Review: Queer by Seth King



Author Seth King was born in a time when homosexuality was illegal in his state, and fell in love with a male for the first time only months after it was decriminalized.

He’s here, he’s queer, and for the first time, this is his story.




This was an interesting read. I generally try to stay away from non-fiction, but I’d read a couple books from the author and I was intrigued. I wasn’t disappointed. It is a bit painful to read, just as painful as life itself, but I would recommend to anyone to read it. It is very short and it’s very easy to read.

The only thing that it bothers me a little about it is that I think the persons who need the most to read it, the most intolerant ones, won’t give it a try. It is interesting to see the difference in cultures because to me, to where I live, it doesn’t seem too different from the past told in the book. It does bring a little hope to think things can change.


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Review: Anxiety Relief for Kids On-the-Spot Strategies to Help Your Child Overcome Worry, Panic, and Avoidance by Bridget Flynn Walker

Anxiety Relief for Kids On-the-Spot Strategies to Help Your Child Overcome Worry, Panic, and Avoidance


If you have a child with anxiety, you need quick, in-the-moment solutions you can easily use now to help your child face their fears and worries. Written by a psychologist and expert in childhood anxiety, this easy-to-use guide offers proven-effective cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and exposure skills you can use at home, in social settings, or anywhere anxiety takes hold.

Being a parent is tough work. And when your child has an anxiety disorder, the tough gets upgraded to downright hard. You love your child, and it hurts to see them afraid or constantly worried. But life needs to be lived, and schedules often need to be kept especially if your child is in school! So, how can you manage your child s anxiety during those trying moments when you just need to get from A to B without losing your sanity?

Helping Your Child Overcome Anxiety provides quick solutions based in evidence-based CBT and exposure therapy two of the most effective treatments for anxiety disorders. You ll find a background and explanation of the different types of anxiety disorders, in case you aren t sure whether or not your child has one. You ll also learn to identify your child s avoidant and safety behaviors the strategies your child uses to cope with their anxiety, such as repeatedly checking their homework or asking the same questions repeatedly as well as anxiety triggers that set your child off.

With this book, you ll find a wealth of information regarding your child s specific anxiety disorder and how to respond to it. For example, if your child has obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD, the skills you use to help them are different than other anxiety disorders. No matter your child s specific symptoms or diagnosis, you ll discover tailored interventions you can use now to help your child thrive.

If your child has an anxiety disorder, simple, everyday activities can be a real challenge. The practical solutions in this book will help you deal with your child s anxiety when it happens and restore balance and order to both your lives.




I liked it. It seems like a useful way to help kids with anxiety. It does have some parts that doesn’t seem likely to work with every kid, either because it is too childish for bigger kids or because it requires too much self-awareness and little kids might not be able to do it correctly, but in general terms, it is a good book and I think it can be a good tool to help mot kids dealing with anxiety.

The book is written in a simple language. It is very easy to understand the concepts it explain. It also use examples, including in those conversations between parent and kid, but doesn’t used them in excess making it boring. There are chapters that help to identify triggers, correct thinking errors and develop a plan for exposure, among others, but that last one I mention, was the one that I find more helpful, although I wouldn’t recommend to go to that one without have the knowledge the previous one will give.

One of the limitations I think it has is that it depend on the parent’s willingness to work along the kid. There is one thing to read a book about the theme, which is already a sign the parent want to help, but I wonder how many of the people who will read the book, will take seriously the commitment to work for this. To anyone willing to do it, this book will be a great tool.

*Book provided by NetGalley.

Review: Self-Talk for a Calmer You: Learn how to use positive self-talk to control anxiety and live a happier, more relaxed life by Beverly D. Flaxington

Self-Talk for a Calmer You: Learn how to use positive self-talk to control anxiety and live a happier, more relaxed life


Powerful techniques for managing your anxiety!

Every day, millions of people struggle with anxious thoughts and feelings of dread, but you don’t have to be one of them. With Self-Talk for a Calmer You, you can change the way you approach your worries and finally break free from the tight grip of anxiety. Filled with practical advice and positive self-talk scripts, this empowering guide provides a variety of strategies for dealing with uneasy thoughts in a constructive manner and moving past detrimental hangups. Complete with quick assessments that reveal anxiety triggers, you’ll also learn how to create a self-talk plan that fits your needs.

From the workplace to personal relationships, Self-Talk for a Calmer You gives you the tools and confidence to develop a healthier way of thinking, overcome stressful situations, and reclaim your life.




It was a nice book. I try both, the ebook and the audiobook and I think that, even though the audio isn’t bad, the book might be more productive if read, not listen to. That is because there are some task that are needed to be done that might be a little hard if it’s only being listen to.


The content is good, but I like more the first chapters, I felt I was losing interest as I keep reading. It wasn’t an easy book to read, because in other for it to work, is needed a lot of mental effort and willingness to work.


It has some interesting tools to help a person to change the way is seen things, but the ability of the book to work depends on the reader’s self-consciousness and desire to change and willingness to work for that change.

Review: LGBTQ: Outing My Christianity by Ann Townsend

LGBTQ: Outing My Christianity


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Inspired by Vicky Beeching’s coming out, her work with the United Nations, and her fight for LGBT rights in the Church and the world, Outing My Christianity is a story for the curious reader and the ashamed Christian about a lesbian’s life, salvation, love, pain, loss, and survival. It is a story about a walk taken as a quirky flower child, awkward teenager, over-enthusiastic twenty-something, and blind adult who can now see. Regardless of your faith, the time is now, folks. We have to stand together if we want change.




It was an interesting book. Different to what I expected. I didn’t liked it as much as I thought I would, but part of it might be my dislike for biographies and not the book for itself.

I think one of the issues I had was my expectative for a more spiritual book, instead it was more center on telling the author’s experience as a lesbian and a Christian. I learn a lot from the book, mostly about the beliefs of some Christian religions that I wasn’t aware of. It was a nice start point to make some research by myself. I liked getting to know the author’s experience, I can’t help to think how different it is from other places in the world, like where I live. A mostly Christian country, and yet, more surrender by hate than love, and surely much less accepting of homosexuality as I learn every day. I think getting to know a story like this can be helpful to people struggling with similar issues, but I hardly think a book like this can be find in places where is most needed.

There are some great messages in the book, and some of them would work as a great arguments to some extremist people. One that got my attention and I can’t get out of my head is: “God can’t be magnanimous and then, as some of His followers claim, hate any one of His creations, His children. God’s love is absolute and unconditional, and with absolute and infinite love, there can be no hate”. I think that’s the basic massage of the book. I might have some issues about it, but the intention and the overall feeling of it was just great.

Review: Anger: Taming the Beast by Reneau Z. Peurifoy

Anger: Taming the Beast


Don’t Let Anger Control You!

If you or someone you love is experiencing difficulty coping with their anger, this useful and practical book is the first place to turn to for help. With its clear, evenhanded approach, this book shows you

• Why you handle anger the way you do
• Positive ways to manage anger
• How to speak up strongly and effectively
• Effective ways to handle frustration and resolve conflicts
• How to set limits and say no to unreasonable demands
• Practical ways to cope with stress, embarrassment, and shame
• How to relate your feelings to others without losing your cool

Whether you have an explosive temper or are brooding over suppressed anger, the questionnaires, step-by-step exercises, and strategies outlined in Anger: Taming the Beast will teach you how to change the way you experience and express anger.




This was an amazing book. It took me so long to read it, but just for the right reasons. It’s a book that need to be read slowly and taking enough time to understand where the anger comes from and be committed enough to work for a better anger management. If you are willing to give the book the time it deserves, then it’s a very powerful tool to “tame the beast”.

I’ll admit I might have read it faster than I should. I kept returning to the previous chapters several times, because they seemed so important. I didn’t think I had anger issues when I started reading it, but I find myself giving a lot of thoughts, not only on anger but in other emotions and where they come from.

The language used was very simple, it was easy to understand the exposed concepts. The structure of the chapters made sense, it felt very organized. I don’t think the examples were needed, since it was very comprehensive, but still they were helpful. At the end of each chapter there is a summary of key ideas recommended activities. I suggest to take those seriously and practice it, if you are really willing to make a change in your life.

The book address several interesting topics, such as where the anger comes from, distorted thinking, resolving conflicts, stress management, among others. It is a great book. I just can’t recommend it enough.

*Book provided by NetGalley.

Review: Epilepsy Pocket Guide: Full Illustrated 2016 by HC-HealthComm



Chapter 1 Introduction
Epilepsy Prevalence and Epidemiology
Epilepsy is a chronic neurological disorder that is characterized by sudden recurrent episodes of sensory disturbance. It can lead to loss of consciousness and/or convulsions. The term “epilepsy” encompasses a wide variety of seizure disorders. According to the Epilepsy Foundation, it is one of the most common neurological disorders, affecting 65 million people worldwide and over 2 million people in the United States (Epilepsy Foundation; The prevalence of epilepsy is higher in the developing world, affecting almost twice the number of people in low- and middle-income countries than in the developed world. The estimated incidence of epilepsy (adults and children) in high-income countries is approximately 50.4 out of 100,000 persons/year, while the incidence in low income countries is approximately 81.7 out of 100,000 persons/year (Ngugi et al., 2011).
Epilepsy in most forms is considered a treatable disease. However, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), up to three quarters of people with epilepsy who need treatment in the developing world do not receive that treatment (WHO 2012). Commonly cited reasons for this disparity include the high cost of drugs and drug availability. Financial hardship is also cited as a reason for treatment non-compliance in North American populations (United States and Canada) (Burneo et al., 2009). Additional factors that lead to non-compliance are difficulty interacting with the care providers and non-private insurance (United States) (Burneo et al., 2009). In the developed world, minorities have reduced access to medical care for epilepsy, but there is insufficient data to determine whether this disparity is a function of race/ethnicity or other closely related factors such as socioeconomic status and education level (Bureno et al., 2009).

Table of Contents
List of Abbreviations
Chapter 1 Introduction
Epilepsy Prevalence and Epidemiology
Epilepsy Versus Seizures
Types of Epilepsy
Causes of Epilepsy
Environmental Triggers
Brain Injury
Tuberous Sclerosis
Brain Malformation
Focal Cortical Dysplasia
Classical Lissencephaly
Chapter 2 Physiology and Pathophysiology
The Brain
Basic Anatomy of the Cerebral Cortex
Neurons and Their Function
Neuronal Excitability: the Action Potential
Pathophysiologic Mechanisms
Alteration of Inhibition and Excitation
Epilepsy Co-morbidities
Psychiatric, Cognitive and Social Comorbidities
Chapter 3 Genetics and Epigenetics
Genetics of Epilepsy Disorders
Generalized and Idiopathic Epilepsy
Dravet Syndrome and Other Syndromic Epilepsies
Epilepsy with Encephalopathy and Mental Retardation
Progressive Myoclonic Epilepsy
DNA Methylation
Role of MicroRNA
Chapter 4 Diagnosis and Guidelines
The International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE)
The American Epilepsy Society (AES)
Diagnosis of Epilepsy
Diagnostic Tests
Chapter 5 Treatment and Management
Treatment of New Onset Epilepsy
Treatment of Refractory Epilepsy
Treatment of Febrile Seizures
Imaging Guidelines for Epilepsy Studies
Chapter 6 Recent Advances &lt




It might not be the kind of book I used to review, but it was an interesting reading.  And sometimes I also read nonfiction, not very often but I do.

I started reading this book looking for information about EEG and maybe some treatment guidelines. I liked what I found, but since is a pocket guide, the information was a little limited.

I was pleased with the book. It had a lot of information about types and causes of epilepsy. I liked that the book summary showed the table of contents. That is always something that I look before reading a book and it made my decision easier.

The writing style is simple. Easy to understand. The tables and images were appropriate, but I have a comment on this. I switched from my kindle to the PC app while reading this book, it might be an issue of me don’t knowing how this work, but when I was on the PC app I had trouble looking at the images, so I would recommend to use either a kindle, a tablet or a phone app for reading this book, to have the ability to maximized the size of the tables and figures.

I think the whole material can’t be extrapolated to everyone, or most likely to anyplace, mostly in the case of the use of some technologies, even though the principles might be right, not all the technology mention in the book is possible everywhere.

In general terms, the book was really good and give a great help to someone looking for quick information about epilepsy.

Review: Self-Esteem for Teens: Six Principles for Creating the Life You Want by Lisa M. Schab

Self-Esteem for Teens: Six Principles for Creating the Life You Want




Start feeling good about yourself! In Self-Esteem for Teens, best-selling author Lisa Schab offers six core principles to build a healthy, positive view of yourself as you face all the challenges of teen life.

How you feel about yourself affects every aspect of your life. When you have healthy self-esteem, you’ll approach people, situations, and feelings with confidence. You’ll have an easier time making friends, excelling in school, and interviewing for jobs. You’ll be able to see yourself more clearly—celebrating your strengths and accepting your weaknesses. And finally, you’ll be better able to accomplish any goal you set. This book can teach you how.

Self-Esteem for Teens will show you how you are in control of your own self-esteem. When you truly believe in your own worth, discovering and developing your authentic self gives you the power to feel good and succeed in any area of life. You can learn to turn any life situation into a positive one and see mistakes and hurdles as opportunities and challenges. You can develop inner strength and peace. And you can make choices in your thoughts and actions that lead to positive outcomes with friends, family, dating, school, jobs, and activities.

So, stop being unkind to yourself! Start cultivating a deep and abiding belief in your own self-worth. You can create the life you want! The principles in this book will show you how.




This was a great book. It was organized in a way that was easy to know what to expect of it.

It used a simple language to explain its concepts.  I liked the examples it had, very appropriate for the age target, and the wisdom tales were so beautiful.

It was divided in two sections. The first one, core beliefs, oriented to understand where self-esteem comes from and how it’s in our hands. And the second, power-filled choices that helps to understand how to deal with the struggles we find in life. Each section contains principles that are very clearly explain. The way the sections were divided in learn, explore, become and affirm was very enlightening


Even though it was oriented to teenage, I think it can be useful, not only to that group but to any other readers. The examples and general language might be oriented to a younger public, but the concepts were universal and any reader can get great knowledge from it.


It was a very insightful book, I think it is important that the person who read it it’s willing to work and to deal with difficult emotions. It is not a book to be read in a hurry, it’ll take time and effort to get something out of it, but I think it can be very useful in someone willing to do it.


Overall it was is a good book, but its possibility of success remains in the hands of the reader. I would recommended not only to teens, but also to people who work with them, maybe in an educational, social or any other ambit. I also think any reader, regardless the age, can benefit from it.


*Book provided by NetGalley.