You’re Strong Enough by Kassi L. Pontious – Win a $50 Amazon Gift Card!

You’re Strong Enough
By Kassi L. Pontious


About the Book

You’re Strong Enough takes readers on a quest to discover who they are, why they are here, where they came from, and what their ultimate goal is. Christian writer, Kassi Pontious, shares personal experiences aimed at teaching young people that each of us is strong enough for our own trials and challenges. In “You’re Strong Enough,” you will discover who your real enemy is and how to defeat this dragon. As you participate in individual quests at the end of each chapter, you will learn how to cut the strings of dysfunction that may be trying to control your life. Ultimately, you will discover where your true strength lies and how to conquer the obstacles in life’s path. You’re Strong Enough is a book about hope and empowerment. It brings truths to light that will empower your soul and inspire you, and those around you.

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Kassi Pontious is the author of the Christian teenage and young adult books, You’re Enough Series. Kassi wrote the You’re Enough Series, beginning with You’re Strong Enough to help struggling teenagers and young adults who come from dysfunctional families and who feel lost and confused. Her goal is to help her readers to find a way to cope, to forgive, to believe, and to trust again. Kassi is a graduate of the LDS Christian church missionary program and a leader of Christian youth groups. Kassi has studied religion extensively, including four years at seminary and three years at Orem Institute of Religion. She served an eighteen-month mission in North Carolina, leading a group of fifty sister missionaries.

Kassi understands what it is like to be from a divorced and dysfunctional family. Her parents divorced when she was four and she lived with six different families during her childhood. She works with kids that come from divorced and dysfunctional families, teaching them how to cope, and maximize their potential despite their challenging home lives. Kassi is married and has four beautiful children. She runs a successful real estate brokerage firm in Alpine Utah. She loves hiking, playing sports, geo caching, and swimming.

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Review: Holy Estrogen by Carol McLeod

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Date Published: August 10, 2012
Pages: 224
Publisher: Harrison House Inc
Author: Carol McLeod
Genre: Christian Fiction, Women’s Fiction
ISBN-10: 1606833987
ISBN-13: 978-1606833988
Book Source: The book was provided by the publisher through Bookfun.org for my honest opinion.

Blurb:

Holy Estrogen is THE book for women. It will target your emotional fluctuations and challenge you to discover the purpose for which God gave us emotions. Did God really want women to live a roller coaster life ordered by some hormone that is absolutely out of your control? The truth is, God gave you estrogen so that you would be a woman fully alive inside and fully engaged with the life that He has given to you. Through this book, you will begin to live powerfully and learn what it means to be a woman who flourishes in all of life’s situations. You will learn to move beyond the pain, the disappointment, the fears and the princess persona and you will change your emotional clothes! Some chapters include: * OCD, Chicken Doo-Doo and Worship! * An Emotional Enemy * Fingernails on the Chalkboard of Life * Time for a Change * 1440 Reasons Why * Who Do You Mend a Broken Heart? * Earthly, Natural or Demonic? * It’s All About Me! And lots more.

You can purchase it Here:
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Author Bio:

Carol McLeod is an author and popular speaker at women’s conferences and retreats, where she teaches the Word of God with great joy and enthusiasm. She also host the highly successful Just Joy! outreaches. Carol encourages and empowers women with passionate and practical biblical messages mixed with her own special brand of hope and humor. Carol is the author of Defiant Joy! and The Rooms of a Woman’s Heart. Her teaching DVD The Rooms of a Woman’s Heart, won the Telly Award, for excellence in religious programming. She is a 1977 graduate of Oral Roberts University with a degree in Music and English. She is married to Craig McLeod, they serve as Senior Pastors of Life Church near Buffalo, NY.

You can find Carol Here:
Website  |  Facebook  |  Goodreads



Reflections:

“Many christians make the very same mistake as did our affluent farmer friend in the parable of Jesus. We continuously feed our soul and ration the nutrition of our spirit.”


If you have been guilty of this, raise your hand. I know mine is raised high above my head at the moment. Guilty as charged! Carol points out that by feeding your soul more than your spirit, your soul will grow out of control. This helped me to realize how devestating the outcome could be if I don’t nourish my spirit enough by feeding it the Word of God. Very eye-opening.


“However, a spirit that has known the strength and focus of a life lived wholeheartedly for christ will look at the past with this wisdom and peace, “I have not encountered one obstacle that hod has not used for His purposes. In every challenge and through every heartache, He has been with me.””


This quote really spoke to my heart. I am a testimony for this statement. No matter what I have been through in my life, God has carried me through to a victorious ending. This is such a powerful statement and really awakened my spirit to how truly Blessed I am.


“If you have a problem with fear and worry, I can tell you exactly where it care from! Women who have downloaded fear and worry onto their mental hard drive get their primary information from the devil himself. Ladies, let me be blunt here…you are listening to the wrong voice! You have bought the wrong newspaper! Put that gossip rag where it belongs…in the trashcan!You are accepting gifts from the wrong person! Change the channel! Press the mute button and open the Bible!”


Fear and worry…they can sure clutter your mind. I have struggled with both over the years and still do at times. Carol helped me to see they have no place in my life and only wear me down. Like dragging a suitcase full of baggage everywhere I go. If you’re battling worry and fear, this section of Holy Estrogen will certainly help you win the battle.


“If I was a doctor, and I supposed that I am…I am a doctor of the soul, so let me write you a prescription for loneliness. Give to someone else at least 3 times a day. Your loneliness will be cured when you are more concerned about someone else’s needs rather than your solitary life.”


This is a tip I will definitely take with me wherever I go. I sometimes get the “blahs”, as most people do. I enjoy giving as much as I can and love it when I manage to brighten someone’s day. This helped me to realize that when I’m giving, in whatever way, my loneliness scatters. I’m so caught up in the other person’s joy that I don’t feel the loneliness. This is a great tip that can be applied to the lives of everyone.



Synopsis:

Holy Estrogen is full of advice on how to give yourself over to God so He can help you overcome the daily stumbling blocks in your life. It’s very informative and Carol’s tips are spot-on. I also found it brought out several of my emotions. I was very touched and thought of special times with my own dad when she told the story of working in the garden with her dad. And I laughed out loud when she told the story of her friend, Kathy, and how she handled a situation with a thoughtless driver. Bottom line, Holy Estrogen is a very helpful, scriptural based book that packs quite a punch. If you need help battling and reigning in your emotions this book can do just that. It’s not just for women. Men can benefit from Carol’s advice just as easily. I would recommend it to anyone who battles such emotions as anger, fear or loneliness.



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Review: Fed Up with Flat Faith by Kathy Howard

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Book Info:

Date Published: February 5, 2013

Publisher: New Hope Publishers

Author: Kathy Howard

Desperate. Tired. Flat. Dry. Do those words ring any bells? Do those words describe your faith when what you really want is a fiery, passionate, connected faith? You’re not alone in your struggle with flat faith. What you need is to pump up your faith and let God create the roaring blaze you so desperately long for in your daily walk.

Fed Up with Flat Faith will equip you with five attitudes and five behaviors that prepare your heart and life for God’s work. Author and teacher Kathy Howard shares practical and foundational spiritual truths and faith principles that will help shift your attitude and behavior so you are positioned for God’s activity in your life, ready to receive what He has for you—a fiery faith. With personal reflection questions, biblical truths, and the power of the Holy Spirit, your faith will become dynamic and you’ll no longer have to live fed up with flat faith.

You can order it Here:
Amazon  |  Barnes & Noble  |  Christianbook.com

Meet The Author:


Kathy, a minister of adult education at a church in west Texas, has been teaching the Bible to adults for more than 20 years. In addition to discipling Christians, she also has an exciting teaching ministry for spiritual seekers and new believers. Actively involved in women’s ministry, Kathy is often invited to speak at women’s events and conferences. She holds a master’s degree in religious education and a certificate in women’s ministry from the Canadian Southern Baptist Seminary. Married for 25 years, she and her husband, Wayne, have three children and currently reside in Houston, Texas.

You can find Kathy Here:
Website  |  Facebook  |  Twitter  |  YouTube

Reflection:

“Do you long for more in your relationship with Christ? Do you crave the abundant life He promised? Fiery faith is not only possible, God wants it to be yours.”
Kathy shares insight on how to bring your faith from flat and boring to a fiery passion. I know my faith has felt flat for awhile now and this insight helped me to realize the fact that I need help in some areas.
“The more we partake or experience God, the more we will desire Him. We won’t be able to get enough of Him. Experience with Him fuels our passion. Someone with a fiery passion for God will be satisfied in Him yet always seeking more of Him.”
Very good point. I have noticed in my own personal relatioship with God that when I “get slack” in my relatioship with Him, things seem to fall apart more readily. I seem to fall apart more readily! This quote really jumped out at me and made me realize I need to spend more time with Him. He is always there, it’s me that pulls away.
“Don’t let a lifetime of religion hinder a true,saving relationship with Jesus.”
I know in my journey with God I have been guilty of letting “Religion” get in the way. This one quote made me realize that it’s all about Who we know and NOT what we do! Jesus wants us to KNOW HIM through a constant relationship and not let the doing get in the way of the being.
“As I approached the Bible with this new desperation, the spirit of God illuminated truths I had read before, yet had never internalized. As I continued to study, excitment over what God was teaching me blossomed into passion for His word. This passion kept driving me back to the Bible. Now, almost three decades later, my love affair with the Bible is still going strong.”
Another great point and one I have experienced personally. When I make time every day to dive into my Bible I come to look forward to it. But, on those occasions when I get a little slack, I notice my passion dims. This is a personal reflection point for me and something I hadn’t really realized until I read Kathy’s book.

My Thoughts:

Fed Up With Flat Faith is a step-by-step guide of sorts to help you develope a better relationship with God. If your relationship seems stale, this book can point you to areas you might need to work on. Kathy Howard uses scriptural references to “back up” the information she provies as a basis for stregthening your faith. She uses Bible characters as examples and quotes from several pieces of literature she has read over the years. The thing that opened my eyes the most, I think, were the real-life stories of people that have been on similay journeys and those that are an example for all of us. All-in all, it comes together to be a very influentual guide that will help you in your areas of need if you will approach it with an open mind.


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