Mother’s & Father’s Day Books Gift Ideas @SMGurusNetwork #MOMDADGRAD19 #MySillyLittleGang

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Do you know moms and dads who enjoy reading? If so here is our list of Mother’s & Father’s Day Books Gift Ideas! These books would make great gifts for loved ones and yourself.

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Mother’s & Father’s Day Books Gift Ideas

Mother's & Father's Day Books Gift Ideas @SMGurusNetwork #MOMDADGRAD19 #MySillyLittleGang

Audrey: A Cherished Memory: Time Spent With Audrey Hepburn

My grandma was a big Audrey Hepburn fan, so I was excited to read this book. I liked that it is a small easy read. This book was definitely not what I expected. Instead it’s a great memory featuring Audrey before all of the fame. This is a great read and I enjoyed it very much.

Audrey – A Cherished Memory – is John’s flashback how he met the late famous movie star during World War II in Holland in 1943 when she was still a 13-year old girl. He was 7. For a reason unbeknownst to him, she left an indelible mark on his memory, and he always wanted to see her again. It was a dream come true when that happened in Switzerland much later in his life when she had become the beloved star of everyone, Audrey Hepburn. Some rare photographs of pre-fame Audrey are attached.

The proceeds of this booklet will benefit the Audrey Hepburn Children’s Fund (

Available on Amazon and your favorite bookseller.

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Shattered by the Darkness: Putting the Pieces Back Together after Child Abuse

This book is a powerful account of how shame, guilt, and fear led to Williams’ complete physical and emotional breakdown. This empowering story helps readers find the courage to face whatever hurt them in life and turn that negative experience into something positive. Along the lines of Dave Pelzer’s A Child Called “It” — and by the same publisher — Williams’ story is a testament that it’s what we do with our experiences that dictates who we are, not the experiences themselves.

Brutal Sexual Abuse. Fear. Betrayal. Shame. 
After enduring daily sexual abuse for over twelve years, can there be any hope?

In Shattered by the Darkness: Putting the Pieces Back Together after Child Abuse, author Dr. Gregory Williams shares his dark and horrific childhood of sexual abuse and fifty-year journey of trying to put the pieces of his life back together.  

The vital lessons learned in the process of finally stepping out of the emotional darkness and into the light will give you the strength to ultimately open the deepest parts of your heart and find the courage to face your own personal darkness. Today is the day to take your life back!

Discover that no matter what abuse, hurt, pain, or betrayal you have experienced, you no longer have to live your life Shattered by the Darkness. This empowering book transforms the silence of shame into a rallying cry for hope and healing.

Available on Amazon and your favorite bookseller.

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Be Not Afraid: Living with Faith in the Midst of a Fearful World

Don’t be afraid. How often does that phrase alone help you not to be afraid? For most of us, the answer is, “never.” We say it to our children, to our friends, and to ourselves, but it is never effective if it is not followed by some additional reassurance.

The Bible tells us hundreds of times not to be afraid. In her simple, yet profound study, Karen May takes us into the stories and the characters that help us to see our fear through the eyes of a comforting God. She helps us to find the reassurance and trust we need as we arrive in those uncomfortable and challenging moments in our lives.

Join Karen as she explores God’s word as it relates to:


Discover the peace that comes when we can step, unafraid, into the chapters of this six-week Bible.

Available on Amazon and your favorite bookseller.

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Walking Through Holy Week: A Journey Into The Story Of Easter

Most of us can’t walk the streets of Jerusalem, but every year, we are given the chance to walk with Jesus from His Palm Sunday entrance to the Cross. How much more meaningful would your Easter be if you could sit at the Last Supper, pray in the garden of Gethsemane, and touch the cross before you stood at the empty tomb?

Contrary to popular opinion, the Masses of Holy Week are not tedious, long, and boring. The Masses of Holy Week allow us to be participants in the greatest story ever told.

Walk with Karen May as she guides you through the events each day, making each one real and personal.

This six-chapter book allows for personal or group study. Each chapter contains Scripture from each Mass, reflection questions, and explanations of items, actions, and events from Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday, with an additional chapter devoted to the Stations of the Cross – a traditional practice of Lent.

Done on a weekly basis or simply daily study during Holy Week, Walking Through Holy Week will deepen the readers understanding and personal connection with the events of Holy Week.

This book is deeply meaningful for any Christian looking to deepen their faith and a powerful tool for people entering the Catholic Church at Easter.

Available on Amazon and your favorite bookseller.

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The Anti-Cookbook: Easy, Thrifty Recipes for Food-Smart Living

The Anti-Cookbook inverts the idea that cooking is simply about following a recipe. A “cookbook” method of completing a task implies a mundane, thoughtless process. This book seeks to do the opposite — to inspire readers to think creatively about making meals and independently about the deeper issues surrounding food and nourishment. We want readers to see the sweetness of committing to themselves, to locally sourced ingredients and wholesome recipes, to sitting down to a homemade meal instead of dialing one up or paying someone else to cut the broccoli. If you have found yourself too often eating out of a bag or ordering up take-out, indulge yourself with our food-positive philosophy. Cook better, eat right, be well.

Available on Amazon and your favorite bookseller.

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Clean Eating for Busy Families, revised and expanded: Simple and Satisfying Real-Food Recipes You and Your Kids Will Love

Satisfy your whole family with nourishing meals they’ll love. In this revised and expanded version of the top-selling Clean Eating for Busy Families, you’ll find even more recipes and photos, streamlined weekly grocery lists, and practical tips for healthy family eating.

All parents know what struggle mealtime can be—you want to prepare healthy dishes for your family, but picky eaters, busy schedules, and way-too-long cooking times and ingredient lists always seem to stand in your way.

Clean Eating for Busy Families takes the challenge out of putting delicious food on the family table on a nightly basis by providing you with a clear plan for dinner success. See my full review here.

How does this book work?

It’s Quick: From easy sautés and casseroles, to slow cooker and one-pan meals, all the recipes you’ll find inside list both mode and length of cooking time, so there’s no time wasted trying to calculate the timing for your schedule. Plus, most recipes can be prepared in 30 minutes or less!

It’s Clean: The ever-growing “clean food” movement, which focuses on a healthy, whole foods-based approach to eating, lies at the foundation of this book, so you can be sure you’re feeding your family the very best. From wholesome ingredient lists to nutritional analysis on every recipe, you can feel confident that every meal you prepare is both nutrient-rich and calorie-conscious. Options for plant-based, gluten-free, and dairy-free alternatives are also listed wherever possible.

It’s Green: Featuring eco-friendly tips, along with information on how to go green while shopping and cooking, you’ll find it a cinch to keep your family happy and stay eco-conscious.

And most importantly…it’s delicious! From Orange Peel Chicken & Broccoli Stir-fry with Brown Rice to Baja Fish Tacos with Pico de Gallo and Summer Berry Slump with Vanilla Greek Yogurt, you’ll enjoy night after night of delicious home cooking—without any of the hassles. Get started creating new and exciting dishes for your family today!

Available on Amazon and your favorite bookseller.

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Slay Like a Mother: How to Destroy What’s Holding You Back So You Can Live the Life You Want

“Slay Like a Mother is a feisty, clever, and fun blueprint for modern motherhood that belongs on every bookshelf and in every diaper bag…As a woman and mother, you’ll gain a newfound power, happiness, and ability to leap tall Lego buildings in a single bound.”―Erin Falconer, author of How To Get Sh*t Done: Why Women Need to Stop Doing Everything So They Can Achieve Anything.

A revelatory, inspirational guide for mothers to crush their “never enough” mentality and slay every day! See my full review here.

Katherine Wintsch knows firsthand the self-doubt that rages inside modern moms.

As founder and CEO of The Mom Complex, she has studied the passions and pain points of moms worldwide to help some of the largest brands develop innovative new products and services.

As a working mom of two, she was running in an exhausting cycle of “never enough”?not strong enough, not thin enough, not patient enough, not “mom” enough.

In Slay Like a Mother, you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll discover eye-opening lessons about:

THE MASK YOU’RE WEARING. The one you hide behind when you say everything is “just fine” when it’s not.
YOUR UNREALISTIC EXPECTATIONS. The goal-setting tactics you’re deploying to get ahead could be what’s holding you back.
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN STRUGGLING AND SUFFERING. Being a mother is a struggle ― it always has been ― but your suffering is optional.
Brave, supportive, and insightful, the stories and advice in this book will encourage you to live more confidently, enjoy the present, and become your best self ― as a woman, a mother, and beyond. Perfect for fans of Girl Wash Your Face and #IMomSoHard!

Available on Amazon and your favorite bookseller.

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48 Hours: A Novel

From the New York Times bestselling author of the smash hit One Second After series comes 48 Hours, a nail-biting and prescient thriller about a solar storm with the power to destroy the world’s electrical infrastructure

In 48 hours, the Earth will be hit by a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) from the Sun, a “Carrington Event” that has the power to shut down and possibly destroy the world’s electrical infrastructure. To try and prevent permanent damage, everything goes dark prior to the hit: global communications are shut down; hospital emergency generators are disconnected; the entire internet, media broadcasting, and cell phone systems are turned off.

Will the world’s population successfully defend itself in the wake of the CME, or will mass panic lead to the breakdown of society as we know it?

William R. Forstchen is at his best in 48 Hours, a tale of the resilience of American citizens when faced with a crisis. See my full review here.

Available on Amazon and your favorite bookseller.

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The Rise of Esperanto: Some have the gift of prophecy, but very few believe them

Three hundred and fifty years in the future, the world’s political structure teeters on the edge of disaster as tensions intensify between countries and continents. Vespacia’s military and business communities join forces, plotting to gain control of Esperanto in the face of its astonishing growth. Despite continued insistence to the contrary, world domination seems to be the Vespacians’ ultimate goal.

Amid turmoil, Ovi, a simple and open-minded priest, opposes the increasing violence. Struggling with the meaning and evolution of understanding God and His means, Ovi finds himself at the head of a new religious faction, one that disagrees with hard-core believers in the Old Testament’s teachings. With his newfound status as leader of this prominent religious faction, Ovi is in a unique position to prevent the Vespacians from achieving world domination, even as he further questions the existence of God.

As the conflict between Vespacia and Esperanto spreads and becomes increasingly violent, Ovi works to find a lasting resolution to the conflict, but will it come too late? In the midst of the madness of the widening war between Esperanto and Vespacia, the world’s fate lies in the hands of one very ordinary man and a benevolent alien god. See my full review here.

Available on Amazon and your favorite bookseller.

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Tex-Mex Diabetes Cooking: More Than 140 Authentic Southwestern Favorites

Bold and hearty, the flavors of the Southwest are a rich mixture of cultures, history, and unique regional ingredients. When prepared with traditional ingredients, the cuisine is a heady blend of aromas and spices that is delicious, fulfilling, and—surprisingly—healthy! See my full review here.

In Tex-Mex Diabetes Cooking, cookbook author and Southwestern cuisine expert, Kelley Coffeen, takes you on a tour of the region with more than 140 recipes that focus on fresh local vegetables, fruits, beans, cheeses rich in protein, lean meats, fish, and poultry—all with calorie, carb, and fat levels dialed in for those looking to lose weight or manage their diabetes. This is not a diet book, but a classic collection of beloved and soon-to-be favorite Southwestern and Mexican dishes prepared in easy, delicious, healthy recipes.

Inside you’ll find traditional classics such as:

Smoked Cheddar Cheese and Green Chile Tamales

Pork and Pepper Burritos

Stacked Saucy Enchiladas with Fresh Greens

Seared Sirloin Tacos with Guacamole

Roasted Pineapple Salsa

Whole-Wheat Hot Cakes with Cajeta and Coconut

Green Chile Corn Chowder

Chopped Mexican Salad with Lime

And much more!

Who can resist enjoying more of their favorite food (Mexican dishes rank alongside Italian and Chinese cuisine as All-American favorites) while doing their body a favor at the same time? It’s a winning menu for young and old alike—healthy and nutritious, without losing the authenticity and flavor of its cultural origins. Kelley Coffeen knows from a lifetime of experience, living and cooking in various regions across the Southwest, that Tex-Mex fare is easy and fun to prepare at home, and a crowd-pleaser on the table. With this in mind, she created Tex-Mex Diabetes Cooking as the go-to book for home cooks looking for easy, diabetes-friendly, satisfying, and healthy Southwestern dishes to feed their family.

Available on Amazon and your favorite bookseller.

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Vegan Challenge: The 30-Day Program for Eating Healthier and Improving Your Diet with Vegan Foods

Take the 30-Day Vegan Challenge and Discover a Happier, Healthier You!

The secret to building successful healthy habits is commitment and consistency. That’s what makes Vegan Challenge a fun and easy way to adopt a healthy vegan lifestyle—all in just 30 days!

The Vegan Challenge program is designed to help guide you, day by day, towards a healthier way of life through small, gradual lifestyle changes that anyone can make! Whether you’re looking for a new way to eat healthy or you’ve always been interested in veganism but didn’t know where to start, take the guesswork out of your vegan experience with the Vegan Challenge 30-day planner, complete with daily recipes, helpful hints, and words of inspiration.

Utilizing a tried-and-true program started by Kimberton Whole Foods and run by Certified Health Coach Lisa Montgomery, the 30-day Vegan Challenge will help you: 

Prepare a wide variety of delicious, nutritious vegan recipes

Design a new diet plan centered around health-supporting vegan dishes

Stay motivated and engaged using the Vegan Challenge journaling pages

Live dynamically with the help of the vegan diet!

Vegan Challenge features over 125 delicious, original recipes from Lisa Montgomery and Vegan Challenge contributors. See my full review here.

Available on Amazon and your favorite bookseller.

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  1. Dr. Gregory Williams

    Thanks so much for recommending my book, “Shattered by the Darkness” to your readers. I really appreciate you helping me get the very important word out about abuse and overcoming abuse in lives of 1,000s of people.
    If there is anything that I can ever do for you….please let me know!
    I appreciate you and keep up the GREAT WRITING!!!!

    Dr. Gregory Williams
    Author of “Shattered by the Darkness”
    Baylor College of Medicine
    Houston, Texas

  2. larescoe

    This is such a great collection of books, I never would have thought of any of these! Thank you so much for sharing, both my mom and dad love to read. 🙂

  3. Tamra Phelps

    Any of the cookbooks would interest me. And Audrey Hepburn’s story would be a great read, too.


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