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"I was so inspired by Bekah’s words on embracing the everyday, living fully with all of our senses, and celebrating the life right in front of us. Choosing Real will motivate you to look for the beauty in the middle of the unplanned and unexpected."
—Crystal Paine, Founder of, New York Times bestselling author of Say Goodbye to Survival Mode

Choosing REAL is a fresh breath of air. The pages bring God to life; the stories inspire faithfulness; and the transparency makes the warmth of Christ’s love come alive. No doubt this book will leave you feeling lighter, stronger, and a whole lot more connected to God.”
—Kelly Balarie, Author of Fear Fighting (Baker Books), Speaker, and Blogger at

“Bekah is an enthusiastic, joyful person who projects her passion and faith on every page of Choosing REAL.  The voice of her writing bursts with hope as she describes the challenges and complexities of managing life as a young mother. She brings comfort and spiritual inspiration to others who seek guidance on finding their own gifts and balance in our world today.” 
–Richard E. Felix PhD, Author, The School of Dying Graces

“In Choosing Real Bekah has a distinct talent for a lighthearted and down-home approach that makes you feel like you’re sitting on her denim couch, listening to her share her heart. I found myself encouraged to stop, appreciate the magic in the moment, and cherish the microscopic details we live in every day. She has a way of zooming into life while zooming out in perspective, encouraging us to consider what’s truly important in life and realizing the molehills that feel like mountains shall pass. . .and just perhaps, there’s a lesson in those molehills. When life boils down, there are a few simple key ingredients—God and people, and that’s about it. Bekah’s book inspires me to live in a way that has less fear and more love, because that’s how God would want it, if we could just get out of our own way and ‘let go and let God!’ ”
—Allyson Magda, Photographer of Mark and Priscilla Zuckerberg, The Hearst Family, featured on the cover of People, and in Forbes, NY Times, Martha Stewart Weddings, World’s Best Wedding Photographers., founder of

“In, Choosing Real, Bekah Pogue artistically does just that. She chooses a journey of relentless authenticity and then invites her readers to do the same. Inspired by grief, Pogue intimately offers a front-seat view of the moments in life that are less than perfect and delicately describes how these are often the very moments in which God is perfecting Himself in us. This book is both vulnerable and inspiring, and readers will find practical application on every page to say ‘YES’ to the journey of life in Christ.”
—Dr. Michelle Anthony, Wife, Mom, Speaker, and Author of Spiritual Parenting, Becoming a Spiritually Healthy Family, and The Big God Story

"In an era where it seems like women are being collectively sold a lie that says we aren't enough, Choosing Real invites us to experience the deep and holy satisfaction that comes when we relish in God filled daily moments. Bekah's encouragement to lean and listen close to Jesus's whispering adoration reframes life's many seasons. Whether in mundane everyday moments, seasons of grief and sorrow, times transitions, or times when friendships experience strain, Choosing Real gently calls us to slow down and identify with a Jesus who values us beyond all, and reveals Himself to us as He celebrates us as His treasured creation."
—Johanna & Denise at Laurelbox

“Following her late father’s advice to ‘enjoy the journey,’ Bekah Pogue invites readers to do just that. Pogue welcomes readers into all folds of her life and emphasizes what a gift it is to choose an identity built on what is real versus comparison and fantasy. Readers will find her stories refreshing in a culture that bids us to find our worth in always being picture perfect. Instead, Pogue offers anecdotes of hope amidst life’s transitions and hard times. Her stories of finding God in seasons of loneliness and the ordinary moments of every day will touch readers like me who felt like I was sitting at Pogue’s table with her as I read, eating a brownie and sharing our souls.” 
—Kristin Ritzau, Spiritual Director and Author of A Beautiful Mess: A Perfectionist’s Journey through Self-Care

"Pogue’s writing is exuberant, sanguine, and personal, often including stories rooted in her own experiences as a young mother, wife, daughter, and friend."
Publishers Weekly Published On: 2016-10-07

"After a year of ups and downs, this book promised inner peace and daily tips to finding it. And it delivered! This book taught me to step back and recognize the lessons in every life experience."
-- Jennifer McCoy ― First for Women Published On: 2017-04-01

"Readers will find themselves nodding in understanding as Pogue details the follies and foibles of attempting to be “that” woman who masters the world by a mere snap of her fingers. Christian women will happily find her twist on the commonplace refreshingly uncommon. And that in itself is a lesson to be cherished."
-- Michele Howe ― Christian Market Magazine Published On: 2016-11-22

"The author’s words are thought-provoking and insightful and give a deeper meaning to life and our existence. It’s a book that will make readers contemplate, reflect, and will take them on a journey of self-discovery."
-- Mamta Madhavan ― Readers' Favorite Published On: 2016-12-08

Book Description

In Choosing REAL, author Bekah Pogue walks with women into life’s unplanned circumstances--specifically frantic schedules, pain and  transition, feelings of unworthiness, loneliness, and tension. . .  And she reminds them it is in these very moments that God invites us to notice, respond, and even celebrate how He shows up―in every little detail. 

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Shiloh Run Press (December 1, 2016)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 224 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1634099648
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1634099646
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 13.6 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Customer Reviews:
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An "everyday Jane," Bekah Jane Pogue is an author, speaker and heart-felt encourager.

Her debut book, Choosing Real: An Invitation to Celebrate When Life Doesn’t Go as Planned, releases December 1, 2016. Bekah loves communicating, whether in small groups or large conferences, as if you were sitting on her couch and catching up as old friends. She loves coaching new writers in their journey.

Bekah attended Azusa Pacific University, where she received a degree in Liberal Studies, with a Spanish emphasis.

You can find her at the beach, reading, baking, rearranging furniture or flea-marketing. She and her husband, Bryan, have been married a dozen years and have two energetic boys. They reside at the Pogue Cottage in Southern CA, where dance parties are a regular occurrence.

If you’re looking for vulnerability, down with talking about hard things and desiring real join Bekah at

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By Natalie Long on December 22, 2016
As a long time follower and reader of Bekah's blog, it's been such a joy to see her journey come to life through her words in this beautifully written book. Bekah's conversational writing style makes you feel like you are snuggled up on her couch in her Pogue Cottage, sipping tea and enjoying something sweet (chocolaty, of course). I've had the pleasure of being apart of the same church community as Bekah, and every time we interact I know without a doubt she understand my struggles. As I read through her book, I felt like she was speaking her words of hope, encouragement, and understanding directly to me! Bekah gets real about grief, pain, loneliness and a whole slew of real, raw emotions we all experience. It's so comforting to know I'm not the only one that struggles daily with weariness, loneliness and feeling less than. Her words rejuvenate my soul and fill the dark places within me with hope and knowing who I am before my Father. I've cried and laughed out loud and at times have jumped out of my seat yelling, "YES, AMEN SISTA"! How many books can honestly bring you to that reaction? I am excited to share and discuss this book with my girlfriends... and I'm thankful for the reminder to Choose Real in the midst of the chaos!
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