Books & Resources

A Simpler Life for Weary Parents

Sleep deprivation, the endless laundry mountain, crazy to-do lists and diapers and dishes made young mother Courtney Ellis wonder what it would look like to be closer to Jesus and enjoy spiritual practices of prayer, studying Scripture, and more. In our interview, she talks with Michelle about how she met Jesus in the everyday stuff of life.

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How to Keep Grinning Even if Everything Isn’t Great

If life doesn’t go the way you expected, how can you keep smiling? It isn’t easy, but it’s possible to find pockets of joy in the middle of even the toughest situations. In this episode, guest Kathy Carlton Willis talks about how she became God’s Grin Gal and how her own hardships gave her purpose in life.

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Take a Personal Retreat

This is for anyone who has ever wished they could escape from regular life for just a few days; a personal retreat is calling your name! A getaway with God is a time to pull away, refresh, and renew. But where does someone start? Author Letitia Suk makes a guest appearance to explain how her own personal retreat turned into a ministry of helping others plan their own getaways. We talk about how it has changed her life and the lives of others.

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Uncluttered: Free from Overwhelm

Is your schedule crammed? Your space full of too much stuff? Your soul overwhelmed with too much of everything? Author Courtney Ellis makes a guest appearance to talk about a simpler life based on the idea that less is more. Courtney is funny and witty and so honest about her own struggles in a way that encourages us to believe we can find the same freedom she has.

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When Plan A Isn’t an Option

What happens when life doesn’t go the way you’ve planned, when your plan A is no longer part of the picture? It’s hard to embrace plan B, and maybe we don’t like it at all, but resilience has a lot to do with how we frame our thinking. In this issue, we talk about facing adversity, finding hope, and discovering resilience.

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Healthy Living Series – Book Review

In episode 13 of the podcast and vlog, I introduced a 3-in-1 book called Healthy Living Series  from author Susan Neal that includes the following titles all bound into one book: 1. 7 Steps to Get off Sugar and Carbohydrates 2. Christian Study Guide for 7 Steps to Get off Sugar and Carbohydrates 3. Healthy Living Journal I’m here to share my thoughts about the book with readers. I like that the book includes practical steps that also incorporate spiritual principles. It’s important to me to have concrete actionable processes, and this book delivers. It is also full of ideas, […]

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She’s Dancing in the Shadow of Cancer

Cancer came unexpectedly and Joanie put life on hold, paused her career as a nurse, and in days was headed for surgery. In the aftermath of chemo and cancer, Joanie is a survivor. She now supports others going through the journey, and has published a book, In Her Shoes: Dancing in the Shadow of Cancer to encourage women and equip them with Scripture, hope and resources.

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Friend or Fixer

Sometimes friends pile a lot of shoulds on each other. Have you caught yourself telling someone what they ought to do, rather than listening? Are you tired of being the one that others heap their shoulds on? Learn tips for how to learn to be a friend rather than a fixer, and how to reply when someone tries to fix you. Also discover a small group resource that you and your friends might want to consider.

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