Monday, December 14, 2009

In My Mailbox/Mailbox Monday - 12/14/09

I'm a little late with this post, but better late than never, right?  Today was our Teacher Christmas Luncheon at school.  The principal and I planned the menu, cooked, and served our staff today.  So, I spent all of yesterday making 4 King Ranch Chicken Casseroles, 4 dozen chocolate chip cookies, 3 dozen mint crisps, and 4 dozen brownie bites.  Then, today, I mixed salad, warmed casseroles and bread, made tea, passed out presents, lit candles, and played Christmas music on the CD player.  Needless to say, I'm exhausted, but blog posting is therapeutic, so here I am.  Besides, I've missed you all, and with Christmas coming, I feel the need to get in a lot of blogging so that I can enjoy my family.  Yes, I will be scheduling posts, but these I needed to get in.

Welcome to another edition of In My Mailbox/Mailbox Monday, where I show you what books came into my house via the mailbox. In My Mailbox is hosted every Sunday by Kristi at The Story Siren and Mailbox Monday is hosted on Mondays by Marcia at the Printed Page. Both ladies have wonderful blogs, that I hope you will take the time to visit. I appreciate each of them for hosting these memes so that book bloggers can share the books that they receive to review. To see what others have gotten this week, visit these ladies and check it out!

For the first time in a while, I had a slow week.  I've gotten more selective about the books I request and/or accept for review.  I'm glad for the slow week, because the books I received are going to take up most of my reading time during the holidays, as they are both books I want to read and study to use with my teachers at school.

Simple Compassion: Devotions to Make a Difference in Your Neighborhood and Your World by Keri Wyatt Kent
“True devotionals should stir us to devote our lives to something bigger than ourselves. [Simple Compassion] will not just warm your heart but will actually break your heart with the things that break God’s.” —Shane Claiborne, author, activist, and recovering sinner "Keri's journey of compassion is truly a reflective of a woman who wants to impact her community and her world ... I think these stories will stir others to do the same." —Heather Larson, Director of Compassion and Justice Ministries, Willow Creek Community Church An invitation to change the world, one life at a time. Starting with your own. This fifty-two-week devotional invites you to discover a life overflowing with creative compassion. Through poignant stories and fresh insights from the Bible, you’ll learn how small acts by ordinary women just like you can lead to meaningful change. Along with a clear vision of God’s heart for the poor and marginalized, Simple Compassion provides manageable action steps to help you move beyond asking, “What difference can I make?” to actually doing something. In each week’s reading, you’ll find inspiring meditations from the Bible blended with suggestions for living out principles of justice and compassion right where you are. Step into the adventure of following God’s heart, and discover the power of Simple Compassion.

This is one that I'm really looking forward to starting in the new year.  I received a review copy from The Blog Tour Spot, who will be touring the book on blogs from Jan 4-8.  I will be joining in the tour as well as the Simple Compassion Challenge:

Take the ideas from Simple Compassion to the next level by implementing them. Choose to intentionally perform one "act of compassion" per week for the month of January. It could be as simple as writing a note of encouragement to a friend or as involved as giving up a Saturday to take sandwiches to the homeless in your area. Feel free to be creative, the only stipulation is to be intentional. Then tell us about your experience(s) either on your blog or at (details on how to post your video there will be found on our tour site).

Deep Brain Learning: Pathways to Potential with Challenging Youth by Larry K. Brendtro; PhD, Martin L. Mitchell, EdD; Herman J. McCall, EdD
Professionals with decades of experience working in the field, Larry K. Brendtro, Martin L. Mitchell and Herman J. McCall set out to demonstrate how combining brain research, human values and practice expertise can lead to success with at-risk youth. Much has been written about educating and working with challenging children, but what's often missing from those theories are what youth think and how they feel. According to Dr. Brown of the William Gladden Foundation, "This book places the voice of the young person at the center of evidence-based practice, building respectful alliance to surmount challenges."  Deep Brain Learning uses the voices of youth, case studies and insights gained over decades in the field, to create powerful principles for success with youth, who often are more concerned with looking good than doing good. The road maps created in this book show that true, lasting transformations come from person-centered approaches where quality relationships are key. You will discover 25 principles that lead to transformational change in challenging children.
I'm reviewing this one for Basil & Spice and will be reading it over the holiday break.  We have some challenging students on our campus, and I'm hoping that this will give me some insight and new ideas to use with them.

What did you receive in your mailbox last week?


bermudaonion said...

Wow! Deep Brain Learning looks interesting, but I imagine it's over my head.

Cindy said...

Happy holidays Shelly. Sounds like two good books.

I have been getting very selective too on what books I request and accept. Happy Reading

Keri Wyatt Kent said...

thanks for the shout-out, Shelly. And I love the Simple compassion challenge. I need to video when I visit east Garfield Park this weekend to help with Christmas stuff!

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