Monday, May 20, 2013

Reading this book made me Happy, Happy, Happy!!!

REVIEW: Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander by Phil Robertson

My husband and I love the A&E hit Duck Dynasty, and as fans of the show, I was excited to read more about Phil Robertson, the famous patriarch of the Robertson clan.

The book was real and authentic.  Phil humbly spoke about the bad days, like when he kicked his wife and kids out of the house because he prized his partying lifestyle more and they were getting in the way.  But then he spoke about redemption—how he repented of his ways and Jesus Christ saved his soul and transformed him into a new creation—the person we know him as on the show.

This book brought joy to my heart as it evangelistically, with no bones about it, talked about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Phil would have it no other way.

Reading this book gives you a glimpse inside their lives as Christians that you don’t see on TV—how they baptize countless people in the river by their house, how they witness to everyone they can, and how they seek to save lost souls.  They are on a mission and the only reason Phil believes Duck Dynasty is so successful is because God wanted it to be.  Using that show as a springboard has allowed them to tour the country and speak about Jesus and to end each of their shows praying as a family to Christ.  Praise God that the family does not plan to let up telling others the Good News!

If you are a Duck Dynasty fan, or even if you are not, as a Christian this is must-read … it shows the power of grace, mercy, and redemption of Jesus Christ and how God can turn our lives around when we surrender to His power and glory!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Wonderful book about truly being on mission!

REVIEW: Sent: How One Ordinary Family Traded the American Dream for God’s Greater Purpose by Hilary Alan

couldn't put this book down.  I was swept away by Hilary’s story and her relational writing style.

Here is a family who has gone against the American norm—sold their nice house and belongings, left their big important jobs, and pretty much gave up everything.  They did this because they were “Sent” by God on a mission bigger than themselves.  It was radical, and people thought they were crazy, but they were simply doing what God told them to do.  They were sent to Southeast Asia as representatives and followers of Jesus Christ.

Hilary’s story was encouraging, uplifting, and hard, but all worth it to minister to where she and her family were called. Reading, I found my own testimony and call intertwined with theirs, and I believe others will as well.

For those who desire for God to speak to them, who want to be called by God to do something big in this life, read this book!  While God might not send you to Southeast Asia, if you are willing, He will send you somewhere do to something great for His glory.  You just need to be like Hilary—open to the calling, open to the sending, and open to obedience.

You can view a short video about Hilary’s story at

*I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this unbiased review.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Help for recovering perfectionists

REVIEW: Confessions of a Raging Perfectionist By Amanda Jenkins

This title drew me in right away and I could not wait to read this book, because also I consider myself a recovering perfectionist.  Reading this book was like talking to a friend who understood me, since she suffers from this perfectionist tendency as well.

Each chapter was a peek into author Amanda Jenkins’ life and soul.  She is addicted to Diet Coke, has too many expectations for her husband, is a struggling mother at times, and is working to be obedient to God.  Jenkins is a real woman with real struggles, just like every one of us.  But, she wrote all her struggles down in a book for all to read!  Blessings to her for having the courage to be open in hopes that it might help others who try to live up to the perfect standard!  All recovering perfectionists can learn something from this book.

Besides the look into Amanda’s life, at the end of the book is a nice set of discussion questions for the reader, or to use for a women’s small group dialogue to help all those struggling with being a perfectionist.

*Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for an unbiased review.
In your book, you talk about your addiction to perfection. What were the signs that this was
an issue for you?
Little things. For a long time, I didn’t let my husband see me without makeup. I got really upset/frazzled when people dropped by unexpectedly. I got easily embarrassed when I messed up, and I wouldn’t admit to struggling. And I thought I had life pretty together—that I actually  didn’t struggle/mess up/sin as much as other people did.

What advice might you give someone in your same situation so that God can release her from
her obsession and accept the true freedom that comes through the love of Christ?
Get specific with God first. Ask Him to show you not just what the strangleholds in your life are, but all the ways they’re manifesting. Perfectionism was a stranglehold that was showing itself in all kinds of destructive ways in my life. And God dealt with them one by one, and being honest with and accountable to others was a part of that process for me.

What is the best advice or encouragement that you have received?
Start talking and keep talking. Satan wants us to be quiet—to hide our sin from ourselves and everyone else. But sin gets bigger and more powerful in the dark, which is why God wants us to live in the light. So we need to talk. We need the encouragement and accountability that comes in numbers. And we need to share the stories of how God is rescuing us. Again.

For more information, visit Amanda’s blog at