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Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2011
|Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.50 (inches)|
Do you need hope for the daily grind?
Are your responsibilities and commitments robbing your life of joy?
Are you sleepwalking through your days?
Are you on the sidelines of your life as a spectator instead of fully participating?
This is your wake-up call to a Fresh-Brewed Life.
Nicole Johnson invites us to wake up to a richer, fuller, more flavorful life than we ever imagined. In a robust blend of relationship, ritual, and hope, we are summoned on a journey of discovery that awakens us to God to ourselves, and to others. And- like lingering over a cup of coffee- this is a process to be savored.
Since first published ten years ago, Fresh-Brewed Life has helped more than 100,000 women wake up their souls. Now revised and expanded with additional chapters, more journaling ideas and fresh-brewed adventures, and a brand new discussion guide, Fresh-Brewed Life will help start brewing your own, richer, more meaningful life.
Nicole Johnson, author of Fresh Brewed Life, has a uniquely creative voice. As an accomplished writer, speaker, and actor, Nicole has performed in thousands of churches and venues over the last twenty-five years, including more than a decade of touring with the national conference Women of Faith. Nicole lives in Santa Monica, CA with her husband and two children.
Nicole writes regularly at www.nicolejohnson.org
JudyAge: 35-44Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Starts strong, but then loses steamFebruary 5, 2012JudyAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 2Fresh-Brewed Life by Nicole Johnson is an interesting look at how a person can revitalize their life, mostly through journaling. The author uses the analogy of coffee to emphasize her points. It is set up a bit like a Christian devotional, but it is mainly self-focused and uses journaling exercises to bring the reader's own life into focus. Very little use of the Bible is presented.
I enjoyed the first half of the book, but the second half seemed to go downhill. I don't really agree with some of the conclusions and ideas that the author presents, but I think the methods presented are good for drawing the reader's focus to what issues may be hiding in the background of their life. It is a method of bringing awareness to one's consciousness that I don't think will necessarily work for everyone. Without having the willingness to journal, the book is just full of nice ideas and interesting thoughts.
I love to write and journal, but the exercises weren't interesting enough for me to want to actually take them on. I hope this book does prove useful to someone, it just doesn't interest me enough for a second read.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneezeÃÂ®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
squidmomSan Angelo, TxAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5I love the idea behind this book, but...January 16, 2012squidmomSan Angelo, TxAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 3This book is clever and entertaining to read. It wasn't really mt type of book however and that is probably why I didn't love it as much as I thought I would.
The author urges us to wake up our lives in the three most important elements of our lives; a relationship with God, a relationship with others and a relationship with ourselves.
The book is funny and useful, this is an expanded edition and offers led journal exercises as well as more details then the first edition offered. I think the author has also added updates as the first run of this book was written in 1999. If you are a fan of self help books you will probably enjoy this one too. (Book was provided through Booksneeze all opinions are my own.)
YadabiKYAge: 55-65Gender: female2 Stars Out Of 5"Fresh-brewed life"...not up to parNovember 4, 2011YadabiKYAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 2Value: 2I joined up with Book Sneeze because I love to read and their idea of a complimentary book with just a review was very tempting to say the least.
I just read my first book called, "fresh-brewed life" by Nicole Johnson. Even though I am not a coffee drinker I was willing to give this book a shot. But in the defense of coffee, let me say this, I do love the smell of coffee brewing, just not the taste. As a child, I grew up in a house where the coffee pot was on from morning til bedtime. But somehow, I escaped the love or need for it.
As for the book. I have to admit I was a little disappointed in the read. It was an easy read, but one that was hard to stay with. I felt it dealt more with journaling and how to, and when to, and all of that, more so that what I thought it might be. I had other notions of what this book would be about. I felt it would be more of a devotional type, but was dismayed that it wasn't.
It is for sure a book meant for those who love to journal. It is a step by step, go to book, for this very thing.
Yes, she had lots of insights that were good, but just not in the context that I like to read about.
When I joined BookSneeze I knew I had to write a review. I feel that this one being my very first, is not the positive review I had hoped it would be. But it is my opinion and mine alone.
alamamasouthwestAge: 35-44Gender: female2 Stars Out Of 5Lacking spiritual depthOctober 25, 2011alamamasouthwestAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 2Meets Expectations: 2Coffee, it tastes good, smells good and makes you feel good, right. Just walking into a coffee shop can make your day better. Books can do the same, make you feel good, take you to other places, awaken your senses. So, when I agreed to review this book I hoped it would be like drinking a fresh cup of sweet cream flavored coffee while reading a good book, but as another reviewer put it, "it was a little like drinking that lukewarm cup of coffee you seem to never finish because of kids and chores." (partial quote from Angela Cook)
For me a good cup of coffee is freshly brewed, iced, most days, some autumn harvest or caramel flavoring added and sweetened with a bit of splenda. I like to drink it slow and savor the flavor, make the moment last. A good book makes you think, makes you want to drink that late night coffee to stay up and read it. Unfortunately Fresh Brewed Life was too much fluff and not enough coffee, or in this case spiritual depth. Nicole Johnson had too many coffee analogies for my taste. When I read spiritual books I want to be convicted, be encouraged to press on, to grow and get closer to God. Unfortunately Fresh Brewed Life was more like ordering a Caramel Macchiato Frappe without whipped cream and paying for coffee on ice.
Excellent BookWaldorf, MDAge: 18-24Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A GREAT Read!September 23, 2011Excellent BookWaldorf, MDAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5"Fresh-Brewed Life" by Nicole Johnson is a Ã¢â¬Ëstirring invitation to wake-up your soul' as the subtitle suggests! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and highly recommend it to anyone who is stuck in the mundane traditions of living life! Nicole takes a unique approach to writing this book by considering each chapter Ã¢â¬Ëa fresh-brewed cup of coffee'. Now, I am not personally a coffee drinker, so I changed it up a bit to be Ã¢â¬Ëtea' but the concept and lessons remain touching, encouraging and challenging. Nicole first goes over what a cup of coffee means. She shows us how inviting a friend out for Ã¢â¬Ëcoffee' is something special- a way that you ask them to connect with you and to get to know them better. A unique twist on the familiar cup of coffee!
Nicole delves right into the cups and touches on subjects that I personally struggle with and relate to. She speaks on subjects such as what it means to surrender to God, beauty, anger, listening to your longings, sexuality, relationships, friendships and more. Nicole even shares various ways to "Encounter your Journal" throughout the book. Chapter 3 focuses directly on journaling and the importance of taking that time to share your thoughts, get them down on paper, and to spend that private time with God. Then, within each chapter, Nicole offers a "directed journaling" to assist you in topics to journal about pertaining to each chapter and the challenges it presents. Also, within each chapter is a "fresh brewed adventure" that presents ideas for places to visit, things to do, and more. These two unique approaches make this book more of a Ã¢â¬Ëdevotional' than a quick read. I found myself taking the time each day to read a chapter- and sometimes it took me a couple of days to read a chapter so I could allow the content to soak in and really touch my life.
In addition to the content of this book- Nicole also shares personal stories and examples to assist readers in applying these concepts to their daily lives. She, often, refers to her personal life and struggles to guide you though a way she overcame it. Plus, Nicole shares things that she still struggles with and becomes transparent in her writing. Further, Nicole also posts various quotes (I love quotes) within each chapter on the sides of the pages to challenge you even more. I found lots of new quotes and scriptures that I can reference and apply to my personal life.
After the Epilogue, Nicole offers a Ã¢â¬ËDiscussion Question' section, making this a perfect book for a woman's Bible study group. This goes chapter by chapter, and seems easy to incorporate into a Bible study group!
Overall, if you're looking for a different type of book to challenge you to renew your life and walk with God and also for ways to deal with those struggles, I highly recommend "Fresh Brewed Life" by Nicole Johnson. Not only will you find a ton of topics that you can relate to directly, but you will find the challenges to help you overcome those struggles that we all deal with as women of God.