Category Self-Improvement

Clearing the Emotional Clutter

Product DetailsClearing Emotional Clutter
By Donald Altman
New World Library
Retail Price: $15.96
Amazon Price: $11.37

Book Description:  A Fresh Start to a Healthy Emotional Life

Is emotional clutter blocking success in your personal and professional life? You’ve likely heard about the psychological benefits of clearing out the clutter in your surroundings, but how do you handle your emotional clutter — the psychological version of the jam-packed closet or impenetrable garage? Shutting away and trying to hide old pains and traumas creates toxic patterns that can keep you from having the life of your dreams. Integrating mindfulness and cutting-edge neuroscience, international mindfulness expert Donald Altman teaches how to modify entrenched habits and patterns with only a few minutes of attention daily.

Altman first helps you realize what your baggage consists of and how to transform or jettison it. He then shows how to avoid the daily danger of accumulating new emotional clutter. No matter how fraught your life or relationships may be, you can cleanse, heal, or accept the old wounds, mistakes, and disappointments. With Altman’s lifestyle tools, you’ll discover how to address your past, better deal with the present, and cultivate the best possible future. Start fresh with Clearing Emotional Clutter.


This is a wonderful resource that will teach you how to live a stress free life. The author does an amazing job at bringing awareness to all the unnecessary negativity that’s often running our lives without us realizing it. And he provides detailed steps, strategies, and tools on how to get rid of stress, eliminate distractions and stay focused, keep healthy relationships, stay organized and calmed, and much more. If you want to learn how to live a peaceful, happy life, this book will help you achieve that.

~Reviewed by Jenna L.

    Trivial Pursuits

    Trivial Pursuits: Why Your Real Life is More than Media, Money, and the Pursuit of HappinessTrivial Pursuits
    By Ian Diorio
    Baker Books
    Retail Price $14.99
    Amazon Price: $11.24

    Book Description: 

    Your life is not a reality show. It’s actual reality. But too many of us spend our lives on trivial pursuits–media, money, perpetual youth, and a culture of constant entertainment. We try to avoid the realities of pain, depression, loneliness, and mortality by filling our lives with diversions. Even worse, our churches that might use the reality of pain and suffering to point us to the cross instead dress the gospel up in the world’s clothing so that it will seem more “relevant.”With pinpoint accuracy, LA club DJ turned pastor Ian DiOrio diagnoses the problem and gives us the cure. Exposing our most common empty attempts to find meaning apart from God, DiOrio points us back to God and exhorts us to find meaning in our identities as followers of Christ, as shapers of culture, and as people who participate in communities of worship.


    This book is really a call to a deeper faith.  The author helps us to see that we often spend much of our time chasing after what really doesn’t matter.  Today’s culture lures us away from godly pursuits and side tracks us from what is really important.  And what is important is not money, success, or status, but serving God and others.  This was an inspirational read.

    ~Reviewed by David H.


      PASSION: The Bright Light of GloryPassion
      By Louie Giglio
      Thomas Nelson
      Retail Price $15.99
      Amazon Price: $12.42

      Book Description: 

      Key messages by today’s leading Christian voices on what it means to possess a passion for Jesus Christ
      What exactly is it that instills passion in a person’s soul? What brings the fire to make a difference, the desire for significance, the power to live a life that matters? And who will lead us in this quest toward the future of the Church? In this remarkable book, some of today’s most gifted communicators highlight the dedicated generation that is rising up to show us how to lean toward the centrality of Jesus Christ and His bright light of glory that brings purpose to our own lives and proper glory to God the Father.Since it first began in 1995, Passion has had the privilege of encountering millions of believers under the age of 25, a sea of men and women whose lives have been transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit. Their voice is getting louder as they rise, united as a generation, bringing hope and light to the world.

      Author and general editor Louie Giglio has brought together these incredible authors to share their thoughts on what it means to burn with a passion for Christ.  As delivered to Passion Conferences, the book includes contributions from Giglio himself as well as multiple chapters from:

      • Francis Chan
      • John Piper
      • Beth Moore
      • Judah Smith
      • Christine Caine

      The wave is growing into a global awakening. Join the movement.

        Why Your Weirdness is Wonderful

        Why Your Weirdness is Wonderful
        By Laurie Wallin
        Retail Price $15.99
        Amazon Price: $12.63

        Book Description:

        It’s in our weirdness that God’s perfection exists. What if who you are right now is exactly who God meant for you to be? What if the weirdest, most annoying things about you exist on purpose—for a purpose—to bring life, joy, strength, and healing to this world? Author and certified life coach Laurie Wallin wants us to stop fighting ourselves and start following God. And the first step, she says, is to embrace our weirdness. In short, dynamic chapters, Wallin helps you move past obstacles by learning to see your “stumbling blocks” as strengths. She will show you how your weirdness enables you to love God uniquely and to love others more effectively. As you work to discover why your weirdness is wonderful, you will learn more about yourself and about God and about how deeply he loves you—quirks and all.


        This book was a healing balm to my very weary soul.  I have always marched to the beat of a different drum and sometimes that makes it hard to “fit in” with others and I often second guess myself.  The author made me think about my quirkiness in a different, more positive light.  She helped me to look at myself and see my quirks as strengths and not weaknesses.  This is a well written book about finding out who you are, recognizing that God made you YOU, and loving yourself and appreciating your diversity.  It was a very inspirational book.

        ~Reviewed by Rosie B.

          The Biblical Counseling Reference guide

          The Biblical Counseling Reference guide
          By June Hunt
          Harvest House
          Retail Price $13.99
          Amazon Price: $10.45

          Book Description: 

          The Bible provides God’s solutions for every problem or issue we face in life. But how can you find the most relevant biblical counsel when you need help from God’s Word?That’s where The Biblical Counseling Concordance comes in. This comprehensive resource, developed by longtime Christian counselor June Hunt, will enable you to find the right Bible verses in response to hundreds of practical, everyday issues.Here in one volume, covering 600-plus topics, is quick access to God’s perfect wisdom for all of life. Every teacher and student, counselor and coach, fellow believer and caring helper will find within these pages a treasure trove of biblical counsel for every issue people face, including…anger conflict resolution
          depression forgiveness
          grief homosexuality
          loneliness marital struggles
          overeating stress
          temptation victimization



          This book is a must if you’re a Christian and have a heart to help people, especially if you are involved in some type of counseling ministry, helping people during their struggles.  This will take your ability to help people to another level. Along with a sound base of the Bible and some wisdom and experiences of life, this has been a “excellent” addition to my library.

          ~Reviewed by Daivd H.

            Be REBELLIOUS

            Be Rebellious: Fight Back Against a Culture that Doesn't Care About YouBe REBELLIOUS
            By Megan Clinton
            Retail Price $14.99
            Amazon Price: $13.21

            Book Description:

            Why are we trying so hard to fit in when God created us to stand out?Many of us have been tricked into believing that life is all about starving yourself into a size 0, wearing sexy clothes, and snagging a hot guy. We measure our worth by the number of our followers on social media or “likes” on our digitally enhanced selfies.We shape our lives around these lies, unaware that we’re on a pathway to brokenness and destruction: Eating disorders. Depression. Addiction. Abuse.We may think we are “rebelling” by breaking the rules of our parents’ generation—but the reality is, we’re anything but rebellious. Instead, we’re slaves to our culture, desperate to fit in.But we don’t have to live this way. We have a choice.

            Do you want to make a difference and change the world? Then take your heart and life back from a culture that doesn’t care about you! Grab hold of the truth that your value isn’t based on your relationship status or dress size—it’s based on who you are.


            In Be Rebellious, Megan Clinton shows you inspiring and practical ways to be the woman God created you to be. Through her own experiences and biblical teaching, she encourages you to embrace your true beauty and to run toward God.

            It’s time to for this generation to rebel against modern-day culture . . . and live free!


            This is a fantastic book for both younger and older women alike.  We are often sucked into aligning ourselves with the culture and trying to fit in.  Clinton reminds us that we are called to stand with God, regardless of popular opinion and trend.  If we want to reach others for God, we need to learn who we are, how we are gifted, and where God is calling us to reach others for him.  This was an inspiring call to action for women of all ages.

            ~Reviewed by  Rosie B.