Book Reviews

Winning The Worry Battle: Life Lessons from the Book of Joshua by Barb Roose

Barb wrote this book in a way that made me feel like she was sitting on the living room couch with me, and I had just finished telling her everything that has ever gone through my mind and my heart. She brings some amazing insight and practices that we can use for combating worry in our lives. She doesn’t just use her own stories, which are very powerful, she also ties it into Scripture and the book of Joshua … how he remained so faithful through the trials of what he saw, what he experienced, and what he felt. She brings out that part of us that constantly says, “Me Too!”

She reminds us we’re not alone in this worry thing, and as humans it’s something we will always battle. But there’s a better way. There’s a big God. Barb ties it all together in this phenomenal read and leaves you feeling empowered, supported, and very strengthened, along with increasing a desire to chase harder after Christ and keep him closer to you than ever before. I highly recommend this book! As someone who has gone through a series of trials in the past few months that would have broken most people, I can tell you that it’s only because of God that I am seeing blessings through it and I am still standing. This book helped me through those times. I normally am a very fast reader, but for some reason with all the trials going on it took me almost 10 weeks to read this book. But I believe God’s hand was in it, the series of trials that happened during that exact time is what caused me to need this book almost every single day during those weeks. Barb has ignited a fire in me for God again, and a desire to trust Him in all of my circumstances.

It’s Not Supposed To Be This Way: Finding Unexpected Strength When Disappointments Leave You Shattered by Lisa TerKeurst

Convicting. Compassionate. Crazy real. As I’m in the middle of a season in my life where I am facing many uncertainties and it seems that I’m dodging arrows from every angle—this book provides hope, encouragement and belief that God doesn’t just leave us where we are. We don’t like the things we go through all the time. Life isn’t always pretty. Life isn’t always easy. And life is never fair. But God knows what can come out of what He allows. Lysa brings this point around in the most transparent and inspiring way! It’s not just one thing after another. Sometimes it’s one thing heaped on top of another, and another, and another. Even in that, we need to believe that God is good. We need to believe that He knows what He is doing. And we need to believe that it will all work out in accordance with His plans. For any of you walking through a hard season, or if you know someone who is, this book will help to reinforce the promises and truths of God‘s goodness, grace, and unconditional presence. Lysa is raw and honest with her life and her struggles and because of that, we can finally rest knowing the “me too” isn’t just for everybody else. Famous. Not famous. Rich. Poor. Christian. Non-Christian. The enemy does not discriminate. He is coming for all of us and we need to find God‘s strength in our disappointments so that we can stand firm on His deliverance! This book left my mind blown, but my soul saturated.

Stretched Too Thin: How Working Moms Can Lose the Guilt, Work Smarter, and Thrive by Jessica N. Turner

Stretched Too Thin is a convicting and eye-opening read! This book has changed my perspective on so many things in my life. It has given me permission to care for myself, absent of guilt. It has helped me really look into each segment of my life and see what I need to take more time to treasure, and what can be let go or put down on the priority list a bit. Answering the questions at the end of each section was an activity that helped me to really search my heart and allow the Lord to refine it where needed, and to show me where I am lacking and how to change that. I will keep this book in a visible place in my study area, as a reminder to pop the pages open to my answers and be cognizant of the changes I am making and to follow through. Jessica is an incredible author and she captivated me throughout the entire book. To say this is one of the most crucial and life-changing books I have ever read would be a gross understatement. I will recommend this to everyone, and hope to lead a small group of women in this book. Thank you for our transparency and your desire to help each woman love, live, give and serve more abundantly!