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A Moment to Breathe – Book Review

Book Description:

When the rush of regular life leaves you breathless by day’s end, this collection of everyday stories becomes the place where you can come as you are, and find yourself among friends. Friends who have been there. Friends who’ll lean in close and say, “Me too!” Through our stories the bonds of friendship deepen as we listen to each other, laugh with each other, and learn from each other. Because we’re better when we’re living this one beautiful life together.

With stories from 80 writers, these pages become the very place your soul can exhale, where you can: 

· Connect with the hearts of women through stories that echo your own.

· Find beauty in the ordinary and sometimes messy moments of your everyday life.

· See your own stories as an offering of hope to those around you.

· Treasure the unseen ways God moves through even your most regular days. 

With 365 readings, each day begins with a passage of Scripture, tells a story of everyday faith, and encourages you to take a moment to breathe with a simple but fun way to complete your day. So kick off your shoes and join us for a relaxing but special time, where friends come together and share the real stuff of everyday faith.


This book was a treasure trove for me. While I fangirled over many of the contributors like my friend, Robin Dance, Suzanne Eller, Lisa-Jo Baker, Jennifer Dukes Lee, Renee Swope, Holley Gerth, Annie F. Downs, and Emily P. Freeman just to name a few, I also found a bunch of the other contributors to be just as swoon worthy. They speak my language! They take everyday life and speak (or write) Jesus into those spaces that many of us seem to overlook.

One of the coolest things in this book is “A Moment to Breathe” at the bottom of each day’s devotional.  There are many days that I don’t know what to do, or I just need a little spiritual shove.  These are perfect for those days when I am at a standstill.  There are little ideas for you to either act on (pray for someone that seems to have it all, or just be present with someone).  The actions and ideas are simple, don’t take much time, and will surely bless you and someone else, too.

Fair warning:

This is a 365-day devotional, but it you are anything like me, you will catch yourself reading more than one day’s devo at a time. It’s a nice feeling that someone out there has the same situation or feelings that you do. It is nice to know that we are not the only ones that need A Moment to Breathe.

Thank you to B&H Publishing for providing me a copy of this title in exchange for my honest review.

A Moment to Breathe - 365 Devotions That Meet You in Your Everyday Mess Book Cover A Moment to Breathe - 365 Devotions That Meet You in Your Everyday Mess
from the (in)courage community
B&H Publishing
October 3, 2017
B&H Publishing


Together – in(RL)

In 2006, I never dreamt that I would actually meet Robin (Pensieve) in real life. It just so happened that we were able to meet face-to-face at the in(courage) in(RL) event.

in(RL) = in (RealLife)

It was their second year hosting this upside down conference, their words not mine. Women
can tune into a webcast from home on Friday and then on Saturday join in via
their computer screens and connect with other (in)courage readers and
new friends right in their own community. (I was completely out of my community, but quickly made new friends.)

Exclusively designed by Lisa Leonard for (in)courage, this necklace
beautifully reminds women of the importance of community…..coming
together to share, listen, and encourage one another.  Robin was such a sweetheart, and gave me my very own ((together)) necklace. We were finally together!

Everything seemed so fitting – in(RL), ((together)), friends. It was perfect!!

At one point during the day, I caught myself staring at Robin. There were many thoughts going through my head. First of all, I was really there, sitting in her house, watching her television (we watched everything on DVD), and mingling with her friends. I wasn't dreaming! I thanked God for giving me the opportunity to finally get to hug her neck, and for putting such an inspirtational woman in my life. God is really, really good to me!

This was my first in(RL), and I am looking forward to many more! I hope next time you will join me!

Shout Outs


This is the reason I haven't blogged today. :) 

I have been here reading, and reading, and reading, and reading.

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I will be back tomorrow with a real post, but for now I am headed back to (in)Courage.

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