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Monday, March 8, 2021

Book Review : Becoming Leidah by Michelle Grierson

 Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook free of charge, from Simon & Schuster via #netgalley, for review purposes on this blog. No compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it, all opinions are my own

An utterly gripping love story set in nineteenth-century Norway, about a woman rescued from the sea, the fisherman who marries her, their tiny and unusually gifted daughter, and the shapeshifter who follows their every move, perfect for fans of Alice Hoffman, Yangsze Choo, Eowyn Ivey, and Neil Gaiman.



The sky opens up... I hear them laugh.
They don’t feel the sadness in the air.
They don’t feel the danger coming, riding in on the wind.

In the hinterlands of old Norway, Leidah Pietersdatter is born blue-skinned, with webbed hands and feet. Upon every turn of season, her mother, Maeva, worries as her daughter’s peculiarities blossom—inside the root of the tiny child, a strange power is taking hold.

Maeva tries to hide the girl from the suspicious townsfolk of the austere village of ├śrken, just as she conceals her own magical ancestry from her daughter. And Maeva’s adoring husband, Pieter, wants nothing more than for his new family to be accepted by all. But unlike Pieter, who is blinded by love, Maeva is aware that the villagers, who profess a rigid faith to the new God and claim to have abandoned the old ways, are watching for any sign of transgression—and are eager to pounce and punish.

Following both mother and daughter from the shadows and through time, an inquisitive shapeshifter waits for the Fates to spin their web, and for Maeva to finally reclaim who she once was. And as Maeva’s elusive past begins to beckon, she realizes that she must help her daughter navigate and control her own singular birthright if the child is to survive the human world.

But the protective love Pieter has for his family is threatening the secure life they have slowly built and increasingly becoming a tragic obstacle. Witnessing this, Maeva comes to a drastic conclusion: she must make Leidah promise to keep a secret from Pieter—a perilous one that may eventually free them all.


Whether it's Celtic, Viking or Norse, the upper regions all have a similar shapeshifter story, that explains why some of their people have certain traits. This is the story of what happens when that shapeshifter is held and forced to become part of the community, and what happens to their child. It's an immersive tale that takes you to another time and place. The ending will have you spellbound, rapidly turning pages. If you like stories that are different, but enchanting, this is the book for you!

About the Author:

Michelle Grierson is a teacher, writer, dancer, painter, habitual traveller, voracious reader, and enthusiastic mom, who has spent a lifetime chasing and channelling ancestral ghosts through her writing, art, and choreography. A firm believer in blood memory, she has been researching her Norwegian and Celtic ancestry for years, and that inspired her debut novel, Becoming Leidah. Most days Michelle can be found exploring the woods near her southwestern Ontario home with her son, Taras, and their dogs, Tulla and Bijou.
Friday, March 5, 2021

Recipe for Mental Health: Understanding Mental Illness: A Comprehensive Guide to Mental Health Disorders for Family and Friends, Dr. Carlin Barnes and Dr. Marketa Wills

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book free of charge, from  Trina Kaye Orgization, and the author,  for review purposes on this blog. No compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it, all opinions are my own



Get the straight facts about mental illness from two Harvard trained psychiatrists. More than 40 million people in the US suffer from mental health problems—yet less than half receive adequate care and treatment.

Even in the 21st century with the most advanced medical care in the world, social stigma still surrounds psychiatric problems, and this, combined with a lack of understanding, perpetuates a national mental health crisis affecting those in need and their families. 

Ignoring and/or being unaware of a problem can have devastating effects in our families and for society at large—many people living with mental illness go untreated, and as a result, people with untreated mental illnesses make up one third of the nation’s homeless population and can be imprisoned.

To meet these challenges, Dr. Carlin Barnes and Dr. Marketa Wills have written this necessary and comprehensive, practical guide to educate and help everyone better understand mental health. Each chapter offers insights and wisdom concerning a variety of psychiatric conditions, including:

- Mood disorders
- Anxiety disorders
- Personality disorders
- Substance abuse issues
- Eating disorders
- Women’s mental health issues
- Suicide in America
- Geriatric mental health
- Professional athletes and mental health
- And more

Armed with this knowledge, you and your loved one can better appreciate the real struggles at hand, and as a result, seek the proper care needed.

"I really liked the book because it teaches you how we use words wrong (like 'normal' and 'schizophrenic') and how they have become slang word removed from true definition. This is a good starter book for those who are trying to figure out what might be wrong with their child, or whose child has been diagnosed, and they need an easy to understand book that tells them the basics, what to look for, actions/moods, typical meds, etc. I think I would call it a starter book. It starts you on understanding you child/family member's illness better, and then if you want a deeper dive, you would get a book just on that illness. Overall it's a good book, and I think most people would get a lot from just reading a few chapters."

I would concur with her review, and also add, that I think if you have teens, it's worth a read, as SO SO many teens are facing issues we never did, and reaching out for help. By gaining the basic knowledge in this book, you'll have the means to help them, and to know WHEN you need professional help.


Da kid is taking a psychology course this semester, so as soon as this book came in, she claimed it to read and review! Unfortunately she's a slow reader (dyslexia), so the review took a bit longer.


About the Authors:

Carlin Barnes, MD, is a board certified psychiatrist and behavioral health medical director at a Fortune 500 managed care company. For the past eighteen years, she has practiced child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry—she has a thriving, diverse, boutique private practice with patient clientele ranging from working adults to urban children and adolescents. She trained in the specialty of psychiatry at programs affiliated with both Harvard University and Emory University Schools of Medicine and attended Texas A&M University College of Medicine, where she received a Doctor of Medicine degree. Dr. Barnes is a member of several professional organizations including the National Medical Association, the Black Psychiatrists of America, and the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. She is originally from Hillside, New Jersey, and currently resides in Houston, Texas, where she lives with her son.

Marketa Wills, MD, is a board-certified psychiatrist with a master’s in business administration from the Wharton School of Business and serves as a physician executive at a Fortune 500 health insurance company. She has cared for severely mentally ill patients in inpatient, outpatient, and emergency room clinical settings. As treatment team leader and medical director, she effectively collaborated with other mental health professionals to ensure that patients with a variety of ailments—ranging from schizophrenia to postpartum depression to substance abuse—were able to live as productively as possible. Dr. Wills earned her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and completed a residency in adult psychiatry at Harvard’s Massachusetts General Hospital/McLean Hospital program. In her last year of the program, she served as chief resident. She has received numerous accolades and awards highlighting her clinical and community achievements. Originally from Dayton, Ohio, she currently resides in sunny Tampa, Florida. Her passions include travel, community service and the arts.

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Top Shelf Spring 2021 Giveaway

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Can You BELIEVE it is already March?

Yup, Easter shall be here before we know it!

So let\"s take a breath and rejoice and the one thing that\"s consistent- our Amazon card giveaway!

If you\"ve been a long time reader of this blog, then you know one of our monthly mainstays was the Top Shelf book giveaway. Featuring review books, cds, and even DVDs, it was a way for you to win some of the items reviewed here on BTHM, but PHYSICAL books are no longer the norm, from our publishers, sooooo we\"ve had to shake up the Top Shelf giveaway!

Changing to an Amazon card instead of physical books, seems to have been a hit with ya\"ll, so we\"re keeping it up, just reducing the amount of giveaways, to seasonal Top Shelf giveaways, via an amazon card!

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So now you can win a $10 Amazon e-card to buy the book that 

YOU want, or  the cookbook you want, or buy  2/3 kindle books!

the choice is YOURS, as a thank you for your continued reading of this blog!

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Wednesday, March 3, 2021
Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Book Review and Giveaway: Anxiety Reset by Gregory L. Jantz Ph.D. and Keith Wall

 Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook free of charge, from Front Gate Christian,  for review purposes on this blog. No compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it, all opinions are my own

A Life-Changing Approach to Overcoming Fear, Stress, Worry, Panic Attacks, OCD and More 

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Individualized solutions for conquering anxiety from acclaimed mental health expert Dr. Gregory Jantz.

If you or someone you love has lost hope of ever getting free from occasional, persistent, or overwhelming anxiety, take heart. The Anxiety Reset offers a fresh, personalized plan for overcoming the fears that are robbing you of joy and peace. In this compassionate guide, you will discover:

•            Your anxiety type and triggers

•            Common myths about anxiety

•            Hidden causes and catalysts of anxiety and what to do about them

•            The pros and cons of medication and possible alternatives

•            How to develop your optimism muscle

•            How to eat for better emotional health

•            How to get started on a personal anxiety reset plan


Combining the most up-to-date scientific research, real-life stories, and practical strategies, The Anxiety Reset empowers you to understand and overcome the fears that have been holding you back.



Click here to purchase this book:


Did you know that 1 in 5 Americans has anxiety? It really is no longer a hidden 'disease' but one that as a nation, we are experiencing more and more each day! So we need a book that can help us strive to not just 'remove factors from our lives, but properly deal with them.

The point that I truly LOVE that the author made in this book is that there isn’t a single cause or cure for anxiety disorders, because there often are multiple causes! If you think about it, he's right- worry, stress and anxiety can all come from multiple sources (work, school, family, relationships) and each can bring another symptom to the party, that you feel as anxiety. So why do we attempt to treat just one symptom? We need to look at everything that can be causing the symproms and see if we can remove the frustration, as to why the anxiety isn't going away, no matter what treatment is applied. It may seem simple, but it really if a whole person approach that is a HUGE difference than many tradiitional methods.

I loved how he used the analogy of breaking free from prison. It is something people can relate to, having seen it in multiple movies, and truly anxiety CAN feel like a prison at times! The steps that he gives the reader are easy to accomplish, and he ofers great advise and help, like to expect the unexpected. You need to KNOW that you will have setbacks, and you may take 2 steps back for every step forward. But knowing that it can happend, and hpw you will DEAL with it in advance, is what makes the difference, it is what allows you to keep moving forward! 

Overall, this book is perfect for families dealing with a child with anxiety, or for adults with it- the approaches can be used for both, and offer some really good plans on not nly understanding why and what gives you the anxiety, but hw to better handle them!

There is also a workbook that you can purchase, to use with this book. I think it would be of great help to teens and coeds!

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About the Author:

Best-selling author Gregory L. Jantz, Ph.D., founded The Center • A Plce of HOPE as a treatment facility based on the foundation of whole person care. Today it is recognized as a Top 10 Facility For the Treatment of Depression. For over 30 years, Dr. Jantz and his award-winning staff have addressed the emotional, relational, physical and spiritual aspects of the healing process for men, women and adolescents.

Dr. Jantz is a nationally certified eating disorder specialist, a state-certified chemical dependency counselor and a licensed mental health counselor. From TV to radio, Dr. Jantz has shared his expertise in more than 2,000 interviews, including CNN, Fox News, The Dr. Phil Show and the 700 Club.

Married for over 30 years to his wife, LaFon, Dr. Jantz is the proud father of two sons, Gregg and Benjamin.

Based on his extensive one-on-one counseling experience, Dr. Jantz has written 38 self-help books to reach as many people as possible with his message of hope. His most recent book is HEALING THE SCARS OF ADDICTION, the latest in his continuing effort to help people change their lives for good!

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