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Flabbergasted by Ray Blacktson

This is one young’s man true story about dating written as  fiction. All of the characters were real people in Ray Blackston’s life. This book was written for young teens so I asked my one of my daughters to read and critique it.

“This story begins in Greenville, S.C. with a young man, Jay moving to town and joining a local church. He is on a mission to find a new girlfriend so wastes no time scoping out the good-looking girls at church. He meets the pastors daughter, Allie and falls in love. Their relationship develops but before long Allie’s plans to become a missionary becomes a reality and Jay must make a decision about his own future.

I like this book because of the description of each character. They were described in incredible detail and I felt that when I closed my eyes I could see them. It was a hard book to put down. Everytime I tried, I would come to another good part and just had to finish it.

I would recommend this book to any teen. Reading about teen boys was rather interesting!”

My daughter read this book without putting it down. A first for her.

mmm…. Who knew the life of a guy could be so riveting.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, IncAvailable at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

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No More Christian Nice Girl- by Paul Coughlin and Jennifer D. Degler

Ever found yourself sacrificing or going that extra mile when you didn’t have any more  to give? Did you believe you were imitating Jesus? Did you feel so put out that  you justified bringing it up in a back-handed, catty sort of way? 

Have you ever considered that you were going at life wrong? You were getting through life by being extra nice. The person who gives and picks up the slack, who listens to every story and puts herself last. You were choosing a way to be liked and avoid rejection. Meanwhile underneath you were pretty angry and you felt very justified to gossip. 

Although we would see ourselves on the pages of this book none of us would have guessed our belief system was this faulty. Our anger would have kept most of us from seeing the truth. At least until now.

Paul Coughlin, author and founder of The Protectors and Jennifer Degler,  licensed psychologist and life coach examine how conditioning and belief systems have affected our actions to be Nice instead of Good. They challenge our thinking about what we believe to be the true character of Christ. Was He strong and courageous or someone who was nice (weak)?  Society has a way of quietly rejecting the woman who is bold and courageous, then as christians we help justify it  with our inaccurate picture of Jesus. The authors  tackle how our desire to be Nice and not Good will affect our relationships, our promotions at work  and our sex lives. With strategies, wisdom and Scripture to challenge our thinking they take women on the journey to leave being Nice to choosing Good as God intended.

 As a female leader, I thoroughly enjoyed this very readable book. I have often found myself frustrated inside  and outside the church. The duplicity is difficult to deal with and often women wear masks and are angry because their authentic selves are not accepted. I believe every woman who sits in church needs  to read this book. Being nice needs to be replaced with good to help the next geration of women live authentically.

Book has been provided courtesy of 

Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

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