Review: Distinctly You

In Distinctly You, Cheryl Martin does a wonderful job of pointing readers to see themselves in light of God’s beautiful workmanship, rather than the usual tendency to compare ourselves to one another. The book’s tagline “Trading Comparison and Competition for Freedom and Fulfillment” so aptly describes the meat of the book.

The book is helpfully divided into two sections. The first section is titled “Distinctly You Blockers,” which discusses the problems and lies, that keep us from realizing ourselves distinctly. The second section is titled “Distinctly You Builders,” and it discusses the truths that help us realize and fulfill our distinct role in God’s creation.

Due to Martin’s conversational, casual tone, this book was easy to read and understand. Martin drew upon much of her personal experience and personal stories, and I know I was able to relate to much of the feelings she had had at one point or another. She discussed her own struggle with body image, singleness, failed marriage, career, and so much more.

Over and over again, Martin emphasized that too often we are caught up with our own feelings and what we think others think. Yet, what we need to focus on is God’s truth.

The only thing I didn’t like about this book was that sometimes the chapters/topics seemed so random. I would have liked a bit more structure that would have knitted the whole thing together a bit more. The good part about this means it is incredibly easy to read a chapter a week, or even just a chapter a month.

If you’re looking for a good read that tackles issues of viewing yourself distinctly beautiful the way God made you, then I would definitely recommend this book.

FTC Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

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Understanding Genres: The Genre Map

Genre Map
from http://www.bookcountry.com/ReadAndReview/Books/GenreMap/

I was researching young adult literary genres, and I found this fun interactive and informative map. Click on the different areas to explore fiction, nonfiction, and YA fiction genres. It contains explanatory information for each genre and show examples from literature. For some of the wider genres, it also has subcategories.

To discover new genres or understand the definition of a genre a bit better go to Book Country to check out this map.

Here’s the link: http://www.bookcountry.com/ReadAndReview/Books/GenreMap/ 

The Poetry Handbook

A Poetry HandbookFor most of my life, the very idea of poetry scared me. A lot.

I remember a time in elementary school when I had to write a poem. I struggled to write 6 lines. Thankfully I don’t remember what I actually wrote but it barely resembled poetry, if it did at all.

As I grew I continued to play with words and gained some knowledge about writing poetry. I gained an appreciation for poetry through many literature courses, and eventually I found myself in a “Creative Writing: Poetry” class. One of the required books was The Poetry Handbook by Mary Oliver. Continue reading “The Poetry Handbook”

Feeling Like a Kid

Feeling Like a KidFeeling Like a Kid: Childhood and Children’s Literature has captured my heart.

The eye-catching cover and overall design of Feeling Like a Kid deserves special attention. Scanning through the shelves of an academic library, I chose this book purely on the basis of its art. With thick pages, a pleasing format, and beautiful illustrations from classic children’s books, Feeling Like a Kid has captured the wonder of old-fashioned paper and ink. Continue reading “Feeling Like a Kid”