September 24, 2015

The Finishing School 
"The Finishing School"
Valerie Woerner

Are you tired of waiting for change to happen in your life? Do you feel stuck, even though you want to live more intentionally?
In today’s world, our most precious pursuit of a life well lived gets squeezed out by the silliest of things: binging on Netflix or ice cream, shopping trips for things we don’t need, bad habits we can’t seem to get a handle on, and so much more. Valerie has been there despite knowing what she wanted for her life. Actually do it? That’s the challenge.
After gobbling up all the non-fiction and self-help books her donut-filled belly could handle, she decided it was time to put her knowledge to good use and start actually living it out. You will hear about her journey through victories and plenty of failures and find practical tips to apply to your own pursuit of holiness. You will find homework at the end of each chapter that includes a worksheet to put real change in motion for your own life as well as recommended books to further study those topics that really test you.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.  Valerie's style of writing was refreshing and light.  She wrote as if she were here in person talking to me!  She has a way of writing that makes you actually think about what you're reading.  

There are many lessons that I learned by reading her book and I was definitely challenged.  I found myself thinking about the book throughout the day and trying to implement what I had read. 

While this book was really helpful and encouraging, I would have really liked it more if she used the King James Bible.  

Valerie is obviously very knowledgeable and is not afraid to share her knowledge or her experiences.  She is very real and isn't afraid to for others to see her for who she really is!  I believe that really helped me enjoy the book more.  As she said herself, "we can relate to people who are real".  (paraphrasing) 

My favorite thing about this book was whenever Valerie referred to God (example: He, His, etc.) she would always capitalize it.  I am a firm believer in capitalizing references to God and His Word.  I'm so glad that she did that.  A lot of authors do not and it's disappointing.

Read more about the book here.


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