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The Wondering Years

The Wondering Years

On 12/7 Rachel Dawson wrote: Thanks for the free book, BookLook Bloggers! I was curious about this one because I’m a fan of Knox McCoy from The Popcast and The Bible Binge but honestly... I am not “pop-cultures” enough to truly appreciate the art of this one. I was pretty sheltered as a kid and was a 90s baby so most of his ... The Wondering Years // REVIEW

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2 Stars

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Made for These Times

Made for These Times

On 11/16 Rachel Dawson wrote: Had an hour between my counseling session and an evening event and was glad I had this one in my bag to read! It’s an inspiring and compelling collection of short and easy to digest chapters about how to find your thing and do it well with what you have and where you are. I found it to be a good blend ... Made for These Times // REVIEW

Rachel's Rating:

4 Stars

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The Year of Happy Living

The Year of Happy Living

On 10/19 Rachel Dawson wrote: This book would make a beautiful gift — it’s encouraging, uplifting, and joy-filled on every page. There are short writings that would be perfect for a daily devotional reading, and spaces for reflection and responses throughout. The themes build well over the book, from “Made to Be Happy” to ... The Year of Living Happy // REVIEW

Rachel's Rating:

3 Stars

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Boundaries for Your Soul

Boundaries for Your Soul

On 10/8 Rachel Dawson wrote: This one is relatable and helpful, wise and gentle, convicting and calming, and a great tool for all (especially geared toward Christians) who don’t want to be controlled by their emotions. It’s a helpful companion for anyone on a journey toward personal growth, healing, and freedom (and echoed many ... Boundaries for Your Soul // REVIEW

Rachel's Rating:

4 Stars

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All the Colors We Will See

All the Colors We Will See

On 9/10 Rachel Dawson wrote: This essay collection from @patricegopo is beautifully crafted — all about identity, race, culture, labels and how to live well in a world where so much overlaps and isn’t clear. One of my favorite things about my #radreadswomenandpocgoal this year is how I’ve been able to step into the shoes ... All the Colors We Will See // REVIEW

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3 Stars

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A Light So Lovely

A Light So Lovely

On 8/17 Rachel Dawson wrote: Confession: I never really understood all the hype around A Wrinkle in Time. It just never grabbed me, as a kid or as an adult. Walking on Water, though, I resonated with and loved. I was curious to know more about the author of them both, and was excited to see this book come on my radar! Madeleine ... A Light So Lovely // REVIEW

Rachel's Rating:

4 Stars

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Inspired

Inspired

On 7/19 Rachel Dawson wrote: I was glad to finally get to this new one from RHE— it wasn’t what I expected to read from her, but was really rich and challenging. I think it wasn’t the best season for me to read this one in, as I’m not currently really wrestling with doubts about Scripture, but I’m so glad it exists for ... Inspired // REVIEW

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3 Stars

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The Most Beautiful Thing I've Seen

The Most Beautiful Thing I've Seen

On 6/15 Rachel Dawson wrote: I have long followed @gungormusic, loved their songs, and appreciated their journey of deconstructing and exploring faith. This book from @lisagungor tells the story beautifully— her voice is a lovely one and her journey relatable and real. There were times the stories felt scattered and the thread ... The Most Beautiful Thing I've Seen // REVIEW

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3 Stars

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Always Enough, Never Too Much

Always Enough, Never Too Much

On 6/4 Rachel Dawson wrote: This devotional is perfect for every woman (and I really mean that)— whether you feel inadequate or overwhelming, exhausted or overflowing, confident or questioning, there are words in here that will speak to your soul, encourage your heart, and light a fire in your spirit. I read through so many of ... Always Enough, Never Too Much // REVIEW

Rachel's Rating:

4 Stars

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Can't Nothing Bring Me Down

Can't Nothing Bring Me Down

On 4/30 Rachel Dawson wrote: Ida Keeling amazes me. I had never heard of her before, but I’m so glad I read this memoir/autobiography from her— her life was filled with challenges and grief and obstacles to overcome, yet here she is at over 100 years old chasing her passion of running (and setting records doing it)! This was ... Can't Nothing Bring Me Down // REVIEW

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4 Stars

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Here Am I, Lord...Send Somebody Else

Here Am I, Lord...Send Somebody Else

On 2/28 Rachel Dawson wrote: I first heard Jill Briscoe speak at IF:Gathering 2017, and I instantly fell in love with her. She's a brilliant, witty, wise, and passionate woman of God, and that same spirit shines through this book. I did miss hearing her British accent as I read this one, but I imagined it which kind of helped. :) ... Here Am I, Lord...Send Somebody Else // REVIEW

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4 Stars

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Fierce Faith

Fierce Faith

On 1/25 Rachel Dawson wrote: This is SUCH a helpful and relevant book chock-full of applicable advice on how to fight fear and anxiety through faith. I loved Alli's first book Breaking Busy and knew that this one would be no different (props for alliterative titles too, girl!) -- it was fresh, helpful, fun to read, both light and ... Fierce Faith // REVIEW

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4 Stars

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FInding Selah

FInding Selah

On 1/15 Rachel Dawson wrote: Selah is one of my very favorite things. It was my word of the year in 2015 and it still resonates so deeply in me, this idea that we are to rest in Him, to pause and praise, to stop and listen. Kristen Kill writes about it all beautifully here, and this book reads like rich poetry. It’s absolutely ... Finding Selah // REVIEW

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4 Stars

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A Simplified Life

A Simplified Life

On 1/2 Rachel Dawson wrote: I have followed Emily Ley on Instagram for a long time, and while her style is VASTLY different than my own, I appreciate her heart and business focus so much. I love her emphasis on simplicity in all areas of life -- personal, home, work, faith, eating, etc. This book is beautifully organized, with ... A Simplified Life // REVIEW

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4 Stars

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Boundaries Updated and Expanded Edition

Boundaries Updated and Expanded Edition

On 12/18 Rachel Dawson wrote: This book will change your life. Enough said. ...But I'll say more... This book was one I have heard about for years, but resisted reading. (That totally should have been a sign I needed to read it!) No matter who you are, what relationships you have, or what your personality is like, this book will ... Boundaries // REVIEW

Rachel's Rating:

5 Stars

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100 Days to Brave

100 Days to Brave

On 10/27 Rachel Dawson wrote: I have been a fan of Annie F. Downs for a LONG time and her newest book just confirms all the things I love about her. Her voice is so refreshing — honest, hilarious, heartfelt. This book of 100 short devotions is the perfect way to focus on courage and bravery, and it feels like you’re sitting down ... 100 Days to Brave // REVIEW

Rachel's Rating:

5 Stars

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The Master's Mind

The Master's Mind

On 10/10 Rachel Dawson wrote: First off-- isn't that cover awesome? Love the typography and imagery. This book was a solid read-- as someone who is in the thick of counseling and working to address the lies I tell myself, the fears I believe, and how I see myself, it was extremely relevant and applicable to my life. There were chapters ... The Master's Mind // REVIEW

Rachel's Rating:

3 Stars

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Mercy Never Sleeps

Mercy Never Sleeps

On 9/20 Rachel Dawson wrote: Mercy Never Sleeps gets 3/5 stars from me! This one is a unique, drama-packed memoir with many a crazy tale of being a psychiatric crisis guy on call 24/7, and I have to admit it's nothing like any other book or memoir I've ever read. Blaine's voice is one of a kind and his personality is evident on ... Mercy Never Sleeps // REVIEW

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3 Stars

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Unseen

Unseen

On 8/28 Rachel Dawson wrote: This book has been speaking right to my soul this week -- grateful for the words and wisdom of this one in this exact season of my life. This one talks so much about the hard yet precious gift of the unseen seasons and circumstances, the ones where we feel like nobody notices the hard work we are doing ... Unseen // REVIEW

Rachel's Rating:

4 Stars

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Of Mess and Moxie

Of Mess and Moxie

On 8/16 Rachel Dawson wrote: I loved this one from Hatmaker. Her signature snark and sass are strong, but it's tender too and hits some really beautiful and poignant notes to make it a really well-rounded collection of essays. While I'm not a wife or mother myself, the way Hatmaker talks about parenting and marriage is so enjoyable, ... Of Mess and Moxie // REVIEW

Rachel's Rating:

5 Stars

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Goliath Must Fall

Goliath Must Fall

On 8/8 Rachel Dawson wrote: I attended several Passion conferences as a college student and have heard Louie Giglio preach at Passion City Church on trips to Atlanta, and I was excited to grab his latest book, because he always brings a WORD. This one was no different-- bold, unapologetic, Bible-focused, powerful, and convicting. ... Goliath Must Fall // REVIEW

Rachel's Rating:

5 Stars

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A Selfish Plan to Change the World

A Selfish Plan to Change the World

On 7/31 Rachel Dawson wrote: The subject matter of this book is 150% up my alley, and I absolutely LOVE that cover, so I was super excited to snag this one and give it a read. I have known about Dillon and the work he does for a while, and it was so cool to hear more of his story and how he found his soul dream in the process. He ... A Selfish Plan to Change the World // REVIEW

Rachel's Rating:

3 Stars

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The Seven Money Types

The Seven Money Types

On 6/1 Rachel Dawson wrote: This was one of those books I didn't WANT to read... because I know money isn't my strong suit. I struggle to budget, hate managing my finances, and overspend like it's my job. It's bad, and I knew I needed to work on things... so, I got this book. And you guys, it was AWESOME. It wasn't shaming, it ... The Seven Money Types // REVIEW

Rachel's Rating:

5 Stars

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You Are Free

You Are Free

On 4/12 Rachel Dawson wrote: This book is a gem. I knew as soon as I heard Rebekah Lyons speak at IF:Gathering that I wanted to read her newest book, and it did not disappoint. I actually led a book club on this book, and our group of women LOVED discussing freedom every week as we made it through this one. It's rich, full of great ... You Are Free // REVIEW

Rachel's Rating:

5 Stars

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No More Faking Fine

No More Faking Fine

On 3/3 Rachel Dawson wrote: I cannot say enough good things about this book -- it was exactly the book I needed to read in this season of my life where I've been struggling with so many feelings of depression and anxiety. It was a beautifully written book, and Esther's story is INCREDIBLE. It's heart-wrenching, but she tells it ... No More Faking Fine // REVIEW

Rachel's Rating:

5 Stars

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Reclaiming Hope

Reclaiming Hope

On 2/3 Rachel Dawson wrote: This book is an incredible read. I didn't vote for Obama and wasn't a fan for a while, but as time went on and as the political climate has changed dramatically, I've come to appreciate and respect Obama so much more. I've been interested in the intersection of his faith and politics for a while (since ... Reclaiming Hope // REVIEW

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5 Stars

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The I Factor

The I Factor

On 1/13 Rachel Dawson wrote: I've never been one to shy away from "self-help" or "self-improvement" types of books, so this one caught my eye. The subtitle is "how building a great relationship with yourself is the key to a happy successful life" but it was other positive reviews that actually sold me on this one. As soon as I got ... The I Factor // REVIEW

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2 Stars

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Simple Pursuit

Simple Pursuit

On 1/3 Rachel Dawson wrote: I've long been a fan of the whole Passion entity -- I attended the massive Passion conference several times in college, have visited Passion City Church, and really love their team of pastors and worship leaders. I was excited to see this devotional hit the shelves, especially since it's geared toward ... Simple Pursuit // REVIEW

Rachel's Rating:

4 Stars

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How's Your Soul

How's Your Soul

On 12/21 Rachel Dawson wrote: MY THOUGHTS: I liked this book more than anything else I've read from Judah Smith -- it was insightful, still had his signature flavor of humor and lightness, but was more meaningful and relatable to me than Jesus Is___ was. I'm a big fan of books that look at faith through the deeper lens of the soul ... How's Your Soul // REVIEW

Rachel's Rating:

4 Stars

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Devotions for a Deeper Life

Devotions for a Deeper Life

On 11/2 Rachel Dawson wrote: I have long been a fan of Oswald Chambers -- his My Utmost for His Highest book is on my nightstand and one I read daily, so I was excited to see a new collection of daily devotions released! This one is beautiful (the cover is neutral with gold accents that are just perfect) and so well-curated. Each ... Devotions for a Deeper Life// REVIEW

Rachel's Rating:

5 Stars

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Falling Free

Falling Free

On 10/21 Rachel Dawson wrote: I really enjoyed this book and reading Shannan's story. I hadn't followed her blog or known about her before coming across this book, so it was great to get to know her and read all about her family and faith and life. It's a story about leaving the easy life behind to step out in faith and follow God's ... Falling Free // REVIEW

Rachel's Rating:

4 Stars

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Heart Made Whole

Heart Made Whole

On 9/30 Rachel Dawson wrote: This book, more than anything, is raw. It's real and it's vulnerable and there's nothing about pain or heartbreak that Gifford doesn't shy away from. My life has been relatively free of pain and my heart ached for her and so many of the stories she shares, but it's powerful. I will admit, Gifford's faith ... Heart Made Whole // REVIEW

Rachel's Rating:

3 Stars

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NKJV, The Chronological Study Bible

NKJV, The Chronological Study Bible

On 5/16 Rachel Dawson wrote: As the editor of BibleStudyTools.com and as a Christian, I read the Bible a LOT. I have an NIV Bible, a NRSV study Bible from my college Old Testament class days, a journaling Bible for my art... but I've never had, seen, or used a Bible like this one. The arrangement of Scripture based on time is fascinating ... NKJV, The Chronological Study Bible // REVIEW

Rachel's Rating:

4 Stars

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The Feathered Bone

The Feathered Bone

On 4/4 Rachel Dawson wrote: I surprised myself with the height of this month's stack of books, and even more so when I remembered there were a few audio and e-books thrown into the March mix too! You can accomplish quite a lot when you cut out a few TV shows and use your free time wisely... Anyway! Here are my thoughts about the ... My March 2016 Reads

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4 Stars

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Breaking Busy

Breaking Busy

On 3/9 Rachel Dawson wrote: I received this book for free from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my review. I'll never be anything but totally honest with you about the books I read and review, you can trust me on that!This book is a practical, applicable guide to finding peace in a world that encourages us to relentlessly go, ... Breaking Busy // My Review

Rachel's Rating:

3 Stars

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