The Finishing School by Valerie Woerner

Tired of waiting for change to happen in your life—or maybe you feel stuck, even though you want to live more intentionally? You’re not the only one! Don’t miss Valerie Woerner’s new book, The Finishing School. After gobbling up all the non-fiction and self-help books her donut-filled belly could handle, Valerie decided it was time to put her knowledge to good use and start actually living it out. You will hear about her journey through victories and plenty of failures and find practical tips to apply to your own pursuit of holiness.


{More about The Finishing School}

The Finishing School: How One Book Nerd Began Living What She Learned (Nyree Press, August 2015)

Are you tired of waiting for change to happen in your life? Do you feel stuck, even though you want to live more intentionally?

In today’s world, our most precious pursuit of a life well lived gets squeezed out by the silliest of things: binging on Netflix or ice cream, shopping trips for things we don’t need, bad habits we can’t seem to get a handle on, and so much more. Valerie has been there despite knowing what she wanted for her life. Actually do it? That’s the challenge.

After gobbling up all the non-fiction and self-help books her donut-filled belly could handle, she decided it was time to put her knowledge to good use and start actually living it out. You will hear about her journey through victories and plenty of failures and find practical tips to apply to your own pursuit of holiness. You will find homework at the end of each chapter that includes a worksheet to put real change in motion for your own life as well as recommended books to further study those topics that really test you.

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Valerie Woerner

{More About Valerie Woerner}

Valerie Woerner is owner of Val Marie Paper. She and her husband, Tyler, live in Louisiana with their daughter, Vivi Mae. The Finishing School is her first book.

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    I’ll admit I was intrigued by the cover and the title more than actually wanting to read the book by the description because I really don’t have the time to add more books to my TBR pile, but I’m so glad I got sucked in to this book. As a fellow “book nerd” or more scholarly, bibliophile I liked that instead of just reading Valerie wanted to actually live what she was learning. I think one thing we tend to forget is that we all, or most of us read, self help books but do we turn to the real self help book? The Holy Bible, as our true and right and honest self help book? I really enjoyed the chapter on having a truly rest filled Sabbath, whether it’s on Saturday or Sunday – I’d really like to try to implement some of her ideas.

    Written by Growing for Christ on September 28, 2015
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    What I am, is a work in progress, a super huge work in progress. confession time, I can’t remember where Bible Verses are, I do remember lots of verses, however, ask me where it is and I couldn’t tell ya, except a select few. God is getting to me. He will “finish” what he started with me In His time. The Finishing School helps explain all that. We have to be able to give everything we are to God while we are studying and learning and then also we have to be willing to put it to practice.

    Written by Memawsstuff on September 27, 2015
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    If you are looking for a book to teach you this new and never heard method to study the Bible, pray, save time, and eliminate distractions you won’t find it here. In The Finishing School, the author reaffirms that we as christians already know what we have to do, and her purpose of the book is to practically implement them into our daily lives.

    Written by Surrendering all of Me on September 26, 2015
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    The Finishing School by Valerie Woerner is truly a different style of book. Written by a ‘kindred spirit’, Valerie takes our love for head knowledge and turns it into something you can grasp for your own life.

    Written by Confessions of a Teenage Bookworm on September 25, 2015


    I immediately connected with the author, Valerie, when she revealed that she was a nervous child. I was too, and I have grown into a nervous adult. I pray about everything. (And I don’t say that in a braggy way. Praying has been a game changer with my anxiety, because I visualize myself placing my problems in God’s lap. I can feel a weight being lifted when I pray.) The topics are so relevant in my life, and especially with blogging. Valerie talks about comparison, contentment, and the world of female entrepreneurs.

    My only qualm about the book is that it can occasionally come off as preachy. To be honest, I think this happens with just about every self-help book, and that I take things a little too personally. Or maybe it’s God trying to change my heart?

    Written by A Little Seersucker Sass on September 25, 2015
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    My favorite part about the book is when Valerie shares her personal stories that relate to the chapter, by doing so she is providing real life examples and making herself very relatable. Like Valerie, I also am a mother a little lady and this book has helped me to really focus on the type of lady I want to be for my daughter to look up to. I hope to instill the same vales expressed in the book in my daughter one day.

    Written by Creative House Blog on September 25, 2015
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    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Valerie’s style of writing was refreshing and light. She wrote as if she were here in person talking to me! She has a way of writing that makes you actually think about what you’re reading.

    There are many lessons that I learned by reading her book and I was definitely challenged. I found myself thinking about the book throughout the day and trying to implement what I had read.

    While this book was really helpful and encouraging, I would have really liked it more if she used the King James Bible.

    Valerie is obviously very knowledgeable and is not afraid to share her knowledge or her experiences. She is very real and isn’t afraid to for others to see her for who she really is! I believe that really helped me enjoy the book more.

    Written by Dixie n Dottie on September 24, 2015


    The Finishing School is unlike any book I’ve ever read. In short, I love it!! Valerie Woerner has created a guide to aid Christians in everyday life. Woerner’s writing is easily accessible–reading her work feels like talking to a friend. She seems genuine and honest in sharing her own story to help others. I totally judged this book by its cover–it’s so cute! I’m SO glad I read it–and will absolutely read it again. I’m recommending it to everyone I know–and that includes you! Whether you’re a new Christian, a seasoned one, or are simply curious about the faith, READ THIS BOOK!

    Written by Amber Writes on September 24, 2015


    The Finishing School takes things that are–for me especially–‘head knowledge’ and discusses the importance of truly LIVING OUT the life to which God has called me. Each chapter is set up as a guide to a specific area (9. Spontaneity Loves Structure: A Guide to Balance. 18. Buried in the Sand. A Guide to Awareness). Valerie Woerner takes examples from her life, and sets the framework for taking our lives and begin living intentionally. She points out both the importance of minimalism, while also giving validity to a flexible lifestyle. Rather than hit one extreme or another (which would lose this reader completely), her chapters express a need for balance in every area of my life as I run our household and seek heavenly perspective.

    Written by Rockin’ My Mom Jeans on September 24, 2015
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    I’ve always loved non-fiction books, especially those in the self-help and how to genre. I have read hundreds of them, and when I heard there was a book by someone who also had my same passion for non-fiction, and she wrote a book about it, I was excited to read it.

    Written by Books Bargains Blessings on September 23, 2015


    I loved this book so much, I would give it more than 5 stars if it was possible. Valerie Woerner’s writing style is like your sitting down with her and chatting it up. I have to admit the book had me at the title being a major book nerd and proudly so this book was so much more. She was very candid about her ups and downs and how she isn’t perfect, none of us are. Each chapter in the book covers a topic and at the end of the chapter you get your “homework” along with some further reading suggestions in case you want to dive deeper into the topic.

    Written by Books + Tea = Me on September 23, 2015
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    This was a surprise gem that I signed up to review. It is totally opposite of what I actually thought that it would be for me.

    It is and is not a self-help book. It helps you focus on what is really important in life and to make those changes that you have always wanted to make. I really enjoyed the worksheets included with each section. They made you focus inward and help take baby steps in making the changes you wanted always to make in your prayer life, devotional life and other areas.

    The Finishing School is a great Bible Study for all ladies who want to make changes in their lives.

    Written by Caffeinated Christian Raves – N – Reviews on September 23, 2015


    Valerie writes in a way that is totally relatable, real, and at times humorous. It felt like sitting at a coffee shop with a close friend and bonding over common struggles of daily life.It feels validating and refreshing to know that I am not alone and even though my journey and pursuit towards holiness in my walk with Christ will not be perfect, at least I know that I’ve got God on my side. I really don’t think I’ll ever be the same after reading this book and I’m thankful that I had the chance to read it through Litfuse.

    Written by the bookish mama on September 23, 2015
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    The most important thing to think about when trying to “get your life together” is to be intentional. Intentional with what you do, intentional with whom you have relationship, intentional in your time spent with God.

    Woerner covers many different areas in this book including joy, hospitality, friendships, health, rest, and contentment. There are a lot of topics covered, which may seem overwhelming. I would recommend taking it slowly and doing a little bit at a time – being intentional but also not stressing yourself out!

    I appreciated how she always referred back to the only book that we really need to follow – the Bible!

    Written by Shoopette’s Book Reviews on September 23, 2015
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    The Finishing School reminds me of what is really important and how to incorporate the best stuff in practical ways.

    If you’re ready for refining, refreshing, renewal…you’re ready for The Finishing School!

    Written by JoJo’s Corner on September 22, 2015


    The Finishing School is a truly helpful little book that showcases different books in each chapter that the author has weeded out for the reader in her own self- help quest. A self-professed book nerd, Woerner has cleverly added in her own products as homework guides that you can download with a special code and her own site has some great links to Bible Journaling as well as other products you may want to purchase.

    Written by Worth Getting in Bed For on September 22, 2015
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    Not only is this a beautiful book full of beauty and truth, but she has included free homework assignments that you can access via her website to help you change your own life.

    Written by Happy Little Homemaker on September 22, 2015
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    I am very impressed with Valerie Woerner’s The Finishing School. Based on the concept of young ladies being sent to finishing school to refine their social skills, Valerie has come up with a “program” of learning about and seeking refinement in our spiritual lives. After a chapter of introduction, she begins the study by focusing on the foundation of our relationship with the Lord: prayer and Bible study. The Finishing School is a great individual study or small group study, one that I highly recommend for anyone who is seeking a deeper, more intimate relationship with the Lord. I especially like the chapters on living more simply, setting boundaries, and getting enough rest, living within margins.

    Written by The Writer’s Tool on September 21, 2015
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    Valerie is one of those rare writers with the ability to convey the timeless truth of God’s Word through the lens of her personal experiences in a fresh and relatable way.

    Written by Create With Joy on September 21, 2015
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    Valerie’s personable style makes it easy to read and relate to. Her words are funny, intuitive, practical and encouraging. It’s not a book that points to your flaws and use scripture to say how wrong it is. She uses scripture, along with personal stories to help you see, understand and hopefully move beyond. It is about taking action to implement that knowledge.

    Written by Just Commonly on September 21, 2015
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    One of the things she shared that caused me to pause and consider happened in her chapter on Bible Study. She mentioned about allowing God to use scripture to reveal more of who He is instead of trying to figure out how the Bible speaks to us personally. We can learn more about God’s character when we aren’t focused on ourselves.

    Written by Digging For Pearls on September 21, 2015
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    I am SO glad I read The Finishing School! This book covered so many different areas that I need to work on.

    Written by Our Perfectly Imperfect Life! on September 21, 2015


    In my humble opinion, this is a must read book for any woman that would like to make changes – who would like to live a life that is closer to God – and that’s probably most of us. I am going to be reading this book again and again! I give this book 5 out of 5 stars!

    Written by Julie – More of Him on September 20, 2015
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    In my opinion, this book did talk about a lot of important topics that a lot of people go through. Valerie spoke a lot about her life, struggles, and challenges while at the same time giving encouragement to people going through the same kind of things. It read more like a memoir to me. I thought it was going to be a book to help me graduate from some area of my life but I didn’t feel like anything really applied to me at this point in my life, other then getting rid of some bad habits. I could probably pull the book out at other seasons of my life and it might apply in some area(s… I believe that it would help people to flip back between chapters at times, depending on what they are going through in their lives.

    Written by Book Review Travels on September 20, 2015
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    I can honestly say this book could not have come at a better time. I have been living in such a stress filled, lack of joy, fear and anxiety ridden state for so long that chaos was reigning. Valerie’s writing is so calm and refreshing, and…..easy going. It really feels like you are having a conversation with a dear friend who truly cares about your and your life and happiness and well being.

    Written by The Open Window: An Autism Blog on September 20, 2015


    The whole book is about transforming our lives and to become refined with GOD in your everyday life. It is a book all about bringing GOD and the bible into your life Valerie does a great job of incorporating bible verses into each lesson. It is a book that covers many topics in todays world. For further study and worksheets Valerie provides a website that you may go to and print off questions and work on them to go deeper in the study. The website covers each chapter in the book for more.

    Written by Deb’s Book Review on September 19, 2015
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    First of all I have to say that I hope that Valerie will write another book soon as I absolutely love her first one! The Finishing School will most definitely not be sitting on one of my shelves collecting dust! I am eager to dive right back into this book, but this time really take my time working through it and following Valerie’s suggested plan of reading a chapter throughout a week and taking the next week to really put the chapter into practice in my life before moving onto the next chapter the following week after that. I also love the “homework” that is included at the end of each chapter and am going to really delve into this as well.

    Written by Moments on September 18, 2015
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    I tore through the pages of Val’s book in no time. It wasn’t just another book to finish, but an experience to enjoy. It felt like I was sitting on my couch with a friend, our kids playing together on the floor, while we engaged in honest, purposeful, heart-to heart conversation! The kind that changes your life…

    Written by Steyn Family Adventures on September 18, 2015
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    I would recommend this life changing book to anyone who is prepared to refine their life and they are ready to dig deeper into the Word of God and to live out Jesus teachings. I really enjoyed the vast topics Valerie Woerner covered such as boundaries, goals, waiting, joy, influence, health, and so much more. I loved how she shared tips throughout the chapters to assist readers into growing in their spiritual lives.

    Written by Andrew’s Blog on September 17, 2015
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    In The Finishing School: How One Book Nerd Began Living What She Learned, Valerie Woerner addresses topics important to the Christian life as one might address the social graces in a proper finishing school – with the intention of learning and understanding, then practicing and doing. For the reader in need of encouragement and help with living out faith intentionally, this could certainly be a beneficial read.

    Written by Book by Book on September 17, 2015
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    This book is a great guide for any woman – young or old – who wants to start living intentionally. Author Valerie Woerner caught my attention as early as page 3, when she said: “Our lives should be radically different because of Christ who lives in us. Too often they don’t look different. And that’s not God’s fault. That’s our laziness.” Oh man. That’s some good stuff right there!

    I could see this book having the impact on young women which Elizabeth George’s books have had on me. This would be a great graduation gift or would work well for a young women’s Bible study group.

    Written by ReviewsByErin on September 17, 2015
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    This review is for the book The Finishing School by Valerie Woerner. The front of this book states that this book is “a practical guide to everyday life” and that describes this book perfectly. This is, without a doubt, one of my favorite books I have read this year – and I have read a lot! I was reading this book and was able to imagine Valerie as one of my closest friends, sitting down with me to have an honest conversation. Her writing style is so conversational and so down-to-earth. It is incredibly easy to relate to her. Valerie covers all the things that we women struggle with at times: worry, distractions, contentment, patience, and so many other things. So many things in this book apply to my life.

    Written by The Talbert Report on September 16, 2015
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    I got this book and had no idea what to expect. I love the cover and the back cover copy intrigued me. I’ll be honest, I haven’t finished this book yet. Why? Because it’s so good! I have been taking it slow, letting her ideas sink in, and making it to where I do actually apply what I am reading. This book has some great insight and I like how Valerie uses a lot of the Bible as a resource. There is a website where you can download the worksheets that she mentions in the book for free. They are a great companion. Simple things you have to think about like goals, and what your distractions are that take away from God are what this book is about. Writing these things down in an organized way is actually quite helpful.

    Written by I Hope You Dance on September 16, 2015


    One of the biggest take-aways for me is fighting distractions. “Our distractions don’t just keep us from a productive day. They can also hinder us from something the Lord is calling us to do.” Ouch. I’m trying to be more intentional and focused after reading this book. Making a weekly to-do list, really focusing on what I need to get done…and then doing it! I’m busy – I have my job, church commitments and then my family all vying for my attention. Valerie did a great job of encouraging me but also challenging me.

    Written by snidbits on September 15, 2015
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    My favorite chapter was on the 6 keys to Sabbath. I love the art of rest and think as a culture we are really bad at taking the time to rest. I love her practical ideas and I love the idea of not spending on that day. I also love her recommendations for how to study the Bible. This book is full of practical daily wisdom, but is perfect for anyone looking to learn how to grow in joy, prayer, learning how to practice rest, becoming a warrior against anxiety, comparison and so many more topics. Ya’ll will just love this book! Check out this book. You don’t want to miss this guide to every day life with a fresh perspective about someone who is real, funny and fresh! I highly recommend this book and look forward to more books from Valerie!

    Written by Running Through The Storms on September 15, 2015
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    I must first admit that when I saw this one come up for review I almost passed on it. I get too many plates spinning at once and this just didn’t catch my eye at first, I think the title maybe threw me off. I read over it again a few days later and went ahead and signed up for it. I really think that was a Holy Spirit thing. This book has been outstanding!! Valerie understands that the true Word of God is thee book we need to focus on. She doesn’t claim that hers is anything outstanding or wonderful, just a tool to lead us to the Word of God.

    Written by A Year of Jubilee Reviews on September 15, 2015
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    I wasn’t quite sure what to expect with this book. The summary seems sort of vague so I thought perhaps it was going to be a sort of biography. The Finishing School is a normal, relatable author exploring Big Topics in an effort to motivate the reader to want to finally take the steps to change their own lives.

    Each chapter is termed a guide: ‘A Guide to Prayer’, ‘A Guide to Minimalism’, ‘A Guide to Joy’. Each chapter is supported with Bible verses and quotes from books that relate.

    Overall: my my hint for you? Plan on treating this one as a devotional. To get the most from it, you will need to take your time and let the lessons really seep in. But also don’t let that turn you away, it IS a book you can read straight through and still gleam a lot of inspiration and tips from.

    Written by Sunrise Avenue on September 15, 2015
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    This is the first book I have read by this author and I was not sure that I wanted to read it but the title pulled me in. I am now happy that I have read it. I felt connected with the author in that she was reading all the non-fiction and self-help book she could find, which is what I seem to do. Now I need to take a piece of her advice and start living these books out including this one. The homework at the end of each chapter really help to put what she is trying to tell you in perspective as well as she gives you more resources to use in your life. Her writing style makes the book easy to read and not so dry as some self-help books can be. This will be a book that I will read more than once. I also think this is a good book for not only adults but also a great graduation gift.

    Written by Griperang’s Bookmarks on September 14, 2015
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    The Finishing School: How One Book Nerd Began Living What She Learned is a delightful and thought provoking book. I immediately connected with the author as a fellow “book nerd” and appreciated her conversational tone. This book tackles a wide variety of issues from prayer to self control which may be areas where one is a work in progress. Woerner then provides insights including reflection-based homework which will assist in putting desires for growth into action. This one is a winner!

    Written by Once Upon a Storyville on September 14, 2015
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    We Christians know we are supposed to be growing, but we get stuck or just plain lazy. This book is a good encouragement to get going again, making ourselves available for the transformation God wants in our lives. Woerner is honest in the experiences in her own journey.She shares insights from all the books she’s read. This is a good, basic book on encouragement to grow in a number of areas.

    Written by Book Reviews from an Avid Reader on September 12, 2015
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    Valerie’s easy-going conversational writing style makes having your toes stepped on much more enjoyable than you might think. Sentences like “This routine-loving gal is about to discuss ‘flexibility’ so look alive” keep the pace steady and the mood upbeat, despite the convicting truths speaking to you from every chapter. And Valerie doesn’t escape the toe-tramples either! Her candid honesty puts us all on the same level (which is really where we are anyway) and leaves the reader feeling both motivated and encouraged. The resources provided online and at the end of each chapter (homework, y’all!!!) add even more accountability and practicality to the truths just conveyed. This would make a great small group study too!

    Written by Reading Is My SuperPower on September 12, 2015
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    I love to learn and have my neglected Bible visible in my room on the chance that I feel less of a sinner that day and want more of Christ. I wanted a guidebook. I needed to be serious about finding a church home. I needed more than just being a passerby into my faith.

    I needed to go to school for it.

    So if you’re like me: a worry-wart, a person who needs a to-do list, a guidebook or something resembling a plan of action; I highly recommend this book. But I do suggest you take your time with this book. Pray always for the changes that come. Never ever underestimate the power of God’s timing. So from this book nerd who is still searching for the correct answers, I invite you to read another book nerd who began living what she learned in The Finishing School.

    Written by Just Lei: books on September 12, 2015


    I was sold at the title of this book, so many times I’ve read books with the belief that reading this will help me, will challenge me, will change me, and after I’ve read each book, although I’ve learned some valuable things and understand how to get there, implementing them has not always been easy. So many times we feel stuck in a rut, not sure where we are going and search for help and guidance, if your like me that comes in the form of a book and The Finishing School is the perfect place to start. Not only does Woerner help to show how to identify areas of your life that may need work, and the areas that should be scheduled and put to routine she gives sound advice and recommends books that will aid in that area.

    Written by Elle in Organic Shoes on September 11, 2015
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    The Finishing School is a good book to getting you to look at your life realistically and to make changes for the better. Turning your life over to God is always for the better and this book helps you achieve just that.

    Written by A Simple Life, really?! on September 10, 2015
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    The Finishing School by Valerie Woerner is a series of 24 short and sweet school-themed chapters. Each chapter focuses on one characteristic of the Christian life. The chapters can be worked in any order, but I recommend doing the first three chapters first because the orientation chapter sets the stage and prayer and Bible study are foundational to the Christian walk and the rest of the topics to be studied. Disciplines such as forgiveness and contentment and hospitality are the topics of these enlightening chapters that will inspire Christ-like change.

    The book points the reader to the author’s website for additional resources. At the time this review was written, not all homework worksheets and resources are available online. But what is available is thought-provoking and useful.

    Written by WORD Up! on September 10, 2015
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    As I read, I could also picture this being a great book to work through with an accountability group with other ladies. You could work through the concepts and meet every couple of weeks to talk about what you did with the chapter of the book that your group is working through. I could also imagine it making a great mother daughter study with my daughters as they get to be older teenagers. Spending a year concentrating on living out these different areas with my daughters could be a great element of my personal discipleship of them.

    Written by Raventhreads on September 10, 2015
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    I wrote this book … or could’ve any way. Okay, maybe I could’ve just written the book summary. You see, I’m a book nerd. I love to read. I love to learn. Yet, I rarely do much with what I’ve learned. I’m a knowledge junkie. I’m a lot like this girl. Yet, I sit here idle and unchanged. God’s been convicting me about this, by the way. Then comes along this book. Now, He’s hitting me with it.

    The book covered so many areas that I need to work on. I like that the author suggests that you take plenty of time to work through it, so that you can put it into action. I had to do a quick read for the purpose of writing a timely review. I definitely learned a lot while reading it and am already working my way back through it s-l-o-w-l-y to put it into action and listen a little more closely…

    Written by This Mom’s Delight on September 9, 2015
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