Thursday, September 24, 2015

'The Finishing School' by Valerie Woerner

The Finishing School 
by Valerie Woerner 


Litfuse is excited to be partnering with NyreePress and Valerie Woerner to bring you The Finishing School: How One Book Nerd Began Living What She Learned.
Valerie says, "Finishing schools and learning social graces have always been fascinating to me. Maybe it's because I'm awkward and ungraceful to my core and love the idea that these things are taught instead of things you are born with. As I've grown in my walk with the Lord, I have realized that living an intentional life is the same. We don't flip a switch when we become a Christian and suddenly have a life that is overflowing with fruit. I've still got this rebellious flesh to contend with. And although I desire my days to be lived intentionally and on purpose, many days, they are simply filled with things like shopping and binging on Netflix or ice cream. We've got to learn how to grow. We've got to learn what obstacles we will face (because there will be obstacles) and how to overcome them. We have got to dig into what the Bible says and study that truth more than the voices of this world."
Are you tired of waiting for change to happen in your life? Do you feel stuck, even though you want to live more intentionally? 

The Finishing School is your practical guide to put you in motion to that purposeful life you dream about. Let the refining begin! In today's world, our pursuit of a life well-lived gets squeezed out by the silliest of things: binging on TV shows, shopping trips for things we don't need, bad habits we can't seem to get a handle on, and so much more. Valerie has been there, despite knowing what she wanted for her life. Actually doing it though? That's the real challenge.
After gobbling up all the non-fiction and self-help books her donut-filled belly could handle, she decided it was time to put her knowledge to use and start actually living it out. The result has been a refining process that has drawn her closer to God and produced the sweetest fruit in her life. You will hear about Valerie's journey filled with failures and victories and find practical tips to apply to your own pursuit of holiness. You will find homework at the end of each chapter that includes a worksheet to put real change in motion for your own life, as well as recommended books to further study those topics that really test you.
  • 3 keys to experiencing joy
  • 4 steps to combating fear and anxiety
  • 5 tips to thriving in busy seasons  
  • 6 keys to a rest-filled Sabbath 
  • 7 ways to make prayer happen daily
  • and much more!

 Meet the Author
Valerie Woerner is owner of Val Marie Paper. She and her husband, Tyler, live in Louisiana with their daughter, Vivi Mae. The Finishing School is her first book.
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Here's my review of this valuable resource:

First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Valerie Woerner and her publisher for sending me a copy of "The Finishing School" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.

'The Finishing School' by Valerie Woerner is a series of 24 short and sweet school-themed chapters.  Each chapter focuses on one characteristic of the Christian life.  The chapters can be worked in any order, but I recommend doing the first three chapters first because the orientation chapter sets the stage and prayer and Bible study are foundational to the Christian walk and the rest of the topics to be studied.  Disciplines such as forgiveness and contentment and hospitality are the topics of these enlightening chapters that will inspire Christ-like change.

The book points the reader to the author’s website for additional resources.  At the time this review was written, not all homework worksheets and resources are available online.  But what is available is thought-provoking and useful.  “The Finishing School” is a resource I will refer to again and again and recommend to others.

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