Monday, August 1, 2011

Notes to Aspiring Writers: Your Dream, God's Plan {Review}

My sweet friend Brooke (I've *known* her on Twitter and on her blog A Life In Need Of Change for quite a while) has written a couple of eBooks.  Her most recent book is Notes to Aspiring Writers: Your Dream, God's Plan.

Don't think for a minute that this book is only for authors.  Or that it's a how-to-write-successfully kind of book.  It's different - in a wonderful way!  Brooke's eBook has a message for all Christian mothers, and especially bloggers and writers (bloggers *are* writers in my opinion, but since not all writers are bloggers I thought I should separate the terms).  I started reading and couldn't stop.  Brooke writes from her heart straight to our hearts.  It's almost like she took the words right out of my mind in some places and I think you'll feel the same way.  She has some messages that may be a little convicting as you take the time to consider whether your dreams are really what God wants for you at this time or whether they are your own desires that you assume God wants for you right now.

The chapter that I most relate to is Comparisons & Striving - been there and done THAT!  Brooke could have been talking about me in that chapter.  But the chapter that I found most convicting (in a good way) was the chapter The Kindness of God Leads You To...One thing that Brooke said in that chapter was: "Can we be honest enough here to admit that it hurts to see what we thought was a spectacular idea grabbed by someone bigger and better?"  Ouch, but true.

Brooke has experienced many of the same thoughts, feelings, and frustrations that we have.  Her words are encouraging - from a sister in the trenches with us.  About her own experience, she said: "Laying down the dream and desire of my heart, and picking up the calling God placed in my life changed me."

Brooke has also included study questions at the end of each chapter so you can go in-depth and explore your own thoughts and feelings about these ideas.  I read the book straight through, but would like to go back and work through the questions at a slower pace.  In fact, Brooke is starting a deeper study of the questions on the book's blog today!

***Giveaway Closed!*** Congrats to the winner, Mary Beth!
You can get more info about the book on the website or on the Facebook page and you can buy the book here.  It's only $2.99!  Brooke blessed me with an extra copy to give away on my blog!  If you would like to be entered to win a copy of her new eBook, please tell me in the comments.  It's that simple!  But if you would like an extra entry, then share about Brooke's book in any social media form you prefer and come back leaving a comment to tell me what you did!

Disclosure:  I received a free copy of the book to review and an extra copy to give away on my blog.  My opinions are my own as always!

Have you already read Brooke's book (find out how you can get a free chapter)?  Did it speak to your heart?

Have a wonderful day friends!


  1. i'm interested in reading brooke's book...thanks for the chance :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  2. This sounds really good my friend. I'd like a chance to win!

    Big-inserting something witty here- size hugs to you!

    Love you girlfriend!

  3. I am so thankful for your review ~ It sounds like this is a book I could definitely use. I have Brooke's other book, Warrior Prayers ~ Praying the Word for Boys. Thanks for sharing your insight and always. : ) hugs, mb

  4. I would enjoy a chance to read this book, and share it with Bethany! ;)


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