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A Book Review and a 40-Day challenge

Generally, I skim books. It’s very obnoxious, but most books deserve it. After a twenty minute or so perusing, you’ve got the main idea and spared yourself 150 pages of redunduncy. Now, if I read a book – well, that book is pretty. darn. good.
This past week, I read a book. Actually, I re-read two chapters, so there. Furthermore, I have been so touched/motivated/impressed that I am embarking on a 40 “program” to change, well, me. What needs changing? Just my basal ganglia and cingulate gyrus, that’s all!!! And don’t be so judgemental; chances are 1 in 10 that something’s ascrew in your pre-frontal cortex!
As you’ve guessed probably, the book is about the brain. Life and the brain. Actually, joyful life and the brain. But I’m making it sound wordy and scientific. It’s the complete opposite. For everything from anger to ADD to worry to sadness, he gives hilarious, practical, common-sense suggestions to combat the brain issue. For example.
If someone, persay, struggled with anxiety (ahem), he lists not only supplements and diet changes that help, but also smells to smell, music to listen to, movies to watch, books, exercises, and Bible passages, catered to you! Then he even lists famous people who have your, um, tendency, so you don’t feel like a freak. The whole time he is comical, lighthearted, encouraging, and hopeful. I have already put some things into practice. And yes, when I am stressed and open up the bottle of vanilla extract, I DO feel better. 🙂 So go read it! Join me on my challenge! There even is a helpful “questionnaire” in the beginning which helps you pinpoint the area of your brain that needs a little work, in case you’re in doubt!

A Resolution

I think I’ll really do it this time. My friend Melissa, whom I know from Young Life, is challenging many to read through the Bible chronologically in 2010. She has set up a blog ( http://chronologicalbiblein2010.blogspot.com) so that people can comment and interact about what they are reading.
I was much more dedicated in high school and college to my daily Bible reading, but need it even more today. Apparently the Chronological Bible is unique in that it, well, arranges stories and books in order of time. You will read, for example, the Psalms at the same time as David’s story in I Samuel. Neat idea.
I plan to purchase the Bible and read through it, and I’d love to know some of my friends are joining me! Let’s do it!