Thursday, February 20, 2020

Claim Your Crown: Walking in Confidence and Worth as a Daughter of the King by Tarah-Lynn Saint-Elien

46161135Claim Your Crown: Walking in Confidence and Worth as a Daughter of the King

Young women are deeply dissatisfied with society's standards (and double standards). They want more for themselves--but sometimes they don't quite know what that more should be. That's where Miss Black New Jersey 2018 and Teen Vogue "It Girl" turned fashion writer Tarah-Lynn Saint-Elien comes in.

Through her insightful comments on media, pop culture, and pervading cultural myths about beauty, fashion, and womanhood, Tarah-Lynn dismantles the messages that feed into the insecurities, fears, doubts, and guilt that young women experience today. She introduces them to an understanding of God as a loving Father and the King of all kings, who bestows upon his daughters a crown of love, worth, and power. And she shows them how to not only claim the promises of God but also walk purposefully in them as independent women (no prince necessary!) who respond to adversity with righteousness and authority.

My Thoughts:
Claim Your Crown written by Teen Vogue author and creator of Adorned in Armor & Dressed for Battle podcast shares with readers her own life experiences about what it means to walk in confident as a daughter in Christ.
This book is perfect for the teenager or even older adults to gain wisdom from scripture about understanding your worth in Christ. This book isn't a self help book or book to boost you self-esteem, but rather one that helps the reader secure their identity in Christ. 
Claim Your Crown has a lot of great advice, thought provoking chapters and even questions for the reader to ponder further later at the end of each chapter. I was not able to pick a favorite chapter because this book just was so, so good! 
Grab a copy today, you'll love it! 

About the Author:
Tarah-Lynn Saint-ElienTarah-Lynn Saint-Elien is passionate about encouraging and empowering young women to fully grasp their worth in Christ. Through her award-winning brand, Adorned in Armor, she inspires thousands of young women to conquer life through faith and style. By landing internships at Elle magazine and PBS, and by collaborating with brands such as Maybelline and Banana Republic, her work experience has catapulted her into becoming a Teen Vogue "It Girl" and a Teen Vogue fashion writer. Crowned Miss Black New Jersey in 2018, Tarah-Lynn graduated summa cum laude from Rider University and earned her master's degree from Syracuse University. She now hosts the Dressed for Battle podcast. You can also find Tarah styling, hosting events, and speaking at self-worth and branding workshops.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Yes Sisters: Surrounding Yourself with Women Who Affirm, Encourage, and Challenge You by Angelia L. White, Erin Keeley Marshall

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A single "no" from someone close to us can crush our dreams. You can't . . . You'll never . . . You're kidding yourself . . . In contrast, a single "yes" can sustain our dreams despite the setbacks we're sure to encounter. Yes, you can! Yes, I'm here for you! 

With passion and contagious enthusiasm, Angelia White shows you how to surround yourself with Yes Sisters--women who will remind you that you are worthy, that God loves you completely, and that you can accomplish even your wildest dreams. Her engaging personal stories, as well as those from other prominent women, will show you how to 

- find and cultivate Yes Sister relationships
- leverage their power
- and be a Yes Sister for someone else

She also helps you understand, forgive, and sometimes distance yourself from negative people who dampen your joy and strip you of your motivation.

You don't have to go it alone, and you don't have to drag the naysayers along behind you. Start finding your Yes Sisters today!
Yes Sisters Surrounding Yourself With Women Who Affirm, Encourage And Challenge You By Angelia White is the perfect book in encouraging women to have and surround themselves with Godly women. This book is also about being the women and friends you desire. If you desire the qualities and character traits that Angelia mentions in the book, then it's great to be aware of your own flaws when contributing to friendships.
This book is encouraging and helps the reader identify the types and kind of friends she needs in different seasons, while being that friend to others. 
 I absolutely love this book and I know you will too! So go grab yourself a copy, its an easy book to read, but a worth while book to invest your time into reading.

About the Author:

Angelia L. WhiteAngelia L. White is the creator of Hope for Women magazine, a quarterly publication with a reach of 200,000. A Ball State University Black Alumni Award of Achievement recipient, Angelia is a mother of three and the publisher, president, and CEO of HOPE for Women, headquartered in Muncie, Indiana. Rising from a background of discouragement, she spends her life encouraging other women to step into their full potential and share their inspiring stories.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

More Than We Remember by Christina Suzann Nelson

More Than We Remember  -     By: Christina Suzann Nelson
More Than We Remember

Christina Suzann Nelson

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Holy Guacamole: A Glorious Discovery of Your Undeniable Worth by Carrie Stephens

Holy Guacamole: A Glorious Discovery of Your Undeniable Worth  -     By: Carrie Stephens
Holy Guacamole: A Glorious Discovery of Your Undeniable Worth

Have you ever felt on the edge, alone, down and out,or maybe wondered what in the world God can do with someone like you.
Sometimes you wake up feeling less than great about your life. Or your relationships. Or your job. Or your whatever.
Sometimes you even feel pushed to the side, put on the shelf, overlooked, and not particularly important to, well, anything.
"Hello, My Name Is Carrie and I'm a Secret Donut Hoarder," you know the book is going to be amazing!
Filled with wit, vulnerability, laughter and humility, this book is filled with grace as you discover who God has called you to be. Holy Guacamole does not disappoint.  Carrie Stephens, did an amazing  job of balancing and sharing theology through the lens of scripture, without over sharing, but creating a balance of humor. I loved reading Carrie's personal life experiences and believed this book is for the mother, leader or friend.
An easy read, I felt that I was sitting at a coffee shop with Carrie as she would pouring out her love on me. This book is one anyone can relate too. If you are looking to strengthen your relationship with the Lord as you understand how he created you, this is a great read! 

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Collision of Lies by Tom Threadgill

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story, it turns. 
The other element that is super intriguing about this book, while a suspense novel, this book has added humor between characters. It's interesting because I was caught off guard by the criminals until the ending of the story. Besides the humor, the suspense, the writer does give the readers a bit of romance in this novel, but not too much, just a small element. 
Amara is a likable character and chances are, you might finding yourself wanting a iguana at the end of this story because that is a common pet :)
Overall, I enjoyed this story and felt that the author did a great job with this novel. I would read further books from him again in the future. 

About the Author:
Tom ThreadgillTom Threadgill is a full-time author and a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). He is currently on the suspense/thriller publishing board for LPC Books, a division of Iron Stream Media. He lives with his wife in rural Tennessee.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Managing Worry and Anxiety: Practical Tools to Help You Deal with Life's Challenges by Jean Holthaus

46161124Managing Worry and Anxiety: Practical Tools to Help You Deal with Life's Challenges

As a social worker, who is a LMSW, I have a great appreciation for this book and the work of Jean Holthaus. She combines her faith, with the science behind the brain, behaviors and complexity that we as humans face on a daily basis. This book is filled with pictures, graphics and scripture, to point the reader back to their faith. While she addresses the many aspects of both anxiety and depression, I feel that this book has insight for the clinician, as well as the individual looking for answers. I do not believe this is a one-size fits all book, but rather a book that encompasses a scope of people looking for deeper answers to the "why" question. 
This particular book is one that I have read slow, to gain insight and knowledge from another clinician in hopes to be able to help individuals in the future. I recommend this book with a caveat.. It is important for the reader to find out the root of their anxiety or depression, which is something Jean addresses. If you are looking for tips and answers, this book will help you, but if you don't go to the root and seek the source, you'll never find true freedom. 

About the Author:
Jean HolthausJean Holthaus, LISW, LMSW, has more than 25 years' experience providing therapy. She currently works as a clinician and manages two clinics for Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services. Her professional experience includes working with individuals, couples, and families dealing with abuse, anxiety, depression, marital issues, divorce, spiritual issues, changes of life, parenting, and more. A member of the National Association of Social Workers and the American Association of Christian Counselors, Jean lives in Pella, Iowa.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

A Different Kind of Love Story: How God's Love for You Helps You Love Yourself by Landra Young Hughes

46161173A Different Kind of Love Story: How God's Love for You Helps You Love Yourself

About:In this book, you're going to read about a different kind of love story. It's a love story each and every one of us is currently playing a role in--whether we're aware of it or not. And truth be told, it's scary-critical that we stay tuned-in to this love story. Because outside of a growing relationship with your heavenly Father, no other love (or lack of love) has the potential to improve or implode your life like the love that you have for you

For anyone who has ever struggled with their identity, Landra Young Hughes has a radically simple message: give up. Specifically, give up your need to be in control of how other people see you. Instead, let God's words--not yours and not others'--define you. Through her own deeply personal story of trying to control her circumstances and others' perceptions of her through an eating disorder, Landra points the way toward a life free from self-obsession and self-resentment. She shows you how to listen to God's voice, let go of the struggle for perfection, and live authentically from your deepest self.

My Thoughts:
In A Different Kind of Love Story by Landra, she writes about the love story that each reader gets to live. It isn't your typical love story, but one that is radical and transformative because this is the love story that romances every single one of us. This kind of love is something that can only be purchased by our Heavenly Father, through Jesus. No other love can satisfy our souls. 

And for anyone who has ever struggled with their worth or identity, Landra can relate as well. Her message is "give up"- meaning stop controlling how others see you and instead be concerned about how God sees you. She recounts to the reader how she struggled with an eating disorder and how the disorder consumed her identity until, she was able to grasp the truth of who God was and the message he was trying to covey to her, through His love. 

This book is one to read and read again. The messages of truth and identity are real, important and based on the word of God. I am very thankful for this book and thankful for how raw Landra is when writing it. I highly recommend picking up a copy today. 

About the Author:

Landra Young HughesLandra Young Hughes is the daughter of prominent pastor Ed Young Jr. and Lisa Young of Fellowship Church. Because of her upbringing, Landra has developed a passion for seeing people maximize their God-given potential and embrace their God-defined self-worth. She and her husband, Brad, lead Fellowship Church's Norman campus and live in the Norman, Oklahoma, area with their daughter, Sterling.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Relational Intelligence: The People Skills You Need for the Life of Purpose You Want by Dharius Daniels

Relational Intelligence: The People Skills You Need for the Life of Purpose You Want

Relational Intelligence is a great book in helping the reader unlock the greatest gift on earth- relationships.. This book will help you learn how to discern and distinguish the relationships that you desire, to strengthen relationships, to lead in relationships and to be intentional about relationships. This book is great because it gives the reader tools and tips on how to love unconditionally in the process, without compromising. Your greatest gift is being in relationships with people, don't miss out on the opportunity to refine those relationships and your relational intelligence. 
I really enjoyed this book and have it highlighted in several places. My favorite chapter was about defining my relationships. It helped me to take time and really look at the relationships that are important to me and worthy of my investment. 
Grab your copy today! You will be thankful you spent the time investing in your relationships.

About the Author:
Dr. Dharius Daniels is the founder and lead pastor of Change Church, a vibrant, diverse congregation. With a doctorate of ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary, Dr. Daniels speaks to national audiences and sits on the board of the National Association of Evangelicals. He lives with his wife, Shameka, and their two sons in New Jersey.

Friday, January 17, 2020

She Laughs: Choosing Faith over Fear by Carolanne Miljavac

She Laughs: Choosing Faith over Fear by [Miljavac, Carolanne]She Laughs: Choosing Faith over Fear

About the Author:
Carolanne MiljavacHey y'all! I am a southern-raised, Jesus-saved, barely sane author, speaker, and social media goofball. I'm married to such a lucky man, and mother to three sweet, loving, kind little girls who only whine EVERY now and then. I'm also super sarcastic. Poverty and abuse were tough to overcome, but it was the crushing loss of my seven-year-old niece to cancer that finally humbled me enough to listen to God when He spoke into my shattered heart, "Give it up." Without the chains of fear and insecurity, I followed my spirit's instruction to speak freely. That led to over 100 million video views, and nearly half a million social media followers. My story has been a true reflection of "beauty for ashes". I pray my writing leaves you laughing, crying, rejoicing, and encouraged. I hope to pull heartstrings while tapping funny bones with transparency and vulnerability. Grief taught me gratitude, pain gave me purpose, and loss revealed true love. With faith, I found audacity, and my mission is to give you the guts to be you too.

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Raising the Challenging Child: How to Minimize Meltdowns, Reduce Conflict, and Increase Cooperation

46161119Raising the Challenging Child: How to Minimize Meltdowns, Reduce Conflict, and Increase Cooperation

What's the worst you've ever faced as a parent? An all-out tantrum at the mall? A son who won't take out his earbuds to listen to you? A daughter who's failing at school and won't do her homework? A teen who constantly breaks curfew? A call from the police? Whatever you're dealing with, Raising the Challenging Child will help.

Building on their work at Chaddock, a nonprofit organization that has worked with some of the most challenging kids in the nation for more than 150 years, the authors empower frustrated parents with practical tips and real-life examples on how to

- minimize behavioral meltdowns
- reduce conflict
- increase cooperation
- promote healthy attachment
- improve family relationships

The strategies they share work both for the child who is going through a difficult phase brought on by life disruption or trauma, and for the child who faces chronic struggles. Parents, teachers, and those who work with children and youth will find positive, practical steps they can start taking today in order to understand and address the baffling behavior of the child under their care.

My Thoughts:
Raising the Challenging Child is perfect for anyone who has children. This book isn't just for someone who has a child who is challenging, but let's face it.. Everyone has children who can be challenging at different ages, phases and stages of life. This book is for YOU! This book is a huge resource for every SINGLE parent! 
This book is filled with practical advice to apply to all types of challenging behavior and is awesome to have these tools in your tool box. I love how straight forward this book is with examples, and details on how to help work with your children to manage behavior. This book doesn't require indepth reading or for you to be an expert on children management, but instead requires you to have an open mind and heart. I love how this book encourages the emotional connection between the child and the parent. It is just a great book! 
Overall, I can't say enough good things about this book. If you are struggling with your child, make sure to pick up a copy today.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Still: 7 Ways to Find Calm in the Chaos by Jenny L. Donnelly

46161138Still: 7 Ways to Find Calm in the Chaos

Do you worry a lot? Is it common for you to dread upcoming events? Does pressure or stress trigger outbursts of anger, isolation, depression, or feelings of failure? Do you have a hard time finishing what you start? Do you find it impossible to work in the middle of chaos? Do you wonder if God is really going to come through for you in difficult times?
In Still, Jenny Donnelly teaches you how to experience true, life-giving rest even in the midst of chaos. While most of us think of rest as something we do, Jenny shares how rest is a place from which we live and work. Sharing her own personal story of struggling with life's pressures and spiritual exhaustion, she introduces you to the source of peace and rest: Jesus. She shows you the steps to take to access rest anytime, anyplace, under any conditions. And she reveals how operating from a place of stillness powers your identity, creativity, relationships, and so much more.

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Collateral Damage (Danger Never Sleeps #1) by Lynette Eason

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(Danger Never Sleeps #1)

Honorably discharged from the Army after an explosion nearly killed her, former military psychiatrist Brooke Adams has set up shop to help others--but her days of helping military personnel are over. She's got her own battles to fight from her time overseas, and she's not equipped to take on more. Former Army Special Ops Sergeant First Class Asher James could handle anything that war sent his way--terrorists, bombs, bullets. The only thing that scares him now is sleep. As the shadows close in, the nightmares begin.
Finally convinced that he needs help, Asher makes an appointment with a counselor, and Brooke is pressed by her boss to take him on. When he arrives at her office she isn't there--but a dead body is. Brooke is devastated when she walks in, and Asher is a conveniently strong shoulder to cry on. But she can't take him on as a client after sharing such an intimate and unprofessional moment, can she? And he's not sure he can handle sharing his deepest fears with such a beautiful woman.

About the Author:
Lynette EasonLynette Eason grew up in Greenville, SC. She graduated from the University of South Carolina, Columbia, and then obtained her masters in education from Converse College. Author of twenty inspirational romantic suspense books, she is also a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and Romance Writers of America (RWA). In 1996, Lynette married "the boy next door" and now she and her husband and their two children make their home in Simpsonville, South Carolina."