All posts filed under: Personal Development

I believe that for a person to be successfully fulfilled in any area they’d find themselves, they’d have to keep in pace with the trends of times. Blog posts under this category are written and dedicated to the purpose of enlightening and encouraging people to step up and not be afraid to keep up with the ever-changing world while maintaining their values. The changes in the world can always be used to the artist’s advantage.

Book Review ~ All of Us Warriors: Cancer Stories of Survival & Loss By Rebecca Whitehead Munn

About the Book In All of Us Warriors, Rebecca Whitehead Munn paints a realistic picture of the impact cancer has on an individual’s life, and she attempts to demystify the experience by sharing heartfelt stories from twenty survivors and the loved ones of those that passed. They are mothers and fathers with seven types of cancers and all stages of the disease, as well as advice regarding how to approach someone you love living with cancer and tips and tricks for helping others feel joy in the midst of pain. This inspirational book provides a positive outlook of strength and perseverance through belief in a higher power, reinforcing the idea that the reader is stronger than cancer and not alone, and offering real strategies that cannot be found in online medical sites. Like a conversation with a new best friend (or twenty of them), All of Us Warriors is full of understanding, acceptance, and practical advice gained from personal experience. Category Nonfiction/Inspirational Genre Health and Fitness/Healthcare /Healing Rating 5 Stars Review This is a book that will pull …

Devotional Review ~ Take Back Your Life By Levi Lusko

Category Non-fiction/Christian/Adult Genre Christian Living/Devotional Rating 4 Stars Review Take Your Life Back is a devotional armed with words that help re-direct the reader to consider a lot of the things they’ve taken into their system, which have changed how they view their lives. Many people suffer from the struggle of viewing their lives as victorious, because of the standard set up in and by the world. Take Your Life Back challenges to you rethink the standards by which you judge your life and your worth, and then, intentionally align your life to God’s Word. This is a forty-day journey that will lead you to come back to the Word of God and believe what God says about His children. *Though I offer this review to the public, it is my opinion and simply that. Appreciation to Flyby Promotions for a free copy in exchange for my honest opinion. About Levi Lusko Levi Lusko is the founder and lead pastor of Fresh Life Church, located in Montana, Wyoming, Oregon, and Utah. He is the bestselling …

Book Review ~ The Prayer of Agur: Ancient Wisdom for Discovering Your Sweet Spot in Life By Jay Payleitner

About the Book “Give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread.” Proverbs 30:8 This simple, unexpected request from a little-known biblical author named Agur is the only prayer in all of Proverbs, and it offers life-changing potential. Imagine finding new purpose and contentment in your work, personal ministry, and relationships. Open your heart to Agur’s wit and wisdom, and you can learn to – escape imbalance – overcome fear of failure and eliminate envy – joyfully pursue your passions – reap the eternal rewards of trusting God – find your personal sweet spot In our modern, busy lives, embracing balance leads us away from bad decision-making and the emotional cost of trying to do too much or survive with too little. This engaging and practical book faithfully unpacks Agur’s humble prayer. Read it in an evening. Affirm it for a lifetime. Share it with those you love. Category Religious/Christian/Nonfiction Genre Christian Living/Prayer Rating 4.5 Stars Review The Prayer of Agur is drawn from the Book of Proverbs, chapter 30—a well …

Book Review ~ Moving Beyond Anxiety By David Chadwick

About the Book 12 Ways God Can Help You Conquer Anxiety Do you feel like a cloud of worry follows wherever you go? Do you dread the unknown? In today’s anxiety economy its raising stress levels, it’s no secret that fear is often at the root of our problems. The key to overcoming your anxiety is found in the person of Jesus. He calls us to trust rather than despair—to “not be anxious” (Matthew 6:25), and to cast all our cares on him (1 Peter 5:7). Author David Chadwick shares 12 ways you can overcome life’s fears and worries—all of which come straight from Scripture and include… Focusing on faith Praying Caring for your health Remembering God’s promises Finding good teammates Developing an eternal perspective Moving Beyond Anxiety will equip you to defeat worry and fear by trusting God and exercising your faith daily. As you immerse yourself in God’s truth, you will discover it is truly the most powerful antidote to anxiety. Category Religious/Christian/Non-fiction Genre Christian Living/Faith/Anxiety Rating 4.5 Stars Review This book dives deep …

Book Review ~ The Collagen Diet: A 28-Day Plan for Sustained Weight Loss, Glowing Skin, Great Gut Health, and a Younger You By Dr. Josh Axe

About the Book Dr. Josh Axe, bestselling author of Keto Diet and Eat Dirt, explains how to lose weight, prevent disease, improve your digestion, and renew your youth by taking advantage of dietary collagen. Today, interest in dietary collagen is growing at an astounding rate, and with good reason. The benefits of a collagen-rich diet are remarkable, ranging from better weight control to enhanced digestion, clearer skin, reduced inflammation, and improved immune function. Dietary collagen provides a unique blend of amino acids and other compounds, making it critical for everyone, including infants, young children, the elderly, athletes, pregnant women, new mothers, and adult men and women. Simply put: When we don’t get enough of the beneficial compounds found in collagen-rich foods, we experience more injuries, chronic aches and pain, digestive issues, and other symptoms associated with aging. And most people don’t get enough. Collagen is the missing ingredient that can help all of us live longer, healthier, more vital lives. In The Collagen Diet, Dr. Axe describes how collagen helps maintain the structure and integrity of almost every part …

Book Review ~ Jesus, Day by Day: A One-year through-the-Bible Devotional to Help You See Him on Every Page By Sharon Kaselonis

About the Book This unique 365-day devotional infuses your daily Bible reading with deeper meaning, helping you develop the habit of looking for signs of Jesus woven throughout Scripture while meditating on the Bible with a chronological one-year reading plan. Jesus is the very essence of the Scriptures. The Old Testament points to Him and the New Testament reveals Him. If we look for Him, we will find Him on every page and in every story. When reading through the lens of Jesus, we find purpose in the Old Testament sacrifices; pictures of our Savior in the rejection and heartache of Joseph; a future hope pointing directly to Christ in the sweet love story of Ruth and Boaz; and meaning to even the deepest sorrows in Job. This daily devotional will help you learn to recognize Jesus written on every page of God’s story. Come along on a journey that will… – guide you in reading the entire Bible, chronologically, in one year – help you see connections to Jesus throughout the Old Testament – …

Article ~ Conversations with God (Part 3): Unpleasant Revelations

When things go wrong and we don’t understand why, especially after we’ve tried everything in our power to fix it, and prayed every prayer we know to pray, and yet the situation remains unchanging or grows worse, we often come to God baffled, and sometimes even, indignant, with questions about why He’s letting things unfold the way that they are without intervening. It’s not wrong to ask why (as long as you do it from a posture of humility and not entitlement), as God Himself invited us to do so, saying, “Call to Me, and I will answer you and, show you great and mighty things that you do not know” (Jeremiah 33:3).  Don’t be surprised if God will show you baffling things that you never knew were intertwined with the events that have happened to you. You may ask God why your third marriage has failed and why He did nothing to change the heart of your spouse despite your endless prayers, and God may show you a cycle of bad behavior that started …

Article ~ Conversations with God (Part 2): Literal Reply

When Jesus was on earth, He often made literal statements and replies to His disciples’ questions, that they didn’t understand. Sometimes it was because He kept understanding from them until they were mature and prepared enough to understand (like when He first predicted His death, Luke 9:43-45), or they simply couldn’t accept His words because they sounded too “wonderful” or overwhelming to be true (like when He predicted His second death, Matthew 17:22-23; and when He was going to raise Lazarus from death, John 11:11-16). The greatest example of this, of course, is their assumption that He’d come to restore the earthly Israel kingdom and overthrow the Roman Empire (Acts 1:6-8), when in fact, the prophecy from God clearly stated that Jesus’ purpose on earth was to “save His people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21; Luke 2:29-32). Since their minds were fixed toward a particular dream that they wanted Him to fulfill, His words often contradicted their expectations, and so collided with their dreams and created a chaos of confusion, because His words would not …

Book Review ~ Jesus In Me: Experiencing the Holy Spirit as a Constant Companion By Anne Graham Lotz

About the Book In Jesus in Me, Anne Graham Lotz draws on her rich biblical knowledge as well as her personal journey—including her recent cancer diagnosis—to help us understand that the Holy Spirit is not a magic genie, a flame of fire, or a vague feeling. He is a Person who prays for us, guides us in our relationships and decisions, comforts us in pain, and stays by our side at all times. In this seminal teaching, she explores seven key aspects of the Holy Spirit that will revolutionize how you understand and relate to this vital third Person in the Trinity. As Anne writes, “One of my deepest, richest joys has been discovering by experience who the Holy Spirit is in every step of my life’s journey. Each name that He has been given—Helper, Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor, Counselor, Strengthener, and Standby—reveals another aspect of His beautiful character and has provoked in me a deep love for the One who is my constant Companion . . . Jesus in me.” Discover how to better love and rely …

Book Review ~ Something Needs to Change: A Call to Make Your Life Count in a World of Urgent Need By David Platt

About the Book USA TODAY, PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, AND ECPA BESTSELLER – The author of Radical takes readers on a soul-searching journey through impoverished villages in the Himalayan mountains, daring them to make a difference in a world of urgent need, starting right where they live. “Grippingly vulnerable and unforgettable. I could not put this book down.”–Ann Voskamp, author of One Thousand Gifts While leading a team on a week-long trek of the Himalayas, bestselling author and pastor David Platt was stunned by the human needs he encountered, an experience so dramatic that it “changed the trajectory of my life.” Meeting a man who’d lost his eye from a simple infection and seeing the faces of girls stolen from their families and trafficked in the cities, along with other unforgettable encounters, opened his eyes to the people behind the statistics and compelled him to wrestle with his assumptions about faith. In Something Needs to Change, Platt invites readers to come along on both the adventure of the trek, as well as the adventure of seeking answers to tough questions like, “Where is God in the …