Choosing Real: An Invitation to Celebrate When Life Doesn't Go as Planned
Choosing Real: An Invitation to Celebrate When Life Doesn't Go as Planned  -     By: Bekah Jane Pogue
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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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Title: Choosing Real: An Invitation to Celebrate When Life Doesn't Go as Planned
By: Bekah Jane Pogue
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Shiloh Run Press
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.00 (inches)
Weight: 12 ounces
ISBN: 1634099648
ISBN-13: 9781634099646
Stock No: WW099646

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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

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, 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

"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

"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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