So, for this round of Booksneeze, I requested a book by Nicole Johnson entitled, Fresh-Brewed Life: A Stirring Invitation to Wake Up Your Soul. I had never heard of it before, and I didn't realize until later that it was an anniversary edition.
The reason I requested the book was because I am coffee lover... okay, addict, and the title kind of enticed me. Having said that, I now have to admit that while some of her explanations of what coffee means to her and analogies between the process of making and enjoying coffee to our walk with God were great, others were quite a stretch. Parts almost felt like the sappy, fluffy Christian women's literature that I love to hate.
Okay, skeptical criticism aside... I truly have been challenged by this book. Nicole (I love her name, by the way!) has a way of getting to the heart of the matter, and she sometimes cuts deep (unlike the sappy, fluffy stuff). The most endearing aspect of it all is that she gets real by sharing some of her deepest hurts and challenges. I appreciated and respected that the most. I intensely dislike the type of Christian living books where it's all fake scenarios and anonymous quotes. While she did use those types of scenarios in each chapter (cringe), she redeemed herself by telling her own personal stories and setting some pretty daunting challenges. I have been much more introspective and careful about my thoughts and actions since reading this book, and I would recommend it to all women, especially the coffee lovers.
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