Saturday, April 23, 2016
What Am I Reading?
This month, I've been reading a bit different then my normal fare of reading materials. Instead of the typical fiction, I have been really looking to more self-help, self-exploration books. This month, I've had a really great opportunity to read and review some wonderful books geared towards spiritual growth of women as well as accepting and loving who we are, inside and out.
5 Habits of A Woman Who Doesn't Quit
By Nicki Koziarz
I REALLY enjoyed this book a lot and I cannot wait to get my hands on the Bible Study that accompanies it.
Beauty Begins: Making Peace with Your Reflection
By Chris Shook and Megan Shook Alpha
Prior to reading this book, I was already a fan of Chris Shook, wife of Terry Shook of Terry Shook
This is a very quick and easy book to read. It's not very deep but more a look into why women chase after societies definition of "beautiful" and instead learn to accept that true beauty comes from inside, the way that God sees you. This seems like such an easy concept but I think this valuable lesson gets lost when women are bombarded constantly by the fashion industry and a male driven definition of what a woman should look like.
I will be the first to admit I hate looking in the mirror. Now, I have a few different verses on my mirror to remind me that regardless of what I see in the mirror, God sees me as the beautiful creation he made me to be. Through the use of these verses, positive reinforcements and questions for reflection at the end of each short chapter, Chris and Megan help you to make peace with the reflection staring back at you, wrinkles, double chin and all. It also explores how the definition of beauty has changed throughout history and how it will most likely change in the future.
I plan on passing this book on to my teenage daughter as there are many lessons among the pages that I think she could learn before society causes her to dislike the perfectly beautiful young woman she already is.
You're Already Amazing: Embracing Who You Are, Becoming All God Created You To Be (LifeGrowth Guide)
By Holley Gerth
The theory is pretty simple - God made you who you are and because of your identity through him, you are already amazing. The author, Holley Gerth is a bit too "hip" for my 40 years but overall, I found this workbook (and the book) both to be uplifting and a great reminder that I am a daughter of God and that no matter what the world around me thinks, He thinks I'm amazing and his opinion is what counts most.
The workbook is filled with plenty of quizzes, self reflection questions, journaling pages and coaching tips to help guide you to realizing your personal strengths, your emotional crutches and your passions as you develop a personal statement to achieve your goals.
Pressing Pause: 100 Quiet Moments For Moms to Meet with Jesus
by Karen Ehman and Ruth Schwenk
This is another great book that I really enjoyed. Taking only a few moments out of your busy day,
Each devotional starts with a verse to reflect upon, followed by a personal story and then follows up with a few personal questions to help you reflect on your relationship with Christ. Even if these are the only moments in your busy day that you can devote to him, you'll still walk away feeling spiritually refreshed as well as feeling comradery with the authors as they describe both good and bad days that you can relate to.