Aug 15, 2011

Fresh-Brewed Life by Nicole Johnson

With wit and wisdom, Nicole Johnson leads readers in a journey of awakenings.

Living a fresh-brewed life requires that women encounter a beautiful awakening in three areas. First, to God as they respond to His tender, passionate love for them; second to themselves as they embrace their identities as women, their gifts, and their dreams; and third to others as they learn to love and communicate in ways that bring joy and closeness.

In this substantial revision — including new chapters and a study guide — of the successful 1999 Fresh-Brewed Life, Nicole offers a freshly brewed, wake-up-and-smell-the-coffee guide to living life to the fullest. She encourages Christian women to recognize the areas in their lives where they are sound asleep — and let God wake them up again.

Readers will find a heartwarming, honest book that’s good to the last drop.

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In this amazing little book, Nicole Johnson takes the reader on an incredible journey to wake up their soul.

Chapter topics include: Surrender to God, Encounter Your Journal, Listen to Your Longings, Embrace Your Beauty, Interview Your Anger, Savor Your Sexuality, Celebrate Your Friendships, Change Your World, Enrich Your Relationships, and Enjoy Your Freedom.

In the chapter titled "Listen to Your Longings", one particular paragraph really spoke to me.

Until we grieve, we cannot be comforted. Until we lay our longings at Jesus' feet, we cannot be met with his presence. Until I come to the end of "longings management" - trying to hold it all together, pretending I'm better than I really am - I can't trust Christ. But when I bring him my crumpled longings, trying to press them straight from holding them so tightly, he will hold them for me and help me straighten them out.

For anyone who longs to live a life of joy, this book is a true gem. I plan to read it over again, and start implementing a bunch of the suggestions. Just like the journey of a coffee bean to a fresh-brewed cup of steaming coffee, Nicole's invitation is for each of us to wake up to a richer, fuller, more flavorful life than ever imagined ... one cup at a time.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book courtesy of Book Sneeze in exchange for my honest review.

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