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Nothing to Prove – Jennie Allen | Review

Nothing to Prove – Jennie Allen | Review
I received this book from Blogging for Books for reviewing. All opinions are my own.

It’s really draining feeling like you have to prove yourself to people. But it’s something that people struggle with at one point of another. Nothing to Prove by Jennie Allen looks at how we should stop trying to porve ourselves and just rest in who God is. Sometimes this is easier said than done, so the whole book tackles the idea and how we can truly live this way.

About the Book

This book is about finding freedom from the pressure we put on ourselves. This can be in all aspects of our lives like in church or in our communities. But it also looks at how we do things for God instead of doing things with Him. Jennie Allen explains how we basically need to just find ourselves in God and then we can be assured of who we are. God can meet all of our needs.

Thoughts

I feel like having to prove myself is just a recurring struggle for me so this book hit home. I love that Jennie shared her own struggles that are all too real. Sometimes it’s not a big moment that makes us feel insecure but the small every day life details. I think it’s a great book to reanalyze how we see ourselves and who God is in our lives. It’s a good book that reminds you to apply God’s views into our lives.


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Getting Real with The Chi

Getting Real with The Chi

 

 

Life and culture is always something that is amazing to see on TV. Being Hispanic, I love embracing my culture and seeing others. There’s a lot of different experiences we all have. The Chi feels real. It is showing how people live in Chicago and the experiences that happen there. The Chi is available on SHOWTIME streaming so you can watch it commercial free and you don’t need a cable subscription! Trust me, you’re not even going to want to push pause once you start watching.

Getting Real with The Chi

Coming from minority groups can be tough when we’re trying to rise up. There’s a lot of family ties and societal ties that hold us to the past. The Chi tries to navigate all that and looks at the lives of different people trying to survive in Chicago and break away for the barriers placed on them.

Getting Real with The Chi

One of the characters that resonated with me was Brandon. He’s pushing to strive for better and has big dreams of opening a restaurant. But his mom keeps coming into his life and it’s almost like a thorn at his side and with a tragedy, he has to push through his circumstances to reach his dreams.

Coming from a family of immigrants, I’ve always wanted to reach for more. I was born in East LA, which is not the prettiest part of Los Angeles. Sometimes it’s really hard because there are struggles and expectations others put on you, but we need to break out from the molds people assume from us.

The Chi doesn’t shy away from the hard topics and that’s a good thing. It’s showing life as it truly happens. That’s needed on TV. It’s fun to get whisked away to magical stories but sometimes it’s really good to just see a show that’s real.


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There is More – Brian Houston | Review

There is More – Brian Houston | Review
I received this book from Blogging for Books for reviewing. All opinions are my own.

If you’ve been following me online, you would know that I go to a Hillsong church. It’s been great. I’ve been following Hillsong ever since I became a Christian so I know all their stuff is great. Brian Houston has a new book coming out called, There is More. I absolutely loved Live Love Lead so I was excited to read this one. I love the idea that life doesn’t peak with God and there is always more that He has for us.

About the Book

There is More looks at what God can do with our lives. It brings back the whole idea that nothing is impossible with God and He still has so much more ahead of us. It’s not just about dreaming big and living the best life, but seeking God and wisdom. God is more than just someone granting our wishes, He wants more from us. In a way that we can live purposefully and with a true vision. The world can say no but God is the one that opens doors.

Thoughts

I’m a fan of wild stories and how someone made it from something small to something big. It’s amazing to see where Hillsong started and where it’s at. I don’t find it to be a cheesy “all your dreams will come true” kind of book but more of a reminder that God can still do something in your life. Essentially, it’s not over until God says it’s over. There’s still so much more ahead. The book overall is an easy read and filled with Biblical explanations and real life stories so it’s interesting to follow.


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Words: Faith Forward Future | Chad Veach

Words: Faith Forward Future | Chad Veach

Chad Veach is probably one of my favorite speakers ever. That guy can capture your attention and drop some truth into your life. His book Unreasonable Hope had me crying and I ended up reading it in about a day because I could not put it down. So when I heard about Faith Forward Future, I was ready to read it. Here’s some thoughts on the book.

About the Book

The book hits on the questions that are left when things in your life fall apart. All those plans and dreams that just didn’t happen and where to go next and how God is in the middle. Getting past disappointments and delays in your life is hard. The book takes a look at what God has planned and even why He may let things happen. But also explains how sometimes you just have to pick yourself up and go with it.

Thoughts

As someone who is constantly trying to figure things out, this book was timely. It wasn’t a cheesy book telling you that all your dreams will come true one day. But it is an honest explanation that sometimes things are going to fall apart and things will suck but the story is not done yet, even if it’s not the way you planned it to be. Chad writes as he speaks so you’ll find it humorous, although he’s talking through some tough truths.

It’s very honest where it doesn’t get my hopes up that as soon as I’m done reading everything will magically become great, but it reminds you to keep going and God will do something.


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Sounds: Currently Playing | November

Sounds: Currently Playing | November

I can’t believe November is over! Thanksgiving happens to be one of my favorite holidays because I love being thankful and food, of course. It finally hit me that this year is going to be over soon. It’s been such a good year for music! Here’s what’s currently playing for November.

Cass

You know when you listen to one song from a musician and really like it but never think of checking them out? That’s what happened with Cass. I listened to “Do You” and loved it but never went back to check out the full album. Her full length Genesis is so good and fresh. I love music that is perfect to drive to and Cass’ music is definitely perfect.

Hillsong

Fun fact: I got to be a stage manager for Hillsong Conference which meant I got to hear tons of worship songs over and over. I completely fell in love with “Rain/Reign” and “Elohim.” They’re just such beautiful songs that make me cry. “Elohim” was done as a gospel version during conference and my heart could not handle. It was amazing!

Jon Bellion

Jon Bellion is one of those other artists that I listened and enjoyed one of their songs but never followed back. So after liking a couple of his songs, I went back and listened to his whole album and I’m a fan. He has such a cool vibe. Definitely someone to watch.


Catch up on the last few months: Jun | Jul | Aug | Sep | Oct

What have you been listening to this month?