Trying to Prove Something?

Have one or more of these questions and statements flooded your mind? Have you tried to prove yourself or your worth over and over again to a family member, friend, or co-worker? Have you gotten to the point where you are tired of comparing yourself to other individuals?

If you are like me, you have struggled at one time or another with comparison, with always trying to prove yourself and measure up to a particular standard. [Side note-who even sets this crazy, unattainable standard we are all trying to measure up to?!] It weighs on you so heavily because you know that you will never be like that Instagram mom who always has her life together or that newly married 21-year-old bride who only had to date one guy for her “happily ever after.” It’s crippling isn’t it-always trying to measure up?

In her book Nothing to Prove, Jennie Allen shares with her readers her own personal struggles and fears of proving herself. Jennie speaks transparently as she would to a friend over a coffee date. Confidently, she speaks that we can stop comparing ourself because Jesus is enough…Through Him we have absolutely nothing to prove! As you and I stop proving ourself, we can truly enjoy living this “more than enough” life that God has given us!!

Still have something to prove? Pick up your copy of Nothing to Prove…You’ll be glad you did!

Blogging for Books provided this book to me for free in exchange for an honest review.

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What Kind of Magnet are You?

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When looking up the word magnet in the dictionary, the most common definition is a person or thing that has a powerful attraction. That being said, what kind of magnet are you? What people are you attracting? What lifestyle are you living that makes them want to join you?

Lynn Cowell opens up her heart to us in her book Magnetic: Becoming the Girl He Wants. She stressed that we shift our focus from a guy to our great Savior and become the magnetic woman that He created us to be. We live in the generation of females that live in a state of wonder. They wonder why they have yet to be asked out, why they are not popular, why they are not on the fast track to married life, and so much more. Sadly, if we do not control these wonders, we are left useless in the work that God has for us.

Lynn reminds us that as we live out the Fruit of the Spirit (“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” ~Galatians 5:22-23), we will cultivate an inner beauty that will radiate on the outside! As we shift our focus from guys to our Savior, and live the magnetic life that attracts others to Him, in His timing we will attract that Godly guy that He has for us. Don’t rush…

Ladies, pick up a copy of this book, you won’t regret it!

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Blogging for Books provided this book to me for free in exchange for an honest review.

Eat Less Sugar– You’re Sweet Enough Already!

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Ever thought about giving up sugar?! Many would laugh or perhaps state that such a lifestyle is not for them. After reading Sarah Wilson’s book, I Quit Sugar, I will admit… I am considering it.

Sarah begins by sharing with us her journey of saying “Goodbye” to sugar, and how much better she felt after truly doing so. She continues her book with an 8-week plan, full of encouragement and tips as you walk down the “No-Sugar” path. She admits that at times it will not be easy, but that it will be worth it! You will have more energy, loose weight, and so much more!

Finally, Sarah closes her book with over 100 recipes that will help you on your journey to living an “I Quit Sugar” lifestyle!

Blogging for Books provided this book to me for free in exchange for an honest review.

Shhhh– I’m Spoken For and So Are You!

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Have you ever had the desire to be wanted, pursued, loved, called, valued, treasured, freed, covered, promised… spoken for?! I know I sure have and still do, and for all of the females reading this post– you know exactly what I am talking about. The Lord has purposefully created us this way, and He longs to be the One to fulfill these desires. The only question that remains is… “Will you let Him?” For the next few moments I want to dive into Spoken For: Embracing Who You Are and Whose You Are. 

I do not believe that Robin Gunn and Alyssa Bethke could have done a better job on this book… from the beginning until the ending, I was hooked. It wasn’t because of the flowery words or the attention grabbing stories, although this was all present; it was because of their heart– literally piercing through every word on the page. They know that we as God’s children struggle with these desires and how to fulfill them and they weren’t afraid to tackle the challenge and bear their hearts to us.

As mentioned earlier, God created us with desires. These desires, though, when left unchecked can seriously harm our relationship with Christ because we look to fulfill them in all the wrong places! When we give these desires fully over to our Savior, who knows us best, it is then that we can grow and mature our desires that He has created us with. We ladies have a longing to be wanted, pursued, loved, spoken for– yes! And that is OK!! We shouldn’t lock away the desires that God created us with, but we need to know how to fulfill them righteously. Gunn and Bethke take the time to show us that their is One who wants to fulfill these desires in our life, not only does He want to He longs to! Sadly, the one thing standing in His way is YOU and I!

Reader– pick up this book as quickly as you can! Not only do the authors share with us personal experiences throughout this book, but they share Biblical principals that back up what they are writing about! The choice is yours… Will you continue looking to be fulfilled in all the wrong places or will you give yourself fully to God, the One who knows you best and wants you to be His forever?!

A great romance was set in motion before you were born. A relentless Lover is pursuing you, and He has made His intentions clear. He wants you to be His forever. How will you respond to the One who longs for you to be His with your whole heart?

Blogging for Books provided this book to me for free in exchange for an honest review.

Spark– to ignite a FIRE!

If nothing else, the Spark design team sure knows how to make a great book cover, but what is that faithful saying… “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover.”

The main thrust of Juggard’s book is transformation, as you can tell from the title, Transform Your World One Small Risk at a Time. Over and over again he points out that we are key to the change that we long to see in the world–how true this is! Nothing will begin to change (in a positive way) until we as believers do something to change it. That something for you may be taking a stand in the workplace or your school or not participating in an activity due to the influences. Maybe you are thinking, Allie, I already do that– keep doing it! Small things add up. Do you remember the little boy in the Bible who brought Jesus five little loaves of bread and two small fishes? Jesus used that “small thing” to feed 5,000 people. Think of the word spark; it allows us to vision a little twinkling of fire bursting forth into ignited flames. The little boy’s decision turned out to be quite the spark by the end of that day, wouldn’t you say?

Many times as believers we feel the need to want immediate, drastic change in a situation; but often times this is not the case. Some situations will take days, months, or even years until it is where we long for it to be. Don’t get discouraged in this though; take hope in the fact that change is coming. This change will come through your dedicated prayer, your consistent and growing walk with Christ, and the constant encouragement of other faithful believers. What is that quote– “Be the change you long to see in the world!” Be faithful; change is coming!

Looking back to my introduction, I will say that I was disappointed in the lack of depth, or one may say “meat” in Spark. There were times on the completion of a chapter, I felt as if the thought trying to be conveyed was lost–the intensity was not there. While reading, I would want to know the destination of the author’s thought only to be disappointed at the end that it was not conveyed. The book seems more motivational and light-hearted than others I have read on the subject of change in the past. I might recommend this to a friend as an easy, motivational read, but nothing more beyond that.

I received this book free from Waterbrook Multnomah’s blogging for books and have given my honest review of this book.

What’s in a Name?

knowing_god_by_name_sharon“Infinitely holy. Intimately personal. Our God wants not only to be worshipped but to be known.”

When thinking about the names of God, which ones come to your mind? Maybe it is the name Jesus as we remember His humble birth in Bethlehem to His death on the Cross at Calvary. Maybe it is the name Messiah as we think of the promised one and deliverer. Maybe it is the name Emmanuel, which is interpreted “God with us”.

Knowing God By Name is an 8-week Bible study that goes through forty different names of God. The unique style of this read is the authorship. It is written by three ladies who have individually studied these names of God. They expound upon God’s love and mercy, as they challenge us to get to know God on a deeper level.

Whether you are looking for a guide for your new Bible-study at church, or maybe it is just for you and three of your closest girlfirends–pick up a copy and jump right in. As we take a step back, why would we not want to get to know God in a deeper and more intimate way, after all He is our Savior, our Lord, our Messiah, our Friend, our Comforter, and so much more! While I do not necessarily agree with every idea stated, I would recommend this book to fellow readers.

I received this book free from Waterbrook Multnomah’s blogging for books and have given my honest review of this book.

Getting Lost in the Love of Christ

get-lostDannah Gresh has got to one of my favorite female authors, and I must say that she hit the nail on the head in this book. When looking at the title, Get Lost: Your Guide to Finding True Love, one probably thinks this book is a “how to” on relationships and finding that “love of your life”. Not so, my friend. Of course, she does speak on some of these topics, but Dannah’s main focus in this book is falling in love with Christ. 

Dannah points out that we as females have a craving given to us by God, but we do not know how to satisfy that craving biblically. Therefore, we try to starve the craving altogether, or we feed the craving things it ought not be fed. Neither ways are honoring to Christ, and they most certainly are not healthy for us. Dannah also addresses getting lost in Christ’s presence, pursuit, words, intimacy, strength, friendship, story sacrifice, and much more.  

To point out one aspect of this book that is most helpful is a hard thing to do. Nevertheless, it would be this, we need to be desperate! Desperate not for the attention of a man but desperate to get completely lost in the love of Christ. For when we do that, all else falls into place. It amazes me that so many times we as ladies worry about the most trivial things when deep down, we know that God really is in control. It is time we start living like it and getting a new kind of “desperate”. 

     Phenomenal book. Fun read. Pick up a copy! 

I received this book free from Waterbrook Multnomah’s blogging for books and have given my honest review of this book.

Radical: Characterized by Departure from Tradition

the-radical-question-a-radical-ideaThis book review is long overdue. Amidst the craziness of college life and Christmas break, I was barely able to read this small, yet powerful book. While I do not agree with every point or idea David Platt has, I did enjoy reading and hearing his point of view.

In this double book, Platt asks this pensive question, “What is Jesus worth to you?” Convicting, huh? In all reality, most of struggle answering this question.  Platt challenges you to examine this question with an open heart. He asks you to consider this fact, that we have departed from a God-centered gospel in order to fit our self-centered priorities. Back to the question, “What is Jesus worth to you?” Is he worth departing from your comfortable American lifestyle to live a life completely devoted to Him? A life that requires perseverance and hard work, but in the end a life that is overflowing with blessings and benefits.

If you are not willing to give up your designer house, your weekly dinner outings, and yes, even your daily Starbucks (Ouch!); do not pick up The Radical Question/A Radical Idea. Maybe changing your lifestyle is something that you ARE planning on doing and NEED to do, pick up this book and dive into it with an open mind and heart.

The main thing I did not care for in this book was the fact that it  contains bits and pieces from David’s main book, Radical. This mini-book leaves you wanting to read the main one. So pick that one up to while you are at it.

Hopefully, I have been able to wet your reading appetite a bit today. I challenge you to depart from the ordinary American life and live a radically transformed one in the light and love of Jesus Christ. Remind yourself of this question often, “What is Jesus worth to you?”

I received this book free from Waterbrook Multnomah’s blogging for books and have given my honest review of this book.