Book Review: Oola Find Balance in an Unbalanced World

Oola by Dave Braun and Troy Amdahl


Authors: Dave Braun and Troy Amdahl

Hardcover: 241 pages

Publisher: OM Publishing; 1st Edition (November 15, 2012)

ISBN-10: 0985869402

ISBN-13: 978-0985869403

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Oola is not your typical self-help book. Oola is a “state of awesomeness,” it’s when your life is balanced and growing in the 7 key areas of life (Fitness, Finance, Family, Field, Faith, Friends, and Fun). Oola reads more like a collection of kick-butt anecdotes and sincere stories that just happen to have meaningful messages. Co-authors Dave Braun (The OolaSeeker) and Troy Amdahl (The OolaGuru) have been there and done that. Kurt Warner, NFL MVP, wrote the foreword. “What I have been seeking, and what I believe everyone is seeking … is an OolaLife.” Mark Victor Hansen (the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” co-author) says, “Oola is happy inspiration!” Oola has received glowing reviews from top authors, pro athletes, musicians, industry leaders, and Olympians. Need 7 more reasons to read this book: 1. Learn the three simple steps to balance and grow your life in an unbalanced world. 2. Uncover what blocks you from the life of your dreams and what can get you there faster. 3. Find out what you can learn from a drunken Thai monkey, a black Ninja, and zebra-striped underwear. 4. Why no matter what you have done or have failed to do, you deserve a better life. 5. Become inspired to take the steps, reach your milestones, and achieve your OolaLife. 6. Discover the 7 key areas of life you must balance and grow. 7. Unlock the secrets to taking your life to the next level.

My Thoughts:

I’ve just started reading my way through some personal development books that I have picked up along the way, and I have to say, this one started out a bit slow for me.  I wasn’t interested in reading all the personal stories about these two authors that was in every single chapter. I understand that they were just expanding on the 7 F’s of Oola and how it applied to their lives. But, I was like, I get it, your life is great now because you followed this plan. The reading started to pick up a bit more once I got to the Oola Accelerators and Blockers.  But, that came half way through the book and the personal stories continued.  However, I appreciated that they didn’t try to sell a separate workbook, they INCLUDED it in the book.  They gave you all the tools that they thought you would need to personally find the Oola balance in your life.

If you’re a person that loves to read about other people’s experiences, how the choices they made affected their lives, and then can relate that back to your own life and experiences, this is a perfect book for you. For me personally, a brief overview of the contents would have been enough. Then, spending the time to dive into the workbook pages and work through the Oola plan. That is where I think the value, for me personally, is in this book.

Quote from the book Oola Find Balance in an Unbalanced World






About the AuthorS:

The OolaGuys are co-authors of the International Best Selling book series that started with Oola: Find Balance in an Unbalanced World. Dr. Dave (OolaSeeker) and Dr. Troy (OolaGuru) are renowned experts in a proper work-life balance. They travel the world helping people find balance and growth in the 7 key areas of life (the 7 F’s of Oola) – Fitness, Finance, Family, Field (career), Faith, Friends, and Fun. By revealing how to remove the stress related to a life out of balance, they unlock the greatness that is inside all of us. A better “you”, makes a better family, a better community, and ultimately a better world. The OolaGuys are committed to changing the world with this word (#Oola) and with their simple yet life-changing message.

The OolaGuys can be found collecting dreams across America in the form of handwritten goals on the side of a 1970 VW Surf Bus. They remain committed to changing the world with a word, one dream at a time, one person at a time, one sticker at a time.

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Book Review: Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

Author: Gillian Flynn

Paperback: 254 pages

Publisher: Broadway Books; Reprint edition (July 31, 2007)

ISBN-10: 0307341550

ISBN-13: 978-0307341556

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Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: she must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. For years, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed in her old bedroom in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Dogged by her own demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past if she wants to get the story—and survive this homecoming.


Sometimes if you let people do things to you, you're really doing it to them. ~Gillian Flynn, Sharp Objects

My Thoughts:

Gillian Flynn is one of my many favorite authors. Gone Girl, AMAZING! So, I couldn’t help but read another one of her books and I wasn’t disappointed. Sharp Objects was a book that sucked me in from the beginning. Flynn takes us on a journey with Camille Preaker, the main character in Sharp Objects. Camille has to go back to her home town, face her past, her family, and at the same time do her job as a reporter. Throughout the book, Camille struggles to keep per personal demons at bay while trying to get the latest scoop on the murders of 2 girls. Who could have done this? What was the motive? Just when you think you’ve figured it out, it throws you for a loop. Will Camille even survive this trip?

If you’re a fan of psychological thrillers or of Gillian’s other books, you will love this one too.



About the Author:

Gillian Flynn is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Gone Girl and Dark Places, which was A New Yorker Reviewers’ Favorite, Weekend TODAY Top Summer Read, and Chicago Tribune Favorite Fiction choice.  She lives in Chicago with her husband and son.

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Book Review: The Other Woman by Sandie Jones

The Other Woman By Sandie Jones


Author: Sandie Jones

Hardcover:304 pages

Publisher: Minotaur Books (August 21, 2018)



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*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for an honest review



Adam adores Emily. Emily thinks Adam is perfect. The man she thought she’d never meet.


Lurking in the shadows is a rival, a woman who shares a deep bond with the man Emily loves.


Emily chose Adam, but she didn’t choose his mother, Pammie. There’s nothing a mother wouldn’t do for her son, and now Emily is about to find out just how far Pammie will go to get what she wants: Emily gone forever.

Quote from The Other Woman, by Sandie Jones

My Thoughts:

I couldn’t wait to dive in to this psychological thriller. Upon starting the book, I was drawn to Emily. Within the first few pages, she finds the love of her life, Adam. In her eyes, he’s perfect. However, Emily quickly finds out that his mother, Pammie, isn’t so perfect. I quickly became concerned for Emily, as Pammie’s behavior towards her was less than desirable. It was frustrating to me as a reader that she allowed herself to be treated in such a manner by her future mother-in-law.  There were SO many red flags that she let slide. I guess when you’re planning to marry the perfect man, you also marry his not-so-perfect family. BEWARE OF PAMMIE! I look forward to reading more of Sandie Jones books in the future.

I want to thank St. Martin’s Press for sending me an ARC copy of Sandie Jones’s debut novel, “The Other Woman”.



About the Author:

Sandie Jones has worked as a freelance journalist for more than twenty years and has written for The Sunday Times, Woman’s Weekly and the Daily Mail, among other publications. She lives in London with her husband and three children.  The Other Woman is her debut novel.

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