About the Book:
The Finishing School:How One Book Nerd Began Living What She Learned (Nyree Press, August 2015)
Are you tired of waiting for change to happen in your life? Do you feel stuck, even though you want to live more intentionally?
In today’s world, our most precious pursuit of a life well lived gets squeezed out by the silliest of things: binging on Netflix or ice cream, 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 do it? That’s the 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 good use and start actually living it out. You will hear about her journey through victories and plenty of failures 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.
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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.
I’ll admit I was intrigued by the cover and the title more than actually wanting to read the book by the description because I really don’t have the time to add more books to my TBR pile, but I’m so glad I got sucked in to this book. As a fellow “book nerd” or more scholarly, bibliophile I liked that instead of just reading Valerie wanted to actually live what she was learning. I think one thing we tend to forget is that we all, or most of us read, self help books but do we turn to the real self help book? The Holy Bible, as our true and right and honest self help book? Not usually – we tend to think it’s dated or not relevant to our world today, which in these last few months I have realized how wrong that really is, using Scripture and insights from other books Valerie gives us helps in becoming women who really live their faith.
I really enjoyed the chapter on having a truly rest filled Sabbath, whether it’s on Saturday or Sunday – I’d really like to try to implement some of her ideas because besides church on Sunday the rest of my Sabbath is just like every other day and it shouldn’t be. The other chapter that really spoke to me was, “Not a Tchotchke in Sight: A Guide to Minimalism”, this has me wanting to go home and really pare down our belongings – as must I enjoy having all the books around me I know it’s not feasible to keep every. single. one. At the end of each chapter is the homework where you are guided to either download, for free, the worksheet from Valerie’s website or purchase the workbook to correspond with this book – I will admit I haven’t used either but will more than likely be going back to download the sheets, other recommended resources are also suggested.
As much as I loved this book I will mention that Valerie does cite Anne Voskamp’s One-Thousand Gifts book and The Message para-phrase of the Bible, however this wasn’t a huge concern but I am putting it out there for my readers who may not like those two books. One thing that did bother me was in the chapter, “Sermon Hall Pass: A Guide to Forgiveness” where the whole “judge not, lest thou be judged” is used. That said I’m all about not being offended at everything anyone says or does – Christian and non-Christian’s alike, but we are told to be aware of other people’s sins and to use the outline in Matthew to bring them back to fellowship and some Christians don’t like that (in regards to those who are true Believer’s, not for those who aren’t). Overall, this is a great book and I would so like to lead a study at my church for the women and older girls who would like to attend so as our church’s motto says, Love Christ, Love Others, Make Disciples we can learn to live and do that.
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