Monday, August 17, 2015

Dancing Through Life: Steps of Courage and Conviction -Book Review



I would like to start this off by saying, I am a big fan of Candace Cameron Bure. I, like all females who grew up watching Full House, loved D.J. Tanner and secretly (or not so secretly) wished we were her.  And though I didn't follow her career after Full House, right around the time I was married, I stumbled upon a website she started called RooMag (sadly it's no longer available, so don't worry about searching Google for it.)  She had a host of bloggers writing about all different areas- fashion, faith, fitness, family and food, because apparently all good blogs are about a topic that starts with the letter "f"! ;-)

Anyway, it was here that I learned that she was now married with three children and that she claimed to be a Christian.  Well the skeptic in me started searching her personal website for what she thought being a Christian meant, and I was pleasantly surprised to find that for her it was more than a proclaimed belief in God for the sake of not going to Hell (this "belief" unfortunately is all too common in those professing to be Christian, yet they live lives that in NO way look like Christ).
No, Candace Cameron Bure, in her statements of faith believes in the sanctifying power of Jesus Christ and is the Real Deal!


Fast forward to last year, when I found out that she would be on the reality TV show Dancing with the Stars.  I must admit here, that I had never actually watched the show.  And in fact, my husband and I don't watch many TV shows as all, unless they are on Netflix.  But I was super excited for the light of Christ to be shown from an actress in such a public way, and had no doubt that she would glorify God at every turn.  I will admit that I still didn't watch the show live when it aired, but I watched her dance from the previous night the next day and voted for her every single week! And Spoiler alert if you didn't know, she came in third!

Now fast forward to present day, (I know you are thinking finally- isn't this a book review)... when I heard Candace (I'll just refer to her as Candace, because you know, we are BFFs and everything- haha) was writing a book about her experience on DWTS, I thought that would be pretty cool to take a backstage look at a reality TV show.  And while yes, there is a lot of behind the scene information that she gives, Dancing Through Life: Steps of Courage and Conviction is SO MUCH MORE than that!


I loved her format, each chapter is about each week in the competition. And I really enjoyed her openness and honesty about her struggles, fears, sins and how God revealed them to her and then how she processed and dealt with them all ultimately coming out a stronger Christian on the other side of the competition. Another aspect about this book that I was surprised to find, but oh so delighted in, was Candace's use of scripture.  She didn't throw around any ole' scripture reference or pick out one verse, but instead she discussed passages of scripture, from David in the Psalms to Esther and to James in the New Testament.  She dove into the Word, sharing the truths that God had revealed to her in them and how they applied to her.  And as if all of that wasn't enough, she shared the gospel. That's right, hopefully nonbelievers will pick up a copy of this book and will be able to read about the saving Grace of Jesus Christ to a world desperately in need of saving because we are ALL sinners every single one.

I don't want to give anything away, but I will tell you that something else I appreciated about this book is that these struggles that she faces are NO different than the same issues we face in our not-so-famous lives.  Communication issues with teenagers/kids, worry about other people's thoughts about our actions, approval, doubt, fear, marriage.  Candace offers insight into very common, every day issues that everyone faces and also the hope that Christ offers in those areas and situations.


If you follow me on social media at all (and if you don't, what are you waiting for??) then you probably saw many of these pictures before as I was sharing about the book.  The reason is, because I was chosen to be part of the launch team for the release of the book. (EEEK- I know lucky me)  But before you start thinking there is funny business going on, I assure you that the only thing I have been given is a free download of the first chapter, that I didn't even download because I already bought the kindle version of the book.  All of these thoughts within this blog are my own and I highly recommend that you buy a copy of Dancing Through Life: Steps of Courage and Conviction for yourself, because it is that good.


And once you've read it, I'd love to know your thoughts. Connect with me on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, email (coveredlifeblog@gmail.com) or you can leave a comment here!

Love in Christ,

Alyson

Thursday, August 13, 2015

A Time to Be Silent

So hey everybody... welcome back.  Sorry for the unplanned hiatus that has occurred here.  I will simply say that there is a time to speak and a time to silence  as mentioned in Ecclesiastes 3:7b.

I try very much to stay true to what God lays on my heart.  I believe in the convicting power of the Holy Spirit to call us out on our sins.  What I like to share with you is the journey I am on in putting those sins to death.  However, there are times, when I write a blog and don't share it, which has happened a few times within the last couple of months.  And honestly it's because I believe that sometimes my words may be taken in a judging way, calling out someone in their sin, when this is not the intention or the place for that.

Do I want people to be challenged and spurred on to deeper faith through the words I share? Absolutely! But I want it to be clear that the Holy Spirit is the one stepping on those hurting toes through those words and not me.  So, sometimes I don't share my posts...

Anyway, enough of that- here is a catch up for you all because now is the time to SPEAK!! ;-)
We have had some wonderful family time this summer, in South Carolina with TJ's family and here at home with my family and Sister, Brother-in-law and nephew who came in for a visit.

Our Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Family after my nephew's themed
sixth birthday party!  My son just wants to go home with him, hence the concerned face.

Also, exciting things are on the horizon- in September we are beginning an Awana ministry at our church and I am assistant commander.  That has been fun and I am thrilled that we will be offering this.

And this week I managed to finish three different books! Let me clarify that by saying that two were already 3/4 of the way completed and two of the three were audio books. (which I am a HUGE fan of during my loooong commute!)  Be on the look out Monday for my Review of one of the books, Dancing Through Life: Steps of Courage and Conviction by Candace Cameron Bure.

Another new exciting happening is that I am starting a new job on Monday!  I am still within the same agency, just in a different unit.  I'm super excited about this and want to share more about that in a separate post because this rambling one has already gone on for far too long!