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Posted on: March 12th, 2015 by Laurie Coombs 5 Comments
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I was asked several months ago to review a book that was released last October called Jesus Prom, by Jon Weece. I didn’t quite understand the book at first glance, to be honest. I mean, what does prom have to do with Jesus, anyway? But after reading this book, I must say that Jesus has a lot to do with the kind of prom Jon’s talking about. You see, Jon pastors a church in Kentucky, and he and his people throw a party every year for two thousand mentally and physically challenged adults. They call it “Jesus Prom.” Jon uses this example as a metaphor of the message he shares throughout the book. In Jesus Prom, Jon calls attention to many verbs we, as Christ followers, ought to be acting upon. “Nouns need verbs,” Jon says, and I believe he’s right. We (the nouns) need to do stuff (the verbs). The Christian life,…

Posted on: March 19th, 2014 by Laurie Coombs 18 Comments
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It occurred to me the other day that I haven’t written much about anxiety and depression. If you’ve read some of my early posts, you know that I experienced severe anxiety and depression about five years back, which was ultimately what God used to bring me to Christ. Prior to this, I had been able to get through everything on my own, but I couldn’t seem to get myself out of this one. Honestly, I think God needed to present something to me that I had absolutely no control over for me to finally turn to Him. And though I would never want to return to this terrible place, I am thankful that God did what was necessary to bring me to Himself.    But it was such a horrible, dark place to be, and I didn’t know any other person who had been through what I was experiencing, which made…

Posted on: February 11th, 2014 by Laurie Coombs 2 Comments
Same Kind of Different as Me

About once a month or so, I will be reviewing and giving away one of my favorite books. I figure it’s a good way to pass along some great titles and give you some insight into some of the sources that have had an influence on me. I hope you enjoy these posts and find these resources to be as inspirational and influential as I did!  “I used to spend a lotta time worryin that I was different from other people, even from other homeless folks. Then, after I met Miss Debbie and Mr. Ron, I worried that I was so different from them that we wadn’t ever gon’ have no kind a’ future. But I found out everybody’s different – the same kind of different as me. We’re all just regular folks walkin down the road God done set in front of us. The truth about it is, whether we is rich…

Posted on: December 10th, 2013 by Laurie Coombs

Today’s the day! We only had one person enter to win Katie Davis’ book, Kisses From Katie. So, the winner (by default) is Paula!! Congratulations! You’re going to love this book!! And I’m so happy it’s message will be passed on to all those young girls you mentor! Paula, if you would kindly send me an email {laurie@lauriecoombs.org} with the address you’d like the book shipped to, I’d greatly appreciate it. Be sure to watch for next month’s giveaway!

Posted on: December 3rd, 2013 by Laurie Coombs 2 Comments
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I just love books, and I’ve decided to share my favorites with you all. Once a month, I will review and giveaway one of my favorite books. I figure it’s a good way to pass along some great titles and give you some insight into what has been influencing me and my thoughts. I hope you enjoy these posts and find these resources to be as inspirational and influential as I did!  I wanted to actually do what Jesus said to do. So I quit my life. – Katie Davis Following Jesus’ call to radical obedience, Katie Davis found herself in Uganda––first for a short-term mission trip while still in high school; then for a longer, one-year commitment after graduation to teach kindergartners. But after that year ended––after returning to the States, to her “normal” teenage life––Katie realized returning to “normal” wasn’t possible for her any longer. She had seen too much….

Posted on: November 12th, 2013 by Laurie Coombs 3 Comments
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Love Does Book Winner Today’s the day! Thank you to all who entered to win Bob Goff’s book, Love Does. I thoroughly enjoyed reading all of your comments on what “love does” means to you! Here are a few. “Honeybee” said, “Love does” means expressing your love for God, yourself and others through action. In these times people are so quick to express love in words on social media, texts and even in person but do nothing to back up those expressions. So true. I completely agree. Paula, said she has wanted to read Love Does ever since one of the teen girls she mentors told her, “You HAVE to read it!”  Paula says this girls was “practically jumping out of her seat with joy” when she spoke of the book, and I can certainly relate! “Gracevaga” makes a valid point by saying, Absolutely believe that one of the reasons the…

Posted on: November 5th, 2013 by Laurie Coombs 9 Comments
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I just love books, and I’ve decided to share my favorites with you all. Once a month, I will review and giveaway one of my favorite books. I figure it’s a good way to pass along some great titles and give you some insight into what’s influencing me and my thoughts. I hope you enjoy these posts and find these resources to be as inspirational and influential as I did!  … This month’s book is quite possibly one of my favorite books I’ve ever read, and it’s author may be one of my favorite people I have never met. It’s true, I have never personally met Bob Goff, author of Love Does, but I just love this man! {I know that may be a bit weird, but it’s true!} Bob has one of those magnetic personalities. He’s the kind of guy we’d all like to spend some time with because you just…

Posted on: October 11th, 2013 by Laurie Coombs
Book Giveaway

As promised, today’s the day to announce the winner of Ann Voskamp’s book One Thousand Gifts! But first, I’d like to thank you all for entering. Be sure to catch next month’s giveaway. Next month, I’ll be reviewing a book that’s quite possibly my favorite, but it’s hard saying because I love so many! But without further adieu, the winner of One Thousand Gifts is… Ms. Whittamore! Congratulations! Ms. Whittamore, if you would kindly send me an email {laurie@lauriecoombs.org} with the address you’d like the book shipped to, I’d greatly appreciate it. A wonderful weekend to you all!

Posted on: October 10th, 2013 by Laurie Coombs 5 Comments
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This will be the first of what I hope to be many book reviews and book giveaways on my blog. I hope to do one book a month, but I want you to know something right from the start. I am only interested in telling you about books I have personally read and believe in. So, rest assured, the books I tell you about will be GOOD! (And by the way, I don’t receive any compensation for these posts––or any for that matter––so I have no anterior motives.) … There’s an amazing book I’d like to tell you about today. It’s a book that truly has the power to help transform your thinking, and consequently your life. And I don’t say this lightly. One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are, written by Ann Voskamp, is a treasure we each should take the time to read. The…

Posted on: September 10th, 2013 by Laurie Coombs 4 Comments
Book Review

I recently had the opportunity to visit (virtually) with author, Renee Fisher, to discuss the release of her new book “Forgiving Others, Forgiving Me.” Here’s a peek into our conversation: 1. Can you tell us a little bit about your new book “Forgiving Others Forgiving Me”? “Forgiving Others, Forgiving Me” is a tool to help you process through the pain to find freedom in Christ. At the end of each chapter is journal space with guided questions for when you feel stuck. There are also Discussion Questions at the end of the book if you would like to use this book in a 7-week Bible Study or small group! 2. I’ve heard this book has been a long time coming. Tell us the story behind the book. I began writing “Forgiving Others, Forgiving Me” when I was 19 (I’m 31 now) when I came home from a failed missions trip…