Book Review: Book of Daily Inspiration by N. N. Light

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As 2017 came to a close, I wanted to read a non-fiction book that would help me focus on potential goals and plans for the upcoming new year. Given I write a 365 Daily Challenge blog, it only made sense that I find a book where there were 365 daily messages for me to ponder; that’s when I stumbled upon this book from a blogger I’ve followed for most of the last year: N. N. Light’s Book of Daily Inspiration by N.N. Light. Both blog here on WordPress (and I’m hoping they will agree to an Author Alert in the coming weeks). You can find this book on Amazon via this link. It’s a fantastic 5-star read in my world!
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I thoroughly enjoyed this collection of inspirational advice, quotes and reflection. I would recommend it to anyone, and I’ll even tell you now, I plan to re-read it (something I rarely do) again in 2018… perhaps 1 month at a time, soaking up each set of inspirational messages.

Books like these can be tough. Everyone can say ‘RahRah’ to help motivate you (is that the proper way to spell ‘RahRah’ — eh, sounds good!), but it can get old quickly if the messages aren’t lyrically written or vast in their range of advice and inspiration. The husband and wife writing team of N.N. Light definitely found a perfect balance in how they wrote this book… from quotes across all walks of life (sports heroes, artists, motivational speakers, profits, philosophers, et al) to finding an interactive approach to applying the message to our every day lives. I even blogged about the concept of ‘giving credit where credit is due’ as that daily inspiration truly spoke to me. Another one was the concept of not needing to take credit for everything, as it’s about the outcome, not who did it!

What I found the most intriguing about this book was the daily message for my birthday — a bit of irony thrown in as the focus was on finding your truth for that date. My blog is labeled ‘This Is My Truth Now’ — I couldn’t have asked for anything more nostalgic and introspective. So, the scoop… it’s 365 messages, each kicked off by a quote (sometimes famous, sometimes unknown), followed by N. N. Light’s interpretation and application to their lives. It’s not pedantic — in case that worries you — sometimes these types of books can feel too preachy, but that’s not the case here. It’s humorous as the authors’ personalities shine through in a way you want to get to know them more, especially as you learn about their lives and histories. A few entries were of course ‘normal/typical’ advice, but in at least 90% of the cases, between the quote and the inspiration content, I found myself keen to re-read the messages another time. I’d suggest skimming the book in the beginning, getting familiar with the style, then leaving it by your bedside to read when you wake up in the morning… a positive way to start your day. No actions, no moral lessons in the traditional sense. Just an opportunity for some fresh perspective that will push you to think about how you perceive everything around you.

I’m glad I read this one and am pretty confident, if you’re open to inspirational books (not religious or large-scale boring motivational speaker approaches) where a little bit goes a long way, you’ll be quite intrigued and connected to these words.

 

About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon. I write A LOT. I read A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge – words and humor. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.
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24 thoughts on “Book Review: Book of Daily Inspiration by N. N. Light

    shalini said:
    January 3, 2018 at 2:02 PM

    You write so beautifully, Jay… 🤦 what am I saying… Of course, you are a published author.. But you write beautifully 💗💗😘😘

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      January 3, 2018 at 3:54 PM

      Thank you! xoxo You are too kind to me.

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        shalini said:
        January 3, 2018 at 3:56 PM

        Hehehe I am a fan girl who loves your brevity😉😉

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    Mischenko said:
    January 3, 2018 at 3:19 PM

    What a great review, J! I’m just finishing this and it’s a wonderful book. I too plan to reread it throughout the year. It reminds me of an inspirational calendar that I had one year, but I love the stories and experiences that come with each quote. ❤

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      January 3, 2018 at 3:53 PM

      I so agree! Did you check your birthday? Did it match?

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        Mischenko said:
        January 3, 2018 at 10:15 PM

        The weirdest thing is, it does match. It’s so bizarre to me because in the message there’s a grandpa quote that my grandfather told me ALL the time. “You can do anything you put your mind to.” I tell my kids that all the time too. Every birthday, my grandfather would give me a card and it would have some quote or advice written in it and this quote is one of them. Plus the grandfather reference! Amazing! ❤

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        January 4, 2018 at 8:23 AM

        That’s very cool. I wonder how they did that!

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    writerslifeswork said:
    January 3, 2018 at 4:02 PM

    Hi Jay, I was reading through some of your posts, you have a great voice and seem to have a good eye for a great book, I was wondering if maybe you wanted to read and review my debut novel, that was #pulished on December 27, 2017. Let me know what you think about that. 🙂

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      January 3, 2018 at 4:06 PM

      Hi, Maria. Happy New Year! Congratulations on your novel. To be completely upfront, I’ll tell you the same thing I’ve been saying to anyone else sending me notes about their books. I took on so much in 2017 that I have 25+ sitting in my queue to read in 2018. I’ve promised myself that until I finish those, I can’t say yes to anything else. I’ve planning to finish these by 2/28 so that I can start easing into reading other work in March. I’ve also got my second novel’s launch in March, so the next two months are hectic. Could we touch base again in late February and I’ll know better where I stand on available reads? I’m saying ‘no’ to anyone for the next 6 weeks, so no worries on someone taking the spot. I feel bad, but ultimately, if I am rushing thru it, any reviews won’t be very verbose… feel free to connect offline and/or send the links so I can look at the book in the next few weeks. jamesjcudney4@gmail.com

      Good to meet you!

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        writerslifeswork said:
        January 3, 2018 at 4:11 PM

        Thank you so much.
        You know what I understand so well, I can mail the book to you, but please don’t feel bad, it’s very important to consider yourself and not take on too much. You don’t have to rush on my behave or anything.. I deeply understand, I will follow your work gladly and check out your book.
        Great to meet you too.
        Happy writings to you, have a great time.

        Maria E. L. Thomassen.

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        January 3, 2018 at 4:28 PM

        I appreciate it. I look forward to connecting on email and will check later on. Have a great day.

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        writerslifeswork said:
        January 3, 2018 at 4:28 PM

        You too.. 🙂

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    Nice review Jay! I love non-preachy inspiration. I’m going to check this out on Amazon.😊

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    wakinguponthewrongsideof50 said:
    January 3, 2018 at 5:07 PM

    This is exactly the book I need to start off the year

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    The Cozy Pages said:
    January 3, 2018 at 8:24 PM

    Thanks for sharing this one Jay. I like how you pointed out that the book is not preachy while still being very inspirational. A message for each day can be quite useful.

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    carhicks said:
    January 4, 2018 at 10:15 AM

    I do like to read a devotion or a thought provoking idea each day, this sounds like a good pick. Thanks. for sharing it and I will need to check it out.

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    Lashaan (Bookidote) said:
    January 8, 2018 at 1:07 AM

    Wonderful review. I usually stay away from these types of books unless someone heavily recommends it, but I’m glad to hear this one worked well for you. It does sound like it was really well-constructed and makes for a fascinating read.

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