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Book Review: Jesus Was a Green-Eyed Brunette by Max Davis

Posted by Julie on December 18, 2016 in Book Review, encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, surrender |

Book Review: Jesus was a Green-Eyed Brunette

If people saw less of us and more of Jesus, it would make a radical and significant impact on those around us. Read this exciting perspective on experiencing the sacred in the ordinary and loving others as Jesus loves us.
When Jesus Was a Green-Eyed Brunette weaves heartwarming and miraculous stories of Jesus showing up in ordinary people, revealing that He knows us and is fully present in our everyday circumstances, especially in our difficulties. As best-selling author Max Davis puts it, When we are born again, Jesus lives inside each of us. He is very much alive today and still does incredible things — sometimes supernatural things — through us!

Davis’s own life was dramatically altered when he first came face-to-face with Jesus living inside a green-eyed brunette. That encounter started a forty-plus-year journey where Jesus became his best friend. When we see others as God sees us we will love them as God loves us.

Those hurting and weary from worn-out religion are longing for a fresh touch from the living Jesus. By letting Jesus live through us we become a conduit of His love. Authentic Christianity is not about religion but a relationship with Jesus. Davis challenges us to do more than simply receive His grace — we need to allow grace to soften, change, and shape us. As you read this book, you will laugh, cry, and come face-to-face with the living Jesus.

This book definitely had me curious, simply by title. It didn’t take long before I was completely captivated by the author’s story, and the testimonies included. They are all inspiring, but I think the one about the man who was crushed and lost his intestines—wow. That’s all I’m going to say. Wow.

If you aren’t sure what the big deal is about Jesus, or, if you tend to view Him as a stern guy who is mad at you, read this book and realize Jesus is mad FOR you. I loved this book and highly recommend it.

To purchase Jesus was a Green-Eyed Brunette, click HERE.

I received this book in exchange for review.

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Book Review: Letting Go of Your Limitations by Sandie Freed

Posted by Julie on December 18, 2013 in Book Review, encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, surrender |

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Are you tired of trying so hard?

Trying to live the transformed life you’re called to? Trying to access God’s power in order for change to happen?

Instead of trying, let go. Let go of the limitations of “religion,” a place of trying harder, where you never measure up. Step into God’s grace. You’ll be empowered supernaturally beyond your experience.

What’s holding you back?

Ministry leader Dr. Sandie Freed helps you to identify and let go of
· pressure to achieve results
· pride
· reliance on yourself
· efforts to please God on your own
· defeated attitudes
· squelched passions
· a hardened heart
· disappointments
· fear of intimacy with God

In each chapter, Sandie walks with you through a Scripture story illustrating a limitation. She shares her own experiences, directs you in a reflective activity and affirms you with biblical truth. This is your field guide to letting go and finding the place of God’s promised rest, where His supernatural power will be released in your life.

“God is in the restoration business. His desire is to restore us, heal up the brokenhearted and demonstrate Kingdom power as never before.”–Dr. Sandie Freed

 My review:

This is a book I could have used around ten years ago. I so wanted God to work in my life and for my life to impact others, I’d force God’s hand and try to work Him a little faster. You can imagine how well that went.

Letting Go of Your Limitations gives you the tools and more importantly, the Bible verses to lay yourself, your fears, and worries down and trust God to work powerfully in and around you. She uses her own stories and it’s refreshing to know she struggles too. I always love reading about someone in the Bible, and my favorite is probably Paul. I gleaned a lot with her sharing his story.

A lot of this information was a refresher for me, but I still found it to be a good book. I especially recommend that if you struggle as I did years ago, this book can be the vessel to set you free. I know some people find Sandie Freed polarizing, but I find her work Biblical and mostly on spot. I think she can handle you not being sure about her. If that’s you, ask God as you read for His leading. Let Him show you. Afterall, that’s what the book is about. 🙂

To purchase Letting Go of Your Limitations, click here.

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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How Would You Handle It? Tot Mom Shows Up at YOUR Church Edition

Posted by Julie on August 8, 2011 in About Me, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, surrender |

I confess, I’m writing this ahead of time so by now, the news might be saying something new. I also confess I have a total writer’s imagination. Where normal people see a grandmother hail a taxi, I think the CIA has a big mission in the works. It’s how I roll.

So with those confessions, here is where my mind went when I saw a news headline that Tot Mom Casey Anthony was spotted in Ohio. Again, I can’t say for sure this really was her and if so, is she still in my state. I can say though, she has family VERY close to where I live. The Anthonys’ used to live in the area years ago. So having her show up here isn’t impossible, so it got me thinking.

What if she showed up at your Sunday church service?

I mean there is no doubt in my pretend scenario, it is her. She is coming to a place of worship. A place where one believes they can go and receive forgiveness and grace.

Could you give it? To her?

It’s not the same but years ago I remember hearing a story about a very straight laced church that knew the Bible backwards and forwards along with every denominational rule. One Sunday a biker shows up in traditional biker gear. No one paid him any attention, unless you call ignoring and avoiding eye contact attention.  As the story goes, he stood up at the end of the service and announced who he was. He was a businessman who also happened to love motorcycles. He committed that summer to visit churches and see if they would love him as Jesus commanded to love. The church was sick with the truth. They treated the man awful based on his looks.

I live in an area where I don’t need to drive far before I can find gangs. Drugs. Prostitutes. Ex-Cons. Even without those things this is a heavy tattoo heavy place. What if someone with a sleeve of tatoos shows up and plunks down next to you in the pew? How about someone who greets you with their name and then, “I have AIDS.”

I envision all these scenarios coming to pass…soon. I also think when they find a relationship with Jesus they will most likely teach many long standing Christians (especially me) many lessons. They are hungry to be loved no matter how hard of a front they put up. In reality, they aren’t that different than us, are they?

But I digress.

Again, I know someone wearing leather isn’t quite the same as a young woman found innocent of murdering her own child.

Or is it?

Let’s have a good chat about this.  Let’s keep it kind.  I truly don’t have a right answer here, I can’t promise I’d throw a hug around her neck and have her sit by me. But I just got thinking, and this is where it ended. Have at it.



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