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Giveaway: Your Holiday Reading List

December is ALMOST here, and if you’re anything like me, you’re probably giddy with excitement to kick up your feet and take some time off from what has been a crazy year. I will be honest, my ‘to read’ pile is twice my height, and I am looking forward to spending all my free time around the pool, lazying in the sun and catching up on all the books that I haven’t gotten around to yet. Struik Christian Media has had some amazing new books hit the shelves of your favourite book stores, so I thought I would reach out and find out which books they recommend you add to your Holiday Reading List, this year.

How Happiness Happens by Max Lucado

How long has it been since you felt a level of contagious, infectious, unflappable, unstoppable happiness? Maybe your answer is, “All the time.” If so, God bless you! (And consider suggesting this book to someone who needs it.) For many of us the answer is, “Well, it’s been a while. I used to be happy, but then life took its toll.”

Worldwide, people profess that happiness is their most cherished goal. Marketers get this. “Want to be happy?” they ask. Eat at this restaurant, drive this car, wear this dress. Happiness happens when you lose the weight, get the date, find the mate, or discover your fate. It’s wide, this way to happiness. Yet, for all its promise, it delivers a fragile joy; here one day, tomorrow scattered by the winds of comparison, disappointment, or unmet expectations.

Max writes, “There is another option. It requires no credit card, monthly mortgage, or stroke of fortune. Age and ethnicity aren’t factors…an unexpected door to joy.”

In this book, Max shares the unexpected path to lasting happiness, one that produces reliable joy in any season of life. Based on the teachings of Jesus and backed by modern research, How Happiness Happens presents a surprising but practical way of living that will change you from the inside out.

Dream Big by Bob Goff

In his revelatory yet utterly practical new book, Bob takes you on a life-proven journey to rediscover your dreams and turn them into reality. Based on his enormously popular Dream Big workshop, Bob draws on a lifetime of living and dreaming large to help you reach your larger-than-life dreams. In Dream Big he shows how to learn to define your dreams for yourself, identify the obstacles holding you back from pursuing those dreams, how to come up with a specific plan for reaching goals and develop the tools that will help you act on the plan.

Dream Big is the only book you need to uncover the wild and exciting dream for your life you’ve hidden from yourself-and help you take the steps necessary to achieve it.

When Women Pray by TD Jakes

I am so excited about this one!

In a time when women carry more influence than any other generation, the power of prayer has never been more important to remind us that we do not have to bear our crosses alone. We need prayer to stand guard over our hearts and minds and over the hearts and minds of our families.

Women today are shattering glass ceilings and forging new paths in the world. What Happens When a Woman Prays is a clarion call for women to continue their progressive march of empowerment by dreaming like their daughters and praying like their grandmothers.

Through exploring the lives of 10 prayer-filled women of the Bible, Bishop Jakes emphasizes the life-changing power that women have when they find their identity, their strength, their healing, and their voices in Christ.

Take Back Your Life by Levi Lusko

I ordered this as soon as it was launched!

Every person has a mission and a God-given potential to impact the world, whether they recognize it or not. But life presents challenges and traps us in a helpless, hopeless loop of anxiety and fear. In Take Back Your Life, a blend of bestselling books Through the Eyes of a Lion and I Declare War, join Levi Lusko on an interactive journey to take back your life. With biblical truth and perspective, this step-by-step journaling process will help you get out of your own way by learning to think right so you can live right, while also finding purpose by discovering that God will do great things with your imperfect progress. It also aims to teach that you that your pain is not an obstacle to being used by God, but an opportunity to be used like never before.

This is more than a book; it’s an intimate self-analysis tool that will help you recognize what’s weighing you down or holding you back, and equip you to embrace it head-on as you become the best version of yourself. Start thinking right, so you can live right.

Do It Afraid by Joyce Meyer

SO excited about this one too! I have been following the podcast episodes leading up to the launch and as you know, Joyce is one of my favourite ministers.

Fear is the devil’s favourite tool in the toolbox of schemes he uses to destroy God’s good plan for you. He uses it to hold you back and prevent progress in your relationships, career, and more.

In Do It Afraid, Joyce Meyer explains that fear is everywhere and affects everyone. It rules many people, but it doesn’t have to rule you any longer. She will teach you how to understand fear and recognize how it works in your life, confront those fears that are holding you back and change your mindset for lasting freedom from some of the most common fears people face.

Remember, courage isn’t the absence of fear; it is learning how to move forward in the presence of fear. Courageous people do what they believe in their hearts they should do, no matter how they feel or what doubts fill their minds. When you take ownership of your problems and open your heart to God, He will help bring light into darkness so that you can be free.

Let Go of Guilt by Valorie Burton

In Let Go of the Guilt, life coach and bestselling author Valorie Burton teaches you a simple, but profound method that will free you from what she calls the “false guilt” that is so common today. As you peel back the layers, you’ll feel the burden lift. And that’s when you make room for your authentic self and the joyful life that is possible for you. Through her signature self-coaching process, powerful questions, and practical research, she shows you how to recognize and overcome the five thought patterns of guilt, break the surprising habits that tempts you to subconsciously choose guilt over joy, and stop guilt from sneaking its way into your everyday decisions and interactions. In addition, she goes on to show you how to flip those guilt trips so you can keep others from manipulating you, and stop setting yourself up for stress, anxiety and obligation, and instead set yourself for a life of joy and freedom

Valorie’s journaling questions and research-based process will shift your perspective, give you clarity and courage, and equip you with a plan of action to let go of the guilt for good.

Success is a Choice by John Maxwell

Are you tired of not reaching your full potential? Do you feel you have the talent to succeed but are unappreciated and trapped? Based on his New York Times best-selling book Beyond Talent, John Maxwell asks if you are tired of not reaching your full potential and feel you have the talent to succeed but are unappreciated and trapped. If this describes you, in Success Is a Choice, you can learn the right choices that lead to success from John Maxwell, the go-to guru for business professionals across the globe.

The choices you make in addition to your talent make the greatest difference. With authentic examples and time-tested wisdom, Maxwell shares 14 choices you need to make to live the life of your dreams. It’s time to go beyond talent by making the right choices that will help you really stand out.

You are Never Alone by Max Lucado

When life feels depleted, does God care? I’m facing an onslaught of challenges, will God help? When life grows dark and stormy, does God notice? I’m facing the fear of death, will God help me? The answer in the life-giving miracles in the Gospel of John is a resounding yes.

In You Are Never Alone, Max will help you realize that Jesus is walking with you and lifting you out of your storms, dwell in the grace of the cross, the miracle of the empty tomb, and the assurance of restoration power. He also goes on to remind and teach you that God is your ever-present source of help and that you are never without hope or strength because you are never, ever, alone.

Today, take courage that you are stronger than you think because God is nearer than you know.

With so many exciting new books to pick from, I am sure you can tell why I am having trouble picking which one to start with. I have 2 more weeks before holidays officially kick in, so will be ogling these new launches until then. Which are you keen to read first?

To celebrate the end of the year and being given the incredible opportunity of sharing the latest launches from Struik Christian Media, I thought I would put together a little hamper of some of my favourite reads including a new 2021 Planner from Joyce Meyer. All you have to do is:

  1. Like and follow our Facebook and Instagram pages
  2. Find the competition posts on Instagram (here) and Facebook (here) to comment with which of these books you are keen to read
  3. Tag a friend or share the competition
  4. For a bonus entry, head over to Struik Christian Media’s Facebook and Instagram pages and give them a like and follow.

Competition closes on December 31st 2020. The winner will be announced and contacted in the first week of January 2021 and has 48-hours to claim the prize before a new winner is selected. Prize cannot be transferred or exchanged for cash. No purchase is necessary to enter. This giveaway is only open to South African residents. Giveaway is not affiliated with Instagram or Facebook. 

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