Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Everybody Fights: So Why Not Get Better at It? by Kim Holderness, Penn Holderness


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My wife drives me crazy sometimes. My husband should already know what I need. Is our marriage in trouble if we fight all the time? Is it possible to learn how to fight?

For the last several years, Penn and Kim Holderness have done the hard maintenance and the research. With the help of their marriage coach Dr. Christopher Edmonston, they break down their biggest (and in some cases, funniest) fights. How did a question about chicken wings turn into a bra fight (no, not a bar fight; a bra fight)? How did a roll of toilet paper lead to tears, resentment, and a stint in the guest bedroom?

With their trademark sense of humor and complete vulnerability, Penn and Kim share their ten most common Fight Fails and how to combat them. Throughout the book, they offer scripts for how to start, continue, and wrap up hard conversations. Couples will emerge equipped to engage and understand, not do battle—and maybe laugh a little more along the way.

In Everybody Fights, couples will learn how to

  • conjure the magic of metacommunication
  • break free of secret contracts
  • banish the three Ds—distraction, denial, and delay
  • carry their own individual baggage while helping each other deal with theirs
Penn and Kim metacommunication want people to know they’re not alone. Marriage is messy. Marriage is work. But marriage is worth it. Fight for it.

My Thoughts:
Everybody Fights is a great book on marriage. Kim and Penn write a solid book on marriage. They are honest in the struggles of marriage, finances, listening, and so many more topics. This book is a great read as you read what marriage is really like. This is an honest look at marriage and the things that are good, hard and amazing about marriage. 

Kim and Penn don't claim to experts on the topic, but they give an honest look of what it was like to go through marriage counseling and the tips that worked for them. They give the reader a first look into their fights, so the reader doesn't feel alone. 

If you are married, this is a great read for your relationship. This book would be a great read in different seasons of marriage as well. I highly recommend it and can't recommend this book enough. Pick up a copy today, it might save your marriage! 

Friday, April 9, 2021

No Pain, No Gaines: The Good Stuff Doesn't Come Easy by Chip Gaine


No Pain, No Gaines: The Good Stuff Doesn't Come Easy


Chip Gaines likes to sweat. 

That’s been true ever since he was a little pint-sized hustler selling candy and Capri Suns down at the public tennis courts in northeast Texas. You’ve probably seen him sweat on his television show, Fixer Upper. Deep in his bones he has always known that hard work yields great results, even when there’s little observable evidence of it. On the cusp of launching into what might be the hardest work he and his wife, Joanna, have ever done—building a network—Chip realized that none of it would be possible without his network of people.

Call it a network, a community, a home team. We’ve all got one. Today it might be made up of your family, your neighbors, the people you work with. But if you want a network that will pull you into a life of meaning, a life of joy and connection, you need to be intentional about choosing the people in it. People who are enlivened and electrified by the power of living according to their purpose, who are always in pursuit of lifelong learning, and who have a sincere belief that relationships are more than transactions. Chip Gaines has been building that kind of network his whole life, and he can tell you, it doesn’t come easy.

To say it requires sweat equity would be an understatement. It requires faith in people. It requires hope. And it requires a willingness to grow even when it hurts. From hard-won lessons and personal stories from Chip, No Pain, No Gaines is a by-the-bootstraps manual for building a network you can count on.

My Thoughts:

This memoir written by Chip Gaines is one that will inspire and motivate you. I don't watch Fixer Upper, the television show by Chip and Joanna, but I do love home renovations and feeling inspired. This book is about hard work and how it pays off. This book is about how if you take control of your life, and live it the fullest. You are the only one who can make your life count. 

I really loved this book! It's a simple message of authenticity and living out your dreams. You are the only person who can make it happen. Chip adds humor and writes the way he sounds. It felt like I was sitting at a coffee shop with him, as I was reading this book. It's a very transparent and conversational read for the reader. I highly recommend reading this book! It's a great read! 

Purchase Links

Thomas Nelson | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Connect with Chip

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

It’s Never Too Late by Kathie Lee Gifford

Former Today show host Kathie Lee Gifford draws on stories from her remarkable life to weave together a beautiful reminder that whatever circumstances we face, God is still dreaming big for our years ahead.

When Kathie Lee Gifford stepped down as cohost of the fourth hour of the Today show with Hoda Kotb, you might have thought her best days were behind her. It turns out, she was just getting started. As Kathie Lee says, “I’m not retiring; I’m refiring!”

Taking us from her Chesapeake Bay childhood when she first heard God’s calling, to her skyrocketing fame with Regis, to her decision to leave television for Nashville, Kathie Lee inspires us to pursue what really matters. Because it’s never too late to forgive, to dance the cha-cha, or to make a difference in the world.

God placed His dreams in your heart for a reason. And like Kathie Lee, you might just discover that the best is yet to come. Whether you’re an empty nester, newly single, navigating a career change, or just eager for any change, Kathie Lee helps you hear God’s loving calling because It’s Never Too Late to . . .

  • Begin Again
  • Make Sparks Fly
  • Leave a Good Thing
  • Have a Party
  • Change the Ending, Then Change It Again

Is it time for you to rewrite your story, unearth your hidden passions, and live with a renewed purpose? It’s never too late.

Purchase Links

 Thomas Nelson | Amazon |Books-A-Million | Barnes & Noble

Connect with Kathie Lee

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

My Thoughts:
It’s Never Too Late by Kathie Lee Gifford is a beautiful biography that tells the story of Kathie’s life. She is real, raw, honesty, funny and filled with compassion as she tells about her life and passion for the Lord. She writes with simplicity and purpose, as she encourages women of all ages to step out and dream again. She shares her highlight reels and deepest valleys. She isn’t afraid to make mistakes and clean from them. Her passionate faith is encouraging. 
I found this book to be heartfelt, encouraging and a oasis from the current world. This is a book for anyone who loves to read about real life people. I promise you’ll be encouraged by her story! Pick up a copy today! 

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Dream Big, My Precious One by Jill Roman Lord

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Sunday, February 28, 2021

The Miracle Collectors: Uncovering Stories of Wonder, Joy, and Mystery by Katie Mahon, Joan Luise Hill

The Miracle Collectors: Uncovering Stories of Wonder, Joy, and Mystery by Katie Mahon,  Joan Luise Hill 

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Do you want to believe that miracles can happen? 

Perhaps you need something greater than yourself to hold you, safely guide your way through a desperate situation, and answer your fervent prayer.

Have you wondered if something you experienced could be considered a miracle? Perhaps, at just the right time, you receive an encouraging text from a friend across the country. Or maybe it was much more dramatic. Something life-altering such as a split-second decision, an instinct, to slow your car just before the vehicle in front of you lost control. Regardless of its nature, once you have a miracle experience, big or small, you are never the same. You are changed by your miracle.

By exploring their own experiences, searching out religious texts, and collecting stories shared by others, the authors have compiled what they believe is the truest meaning of miracles. The Miracle Collectors offers inspirational stories of miracles that ripple through time and space changing the lives of others.
Readers will learn to recognize and celebrate miracles for the gift of grace that they are. 

My Thoughts:
The Miracle Collectors book is for everyone who needs to be encouraged. This book reminds me Chicken Soup. It is a collection of stories where miracles have occurred, thus inspiring the reader. In this season of life, everyone needs hope and encouragement. If you have experienced a miracle or have never, this book is a great read to give you deep faith that all things work together for good. This is a book worth re-reading. I love the short questions and reading guide to help engage my mind. I highly recommend this book ! It is an awesome encouragement!