Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Book Review: Fresh Brewed Life

Fresh Brewed Life 
by Nicole Johnson

I had the pleasure of seeing Nicole Johnson perform and speak at the Women of Faith Conference a few weeks ago and I got really excited when I made the connection that she was the author of the book I was reading! I was not disappointed.

To be totally honest, I just picked up this book to review because it had a coffee cup on the cover.  Seriously.  My addiction has reached epic proportions.  To be even more honest, I kind of expected it to be your standard watery Christian cheerleading book full of "Yay!  God made you awesome and you can do anything if you put a smile on your face and fear not!"  It's completely not that.

Johnson is encouraging and she certainly talks about coffee, but watery, fake or too cheerful this is not.  She has a realistic look at the trials we as women face and the work that we have to do to meet God and find His healing and direction for our lives.  Because let's be honest. . . a good, real relationship with God- the kind that bring abundant (or "fresh-brewed") life- takes more than just a little bit of positive thinking.  It takes work.  It takes discipline.

I love the journaling prompts that are added to the book.  They give a kick off point to start processing what this fresh-brewed life is really about.  This would be a great book for a small group study to walk through together.  In fact, I just told my small group to start ordering themselves copies of this because we're going to do it together in January.  What a great way to start off a new year!

This is not a hard read.  I managed it during my first term of seminary.  It's one of the few things I managed this first term of seminary.  And it was encouraging and enjoyable.

I was provided with a reviewer copy of the book by www.booksneeze.com.  I was under no obligation to review it in any particular light.  I just liked it for reals.

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