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Pull It Off

The cover is colorful. Julianna Zobrist loves color. Her picture on the front of her book makes me think of Lady GaGa due to the creative outfit she’s wearing. Her memoir Pull It Off is a short book filled with how we view our identity shapes us and our confidence.

She is not preachy, but Julianna shows through Biblical scripture our identity is in Christ. Julianna doesn’t harp on us being perfect, but on learning to accept our imperfections and allowing God to work through that. She provides stories from her life and what it’s like to be married to her professional baseball player husband.

This memoir was light hearted with nuggets of Biblical truth sprinkled in. Julianna is not your typical Christian living genre type author. She thinks and expresses herself outside the box. The chapter where Julianna describes how her home is decorated made me sit in awe. Think of Candy Land throwing up decorations all over her home. Yes, it’s that colorful and fun. The allegory about the dandelion at the end was emotionally powerful.

I received a complementary copy of Pull It Off by Julianna Zobrist from Faith Words. Opinions expressed in this review are my own. If you love Christian books that are helpful, but not bossy in tone then you may enjoy this book. I hope Julianna will write more books.

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LaLa Lovely

The title was different. LaLa Lovely. What kind of book would this be? Author, Trina McNeilly, compiles a collection of her essays about life and what it looks like to find beauty in life when all you feel you can see is pain. Her essays range from topics on friendship, family, creativity, self care, doubt, faith and more. Each chapter is graced with photos from her life. This book felt like a warm blanket on a chilly night. It keeps you warm, but eventually certain topics become too, hot, so you have to throw the blanket off and be honest with yourself. These essays are poetic, heart wrenching, inspiring and most of all written with love.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Faith Words. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. If you love memoirs, or essays on the above topics you will treasure this beautiful book. Thank you for sharing your heart Trina.

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Happier Now

There are books that you will read again and again. There are titles you will buy multiple copies of just to give away. Yes. Happier Now is this exact book. I just finished it a moment ago. I didn’t want this book to end.

Happier Now is part memoir, part self-help and part inspiration. If you are stuck in a funk and need a book that will help you crawl out of the mindset of, “I don’t give a bleep,” then be ready this summer to go grab a copy. The author, Nataly Kogan came to America from Russia. She’s one tough cookie. Through sharing her own journey she shows ways in which she’s allowed herself to be present in her life crappy days and all. Nataly gives wonderful suggestions on how we can be happier right now and be honest with ourself.

I have my grumpy, emotional, don’t get in my personal bubble kind of days. Nataly explains how giving ourselves permission to acknowledge these emotions will help them pass by quicker than trying to be stoic and act happy when really you just want to sprout out colorful language. Socially we are taught to stay strong smiling when to heal you just need a good cry to clear the air and feel better.

The different suggestions that Nataly outlines in her book are simple, easy to use (I plan on picking which daily anchors I want to implement) and I think will become contagious when others see the effect there’s daily practices have on your life. I’m excited, refreshed, and inspired to share this book once its released. I received my ebook ARC of Happier Now by Nataly Kogan from NetGalley care of Sounds True Publishing in exchange for my review.