Choosing Real: An Invitation to Celebrate When Life Doesn't Go as Planned
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Weary and stressed out from trying to be everything to everybody? What if you were to release control? Assuring you that the choice is yours, Pogue sympathizes with life's unplanned challenges---from frantic schedules to pain and loneliness---and reminds you that in these moments God invites you to notice and celebrate his presence. 224 pages, softcover from Shiloh Run.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Shiloh Run Press
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1634099648
ISBN-13: 9781634099646

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Are you ready to release your control of needing to be everything for everyone?

In Choosing REAL, author Bekah Pogue walks with us into life’s unplanned circumstances--specifically frantic schedules, pain, transition, feelings of unworthiness, loneliness, and tension--and reminds us it is in these.very.moments where God invites us to notice, respond, and even celebrate an authentic relationship with Him through every.little.detail despite our own efforts or work. The result? A connection between real life and faith so that they are one and the same.

When we enjoy God's company first--the heavenly Creator will transform our minds to view our schedules, work, relationships, parenting, and responsibilities as opportunities to dance in life's storms and honor how beautiful simple can be. Better than our ideal party, it is He who is inviting us, setting the table, breathing peace and freedom into details we aren’t in control of. When we recognize how He surprises us by using our greatest pains and detours to draw us to a beautiful dependence on Him--freedom and peace replace control and worry.  

Put aside what-could-be and instead embrace what is? The invitation is yours. . .choose Real today.

Author Bio

An everyday Jane, Bekah is passionate about encouraging women to find their identity and freedom in Jesus, to live intentionally, and to celebrate their created selves. As a writer and speaker, Bekah shares about how God is inviting His REAL self to be experienced through life’s pits and peaks. She communicates her heart with a relaxed, storytelling style, as if you were sitting on her couch and catching up as old friends. You can find her at the beach, reading, baking, rearranging furniture, or flea-marketing. Bekah and her hubby, Bryan, and their two energetic boys reside at The Pogue Cottage in Huntington Beach, where dance parties are a regular occurrence. Bekah invites you to connect with her at bekahpogue.com.

Editorial Reviews

"I was so inspired by Bekah’s words on embracing the everyday, living fully with all of our senses, and celebrating the life right in front of us. Choosing Real will motivate you to look for the beauty in the middle of the unplanned and unexpected."
—Crystal Paine, Founder of MoneySavingMom.com, New York Times bestselling author of Say Goodbye to Survival Mode

"Choosing REAL is a fresh breath of air. The pages bring God to life; the stories inspire faithfulness; and the transparency makes the warmth of Christ’s love come alive. No doubt this book will leave you feeling lighter, stronger, and a whole lot more connected to God."
—Kelly Balarie, Author of Fear Fighting (Baker Books), Speaker, and Blogger at www.purposefulfaith.com

"Bekah is an enthusiastic, joyful person who projects her passion and faith on every page of Choosing REAL.  The voice of her writing bursts with hope as she describes the challenges and complexities of managing life as a young mother. She brings comfort and spiritual inspiration to others who seek guidance on finding their own gifts and balance in our world today." 
–Richard E. Felix PhD, Author, The School of Dying Graces

"Following her late father’s advice to ’enjoy the journey,’ Bekah Pogue invites readers to do just that. Pogue welcomes readers into all folds of her life and emphasizes what a gift it is to choose an identity built on what is real versus comparison and fantasy. Readers will find her stories refreshing in a culture that bids us to find our worth in always being picture perfect. Instead, Pogue offers anecdotes of hope amidst life’s transitions and hard times. Her stories of finding God in seasons of loneliness and the ordinary moments of every day will touch readers like me who felt like I was sitting at Pogue’s table with her as I read, eating a brownie and sharing our souls." 
—Kristin Ritzau, Spiritual Director and Author of A Beautiful Mess: A Perfectionist’s Journey through Self-Care

"In Choosing Real Bekah has a distinct talent for a lighthearted and down-home approach that makes you feel like you’re sitting on her denim couch, listening to her share her heart. I found myself encouraged to stop, appreciate the magic in the moment, and cherish the microscopic details we live in every day. She has a way of zooming into life while zooming out in perspective, encouraging us to consider what’s truly important in life and realizing the molehills that feel like mountains shall pass. . .and just perhaps, there’s a lesson in those molehills. When life boils down, there are a few simple key ingredients—God and people, and that’s about it. Bekah’s book inspires me to live in a way that has less fear and more love, because that’s how God would want it, if we could just get out of our own way and ’let go and let God!’ "
—Allyson Magda, Photographer of Mark and Priscilla Zuckerberg, The Hearst Family, featured on the cover of People, and in Forbes, NY Times, Martha Stewart Weddings, World’s Best Wedding Photographers., founder of Allysonmagda.com

"In, Choosing Real, Bekah Pogue artistically does just that. She chooses a journey of relentless authenticity and then invites her readers to do the same. Inspired by grief, Pogue intimately offers a front-seat view of the moments in life that are less than perfect and delicately describes how these are often the very moments in which God is perfecting Himself in us. This book is both vulnerable and inspiring, and readers will find practical application on every page to say ’YES’ to the journey of life in Christ."
—Dr. Michelle Anthony, Wife, Mom, Speaker, and Author of Spiritual Parenting, Becoming a Spiritually Healthy Family, and The Big God Story

"In an era where it seems like women are being collectively sold a lie that says we aren't enough, Choosing Real invites us to experience the deep and holy satisfaction that comes when we relish in God filled daily moments. Bekah's encouragement to lean and listen close to Jesus's whispering adoration reframes life's many seasons. Whether in mundane everyday moments, seasons of grief and sorrow, times transitions, or times when friendships experience strain, Choosing Real gently calls us to slow down and identify with a Jesus who values us beyond all, and reveals Himself to us as He celebrates us as His treasured creation."
—Johanna & Denise at Laurelbox

"Pogue’s writing is exuberant, sanguine, and personal, often including stories rooted in her own experiences as a young mother, wife, daughter, and friend."

"After a year of ups and downs, this book promised inner peace and daily tips to finding it. And it delivered! This book taught me to step back and recognize the lessons in every life experience."

"Readers will find themselves nodding in understanding as Pogue details the follies and foibles of attempting to be "that" woman who masters the world by a mere snap of her fingers. Christian women will happily find her twist on the commonplace refreshingly uncommon. And that in itself is a lesson to be cherished."

"The author’s words are thought-provoking and insightful and give a deeper meaning to life and our existence. It’s a book that will make readers contemplate, reflect, and will take them on a journey of self-discovery."

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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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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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