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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Review: Nourish & Strengthen by Maria Hoagland

Chloe Taylor has the perfect life: a model’s figure, a husband who adores her, three healthy children. So why does she feel so much less than perfect?

After losing forty pounds, Chloe Taylor is finally happy with her body. What she doesn’t realize is that she’s not the one in control. When Chloe is called as the Primary president, she discovers that managing the highs and lows of a chronic illness may be easier than the ups and downs associated with family, friends, and church callings. Consumed by her own challenges, Chloe fails to recognize the issues her friends are facing and is in danger of losing their friendship. As Chloe strives to develop Christ-like love for herself and those around her, she learns that outer appearances are far less important than inner peace and spiritual strength. But is she strong enough to face her most difficult trial yet?

Reading is an escape for me. I am very happy with my life, but that's not to say that there aren't aspects that I like to "get away" from at times. If you are a mother and a homemaker, you might be able to relate to this idea.

Anyway, with that in mind, Nourish & Strengthen was a little too relatable to be an escape for me. If you are looking to relate instead of escape, this might be the book for you. Also, if you are a diabetic, or have a loved one with diabetes, you might appreciate the details that are included about living with it.

The story follows Chole over the course of a year, and the reader sees her ups and downs with her day-to-day life. Chole's outlook for the bulk of the book is focused on the down side (either directly, or her perception of people's intentions). Chloe's thoughts were very realistic, but I was sad for her that she didn't have a more positive outlook.

I appreciated that this is a clean read, and that Chole has a change in attitude at the end. This is a great demonstration about how negativity (both about yourself and those around you) brings you down. It is so important to look for the positive in our daily lives.

*I received this eBook in exchange for a review.