Zip It (Karen Ehman)

Zip ItKaren Ehman is a woman with a gift for writing and sharing the Bible with her readers. She recently came out with a new book. The book, Zip It, is a follow-up to Karen Ehman’s Keep It Shut book.

An eight week Bible study, Zip It is designed to teach us how we can most honor God with our words. We all know the consequential emotions we feel, when others have said certain words to us. However we can choose to build up our relationships with our words, and learn to forgive.

Ehman helps us to focus on how we can turn to God and actually give Him our words. This is a study that will impact lives, for the better.

This is a forty day challenge, where we can filter our relationships with different, better, words.

“Zip It” is definitely a book God will use to bring about His transformative work in the lives of His sons and daughters – as we listen for His voice and follow His leading.

My Response –

I can honestly say, I loved Zip It immediately! I just fell in love with this book, because of the way Ehman writes, teaches the Word of God, and discusses the effect words has on relationships. It was (and is) a topic that is close to my heart.

In this book we are taught directly from God’s Word and are given the opportunity to see the work of God in our lives – as we give Him our words over this forty day period.

I believe God will greatly use this book in mine and others’ lives, as we walk through this forty day challenge – for we are being drawn to Jesus and growing in trusting Him with our words and relationships.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants to hear the Bible and see God transform their verbal and written speech. Click here to buy your copy of Zip It today! (For under $10 on Amazon) 

Bonus: Karen Ehman just finished leading a study on this wonderful 40 day challenge. Click here to visit its Facebook page.

In Christ,


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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31 Verses to Write on Your Heart (Blogging-for-Books)

higgsHave you ever wondered how to memorize Scripture? I have a wonderful study tool to share with you all today!

Liz Curtis Higgs’ latest book is on this very important topic – memorizing Scripture. As Christians, we know we need to make an effort to memorize the Word of God (see Ps. 119:11; Joshua 1:8; Matthew 4:1-11; Col. 3:16; Rom. 10:17). But, have you ever asked yourself how to do this important task? I know I have found myself in that very place, which is why I am pleased to bring this review to you all.

In her book, 31 Verses to Write on Your Heart, Higgs takes us on a beautiful journey. We will not only come away with having spent memorable time in the Word of God and learning to memorize Scripture, but will have also made a good friend and learned much about God and His Word.

This study is available for personal use, but there is one more benefit to this book. The study guide, located in the back of the book, makes it ideal for a small group study as well. This study is absolutely amazing! I hope you all have an opportunity to check it out!

Specifics on the Study

These are 31 verses that we desperately need to know by heart. When we learn the Scriptures, by heart, they will come to mind at the very moment their presence is needed. A short list of the set aside verses include –

  • Philippians 1:6
  • 2 Corinthians 5:17
  • Proverbs 3:3

… among many other treasured Scriptures that remind us of God’s truths.

In each day’s reading, you can expect to find 5 key elements…

~ A devotion
~ Time of prayer
~ The daily tip for memorizing Scripture (which means we get 31 tips designed to help us memorize Scripture!!)
~ The Scripture of the day in New International Version (NIV)
~ A space for us to write out the verse in our favorite translation

My Last Thoughts

I love to pore through this book. There is so much truth found within the contents of this book, that comes from God’s Word. In her devotions, Liz takes us through the Scripture word – by- word, phrase – by – phrase. Higgs is a researcher, which is one of my favorite things about her way of teaching, so we get to glean all that she is learning and has to share with us.

Not only is Liz knowledgeable, when it comes to the Word of God, she is witty. Whenever I take a journey with one of her books, it is like I am reacquainting with an old friend. This study will challenge us in our relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ. Plus, it isn’t a time consuming study – which is a must for many of us. As we dive into 31 Verses to Write on Your Heart, we will be challenged to seek after God and to come as we are. This study is a blessing, and I highly recommend it!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the “Blogging for Books” book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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Intercessory Prayer (Dutch Sheets, Bethany House)

Truthfully, this is perhaps the most difficult book review that I have written. After reading some of Dutch Sheets’ book, Intercessory Prayer, I discovered he is not an author to read or support.

The Author

As I approached chapter 2, it became clear that Sheets operates from a different belief system. While I didn’t google his name beforehand, it is clear that he declares “modern day” prophesies. By definition: he gives prophetic words that he believes is from God. Whenever we are met with a prophet, we are taught to test their works. There are many who claim to be a prophet, yet their words never spring into action – showing them to be accurate prophesies.

I encourage you all to do as 1 John 4:1 teaches us to do. In 1 John 4:1, we are taught to “test” those who prophesy to see if they come from God. We have many false prophets and teachers in today’s world.

That is a little background on what we are called to do as Christians, when we come across a prophet. With that said, I cannot support him in any capacity. Because he is a self named apostle and modern day prophet, I simply cannot support his work – especially having read some of this book.

Part of the greatest task I have, as a book reviewer, is to lead my readers to books that will direct them into greater knowledge of God, His Son Jesus, and the Gospel using the Bible with a clear interpretation.


Thoughts on His Book

Sheets believes that God’s work is dependent upon His people.  As in, God’s work will not go forward unless we are actively involved in intercessory prayer. I highly question this line of thinking. To me, this is something that goes against what I believe God teaches us, through the Bible. While God chooses to work through His people, His work is not dependent upon us in any way, shape, or form.

To be honest, the book started me on a trajectory of questioning my beliefs among other things. I tried to see his point of view, in chapter 2, as I read. Yet, all it did was disturb my spirit and cause me to do a lot of wondering if there was any truth to what I was reading in this book… But soon after reading this chapter, I learned of his background which helped bring some light for why I struggled to read and understand this book. From my own observation, it does not seem like it was written from a clear interpretation of the Bible. Reading a book such as this one, will only cause us to be led astray.

So with all that said, I must admit that this is not a book or author I would recommend.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through Bethany House’s blogger review program, in exchange for a honest review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.


“Uninvited” (Lysa TerKeurst)

Recently, I discovered a new book. “Uninvited” by Lysa TerKeurst. This is her newest study to hit stores. I have heard about “Uninvited” for a while, and eagerly awaited an opportunity to get my hands on this book. So, I was ecstatic when I found it out on BookLook (a book reviewing program by her publisher, Thomas Nelson).

The Review

I absolutely love this book! It is such an easy read, engaging as she shares her own experiences, and I can tell you this – you will not want to stop reading it. I have had a hard time putting the book down.

There is just so much in this book, that God is using to speak to me about where I have been and the place I am in now. This book can be used as a “healing balm” given to us by God Himself. In this study, we are reminded of God’s unfailing truths!

Not only is “Uninvited” a book where we are reminded of God’s truth, Lysa shares her heart and struggles concerning rejection too. Lysa, through “Uninvited”, is highly engaging and helps lead us to the One who declares He is for us. In her book, Lysa points us to the fullness of God. It is the place where our healing comes from. It is the place, where we can love others – out of the wells of grace God offers to us.

My Story

Typically, I do not buy DVD studies. This is the second one I have bought over the summer months. “Uninvited” has been a tool I need, as well. I knew I need to buy the additional resources, to help me as I continue to uncover experiences and seek healing.

Through this book, I am learning much about God and what fullness in Him means. I am learning how to live like I am loved. A message I desperately need to hear. I have needed God to shout His message of acceptance, safety, peace, and grace. While we each have a past involving the burden of rejection, it is a weight we don’t have to carry anymore. I am looking forward to diving deeper in this book, through her DVD study and guide.

God is revealing much to me, as I realize scenarios in my life that I have kept hidden. God has much more in store, for us. But, we must exchange the weight of people’s words and actions, for the love God has for each one of us. It is there, where healing is found. We can finally lay it all down at the cross, and begin to move on. We can begin to deal with our thought processes, resulting from years of rejection, and learn how to take our thoughts captive – and experience the beauty of Christ. As we surrender to Him, He is going to do something wonderful, as we remember our rejection scars.

For more information about Lysa TerKeurst’s “Uninvited,” check out this link. (This is an affiliate link. When you use this link, I receive a small earning..)

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through BookLook’s blogger review program, in exchange for a honest review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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For the Love of December (And, the Sale of “Grace Leads”)

I am thinking about taking a hiatus. Until the beginning of 2016. So if you begin missing me, friends, consider picking up a copy of “Grace Leads” to support this blog.

Your Support is Important!

Your support of the work God leads me to do, is how this blog continues on. Without your support, I can’t afford to do certain things – like have my own domain (which makes it easier to find my blog) or avoid plastering ads all over Gracefully Overcoming like others have to do, in order to keep their blogs up and running.

The BIG Sale

Consider purchasing this Bible study, for you or a friend.

Grace Leads is on SALE for the Kindle Edition, for the next month. While I am away, you get to play… Grace Leads can be YOURS for the low price of $2.99.

And, just for you all…

Grace Leads, in print, is now available for $6.50. Order a copy or two for those you love this Christmas season!

Blog: Next Few Weeks

In the next few weeks, my hope is to simply catch up on posts – so each thing I post is extremely intentional. I don’t want to risk choosing to keep a schedule, over making sure the devotions are intentional and lead us to the truth on the most personal level.

 The goal is, and has always been, to strike the heart with the Gospel and truths of Jesus Christ.

Let’s be intentional, as we walk through each day of our lives. The only post that will continue this month – is “Choosing Jesus”. I want to continue to become a person of greater spiritual discipline where I am choosing Jesus on an increasing basis. I want to see more of Jesus in my life, my community, and to allow Him to pore over each area of my life.

Want more of Gracefully Overcoming this month, there are plenty of posts here to keep one occupied. Here are a few options.

Book Reviews

Godly Living


Grace Leads, Your Sampler

Ohh yeah, and if you want a sneak peak of “Grace Leads”. Click here for your glimpse into the world of this study on the amazing grace of our loving God!

Now, don’t forget!

This deal is JUST for the month of December, so get yours, today!