Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing our Daughters

Author: Abigail Shrier

Publisher: Regnery Publishing


Synopsis:

Until just a few years ago, gender dysphoria—severe discomfort in one’s biological sex—was vanishingly rare. It was typically found in less than .01 percent of the population, emerged in early childhood, and afflicted males almost exclusively. But today whole groups of female friends in colleges, high schools, and even middle schools across the country are coming out as “transgender.” These are girls who had never experienced any discomfort in their biological sex until they heard a coming-out story from a speaker at a school assembly or discovered the internet community of trans “influencers.” Unsuspecting parents are awakening to find their daughters in thrall to hip trans YouTube stars and “gender-affirming” educators and therapists who push life-changing interventions on young girls—including medically unnecessary double mastectomies and puberty blockers that can cause permanent infertility.


Review:

Read what you want to read is something I constantly remind fellow readers. The verbal hate I’ll receive for posting a review for this mind-blowing book will surface in the comments below. So why subject myself to more hate from the mob? The answer is simple. Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Fox, NBC, and Facebook are not my news sources, nor are they reliable. I want to read actual accounts from those who have transitioned and are loving life, to those who have regrets and are now shunned by the transgender community for de-transitioning. I long to see what scientists and doctors say about the rapid surge of people leaving their old genders behind. I need to know why so many young women express discomfort in their female bodies. Those are the reasons I read this book.


So why do members of the trans community despise this book? Easy. It discredits the current trans narrative. It questions the idea that pre-pubescent children have the wisdom to make life-changing decisions that can permanently alter their physical and mental well-being. Does this make me a bigot and/or a transphobic for saying this? No, and neither does it make author Shrier. Never once did she speak poorly of the trans community in Irreversible Damage.


The interviews author Shrier held with doctors, parents, and members of the transgender community opened my eyes. Patterns and trends are undeniable. The negative effects of social media and its influencers are unavoidable for young adults who spend their days filling emotional voids with false validation.


This is a book for parents questioning the public education system in California and other states who enforce “gender identity” lessons that encourage children, as young as five, to pretend they’re another gender and/or prescribe puberty blockers without the parents’ consent. This is a book for those who don’t understand the rage that spats out of a person’s mouth after a misused pronoun. This is a book for members of the transgender community who are considering de-transitioning, and a book for those who are questioning their gender. This is a book for EVERYONE.


Warnings/Triggers

Descriptions of graphic medical procedures, adult language, personal accounts of


Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


Completed Read: September 2021

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Empire of Gold

Author: SA Chakraborty

Publisher: Harper Voyager


Synopsis: Daevabad has fallen.

After a brutal conquest stripped the city of its magic, Nahid leader Banu Manizheh and her resurrected commander, Dara, must try to repair their fraying alliance and stabilize a fractious, warring people.

But the bloodletting and loss of his beloved Nahri have unleashed the worst demons of Dara’s dark past. To vanquish them, he must face some ugly truths about his history and put himself at the mercy of those he once considered enemies.

Having narrowly escaped their murderous families and Daevabad’s deadly politics, Nahri and Ali, now safe in Cairo, face difficult choices of their own. While Nahri finds peace in the old rhythms and familiar comforts of her human home, she is haunted by the knowledge that the loved ones she left behind and the people who considered her a savior are at the mercy of a new tyrant. Ali, too, cannot help but look back, and is determined to return to rescue his city and the family that remains. Seeking support in his mother’s homeland, he discovers that his connection to the marid goes far deeper than expected and threatens not only his relationship with Nahri, but his very faith.

As peace grows more elusive and old players return, Nahri, Ali, and Dara come to understand that in order to remake the world, they may need to fight those they once loved . . . and take a stand for those they once hurt.


Review: Empire of Gold, the last installment in the Daevabad trilogy, started out slow, then went full throttle at the halfway mark. No, it wasn’t my favorite book in the series. I preferred the excitement and romance that filled the pages in Kingdom of Copper. Cue Dara. I no longer binge read series, so I struggled to remember the extensive world building presented in the first two books. The glossary is super helpful to those who enjoy breaks mid trilogy. Unfortunately, I found the glossary at the back of the book, after I finished reading.


Empire of Gold’s plot is dense. Read slow or you’ll miss crucial information that is needed to understand the big twist at the end. Our beloved characters, Nahri, Ali, Dara, and a long list of others, go through hell in this installment. Chakraborty isn’t afraid to drag them through the Marid mud, though my eyes didn’t water like they did in book two. Why? My connection to the characters in Empire of Gold had lessened because I failed to remember the world building, tribes, and cast of characters that I learned about in books one and two.


I will say this, the ending is heartbreaking yet satisfying. The author wraps up the trilogy beautifully, but leaves us wondering if we’ll see more books surrounding a specific character.


Chakraborty is a magnificent author who weaves a stunning canvas that tickles the readers’ senses. Her vivid descriptions of Middle Eastern culture pull you into the story with ease, and her dialogue flows effortlessly. Her sentence structure and impactful writing always stand out. As an author, I take notes while reading.


The way she presents LGBTQ characters is flawless. Unlike a lot of authors who throw LGBTQ characters into their stories to appease the LGBTQ community, Chakraborty does it naturally. Nothing feels forced. As a heterosexual female, I don’t gravitate toward LGBTQ books that focus solely on LGBTQ characters. Judge me all you want. It’s not my cup of tea, but I do enjoy reading books with a diverse cast of characters, including members of the LGBTQ community.


Warnings/Triggers

Adult language, graphic violence


Plot: 4/5

Pacing: 4/5

Escapism Factor: 4/5

Emotional Connection: 4/5

Character Development: 4/5


Star Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


Completed read: September 2021

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Howdy folks,


In this second edition of Away We Go, I’ll chat about our stay in Boerne, TX.

"Born, TX? I've never heard of that city."

No one has, so let’s start with the correct pronunciation of this charming little town. Say it with me…Burr—knee. Not Born. Expect a lot of quiet chuckles and smirks if you butcher the town’s name. I had the pleasure of embarrassing myself with friends/family and at the RV dealership by telling the sales associate, “Gosh, I sure love Born.” He gently corrected me. And Bexar County is pronounced Bear County, my friends. Not Bex-are. Just throwing that out there.

So why Boerne? Well, we tired of waiting for the RV dealer in Georgetown, TX to deliver our fifth wheel, so yours truly took matter into her own hands and started RV shopping in other areas of Texas. One Google search later led me to Ancira RV in Boerne. What a blessing. Not only did we save 20K on a brand new in stock fifth wheel that had a better floor plan than Keystone we originally ordered, but the dealer allowed us to live on the property for two weeks while aclimating to RV life.

"Are you sure about this? RV life 24/7. What did you guys sign up for?"

Um…permanent vacation, that’s what. Okay, technically we’re not retired millennials, but the full-time RV lifestyle has removed a ton of weight off our shoulders. Save a tone of cash. Check. No more home maintenance. Check. No more clutter. Check. Travel the country. Check. Live life to its fullest. Check. The list goes on and on.


Staying at the dealership was a huge blessing. We made friends with other first time RVers, soaked up knowledge from seasoned veterans; we drooled over the high dollar diesel pushers that parked beside us, enjoyed visits with family and friends,


updated our western wardrobe,

ate at the most amazing restaurants,


added miles to our virtual races by riding bikes in the parking lot after hours, learned basic RV troubleshooting from the patient service team at Ancira—shout-out to Stoney, and weathered our first severe thunderstorm with hail.


Now, let’s take a minute to chat about Texas sized thunderstorms in an aluminum box. Terrifying? Yes. Did I envision us going airborne like Dorthy in the Wizard of Oz? Absolutely. Did Emerson and I end up hiding under a mountain of pillows on the bed while Justin stood watch, daring a cautious glance out the window between thunder claps? We sure did. And did my loving husband calm our frazzled nerves by telling us, “It’s fine. Emerson’s bike hasn’t blown away…yet.” No. No, he did not. Next time a storm hits, I think we’ll hop in the truck and head to Walmart.


If you ever visit Boerne, which I highly recommend you do, please head to Main Street. The boutiques are unique; the food is fantastic; the scenery is picturesque, and the Old Jail Museum is a must.


Here are a few of our favorite stops:


Billy’s Western Wear

Need boots, hats, belts, pearl snap shirts? Billy’s has it all.


Cypress Grille ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Cozy atmosphere, phenomenal food and wonderful customer service






Peggy’s On The Green ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Great date night spot

The pork chop pictured below was good, but a little overpriced for the mediocre taste.



The Dienger Trading Co. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This was by far my favorite spot to grab lunch.

The chicken salad and egg salad were amazing and the gluten-free cookies were mouth watering.




Black Rifle Coffee Company

Strong…really strong cups of Joe, but tasty. This company loves our country. I’ll support a patriot any day.


My USA book tour took me to The Boerne Bookshop. I had a wonderful time signing copies of Seeker of Time and meeting readers. If you love books, then add it to your sightseeing list. Don’t let its small size fool you. This quaint bookstore has every genre. The children’s section is full of fantastic reads. And Dale, the owner of the store, is the sweetest.




Venturing out of Borne led us to The Rim Shopping Center at La Canterra. For those of you who live in Austin, imagine the Domain on steroids. Unfortunately, this massive shopping center is a hot spot for vehicle break-ins. Yep. Someone broke into our F350 while I browsed Target. Thankfully, the local Ford dealer suggested a door deletion, so hopefully we never run into that issue again.


Restaurants we recommend at The Rim:


Lick Honest Ice Cream ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Homemade ice cream with REAL ingredients and exotic flavors.

The chocolate sea salt and berry basil were phenomenal. Justin loved the blueberry crumble.



The Lion & Rose British Restaurant ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Outstanding atmosphere. The fish and chips and cheese and chips left us drooling.


The General Public ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Holy crab hushpuppies! Deep fried and mouth watering. A little gastro pup with a lively ambience.


Revolucion Coffee + Juice ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The acai bowls are top shelf.



Russo’s Coal Fired Italian Kitchen ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Mediocre at best. Perhaps it had something to do with the server giving me a class of water that was poured from the bottom of the water softener tank. Gag. I still can't get the rancid taste out of my mouth.


Tiago’s Cabo Grille ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I was craving beef enchiladas, and this place did not disappoint.

"Take me back to Boerne!"

In conclusion, I give this lively little town high praise. The locals are friendly; the shopping is both unique and convenient, and the food is…crave it for weeks after you leave…good.


As always, set your intention and God Bless!

J.M. Buckler


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