Review of “Still” by Jenny L. Donnelly

This is my first book I’ve read by Jenny L. Donnelly. I’ve not read the other book she has written. The subject of this book is the main reason I was so excited to read it. I feel like I constantly deal with fear and anxiety. From the very first chapter, Jenny had me captivated. I absolutely love her comparing fear and anxiety and their root to a tree. I’ve never thought much about the fact that if you ask yourself “What will make me feel better?” instead of “What is causing this?” (Page 21) then you’re only getting to a temporary solution to the problem or a branch and not to the cause for the problem or the root. I also really appreciated that she points out that she realized she was wrong when she originally thought that people dealing with these issues were of weak mind or faith. (Page 20-21). The author realized this because she herself started feeling fear and anxiety. The author divides the book into three sections: 1. The Search for Rest, 2. Seven Ways to Rest and 3. Rest is a Position. If you also deal with fear and anxiety, then this book will help you.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in order to give an honest review.

Review of “Strong Brave Loved” by Holley Gerth

I was so excited to receive a copy of “Strong Brave Loved: Empowering Reminders of Who You Really Are” by Holley Gerth.  I just knew that this was going to be a great devotional. And I am not disappointed at all.  The devotional is hardcover and  consists of 60 devotions. In the devotions, Holley uses personal stories to help her readers relate to her and to make it feel like you are reading a letter from a friend. She also puts a scripture at the beginning of the devotions. At the end of the devotions there is space to journal.  Above this space, Holley puts prompts to guide you in your journaling but you can always write whatever it is on your heart to write in that space. This devotional would make a great gift to yourself or a friend that you know needs some encouragement.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in order to give an honest review.

Review of “She Prays” by Debbie Lindell

I had never heard of Debbie Lindell before I got this book “She Prays: A 31-Day Journey to Confident Conversations with God”. However, I have found some of the best books when branching out to authors I’ve never heard of and giving them a chance. In the introduction, Debbie talks about several reasons people don’t pray. One of them really spoke to me because I know I have felt this way before. The gist of what she said was that some people feel like there is a formula they have to follow in order to pray to God. As Debbie points out this is not true. She takes you though four categories of how we pray: 1) with understanding 2) with knowledge 3) with trust and 4) with power. The with knowledge category has the most days. At the end of each day she has space for journaling. I think this is a good book for someone looking to enhance their prayer life.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in order to give an honest review.

Review of the book “100 Ways to Love Your Husband” by Lisa Jacobson

“100 Ways to Love your Husband” is my first book I have read by Lisa Jacobson. And I am really surprised to have found out this is a reprint. It originally came out in 2014. This being said there are already over 400 reviews for this book currently listed on Amazon so I am not sure if I can really say anything that those reviews have not already covered. However, I am still going to give my honest review of this book. When I signed up to read this book, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I had purchased a similar book in the past and was sorely disappointed in the lack of content in that one but still wanted to give this one a chance since it’s a different author. And I have to say I’m kind of disappointed in this one too because it seems to me that a lot of what I am reading in it my husband and I already do. Also I feel like some of it is common sense. I feel like this book may be be better suited to someone who is more newly married or someone who is engaged and getting married. It might help them to better understand marriage. It might also be well suited for someone who may not have had a good example of a marriage growing up.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in order to give an honest review.

Review “Love Changes Everything” by Micah Berteau

I really liked the real world example Micah Berteau used in Chapter One to relate how we mess up but how God still loves us anyway. I have to say it was a unique way to explain this concept. Also in Chapter One, I was surprised when Micah compared Jesus and what He did for our salvation to a Michael Jackson song. I am not saying that I loved his comparison nor hated his comparison because it did make sense and it was clever but I just wouldn’t have thought to compare the sacrifice just made to a Michael Jackson song. To understand what he was saying you will have to read the book yourself. Throughout the rest of the book the author uses other relatable things to explain biblical concepts. I like that the chapters in this book are pretty short and to the point. The author doesn’t get off topic and ramble about irrelevant things. He also puts in relevant scriptures where needed to go with the point he is trying to make. Overall I’d say this is definitely a book that will make you think and that can help you understand God’s love for you more than you did or emphasize what you already knew of His love for you.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in order to give an honest review.