About the book:
I Want It All (David C. Cook, March 2016)
God created you for exceptional impact. Exceptional power. And exceptional blessings.
Gwen Smith knows how easy it is to dismiss God's plans with the thoughts, I can't make a big difference for God because I'm just an ordinary woman with an ordinary life. Yet God created us to join Him in doing amazing work in the world. He created us to live with abundant joy, courage, and influence. But not the joy, courage, and influence of the world. He offers His grace for each failure, His love that shatters hate, His peace that soothes the turmoil, His comfort, guidance, wisdom, rest, power, and significance. Every blessing He has for us is ours for the taking.
I Want It All will ignite a fire in your heart to experience more faith, more power, and more impact. More of Jesus. All of Jesus. Everything that God has for you.
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About the author:
Gwen Smith is an author and volleyball enthusiast who lives in sunny North Carolina and has been married to her college honey, Brad, for 23 years. They are tired parents to three competitive-sport-playing teens who keep them on their toes and on their knees. Her online friends meet at GwenSmith.net to connect and be encouraged, and her goal is to help women think big thoughts about God and be inspired to live out the grace and truth of Jesus. Gwen speaks, leads worship, and eats potato chips at women's events everywhere, and she is a co-founder of the conference and devotional ministry Girlfriends in God.
While reading Gwen Smith's "I Want It All" I was constantly reminded of the never-ending cycle and battle that I struggle with and I'm sure many others deal with of feeling like they are not measuring up, they are not good enough with the daily routine and tasks of being a wife and a mom. Especially on those days when you are exhausted and have a to-do list that is way longer than the hours in the day. Gwen shares her heart and her stories to help each of us gain a more positive outlook and a healthy approach to wanting it all and going for "it all."
So many times throughout the book it felt as if Gwen had written the thoughts that I have in my own head and things I am thinking and saying to myself almost on a daily basis. I loved the story that Gwen shares right away in the beginning of the book of a conversation she had one night at bedtime with her daughter where her daughter shares what she wants to be when she grows up. That caused me to stop and think about the dreams and goals I had as a little girl and to think about when those dreams ended, when I stopped reaching for them and instead just felt as if I was "settling" into life. It also made me think about conversations I have with my children and the children I work with and encouraging them to follow their dreams and telling them they can have it all. Why then can't I have it all as well?! Gwen shares her heart in this book and encouraged me and she will encourage each and every person who picks up this book on their journey toward having it all!
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*Thanks to the Litfuse Publicity Group for including me on this blog tour and for the complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.*