Sunday, October 12, 2014

Life Before the Lottery Book Review


Book Review of Life Before the Lottery
  by Ashlee Bratton
"The 30x30 List...Living Beyond the Bucket"

REVIEW BY: L. Bankhead

    Ashlee Bratton and I know each other through a "friend-of-a-friend," and she sent me a signed copy of her book to review here for you.  After receiving the book in the mail, while flipping through the pages, I was immediately hooked.  This book is Fantastic!  (Note the capital F).  First of all, Bratton's writing has ease of reading.  The words flow with mastery and straightforwardness.  Her humor, emotion, and quirky spirit shines through her work.  So let's talk details: This book was written to inspire others to get moving on their life and dreams, through the author's own personal story of living out her own 30x30 list.  Waiting for the winning lottery ticket is a waste of time and your life.  This book will teach you how to "live beyond the bucket," so your dreams don't have to wait.  She touches on tithing, God's timing, facing tough obstacles, really bad days of loss, enjoying others company, learning to enjoy yourself, and so much more.  All through the book she has included "list-making" hints, fill in the blank questionnaires so you can get serious with your goals, and awe-inspiring quotes from others.  Oh, and there are great pictures too!  This book will help you on your way to making your own 30x30 list; or if you are like me (and over 30), your 40x40 list, or beyond. 
     I finished reading this book on a ship heading back from the white sandy beaches of Mexico this week.  That night, I sat on the deck under the moonlight and officially started my 40x40 list.  It was exciting to see my goals, innermost desires and thoughts come alive on paper.  I'm feverish to begin my 40x40 journey, and see where it takes me.  What a special gift this life is.  Let's not waste a moment of it.
     I recommend this book for anyone ages 13+, and every single person you know who is in a slump and needs motivation to begin living life with purpose.  At $15, this book is a steal and a great gift idea for Christmas.  

(I received this book free from Ashlee Bratton as a request to review this book. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.") 

NEXT UP!  Reviews coming your way this Fall.... 

A Robertson Family Christmas by Ms. Kay Robertson

 The Book of Revelation Made Clear by Tim LaHaye and Timothy E. Parker

Wisdom of the Sadhu by Sundar Singh

Raising a Mondern Day Princess by Pam Farrel and Doreen Hanna

No Longer a Slumdog by K. P. Yohannan 

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