Dance, Stand, Run: The God Inspired Moves of a Woman on Holy Ground
- Let Go of Your Pride, Lose Your Cool for Jesus
- In the chapter, Teach Us How to Pray, Jess is talking about Peter and his willingness to do just about anything just to be close to Jesus. It’s one thing to read the bible story about Peter stepping out of the boat and onto the water, but when I really think about that happening in real life I am certain I wouldn’t have been able to do the same. Not only would walking on water terrify me (of little faith), but I would be so afraid to fail in front of my friends. Peter clearly didn’t care about anything other than being near Jesus – how beautiful.
- I for sure know that I want to live an abundant, vibrant, wild, beautiful, intimate life with Jesus. And I for sure don’t want to meet Jesus at Heaven’s gate and realize I half-assed it because I was afraid of what other people might think. And do you know what’s even better… I can live abundantly just as I am. I don’t have to get perfect first, thank you LORD.
- Cursing vs. Blessing
- As a collective, we really enjoy letting people know how we feel about their life decisions. For example, “you guys shouldn’t wait too long to have kids because the older you get the harder it becomes”. This is something that’s been on my heart, and I have plans to write a more personal post on it, but Jess lays it all out in the Shoulds, Could, and High Pitched Squeals chapter and I was shouting amens while I read it. When we feel the need to share our opinions with others, we can choose instead to speak life – “how fun that you two have this time together”. The book spends about two pages on this subject and those two pages alone are worth purchasing the book. More to come on this.
Love Lives Here: Finding What You Need in a World Telling You What You Want
- We All Start by Starting: When Maria first started dating Bob, he asked her to go rock climbing, and although she agreed the night before she told Bob that she didn’t think she could do it.
- “We all start by starting. It’s usually the first step that’s the hardest. You raise a hand. You admit the problem. You ask for help. You tie the knot. You start climbing. Everything after starting is just making the next move.”
- Go Be Your Family, Not Someone Else’s (YAS PUHLEEEEEEEASE)
- “The thing I’m learning about comparison is that the only way it will ever leave us alone is if we name it for what it is and then ignore it completely.”
- “Wanting to be a better version of you is worthwhile. Desiring change is maturity. Hoping to be someone else is just wasting your time.”
- “We don’t need a plan to be us, and we don’t need permission either; we just need to begin.”
- “I’ve come to realize that gold is rarely found on the surface around gold mines or in our lives. The good stuff usually takes some digging to get to.”
The Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom
A full Whole30 post is in the docket, but for now, I will say that I could not have done the Whole30 (for any amount of time) without this book. And in case you’re feeling like this doesn’t count as a book – it does! I think that’s important to note because to fully understand the Whole30 I really think you need to hunker down and read this guy cover-to-cover. Now that I’m not doing Whole30 anymore, I don’t have this book on my counter but I’ll probably pull it out every so often for a recipe…or if I take a shot at another Whole30.
February reading has already started, and all three books are about business. What I’m most excited about is reading on our train ride from Montreal to Quebec City during our Canada getaway – *please be snowing*. To purchase any of the books I reviewed today, just click the links below!