Thursday, December 5, 2019

The Choice is Yours


Do you stress over making decisions? Does the possibility of making the wrong choice paralyze you? In The Choice Is Yours: 52 Choices for Happier Lives, Barbara Dahlgren explores decisions we face daily. She does so with the spiritual insight and practicality developed through fifty years of ministry. The Choice Is Yours is drawn from Dahlgren’s blog, Barbara’s Banter: taking my faith but not myself too seriously, and is suitable for a devotional or a Bible study tool. Each chapter includes practical suggestions, a key Bible verse, and the option for the reader to jot down their own tips for making better choices in daily life.

My thoughts: I feel a little torn on this devotional and how to write this review, since I liked how it was set up and a lot of the topics, but I felt like the author didn't always communicate her thoughts in the best way. I enjoyed some of the devotions more than others. I thought her thoughts on choosing God, joy, forgiveness and to not be easily offended were great. While I would recommend reading this devotional with an open mind to determine what you agree with, this book is still thought provoking.
I received this book from Celebrate Lit. This is my honest review and is in no way influenced by receiving a complimentary copy.

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About the Author:
Barbara Dahlgren is a humorist, freelance writer, and speaker whose articles have appeared all over the world. Married to a pastor, she and her husband have served churches in Florida, West Virginia, Kentucky, Washington, Michigan, and California where they currently reside. She blogs at Barbara’s Banter: taking my faith but not myself too seriously and is the author of Zorro and Me, a humorous look at the couple’s adventures in ministry.

More from Barbara
When my granddaughter was in preschool, she came home one day and was sad. Her mom asked what was wrong. Sophia replied, “My teacher said I didn’t make good choices today.”
I always felt her teacher had a great deal of wisdom. Instead of saying Sophia was naughty or bad, she planted a seed of thought into her little life about making better choices. Better choices lead to happier lives. In a way, that was the inspiration for my latest blog theme which led to this book.
My first book was called Zorro and Me. It was about my husband, whom I’ve nicknamed Zorro, and our experiences in 50 years of ministry. Usually known as a humorist, I try to intersperse a lot of personal experiences in my speaking and writing. My philosophy is to take my faith, but not myself, too seriously. I think we would all be happier if we chose to laugh more and criticize less.
Here’s a little quiz to get to know me better. Which one do you think is false?
I was born many years ago in the foothills of the Ozarks in a town with a population of 10.
While on a mission trip to Nigeria, our children were held captive by the police for a few hours.
My son was unexpectedly born in a hotel room while we were traveling, so we used a dresser drawer as a baby bed.
I’ve mounted a camel near the Great Pyramids in Egypt, climbed the Great Wall in China, leaned with the Tower of Pisa in Italy, and been on safari in Kenya.
While on a teen trip touring the White House, one of my children became ill, so the Secret Service took him outside where he barfed behind a big bush on the White House lawn. It’s the one on the left when you look at pictures of the White House.
Guess what! They are all true. There’s more, but I don’t want to give all my secrets away today.

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7 comments:

  1. I typically read fiction, but my sister likes informational books.

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  2. This sounds like a good book that would be helpful and inspirational.

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  3. Thank you for sharing your honest feelings! I often feel like a review is more helpful to me when things are mentioned that the reviewer doesn't agree with than when the review is all glowing.

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  4. Your book sounds like a great read and thank you for sharing it with us.

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  5. I do think it's good to read these kind of Bible studies with an open mind but also verifying that they line up with God's Word.

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  6. Thank you for your honest review!

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