Review: Reading People by Anne Bogel


Hello everyone! I have been thrilled to be on the launch team for Anne Bogel’s new book, Reading People: how seeing the world through the lens of personality changes everything.

I did receive an advance copy of the book, all opinions in my review are my own.


Anne Bogel


This book is a solid overview of the basic premises of personality theories such as Myers-Briggs, the Enneagram, Love Languages, StrengthsFinder and more. Bogel notes that “a big part of learning about personality is learning to make peace with who we are.”  I really loved that setting of the scene in her introduction, and I attempted to journey through this book with an open mind.

As a clinical social worker, I was familiar with several of the personality theories that Anne introduced, yet there was one chapter that was newer information to me, which I want to focus on in this post.  Chapter 3 is entitled “Too Hot to Handle: Highly Sensitive People.”  If you know me in person, I can be pretty anxious or “intense” and I am a perfectionist.  As Anne discussed the characteristics of a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP), I knew I had to continue to learn more, and I went to an online self-assessment she mentioned.  There are 27 indicators of an HSP, and I had…all 27 of them!

This chapter was filled with nuggets that guided me into looking at myself in a new lens. A HSP is someone who is “more easily overwhelmed by highly stimulating environments” and “as adults they are strikingly intuitive, inclined towards perfectionism, sensitive to pain, and apt to notice subtleties in their environments,” writes Bogel.

Bogel then shared some information that made several things click into place for me. She writes, “They (HSP) have more allergies than non-sensitive types and more active immune systems.” Shut the front door! I have adult onset celiac (which affects my immune system) and adult onset allergies to peanuts, tomatoes, pineapple and black pepper. I had never thought about the fact that my personality could play into my allergies!!

I felt like reading Chapter 3 and doing some subsequent research really opened my eyes to some things in my life. I need to strive towards making sure I have whitespace that Bogel mentions to allow myself to function well.

Readers, there is a GREAT pre-order deal going on until September 19th. If you order your book by 9/19 you get some pre-order bonuses which are: a free download of the audio version of the book and access to an online class “What’s your reading personality?” hosted by Anne.  While you are at the website, check out a free quiz to find your reading personality!

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Thank for stopping by!


A Name Unknown (Book Review)

I received a review copy from Bethany Publishing House. All opinions are my own.

I found this book to be a fairly enjoyable, yet lengthy read. The book was 426 pages, and I felt that it could have been 100-150 less pages.  There were a few times I had to re-read on a previous page or paragraph to ensure that I had caught important details.

The main characters in this book were likeable, but I found at times that it took me a moment to adjust to the voice of each chapter, and felt that the character’s name in a heading on each chapter would have helped the experience.

This was a great vacation read, and I shared it with my Mother afterwards, and she enjoyed it!

Almost There (book review)

Note: I received a review copy from Tyndale of the following book. All opinions are my own.  Almost There by Bekah DiFelice

I received this non-fiction book and felt the author was a good storyteller.  However, I had a difficult time getting into the book as I don’t feel I was the target audience. The target audience appears to be spouses of those in the military, and being single and not in the military or having a family member in the service, I found it difficult to relate to.

I did also feel that the author was stretching to meet a page quota, and I felt that some of the stories and examples became a bit repetitive as I was reading.

I did note some quotes that stood out to me:

“Faith is a bridge between places-a point of continuity in a transient life.” (p. 31)

“The spiritual practice itself is not what connects us to God. The cross is what connects us to God.” (p. 41)

Threads of Suspicion (Book Review)

Thank you to Bethany House Publishers for sending me a review copy!

I just finished reading “Threads of Suspicion” by Dee Henderson. This book is actually the 2nd book in Evie Blackwell Cold Case, but I hadn’t read the first. This didn’t keep me from being able to follow the plot and being immediately hooked in.

I finished this book in a day and a half (lunch break reading is the best).  I liked the suspense part of it in particular. This book is classified as a romantic suspense, I don’t generally care for romance, but the romance part was understated, which I appreciated.

This book was well written and left me guessing as to who was behind the cold case.  It was a fun read that gave me a break from my daily life, and I plan to read more in the series.  I think I will actually go back and read book 1 in the series!

This book can be found at:

Threads of Suspicion

Holy Saturday Wonderings

I lead Godly Play our church which is a unique approach of introducing Bible stories to children.  One of the key distinctives is after the story is a set of wondering questions. These are open ended questions about the story that was just heard.  Verbal answers are not required, and sometimes there is silence during the consideration.

I have found it has deepened my own spiritual life and Scripture reading, when I ask these wondering questions after meditating on a passage, or thinking about a particular story in the Bible. Last night, at my church’s Good Friday service, I was led to consider what it would have been like to be there, what Mary, or the guards were experiencing.  Today, on Holy Saturday, I consider some different wondering questions.

I wonder what it felt like during the day in-between Friday (death) and Sunday (resurrection)?

I wonder what the air felt like? Was there a breeze? Was all still?

I wonder what Mary, the mother of Jesus, did or felt the day after?

I wonder if anyone was having regrets?

I wonder where I would have been in this story?


I wonder…..

Celebrate Advent, even without kids!

When we think of Advent on a commercial level, it seems to currently center on activities for children. Pinterest is full of ideas of Advent activities to do with children, and Facebook is another avenue that ideas are being shared.

How about those of us that do not have a children?  As a single adult, Advent has been very meaningful to me so far this season, and I would like to share some of my ideas with you. Perhaps you will have ideas to share as well!

Advent is a time of waiting for Christ, it is a time of hopeful anticipation.


My advent practices:

Advent Wreath


Advent calendar and Countdown Clock


German Advent Poem:

Advent Advent, a little light burns,
First one, then two, then three, then four,
Then the Christ Child stands in front of the door



The Holiday, Prancer, The Nativity Story, Elf and The Santa Clause movies are my favorite.


Giving Ideas:  cookies, dinner, local charities, spread Christmas cheer (think Buddy the Elf).


Choose not to be busy, and only choose things that bring life and joy.

Commonplace: The Sequel

I previously posted about Commonplacing at this post. You may want to start there before reading further!

I have a new commonplace book since my post in August, that I wanted to share pictures of! I bought this on Amazon here.  (I am not an affiliate, so I’m not benefitting at all from sharing this link). This is my 2nd of these and I adore them, and it is such a great price!

This is the cover of my commonplace:


This is my index page:




Sample page in spoken section:


Sample page in Classics section:


Do you plan give commonplacing a try?