Choosing Him All Over Again Book Review

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What are the chances that a separated couple would ever reconcile? Does a separation always have to end in divorce? Does having a relationship with Jesus Christ have anything to do with rebuilding a broken marriage or rebuilding a broken heart?

Juana Mikels takes readers on a very personal journey in Choosing Him All Over Again. “Him” takes on a double meaning as she explains what happened after she left her husband and later experienced a change of heart.

I received a free copy of this book to review, and when it first arrived to me, it didn’t exactly match what I had in mind. However, I couldn’t resist turning the pages, and I kept wondering what would happen next. It wasn’t as climactic as I thought it would be, but it kept my attention, which highly personal, narrative stories like this usually don’t manage to do. And even though this book talks a lot about the plight of those who are in difficult marriages or who are separated, I actually got a lot out of it even though I’m a single-never-been-married person. The overarching theme of what Mikels has to say is very encouraging to women of various relationship statuses.

Overall, I would give Choosing Him All Over Again 4 out of 5 stars, and would recommend this book to any Christian woman who wants a reminder of where her self-worth truly comes from.

FTC Disclosure: I have received a free copy of this book from the publisher, Ambassador International, in exchange for my honest review of the product.

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Where Do I Go From Here? Bold Living After Unwanted Change: Book Review

Where Do I Go From Here? Bold Living After Unwanted Change by Miriam Neff, Moody Publishers

When a marriage ends, a spouse dies, a job is taken, or another life-altering event occurs, a plethora of emotions are to be expected. Grief, confusion, fear and anger are just some of the emotions.

What can you do to move on? Why is suffering necessary in the first place?

Miriam Neff doesn’t pretend to have the answers as to why these things happen, but she’s written an excellent manual on the next steps for survivors in Where Do I Go From Here? Bold Living After Unwanted Change. After her husband died unexpectedly, Neff found herself a widow. Forced into this sisterhood that no woman wants to be part of, she eventually launched a ministry for others who had lost their spouses and Where Do I Go From Here is designed for both women and men to deal with many types of losses, not just bereavement.

Neff’s voice is refreshing. Instead of giving trite advice or pat answers, she balances Scriptural promises with practical advice. Standing in the place of those who have lost a loved one, she gives warnings for pitfalls of what hurting people may find themselves doing after a loss. Her words are sound and prompted me to make some changes.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.