The Finishing School By: Valerie Woerner


Tired of waiting for change to happen in your life—or maybe you feel stuck, even though you want to live more intentionally? You’re not the only one! Don’t miss Valerie Woerner’s new book, The Finishing School. After gobbling up all the non-fiction and self-help books her donut-filled belly could handle, Valerie decided it was time to put her knowledge to good use and start actually living it out. You will hear about her journey through victories and plenty of failures and find practical tips to apply to your own pursuit of holiness.


The Finishing School


The Finishing School: How One Book Nerd Began Living What She Learned(Nyree Press, August 2015)

Are you tired of waiting for change to happen in your life? Do you feel stuck, even though you want to live more intentionally?

In today’s world, our most precious pursuit of a life well lived gets squeezed out by the silliest of things: binging on Netflix or ice cream, shopping trips for things we don’t need, bad habits we can’t seem to get a handle on, and so much more. Valerie has been there despite knowing what she wanted for her life. Actually do it? That’s the challenge.

After gobbling up all the non-fiction and self-help books her donut-filled belly could handle, she decided it was time to put her knowledge to good use and start actually living it out. You will hear about her journey through victories and plenty of failures and find practical tips to apply to your own pursuit of holiness. You will find homework at the end of each chapter that includes a worksheet to put real change in motion for your own life as well as recommended books to further study those topics that really test you.

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Valerie Woerner


Valerie Woerner is owner of Val Marie Paper. She and her husband, Tyler, live in Louisiana with their daughter, Vivi Mae. The Finishing School is her first book.

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{My Review}

The Finishing School: How one book nerd began living what she learned, as a self-proclaimed book nerd, I was sold at the title of this book, so many times I’ve read books with the belief that reading this will help me, will challenge me, will change me, and after I’ve read each book, although I’ve learned some valuable things and understand how to get there, implementing them has not always been easy. So many times we feel stuck in a rut, not sure where we are going and search for help and guidance, if your like me that comes in the form of a book and The Finishing School is the perfect place to start. Not only does Woerner help to show how to identify areas of your life that may need work, and the areas that should be scheduled and put to routine she gives sound advice and recommends books that will aid in that area. At the end of each chapter she provides a list of tasks and resources that are attainable to help you make the changes you need and desire.

Each chapter is a guide to help you with a part of your life from prayer, Bible study, distractions, joy, balance, influence, and peace with many more, there is a chapter for everyone, although some you may be good on others will speak to you and help you continue to find the you that God created you to be.

I’ve absolutely enjoyed this book, I read through it pretty quick and plan to slow down and really go through the book. I think that The Finishing School is a great tool and guide to help you start doing the things you’ve always wanted to. I highly recommend this book (as well as many of the books that Woerner recommends throughout each chapter). This is great for everyone who wants to start putting their goals into actions.

I received this book complimentary through the Litfuse Publicity Program in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


Where has the summer gone?

Can anyone else believe that it is already September? The Summer is almost behind us and we are already seeing the changes of the season. Not necessarily in the weather (Oklahoma is still holding onto its 100 degree heat) but take a look around, pumpkin flavored everything is back, soon it will be time to put away our shorts and pull out our extra blankets, feel the chill in the air as Jack Frost prepares us for the next season.

I love the fall. It is hands down my favorite season, not so much in Oklahoma, it seems to be skipped completely but nothing beats a good North-Eastern Autumn, all the colors and the dropping of temperatures that remind us to grab our favorite hoodie to wrap up in. I love it. Although I am no longer in school, and the Fall no longer means the start of another year, it is the start of another season, a time to let of the Summer and prepare for what God has in store for us next. It’s a fresh step to refocus after a summer full of time off and breaks. Autumn brings with it a sense of freshness. It’s the point of the year where we start to over-commit ourselves, skip over the days to focus on holidays and being able to simply survive.

With this Autumn soon approaching us lets take the time to remember to praise God in each day, for the beautiful weather, our families and friends, the opportunities that each day will bring instead of skipping over the days waiting for the next football game or holiday. This year lets embrace the day-to-day, the time we have to spend with one another and set aside more time to devote to God and being in His presence. He has big plans for us this season! For each and every one of us! I don’t know what those plans are for you, I don’t know what those plans are for me, but with God in control His plans cannot be wrong!


Passages By: Brian Hardin

We’ve all made that promise to ourselves, the New Year’s resolution that this will be the year that I read through the entire Bible (And yes that does include Leviticus and Numbers!) and after a few weeks or months we give up trying, making excuses to why we do not have the time or opportunities to continue reading the Bible daily.

Brian Hardin has written with a passion for why we need to sink our teeth into the Word of God and not just by reading the Bible daily but my listening to it, by becoming a part of a community while studying scripture. He takes the time to help each of us understand why we cannot simply read the Bible to in order to check it off of our daily list of chores but how we must interact with the Word and take active part in it.

Hardin uses not only his experiences but the experiences of others to share how engaging in a daily Bible reading/listening schedule will change you from the inside out, how making the time to dig into the Word will change who you are, who your family is and will build your relationships with God.

Through this book we are invited into a daily transformation that comes only from God. Hardin has given the motivation by not telling us that we should be reading our Bible daily but he shares his passion and understanding to why we should each take this step and to understand how the Bible is not another thing to push aside in our schedules and how it is a daily life changer for each of us.

Those looking to get closer to God and need the motivation, this book is the perfect place to start! I highly recommend this for anyone that wants to start reading their Bible more, and for those who have simply been reading their Bible because they are supposed to.

I received this book from the Publisher through the Litfuse program in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


Change is in the air…

     I woke up this morning to the smell of autumn, easily my favorite season of the four. I’ve always loved the drop in temperature, the smell of the crisp, clean air, the colors of the leaves changing in preparation for winter. This morning felt different, I knew that autumn was right around the corner, but it wasn’t just the nature turning into a new season I could feel a new season for me starting, I can feel that something is about to happen, I can feel that God has plans for me, and this new season I am going to fall into those plans.

     There’s just something about the change from Summer to Fall that just fills you with a new start, it is nothing like the change of other seasons, the change of Winter to Spring is always welcome but it is not the same. Even though I have been out of school for a while September always feels like a time to refresh, to start over, to begin again.

     It is time for a new season, and with a new season comes new responsibilities, new decisions, new friends and new choices. Which ever way our path may lead each of us we must remember to follow the path that God has put infront of us, and to turn in the direction that He leads us on. A new season means a fresh start. It’s time to renew our relationship with our Savior and focus on Him and the plans He has set before us, when we follow Him, although this season may have twists and turns, bumps and brusises, it will be filled with ups and downs, but with Jesus we will get through each trial, celebrate each accomplishment and dance in the glory of our Lord.


It’s time to find your potential! – Book Review

     Tired of feeling common? Not sure where you fit in the world? Tired of your everyday routines? Not sure where your sweet spot is anymore? You know that moment where you know you are doing what you were created to do, that moment where everything just makes sense.  The Cure for the Common Life is here to help you find your sweet spot again. Lucado goes chapter by chapter to remind you to look at the things that are truly your strengths rather than the things you may just be doing or were thrown into. He reminds us to focus on our strengths and remember the moments where we truly felt successful.  Through this book and the resources Lucado has provided you will be able to determine where your God-given strengths lie, and help to remind you of the moments in life where you have truly felt successful.
     I really enjoyed this book, especially being at a point of trying to figure out where I should be going and what I should be doing, the cure for the common life was a great start to help in defining the things that I am gifted at and how I can use them to please God and to help others.  Lucado reminded me that although many times people ask us to do things we help because we feel like we are supposed to and we feel bad because we think no one else will step up, but doing things that are not in our giftings drags up down and does not help to further the kingdom of what God has called us to do individually.

This book was provided complimentary by in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed are my own.