to the end and will return to this book often.

In addition, you’ll want to check out Debora Coty’s other devotionals, EVERYDAY HOPE (Barbour Books 2009) and TOO BLESSED TO BE STRESSED: INSPIRATION FOR CLIMBING OUT OF LIFE STRESS-POOL from Barbour Books August 2011).



by Tony Dungy and Nathan Whitaker                        &                    Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers   Published: October 2011         Format: Softback (384 pages)         ISBN: 9781414348285                                      Origin: Publisher

***Though the publisher provides the free book, I offer the opinion.***

My Look:

Tony Dungy and Nathan Whitaker know how to stand up to a challenge and overcome obstacles, even off the gridiron.

In THE ONE YEAR UNCOMMON LIFE DAILY CHALLENGE, the authors share how they’ve become so very uncommon and the type of community that supports them.

This devotional focuses on seven areas: core, family, friends, potential, mission, influence, and faith, but with daily Scripture, meaningful narratives, and uncommon keys, we have the tools to challenge ourselves and grow in life and faith. Tony Dungy’s website, uses a community-based approach for support in taking the challenge.

With the New Year upon us, Tony Dungy and Nathan Whitaker want us to do more than offer up resolutions that will falter; they’re issuing us a challenge! Will you spend time with God, live in faith, and find direction to change your life every day for 365 days?

Watch Tony Dungy’s video:  

My Take:

This devotional will help men walk in faith, but I recommend THE ONE YEAR UNCOMMON LIFE DAILY CHALLENGE  for women, and couples too!

As the authors state, “This isn’t just a ‘read-it-and-you’re-done’ type of devotional”. And it is not. This book challenges you to take action by applying the keys and making changes in all areas of life, from raising your children to losing weight with everything else in between.

Tony Dungy and Nathan Whitaker touch on real, everyday issues and show us how to become better followers of Christ Jesus.  For more information on this and other Tyndale titles visit:

For any United States resident who is a reader of this blog and who is up to the challenge, you can enter a random drawing for THE ONE YEAR UNCOMMON LIFE DAILY CHALLENGE just by leaving a comment.  The comment form will require an email address, but this will not be published.

I will announce the winner on a future blog post.  So, you stay tuned and check back often!  I just may have more giveaways coming in the future.