Book Review: DotCom Secrets

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted a book review, and even longer since I’ve actually read a whole book. The new year has hit with a vengeance including a new role and new responsibilities and the addition of two more clients. I’m not complaining, it would be silly with the #oneword2018 Ready to complain about new things. ūüôā

At some point I’ll need to catch up to hit my reading goal for the year, but for now, I’m thankful for a little required work reading.

DotCom Secrets by Russell Brunson is a book that focuses on the evergreen marketing principle of click funnels. Now, I’m the first to admit that I’m not a salesperson. I love opportunities to share my about favorite books, music, recipes, and people, but when it comes to selling, I find the desire to run dominates my emotions.

If you are like me, then you might find the click funnel approach to be an interesting opportunity for growth with your business ventures. Still, I should warn you. Brunson is a natural salesman and at times his stories rubbed me the wrong way. I wanted additional details included with his personal anecdotes because his examples seemed far-fetched. But here’s the thing. Brunson is a proven success in the digital marketing world and his theories have worked for a huge variety of businesses of all sizes.

Brunson’s strategy relies on:

  • personalization
  • continuing to offer excellent products or services
  • transparency and honest sales practices
  • a solid understanding of the value of the services and products you offer

By building out a graduated scale of services within your industry niche you can provide a range of services from free-exclusively priced for your customers. The funnel principle is applied because not everyone will stay at the free level, and not everyone will pay for the highest tier of services. But as you build your funnel you will create a combination of passive and active income with a consistent supply of new clients still having the ability to find you through search.

The best part of the click funnel strategy is that the few limitations you will encounter are likely to be solvable by expanding your creativity.

This book is a quick read and true to his word Brunson offers free templates to help you get started. If you are a small business owner or entrepreneur looking for a fresh way to do business consider giving DotCom Secrets a read.

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Book Review: Fierce Faith

Alli Worthington’s second book,¬†Fierce Faith,¬† has just released and it’s one you may want to add to your 2018 reading list.


Alli’s first book, Breaking Busy remains one of my most frequently referenced books. I love her writing style incorporating personal stories, scripture and practical application steps.¬†

Alli has left no fear stone unturned in the 12 chapters of her latest book. Although the chapters are short they are packed with information.

Fierce Faith is not a book to rush through, and if you find fear is a trigger point for you, this may not be one to read alone. That being said, this book is about fighting fear, not dwelling on emotions or allowing Satan to¬†misdirect our thoughts. Each chapter has practical tools to incorporate into thought life or actions, or both. Here’s an example:

“By worshiping, trust, and praising God, you are telling the enemy loud and clear that you are not a woman to be messed with.”

Alli does a great job of pulling in relevant scripture when addressing fear but also acknowledges today’s realities. Fear for our Children, Fear of Betrayal, FOMO, and Fear of Not Being Enough are a few of the chapter titles.

You can download the first chapter on Alli’s website and join the Propel Book Club here.

Book Review: Talking as Fast as I Can

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It might seem odd that a blog focused on the football lifestyle would kick-off the year with book reviews, but I’m taking advantage of having older kids and a frigid week after Christmas and getting ahead on blog posts! I wrapped up 2017 highlighting the 20 books I read, but I actually read more than that. I just didn’t get to write all the reviews.

Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham was a delightful memoir that fulfilled all I hoped it would. I’d been promised behind the scenes info from the set of Gilmore Girls as well as encouragement¬†for writers. What I didn’t expect was to cry through the last 40 or so pages with a smile on my face.

One thing that struck me was how quickly things have changed as Graham referenced Clinton winning the election (she didn’t) and Matt Lauer on Today (nope) I wondered if the next printing should be edited. But as her story continues I realized it doesn’t matter. Whether reflecting on the past or commenting on the present, this is Lauren Graham’s reality, and it is a special thing when someone takes the time to give you a sneak peek through the window of it.

I loved hearing her diary entries, the bits of her life she shares, and her thoughts on sexism and writing. Graham tells her story honestly and in a way that makes you feel as if a friend you haven’t seen in a while is catching you up. At the same time, I couldn’t help but take a few notes as Graham’s humble commentary on life choices popped up in just the right places.

If you like memoirs or Gilmore Girls, or even Parenthood this is a book you will love. If you are a writer add this one to your life, it’s worth your time to read the whole book, even if just for the writing process part.



Book Review: Otherworld

Otherworld Book ReviewOtherworld is the first book in a new YA series. Told in the first person from the perspective of unlikely hero Simon, this book moved from intriguing, to annoying, to attention-grabbing in the first few chapters.

Authors Jason Segel (How I Met Your Mother) and Kristen Miller have created a world within the world. Otherworld is supposed to be a virtual reality video game with cutting-edge technology created by The Company. The program is designed to allow people to live the life they have always dreamed of living. Even companionship is possible in this ideal world.

A seemingly freak accident places Simmon’s best friend Kat in the hospital, and his refusal to leave her side reveals there is more to The Company than a digital game developer. And much more to Otherworld than a fun game.

Simmon is faced with the chance to save Kat, but will his stay focused long enough to do so? With the help of The Clay Man (identify unknown) Simmon is forced to fight his natural instincts and trust strangers with his life.

Along the way, Otherworld reveals the depths of human nature in all its glory. Gluttony, greed, deception. Will Simmon stay focused on the mission or become distracted by Otherworld’s design.

I found this book to be an excellent commentary on human instinct and nature wrapped in a unique and creative story. Since this is told in the first person from the mind of an almost 20-year-old man the constant references to sex and sexual thoughts, especially in the first few chapters, make this a book not suitable for all readers. This is unfortunate as I was hoping my seventh grader would be able to read these. There are so few great series out there for guys.

Nothing is vulgar, but it seems a bit overkill to make the point Simmon is a guy. The character Simmon thinks about sex and hints at sex repeatedly. The people he encounters also don’t seem to be able to keep themselves from blurting sexual thoughts out loud. This may be how guys talk when they are sitting around, but it takes away from an otherwise excellent story and certainly isn’t something we will encourage. Thankfully, as the meat of the plot deepens the sexual banter ends.

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.

In exchange for an honest review, I was given a free copy of this book via Blogging for Books. The opinions expressed are my own.



A Simplified Life a Reflection and Book Review

When A Simplified Life by Emily Ley arrived, I was pretty excited until I opened the box and saw how perfect it looked. That may seem odd, but in the midst of packing for holiday travels and feeling behind in work and Powersheets Prep the last thing I felt would be possible was to simplify, especially after seeing how thick of a book I’d received. How could simplifying take so many pages?

And then, before I’d even finished the introduction I found myself exhaling a huge sigh of relief. With one sentence tucked into a three-part process, Emily enlightened me on how I’ve been setting myself up for failure over and over.

“Create flexible routines so each part of your life works together rather than competes for time and attention.”

Stripping down life to include what works together instead of competing is a journey I began in the fall of 2016 when I walked away from a ministry I’d developed at the peak of its success. Now, this wasn’t a ministry to included thousands of women or was nationally known, but it was the fulfillment of a mission God laid on my heart more than 15 years prior, while simultaneously¬†being an immense¬†strain on our family, my physical health, and my daily schedule.

From the moment God whispered walk away while I was driving in September of 2016 I had been entering a season of less. That step of obedience turned out to be the beginning of God moving our family for the second time in less than 4 years.

The Simplifying Continued

With the commitment to be still before God for a year I found the freedom to say no and goodbye. Our move certainly helped as did working from home.

  • We downsized to a home half the size
  • I reduced my work commitment to one job instead of two
  • I placed all ministry outside our home and writing on hold
  • Our new town is packed with conveniences reducing errand time by hours each week
  • I began meal prepping

It Didn’t Last

As with all good things, my season of less and choosing to be still, began to slip away before I realized what I was getting myself into my days were once again blurring into my nights and I was dreaming more about work than play.

  • As we settled into our new community my one job which I was doing for 15 hours a week increased to 35 a week at the same time I began freelancing.
  • I joined a BSF something I’d longed to do for over a decade AND an online Bible study just for coach’s wives.
  • As football season began ministry increased
  • I.joined.PTA

Reflecting on 2017 I can see a shift that has settled. My yes is slower, my no is firmer, and my decision to ask for help comes a bit quicker. The best part of this learning process is that God has helped me see how one joy, one focus can fulfill a calling, ministry, and employment (more on that in another post ūüėČ ). I am forever changed, and yet a simplified life still felt impossible.

Enter the fantastic Emily Ley and my lightbulb moment. Pausing to confirm life choices work together rather than compete is not something that will happen overnight. And Emily in her wisdom understands that. But taking the time to apply the same process in all aspects of life is the ultimate goal, and by tossing the stopwatch away, it becomes attainable.

Through ten chapters Emily Ley brings the reader through simplifying their home, finances, meals, schedule, self, and faith amongst other topics. There is no deadline to meet, and the brilliance of this hardback book is that it is sturdy enough survive the whole journey.

A Simplified Life: Tactical Tools for Intentional Living is not a one-size-fits-all process. It’s not a do these 10 things, and life will work out. Best of all, it’s not about changing passions to fit into the idea of what this life might look life.

It is a guide to help you think through the why behind decisions in addition to a book filled with tips, ideas, and strategies to choose from which will help life to actually be simplified. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars, it’s great and will speak to the majority of women who crave a simpler life, but if you aren’t married with littles, there will definitely be chapters you won’t find applicable. That’s ok, but it’s why this book really isn’t for everyone even if that’s what the introduction promises.

A Simplified Life Book

In exchange for a free copy of this book via Book Look Bloggers I was asked to give an honest review. The opinions expressed are my own.