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GIVEAWAY – Bruce the Brave Signed Copy

GIVEAWAY! Bruce the Brave: a tale of faith to overcome fear
In honor of the release of my new children’s book, Bruce the Brave, I’m excited to offer a GIVEAWAY today! One lucky winner will receive a signed copy of the book, personalized to the recipient of their choice! Keep the book for yourself (because adults are falling in love with the story too), give it to your kiddos, or gift it to another child.

It’s SUPER simple to enter! Here’s how:

1) Share this post on social media; be sure to tag Faith&Composition
2) Come back here and comment that you’ve shared!

Bruce the Brave: a tale of faith to overcome fear

GIVEAWAY! Bruce the Brave: a tale of faith to overcome fear
The more you share, the more entries you’ll receive. So queue up your Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts and share away! Please note that you MUST enter a separate comment for each share. Also, I will be checking that the rules were followed, so if you share on IG, make sure you account is public (even if just temporarily) so I can see the post. Contest will end Sunday, April 3, and winner will be announced Monday.

If you’d like to purchase a book, it is currently ON SALE on Amazon, so go snag a copy while it’s on sale! I have no clue how long the sale will last!

Thank you for your support, friends! It means more than I can ever begin to express!

SecretsOfMommyhood, you are the winner according to Random.org. Please contact me to claim your book!

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My Children’s Book and Overcoming Fear

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It is with a mixture of humility and hard-to-contain excitement that I am thrilled to announce the release of my first book, Bruce the Brave! A children’s tale that will endear readers of all ages, Bruce the Brave is a heartwarming story about an adventurous little boy who finds the faith to overcome his biggest fear.

This is a story for my own children, for your children, and for YOU. These are words I weaved together several years ago, and now they are available to you! It’s a story of adventure, courage, and faith.

But if I’m completely honest, this story is so much more. Because these simple pages of ink and paper are the tangible expressions of perfectionism and fear laid aside.

Bruce the Brave: a tale of faith to overcome fear

Friends, it took me four years to publish this book. FOUR YEARS. I wrote it, commissioned the artwork, and then … it sat. It sat on my desk collecting dust for four years because I was scared. Scared that I wouldn’t find the right publisher, scared that it wasn’t perfect, scared that the work of my heart might fall flat.

But fear is not of the Lord.

Bruce the Brave: a tale of faith to overcome fear
Bruce the Brave: a tale of faith to overcome fear
So I published it. I FINALLY published it. With the patient encouragement of my husband and the gentle urging of some beloved women whom I have the blessing of calling my new friends, I set perfectionism and fear aside and took a step of faith.

This is the result. It is a story for your kids and a story for you. It is a story for us ALL. Because sometimes we all need to be reminded of the real and beautiful truth that is is He who makes us BRAVE.

Bruce the Brave: a tale of faith to overcome fear

If you’d like to purchase Bruce the Brave, you can buy it from Amazon or direct from the publisher. It’s currently on sale at Amazon! (Though I don’t know how long the sale will last.) Go grab a copy for yourself, your kids, or to give as a gift. It would bless me immensely to share this book and its message with you!

Your support means the world to me. Thank you, friends! (I’ll be announcing a giveaway in the next few days, so be sure to stay tuned!)

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Every Bitter Thing is Sweet

Every Bitter Thing is Sweet | Faith and Composition

Today I’m excited to have my guest book reviewer, Katie Atkins, back with us. Katie has previously shared a review of “Treasuring Christ When Your Hands are Full”. And today she’s back with us to give her thoughts on the moving book, “Every Bitter Thing is Sweet” by Sara Hagerty. Welcome Katie! 

As I approached my sixteenth birthday, I was confident in my path. I had my plans laid out for the future, plans for success. I was dating a great guy, my family life was rocky but stable, and my dreams were right at my finger tips. Oh how time changes things; within a few months of my sixteenth birthday my parents were in litigation for a divorce, my great guy had broken my heart, and I was fighting to stay on top of my homework, not really giving my grades a second thought. When my world stopped working, it was so easy to be resentful and harbor anger towards my God. It was the simple path to dwell in my bitterness each and every day. As I read Sara’s story in her book, Every Bitter Thing is Sweet, I was taken back to that place and reminded of God’s imminence.

What does it look like to know God’s nearness when your world stops working?

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Sara Hagerty found Him when life stopped working for her. When her faith was challenged by life’s circumstances she looked toward God, called out to Him, and allowed Him to fill her. Through her infertility she sought her Abba Father. Through the adoption process she chose to adore her God. When her husband’s business went under she trusted in the ultimate provider.

Sara writes of the days that were easily sinking her deeper and deeper into the unknown; the days that the chaos of life was overwhelming. “But God is showing me that His aroma can rise up out of and even over the chaos. His word is seeping into my heart as I scrub dishes. Thoughts of His nature quicken my pulse when I am still in sweatpants, while the children chat over breakfast cleanup or lunch preparation. Adoration is working its way into my life, here.”

In this book, I was reminded that “A satisfied soul loathes the honeycomb, but to a hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.” Proverbs 27:7.

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I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to just be hungry for my God for a season. I want to live in hunger for Him daily, moment by moment. I want the kind of hunger that draws me to Him. That fills every bitter circumstance with the amazing opportunity to know Him more and more. This is what brings me straight to the sweetness of His presence daily.

As a mom, I struggle with allowing my circumstances to dictate my day, allowing my feelings of the unplanned to sink me into a bitterness that drags my mood and emotions down. But Sara reminds us that God sees us.

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“He saw me. He knew me. He knew my ‘now’ moments—unexpected meltdowns, my day gone awry, this life bursting, and my feeling I could barely manage. He didn’t stand distant, but He spoke in: I see you.”

Sara’s story was a reflection of mine in so many ways. Her desire to know God in an intimate way, to adore Him with all of herself is a mirrored reflection of my heart cry to the Lord. May I remember that Jesus is big in my small, unseen moments. Glorious monotony. He came for these very days.

Click here to buy “Every Bitter Thing is Sweet”

Katie Atkins is a Christ-follower, work-in-progress. She is a wife to an incredible husband and the mom of two amazing children. While not a professional writer, she enjoys putting pen to paper and sharing her story with others. Katie loves to read (anything and everything), she seeks out ways to be adventurous with her kids, and after 12 years of marriage, she is learning to cook. She works each day to live out the words of Philippians 3:12-14 with all that she is. She blogs at Treasuring Christ Daily.

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Treasuring Christ When Your Hands are Full

Treasuring Christ When Your Hands are Full, a review | Faith and Composition

Today I’m excited to introduce Katie Atkins to you. Katie is a friend and avid reader; she’s frequently engrossed in several books at once, and she’s passed some remarkable recommendations my way. Thus, when I toyed with the thought of bringing a regular guest contributor to the blog to compose periodical book reviews, Katie was my natural go-to girl. I hope you are encouraged to pick up some of the titles she suggests. I think they will be like a soothing balm to your mama heart. Now take it away, Katie!

Are you loosing sight of Christ in the mundane everyday activities of life, maybe in piles of to-do lists or simply in the chaos of your home? As a mom to two young kiddos, I feel like I am in a constant battle of showing my kids unconditional love and discipline while still being a shining beacon of Christ in every situation. In this encouraging book, Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full, Gloria Furman reminds me that “When I view motherhood not as a gift from God to make me holy but rather as a role with tasks that get in my way, I am missing out on one of God’s ordained means of spiritual growth in my life. Not only that but I am missing out on enjoying God.”

This book has renewed my mind and soul so that I can better serve my family as God has uniquely created me to do. 

Treasuring Christ When Your Hands are Full, a review | Faith and Composition

Divided into two sections, Gloria discusses how the Gospel is essential to our daily lives as women (and as mothers). In the first section, God Made Motherhood for Himself, she reminds us of the fall of Adam and Eve and the blessing that was bestowed upon God’s children.

Have you ever thought about the words from the mouth of God to Serpent, “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.” (Gen. 3:15) God cursed the Serpent but in his own words he promised LIFE! That means that the man and the woman will have offspring. Adam and Eve did not deserve a blessing, yet God in his matchless mercy bestowed upon them that there would be life.

I know that there are many days when I feel overwhelmed by the responsibility of raising the blessings God has bestowed on us. I become focused on simply surviving the day and loose the eternal perspective in the everyday tasks. There are many times when I think to myself, if I only had more time…

Treasuring Christ When Your Hands are Full, a review | Faith and Composition

In this book I was gently reminded that, “When we have lost sight of an eternal perspective in our daily lives, the atonement becomes neither vital nor precious to us. A greater gift than time is the gift of forgiveness for our sins through Christ Jesus so that we can behold our holy God.”

Living with eternity in mind is a work of God’s redeeming love in our lives. This is a reminder I need daily.

In the final section, Motherhood as Worship, Gloria reminds us to worship in all circumstances. “If Jesus has assured me that he is with me to the end of the age (Matt. 28:20), then surely he is with me in all of my baby carrying, housecleaning, car driving, nighttime parenting, and husband helping.” Do you respond with a heart of worship throughout your days and nights? Are you teaching your little ones how to worship our creator through your actions and words?

Treasuring Christ When Your Hands are Full, a review | Faith and Composition

I don’t know about you, but whether I’m aware of it or not I constantly find myself striving to win that ‘Fictitious Mother of the Year Award’. It’s within our sinful nature to compare and contrast. Gloria does a compelling job of reminding us that “the grace given to us through the cross liberates us from the heavy burden of pretense before other people and (most importantly) before God”.

Throughout this book I was prompted to evaluate my days through the eyes of the gospel. I was reminded that “God will not and does not change his mind. He knew the worst things about me and he knew my self-righteous tendencies when he declared me righteous for Jesus’s sake.” No matter how I screw up on a daily basis, he is always there. He offers His power to mothers who will live in their mundane by faith as Daughters of the King.

CLICK HERE TO BUY Treasuring Christ When Your Hands are Full.

Katie Atkins is a Christ-follower, work-in-progress. She is a wife to an incredible husband and the mom of two amazing children. While not a professional writer, she enjoys putting pen to paper and sharing her story with others. Katie loves to read (anything and everything), she seeks out ways to be adventurous with her kids, and after 12 years of marriage, she is learning to cook. She works each day to live out the words of Philippians 3:12-14 with all that she is. She blogs at Treasuring Christ Daily.

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Let’s All Be Brave

Let's All Be Brave, a review | Faith and Composition

I almost hesitate to tell you how I met author Annie Downs. In truth, it’s a little bit crazy on my part and a lot of goodness on God’s part. But because the opportunity mirrors the message in her newest book, Let’s All be Brave, I’ll share it with you.

A few months ago, I downloaded and devoured the first few sample chapters of Let’s All be Brave (download your sample chapters here). From the first page, I felt such truth in Annie’s words. She spoke with beauty and conviction about finding the courage to pursue the God-given gifts, the hope-against-hope dreams planted deep within.

When I finished the sample, I felt the strangest tug in my spirit to reach out to her. Because there’s this book project on my heart, and frankly, I’m terrified of pursuing it. Terrified I’ll fail, terrified of the critics, terrified that it will take so much more than I have to give. So I’ve shelved it. Year after year it sits in the back of my mind and collects dust, imprisoned there by fear that enslaves.

But Annie’s words were like a breath of fresh air blowing into those dark recesses, brushing away the dust. Those first few chapters of Let’s All be Brave lit embers of courageous faith in my spirit. I was at a point in my dreams and with this blog that it felt like her words were written directly for me.

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So I took a deep breath and reached out to Annie. And through coincidence, God’s providential timing or a combination of both, she and I sat down together just one night later to discuss writing, publishing and the importance of being authentic. After the stage lights had dimmed on a Girls of Grace conference, and the crew began loading the bus to take the team to the next city in their tour, we sat on a bench and chatted like old friends. Because that’s what you get with Annie; she’s a real-deal, full-of-life, vivacious personality who blends the right amount of humor with a heaping dose of honest authenticity and a whole lotta truth.

Crack the spine of Let’s All be Brave, and you’ll see what I mean. Annie uses scripture and real-life anecdotes to share the powerful truth that God made you on purpose, He made you to be brave, and He will equip you to do that which you’re called to do. She then cheers you on as you discover those truths in your own life. Each page is written to inspire God-given courage. Just listen:

My prayer for you today is that you will open the eyes of your heart to the map and the next brave thing and the step you need to start. Tell someone your dream. Maybe even at the bottom of this page, or in the margin, you can write that first step. Make that first move to research or learn or pray about the thing that is like a God-struck match lit on your insides.

Maybe for you, it’s writing a note. Singing a song. Making a phone call. Having a conversation. Composing a story. Writing a check. Booking that trip, Sending an e mail. Going on a date. Reading a book. Signing up.

I’m trying to list as many options as possible, but you know the thing God is doing in your life better than I do. It’s time to get quiet before the Lord and ask him what it looks like for you to live a life of courage today. To start.

Just start.  (excerpt page 30)

And that’s just the beginning. Throughout the book Annie will encourage you to step out in bravery as she shares stories of her own journey and gives you the courage to do the same. This book will light a fire within. I promise.

But don’t just take my words for it, hear it straight from Annie. And after you’ve listened to Annie’s heart, click here to purchase Let’s All Be Brave now!

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