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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Bounce Back and Giveaway!

Julie Clinton is the president of Extraordinary Women Ministries and the author of several books, including Extraodinary Women, Living God's Dream for You, 10 Things You Aren't Telling Him and A Woman's Path to Emotional Freedom.  
Julie has spoken to hundreds of thousands of women across the country as the host of EWomen conferences.  A woman of deep faith, Julie cares passionately about seeing women live out their dreams by finding their freedom in Christ.  She and her husband, Tim, live in Virginia with their two children.

When Your Heart is Empty and Your Dreams Are Lost  

Brokenhearted, disappointed, and wanting more from life—if we are honest, most of us have endured a season or two or incredible difficulty. Julie Clinton sees and hears the needs and concerns of women all over America on a regular basis. She shows the way forward when all seems lost. In this transparent and encouraging book she walks beside her readers, revealing three steps to a more fulfilled life: breathe, believe, and bounce back. Clinton provides wisdom and encouragement to help women rediscover their joy and strength.

My Thoughts:
It is always a joy to come across a book that is written for women that actually ministers to women...a book that doesn't tell us how much we "deserve to be happy" or "how we can overcome our emotions".  Julie Clinton cares about women and desires to see them walk out their days being found in Christ and operating in His strength and not their own.  Her sincerity comes across in her writing.
Bounce Back:  When Your Heart Is Empty And Your Dreams Are Lost is a book with an important message for women...You are not alone in your struggles and heartbreak.  Julie gets that we can't always put on our "happy" face and ignore the real struggles of our hearts.  Life doesn't always turn out like we want it to, but Julie's message is that we love and serve a good God Who loves us and desires us to reflect His image in a world that is full of hurt and disappointment.
Julie relays that our days are all ongoing opportunities to heal and to grow and we don't do it by ignoring the things that concern us and sometimes bring great heartbreak.  In our weakness, God is strong and mighty to save.  We heal and grow by pressing into Jesus and sometimes literally hanging on for dear life, but we do it in His strength and not our own.
Drawing on personal testimony and the stories of those to whom she has ministered, Julie compassionately encourages women in each chapter of the book.  Her focus is strongly biblical and gospel centered.
"Some things we lose are better left lost.  The things that you have lost may have become idols in your life without you even realizing it.  They have been robbing you of time and energy that God desires for you to channel into new activities and relationships that hold promise of even greater blessing."
The book includes a reflection guide that helps you through journal your time through Bounce Back as well as instructions and a guide to lead a small group through the book. 
These resources are well thought out and provide easy to use guides as you use the book to minister to others.

I highly recommend this resource by Worthy Publishing.  It is encouraging and uplifting without all the psycho-babble and is perfect for individual devotional use or with a small group or in a one on one discipleship relationship.

I have one copy of Bounce Back to give away to one of you! Just leave me a comment letting me know how you would use this book to minister to someone else or share a little of your own "bounce back" story to encourage others. Remember to leave an email address so that I can notify you if you are the winner!

I'll draw a name from all comments next Friday morning and announce the winner be sure and come back to see if you won!

Happy Reading,


Michelle said...

I don't think I have read any of her books before but she sounds like a good author.
I would share this book with my friend who is now a single mother and would enjoy this book.
Thanks for the opportunity to win.
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