“Living Beyond Pain,” a Book Review.

“Living Beyond Pain, A Holistic Approach to Manage Pain and Get Your Life Back” by Linda S. Mintle, PhD and James W. Kribs, DO, is an incredibly powerful resource. The authors use a faith-based approach, with well-researched information and extensive experience in their professional fields to help readers free themselves from the grip of chronic pain. “If you give in completely to despair, you arrive at hopelessness,” the authors write, “But if you hold on to hope, you can survive and even thrive during the most difficult days.”

The book is well organized into two longer sections, “Understanding Pain” and “Tools for Pain Management,” followed by the final section, “Hope and Resilience.” Many of the tools in the central focus of the book are changes readers are admonished to embrace: change in structure, beliefs, thoughts, emotions, relationships, stress, and lifestyle. With a chapter devoted to each change, the authors fully equip readers to understand and apply these changes practically and effectively to their everyday lives.

The faith-based encouragement, and the way the authors wisely rooted life changes in the truth of Scripture, will undoubtably bring forth healthy fruit in the lives of those who pursue them. “Help comes from God, who is ever present,” the authors write, “God is not only our present help in times of trouble but also the God of more than enough, El Shaddai. Call on him.”

I highly recommend this book, not only to those who suffer chronic pain, but any kind of pain. Whether recovering from an injury, coping with a chronic condition, or the crippling effects of anxiety, this book is an invaluable resource. The Biblical wisdom, extensive education, and experience in pain treatment gives readers a well-rooted confidence in the authors’ words.

I was given a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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“Difference Makers,” by Gregg Matte

“When the rain falls, the church rises.” Gregg Matte, “Difference Makers.”

Some books grip the reader from the start. This is one of those books. We live in an era where social media has afforded many a pulpit to preach from and all of our messages are aired out and scrolled though in the palm of everyone’s hand. This book is an important reminder for God’s church to get up and go. We’re not all called to travel the world, but we can all be difference makers in the places God has put us …purposefully. “We have to have courage,” Matte writes, “Courage isn’t the absence of fear; it’s the absence of self.” 

The book is broken up into eleven quick-read chapters with riveting stories and inspiring lessons in each one. Matte often references the impact Hurricane Harvey had on his community. Truly a marking experience for all who have weathered such a storm. He also does a fantastic job at alerting us to our unique purpose and place in this life. The average person often doubts they can make a difference, but in Christ, no one is any greater than the other. The powerful truth is that we are all staged to make an impact whether or not we’ve been given a stage or a platform. 

I highly recommend this book. It will challenge all who read it to ignite the inner difference maker and go out into their piece of the world ready to answer the call of the Gospel. 

“God’s calling us to do something far more difficult than obnoxiously picket, parade, and shout at people with blow horns. He’s calling us to love well and reach out.”  Gregg Matte, “Difference Makers.”

(I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.)

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“Disciple Her,” by Kandi Gallaty, Book Review

“It’s a misconception to think that living missionary means you need to go overseas. That is definitely part of it, but what it means more accurately is that your perspective of your everyday life needs to shift. You view things from a kingdom perspective: the people around you are not just outer shells, they are embodied souls in need of a Savior.” – Gallaty, “Disciple Her”

Kandi Gallaty speaks life into the hearts of everyone woman seeking to obey Jesus’ command to “go and make disciples.” This book allows readers to see discipleship as an everyday reality rather than a daunting task. So many of us lead and attend Bible studies, but yearn for the next step in our faith. This book is a great place to dive head first into the next level of growth in our faith.  

Gallaty provides guidance based on real life experience leading and discipling women. The book is divided into two parts, the first defining discipleship and the latter teaching how to start a Discipleship Group.  

I have led a Women’s Bible Study Group for years, and appreciate the knowledge and confidence this book has given me to take my faith and my leadership to the next level. It’s both uplifting and challenging.

For those looking to take their faith to the next level, this book is a must read. I highly recommend it to Bible Study leaders and teachers. However, any group of friends with a goal to seek more of Christ will benefit from the powerful truths and accountability this book offers.

“Transparency is needed and trust is necessary. We have to remember that when things can’t be explained, we can simultaneously share our lament with others and also trust the God of the universe.” -Gallaty, “Disciple Her”

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Secret Keeper Girl

Book Review: Secret Keeper Girl: The Power of Modesty for Tweens

This book came at the perfect time for my pre-teen!

I’m not even sure she realized the comparisons that were already starting to pop up on her radar and amongst her peers. This vulnerable age requires unique guidance, and Dannah Gresh does a phenomenal job at meeting girls where they are at. In this new phase of their lives, she guides them by providing powerful Scriptures and breaking them down in a way that they can easily apply them to their everyday lives. For example, Gresh incorporates Titus 2:12, “God wants us to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures and live good, God-fearing lives day after day,” to open up a discussion about living according to God’s standards versus the world’s.

“So, grab the cute dress. Sew some funky patches onto your worn-out jeans. Have a facial night with your BFF! These things aren’t bad or sinful in and of themselves, but BE CAREFUL about why you like them.” – Dannah Gresh, Secret Keeper Girl: The Power of Modesty.

My daughter picked this book up and started glancing through it before I finished it and  passed it on to her. The way that it is put together, weaving eye-grabbing graphics, pulled-out quotes and verses, and cute cartoon character pictures, grabbed her interest immediately. Plus, what pre-teen girl isn’t curious about secrets?

As a parent, I feel better equipped to meet my daughter in conversation about modesty on her level. Thank you for your faithfulness to write this book, Dannah!(I received a copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.)Happy Reading!!