Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Book Talk Tuesday: Fresh-Brewed Life {and a giveaway! *closed*}

*The giveaway is now closed. Thanks to everyone who participated!*

I was first drawn to Nicole Johnson's Fresh-Brewed Life simply because I love coffee. :) The subtitle states "a stirring invitation to wake up your soul." Over the summer I've felt pretty dry in my faith, just going through the motions and not taking time to dig deep into my relationship with Christ. I used this book as a morning devotional, getting up before my daughter and enjoying it with a cup of coffee.

Probably my favorite aspect of the book is the practical advice the author gives. I'm one who likes "do this" type of encouragement, and Nicole gives it! Each chapter is about different parts of a woman's life (longings, beauty, anger, sexuality, friendships, etc.) and each features a call-out box of "fresh brewed adventures" of practical things you can do to enhance those areas of your life. She is also very big on journaling (the entire second chapter is dedicated to it!), and every chapter also features directed journaling questions to help you think about and record your thoughts on those topics.

And I love coffee. Some of the descriptions about grinding the beans and the aroma of a coffee shop wake up my senses before I've even finished brewing my own cup!

I highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for practical advice on how to "wake up to a richer, fuller, more flavorful life." And to anyone who loves coffee. :)

*I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.*

Because I received this book for free, I'm going to give it away to one of you! My very first giveaway! One lucky reader will receive this book, Fresh-Brewed Life, AND a lovely coffee cup! (or a hot cocoa cup, or a tea cup, or whatever you'd like to use it for ;-)

"Wake up, enliven your heart in the quiet of God's Spirit"

Here's how to enter: (please leave separate comments for each!)
  1. Follow this blog with Google Friend Connect ( <----- over in the sidebar) , then leave a comment on this post about why you'd like this book. 
  2. Follow my new blog, and leave a comment here telling me you did!
  3. Like the Facebook page for my new blog OR follow it on Twitter, and leave a comment here telling me you did!
So you could potentially have 3 entries!

This giveaway will end at 11:59 pm EST Monday 9-19. I'll "draw" a winner from all the comments below, and post the winner on Tuesday the 20th! Good luck! :)

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  1. Ok, I'm an explicit direction follower so I'm going to leave 3 comments, please don't laugh at me if that's not necessary :)I'd like this book for 3 reasons. 1) I'm always on the look out for a new devotional. 2) The coffee theme intrigues me. Working nights has me working on developing a taste for the stuff. 3) It looks pretty and in my dreams I have a beautiful built-in bookshelf around my fireplace to store pretty books on :)

  2. I'm following your new blog! And I enjoy reading your posts in both places, keep them coming!

  3. I like your new site so I "liked" it's facebook page :)

  4. following via gfc ~
    why i'd luv to win? i absolutely luv this phrase and its sentiment ~ "enliven your heart in the quiet of God's Spirit" it's the core and foundation of LIFE! thank you for the offer and your generosity!
    enjoyed your post...

  5. i am following your new blog as well~
    i'd do the wee bench - great help for visitors ~ and a mirror is always nice to check yourself before heading out or answering the door... =))

  6. Hmmmm . . . the Google friend connect isn't showing up. Probably a governement computer issue, but I'm off to follow the other blog!

  7. Sounds like a great book! And that cup is really pretty!

    Making sure I'm following you on both FB and Twitter, too.

    Will you be at the reunion?

  8. Thanks for the chance to win! I'm a new follower!

  9. ...and a follower of your other blog too... ;-)

  10. I follow this blog and I'd love to win this to give to my step-mom for her birthday in Oct. It sounds like a book she'd enjoy reading, especially since she just had knee surgery and can't get around too much yet... and she loves drinking coffee! lol :p

    susie at susiebhomemaker dot com

  11. Following you on Twitter now- @susiebhomemaker


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