Thursday, July 14, 2011

Book Review Thursday

Another new feature for the blog, in addition to Scrumptious Saturday, that I've decided to do is Book Review Thursday. I've always been an avid reader (ask my mom, I still won't shut up about the Kindle she got me for Christmas...best gift ever!), and it's something I want to instill in my kids. I love reading so much, in fact, that I even read to the baby now. Early reading is such an important thing to do with your kids, and to keep that passion alive as an adult is an enjoyable past time for me. So each Thursday I'll give my honest review of new books I'm reading, or those I've already read. Hopefully my reviews will inspire you to pick up a book, and indulge yourself in a little quite "you" time :)

This week I'm reviewing "Standing By: The Making of an American Military Family in a Time of War" by Alison Buckholtz. I received this book as a Christmas gift from my husband, the Christmas before we got married, and it was one of the most thoughtful gifts he could have given me. Even if you're not associated with the Military, I highly recommend this book. It's a great insight and thought-provoking text on how Military families run, especially when our country is at war.

The book is written as a first-hand account of what raising a Military family is like, especially when one family member's duty takes him away for training and deployments. Buckholtz humorously accounts her ways of trying to maintain normality when life is anything but, and warmly and emotionally describes the bond between fellow Military wives, Military children and their parents, and her experience playing the role of a single parent while her husband was away.

For me personally, this book is always a great reminder that Military families succeed and thrive every day and that time spent apart will always come to a close. If you're Military do yourself a favor and buy this book! You will relate and easily be moved by the author's words. If you're not Military, buy it too. This book gives incredible insight into a world which many civilians often don't get a glimpse into, or have a hard time understanding. You may find that after reading this book, you appreciate the family as much as you appreciate the Servicemember.

"Standing By" is available at Amazon.com and Barnes and Nobels

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