Title: Fear, Faith, and a Fistful of Chocolates
Author: Debora M. Coty
Summary: Are you ready to strip fear’s power over you and become the confident woman you were meant to be? Have you found that tolerating your personal fear monsters only makes them growl louder?
Okay, sister – take my hand and let’s boldly step up and yank the masks off those shadow-lurking, anxiety-churning, worry-generating beasts.
With her own brand of off-beat wit and wisdom, inspirational humorist Debora Coty addresses heart needs of women worn down by everyday fears – financial, health, relationships, loss, pain, the unknown, the what ifs …
With fresh spiritual insight, Debora shares hope, true life stories, scriptural lifelines, and a few LOL’s along with simple, practical tips for sidestepping fear with faith. And a fistful of chocolate!
My Thoughts: Fear, Faith, and a Fistful of Chocolates by Debora M. Coty is a book many Christian women today likely will find quite helpful. Let’s face it, we all have fears. Some are more severe than others. Some are in response to something one has been through. Others are deeply seeded in our spirits, but we might not know why. Whatever the cause of these fears, this book will help examine them, address them, and hopefully be able to begin the task of learning to defeat these fears. Living above these fears, as God intended for His people.
There are insightful statements about fear, fighting fear, and life in general. Anecdotes about others’ struggles with fear help to drive home various points. And the book is jam-packed full of Scripture to help women fight the enemy. Fear is a real tool Satan uses to keep God’s people impotent – or at least weak. If we can learn to overcome our fears, God can use us so, so mightily.
One of my favorite tips is to start a gratitude journal. Start focusing on the blessings in life instead of the things that scare us. I might do this with my long-neglected personal blog; make it a gratitude journal. Stay tuned for information on that – although I’m not promising anything. Anyway …
I read this book because fear has been a driving force in my life for far, far too long. There are many, many dreams I didn’t chase simply because of fear. Fear of failure. Fear of change. Fear of rejection. Fear of something along the journey to achieve these dreams. Fortunately, I have found a way to curb the fears in my life: stop inviting it in. No more scary movies and shows for me. Suspenseful is fine, but scary – especially if there’s a supernatural component – is not OK. And you know what? That has made a HUGE difference. Fear doesn’t run as rampant in my life as it once did. Don’t get me wrong, I still have a long way to go, but I’ve made a step in the right direction. This book gives me more tools to use to move past the fears in my life and into a place of peace and power that only God can give me.
Favorite Quotes: There are so many great nuggets in this book – way too many to share. Here are a few to whet your appetite.
Fear is passion in a negative direction. ~ page 19
Wow. When I read that it was like an epiphany. That is exactly what fear is. I never thought of it that way before!
People with a history of of rejection tend to read more rejection between the lines of simple, innocent everyday transactions. ~ page 30
Um, yeah! That is something I do a lot. My poor husband has to deal with this. I’m often reading rejection where there isn’t any – especially from him.
… what happens when disobedience separates us from the Spirit of the Lord … we are filled with depression and fear. ~ pages 197-198
I think the context of this one is important for the impact to hit as hard as it did for me. She’s talking about Saul and how he went from God’s favored to a crazy madman. When Saul stopped listening to God and started doing his own thing, his disobedience separated him from God. When that happened, fear and depression were able to move in and destroy him.
Read It: Get your own copy HERE. (This is a Book Depository link, and purchase through this link will result in my receiving a small commission at no cost to you. Your support is appreciated!)
About the Author: Debora Coty is an occupational therapist, a piano teacher, and a freelance writer. She’s also involved in the children’s ministry at her church and is an avid tennis player. Debora began writing to fill the void when her last child left for college, and it has since become a passion. Debora has a real knack for getting across sound biblical concepts with a refreshing lightheartedness as attested in her monthly newspaper column entitled “Grace Notes: God’s Grace for Everyday Living.”
*** WIN A KINDLE FIRE ***
Celebrate the release of Fear, Faith and a Fistful of Chocolate with Debora Coty by entering her Kindle Fire Giveaway and RSVPing to the March 7th Author Chat Party on Facebook!
One “sweet” winner will receive:
- A Kindle Fire
- A Debora Coty Library (Fear, Faith and a Fistful of Chocolate, More Beauty, Less Beast, Too Blessed To Be Stressed, and Everyday Hope)
- Chocolate (Every good thing begins with chocolate!)
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends 3/6/13. Winner will be announced at Debora’s “Fear, Faith and a Fistful of Chocolate” Facebook Party on 3/7. Debora will be hosting an evening of chat, fun trivia, laughter, and encouragement – bring your friends! She’ll also be giving away some GREAT prizes: gift certificates, books, and a book club prize pack! (Ten copies of the book for your small group or book club and a live chat with Debora via Skype.)
So grab your copy of Fear, Faith and a Fistful of Chocolate and join Debora and friends on the evening of March 7th for an evening of fun. (If you haven’t read the book, don’t let that stop you from coming!)
Don’t miss a moment of the fun, RSVP today. Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 7th!
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