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Monday, February 3, 2014

Birthday Week of Books

This is a big week for me.  On Thursday I turn 44 – for my good friends in Louisiana, I’ll make 44 this week.

44!!

Twice as good as 22, as a friend told me last week.  Let’s hope she’s right about that.  I don’t want this to be the year that my metabolism, joints and body in general betray me.

This is also a year that I am focusing on INTENTION!

It’s not a new idea or concept, just one that has taken a bit of time to come into focus.  One of the catalysts for this word was reading the book 7 by Jen Hatmaker.  In full disclosure, I did not replicate any of the challenges that Jen set for herself.  She didn’t intend it to be a “do as I do”, but an experiment in dealing with excess.  I roll in it and simultaneously hate it and am working to eliminate it.



In many ways, this book totally changed how I look at nearly every aspect of my life.  It didn’t dictate how many foods I eat or items of clothing I wear, but opened my eyes to choices I was making.  It even opened my eyes to how many factors in my life were defaults because I wasn’t actually making choices.  That’s passively existing, not actively living.  I’ll take the latter, thank you very much.

Dayspring (they are AWESOME, check them out) is graciously helping me celebrate by giving away a copy of 7 by Jen Hatmaker to one of you.  Not only this, but 4 books this week; a different book from today until my birthday on Thursday.  You’ll have to come back to find out which ones.  Here’s a hint:  they are all brand-spankin’ new.  One is so new it isn’t even out yet!   Actually, as of today, none have been released yet.  You are in for the good stuff here.

So, I’m gonna party like it’s my birthday.  And I want you to come along for the ride.

Have a cupcake and make a wish.  Remember, birthday calories don’t count!


Have you ever read a book that totally shifted your everyday life?  You know, other than the Bible?  Tell me about it.


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21 comments:

  1. It's been years since I read it, and I don't remember anything other than the title but "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff" made a big difference. I realized as it said, in the long run, it's all small stuff. So many of the things we stress over are things we have no control of. All we do is make ourselves miserable.

    Now, I try to focus on things I can control and change. :-)

    Cool post.

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    1. Thanks. If we can't control it or change it, then it isn't worth the stress - yes!! So glad you visited.

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  2. You know I am all about celebrating all MONTH long!! I have been wanting to read this book for forever, but keep forgetting to get it.
    The most recent "life changing" book for me was "The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness" by Tim Keller. Have you read it? You must! :)
    I love celebrating YOU!!!

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    1. I think for us, we should go 2 months!!! I haven't read that by Tim Keller, but need to put it on my list!! Thanks for sharing it.

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    2. The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness is one I was going to mention! Tiny little book packed with truth and freedom. LOVE it and it's truly a must read! Seriously would only take about 30 minutes to read; maybe that's another reason I love it?

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  3. HAPPY BIRTHDAY WEEK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ok, that is all.

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    1. Thank you!! Don't forget to enter if you haven't read this already!

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  4. Happy Birthday to you!! That's wonderful. And what fun giveaways! Let's see...Secrets in the Dark by Frederick Buechner is one that has changed me.

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    1. Ooh, another one to add to my list! Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Happy birthday!
    One book that broke my heart was Scared by Tom Davis. It is fiction, but based on his real life experience working with orphans in Africa. The AIDS pandemic has left many communities there with almost no adults, no elders. He also wrote Priceless about his experiences with human trafficking in Eastern Europe.

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    1. Wow, that must've been incredibly difficult for you to read, Amy. I'll have to look up his books, they sound powerful.

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  6. "Lioness Arising" just had so many powerful truths illuminated for that particular point in my life.

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    1. Another one I've never heard of. You guys are a great resource. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. A book called "God Winks." It was a reminder to me to pay attention to the little things that are messages from above. :)

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    1. That is a good message and something easy to forget. Thanks for sharing!

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  8. "Overcoming Fear, Worry, and Anxiety" by Elyse Fitzpatrick. She is a Christian counselor and this book explains how fear escalates to serious anxiety. I struggled with this and went to a Christian counselor and this is the first book she recommended to me. Understanding what is happening and the connection between our mind and how our body reacts is powerful.

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    1. Excellent. What a great resource to have. It's crazy how the mind and body work together.

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  9. Oh man. There have been so many books that shifted my life in many little ways. Honestly, I think maybe one of the first things to affect me was the Anne of Green Gables series - I wanted to live with the passion and verve Anne has.

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    1. Confession: I have never read those. I should change that soon!

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  10. Yes, absolutely. I even wrote a blog post about it this week: http://www.leeanngtaylor.com/seeds-new-life/. Radical by David Platt.

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    1. I need to check this out. I've seen the book, but don't know much about it. Thanks!

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