Review: All My Knotted-Up Life by Beth Moore

Many people are talking about “All My Knotted Up-Life: A Memoir” by Beth Moore. This author is a woman I would love to meet at a Bible Cafe table. Unable to meet her in person, I did get to know Beth better through her very personal memoir. Her life is a story worth reading. Here is a book review of the autobiography of popular Bible Teacher Beth Moore.

Pick up the book All My Knotted Up-Life and learn how Beth Moore found freedom from her strongholds. This cohesive message has been witnessed through many Beth Moore Bible studies. She is living proof of living a life captivated by Christ. But, as you will discover in this book, she had one final obstacle to overcome.

What surprised me most about Beth Moore’s autobiography is my strong emotional and physical reaction to the content. Unexpected. Her words are like a surgeon’s scalpel cutting away infestations of our hearts. Those lingering obstacles hold us back from who we truly are in Christ.

Something else I enjoyed about this book is the sense of completion. Looking back at the Beth Moore online Bible studies we have completed at Bible Cafe™ University, this book completes the pieces of her puzzle. It’s a great story of a redeemed child of God!

Powerful, spiritual, and healing … you’ll want to read All My Knotted Up-Life many times. Perfect for book club conversations too!

Book: All My Knotted Up-Life by Beth Moore

New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and Wall Street Journal bestseller!

An incredibly thoughtful, disarmingly funny, and intensely vulnerable glimpse into the life and ministry of a woman familiar to many but known by few.

“It’s a peculiar thing, this having lived long enough to take a good look back. We go from knowing each other better than we know ourselves to barely sure if we know each other at all, to precisely sure that we don’t. All my knotted-up life I’ve longed for the sanity and simplicity of knowing who’s good and who’s bad. I’ve wanted to know this about myself as much as anyone. This was not theological. It was strictly relational. God could do what he wanted with eternity. I was just trying to make it here in the meantime. As benevolent as he has been in a myriad of ways, God has remained aloof on this uncomplicated request.” – Beth Moore

New York Times best-selling author, speaker, visionary, and founder of Living Proof Ministries Beth Moore has devoted her whole life to helping women across the globe come to know the transforming power of Jesus. An established writer of many acclaimed books and Bible studies for women on spiritual growth and personal development, Beth now unveils her own story in a much-anticipated debut memoir.

About this Book: 

  • 8 pages of photos
  • An exploration of Beth’s childhood, love, marriage, and motherhood
  • Insights on what it was like when she was “waist-deep in a season of loss”
  • A discussion of her 2018 break with the Southern Baptist movement
  • Details on the origins of Living Proof Ministries

All My Knotted-Up Life is told with surprising candor about some of the personal heartbreaks and behind-the-scenes challenges that have marked Beth’s life. But beyond that, it’s a beautifully crafted portrait of resilience and survival, a poignant reminder of God’s enduring faithfulness, and proof positive that if we ever truly took the time to hear people’s full stories. . we’d all walk around slack-jawed.


Review: Take Every Thought Captive by Kelly Balarie

Title: “Take Every Thought Captive” by Kelly Balarie

Rating: ★★★★★ (5/5)

Kelly Balarie’s “Take Every Thought Captive” is an empowering and thought-provoking book about the battle of the mind. Reading this book helped me gain valuable strategies when the enemy of God throws curveballs into my life. I found this book easy to follow and relevant for today’s Christian women. Especially valuable are Kelly’s practical strategies to overcome negative thinking. Her relatable writing style and deeply personal stories encourage readers to take control of their thoughts. Self-control is a Fruit of the Spirit and I found this book helpful to cultivate the fruit.

One of the book’s greatest strengths is Kelly Balarie’s ability to weave Bible verses seamlessly into her mindset approach. Drawing on her own experiences, she addresses common struggles like fear, self-doubt, and anxiety. She provides practical steps to break free from this mindset by taking thoughts captive to Christ. Kelly’s words are genuine and heartfelt, creating a connection with readers who may have experienced similar challenges.

The is informative just like Kelly Balarie’s other books, and rich with content for everyday use. Each chapter focuses on a different aspect of negative thinking, such as the power of words, the influence of fear, and the role of forgiveness. Kelly’s writing style is engaging and conversational, making “Take Every Thought Captive” enjoyable. She maintains a balance between depth and simplicity, ensuring that readers from all walks of life can benefit from her teachings. The inclusion of reflection questions and practical exercises at the end of each chapter encourages active participation and application of the book’s principles, enhancing the overall learning experience.

“Take Every Thought Captive” is an excellent Christian resource for anyone seeking to overcome negative thinking patterns and cultivate a healthier mindset. Kelly Balarie’s genuine empathy and relatability shine through, making her advice all the more impactful. Her dedication to providing practical tools and her unwavering belief in the power of transforming our thoughts make this book a valuable asset on the journey to personal growth and renewed perspective.

Disclosure: I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this book through NetGalley.

Book: Take Every Thought Captive by Kelly Balaie

We do not have a spirit of fear and timidity; we have a spirit of power, love, and a sound mind. When we walk by the Spirit, we are not conformed to a world of worry and anxiety. Bad habits must cease. Negativity, confusion, and worry are banished. The enemy has no playground.

Sound impossible? With God, nothing is impossible. Author and speaker Kelly Balarie offers a rousing call to be transformed through the renewing of your mind by taking every thought captive to Christ. She shows you how to
· recognize the lies of the enemy
· replace those lies with the truth of God
· pray through times of mental and emotional strife
· proactively use God’s Word instead of living defensively and defeated

If you long for clarity, purpose, or peace of mind, the clear, actionable steps laid out in this book will be a game-changer.

A Short Guide to Reading the Bible Better by George Guthrie

A Short Guide to Reading the Bible Better by George Guthrie. Book review.
A timely book for a generation of word users. As we write and speak words across social media, into the phone in the palm of our hand, or witha short video clip- do our words look more like the truth of God’s Word? Or do they look like the words of the world? A Short Guide to Reading the Bible Better by George Guthrie teaches us to mind our words and steward them as citizens of a holy kingdom.
But to mind our words, we need to know the Word of the Lord. Opening our Bible and reading it for life- is how we steward the Word of God. This should be a regular meal, for spiritual fulness and growth. In my opinion if we feed on the words of the world- news, celebrities, athletes, politicians, social media, and influencers- we are feeding upon food that poisons the soul. When we feed on the Bible, we look to the heart of God, hear His words, learn His values, enter His story, and find the fullness of love.
In each chapter from A Short Guide to Reading the Bible Better by George Guthrie, readers find satisfaction within the truths of Scripture. Discussion questions are included with each chapter. Also included are practice steps for fruitful Bible reading. A very helpful book for new or advanced Bible readers! This book would be excellent for small group Bible study and conversation.
I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this book from Netgalley.

Make Up Your Mind by Denise Pass and Michelle Nietert

When I read the same book twice in a month, I know its a book to treasure! Make Up Your Mind by Denise Pass and Michelle Nietert is worth reading. This helpful book unlocks the places where we feel stuck in our thinking. And by helping us unlock our thoughts, these mindset authors help us unlock places in life where we need a transformation.

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Make Up Your Mind Book Review

An unexpected bonus the Make Up Your Mind  book is a great resources for families! I enjoy the Counseling Corner tips for helping children unlock their developing minds. Based upon real counseling sessions, the authors explore methods with proven results. This would be valuable for modern day parents who are teaching their children to overcome fear, loneliness, or disappointment.

As an empty nester Mom, I found the mindset keys super helpful too! When my daughters call or text from college, I now listen and focus on the mindset (rather than the emotions). As I learned from reading Make Up Your Mind by Denise Pass and Michelle Nietert any emotion can be taken captive and transformed.

The authors provide spiritual and counseling tools to help their readers identity and conquer unhealthy mindsets.

Because I am a Bible Coach, I believe this book will be super helpful for my community. Make Up Your Mind by Denise Pass and Michelle Nietert is a book I will recommend over and over again. Each chapter includes keys to unlock places where we feel spiritually and emotionally stuck.

Affrming Thoughts From the Make Up Your Mind (Mindset Book)

  • Even though I am scared, I know God is for me.
  • Even though I think no one will want to talk to me, I am trusting God to help me make friends.
  • Even though I want to quit, I know God will not fail me.
    Even though I don’t think I can do it, I am trying anyway and counting on God to fill in the gaps.
  • Even though I don’t want to, I am trusting God to change my heart.

Find the book Make Up Your Mind at your favorite local or online store. This would be excellent reading for a book club group.

Far From Home by Mabel Ninan 

Recently, author Mabel Ninan contacted me about her new book Far From Home. Mabel Ninan was born and raised in India and an immigrant in America shortly after marriage, Her topic sparked immediate interest. And I did not hesitate to “say yes” to her request. Once the manuscript arrived by electronic file, I poured a delicious latte and devoured the book.

(Image source: MABEL NINAN )

Mabel is the story behind many women in my community near Silicon Valley, California. She takes off the veil of mystery and shares her experience. Quiet, soft spoken, and respectful of her new surroundings, Mabel feels unnoticeable. She experiences insignificance and frustration with her new surroundings.

Yet in her native land, Mable is powerful, well-respected, connected, and highly educated. Because of her husband’s job transfer, she leaves her value and identity in her native society. Then she seeks purpose in a foreign country.

Uprooted into the busyness of America, her story explores immigration as a “trailing spouse.” Her initial isolation and her struggle to regain importance are deeply internal. She struggles to connect. Even at the local coffee shop, where she is awakened by the rudeness of barista on duty.

Looking for her identity in a new culture, Mabel opens her Bible to discover a true identity in Christ. Powerful skeins (loosely coiled threads or yarn)  are woven into her testimony.

This is a must-read for merging of cultures into the Christian faith. How can we invite REVIVAL if we are not accepting the citizenship of ALL God’s people?

Mabel’s story invites me to examine my Mother-in-Law, an immigrant from the United Kingdom. In World War 2, she worked as a British decoder, New York runway model, and national security.

And my Great-Grandfather, an immigrant from Ireland who worked in the coal mines and later died of lung cancer.

Mabel’s story also reminds me of my neighbors next door, immigrants from Mexico and joyfully living as an uprooted family. Or my former boss, an app developer from the Ukraine who shares his Christian faith with a generous heart. Even my husband’s Silicon Valley IT department, where they celebrate all cultures and religions with weekly meal gatherings.

Instead of looking through the mini-blinds, shuttered windows, or over the rim of a Venti Latte… it’s time we take off American ambivalence and love our NEW neighbors.

Mable reached out to her Christian community with intentional vulnerability. She experienced the love and identity of Christ through Bible study groups, church attendance, and spiritual growth- Far From Home.

Far from Home: Discovering Your Identity as Foreigners on Earth by Mabel Ninan 

ENDORSEMENT FOR MABELS BOOK: Beautifully transparent, Mabel Ninan shares her personal insight from a unique experience of immigration. Yet the revelation of her modern history, is also a reflection of Biblical history when God moves. Inside the stories of uprooted people, we discover the heart of God. This book is a beautiful reminder of our citizenship in His kingdom.  – Christine Abraham, Founder & Executive Director Bible Café™ Ministries LLC


Explore the intersection between culture, identity, and faith in this new release from an earthly immigrant who gained a spiritual perspective.
What is my purpose? Why do I exist? A sense of self and belonging are two questions many of us struggle to answer.
And what if you are a foreigner in another land?
How does one adjust to a new culture? Discover their place in a new society?

For Mabel Ninan, born and raised in India and an immigrant in America shortly after marriage, the search for those answers sent her on a journey that led to an unexpected and exciting discovery.

God revealed she was not only an earthly immigrant but also a spiritual one, created with a unique calling to impact His kingdom. Mabel’s renewed perspective imbued her with joy and hope, urging her to share the message with others.

Drawing from her personal experiences and by examining the lives of biblical heroes, Mabel sheds light on what it means to live as a citizen of Heaven on earth. Far from Home will inspire you to:

  • Embrace your identity as a foreigner on earth.
  • Make your home with God.
  • Find community and common purpose with fellow sojourners.

Mabel’s story and book release:
Publisher: Iron Stream (July 12, 2022)

Disclosure: I received an Advanced Manuscript of this book as a member of the Endorsement Team. 

Life Devotional by Lisa Harper

Life Devotional by Lisa Harper. From the outside pink cover to the inside contents, a devotional with memorable experiences for her readers. Lisa Harper’s Daily Life Devotional stands out. On a crowded shelf of devotional books, the pink cover demands attention. Pink devotional with gold lettering. Officially her book is called Life: An Obsessively Grateful, Undone by Jesus, Genuinely Happy, and Not Faking it Through the Hard Stuff Kind of 100-Day Devotional. So if you cannot remember the long title, just look for a pink book called LIFE!

Lisa takes on her pink cover critics. For instance, at page one, devotional day one. She writes, “I didn’t have anything to do with the design! Pink book, you may find yourself wondering…”

In other words, Lisa Harper introduces her readers to laughter. Day one.

You’re getting a book based on the foundation of happiness, laughter and joy! Pick it up. Even if you’re not a fan of pink.

About Lisa Harper’s Life Devotional

Something you’ll learn about Lisa Harper’s Life Devotional is the easy-to-read format. And you quickly see the devotions are written for busy people. The author delivers her inspirational message in classic Lisa Harper style. Her fans will love the radiance of Lisa’s heart!

Paragraphs in this devotional book are longer than similar devotionals Also, this book has a highly noticeable word count. Fill up on those words!

Read a daily devotional from Life: An Obsessively Grateful, Undone by Jesus, Genuinely Happy, and Not Faking it Through the Hard Stuff Kind of 100-Day Devotional. Pick it up and find real-life stories from Lisa Harper.

Woven into the book are definitions of real words and Lisa words, such as “peetastrophe.” She has mastered the craft of playing with words. Lisa Harper’s devotional book will educate, inspire, and entertain readers.

At the end of each daily devotional, Lisa Harper has lovingly attached three daily questions. Write your answers into the daily devotional book or use a journal.

If you struggle with conversations starters, use the LIFE by Lisa Harper devotional questions. You can call a friend each day for 100 days, and never run out of conversations. For example:

“On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being burn the candle at both ends and total couch potato being a 10, where would you place yourself? (In Bible study groups, we call this an icebreaker question).

Do the math.

With 100 daily devotions and three daily questions, Lisa Harper has gifted her readers 300 questions in her beautiful pink book! Use this for daily journaling, conversation starters, or daily prayer prompts.

Each of the 100 daily devotionals begins with a Bible verse. CSB is the primary translation used. YLT, NCV, NET, NLT, MSG, NIV, NKJV and KJV are also used. By using 10 different Bible translations, this author is presenting a wider view for her devotional readers. She quotes classic theologians such as Spurgeon, Henri Nouwen, and C.S. Lewis. Modern theologians mentioned in her devotional book include Edward T. Welch and Timothy Keller.