How To Fix a Broken Record: Book Review

How To Fix A Broken Record: LadyD Books

Book Description

Your soul holds a massive record collection: melodies, rhythms, and bass lines. Memories that ask you to dance and memories that haunt you in a minor key. Lies that become soundtracks to your days while truths play too softly to be heard.
Spoken word poet Amena Brown’s broken records played messages about how she wasn’t worthy to be loved. How to Fix a Broken Record chronicles her journey of healing as she’s allowed the music of God’s love to replace the scratchy taunts of her past. From bad dates to marriage lessons at Waffle House, from learning to love her hair to learning to love an unexpected season of life, from discovering the power of saying no and the freedom to say yes, Amena offers keep-it-real stories your soul can relate to.
The hurtful words of others and the failures of your past often determine what record you play the most in your mind. Those painful repetitions can become loud at the most inopportune time, keeping you from speaking up, pursuing your dreams, and growing closer to God.
Recognize the negative messages that play on repeat every day in your mind. Learn how to replace them with the truth that you are a beloved child of God. And discover how to laugh along the way as you find new joy in the beautiful music of your life.

How To Fix a Broken Record

Book Review

Amena Brown's journey of accepting herself and knowing who she is in Christ is a good, inspirational read. A few chapters like 'Searching for the Groove' and "Finding Your Voice' spoke to me. I felt like the author was conversing with her readers on real life-changing experiences. For those seeking some healing and breakthrough answers, persevere through the pages on how to fix a broken record.

4 stars!  

How To Fix a Broken Record

I received this book from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.
Lady D
“You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me." C. S. Lewis

Book Review: Ack!

Book review: Ack! By Cory Sanchez

First, I want to let all my readers know that I am back online and excited to be joining the blogging network once again. Where have I been, you ask? Well, the Lilac fire caused us to evacuate for 4 days and then we returned home for our Christmas miracle! Our home is still standing!

Beginning a somewhat normal routine again, I reached for my copy of an 18-page paperback children's and delightfully embraced the message of the book! I can't wait to share it with you!!

Just a quick note to let you know that you can get 3 formats of Ack! on Amazon!

So, what's the book about?

Tired of feeling "blah", tired, or worn out throughout your day?

Desire a life with less worry, fear, and overwhelm? Dream of finally having an end to pesky, "grumpy day" feelings and emotions? There's a "little known" secret to finding happiness in today's "on the go" existence.

In ACK!, the author guides us through an “easy to follow" journey to living a more fun, engaging, and joy-filled life. If you're looking for the ultimate shortcut on how to turn bad days into good days, then this is the perfect roadmap to unlocking untapped energy, connection, and love.

And, who is Cory Sanchez?

Cory Sanchez is an entrepreneur, investor, world traveler and breakfast burrito aficionado.
A big believer in “living a life you love”, he hopes that his books can somehow make an impact on even a few people that go out there and change the world.

Book illustrations by monika suska

My Thoughts

I think we all know that we have been given the opportunity to make choices in life. Sometimes we choose good ones and often we find ourselves saying, "Oops, why did I choose that?" Often we spiral down with our not-so-good attitudes and a friend arrives to show us our blind spots. In Cory's book, I have found the author's message to be simple, yet powerful with an endless rippling effect! Get the book today! It is a positive approach to catching our runaway negative thoughts and focusing on all that is good. Enjoy and experience the sunny side of life. Cory will introduce you to how to make lemonade when life throws lemons our way. Highly recommend the book for all ages! I have 5 grandchildren and 2 grown daughters. We focus on our attitude and perspective. This one is a keeper, for sure!

5/5 stars!! Ack!

Thanks, Cory for the opportunity. Best wishes and much success!

You can follow the author's journey,, and

Happy reading!

Wishing all my readers a warm "Merry Christmas!"

Lady D 
 “You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me." C. S. Lewis

Charlotte's Garden: Guest Post

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                                 photo credit: Daniela Parra F. magic garden (1 of 3) via photopin (license)

I would like to introduce you to Shirley Johnson! She is a WordGirls Member and author of
this guest post. When you have the time, visit her blog to view some of her writings. 
I especially love her poem, So Grateful. I love gardening and I know you will enjoy 
discovering a new perspective here.

Charlotte’s Garden
By Shirley Johnson

Charlotte loved to work in her garden in the morning. She could hear the morning birds greet the day with a song. The refreshing dewdrops found rest upon the garden. The flowers seemed to smile back at the sun.

Charlotte worked hard at maintaining the presentation and growth of the garden. She knew with the proper care it would not only look beautiful but create a peaceful atmosphere for those viewing it. From childhood, she knew which of the elements and garden intruders can interfere with the presentation and growth of the garden and which are harmless.

The garden often ministered to Charlotte. She embraced the seasons of the garden. It often shared reflections of life and whispers of hope.

While working in the garden a ladybug crawled on her sleeve. There was a time many years ago if this happened she would have panicked. She smiled and laughed to herself. She thought back to when she was a very small child. She was with her mom visiting at their friend’s home. The porch provided a favorite play area. Somehow a ladybug crawled right where she sat. She cried out to her mom for help.

Charlotte’s mom came running in response to her cries. While Charlotte saw a big intruder, her mother saw a simple little ladybug. “Oh, Charlotte.” “It’s okay,” said her mom. Her mom had gardened a long time and knew the difference between a harmless bug and dangerous ones. “This is just an innocent little bug that somehow landed in the wrong place.” She calmly scooped up the ladybug with her gentle hands, opened the screen door, and let it go.

Life’s seasons have a way of presenting itself with different problems. There are times when we have real problems, big problems that we need to face, address and solve. Sometimes though, we have little irritations that invade our space. They land right where we sit in life. They have us talking, repeating, agonizing and spinning our wheels. They interfere and distract us from the purpose and plan in our lives. They “bug” us.

When those little irritations land in our space,
look at them and determine how big they are.
Perhaps there are times when we too must open the screen door and let them go. 

Shirley Johnson author


Shirley Johnson shares inspiration and encouragement through her writing. She is a member of SCBWI and ACFW. She loves to read and has volunteered at her local Public Library as an Adult

Literacy Tutor. She shares her writing on her blog. Connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Thanks again, Shirley for a wonderful article to share with our readers! Wishing you continued success!


 Lady D

 “You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me." C. S. Lewis