Choosing Real: An Invitation to Celebrate When Life Doesn't Go as Planned - eBook
Choosing Real: An Invitation to Celebrate When Life Doesn't Go as Planned - eBook  -     By: Bekah Jane Pogue
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Format: DRM Free ePub
Vendor: Shiloh Run Press
Publication Date: 2016
ISBN: 9781683221418
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  1. Laura Hilton
    Horseshoe Bend, AR
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Choosing Real
    October 29, 2017
    Laura Hilton
    Horseshoe Bend, AR
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 1
    CHOOSING REAL is a book that's been in my to-read pile for awhile and I finally decided to knock it out of the way - almost a year after publication. But people are still buying books, so maybe this will be helpful to someone as they plan out their Christmas shopping list.

    Bekah Jane Pague is obviously an energetic person. Just reading the book makes me tired. And she is by nature an over-achiever, planning detailed themed parties for a one-year-old and inviting everyone in California (okay, not really, just almost) for a later party.

    The concept is good. We don't have to go above and beyond in entertaining and reaching out to people. We can let people see the messy dog dishes left in the kitchen. I do have issues with some of the theology, I guess, due to where I am in life. Yes, when it comes to God all we have to do is RSVP Yes that we accept God. Yes, we trust God. Yes, we ... but that technically isn't all there is to it. I won't go into why though. That would be a book in itself.

    Now I get what she is going for in the main theme of the book, and this is geared toward the over-achievers, the detailed oriented people who would die of embarrassment overlooking a dog dish when having a party. Its for the ones navigating a messy marriage, a flooded house, a death in the family and trying to hide it, trying to handle it, and discovering they can't do it alone. It's an invitation to let go and let God handle your mess in His way, in His time, and you just rest in the pain and be real. Let others know, let them see your mess. Just be real.

    I do agree with that. Sometimes it is in the realness that you are able to meet people where they are, to minister to them in their pain. If you had a miscarriage, you know how to reach others suffering through that. Suffering from cancer? You can minister to others in the same boat. An adult son on drugs? Yes, you can truly be a help to other parents suffering through that.

    The book was a bit rambling and I found myself skimming, but if you have a problem with being real and hiding behind perfection then CHOOSING REAL is a book to consider.

    I was given a copy free. All opinions are my own.
  2. Lisa
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Quite good
    February 7, 2017
    Lisa
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    For the most part, I really liked this book. Like other reviewers, I felt challenged to dig deep within myself to understand some of my life's disappointments from God's perspective and seeing the bigger picture of how God is using them for a better, larger purpose. I was really touched by her amazing life like descriptions of things in her life like her descriptions of her father, her sons and husband. Her letter to her father who had passed where she struggled to come to grips with losing him and simultaneously the loss of control in her life was simply beautiful. I felt very teary as I read her pain and honesty about their relationship. The only complaint that I had was some of the punctuation. I found the closing spacing and periods to be a bit distracting, e.g. every.single.time. because it was used so frequently. Otherwise, the book was really a good read and I felt like it helped me grow in my Christian walk.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing in exchange for my honest review.
  3. Angie
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Choosing real
    December 7, 2016
    Angie
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    I really enjoyed this book. It gave me great information that not everything has to be perfect because God doesn't want or need perfection .God wants you where you are at. The author was very honest about how she always felt like she had to be perfect and plan for huge parties but in reality your relationship with Jesus is so much more than any planning that you can do. Celebrate your love of Jesus. It was a very encouraging book and I would recommend it to others. I received a free copy from Barbour Publishing and I voluntarily chose to review it.
  4. Patti P.
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    An Excellent Read
    December 6, 2016
    Patti P.
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    Bekah Jane Pogue has written an amazing book in Choosing Real. Reading this book makes it seem as if the reader is sitting in the kitchen with Bekah Jane Pogue. She recognizes even though life may not always according to our plans and our wishes, we need to let God take control. She helps the reader understand how we are invited to sit at God's table and that invitation is one without measure. We need to recognize that God made us to need community and especially to commune directly with Him.

    When we focus on our real lives rather than on what we want to be true, we need to trust and follow God. She brings out how

    God is able to transform even the smallest details. She does an exceptional job of weaving stories, teaching, and practical thoughts together into a package which is hard to put down. I look forward to sharing this book with my family and friends.

    I definitely recommend this book and found great value in it. I am sure I will be rereading it several times. I received a complimentary copy for my fair and honest review.
  5. BHoward
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    an engaging voice and a thought-provoking read
    December 6, 2016
    BHoward
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    I enjoyed this book by Bekah Jane Pogue. She writes in a friendly, conversational style. Reading it is like sitting down and chatting over a cup of tea. Bekah Pogue writes openly and honestly about her own struggles with celebrating life even when you are dealing with difficult circumstances, unwelcome change. She covers such topics as finding rest in the middle of busyness, pursuing deeper relationships in the midst of tension, looking for community in the midst of loneliness to name a few. Choosing Real is about celebrating life, living in the present, choosing to be grateful and appreciating the ordinary. One topic that made an impression on me was the discussion of the negative things that can be triggered by social media, if we dont keep it in its place, e.g., loneliness, comparison, and discontentment.

    I very much liked the content of the book and found it to be both encouraging and thought-provoking. However, the writing style is more informal than I like, with writing devices that are prevalent in social media posts, such as overpunctuation, e.g., eigh.teen months, hello.out.there, just to name a few. Despite this, I would still recommend this book.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing in exchange for my honest review.
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