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So Close to Amazing is a collection of hilarious and heartfelt reflections on getting it almost right – and how, instead of giving up, we can choose to simply embrace our real selves right where we are. It’s a story of transparency and honesty and recognizing that perfection is completely overemphasized and overrated. It’s about grace and learning from mistakes and rejoicing in every victory, no matter how small. Because when you find joy in the “you” God created you to be, you’ll discover the amazing that was there all along.
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Tyndale Momentum
|Publication Date: 2017|
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(Not that KariAnne Wood has ever done any of these things.)
Fans of The Magnolia Story and The Pioneer Woman will love this debut memoir from the beloved Thistlewood Farms blogger. So Close to Amazing is a collection of hilarious and heartfelt reflections on getting it almost rightâ·and how, instead of giving up, we can choose to simply embrace our real selves right where we are. Its a story of transparency and honesty and recognizing that perfection is completely overemphasized and overrated. Its about grace and learning from mistakes and rejoicing in every victory, no matter how small. Because when you find joy in the you God created you to be, youll discover the amazing that was there all along.
Contains beautiful DIY project ideas anyone can do, whether youre Pinterest perfect or craft challengedhomemade signs, centerpieces, recipe walls, and more!
The Modest MaidenAge: 18-24Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Breath of Fresh AirOctober 4, 2017The Modest MaidenAge: 18-24Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5So Close to Amazing was a fun book to read.....a really fun book to read. I loved the style it was written in, and was easily drawn into the pages. I enjoyed the glimpse into the life of a less-than-perfect person (aren't we all?) and the honesty and rawness of some of the incidents. There were times I was laughing, times I was blinking back tears, times I was sighing in satisfaction.
"The rest of the journey is as yet unwritten.
See, that's the thing about God. He is mighty. He is sovereign. His ways are not our own. The plans He makes for us and the paths He directs us down are often closer to amazing than we can ever think or imagine. And I know that I know that I know that God isn't finished with our family yet."
So many times, I picture an idyllic life on a farm, where you have a white picket fence, a made-from-scratch meal just waiting to be consumed, a perfectly clean house, and you are ale to sit out on the big, wrap around front porch watching the children play with a glass of lemonade. Or sweet tea. Or coffee.....just whatever you please. I have heard and read blogs about such homes -- but this book shows you an old farmhouse. A green pasture, flowers galore, sweet tea and lemonade, a porch.....but it also shows you a realistic view of life, in general. A life where you can be content, no matter the circumstances, where the messes and mistakes are embraced and learned from, where you can mess up and ask forgiveness, while creating a beautiful atmosphere to live in. To breathe in.
Seriously, y'all -- this book was a breath of fresh air =)
I would absolutely recommend this book to others, wholeheartedly and without reservation =)
*I recieved a copy of this book from Tyndale in exchange for a review on my blog. I was not required to enjoy this book, only to be honest.*
Leslie Watkins5 Stars Out Of 5So Much More Than Amazing!September 9, 2017Leslie WatkinsQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5KariAnne does a beautiful job of sharing reality in a joyful, fun way that takes you along for the ride. You experience laughter, tears, and deep wisdom when you least expect it! A book that you will read and reread again and again! A truly treasured gift that gives you an amazing perspective on life and who God truly designed you to be.
Pegster5 Stars Out Of 5Amazing IndeedSeptember 7, 2017PegsterQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0I have been following KariAnne Wood's blog, Thistlewood Farms, for years and have always appreciated her positive outlook and sense of humor. Needless to say, I was thrilled when she announced that she had written a book. This book made me smile as I recognized my own mishaps with DIY projects, tear up as I read some of KariAnne's poignant stories, and come away with a sense that we are all amazing in one way or another. This is truly an uplifting book. I loved it so much that I have ordered the audio book, which KariAnne reads herself, to accompany me on my next long road trip.
Living BoldlyAge: Under 18Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5A Joy to ReadSeptember 5, 2017Living BoldlyAge: Under 18Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5
Reading So Close To Amazing has been a joy and delight! KariAnne Wood candidly shares her personal stories and adventures of good days, great days, and just really hard days. The days that she was so close, so close to perfection, so close to amazing. But, somehow, something went wrong. It was way off. Not even close. So far from amazing.
But it's in days and moments like these that God's love for us shines even brighter. KariAnne helps us to see that God is not looking for our moments of perfection, but He is looking at the desire of our hearts. Our loving and serving out of sincere hearts, even if the results aren't perfect. Because God is the God of grace, He embraces us in all of our imperfect moments. He gives us grace to do that for others and for ourselves.
So Close To Amazing includes delightful stories; side notes and take- away truths, plus several original Do-it-yourself projects to make. These are the very ones that KariAnne talks about in So Close To Amazing!
I very highly recommend So Close To Amazing. The stories were a delight to read and warmed my heart. KariAnne's heartfelt memoir helped me to joyfully reflect on my own "so close to amazing" moments. I learned to embrace the times I'm "so close to amazing" because I'm held so close by the One Who is Amazing!
*Disclaimer: I have been blessed to have been able to read and review So Close To Amazing. I received an Advanced Reader's Copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. The opinion stated is my own. I have not been compensated in any way.*
Kristieupstate NYAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5inspiring and relatable read!September 3, 2017Kristieupstate NYAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5"So Close to Amazing" is an excellent read for women! KariAnne Wood is honest, funny and just so real! This name may sound familiar as KariAnne writes the award-winning lifestyle blog Thistlewood Farms. I have to be honest she nor the blog were familiar to me, but I have checked it out and it is one I am going to faithfully follow!
Anyways, back to this book...first of all, look at it, I love it! It has such a unique cover and it is a great hardcover edition that is just so pretty and so different. Inside, the pages follow the same color scheme (love it!). This book is divided into chapters, each chapter focusing on a different life lesson. Each chapter KariAnne shares a personal story, many of which you will be able to relate to in some capacity I'm sure, as I was able to, a quote is highlighted and shared all nice and pretty on it's own page and there are DIY projects shared throughout as well. Overall, this is a great collection of stories, inspiration and encouragement from KariAnne and some cute ideas of projects I now want to try!
For more information about this book, go here! And be sure to check out KariAnne's blog as well: here!
*Thanks to the Tyndale House Blogger Program for the complimentary copy of this book.*