Saturday, November 17, 2018

Book Review: It's Okay Not To Be Okay, by Sheila Walsh

Two book reviews in one week!
Looks like my New Year's goal to read 2 books a month is paying off...

Today, we're looking at It's Okay Not To Be Okay, by acclaimed speaker, musician, and author, Sheila Walsh.

"It's easy to fall; it takes courage to rise up and take the next step."

This quote from Sheila's dedication really sets up the heart of this book: taking the next step. We all fall in life, and pretending we won't doesn't fix things; it actually makes them worse. You can't fake yourself well.

Sheila calls for an honest, open-hearted pouring out before God. Only then, can we begin to find healing. And the goal is never to depend on ourselves alone.

This is a process that is God-based, God-centred, and God-filled. 

What I really loved about this book is Sheila's compassionate, authentic voice. While sharing wisdom, she's also sharing her story and her heart. At one point I actually thought, "Yes, I'd love to hang out with this woman!" Her humour and transparency help guide you through a challenging but ultimately uplifting journey.

This is a practical and inspirational book, but it's also an intimate journey of the heart. 

Many years ago, I experienced a long and difficult journey with grief that left me "not okay" for a long time. I think this would have been a great book for me to have read during that time.

Right now, I know there are woman going through a similar time of "not okay." 
I pray this book will find them now...

I received this book to review from the Nuts About Books Blogger Program and Graf-Martin Communications Inc.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Book Review: Battle Ready, by Kelly Balarie

It's been a while since I've reviewed a book!

Battle Ready: Train Your Mind to Conquer Challenges, Defeat Doubt, and Live Victoriously starts with a bold intention, to "...train our minds to conquer uncertainty, beat insecurity, and step past the tragedies of yesterday."

This book isn't meant for speed reading. It's actually a beautifully laid out, 12-step plan to literally change the way you think and approach the world. Kelly's writing is steeped in Scripture, so you never doubt her source or her focus.

I have to say:
I love a book with a beautiful table of contents! 
There's something about great chapter names 
that gets me excited to read on... 

Kelly lays out her plan using her table of contents, step by step and topic by topic. "Possibility," "Identity," and "Sensitivity" are just your starting points.  Make sure you take a few moments to read these pages and prepare your heart for what's to come. And as you work your way through the book, this table of contents can serve as a reference for quick reminders and recaps of lessons learned.

And I love how at the end of your journey,
after starting with "Possibility," 
your final step is "Impossibility."

Each chapter takes you through the topic, giving you a greater understanding of how to change your negative thinking into a positive, Scripture-strenghtened mindset. You'll be supported in your journey by themed prayers, application questions, and even special activities for group study. Online, you can access videos and other free downloadable resources.

Kelly delivers heavy material in a light and accessible way. Recognizing the weight of the work, she actually gives you several "Intermissions", so you can take a moment to breathe and rest. Like a "selah" in the Psalms.

One quick caveat: this is definitely a book written for a female audience. Although I appreciate the desire for a focused audience, I really feel the material could be applicable for anyone. In some ways, I wish the book had been written in a gender-neutral style.

That said,  Battle Ready is an inspiring book that, when properly digested, could be a powerful force for change in your life.

I received this book to review from the Nuts About Books Blogger Program and Graf-Martin Communications Inc.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.