5 Encouraging Books for Women

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"Life has a way of testing our anchors and tempting us to drift. Nevertheless, if our anchors are correctly placed in the Rock, they will hold—no matter the force of the wind, the strength of the tide, or the height of the waves."
5 Encouraging Books for Women

 

Book Title: Hope Your Heart Needs
Author: Holley Gerth

Understanding more of God’s character and how he loves us changed bestselling author Holley Gerth’s life in beautiful, powerful ways. She realized that she didn’t have to settle for “I’m fine” when there was someone whispering to her in every moment, “You’re mine.” The hope, joy, peace, and purpose she longed for were already there, in the heart of God.

With 52 devotionals, this little book makes for a great start to your morning and an easy routine to keep. Each one begins with a scripture followed by a short devotion and closes with a prayer. Life is challenging for all of us in different ways. By understanding who God is, we can face those challenges head on and not with an “I’m fine” attitude but with hope. I look forward to starting my morning off with words that encourage and these devotions do just that. Holley has labeled each devotion with a characteristic of God. It was a simple reminder throughout the day about who HE is and how HE loves us. This would make a great gift for any woman in your life – especially yourself!

*Thank you to Revell  for my copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.*

Book Title: Not The Boss of Us
Author: Kay Wills Wyma

Too much to manage and not enough time or energy to do it? Join the club. Life is a pressure cooker and, more and more, being overwhelmed is just considered normal. But, truth be told, life’s stresses and circumstances aren’t the boss of us. What if we could take Overwhelmed and diffuse it–or, better yet, reframe it to good?

Not only does Kay give us relatable stories and words of wisdom from great leaders, she gives you the keys to replace your overwhelmed, stressful, pressure-filled life with truth, grace and freedom! Her words remind us that overwhelm is simply “Not The Boss of Us“. She brings together the information in an easy to read but power packed book. It is so relevant in our current society where striving for perfection and staying busy is the norm. Inside the pages, you will find encouragement and specific steps to replace your negative overwhelm with positive actions and attitudes. This book could not have come to me at a better time. She includes practical applications in each chapter titled “Water Station”. These nuggets of wisdom were a great reference and easy to come back to for future reference. I highly recommend this book for women of all ages and stages of life.  If you are in a place of overwhelm, this is the read for you!

*Thank you to Revell  for my copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.*

Book Title: Grit & Grace
Author: Pauline Weger & Alicia Williamson

Grit & Grace is a collection of quotes, stories and sage advice from female trailblazers, creatively designed to inspire modern-day leaders.

Each page is beautifully designed, thoughtfully written and packed with stories of women – inspiring women! The quotes and stories in this book come from journeys of all different paths but they all have something that ties them together – WOMEN! It’s as though you are walking alongside and listening to the story of each individual. Each with unique circumstances, genres and reasons why. It is a collection of young and old, new and seasoned, famous and not-so-famous all in one beautiful book. This book will challenge you to think, engage your emotions and spark your imagination. To see the stories of so many women in a wonderfully curated compilation of bound pages is remarkable. We all need inspiration and wisdom throughout our journey and you will find it throughout this book. It is an excellent gift for friends, daughters and yourself.

*Thank you to NetGalley & Quarto Publishing Group  for my e-copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.*

Book Title: Praying With Jane
Author: Rachel Dodge

The charm of Jane Austen and her novels has been enjoyed for over 200 years by readers around the world. Much has been written about her fascinating life, yet little is known about Jane’s spiritual side. In this lovely 31-day devotional, you will get an in-depth look at Miss Austen’s vibrant, steadfast prayer and faith life. Her intimate relationship with the Father comes to life through her exquisite prayers, touching biographical anecdotes, intimate excerpts from family letters and memoirs, and illuminating scenes from her novels.

In this 31 day devotional you will explore Jane Austen’s personal prayers that were written during her evening prayer. By reading and studying these prayers, you will feel as if you are getting to know Jane and her faith. Scriptures are used throughout the devotions to bring Jane’s prayers to light. Even though it is a devotional, it is written as such that anyone can read and gain understanding and insight into Jane’s faith journey. You also do not need to be a devoted reader of Austen’s works (although who wouldn’t be) in order to be encouraged and inspired by the words that are so eloquently broken down and presented. At the end of each devotion is a reflection and prayer that will inspire you daily in your faith. Whether you are an avid Jane Austen fan, simply looking for a devotional or just interested in learning about Jane’s faith, this book is highly recommended. Such an elegant, joyful read that matches Jane’s writing style!

*Thank you to NetGalley & Bethany House Publishers  for my e-copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.*

Book Title: Cozy Minimalist: More Style, Less Stuff
Author: Myquillyn Smith

Cozy Minimalism isn’t about going without or achieving a particular new, modern style. Nope. It’s simply a mindset that helps you get whatever style YOU LOVE with the fewest possible items. You want a warm, cozy, inviting home, without using more resources, money, and stuff than needed. Why use more if you don’t have to?

The first book I read and purchased by Myquillyn was The Nesting Place. When I was asked to be part of a launch group for her second book, I couldn’t pass up the chance at getting an inside look. After reading the first few chapters, I pre-ordered my own copy! She writes as though you are sitting and discussing your home with a friend. The book is full of ideas and steps to take to create a home you will love. It’s not about minimalism, nor simply home decorating. It’s about finding a space that is cozy and not packed full of “stuff” that you have to manage. If you are looking for practical solutions, ideas and inspiration for minimizing your decor to become something you adore, then this book is for you. It would make a beautiful coffee table book. I would recommend this for yourself or to give as a gift to a friend, sister, mother-in-law or teacher!

*I was not given this book to review, but rather purchased on my own. I’m reviewing it because it’s that good and you should know it!*

 

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