Monday, June 16, 2014

Book Review: The Power of a Half Hour

I was interested in the concept behind this book when I agreed to review it, and I must admit, I was slightly disappointed with what I read. this book follows the same format as many other books like it, and the advise and tips in it, while useful and good tips, are the same tips and bits of advise found in a hundred other books just like it. There wasn't much in this book I would call original or adventurous.
Not a horrible book, but nothing to make it stand out when compared to most other books in this category.

Here is the common overview for The Power of a Half Hour, as found on, as well as the cover of the book itself


Turn your fleeting minutes into defining moments.

What can you do in 30 minutes? Have lunch? Watch television? Check Facebook?

How about change your life?

Why do some people achieve far more than others? We all get the same 24 hours in a day, yet a special few seem to have superhuman abilities when it comes to accomplishing great things in life.

Tommy Barnett, a proven master at “getting things done,” says the key to maximizing your productivity is to make use of small, manageable moments in your day—just 30 minutes at a time.  In this remarkably practical book, Tommy shows how to begin a whole new life of fruitfulness. You’ll see immediate results in all areas of your life, including your—

·         Purpose and values
·         Personal goals
·         Faith
·         Character and attitude
·         Dreams
·         Career
·         Relationships
·         Marriage and family
·         Church involvement and ministry

Why not change time from being your worst enemy to your everlasting friend? It all starts with the amazing things you can do in only a half hour.  Through inspiring stories and biblical principles, discover how your downtime can have a major upside.

Get going—you don’t have a minute to lose!
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. This book can be purchased from:,

Friday, June 13, 2014

Get knotty

It's one of those Fridays. You know the day has started way too early and feels like it's going to last way too long.... well since I can't leave work for a quick therapy session - during which I would most likely be told to lay off the dramatics and stop thinking crazy (like that's possible)- I'm going to self mediate with good old fashioned fiber therapy.
Don't  worry, I'm not going to overdose on bran flakes, I'm going to make something beautiful out of yarn. For those of you who have not felt the complete joy of watching 100 yards of string turn into a scarf or a hat, I don't really know how to describe what you are missing.  Take the ball of yarn  as you knot and knit the string of yarn into a mitt or a sock you can feel pressure pockets in your brain release and tension in your neck and shoulders ease away....
Yes, during a busy work day I like to start a relaxing video on YouTube (Japanese gardens are some of my favorites) and for 5 minutes I can escape my reality and study into a land of soft yarn and no worries....
Have a great Friday everyone, and don't forget to take some time out and "get a little knotty today!"