Showing posts with label Worthy Publishing. Show all posts
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Friday, June 8, 2012

My 'Break Through: When to Give In, How to Push Back' Review

Overview: When does true love give in? When does true love push back? Break Through by Dr. Tim Clinton and Pat Springle shows you how to love and how to set effective limits so that everybody wins.

While most of our relationships may be healthy and satisfying, we often have one or two important people who change the rules and drive us crazy--a deadbeat dad, an alcoholic spouse, a wayward child, a demanding boss, a lazy roommate.

When you really care about someone, it's easy to get stuck in painful, even destructive patterns--caving in to a spouse's manipulation, ignoring a live-at-home son's irresponsibility, not confronting a friend's addiction. We excuse people again and again, and then kick ourselves for not setting better boundaries.

When we act out of enmeshment and codependency, we may think we are experiencing love, but it's a shallow substitute for the love God longs for us to share and enjoy. Break Through helps you exchange manipulative and unhealthy relationships for reciprocal relationships that honor boundaries and allow each person the freedom to take responsibility for his or her own choices.

This important book, with its transformational tools and insightful illustrations from leading Christian counselor Tim Clinton and noted author Pat Springle, will guide you in not only breaking through to better relationships but making big changes for the better.

Their expert insights will help you:

• Identify why you gravitate toward certain relationships, and why you stay

• Discern the warning signs of an unhealthy relationship

• Live within your limits, and help others to do the same

• Redefine love, trust--and your responsibility to the people you care about

• Learn which choices and behaviors cause relationship troubles

• Experience the power and freedom of forgiveness

With proven principles for learning to say yes when you want to and no when you need to, you'll discover how to give up your need to please, rescue, fix, or control anyone else. Leave others' unrealistic expectations behind. Speak the hard truth to those who have hurt you. And exchange harmful relationship habits for healthy ones.

Like a GPS that guides you through the detours in your travels, Break Through offers sure navigation across the landscape of troubled relationships, giving you a saner perspective, along with practical steps and valuable tools that can protect you from the controlling, irresponsible behaviors of others. And the study questions, checklists, and inspirational stories in this book will help you fulfill your deepest potential for connecting to others in authentic ways. Within these pages is your moment: the moment when you break through to the love that God longs for you to experience with the people who matter most!

My Review: This book offers in depth information on how to set healthy boundaries and limit your time with people who are determined to cross them. It also contains stories from real situations that people were facing on setting boundaries and meeting disagreements head on.

I would recommend this book be read in a group setting to help the readers process their issues, or someone professional. This is a very detailed book and at times the reader could be overwhelmed with all of the information. However I do think this book does get a bit repetitive, it seems to repeat the same thing read three chapters ago, which was a bit of a turn off for me.

I wish that I could have read this book about seventeen years ago, but I am grateful that I was offered a chance to read this book by Worthy Publishing in exchange for my review today.

Click here to download a sample chapter of 'Break Through'

About The Author

Dr. Tim Clinton, LPC, LMFT, is president of the nearly 50,000-member American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) and founder of Light University Online, which has over 160,000 students enrolled. He is also the professor of counseling and executive director of the Center for Counseling and Family Studies at Liberty University.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

My Big Bottom Blessing Review

Overview:  Imagine yourself standing in front of a mirror right now—completely naked. Can you say that you love who you see? Believe it or not, I can.

Is it really possible to fully love the person you see in the mirror? Teasi Cannon says it’s not only possible but absolutely necessary! It’s time to move beyond obsessing about our backsides or a few misplaced wrinkles. Instead of desiring to change how we look, it’s time to let God change how we see.

Teasi shows you how to stop believing the mirror and start believing Jesus. After years of hating her body—especially the size of her lower half—she shares how an ironic chain of events led to a beautiful untangling of understanding and hope. She discovered that even when inner voices raise a chorus of criticism and discouragement, the truth—and plenty of humor—heals the heart and sets the spirit free.

Whatever it is that you despise most about yourself (it doesn’t have to be weight) can become the catalyst for serious life change. My Big Bottom Blessing is a joyful, compassionate, and wise guide from someone who knows the power of exchanging the limitations of body image for the liberty of knowing that a woman is beautifully made in the image of God. 

My Review:  This book is full of some awesome resources. It was like sitting down and talking with a friend, the kind of friend that tells it like it is.  There are discussion questions at the end of each chapter which I really enjoyed. You could use these for your personal journaling or they can be used for your church group. There is also a prayer at the end of each chapter. I liked the prayers because they felt like my own prayers. Each chapter also has Bible verses for reflection, which I always enjoy in any book.

Whether it is your weight or some other aspect of your body, Teasi Cannon has sweetly shown that God loves you just as you are. I would recommend this book to anyone who looks in the mirror and dislikes their body and wants to make a change from hating what you see to looking in the mirror and liking what you see.  This book was provided to me for review compliments of Worthy Publishing in exchange for my opinion.

Click here to downlaod a sample chapter from 'My Big Bottom Blessing'

About the Author

Teasi Cannon Teasi (pronounced Tee See) is married to her best friend, Bill Cannon, and they have three awesome children: Carli, Ben, and Sam. Teasi has a master’s degree in pastoral counseling from Liberty Theological Seminary, and is a sought-after speaker who loves to help women remember who they are in Christ.

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Friday, May 4, 2012

Review Of MOMUMENTAL By Jennifer Grant

This is a story of a young mother who wanted to be the perfect mother (supermom), and as she begins her journey into motherhood she soon realizes there is no such thing as the perfect mother. We all see the perfect scenario when we set out to be that supermom, but diapers, teething and homework always win out. I love the part where Jennifer explains how all kids are different and each one needs to be raised differently, and for me this is the most honest statement I have heard or read any mother say.

I thought of my daughter as I read the part in Jennifer’s book when she wrote about her children fighting and how she had to let them just work things out. She had to fight the urge to not get in the middle of the fight because she wanted them to know that home was a safe place where they could live together and feel heard. As mothers, we want to fix everything and make sure everyone is happy, but Jennifer reminds us to stop trying to be that perfect functional family, but to create a home that is filled with memories, where people can grow, and just be real. Because there is no perfect family out there, I’m sorry but there just isn’t.

I wish this book would have been available about 26 years ago because it would have been very beneficial to me. And it can be very beneficial to young mothers today. I do have to say I did allot of laughing throughout this book too. Momumental was a very enjoyable read for me, and I would recommend this to all mothers and grandmothers alike.

This book was provided to me for review compliments of Worthy Publishing in exchange for my opinion.

Click on the link to download the first chapter for free CHAPTER ONE of Momumental by Jennifer Grant


About The Author

Jennifer Grant is mother to four children and author of Love You More: The Divine Surprise of Adopting My Daughter (2011). For more than a decade she wrote for papers in the Sun-Times newsgroup. Currently she freelances for the Chicago Tribune and is a regular contributor to her.meneutics, Christianity Today magazine's blog for women. Grant is a Wheaton College graduate who received her master's in English and Creative Writing from Southern Methodist University. She lives outside of Chicago, IL.

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