Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Book Review: Fresh-Brewed Life

I was very excited to review “Fresh-Brewed Life,” mainly because Nicole Johnson is scheduled to perform at the Women of Faith conference I am attending later this month.

To put it mildly, I loved this book. Perhaps it was because Johnson penned the original manuscript at the same age I am now reading it, but I found that this book met me exactly where I was. I thoroughly enjoyed Johnson’s style of writing; I felt like I was listening to the stories of a close girlfriend. I underlined so many points in this book. I wrote in the margins. I recognized my own story in the lines of the heart-provoking prose.

Can anyone else relate to this? “ Each of us wants to be a godly, beautiful, smart, talented woman who cooks, cleans, ministers to the homeless, bakes her own bread, has passionate sex, changes diapers like a pro, teaches a Bible study, works from home, never yells at her children, wears a size 4, and lives in a picture-perfect house. How is it possible that in striving to be everything we end up feeling as though we’re nothing? Perhaps because “everything” is an illusion. It is an idol that will break our hearts. We must choose intentionally and wisely from our list of “everything” and then accept it as enough.”

I also really liked the format of the book. Included were inspirational quotes, directed journaling exercises, inspiring fresh-brewed adventures, and discussion questions.

I was so inspired and challenged by this book. I plan to read it again, this time savoring it slowly, just like a delicious cup of coffee.

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the publisher's BookSneeze program in exchange for an honest review.

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