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Book Review: Chasing Wonder

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

“Life is meant to be a grand adventure,” writes Ginger Stache in her new book, Chasing Wonder: Small Steps Toward a Life of Big Adventures (Worthy Books). “There is plenty of wonder to be found; the problem is our days are so full of routine, monotony, and fear, that it is easier to stay on the treadmill of boredom than it is to step off into the unknown and discover something wonderful.” Can you relate to that? I know I can!

Stache herself has an adventurous spirit—she believes in adventure, big or small. She says our adventures become the memories we cherish and the stories we share, and they inspire us, teach us, and motivate us. Our adventures lead us into living a fuller life—the abundant life that Jesus promises us in John 10:10. “When we make room in our life for adventure, we open the door to greater wonder, bigger joy, and space for God to move in ways we may have never experienced otherwise.”

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Book Review: Powerful Thinking

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

“Are you completely satisfied with every aspect of your life? Or are there areas you would like to change?…The key to changing your life is changing your thinking,” writes Joyce Meyer in the introduction of her new book, Powerful Thinking (FaithWords, hardcover). She adds, “As you develop thought patterns (mindsets) that agree with God’s Word, everything about your existence will begin to improve.” She goes on to explain that your thinking can work for you or against you as you journey through life. It can make the difference between fully experiencing God’s plan for your life and living the dream He has planted in you, or living a life filled with frustration and defeat.

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Book Review: I Will Thrive

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

We were made to thrive, not just survive, says Nicole Crank in her new book I Will Thrive: Find Your Fight to Claim True Freedom (Hardcover, FaithWords). Crank, a pastor and international conference speaker, shares painful experiences from her past and how God restored her life to encourage others. “It’s time to…live the incredible life that God planned for you since the beginning of time,” she writes. Past struggles shouldn’t determine your future—instead, she shares how to find freedom from the past and move forward into the abundant, purposeful, thriving future God has for you.

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Book Review—Satisfied: Finding Hope, Joy, and Contentment Right Where You Are

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

When I first saw the cover of this book, I had a feeling I would love it! The pretty cover photo and the title just drew me in. I’ve never read a book by Alyssa Joy Bethke, but now that I’ve read her book Satisfied: Finding Hope, Joy, and Contentment Right Where You Are (Worthy Books), I definitely want to read more of her work!

This book is just as beautiful on the inside as it is on the cover. In fact, before I started reading it, I looked at all the wonderful color photos throughout the book that show glimpses of Alyssa’s everyday life with family and friends, and also her inviting home. Seeing those soft, reflective, beautiful images made me even more excited about reading the book—they compliment the gentle tone and the beautifully written chapters so well. This is a larger-size book, what you could call a coffee table book, and it’s one that I know I will sit down with many times, to re-read and be inspired by.

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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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