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From the Book Shelf

Autumn is already nearing its end in Colorado. Bright splashes of color have faded to shades of brown and grey against the blue sky and a layer of snow washes away nature’s carpet of merlot and mustard. The chill penetrates our home and I’m drawn to my favorite chair where a book awaits.

Perhaps you’ll enjoy these, too.

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A great read by Morgan Tyree, Take Back Your Time-Identify Your Priorities, Decrease Stress, and Increase Productivity grabbed me in the introduction. “Time is always with you, walking alongside you on your journey and very much a part of your every experience. Whether in the mundane moments, the cherished memories, the obligatory daily duties, or the unwelcome trials–your time is a responsibility, a privilege, and a gift.”

Tyree takes a practical look at how we use our time and helps the reader break it into manageable “time zones” that work for her life. She identifies these as the green, yellow, and red time zones.

Like most of us, I’m still learning that “for everything there is a season”–including rest. While I appreciate the grids, time-logs, and tips Tyree shares throughout the book, I particularly appreciate her perception of time.

It truly is a responsibility, a privilege, and a gift.

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Sarah Geringer’s book, Transforming Your Thought Life-Christian Meditation in Focus, is at the top of my Christmas gift list. Now on my second read, I’ve soaked in the words of this book as I’m learning to focus more on the power of scriptural thinking.

Geringer writes from a Biblical viewpoint, encouraging the reader to turn to scripture when struggling with faulty thinking in a variety of areas including unforgiveness, jealousy, fear, guilt, defeat, or negativity.

She provides step-by-step guidance for those new to Christian meditation, personalized prayers at the end of each chapter, as well as a wealth of scriptures to use for study and reflection.

Having released at the beginning of October, this book is one you won’t want to miss.

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Dr. Michelle Bengston has penned another encouraging book for those of us who struggle with such issues as anxiety, fear, and worry. While she has a wealth of knowledge as a professional neuropsychologist, it’s her relatability as a woman who has had her own struggles with anxiety that makes Dr. Bengton’s book, Breaking Anxiety’s Grip-How to Reclaim the Peace God Promises, so powerful.

Rich with personal stories of hope, Dr. Bengston shares practical, scriptural steps the reader can step into as she moves into freedom from worry and into Christ’s peace.

Each chapter concludes with a section called “Your Rx” which entails Bible study and application, a prayer, and a recommended playlist of five to seven praise and worship songs.

Every pastor, counselor, or person who knows the struggle of anxiety would benefit from this book. Even more than that, if you are someone walking through a difficult season this is a book you’ll want to read. It will bless your heart in unexpected ways.

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Lyneta Smith’s book, Curtain Call, is the painful retelling of being unseen and abused as a young child. A gripping story, Lyneta Smith threads the hope of redemption throughout her story. Grappling with the difficulty of PTSD, marriage, parenting, and forgiveness in the midst of her pain, the author shares how God created triumph from tragedy.

This book goes beyond ministering to those who’ve suffered abuse, however. It will strike a chord with those who strive for approval, fear rejection, or work to avoid poverty. This book is meant for those who know suffering and need a reminder that Jesus will always rescue them.

I haven’t chosen books for November. What do you recommend?

Peace and grace,

Tammy

I often link-up with the following wonderful bloggers:

Mondays   InstaEncouragementsAnita Ojeda, Mandy and Michele, Kingdom Bloggers,

Tuesdays RaRa Linkup /GraceFull Tuesday / Tell His Story/Anchored Abode,

Wednesdays   Worth Beyond RubiesRecharge Wednesday Welcome Wednesday /LetsHave Coffee/Porch Stories

Thursdays Heart Encouragement  /  Tune In Thursday  /Salt and Light /  Five Minute Friday

Friday Counting My Blessings, Faith on Fire, Blogger Voices Network, Grace and Truth Linkup,best-of-the-weekend Fresh Market Fridays

 

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Set Free

The shackles, which had clung to me for years, clattered to the ground; their clanging the beautiful sound of freedom in what represented Death’s valley. I’d wandered there like the ancient people of Israel, aimless and afraid, certain I’d discover a new route to hope only to realize these were my own worn, familiar tracks.

The beautifully fashioned dreams of family life, motherhood, and who I’d be in the midst of it all were destroyed in one horrific moment. Nothing about my life would remain untouched. The harm done to me as a child now stretched its long, gruesome arm from the depths of the past and pulled me inexorably into its grip.

(To continue reading, please visit Kelly R. Baker’s website where I have the pleasure of being a guest in her month-long series  What Freedom in Christ Looks Like Online Event .)

Peace and grace,

Tammy

I often link-up with the following wonderful bloggers:

Mondays   InstaEncouragementsAnita Ojeda, Mandy and MicheleKingdom Bloggers,

Tuesdays RaRa Linkup /GraceFull Tuesday / Tell His Story/Anchored Abode,

Wednesdays   Worth Beyond RubiesRecharge Wednesday Welcome Wednesday /LetsHave Coffee/Porch Stories

Thursdays Heart Encouragement  /  Tune In Thursday  /Salt and Light /  Five Minute Friday

Friday Counting My Blessings, Faith on Fire, Blogger Voices Network, Grace and Truth Linkup,best-of-the-weekend Fresh Market Fridays

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Difference

Oh, the grief that engulfed my heart while my son trudged through the painful valley. Many of my mama-crafted dreams were shattered when I realized the depth of my son’s emotional pain and struggle. But in their place, I’ve begun to understand surrender…

Continue reading my guest post where I honored to share at https://mistyphillip.com/i-never-expected-my-son-to-experience-mental-illness/ and please share if a parent you know needs encouragement.

Peace and grace,

Tammy

I often link-up with the following wonderful bloggers.

Mondays   InstaEncouragementsAnita Ojeda, Mandy and MicheleKingdom Bloggers,

Tuesdays RaRa Linkup /GraceFull Tuesday / Tell His Story/Anchored Abode,

Wednesdays   Worth Beyond RubiesRecharge Wednesday Welcome Wednesday /LetsHave Coffee/Porch Stories

Thursdays Heart Encouragement  /  Tune In Thursday  /Salt and Light /  Five Minute Friday

Friday Counting My Blessings, Faith on Fire, Blogger Voices Network, Grace and Truth Linkup,best-of-the-weekend Fresh Market Fridays

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