books of late |breaking anxiety's grip + bullet journaling +randomness|

8:34 AM

Hola readers!
What do you do when you have a lot of books to review?
You put them all in one post...
Chase The Lion
Weekly Planner

I officially am trying bullet journaling and I am jazzed! My mom has been trying to get me to schedule my chaotic life together a bit instead of flying by the seat of my pants (story of my life).So when Mark Batterson's Chase The Lion (weekly planner) popped up I was dying of excitement.
This planner is just beautiful. I don't have to terribly artistic for this bullet journal, and the daily prompts to chase my lions (aka my dreams) and accomplish my goals (no matter how small) is motivating.
The journal itself lasts about a year and I've barely begun, but I'm already in love with chasing my lions and conquering them. There have been so many obstacles for me mentally and physically and looking at them through the eyes of a warrior is inspiring for my 2019-2020.

I'm just in love with this little book -- I am finally getting stuff done and remembering what I actually need to get done each day.

Breaking Anxiety's Grip
Dr. Michelle Bengtson
Worry can consume us, trap us, make us feel there is no way out. Sharing her own story of anxiety, depression and fear, Dr. Michelle Bengtson in "Breaking Anxiety's Grip" reminds you Who is in control of our lives.
I have been struggling with deep fear and anxiety these last couple of months and it was really refreshing to get this book in the mail (hello Baker Books for their blogger review program!). I needed this book in my life honestly.
Practical, straight forward and honest and sometimes a wake up call.

| Peace is not a person; peace is a Thing |

The author basically walks with me as a reader, letting me know I are not alone, and openly sharing not only the struggles of her patients and people in her life...but her own story. My only one complaint was that she never mentioned getting counseling help and that there is no shame in medication. I know that wasn't the focus of the book but in the church there sometimes is a lot of shame put in getting outside help. I think hearing that -- especially from a doctor herself -- is very needed.
Other than that I needed this book in my life (and the playlist ideas were an added bonus -- guess who immediately headed to her spotify to make one ;).
Thank you Baker for this book in exchange for an honest review!
| God asks us to give him all our concerns because the burden is too heavy for us to shoulder |

I was excited to get another Mark Batterson book in the mail and the idea of Double Blessing seemed like a good one: What does it mean to accept God's blessing? How do we extend that blessing to others in our lives?
In a culture of #blessed what does it truly mean to live like we are blessed?
Mark Batterson always encourages me to think...and he always brings up topics in a new. way. But *cough* *cough* I honestly didn't enjoy this book as much as I thought I would. He didn't really address the topic of blessings any differently from other books I've read. For many Double Blessing will be more of a review than of honestly learning something new. I feel bad for saying that but I'm just honest.
This wasn't Mark Batterson's best books...and I honestly love his writing.

The Ending Begins
Sara Davinson

When your beliefs are at war, does love stand a chance?

Bookstore owner Meryn O'Reilly and Army Captain Jesse Christensen are on opposite sides of a battle. After a series of terrorist attacks in 2053, martial law has been declared in Canada and the military has taken over. When a radical Christian group claims responsibility, Jesse and his platoon are sent to Meryn's city to keep an eye on the Christians and ensure they are not stepping outside the confines of the law.
Fiery and quick-tempered, Meryn chafes under the curfew and other restrictions to her freedom. Jesse is equally amused, intrigued, and terrified by her spirit. She could find herself in prison if she shows defiance to the wrong soldier, namely Lieutenant Gallagher.

Set in Dystopian Canada...

Good writing style? Check
Unique plot? Check
Interesting characters to root for? Check, check

My only issue in this Christian fiction book is that it's slightly predictable. Bad guy becomes good (a little too fast in my opinion), good guys win over, and the end is bittersweet. Still though a read worth my time. I just wish Jesse wasn't your typical turnaround character and been won over so fast.
Also the romance happened SUPER DUPER quick and seemed based mainly on physical attraction (let's kiss in no time y'all).
Grant it, I still enjoyed this read. It was a change of pace and really made me stop and think about what could possibly happen in the future with our government and to religious freedom if we allow it.

But basically this book was super fun to get because Blind Book tours hosted it -- which meant I got a surprise book in the mail customized from my Goodreads likes in exchange for a review.
That in of itself made reading the book hands down fun. 

So there is my reading run-down. 
Do you have any bullet journaling tips for a human in a crazy life?

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3 of your thoughts

  1. Wow looks like a cool bullet journal! I have not tried to bullet journal. I end up planning on my calendar or make a calender or a specific project.

    1. It is a very nice journal -- I love it so much!

  2. Ooo, a book on anxiety! I should read that. Love the journal!


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