Book Review | I’m Happy for you (Sort Of…Not Really) by Kay Wills Wyma

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I loved this book!  Kay Wills Wyma has such a way with words.  The topic is one that women everywhere can relate to, and I love the humor she infuses into her stories.  In answering a question that makes most of us squirm, she really points us in the right direction of how to recognize when we are in the business of comparison, but also what it says about us, and how to deal with our insecurities that are motivated by our socially driven culture in America.

One of the stories she shared was about having women over in her home for bible study, and then all of the sudden getting consumed with the idea that her girlfriend Alyssa opened the fridge and found whatever shape the lettuce was in that had been placed in a towel from possibly two weeks prior!  I could not stop laughing.  I’ve had similar moments when I’ve realized there were chicken parts in the garbage and a friend just lifted the lid!

If you’ve not had that type of panic moment in the presence of other women, you may not get the gist of this book, but there are so many other examples she illustrates that I’m sure you’ll connect with.

I highly recommend this book for the pure joy of laughing at the parts of ourselves we wish we didn’t have. But I also recommend reading it to see how she redirects us back to the arms of our Father for comfort and contentment.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher’s Blogging for Books book review bloggers program.  I was not required to write a positive review.  The opinions expressed are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 (http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html): “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”




 


Book Review | Anything: The Prayer that Unlocked my God and my Soul by Jennie Allen

“God, we will do anything.  Anything.”

This is the first book that I’ve reviewed by author Jennie Allen.  She has become quite a prominent face in the Christian community and is known for her boldness of faith, ability to create meaningful bible study materials, and being the founder of the IF:Gathering movement.  For more, check this link: IF:Gathering.

When I chose to read this book, I was excited, simply because the tagline states that this prayer to the Lord for anything “unlocked [her] God and her soul”.  It sounded like it would push me to pray differently, and if you’re a typical overwhelmed believer in our day and age, you may want that extra push too!

She began by giving a background of her life growing up, learning about Jesus, and eventually she began to question a few things.  She would wrestle with the idea of Jesus, if what He taught was true, if He was who He said He is… haven’t we all been there?

Packed with Bible verses, her interpretation and how the verses influenced her decision for Christ and thereafter, Jennie shares many deep stories of the steps she took to be bolder in her faith, the ways that God came through for her and her family, the directions that they went after praying this prayer and the lack of hesitation she now has when she is asked by our Lord to be obedient.

I don’t want to reveal any of it here.  Truly, I don’t, because as a reader into this motivational but heartwarming story, I don’t want to take away any of her impact.  It’s best to be heard from her.

This is a great book for those who seek to be jump-started in their faith.  If you’re unsure of the Lord and His presence in your life, read this book.  Jennie comes to many amazing conclusions based on Scripture that can be used to help point you to the One who is worthy of accomplishing ANYTHING in your life.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Book Review | A Very Fine House by Barbara Cofer Stoefen

A Mother's Story of Love, Faith and Crystal Meth
A Mother’s Story of Love, Faith and Crystal Meth

From the moment you open the book, you embark on a journey of emotion involving a picture perfect family.  Barbara, the author, within six pages, is immediately thrown into a world she’s never known with someone she never thought her daughter could become.  When Annie begins a life of meth use, it sets off a chain of events that leave readers clinging to hope, and yet screaming at the pages for Annie to turn back to what she knows is real.

In Barbara’s real life account of living with a meth addict, she shares her emotional and yet firm, faithful foundation in God as a means through which she learns about, accepts and helps her daughter.  When I was reading her story, I felt as if I were alongside Barbara in her car during those late night searches on the street for her daughter.  I felt as if I was in her garage with her when she lit a cigarette and prayed for God to help her help her daughter.  I felt as if I was in the courtrooms with her as she saw her daughter shackled and distant.  And I felt as if I were a friend sharing a cup of coffee when she would share moment-changing revelations during the dark years.

Each moment recorded in this book is a moment of struggle and victory, and the entire journey, worth retelling over and over. For any parent who has walked through the dark room of addiction, who seeks to understand and needs encouragement, this story of healing and hope is necessary.  There are also resources and contacts in the back of the book for additional information.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers (http://booklookbloggers.com) book review bloggers program.  I was not required to write a positive review.  The opinions expressed are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 (http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html): “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”