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Craving Connection: 30 Challenges for Real-Life Engagement Hardcover – January 10, 2017
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Crystal Stine serves as editor of this (in)courage series. A self-proclaimed “accidental community builder,” Crystal is a coffee & chocolate loving, full-time working mama married to her high-school sweetheart. Crystal is passionate about cultivating a community where faith, fitness, and friendship come together. Author of “Creative Basics: 30 Days to Awesome Social Media Art,” she is a speaker and host of Write 31 Days. Crystal writes regularly at crystalstine.me and offers encouragement on Twitter and Instagram as @crystalstine and lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, Matt, and daughter, Madison.
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This book is for most ages and stages. I LOVE Deidra Riggs chapter on "When You Feel As If There Must Be Something More," written from her early stages as a pastor's wife and reflected on with the wisdom from today. The younger women all have important lessons too, from single, married, moms, no kids kind of women. They're all there.
Mostly, I love the focus on our relationship with God found in these pages. It's all His, and they keep pointing to Him for the solutions. So needed in today's world.
I received an advance copy of Craving Connection from B & H Publishing, in exchange for my honest review of the book.
For this reason, the book is divided into three sections (each section building on the last).
Section 1: Connecting With God More Deeply
Section 2: Connecting With Friends More Purposefully
Section 3: Connecting With Community More Intentionally
Each section includes 10 easy-to-read devotionals, including real-life stories, thought-provoking questions, and a down-to-earth connection challenge. Each devotion takes less than 10-minutes to read, and the connection challenges are very doable (it is obvious that they were carefully crafted with introverts and exhausted extroverts in mind). With 29 contributing authors offering a fresh voice and unique perspective on every page, there truly is something for every woman in this beautiful book.
Here are a few of my favorite challenges:
Sincerely acknowledge the work of someone who inspires you.
Go from “me” to “three” by connecting with two people this week.
Practice actively capturing your thoughts as you go about your day.
Share your story first so that someone else might feel comfortable sharing theirs.
Feelings of isolation and loneliness fade away as you make your way through Craving Connection because the brave women of (in)courage are not afraid to “go there” and humbly reveal their own struggles and insecurities. As Renee Swope says on page 44, “Our weaknesses are the things that keep us connected because they are what we have in common.” God created women with a craving for connection, and this book is a fantastic tool to help us break free from the insecurities that isolate and find courage to embrace community.