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Book Review: What If: All That You Can Imagine by K.K. Stewart

Posted by Julie on March 12, 2017 in Book Review, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons |

Voltaire told us to “judge a man by his questions, not his answers.” I ask a lot of thought provoking questions in this ebook, all starting with the words – what if. We can barely go through life without asking what if about something. We are always questioning, always imagining. While the book takes a bit of a philosophical outlook on things, it also gives light humour that the average person can enjoy. The questions range from basic style choice to more controversial questions about life, and even about God’s existence. As Albert Einstein once said “the important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.”

This is a short book that can be read in one sitting, if you choose to. The author poses a series of questions, all beginning with, “What If?” Some of the topics are about the lottery, dressing for winter, culture/background, and Google.

This was an entertaining read. I enjoyed that some questions were light, while others were profound matters of faith. The author shares her own anecdotes and logic, while also using quotes from others that fit just right. I believe readers will enjoy WHAT IF: ALL YOU CAN IMAGINE and perhaps by the end, come up with some fun questions of their own because this book inspired them.


I received a copy of this book through Smashwords.

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Week of Questions—Who Would You Want 20 Minutes to Talk To?

Posted by Julie on February 3, 2012 in About Me, Julie Arduini |

I’m taking a little break here but thought I’d still throw out some questions for your amusement. After watching the news coverage on the Italian cruiseship and that jerk of a captain, I imagined a lot of people would like to be in a room alone with him for 20 minutes.

So, how about you? Happy chat or a long vent—who would you like 20 minutes alone to talk to?

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Week of Questions: What Intimidates You?

Posted by Julie on January 30, 2012 in About Me, encouragement, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, surrender |

A week of questions—

Taking a little blog break of sorts, but don’t want to completely give up. So, let’s ask questions and see what your answers are.

Each day I’ll have a question. Some serious, some not.

Here it goes.

What Intimidates You?




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Sabbath Sunday: Did You Hear Your Invitation?

Each Sunday I share an amateur nature photo that I captured and mix it with a few words on my heart about God’s love for you. I hope this encourages you and takes you to a place of seeking these moments between yourself and God (through the greatest love of all anyone could have for you, His Son, Jesus) every day. That sunset that blows you away? My friend, that’s God showing off.












This picture is so inviting to me. The colors don’t do the sunset justice, it was brilliant. I was in a church conference ready to walk in a conference when I saw this. I felt like the scene matched my thoughts, my mood, and my circumstances.

Steps away from a wooded area that has no path. Do I dare take the first steps and see what is beyond the trees? Will the sign stop me or give me permission to forge ahead?

What about the trees? Some remain full of promise and abundance as if enjoying the best days. Next to those trees are some that are bare. Those trees seem scary because when all is empty and appearing over, can we believe that this sparse existence has purpose and is only for a season?

Then there is the sky. Gray questions mixed with pink promises. Orange praises dance with purple tranquility. How can one glimpse in a sky reveal so many things? Oh wait, my mind is just like that, all within a matter of seconds.

Deep thought for a parking lot glance? Perhaps, but it was the way the moment spoke to me. I get that I’m a visual worshiper, where music inspires some to burst out in song or write lyrics, I learn from creation.

And take those baby steps closer to the woods where there is no path.

Where God waits ahead, lovingly inviting me to join Him.

Do you hear your invitation?


Don’t forget! This Thursday I start the online book study Captivating through my webinar room. If you have the book, you’re ready to go. If not, it’s best you have it (by John and Stasi Elredge) but don’t decline because you don’t have the book. You can sign in as a guest and I do the rest and I’m great about getting you back to your schedule in an hour. Thursdays, 9pm EST, right here.

Did you know I have a writer page on Facebook? A Google Plus profile? I’d love for you to find me online. Learn more on my contact page.


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Booksneeze Book Review: Max Lucado’s Max on Life

Max on Life Book Description

We have questions. Child-like inquiries. And deep, heavy ones.

In more than twenty-five years of writing and ministry, Max Lucado has been the receiving line for thousands of such questions. The questions come in letters, e-mails, even on Dunkin Donuts napkins. In Max on Life he offers thoughtful answers to more than 150 of the most pressing questions on topics ranging from hope to hurt, from home to the hereafter.

Max writes about the role of prayer, the purpose of pain, and the reason for our ultimate hope. He responds to the day-to-day questions—parenting quandaries, financial challenges, difficult relationships—as well as to the profound: Is God really listening?

A special addendum includes Max’s advice on writing and publishing.

Including topical and scriptural indexes and filled with classic Lucado encouragement and insight, Max on Life will quickly become a favorite resource for pastors and ministry leaders as well as new and mature believers.

Max on Life is Pure Max Lucado reading enjoyment.

If you’ve read any of Max’s previous books over the last 25 years, this review is a no brainer. I read that his products have sold over 100 million. Read that again. He’s far from a one hit wonder and it’s no surprise why his books endured over the years. Max on Life is a must have because it involves Max at what he does best and it involves you, so to speak.

Max on Life takes questions Max received over the years from readers and church families and he answers them in the point you to the Cross and show you the Bible in a sweet, refreshing way as only Max can.

Topics include:

Hope: God, Grace and “Why am I Here?”

Hurt: Conflicts, Calamities and “Why me?”

Help: Prayer, Scripture and “Why church?”

Him/Her: S*x, romance, and “Any chance of a second chance?”

Home: Diapers, disagreements, and “Any hope for prodigals?”

Have’s/Have Nots: Work, money and “Where’s the Lifeline?”

Hereafter: Cemetaries,  heaven, hell and “Who Goes Where?”

Max also includes an Addendum from questions he’s received over the years regarding writing and publishing.

I enjoyed this book, how could I not? There are 171 questions addressing everything you can think of. Max’s answers are just as you would expect: Biblical, grace-full, and wise.

Treat yourself and treat others with Max on Life. You’ll be glad you did.

This book was provided to me through the Thomas Nelson BookSneeze program in exchange for an honest review.

To purchase Max on Life, click here.

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