Breaking Anxiety’s Grip by Dr. Michelle Bengtson


Breaking Anxiety’s Grip is written by Dr. Michele Bengtson. Dr. Bengtson is a board-certified neuropsychologist. She has written this book using personal experiences as well as those of her clients. Dr. Bengtson feels we do not rid ourselves of the sources of anxiety, but rather, we recognize is originates from a spiritual influence. That we can use the power, love and sound mind God has given us to overcome it.

The book is split into eleven chapters as well as sections on longing for peace and living in peace. Each of the chapters ends with “Your Rx” which includes bible verses, a prayer and a recommended music play list.

This is a helpful book to help understand the different aspects of anxiety. I like how the author uses personal experiences to help show how different things can help deal with anxiety, especially prayer.

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ISBN: 0780800735937

199 pages

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The Intimate Connection by Dr. Kevin Leman


The Intimate Connection, by Dr. Kevin Leman, covers many topics to help create a happy marriage. Using examples of his own life and those of couples he counseled, Dr. Leman explains ways to help create a life long relationship with your spouse that is filled with respect, communication and love. The author touches on topics such as a person’s early life, past experiences, personalities and birth order to show how they may respond in their marriage. The author gives suggestion for understanding your spouse and gives tips to avoid trigger points or help them grow.

This is an interesting book that should be read by both partners to get the most benefit from it, whether they be engaged or married for many years. The author brings out many good points on how to built a better relationship. I liked that he also included the importance of faith and Biblical teachings in a relationship.

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270 pages

ISBN: 9780800734947

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When Life Doesn’t Match Your Dreams by Jill Eileen Smith


When Life Doesn’t Match Your Dreams, by Jill Eileen Smith, is a great book focusing on 12 women of the Bible, most from Genesis. This is a great book that would work nicely for a women’s Bible study. There are 12 chapters, each focusing on a different woman. The author writes her interpretation of what the Bible does not tell us of these women and how events affected them. Some of the topics covered are betrayal, emotional pain, regret, loss, rejection and broken promises. Some of the women covered in this book are Eve, Noah’s, Lot’s and Potiphar’s wives, Sarai, and Tamar I especially enjoyed how the author was able to bring to life how each woman could have felt. I appreciated that the author used multiple women in Jacob’s Life, his wives Rachel and Leah and daughter Dinah so the reader can see all sides of the family situation. The author not only gives us her thought on how the women felt, but she invites us to imagine with her, ponder the situation a little more and gives us questions to take our thoughts even further. The author helps the reader use the women’s situations and reactions to help realize God loves us and is using the trials in our lies to grow us into the women he wants us to be.

This is a great book, I really enjoy reading about women in the Bible. I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing, this is my honest review.

213 pages

ISBN: 9780800728670

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Eat Live Thrive Diet by Danna Demetre and Robyn Thomson


Eat Live Thrive Diet, by Danna Demetre and Robyn Thomson, is a book written for older women to help them make changes to their diet to not only lose weight but to improve their health in areas such as increased energy, fighting illnesses, and slowing down the aging process.

Their book walks the dieter through different phases, an elimination phase which included an elimination drink and fiber but removes grains sugars etc. Then the items are slowly introduced to find items that case issues for the dieter. The book also focusing on the lifestyle, including relying on God. The books recommends fasting, exercise and includes many recipes.

The one thing I especially like about the book, is the elimination drink.  It is simple to make with ingredients you probably already have in the house. Some of the ingredients also help with inflammation, which many older people deal with. While this book is very informative and gives a lot of information on how and why we eat what we do and how it affects us, I struggle with a diet that totally eliminates many items, even for a short time. And there are some key items in the book that were printed white letters on gray background, with aging eyesight, these are very hard, and late in the day, even impossible to read.

For the person who struggles with loosing weight, the authors have a website and offer additional support and products to help with cravings.

I received an ARC copy of this book from the Waterbrook & Multnomah Launch Team, this is my honest review.

272 pages

ISBN: 9780525653165

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New Every Day by Dave Meurer


New Every Day Navigating Alzheimer’s with Grace and Compassion by Dave Meurer is a great book. This is an encouraging and uplifting book that anyone with family or friends with Alzheimer should read. Using personal experience, the author has give a lot of good suggestions and information. He has written this book with humor, which keeps it easy to read. I really appreciate the helpful information he gives to help navigate the medical system and suggestions for when to get outside help and how to pay for it.

This book is so encouraging. I truly feel everyone who is going through this condition with someone they know will greatly benefit from this book.

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223 pages

ISBN: 9780800734756

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Stretched Too Thin by Jessica N. Turner

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Stretched Too Thin, by Jessica N. Turner, is written for working moms who face the daily struggle of finding time in their day for everything. She covers topics such as taking care of yourself, your home, your children and spouse as well as fulfilling job duties. Some of the things that the author mentions in her book that stand out to me are: to separate the “need-to-do” from the “nice-to-do”, setting realistic goals, taking advantage of time spent in the car and at meal times to connect with your family. But the things that stands out the most to me is taking care of yourself. Take care of your physical as well as spiritual needs. Connect with others, take care of friendships and make time for your spouse.

The author has written this book using her life experiences to help other moms who may be struggling. The one thing I like about this book are the reflections at the end of the chapters. I was not really impressed with this book, as most of the things the author mentions are just common sense things that most moms struggling with life have already thought of. I also was let down with the fact that there is minimal mention of Christian life in the book. I expected a little more since it is published by a Christian publishing company.

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240 pages

ISBN: 9780800723491

My rating 3.8 star

The author is a marketing professional and speaker as well as writer and founder of the blog The Mom Creative. She lives in Tennessee with her husband and three children.

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Thirsty for More by Allison Allen


Thirsty for More, by Allison Allen, is a powerful book that shows the readers that everyone goes through “dry times” where we wonder where God is or how He left something happen. It is through theses times that we see how God is there to help us through and help us grow. The author uses her personal experiences to give insight into how we can find God during those times and experience his blessing. She shows the reader how God uses these times in our lives to give us rest as well as strengthen us.

This is not a quick read book, but rather a book that is better read a little at a time and thought about. The chapters end with “Reflections” that contain a Bible passage and additional thoughts on the chapter topic. I enjoyed reading this book. I especially enjoyed how the author used her personal experiences to help the reader see that they can grown during hard times. I think this would be a good choice for a Bible study.

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205 pages

ISBN: 9780800728205

My rating 4.5

The author is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, a former Broadway performer and a current Bible teacher and speaker.

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When Your Kid is Hurting by Dr. Kevin Leman


When Your Kid is Hurting, by Dr. Kevin Leman, is a self-help book for parents of school age children to help them deal with hurtful issues their children may have. The first part of this book deals with different topics, such as social media, mass shootings sexual violence, discrimination, gangs, depression, bullying, grief and family issues. The second part of the book is a question and answer section in which Dr. Leman gives answers to several tough questions parents are faced with, such as divorced family situations, abuse, rape and emotional issues.

The part that I feel is the best in this book, is the suggestions Dr. Leman gives for parents with talking to their children. He gives tips of what to say, what not to say and how to get your child to talk to you. A couple of things that really stand out to me are:

When you ask your child what they think, you are treating them like an equal.

Allow your child to come up with their own solution.

Let your child know you understand they are going through a tough time. Listen to them, give support in non verbal ways such as a hug or favorite meal and let them take a break from faith-based activities if they feel the need.

Don’t panic, stay calm, respond but don’t over react. Don’t judge them, give them comfort and let them know you will get through the difficult time together.

I really think this is a great book for parents of school age children and I would strongly recommend this book for anyone who lives with or works with children.

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273 pages

ISBN: 9780800723064

My rating 4.8 stars

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Healing the Scars of Addiction by Gregory Jantz, PHd and Ann McMurray


Healing the Scars of Addiction by Gregory L. Jantz and Ann McMurray is a self-help book for those who are dealing with addictions and are wanting to recover. The book goes into depth to explain the many different types of additions that one may have and how it affects them and other people. The author uses the stories of real people to show the pain and suffering those who deal with addictions have as well as how they moved forward with their lives to overcome their addictions.

This is an interesting book to read in the fact that I would never have thought of some of the types of addictions the authors describe. The book is very easy to understand with getting down to the basics of helping the reading know that taking the first step is very hard, but is not the only step to take. Overcoming an addiction is a long hard process that changes the person as they grow and heal. I found this book to be a very interesting book to read. I would recommend this book be read over time so the reader can spend time focusing on what is written and how to use it in their life.

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208 pages

ISBN: 9780800727734

My rating: 4 star

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Praying God’s Promises by Linda Evans Sheperd


The Scriptures tell us that when we pray the will of God, he delights to answer our prayers.”

Praying God’s Promises, by Linda Evan Sheperd, covers a wide range of types of prayers a person may have. With over 20 different topics, this book is a good book to have as a reference book or for those times when it is hard to know what to pray. Some of the topics include faith, hope, children, comfort, healing, relationships and salvation. The chapters contain personal stories, prayers and bible verses that go along with the theme of the chapter. The book focuses on helping the reader understand the promises of God to His people as stated in the bible.

While I did not agree with the use of some of the bible verses, this is a nice book to have for those times when it is hard to pray. I also feel the author used to many different bible translations. Even though there are times reading in different translations is a good thing, I would have preferred if the author had used just a few different popular versions. This would make a good book to use for a bible study.

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242 pages

ISBN: 9780800723897

My Rating – 4 stars

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