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Some Books I’ve Been Reading

I’ve been intentional about reading this summer because I’ve had a huge stack of books to review and even more that I’ve purchased that are just sitting on my shelf.  So today, I’m going to share with you from four that I’ve recently read that were given to me to review.

 

 

I haven’t really been one for devotional books until recently when I started to read and thoroughly enjoy “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young.  I had been given Lysa TerKeurst’s New York Times Bestselling book “Unglued” for Christmas (still haven’t read it, but it’s on the summer reading list) so when I saw the “Unglued Devotional” I knew I had to pick it up and give it a try.

Unglued Devotional” is a 60 day companion devotional that builds on the teaching from the original “Unglued” book and aims to help you make progress in how you react to break the cycle of exploding or stuffing your emotions.  This devotional is encouraging in many ways:

– it helped me to see that I am not alone in the way I react emotionally
– it gave me lots of tips and spiritually based encouragements to change my behaviour
– it gave me lots of love and grace

I felt like this book spoke right to some really real feelings and behaviours that women today deal with but are often too ashamed to admit.  I found it to be quite powerful and encouraging and I’m looking forward to reading the original “Unglued” on which this devotional was based.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. 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 Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

 

 

 

Freefall to Fly” by Rebekah Lyons is a story of what happened when Rebekah, her husband and her three children moved from the South to New York City.  It is a powerful memoir of free-falling into depression and despair yet learning how to fly.  Rebekah writes her vulnerable story of how she discovered a life of meaning, and it will just pull you right in.  I barely set the book down and finished it within two days.  I love reading memoirs, hearing all about someones journey and how they were able to overcome it and turn it into something beautiful, and that is exactly what Rebekah Lyon’s story is all about.  Rebekah discovered that meaning follows surrender and she invites other women to face their fears and find freedom as well.

 

 

 

 

Do you have a desire in your heart for more of what God has in store for you?  Maybe little seeds have been planted in your heart that are just waiting on you to say “yes” to God before they can bloom.  In “You’re Made for a God-Sized Dream” Holley invites you to discover the dreams God has given you, and then dares you to pursue them!  “You’re Made for a God-Sized Dream” basically serves as a blueprint to discovering these plans God has for you and Holley comes along as a loving, insightful friend who asks questions, provides action plans and helps you take the next steps forward into making those dreams a reality with God.  

I was a part of Holley’s God-Sized Dream Team and even though I don’t feel like I was able to make the most of this group, based on what was going on in my own family life at the time, I was able to see so many women make “big” and “little” God-sized dreams a reality with Holley’s encouragement.  Holley is a writer, the creator of (in)courage and a certified life coach with a masters degree in counseling, so she really does know her stuff but most of all, she has a huge heart for the Lord and for women.  Holley writes in a way that she just feels like your very best friend, she lifts you up when you feel down, encourages you in an authentic way when you feel like you can’t do it, and shares her own strengths, weaknesses and struggles in a vulnerable and sometimes humourous way.  I loved “You’re Already Amazing” and I highly recommend this book as well.  If you need some help discovering what exactly it is that God is calling you to, definitely pick this book up and get all the tools, encouragement and prayers you need to get started on your journey. (And when you are ready for more, definitely check out the “Do What You Can Plan” – a 21 day e-book dedicated to helping make any area of your life better.)

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. 

 

 

Revealing Jesus” by Darlene Zschech (well known singer, songwriter, worship leader, author and speaker who wrote the song “Shout the Lord“) is a 365 day devotional born out of Darlene’s own journals.  This beautiful book with color pages, has a Jesus-based topic for every month and each daily devotional for that month explores that topic through scripture, meditation and prayer.  By the end of the year you should have a clearer picture of who Jesus is as you meditate on his faithfulness, protection, holiness, and more.

I think I may have been reading too many devotional books at the time and this one didn’t particularly grab me but I could definitely see myself returning to it at a later time and possibly becoming very encouraged by it then, as I did with “Jesus Calling”.  I definitely think that this devotional book would be an encouragement to many others though, even though it didn’t quite connect with me at the time I was reading it.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

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