Monday, June 26, 2017

Israel—God’s Heart by Ron Gafni and Kathleen Barrett

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About the Book:
Israel—God’s Heart: Landscapes and Legacy of Israel (Skypics Israel, November 2016)

Soar across the skies of beautiful Israel and visit contemporary and historic sites beckoning visitors to stay and explore.

The beauty of Israel from above is captured by top aerial photographer Ron Gafni.  As you sweep over ancient ruins, fly high in hot air balloons, and view vignette’s of Israel’s modern lifestyles, Holy scripture will also come alive. Author Kathleen Barrett offers reflective narrative with scripture pointing to God’s redemption plan for the world.

Learn more and purchase a copy.


About the Authors:
Ron Gafni works as a professional aerial photographer after spending more than a decade in Israel's High-Tech Industry. He brings his vast experience and personal perspective through the lens of a proud Israeli citizen. His work has been featured in National Geographic, and his company, Skypics.co.il, provides books from its "Israel From Above" collection to the Israeli government, Army and Air force, as well as to large corporations in Israel.

Kathleen Barrett, a south Florida resident and former teacher is a student of the Word. She shares her thoughtful point of view in "Israel-God's Heart" from a personal, 40-year walk of Christian faith and study. In 2002, she authored a children's devotional. Before that and since then, she has published numerous articles from mission's outreach to local political events. Her more personal and reflective work has been featured in a number of collections.


Margie’s Comments:
The photos in Israel – God’s Heart are stunning! Beautiful! Amazing! I’ve never been to Israel in person (it’s on my bucket list), but this book was the next best thing. What a blessing to read the narrative that went along with the photos, as well. The readings combined with the photos truly spoke to my heart and made me so thankful for God’s grace that makes it possible for me to be a part of God’s family and chosen people.

Thank you to the publishers, photographer, and author for the free book in return for a review.

The author/photographer of the book have made this available online.

Here is a link for the flipbook:


Friday, June 16, 2017

Driver Confessional by David L. Winters



ABOUT THE BOOK:

Driver Confessional (May 2017)

Ride share driver Antonio cruises the streets of Washington, D.C. looking for his next fare.

He has an unusual gift for relaxing his Buber customers and stimulating their desire to reveal more than they planned. By the completion of their ride, many feel so comfortable they confess their sins great and small. Antonio’s faith and continuous prayers guide his discussions and points him in new directions. Suddenly, his peaceful world is turned upside down by a mysterious businesswoman. As she heads to a midnight rendezvous, she confesses more than Antonio can handle. Her story sends him and his police detective brother into a world of espionage, international terrorism, corporate excesses, and danger.

Learn more and purchase a copy.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
David L Winters is an award-winning author, humorist and speaker, originally from Ohio, who lives in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. His first book, "Sabbatical of the Mind: The Journey from Anxiety to Peace," won several awards including a Silver Illumination Award from the Jenkins Group and two Finalist Medals from the Next Generation Indies Book Awards.






MARGIE’S COMMENTS:
Even though some of the publicity that came out about Driver Confessional by David Winters said it was a fast-paced thriller, I found it difficult to get into. While the story overall was good, it definitely wasn’t a fast read for me. The characters were good, but could have been better developed, so I didn’t connect with them as I would have liked to. Then there were the editing/proofreading errors. As a professional freelance editor, when I run across errors, they pull me out of the story. (I received a free book from the author in exchange for an honest review of my personal opinions.)

The Great Chattanooga Bicycle Race by Mike H. Mizrahi



ABOUT THE BOOK:

The Great Chattanooga Bicycle Race (Redemption Press, April 2017)

Chattanooga society is turned upside down as a young woman has the audacity to ride a bicycle–in bloomers!

It’s 1895. Anna Gaines, 19, struggles to conquer her insecurities after a horrible fall years ago from her beloved horse, Longstreet. On a visit with her aunt in Brooklyn, she’s drawn to the new pastime of bicycling. But back at home, cycling is a scandalous sport for a proper lady. Southern women did not engage in activities meant for men.

Anna has her eye on Peter Sawyer, president of the Cycling Club. As community outrage grows, an unexpected turn of events pits Anna against Peter in a race between the sexes.

Will Anna prove that women deserve the same right as men to ride “the wheel?” Will she choose to live a quiet, traditional life of a housewife and mother? Or will she pursue college and become one of the “new women” emerging into the twentieth century on the seat of a bicycle? What will become of the spark between Anna and Peter?

Faith, patience, and courage help Anna to become the person she was meant to be.

Learn more and purchase a copy.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Mike Mizrahi has a master’s degree in public relations, advertising, and applied communication from Boston University. After a career in corporate public affairs, he retired to pursue writing. After a mission trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo, he wrote his first novel, "Kabirizi’s Revenge," and is also the author of "The Unnamed Girl." Mike and his wife Karen live in Woodland Hills, Calif., where the couple raised their two adult children, and he enjoys reading and writing.





MARGIE’S COMMENTS:
The Great Chattanooga Bicycle Race is the first book I’ve read by Mike Mizrahi. And I loved it. Right away I identified with the heroine, Anna, and I rooted for her all through the book as she fought for emancipated womanhood combined with women’s traditional roles. As the book built up to the race between Peter and Anna, she didn’t realize how many people, men and women, she’d influenced and helped in her fight to become an active, godly woman, overcoming her fears, and gaining respect, in front of the entire town. I will be looking for more books by this author in the future. (I received a free book from the publisher in exchange for a review that states my personal opinions.)

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Brave Is the New Beautiful by Lee Wolfe Blum


Do you find yourself succumbing to unattainable “thinspiration” messages and pressure to “do it all”? Be encouraged to live out who you really are with Lee Wolfe Blum’s new book, Brave is the New Beautiful. Lee offers stories from everyday women who have answered these questions with their lives—and found true beauty in the process. Through call-to-action questions and ideas, she encourages readers to be brave enough to be who they really are and the beloved that God knows they are.
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About the Book:
Brave Is the New Beautiful: Finding the Courage to Be the Real You (David C. Cook, March 2017)

Our culture bombards women with “thinspiration” messages and pressure to “do it all” while wearing the mask of perfection. 

Women are left feeling alone and overwhelmed. How can they stop comparing themselves to others? How can they live out who they really are?

Lee Wolfe Blum offers stories from everyday women who have answered these questions with their lives—and found true beauty in the process. In Brave Is the New Beautiful, Blum weaves reflections from her own journey with inspirational stories from everyday women who chose to take off their masks and live authentically. Through call-to-action questions and ideas, she encourages readers to be brave enough to be who they really are and the beloved that God knows they are.


About the Author:
 

Lee Wolfe Blum is an energetic and passionate speaker who loves to help women find hope in healing from perfectionism and addictions. She works as a mental health practitioner in the field of Eating Disorders and Chemical Dependency. She lives in Minnesota with her husband and three boys.
Find out more about Lee Wolfe at http://leewolfeblum.com.







Margie’s Comments:
For each of the past twenty years or so, the Lord has given me a word to make my focus for that year. Sometimes the word is repeated the next year. The last couple of years, He’s given me two or three related words. But this year it is just one word: courage.

And even before the new year began, He had plans to put me into a “time out.” Yep. Nearly five months worth so far. And who knows how much longer until I learn the lessons He is teaching me. Each day I realize that in many ways it takes more courage than I thought to get out of bed and get dressed, even if it means I go no further than my living room and my recliner because of the incredible fatigue. It hasn’t been a fun place to be, but I have learned so much about the courage as a result—many times first-hand experience is much better than head knowledge.

Lee Wolfe Blum’s book Brave Is the New Beautiful opened my eyes to even more stories of courage that God has instilled into each one of His children. I love how her friend describes courage in the last chapter: “The kind of bravery you are talking about isn’t the kind that conquers. . . . It’s the kind that submits and relinquishes control to God. This is true bravery. It is letting our guard down and becoming naked, just like we were always meant to be. Trusting God and relying on him, just as he made us to do.” This book is full of stories of women who make the difficult decision each day to get up and do all that God has put before them, in total submission and trust in His goodness and guidance. In this way, we live out the purposes for which God made us. Even if it means He has to put you into a “time out” in order to teach us what true submission and trust is.

Thank you, Lee Blum, for sharing these stories from your life and others’ lives. Thank you for being authentic, for removing the masks we all don and try to hide behind. Thank you for allowing God to use you in spite of your perceived failures and inadequacies. These are the things the Lord is teaching me this year. This is true courage, true bravery.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Think Again by Jared Mellinger



About the Book:
Think Again: Relief from the Burden of Introspection (New Growth Press, April 2017)

Evaluating yourself—being mindful of who you are and what you are doing—is necessary and can lead to positive change.

But what about the dark side of introspection? Do you ever feel weighed down and exhausted by your own self-analysis? Perhaps you made a mistake, said a careless word, or even messed up big time. Your self-examination spirals into a full-blown cross-examination. You keep revisiting what happened. Your mind circles around the event, fruitlessly trying to somehow make the outcome different so you don’t feel the embarrassment, shame, and regret.

The modern self-esteem movement has left us empty and self-focused. We exhaust our healthy introspection and pervert it into constant self-evaluation, wrong views of ourselves, self-accusation, and false guilt. Introspection was never meant to bear such weight.

Think Again offers real relief from the burden of introspection that so many of us carry each day. Pastor Jared Mellinger, who tends to overdose on self-analysis himself, shows us how the hope of the gospel can rescue us from the bad fruit of unsound introspection. Mellinger’s short, story-filled chapters help readers identify and turn away from unhealthy introspection.

There is an outward-focused God who delights to rescue an inward-focused people and lead them into a better way to live. When we truly understand it, we’ll see that the gospel actually sets us free from thinking about ourselves too much. We can seek after and pray for the peace and joy—the sanity—that comes from thinking about ourselves less often. Think Again includes practical instructions for self-examination, fighting false guilt, breaking free from hyper-introspection, and more. Ultimately, Think Again demonstrates that the solution to thinking too much about ourselves is to look to Christ, and it gives readers the tools to begin to turn from the mirror.

Learn more, purchase a copy, and read a sample here.



About the Author:
 

Jared Mellinger joined the Covenant Fellowship Church pastoral team in 2006, upon graduating from Pastors College of Sovereign Grace Churches. He became senior pastor in 2008. Jared graduated from Kutztown University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education. He enjoys reading, rollerblading, poetry, drinking coffee, building fires, and listening to Josh Garrels. Jared is the author of Think Again: Relief from the Burden of Introspection. He resides in Glen Mills, PA with his wife Meghan and their six children.





Margie’s Comments:
I must admit that when the opportunity to review Think Again by Jared Mellinger came, I almost turned it down. I was already stuck in the pit of introspection, and my extra-special group of ladies with whom I pray twice a month (well, more than that, but we meet twice a month for purpose-filled prayer) were working with me on solutions to the problem. But at the last moment I did agree to do a review (for which I received a free copy of the ebook). And I am so thankful I did.

Think Again talks about the problems inherent with excessive introspection, why we get into the trap and can’t seem to find our way out, and how to “examine” our motives and actions biblically so we can be released from the trap. It isn’t a long book, and the author has a style that is very easy to read and understand. And while the solution to excessive introspection is simple, it can also be difficult to implement. Any time we have to change our thinking patterns, we’re in for a spiritual battle because Satan’s main battlefield is for control of our thoughts. The author suggests that we don’t try to do it alone, for this reason. Reading Think Again has reminded me once again how thankful I am for the ladies I mentioned. We are truly iron-sharpening-iron friends.

With our focus first of all on God alone (who He is, His promises, and His love and tender care) and then on others, we will find ourselves free from the trap of introspection and can face life with joy. I highly recommend this book.


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The Woman's Study Bible (NKJV) Review



About the Bible:

The NKJV Woman’s Study Bible (Thomas Nelson, March 2017)

The Woman’s Study Bible poignantly reveals the Word of God to women, inviting them to receive God’s truth for balance, hope, and transformation.

Special features designed to speak to a woman’s heart appear throughout the Bible text, revealing Scripture-based insights about how godly womanhood grows from a woman’s identity as a Christ-follower and a child of the Kingdom.

Now with a beautiful full-color redesign, The Woman’s Study Bible reflects the contributions of over 80 women from a wide variety of ethnic, denominational, educational, and occupational backgrounds. Since the publication of the first edition of The Woman’s Study Bible under the editorial guidance of Dorothy Kelley Patterson and Rhonda Harrington Kelley, this landmark study Bible has sold over 1.5 million copies.

Features Include:
—Beautiful full-color design throughout
—Detailed biographical portraits of over 100 biblical women
—Thousands of extensive verse-by-verse study notes
—Over 300 in-text topical articles on relevant issues
—Insightful essays by women who are recognized experts in the fields of theology, biblical studies, archaeology, and philosophy
—Book introductions and outlines
—Hundreds of full-color in-text maps, charts, timelines, and family trees
—Quotes from godly women throughout history
—Set of full-page maps of the biblical world
—Topical index
—Concordance


 

 
About the Publisher:

In business since 1798, Thomas Nelson is one of the oldest Bible publishers in the world and the largest publisher of the King James Version. Their mission is to inspire the world by using our talents, assets, opportunities, and influence to engage and equip people with Scripture and draw people to a deeper study and understanding of God’s Word.

Find out more about Thomas Nelson at https://www.thomasnelsonbibles.com.




Margie’s Comments:
While getting ready to review the updated NKJV Woman’s Study Bible, I decided to look at the two books of the New Testament that I’m studying in my personal study right now: Ephesians and 1 Peter. And I have enjoyed the pertinent, short articles that accompany the text and help to bring more light on the subject of women in the Bible.
In Ephesians the article that “hit home” with me was on Women’s Ministries and how women serve the local church body. “Jesus’ desire is that each woman yield herself to him in utter dependence, recognizing that “without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5), and relying on His Spirit to fulfill the special ministry He selects for her—a ministry appropriate to her talents and effective in her generation. . . . Each woman is hand-picked by God, situated in Christ’s body just as He desires, and is indispensible in reaching her particular sphere of influence for Christ.”
Submission, especially to husbands, is a topic that can spark controversy in the church. Yet it is a topic that both Paul and Peter address in their letters to believers. In 1 Peter the compilers of The Woman’s Study Bible put together an article and a chart that thoroughly explains biblical submission. I especially love the chart and will use it often as I teach/lead women’s Bible studies. The definition of submission is one of the clearest I’ve come across: “to put all of yourself—understandings, knowledge, opinions, feelings, energies—at the disposal of a person in authority over you. This never means subjecting yourself to abusive tyranny, nor does it suggest mindless acquiescence to the whims of another. It is the yielding of humble and intelligent obedience—without suggestion of inferiority or worthlessness.”
I chose the leather cover on the Bible Thomas Nelson sent me in return for an honest review. The full-color interior as headers for the articles and other information used for study really set this particular Bible for women. I will continue to use it in my Bible study for a long time to come.

The NKJV Woman’s Study Bible Grow in the Word Giveaway

You’re invited to receive God’s truth for balance, hope, and transformation in the fully revised and redesigned The NKJV Woman's Study Bible. The new edition features a beautiful, full-color redesign and poignantly reveals the Word of God with Scripture insights and the contributions of more than eighty women from a wide variety of ethnic, denominational, educational, and occupational backgrounds. Special features designed to speak to a woman’s heart appear throughout the Bible text, revealing Scripture-based insights about how godly womanhood grows from a woman’s identity as a Christ-follower and a child of the Kingdom.




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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Getting Jesus Wrong by Matt Johnson


About the Book:
We all want something from Jesus, whether that’s help to get through life, a new job, a new direction, a new exercise plan. Learn why that approach doesn’t result in real faith or love in Matt Johnson’s new book, Getting Jesus Wrong. Whether we’ve followed a false Jesus or attempted to coopt the real Jesus, Getting Jesus Wrong ultimately offers us hope because it helps us see Jesus as he is. Getting Jesus right gives us more than spiritual vitamins or a blueprint for living; it gives us a full, rich life spent exploring the depths of gospel love together.
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Getting Jesus Wrong (New Growth Press, February 2017)

Jesus is not a life coach, a movement leader, a cultural visionary, or a blessing dispenser—but you might not know that by listening to many Christians talk about their faith.

Feel-good slogans promote a caricatured Jesus made in our own image who cannot save us and leave us feeling guilty for not saving ourselves. Following the wrong Jesus disappoints us and produces anxiety, pride, and despair.
The first half of Getting Jesus Wrong recounts pastor and author Matt Johnson’s personal encounters with a string of false saviors—false saviors that many, especially young adults, will recognize. Johnson’s humor and transparency in recounting his own painful experiences will appeal to those who have tried a “brand” of Christianity and found it lacking.

The truth is, we all want something from Jesus. Some are just hoping for a little help to get through life—a new direction, a purpose that will get us up in the morning, an exercise plan, a way to get organized. But that approach to Jesus doesn’t result in real faith or love.

Whether we’ve followed a false Jesus or attempted to coopt the real Jesus, Getting Jesus Wrong ultimately offers us hope because it helps us see Jesus as he is. Getting Jesus Wrong shows that the message of the Bible is about Jesus coming to us as we are—which is good news for exhausted and disillusioned disciples. It shows us that getting Jesus right means a whole new way of thinking (the way up is down) and a whole new way of life (daily dependence on the one who knows the beginning from the end). Getting Jesus right gives us more than spiritual vitamins or a blueprint for living; it gives us a full, rich life spent exploring the depths of gospel love together.




About the Author:
 



Matt Johnson is a husband, father to two little girls, and is an armchair student of theology living in Seattle. He is also a freelance writer and editor. Until recently, Matt spent 7 years as an associate volunteer pastor in counseling and recovery ministry.

Find out more about Matt at https://www.therealmattjohnson.com.






Margie’s Comments: Getting Jesus Wrong by Matt Johnson is an interesting read—one that I needed right now. We all want Jesus to be the person we need Him to be, but as humans we tend to focus on the aspect of Christ that we see ourselves needing most. And because of that we tend to limit Him by putting Him into a “box” of our own making. After a time we wonder what went wrong, why Jesus isn’t doing what we want Him to do. While I identified with many of the false Jesus persona the author presents, I think checklist Jesus was the one that convicted me the most.

Not only does the author talk about the “false Jesus” but he also includes a section of who the true Jesus is and how we can learn to depend on Him alone daily and in every situation. While reading Getting Jesus Wrong, I kept thinking of the discussion Jesus has with His disciples in John 15 about abiding in Him, especially verse 5: “In am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing” (emphasis added, NASB). God is using this book and circumstances in my life right now to teach me this lesson: without Him I can do absolutely nothing!!!

If you are frustrated with your limited faith in Jesus, I highly recommend this book. Even if you aren’t, but wonder if you’re “getting it all,” read this book. Don’t just read it. Study it. Check out the verses the author quotes, and pray for God’s direction and understanding.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The Elusive Miss Ellison by Carolyn Miller with Kindle and Cuppa Giveaway

About the Book

 The Elusive Miss Ellison (Kregel, February 2017)

Handsome appearance counts for naught unless matched by good character and actions.

That’s the firm opinion of not-so-meek minister’s daughter Lavinia Ellison. So even though all the other villagers of St. Hampton Heath are swooning over the newly returned seventh Earl of Hawkesbury, she is not impressed. If a man won’t take his responsibilities seriously and help those who are supposed to be able to depend on him, he deserves no respect from her. In Lavinia’s pretty, gray eyes, Nicholas Stamford is just as arrogant and reckless as his brother–who stole the most important person in Livvie’s world.

Nicholas is weighed down by his own guilt and responsibility, by the pain his careless brother caused, and by the legacy of war he’s just left. This quick visit home to St. Hampton Heath will be just long enough to ease a small part of that burden. Asking him to bother with the lives of the villagers when there’s already a bailiff on the job is simply too much to expect.

That is, until the hoydenish, intelligent, and very opinionated Miss Ellison challenges him to see past his pain and pride. With her angelic voice in his head, he may even be beginning to care. But his isn’t the only heart that needs to change.

These two lonely hearts may each have something the other needs. But with society’s opposition, ancestral obligations, and a shocking family secret, there may be too many obstacles in their way.

Fans of Georgette Heyer, Lori Wick, and Julie Klassen will enjoy the spirited exchanges between the bluestocking minister’s daughter and the bruised war hero as they move past pride and presumption to a humbled appreciation of God’s grace and the true strength of love.

Learn more and purchase a copy.


About the Author
 
Carolyn Miller lives in New South Wales, Australia, with her husband and four children. A longtime lover of Regency romance, Carolyn's novels have won a number of RWA and ACFW contests. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Australasian Christian Writers.








Margie’s Comments
What a wonderful read! I thoroughly enjoyed this well-written book. The characters and setting are true to their time period (Regency England). This debut author has done an excellent job of writing a Regency romance that will take her readers away from contemporary times and troubles to another historical time full of secrets and troubles. Lavinia Ellison and the new Earl of Hawkesbury are truly iron sharpening iron as they challenge each other to change and eventually to love. I look forward to reading more from this author.

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Regency romance fans have another must-read novel to add to their lists: Carolyn Miller’s The Elusive Miss Ellison. Enjoy the spirited exchanges between the bluestocking minister’s daughter and the bruised war hero as they move past pride and presumption to a humbled appreciation of God’s grace and the true strength of love. These two lonely hearts may each have something the other needs. But with society’s opposition, ancestral obligations, and a shocking family secret, there may be too many obstacles in their way.

Settle in for a cozy night of reading with a cuppa and a Kindle from Carolyn!



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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Getaway with God: The Everywonan's Guide to Personal Retreat by Leticia Suk

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 About the Book:
 
Getaway with God (Kregel, November 2016)

What if a simple day away could transform your life?

Does spending time with God sound like just one more thing to check off an ever-increasing to-do list? How are you supposed to fit in anything that threatens to be more time-consuming? Too often there’s simply no room to experience the intimacy, grace, and peace that God offers us.

Getaway with God does more than invite you to step away from life’s pressures to take a personal retreat. It shows you exactly why you must–for your sake and for your family’s.

With grace and warmth, Letitia Suk provides step-by-step guidance and the necessary tools to enable any woman on any budget to plan time away, whether it’s a quick, half-day break or a weeklong time of restoration. You’ll find detailed steps for preparation, including descriptions of different kinds of retreats and how to choose the best one for you, and you’ll learn ways to bring the renewal you experience home with you. Practical appendixes identify retreat centers nationwide and provide exercises and prayers to kick-start your getaway with God.

No matter what your season in life, the time for retreat is now!

Learn more and purchase a copy.


 
 About the Author:
Letitia invites women to chase the Intentional life. She writes and speaks of God's renewal and restoration and offers platters of hope to women in each season of life. Tish is also a personal retreat guide and life coach in the Chicago area and moonlights as a hospital chaplain. You might run into her walking by Lake Michigan, browsing resale shops, or making up a new tradition. She blogs at hopeforthebest.org and is also the author of "Rhythms of Renewal."






Margie’s Comments:
Ever since we first moved to Colorado a little over 20 years ago, I’ve had the perfect place to go for my personal retreats—our family cabin, a place I’ve been going to since I was a very little girl. But even though I could have benefitted from them, I didn’t actually start purposely taking them until about 15 years ago. By then my daughter was in college and my son in high school. Both had summer jobs, and while I was teaching school, summer was the perfect time to getaway. (Plus the cabin is a little difficult to get to once the snow starts flying!) Then we moved away, and my getaways didn’t happen, except on vacation, but then I was always with my hubby. Not a bad thing, but he was always in the background. 

Then in February this year we moved back to Colorado, and one of my first thoughts was that I would be able to get in a personal retreat at the cabin once again. However, with limited access to a vehicle (we have one between us, and mostly hubby needs it for work), I haven’t had as many as I would like. Still, when I saw Letitia Suk’s book Getaway with God: Everywoman’s Guide to Personal Retreat, I knew I wanted to see what she included in her personal retreats with God. 

This book is exactly what it says it will be: a guide to personal retreats, getaways with God. She has great ideas of where to go on personal retreats from bed-and-breakfasts to hotels to retreat centers. (One reason I like the cabin so well—my phone gets little to no cell service at 9,000 ft. in the Rocky Mountains! And while the cabin is near a very popular trailhead, it sits up the mountain away from the road, and during the week very few people go by the entrance to the cabins.) Also, she includes several ideas of what to include in your retreat—journaling, reading, praying, taking walks/hikes, enjoying nature, etc. Many of these things I’ve done. (Sometimes I’ve been so drained, all I do is sit on the porch just soaking in the peace and quiet. Or I go down to the stream and sit on a rock near the water and let the sounds rush over me. The water is usually too cold for me to stick my feet in, except on the very warmest of days and sitting in the sun!) Every time God meets me and I come home with a renewed sense of purpose and a little better understanding of His character. 
If you are feeling drained, overwhelmed, or ready to give up, I highly recommend a getaway with God. Even if you’ve done personal retreats before, I still recommend you get Leticia’s book for some great suggestions of how to conduct and personalize your own retreat.

NOTE: Make sure you sign up for the author giveaway. See the previous post for links.