Unstuffed: Decluttering Your Home, Mind, and Soul by Ruth Soukup

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Unstuffed: Decluttering Your Home, Mind, and Soul
Author: Ruth Soukup
Publisher: Zondervan, April 2016
208 pages
Christian Living, Home Improvements

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Description from Goodreads:

STUFF. It’s everywhere. Lurking in corners and closets, spilling onto counters and coffee tables, creating havoc everywhere we look. And it’s not just the physical clutter that weighs us down. Oh no, it is the stress of overbooked schedules, and the weight of life that sometimes feels oppressive and totally out of whack.

New York Times bestselling author Ruth Soukup feels your pain–she has been there too. Through personal stories, Biblical truth, and practical action plans, she will inspire and empower each of us to finally declutter not just our home, but our mind and soul as well. Unstuffed is real, honest, and gets right down to the question we are all facing–how can we take back our lives from the stuff that is weighing us down?

My thoughts:

I really liked this book; this author writes amazing books. Unstuffed is full of ideas on how to
declutter your home, your life, and your relationships. The ending is phenomenal; but you really need to read the entire book to appreciate it. I’m rereading it because it’s that good.

I received an e-copy of this book from Zondervan through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Other books I have enjoyed by Ruth Soukup
Living Well, Spending Less ♥♥♥♥♥
How to Blog for Profit Without Selling Your Soul ♥♥♥♥♥

About the Author:

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Ruth Soukup

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Still Life: A Memoir of Living Fully with Depression by Gillian Marchenko

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Still Life: A Memoir of Living Fully with Depression
Author: Gillian Marchenko
Published: InterVarsity Press; May 1, 2016
192 Pages
Kindle, Paperback
Christian Non-fiction

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Description from Goodreads:

“I stand on the edge of a cliff in my own bedroom.” Gillian Marchenko continues her description of depression: “I must keep still. Otherwise I will plunge to my death. ‘Please God, take this away, ‘ I pray when I can.” For Gillian, “dealing with depression” means learning to accept and treat it as a physical illness. In these pages she describes her journey through various therapies and medications to find a way to live with depression. She faces down the guilt of a wife and mother of four, two with special needs. How can she care for her family when she can’t even get out of bed? Her story is real and raw, not one of quick fixes. But hope remains as she discovers that living with depression is still life.

My thoughts:

When I invest time into reading a book, I like to have some return on my investment. Although
this book met the criteria of a memoir, it left me with the feeling that more could have been
explained in Marchenko’s dealing with depression. Besides this disappointment, Marchenko does write well and with a passion. She talks about working the program, but doesn’t give glimpses of what that program is. She talks a lot about her relationships with her husband and daughters and with God and she is very candid and transparent about her feelings. She opens up her heart and reveals her innermost thoughts.

This book was provided to me by InterVarsity Press through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

About the Author:

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Gillian Marchenko

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The Mind Connection by Joyce Meyer

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The Mind Connection: How the Thoughts You Choose Affect Your Mood, Behavior, and Decisions
Author: Joyce Meyer
Publisher: FaithWords and Hachette, September 1, 2015
240 pages
Christian Living

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Description from Goodreads

Joyce Meyer, #1 New York Times bestselling author, explores the power of positive thinking and the undeniable connection between the mind, mouth, moods, and attitudes.
Thoughts can seem random and meaningless, but they impact your life every day. It’s all connected. What you think affects your words, attitude, decisions, and emotions and influences how you relate to yourself, to other people, and to God.

 

My thoughts

In The Mind Connection, Joyce Meyer successfully presents a Christian perspective of cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness. I myself have struggled using this type of therapy, but Meyer gives some valuable insights how to engage in substituting biblically based thoughts for unwanted ones, so I am hopeful.
However dedicated readers of Meyer’s books may notice that she has substituted her usual scripture quotes with quotes from famous people at the beginning of each chapter. I prefer the scriptures and hope in her next books she will return to the older format.

PLEASE NOTE: Recurring depression and anxiety as well as racing unwanted thoughts can be signs of serious illness. Anyone suffering from these symptoms should seek help from a qualified medical professional specializing in treating mental disorders. Afterwards, this book could be used in conjunction with any medical treatments.

This book was given to me from Faith Words / Hatchette Books through NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.

 

About the Author:

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Joyce Meyer

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A Companion Guide to My Utmost for His Highest by Jed and Cecilie Macosko

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A Daily Companion to My Utmost for His Highest
Authors: Jed and Cecilie Macosko
Publisher: Discovery House Publishers, September 2014
747 pages
Christian Living and Devotionals

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From Amazon:

The Daily Companion is a great supplement to Oswald Chambers’ devotional masterpiece My Utmost for His Highest. Helping you to better digest Chambers’ teaching on the Scriptures, each page examines the corresponding reading in Chambers’ devotional (available at Utmost.org). You’ll find a short summary of the day’s topic, Scripture context, and application suggestions. As you use this Daily Companion to round out your reading of Chambers’ profound thoughts, allow the full 366 days of Oswald Chambers’ hard-hitting truths to overwhelm, inspire, and transform you into your uttermost best—for Him.

 

My thoughts:

The classic devotional book My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers is one of my favorite books to go to time and again. The studies, though earnest, are short and they often inspire me to want to seek more. A Daily Companion to My Utmost for His Highest provides the “more.” This is a must have for every Christian library. A special thanks to the authors for taking the time and having the fortitude to produce this valuable book.

A copy of this book was given to me from Discovery House  Publishers through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

 

 

God Wants to Bless You – by Che Ahn

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God Wants to Bless You
How to Experience the Unconditional Goodness of God
Author – Che Ahn
Publisher: Chosen Books, July 14. 2005
192 pages
Kindle, Paperback
Christian Living

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From Goodreads:

Are your relationships in trouble? Are your finances strained? Is your physical health less than optimal? Does God seem to have skipped you when he was handing out blessings? Many Christians believe that God is a good Father, but they seem to have little to show for it. Without realizing it, they have put conditions on God and have turned away his open hand.
That can change! With biblical counsel, personal stories, and welcome encouragement, pastor and author Che Ahn reveals ten decrees of blessing that open the way to favor and a deep sense of purpose and fulfillment. God’s blessings are available for the asking. Speaking these godly decrees in faith will bring the concrete results his people long for.

My Thoughts:

This is the first book I have read by Che Ahn. I found his writing to be concise and well organized. I appreciated his honesty and candor in relating how God has moved in his life. I feel he provided good scriptures to support his ideas.

The book was divided into two main parts: The Power of Blessing and The Ten Degrees of Blessing. I was blessed by this book and would recommend it to others.

An electronic advanced copy of this book was given to me by Chosen Books through NetGalley in exchange for an honest opinion.

About the Author:

Pastor-Che-Ahn

Che Ahn

HRockChurch / Goodreads / Facebook

Other Books by Che Ahn

Say Goodbye to Powerless Christianity: Walking in Supernatural Surrender and Significance (2009)

How to Pray for Healing: Understanding and Releasing the Healing Power Available to Every Christian (2003)

When Heaven Comes Down: Experiencing God’s Glory in Your Life (2009)

Fire Evangelism: Reaching the Lost Through Love and Power (2006)

Get Your Hopes Up – by Joyce Meyer

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Get Your Hopes Up!: Expect Something Good to Happen to You Every Day
Author – Joyce Meyer
Hachette Book Group, April 7, 2015
197 pages
Christian Living

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From Goodreads:

#1 New York Times bestselling author Joyce Meyer teaches readers how to transform their lives by tapping into the power of hope. One of the most powerful forces in the universe is hope–the happy and confident anticipation that something good is going to happen. Regardless of where one is in life, it is impossible to live successfully and to the fullest without hope. With GET YOUR HOPES UP! Joyce will help readers achieve a lasting sense of hope, built on their faith in God. Hope is only as strong as its source. This book will help readers avoid misplacing their trust in unreliable things, and help them ground their hope steadfastly in God for limitless joy and possibilities for their lives. As Joyce explains, “Without hope in God, there isn’t much you can do, but with Hope in God, there isn’t much you can’t do.”

My thoughts:

I have finished reading Get Your Hopes Up by Joyce Meyer. I highlighted
lots of notes but I’ve started reading it again because it’s that good.
It’s filled with lots of anecdotes wrapped in the wit and humor that Joyce
is so good at delivering. There are also lots of scripture verses to
satisfy those like me who have a teaching motivational gift. I wish I would
have read it sooner because this would have made a great mother’s day gift
for someone. Thank you God for giving Joyce Meyer such a wonderful and
encouraging book to write and thank you Joyce for your obedience.

I was given a copy of this book from Hachette Book Group through NetGalley
in exchange for an honest opinion.

 

About the Author

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The Sweet Side of Suffering – Book Review

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 The Sweet Side of Suffering
Author: M.Esther Lovejoy
Publisher: Discovery House Publishers, March 2013
160 pages
Christian Living
Kindle, Paperback

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Description from Goodreads:

Suffering is often a reality people don’t choose. However, they do have a choice in how to respond to it. In The Sweet Side of Suffering, author M. Esther Lovejoy explores the character of God to help readers find a response that sweetens the bitter waters of suffering. This engaging book is written in a narrative voice, sharing biblical truths and practical insights from the author’s personal experiences. Readers can find a message of hope and encouragement as they discover a fresh perspective on strengthening their relationship with God and renewing their confidence in knowing that He is always there.

My thoughts:

M. Esther Lovejoy writes this book from her heart. It’s a love letter to
all who are hurting. She uses her own experience as well as the experiences
of others to show how suffering can bring a closer walk with God.
Scriptures used are from the New International Bible.

I particularly liked the chapter on the names of Jesus and the chapter on
hope. There is so much in here that I needed to read. It was a blessing to
me and it will be a blessing to you.

I was given a copy of this book from Discovery House Publishers through
Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.