Book Review… Sacred Privilege

As soon as I saw that Revell had Kay Warren’s new book Sacred Privilege available for review, I had to hurry up and sign up for a copy, and I couldn’t wait to start reading when it arrived.  Although this book was written for pastors’ wives and I am currently not one, I admire Kay so much and have enjoyed and learned from every book she’s written.  Sure enough, this is a book that I soaked up as well.

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Sacred Privilege is a raw, honest look at the privileges and challenges of being in ministry and supporting a husband in ministry as a pastor’s wife.  The chapters in this book cover the following:

  • accepting yourself and your calling
  • adapting to change
  • helping your children thrive
  • communicating well with others
  • self care
  • valuing seasons and moments
  • protecting your private life
  • dealing with criticism
  • keeping an eternal perspective

 

Kay Warren has been through many hardships in her journey of faith, ministry, and marriage to her husband Rick.  I so appreciated her vulnerability and willingness to share the hard things she has been through, which include but are not limited to: building a church from the ground up, breast cancer, health challenges with her children, and her son’s suicide.   Just the kind honesty and hope that she shares through her words in this book will bring encouragement and motivation to anyone in need of it.

“We have to realize that when we are not unified, the world doesn’t know that God is real and doesn’t know that He loves them.  Wow.  This truth doesn’t leave much  room for our wounded pride – even if it’s justifiable…. Most of us have a very difficult time giving up our claims to what we feel people owe us.  But when we don’t freely forgive, we love ourselves more than we love God – and more than we love the people who don’t yet know God.” 

See what I mean?  The beautiful truths in this book will definitely be a support to pastor’s wives, but I also believe that this is a good resource for any woman in any kind of ministry.  Moreover, it will help those of us who aren’t pastors’ wives become more familiar with the challenges that pastors’ wives face and better know how to pray for them.   Thanks, Kay Warren, for your honest encouragement and undeniable testimony of God’s faithfulness in your life and ministry, that is portrayed all throughout this book.

I received this book from the blogger Revell Reads program in exchange for my honest opinion of these books.  

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If you’re needing a little happiness today…

Man, I do not know where the summer has gone!  But it surely has flown by, and now we are starting to look ahead to fall and an even busier schedule.  The good part about that is that I should have more time for writing, which I dearly miss right now.  I’m hopping on here this week though, in the middle of an Olympics watching marathon and a lot of work going on around here… because two very amazing books have just released!  I’ll be back another day to tell you about the other one, but today it’s all about happiness.

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The Happiness Dare, by Jennifer Dukes Lee, is nothing and everything I expected all in one beautiful cover and binding.  And to be honest, I haven’t even finished it yet because I’ve been taking my time, soaking in every word of this great book.  Throughout its pages, Lee explores the various happiness styles, encouraging readers to interact to discover their own happiness styles. These are: the Doer, the Relater, the Experiencer, the Giver, and the Thinker.  (Does this trigger any personal connections or thoughts already?) Once this is discovered, ways for discovering more happiness in your own life, warning flags to watch out for, and ways to build up those with other happiness styles are shared.

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Once readers discover their styles, more general but life changing principles are shared in this book.  Though found only because of Jesus, happiness is something that  we can have in spite of whatever circumstances we are currently facing.  This is something that has hit me hard lately, in a season of life that can be quite challenging and difficult – and why I’m taking my time to really soak in these truths!

I need this book right now, and I have a feeling that many of you reading this may too.  So be sure to pick up a copy of it today.  And finally, I’m excited to share that (in)Courage is starting up an online book club, if you are interested in going through this book with others.  Just go here to sign up!

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Happiness… it is attainable, even in this fallen messed up world.  It can be found, even in the most mundane or difficult settings.  Whether it’s a child’s laugh, a beautiful sunset, or just the fact that the car started today and got us everywhere we needed to go – it’s there for the taking.  We just need to have the courage to keep looking for it, with a heart that’s determined to seek and stay grateful.   Let’s do it!  Let’s all dig in and take the Happiness Dare today.

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Some good summer reads…

We are thick into summer, which really does seem to bring out some “lazy days” around here.  This is the time of year that I challenge my kids with summer reading programs, and I also immerse my own self in a ton of fiction of all different kinds.  Recently I had the chance to review two sweet inspirational fiction books that are new releases, just in time for some relaxing summer reading. I read All … {…Read More}

Book Review… Brave Girls: Beautiful You

I am constantly trying to find ways to encourage my daughter to grow in her faith and let her relationship with God help her navigate the ups and downs of these transitional tween years.  So when I saw that there was a new devotional book out for tweens that will help them grow in knowledge and confidence as the beautiful girls they  are in Christ, I snatched it up quickly. This devotional book, Brave Girls: … {…Read More}

Book review – The Prophetess

Whew… it’s been awhile, hasn’t it?  If you’ve been following this blog for any length of time, you probably know that the silent periods on here are usually when God is doing a great work in my heart.  This time is no different.  I’ll try to find the words to share more soon, but for today, I’m back sharing about a book I recently had the chance to review and just finished over spring break. Have you … {…Read More}

A call to gratitude (and a book review)

My least favorite time of year, when it comes to parenting my kids, is when the toy catalogs come out.  Right around when the holiday decorations start being seen around town, our mailbox starts overflowing with its own décor – catalogs galore.  And not just any catalogs, but catalogs that appeal to little people with big eyes.  Eyes that are prone to see all that they don’t have, that their friends do. We are blessed … {…Read More}

Book Review – Prayers that Changed History

Every once in awhile, the Lord connects somewhere I’m being challenged with a similar concept on a level my kids can relate to.  Lately, I’ve been convicted a lot about prayer… the importance of it, the power of it, and my need to do more of it.  I’ve been challenged to make prayer such a priority in my family that it becomes a habit my children see as vitally important in their own lives.  So when … {…Read More}

Book Review… Taming the To-Do List

Recently, I had the opportunity to read the new book Taming the To-Do List, by Glynnis Whitwer.  I must be honest and say that I put this book off for awhile when I got it in the mail to review.  I did want to read it eventually, but it seemed more practical to me when I was more interested in inspirational reads at the time. Boy, was I surprised when I started reading it.  I … {…Read More}