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Book Review: Your Beautiful Purpose: Discovering and Enjoying What GodCan Do Through You

Your+Beautiful+Purpose+Book+CoverTitle: Your Beautiful Purpose: Discovering and Enjoying What God Can Do Through You
Author: Susie Larson
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
January 1, 2013
ISBN-10: 0764210661
ISBN-13: 978-0764210662
Genre: Christian LivingPopular Radio Host Shows Women How to Embrace God’s Unique Call for Their Life
From the Back Cover
Let God Breathe a Fresh Purpose Into Your SoulWe so want each day to matter–to serve God in big and small ways. But how, especially when everyday responsibilities, work, fears, and other obstacles get in the way? Like a trusted friend, Susie Larson shares practical, scriptural ways to overcome whatever keeps us from living fully in God’s will. Susie will help you learn to:

– Discern the best use of your time and gifts

– Confidently pursue God’s unique desires for you

– Stretch your faith and deepen your impact

Respond today to that nudge in your spirit–that desire to use your gifts and passions more fully in God’s work. Lay down lesser commitments and lay hold of God’s beautiful purpose for your life.

Susie Larson’s Your Beautiful Purpose was a breath of fresh air. I felt as though every page brought Gods wisdom, like a refreshing wind. The encouragement to embrace fully Gods divine purpose for me was spot on and easy to walk out.
The gentle way she brings attention to our tendency to want what someone else is living, made me not only aware of areas that need Christ’s’ light, but gave me voice to address it and adjust.
Each and every one of us has a journey, a purpose to walk out. This book equips you with Gods word and promises, paving the way to complete the journey you were created to complete.

If you or someone you know is questioning your purpose here or how to accomplish your purpose then this book is for you. It is encouraging. Uplifting. Positive. And has an empowering feel.
Your Beautiful Purpose is a book that any woman who feels they have I purpose within them, screaming to get out. $12.02. 240 pages.

Flattering Curves Ahead

Morning conversation with my 13-year-old.

Flattering curves ahead. 

There are 3-4 basic body types that find their uniqueness in each girl/woman. When we spend our time wishing, we were a different body type we zap out the ability to shine in our individuality and personal God given beauty.

Pick out 4-6 things that you LOVE about your body. Focus on these things. Thank God for them. What are the few things you do not like so much about your body? What could you do to improve those things? Pray and ask God to help you see yourself the way He sees you.

Thank God for creating you just the way you are…uniquely beautiful. There is NOONE like you. Embrace that and SHINE.


5 great books every mom should read with their girl

I am a book junkie and by DNA my girls have become the same.  Books have become an avenue of learning, communicating and planning for each of us.  Below are a few books that were invaluable resources for my girls as they grew older.  They each speak to the heart of their God created femininity and encourages them to embrace not only that but the God who created them in His image.
1.  The Princess and the Kiss (A Story of God’s Gift of Purity) By: Jennie Bishop
I absolutely loved this book and the heart behind it.  The author states
“I asked God how I could teach my young daughters the value of their purity, how I could begin in their early years to stress the importance and beauty of saving themselves for marriage.  This is God’s poignant answer.  My prayer is that this simple story will fulfill the same purpose for many other loving parents.”
That is exactly what this book did for me.  It allowed me to gently introduce my young girls to the idea that they have a valuable gift that is theirs to decide to whom and when they would give away.
I began reading this to my girls around preschool age, simply as a bedtime story or for general reading.  By kindergarten/first grade we read the book as a bible study and included the “Life Lessons” along with the book.  They loved it.  Now since I only had girls until recently I never read The Squire and the Scroll“, but currently have and for my boys.  That’s another post.  🙂
2.  Secret Keeper Girl (8 Great Dates for you and your daughter) By: Dannah Gresh
This was and is a wonderful experience and journey that I have had the honor to travel with two of my girls so far.  It is wonderful to watch them as they “get it”.  This book is arranged in 8 dates that you will plan and enjoy with your tween/teen daughter.  The intent is to teach them the power of true beauty and modesty.  It allows mothers to connect one on one with their daughters during a time that has been deemed the “turbulent” years.  Well I say “No” to that.  We serve a big God and I have never read that in the bible.  You will bond with your daughter while at the same time teach her the vital truth about beauty in a world that bombards them with lies.  This was a great second step to teaching my daughters about modesty, purity, and sexuality.  The world seeks to empower women, but one of the greatest powers you can teach your daughter is the power of modesty and embracing their God centered confidence.
3.  5 Conversations you must have with your daughter By: Vicki Courtney
From the book:
From the cradle to college, tell your daughters the truth about life before they believe the culture’s lies.
For mothers with girls newborn to eighteen, Five Conversations You Must Have with Your Daughter is simply a must-have book. Youth culture commentator Vicki Courtney helps moms pinpoint and prepare the discussions that should be ongoing in their daughters’ formative years.
To fully address the dynamic social and spiritual issues and influencers at hand, several chapters are written for each of the conversations, which are:
1. You are more than the sum of your parts
2. Don’t be in such a hurry to grow up
3. Sex is great and worth the wait
4. It’s OK to dream about marriage and motherhood
5. Girls gone wild are a dime a dozen—dare to be virtuous
4.  Preparing your daughter for every woman’s battle By: Shannon Ethridge
From back of book: Long before we may realize it, our daughters are bombarded with messages about sex-from friends, advertisers, media icons  and more.  All of this input – along with the whirlwind of emotions that accompany puberty-can leave them confused, filled with unasked questions about boys, dating, sex and their own value.
While you may believe that your preteen or early adolescent is too young for “the talk”, now is the perfect time for creative conversations about sexuality.  By introducing key principles and truths during these teachable years; you can lay a foundation that will help your daughter withstand the inevitable pressures young women face.  And you will create a lasting bond, establishing yourself as a trustworthy authority who is willing to help her address the sensitive issues in her life.
I must say that I am currently reading this book with my 13 year old who is in 7th grade public middle school.  The journey we have walked since she was younger-fostering a comfort zone for her to ask question and/or validate things she has heard at school is priceless.  You want to be the person that lays the foundation for your daughter.  Even if you has all the best friends that have the same convictions you are rising your daughter with, believe me she will have a class or be in the lunch room and hear some not so clean things.  You want to create a foundation that she feels comfortable coming to you with any kind of question and know that you will shoot straight.
This book is broken into two sections.  The first is intended to be read by the mother alone as a preparation of what to plan and how to approach some subjects.  The second part is intended for mother and daughter to go through together.
5.  For Young Women only By: Shaunti Feldhahn & Lisa A. Rice
My 13 year old read this book and I will be posting her book review shortly
Book description:
Unlock the Male Mystery

Guys will be guys. And now girls can know what that means! For Young Women Only dives into the mysterious inner-workings of the teenage male mind so that you can begin to understand why guys say and do what they do. Exploring critical topics including respect, insecurity, appearance, physical affection, and the “tough and tender”-ness of guys, this book is also packed with “ask the expert” sections, quotes, and fun personal stories from guys in all walks of life. Why is he so visually stimulated? You may wish it weren’t so, but that won’t make it so. I don’t want to put on a front for him to like me. Actually, he wants your genuineness, too! This book will help you grasp how God wired the opposite sex so you can enjoy your relationships with them.

Why Are Guys So Weird?

Unravel the mystery. A national scientific survey and in-depth personal interviews give you an unprecedented look inside the teenage male mind. Discover how: He’d be perfectly fine if he was loved by few and hated by many…as long as he was respected by all His ego is the size of Africa (but so are his insecurities) He hides his real feelings under a tough exterior He’s magnetized by pretty girls–but also wants to find a diamond in the rough He actually does want to marry a virgin He just wants you to be yourself.

It’s the inside scoop you’ve been waiting for! You’ll come to not only understand him, but also know what he might really be thinking about you.

“This is a phenomenal book that I wish I’d had as a teenager!”
-Shannon Ethridge, Bestselling author, Every Young Woman’s Battle
“Girls, this book is a MUST-read!”
-Candace Cameron Bure, Actress, speaker
Story Behind the Book

“My teenage daughter really needs to hear this!” Such was the typical reaction from countless men and women who read Shaunti Feldhahn ’s bestselling For Women Only.“If forty-year-old women are surprised by the truth about how men think, we realized the value in helping teenagers discover these realities as well,” says Shaunti. Teaming with her best friend Lisa Rice, a mother of teen girls and the coauthor of For Women Only Discussion Guide, they launched a major national survey of guys fifteen to twenty. Their surprising findings are revealed here to help girls improve their relationships with the opposite sex, now and into the future.

In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day: How to Survive and Thrive WhenOpportunity Roars

In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day: How to Survive and Thrive When Opportunity Roars

Mark Batterson



Every page of this book, I felt was meant for me personally. Have you ever picked up a book and felt like the author read your diary?

 I just finished this  incredibly encouraging book this past week and I felt like God was speaking to me through this book. I have had even more peace and confidence since reading this book. I have felt for a while God challenging me to take him out of my small minded box and allow him to do great things in my life. I have now passed this book in to my 13 year old. My prayer is that she grabs ahold of this at 13, and allows God to use her as a lion chaser. To work mightily in her life and accomplish things she could never fathom in her own.

This is a book I would recommend to anyone who is willing to be used mightily by God.

In summary seven skills are needed if you want to be a lion chaser:

You must comprehend the infiniteness of God so that you can believe He can help you defy the odds.

Face your fears, or they’ll hold you back forever. Learn to reframe your problems through daily bible reading (input), prayer, and worship which will then…

Shift your perspective so that your problem becomes less significant and God’s greatness becomes more evident.

You must take risk which is the essence of faith.

Be ready to seize the opportunity but you must SEE it to seize it. HOW?

Get yourself in tune with the Holy Spirit by listening to His still, small voice prompting you and believe that He is setting you up for success.

Accept you are going to look foolish sometimes, as chasing a lion usually looks pretty crazy to everyone else.

Just a few of the highlights I took away from reading this book:

Faith is embracing the uncertainties of life. It is chasing the lions that cross our paths. It is recognizing a divine appointment when you see one. Embrace uncertainty. It is called romance. Embrace spiritual uncertainty. It’s called mystery. Embrace occupational uncertainty. It’s called destiny. Embrace emotional uncertainty. It is called joy. Embrace intellectual uncertainty. It’s called revelation.


Sometimes uncertainty forces us to pray like it depends on God.

Someday we may be as grateful for the bad things as the good things, because the bad things helped prepare us for the good things. 

Our past problems often prepare us for future opportunities.

We should stop asking God to get us out of difficult circumstances and start asking Him what He wants us to get out of those difficult circumstances.

God wants us to learn to see bad experiences through the good we have gained from them.

God will use our pain for someone else’s gain.

Don’t accumulate possessions: accumulate experiences!

Our confidence is contingent upon the character of God. Our circumstances many not make sense, but we know that God is planning His work and working His plan.

Opportunities often look like insurmountable obstacles.

We are control freaks. I am definitely one…but faith involves a loss of control. And with the loss of control comes the loss of certainty. 

Faith is the willingness and readiness to embrace those uncertainties. 

Often times the greatest moments in life are unscripted. They are unrehearsed and unplanned and unpredictable and that is precisely what makes them unforgettable. So expect the unexpected and learn to enjoy the journey.

Think of every opportunity as a gift from God. What you do with that opportunity is your gift to God.

Spiritual maturity is seeing and seizing God-ordained opportunities.

God is in the business of strategically positioning us in the right place at the right time. But the right place often seems like the wrong place, and the right time often seems like the wrong time.

Goodness is not the absence of badness. You can do nothing wrong and still do nothing right. 

Our calling is much higher than simply running away from what is wrong and looking for opportunities in our problems and obstacles, and take risks to reach for God’s best.

No adversity equals no opportunity.

Prayer is less about changing our circumstances and more about changing our perspective. 

Worship is forgetting about what’s wrong with you and remembering what is right with God. 

God wants us to learn to see bad experiences through the good we have gained from them. 

The circumstances you complain about become chains that imprison you. 

And worship is the way out.” 

Worship is the best way to reframe a problem.”

From the book:

Your greatest regret at the end of your life will be the lions you didn’t chase. You will look back longingly on risks not taken, opportunities not seized, and dreams not pursued. Stop running away from what scares you most and start chasing the God-ordained opportunities that cross your path. In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day is inspired by one of the most obscure yet courageous acts recorded in Scripture, a blessed and audacious act that left no regrets: “Benaiah chased a lion down into a pit. Then, despite the snow and slippery ground, he caught the lion and killed it” (2 Samuel 23:20 -21). Unleash the lion chaser within!

What if the life you really want, and the future God wants for you, is hiding right now in your biggest problem, your worst failure…your greatest fear?

Story Behind the Book

“Our best days often start out as our worst days. And our greatest opportunities are often disguised as our biggest problems. You can land in a pit with a lion on a snowy day, and it will seem like the end of the road. But God is in the recycling business. He recycles past experiences and uses them to prepare us for future opportunities. That is the story of my life. And that is the story of your life. Look in the rearview mirror long enough and you’ll see that God has purposely positioned you everywhere you’ve been—even when it seemed you’d taken a wrong turn.”

—Mark Batterson