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REVIEW: “Restless” (study) by Jennie Allen

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This is an amazingly powerful study. Jennie Allen is extremely genuine, and this study features real women being very authentic about their faith.

I’ve watched 2 sessions, so far, and it has me in its grip — I am soaking this study up, and can’t seem to get enough. It asks things like, “What if your very favorite things, the things you absolutely love to do, actually collided with God’s will for your life?” and “What if the most difficult and painful moments of your life were actually the place that God wanted to  birth the greatest passion that you’ll ever have?” And, right at the very beginning, it asks “Who are you…really?”

Powerful stuff.

I’m hoping my church’s ladies Bible study group will eventually do this study. It’s so good!


JennieAllenJennie Allen is a passionate leader and visionary following God’s call to inspire women to encounter the invisible God. With a Master’s in Biblical Studies from DTS, Jennie is the author of two Bible studies, Stuck, a CBA best-seller, and Chase, and the ECPA “New Author of the Year” winner of Anything and Restless, which also includes a DVD-based studyThe founder of IF: Gathering, Jennie, and her husband Zac, have four children.


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Thank you to Shelton Interactive for the complimentary copy of this DVD study set. 

Friday Finds (Apr. 18)

FF2_MdFRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).

So, come on — share with us your FRIDAY FINDS!



My Finds:

MaraboliDrSteve_UnapologeticallyYou  JakesTD_Instinct  JakesTD _RepositionYourself  HenryTodd_DieEmpty

StoltzfusTony_CoachingQuestions  LeeJennifer_BuildingYourBusinessTheRightBrainWay  LevinsonJayConrad_GuerillaMarketingForCoaches

Unapologetically You” by Dr. Steve Maraboli
Instinct” by T. D. Jakes
Reposition Yourself” by T. D. Jakes
Die Empty” by Todd Henry
Coaching Questions” by Tony Stoltzfus
Building Your Business the Right-Brain Way” by Jennifer Lee
Guerrilla Marketing for Coaches” by Jay Conrad Levinson & Andrew Neitlich



PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Friday Finds post, or share your ‘finds’ in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks! :D

WWW Wednesdays (Apr. 16)

WWW_Wednesdays4To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?



My answers:

What are you currently reading? Again, I’m between books. Work has taken over my life for the last week, so hopefully I can dig into another book soon!


RightBrainBusinessPlan_JenniferLeeWhat did you recently finish reading? I finished “The Right-Brain Business Plan” by Jennifer Lee, last week, and it was excellent! Very helpful tool that made me believe that I might actually write another business plan, when I have need of it! ;)




BraunAdam_ThePromiseOfAPencilWhat do you think you’ll read next? I still have a few review books to get to, so I need to read those. They are “While Beauty Slept” by Elizabeth Blackwell (need to finish that), and “Fighter” by Chris Greenwood. But I just got Adam Braun’s “The Promise of a Pencil” from the library, and I think I might read that, first — it looks soooo good! [if you get the chance, watch Adam's interview with Marie Forleo... it's how I found out about him and his book, and it made me want to know more!]




PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own WWW Wednesdays post, or share your answers in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks!  :D

Teaser Tuesdays (Apr. 15)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Teasers:

 

(( unfortunately, I have no teaser today, as I’m on deadline for work and am not reading anything at the moment — back next week! ))

 

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Teaser Tuesdays post, or share your ‘teasers’ in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks! :D

{The link for the comments is at the BOTTOM of this post.}

Musing Mondays (Apr. 14)

MusingMondays5Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…

• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it! 
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.
• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!

My Musing:

** I actually don’t have anything, today — I’m on deadline, and it’s my sole focus, right now. Have a great week, everyone! And, please still play along!

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Musing Mondays post, or share your answer in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks! :D

Friday Finds (Apr. 11)

FF2_MdFRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).

So, come on — share with us your FRIDAY FINDS!

My Finds:

TomkinsonIrene_NotLikeMyMother  BramleyAlice_ScribbledInTheStars  HarrisRosie_ADreamOfLove  HunevenMichelle_OffCourse

TrippyRuth_TheSoulOfTheRose  RagenNaomi_TheSistersWeiss  YarbroughSteve_TheRealmOfLastChances  ConleySusan_ParisWasThePlace

KendrickBeth_CureForTheCommonBreakup  CorporonYvetteM_WhenTheCypressWhispers  WhalenMarybeth_TheBridgeTender_JuneSHEREADS  DuckerChris_VirtualFreedom

 

Not Like My Mother – Irene Tomkinson
Scribbled In the Stars – Alice Bramley
A Dream of Love – Rosie Harris
Off Course: A Novel – Michelle Huneven
The Soul of the Rose – Ruth Trippy
The Sisters Weiss – Naomi Ragen
The Realm of Last Chances – Steve Yarbrough
Paris Was the Place – Susan Conley
Cure for the Common Breakup – Beth Kendrick
When the Cypress Whispers – Yvette Manesssis Corporan
The Bridge Tender - Marybeth Whalen (happy to be reviewing this soon!)
Virtual Freedom – Chris Ducker

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Friday Finds post, or share your ‘finds’ in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks! :D

PROMO: “The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry” by Gabrielle Zevin

This is the SheReads.org pick for April 2014! See their website for all the reviews!

ZevinGabrielle_TheStoriedLifeOfAJFirky_APRILsheReadsDescription:  In the spirit of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Gabrielle Zevin’s enchanting novel is a love letter to the world of books–and booksellers–that changes our lives by giving us the stories that open our hearts and enlighten our minds.  

On the faded Island Books sign hanging over the porch of the Victorian cottage is the motto “No Man Is an Island; Every Book Is a World.” A. J. Fikry, the irascible owner, is about to discover just what that truly means.

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. His wife has died, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. Slowly but surely, he is isolating himself from all the people of Alice Island–from Lambiase, the well-intentioned police officer who’s always felt kindly toward Fikry; from Ismay, his sister-in-law who is hell-bent on saving him from his dreary self; from Amelia, the lovely and idealistic (if eccentric) Knightley Press sales rep who keeps on taking the ferry over to Alice Island, refusing to be deterred by A.J.’s bad attitude. Even the books in his store have stopped holding pleasure for him. These days, A.J. can only see them as a sign of a world that is changing too rapidly.

And then a mysterious package appears at the bookstore. It’s a small package, but large in weight. It’s that unexpected arrival that gives A. J. Fikry the opportunity to make his life over, the ability to see everything anew. It doesn’t take long for the locals to notice the change overcoming A.J.; or for that determined sales rep, Amelia, to see her curmudgeonly client in a new light; or for the wisdom of all those books to become again the lifeblood of A.J.’s world; or for everything to twist again into a version of his life that he didn’t see coming. As surprising as it is moving, The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry is an unforgettable tale of transformation and second chances, an irresistible affirmation of why we read, and why we love.

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REVIEW: “The Right-Brain Business Plan” by Jennifer Lee

RightBrainBusinessPlan_JenniferLeeI’ve been wanting to read this book for a long time, as my sister owns a copy. But, since my sister lives quite a distance from me, I got my local library to inter-library loan a copy for me, and decided now or never.

I really enjoyed this book. It very much appeals to my right-brain, creative side, and it helped me see that I have had some limiting beliefs in regards to business. And that that’s probably what has been contributing to a lot of my stress, lately — I’d forgotten that business CAN be creative, too!

This book walks you through how to put together a business plan, but in a very playful and fun way — using art materials in any format you want, whether it’s a scrapbook, index cards, poster collages, etc. I love the fun visuals all throughout the book, too! And, the “play sheets” (basically worksheets to help you complete the exercises for building your plan) were great!

I am now attempting to put together another business plan — despite the fact that, back in October 2013 I swore I’d NEVER AGAIN write a business plan! LOL. This way, though, seems a lot more fun and doable than the “traditional” format… so I’m not as hesitant to proceed.

JenniferLeeJennifer Lee blogs at ArtizenCoaching.com and she now has a second book that has just released — “Building Your Business the Right-Brain Way: Sustainable Success for the Creative Entrepreneur“.

 

WWW Wednesdays (Apr. 9)

WWW_Wednesdays4To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?




My answers:

RightBrainBusinessPlan_JenniferLeeWhat are you currently reading? I’ve been devouring “The Right-Brain Business Plan” by Jennifer Lee, and will be finished it today! Excellent book!





NodderChris_EvilByDesignWhat did you recently finish reading? I finished “The God-First Life” by Stovall Weems, and “Evil by Design” by Chris Nodder. Both were really good! In fact, “The God-First Life” I finished in two evenings!  :D




BraunAdam_ThePromiseOfAPencilWhat do you think you’ll read next? I still have a few review books to get to, so I need to read those. They are “While Beauty Slept” by Elizabeth Blackwell (need to finish that), and “Fighter” by Chris Greenwood. But I just got Adam Braun’s “The Promise of a Pencil” from the library, and I think I might read that, first — it looks soooo good! [if you get the chance, watch Adam's interview with Marie Forleo... it's how I found out about him and his book, and it made me want to know more!]



PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own WWW Wednesdays post, or share your answers in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks!  :D

Teaser Tuesdays (Apr. 8)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

RightBrainBusinessPlan_JenniferLeeMy Teasers:

“It’s not about the size of your team. It’s about the quality of your players.”

~ p.138, “The Right-Brain Business Plan” by Jennifer Lee

 

 

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Teaser Tuesdays post, or share your ‘teasers’ in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks! :D

{The link for the comments is at the BOTTOM of this post.}

Musing Mondays (Apr. 7)

MusingMondays5Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…

• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it! 
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.
• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!

My Musing:

I bought more books. I know. I just can’t help myself! LOL. One of them is “Christian Coaching (2nd Edition)” by Gary Collins, which I shared about last Monday.

I also bought “Leadership Coaching” by Tony Stoltzfus, and “The Righteous Mind” by Jonathan Haidt. Here are their descriptions (from GoodReads):

StolzfusTony_LeadershipCoachingLeadership Coaching is an essential tool for anyone who wants to learn to coach or improve their coaching skills. Written by a top Christian coach trainer, it is filled with real-life stories, practical tools and application exercises that bring coaching techniques to life.

Part I is an in-depth look at how coaching fits with the purposes of God builds leaders, this book goes beyond proof-texting to present an integrated, values-based paradigm for leadership coaching. Part II uses a hands-on, interactive approach to show you how to coach.

Utilizing the seven key elements of effective coaching as a framework, each facet of the coaching relationship is explained in detail. Then follow-up Master Class sections help you internalize the key concepts and try them out in real life.

Leadership coaching is a great introduction to a powerful way of helping others grow.

 

HaidtJonathan_TheRighteousMindAs America descends deeper into polarization and paralysis, social psychologist Jonathan Haidt has done the seemingly impossible—challenged conventional thinking about morality, politics, and religion in a way that speaks to everyone on the political spectrum. Drawing on his twenty five years of groundbreaking research on moral psychology, he shows how moral judgments arise not from reason but from gut feelings. He shows why liberals, conservatives, and libertarians have such different intuitions about right and wrong, and he shows why each side is actually right about many of its central concerns.

In this subtle yet accessible book, Haidt gives you the key to understanding the miracle of human cooperation, as well as the curse of our eternal divisions and conflicts. If you’re ready to trade in anger for understanding, read The Righteous Mind.

 

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Musing Mondays post, or share your answers in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks! :D

The Sunday Review (Apr. 6)

Instead of boring everyone with my weekly business updates — which is what my Sunday Salon / Sunday Posts have been taken over by, recently — I have decided to create a new feature called “The Sunday Review” and share it over at the Mizbooks Media blog.

SundayReview

If you’d like to keep up to date with how my business is going, you’re welcome to go on over and follow me there! Happy reading, everyone!

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Friday Finds (Apr. 4)

FridayFinds_bringOntheInkFRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).

So, come on — share with us your FRIDAY FINDS!



My Finds:

PulliamLisa_ImpactMyLife  PulliamLisa_JourneyToFreedom  TomlinsonShellie_HeartWideOpen

Impact My Life” by Elisa Pulliam
Journey to Freedom” by Elisa Pulliam
Heart Wide Open” by Shellie Rushing Tomlinson



PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Friday Finds post, or share your ‘finds’ in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks! :D

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