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The God Dare

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Absolutely loved how this book invited me in to the stories the author told and challenged me to form my own opinions and draw my own conclusions based on what I have experienced. In religious settings it's not often that we are invited to interpret things for ourselves but given an interpretation and told what to think--so this was delightfully refreshing.
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I received an advanced reader copy from Barbour publishing and this is my honest review.

In this book the Author, Kate Battistelli takes you on a journey into not only her personal life and her own 'God Dare', but also into 'God Dares' that were given to many people in the Bible and how they chose to rise up to them.

The Author brings new perspective and thoughts on Bible stories that I myself had never considered before as well as shares things that happened in her personal journey of faith that encouraged me to be willing to take steps of faith in my own life -
I finished this book feeling challenged and ready to take on the 'God Dares' that the Lord may choose to give me in the future.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it to anyone looking for encouragement in your walk of faith with the Lord!
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This is a great book to use for a group study.  The questions at the end of each chapter help keep discussion moving as you collectively work through the book.
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The God Dare is written from the heart of what the author knows. It challenges the reader to believe what God would have us believe, taking into account where our passion lies, even if it currently lies dormant.
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What is my purpose in life? I’ve been struggling with this question for a long time, Am I ignoring God’s voice, have I missed his calling, in all the hustle and struggles of life?  These are just some of the few questions the Author wants you to ask yourself.  In reading “The God Dare” by Kate Battistelli words of wisdom helps get you ready to answer his calling.  I love how she uses stories from the Bible to help let go of the fear, doubts, and guilt that I have that stops me from doing what God Dares me to do.  I received an advanced reader copy from the publisher and this is my honest opinion.
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I received an ARC from Barbour Publishing, Inc. via NetGalley, this review is my personal opinion.

Kate Battistelli did a great job upon up and talking about her own God dare, by being open and honest about different situations live on her life, shed also takes us in a journey from different characters from the Bible and how they face their own God dare. All do this book could be read individually, I believe it could be much better if it read in a group. With an uplifting message that wants each one of us to trust, to believe, to take that God dares that she mention even when we may be scared. But tom remembers that we are not alone and that God will be with us at all times.  Looking forward to reading more of this author.
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Unfortunately, I was unable to finish this book. I found it to be way too repetitive. I think there could have been more depth to some of the chapters, too. However, I think the repetition will be helpful for some readers. While this isn’t for me, I hope that it does well in the hands of the right reader.
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If partial stars were allowed, I would give this book a 4.5 stars simply because at times I felt like it rambled.  That being said I had to round up to five stars simply because the author shares extensively from the Bible as well as from her personal experiences.  I felt inspired to embrace the calling that God has for my own life.  Although I have read through the Bible multiple times, she did point out different parts of the biblical narrative that I had not noticed before.  That is definitely saying quite a bit because writing a book that retells familiar stories can be challenging.  I would definitely read more from this author!
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Battistelli does a fabulous job weaving her intriguing personal story along with biblical truths in the God Dare. After reading this book, you will want to step out, speak up, and share more of yourself with the world. Her approachable, encouraging words help you to see that your past does not define your future. Take the God Dare and see where He leads.
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“The impossible is GOD’s comfort zone!” 

For most of us, “impossibles” are the exact opposite. They challenge us. They stretch us. They cause us to fear and to doubt.

What is GOD calling me to do?  Where is He leading me to the bottomless ocean of trust?  What has He spoken to my heart? 

I asked these questions and spoke the same words in prayer after listening to a podcast in which Kate Battistelli described the heart and message of her new book, “The GOD Dare.”

The LORD directed my heart to challenges big and small … as a wife, as a mother, as a writer.  Times when the war in front of me seemed bigger than I could wage.  Concerns that weigh heavy on my heart even now.

And His Word echoes back… “Look up!  Bear witness to My majesty!  Soak it in, breathe life eternal, glimpse glory.” … “I will help you.  Let Me be your guide.  Nothing is impossible with GOD.”

So many times, that job seems over my head!  But He keeps lifting my chin to keep my own eyes fixed on Him.
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“What hard thing has He asked me to do, to give up, to risk everything to answer His call?” 

Reading Kate’s book, I continued to process these same questions.  The LORD reminded me of other “impossibles” through which He has gently and kindly walked with me.

More than anything He has asked me to *do*, there have been things He has asked me to hand back to Him in surrender, trusting His bigger plan:

The ministry opportunity that stretched me but fell eerily silent just as I reached a place of trusting Him enough to step boldly forward.  The pieces that seemed to be falling into place that would allow us to move home to the northern hills after 12 long years… until they didn’t.  The LORD was effectively asking me again and again, “Do you trust Me?  Are you willing to leave it all in My hands despite your aching heart and know (somehow mysteriously KNOW) that My best IS best?”

My heart broke both times, with fog and pain and questions that seemed impossible to sort out or overcome.  BUT, there was utter freedom in surrender.  A flood of peace that couldn’t be explained, and fresh joy in what was right in front of me.  I can confidently say that the better choice both times was a wide open door to simply follow JESUS and hunger to know more of His heart!
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Our “impossibles” challenge us.  Stretch us.  Cause us to fear and to doubt.  Ask of us what seems more than we are able to give.  Sometimes break our hearts.

But GOD.

He longs for us to bring our “impossibles” to Him, to ask Him how we can meet them with His help, His wisdom, His power.  The LORD intentionally presents us with opportunities to face the impossible - not to crush us with defeat, but to draw our hearts to understand just how capable HE is and how He desires to do impossible things through us!

What are you facing that seems impossible?  Something bigger and “crazier” than you ever pictured yourself tackling?  Something desperately outside of your control?  Or is it simply impossible to imagine the GOD of the universe speaking His plans directly to your heart?  Or that He would ever declare value and eternal purpose over the countless moments in your life that seem unseen, small, or insignificant in your eyes?  Or that His plans for you could stand undeterred by a part of your life you struggle to overcome?

Let Kate Battistelli take you by the hand and help you revisit accounts of men and women just like you.  Their names may be familiar (David, Esther, or Joseph; Abraham, Hagar, or Jonah), but take a closer look at their stories, as they encounter the one true GOD, hear Him speak His plans and purposes to their hearts, and watch Him transform their “impossibles” into mind-boggling reality that draws their hearts to awestruck worship!

Kate concludes with the most precious appeal of all… the greatest invitation the LORD extends to each of us.  To follow JESUS.  To live like He does.  Love like He does.  Stand firm and unhurried and unwavering, confident in the Father’s plan!  His purposes are always moving forward, undeterred, and right on schedule!

Left to our own devices, we are just not capable of such a goal.  But GOD.  JESUS gave everything to redeem us, to breathe new life into us, and to supply any and every need we have.  His Spirit dwells within us, remaking us from the inside out.  So our hearts can beat along side of His.  So our character can reflect His.  So our choices will align with His!

Read.  Consider.  And be encouraged!  I, for one, am so grateful to be reminded that we can trust the LORD to meet us in our genuine desire to hear from Him.  We can trust Him to reveal His heart to us.  To equip and direct us as we step forward to fulfill His purposes for us.  He longs to show us how His redeeming love and power can transform our “impossibles!”

“GOD still seeks those who will say YES, even when saying yes makes no sense, even when it’s hard, even when it’s costly.” – Kate Battistelli
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For we are GOD’s masterpiece.  He has created us anew in Christ Jesus so we can do the good things which GOD prepared in advance for us to do.  
Ephesians 2:10

With man it is impossible, but not with GOD.  For all things are possible with GOD.  Mark 10:27

Commit everything you do to the LORD.  Trust Him, and He will help you.  
Psalm 37:5
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Are you wondering what God is daring you to do in your life? Author, Kate Battistelli, wrote this book in such a way that inspired me to allow God to equip me as He calls me to a purpose. A purpose that I never imagined would take place in my life! I loved how she referenced many characters in the Bible to illustrate how God used each one.

At the end of each chapter, you'll find Discussion Questions that also make this book a great study for a small group. I was really encouraged by the outpouring of her own life circumstances, where God dared her in a different direction than she ever imagined! 'If God calls you to it, He will equip you to do it.'

BONUS - Her daughter, Christian recording artist, Francesca Battistelli, wrote the foreword in the book to introduce you to her mother's 'God Dare' journey.
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This book was a real eye opener!  It caused me to think about so many things in my life that I thought were significant. My highlighter got a real workout during the reading of this book. I five star recommend this book and urge everyone to add it to their must read list.
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Have you ever felt God daring you to do something you never thought of doing? In The God Dare, Kate shares stories of many people in the Bible and personal stories from her own life where God had dared her to trust in Him with the unknown in different situations. Like Kate, and the people in the Bible, God is daring us to trust and obey Him wholeheartedly with our life and the plans He has. The question is; will we step out of our comfort zone and answer yes to His dare?

I received a copy from NetGalley for a review. All opinions are my own.
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What a remarkable book . The author did an outstanding job on this . The story on how she met her husband and how they found their true meaning was amazing. The authors is such a strong Christian lady that show through page per page. . I enjoyed the Pause to Ponder on archer arch chapter along with her prayer. I would highly recommend this book because it is one That you will hold dear to you .
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Kate Battistelli has written a book that full of hope and encouragement.  As she tells her story, she encourages the reader to find their purpose in life by making a commitment to follow God through every victory and valley we might be facing.  She describes how God has lead their family and used them in ways they never expected.  She uses scripture to point us to God and His great love for us.  I was both comforted and challenged by reading this book.  This would make a good book study for a ladies’s group.  

I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
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Will you risk a God Dare?
Former Broadway performer (and mother of Christian singer Francesca Battistelli) Kate Battistelli's presents her book "The God Dare. Will You choose to Believe the Impossible" which was published by Barbour Publishing. In the introduction Battistelli asks / dares the readers and defines at the same time what she understands under God dare: "What's the crazy dream God has dropped in your heart? ... Has he given you a wild, preposterous, secret, scary, or enchanting dream or idea? That's what I call a God Dare because with god anything is possible." She underlines also: "The impossible is God's comfort zone" and "The God Dare will challenge you to go further than you believed possible." According to Battistelli this can be a hard and difficult thing. She presents the God Dares that Bible characters such as "The Patriarch" (Abraham), The Prince (Josef), or The Widow (Ruth), experienced, but she shares also experiences and challenges from her own life. She adds Bible verses (Scriptures to Think about), as well as reflections to the chapters (God Dare secrets) and completes them with Discussion Questions for the readers to interact with the particular topics of the chapters and to apply the God Dare secrets to their own lives.
I appreciated Battistelli's book for its Bible-based characters. Battistelli encourages the readers to step out of their comfort zones. She has also the references included when material is quoted and has added resources for readers who deal with or are touched by infertility, adoption, miscarriage, and abortion. I highly recommend this book for Christians who want to grow in their faith and are not afraid to be challenged - as individuals or in a group.
The complimentary copy of this book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley free of charge. I was under no obligation to offer a positive review. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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I thought this was very good and my husband and I read this every morning as a devo! 
“This is a book about faith, ...a faith that comes from one source only: God. It will ask you to take God at His word, to believe and obey, to say yes even when the yes might cost you.
Those willing to take a God Dare risk their lives, hide spies, kill giants, cast out demons, paint blood on doorposts, speak truth to power, touch the hem of His garment, waste costly ointment, stretch out their withered hand, lower friends through roofs, follow when they don’t know where they’ll end up, and obey what they might not fully understand. The ones who take a God Dare fearlessly live out their faith.”

• What would your life look like if you took God at His word and believed you had world-changing potential?

This was a NETGALLEY gift and all opinions are my own.
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Growing up in a non-denominational church you would think I would be fluent in "Bible". My mom was the lead singer and my stepfather was the Assistant pastor. I went to the church school and was at church at least four days a week for services or music practice. 

That being said, I never retained the bible as I should have. Oh I have chapters memorized but I don't remember the stories. In this book, the author has a good way of explaining the stories in an understanding way. It also inspired me to dig deeper and trust things will all work out. It's also okay to make a change.
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The God Dare
Will You Choose to Believe the Impossible?

by Kate Battistelli

Barbour Publishing, Inc.

Shiloh Run Press

Christian , Self-Help

Pub Date 01 Jun 2019

I am reviewing a copy of The God Dare through Barbour Publishing Inc/Shiloh Run Press and Netgalley:

We are on this planet for a reason it is something we know deep down inside.  God has a plan, a plan that is made just for you.  He choose you for this plan for the very foundation of the Earth.  He designed us for this time and place and he is equipped Thou to succeed in those plans.

We learn how God has equipped us for this time and place through engaging true stories.  We are challenged to discover how God has specifically designed you for this time in history.  

All God needs is a willing vessel are you willing to be that?

I give The God Dare five out of five stars!

Happy Reading!
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As a member of the Launch Team, I found myself captivated by Kate Battistelli’s _The God Dare_.  She asks, “Will you choose to believe the impossible?”.  What?  Why would I even want to do that?  Why waste my time?  The impossible?  Pardon the cheesiness here, but “impossible” is “I’m possible”, right?  OK, so I kept on reading.
Kate takes the reader on a journey of introspection, hers in fact.  Kate answers the call, the Dare, from God, to move into areas of her soul she might have chosen to leave buried, leave unspoken.  Instead, she shares them with us and believes the impossible, believes that God can and will strengthen her.  He did, in fact.  Kate answered the dare by sharing that journey with us.  She writes of her own life, interspersed with stories of the Bible where people have been faced with their own God-Dares.  
From Chapter 6, “The Widow” …  “For some of us the God Dare is as clear and obvious as it was for Moses, I mean, you can’t really ignore a bush burning hot with fire, but not consumed.  Sometimes the God Dare is for a specific reason, like Esther’s dare to save her nation.  And sometimes it’s subtler and harder to decipher, that is, unless you’re tuned into God’s divine frequency.”  
I don’t know about you, but I want to be “tuned into God’s divine frequency”.  Please read _The God Dare_ by Kate Battistelli.  I received an ARC from the publisher and this is my honest review.
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