Saturday, August 20, 2011

Enemies of the Heart - Andy Stanley

Have ever made a comment that immediately made you wince? Have you ever spent the evening with a friend catching up and smiling but on the inside secretly jealous? Have you ever known that you should donate that extra $50.00 you were not expecting, but convinced yourself that it was more important to buy something for yourself that you didn’t really need? This book immediately makes you think. The things we say that stun everyone, including ourselves, the secret jealousies, and simmering anger are not always exceptions often they are a reflection of what is really in our heart. Yikes!

Everyone at some point in their lives has had their heart damaged, by an unkind word or a thoughtless action. Others have had their hearts damaged by abuse, an out of the blue divorce, or other traumatic events. Often we think we move forward, but in reality as Stanley says we really carry around bits of shrapnel in our hearts from past wounds and they need to be recognized in order to be dealt with.

The four topics covered in this book are biggies, guilt, anger, greed and jealousy. Each subject is large enough for an entire book in and of itself, so when I saw the size of this book I was a little skeptical. I was curious how a mere 206 pages would be able to even begin to touch on these topics. And then I read it, and wow, was my heart touched.

Every human has been visited by one of these four emotions at one point or another. Each emotion is talked about and many times while reading I felt that he was speaking directly to me, directly to MY heart. It is an easy read in that it is very well written, he has a very engaging style and a wonderful sense of humor, the difficulty lies in what you may uncover in your own heart. Stanley acknowledges this by saying “Somewhere in the pages that made you wince and squirm and argue with me is a nugget or two of truth that your heavenly Father would like to gradually work deep into your soul” and that is so very true.

The great news is that reading this book enables you to look clearly at the shrapnel in your heart, and decide once and for all that it needs to go. Once decided, Stanley provides exercises and guidance in how to make this happen. And I can attest that it can happen quickly. As mentioned, there were several areas that made me stop and really look at my own heart. The result? Heart changing!

I can not recommend this book enough, I believe that this book is life changing and I plan to pass it along to all my friends and family, it is that important.

Go check it out and change your life! Enemies of the Heart - Andy Stanley / Amazon

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

Monday, August 1, 2011

The Chocolate Diaries - Karen Linamen

I once read that every woman needs several girlfriends, one that is the life of the party to help you have fun, one that is serious and calm and can be there in times of crisis to be a rock and a tell it like it is girlfriend who, true to her name, will say the things you need to hear even when you don’t want to hear it.

Karen Linamen is all of those girlfriends rolled up into one and sprinkled with chocolate!

Regardless of where you are on your journey, this book is a great road map to get you where you are going. You will laugh, cry, and shake your head in wonder that someone knows just what you are feeling.

And then the Chocolate. The Sweet Secrets at the end of each chapter give great advice from other women on their life’s journey and as a bonus there is a delicious recipe for sweet chocolate therapy!

It is impossible to walk away without being changed in some way by this book. Grab a little chocolate and settle in!

Want your own copy? Click here and happy reading!

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.