Restore My Soul by Janice McWilliams

Restore My Soul by Janice McWilliams

Restore My Soul by Janice McWilliams

Taking better care of yourself

Restore My Soul: Reimagining Self-Care for a Sustainable Life by Janice McWilliams is written by a therapist and spiritual director. Taking better care of yourself is a key theme in the book. She writes, “an unhealthy soul will exhaust you far, far more than a restored one.“ This book guides the reader toward restoration. She helps her readers reimagine self-care. I was immediately confused because I do not follow Enneagram theories and the “repressed-centers” theory.

Ms. McWilliams grabbed my attention again with the “flaws in Barbie-style” self-care. I appreciate her many Scripture references about taking care of yourself. Her writing style is authoritative.

The author tells interesting stories from her therapy chair while respecting each patient. She demonstrates compassion for people who need soul care.

Book Description

How is your self-care? These soul-restoring practices lead to a rich, satisfying life.

Have you tried self-care but found that you still feel overwhelmed, anxious, depressed, and are struggling emotionally? The most effective efforts aren’t desperate last-ditch attempts but practiced daily—moment by moment and hour by hour.

Janice McWilliams, a therapist and spiritual director, uses the life of Jesus as her model to help her clients achieve new levels of peace and fulfillment. In Restore My Soul, Janice shares her practical counseling insight to help you understand and practice the essential skills to

  • manage your thoughts,
  • live well with your emotions,
  • establish soul-restoring rhythms, and
  • live a fulfilling life.

With these practices, you’ll become increasingly comfortable and confident in working through your inner experiences in real time. Instead of burning out, you can follow the lead of Jesus toward a sustainable, fulfilling life.

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Write for Life by Julia Cameron

Write for Life by Julia Cameron

Write for Life by Julia Cameron

“Writing, after all, is not meant to be torture.” Julia Cameron

Write for Life: Creative Tools for Every Writer (A 6-Week Artist’s Way Program) by Julia Cameron is an essential book for writers. In this six-week method, writers discover coaching and assistance for their art. Write for Life is an invitation to begin, stick with, and finish your project. Weekly themes are organized by chapters:

WEEK ONE: Priming the Pump

WEEK TWO: Begin Where You Are

WEEK THREE: Trust Your Process

WEEK FOUR: Resist Your Resistance

WEEK FIVE: Dismantle Your Perfectionist

WEEK SIX: Celebrate Your Achievement

After four decades, artist Julia Cameron continues to write three morning pages. She encourages her readers to push beyond their writer’s block and discover true creativity. She describes her morning pages as a “telegram to the universe.” Since she first started the practice of writing three morning pages, Ms. Cameron has published more than forty books. Her method of unleashing creativity works!

What I liked most about this book is the structure of building routines and overcoming roadblocks to writing. I found the author’s expertise and understanding helpful for my journey.

“Too often, when we sit down to write, we reject our initial idea. We rack our brains for something better. But long experience has shown me that my first idea is often my best idea. Writing, after all, is not meant to be torture.” -Julia Cameron, Write For Life

Book Description

A 6-Week Artist’s Way Program

Julia Cameron has been teaching the world about creativity since her seminal book, The Artist’s Way, first broke open the conversation around art.

Now, in Write for Life, she turns to one of the subjects closest to her heart: the art and practice of writing.

Over the course of six weeks, Cameron carefully guides readers step by step through the creative process. This latest guide in the Artist’s Way Series:

– Introduces a new tool and expands on powerful tried and true methods.

– Gently guides readers through many common creative issues — from procrastinating and getting started, to dealing with doubt, deadlines, and “crazymakers.”

– Will help you reach your goals, whether your project is a novel, poetry, screenplay, standup, or songwriting.

With the learned experience of a lifetime of writing, Cameron gives readers practical tools to start, pursue, and finish their writing projects. Write for Life is an essential read for writers who have completed The Artist’s Way and are looking to continue their creative journey or new writers who are just putting pen to paper.

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Sure as the Sunrise by Emily Ley

Sure as the Sunrise by Emily Ley

Sure as the Sunrise by Emily Ley

Decluttering, prioritizing, and resting.

Sure as the Sunrise 100 Morning Meditations on God’s Mercy and Delight by Emily Ley is a collection of 100 sweet devotions. Each devotion encourages readers to actively pursue positivity and make time for things that matter. The daily devotions are very short and quick to read. Decluttering, prioritizing, and resting are encouraged (and appreciated). While the devotional book is not time-consuming, it does help the reader focus her day. Fans of Emily Ley will enjoy this devotional book!

The anchor verse for this book is beautiful: The Lord’s unfailing love and mercy continue. Fresh as the morning, as sure as the sunrise. Lamentations 3:22-23 GNT

Each week includes five daily devotions and a weekly reflection. Read the book for 20 weeks to enjoy the devotional experience. Reading this book is a reminder that God does not change. His love and mercy are dependable.

Book Description

Do your days sometimes feel uncertain and chaotic? Do you wonder if what you’re doing each day matters in the grand scheme of life? Are you seeking calm and peace amid turmoil? In Sure as the Sunrise, bestselling author Emily Ley offers inspiration and reassurance that God’s mercy, delight, and provision are as sure as the sunrise–and ready to greet you each morning with hope and joy.

 

Reading Sure as the Sunrise is like having coffee with your best friend each morning. With vulnerability and relatability, Emily shares her own stories and struggles, while also giving you permission to stop and check in with yourself–how are you doing? Every five days of devotions are separated with additional inspiration or space for personal reflection. If you are the type of person who loves starting your day with a planner or Bible in hand, this is a wonderful tool to add God’s delight to your days. Or, if you need help creating a morning routine to put more calm and joy in your day, this book can help you do it. This devotional is perfect for those:

  • Looking for a fresh start
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  • Searching for God in the sacred, ordinary moments of life
  • Wanting to start your day with God
  • Seeking reminders of God’s perfect consistency, faithfulness, and mercy when the world is uncertain and unpredictable

This 100-day devotional will make a wonderful gift for fans of Emily and the Simplified brand and for those who are looking for uplifting, biblical readings to inspire them and help start their days. This book is a perfect gift for:

  • Christmas
  • The New Year
  • Birthdays
  • Mother’s Day
  • Or any occasion that celebrates a fresh start

When everything else in the world feels unsure and ever-changing, Sure as the Sunrise reminds us that God is almighty, forever, and dependable. God shows us that sometimes a fresh start isn’t found in a magnificent transformation, but in focusing our hearts on the signs, the slivers, the surprises, and delights right in front of us. There is magic in the ordinary if we dare to see it and create it.

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The Writers Journey by Travis Elborough

The Writers Journey by Travis Elborough

The Writers Journey by Travis Elborough

Follow in the footsteps of some of the world’s most famous authors.

The Writers Journey: In the Footsteps of the Literary Greats by Travis Elborough reads like a collection of Wikipedia articles. An encyclopedia of short biographies, this collection focuses on well-known authors. Notably absent from the collection are the world’s most famous authors C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien.  I am a former school librarian, and I feel this book would be useful for middle school libraries.  A good book for kids writing research papers or debating topics. The research is concise to accommodate many biographies. Many of the chapter titles are cute and whimsical. Yellow maps and historical photos help readers visualize these well-known authors. The list of biographies at the end of this book demonstrates the research involved in creating this collection. Educators will appreciate the concise chapters. Students will use the resource list to further explore one of the well-known authors.

Book Description

Follow in the footsteps of some of the world’s most famous authors on the journeys which inspired their greatest works in this beautifully illustrated atlas.

Some truly remarkable works of literature have been inspired by writers spending time away from their typical surroundings. From epic road trips and arduous treks into remote territories to cultural tours and sojourns in the finest hotels, this book explores 35 influential journeys taken by literary greats and reveals the repercussions of those travels on the authors’ personal lives and the broader literary landscape.

Award-winning author Travis Elborough brings each of these trips to life with fascinating insights into the stories behind the creation of some of the world’s most famous literary creations, including DraculaMoby DickMurder on the Orient ExpressMadame BovaryThe Talented Mr Ripley, and Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

From Herman Melville’s first whaling voyage in 1841, from New York to Liverpool, to Jack Kerouac’s on-the-road Odyssey, which is now an iconic drive, discover how these journeys imprinted themselves on some of the greatest literary minds of all time.

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Far From Home by Mabel Ninan 

Far From Home by Mabel Ninan 

Far From Home by Mabel Ninan 

Uprooted into the busyness of America, a story about immigration and Christianity.

As a Ministry Director, I often receive requests to endorse Christian books, websites, and products. With limited time available, I choose carefully and pray before making any decision. Recently, author Mabel Ninan contacted me about her new book Far From Home by Mabel Ninan. Her topic sparked immediate interest. And I did not hesitate to “say yes” to her request. Once the manuscript arrived by electronic file, I poured a delicious latte and devoured the book.

Mabel is the story behind many women in my community near Silicon Valley, California. She takes off the veil of mystery and shares her experience. Quiet, soft-spoken, and respectful of her new surroundings, Mabel feels unnoticeable. She experiences insignificance and frustration with her new surroundings.

Yet in her native land, Mable is powerful, well-respected, connected, and highly educated. Because of her husband’s job transfer, she leaves her value and identity in her native society. Then she seeks purpose in a foreign country.
Uprooted into the busyness of America, her story explores immigration as a “trailing spouse.” Her initial isolation and her struggle to regain importance are deeply internal. She struggles to connect. Even at the local coffee shop, where she is awakened by the rudeness of the barista on duty.

Looking for her identity in a new culture, Mabel opens her Bible to discover a true identity in Christ. Powerful skeins (loosely coiled threads or yarn)  are woven into her testimony.
This is a must-read for merging cultures into the Christian faith. How can we invite REVIVAL if we are not accepting the citizenship of ALL God’s people?

Mabel’s story invites me to examine my Mother-in-Law, an immigrant from the United Kingdom. In World War 2, she worked as a British decoder, New York runway model, and national security.

And my Great-Grandfather, an immigrant from Ireland worked in the coal mines and later died of lung cancer.

Mabel’s story also reminds me of my neighbors next door, immigrants from Mexico and joyfully living as an uprooted family. Or my former boss, an app developer from Ukraine who shares his Christian faith with a generous heart. Even my husband’s Silicon Valley IT department, where they celebrate all cultures and religions with weekly meal gatherings.

Instead of looking through the mini-blinds, shuttered windows, or over the rim of a Venti Latte… it’s time we take off American ambivalence and love our NEW neighbors.
Mabel reached out to her Christian community with intentional vulnerability. She experienced the love and identity of Christ through Bible study groups, church attendance, and spiritual growth- Far From Home.

 

Far from Home: Discovering Your Identity as Foreigners on Earth by Mabel Ninan 

ENDORSEMENT FOR MABELS BOOK: Beautifully transparent, Mabel Ninan shares her insight from a unique experience of immigration. Yet the revelation of her modern history is also a reflection of Biblical history when God moves. Inside the stories of uprooted people, we discover the heart of God. This book is a beautiful reminder of our citizenship in His kingdom.  – Christine Abraham, Founder & Executive Director Bible Café™ Ministries LLC

ABOUT THE BOOK

Explore the intersection between culture, identity, and faith in this new release from an earthly immigrant who gained a spiritual perspective.
What is my purpose? Why do I exist? A sense of self and belonging are two questions many of us struggle to answer.
And what if you are a foreigner in another land?
How does one adjust to a new culture? Discover their place in a new society?
For Mabel Ninan, born and raised in India and an immigrant in America shortly after marriage, the search for those answers sent her on a journey that led to an unexpected and exciting discovery.
God revealed she was not only an earthly immigrant but also a spiritual one, created with a unique calling to impact His kingdom. Mabel’s renewed perspective imbued her with joy and hope, urging her to share the message with others.
Drawing from her personal experiences and examining the lives of biblical heroes, Mabel sheds light on what it means to live as a citizen of Heaven on earth. Far from Home will inspire you to:

  • Embrace your identity as a foreigner on earth.
  • Make your home with God.
  • Find community and common purpose with fellow sojourners.

Mabel’s story and book release: www.mabelninan.com

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