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Kristin’s Book List | February 2014

Here are a few quick reviews of the books that I have been reading recently. I always love to hear your recommendations, so feel free to leave a comment and let me know what books you have been loving recently.

I Will Carry You| Angie Smith

This is the first book that I read after we lost our daughter and it was an incredibly moving. It chronicles Angie Smith’s own journey of losing a child. I cried a lot of tears while I read her story of the pain, but also of the joy that even a short life brings. Ultimately, I was so blessed to read Angie’s story and to see her faith lived out through one of the hardest things a person can face. I think this book is a reminder in any trial or valley that God is there for us, and that He teaches us so much about Himself even in our darkest hour.

Chasing God| Angie Smith

When I finished reading “I Will Carry You” I decided to get a few of Angie’s other books. This is her newest book, and it was so, so good. She discusses in this book her own journey of going from a woman chasing after God, and trying to follow a set of rules, or live up to what she thought she should be to being a woman that just wanted to know God more. She went from knowing about God, to knowing God. I found myself using my highlighter often because she just had so much good to say about who God is and how we should respond to Him because of who He is.

Restless| Jennie Allen

I was first introduced to Jennie Allen last year when I read her first book “Anything”. The book changed me in so many ways and was just so eye opening to me. So, when I was presented with the opportunity from the publisher to review her most recent book “Restless”,  I was so excited because I knew that it would be great. I was definitely not disappointed. Jennie discusses the life of Joseph to show how all of the situations of our lives work together to make us who we are and to equip us for what He has called us to do.  She talks about how God used every season of his life to make him a man who would save many lives, and how we should view our lives through the lens of the Gospel and how we can point others to Christ. She discusses the different “threads” of our lives such as our: gifts, passions, places, relationships, and sufferings work together to form us and shape us into a person that God can use to bring glory to Himself. I love how she has so much insight into why we hold back from what God has called us to do and how our passions point to what God has for us in this life. There is also a Bible study and DVD available to go along with this study, and Jennie is currently hosting an online book club to discuss the book. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone that is wanting to do something big in their lives, or feels like they are stuck.

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