What to Do When You Don’t Know What to Do (review)

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There is an important difference between ‘out’ and ‘through’ – particularly when it comes to our health ( both physically and spiritually ). We tend to seek immediate relief from our problems and/or symptoms but more often than not it is better in regards to the long term to go through something so that the effects are long lasting rather than eventually repeating or reoccurring.

“But like your physician, He [God] is less concerned about your immediate comfort than your long term health and growth. This is why we read in the Bible, ‘Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.’ James 1:2-3. God’s way is not out of your problems but through them. That’s how we learn from our difficulties and find God’s way.”

Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend provide in this book 8 principles for finding God’s way through life’s challenges. It is a short book, but that’s because it gets straight to the point. They present it in a gentle manner that’s easy to grasp a hold of and encouraging while backing it up with God’s own words.

A lot of these principles I was already aware of mainly because I have grown up with them in a loving Christian environment. But to the long term believer this book was a good reminder of these principles, and to the new or young believer a good place to begin. I enjoyed the book, even if it only took me an hour to read it.

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This Is Your Brain In Love

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Using one of the most well-researched brain tests in the country, Dr. Henslin discusses and teaches us the vital connection between spirituality, sexuality and how our emotional and physical health play into these factors. Dr. Henslin identifies and discusses 5 different types of lovers in this book (* Scattered Lover * Over-focused Lover * Blue Mood Lover * Agitated Lover * Anxious Lover) with great insight, sensitivity and provides effect solutions for each category.

I do have to tell you that this book is not a quick read, the information can be a little overwhelming, at least at first. Dr. Henslin provides his information with a unique blend of enjoyable story examples and scientific fact. The book is filled with charts and pictures to help you get the idea of the information he is providing and to top everything off he provides little quizzes so you can help locate what category you may fall into.

At first I was a little hesitant to agree with some of what he was saying as it seemed he was really leaning more toward supplements, and in some cases medication, but he does redeem himself by connecting it to the vital importance that a relationship with God has in our lives and in doing so he brings a nice balance to the need to take care of ourselves physically and emotionally as well as spiritually. The three are inseparable.

It is a good book. I lent my copy to a psychologist (in our church he’s not mine rofl), and he read it very quickly and will be recommending the book himself. And to add to it’s credibility I’ve applied some of the suggestions to my own life over the last 2 – 3 weeks. To my pleasure it’s helped improve some moods!

Good read. Take your time with it.

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The Sweet By and By

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Here is a story of a woman, named Jade, who has a thriving business which she loves and is about to begin a new chapter in her life with a wonderful man by the name of Max. But there is a problem, there are skeletons in the closet and despite their promise to one another to let the past be the past, it persistently presents itself until it all comes out in the open and they find the release and healing in redemption, reconciliation, forgiveness and grace.

This was such a good book, that I hardly put it down. It’s a beautiful story that I would think a lot of people can relate to. We all have skeletons in our closet that we more often than not would rather not talk about. Jade walks a parallel path in finding love not only with those who surround her, but our Father in Heaven as well. Though it is a fictional piece, there’s truth to be found in this story and Sara Evans did a good job of sharing those truths.

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