Take Hold: “Taking Hold” of all God has for you

51SWNKNxuiL._SY291_BO1,204,203,200_QL40_“Settling is not your destiny…” With a tag-line like that, how could I not read this book? Having been on my own personal journey of discovering what it means to have the fullness of life Jesus talks about in John 10 the last couple of years, the title of Sharon Jaynes’ latest book grabbed my attention. In it, Sharon invites the reader to tread deeper in faith, to live boldly for Jesus and take hold His promises by letting go of the insecurities, fears, unforgiveness, comparisons and a number of other worldly things that hold His precious children back. Take Hold opened my eyes to a few things I hadn’t considered before and challenged my own perceptions of the events of my own testimony by looking through Sharon’s eyes and her own life experiences. Because of the truth sprinkled throughout this book, I’ve chosen to give God access to those very areas that I’m afraid of and let Him do with them what He will…it is for my own benefit. While not an easy ready (Sharon goes deep), I definitely recommend reading this book. If you’re looking to dig a little deeper and apply these truths to your life, there is a Bible study in the back of the book.
This book was part of a launch team package issued by the publisher.

Book Review: Life is _____. by Judah Smith

_240_360_Book_1523_cover Judah Does it Again — Leaves the Reader Wanting More:

I loved his first book, “Jesus is ____” and found a similar connection to this book. The author has done a great job at presenting a topic he knows all too well, namely that God is crazy about us and that Jesus came so that we could have life to the full. Many of the analogies Judah uses will hit home for the reader. He speaks in today’s language, using day-to-day terms (like Spandex and carbs) to hit a point home. I found his humor to be refreshing and on par with my own outlook on life and the reader is left relishing in the fact that God loves him or her. Deeply.

I highly recommend either getting your own copy or borrowing it from your local library. This refreshing take on the gospel is a must read and won’t leave you disappointing. If anything, you’ll be left wanting more – of God.

I received a complimentary review copy of this book courtesy of Booklook Bloggers.

Book Review: a good reminder: i am His

425975  Spoken For: Embracing Who You Are and Whose You Are

When I first saw the cover of this book, I couldn’t help but think about how simple it looked. Would it be another dull read? An easy one that I would breeze right through? I also assumed that it would be meant for a younger audience.

Nope. I couldn’t have been more off base.

While I was waiting for that book to come in the mail, I had picked up another book by Robin Jones Gunn. The name sounded familiar and upon reading those initial pages, I fell in love with this author. Alyssa Bethke has also become one of my favorites through reading this book. It’s not just for teens or young adults…it’s for all of us. Spoken For has a message every woman can relate to. We were created to love and we have this deep need to be loved back.

Who doesn’t love a good romance? This girl definitely does! But in our search for romance in this world, we often miss the beating heart behind the greatest romance of all time: one that we all get to choose to have with our Savior.

The message in this book is one that I desperately needed to hear and it left my heart on its knees more often than not. These gifted writers helped me understand that God’s love is so much deeper and fuller than anything we could experience in this world. No matter what season you’re in, you will walk away from this book with a bigger and better outlook on life, the world we live in and who you are. We are not defined by our circumstances. My name is not “broken,” “beaten,” or “bruised.” I’m not considered “trash.” I am Beloved. I am a daughter of the King….a daughter of the Almighty God. You are, too, if you choose to accept the truth He pours over us every moment of every day.

(I received this book for free from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.)