I Could Use a Nap and a Million Dollars: Biblical Alternatives to Stressed-Out LivingJessie ClemenceKregel Publications / 2018 / Trade Paperback$6.69 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 7 Reviews
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Cheri5 Stars Out Of 5Great book for everyone - men and women alike!April 16, 2018CheriQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I Could Use a Nap and a Million Dollars is a great book for everyone men, women and all ages. There are a few chapters (or parts of chapters) the men may want to skip ahead (they are given permission to do so by the author herself) but overall, this book is great encouragement for all people. The author writes in such a way you feel as though you are sharing a lunch break with her at your place of employment, sitting beside her on the bleachers at your child's athletic game or standing in the lobby at your church between services. While she is fun-spirited and full of spunk (tells it like it is), bottom line, she loves Jesus and isn't afraid to show it. She will bring you God's truth in a way that speaks truth. She understands, encourages, and gives hope in short, easy to read chapters that fit into anyone's schedule. Highly recommend this book to anyone who has ever felt any type of stress in their lives ever. You're stressed? I bet Jessie will cover the reason behind your stress and offer you encouragement and a good laugh.
I was given this book as a complimentary copy from the publisher, but all opinions are strictly my own. I was under no obligation to write a review.
Seasons of GraceAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Lots of Truth and experiences I could relate toMarch 31, 2018Seasons of GraceAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book was so much fun to read. Real life situations I could certainly relate to. Problems and life challenges that stress us out as moms or just women. Jessie gives humorous, yet thought-provoking encouragement and insight using her own life and Scripture as examples. There were so many things I could relate to, I often found myself saying - "Yep, that's me!".
The chapters were easy to read and I enjoyed Jessie's style of writing. Her illustrations were quite entertaining and often filled with humor. The issues she addressed - control, stress of our own making, procrastination, loving people, our season of life, were all areas I needed encouragement in.
I would recommend this book. I received my copy courtesy of Kregel Publications and was not asked to review it positively.
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Wisdom, insight and humor on living life wellMarch 19, 2018bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Sometimes life can just seem to be too much. We might wonder just how much one woman is supposed to bear. Clemence is very familiar with the stress one can feel from life. She suggests there is a better way to live life.
Clemence covers three stress producing areas of life. First is life in general, the broken washing machines and other disasters. Then she attacks the stress others cause - the kids, the animals, the odd extended family members. Last is the stress we cause ourselves - like perfection or over scheduling or discontentment.
I really like the insights Clemence has on what it really means to have a life well lived. The one that made a huge impression on me was about health. Once we've received the diagnosis, she writes, we continue to pray for healing with complete faith God can do so. "But as we wait, we submit and look for the kind of healing that will never show up in a lab report. Wholeness that a medical doctor will never find with a stethoscope." (42)
I like that Clemence writes with honesty and humor. I could identify with so many of her experiences, like the male cat who just had to mark his territory in their house. I also like the wisdom and insight she shares with us. She has included great questions at the end of each chapter that are good for personal reflection and action. She also shares Scripture and a prayer.
I recommend this book to women who feel overwhelmed. (Well, men can read it too but they are asked to skip the sagging body parts section.) You'll get some laughs but you will also be presented with wisdom and insight on living life well.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.
LisaAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A Better Way of LivingMarch 8, 2018LisaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A relatable, humorous and loving way of looking at stress. Rooted in Biblical truths Jessie Clemence encourages us to take to heart that there is a better way of living. In a culture where stress is sometimes a badge of honor, we can live counter culturally. The practical application questions, scripture and prayer allow readers to dig deeper into God's truths. I could relate to the three sections of the book: The Relentless, Endless Muck of Adulthood, Other People and Their Chaos Stress Me Out and Sometimes I Stress Myself Out. As Jessie says, "Our lives don't have to look like this; we get to choose. May we choose well, and may God fill in all the places we lack." I'm thankful for her voice in giving us permission to choose differently and hold God's hope close in daily struggles.
Sarah PDubuque, IAAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Humorous, poignant mentoring book on living an abundant life.March 5, 2018Sarah PDubuque, IAAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book my husband keeps picking up and glancing at. The title is catchy and it fits the author's style-- of humor and attention getting perspective to connect the reader to the advice she's giving. But what I found so refreshing was the fact that her advice is grounded in the Word of God, as the subtitle says, "Biblical Alternatives to Stressed Out Living."
Here are some things I appreciate about the book:
This book is easy to read, entertaining, grounded in the Word, with poignant tales of the author's life and experiences as well as connections to the Bible.
Every chapter (and they are not very long) closes with three focuses; make it personal, scripture connection, and a prayer for today.
Make it Personal are questions for you to connect to your life.
Scripture- is a passage
Prayer a way to process and apply the concepts as you talk with God.
This could make this a great book club book or Bible study group interaction.
Chapter Quotes (each chapter has a different font inserted with a line at the front quote, that really is a meme to go with the theme and solidify a point). For Example:
God was at work, moving exactly the right people into place for exactly the right time. (on change)
Jesus didn't back down from righteous conflict. We rarely get anywhere near righteous conflict because we are too busy fighting over stupid stuff. (on arguing and conflict.)
Jessie Clemence's writing style reflects our current culture referencing a quote from Jen Hatmaker, or HGTV, or Target. She relates to a typical woman of this day.
The author 'gets the reader' and sees you, where you are, in the midst of daily life, and it shows in your reading the book, you feel like this is a mentor girlfriend chatting with you.
The topics are bold, necessary, and sometimes a little confrontational or convicting, but the humor, the perspective, and the real connection to the Word, can use this book to convict your heart and help you trust the living God and His Holy Spirit to be your nap and a million dollars, and live an abundant, satisfied life as God directs.
Thank you Kregel for an advanced copy to review, the thoughts here are my own.