Book Review |The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide: What You and Your Family Need to Know (2nd Edition) by David Miklowitz

A little behind the reason I listened to this audiobook is that I recently have been diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, but have been struggling with it for years. “The Bipolar Survival Guide: What You and Your Family Need to Know” by David Miklowitz, the 2nd edition, has been so helpful to me and I’m sure it will be for you regardless if you’re the patient or not.

Why I Love It

I have to say this is the ultimate guide to all things Bipolar. I highly recommend you reading the physical book or listening to the audiobook like I did. It sets up what Bipolar is, its symptoms, medications, how to function, how to react to situations and more! I couldn’t have listened to a better book in this transition to stabilization.


One of the other things I really l enjoyed about this book is that it had realistic examples and testimonies throughout. It built rapport without trying too hard and just made me feel like I could trust the doctor who wrote it. I found myself throughout the book thinking I relate to these stories and symptoms.

The people said similar things that most families and patients dealing with the disorder say. I personally have said and heard my family members tell me the same exact things in a variety of ways.

Real Guide

Just like the name suggests, I truly believe it stands true to being a survival guide. It gives you ideas that you may not have thought of and logical reasons to back up what he is saying. I have already started implementing some of the tips such as keeping a mood diary and exercising as often as possible.

Not only is it cool to get an accurate depiction of any mood swings I may be experiencing, but it is also good to have useful tools that fit into my everyday life without causing too much of a disruption. It also is very detailed about the different treatment options and medications. It goes into what they do, the side effects, and real concerns like what to do if I want to have kids.

I’m telling you this book is money well spent, and I will listen to it over again just in case I need to reference anything later on that I don’t need right at this minute.

Verdict: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★


Book Review | Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

So I’m not much of a reader, but I love a good audiobook I can listen to those almost as much as I listen to music. With that being said if you haven’t already you should definitely read or listen to “Girl Wash Your Face” by Rachel Hollis. It is a great book and that says a lot coming from someone who honestly hates reading and let me tell you why:

The first thing I noticed is that she sounds like she is talking to us as if we are one of her friends and it is super relatable. I loved that! Because of this the book really touched me in ways I didn’t see coming. There are parts where I laughed, reflected and even cried! She comes across so humble and down to earth and it makes you want to really hear what she has to say…literally. I loved how she also incorporates her faith in Christ into her stories and the book as a whole. That made this even more of a connection for me by making me reflect on Jesus’s purpose and role in my own life.

Someone else’s opinion of you is none of your business.

When she says “Someone else’s opinion of you is none of your business” I was dumbfounded. It makes so much sense. Why worry about what the other person has to say about you as long as you know who you are and can live with that especially since our ultimate judge is Jesus Christ himself. That one sentence empowered me more than you could ever know. It gave me a little jolt of confidence and got me thinking why I let so many little insignificant things get to me if it was said behind my back it clearly wasn’t meant for me to know and I know from self-validation that those things aren’t true and don’t define me. She really hit home when she said; “Some days are not about what you get done, but who you empower.” I don’t know about you, but that struck home for me. We sometimes get so caught up in thinking of our list that we have to were we forget to enjoy the moment and lift each other up. Because we are all struggling in this life and tearing each other down isn’t doing anything to help that at all. It makes me want to be more kind with my words, more thoughtful. To make sure that I think before I speak in a way that Christ would want me to. I know it sounds crazy that I could get all of this out of a simple book, but it is so so true and real. I love the fact that she takes us through her life story up until now and I found a lot of similarities in our stories surprisingly. I think it made me also realize that race doesn’t always play a factor either because girl we are all struggling. Me and African-American woman could see myself in a White woman’s shoes and tell myself I’ve been there before. Dumbfounded! I say all this to say please read or listen to this book you may be pleasantly surprised and remember that it isn’t always about what you get done, but who you empower and that God has a purpose for each and every one of us.

Some days are not about what you get done, but who you empower.

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Reflection | Weekly Inspiration (Week of 9-23-18)

Hey there! Didn’t think I’ld let the day go by without posting did you? Below you’ll find some audiobooks and songs that have just been speaking to me and of course are all Christian based (Praise Jesus!). I feel a special connection to what is being said in each one and I hope you do to or maybe you won’t and that’s okay. I just felt that since these songs and books have been helping me I would go ahead and share. So please give them a listen to if you can and give me your feedback! I would love to hear it 🙂

1. Praise Him In Advance – Marvin Sapp

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2. Girl Wash Your Face – Rachel Hollis (Audiobook)

(Review coming soon!)

3. More Than A Conqueror – Marvin Sapp

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4. Boundaries – Dr. Henry Cloud & Dr. John Townsend

Boundaries, Large Print Edition - By: Dr. Henry Cloud, Dr. John Townsend

5. Resurrection Power – Chris Tomlin

Holy Roar

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