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Book Reviews

Here, I will share with you my 3.5, 4- and 5-star reads. Let's fangirl together! 

Note: Unfortunately, I am no longer able to accept review requests. Between writing, working full-time, attending courses for my second bachelor's degree,  and freelance projects, I just don't have the time. Once I finish reading and reviewing the ARCs I've already received, I will be reviewing personal library items only.

Comfort Detox by Erin Straza

"For too long I have lived life on comfort mode, making choices for life engagement based on safety, ease, and convenience. It has left me very little wiggle room, just a small parcel of real estate upon which to live, move, and have my being. It's not quite the abundant life Jesus was offering."

Whether we're aware of it or not, our minds, bodies, and souls often seek out what's comfortable. Erin Straza has gone on a journey of self-discovery, awakening to her own inherent drive for a comfort that cannot truly fulfill or satisfy. She depicts her struggles with vulnerability and honesty, and shares stories of other women who are on this same path. Straza also provides practical insights and exercises to help you find freedom from the lure of the comfortable. This detox program will allow you to recognize pseudo versions of comfort and replace them with a conviction to embrace God's true comfort. Discover the secret to countering the comfort addiction and become available as God's agent of comfort to serve a world that longs for his justice and mercy.

My Review

I wasn't sure what to expect from Comfort Detox, but it turned out to be just what I needed. Erin is a gifted writer and her personal experiences combined with knowledge of scripture and thorough research yields a powerful exploration of comfort and the role it plays in our lives. As Christians, we know that God is our only source of true comfort, but so often we allow ourselves to become desensitized to the pain of the world around us and the work that needs to be done by indulging in temporary comforts of the flesh and mind. This book changed how I view the world and my definitions of "want" and "need." I've been recommending it non-stop since before I even finished it.