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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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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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Words: Single, Dating, Engaged, Married | Ben Stuart

Words: Single, Dating, Engaged, Married | Ben Stuart
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There’s a whole lot of books out there about relationships. There’s also a lot that talk about being in a relationship with God. Ben Stuart tries to combine both those topics into Single, Dating, Engaged, Married: Navigating Life and Love in the Modern Age. It’s a book that takes you through these stages and what challenges they bring.

Summary

The book is broken down in four parts: single, dating, engaged, and married. Each part has chapters that relate to that specific season. It contains tips about what to do in that season but also how this all relates back to God. At the same time, it explains how we should be in a relationship with God. Each section is designed to hit on the major parts that happen in every relationship season and Biblical help on how to get through it.

Thoughts

I definitely enjoyed the book but I do feel like it’s more geared to young adults. It’s primarily talking about these seasons before or as they happen. I don’t feel like it will give those who have been married over 10 years and deep insight. Ben is humorous and gives a lot of his own personal examples so you can relate or understand where he’s coming from. The book is a good reminder that God needs to be part of each of these stages and we need to be more wise about how we choose a future partner. There’s a few things here and there that are new, but not much you haven’t heard. So it’s a good book to keep in your back pocket when you need a refresher and redirect yourself when getting overwhelmed about relationships.


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Words: Goliath Must Fall | Louie Giglio

Words: Goliath Must Fall | Louie Giglio

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The story of David and Goliath is probably one of the most known around the world. It’s a story of bravery that teaches us that we can overcome everything, no matter how large the problem is. Goliath Must Fall by Louie Giglio is about overcoming fears. What makes this book different is that it doesn’t do it in a cliche way, Louie makes you dig down to find your fears.

You’re Not David in the Story

I’m pretty sure you thought you were David in the story of David and Goliath. I know I have. You know who is David in the story? Jesus is. We can’t beat giants on our own but Jesus can in our behalf. That’s the whole point Louie Giglio makes. The reason we get so crushed by our problems is because we try to do things on our own. That’s why Jesus is there. We have to learn to call out to Him and He can get it done.

Louie also describes what truly makes us afraid. A trivial example (this is my own explanation) could be being afraid of heights. You’re not just afraid of the height but of what would happen if you fell. He makes you think deeply about your fears to see where they truly come from and how to realistically fight them instead of just putting a band-aid.

Overall Thoughts

Overall, it’s a good book especially if you feel overwhelmed by your problems often. It’s not a typical book telling you to overcome your fears but gives some insight on why they happen and realistic ways to overcome them. It’s a good enough book, just not a book I would reach over and read again unless I was truly in the mood for it.


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