Have a wonderful week!
It's Friday Reads, and I'm featuring a novella by Susan Lantz Simpson, "The Christmas Fudge Miracle." It's part of a larger novella collection, "Amish Christmas Miracles."
Stop by to learn about the story and read my review. You can enter to win a copy of The Mending, a full-length novel by Susan.
I'm currently reading this book, but I'm excited about it and wanted to post my review based on the first few chapters. This is a much-needed book, particularly for this year!
I've read a number of Joel's book, and I always find them encouraging and inspiring. This one was no exception. It always feels like I'm chatting with Joel over a hot cup of tea (since I don't like coffee!). He makes the reader feel like he's a good friend speaking right to them, right where they are.
Today's society is full of negativity. It bombards us daily, from social media to the newspapers to TV. It's hard to stay positive when you take that in on a regular basis.
This book is a bit shorter than some of Osteen's prior books, but it's still filled with wisdom and encouragement. It's one I'll likely read through more than once. There are practical tips for identifying and removing negativity from your life. I'm a Type A, anxious person to begin with, so this book is just what I needed to read! I can't wait to put some of the tips into action to help stop the anxious thoughts from the get-go.
Chapters include: Empty Out the Negative, Power Thinking, A Fresh Attitude, Drop It, The Right Recording, and The Power of the Soil.
Some of my favorite quotes include:
- "You control what you think about and what you choose to allow in."
- "You weren't created to carry around guilt, regret, bitterness, and anger--that poisons your life."
- "Don't go through life looking in the rearview mirror, being down on yourself, living in regrets."
- "Are your thoughts helping you or hurting you?"
- "If you don't set the tone for the day, negative thoughts will do it for you."
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, but I wasn't required to leave a positive review.