Fierce Hearted

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Gerth, Holley. Fierce Hearted: Live Fully, Love Bravely. Grand Rapids, MI: Revell Publishing. 2017.

SUMMARY:
In her newest and most personal book yet, author Holley Gerth shares her inner most thoughts, fears, emotions and personal stories. Almost like chatting with a best friend over coffee, Fierce Hearted is organized in smaller chapters perfect for reading and reflecting. Encouraging each woman to realize she is “not the only one” who feels, thinks, hopes, loves, fears, and experiences such struggles and victories in life, Holley wants to empower all women to live more fully and love more bravely, following God as well as giving Him all the glory everyday in all things.

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Written in such a raw and honest manner, Holley Gerth truly understands and acknowledges the inner most workings of women. Daring while inspiring women to share the journey, Fierce Hearted is well written with a strong, necessary message. With the book set in shorter chapters, I found I couldn’t stop from reading several at once. Nodding my head, feeling her pain, understanding her joys and relishing the encounter, this is definitely one book I will recommend, share with friends and give as a gift. Perfect as a Bible study or ministry, I thoroughly connected with Fierce Hearted from cover to cover. What a wonderful example Holley is to all women!

RATING:
5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Fierce Hearted from Revell Publishing for my honest review*

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You’re Loved No Matter What

Gerth, Holley. You’re Loved No Matter What: Freeing Your Heart from the Need to Be Perfect. Grand Rapids, MI: Revell publishing. 2014.

SUMMARY:
LovedGod had a plan when He created each of us, and no matter what, He loves us just the way we are. Though we may have an insatiable desire to be perfect, may be living under the bonds of guilt, or even just buried deeply in mounds of laundry…God loves us right as we are now. Holley Gerth in her new book, You’re Loved No Matter What, reminds us of God’s grace which can indeed set us free to be the person, with the purpose, He created us to be…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Having read several other books by Holley Gerth, I was excited to add this one to my list. So full of practical yet realistic advice for reveling in God’s grace and enjoying life while putting away the time-consuming, no-win quest for perfection. I appreciated a lot of the advice…especially “If you try to be perfect, you’ll be doing God’s work for Him”…hmm…guess He really doesn’t need my help? (Loved the cute cover too!)

RATING:
4.5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of You’re Loved No Matter What from Revell for my honest review*

What Your Heart Needs for the Hard Days

Gerth, Holley. What Your Heart Needs for the Hard Days. Grand Rapids, MI: Revell Publishing. 2014.

SUMMARY:
heartEveryone has hard days…some more than others but it is what we do with those hard days that make a difference. Like having a cup of coffee with a good friend, Holley Gerth sits us down, shares a story, parallels a Bible reference, encourages us with what is on her heart to share and then emboldens us to do the same. Filled with fifty-two such devotions, What Your Heart Needs for the Hard Days could be exactly that…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Adorable! And even better…it all comes wrapped up in a cutely-covered smaller book perfect for giving (or keeping). Full of encouragement, compassion and warm hugs, this book would be appreciated as a gift by mothers, graduates, best friends or anyone needing reassurance. As well as a gift, this book may work as a Bible study, personal devotion or a brief journal. Included topics center around God and His love (as a protector, listener, helper, and even a piece of the pie). Absolutely delightful!

RATING:
5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of What Your Heart Needs for the Hard Days from Revell Publishing for my honest review*