Think Again by Jared Mellinger

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Evaluating yourself—being mindful of who you are and what you are doing—is necessary and can lead to positive change.

But what about the dark side of introspection? Do you ever feel weighed down and exhausted by your own self-analysis? Perhaps you made a mistake, said a careless word, or even messed up big time. Your self-examination spirals into a full-blown cross-examination. You keep revisiting what happened. Your mind circles around the event, fruitlessly trying to somehow make the outcome different so you don’t feel the embarrassment, shame, and regret.

The modern self-esteem movement has left us empty and self-focused. We exhaust our healthy introspection and pervert it into constant self-evaluation, wrong views of ourselves, self-accusation, and false guilt. Introspection was never meant to bear such weight.

Think Again offers real relief from the burden of introspection that so many of us carry each day. Pastor Jared Mellinger, who tends to overdose on self-analysis himself, shows us how the hope of the gospel can rescue us from the bad fruit of unsound introspection. Mellinger’s short, story-filled chapters help readers identify and turn away from unhealthy introspection.

There is an outward-focused God who delights to rescue an inward-focused people and lead them into a better way to live. When we truly understand it, we’ll see that the gospel actually sets us free from thinking about ourselves too much. We can seek after and pray for the peace and joy—the sanity—that comes from thinking about ourselves less often. Think Again includes practical instructions for self-examination, fighting false guilt, breaking free from hyper-introspection, and more. Ultimately, Think Again demonstrates that the solution to thinking too much about ourselves is to look to Christ, and it gives readers the tools to begin to turn from the mirror.

Learn more, purchase a copy, and read a sample here.


My Thoughts

I am a fairly introverted person so, of course, introspection is something I do quite a bit.  I said something to someone.  Then the questioning and overthinking begins – Did I say the right thing?  Could I have worded it better?  What actually really *did* I say? What did they think of me?  I bet they were thinking ____.  Any other introspects around here?  Do you not totally get that??  It can be super frustrating because the mind is always wondering, questioning.  I really appreciate this book’s focus on our focus… To shift it off of ourselves and onto the One who deserves our full focus and glory.  I personally know the times in my life when I have felt the most freedom and fulfillment are the times when I was focused on helping and serving other.

Our society is so big on everything is about me, myself, and I.  We tell ourselves that we don’t take enough time for ourselves.  We don’t put ourselves first.  We don’t love ourselves enough.  While I think of course all of those things have their place (taking time out to refresh ourselves, making sure we have our basic needs met, and not practicing self-hatred), I think, as Christians, we would be a WHOLE lot more happier, more joyful, and more content when we get the focus off of me, me, me, and onto Him, the One who knows us better than we know ourselves!

I really am enjoying this book!!  If you have moment of too much introspection or you know someone who does, I’d recommend buying this book or checking it out of a library.  Your peace of mind – and your heart – will thank you.

*I was given a copy for free through Litfuse.  I was not required to give a positive review and the opinions and views expressed are my own.

NKJV Woman’s Study Bible Review and Giveaway

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Today, I have a review of the new NKJV Woman’s Study Bible for you, so keep reading to hear my thoughts.  Also be sure to enter the giveaway to win this Bible plus some fun other prizes that goes along with the giveaway.

You’re invited to receive God’s truth for balance, hope, and transformation in the fully revised and redesigned The NKJV Woman’s Study Bible. The new edition features a beautiful, full-color redesign and poignantly reveals the Word of God with Scripture insights and the contributions of more than eighty women from a wide variety of ethnic, denominational, educational, and occupational backgrounds. Special features designed to speak to a woman’s heart appear throughout the Bible text, revealing Scripture-based insights about how godly womanhood grows from a woman’s identity as a Christ-follower and a child of the Kingdom.

This spring, cultivate your heart’s spiritual roots and enter to win the Grow in the Word Giveaway!

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Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on April 27. The winner will be announced April 28 on the Litfuse blog.

 

The Woman’s Study Bible poignantly reveals the Word of God to women, inviting them to receive God’s truth for balance, hope, and transformation.  Special features designed to speak to a woman’s heart appear throughout the Bible text, revealing Scripture-based insights about how godly womanhood grows from a woman’s identity as a Christ-follower and a child of the Kingdom.

Now with a beautiful full-color redesign, The Woman’s Study Bible reflects the contributions of over 80 women from a wide variety of ethnic, denominational, educational, and occupational backgrounds. Since the publication of the first edition of The Woman’s Study Bible under the editorial guidance of Dorothy Kelley Patterson and Rhonda Harrington Kelley, this landmark study Bible has sold over 1.5 million copies.

Features Include:

-Beautiful full-color design throughout

-Detailed biographical portraits of over 100 biblical women

-Thousands of extensive verse-by-verse study notes

-Over 300 in-text topical articles on relevant issues

-Insightful essays by women who are recognized experts in the fields of theology, biblical studies, archaeology, and philosophy

-Book introductions and outlines

-Hundreds of full-color in-text maps, charts, timelines, and family trees

-Quotes from godly women throughout history

-Set of full-page maps of the biblical world

-Topical index

-Concordance

My Review

First off, it’s obviously the first thing you notice – just how BEAUTIFUL and PRETTY this Bible is?!!?  ROSE colored gilded pages?!?!  Yeah, that got me for sure!It really is a gorgeous design – I love the cloth over board version (they have it in other covers as well) with the flowers and pink colors. Something else you notice immediately upon opening up this Bible is that it is full color – not just color inserts or just a hint of color here or there, but on every page, and it just all flows and aesthetically is very pleasing.

In our evening church services we’ve been focusing on Esther lately, so I decided to focus a bit on Esther for this review.  Each book has beautiful (do you sense a word I keep using, haha) book introductions.

There are also Character Profiles scattered throughout and articles on relevant issues

Overall, this is a BEAUTIFUL Bible for any woman… and with Mother’s Day approaching, graduations coming up, this would be the perfect gift for that woman or girl in your life.  Don’t forget to enter the giveaway above!

*I was given a copy for free through Litfuse.  I was not required to give a positive review and the opinions and views expressed are my own.

Her Secret by Shelley Shepard Gray Amish Fiction Review

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Her Secret (Avon Inspire, March 2017)

A suspenseful tale of a young Amish woman who is forced to move to a new town to escape a threatening stalker

After a stalker went too far, Hannah Hilty and her family had no choice but to leave the bustling Amish community where she grew up. Now she’s getting a fresh start in Hart County, Kentucky…if only she wasn’t too scared to take it. Hannah has become afraid to trust anyone—even Isaac, the friendly Amish man who lives next door. She wonders if she’ll ever return to the trusting, easy-going woman she once was.

For Isaac Troyer, the beautiful girl he teasingly called “The Recluse” confuses him like no other. When he learns of her past, he knows he’s misjudged her. However, he also understands the importance of being grateful for God’s gifts, and wonders if they will ever have anything in common. But as Hannah and Isaac slowly grow closer, they realize that there’s always more to someone than meets the eye.

Just as Hannah is finally settling into her new life, and perhaps finding a new love, more secrets are revealed and tragedy strikes. Now Hannah must decide if she should run again or dare to fight for the future she has found in Hart County.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoy a good mystery, and I also enjoy Amish fiction.  This book, having both of those elements, was a really great read.  I thought Shelley did a great job of there being a mystery and tension while still allowing the peaceful Amish way of life to seep through – it was a really good blending, in my opinion.  It was a little short – I would have preferred there be a bit more character development, but it definitely makes me want to read more of her books!  If you enjoy Christian mystery and Amish fiction, I think there’s a great chance you’ll love it too!

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*I was given a copy for free through Litfuse.  I was not required to give a positive review and the opinions and views expressed are my own.

Friday Fun Day: Chirps Chips

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Not chips, but Chirps!  Does that make you say, “Whaaat???”  – it did me when I first heard of the new chip alternative with more protein.  I’ve had various “themes” for Fridays here on the blog (and many many many Fridays with nothing at all), including “Fitness Fridays” and “Fashion Fridays”… but I think for a little while at least I’m going to go with “Friday Fun Day” because who doesn’t like to have fun on Fridays?!

And eating chips is fun… but knowing they have protein and what they’re made of is just even more fun.

They were recently on Shark Tank and got a deal!!  Check out the fun video:

Isn’t that fun?  I love the energy and happiness these ladies show!

Anyways, my thoughts:

Honestly, I was a bit apprehensive with the first bite… because I’ve never eaten crickets before!  lol (it’s not your average fare here in the US at least).  At first bite, I wasn’t really into the BBQ flavor – I thought it needed a lot more BBQ flavor.  I did like the Cheese flavor, though.  And the Sea Salt was fine – great for using in salsa or whatever else.  However, after eating a few more Chirps, I really did enjoy the BBQ flavor – it grew on me.

The chips are smaller in size than most tortilla chips, but they’re so cute and you also get a lot more individual chips in a bag that way so it felt like you were getting more that way (I know you’re not, but I think it’s a smart way to package/produce them).

I would definitely recommend these, and have no doubt that they will be seen very soon in all major stores and soon we’ll all be eating crickets!  🙂

*I was sent a sample of Chirps to facilitate this review, but like all my reviews, I only review the item on this blog if I actually like the item and/or think my readers will, and honesty is important to me, so if I don’t like something, I won’t share about the product with you all.

In other fun news, here in Pennsylvania the weather has been amazingly warm and gorgeous!!!  We’re getting so spoiled, and it’s hard to remember it’s still February and not April or May!  I like a bit of winter, but much prefer spring and fall over the more extremes.

So find something fun about today – whether you have a boring day ahead of you or not, find some fun or happy to spread around to others – it will in turn also make you have a happier day!

Do You Brush Your Teeth Enough…

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I will shamefully confess that one of my healthy ambitions this year is to be more diligent about my dental hygiene.  There. I said it.  How pathetic, right?  But truly, I haven’t been always so diligent.  Working from home is one reasons I blame for my sometimes lack of dental diligence.  But really, I’m pretty sure pure laziness and habit play a bigger role.  I *know* flossing is important, but do I floss on a regular basis?  Um, yeah, no.  I *know* brushing teeth at least twice a day is very important, but do I always do so?  Um… well, I think you get the picture.  Oh, and if you want to be encouraged to do a better job of it – just do some researching on the areas of health – besides the actual mouth – that are or could be hurt by having subpar brushing/flossing habits.

So when Toilet Tree asked if I would like to do a review on something in their line, my eye went to their sonic toothbrushes and this thing I had never heard of, and frankly, sounded a bit like something that would be most unpleasant – an oral irrigator, and I noticed they had a combo unit.  I am proud to say I have *diligently* been brushing and …irrigating? (lol, that doesn’t sound right.. but it’s like flossing, so I’ll just say flossing from here on out, k?) for about a month or a little bit more.  My teeth feel very clean, whiter, and my gums have even been less puffy and red and more a pink like they should be.  I have used an electric toothbrush before, so that wasn’t much to get used to.  I like the features this has – with the 3 speeds it is very customizable.  But the irrigator – that thing honestly kind of scared me, haha.  It shoots water at you through this very small nozzle at a surprising pressure/speed.  I’m still working on not getting water misted up on the mirror, but it is now quite fun to use!  I started using it on the least pressure setting (soft)  and tried the normal setting the one day and my gums bled, so I knew it was working!  I continued to use the soft pressure setting for about 1-2 weeks because I didn’t want to make my gums sore.  But now I like to go back and forth between the soft setting and the pulse setting.  The actual unit is sleek and quite nice looking.  It’s easy to hold and operate, and it’s all together, which is nice.

What is one area you are putting more effort into this year?  It’s the end of February, I know, but everyone always starts out strong early January, (and then often falls away from their plans) so I think a month or so in it’s a good reminder – if you’ve fallen off the path of any of your healthy habits, now is just as good a time as any to get back on the path!

Have you ever used an oral irrigator before?