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Take Heart

This is a review of Take Heart: 100 Devotions to Seeing God when Life’s Not Okay; all opinions expressed are mine.

We all walk through difficult seasons in life, and If you aren’t going through a tough time yourself right now, you probably have friends or family who are. Could these words have been written or spoken by you or someone you know?

My tasks outnumbered my time, and worry outweighed my ability to focus and get things done…

My world came to a standstill the day my friend died…

In my twelfth year as a journalist, I hit a big bump in my career. When the dust settled, I didn’t have a job…

Nighttime was the hardest after my husband left…

In three months I’ll turn fifty…. Shouldn’t I have achieved more by now? Why haven’t I accomplished my goals? What is God’s purpose for my life?

In the new book by the (in)courage community of writers, Take Heart: 100 Devotions to Seeing God When Life’s Not Okay, you’ll find honest, hard, and very relatable stories about challenging times these women have gone through. They also share that despite the hardships, the pain, and the difficulties, they found comfort as they saw God working in their circumstances. And even when they couldn’t understand how God was working, they held on to hope, knowing that He was with them through it all.

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Do It Afraid

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

We all deal with fear, every single one of us! Fear not only causes us worry, doubt, dread, insecurity, and stress, it often prevents us from moving forward to where God is leading us. Whether you’re dealing with little fears or big fears, If you’re tired of living in fear or not sure why certain things or circumstances cause you to react in fear, Joyce Meyer’s new book, Do It Afraid: Embracing Courage in the Face of Fear, (FaithWords, hardcover) is an extremely worthwhile and helpful book to read. In her practical, straightforward way, she shares so many nuggets of wisdom that can help you face your fears and gain freedom from them.

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Habits of a Godly Woman

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

“If you change your habits, you’ll change your life.” Thats how Joyce Meyer begins the introduction of her new book, Habits of a Godly Woman (FaithWords, hardcover). And who wouldn’t want to change their life for the better? Habits make up a big part of our daily life—what we think, say, do, and spend time and money on—even our attitudes, emotions, and reactions. We all have habits we’d like to break, and Meyer says that the good news is, habits can always be changed: “Every day you live, you have a chance to develop a new habit or to break a bad one and replace it with a good one.”

In this book of 25 short, easy-to-read chapters (you could use it as a devotional and read a chapter a day or just read it as you have time), Meyer explores many of the most important habits of a godly woman, whom she describes as being peaceful and confident, desiring to continue to grow in her relationship with God, and wanting be a blessing to others. Each chapter focuses on a godly habit and includes some Scripture references related to that habit (Meyer calls them “Habit Builders”). Some of the habits she writes about developing include the habits of Prayer, Gratitude, Positive Thoughts and Words, Generosity, Contentment, Confidence, Releasing Worries, and Excellence—and she includes lots of wisdom, practical advice, and examples from her own life that offer encouragement and hope.

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Praying for America: 40 Inspiring Stories and Prayers for Our Nation

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

When I first heard about the new book Praying for America by Dr. Robert Jeffress, I thought the timing of its publication couldn’t have been better. With all that we have going on in our country, our nation so desperately needs prayer!

In the introduction of Praying for America (FaithWords, hardcover) Dr. Jeffress, Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas, reminds us that Jesus taught, “…the purpose of prayer is not to get our will done in heaven but to get God’s will done on earth.” He explains that he wrote this book “…to encourage you to ask God to bless America and to accomplish His perfect will in our nation.” Each of the 40 chapters have a prayer topic and include an inspiring story about how the power of faith and prayer made an important difference in the history of our county, along with a special prayer and Scripture relevant to each topic.

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The Abundance Mind-Set

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

This gift-sized book, a little smaller than your typical book, gives you some big things to think about! It’s also a handy size to carry with you if you are planning any summer travels. Written in Joel Osteen’s easy-to-read, conversational style, The Abundance Mind-Set (FaithWords, hardcover) feels like Osteen is right there speaking to you through the pages, like an encouraging friend. I thought Osteen brought up some great things about what it means to live an abundant life. It’s uplifting and encouraging—and we all need to be uplifted and encouraged, right?

Osteen, a New York Times bestselling author and pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, talks about what an “abundance mind-set” is in the introduction of his book: “We all have vision. Every one of us has a picture in our mind of our self, our family, our future…. What does your picture look like? Do you see yourself…living an abundant life? Or do you have a picture of yourself struggling, defeated…never getting good breaks? The pictures you allow in your mind will determine what kind of life you live…. The Scripture says that as a man thinks, so is he.”

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