Relationships are an important part of our lives. We all long for meaningful ones. Ones that will allow us to be fully who we are, and if you are like me, ones that will also encourage you to draw deeper to God and be more fully present in His glory. Craving Connection by the (in)Courage Community helps you to be more present and purposeful in the relationships you have surrounding you.
In this book there are 30 "life challenges" that are written by different authors. Each woman share a personal part of her life and what she has learn from that time. Written in the form of a devotional, each story is only a few pages long, but don't let that fool you, these few pages are FILLED to the brim with beautiful words that will touch your heart and push you to reflect on where you are in your relationships at this time in your life.
As for the format, I really liked it. The book itself is broken up into three parts: Connecting with God More Deeply, Connecting with Friends More Purposefully, and Connecting with Community More Intentionally. What I loved the most, though, is the way each devotional was formatted. Of course you have your devotional reading, but you also have scripture verse, a "Consider" section, a prompt to engage your current tribe or community, "Connection Questions" that will help you reflect upon your reading that can be used as journal prompts if you wanted, a prayer, and a "Connection Challenge." I loved how this book gives you so many opportunities to find ways to connect with others. With all the extra challenges and idea for connection there is no excuse to be a long and disconnect with your world.
I really loved this book. I honestly can't find anything about it that I would consider a con. It truly is a wonderful book.
(Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.)
These devotions are different from any I've read before. They are more like stories of women sharing their own experiences and then giving us lessons. These devotions are meant to encourage and inspire on a very personal level.
The book is divided into three sections. Stories in the first section are aimed at helping us connect with God more deeply. The second section encourages us to engage with friends while the last section helps us connect with our community.
Each devotion is written by a different woman. Many are published authors or bloggers. That makes the quality of the writing pretty good. The stories are heartfelt accounts from women writing about their lives and having to rely on God, establishing relationships with friends, and ministering to their community. They write about actual experiences of loneliness, jealousy, fear, forgiveness, hurt, and many more. I think my favorite was from Lisa-Jo Baker on how her high school friends helped sustained her as her mother was dying of cancer. There are some questions included at the end of each devotion, a challenge, and a prayer. There are also a verse, something to consider, and a suggestion for engagement at the beginning of each reading
I like this collection of stories. The idea is for us to see ourselves in the stories and I could certainly identify with many of them. I was impressed with the insights the women had to offer on some hard topics like sin and the words coming out of our mouths.
I recommend this book to women who want to connect with others. It could certainly be used by an individual for a month of inspiration. It would also be a good resource for a ministry leader of women.
I don't think this book is suitable for discussion among a large group of women. I see it more as a springboard for one woman connecting with another, perhaps over coffee a couple of times a week. The stories are good for initiating an openness through story telling but it would have to be with a trusted person.
Food for thought: Love is being willing to inconvenience yourself for the sake of another and finding joy in it. (225)
I received a complimentary copy of this book through Icon Media. My comments are an independent and honest review.
Finally a collection of genuine, real - talk stories for gals looking for connection and words that can relate and resinate.
January 17, 2017
Y'all will not be able to put this one down.
The stories will immediately connect with your own! Over and over, I have found myself saying "yes - thats me" as I read the real life stories of women just like you and I doing the hard work of friendship.
Contributing authors from all the walks of life share their words of hope, healing, and hysterical! It will encourage you as a read alone, or with a few friends, neighbors, or staff team.
I love the questions for journaling and challenges for the week at the end of each chapter. This will be a book that you will want to pass on just because it was that solid of a read. You will also get to know the writers of (in)courage and will so appreciate their hearts and the way they seek to offer hope and help to your every day!
Encouraging, Authentic and Just What My Heart Needed
January 17, 2017
Heart of Deborah
This book has been speaking to my heart on friendship and making connections. We've 3 times in the past 6 years so it hasn't been easy creating lasting friendships. I've been encouraged by all of the chapters in this book and challenged to take the next step in making meaningful connections. I really like the format of this book as each devotional has questions for personal reflection and a connection challenge to help you move from reflection to action.
I also found the book to be encouraging and authentic. The authors invite you to come just as you are. Its not a how-to, but a book where the authors come right up alongside of you and share with you what God has done in their lives. You will not be disappointed! Its the perfect balance of encouragement and challenge to stretch your faith and your relationships with others.
I received an advance copy of Craving Connection from B & H Publishing, in exchange for my honest review of the book.