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Rest, Girl

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"The habitual practice of unrest is keeping us from progressing because we are stuck in memory replay of past experiences or past imagined memories instead of creating new hopes and believing in the best God has outlined for us."

I bookmarked SO many pages in this book. Overall, the message really resonated with me. Fear can definitely take away our ability to rest. Our attitude impacts how we perceive life. God did not intend for us to live stuck in our circumstances. He wants us to freely trust Him.

This book contains so many Scriptural references. Considering I feel that we can only rest in Jesus, this message makes for a solid foundation. While I would not say that I learned any new insights into the Bible, I did appreciate the reminders of truth. We need to hold on to what God says.

The author likes to share a lot of stories. Almost of them were relatable. A few of them did seem to go a bit off topic. If you enjoy anecdotal experiences, this part of the book will appeal to you.

In so many ways, I appreciate the positivity of her messages. Gratitude does change your life. Noting what you love does make a difference.

My only slight struggle - it is almost straddling the border of the potentially problematic name it/claim it philosophy. I think she tries hard to explain that certain situations are very tough. But it is easy to drift into the expectation that God's will is always for us to have happiness and to never learn through hurt.

This is the second book I have read by this author. I would definitely be willing to read more the of her titles. I do really get the sense that she seeks God with her writing. Her messages are biblically based.

I did take my time in reading this book as there was a lot to absorb. While the text is not complicated, there is a lot to think about. My overall rating is 4.7 due to some of the wandering and maybe a touch of uncertainty about part of the philosophy. But since this is a book that I would read again to reference as well as recommend, I think it deserves to be rounded to a five-star rating.

I read this book through NetGalley. I wanted to read and review it. All opinions are my own.
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The author walks the reader through her journey of learning to rest, of choosing love and faith and leaving behind fear, exhaustion and stress. This is what drew me to this book because I too want to live from a place of rest and love. To use a quote from the book, “the bulk of this study is about belief and the need to change our beliefs so that we can experience rest”. While I was expecting more of a how to manual, I can appreciate the fact that the author is peeling back the onion to the underlying beliefs that drove our actions and behaviors. This book calls you to place of believing that mountains can be moved.

I like how the author is vulnerable in sharing her struggles and the lessons learned along the way. In this way, she invites the reader to journey alongside her and absorb what life has taught her along the way. My favorite part of the book was the idea of gratitude shifts. While this idea is not new to me, I liked how the author made it more than a practice but also followed through so it changes our feelings which drive our behaviors
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Quite honestly, i’m not exactly sure how I should review this book! I am thrilled that it’s loaded with Biblical truths and Scripturally based, but there’s also a significant portion of it that didn’t quite sit right with me and has me questioning whether I agree with Jami’s thoughts. Even though I love the image of God that Jami paints because I believe it’s very close to how God longs for us to see Him, some of the book is borderline prosperity gospel thinking in my opinion. Yes, gratitude has a powerful effect on our lives and how we feel about our lives, but Jami’s advice about believing something and being thankful for something before receiving it is kind of a stretch for me.
I can’t say I would recommend this book because of the things I mentioned above, but I do greatly appreciate that this book reminds us that God’s love is truly unconditional, with no “buts” and there’s nothing we can do to earn our Heavenly Father’s love and approval. I also appreciate Jami’s reminder that all men and women are created on the image of God and one of the best things we can do is to extend grace and remind ourselves that the person who has hurt or offended us is in just as much in need of a Savior as we are….and it’s not our job to be that Savior.
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What an incredible book to start reading for the New Year. I loved how Jami Amerine takes her readers on a journey of faith using her own life as an example. She is raw, real, open and quite humorous as she guides one through what real faith and trust can look like. Is she perfect? No, but she is sure a real person facing real issues in the real world, not striving to be perfect in our world, but knowing she is loved in His world. This book was like sitting down with a good friend, baring souls and consulting scripture to help us on our journey of faith. I have learned so much and I feel like a weight has been lifted off my weary shoulders. I think this is the perfect book for us not so perfect women in todays society. A huge thank you to Barbour Publishing for an advanced readers copy to read and review.
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Rest, Girl: A Journey from Exhausted and Stressed to Entirely Blessed by Jami Amerine is the author's personal story of finding rest in the midst of her busy life. Told with a strong voice, it was simply her story. I was surprised that I did not feel a connection with the book or relate to it much at all. It felt extremely repetitive and did not read as I expected at all. I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher with no obligations. These opinions are entirely my own.
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As Americans, we live in a world of convenience and speed. Our lives are often filled with so many activities that we are rushing from one to the other without taking time for ourselves, and that constant activity (not to mention the state of the world the past couple of year) can lead to stress.

In Rest, Girl, Jami Amerine gives readers a peek into her life and what she’s learned about true rest the past couple of years. With humor and truth, Armine teaches readers about the power of changing your thinking and learning to shift the RAS response that often leads us to negative thoughts.

While repetitive at times (some of us need that to get the lessons through our heads), the book has good insights, wonderful examples—those with Amerine’s children stood out to me most. Faith like a child—and practical advice, Rest, Girl is one read that will encourage you to look at the stressors in life a different way.

Disclosure statement: I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.
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This is the perfect book for me since we have added two kids to our family recently including a newborn.  I long for rest and lots of it :)  There are many aspects of this book that I enjoy.  The main concept was that we can choose fear or love.  If we are filled with fear we have no rest.  The Bible says that perfect love casts out fear.  This is something that I definitely need to work on.  I also liked the concept of the gratitude shift and writing down all of the things that I love.  I need to continue to fill my mind with Scripture and remember that God is in control.  

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
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As a Christian woman, I really enjoyed this book. It is well written with hard truths, relatable stories and scriptures to back up her thoughts. Some may say it kind of comes across as preachy, but I think it’s more teachy than that. I and not heard of the author before despite her having several books already, but I will be looking for them as well because I did get a lot from this one. 
Women are meant to have it all, do it all and be it all in our society, and that is just plain exhausting. This book gives you ways and means to seek peace and rest from within by leaning on the truths and Word of God to strengthen your heart and soul. It was refreshing to read some of her stories because not only were they real but they were funny. I enjoyed her sense of humor and the way she used it to make her points was spot on. My fav thing I took from it was the SHIFT method, which I am planning on incorporating into my life and my beliefs.  This is a fairly quick read and I got a lot out of it. 
Thanks to Barbour Books and Netgalley for this Arc in exchange for my review.
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This was my first time with Jami's work and I truly enjoyed it. After reading just a bit of this book, I had to go grab a notebook knowing I would want to take notes for myself. I have never done that before, but felt like I really needed to start with this book.

At first, I wasn't sure I would be able to connect with this. I can't relate to the hustle life -- I know how to draw a line between work and home. But that isn't what this is entirely about. It's not just rest from the hustle of life. It's rest from stress. Rest from anxiety. Rest from all of the things that sometimes make us forget how awesome our God is and that He has our back. This was just such a wonderful reminder that we have the ability to experience true rest and true peace. I really appreciated how Jami approached this topic and her humor.

I knocked a star because there were times were I felt the same thing was being said in a different way and it got repetitive. Maybe that can help others really understand the ideas here but, for me, it felt unnecessary. Regardless, a great read. This came to me at a much needed time in my life.

Thank you to Barbour Publishing and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this!
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Rest Girl is unexpected but full of gems of learned wisdom. I would not have connected all the things the author mentioned to rest and yet she brings it all together. It is not a quick read as it takes awhile to digest each chapter and apply. She writes in a way that makes you feel like you know her personally and are enagaged in her story.
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It's all about grace.  God's grace is the foundation for all our rest. It gives us rest from the struggle to "get it right."  This fierce, all-encompassing grace applies to our daily, regular lives and struggles, and provides a practical way forward to live in rest.  We have two options:  fear and love.  And we have the choice in every moment of every day, so it's never too late to start.
This book quenched my thirst at a time when I needed it.  I was drawn in by the premise, but was skeptical:  it sounds great, but will the book give practical ways to apply the principles it relates?  The answer is yes!   Amerine shares implementable advice based on her own experience.  And as a woman, mother, and professional in the USA, her stresses and anxieties are extremely relatable for me.  But you don't have to be those things to be able to apply the lessons Amerine has learned to your own life.  This book offers an approach born of science and belief to help retrain out minds to live in rest rather than stress and fear—and she does so in an approachable way.
I do have one reservation about the book that I feel is important to include: while grace itself cannot be taken too far, in my opinion, I did not agree with Amerine that her own application of grace to help us stop stressing extends to weight loss.  I felt that she came perilously close to saying that Jesus' love will help us lose weight.  While I do agree that having a good, stress-free relationship  with Jesus and (by extension) life can improve one's self-worth and one's relationship with food, I think we need to be careful to make a distinction between that and actual weight loss.  
I do recommend this book for those who are struggling to find rest in life.  It is practical and inspirational, humorous and honest, and based in common sense.
I received an advance reader copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This review will also be posted to Amazon, BN.com, and my Instagram account.
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Life is crazy busy for most people, and rest is likely something we all need in our lives. It's sassy, fun, and authentic. The author gives readers her thoughts on coping when you feel stressed and overwhelmed. Amerine includes her own personal experiences, which add humor to the seriousness, to make this a book that will likely resonate with many readers. The religious element is consistent throughout, and the author asks a number of thought-provoking questions. I do wish that instead of just referencing verses that the verses were actually included, as I don't always read with my Bible nearby.
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I would consider this a nice devotional reading for women with some humerous, snarky, and meaningful stories and reflections to guide you through your day and help you find peace and rest in the busy events that we are always encountering.
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This book is a very religiously based book.  The book gives thoughts on how to help you cope with being stressed and overwhelmed.  I think we have all had these times in our lives and could use some thoughts and suggestions as to how best to overcome these feelings.  She talks of personal experiences using humor, faith and grace to help pull us out of the mire.
She talks of Christ's miracles and asks the question:  Do you believe?  The need for faith is one of the thoughts that really spoke to me from this book.  It is a thought provoking book that could help those whose lives are stressed and need uplifting.

I enjoyed the book and it gave me some things to ponder and consider for my life.

I received a copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.  All thoughts are my own.
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DNF - I could not get into this at all. I'm not sure why, I tried, but there was something that just didn't hit the right note for me
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Rest, Girl
A Journey from Exhausted and Stressed to Entirely Blessed
by Jami Amerine
Pub Date 01 Nov 2021 | Archive Date 01 Jan 2022
Barbour Publishing, Inc., Barbour Books
Christian



I am reviewing a copy of Rest, Girl through Barbour Books and NetGalley:



Rest, Girl is for all the women who have ever felt overwhelmed and exhausted, for those who felt as if they were not trying hard enough.   For the women who have ever felt felt unappreciated or overlooked. . .
If you’ve found Jesus or you’re still searching. .



 
Your Heavenly Father Invites You to Rest, Girl.






Rest, Girl  is at times Sassy, funny as well as authentic .  Reading Rest Girl will feel like you are talking to a encouraging friend.   Jami Amerine Jami Amerine, as she comes alongside you to share God’s overwhelming grace and peace in an inside-out journey to true, life-sustaining rest.  In a time and climate that is full of worries and overwhelming stress this book offers a priceless opportunity to walk in faith to experience the overwhelming blessing of a mind, spirit, and body at rest. Jami will lead you on a humorous, engaging and life-altering journey from restrictions and unrealistic expectations to the unconditional love of the Father.



I give Rest Girl five out of five stars!




Happy Reading!
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I was looking forward to reading this book but it wasn’t how I thought it’d be. The first chapter starts with a punch, and the following chapters keep the same upbeat tone, but it kind of gets to be a bit much.. it’d be nicer if instead of just saying “read Matthew …” that it actually lists the verse so you don’t have to search for your bible and look it up. I also couldn’t connect to the author’s life stories as examples. I like reading Christian books, but this one just wasn’t for me.
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