Monday, August 30, 2010

Book Review: Oh, the Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss

Oh, the Places You'll Go! is a significant departure from other books by Dr. Seuss

While most of his books are more like tongue twisters, this book is more of an inspirational type rather than a children's book.

Dr. Seuss fans would still see the wacky characters and still have their rhyme but the message being presented by the book is simple yet profound.

I first encountered this book as a child but on my second encounter as an adult, I find a lot of wisdom in it. I have a copy on my bookshelf that I read from time to time.

I would recommend this book for parents and those who are mostly around children. Also recommended as a gift to someone who had just graduated or is about to move into a new career.

About the author:

Dr. Seuss was born Theodor Geisel in Springfield, Massachusetts, on March 2, 1904. After graduating from Dartmouth College in 1925, he went to Oxford University, intending to acquire a doctorate in literature. At Oxford, Geisel met Helen Palmer, whom he wed in 1927. Upon his return to America later that year, Geisel published cartoons and humorous articles for Judge, the leading humor magazine in America at that time. His cartoons also appeared in major magazines such as Life, Vanity Fair, and Liberty. Geisel gained national exposure when he won an advertising contract for an insecticide called Flit. He coined the phrase, "Quick, Henry, the Flit!" which became a popular expression.

Geisel published his first children's book, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, in 1937, after 27 publishers rejected it.

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1984, an Academy Award, three Emmy Awards, three Grammy Awards, and three Caldecott Honors, Geisel wrote and illustrated 44 books. While Theodor Geisel died on September 24, 1991, Dr. Seuss lives on, inspiring generations of children of all ages to explore the joys of reading.

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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Book Review: The Five Love Languages Gift Edition: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate by Gary Chapman

In The Five Love Languages, Gary Chapman writes that all acts of love may be classified into five groups or love languages.

It is important to know our mate's love language since most of the time, the way we express our love is not the best way for our mate to receive love.

The book describes the five love languages in detail and provides some real-life examples encountered by Chapman while counseling couples. Newer editions of the book include practical examples of the love languages. The book also include a chapter on kids(a book for kids has also been written).

I found this book very practical and saved me and my wife from a lot of frustration since we both have different ways of giving and receiving love.
I would recommend this book to couples, marriage counselors and to those who are engaged to be married. Also recommended to singles(although a singles' edition has also been written.

About the author:
GARY CHAPMAN, PhD, is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling The 5 Love Languages. With over 30 years of counseling experience, he has the uncanny ability to hold a mirror up to human behavior, showing readers not just where they go wrong, but also how to grow and move forward. Dr. Chapman holds BA and MA degrees in anthropology from Wheaton College and Wake Forest University, respectively, MRE and PhD degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and has completed postgraduate work at the University of North Carolina and Duke University. For more information visit his website at

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