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  1. Lynn Cowell
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Changed My Life
    November 27, 2019
    Lynn Cowell
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book has been so very helpful to me. Until I read it, I didn't realize how much I was living a life that didn't reflect my true self. People-pleasing really dominated so much of what I did and didn't do. With the practical steps in Exhale, I have made so much progress in losing who I am not and loving who I am. I really am living my one life well!
  2. Lydia
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Good Stuff
    September 4, 2019
    Lydia
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    WHAT I THOUGHT ABOUT THIS BOOK

    I read this book over about a three week period of time, which considering how short it is means I crawled through it. But, it felt like one of those books that's supposed to be nibbled at instead of gulping down. That way, I was able to process what I was reading, let it sink in, and figure out what I needed to apply to my life.

    The two authors switch back and forth, each writing one chapter at a time. The varying personalities and points of view helped make the book well-balanced and made me feel like it could apply to a lot more people than if it would have had a single author. They also did a fantastic job of bouncing off of each other and building on what the other had written, versus being redundant and/or contradictory. It was clear that they planned the book well and the flow was surprisingly smooth for having more than one author.

    As with all books, there were several things I didn't agree with, and there were a few times that I thought I'd give the book a lower rating, but as I continued reading I was really impressed with the things I learned.

    It's hard for me to read a book that talks about loving ourselves because I feel like that terminology is way over-used and generally not glorifying to God. In this book though, I felt like they had a balanced view of the matter. They talk about how God made each one of us for a specific purpose, and we need to be content with who God has created us to be, instead of trying to become someone else in order to please people. That is a concept I can totally stand behind.

    I could relate fairly well to one of the authors and had a few lightbulb moments while reading her chapters. For instance, she talked about how she consistently (starting in school) would subconsciously look for the "most important person in the room" and then try to please them. This meant she was always trying to please teachers, bosses, etc When I read that it made me laugh not because I could relate to it, but because it was the first time I realized that not everyone felt that way. Because, as I mentioned earlier, pleasing people in mangament aka the "most important person in the room" is my default setting. Realizing that a mindset or behavior isn't necessarily normal helps me to then stop and think through it and figure out why I do it and pray about if it's something I need to stop doing.

    This book is great for moments like that. Like it says on the back cover blurb, the book was written to help ladies realize who they are in God, and learn what things in life they need to lose in order to live their one life well.

    CONCLUSION

    There were a few things in this book mostly wording, etc that I didn't really like, but when I took it as a whole, considering the overall message I've come to the conclusion that I really do agree with most of what the book is saying, just not exactly the way in which it says some of the things.

    Also, the tips on how to breathe deeply in this book are seriously good.

    RATING

    I'm giving Exhale 4 out of 5 stars. This book is a great way to stop, check where you're heading, what you're subconsciously believing, and get your life back on track for what God created you for.
  3. AmyL
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Exhale
    July 23, 2019
    AmyL
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    As we've finally settled into life post-move and unpacking all the boxes, I find myself feeling like I should be able to run around at full capacity. And yet, I find myself struggling to keep up. I ran so hard for so long, and now I need some space to be able to recharge my batteries so to speak and breathe. I need to exhale.

    The truth is, we can't be all things to all people. We must learn to discern who we truly are, love who we are created to be and then live our lives in a way that matters.

    In their book, Exhale, Amy Carroll and Cheri Gregory will walk you through that process. The three parts of Exhale will teach you to lose who you're not, love who you are and live your one life well.

    As a fellow perfectionist, I found myself on so many pages of this book. But because Carroll and Gregory have gone before me, the daunting task of setting aside the need for perfection didn't seem so hard.

    Exhale was a reminder that God created me to be who I am. Exactly me. The right here, right now me. And I get this one life to embrace the skills and abilities he's given me. Carroll and Gregory give you permission to drop the things placed on you by the world. They invite you to examine the skills and abilities God gave you and then use those to bring meaning and fulfillment to your life.

    I was so encouraged reading Exhale. I think I'll be reading it again soon to digest more of the wisdom Carroll and Gregory impart on these pages. And to continue on this journey to figuring out what I should be doing to live my one life well.

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher. This review is my own, honest opinion.
  4. Sarah P
    Dubuque, IA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Adopt a new in Christ mindset
    July 22, 2019
    Sarah P
    Dubuque, IA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book's subtitle is: lose who you're not, love who you are, live your one life well.

    The book is divided into these three categories and it works. I read lots of spiritual growth/self help christian books, and this one stands out. The biggest difference is that this book addresses our mindset, and directly encourages us to change our mindset. But instead of describing a fixed versus growth mindset, as the world does. The authors choose to suggest we have a new mindset. And I see that new mindset as one who is a new creature in Christ, looking to God to lead not her own sin nature. It's the age old struggle of old vs. new, but sin vs. living in Christ.

    The book shares biblical examples and scripture that fit the mindset we are to adopt. It is well formatted as each chapter ends with one of the three subtitles and a breathe moment which is a suggestion of how to take the concepts and move ahead. There are subtitles throughout the pages and it's so easy to read, not so easy to take the suggestions to heart, but I found them to be exactly what my heart and mind needs to grow.

    This book I really enjoyed, but at the same time I had a hard time picking it up. As I got further and further into it, I figured out why. This is a book that you can't just read. It requires introspection. Self analysis. And it makes you accountable to think, process, and recognize your actions. The authors even link you to their website with extra tools ready to print and use. And my old nature didn't want me to stop and recognize things that could change, especially with self awareness and the power of the Holy Spirit.

    It's a book that will be reviewed and reread over time. It would also make a good Bible study for a group and the authors have created one as well. Thankful to partner with Bethany House and review this very important new book for Christ following women.
  5. Cecelia
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Relax, Enjoy yourself, and Live For God
    July 11, 2019
    Cecelia
    Book Review: Exhale

    Subtitle: Lose Who You're Not, Love Who You Are, Live Your One Life Well

    230 pages



    Authors: Amy Carroll and Cheri Gregory

    Authors Amy Carroll and Cheri Gregory share from their hearts about how they learned to love themselves as they learned of Jesus. This new-found love came about as they learned that they did not have to be controlled by their to-do lists or their day planners. Their book explores different scriptural passages that they have experienced as they walked along with Jesus.

    At the end of the book, they include a glossary containing terms appearing in their work that were new to me. I appreciated that feature. Also, at the end of this book, they include a personality quiz. This quiz also can be accessed online along with other items that may be of help to those who study this book. Among those items is a format for a group study.

    I would recommend this book for any Christian woman who wants to learn how to love and respect herself and for those who should learn how to be more relaxed in their lives. This would also be a valuable study tool for groups who desire to minister to those who struggle with not knowing who they are in the sight of God.

    I received this book free from the publisher Bethany House. All they asked that I do was give an unbiased review.
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