make it happen |review

Allow me to introduce you to my new favorite book:

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This book was recommended by a friend on Instagram and, I have to admit, the cover was so beautiful, I had to check it out on Amazon.  Then the subtitle pulled me in further – Surrender your fear. Take the leap. Live on purpose? Me, me, me!  I want to read that! That book is for me!  Needless to say, as soon as I had a new Audible credit, I downloaded it.  Man, am I glad I did!

Make it Happen by Lara Casey

Rating: 5.0 – 5.0

My Thoughts:

Have you ever felt scared about pursuing a more purposeful life?  You’re stuck in the routine grind of work or you’re not sure what’s going to happen after graduation.  There are dreams tugging at your heart but you know that if you took that leap, you’d be free falling and you’re not sure how you’d handle the great unknown.  If you’re like me and you have doubts about your place in this thing called life then this book is for you.

Lara Casey tells her story.  The highs and lows.  The details she’d rather not remember much less see in print.  And it’s not that her story is anymore remarkable than anyone else’s but what drew me in was her honesty and the candid truth that God created each of us with a specific purpose.  The journey can get messy and scary sometimes but He still wants the best for us despite our not-so-good choices.

What also drew me in was her invitation to practical application.  I like practical books.  I don’t just like to know someone’s story, I want the manual that comes with the story and tells me how to make the successes work for me.  I want lists and bullet points, writing prompts and inspiring new ideas.  This book as it.  And that’s why it’s my new favorite.

I can’t recommend this book more highly.  It was soooooooooooo…ooo good!  If you don’t go to Amazon.com right now and order it, at least go to Lara Casey’s website and check out all her cool resources!  You’ll be glad you did :)

Stop chasing the world’s version of perfect and live on purpose for God.

Happy reading y’all!

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praying for your future husband | book review

Hello Everyone!

As I said in my last post, I have several books on relationships, singleness and purity to review so I’m just going to pick it up with the next title I want to share with you.

10401427Praying for Your Future Husband by Robin Jones Gunn and Tricia Goyer 

Rating: 3.5 – 4.0

My Thoughts:  When we were in junior high and high school, my best friend and I read Robin Jones Gunn’s Christy Miller Series.  Not only were we captivated by the story, we were introduced to the intriguing notion of writing letters to your future husband.  A decade later, and I’m happy to say I’ve got a growing collection of letters of my own.  So when I saw this book, it didn’t surprise me at all that Gunn co-wrote a book on this subject.  I knew I had to read it and I’m so glad I did!

He’s not someone you really think about.  Your future husband, I’m mean. Yeah, you might dream of him, think about all the qualities you want him to have, all the characteristics that would make you tick if he possessed them.  You dream about how great life is going to be when you’re finally part of a couple.  And you know that looks shouldn’t matter but you pray that God would please give you someone you’re attracted to! These are all natural, of course, but when we’re single, we still don’t think about our future husbands as living breathing human beings who walk around working, playing, learning, struggling, laughing, and crying just like we are!  But he most certainly is.  Think about it, if marriage is in God’s plan for you, then your future mate is out there somewhere in the world.  Some minds have just been blown.  Or maybe you’re thinking, well, duh!  Okay, so what are you going to do about this piece of information?  Gunn and Goyer encourage us to pray for him.  Right now.  Even if you’ve still yet to meet him.

Proverbs 31 contains the beautiful Virtuous Woman passage and one of the things you find out about this wonderful lady is that she does her husband good and not evil all the days of her life (verse 12).  All the days of her life would include the days before she meets him, yeah?  Now that verse alone contains so much I could unpack but that’s a post for another time – staying on topic!  If being a virtuous woman means doing your husband good all the days of your life then why not pray for him?  I’ve come to the conclusion that it is, indeed, a beautiful thing!

The authors walk readers through different areas of life in which to pray for both your future husband and yourself.  They share personal accounts of their struggles and victories in their own love stories and offer advice and counsel on how to handle different life situations.  There are even discussion questions and places to journal throughout the chapters.

I personally found it a bit of a light read which is why I didn’t give it a 4.0 rating.  I felt like they could have gone a tad deeper in places.  But that doesn’t deter me from highly recommending this book to any single gal who wants to enhance her present single life in faith while holding on to sweet dreams of the future!

Happy reading!

Elyssa

lies women believe | book review

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Lies Women Believe and the Truth That Sets Them Free by Nancy Leigh DeMoss

Rating: 4.0 – 4.0

My Thoughts:

I love this book!  I borrowed it from the library and read it and now I want to get a copy for my own personal library.  I was amused by the negative reviews on Goodreads and Amazon.  So many women found DeMoss too legalistic or conservative or uptight and unreasonable.  It’s true her position on many things is counter-cultural and even counter-Christian cultural but I believe her positions are biblical and, therefore, wise.

I didn’t really learn anything new but rather had some things confirmed or backed up.  I appreciate her honesty and warmth and assurance that God is in control and that He is deeply interested in the things that are important to women – our emotions, our struggles, our personalities, and our passions.  He created us with specific desires and gifts and dreams and has specific roles and responsibilities for us to carry out.  And we live in a world that is telling us different.  We live in a culture that totally disagrees and sells us a pack of lies about us, about God, and about His plan for our lives.  This is what DeMoss addresses in her book and I think she did it beautifully.

I totally recommend it and I encourage you to approach it with an open mind and prayerful heart and then share it with your girlfriends!

Happy reading, y’all :)