This time it was to host lots of company and to survive the end of my daughter's swim team season. Lots of driving time to and from the pool and to and from the grocery story to get more food.
I haven't been reading that much either. Most of what I've been reading is about diets and emotional eating. Someday I really am going to get the answers I need. I started doing Turbo Fire exercise program from Beachbody.com. I've been working out really hard for 2 months now and really love that part, but the food part is crazy hard for me. And the more the think about what to do and that I need to stop eating junk once and for all; well, the more I crave it!
So that's me right now. Facing another trip home and still fat. Knowing that as soon as I get off the plane they will look at me and look knowingly at eat other at how I still look so bad. If only they knew that I beat myself up every single day over it and couldn't be any more ashamed than I already am.
One week left. Too late to really make any weight loss progress.
The bright spot in all this has been the book Made to Crave by Lysa TerKeurst. It's a wonderful book that encourages us to look at the spiritual aspect of our cravings. She challenged me to see how food is my emotional crutch and substitute for my craving for a relationship with God, but she does is without inducing shame either. I'm hoping that memorizing the verses she writes us and falling on my knees for help in my temptations will help me as well.
I'm reading it a second time now, so I can absorb the words and really put them into practice.
So that's what I've been working through. How are you, my blog friends?
Already sloshed from one-too-many drinks at a faculty party, Leah Thornton cruises the supermarket aisles in search of something tasty to enhance her Starbucks-Kahlua, for example. Two confrontations later-one at the grocery store and the other with her friend Molly-Leah is sitting in the office of the local rehab center facing an admissions counselor who fails to understand the most basic things, like the fact that apple juice is not a suitable cocktail mixer. Rehab is no picnic, and being forced to experience and deal with the reality of her life isn't Leah's idea of fun. But through the battle she finds a reservoir of courage she never knew she had, and the loving arms of a God she never quite believed existed.
This was a good book. I appreciate the depth of the book and how it looked at more than just the struggle with alcoholism, but also the underlying reasons for her battle and the relationships around her. I wish I could see more of the outcome and know how her story continues now. I really appreciated Leah's friend Molly, too, and how brave she was to call her friend out and get her the help she needed. I look forward to reading more by Christa Allen!
Onstage, the singing duo of Gabe and Mitzi Steiner captured America's heart for more than two decades. Offstage, their own hearts have throbbed as one for sixty years. Only now, Gabe has retreated into the tangles of Alzheimer's, leaving Mitzi to ponder her future alone.
On the other side of Tulsa, everyone believes Brooke Woodson has found the perfect man--a handsome lawyer with sights on becoming Tulsa's next District Attorney. If only Brooke felt more sure. If only her fianci could control his anger. If only love didn't come with so many scars.
When an accident lands Brooke in the hospital where Mitzi volunteers, the two women quickly develop an unlikely friendship birthed by providence and bathed in grace. And with Mitzi's help, kindness, and insight, Brooke learns how to pick up the broken pieces of her life.
A wonderful book! Broken Wings goes back and forth between Mitzi's and Brooke's "voices" and captures the tenderness of their friendship beautifully. I was drawn into the story of Mitzi's past as well as the current telling of Brooke's experiences. I enjoyed it very much!
The Christy Award is a "Christian fiction award to recognize novelists and novels of excellence in several genres of Christian fiction." The nominees for this year were announced recently and the winners announced July 11. Every year I make it my goal to read all the books that are nominated for the Christy Award. I also give them away!
I will giveaway the books by category while I am reading the books nominated in that category.
To enter to win any/all of these books, please do the following:
1. Post a comment indicating which book/books you would like to be entered for.
2. Enter by the date indicated. For this category, please enter by JULY 20, winners announced on July 21.
3. Respond within 10 days should you receive an email indicating you have won a particular book.
4. Come back soon for the next category giveaway!
Today's category is: "Contemporary Series, Sequels, & Novellas."
The books nominated in this category are:
The Reluctant Prophet by Nancy Rue
It's a total surprise when 40-something Allison Chamberlain feels a divine nudge to buy a Harley motorcycle and go wherever it takes her. Soon she finds herself in the darkest corners of society, experiencing the heartache of the poor. Will she discover that healing comes through the voice of God and those who follow it?
I really loved this book! I love the way Rue writes about her characters. Allison's character is well-developed and interesting. She's funny but real. She's crazy-determined to do what she feels led to do. Boy does that take guts to do things that others mock us for, even when we feel totally called by God to do them. I wanted to know the characters in the book. I want to meet people like that who love God without pretense and who accept human frailty and love all God's children even when they are at their lowest.
The Thorn by Beverly Lewis
Rose Kauffman, a spirited young woman, has a close friendship with the bishop's foster son. Nick dresses Plain and works hard but stirs up plenty of trouble too. Rose's sister cautions her against becoming too involved, but Rose is being courted by a good, Amish fellow, so dismisses the warnings. Meanwhile, Rose keeps house for an English widower but is startled when he forbids her to ever go upstairs. What is the man hiding?
Rose's older sister, Hen, knows more than she should about falling for the wrong man. Unable to abandon her Amish ways, Hen is soon separated from her very modern husband. Mattie, their young daughter, must visit her father regularly, but Hen demands she wear Amish attire--and speak Pennsylvania Dutch, despite her husband's wishes. Will Hen be able to reestablish her place among the People she abandoned? And will she be able to convince Rose to steer clear of rogue neighbor Nick?
The Waiting by Suzanne Woods Fisher
Jorie King has been waiting for Benjamin Zook to return home to Lancaster County so they can marry. When news arrives that Ben has been killed, Jorie finds comfort in the friendship of his brother Caleb. That friendship ripens into love, and it seems that they are meant to be together. But when the unexpected happens, their worlds are turned upside down once more. Will Jorie trust God to lead her into the arms of a new man?
The 1971 Little League season is Zack Ross's last chance to win a championship---and new kid, Rafer, could make that happen. Sure, he's different---but he can really hit a baseball! When Rafer is hospitalized, the team's determined to gain the trophy in his honor. Will Zack learn there's more to life than winning or losing?
I adored this book! It brought to mind a feeling of childhood and the transition from child to adult and all the learning about what's important in life that comes with that transition. I felt like I was right there with the baseball team, cheering for them, and learning along with them. A perfect summer read!
It is my mission with this blog to introduce others to Christian fiction and all the things that reading a story can teach us about faith, hope, peace, love, and our Lord. Afterall, Jesus Himself often used stories to give powerful lessons. I also will be including some of my craft projects here as well.