American Political Polarization: A new Mental Illness

             American Political Polarization                      A New Mental Illness   It is May and it it currently Mental Health Awareness Month. I decided to write a few blogs on the subject. Including that I think that America is dealing with a mental illness itself. That mental illness is called, Political Polarization or for short, Poli-polar       Poli-Polar is a devastating severe mental illness. Signs and Symptoms of Poli-Polar are the following Trouble Sleeping at night, nightmares Excessive focus on news and shows focused on political programming Hating people of the opposing Political team that you are on Engaging in Political discrimination and thinking all people of the opposite party are exactly the same and evil Most time is consumed on how to fight the other party and to expose them Hate is more in your heart then love Thinking only the good people are on your Political Party Deleting friends on Social Media because of their Political Party Not allowing others to ha

The Golden Shelf, All Time Favorite Books!

          The Golden Shelf ~ Life Changing Books

   Reading is a love of mine ever since I can remember.  My teenage son loves reading which is weird so it must be in our family DNA! Going to a library is like a sanctuary to me. Quiet and peaceful and full of so many possibilities! I was thinking the other day if I had a golden enchanted book shelf that included the top books that have impacted my life and only ten books are allowed on this special shelf, which books would I pick? Here are my all time ten inspiring books starting from the least to the best book!

10. Uninvited, by Lysa TerKeust

I put this as number 10 because it is the book I am currently reading and I'm only 3/4 through the book. As I am reading this powerful book I am already thinking this is going to be a life book. It's a book about rejection, feeling unworthy, and goes to core to find out why and how to overcome these feelings. It's a book to read slowly and study and reflect on. I just love it!

9. Redeeming Love, by Francine Rivers

What a beautiful book! This a modern day story of the book of Hosea. Hosea was married to a unfaithful woman named Gomar. This book is passionate and deep. It shows you how deep God's love is to redeem us.

8. The Five Love Languages, by Gary Chapman

I first read this book years ago and I still think about the concepts in the book. Such an impacting book in my life. Not everybody gives and receives love the same way. The 5 main love languages are gift giving, quality time,words of affirmation, acts of service and physical touch. This book can help with different relationships you have in your life, your children, love life etc...

7.  Boundaries by, Henry Cloud and John Townsend

When I first read this book I didn't love it. Although it has grown on me and its overall impact on my life has been great. The whole idea of having boundaries is a a core to how I function in my life. Even one of my blog posts is called "Just say No" and is about boundaries.

6. Captivating by, John & Stasi Eldredge

This book is about unveiling the mystery of a woman's soul. I did a major decluttering of all my books after reading the book, The magic art of Tidying by Marie Kondo. Oh man, that book almost made it on the Golden bookshelf!! After I did that, I only had a few books left and this one definitely made it. Woman want to be seen, wanted and pursued. This book was emotional and opened my eyes up to a new way in how I looked at God and how he pursues us and loves us.

5. Quiet by, Susan Cain

I am so glad I found Quiet. I have always known that I am an introvert but this book brought new light to what it truly means to be an introvert. It's not about being shy or socially awkward. It's really about how you refill your energy and introverts refill by being alone and extroverts refill by being with people. The book is slightly complex if you want to read something easier to read on the subject try the Introvert Advantage by Marti Olsen Laney.

4. The Best Yes, by Lysa Terkeurst

Another book by Lysa Terkeurst on the list!  This book is similar to boundaries but more enjoyable to read. I noticed I am drawn to similar books that boost your confidence and this one does that!

3. Morning and Evening, by Charles H. Spurgeon

I bought this book very randomly at the Half Price book store. I didn't know at the time of purchasing it what a treasure I had found! This book gives daily devotions for each day of the year. The words are so beautiful. The words play together in a garden of gorgeous poetry. You can smell and imagine what he is describing with his words. This devotional book is filled with passion and love towards God!

2.   The Pilgrim's Progress, by John Bunyan

This book is a Christian allegory that was made in 1678. The author created this book while he was in prison for being a Christian. It is written in old English. That did not stop me from absolutely being engaged in this book! Its an Alice in Wonderland for Christians. We are almost to number one... Drum roll Please!

1. The Bible!

Yes, The Bible! Ever since 1994 when I started to walk with God this has been my go-to book. This book is the most life changing book ever! I love all the other books I have listed but I have to remember that those books are like sides on a plate and I shouldn't go to just have just the sides and not the main dish. When you are connected with the main source it brings so much more wisdom, passion and intimacy with God and brings you back to your first love, something that I have gotten away with all the side dishes. It brings a water that never runs out and renews your mind everyday.  It shows you that are beautifully designed and created for a special purpose. It's Life Giving! It's a Love Story!   It's ...,,,,.My Love Story.......

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