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The Good, the God and the Ugly

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This is an exciting behind the scenes look at the family life of one of the pastors at Bethel Redding. Kathy shares details about her history with Kris and with the Johnsons before revival broke out in their church and what life has been like for them in the decades since. The author gives an account that is faith filled and inspiring.
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This is hilarious book about the good, God, and the ugly, that could be in your relationship with family, too. Thank you, Kathy, for writing this book.
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Ah this book was amazing. I'm so sad to see I'm done reading it. Ms.Valloton shares an amazing testimony of love, trusting God and the power of community and God's faithfulness all using her life and that of her family as amazing yet relatable inspiration.
I came away from this book filling encouraged more than ever to continue my pursuit of Christ and probably read it many many more times to get more gems from this amazing read.
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This was a fine enough book and it was really well written; however it just wasn't for me.....................
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Kathy Vallotton is the wife of Pastor and author Kris Vallotton. This is her first book. In it, she shares how she met and married Kris. It details the lives they built together as they trusted and followed God’s leading. 

I was immediately struck by how transparent Kathy was with her insecurities. She is a person just like you and me, having moments of great faith along with moments of doubt. You can read about Kris and Kathy’s leaps of faith in business, adventures in following God’s voice and their ups and downs in ministry as well as experiences of fear, doubt and anxiety. God loves to respond in miraculous ways when we believe what He tells us. She recounts specific examples of God’s miracles in their lives. 

What impressed me most in reading this book was the mutual respect Kathy and her husband have for one another. They have a mature trust in each other and in the way God speaks to them differently. While Kathy says she and Kris have totally different personalities and giftings, “Trust is the train track of relationships, and communications is the train.“ This connectivity and trust between them is exemplified throughout the book and they are a wonderful example to other married couples.

“I want to encourage you that no matter what you have experienced in God already, there is more! He has so many encounters just waiting for you. God’s Spirit on your life might look different than it does on other people’s lives, just as it looks very different between Kris and me. But the way you encounter God will be just what you need in order to grow in Him.”

At the end of the book, Kathy shares about the idea of leaving a legacy for our children, grand children and great grandchildren. “The most important part of a legacy has almost nothing to do with money. Moses put it this way: “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our sons forever” (Deuteronomy 29:29). So much of wealth in the Spirit is inherited. Think of it as “AirDropping” what you yourself have won in God to your children spirit-to-spirit. This principle is all over the Bible.” Kathy goes on to recount several specific Biblical examples. I really appreciated this chapter of the book. She retells some amazing examples of God’s promises and blessings through the lineage of different Bible characters. 

In summary, I enjoyed this book and the stories Kathy shared. I was expecting their family to be specially gifted by God, but surprisingly came away with the thought that they are an average family who is just learning listen to God and trust Him as they go. Her book is highly relatable.

I received an ARC copy from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.
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This book is an autobiography written in the present time with Kathy Vallotton. She recounts her life in chronological order, gives heart warming stories about her family and children and shares life lessons she has learned along the way. 
All of the quotes that I would normally highlight are listed at the back of the book which is nicely organized. As a reader, I can tell this was her first book, some of the thoughts are scattered but she did a good job overall. Her heart shines through in the pages and it encouraged my walk with the Lord. 

I was given a free copy of the book in exchange for my review.
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