Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Book Review: The Middle Matters by Lisa-Jo Baker


I just finished this brand new book "The Middle Matters: Why the (Extra) Ordinary Life Looks Really Good on You" by Lisa-Jo Baker. I slowly savored this book as my go-to summer read, treasuring each chapter, written in essay form.  This book meets readers right in middle season of life, love, motherhood, parenting, friendship, and living in/appreciating our own bodies.

I have enjoyed author Lisa-Jo's heartfelt writing for quite a while, previous books as well as social media posts and blogs. Her writing has a way of drawing you into her stories, connecting to your own, and encouraging you right where you are.  Because Lisa-Jo bravely shares on so many topics impacting the middle seasons of life, this book can encourage so many people, even if their story is wildly different than the author's. Reading each chapter is like having a wonderful conversation with a friend who isn't afraid to be herself and share the good, hard, wonderful and challenging.

I'd gladly recommend this book to friends and likely will read it a second time. 

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book, thank you to Lisa-Jo Baker and Waterbrook Multnomah for the advance copy. All opinions are my own.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Happy Father's Day 2019

A big Happy Father's Day to the amazing guy we call Dad, who loves us so well, works so hard, and adds adventure to our normal everyday.  We love you so much!

Happy Father's Day to the amazing Grandpas, Great-Grandpas, uncles and other that pour into our kids' lives and have poured into our lives as well. 

Definitely a day worth celebrating on the gravelly road.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Book Review: The Next Right Thing by Emily P. Freeman

The book "The Next Right Thing: Simple Soulful Practice for Making Life Decisions" by Emily P Freeman  is exactly what it claims to be.  I have never thought through decision making process from a faith-filled perspective in quite the detailed and soulful way as this book walks the reader through.

Each chapter provides something new to consider and ponder, with the author's personal experience and graceful calm tone, ending with questions to consider, a prayer and action to take. The author encourages the reader several ways to make space and time to really listen and then do the next right thing in love.  This book is one to soak up slowly to better let the thoughts ruminate, to help you quiet the fear and chaos that can come from unmade decisions, helping you find clarity and peace.

While this book may seem just for those facing big life decisions or those who find unmade decisions crippling, it can really benefit any reader. Taking the time to really consider your decision making process, creating more space to allow for Spirit-led decisions, learning to really listen to what God is saying in your life, and adding skills to your tool-set will benefit you in future decisions or transitions.

This book is worth the investment of time and thought, filled with so many great nuggets of advice and encouragement, helping readers to move forward to do the next right thing in love.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, and Interviews and Reviews, as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” 

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