I had a chance to review A Life in Balance from the Learning Breakthrough Program. A Life in Balance: Discovery of a Learning Breakthrough is the story of Frank Belgau and his development of the Learning Breakthrough to help people learn and retain information as told to Eric Balgau.
In it, Frank Belgau tells the story of his life from a child through to his discovery of the learning breakthroughs that developed into his Learning Breakthrough program. It seems like it might be long, but it is actually a simple read.
As a mom of three special needs children with learning challenges, I was definitely intrigued by A Life in Balance. Right off the bat I was reminded how far we’ve come in education as he explains back in the 60’s it was assumed children with learning delays couldn’t be taught, and they’d just have to go on as hard labor workers. In fact, many times they were considered “problem children.”
What a relief it is no longer like that, and that there are those with a heart like Frank Belgau. He really took the time to acknowledge that it wasn’t impossible to teach them successfully and see the beauty in their intelligence that can be revealed. It just takes that breakthrough.
I appreciated that he story didn’t just go straight to the Learning Breakthrough but rather really told his story. I can truly appreciate his journey from his own experiences as a struggling reader to helping others overcome obstacles. I really found it engaging. I wanted to keep reading.
I was touched by the stories of overcoming – particularly the story of a little boy with cerebral palsy that was only in his class to give the special education teacher a break. He dropped and broke a project he made, but instead of getting upset, it sparked an idea, and he made something even more beautiful that went on to win prizes. It also helped others recognize that despite his special needs, he is capable. I also love that it helped spark Frank Belgau in his journey as well. It was so neat to read how so,many people came into his life at the perfect time. There were successes and challenges, but he pushed on.
Of course, in addition to enjoying learning how Learning Breakthrough came to be, I was definitely intrigued about the program itself. It shares the tools for the Learning Breakthrough program including the tool around which it involves – the balance board. It also shares some experiments and activities.
Even having three special needs children who have been in occupational therapy and doing therapy Learning Breakthrough was something I found so fascinating and unique. As a homeschooling mom, I am always looking for therapies that will help our children succeed in their education as well as their personal life.
I love how Learning Breakthrough addresses the key – the mind. I really learned a lot. I would definitely recommend A Life in Balance. I think it would be beneficial for anyone, but particularly for those with special needs. It can be purchased for $16.49 (at the time of this posting).
Disclosure: I received a PDF Copy of Journey Through Deployment to facilitate my military family book review. Regardless, all opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links. Please view my Disclosure Policy for more information.
Kathryn, the author of Journey Through Deployment, has been a helpful resource for many military families on her blog Singing Through the Rain. When I heard she took all of that wonderful support and wrote Journey Through Deployment, I was excited to read it. Although my husband is now a Disabled Veteran, I knew there would still be so much value in this book. We made a lot of friends during his time in the military, and I knew this could be a great resource.
Here is the unusual thing – my husband was an Infantry Mortarman, but he never deployed. I know, that’s not typical! He started his career by going straight from Basic Training to The Old Guard at the Arlington National Cemetery. Because there is only one company with his MOS (his job in the military) they can’t deploy because nobody can replace them for the funerals, special ceremonies, etc. He got cancer while he was there. Then it came back and he had to have chemotherapy, which wreaked havoc on his body. That lead us to where we are now.
Regardless, I am connected to so many others that experience it or are about to experience it, and I love that there is such a great resource available. It has also helped me to realize how to best support them as well! Journey Through Deployment is so thorough from the feelings you may have when your spouse gets the deployment orders all the way to reintegration. I love that she has included not just her own personal experiences but those of other military spouses as well because experiences will be different and some will be the same.
In Journey Through Deployment there is also support and tips on how to help your children through deployment as well. I think this is so important because deployment affects the whole family. It covers all of the ways it can affect the family including the spouse that is deployed. It has information on how to prepare everyone for the next *however many months* they will be deployed from important documents, family finances and ways to prepare the children. I was impressed by all the details.
Journey Through Deployment also touches on the hard stuff – the emotions and the overwhelming feelings. It offers encouragement from many military spouses and offers suggestions for coping. I love that it includes prayer and turning to God because we can go to Him with everything. Yes, everything.
Are you getting ready for a deployment and wish your friends and family could better understand the ups and downs you experience on a daily basis? A Journey Through Deployment offers a chapter written specifically for them to help them understand your family’s needs during this time. I was so excited about this chapter because it better helped me to understand our friends’ needs as well!
Although I can’t relate to everything in A Journey Through Deployment, there were still things I could relate to. She talks about when Murphy’s Law of deployment strikes, which apparently applies to Basic as well. Our daughter was a baby and had to go to the hospital, the pay was messed up but I didn’t have a POA (Power of Attorney) because I didn’t even know what that was (which was quite a disaster), and I found out our son (who was 2 at the time) is on the Autism Spectrum.
All I could do, though, was put it all in a letter since they allowed no phone privileges for the first six weeks straight. So although we didn’t experience deployment, I would have loved to have a resource like Journey Through Deployment to offer advice and support during that hiccup. If you are new to the military life, don’t wait until you have deployment orders to check out Journey Through Deployment.
Overall, I would definitely recommend Journey Through Deployment for all military families. It isn’t branch specific so families of all branches of the military can find it helpful. Plus it is just so thorough as I mentioned. There are so many topics covered in every area. I was really impressed by the layout and the personal touches added by including tips and information from other military spouses.
You can purchase Journey Through Deployment on Amazon and Kathryn’s blog Singing Through the Rain.
About the Author:
Kathryn is a young Air Force spouse who has a passion for other military spouses. She served one year as a Key Spouse in her husband’s squadron; helping military spouses in the unit get through deployments and checking in on them to see how they were doing. She also started an online group for the spouses at her base to ask questions, make friends, and get information about the area around the base; planning events that spouses could attend to meet and make new friends.
She started blogging seriously in 2009 and found that her blog was the perfect place to write about her experiences as a military spouse and to encourage other spouses going through similar situations.
In 2011, when her husband deployed, she realized the need was great for encouragement in the area of deployment and set to work blogging her way through that first deployment. Since then, her posts have been featured on MilitaryConnection.com, MilitaryFamily.com, SpouseLink.org, FaithDeployed.com and many other sites as she continues to pursue encouraging military families.
Kathryn currently resides at Robins Air Force Base in Georgia with her husband and two children. When she is not writing or blogging, she enjoys spending time with her family, going on date nights with her husband, making new friends, and reading a good book!
Disclosure: I received a PDF copy of the book to facilitate my book review. Regardless, all opinions are my own.
Lately my reading time has been very limited. In fact, I have a hard time fitting in personal reading time and a harder time finishing books I have started unless I really get into them. Many days I just read my Bible devotional and passages for the day and the kids’ reading materials. I was really intrigued by Questions God Asks and excited to read it.
Questions God Asks is definitely a book I can just sit and read. In fact, I generally only read one to two chapters at a time, but I read the first five chapters the first time I started it!
Here is a summary:
Why would God ask anyone a question? We ask questions when we don’t understand. Yet, the Creator of the universe who spoke all that we see into being asks questions. Unimaginable power and wisdom are already His. As strange as it may seem to us, the Bible is filled with questions God asks. He is not the one who needs answers – these questions help us to understand both God and ourselves.
- Delve into the answers found by Job, Adam, Cain, Moses, Joshua, Elijah, and others
- Examine our fundamental assumptions about God, human nature, relationships, origins, and purpose
- Learn about godly character and God’s transforming message
Find a powerful supplement for family worship, Bible study, and personal devotions in the Questions God Asks. Stop demanding answers from God and begin answering the questions He asks of us.
The author, Israel Wayne, goes through various questions God asks throughout the Bible and uses Scripture to further demonstrate that God doesn’t ask questions because He doesn’t know the answers but because He wants us to carefully consider the answers and situations.
I had never thought of this before, but he explains it so simply in a way that just makes sense. Why did God ask those questions when we clearly know He knows the answers? The detail, Biblical reference, and how it’s relevant in our life today is more of what we need to really consider. Who told us what we believe?
Each chapter addresses not just a specific question from The Bible but also a specific area of our life whether it be a mood, behavior, relationship, etc. Are we considering all these areas in our life?
Questions God Asks challenges us to answer the questions God asks in a way that is relevant to each of us. It is definitely a great addition to my daily reading and something I recommend for Christians at any stage of their walk with God to dig deeper in their relationship with Him.
For More Information:
Visit the Questions God Asks page on New Leaf Publishing Group
Disclosure: Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this product to facilitate my review. Opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.
It has been a while since I shared a marriage book review, but I definitely think marriage should be at the forefronts of our minds because where your marriage is not doing so well, just “so so,” or even great, it always needs attention. Achieving “oneness” with your spouse is key, and I don’t think this is possible unless you’re thinking about it, and working on it consistently. So when the opportunity to review The Marriage You’ve Always Wanted presented itself, I was eager to read it and share it!
I admit, as a fan of The 5 Love Languages and of Dr. Chapman’s work in general I was also very intrigued to see what The Marriage You’ve Always Wanted would have in store!
My first impression of The Marriage You’ve Always Wanted is that it’s not too thick. As much as I love reading, I don’t get as much reading time as I would like, so books that can pack a lot into fewer words and pages are definitely appreciated. Although it definitely does pack a punch in just about 135 pages, it’s definitely not a book you want to rush through.
In fact, each chapter has “Your Turn” section at the end where you not only reflect on what you read but implement it as well. You may be asked to think about and write down things about your spouse or yourself, read relevant Bible verses, perform an act toward your spouse or even yourself, etc. The activities vary greatly depending on the topic of the chapter.
My husband and I consider ourselves to be happily married, though we know financial strains, both having physical disabilities, and raising special needs children does put a strain on our marriage. I was thrilled he was willing to do the activities as well, and I do think there is a big advantage to both spouses doing them, though I also believe if only one spouse starts it can still make a big impact! Plus it really does cover those topics that strain a lot of marriages like money, responsibilities, intimacy, decision-making, and more.
Overall, I definitely feel like, once again, Dr. Chapman really delivered. I also think it’s pretty amazing they offer a free study guide for leaders. There are even Small Group Study resources available for sale!
What most interests you about The Marriage You’ve Always Wanted?
For More Information:
Visit The Marriage You’ve Always Wanted page on The 5 Love Languages Website.
Connect with Dr. Gary Chapman on Facebook and Twitter
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