Reading Debora M. Coty's previous work, "Too Blessed to be Stressed" and now her current book, "Fear, Faith, and a Fistful of Chocolate", her writing style really reminded me a lot of Erma Bombeck and the wit and wisdom that were embodied, in Erma's own books.
Filled with Scripture, laughter and wisdom, "Fear, Faith, and a Fistful of Chocolate" is a smile inducing reminder that no matter what life may throw our way, that we have a reason for the hope, the encouragement and the strength to make ti through life's difficulties, and with her carefree and friendly style, Debora Coty, really reaches out to her audience and draws them in, to sit across her, at a coffee table and be reassured....things will get better.
This isn't a devotional style reading, but as mention earlier, Debra brings in a personal, honest, biblical perspective that I enjoyed reading late at night, to help me wind down, or when I needed a "perspective break" while enjoying a fistful of chocolate and coffee during life's busiest moments.For a breakdown of Debra's book, she divides the book into four sections, with questions to help the reader (or if you're in a group setting) either dwell on or discuss, not just what Debra is sharing, but for the reader to get self perspective. This format makes for a great way to open discussions with close friends, bible study group, whomever one is with at the time and the material, as shared, is presented in a way that is relational and doable for whatever the situation.
The style of writing does take a bit of going use to...the way Debora writes...it felt like she isn't writing to the reader, but as I read it and at times, would read things such as her calling God, as , "Papa God", I really got the sense of she is using this medium to talk with the reader and that makes this a book that helps lower barriers that one might have mentally.As all things, this isn't a book to replace therapy that is out there for those who are struggling with more deep sated fears and issues that require more interaction with a professional, but what,
"Fear, Faith, and a Fistful of Chocolate" is, basically, like a concern friend, whose written a letter to someone they know can use comfort right now and going, "Hey, I've been here, I will be here, here's what I have to share and here's some things to think about" and Debora accomplishes that with, "Fear, Faith, and a Fistful of Chocolate" .
The chapters are short and if you don't get the e-book version, the hardcopy makes a great gift for those people in your lives that mean everything to you and maybe even struggling with some fears of their own, be it temporary or re-occuring.
This is an uplifting book that is worth having in one's library and thank you to Litfuse Publicity for the opportunity to read and review this book.
Debora's writing is personal and humorous. She keeps the tone light, even while dealing with a serious subject. Her uses of personal stories from her life and those of her friends provides a sense of fellowship and camaraderie. The reader is reassured that they are not alone in their struggles, and that there is hope. It is possible to overcome fear and find freedom and strength in Christ. The book is filled with Scriptures, not only to support her text, but also to memorize and apply in your life to overcome the fears.
Debora divides her book into four sections. In the first section, she tackles internal fears like rejection, humiliation, loneliness, and guilt. The second section of the book addresses how to handle external fears in our lives without giving in to anxiety or paralyzing fear. The third section teaches us how to "go to battle" with our fears, how to put on our spiritual armor and use it to defeat Satan as he tries to immobilize us with fear. The final section focuses on the faceless fears: the unknown, death, financial worries. She covers everything from agoraphobia to the fear of water and bugs with sensitivity and grace. Each chapter includes questions to get the reader thinking and help you apply the lessons to your own life. They'd be wonderful to use in a journal that could also be filled with encouraging Scriptures as a tool for overcoming fear.
This book was not initially beneficial to me, until a health crisis arose mid-way through the book that did bring new fears into my life. As I read the book, I kept thinking of some of my dear friends who struggle with anxiety in their daily life. I do recommend this book to those who struggle with worry, fear, and anxiety attacks. As I found when facing my own trial, it's an encouraging book to give to someone who finds themselves in a scary situation: unemployment, health crises, or being widowed. It is primarily geared toward women, which is a shame, as I am sure there are men who could also benefit from the information and encouragement. Hopefully there is a man writing a book for men on this same topic.
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Fear is an unwelcome guest. Coty says it is time to exchange it for power, love, and self-discipline. God gave us fear for a reason. It serves a useful purpose - to motivate us. It is when fear becomes controlling that it debilitates.
She polled 500 women from 18 to 80 to pinpoint the fears women struggle with daily. She addresses these fears (and others).
She identifies the kind of fears we experience: spurting fear (gut level, naked emotion), savory fear (intentional, like a roller coaster ride), saturating fear (invasive, often from childhood), simmering fear (fear of the unknown based on other's experiences), sovereign fear (willingly placing ourselves under authority, respect).
Coty shares a number of lessons she has learned about fear, such as, it is okay to be imperfect. She intersperses humor with her lessons.
In the second part of the book she takes a modern day slant on the armor of God described in Eph. 6:13-18. She then addresses faceless fears in the third part of her book.
Her humor is contagious. When fear jumps its creek, build a DAM, she suggests (Damage control, Attach a bit, Devote yourself to caring for others). Or, maybe you need to BARF (Back off, Admit, Redirect, Forgive).
This is a great inspirational book. Coty has included lots of encouragement from Scripture, lots of examples from people's lives, and has sprinkled it all with humor.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review. The opinions expressed are my own.
Many (most?) people struggle with some form of fear - anything from worrying to flat out phobias and anxiety attacks. Coty shares personal stories - her own and others - to talk about various internal fears, external fears, and faceless fears, as well as protecting ourselves with the armor of God. So why should you read this book out of all the others on the topic?
My first reaction to Fear, Faith and A Fistful of Chocolate was "what a cute little book" and "what a fun title!" (Yes, it's definitely designed for the female audience!) And then I chuckled when I saw the title for the study questions after each chapter, "More Pluck, Less Chicken." And then I started reading stories, and started laughing out loud. And as I kept reading, my head started nodding_yep, been there, done that. Yes, that's good advice she's giving_
Honestly, I haven't read the whole book yet_but I'm going to. It's that good. And I'm hoping to shake out a few fears in the process.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my fair and honest review.