Book Review & Giveaway: The Broken Way by Ann Voskamp

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The Broken Way is the highly anticipated follow up to One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are.  In The Broken Way, Voskamp shares her gritty and honest confession of carrying the weight of an unspoken broken.  She shares, “There isn’t one of us who isn’t carrying their own unspoken broken.” Throughout the book, Voskamp speaks intimately about overcoming her brokenness. She dares the reader to sojourn alongside her on the journey of finding the abundant life within our one broken life.

            Click the video clip below to view Ann Voskamp talking about her book. https://youtu.be/iQCPL-5wRuk

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Earlier this week, Mrs. M., my 82-year-old neighbor battling cancer, rung my doorbell and handed me a crimson poinsettia and an enormous hug. She broke the embrace, kissed my cheek, and whispered, “I love you, Merry Christmas.” We are both battling our own broken.

Earlier this summer, God taught me the lesson to “Go in the strength you have” (Judges 6:14). Armed in the strength I had, I walked two doors down, holding onto the Mason jar filled with blooms from my back yard. Ever joyful, Mrs. M was thrilled for the surprise visit and humble backyard bouquet. Initially, I was hesitant to visit because I had nothing special to offer. I had no grand meal prepared, no cookies baked, not even a card. All I could offer was a canning jar backyard bouquet and myself.poinsetta

Since that day, Mrs. M and I have initiated our own language of giving. A few days later, she returned my Mason jar filled with flowers from her backyard. This exchange carried on all summer. On chemo weeks, I send over soups and on non-chemo weeks, I share cookies. But more importantly we share time with one another. One broken person, being the gift to another broken person.

This exchange between my neighbor and me is the theme of chapter six of The Broken Way. Voskamp asks the question, “What’s even better than a bucket list?” Voskamp explores this question while surrounded by others dealing with their own unspoken broken, in the physician waiting room. While reading a magazine article on bucket list, she questions the editor’s opinion of the importance of creating a bucket list. She wants to find the writer and tell him, “Look, the whole lot of us are done with waiting room theology. We are done waiting for some elusive future moment to say life is good enough” (Page 87). She asks the question, “What if instead of waiting for good enough things to happen to us, we could be the good thing to happen to someone else who’s waiting?

Since my chronic illness diagnosis, I have struggled with feelings of uselessness and inadequacy. The Broken Way, A Daring Path into the Abundant Life, has helped me to reassess my purpose. I can take my one broken life and #bethegift for someone else.

Book-DVD-Study Guide GIVEAWAY!

I am excited I get to give away one free copy of The Broken Way book, DVD, and study guide! by Ann Voskamp! To enter subscribe to my blog:

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~April Dawn White

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66 Ways God Loves You: Book Review and Giveaway

book-coverIn her newest book, 66 Ways God Loves You, author Jennifer Rothschild invites the reader to “Experience God’s love for you in every book of the Bible.” 66 Ways God Loves You is a beautifully illustrated full color abridged collection of the 66 individual love letters known as the Bible.

Author, Jennifer Rothschild introduces the reader to her childhood and shares a glimpse of her own personal struggle. When she was eight years old, Rothschild recalls her grandmother giving her a red leather Bible. Seven years later, a rare retinal disease caused permanent blindness, changing the author’s life forever. While the retinal disease darkened her vision, it did not darken her view of our loving God.  “Something deep within me knew that just like the glue on the binding held its pages together, the truth in its pages would somehow hold me together too” (page 8).

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This book is stunning in beauty.  As you hold this book, light dances and the online images do not capture the beauty of the red foiled flowers. The beauty of this book and knowing the author cannot see it, is heartbreaking. Every page of this book is color illustrated. Rothschild presents each of the 66 Ways God Loves You in a 250-300 word synopsis. The author continues presenting the overarching theme for each way God loves you, by making it personal, and offering a meaningful takeaway to draw in your own heart.hope-stands-meme

Sample chapter summaries:

  1. In Genesis, He fashions you with His hands.
  2. In Exodus, He delivers you from slavery.
  3. In Leviticus, He gives you access to Himself.
  4. In Numbers, He shelters you in cities of refuge.
  5. In Deuteronomy, He guides you with His

 

The chapters that resonated with me the most were the Old Testament prophets that I am less familiar. For example in letter description she writes, “In Ezekiel God Brings Life to My Dry Bones.” Rothschild digs deeper by stating, “Sometimes we look at the landscape of our lives and see only a valley of dry bones. We look at dead dreams, lifeless hopes, and ruined relationships, and with Ezekiel, we wonder, Can these bones live? Can all this really come back to life? Can hope be resurrected?” Rothschild ends the chapter on Ezekiel offering the reader to ask God “to breathe new life into you” (page 86-87).

It is a great gift book for someone new to the faith or even a seasoned saint. Wherever you are in your journey, God’s desire is for you to know you are loved deeply.

Giveaway Details Below!

Drawing for a Free Copy of 66 Ways God Loves You by Jennifer Rothschild

god-has-a-beautiful-plan-memeI am giving away one copy of 66 Ways God Loves You by Jennifer Rothschild. Winners will be announced the end of October. You can enter for a free drawing three ways:

  • Subscribe to www.RedChairMoments.com and you will receive a weekly dose of spiritual medicine for a healthy soul.
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  • If you are already a subscriber, but don’t have a social media accounts, e-mail me at RedChairMoments@gmail.com to submit one entry for the giveaway.

~April Dawn White

Give Your Child The World: Book Review & Giveaway

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By April Dawn White

As a mother of two middle school children, I am excited to set sail on a new adventure beyond our normal routine of school and sports/music practice. Give Your Child the World: Raising Globally Minded Kids One Book at a Time is a treasure trove of books. Author Jamie C. Martin, inspired by her Dad’s sense of adventure and her Mom’s interest in books, embarks the reader on an international journey from your home or local library.

As a wife Martin’s interest in raising globally minded kids continued as family members were added beyond international boarders. Jamie and her husband Steve (from England) have three children; one biological and two adopted from different countries. Their family of five represents four nationalities. Martin describes her family as a “Mini-United Nations.” Martin’s love for people, cultures, children, and reading is what prompted her to write this brilliant book.

Martin compares a multi-cultural reading list like a well-spread buffet. @jamie_cmartin Click To Tweet “Where hungry diners browse the offerings and take what looks appetizing” (page 45). In the chapter The Joy of Other Lands, Martin details how the recommended books are categorized and chosen. The subsequent chapters of the book represent different continents or geographical areas of the world. She also included a general multicultural chapter of books without a specific location but convey a global theme. The reading lists are organized by age range; 4-6 years, 6-8, 8-10, and 10-12.give-your-child-the-world-image_2

 

 

Martin carefully selected “Books that convey the culture in which they take place with both inspiration and depth.” Only, “Titles that have lasting power–meaning they have been around long enough to prove themselves on the market” were chosen (page 47). By relying on professional reviews such as Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, and Booklist, her book selection has merit in the publishing and education system.

 

Chapters five through twelve set sail through the Pacific waters of Australia and Polar Regions, voyage to Latin America, weave dreams in Asia, dance for rain in Africa, star gaze in Europe, sway to the silent music of the Middle East, and hitch our wagons across the prairies of North America. The four indexes in Give Your Child the World, provide a detailed cross-reference for an Author index, Country/Region index, Historical index, and Title index.

Give Your Child the World is a treasure trove of recommended multi-cultural reading, sure to whet your appetite for international travel. Jamie C. Martin skillfully designed, Give Your Child the World, as a unique resource for parents, homeschooling families, and teachers to raise a world-changer one book at a time.

Giveaway Details Below!

Drawing for a Free Book by Jamie C. Martin

I am giving away one copy of Give Your Child the World by Jamie C. Martin. Winners will be announced on September 30 2016. You can enter for a free drawing three ways:

  • SUBSCRIBE to Red Chair Moments.com (with your first name and email address) and you will receive a weekly dose of spiritual medicine for a healthy soul.
  • Already a subscriber? You can earn entries by SHARING this review on social media. You must be a subscriber for this to count. Each social media share earns you one entry, up to three. Please comment below if you have shared in a place I won’t be notified so I can announce the winner.
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Breaking Up with Perfect Book Review and Giveaway

Perfect book coverAn abandoned board game rests on the family room table, five no six pairs of shoes are strewn throughout the house, and my kitchen counter is littered with back to school papers I don’t know where to store. “I’m far from perfect,” I thought to myself as I began to read Amy Carroll’s book Breaking Up with Perfect. Gripped by the first phrase “My list defines me,” I read on.

Carroll’s introduction of Breaking Up with Perfect opens with warm and witty observations that she sees women aligning themselves to a Good Girl Syndrome or Never Good Enough Syndrome. Those suffering from the Good Girl Syndrome tend to be “wound tight with a heightened sensitivity to any perceived slight or disapproval….task driven…and have an overdeveloped sense of responsibility” (page 8). On the other hand, for the  Never Good Enough Syndrome, “perfectionist is more a learned behavior than a personality trait. It’s the way we’ve reinvented ourselves to hide or compensate for a past we’d rather forget,” (page 13).

This book broadened my view of perfectionism and shed light in the dark corners where perfectionism prefers to hide.  In each chapter Carroll outlines a lie of perfection and refutes that lie with the truth of God’s love. Some of my favorite lies Amy Carroll debunks includes the lie that “God is a taskmaster,” (page 22). “I was created to produce perfection,” (page 38).  “I can create the perfect image of me,” (page 72). “If I have all the right stuff, my life will be perfect,” (page 90). “When friendships get messy, it’s time to leave,” (page 122), and “Good Christian women are called to save the day,” (page 154).

Relationship with Jesus Christ is the common thread woven in each chapter. “Relationship is the forge where Jesus refines His followers,” (page 62). Throughout the book, the author explains how deepening our relationship with Christ will be the only way we can truly break up with perfect.

Amy Carroll Breaking Up with Perfect

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At the end of Breaking Up with Perfect, Carroll offers the readers practical tips called “Fifty Ways to Leave Your Perfect.” Some tips are thought provoking, while others bring out the necessary silly side to all of us perfectionists. Also included at the end of the book is a “Going Deeper,” sections which gives a chapter by chapter in depth look at Scriptures passages to follow up and aid in breaking up with perfect.

Online Book Study

On August 1, 2016, Amy Carroll launched a Facebook live online book study. Readers can join the Amy Carroll study by joining the private Facebook page or going to Amy Carroll (dot) org. Don’t worry about missing the date, these Facebook videos are archived so readers can watch them at their convenience. Amy Carroll is keeping the private page up after the book study is over.

Breaking up with perfectBreaking up with perfect is a difficult and painful journey. Most days I suffer with a case of the Good Girl Syndrome, other days I suffer from the ill effects of the Never Good Enough Syndrome, and some days I’m infected with both syndromes. Either way, Amy Carroll’s book has taught me I am deeply loved by God and I am not alone in my journey to break up with perfect.

Drawing for a Free Book by Amy Carroll

I am giving away one copy of Breaking Up with Perfect by Amy Carroll. Winners will be announced on September 30 2016. You can enter for a free drawing three ways:

  • SUBSCRIBE to Red Chair Moments.com (with your first name and email address) and you will receive a weekly dose of spiritual medicine for a healthy soul.
  • Already a subscriber? You can earn entries by SHARING this review on social media. You must be a subscriber for this to count. Each social media share earns you one entry, up to three. Please comment below if you have shared in a place I won’t be notified so I can announce the winner.
  • If you are already a subscriber, but don’t have a social media accounts, e-mail me at RedChairMoments@gmail.com to submit one entry for the giveaway.

~April Dawn White

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