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Book Review: The Most Beautiful Disaster

I received a review copy of this book; all opinions expressed are mine.

“This is a book about how God can take your brokenness and your mistakes and make something beautiful out of them,” Hope Carpenter writes in the introduction of her book, The Most Beautiful Disaster: How God Makes Miracles Out of Our Mistakes (FaithWords, hardcover).

Hope Carpenter co-pastors Redemption Church in San Jose, California with her husband Ron. To encourage and help others, she bravely and honestly tells her story about how God took a hard, disastrous situation in her life and made something beautiful out of it: “I made a series of bad decisions that destroyed my marriage, my family, and my ministry. I messed up, big-time.” Her healing journey began with a lot of prayer, time with God, and daily counseling sessions as she dealt with trauma and pain from her past—and embraced the truth about who she was: “I am God’s beloved. I am chosen. I am worthy. I am enough.” She shares Scriptures that encouraged her, including Romans 8:28 (KJV): All things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose. She realized that, “Even when you make mistakes, God uses those for good in the end. I’m living proof of that.”

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Book Review: Encouragement for an Exceptional Life

I received a review copy of this book; all opinions expressed are mine.

Encouragement for an Exceptional Life (FaithWords) is the first book I’ve read by Victoria Osteen, and I enjoyed reading it so much! It is filled to overflowing with encouragement and a beautiful reminder of how exceptional you, yes YOU, really are. Even the introduction is filled with encouragement: When something is exceptional, it means that it is better than good; it is outstanding…. You were made by God to be exceptional. Scripture says you are God’s masterpiece, formed in His image, and created to do great things. You were wonderfully made, with a purpose and a destiny that is distinctly yours. God knew you before you were born, and He designed you to be you, unique and exceptional.

Osteen explains that we often lose sight of who God made us to be, and through her personal experiences, she has learned to incorporate practices into her life that keep her encouraged, empowered, inspired, and on track for all that God has for her—and she shares these helpful seven practices in this book. She also uses examples from the Bible—from the lives of David, Joshua, Abraham, and more—to illustrate the points she makes in her chapters.

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Book Review: How to Age Without Getting Old

I received a review copy of this book; all opinions expressed are mine.

“I firmly believe that we should enjoy all the years that God gives us,” writes Joyce Meyer in her new book, How to Age Without Getting Old (hardcover, FaithWords). In her conversational, easy-to-read style, she shares practical advice, inspiration, encouragement, and experiences from her own life and the lives of others. She asks her readers this question at the beginning of the book: “Will you simply let yourself ‘get old,’ or will you age gracefully, purposefully, and wisely, allowing God to use you in every season of your life? If you will, I believe your latter years can be absolutely wonderful.”

Throughout her book, Meyer addresses both practical and spiritual topics in her chapters: Learning from Experience, Slowing Down the Aging Process, Finding Your New Normal, A Healthy Understanding of Stress, Staying Strong Spiritually, Aging Gracefully, Discerning God’s Will, Learning How to Rest, Fear of the Unknown, Listen to Your Body, and It’s Never Too Late to Do Something Great.

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Book Review: Philippians—A Study with Practical Insights

I received a review copy of this book; all opinions expressed are mine.

One of the first things I learned from the study PHILIPPIANS by Joyce Meyer (hardcover; FaithWords) was that the book of Philippians is considered to be “the epistle of joy.” Written by Paul around 61 AD as a letter to Christians in the city of Philippi, his purpose was to encourage the believers there during a difficult time of persecution; in fact, Paul wrote this book while he himself was held captive in a Roman prison. And this study shows us that the messages Paul wrote are as relevant to us today as they were to the early church.

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Book Review: Dream Big, My Precious One

I received a review copy of this book; all opinions expressed are mine.

Kids love to dream and discover, and this new children’s book, Dream Big, My Precious One (hardcover, Worthy® Kids), is filled with a message of hope and possibilities, inspiring children to dream big about their future and reminding them that God is always with them as they pursue their special dreams.

This easy-to-read story—written in a whimsical rhyme—does a great job of helping children understand that God has special plans for them, He created them for a purpose, and their dreams are planted by Him. The colorful illustrations on every page bring the story to life in such a fun way too.

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