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Official Review: Exceedingly by Anita Agers-Brooks

Post by Cecilia_L » 19 Nov 2019, 06:57

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Exceedingly" by Anita Agers-Brooks.]
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"Is anxiety keeping you up at night? Are you living the dreams that God has placed in your heart, or are there still untended dreams lying in the soil of your soul?"

These are a few of the questions that Anita Agers-Brooks addresses in her inspirational guide, Exceedingly: Spiritual Strategies for Living on Purpose, with Purpose, and for an Abundant Purpose. Agers-Brooks examines what abundant living looks like and offers powerful insights on fulfilling a passionate purpose. Through true stories, supporting scriptures, and examples from her personal journey, she illustrates how readers can find the significance they seek. Agers-Brooks clarifies that God's promises aren't dependent on social status. Instead, we must believe and learn to view ourselves through God's eyes.

I read quite a few books in this genre, and I must confess that many leave me disappointed; spiritual self-help books don't always ring true. As Beyond Beautiful podcast host Becky Harling so aptly puts it, I "want to be sure the person who wrote the book has actually experienced a few problems." Agers-Brooks refers to "being cured in the oven of adversity" and credits these experiences for increasing her compassion, understanding, and wisdom for how to help others. The author's authentic approach sets this book apart from others promising an abundant life. Agers-Brooks is not just another author "presenting an unrealistic plan for a safe, problem-free life." She challenges readers to respond with gratitude, purpose, and passion despite inevitable bumps in the road.

In addition to Agers-Brooks' down-to-earth writing style and emphasis on gratitude, I also like the segments at the end of each chapter called "Mind, Body, and Spirit Strengtheners." Concluding chapters with abundant purpose challenges, exercises, scriptures, promises, and discussion prompts makes the book ideal for journaling, personal reflection, or as a group Bible study. For instance, here's a discussion prompt that speaks to my heart: "Are you grumbling and complaining about delays, or are you looking for the lessons, miracles, and beauty in the scenic route God is taking you on?"

I honestly can't name anything I dislike or suggest any improvements for this well-written and uplifting book. It is exceptionally edited and contains no profanity. I'm pleased to rate Exceedingly 4 out of 4 stars. I recommend the book to Christian readers, particularly those who enjoy journaling and Bible study, and those who are so inclined will appreciate the contemplative segments at the end of each chapter. The book will also appeal to readers seeking significance in their lives. Country music fans will enjoy the author's account of her meaningful encounter with the late Troy Gentry.

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Post by Sydney Nyamasoka » 21 Nov 2019, 07:47

That sounds realistic and practical. Thanks Cecilia for the great review. I should try this book.

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Post by MsH2k » 21 Nov 2019, 13:17

This sounds like a book I would enjoy and appreciate. Thank you for a great review!

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Post by Cecilia_L » 21 Nov 2019, 15:29

Sydney Nyamasoka wrote:
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That sounds realistic and practical. Thanks Cecilia for the great review. I should try this book.
Thank you, Sydney.

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Post by Cecilia_L » 21 Nov 2019, 15:31

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21 Nov 2019, 13:17
This sounds like a book I would enjoy and appreciate. Thank you for a great review!
You're welcome. I appreciate your comment.

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Post by kandscreeley » 21 Nov 2019, 21:06

I'm glad that the author has been through adversity herself. That helps solidify the message in my mind. Still, I don't think I'm at the place in my life I could appreciate this book now. Thanks for the review, though.
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Post by La Cabra » 22 Nov 2019, 01:27

While I am not a Christian reader, your review makes me think I could still take away from such an account. Like you, I have come across a number of less-than-fulfilling spiritual books, it's refreshing to see a good one out there every now and then.

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Post by Cecilia_L » 22 Nov 2019, 19:37

kandscreeley wrote:
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I'm glad that the author has been through adversity herself. That helps solidify the message in my mind. Still, I don't think I'm at the place in my life I could appreciate this book now. Thanks for the review, though.
That's a good point, and I agree. Thanks for your comment.

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Post by Cecilia_L » 22 Nov 2019, 19:41

La Cabra wrote:
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While I am not a Christian reader, your review makes me think I could still take away from such an account. Like you, I have come across a number of less-than-fulfilling spiritual books, it's refreshing to see a good one out there every now and then.
I feel the author addresses some issues that are universal and provides practical advice that could help others, so I appreciate your comment. Thanks for sharing.

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Post by Nisha Ward » 25 Nov 2019, 11:39

It's not the kind of thing I'm interested in, but there seems to be a lot one can get out of this, particularly since there are some lessons born of adversity that are universal. Thanks for the review of this.
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Post by BookPower9 » 25 Nov 2019, 20:45

An inspiring book like this should be given a standing ovation. But I know the feeling if some would not even give it a look. Because lots of lots of book nowadays have written without component of personal experience. Hope this book is different. Looking forward to read this book. Thanks for the review.

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Post by kdstrack » 30 Nov 2019, 21:58

I loved that opening quote! The author's comment about looking for "God's scenic route" in life is a unique perspective. I appreciated your comparison with other books of this genre. This looks good. Thanks for the recommendation.

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