Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The Happiness Dare By Jennifer Dukes Lee


The Happiness Dare
by Jennifer Dukes Lee

The Happiness Dare is a book that reminds us of God's desire for us to be happy; when we are happy we more closely resemble Christ.

I enjoyed reading this book and it had some great reminders! Jennifer Dukes Lee reminds us that our sweet spot is when our unique wiring, in earthly pleasure, and heavenly joy meet. It's not about finding the happiness path that everyone else is on, it's about our unique wiring and our God-given, innate character traits that can lead us to happiness.

This book also details out how to find your happiness style. Are you a Doer, Relater, Experiencer, Giver, or Thinker? Finding this happiness style will help one further maximize their happiness depending on how they are wired. It goes further into detail about each type of Happiness Style, asking questions and delving deeper into what that style looks like and how to better understand it as well.

This is a great book that I highly recommend for those seeking who they are and those seeking how to be happier. It is great to be reminded that God wants us to be happy, so we can only reflect Christ more. Through this book, we are reminded of the main foundation, that God created happiness, and we were created in His image.



Complimentary copy provided by Tyndale House Publishers 


Saturday, July 9, 2016

Becoming a Woman of Excellence by Cynthia Heald



Excellence: A Goal Worth Pursuing 
by Cynthia Heald

"This I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ" Philippians 1:9-10

I enjoyed reading A Goal Worth Pursuing by Cynthia Heald and felt it was a good, solid devotional meant to guide women in attaining excellence in multiple disciplines. The most recent copy out is a 30th anniversary edition, which shows that this is a classic devotional. 

The reading guides us through the meaning of Excellence, according to world, and according to the Bible, showing us how our values may change depending on where we place them. 

Excellence is really attained through becoming more like Christ, through obedience and discipline. I found Chapter 7 to be especially interesting and beneficial as it mentions to be "guarded by discretion" in our actions with "gracious, thoughtful speech," and to be discreet- careful, sensitive, and godly as we relate to others and our circumstances."

I appreciate this book because it is not fully laid out, it is meant to be more of a devotional because it requests that the reader look up scriptures and study them instead of having the scriptures written in; it gives the reader a chance to fully understand the chapter and take time in the bible as well.

Ultimately, this book leads us to be more Godly women, perfecting our excellence by purity, obedience, and discipline. Cynthia Heald encourages us to dig in deeper to the scriptures and perceive fully what the bible says about being a Woman of Excellence. It is a great guiding tool and I  recommend. 


Complimentary copy provided by Tyndale House Publishers 


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