Sunday, July 20, 2014

Letting Go of Perfect by Amy E. Spiegel

I chose Letting Go of Perfect because of its subject and because Angie Smith wrote the foreword. I am a big fan of Angie Smith's books, blog writings and her story. 

It was easy for me to like the author because I could relate to her love for books as well as with her introvert personality. She is a realist and chooses to approach the subject in a realistic way, which I really appreciated. She doesn't give a 5 step guide or a couple of easy steps, instead she is honest about the messy in her life, sharing personal experiences in a funny way. I mostly loved the way she uses the illustrations, I think they are perfectly fit for the lessons she wants emphasize in each chapter. 

What I enjoyed most is that I could feel the author's authenticity throughout the book - it felt like a friendly chat over a cup of coffee. 
I also liked the way she tackles issues like: suffering, pride, addiction, time management, relationships, media consumption and identity issues. She manages to give a scriptural perspective, sharing relevant Bible passages to emphasize the truth over her own point of view.

At the end of the book there is a list of book recommendations with a little summary for each of them (goodies at the end!). Finally, the author offers a Letting Go of Perfect one-week-schedule at the end, with daily reflection Q's and Bible verses. 

Here you can find the author's blog and other resources. 
> There's also this cool free app for your phone that you can check out here

I have requested this book from B&H Publishing in exchange for an honest review. The ideas and opinions expressed here are my own. 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Goodies in the mail

I've received this book in the mail a couple of weeks ago, actually. B&H Publishing agreed to send this copy for me to review. I have started to read a bit of it, but because the deadline for my dissertation paper is next week, I am focusing on that. The review is going to come soon.