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Nourished: Book Review and Giveaway

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Calling all you weary women out there! This one’s for you!

Do you ever feel overwhelmed by the clutter in your home? Do you ever hide in the bathroom, eating chocolates, just to have a few moments of calm away from the kiddos? Do you ever feel like you can’t give any more of yourself than you already are?

I had the opportunity to read this new book by Becky Johnson and Rachel Randolph, a mother-daughter team. It’s called Nourished: A Search for Health, Happiness, and a Full Night’s Sleep.

Now, let it be said first and foremost that I believe that the most complete refreshment and nourishment you can have comes from a right relationship with Jesus Christ. He is the one who provides true peace and joy. If you don’t know Him, I’d be overjoyed to introduce you!

But this book is a refreshing read, full of real-life stories and practical ideas on how to lead a more nourished life.

From the publisher:
Order-loving, thirty-something Rachel, and her laid-back, messy mother, Becky, are opposites in many ways. But they both believe that women long for a life that nourishes them inside and out. In this book, the mother-daughter duo will help you make that dream a reality by tackling the “Top 10 Stressors” that mess with a woman’s mind, such as:

•Cluttered Surroundings
•Exhaustion of parenting
•Time-starved marriages
•Feeling like a spiritual slacker
•Crowded Schedules
•Negative Body Image

Following a series of trial-and-error experiments, Becky and Rachel share laugh-out-loud stories, fascinating research, and practical tips to design and a nourished life that fits your personality. By learning how to embrace “nourishing compromises,” you’ll never put happiness on hold again. If you are feeling drained, discontent, or discouraged, join a couple of understanding, entertaining companions on the journey from overwhelmed to nourished.

What I loved:
My favorite part of the book was a series of practical questions they asked, such as, “What energizes me?” and “What makes me feel accomplished at the end of the day?” I journaled answers to this series of questions and feel like it gives me real, practical action steps to take toward a more refreshed lifestyle.

Besides lots of heart-to-heart time with Jesus (which I would recommend to anyone, regardless of gender, stage of life, or measure of weariness), I would recommend this book as a practical way to bring more order and nourishment to your life…in a way that is unique to your own personality and circumstances.

What I didn’t love:
I didn’t agree with every word they wrote.

I am extremely blessed in the area of female friendships, and couldn’t really relate to Rachel’s struggle to connect with friends. (I did want to email her and invite her for a visit, but Texas is a bit far for a cup of coffee!) 🙂 What I want to add to their suggestions for nourishing friendships is this: find a solid church family and make a great effort to connect with women there. A love for Jesus gives friendships the right soil in which to grow and blossom!

I was least happy with the parenting chapter, mostly because their style of parenting is obviously much different than mine. And I felt like their writing style in this section was a bit combative…Specifically, I strongly disagreed with the section where they called spanking “parenting like a drill sergeant” (on pg. 172). If you become a drill sergeant when you’re disciplining your child, something definitely has to change. HOWEVER, loving discipline (including spanking) is never done in anger or a spirit of spitefulness. It is a way to modify behavior and help change the heart, always bathed in prayer and love. [End rant.]

As with all books, use discernment when reading. Pluck out the useful pieces and disregard the ones that aren’t helpful.

The Conclusion:
Parenting differences aside, the majority of this book was encouraging to me, so I give it my recommendation.

If any of this post resonates with you, please leave a comment below to enter to win a copy of this book!

Tell me: in what area could your life use a little refreshment?

(Giveaway ends Monday, February 9 at 5pm EST.)

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8 Comments

  1. Sounds like an excellent book – just what I’ve been looking for. Days are crazy now that I’m back to work!! 🙁 

  2. Becky Freeman Johnson was always good for a laugh!

  3. I could definitely use some refreshment in the area of connecting with other women, especially having time to go deeper in real conversations, which usually requires no kids! That’s been a rare occurence in my life in recent years, most conversations having multiple interruptions and unfinished thoughts. I’d love to read this book! 🙂

  4. Texas better not be too far for a cup of coffee with a friend. 

  5. Interesting title! I’ve been looking for a new book for a bible study I am leading in my home. Need to check this one out. Sounds like something every mo. Needs!!!

  6. This book sounds wonderful; I wish it was a pill I could take to feel instantly refreshed! Consider me entered for the contest. 🙂

  7. My love life needs refreshment!

  8. This book sounds wonderful! I have just recently entered the wonderful albeit challenging world of motherhood and am always looking for ways to keep a positive focus. (Reading encouraging literature also will take me away from spending so much time on FB and would be a better use of my time! 😉 )

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