Monday, October 31, 2016

Receiving The 12 Blessings Of Israel by Paul Thangiah

Receiving The 12 Blessings Of Israel: How God's Promises To His People Apply To Your Life Today started out as a sermon series by Paul Thangiah, in his church in Bangalore, India. Thanks to the popularity of that sermon series, this gem of a book was written. This book winds its way through the twelves sons of Jacob, in the order of their blessings being bestowed upon them by their father, Israel.

For each son, we read every Biblical instance of his mention during his lifetime, Jacob's blessing upon him, and Moses' blessing applied to the congruent tribe of Israel later in the Old Testament. From these insights, we will learn about a specific character trait that we should sow in order to reap God's blessing pertaining to each tribe. We will then go on to read further about the applicable trait from Jesus' teachings in the New Testament, and learn how to apply each set of lessons in our current life. Each chapter ends with a simple prayer to ask God to help us along this path to receiving His blessings.

The chapters are as follows: Reuben (stability), Simeon (controlling anger), Levi (standing up for the Lord), Judah (repentance), Zebulun (accepting God's plan), Issachar (diligence), Dan (full of God), Gad (trust and obey God), Asher (know God), Naphtali (speak good words), Joseph (recognize the hand of God), and Benjamin (rest secure in God).

This book does not contain a lot of filler and is not a light read. The author is very direct and to the point, yet uses simple terminology and an easy to understand approach. I would highly recommend reading this book as a weekly study, rather than attempting to read the whole thing in one weekend. It takes time for some of it to really sink in, and may take re-reading certain portions to really appreciate it. For someone who has the time and patience to sit down and learn, this is a blessing and will aid you path toward God and His purpose for your life. 5/5 stars.

*Disclaimer: I received a free print copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of a review. All opinions stated are my own.*

Purchase Links:
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     ChristianBook.com

Friday, October 28, 2016

Shadow Of The Storm by Connilyn Cossette

Shadow of the Storm is the second book in Connilyn Cossette's Out From Egypt series. There are no difficulties reading this book even if you have not read the first one in the series.

Shira and Dvorah are two very different women on different paths, both trying to bury their pasts while living at the foot of Mount Sinai after leaving Egypt during the Exodus. Their paths cross when they are both given opportunities to train as midwives, and they each face an inner struggle between following others' expectations for their lives and seeking out their own purpose. Shira chooses to lean on Yahweh for help, strength, and guidance; while Dvorah clings to her Egyptian gods and idols.

What starts as a temporary alliance for the sake of all quickly melts and fades into the distance as the Hebrews find themselves battling with each other and the outsiders who are also camped around the base of the mountain. Will these two women be able to set aside their differences in order to work together in times of peril? Will they find and follow their true callings before the fighting starts to unravel the camps?

Connilyn has wound together this beautiful novel of heartache, betrayal, forgiveness, and redemption during tribulation. Her vivid imagery paints a rich landscape of God's enduring love and faithfulness to His people, reminding all of us that we have His strength, courage, and forgiveness - if only we ask for it. It serves as a potent message about the power of sharing your story and facing the past rather than burying it, and realizing that forgiving yourself of any wrongs is as important as forgiving others.

Personally, the most important take-away from this book is that God is always there to pick up our broken pieces and paste them back together knowing that, even in our brokenness, we will always be "enough".

Excerpt: "I had been led from slavery and brought through the waters - born into a brand-new life. And yet I refused to let go of my shackles. I had measured my worth only by the broken pieces of my past, instead of Yahweh's beautiful design... I was wrong, Yahweh. I do have something to offer you. Myself. This broken vessel... I will go wherever you lead me, and it will be enough." (page 287)

We are all broken. And yet, we are all perfect. We are all lacking. And yet, we all have enough. This book serves as a testimony to these truths. 5/5 stars.

*Disclaimer: I received a free print copy of this book from Bethany House for the purpose of a review. All opinions - positive and negative - are my own.*

Purchase Links:
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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

A Servant Like Jesus by Lee Ann Mancini


What exactly does it mean to be a servant like Jesus? In A Servant Like Jesus, by Lee Ann Mancini, Charlie finds out. Charlie the crab is very shy at the beginning of his first day of school. But when his classmates have problems sharing, Charlie does what's right and tells the teacher everything he'd witnessed. Later, during a class field trip, one of Charlie's new friends is hurt and he doesn't hesitate to help his friend. Charlie takes the time to pray, helping to teach the readers that they can talk to Jesus any time they feel the need.Charlie quickly realizes that while new people and places can be scary, it's also the perfect time to come forward, be brave, and help out, being a servant like Jesus.

This book is short (around 30 pages), and only has a few sentences on each page. Its full color illustrations, by Dan Sharp, on every page are absolutely gorgeous and wonderful for capturing the young target audience. There are also little Bible pictures hidden on the pages, to give an interactive challenge to those that are big enough. I found this adorable book to be a welcome addition in my home, and think it would be perfect to add to the library at a Christian preschool, daycare, or as a gift for the young ones in your life. 5/5 stars.

*Disclaimer: I received a free print copy of this book from the publisher via BookCrash, in exchange for an honest review.*

Monday, October 24, 2016

Move On by Vicki Courtney

Move On: When Mercy Meets Your Mess by Vicki Courtney is about the messy times in life. She uses candid personal stories to relate that no one is perfect. Despite our fake smiles and casual "I'm okay" responses to the "how are you?" questions we face every day. Life is messy. The sooner we admit to our mess and ask God for help dealing with it, the sooner we can invite Mercy in and move on. Specific topics covered (as written on the back of the book) are the need for approval, struggles and broken dreams, shame, legalism, Christian snobbery, and idols.

Out of the above topics, the main problem area I identify with is shame, so I was reluctant to purchase this book and doubted whether or not I'd really get much benefit from it. Each chapter contains several stories (both person and Biblical) that reflect on similar messes we can all relate to, and ways the Mercy can bail us out of our mess. Each chapter ends with a "coming clean" section, which has several questions encouraging you to be honest with yourself and to identify with any or the stories you've just read. The last chapter of the book readily illustrates that none of us are mess-free, and that rather on focusing on how our messes compare to anyone else's, we need to focus on getting through our journey - with Mercy by our side. It's not about how many times you fall down, it's about learning how to fall forward - and keep going.

This book reads like a conversation over a good cup of coffee, and would be easy for almost everyone to understand and apply to their lives. It's great for the Christian facing burnout or simply needing a breather and refreshing reminder of how wonderful God is. It's also ideal for the young Christian or those returning to the faith that struggle with whether or not God can really help them clean up their particular messes. My only bit of advice is to read the entire book. Don't skip a chapter just because the title or first paragraph doesn't sound like it applies to you. You might be surprised by what you discover. 5/5 stars.

Purchase links:
     Amazon.com
     ChristianBook.com

Remember And Return by John MacArthur


Remember & Return: Rekindling Your Love for the Savior by John MacArthur is identified as a 31-day devotional, although it doesn't really read like a typical devotional. Each day's reading is 4-5 pages, and ends with a "daily challenge". The main sections are used to explain a specific aspect or truth of Christianity, by relating Scripture verses, taking certain words back to their root meanings, and helping the reader re-identify with their own understanding of the topic at hand. The "daily challenge" is more of an important noteworthy idea, rather than an action step or suggestion for you to follow.

I personally would not categorize this as a devotional. It's more like notes from a theological lecture series. I would recommend it to someone who has been on the Christian walk for a long while, and has hit a personal "burn out" period where they are still going through the motions but don't feel the closeness and passion that they once did. I would not recommend it to a new believer or someone who has drifted from a pursuit of God for a season, and is trying to find their way back home. I think it would probably too deep and hard to follow for most of those cases. 3/5 stars. It's not a bad read, but it does seem to have a very specific target audience in order for it to be fully understood and appreciated.

*Disclaimer: I received a free print copy of this book from Baker Books to review, and all opinions stated - both positive and negative - are my own.*

Purchase Links:
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     ChristianBook.com

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Trial Run by Thomas Locke


Trial Run is the first book of the Fault Lines series by Thomas Locke (aka Davis Bunn). This book is about two different programs competing to achieve the ability to have safe and controlled "transits" or "ascents" - out of body experiences. As both programs experience unforeseen complications, it becomes a tighter competition and a race to save the lives of their team members.

This book is very complex right off the bat, introducing you to several key players within the first few chapters, jumping around a lot, and expecting you to somehow keep track of who everyone is and where each game plan is headed. This book is definitely not for those that have a hard time keeping everything straight when stories get complicated.

I had a hard time keeping an interest for the first third of the book, but kept reading because I really like Locke's writing style. The second third of the book was a smoother ride, but still not really getting to the point fast enough for my taste. The last third of the book, I couldn't set it down, and was caught off guard by the abrupt ending. I want to know the rest of the story. Looks like I'm headed off to order book number 2 soon. 4/5 stars.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

ZoKo - Homeschooling Update - mid-October 2016

ZoKo's Academic Record

2016-2017 school year hours: (as of 10-15-16)
Science... 44.00 hours
Math... 57.75 hours
Social Studies... 89.50 hours
Language Arts... 26.00 hours
Reading... 27.25 hours
Art/PE/Health... 62.75 hours
Practical Arts/Foreign Language... 54.75 hours
     Total hours... 352.00
Remaining hours... 648.00 total... 17.75/week... 2.75/day

Current High School Transcript: (as of 10-17-16)
SCIENCE: (.75 credits total)
     Biology - .75 credits - 4.0 GPA
MATHEMATICS: (1 credit total)
     Algebra I - 1 credit - 2.7 GPA
SOCIAL STUDIES: (1.50 credit total)
     Bible & Christian Character - 1 credit - 4.0 GPA
     World History - .50 credits - 4.0 GPA
LANGUAGE ARTS: (1.25 credits total)
     Classic Literature - .25 credits - 4.0 GPA
     English I - .5 credits - 3.0 GPA
     Miscellaneous Literature - .25 credits - 4.0 GPA
     Thematic Literature - .25 credits - 3.7 GPA
PHYSICAL EDUCATION: (.50 credits total)
     Recreation - .50 credits - 4.0 GPA
PRACTICAL ARTS: (.75 credits total)
     Child Care & Development - .25 credits - 4.0 GPA
     Household Management - .50 credits - 4.0 GPA
FINE ARTS: (.50 credits total)
     Visual Arts - .50 credits - 4.0 GPA

Overall Cumulative GPA: 3.7

Main areas of current studies:
-Algebra I
-Art Appreciation (Art History)
-Bible & Christian Character
-Biology
-Classic Literature
-English I
-Human Anatomy
-Instrumental Music (Guitar)
-Russian I
-World History

Notes:
- She has finished the World History textbook, and is just shy of a third quarter credit in coursework. The remainder of the course will consist of reading, video, and online supplements until a full credit hour has been reached. She will be starting primary US History studies shortly.
- She needs a few more hours of Thematic Literature in order to achieve another quarter credit, but finished the textbook. She will do the remainder in reading lessons in order to acquire a half credit hour of Thematic Literature. She should be starting World Literature studies by the end of the month.
- While Algebra 1 has reached a full credit hour, she has yet to complete the textbook. She will be finishing the course and counting the allotted time toward full math hours for annual records, but no additional high school credits will be received. A final course GPA will be calculated out of the total coursework at the end of the textbook.

KiKi - Homeschooling Update - mid-October 2016

KiKi's Academic Record

Current credit (grade level) breakdown (as of 10-17-16)
Science... level 2.25
Math... level 3.50
Social Studies... level 1.25
Language Arts... level 2.75
Health Education... level 1.00
Physical Education... level 2.00
Fine Arts... level 1.75
Practical Arts... level 2.50

Current hours for the 2016-2017 school year: (as of 10-15-16)
Science... 45.00 hours
Math... 89.75 hours
Social Studies... 13.25 hours
Language Arts... 37.00 hours
Reading... 11.75 hours
Art/PE/Health... 66.25 hours
Home Economics/Practical Arts... 88.00 hours
     Total hours... 351.00
Remaining hours... 649.00 total... 17.75/week... 2.75/day

Current areas of study:
Science - biology, ecology, physics, scientific technology
Math - consumer mathematics, logic and reasoning, patterns, sorting and matching
Social Studies - Bible and character, government, sociology
Language Arts - English (communication), reading
Health Education - personal hygiene
Physical Education - exercise, motor skills, walks
Fine Arts - art appreciation, music appreciation, visual arts
Practical Arts - building skills, clothing construction and care, computer operating skills, food and nutrition, household management, life skills, practical crafts

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Etched Upon My Heart by Jill Kelly


Etched... Upon My Heart: What We Learn and Why We Never Forget by Jill Kelly is a collection of personal moments illustrating some of God's lessons in love, significance, forgiveness, suffering, giving, prayer, faithfulness, and death. Each topic is given its own chapter, which contains several moments from Jill's past, connections as to how each moment ties into God's plans for us all, points to remember and forget, a prayer, and scriptural truths to etch upon your heart.

I love Jill's candid honesty in telling her story through these pages, entrusting the reader to glimpses of her heart in very profound and personal moments. The stories within each chapter contain portions of her journey as a child and a young woman before accepting Jesus into her heart, as well as moments after accepting Jesus that reveal how her understanding of these truths has shifted through God's unfailing love and grace.

I had never heard of Jill Kelly before reading this book, so I knew nothing of her family's past trials. A good portion of the moments she shares are related to her son, Hunter, and his brief journey through this world. I found myself holding back tears during large portions of this book because of how strongly I could relate to it on so many levels.

I'd recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn how to see God in the small moments and learn to recognize God's work in their life - even before they believed in Him. This book is about the past and the moments we choose to remember from it, but it's also about the miracles hiding in the darkness, waiting for us to shine the light on them and embrace them for the beauty they truly possess. 5/5 stars.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Lord, Change My Attitude: Before It's Too Late by James MacDonald (book review)


Lord, Change My Attitude: Before It's Too Late by James MacDonald uses the experience of the Israelites grumbling in the wilderness to help us recognize and learn from God's attitude toward our attitudes. This book starts with an invitation and an introduction. The introduction is mandatory, as James states repeatedly. This is where he takes the time to explain his approach and lay out a blueprint for the work you're going to accomplish. The book itself is divided into 10 chapters, to be read in pairs. The first chapter of each pair covers the attitude you'll replace and the second chapter shows you what attitude to replace it with. At the back of the book, there's also a study guide with Bible readings and questions laid out to help you on your journey.

Lord, Change My Attitude: Before It's Too Late focuses on five negative or "murmuring" attitudes to replace with praising and glorifying attitudes. Why not just cast off the bad attitudes and call it good? Because if you leave a vacancy, something will move in to fill it. And we want that something to be an ally to help us get closer to God. The attitudes addressed in this book (and the ones that you put on in its place) are as follows: complaining (thankful), covetous (contentment), critical (love), doubting (faith), rebellious (submission). Even if you don't feel like one of the relates to you (for me it was covetousness), read the chapter. Really let the storyline, definitions, and examples sink into you. Most of these feelings cover much more area and flow much deeper than we think they do.

This book is very intense and deep. James walks you through Bible excerpts, definitions, modern analogies and comparisons, personal stories of both failure and triumph, focal questions, action plans, and prayers to help you get closer to God. I'd recommend it to anyone who realizes their attitudes aren't consistent with the path they want to be on, and are serious about making a big change for the better. As stated on the back cover, "If you're looking for easy answers or a quick fix, this book isn't for you." 5/5 stars.

*Disclaimer: I received a free print copy of this book from Moody Publishers in exchange for this honest review.*

Purchase Links:
     Moody Publishers (Print)
     Amazon (Kindle, Print, Audio)
     ChristianBook (eBook, Print, Audio)

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

At Work Within by Rick Osborne (book review)


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     Print Edition

At Work Within: Be Transformed Into All God Created You To Be by Rick Osborne is not at all the book I thought it'd be. I was expecting yet another book that would walk me through all kinds of steps to help me be what God wants me to be. Nope. This book is a series of seven Truths of transformation (one per chapter) - each explaining what you already are, and what truths you need to recognize in order to collaborate with God's efforts to transform you from within into what He's already said that you are. The overall lesson is that the moment that we are declared a new creation in God, we start being transformed into what God already knows us to be. This is a lifelong process.

Rick encourages you to rethink pretty much every core concept you've been taught about this transformation and your discipleship to Christ. He uses personal dreams to illustrate common misconceptions and new ways to look at salvation, transformation, righteousness, grace, faith, redemption, prayer, and more. The lessons that hit me the hardest were Righteousness and Grace (Number 3) and From Faith to Faith (Number 4).

At Work Within reads more like a college dissertation than most of the Christian living/improvement books available these days. I'm not considering this a negative thing, just that it's not a casual book that reads like a conversation with an old friend over a cup of coffee. Instead, it's more akin to sermon or adult Sunday school class transcripts, with all the notes and Bible references in place. I think it'd be hard to follow and keep up interest for those that have a hard time staying awake during church service; but - if you're up to the challenge - there is a lot to be learned from the pages within. 4/5 stars.

*Disclaimer: I received a free print copy of this book from the publisher through BookCrash in exchange for this honest review.*

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Starting Over by Dave Ferguson & Jon Ferguson (book review)

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Starting Over: Your Life Beyond Regrets by Dave Ferguson & Jon Ferguson is about learning from your past regrets in order to move on from the Sorry Cycle, find redemption, and live beyond your regrets. This book is divided into four sections. The first explains the Sorry Cycle, the three types of regret (action, inaction, and reaction), the God longing, and the need to learn to love your regrets. The second explains how to break out of the Sorry Cycle by recognizing your regrets, releasing your regrets, and redeeming your regrets. The third section focuses on the most common categories of regret (spirituality, relationship, health, finance, and purpose), walking you through examples of each and suggestions on how to break free from the Sorry Cycle that each may trap you in. The last section is about starting over every day, learning to turn the Sorry Cycle into the Starting Over Loop. There is also a "living beyond regrets work sheet" at the back to help you break down your biggest regret(s) and follow the authors' step-by-step process in order to find healing and peace.

The letting go process for each regret is the same; ask forgiveness of others, forgive others, ask forgiveness of God, forgive God and the world, and forgive yourself. The concept behind this is that if you're stuck ruminating over a regret, then you need full spectrum forgiveness to truly be free to learn and move on. This is great for those regrets that hold your focus and keep you from letting go enough to reach your potential. However, I personally found that my biggest regret (trusting someone I shouldn't have) is not quite the match for their prescription. It's categorized as a reaction regret (regret over something someone did to me) in the relationship category (chapter 7). So far so good. But when the shockwave effects of some things go beyond those replays and reenactments in your head, their problem solving method is somewhat lacking. This is not to say that I don't agree with their method; on the contrary, I think it's wonderful - for the right degree of regrets. If your regrets are the type that leave you holding yourself back because of what you did or didn't do or how you did or did not act, then this book is awesome. However, if your regrets run deeper than that, and have left you with nightmares and feeling as though you have gaping wounds in your soul, then this book may not run deep enough to leave you truly feeling capable of resolving those issues and starting over. 4/5 stars.

*Disclaimer: I received a proof copy of this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for this honest review.*

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Made Well by Jenny Simmons (book review)

Made Well: Finding Wholeness In The Everyday Sacred Moments by Jenny Simmons (Baker Books)

Made Well: Finding Wholeness In The Everyday Sacred Moments by Jenny Simmons shows us that healing is an ongoing journey but also an open invitation and a choice. Do we want to be well?

This book consists of lots of short entries reminding us to focus on the small miracles that happen every day, instead of dwelling on the times that we pray for big miracles that don't happen. Healing is painful, exhausting, and comes at a great price. But there is hope if you're open to receiving it. If you want to be made well.

Jenny reminds us that disowning our pain is not the path to healing. We must acknowledge, name, embrace, and even learn to love and nurture those wounds that bind us - the broken parts of ourselves - our shame and grief and fear. She encourages us to learn to love and truly live - through embracing our holes, limps, and brokenness - rather than avoiding and ignoring them and allowing them to fester.

This book would be a great asset to anyone working to overcome their own spiritual holes in an effort to find wholeness. It is a wonderful ally to not feel so alone on a long and treacherous journey, such as that embarked by those seeking healing in order to feel whole again. Laugh, cry, and embrace the healing power of everyday sacred moments. 5/5 stars.

*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from Baker Books in exchange for this honest review.*

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Counterfeit Comforts by Robia Scott (book review)



Counterfeit Comforts: Freedom From The Imposters That Keep You From True Peace, Purpose And Passion by Robia Scott

Counterfeit Comforts by Robia Scott is a candid exploration of the worldly ways in which people seek comfort and purpose in their lives. While it starts out focusing mostly on comfort foods (ice cream when you're down, chips when you're bored, etc.), it moves on to reveal the much deeper problems that are the root of most of our cravings for temporary relief - stress, depression, anxiety, shame, grief, etc. Robia intertwines stories from her own journey with Bible passages and her personal insights from the Holy Spirit in order to increase your understanding and awareness of God's messages for your life and the purpose of it all. She shares her own methods of quieting her mind and body from the hustle of everyday life in order to be more open to receiving God's wisdom, counsel, and comfort.

This is a great starter book for anyone looking to find insight as to how to gain freedom from earthly substitutes for things only God can provide. It doesn't matter if you are a new Christian (or considering it) or if you believe in God but feel that somehow you aren't as close to Him as you'd like to be - either way, the suggestions presented will help strengthen your bond with God and help you feel more confident of your ability to find and follow His plan for your life. Whether you are battling eating disorders, alcohol, depression, insecurity, shame, identity issues, chronic busyness, or even relationship problems, this book offers great insight and encouragement for the long journey ahead. It is not a workbook, and it's also not a difficult read; this means that for everyone who feels they need to start "somewhere" but has no idea where or how to do this, this book would be a wonderful tool and asset. 5/5 stars.

*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for this honest review.*

Monday, October 3, 2016

Earth Psalms by Francine Rivers (book review)

Earth Psalms: Reflections On How God Speaks Through Nature by Francine Rivers (Tyndale House Publishers)

Earth Psalms is a breath-taking and mesmerizing weekly devotional by Francine Rivers. Revealing 52 insights into God's world of nature, Francine invites you to share in her observations to see God's beauty all around us. Each weekly devotion includes a few Bible verses and an opportunity to reflect, apply, and connect with God through prayer. This book is full of beautiful full-page photographs to bring her words to life and help us embrace the richness of God's landscape.

Honestly, just looking through the pages of this book was enough to make me feel in awe of the wonders that are all around us. The pictures, coupled with Francine's remarkable tales, weave our everyday encounters with God's magnificent purpose and power. Her ability to see the beauty of God's plan in the mundane everyday happenings is both profound and inspiring. This book would be a beautiful gift for anyone who would appreciate a wonderful reminder of God's presence every day. My only complaint about this book is that I found it impossible to limit myself to reading just one section at a time, and kept wanting to read more and see what beauty would unfold next. 5/5 stars.

*Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.*

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Take Your Life Back by Stephen Arterburn & David Stoop (book review)

Take Your Life Back: How to Stop Letting the Past and Other People Control You by Stephen Arterburn & David Stoop (Tyndale House Publishers)

Take Your Life Back by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop is designed to help you recognize and acknowledge the ways in which you lead a reactive life, in order to help you move toward a responsive life. This is an excellent starter book for people who have hit bottom and know that they have problems dealing with life, but aren't entirely sure as to the root cause or how to proceed in order to find healing and growth. It also has a lot of good general information in case you think you know the foundation that's led to your current problems, but don't want to read a lot of different books in search of the perfect one that'll relate to what you're going through. It covers various kinds of trauma, mental abuse, emotional abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse, spiritual abuse, dependency, co-dependency, narcissism, and borderline personality disorder. It's not really an action plan (although a 12-step plan is included); consider it more of a guidebook to point you in the right general direction and give you the encouragement you need in order to recognize that healing is possible and to take those first (and hardest) steps toward recovery from your seeming brokenness.

Having read several similar personal growth/recovery books, I didn't really learn anything new from this book. But, as stated, it is a great starter book full of information and comforting stories to encourage someone to begin a very long journey. I'd also recommend it as a good guide to hand to someone who is acting as a safe person/support for anyone taking the journey toward healing/recovery. It will help others understand the path you're on, the problems that have led up to this point, and the steps you need to follow in order to reach a better place. 5/5 stars. There is a companion workbook, which I have not had the pleasure of looking at.

*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for this honest review.*