Anjuli really has a way with words. It's funny how sometimes God puts a book in your hands right when you need it most and that is the case with this one. Had I read it earlier I just wouldn't have 'gotten it', I wasn't there yet. It felt like a pep talk when I needed one the most.
A wonderful, non fiction title that I enjoyed immensely! A wonderful reminder in an age where it is so easy to get caught up in the busy and digital.
I admit it I was drawn to the beautiful roo on the cover more than anything. I don't read self-help books in general and this one reminded me why. It wasn't bad per se, it just wasn't my thing in the slightest. I was bored and kept looking for other things to read or do instead.
A beautiful book told as part memoir, and part inspirational. The author shares her story, gets vulnerable with her stories, and shares her insights and lessons she learned from her experiences. Thank you to the author, the publisher, and Netgalley for allowing me to read and review An insightful, honest, and encouraging book about staying awake to God's love.
In Awake, Anjulia Paschall invites her reader to slow down, pay attention, and live more fully alive in your everyday. It's a gentle invitation, and though it is repetitive and slower in a number of sections, I found myself relating to much of what the author shared, appreciating that she put words to things often unsaid.
Paying Attention to What Matters Most in a World That's Pulling You Apart
by Anjuli Paschall
Pub Date 05 Apr 2022 |
Bethany House, Bethany House Publishers
I am reviewing a copy of Awake through Bethany House Publishing and Netgalley:
What if there is more to Life than What You're Living?
You’ve likely felt the underlying anxiety that you're missing out on the good life. So you zone out, swipe up, slim down, work hard, and spin in circles trying to get it.
Anjuli Paschall has a term for this, she calls it Carpe Diem Syndrome, which is the fear of not living life to the fullest.
The full life isn’t found by chasing it though, but by coming awake to if, Anjuli points out.
she puts it: "I want to be awake. I don't want to nervously navigate my life one to-do list, email, and espresso shot at a time. When my life comes to a slow halt, I want to know I savored the small moments and watched the sky change color. I want to know I didn't rush through life but received it. I want to know I came to peace with my weaknesses, loved people fearlessly, and walked with God faithfully. I hope I gave in to the audacious belief that I was loved and, miraculously, even liked."
Anjuli has one cast a compelling vision for you, to live a soul-awake life too.
The invitation might be as gentle as a song--or as abrupt as a rooster's crow--but God is always waking you up. You can have the life you really want, and you don't have to lose your soul trying to get it.
Breathe in. Breathe out. Full life is right here.
I give Awake five out of five stars!
I Never Knew Someone Else Felt Some of the Same Things I Did!
I was shocked to hear Anjuli talk about some of the same things I’ve thought. I thought I was alone in my thoughts and feelings. This book struck me hard in ways and I’m thankful to have read it. Some of what she said was spot on and some was close enough to have gained insight on some areas God is working in my heart and life. Thank you Anjuli for being transparent and sharing those areas that aren’t comfortable to talk about with others. I am better for you sharing. I’m excited to see how God uses this book!
I received a complimentary ARC of this book from NetGalley on behalf of the Publisher and was under no obligation to post a favorable review.
Awake felt like meeting a friend for the first time. This is my first read by the author and having a nice long conversation that leaves you feeling seen, heard and encouraged
I loved reading every chapter of this book and felt seen, all those things i thought made me crazy and clingy it was nice to hear i wasn't and not alone
Awake is the alarm your soul needs for a life with the Lord
I'm so thankful to Netgalley and Bethany House for this opportunity to read this book
Thought provoking writing as the author gives us stories to relate to being awake to what matters. The stories were easy to relate to and ideas contained give you a feeling of mindfulness in the presence of God. Interesting read..
I received a complimentary copy to read and voluntarily left my opinion. Four stars!
Anjuli Paschall is a relatable, conversational author. Her words are crafted together skillfully, but they are easily accessible to her audience. Each chapter is an essay that reads like a memoir, but all the chapters wake the reader to experience God and the fullness of like in Him through the mundane, the difficult, the traditions, and the beautiful surprises.
Just like Stay, Anjuli delivers her message with a down to earth style. She points readers towards what God has done and continues to do in their daily lives. Anjuli's book reads like a spiritual director lighting a candle in the middle of your chaos filled living room and reminding you that you can breathe deeply even with chaos around you. She sits in the storms of life and shares her wisdom in gentle, relatable, and tangible stories. Even in the daily mess, God is still good. I read an ARC provided by NetGalley and I immediately bought this book for myself and my Mom.
I recommend this book to everyone. It helped me get in touch with my feelings and learn to be be honest about them with others. It helped me be honest with myself. I loved the chapter where the author took care of older adults, and how she handled a couple of difficult people and situations.
A great book to connect with yourself again and especially with God. This book gives you clues on how to better find the presence of God in all you do. I saw that she has another book called Stay and will.now also be reading that.
I adored Anjuli Paschall's first book, "Stay" and found this book to be just as wonderful. Anjuli offers hope, healing, and a gentle invitation to to have and live the life you want. It is beautifully written and inspiring. This is one I will return to again and again. Many thanks to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for the advanced copy of the book.
While well written and informative is not the book for me. As I'm not the target audience for this book.
I love Stay, Anjuli Paschall and was very eager to read this book. It is another collection of essay that meander through stories from Paschall life that encourage the reader to stay awake to God's love and presence. There were some fantastic points made and powerful stories told. It didn't have quite the impact on me as Stay, but it was still a great book!
Thanks to Bethany House for the free book.
Paschall is so open and vulnerable in her writing. She doesn't shy away from sharing the depths of her heart, and as a reader, this is something I immensely enjoyed in her previous work and this one. I liked how she captured who Jesus is and could relate his qualities to all of the ways that she feels she is lacking - which is the point of Jesus. ;)
For me, I found that the chapters were a bit long and felt like she got off on tangents quite a bit, and I had a hard time remembering what the chapter's focus was.
I think this one will be good for women that feel like life is just passing them by or they're paralyzed by their thoughts/emotions - or they need reminded of who they are in Christ and how He has overcome the world.
“Don’t wait for a nightmare to wake you up.” I loved this book by Anjuli Paschall. In it she shares personal stories and insight on how to wake up to what matters most. Her writing is honest and personal, but I feel like anybody can relate to what she’s saying. We all want to live full lives, without regret or wasted time. Awake is a wonderful reminder that the more we are looking for is always and only found in Christ.
Anjuli Paschall, author of the award-winning book "Stay", now has a new book with "Awake: Paying Attention to What Matters Most in a World That's Pulling You Apart." In her latest book, Paschall shares personal anecdotes and stories to illustrate how to keep our minds focused on what is really important.
I enjoyed the author's honesty and transparency, although I didn't really feel like I read anything I hadn't heard of before. Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC. All opinions are my own.