What Your Heart Needs – Book Review

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Today is the official release of Holley’s newest book, What Your Heart Needs for the Hard Days.  It is such a a sweet little devotional, and would make such a great gift for your family and friends.  It is also the perfect size to carry in your purse and be ready to share encouraging truths for anyone you encounter in your day.

As always, Holley knows exactly the encouragement her readers need.  Using God’s truths found in the book of Psalms, Holley has written 52 devotionals for our hard days.  Or even our easy days.  Holley’s gift of encouragement is truly for any day of the week.

As I sit to read these devotionals, I imagine Holley across from me, drinking coffee from her oh-so-cute red polka dot cup.  As I journal my morning thoughts and fears, I imagine her whispering to me those encouraging titles on each devotional:

“God wants to lift you up when life gets you down.”
“God will give you courage, not condemnation.”
“God will bear your burdens.”

Then Holley tells a story that I can always relate to, tying in the verse of the day.  In my favorite one, “God doesn’t want you to stay broken”, she uses God’s truth in Psalm 147:3 to encourage me:

“But God doesn’t want us to stay broken in any area of our lives.
He’s not an insurance adjuster holding out until
the last minute before he’s willing to repair the damage.
He wants us to be whole.  He wants to heal our hearts.
He wants to restore what has been damaged.”

Oh my, I needed that truth today in my quest to stop hiding and start seeking.  And if you are like me, sometimes unsure of what to say back to God, Holley gives us some simple suggestions in each devo’s What My Heart is Saying to You.

Each one of these 52 encouraging truths give us just enough to hold on to until we meet with Jesus (and Holley) again.

I hope Holley releases a journal to accompany this devotional as I wouldn’t dare write in the tiny space provided in this beautiful book.  And I wouldn’t mind a matching bookmark too :)

This is the fourth book of Holley’s I have read.  There are still even more for me to discover.  I hope to complete her “library” in my little quiet corner to find inspiration and encouragement no matter what the day brings.

Be sure to grab your copy and join Holley for her book club starting September 8.  More details here on Holley’s site.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Reads in exchange for my honest review.


Let’s All Be Brave – Book Review

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Book released July 15, 2014 by Zondervan

Do you tend to hide your dreams?  Scared that if you actually say them out loud, someone will laugh?  Or maybe that’s just me?

Through Annie’s journey, you will discover God’s surprising answers
to overcome fear and uncertainty, and find ways to
embrace courage and boldness in your own life.
(back cover description)

Let’s All Be Brave is an inspirational Christian book written in memoir style.  The title, cover fonts and illustration quickly grabbed my attention.

I loved Annie’s humor written into her stories of how she’s chosen to be brave throughout her young adult life transitions.  I think it would be so fun to sit with her in person sometime as I can tell she has quite the personality!  Just a few pages into her book, I found myself wondering why had I not read her books before?

This is Annie’s fourth book.  The first three were written for teens and young adult women.  Well there you go.  Those books might not benefit this “older mom of teen boys” but this book sure did.  Let’s All Be Brave is a wonderful quick read for any age reader looking to be brave.

“Courage is for every age.”

As an inspiring writer searching for her own hidden bravery, I love Annie’s chapter on Words:

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I look forward to following Annie’s advice:

Don’t be afraid.  Be brave.  Say the things that will speak truth and heal.”

Another great reminder to me that it’s time to stop hiding and start seeking.  Time to be brave.  Time to heal.  I imagine this is a book I will turn to time and again for a quick read to inspire me.  You too will love this book, and once you’re done reading it, be sure to check out Annie’s next adventure:

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I received a copy of this book from Shelton Interactive in exchange for my honest review.

Author Links:

Annie’s blog
Annie’s author bio and Let’s All Be Brave description (Amazon)
Let’s All Be Brave book trailer
Free 2-Chapter Excerpt on Noisetrade