Nourished {Book Review & Giveaway}

Nourished Book Review & Giveaway

Let’s be honest, life can be messy. And life can also be hard and stressful at times. In the midst of these feelings and circumstances we need to find nourishment for our worn out and tired lives.

Nourished is a book about finding nourishment in your everyday (messy, crazy and a little out-of sorts) life. In the book, authors Becky and Rachel dive into the realm of “stressors” that women deal with on a regular basis. Like-

*Cluttered surroundings

*Exhaustion of parenting

*Crowded schedules

*Time-starved marriages

*Negative body image

*Feeling like a spiritual slacker

Becky and Rachel both tackle each one (and more) of these very real and truthfully stressful things that women of all ages struggle with.

I just loved this little excerpt from the book-

“Even though most people don’t change until a crisis hits or the misery mounts to unbearable levels, the good news is that you and I do not have to be “most people.” We can make a choice to change without going through a crisis or meltdown. We really can proactively choose to live a more nourishing life and make small adjustments that yield happier dividends, without years of misery or sudden crisis. In truth, the wisest, happiest women pause to consider their life on a regular basis. They interrupt the nonstop flow of activity now and again to ask, “What can I tweak in my life to experience less stress and more joy?” They don’t see life as dictated by fate; they see it as a series of choices and actions. They see options and open windows with new vistas, where others see slammed, locked doors.” Becky Johnson (Ch. 3, pg. 35)

Is it time for you to make a change; to find more joy and peace in your life? To the woman who is stressed, overwhelmed and feels like her home and soul are in disarray, this book is for you. Wherever you are, whether single, married; have 1 child or 8, this book is for you too. You will find great tips and insight from 2 women who are just like you and me. Let’s live this life together and help each other along the way to a more nourished life.

 

Want to connect with Becky and Rachel?

Becky Johnson & Rachel Randolph – We Laugh, We Cry, We Cook

Thank you for reading and entering, friends! (Giveaway info below)

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” Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

-click the link below to enter in the giveaway-

(you can enter once a day)

Nourished Book Giveaway


Giveaway Policy

Giveaway begins Friday February 6th 2015 at 12am & ends Friday February 13th at 12am.

Legal Residents (18 and older) of the US and Canada ONLY may enter.

Winner will be selected by Rafflecopter.com and will be notified by me, by email.

You must respond within 48hours or another winner will be chosen.

Propeller Consulting LLC. is providing the prize for this giveaway and will also be mailing you the prize.

Upon emailing you about winning, I will also ask for your address to forward onto Propeller Consulting LLC., so they can send you your gift.

The product(s) I have received for reviewing were given to me free of charge.

The offered product(s) are free of charge to you and NO purchase is necessary.

This review is completely MY own opinion and nothing more.

Also by providing your information, you are giving it to ONLY me.

I DO NOT sell or share anyone’s info and will ONLY use info given for contacting the winner of the giveaway.

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The Hardest Peace {Book Review & Giveaway} CLOSED

The Hardest Peace Book Review and Giveaway

The Hardest Peace {Book Review & Giveaway}

In The Hardest Peace, Kara Tippetts shares her journey with cancer, but it doesn’t stop there. She also shares about her childhood, meeting her husband and some stories in between. I couldn’t help but be amazed and inspired by her strength in these times of her life. Kara doesn’t just give a sneak peak of her life, but a story that is raw, messy and absolutely beautiful. Cancer is not a pretty thing, like all sicknesses, but Kara reminds us that we can find God’s goodness and love through it.

While reading through this book, I began to feel convicted of how I live my life. We sometimes wait for a disease, injury or failure, to live  our lives in a different way, when we could be making them count right now. That’s a wonderful reminder that Kara touches on- “The naming of the graces, the gifts I don’t deserve. is new to me. But I do not believe you need to face cancer to see the value of looking for and naming the graces in your own moments, days, weeks, lifetime. To capture this beauty in your weariness, even if your story doesn’t look like mine, will enrich your moments, give you a new perspective, and help you lift your head in the impossibility and pain in living.”

After finishing The Hardest Peace, all I could do was cry. I don’t get emotional over books, but this book seriously challenged me, my heart and my faith. I don’t want to live my life like it’s just another day- I want to truly live everyday and make it count.

Kara’s words will touch you and the way she allows the Lord to speak through her life is breathtaking. I encourage you to go out and get this book! It’s so worth the time and money. And it’s worth the faith.

Thank you for reading and entering, friends!

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Check out these links to connect with Kara-

Kara’s Blog: mundanefaithfulness.com

Follow Kara on Instagram: http://instagram.com/tippets

Follow Kara on Twitter: https://twitter.com/mother_to_many


“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

-click the link below to enter in the giveaway-

(You can enter once a day)

The Hardest Peace Book Giveaway


Giveaway Policy

Giveaway begins Friday October 10th 2014 at 12am & ends Friday October 17th at 12am.

Legal Residents (18 and older) of the US and Canada ONLY may enter.

Winner will be selected by Rafflecopter.com and will be notified by me, by email.

You must respond within 48hours or another winner will be chosen.

Propeller Consulting LLC. is providing the prize for this giveaway and will also be mailing you the prize.

Upon emailing you about winning, I will also ask for your address to forward onto Propeller Consulting LLC., so they can send you your gift.

The product(s) I have received for reviewing were given to me free of charge.

The offered product(s) are free of charge to you and NO purchase is necessary.

This review is completely MY own opinion and nothing more.

Also by providing your information, you are giving it to ONLY me.

I DO NOT sell or share anyone’s info and will ONLY use info given for contacting the winner of the giveaway.

Wherever the River Runs {Book Review & Giveaway} CLOSED

Whever the River Runs--Book Review & Giveaway

Wherever the River Runs: how a forgotten people restored my hope in the gospel- by Kelly Minter

Beauty comes in all forms; sunsets and summer storms; mountains and lowly valleys; and even an old boat named the Discovery, easing down the Amazon.

Kelly Minter has a beautiful way with words and she describes the Amazon in a way I have never read or heard before. I don’t know about you, but I’ve always thought the Amazon was known for it’s massive amount of water, but Kelly reveals what makes the Amazon truly known- it’s people. I don’t know of any book that has truly challenged me just from reading others testimonies. All the hurt, pain, brokenness and even death, never keep these people from loving God even more than they did yesterday. Their joy far out weighs their pain and I couldn’t help but think “I want to live a life like that too.” You will laugh at Kelly’s humor and relate with her raw transparency as she pours her heart out into this book. You won’t want to miss out on reading a beautiful story that will touch your heart and faith.

“I could feel my skin get prickly all over as I envisioned that church choir member gathering Lazaro in his arms, calling his family Lazaro’s family. I think we all long for the bride of Christ, His church, to enfold us this way. So many have been hurt by the church, but in her fullness, in her glory, when she is opening her arms wide the way Christ intends, she is the hope of the world.” -Kelly Minter (from chapter 12, page 170)

My dear friends, this book will change the way you think about your life, challenge your faith and open your eyes to a whole other world along the Amazon.

Thank you for reading and entering, friends!

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“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

-click the link below to enter in the giveaway-

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/6df31ddb2/

-Giveaway Policy-

****Giveaway begins Friday August 1st 2014 at 12am & ends Friday August 8th 2014 at 12am.****
Legal Residents (18 and older) of the US and Canada **ONLY** may enter.
Winner will be selected by Rafflecopter.com and will be notified by email.
**Winner:** You must respond within 48hours or another winner will be chosen.
Propeller Consulting, LLC is providing the prize for this giveaway and will be mailing it to you directly.
Upon emailing you about winning, I will also ask for your address to forward onto Propeller Consulting, LLC so they can send you your prize.
The offered product(s) are free of charge to you and **NO** purchase is necessary.
Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest are not associated with this giveaway.
Also by providing your information you are giving it to me only.
I **DO NOT** sell or share information and will only use information given for contacting (you) the winner.

Restless: Book Review

Restless Book Review

You know that moment in your life where your purpose is unclear and the plans of your life are just a distant memory? Are you stuck, frustrated and restless?

I was in that same place a month ago. You see, for so long I was filling my life with plans that were not my purpose; trying to make things work or stick. And truthfully, I knew at one point what my purpose was, I was just running from it. You can run away from your purpose, but your purpose won’t run away from you. Your purpose is as unique to you as your DNA and you have been made to do something that no one else can do, but YOU.

Through the book Restless, Jennie Allen uses the word threads as she talks about gifts, suffering, places, people and passions. And each one of those areas has a special part of your purpose. I just loved how Jennie’s passion and love for God’s will for our lives came out in this book. A love of surrender and purpose. She also brings up the topic of dreaming in Chapter 4. Not day dreaming, but REALLY dreaming about your life. Dreaming about the life you could live if you surrendered it all to God.

Jennie will take you to a place where in order for you to move forward, you have to look back. And it’s such a beautiful thing to see how everything in your life- your likes and dislikes; your pain and joy; and the good and bad can all be used for a greater purpose here and now.

I just love what Jennie says at the end of Chapter 1-

“What if? What if the things you love to do collided with the plans God has laid out for you from before the foundations of the earth? What if the random relationships and activities in your life all of a sudden had a focus and felt intentional and meaningful? What if the things that have caused the most hurt in your life became the birthplaces of your deepest passions? What if you could get past your fears and insecurities and spend the rest of your life running your guts out after his purposes for you?” -Jennie Allen

I encourage you, friend, take this leap of faith. Get your Bible, journal and a pen- and dig into this book. It’s going to take some work and it’s going to take you deep, but the outcome will be beautiful.

So go out there and do what God has destined you to do, friend! And enjoy every minute of it!

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 -I also recommend watching the Restless Live Book Club YouTube videos. Jennie and her friend Jamie did these videos a few months ago so they’re not “live”, but they’re still really great and helpful while reading the book.

 *You can buy this book where books are sold- Christian book stores, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.

You were made for more

 

You were made for more

Have you ever felt like you don’t know what your purpose is? That there has to be more to your life then how you’re living right now?

After watching this video about Jennie Allen and her book Restless, I couldn’t help but think everything she talked about echoed what I was feeling inside. A calling, but more than that- a beckoning for more.

More resonates with me. I know I’ve been made for more than my mundane, jaded and even sometimes boring life. And you were made for more too, friend. It’s not about changing our lives so their not “mundane, jaded and boring”, it’s about seeing them through God’s eyes. It’s about seeing it as MORE.

We don’t have to feel stuck, we don’t have to feel alone, and we certainly don’t have to feel like we don’t have a purpose. It’s in this season of our lives where God speaks the loudest. He wants you to surrender it all to Him so He can shape you and your future.

Are you ready for more?

I would love to hear your story about seeing your life as “more”–leave a comment below or you can email me at alovelylifeblog@yahoo.com.

Let the Lord speak to your heart, my friend. And let Him show you more.

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Check out this video about Jennie Allen’s book Restless. —Book review coming soon!